The Spirit of the Rebel - part 3 - Contemplating Humanity
Word to me so, then, the rebel will always be averse to systems or power and, in so dug, systems of hate, which almost always are the purview of those who fear the thought of being weak. Or, more accurately, fear becoming one or ‘them’.their greatest fears are twofold; First, they fear others becoming nor powerful than them and showing them to he the coward they are. Second, they fear equality, because rgwr exposes the tricks and tools they use, and bares it plain that their rule is unnecessary. As such, rhevpowerful fear everyone, and build up as many walls as proves reasonable between them and anyone else.
Rebellion, and the spirit of the rebel, are of course, no such thing. They do not fear reprisals. They are not fearful. They are incautious and are bit quick to violence. where the rebel’s opponent wuoo appeal to the heart or to he mind, rarely both, the Rebel uses both in concert to prevent unnecessary hurt to others.
This is not to say rebels do not get scared, of course,for we’re all human - but the fear of most rebels is that we will not see our potential, that we will allow ourselves as species oncosumed by our greed and hatreds.
TRIGGER WARNINGfor the link. If I had a choice between being a virgin for my entire life, and becoming like these douchebags, frankly, I choose being a virgin. Fucking dickwads.
Makes a mental note that if I’m getting slurred by these folks you’re probably doing it right. To women out there: I am so, so, sorry men have to be such dicks. I’m not even going to give the ‘not all men’ routine, because I sadly suspect it counts for MOST men, and that is something I am fucking ASHAMED of for our species. Amazing brain capacity, and we do THIS to women? Really? FUCK GUYS. GROW THE FUCK UP AND STOP BEING FUCKING DICKS!
Condolences to the family and friends who have to deal with that shit. You have my sympathy and best wishes.
The Spirit of the Rebel Part 2 - The Civilisation of the Possible, The Civilisation of the Four Walls
The Rebel, of course, is in many ways a dreamer. They look at the world, the world, this wretched wreck we’re construction on its surface - The Civilsation of Four Walls: - State - Capital - Religion - And most importantly, fear.
Itis these four wals that restrain humanity, and keep it clinging to falsehoods and delusions. I should note that by religion I do not refer merely to those established faiths and creeds. Nationalism is in itself a form a relgion, for it reifies a thief and treats him like a king. This is not to say all fo the actions of the State are necessarily evil. Welfare systems, for example, have served as a useful bulwark against the ongoing march of capital, and for that bulwark, I and many others are thankful.
Ultimately, however, all these four walls constrain what is possible. They are, to the rebel, the cage into which State attempts to ensnare us. Those who live in the Civilisation of the four walls… unless they rebel, tend to believe in lies, are usually mislead and deceived, and above all, are oft given to hatred.
The Rebel I speak of understands this, and proposes a better way; the Civilsation of the Possible - a world in which the only limitation to what can be done is the physical ability to do it, and, of course, reasonable human restraint (such as not killing your neighbour). But what IS the civilsation of the possible? Welll, in truth it’s hard to say, because it’s difficult to say what can be done, ultimately. We are still learning about the universe we live in, about the boundaries of the possible. We probably will be doing so forever. Right now, as far as we know, a limitation on the possible is faster than light travel. Something telss me though that eventually, humankind will find a way to do that, at least effectively.
In the Civilisation of the Possible, work is an *option*, not a thing necessary for survival. Right now you’ll probably be screaming at me ’ that is impossible! people will always have to work!’ Probably a select few, yes, but there will, I think always be people wanting to work to keep themselves busy. As crazy as it sounds, some poeple like being busy.
The fact is, the modern world does not require as many workers. That’s reality. And, if we weren’t living in the Civilisation of the Four Walls, that wouldn’t be a problem. As time has progresed, those four walls encroach on us, come closer to us. The rebel seeks desruction of these walls, because of the world they rule out. The Rebel always keeps in their mind even as they are jailed, even as they are oppressed, even as they are, eventually, killed, that the Civilisation of the Four Walls is unjust. It favours those with power over those who have none.
A rebel, always, will decide that this cannot stand, and take actions to push back against this injustice.
In my mind, I dream always of the world of the Possible. I would love nothing more than to be able to simply spend my life learning, encouraging others, helping them to undersand the other’s plight. But I would not go so far as to give myself the distinction of being a rebel. That honour - and it *is* an honour - lies at the feet of others who also will deny it.
In this work, I wish to honour those who have rebelled and fought against repressive regimes of the Four Walls. Solidarity, and may your aims be achieved. May the Civilisation of the Possible become reality.
So, apparently the Daily Telegraph couldn’t resist having a slag at the attendees of the march on Sunday.
You may also have noticed the way in which it totally misrepresented the protest’s tone. Instead of focusing on the peaceful march and rally, they focused instead on a very, very small group who diverged from the main body of protestors (which leads me to suspect agent provocateurs, though I have no evidence to back this up - it’s pure speculation on my part, so don’t quote me on that).
