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Monday, December 22nd, 2014


dglenn
Subject:QotD
Time:5:24 am.

[On post-academy training in the field for new officers] "During that time period, we also discover whether people are really right for the job or not. And that's hard when you've invested as much as a year or more into training somebody. But there are clearly some folks who can't multitask, they can't make good decisions under stress, they're not effective communicators. For whatever reasons, they're not cut out to be police officers. And part of the challenge of a professional police department is to make sure those folks are separated from service early on. So you have to be willing to do that — and to have the local political support within your city to do that." -- Chris Magnus, Chief of Police in Richmond, California, interviewed by Dara Lind, in "How to not shoot civilians: 9 community policing tips from a chief who got it right", published 2014-12-15

Comments: appease my failing soul.

Sunday, December 21st, 2014


dglenn
Subject:QotD
Time:5:24 am.

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-11-26:

"Sleep is an uncompromising interruption of the theft of time from us by capitalism. Most of the the seemingly irreducible necessities of human life - hunger, thirst, sexual desire, and recently the need for friendship - have been remade into commodified or financialized forms. Sleep poses the idea of a human need and interval of time that cannot be colonized and harnessed to a massive engine of profitability, and thus remains an incongruous anomaly and site of crisis in the global present. In spite of all the scientific research in this area, it frustrates and confounds strategies to exploit and reshape it. The stunning, inconceivable reality is that nothing of value can be extracted from it." -- Jonathan Crary, in his book 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep.

(submitted to the mailing list by Rob Wood)


[Good Yule to all who celebrate the solstice! Astronomical winter starts in about twelve and a half hours. Hey, can we make Solstice Snakes a thing? They seem so cuddly!]

Comments: appease my failing soul.

Saturday, December 20th, 2014


dglenn
Subject:QotD
Time:5:24 am.

"Il est dans la nature humaine de penser sagement et d'agir d'une façon absurde." -- Anatole France (b. 1844-04-14, d. 1924-10-12) "It is human nature to think wisely and to act in an absurd fashion." (via Wikiquote)

Comments: appease my failing soul.

Friday, December 19th, 2014


dglenn
Subject:QotD
Time:5:24 am.

"Presumably man's spirit should be elevated if he can better review his shady past and analyze more completely and objectively his present problems. He has built a civilization so complex that he needs to mechanize his record more fully if he is to push his experiment to its logical conclusion and not merely become bogged down part way there by overtaxing his limited memory. His excursion may be more enjoyable if he can reacquire the privilege of forgetting the manifold things he does not need to have immediately at hand, with some assurance that he can find them again if they prove important." -- Vannevar Bush, inventor and scientist (b. 1890-03-11, d. 1974-06-30), "As We May Think", Atlantic Monthly, July 1945

Comments: appease my failing soul.

Thursday, December 18th, 2014


redhouseroad
Subject:confidence is an attractive cockroach
Time:12:14 pm.
Despite celebrity nerds, real and fake alike, arrogance is not conducive to learning, or much else, probably... The odds are against the braggart. But if we consider it a sport that makes use of psychological warefare, then the truth is a dead rodent in the swamp. Don't get me wrong, all animals have their place in the world. And some of them will sup on our dead rodent too.
Comments: appease my failing soul.


dglenn
Subject:QotD
Time:5:48 am.

"Let us take the media, for example. As progressive Muslims, ours is a narrative that does not fit the dominant story line. We were interviewed by a public television station, akin to the BBC, for the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Afterwards, the executive producer said, 'your voice is irrelevant.' That is one example. Another is coverage of LGBT issues. They will interview the LGBT Muslim who has been discriminated against, and they will interview the homophobic Imam. But, even after interviewing me, they will not include us in the story. That adds to the Islamophobia. Because then the narrative is 'all Muslims are intolerant so why should we tolerate them?' [...] the progressive voices that are countering all that are not being promoted. The question we always hear from non-Muslims is 'how come Muslims are not speaking out?' It is simply not true." -- Ani Zonneveld, president of Muslims for Progressive Values, interviewed by Karima Bennoune 2014-12-08

Comments: appease my failing soul.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014


sumrndmguy
Time:9:42 pm.
How about for once in your life you stop being a fucking idiot?
Comments: appease my failing soul.


silli_lil_sophs
Time:8:25 pm.
His new neighbour in the basement apartment had yet to show his face. Yet he had given an unforgettable impression. Without fail every day Timothy would find his post, along with all the other residents of the four floor building, teared carefully at the corner. It was always the top right hand corner, often jaggedly ripped but never to harm the contents inside the envelopes. At first it had puzzled Timothy but he had come to the conclusion that the new neighbour must be an avid stamp collector.

