Category Archives: Politics
What Can You Say To This?
On the other hand, I am tired of being angry, so something else here: Last night I was watching The IT Crowd on Netflix, and in one episode someone asked what IT actually stands for. Did I know? No. No I did not. Google to the rescue. IT stand for Information Technology. Oh. I think that should have been obvious to me, but it wasn’t. Don’t know who made the pic, but it’s the guys from the show. I love it.
I am doing well as far as illness goes. As I decrease the Prednisone, I am having a bit more pain, but not the debilitating kind I was having before. Now I am restless. I am not just a person with an illness, I am a person again. For now, anyway. I want to have a life again. Everything and everyone has/have moved on without me in the interim, and I am kind of left with nothing again. Can’t think what to do about it. I’m so used to not being able to, I can’t remember what it’s like to be able to. To whatever. I need to work on this.
Also, I keep forgetting to put tags on things. Maybe I should just let Rambling be the tag for everything, cause it’s what I seem to do most. Oh, well.
Update: It’s only fair to present both sides, right?
I’ve been thinking about this minimum wage thing. People are demanding that it be higher. OMG, who do they think they are, those poor? Well, fifteen (yes, fifteen) years ago, I had a job that paid 7.50 an hour. I could not live on that. Me, single, no children at home, could not live on 7.50 an hour. Are the costs of living the same as they were fifteen years ago? I don’t think so. Why are we so reluctant to treat our fellow humans with the respect and dignity we demand for ourselves? Why is it so hard to give ALL of us a living wage, and decent health care? Someone said that the true measure of a society is how it treats its least fortunate members. How do you think we do, United States of America?
I’ve been thinking a lot about the way things are going in the world today. So much hate and bigotry and homophobia and persecution and bullying and all the other horrible things I read about every day. I think people are scared. Back in the 70’s there was a book called ‘Future Shock’ in which the author theorizes that technological change will come so quickly that people will not be able to adapt. I think that is what is happening. Not just technological change, but that makes every thing seem more immediate and brings it right into your face, but societal change. Populations are moving to new countries, changing the balance of culture mores, things that were previously seen as unacceptable are becoming the norm, the belief in a particular religion and its High Priests has been seen to be ill-informed, as those very Priests are seen to be not so much in touch with their god as they are flawed and imperfect mere men. And it’s always men. How many female High Priests have YOU come across? Religion teaches you not to think for yourself, but to blindly follow what someone else has told you to follow and believe. Live according to someone else’s perception of the world. It’s kind of like ‘my country, right or wrong’ thinking. If my country is Nazi Germany, should I still follow that line of thinking?
Anyway, the world is changing, and that scares people, and what do humans do when they are scared? They lash out, they look for scapegoats (read your history), they persecute those they see as threats to their comfort zone and way of life, who they see as ‘different than’ their own insulated ideas of what the world should be, they use all the coping mechanisms that scared, uninformed, uneducated people use to attempt to keep their world as they know it. This scares me. Any ideas of how to fix the world would be extremely helpful, dear readers.
What would you have done?
Things That Puzzle And/Or Bother Me
The obsession with eating and drinking everything out of jars. Is there something wrong with plates, bowls, and glasses? Have I missed something? Should I toss my dishes and buy a load of Mason jars? What?
People. Some of them, anyway. A Fox News news reader tweeted a link to a clothes-hanger page in response to abortion protests. He has not been fired, to my knowledge, anyway. I am stunned by all of this. And not in a good way.
The focus on the Prism whistle-blower instead of on what he revealed about our government spying on us and abusing our rights and the constitution. Deflect, deflect, deflect.
Fox news in general, even the local version. I almost never have the tv on in the morning, but was trying to get the weather without firing up the internet the other morning (I was here, the computer was over there, and it was one of those days), and the local Fox channel was the only one with news on at that particular time. They did eventually have about two minutes of weather, but first I endured almost 30 minutes of the most shallow,intelligence-insulting, inane, putrid, (oh, why can’t I think of more good words here) drivel and dreck I have ever been unfortunate enough to witness in all my years of news watching. If they had any integrity at all, they should have been cringing in shame. I get that people don’t want to hear about the ills of the world at 9am, but ‘news’ implies a certain content, doesn’t it. Not whether or not people are up in arms over something Justin Beiber may or may not have done. Why is ANYthing Justin Beiber does or does not do worthy of any attention? It’s Paris Hilton all over again. Again, deflect, deflect, deflect. Entertain???? us with the most shallow bits of society you can come up with, so we fail to notice what is being done to us in secrecy. I despair, people. I despair. Srsly.
