Full Moon Monday

The full moon would be a lovely sight to see tonight, if the weather would only cooperate. Still, I can only hope that the clouds and haze today will be gone a fortnight from now, in order for us to get a perfect, crystal-clear viewing of the upcoming Solar Eclipse! An astronomical event such as this is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence which simply must be seen. I recommend it if you’re fortunate enough to live in, or near, the path of totality. We’re picking up our eclipse-viewers from our optometrist later on today, as getting those from a reputable source is vital.

Creativity burgeons under the full moon and I enjoy listening to music when writing, so here are five songs which have nothing to do with the moon.

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Well, that was easy…

…just a couple of mouse-clicks, and here I am at the layout that I’m used to, with the other junk in another tab – now I see some of what I was missing on BOTH pages, LOL! I love my brain…it solves most problems quite easily – problematic people are another story, entirely!

Time for some New Moon music on a Tuesday afternoon – which is the perfect song to start this 5-song post! Enjoy…

Final Friday Free-for-all!

It’s the final Friday of August, 2015, and a full moon is brewing on Saturday (18:35 UT). I have gained some new followers – welcome! I’m glad that you came to visit and decided to stay awhile. Some have passed through and decided that I wasn’t their cup o’ tea, which is fine…I figure that if they followed me for at least a day, I struck a chord or a nerve somewhere and somehow. Those people figured that I was a “Nervytwerp” and went on their way. I know that there is at least one individual who has been here from the get-go: I still see you, Hernie!     😛

To all of you newbies, thanks for stopping in and sitting for a spell; for those who have been here since the beginning of 2015, I’m pleased to make your acquaintance, such as it is! Check out my ‘About’ page, read my older posts, and take a look-see at my gaming guild-site if you can find it – I tend to hide things in plain sight, LOL

Here are five songs for my enjoyment…if you like them as well, so much the better!

Tuesday Tidbits

 

Sailing around the world via the Interwebs, looking at the goings-on. I’ll start at home and meander outwards…

The wildfires here in Washington state are the worst in recorded history. The fire near Twisp amazed even seasoned veterans in its fury – one minute, the brush was ablaze…just a couple of hours later, three young men were dead and a fourth is fighting for his life with burns over 60% of his body. I believe that he has been upgraded from “critical” to “stable,” at last report – he has a long road of painful healing ahead. Burns are among the worst trauma the body can suffer, because the largest organ, the skin, is compromised. I found a website that has regular updates of the fires, the smoke path, air quality conditions, and other details. The link is below:

Wildfire Today | News & opinions about wildland fire

On the economy: it is no surprise that, mere days after the stock market in China collapsed, global markets tumbled as well. From Al-Jazeera:

Global markets rebounded Tuesday after China’s central bank cut its key interest rate to support growth in the world’s second-largest economy. Earlier, China’s main stock index closed sharply lower for a fourth day.

European markets recovered almost all their losses from Monday, with most rising at least 4 percent, while U.S. stocks were expected to open higher and oil prices rebounded.

Hours after China’s Shanghai stock index slumped to close 7.6 percent lower — adding to Monday’s 8.5 percent loss and taking the benchmark to its lowest level since Dec. 15 — the central bank swung into action.

China cut its interest rates for fifth time in nine months in a renewed effort to shore up economic growth in the world’s second-largest economy. The central bank said the benchmark rate for a one-year loan will be cut by 0.25 percentage points to 4.6 percent and the one-year rate for deposits will fall by a similar margin to 1.75 percent.

The bank also increased the amount of money available for lending by reducing the minimum reserves banks are required to hold by 0.5 percentage points.

The move came as Beijing appeared to be abandoning a strategy of having a state-owned company buy shares to stem the market slide. There have been no signs of large-scale purchases by the China Securities Finance Corp. during the past week.

“The fear is that the Chinese economy is slowing at an alarming pace and that the domestic policy makers have fallen well behind the curve,” said an analyst at Credit Agricole CIB in a report.

I have a modest 401k which rode out the last big drop a few years back – I keep an eye on my finances, believe it or not – so the only thing to do is sit back and let it ride…regardless of what that bogus hack Jim Cramer says!