One day this all changed and it bugged Timothy that he couldn't discover why, he came up with various conclusions but not knowing made him frustrated. What had changed had been the stamps were being removed leaving the envelope corners intact. Maybe someone in one of the apartments above had made a complaint, maybe the neighbour had been constantly trying to improve his process and finally cracked it. Perhaps he had been meticulously practising with his own post and developed his strategy. Maybe a friend had suggested it.

It was only four weeks later that Timothy discovered what had changed. He had woken up a lot earlier than usual and was about to leave the building when he caught the young lady from the flat above. She didn't see him as he opened the door into the hallway but he saw her. There she was with a scalpel delicately peeling the stamps from their envelopes. It threw Timothy into a state of disarray at first. Had the correlation of the stamps disappearing and the Neighbour from the basement moving in been a complete coincidence. Had it been her all along? Timothy sensed movement so stepped back into his flat, leaving the door slightly ajar to check when the hall was clear, but to his pleasant surprise she didn't go for the stairs. She knelt down in front of the basement flat door, pushing all the stamps individually under the door.
Comments: appease my failing soul.


silli_lil_sophs
Time:8:25 pm.
Perhaps when our own selfishness makes us feel ugly we know only love can keep us beautiful
Comments: appease my failing soul.


dglenn
Subject:Everything Shirt
Time:12:42 pm.
OT1H trying to get away from T-shirts, OTOH this looks like something I need: http://www.khaoskomix.com/shop/en/107-all-the-things-shirt.html Posted here because I suspect a bunch of my friends need these.
Comments: appease my failing soul.


mourningcolours
Time:10:36 am.
lmao.

Fat AND ugly.

At least I'm not ugly.

...lol.
Comments: appease my failing soul.


mourningcolours
Time:8:50 am.
God, I'm ready for something new.
Comments: appease my failing soul.


dglenn
Subject:QotD
Time:5:24 am.

"The equations of creation have an elegance inside them,
 And I hope the mathematician knows the way they will resolve,
 For the world is full of miracles with common things to hide them,
 And when man is faced with mysteries, he sees more things to solve."

  -- from "The Moon Alone", by Seanan McGuire (posted 2008-12-20)

[Yow, this has been sitting in my quotes file for a few days short of six years? Huh. (I quoted a different section of it in 2008. Coincidentally at the start of Hanukkah that time, too (as I've just noticed).) I wonder what else I lost track of in here.]

Comments: appease my failing soul.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014


sumrndmguy
Time:4:47 pm.
my house faces east
and it faces west

Sunrise
Sunset

beginning
End
Comments: appease my failing soul.


dglenn
Subject:QotD
Time:5:24 am.

"In a world which furnishes so many employments which are useful, so many which are amusing, it is our own fault if we ever know what ennui (boredom) is, or if we are ever driven to the miserable resources of gaming, which corrupts our dispositions, and teaches us a habit of hostility against all mankind." -- Thomas Jefferson (b. 1743-04-13, d. 1826-07-04, US President 1801-1809), 1787

[Jefferson had played Cards Against Humanity? Anyhow, unrelated to the quotation ... to all my friends who are lighting that first candle tonight, happy Chanukkah! (I know I'm about twelve hours early, depending oon your time zone, as usual.)

Comments: appease my failing soul.

Monday, December 15th, 2014


dglenn
Subject:QotD
Time:5:24 am.

"I learned enough to name my rage about injustice when I was about 12 years old. Over the next ten years, thanks in part to the writers I read, I began to see rage as undirected power. And in the decade since then, I've practiced directing my power toward living well despite the status quo. My church's statements this week don't convert me to passive optimism. They drive me to keep working with the willing, whatever the institution chooses at this late stage.

"I keep living, despite a culture telling me lives like mine don't matter. I keep worshiping, despite church workers who teach that my kind of human being is ineligible for its membership, clergy, and kingdom. I keep working and creating, despite an economy stacked in hiring and in business development against people with my profile. I keep on keeping on because there's no other viable option: I will not yield to genocide or suicide; I will live and live well."

