Doing some research and planning for a friend, thought this info might be of interest to other people too. I’ll save updated versions as I go on researching this, if I find more new information/tools/whatever.
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Posted this on Facebook: Just so we’re clear, I am Asian, a feminist and I am transgendered and I am intersexed and I am queer identified and a queer ally. I have a lot of friends in those communities. I also have some folks who follow me because you are my co-workers. A lot of my co-workers are Christian or Catholic and socially/politically/fiscally conservative. I also have some good long-time friends who are or pretend to be misogynists, queer bashers, and trollish assholes. There will be clashes. Please, neither of my communities, if you see a post I make in public that is political, don’t expect that everyone on the thread will be or behave in the way you desire them to or in a way you’d expect. And generally I try to be as tolerant as I can be of all your weird foibles, your incidental, intentional or just plain accidental offensivenesses. I know that life is complex, Politically Correct life many times moreso and I know that even if you’re being a dick, you still, deep down, like me, or love me. And I don’t expect all of my friends to get along with all of my other friends, especially now in this great era of change and progress (I refer to the DOMA, the VRA, Prop 8 and the shenanigans going on in Texas over a woman’s right to choose – my timeline, my terminology).
But I do expect you not to force me to choose and I do expect you to behave (i.e. settle down and stop poking at my friends with your stick-like ideology) when I ask you to. If you don’t, then fuck you and I’ll figure out what to do about you if you force it.
Followup was: Also to clarify, I’m okay with there being bruisings of ego against each other from different friends. I figure you are grown-ass people. But if anyone starts getting really reamed out, that’s not okay. And like I said, if I ask you to stop and you keep pushing, well, let’s just hope that doesn’t happen.
This is from a Facebook post.
An observation on my feelings about the “I got mine” style of socially conservative politics I am lamentably exposed to on a regular basis: When things like the New York Immigration judge ruling to not allow deportation or the gay Colombian man happen, even though I am not actually gay, not actually Colombian, nor do I know first hand anyone who is Colombian or about to be deported despite legal marriage to a gay man who is an American citizen, I still find it encouraging, heartening, vital, and feel like it cultivates me, my culture, my subculture(s) and all of my friends to have this kind of judicial decision made.
In contrast, I know a lot of social conservatives who are unable to share in this kind of joy and ecstasy for someone they do not know being made the happier.
And among other reasons that I get incredibly frustrated with social conservatives is this: Judeo-Christian morals/ethics, even if you are not personally Jewish or Christian, exhort you to take joy in others’ joy, but somehow social conservatives are so ingrown that they are unable to do that for gay people, minorities (women, people of color, sovereign nations, really anyone they identify as “other”), religious minorities, really anyone who they don’t recognize as close.
And I think that’s really lamentable and a real shame. And that, sometimes, is what alienates me the very strongest from my socially conservative brethren. That simple inability and/or unwillingness to share in the joy of others. It makes me feel really uncomfortable to end up feeling like I’m more genuinely christian than the folks who spend a lot of time self-righteously declaring their own christianity.
The link: http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2013/06/26/2220411/doma-immigration-judge-stops-deportation/
Just to let all 5 – 15 of you who read my blog regularly know, I’m starting to work on using various integrations and integration services to unify and archive my social media activity to both Facebook and this blog. This is especially since I write probably 90% – 99% of my bloggy type stuff on Facebook instead of here on this this blog.
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I’ve been doing lots of food things, both new and old.
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Got some wild-caught Atlantic Salmon. Normally I’d shop for least ecological impact – caught and processed in the USA – but I was shopping today for Christmas Eve gravlax and wanted the salmon as fatty as possible, so this salmon is from Scotland. Yes, I now live in Berkeley where you don’t even have to ask – they print origin and processing countries on the signs themselves at the fish counter.
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Item 1: Lovely if short visit with Dad to celebrate his 87th. While he was able to recall another couple of friends visiting, his cycle of telling the same story over and over again was down from his normal 30 – 60 minute cycle to 5 or so. Heard the same story half a dozen times during that visit.
Item 2: Reading Gaiman’s American Gods is doing me a lot of good, reminding me of some of the reasons I live the way I do, some of the ways life unfurls and what I should and should not take personally.
Item 3: Geek: The Apple Remote app was working very sluggishly for me, operations queuing up and executing 30 seconds later on the AppleTV. I reinstalled the Remote app on the iPhone and now it’s working fine. By that I mean on the home screen or in the folder, tap and hold until the icons are shaky and an x appears in the upper left. tap the x, answer yes to the prompt about deleting. Then go to the App store and re-download it.
I’m disconnecting my Maryland Cell Phone and activating a new phone in Berkeley, CA.
If you don’t have a 510 area code number for me, please drop me a line (email@example.com works just fine) and let me know I’ve forgotten you. Apologies in advance!
My existing Google Voice number (443-977-4667) will likely eventually get me a message too, but e-mail will be much quicker.
In starting to seriously come out of my shell, and in getting under way with having Mom live in the Mother-in-law cottage/cabin in the back of the property, challenging myself with owning and maintaining the main house alone, things keep changing, which is fine, and I keep having more maintenance to be responsible for, which is also fine.
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