ROFLMAO @ Selective Censorship

I decided to do a little test today. I made yet another bet with myself, and won. If I had $10 (USD) for every time this has happened, I would have been a wealthy woman by the age of 21.

Racist stereotypes and / or attacks: A-OK.

Misogynist and Misogynoir hate-mongering: perfectly fine.

Saying that someone appears to be “on the spectrum”: Strictly VERBOTEN!

Go figure.

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Five On Friday: My Blogging Rules For Myself (Re-blogged)

This “5 on Friday” post from October deserves a re-blog. Happy Friday, everyone!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Have you ever noticed this specific blogging phenomenon known as the “my blog is better than your blog” attitude? I see it often, and it always reminds me of high school interactions or shitty co-workers. These bloggers know everything about everything, and feel the need to troll or spam other bloggers with their arrogant, know-it-all personal attacks.

Some petty little asshat recently got all butthurt over me asking it to respect the boundaries of my blog. Sorry sunshine, you have your own blog. You do your shit your way, and I’ll keep on keeping on doing my shit my way. Because, you know, this is MY blog. I’ve never told you what to write, have I? That answer would be no. So, don’t tell me what to write, m’kay? It’s pretty fucking simple, but even simplicity is far above the heads of some.

With that, here are the five rules…

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Colin Kaepernick Receives 2017 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

GOOD BLACK NEWS

Colin Kaepernick (GETTY IMAGES)

by Michael Rosenberg via si.com

“If I was walking down the highway with a quarter in my pocket and a briefcase full of truth, I’d be so happy.” – Muhammad Ali, Sports Illustrated, Feb. 19, 1968

Colin Kaepernick made his truth known when he first decided not to stand for the national anthem. He had a lot of football left to play and a lot more money to make when he made his decision. It was late August, 2016. People who were anonymous in life had become famous in death. Philando Castile. Eric Garner​. Alton Sterling. Freddie Gray. They were tragic symbols of a society that had taken a terribly wrong turn. As the anthem played ahead of the 49ers’ preseason game against the Texans, Kaepernick, San Francisco’s 28-year-old quarterback at the time, quietly took a seat on the bench.

It took two weeks for anyone from…

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A Must-Read: “The Nationalist’s Delusion”

I recently came across this excellent piece in The Atlantic and felt that today was a perfect day to post it. The entire article can be found by clicking the link in this sentence.

I hope that you enjoy this piece as much as I did. It is quite thought-provoking.

Funny Sunday Memes: 5 March 2017! (Re-blogged)

Just a little bit of Sunday sarcasm, re-blogged! Gaming makes me salty, ROFL

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

I was inspired to do this post due to some recent conversations with others, both online and IRL. It amuses me when a person says something sarcastic to me, so I respond in kind – and their response is, “Why are you so offended?” I would ask this: Why do you assume that I’m offended when I treat you in the same way that you chose to treat me? If you say something sarcastic, then expect a sarcastic response – right? If you come at me foaming-at-the-mouth mad over nothing, then expect a big “FUCK YOU” in response. That isn’t being offended, that is me ridding myself of your psychotic presence as quickly and efficiently as I know how. If you’re trying to offend me with sarcasm for some reason, then that’s on you. Incidentally, it takes a hell of a lot more than a snarky / barbed / insulting…

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Monday Mini-Musings: Netiquette

Remember when these simple guidelines for internet etiquette, a.k.a. “netiquette,” were generally followed by many? They mainly applied to adults, since kids weren’t as unsupervised in cyberspace as they are now.

People don’t give a crap about these reasonable guidelines anymore, that’s for sure! C’est la vie

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Full Frontal Thursday: Another Shooting, Russian Bots & Trolls, and Eric Schneider-man

In this installment of “Full Frontal Thursday,” Sam talks about the latest mass shooting here in the U.S. Way to go, Texas! Keep it “bigger and better” down that way, y’all!

Sam also talks about how easy it was for the Russian-generated bots and paid trolls to infiltrate most social media, and how cheap a price they had to pay to do so. Her “vote Jill Stein” jab at the end was duly noted, as the Russian trolls were promoting Jill Stein considerably during the 2016 election – and, Sam herself threw her mindless support behind Gary Johnston before jumping on the Hillary train! ‘member that?