I’m very glad that I don’t live in North or South Carolina – I guess I’m used to the subtle, insidious racism of the Pacific Northwest, not the blatant hatred on the East Coast and in the Deep South. It exists in every state, but some are clearly worse than others! Someone on another blog opined that things in the U.S. are better now, since “strange fruit” isn’t swinging from trees anymore. I beg to differ, as would Lennon Lacy’s family, but hey – I’m not going to burst anyone’s bubble. People are free to believe what they wish…

Besides, who needs lynch mobs when so-called “peace officers” can shoot unarmed Black people with impunity?

The young ladies abducted from the school in Chibok, Nigeria, have been away from their families and loved ones for 498 days, now – that is 54 days longer than the American hostages were held in Iran…very sad. Gut-wrenching. Maddening. Tomorrow marks “Women’s Equality Day,” but to most men (and a lot of women), that simply means that females should have the right to walk topless in Times Square.

Indigenous Canadians face the same voting issues that Black people here in the U.S. do – the gutting of voting rights.

The NRA is royally pissed off at the City of Seattle over a ‘gun violence’ tax.

People who thought that being a cheating douchebag is a good thing, found out the hard way that it really isn’t…in their case, life really WAS “too short!” It’s hard for me not to laugh over that whole thing – yes, schadenfreude is something that I feel from time to time. I must be human, after all…contrary to popular belief!

Seriously, though, if marriage isn’t for you – then don’t get married! It seems so simple…

I’ll close with something positive – AfroPunk Festival 2015! I wanted to be there, but I attended in spirit. It has to be refreshing! Just once, to go someplace and just be myself without feeling scrutinized, degraded, and under a microscope simply for having dreadlocks. To be able to walk around in Levi’s, a leather vest, a big-ass hat and my motorcycle boots…and nobody would bat an eyelash. To thrash around wildly and fling my dreads in head-banging glee, and not stand out like a sore thumb. I would love to just feel free.

I’ve been wanting to attend it since 2010, and the closest I got was in 2012…but the motorcycle had other ideas, and the timing just wasn’t right. I’ll get there one of these days…sooner than later, for sure!

Closing with a song…enjoy.

 

Saturday Saturnalia…

…just because!

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Midweek Musings: 19 August 2015

Quite a few things going on this week, as usual. People are still blasting Bill Cosby over the allegations of drugging and raping quite a few women, so his career is essentially over, as more and more women keep falling out of the woodwork. I guess someone, somewhere, is happy about taking him down. It’s a shame, really – I used to have quite a bit of respect for the man. He’s the only famous individual, other than the original jazz and blues musicians themselves, who kept REAL jazz and the blues in the forefront. I can’t say that I liked the venue he chose for his annual blues event, but that’s not the issue. Still, it’s quite strange that people attack his WIFE over his actions, even though his male co-stars (and Hugh Hefner himself) most likely knew what Cosby was doing. If making jokes about drugging women is all that it takes to accuse someone of rape, then round up every comedian who has ever done so. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong joked about it multiple times in their albums and movies, after all – so send the mob after them! Take down that pedo creep Woody Allen, too – he shouldn’t have been able to marry Soon-Yi, but nobody bats an eye or utters a peep about that disgusting cretin. What about Mary Kay Letourneau, and any other teacher who preys on young boys or girls? It boggles the mind, it does…meanwhile, Jared Fogle, former Subway spokesman, paid for sex with minors and received child pornography from the now-convicted, former director of his charity. Classy. Oh, incidentally, it’s important to remember that Cosby STILL hasn’t been actually CHARGED with anything, unlike Fogle, who has apparently been allowed a “plea agreement.”

Speaking of drugs, this so-called “women’s Viagra” is just wrong on many levels. It doesn’t boost libido. It is, essentially, an SSRI pill that needs to be taken over a long period of time, not one hour before sex, like Viagra. We know what SSRIs are used for, so say it with me: SSRIs are used to ease DEPRESSION and ANXIETY. So, ladies, apparently we need an ’emotion-regulating’ drug to have sex. Yeah, right…it’s all in our minds! I think that looking at men like the one below would do better than a pill, personally…and yes, I know that there are women who would rather look at other women – well, there are plenty of pictures out there that are almost TOO easy to find!

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The ‘Wild West’ is a veritable tinderbox. Fires rage in eight states: many were caused by ‘dry’ lightning, while one was sparked by a small-plane crash. We need rain badly, but the forecast shows no measurable precipitation any time soon. A burn ban has been in effect since the end of April, which is usually the wettest month around here. The only good think about the lack of rain (trying to think positive, here) is that the mosquito population is the lowest I’ve seen, yet! I can actually venture outside without surrounding myself with netting, early in the mornings or just before dusk.

