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(no subject) [Apr. 12th, 2024 . 01:09 am]
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I'm nice, though, so please comment to be added.
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PSA [Jul. 7th, 2010 . 12:59 pm]
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Let it be known that I have recently taken almost everyone off of my flist except for people I actually know. This is because LJ is no longer my primary window onto happenings on the internet and/or the world, but I still do keep up with LJs of people I know because that is an important way in which I keep up with those people. (Those people: I'm happy to keep up with you in other ways. But I do read your LJs, because you write them. That's all I'm saying.) I have also kept on a very few strangers and communities, mostly for old times' sake.

Remaining friends: I may start posting on LJ again for a while, just to keep tabs on myself and let my friends keep tabs on me and to keep writing in semi-public while I try to settle into post-college-grad life and decide where and how I want to set up a more public (and permanent?) online presence. Stay tuned.

The rest of you: you will probably not see very many of my entries from now on, because most of my entries are still flocked. However, you're welcome to keep me on your flists. Sorry I had to take you off of mine, but I probably wasn't really reading your entries anyway, only because I have stopped spending very much time on LJ.

Cheers, y'all.
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Why Capitalism Is Not Ideal: A Rant with Restraint [Mar. 11th, 2010 . 05:45 pm]
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Here is the crux of why capitalism is not an ideal, and certainly not a humane, system: Capitalism puts the focus of any service, product, project, or other enterprise on what makes more money instead of what is most effective.

Have you ever said to yourself, "I wish these people did X instead of Y" and then thought, "But I guess it makes sense, because they don't get money for doing X" or "X would cost them a lot more money" or "people wouldn't pay extra money for X"? I know I have. If you've found yourself in this situation, then YOU'VE BEEN FUCKED BY CAPITALISM!

Many defenders of capitalism will tell you that Capitalism in Theory takes care of these problems because people and organizations will provide whatever people will pay for, and that people will vote with their money for the products and services they want and need. Unfortunately, Capitalism in Theory does not take into account that poor people need things too. (Ironically enough, capitalism contributes to income inequality, which means it creates a situation in which it doesn't work.) Or that in many situations, the profit of people paying a little more is outweighed by the cost of providing what people actually want. (Ironically enough, capitalism is the very system that creates situations in which not providing what people want is more profitable than providing what they do want.)

Besides, what really matters is capitalism in practice. The following clip (about 3 min.) will simultaneously bolster my argument, remind you that health care reform still hasn't passed, and supply you with your daily recommended Rachel Maddow intake:

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American Women Writers, Flannery O'Connor - Toni Morrison [Mar. 5th, 2010 . 08:04 pm]
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(As seen on Facebook.)

The Challenge:
Name as many American women writers who published major works between 1950 and 1990 as you can.

The Rules: Don't bother using Wikipedia; its list of American Women Writers isn't even worth your time. Extra points for writers if they get taught in English classes, are household names, and/or you actually respect their writing.

And, GO.
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Love, love, love. [Jan. 28th, 2010 . 11:18 am]
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Watch this, and then tell me you don't want to do what she does for a living.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

I'll have what she's having.

ETA: In other news, I really wish Andrea Hairston would act like an organized human being. If you are going to give us something to read, put it on the syllabus. Make it clear who wrote a piece and when we're supposed to read it. Also, I appreciate your enthusiasm, but please don't cut me off in the middle of my (short!) thought when you call on me in class. I really want to like you, but if you keep making my life awkward and difficult, I'm going to have a hard time with that.
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The Daily News [Dec. 4th, 2009 . 08:52 pm]
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Being in school makes me feel bad about myself. There's all this stress, and not only can I never measure up, but even when I do a good job it doesn't really accomplish anything! Plus, it doesn't leave me enough time or energy to do things that really matter.
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FYI [Jul. 16th, 2009 . 01:27 pm]
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My post last night at Truth & Beauty Bombs has mysteriously failed to be picked up by either its LJ feed or the site's home rss; I'm not sure which. At the grave risk of being obnoxiously self-promoting, here is the link to that post, should those of you who follow the blog via LJ care to read it:

Can't Sleep, -isms Will Eat Me - 7/15 @ 7:00 PM
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Turning into one of *those* [Jun. 3rd, 2009 . 10:45 pm]
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It's about time I left LiveJournal. Most of my posts here have gotten pretty blog-y lately, and frankly, anything else is probably a waste of my time and yours. Realistically speaking, I'll be hanging around LJ for another year or so, in a personal capacity. But starting today, I'm turning all my socio-political commentary into Truth and Beauty Bombs.