They used this to conflate the whole group as ‘ferals’. One might also note their picture selection on the online article; They definitely curated the pictures to tell the same story - that we were all a bunch of ferals (though they never use the word itself in the article, only on the front page.
It’s not as if it’s hard to not be as terrible as the Telegraph usually is. See this article, for example. Granted, it’s just a metastory of how the march was covered by the local mainstream media, but it still manages to be fairer than the DT article. They nicely reproduce the front page, and the observant will notice that even the protest wasn’t enough for them - apparently it’s necessary to wage war on public housing as well. After all, gotta support your developer mates who are salivating over all that land!
While this is not at all surprising - the Telegraph has proven itself in the past year to have essentially no remaining journalistic integrity (and sadly, the Herald isn’t much better).
It’s a nice change that these things are however actually getting covered though.
Before you ask, I bought the paper, yes. I do so periodically in order to get a read on the tone they’re using (it is difficult to combat propaganda effectively without reading it at least sometimes I’d rather do that for this purpose, as online articles have a nasty habit of either disappearing or being moved from time to time. Call it an insurance policy).
Note that I do not, in any capacity, speak for the organisers of these protests (as much as I wish them every success) in any official capacity, but I believe I am probably with them in expressing that your contempt of the populace has been noted.
Writers of the Daily Telegraph: With regard to your charge of protestors being ferals - If standing up for one’s democratic rights, if standing up in defense of the disadvantaged and poor, if standing up for the average person, that ALL might have a fair go and shot at life, then with all due respect, writers of the Daily Telegraph, I will proudly wear the label. I am not ashamed in any way to say that I stand in opposition to the abrogation of fairness that this budget represents. That’s right: I said it. I’d sooner be identified with those that got arrested than your snivelling sycophancy to the Liveral/National Coalition on behalf of the owner of your paper. Murdoch, I have little but contempt for you and the shit you pull.
So, I took part in my first ever protest today. Given that, I didn’t know quite what to expect when turning up at Belmore Park in Sydney. I’ve been teetering on the edge of becoming politicially active for a while, but after that budget dropped, I felt, as someone who generally has the time to attend these things, something of a responsibility to get to one of them (which I probably shouldn’t, because unlike most, i usually have the legitimate excuse of “I can’t get there” because these things on a Sunday. When mum mentioned her standing offer to give me a lift if I wanted to head out on weekends, I leaped on the chance.
I was a little worried at first when I turned up. I was earliy, and there weren’t many there (apparently, Sydneysiders are slowpokes). There was definitely a buzz in the air. It took a while for the crowd to get going at the rally beforehand, but once it did, there was no doubt it was a fair size crowd. I don’t exactly know how many showed up - but it has to be at least as many as the last one. The facebook page shows that 10,000 were definitely attending, a few thousand maybes. A 71,000+ invites were sent out, which is pretty good going though.
I’m not the best at catching what people said at the rally, but one thing I did notice was how diverse the crowd was - old people, young people, some children (not as many as I would have expected, but they were there. Though I was surprised how many dogs were floating around. Oh my goodness. they were everywhere (and, I should note, very calm about the whole ordeal. I think one dog started yapping at some point, but overall, given the number i saw about… The yellow labrador right next to me most of the time at the rally seemed fairly content, in particular.
Just as the people were diverse, so were the causes championed (all linked together by “get Tony out!” basically. I was glad to hear a strong emphasis on some of the budget’s (and previous bullshit actions by this and previous governments) from the First Peoples (First Nations? One of those was what they were using to refer to (forgive me, I’m using the term, even though I much prefer First Peoples/Nations for the sake of clarity) aboriginal people. I was heartened to hear a lot of support for them in the crowd as well.
One thing I was glad to see as well was there was a lot of stressing the idea of linking together. It was also good to see Labor not being given a free pass (the Labor party lady not far from me didn’t seem too happy about that.).
It seemed packed in the park, but it wasn’t until we spilled down (there’s a slope you have to be careful not to slip down!) into Eddy Avenue,with Killing in the name blaring on the motorised music cart as I descended - nice choice - that I got my first idea of the scale of what I was taking part in.
I think the most important part of the experience was the actual march itself. There definitely seemed to be a fair few of us, and there was definitely (for mine, anyway, that may be bias from the fact it being my first experience with activism and I no doubt want it to be a positive memory) at least to my instinct, a definite buzz on the streets. More than a few motorists honking with what I assume to be support (at least one almost certainly was, honking in time with a chant that was going on. At the very least, they were taking notice in the other lane (Broadway is a bit too important of a traffic thoroughfare to block completely, unfortunately).
It wasn’t a long walk, but I’d been out all day, and by the time I reached Victoria Park, my feet were rather sore. Still, on the whole, I enjoyed the experience and plan to attend the next one if I can.
One thing I do wish I’d done is talked to more people. I was perhaps a little insular - possibly a fault of keeping to myself for so long - though I did have a couple of short chats with a few people. The fact I don’t really know anybody that I saw (I went alone) probably didn’t help.
I really should try to do a placard next time. I’m sure I could come up with something witty.