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Well, I’m going back to my self-indulgent project – hopefully I’ll have it figured out and ready to post by the weekend! Until then, enjoy the following clip from John Oliver’s show. It’s brilliantly done!

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Musical Monday…

It must be Monday! I was asked a question the other day, which seems to be, on its surface, quite rhetorical. I hate answering rhetorical questions, so if the person who did so would kindly ask it in the ‘Open Thread’ part of my blog, I might be able to get around to it. Otherwise, I’ll just track down their email and address the non-issue there, since I’m not one who gets in long debates in the comment sections of any blog, whether I follow it or not. You know who you are, LOL – I’m not one who feels the need to “call someone out” unless I’m being complimentary!

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On that note, enjoy these three songs. I can’t say that I feel particularly snarky, but I’m definitely not in a mood to be interrogated about a casual observation!

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New Moon Musings…14 August 2015

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The moon is in its new phase. This helped those of you living under clear skies, view the Perseid meteor shower. I don’t know that I’ve gotten to see it live, ever! It’s nearly always overcast when some of the best astronomical shows are supposed to be visible, and we have had many days of clear skies and sunshine. I won’t complain about the rain, though. We need a bit more so that the burn ban can be lifted…we have some end-of-summer yardwork to get done!

There are many things going on in the country, and the world, that have me pondering what goes on in the minds and hearts of others. What do other people think about the U.S. Embassy in Cuba being re-opened? I’m certain that many have mixed feelings about it, for many reasons.

There were two massive explosions at a warehouse in Tianjin, China, that killed at least 55 people. The fireballs could be seen from space, and the shockwaves registered on earthquake sensors.

I hate thinking, “What?!? AGAIN?!?!?” every week, lately, it seems. Young, unarmed Black men being shot and killed. Black women dying in police custody. It’s emotionally draining, but it’s something I deal with every day. I have to, because of instances such as this (from a Huffington Post article, dated 31 July 2015)

“…Raynetta Turner, a 43-year-old Black woman and mother of eight, was found dead in her Mount Vernon holding-cell, making her at least the fifth Black woman to die in police custody within two weeks. This same day, artists Kalkidan Assefa and Allan André, in support of BlakCollectiv — an organization created to “ensure the survival and dignity of Black students on uOttawa’s campus” — painted a mural on a public wall in Ottawa as a memorial to Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old Black woman found hanging in her Waller County, Texas jail cell on July 13. “I really wanted it to be a celebration of her life and her spirit,” said André. Less than a day later, the mural was defaced, a white mustache and racial slurs strewn across Bland’s brown face and the slogan “All Lives Matter” scrawled over her name with white paint.

That white paint, like a white hooded mask or Confederate flag, served as a public reminder that Black lives do not matter, that Black women are not worthy of decency, of space on a wall or anywhere else in the world. The act was yet another blatant attack on our humanity meant to refocus attention on whiteness and detract from the plight of Black people, a people living in a world that refuses to love us, a world that systematically oppresses and kills us and calls it policing.

This same Tuesday, a Kansas City hotel manager hung a Black slave doll from his office doorway with a garbage bag to mock Bland. Conversations about these acts of anti-Black violence were obscured, however, by international uproar over the killing of a “beloved lion.” Do you really hate us that much? was all I could think as I learned of petitions being signed, protest marches being organized, Jimmy Kimmel crying on national television, and PETA’s call for Walter Palmer, the Minnesota lion killer, to be “extradited, charged, and preferably, hanged.” Are we that unlovable that the death of a big cat can incite global outrage, yet the widespread routine annihilation of Black lives at the hands of police is met with silence and indifference? Are our lives of such little value that two Zimbabweans were arrested on Tuesday in connection to a lion’s death and could face up to ten years in prison for poaching offenses yet the majority of cops who unlawfully police, assault, and kill Black people for sport not only walk away without indictments, but rarely even lose their jobs?

To be clear, I do not condone the mistreatment and killing of animals. Cecil the Lion did not deserve to die. However, I am more pressed to focus my words, thoughts and emotions on Black life and death. I cannot allow Black women’s stories and Black lives to be further pushed aside and ignored. I cannot help sustain the white supremacist mission of detracting attention from our plights.

