Midweek Music…31 May 2017!

I felt like posting some pictures and music for this final day in May, 2017…enjoy!

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The final pillar of the debunked ‘racial democracy’? Post-doctorate research project exposes racism and racial hierarchies within interracial families

Too few people ever truly examine the disease of racism within themselves, much less how they became infected with it. This article discusses how bigotry, racism, and self-hatred manifest in multi-cultural families. I’ve certainly seen it up close and personal in my own family!
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Black Women of Brazil

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Note from BW of Brazil: In reality, I don’t know why this research would come as a surprise to anyone who has studied the issues of race and racism in Brazil. Maybe if one were to seriously believe the rhetoric about race relations it could come as a surprise. After all, popular discourse among millions of Brazilians posits that racism cannot exist because of the existence of so many interracial couples. Or that, as Brazilians are all mixed, “somos todos iguais” (we are all equal). We’ve already seen so many examples of how racism functions in Brazilian society (in the labor market, in the media, or in schools, for examples)  that anyone who seriously denies the existence of white supremacy would come across as either blatantly lying, in denial or openly attempting to cover up the facts. 

In reality, the truth about how racism…

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Black-Owned Business WT Stevens to Help Replace 18,000 Contaminated Pipes in Flint, MI

This is a bit of good news, here…definitely worth sharing!
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GOOD BLACK NEWS

photo via huffpost.com

by Taryn Finley viahuffpost.com

A black woman-owned construction company has been awarded a federally funded service contract to replace thousands of water pipes in Flint, Michigan. As part of a $97 million settlement to replace corroded pipes by 2020, the state has contracted WT Stevens Construction, which became a state-certified lead abatement specialty company in 2016, along with three other companies.

The companies will replace more than 18,000 pipes across the city, The Network Journal reported earlier this month. Rhonda Grayer, vice president of the family-owned company, told The HUB Flint that this contract is the “biggest project we’ve done.”

WT Stevens’ $10.9 million contract is the largest deal with the city for replacing service lines, according to MLive. It is responsible for addresses in Wards 3, 4, 8 and 9. The city allotted $25 million for the project in total. Grayer’s husband, Jeff Grayer

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Memorial Day…2017

It’s Memorial Day here in the States. The day set aside to pause and remember those brave men and women who gave their lives in service to this country. A lot of people get it confused with Veterans’ Day, which goes to show how shabby the U. S. education system is, among other things…but that’s another topic for another time.

Today, I pause to remember my uncle Kermit, who died in the Vietnam War well before I was born. For the longest time I didn’t even know his name. I plan on going to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D. C. to take a rubbing of his name – but, if the “traveling memorial wall” comes through the Pacific Northwest again before that time, I will take one from that to frame until I’m able to visit the real thing.

To Kermit, and to all who made the ultimate sacrifice, thank you. There aren’t enough words to express the gratitude I feel, so I’ll say it with a few pictures and a poignant song.

Somber Sunday…

This post is a sort of tribute to two heroes in Portland, Oregon. Most of you are probably unaware of, or even care about, the two men who gave their lives when they stood up to a mindless, inbred piece of racist filth on the MAX transit train on Friday evening. Friday, 26 May, marked the beginning of the Islamic holy observance of Ramadan, and two young Muslim women in hijabs were on the train, either heading to, or home from, a celebration of sorts. The asshole, who had a racist Facebook page just like James Harris Jackson and Sean Christopher Urbanski, the diseased pieces of white trash who murdered Timothy Caughman back in March, and Richard Collins III a mere two weeks ago. Again, this useless waste of air, space, and skin used a knife to take the lives of these men who took it upon themselves to defend two women who had done nothing but take public transportation on a Friday night in a city which is supposedly civilized, diverse, and “tolerant.”

54-year-old Rick Best, an Army veteran, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, a recent graduate of Reed College, are the two selfless men who were brutally murdered for standing up to hate. From CNN:

Dozens of people gathered on Saturday around a circle of flowers and photos to honor a recent college graduate and an Army veteran who were fatally stabbed on a Portland commuter train. The two men were killed after they intervened when a man allegedly yelled what “would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions” at two women on a Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light-rail train, Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

A third victim, a poet, survived the attack, but is receiving medical treatment for serious injuries. A suspect, Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, has been arrested on aggravated murder charges. Federal authorities are trying to determine whether Christian will face hate crimes as a memorial with flowers and notes for the victims grows across from the train station where one of the men died. The victims’ families, friends and Portland residents gathered Saturday at a nearby grassy area. They shared a few words about their loved ones while others praised their courage.

Note, also, that the murdering scumbags in each of these cases utilized various social-media outlets to spread their filth and hate. This is one of the main reasons I choose to not use Facebook, and every single one of you who use it and don’t speak out against the mindless hate and covert racism that you see on those platforms on a daily basis, are just as culpable as those who actively spread the hate are. You think that ignoring racism, hate, and bullying will make it go away. You tell yourselves that you’re not like “those people,” when, in fact, you are exactly like them. It’s sad, and a bit pathetic, to see otherwise intelligent people shoving their heads in the sand or up the rectal orifices of shallow, self-absorbed twats. Doing the right thing is certainly never easy, and is almost always painful. It still has to be done, no matter the cost. Those two heroes paid the ultimate price for doing the right thing. I hope that their families, and the families of those two women, unite in the fight against hate-mongers and mindless, racist filth. Making an example of that disgusting murderer, Jeremy Joseph Christian, as well as filth like James Harris Jackson, Sean Christopher Urbanski, and their ilk is something that should unquestioningly be supported, spoken about, and fought for. Stop supporting hate. Stop making excuses for racists. Speak out when you see something wrong being done. I don’t see how asking others to unite against bigotry and bullying is complaining or whining. I’m asking for unity, not division.