Nice to see folks from Black Rose out handing out fliers to passers-by. I’ll probably be ducking in there at some point in the future. Solidarity. If I’d had time to stop and chat, I likely would have. (I had time pressures with the transport, so I pretty much had to turn back as soon as I finished the march, though I did make a point to sign the petition.
By the way, on the offchance anyone in southwest Sydney who was there and is involved with some kind of lefty activism in the Glenfield-Liverpool-Cabra-Fairfield-Bankstown sort of area… I’d love to hear from you and link up. The city’s a bit far for me to hike for regular protests, but I’d love to link up with any local-ish groups that might exist. Especially if you need folks to help out with writing stuff. This post isn’t my best work, but on a good day. And to anyone in the movement to stop Abbott who sees this blog - I’m a songwriter, I have lyrics posted here, and They’re free to use as long as credit is given, and you’re not promoting some insane hyper-capitalist bullshit. Acknowledgment is sufficient. I’m also open to suggestions to clean up the wording (I’ve actually toyed with the idea of releasing them under a license that permits modification.
First they came for the immigrants, Who they hated on the other side of the fence, Then the came for the homeless and poor, I mean, who cares about them anymore?
'Cos it's a war of attrition, The one with the most money wins Yeah, it’s a war of attrition and the ones who need help most don’t stand a chance
Then the came after the working poor, Who they hated, and had to settle scores, Then of course it’s welfare 'Cause who said life was fair
If you wanna get paid then you’ll bow to our corporate master
In this war of attrition, It’s pure capitalism And the fat cats win Yeah, it’s a war of attrition and the ones who need help most don’t stand a chance
Now they’re coming after our healthcare, Because everything must be sacriced On the altar of Rinehart, Murdoch and BHP Don’t you know that when it comes down to it, If you don’t have a seven figure salary, Then it’s off to the workhouse and you’ve no-one to blame but yourself!
Because you didn’try (You ain’t rich enough) And you didn’t lie (Not rich enough) And you didn’t steal (still not rich enough, still not rich enough) Oh by the way we’re shoving preachers in your schools.
Cause we’re the party, of the rich and the ignorant, And we stress the ignorance, And if you’re on the other side, well we just can’t deny that We’d rather see you burn You’re gonna burn (We’ll make sure of it) And you’ll fall under the combined strain of the Abbott Axe. Well don’t you know, the facts, Are mere fabrications and Labor Lies.
And you know they say reality has a left-wing bias, Well to hell with reality, We’d rather lies, and delusions, And collusion, With the rich against the poor And if you don’t like it then we’ll find a way to make sure that you pay.
'Cos it's a war of attrition, The one with the most money wins Yeah, it’s a war of attrition and the ones who need help most don’t stand a chance Yeah, it’s a war of attrition and the ones who need help most don’t stand a chance
The Generic 'he' and why you shouldn't use it (aka... I got Distracted, again.)
I was going to continue the writing on the Spirit of the Rebel - I’m fully going to continue those thoughts, but noticed something creeping in as I spoke of a theoretical rebel. Now, in my mind, my anyone can potentially be a rebel - all it takes is speaking truth to power, standing against power, not blindly accepting the dictates of the status quo (which, usually, is bunk).
But as I walked up the road on an errand hashing out the ideas for that post (which will come, I promise!) While yes, I don’t necessarily cite evidence in my blogs, they’re intended as more anecdotal musings or rants on issues, but still, a lot of thought goes into some of them.
Anyway, So there I was, thinking about this rebel. And I noticed something I’m a little ashamed of. I was trying to phrase them as gender neutral - they in my ideas. But as I spoke (yes, I think out loud and no, it’s not a sign of madness, I just remember stuff a bit better that way). But almost every time it came to speak of this rebel, I’d slip and say he.
Seems like a small thing, right? Not really. “But,” you say, “That’s how english works! generic terms refer to ‘he’, usually.” And you would be correct. And that’s exactly what’s wrong - it diminishes the role of women, or those with a gender other than male or female (and yes, douchebag trolls, there are people who identify as such. Deal with it). But I’d bought into that narrative all these years. Now, when I say it, it sounds grating. I was amazed just how strongly it seems to be in my habits, and it’s somethng I want to break. So, if I refer to a hypothetical, generic person as ‘he’ on this blog from now on, call me out on it.
Now, let me be clear what this means - I will still refer to ‘he’ when the person is intended as a he. I’f I’m referring to a hypothetical MRA douchebag, I’ll say he, because they are almost without fail terrible people and I’m not going to dump that on women (as an aside, I was listening to an atheist podcast today (The Non-Prophets) and one of the hosts used the term ‘MasculaNazi (sic) ’ to refer to MRA assholes. Would Male Nazi or something like that be better? I like the idea, anyway.
Aaanywho, the male genericism (is that a word? probably not, but I like it, and you know what I mean). It helps perpetuate patriarchy. I’m not saying you have to get rid of it entirely, but mix it up at least. Use ‘she’ or ‘they’ sometimes. You’ll hopefully make an MRA douchebag cry, and that is a *good* thing.