-- Keisha E. McKenzie (@mackenzian), 2014-12-12

Comments: appease my failing soul.


discogranny
Time:12:17 am.
The shunt fragrance of winter,
spoils the world of pettishness,
kepping the heart at corrosion.
Until the emotions are lumens,
and the word of flame sounds.
Comments: appease my failing soul.

Sunday, December 14th, 2014


dglenn
Subject:QotD
Time:5:24 am.

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-12-06:

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." -- Kurt Vonnegut

(submitted to the mailing lit by Mike Krawchuk)

Comments: appease my failing soul.

Saturday, December 13th, 2014


dglenn
Subject:QotD
Time:5:24 am.

"I'd argue that nothing is less punk than a punk rock trivia app." -- Parker Marie Molloy, 2014-11-15

Comments: appease my failing soul.

Friday, December 12th, 2014


angela_kathleen
Subject:rude mother
Time:6:27 am.
her sick love,
I do deny
and when I say I love her,
I look to the sky

I thank God for my blessings
I thank God for Scott's nesslings

I thank God for yes, my parents
the mixed emotions they do drive

some times I love them
other times I wish I could hide
Comments: appease my failing soul.


dglenn
Subject:QotD
Time:5:24 am.

"Want to know a secret, Melba toast? You think I'm crazy 'cause I don't know I'm not an Egyptian queen reincarnated on the planet Lovetron. But I do know.

"I'm crazy 'cause I don't care."

-- Dr. Berenice "Tigerlilly" Jones, in Skin Horse by Shaenon K. Garrity & Jeffrey C. Wells, 2014-12-09

Comments: appease my failing soul.

Thursday, December 11th, 2014


dglenn
Subject:QotD
Time:5:24 am.

"If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking." -- Lyndon Johnson (b. 1908-08-27, d. 1973-01-22; US President 1963-1969)

Comments: appease my failing soul.

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014


angela_kathleen
Subject:Trusting Mom
Time:6:20 pm.
I don't trust my mom and she doesn't trust me

There are things to prove don't you see

Forgiveness comes hard to the unspeakable crime one does commit

Truth be told... who knows, the story is old

Will she not be sorry because it is a sin she never did commit

Or is it because she is not sorry... my words do sit
Comments: appease my failing soul.


dglenn
Subject:QotD
Time:5:24 am.

"No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." -- Article 5 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ( adopted by the General Assembly 1948-12-10)

Comments: appease my failing soul.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014


mourningcolours
Time:11:12 am.
Must you always live your life to spite someone? Does it give you the satisfaction you think you're missing?

I find it quite hilarious, actually.
Comments: appease my failing soul.


dglenn
Subject:QotD
Time:5:24 am.

"[Bil] Browning [of The Bilerico Project], for his part, told ThinkProgress that he believes the Salvation Army is 'definitely moving in the right direction,' but suggests that 'they're trying to do it in an ultimately self-defeating manner' -- without offending the conservative Christian groups they've long been allied with. He noted that a big part of their effort this year involves responding individually to people on Twitter to reiterate that they do not discriminate. Browning calls this being 'a backdoor friend' to the LGBT community. 'They claim to be our friend, but they want us to enter through the back door so their other friends don't see us hanging out together,' he explained. 'That’s not good enough and it will ultimately doom their efforts at erasing the stigma of their past.'

[...] "As long as the group refuses to apologize and refuses to inform the public that it's made a big change to its doctrine and policies, 'they're just whistling in the wind and hoping that their outreach on social media helps to quiet down the outrage one confused person at a time.'"

-- from "Why You Should Still Be Skeptical Of The Salvation Army", 2014-12-08

[I have no idea whether the SA monitors FB references or not, but for an ironic example of their current approach on Twitter, see here or here. Note that the history that the SA is being called upon to atone for really does seem to require discussion of how each policy that's changed hasa been chang3d, and not their current "nothng to see here" approach.]

Comments: appease my failing soul.


angela_kathleen
Subject:tease me again
Time:12:39 am.
I don't understand the games you play
come what might, come what may

please stay away my dear evil dad
you make me happy, but you also make me feel sad

I don't understand wanting to hurt another
I don't understand my dad, and I don't understand my mother


Please hold me Chris, make the pain go away
At least for now, you are here to stay
Comments: appease my failing soul.

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