Why was I forcing myself to endure Fox in the morning? I wanted to know if I was ever going to be able to turn off the a/c and open the windows again. Global warming or not, after the most gorgeous spring I can remember here in New England, this summer is horrendous. Living in a sauna is not my idea of a good time. Not!
Enough ranting for today? I think so. 🙂
Politics and Breast Cancer Screenings
It’s SOPA Protest Day
Good morning, people. Well, it seems to have slid past noon, so good afternoon, people. It’s the day may sites are going dark to protest the SOPA internet censorship bill. I shouldn’t even be on, but am checking my email and wanted to say something, then I’m off the computer (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO) til tomorrow. How will I survive? I live here. Anyway, if you live in the States and haven’t yet contacted your Congressmen and/or Senators, haven’t signed any petitions, now it the time to do it. Censorship is not a good thing. Seriously. Here’s an email I received today about it:
“Much of the internet is going dark tomorrow to protest an ill-conceived law that the US Congress is proposing in the name of stopping online piracy, but at great expense to free speech and the integrity of the internet. Given the huge sway the US has over the operation of the internet, many see it as the biggest threat to internet freedom ever.
That is why I’m on my way to DC right now to meet with a number of key Senators about the law, known as the PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House. We are up against a dangerous piece of legislation that seriously threatens digital rights, innovation, and the integrity of the internet.
In my bag is an important document. It is a letter to the US Senate
which Access coordinated, bringing together dozens of human rights groups from around the world including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Reporters Without Borders, calling on them to “stand for human rights, defend the open internet, and reject the PROTECT IP Act.”
I’ll be delivering this letter to the Senate, which Washington insiders say will have a real impact in switching some Senators votes, but this fight is far from over. This legislation is coming up for a major vote in just seven days, and unless we act now, it might very possibly become law.
Tomorrow there will be a huge protest in New York City outside of the offices of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, who are both co-sponsors of the PROTECT IP Act. If you’re in the City or anywhere near it, I urge you to join the Access team and countless others at this Emergency NY Tech Meetup. Look for the big banner with the Access logo and the names of all the signatories of the letter from the human rights community on it. Details can be found here: http://nytm.org/sos/
If you’re in the US, but not in NYC, there are protests happening tomorrow in San Francisco
, and many other places
. I urge you to attend if you’re in these cities! If you’re not, please contact your Senators while they’re home for the January recess.
This legislation will also seriously affect non-US websites and users as well. As we explain in the letter, this legislation, which targets foreign websites, would create a double jurisdiction problem, whereby non-U.S.-based sites must determine whether a site is legal in both the country it is operating in and the United States, or face losing access to payment providers, advertising, and links to their site. Moreover, this legislation would send an unequivocal message that censoring the web is not only acceptable, but encouraged.
If you’re not in the US, join sites like Reddit, BoingBoing, Tumblr, Wikipedia, CREDO, WordPress, and countless other sites, and of course Access, in blacking out your site. Or talk about it on Twitter, Facebook, G+, make sure your friends know that the internet is going on strike tomorrow.
The internet is a key enabler of human rights and innovation, and decisions over its governance should not be made hastily. With each passing day the claims for urgency for copyright legislation whither, from the demonstrably false data used to make economic arguments about losses and jobs,
to the efficacy of DNS filtering,
to the baseless claims that countries like Spain, Egypt, or Sweden have lost their film industries due to piracy.
Nothing short of a global outcry is going to defeat this terrible legislation.
Access Policy Director”
Here’s where you can sign a petition:
Please do your part in keeping America free. Thanks. Jean
>Corporations are not people and should not be given the same rights as individuals. Giving them the legal ability to buy elections is one of the worst decisions ever made by the Supreme Court. Sign the petition to repeal it.
It’s sad, really. I don’t know what to do about it. Do you?
My friend Moonlit World (yellow flowers, top right) is a Finn. Here is an interesting article about Finland and ‘socialism’ and how the right-wing tea-party-ers have gotten it sooooooo wrong.
I cannot remember to tag things. Duh! Here’s a couple of links I came across while eating breakfast:
Some good information here:
This one. It’s great to spew hate and incite people to violence, but when they follow through…well, that’s another story. I cannot understand Republicans, or why they are so full of hate and venom. Here’s the link:
Sure they weren’t. I believe it. Thousands wouldn’t. These people creep me out. Some of them have even said something similar should happen to our President. Shouldn’t they be arrested for that? I mean I understand free speech and all, but aren’t there issues of treason and such? America, I am so disillusioned with you. Here’s something I’ve said before:
‘ “there’s a huge contrast in the media. Listen to Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann, and you’ll hear a lot of caustic remarks and mockery aimed at Republicans, [not] jokes about shooting government officials or beheading a journalist . . . Listen to Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly, and you will.” Krugman
EDIT: Okay, so it’s three things or mucho posts as I sit here. Not using my newfound energy. Anyway, I use and love Dropbox. Came across this, which is without a doubt the best answer EVER:
“Why is Dropbox more popular than other tools with similar functionality? E.g. Windows Live Sync, etc, which are free.