What hope remains for freedom in a world essentially bought by the corporate class? It’s hard to say, to be honest, because really, it depends on what the people at large do.
What’s a fact: The media at large have abandoned us, chasing after the corporate money like lowly cowards. The same goes for most politicians in the West, and this does not boe well for the future.
Society stands at an impasse; The future now lies in the hands of either capital or those who rebel against it. Capital, which as become in essence the god of our time - the love of money being, as at least the New Testament notes, (rightly IMHO for once - no condemnation here), being the root of all kinds of evil. What it, and most critiques fail to realise, is that all problems ultimately proceed from a root; sometimes you *do have to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Money is unusually suited to the greedy; it can be hoarded without worrying about spatial concerns, and it can be exchanged for anything. Mostly though, moeney is the means by which power is oft exerted in our world.
And so, the system of profit, in the form of the capitalist system, functions as a tool for siphoning wealth from the exploited. Eventually, the system breaks when wealth becomes concentrated, causing the kind of crisis that Marx was on about.
I’m not a Marxist, let me be clear - though I do hold his critique of Capitalism to be largely valid - I just disgree with his remedy. The only way to prevent capital from being able to get a hold is to not have systems of power. After all, moeny is just the main system of power - there are others.
Power is a drug. It turns sane men mad, makes fair-minded persons do horrid things, turns human beings into mindless, uncompassionate automatons that have no concern for care and compassion. I loathe power. I hate power. I wish nothing greater than to destroy it.
But a machine does not stop of its own volition, unless it runs out of fuel, or it’s shut off. And the only thing that can destroy capitalism is a continued refusal and defiance to do the things it demands. To refuse to prey on those below us. To refuse to be divided by what, in the end, are usually petty differences.
Obviously, this is not a thing that can be done alone. And it will of course be resisted then the time comes. But if our world and humanity has any hope, it lies in the hand and heart of the rebel, who continually refuses to take part or act in support to systems of power - which ultimately, are systems of death.
Solidarity to all who are victims of injustice - and that’s nearly all of us. Long live the spirit of the Rebel.
The joke isn’t that they’re cruel or bad at parenting or have any particular disdain for the world at large. They aren’t unkind to their neighbors or to the animals and their deeply devoted to their children and to each other.
The joke is that they’re happy.
The Addams Family is missing a lot of the typical sitcom tropes. There’s no mother-in-law jokes, no arguing over who’s supposed to fill what gender role, both Morticia and Gomez spend roughly equal amounts of time parenting the children and the most remarkable is the relationship between Morticia and Gomez. You see Morticia Addams and it really highlights how rare it is in family films and TV sitcoms to see a wife and mom character who isn’t like this “dissatisfied housewife always mad at my big dumb husband but I love him gonna stay with him because this is the world and he’s the best I can get and I am always right because wifes are the smart ones hey you can relate to this average American I guess”. Morticia and Gomez in contrast are usually working together you know rarely party A will keep something from party B but for the most part the form little schemes together as partners both are heads of the household and they almost never disrespect each other - remarkable in a genre where that’s usually the joke.
But the reason the Addams are happy is really beacause they exist outside of society’s expectations. Gomez is a man child who plays with his trains and that’s fine. Morticia fences with her husband and plays with weapons often and it doesn’t occur to them to care what other people think.
Crisis pregnancy centers are sometimes called fake abortion clinics because of their tendency to locate themselves near real clinics and use deceptive names and advertising. Their real goal is to prevent clients from having an abortion, even if this means lying. These myths are perpetuated on CPC websites, advertisements, materials in the center, and in person.
1) Lie: Abortion causes breast cancer
Truth: Every reputable cancer institute and OB/GYN organization has said this is false and based on poor research. [source] [source]
2) Lie: Abortion causes infertility
Truth: While complications with abortion, just as with any other reproductive procedure, can have an effect on future fertility, abortion does not have a unique negative effect on fertility. [source] [source]
3) Lie: Abortion causes mental health problems
Truth: Sometimes referred to by anti-abortion activists as “Post-Abortion Syndrome” or “Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome,” these effects aren’t supported by the American Psychological Association or the American Psychiatric Association. [source] [source] [source]
4) Lie: Abortion is dangerous
Truth: Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, with a risk of less than 0.05% of major complications that may need hospital care. The risk of death associated with abortion is 1/1,000,000 before 8 weeks and 1/29,000 at 16-20 weeks. [source]
5) Lie: Birth control and condoms don’t work
Truth: The effectiveness of birth control depends on how well it’s used. Condoms have a 98% effectiveness rate when used perfectly, but that goes down to 82% with “typical” use. Long-term methods, such as the IUD and implant, are over 99% effective.