I know that this is not what I am supposed to do. I am a Black woman. I am supposed to bear all burdens, to cry for the lion. I am expected to be loving. It is a part of our culture…

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Every one of us prioritizes, whether we realize it or not. The reasons why are legion, and are as complex as the workings of the human brain…because this is where our priorities are formed. On that note, it isn’t “nature OR nurture” – it’s a combination of “nature AND nurture” that mold and shape us.

Sometimes I don’t mind getting up on a soapbox, but I just don’t feel like doing so today. It’s a day for introspection, gaming, watching the rain, and relaxing. I also have some anime on my DVR to binge-watch over the weekend: Sword Art Online II, and Michiko & Hatchin.

I figured that I can announce the much-awaited results of my “should I keep my WP avatar as-is, or change it?” The sole vote was for option ‘C,’ which was essentially a “don’t care – do what you want” option, so…it’s staying! That makes me happy, because my WP avatar represents an important part of my personality: the part that protects my (at times) over-sensitive inner child and gets shit done. Below is a little clip, in which you will hear the two Kenpachi Zaraki quotes that appear on my ‘About’ page.

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In closing, it’s “the dark of the moon.” We can’t see the ‘eye in the sky,’ but it’s still there, exerting its quiet influence. Enjoy the following song, and have a pleasant Friday.

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Mindless Midweek Musings…

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Jumping right on in: may I say that I’m tired of politics already? Ye gawds…2016 seems so far away, even though it’s already halfway through August, which is more than halfway through this year. The so-called presidential ‘campaign’ is already taking its toll. Yes, Jon Stewart is no longer at The Daily Show, but Trevor Noah will soon be taking the helm – that will be awesome. To my knowledge, he debuts on Monday, 28 September. Stephen Colbert will launch his show on Tuesday, 8 September, and the new Doctor Who series airs on BBC America on Saturday, 19 September – so I’m set. In the meantime, Larry Wilmore and Conan O’Brien have my political information at the ready, so that I can deal with all of the horror involved in politics, and the news in general, without feeling the need to weep uncontrollably. I can actually watch and laugh at the idiocy of it all. Speaking of which, here are two links to the most recent episodes of The Nightly Show. They are well worth watching, IMHO!

The Nightly Show: 10 August, 2015

The Nightly Show: 11 August, 2015

Also, here’s a re-posting of one of the funniest video game reviews that I’ve ever seen – just because!

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Conan O’Brien reviews The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox360)

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What else…oh, yeah – baseball! The Seattle Mariners helped make MLB history last night in their 10-inning, 6 – 5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Every team that played at their home stadium yesterday came away with a victory on the same day…that’s 15 teams. First time ever!

Austin Jackson, who hit the winning run, gets doused by team-mate Logan Morrison

Hisashi Iwakuma pitches a perfect no-hitter in his first complete major-league game

Secondly, Hisashi Iwakuma pitched a perfect no-hitter today, elevating the Mariners to a delicious 3 – 0 win over Baltimore! It was the first time that an A.L. team had pitched one since…well, when “King” Felix Hernandez did it on 15 August 2012! Ah, I love my team…win or lose, I really enjoy watching them. At the end of the baseball season, I plan on doing my usual tribute to my favourite players of the season, as well as a small recap of the top three or five Mariners commercials. There are always some great ones, LOL

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I’m working on a huge, nerdly, self-indulgent project that involves Twitch, learning live-streaming, and gaming, although learning that Amazon owns Twitch and it’s been hacked fairly recently makes me a bit nervous. I sincerely hope that I don’t need a camera on my computer; if so, then I’m not doing it, LOL

In nerd-speak, my project essentially involves this:

Gotta hook up the TS chat-line and group with some friends and guild-members to do a major zerg-ball on the castle. First, though, we have to do an extended siege and get some point-farming done on the bridge, because we can expect the heaviest resistance there. Watch out for the gank-squads on the way; we have some spotters hunkered down at the well to take out any noobs, and we have some small scouting squads checking the outpost perimeter so that they can’t flag it and cut off our mode of transport if you need to rez. Take care if you see the emperor or empress – you’ll get rekt hardcore and they will t-bag you mercilessly if you make a move on them!

Sorry if that wasn’t understandable…I speak geek (and Klingon, if you really must know)!

Finally, don’t forget to cast your vote on if you think I should change my avatar or leave it the same. The link to the post with the vote in it is here – I hope that I don’t have the settings buggered on it!

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Monday Music…

Since I couldn’t think of anything to post off the top of my head, I figured it was a good time for some music. Here are three awesome songs for my enjoyment…hope that you like them as well.

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