Saturday Scenery: More o’ Morrowind!

I just wanted to share a few more screen-shots of the scenery and landscape that I see as I explore new lands…enjoy!

Shrine to the Goddess of Dawn and Dusk.

Another audience with the “Living God.”

Lava and creatures of fire abound…

…as do serene, scenic coastal pathways.

A mysterious moonlet hangs in the sky…

…a fragment cast from the distant volcano, perhaps?

The multi-tiered city is uniquely constructed.

Ancestral tombs dot the landscape…

…you can take rubbings for historic reference. Impress your fellow lore-masters!

An intrepid explorer…

…tinkers with a subterranean pipe-organ.

There are many fantastic sights to see in these new lands…the adventure continues!

Hummer’s Mean Home: Part I (Perching)~

I love watching the hummers around my house – one of these days, I’ll get a camera that will be able to take close-ups of them that are as crystal-clear as Cindy’s are, here!
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Coming home means hanging out with the hummers.

I don’t worry about them when I’m gone.

I just miss them.

My husband, the actual-factual, logical-biostatistician, said incredulously, “They fly up to me like they missed me.”

He’s not used to thinking like this,


but he can’t help noticing such obvious birdy behavior.

Speaking of birdy behavior, we are having a problem this year.

The snoozing little capitalist you see above is dominating two quart-sized feeders and relentlessly attacking and driving all hummers off who try to feed. He spends more time hoarding nectar than feeding and snoozes all the time because he’s exhausted from all his effort. Of course he can’t even begin to drink this much nectar!

You can see him perched on the wire above the feeder, waiting to attack any bird that dares to drink! We have three feeders now spaced far apart to control him, one…

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Midweek Memes & Music: Salty Gamer Edition! (Re-blogged)

Gaming is on the agenda this weekend, so enjoy this re-blog of mine! Broadcasting works perfectly from what I see, and I’m getting decent feedback about it from friends IRL. Time to start test-recording some sessions on my YouTube page, I’d say!

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Eyrie Of An Aries

LOL – I got involved in some salty gamer-talk over the past couple of days, so I figured that today was the perfect time to do a quick post about it! Don’t worry, my short-story excerpts are ready for publishing and will be posted soon. I’m just prepping for my upcoming zerg-ball run for one of the grand, in-game titles! I need a few more achievements under my belt, and rubbing oneself with a bit of salt beforehand helps develop a thick skin. Blogging is the other exercise, obviously! Also, enjoy my musical selections which follow a preview of the upcoming new chapter in the best online game ever. Early access FTW!

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Before the music, the new promotional trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind!

…and now, the tunes for salty gamers – the love / hate is real!

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Tuesday Tidbits: 2017 Gaming Edition (Re-blogged)

New lands, new guilds, and new acquaintances abound in Morrowind…it must be due to the influence of the New Moon!

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Eyrie Of An Aries

All right, it’s that time of year again! With the anniversary of the release date of The Elder Scrolls Online looming (4 April), I figured that a gaming post was long overdue. I’m only really playing this game at the moment, so these are the only gaming updates that I do. Sorry, nothing about Final Fantasy, Call of Duty, Fallout 4 or Overwatch, here!

ESO Live did their first broadcast of 2017 on Friday, 27 January, and today they had a special broadcast for an announcement that has been at work behind the scenes – it was hinted at during PAX West 2016, but I had no idea what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised with the announcement!

First off, ESO will finally introduce in-game player housing, adding another layer to an already multi-layered, in-depth, and immersive game. I did some noodling on the Public Test Server…

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Sepultura’s Screen-Shots: Morrowind!

This week is one of the few dedicated to gaming and live-streaming the action on my Twitch channel. Why, you might be asking yourselves? Well, the online game which I play is launching the newest chapter on 6 June, but those of us who pre-ordered the expansion were allowed early access on Monday of this week – so, I’ve been shamelessly gaming in between eating, working out, and sleeping. I know, I know; sleep is for the weak according to the hardcore die-hards out there, but I believe in taking care of myself even when indulging in my guilty pleasures!

Anyway, the newest chapter is actually a return to an ancient land which was introduced to fans of the Elder Scrolls multiverse in the Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. TESO did a fantastic job in rendering the ancestral island of the Dark Elves and breathing new life into a classic, well-loved game. I selected a few of the screen-shots that I’ve taken so far this week; more will be published later on. As always, feel free to bookmark my Twitch channel and check out the show! Broadcasting is most likely to occur between 1300 – 1900 PDT on weekdays and pretty much anytime on weekends, LOL

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A mysterious stranger hands you a note…

…leading you on a journey to a distant land.

You meet, and help, fellow travelers…

…and come face-to-face with a god.

Many queue up to request blessings from the “Warrior-Poet.”

There is even a house of ill-repute, for those who like the seedy side!

Fungi of all sizes grow everywhere…

…including the backs of local fauna.

Here’s another cute critter, native and unique to this island.

There are many new, and beautiful, sights to see…

…there is even construction of a new city in progress!

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