Birth control works best when multiple methods are used together, such as consistently taking the birth control pill and using condoms, or having an IUD and using the pull-out method. [source] [source] [source]
6) Lie: Emergency contraception is abortion
Truth: Emergency contraception, also known as the “morning after pill” or by one brand’s name, Plan B, works primarily to stop the ovary from releasing an egg that can be fertilized by incoming sperm. This prevents a pregnancy from occurring in the first place, and EC will not work if a fertilized egg has already implanted in the uterus. There is no evidence to suggest that EC prevents a fertilized egg from implanting. [source] [source] [source] [source]
7) Lie: The abortion pill doesn’t work on ectopic pregnancies
Truth: This is a half-truth. The medication typically used in medication abortions, mifepristone, has no effect on an ectopic pregnancy. However, methotrexate is also sometimes used in medication abortions, either in pill or injection form, and it can treat an ectopic pregnancy. [source]
8) Lie: Embryos and fetuses can feel pain during an abortion
Truth: The current research finds that fetuses likely cannot perceive pain or distinguish it from touch until the third trimester of pregnancy. Nearly 99% of abortions happen before this point. [source] [source] [source]
Fascinating. I’m pro-choice (and was even when I was a moderately fundie person), but I din’t know about that last fact. Amazed that the perception of pain develops so late. Then again, I suppose it isn’t all that useful in an evolutionary sense in the womb, is it?
I still can’t get over that person who said “I’m a proud Jew and Zionist and I support peace”
Oh shut the fuck up you mayonnaise gargling piece of shit.
Being a Jew? Fine. People are people, you have your views, whatever.
It’s Zionists that shit me. Seriously folks, Israel is a shitty state. I may think states as a whole are a bad idea, but even if you’re a statist… Fuck man. Israel’s douchey. As bad as what SA was back in the apartheid days.
I’m not anti-Semitic, but I’m anti-Zionist and strongly oppose the actions of the state of Israel. That isn’t to say I support the actions if the countries around them either - they’ve been dicks as well, but in general, Israel started most of the shit.
TLDR - against antisemitism, but antizionist, and anti inhuman fucked up shit.
Mississippi has one of the worst records for maternal and infant health in the U.S., as well as some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease, and among some of the most restrictive policies on abortion…
"It is tremendously, tremendously frightening, this case…There’s real fear for young women whose babies are dying early who [lack the resources to] defend themselves and their actions."
Rennie Gibbs’ daughter was stillborn with the cord wrapped around her neck, but when autopsy results turned up traces of a cocaine byproduct in her baby’s blood, Gibbs was indicted for “depraved heart murder,” with a maximum sentence of life in prison.
It should come as no surprise that Gibbs is a young, low-income black woman, a member of a demographic disproportionately targeted by the legal system in cases like this and others, and more vulnerable to stillbirths.
A committee for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists determined that “pregnant women who fear the legal system avoid or emotionally disengage from prenatal care - the very thing that might help assure they give birth to health babies. Drug enforcement policies that deter women from seeking prenatal care are contrary to the welfare of the mother and fetus.”
Until we stop pretending punishment and stigma is an effective deterrent, and work to address the underlying issues in maternal health, women will continue to be targeted for addiction, mental illness, and self-determination.
This is disgusting. It’s part of a trend - the idea that once a person is pregnant, their body belongs to society, and thus they are answerable to society for the outcome of their pregnancy.
It’s disgusting. And sexist, and racist, and classist, and ableist, to name a few.
You know what, fuck others' expectations. It's time to start working towards being me.
I’m going to hide most of this post after the break, as it could potentially be triggery for some folks. It’s not graphic or anything, but something of a vent of my day, with a rehash of my recent history thrown in.
You were *that* close to nailing it for once, but Salon still managed a bit of a fuckup.
@Salon: Two words that no man should ever (ever, ever) say to a woman http://t.co/GBPwvGvP5s via @schemaly #SalonArchives
From the article: The problem with street harassment isn’t the demand that a woman smile or perform fellatio, the problem is the answer to the question, “What if a woman doesn’t want to?
— Seriously, wtf? Most of the rest of the article is fine and dandy… But seriously. How is asking a woman to ‘perform’ in EITHER of those ways not creeeepy as FUCK? Maybe just me. Reminds me a little of the days when people would say “IH, you’ve got a problem with one of your eyes? Cover your good one! How much do you see?” Before you ask - no, I don’t believe it’s even close to women being asked at random to do this shit.
Shit happened at least once a week when I was younger. Fine when an ophthalmologist or optometrist does it - they have a reason for what they’re doing. And no, it
It’d be better to say while it’s bad to approach a woman and expect her to continue to perform like this, the responses to rejection often defy belief.
Disclaimer: I’m a pre-everything trans woman who isn’t yet identifying in public or dressing femme or even to family, so my perception of what’s creepy is likely going to differ from a cis woman because right now I’m fronting as a guy in public. Other than that it seems a good article, but knowing Salon, there’s probably something horrible lurking in three Mess. Good to see Jamie Nesbitt Golden (sp? She’s @thewayoftheheid on twitter), an getting a mention (follow her and @,karynithia. Aside from being awesome women, and standouts on issues that affect people of colour, they are AWESOMELY FUNNY when theyre just commenting on life in general.