Incidentally, I have mentioned bots and trolls on my blog in the past. I know full well that they are also prevalent in the online gaming community, because that is also a form of social media. People out in the blog-o-sphere just brushed off my statements and ignored the facts I presented. People are incredibly selective about who they choose to believe, and let their personal biases determine same – even though those very same people claim to want “honest, open dialogue” with others. The mental gymnastics of the hypocrite would garner perfect 10s in the Olympics, I wager…

I digress: In the final clip, Sam sits down for an interview with Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General for the State of New York, who offers up some much-needed sense and sensibility.

I Know That You’ve Already Forgotten This, But…

the residents of Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands are still in dire need of assistance, and they are your fellow American citizens. If you truly have empathy for others, and you really want to help your fellow Americans, then why aren’t you doing so? Quit talking and do something already! Following are links to reputable organizations which are doing their best to provide assistance.

Direct Relief

American Red Cross

Americares

Humane Society of the United States

Here, too, is an informative article about those territories and how hurricane relief isn’t the only problem they’re facing. Following is a small portion of it, from The Atlantic:

Puerto Rico Needs More Than Relief—It Needs Reconstruction

Recovering from the devastation of two hurricanes raises tough questions about the legacy of American colonialism.

Right now, it’s hard to tell in what direction Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands are heading after sustaining hits from Hurricane Irma and then Hurricane Maria in September. The picture of the damage in Puerto Rico verges on the apocalyptic now, and much of the situation is currently deteriorating. Millions are still without power, fuel, food, and water are running out, hospitals are overwhelmed and mostly inoperable, and bodies are “piling up” in morgues. Struggles in the Virgin Islands are less documented, but no less real: Power is still tenuous, flooding is still rampant, most of the hospitals have been damaged or destroyed, and many roads are ruined.

Federal aid is arriving to help deal with the onslaught of disasters, but even if that aid were adequate and weren’t heavily criticized by residents for being late or ineffective, aid alone won’t lead to recovery. Existing challenges that plagued the territories before Irma and Maria multiply the effects of the storms, and must themselves be dealt with in order for recovery to be a reality. But dealing with those issues will require examining the legacies of colonialism, racism, and erratic federal policy in shaping the destinies of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and how those forces contributed to the destruction on display today.

President Trump has—if nothing else—outlined just how deeply those legacies run in his direction of the federal response. When Trump attacked San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Twitter last weekend, his remarks that the relief effort was hampered by “poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help” and that “they want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort,” played on similar themes as an 1899 colonial governor bemoaning the lack of “Anglo-Saxon energy to face a gloomy outlook” among his black and brown constituents on the island, which had just been taken from Spain as the United States built its own empire.

When Trump expanded on his comments Tuesday, just hours before his first trip to San Juan, he paired praise to federal responders for “the great job we’ve done” with criticism of the efforts of local officials. It was a contrast that recalled the opinion of Justice Henry Billings Brown in the 1901 Downes v. Bidwell case—one of the so-called “Insular Cases” that now form the basis of governance over the U.S. territories, and helped create the status quo where residents of the territories are citizens who pay taxes and serve in the military, but have neither representation in Congress nor sovereignty. There, Brown said that for the “alien races … the administration of government and justice, according to Anglo-Saxon principles, may for a time be impossible.”

Full Frontal Thursday: Puerto Rico, Health Care, and Bubby vs. Bubby!

In today’s installment of “Full Frontal Thursday,” Sam gives us a primer on the history of Puerto Rico with assistance from Javier Muñoz. Also, a health program known as C.H.I.P. faded out of existence, and we’re taken to Florida to see how ‘civilized’ elderly, retired Jewish people discuss politics. It’s so much different than the way politics is discussed in every other corner of the USA!

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Let’s See, Now…

You’re bothered, angered, and outraged over this:

…but you could give a shit less over this:

…this:

…or this.

If you’re of this mindset, do me a favor: don’t talk to me. Your earth-shattering stupidity and hypocrisy might be a transmittable disease.

Here’s the list of places to donate to or volunteer at, should you wish to help your fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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