You guys have to come visit me, though, and keep me from getting too masturbatory.

Er, if you're interested in reading it on LJ, you can do so by adding bperegrine to your friends.
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Put Your Power Where Your Proclamation Is [Jun. 1st, 2009 . 08:45 pm]
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Happy LGBT Pride Month!
Does this mean that lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people are now officially as important as Blacks? (We even have a better, warmer, more celebration-friendly month, but that's just an accident of history.)

This is all very well and good, Mr. President. It would be awesome, though, if instead of just asking "the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists," you did that yourself, in a tangible way. For instance, instead of telling us you want to end "the existing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security," you could go ahead and repeal that policy, and use your position of leadership to tell the American people that queers serving openly in the military does not in any way compromise our Armed Forces and national security.

Maybe, Mr. President, you could ask the Congress to take another look at the Defense of Marriage Act? I know this is a stretch, but maybe you could even consider that your own stance on gay marriage (civil unions okay, marriage not) is not exactly helping to allow LGBT families "to live their lives with dignity and respect."

Another question: Why has this "proclamation" been issued to the press (or at least some of it) but not published to Whitehouse.gov (as of this posting)? Other "statements and releases" from today have been posted. Are you trying to slip this one by someone?


In other news, Dick Cheney may still be the devil incarnate, but at least he's setting an example for American parents of LGBT people by being a better dad. Er, maybe. (Still, so long as most people read NYT's "The Caucus" and not more obscure blogs that actually got the full story, maybe some conservative parents will rethink how they might be alienating their children?)

Hat tip to waansleyvark for the President's proclamation and blog articles on Dick Cheney's switcheroo/bullshit. ETA: And the proclamation at Whitehouse.gov.
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White Middle-Class Male Privilege, Surprisingly Enough, Still Lives. [Jun. 1st, 2009 . 04:49 pm]
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Remember when that Black guy with the weird name was elected President of the United States and we proved, once and for all, that Racism In America Is Dead?

Oh, wait. There are more than two races in America?

A few conservatives' arguments against Sonia Sotomayor* becoming a Supreme Court Justice have cleared that right up!

I don't have an argument to make, here. I just think it's astounding how much racism has poured forth since Obama nominated Sotomayor. I'm not sure what it means that there are a few misogynist arguments floating around, too, despite the fact that she's not by any means the first woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court—except that sexism in America isn't dead, either. And possibly that white middle-class males are only comfortable with treating women as equals just so long as they are white middle-class women, the likes of whom they can go home and control on their own private time.

*This links to only one of several examinations of the conservative battle against Sotomayor. According to some other stuff I've seen in the past few days, we should also be worried about whether she'll be irrational while she's menstruating, and should demand that we be allowed to pronounce her name the "American" way (emphasis on the first syllable) instead of the "illegal immigrant" way (emphasis on the final syllable), regardless of how she pronounces it.
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Department of Clarifications [May. 29th, 2009 . 12:36 pm]
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Last night I wrote this post, which may or may not have given everyone the impression that I really don't give a flying fuck about gay rights, or whether Obama is ever going to get around to doing something about them.

That's not the point I wanted to make, and fareading tells me I should clarify my point a bit. Here's what I wanted to say:

Yes, it's true. Obama has yet to do even one little thing about gay rights, even to acknowledge Lt. Dan Choi, for example. Or comment on the California Supreme Court's Prop 8 verdict*. For example. I can come up with all kinds of little things Obama should have done to at least let us know he's still thinking about us.

And I don't want to excuse that. I do want to remind everyone, however, that he's only been in office for five months. There is still plenty of time for him to work for gay rights. And I believe he will. I even believe it will be soon. (Or it had better be.) But just because he hasn't done anything yet doesn't mean Obama has abandoned us.

For example...Collapse )

*ETA: Except, of course, that the Prop 8 verdict, which basically reaffirms civil union benefits but not the word "marriage," is exactly in line with Obama's stated opinions on gay marriage, so...maybe I don't want to hear what he has to say about it.
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If I may have a word [May. 28th, 2009 . 08:09 pm]
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Queer-friendly feminist bloggers are up in arms about President Obama's failure to push for gay rights since he got into office. And his attempt at a joke last night definitely comes off as more of a "fuck you" than he probably intended. (At least I hope he didn't intend it to be a "fuck you." But I don't think he's that stupid.)

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