TLDR: I seriously doubt girls want to be randomly approached and chatted up or worse, asked to provide sexual favours. Seriously - BOTH are sexual harassment. You wouldn’t do it to a random man so don’t do it to a woman
Again, though, definite improvement on the usual Salon screeds, just pointing this out. Otherwise a good piece.
TIL milk is in, like, everything. Seriously. Next time you do your shopping, see how many of the things you buy have ‘milk’ or ‘milk solids’ listed as an ingredient. You’ll be fucking surprised, unless of course you’re a vegan. Was definitely an eye opener for me.
So, about last Friday's Citizen Radio best of... I need help with something. I don't Wanna be a douchebag that eats animals anymore. Resources in Sydney?
So I keep listening to last week’s Citizen Radio best of shows. I keep listening to Friday’s episode in particular. The animal stuff is REALLY starting to echo around in my head, and it’s really starting to make me feel like a huge fucking douchebag for eating meat., and I really think it’s time I start actually going down the path of this Veganism thing.
I have No fucking idea how I’m going to a) afford it, b) prepare Vegan meals using only a microwave and a toaster oven, and c) where to look for resources and affordable Vegan produce.
I’m unemployed. I don’t have a job, I live on the outskirts of Sydney without a car, and there seems to be SFA Vegan produce out here aside from salads and shit like that. Things do seem to be starting to change in that front.
I know there are probably at least a few Aussie maniacs out there who can point me in the right direction. I want to do this, and I’m going to ask the maniacs to hold me accountable to this. I’m going to transition slowly, mostly because I want it to stick, with any luck within a couple of years, though hopefully sooner.
I still live at home, and I really do only have a microwave and a toaster oven for meals. Also, good tasting Vegan cheeses that are actually available in grocery stores. I only have Coles, Woolworths and Aldi convenient (Costco is around but not practical because I have to be able to *carry* what I buy, though I suppose mum could help out with that.
Anyway, I’d love any links to good resources anyone’s found. *Especially* anything in the way of resources to help me catch any foods that would seem safe, but in actuality have animal products in them.
Again, I have no fucking idea how I’m going to pull this off, but gosh darn it, I’m going to. Somehow.
I have already made a start, switching milk for soy milk (always preferred the latter anyway) and once I finish the current tub of butter I have, I’m going to use a vegan substitute (turned out a brand I like is actually okay in that regard.)
And seriously, any advice, stories, things to avoid… All of it. Gonna need help to get this done, but get done it’s gonna be.
My story isn’t so extravagant, because most of my journey toward leftist politics followed observing the process of the crash of 2008 and the capitalist machine’s obsessive pursuit of wealth in the aftermath at the expense of all else. I’ve pretty much always followed politics, whether here in Australia or in the US, but really, it’s thank to Citizen Radio that i’ve become more aware of how terrible some of the atheist community are.
I was never particularly closely entwined into that community anyway, so dissociating from them wasn’t a hard decision (though it has to be said, I still quite like PZ Myers). Other sources radicalised my politics pretty well.
It *is* however, thanks to Citizen Radio that I’ve really started to see the importance of intersectionality, the continuing need for feminism, and it’s thanks to them and the maniacs that’s I’ve begun to call out this shit more strongly online. It’s also thanks to CR that I discovered the awesomeness of @Karnythia and @thewayoftheheid on Twitter (seriously, follow them on Twitter if you aren’t already. SO WORTH IT.
It’s also thanks to Citizen Radio and the Maniacs that I’m seriously pondering going vegan or at least vegetarian (just have to work out how the fuck I’m going to afford it. Veg stuff here in Australia is still a premium price thing, though I’ve made a start by switching to soy milk and a vegan butter/margarine alternative (I don’t use much butter/marg anyway).
I have to confess, I’m not yet active and out there involved in protests, but most protests here take place on the weekend, and I really don’t have easy transport on a weekend, which constrains my ability to take part quite heavily. Which is why for now, I’m making my stand online (if you’re in Sydney and have options I could look into… please let me know! It’s hard to find info online.
It’s also nice to know that #CitizenRadio is a great safe space for me. I’m a pre-everything transgendered woman (still living publicly as male and will have to deal with that for a few years due to a couple of family assholes.
Wondering what this Citizen Radio thing is? It’s a podcast, and you can check it out at http://www.wearecitizenradio.com/ If you like it and if you’re not on unemployment like me, you should subscribe to it. It’s entirely listener supported and they actually pay their employees well, so they’re nothypocrites like many others in leftist media (not to lessen their work).
I’d also like to give a shoutout for those in Australia (or those interested in finding out what shit’s going down here - spoiler: right now there’s a lot) for Progressive Podcast Australia, which can be found at http://www.progressivepodcastaustralia.com/ They’re fans of Citizen Radio, too, so you KNOW it’s going to be good.
Any Aussies should check that one out in particular, because our media, frankly, is the propaganda wing of the coalition and the miners at this point. While I’m at it: FUCK THE MURDOCH AND FAIRFAX PRESS.