Well, let’s take a step back and think about the sync problem and what the ideal solution for it would do:
* There would be a folder.
* You’d put your stuff in it.
* It would sync.
They built that.”
You could just stop there for the perfect answer, but it goes on:
“Why didn’t anyone else build that? I have no idea.
“But,” you may ask, “so much more you could do! What about task management, calendaring, customized dashboards, virtual white boarding. More than just folders and files!”
No, shut up. People don’t use that crap. They just want a folder. A folder that syncs.
“But,” you may say, “this is valuable data…certainly users will feel more comfortable tying their data to Windows Live, Apple Mobile Me, or a name they already know.
No, shut up. Not a single person on Earth wakes up in the morning worried about deriving more value from their Windows Live login. People already trust folders. And Dropbox looks just like a folder. One that syncs.
“But,” you may say, “folders are so 1995. why not leverage the full power of the web? With HTML 5 you can drag and drop files, you can build intergalactic dashboards of stats showing how much storage you are using, you can publish your files as RSS feeds and tweets, and you can add your company logo!
No, shut up. Most of the world doesn’t sit in front of their browser all day. If they do, it is IE 6 at work that they are not allowed to upgrade. Browsers suck for these kinds of things. Their stuff is already in folders. They just want a folder. That syncs.
That is what it does.”
It’s from here: http://www.quora.com/Dropbox/Why-is-Dropbox-more-popular-than-other-tools-with-similar-functionality
Okay, this post is officially done. Srsly. I’m getting up now to vacuum the kitchen. Honest. Really. Srsly, I am.
>An Interesting Read
>Can’t vouch for its accuracy, but I’ve seen some of what it talks about for myself, and experienced some of it as well. I’ve said before, this is not the American I was raised to believe it was. I do believe Obama is trying to do right by us, but the Religious Right has co-opted our government for themselves and their own highly specific interests. The older white people mentioned here…I’m an older white person, and I think the tea-party-ers have lost their minds. Read this and see if anything speaks to you.
>Check THIS Out
>THIS is why I voted for him. He doesn’t spout hate, he says what I was raised to believe about my country.
Woo Hoo. He signed. The START Treaty was ratified. Food Safety. There’s more. Our elected reps did the right thing. My Republican Senator crossed party lines and did the right thing, much to my surprise. I seriously underestimated him. It seems that personal conscience trumped party lines. That is such a great thing, especially since the Republican party line is so negative and so detrimental to the 99% of the country who are NOT their wealthy cronies. Sometimes I feel like they are trying to wipe the rest of us out of existence, so the fact the so many of them did the right thing for the country really makes me proud. I still won’t vote for them, but…..
ITEM 2: Here’s a link to another blog roll from the same folks who presented the top 50 Fibro blogs:
Okay, little update here. Apparently a filibuster is NOT what we saw in Mr. Deeds Goes To Washington. Senators don’t actually have to stay there and talk to maintain a filibuster. This is just wrong. If it’s important enough to block, it should be important enough to stand there and tell us why for as long as you are blocking it. So here’s a petition to change that:
>DADT has been repealed. Finally. Even our own Republican Senator voted for repeal. Yay, Scott Brown. Doing the right thing. Every step towards equal rights for all seems to take ages. Women getting the vote, Civil Rights, and now this. In spite of all the hate and rancor, most of our elected officials did the right thing. Can you imagine having to live your life pretending to be someone else. Denying and/or hiding your true self? I am so pleased this has finally been dealt with.
Second thing is just funny. NSFW???
>NEW AD — Obama: tax cuts for rich "offend my conscience"
>A Good Post from Another Blog
>This is Priceless
>To all those in support of DADT, READ THIS:
>What I’m Sayin’
>”I do not understand the electorate. This country is hurting in a way we haven’t since the Depression. People struggling all over this country, and they came out and voted for the party that says right up front they will suspend your unemployment benefits and repeal health care. To go against your self-interest more you’d have to literally go fuck yourself.”
>Advocates for Self Government
>Interesting little test. Guess where I wound up? Advocates for Self Government