I hate to maybe bring up more issues, but I just wanted to say stuff from my POV. As a person of color (I’m Asian) I NEED representation in media so people like these men can stop thinking I am some wilting asian lotus flower ready to jump on them at…
Not a POC, but as an ally, I’m reblogging this because it’s awesome.
Anyway, in case anyone was wondering where I got it from, why I became such a fire breather on this issue, it’s because of this show. I’ve always known that rape was awful, that’s not news (except to people who are assholes; I’m looking at you The Amazing Atheist), and I always was aware that there was an issue with victim blaming in the press and among the media. But I had no idea how bad it really was until they started talking about it on CR. No, the CR from To Boldly Flee, I mean Citizen Radio. ;)
I also went vegan because of them. Jamie and Allison are great people, and I cannot promote their show enough.
Even if Jamie called me a monster because I like Garden State.
Oh man. I remember when I found out The “Amazing (sic) Atheist was an MRA douchebag. I don’t think I’ve stopped following somebody’s stuff quicker in my life. Pretty sure I haven’t watched even one of his vids since. Fucking douchenozzle. I don’t think I was even listening to CR yet at that point, but… yeah. Never been fond of the MRA crowd.
Meant to put this on this blog. Oh well, fuck it. there are a few folks who follow that other blog that don’t follow this one anyway (it’s just a random bullshit blog, don’t bother following that if you want actual content. But yeah, long story short TAA is an MRA douchebag. Unfollow if you weren’t aware.
One of these days, I am actually going to get out there and get involved politically. For me of course there are unique challenges to that - it’s rather more difficult to get to protests when they’re usually on weekends - especially when you live in a part of a city like Sydney that is best termed a publicly transport desert of a weekend.
Partly, of course, it is understandable. There’s not much out where I am. But I do also wonder how much of that is a cultural thing: we don’t think so much about the public transport need of anyone other than 9-5 workers in this city, it seems. And that’s a problem.
But I’ve talked about all if that before. The thoughts about just what I want my contribution to the social movements for change to be. What areas do I feel called to? What communities should I seek to join? What cause cries out to me the most?
Actually, that last one is something I’ve been struggling on. I know a few things about myself:
- I love to encourage people, even when I myself am feeling down. I love to come alongside somebody and help them to hopefully see the greatness within them. (I’m a weird one in this way: I feel like everyone has some shred of awesome in them somewhere, and it positively makes me beam when someone lets that shine.)
- Intersectionality is something I see as being reeally really important and find myself wanting to encourage amongst activists.
- I love actually helping people, though I only feel confident doing so with small things.
- I KNOW I’m very capable with words. Read my poems, and I really love writing, though I like just letting it spill out and then tweak later.
- I love MANY causes. At various times I’ve felt a pull to feminism, LGBTQI causes (especially trans* issues), worker struggles, anti-capitalism concerns, environmental concerns, addressing the rich/poor divide, immigration issues, anti-racist and anti-war stuff, opposition to tape culture… And the list goes on. So basically, I like everything, and almost don’t want to specialise, but I know if I don’t, I’ll probably burn out. And yet each of these causes is a PASSIONATE thing for me.
I suppose what I’m asking my handful of readers (please share and reblog!) Is this: how do I pin down what I should get into? And more importantly, does anyone know what orgs exist in Australia (especially Sydney) that I should get involved with? Also, as a person of words, how can I best wield them to engender a positive attitude?
Okay, I’ll leave it there, I think, I don’t want to flood this thing with questions
Feminism, ultimately, is egalitarianism. Since women were, and still are, far more oppressed than men. This is not to say there aren’t cases where men are worse off; the stereotypes perpetuated by misogyny - for example, the idea that only the mother is ever the best person to raise the children - actually affect men too (if you don’t believe mme on this, ask any single father who has taken their child to the playground how many times they’ve been accused of being a potential child rapist).
The reasoning for this is simple; if it is stated that women should be equal to men in all things, the reverse, that men should be equal to women is implied by the same logic.
Now, before I get a torrent of hate, let me make this clear: I have strong, very bitter disagreements with many of the arguments put forward by MRAs. In fact, I would agree that most of their claims are utterly bullshit.
Supremacy is hierarchy! Don’t buy into it! Reject it with every ounce of energy you have, and in whatever form it takes!
But where a claim isn’t bullshit, we should still, ultimately fight for the wrong to be addressed. It’s the same reason we shouldn’t support msandry (even if it is, given the way women are often treated, understandable). Because supporting bullshit is bullshit, whoever’s spewing it. Not that it should be ranked anywhere as high on the pecking order as something like rape culture. THAT SHIT HAS TO FUCKING STOP. it’s wrong, it’s immoral, and It’s just plain nasty.
Ultimately, class struggle is one struggle, but it is one struggle that asserts itself through many small struggles. This is why solidarity is so important, because the strength we gain over time from each victory can be used to help fuel the next battle.
TLDR: Most of the problems highlighted in identity politics can be identified as a form of social, as opposed to economic class (though they often overlap) . Meaning struggling for gender equality IS STILL A PART OF CLASS STRUGGLE BY DEFINITION!
Finally, I’m human. If I’m wrong, **tell me.** Fuck egos, I’m here to ultimately improve humankind and the world I live in. If it means being repeatedly called out on my shit, So fucking be it. My only request is that you might do it kindly and civilly if you can; I will be quite happy to respond in kind.
That is, unless you’re a misogynistic, racist, or xenophobic asshole. In that case, FUCK YOU.
Just want to be clear with everyone: anything posted here that’s my workis free to use, modify, and perform or redistrubute. Those written works, if you want to adapt them within a work of your own, it’s allowed. These are mostly just rants anyway, the ravings of a probable lunatic, but if they’re of value to you, and you think they’re worth being spread, whether in print, online, or elsewhere, as long as you cite me (just affirmedatheist or affath is fine, though a link to the tumblr would be appreciated) I’m good. I don’t care about anything like royalties, even if I’m fucking poor. That’s not what I’m about.
I’m about stopping this cancerous economic system called capitalism from royally fucking up our world (which it seems disturbingly adept at doing).
The comedian on his evening at the GQ awards, from which he was ejected after cracking a joke about sponsor Hugo Boss
I thanked John, said “the oracle award” sounds like a made-up prize you’d give a fat kid on sports day – I should know, I used to get them – then that it’s barmy that Hugo Boss can trade under the same name they flogged uniforms to the Nazis under and the ludicrous necessity for an event such as this one to banish such a lurid piece of information from our collective consciousness.
I could see the room dividing as I spoke. I could hear the laughter of some and louder still silence of others. I realised that for some people this was regarded as an event with import. The magazine, the sponsors and some of those in attendance saw it as a kind of ceremony that warranted respect. In effect it is a corporate ritual, an alliance between a media organisation, GQ and a commercial entity, Hugo Boss. What dawned on me as the night went on is that even in apparently frivolous conditions the establishment asserts control and won’t tolerate having that assertion challenged, even flippantly, by that most beautifully adept tool, comedy.
I’m not a fan of his comedy, but I had no idea he could write like this. This was both hilarious and saddening.
The Coalition’s new policy on asylum will degrade administrative decision-making, undermine accountability of public power, and leave refugees in a permanent state of psychological and legal limbo. Like the Howard government policies it mimics, it will create enormous and expensive bureaucratic inefficiencies by flooding the courts with claims for judicial review, and forcing immigration officials to remake decisions about refugee status every few years.
There are, IMHO far wider problems with this insane policy. Not that we didn’t know that the Coalition weren’t shitbags already.
This policy of Abbott’s, by forcing an entire group of people - refugees arriving by boat, to never be able to choose to settle down, to never be able to leave a lasting contribution to society here, has potential to cause some pretty radical shifts in how our society functions over here in the antipodes.
For one, it has the potential create something we’ve never quite had here in Australia: a large, permanent, underclass, who would never really be able to claw their way up in life. It would also act as a wedge to force unrealistic expectations on many other poor and jobseeking persons - in many cases, the work just isn’t there.
Not that there isn’t an underclass here, as the indigenous people will tell you. But immigrants would be a far larger group that could be used as wedge (due to equally shitbag policies of the past, there are relatvely few remaining indigenous persons remaining in Australa).
It goes without saying that I’m ashamed an appalled at what Australia has become. Instead of choosing the higher ground, instead of deciding that we as a people would set aside our differences… Instead, we chose to fully embrace racism and xenophobia.
I envision it as a kangaroo and emu, kitted out with full military regalia, bulletproof vests, each holding a rocket launcher aimed at a rickety boat. While that isn’t exactly what they’re proposing (would love someone to draw this by the way)… I wouldn’t put it past some of Abbott’s supporters to support the idea of shooting down these boats, for all they preach not wanting people to be killed.
We are thankfully making some ground on LGBT issues… but I wouldn’t be surprised to see that begin to recede if Abbott gets in. I mean, the guy is best mates with that vulture, Pell, a man for whom I have nought but contempt.
Whatever happened to looking after our fellow man woman, son daughter, brother, sister, father, mother, fuckers? Sacrified on the altar of allegiace Just like our conscience… Stand together now fight the tide Band together, this fight’s for our rights Band together
[Miscellaneous news clips, including “turn back the boats”, “Protect the border” “we have a right to determine who does and does not enter this country”] Racists! Thugs! Anti-humanists! I have no tolerance… I have no patience for you! Smash the bordergates, smash the fucking state
Xenophobia now Xenophobia now Xenophobia now
Smash the state Fuck the norm Keep the rage Fuck ‘the Law!
(Spoken: Sometimes, when the law is unjust, it should be abolished!)
The latest policy from the (non-)Liberal Party in the never ending race to the bottom on the ‘stop the boats!!!!1111 issue.
I’m sick and tired of the racism and xenophobia that seems to be so easily provoked in our country. Can’t we have something new?
NB: I hereby release these lyrics for use provided: - Credit is given (a link here is sufficient) - Others are free to modify your modified version.
I’m more interested in getting action on these issues than any personal benefit.