likethebeer: (Codex from Avatar)
The woman who has been "outed" as a Caucasian, when she has claimed to be African American:
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/06/rachel_dolezal_claims_to_be_the_target_of_hate_crimes_the_former_naacp_official.single.html

It details some of the things that she has claimed happen to her for which she has no proof.
likethebeer: (Christmas Codex)
http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/stephen-colbert-fans-the-flames-of-scott-walker-s-molotov/article_18b3b525-4d90-5caa-b07d-99c065daed55.html

This is inspired by our Gov., in a letter to a Jewish leader (when Walker was county executive), signed it off with "Molotov," as opposed to what he probably meant, "Mazel Tov".
likethebeer: (Smoking)
In March, 1940:
http://boingboing.net/2014/08/17/orwells-review-of-mein-kampf.html

It's a fascinating glimpse of things at the time.
likethebeer: (Codex from Avatar)
Yeah, they're right: really funny, great explanation of it, and how cable companies are going to screw us if we don't guarantee it:
http://www.upworthy.com/john-oliver-goes-off-on-an-epic-fact-checked-mic-dropping-rant-for-13-minutes-that-you-need-to-see
likethebeer: (Codex from Avatar)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/19/patrick-stewart-outed-gay_n_4814994.html

This has to do with the a piece after actress Ellen Page came out. Here's their correction:
This article was amended on 17 February 2014. The third paragraph originally said 'Some gay people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page's coming out speech is newsworthy'. This should have read 'Some people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page's coming out speech is newsworthy'.
My favorite of Stewart's tweets as a result of this:
Well, @guardian it makes for a nice change...at least I didn't wake up to the internet telling me I was dead again.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) February 18, 2014
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An open letter from 50 researchers asks the U.S. government to take certain steps to uphold privacy.
By
Kelsey D. Atherton
Posted 01.24.2014 at 12:08 pm
http://www.popsci.com/article/gadgets/us-computer-scientists-reject-mass-surveillience
Fifty prominent American computer scientists have signed an open letter urging the United States to reject mass surveillance and preserve privacy. At the heart of the letter is a warning against systems that encourage abuse:
Indiscriminate collection, storage, and processing of unprecedented amounts of personal information chill free speech and invite many types of abuse, ranging from mission creep to identity theft. These are not hypothetical problems; they have occurred many times in the past. Inserting backdoors, sabotaging standards, and tapping commercial data-center links provide bad actors, foreign and domestic, opportunities to exploit the resulting vulnerabilities.
In June, Microsoft revealed that they informed the NSA about bugs before sending out a general patch, giving the spies a chance to explore vulnerabilities and backdoors before anyone else. This leaves computers vulnerable for longer, and also hands those vulnerabilities to someone that will exploit them. The letter goes on, clarifying that this isn't the rejection of spying itself, only spying that makes citizens less safe.
The choice is not whether to allow the NSA to spy. The choice is between a communications infrastructure that is vulnerable to attack at its core and one that, by default, is intrinsically secure for its users. Every country, including our own, must give intelligence and law-enforcement authorities the means to pursue terrorists and criminals, but we can do so without fundamentally undermining the security that enables commerce, entertainment, personal communication, and other aspects of 21st-century life....
likethebeer: (No Face)
By Hamden Rice
This will be a very short diary. It will not contain any links or any scholarly references. It is about a very narrow topic, from a very personal, subjective perspective.

The topic at hand is what Martin Luther King actually did, what it was that he actually accomplished.

What most people who reference Dr. King seem not to know is how Dr. King actually changed the subjective experience of life in the United States for African Americans. And yeah, I said for African Americans, not for Americans, because his main impact was his effect on the lives of African Americans, not on Americans in general. His main impact was not to make white people nicer or fairer. That's why some of us who are African Americans get a bit possessive about his legacy. Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy, despite what our civil religion tells us, is not color blind.

I remember that many years ago, when I was a smartass home from first year of college, I was standing in the kitchen arguing with my father. My head was full of newly discovered political ideologies and black nationalism, and I had just read the Autobiography of Malcolm X, probably for the second time.

A bit of context. My father was from a background, which if we were talking about Europe or Latin America, we would call, "peasant" origin, although he had risen solidly into the working-middle class. He was from rural Virginia and his parents had been tobacco farmers. I spent two weeks or so every summer on the farm of my grandmother and step-grandfather. They had no running water, no gas, a wood burning stove, no bathtubs or toilets but an outhouse, potbelly stoves for heat in the winter, a giant wood pile, a smoke house where hams and bacon hung, chickens, pigs, semi wild housecats that lived outdoors, no tractor or car, but an old plow horse and plows and other horse drawn implements, and electricity only after I was about 8 years old. The area did not have high schools for blacks and my father went as far as the seventh grade in a one room schoolhouse. All four of his grandparents, whom he had known as a child, had been born slaves. It was mainly because of World War II and urbanization that my father left that life.

They lived in a valley or hollow or "holler" in which all the landowners and tenants were black. In the morning if you wanted to talk to cousin Taft, you would walk down to behind the outhouse and yell across the valley, "Heeeyyyy Taaaaft," and you could see him far, far in the distance, come out of his cabin and yell back.

On the one hand, this was a pleasant situation because they lived in isolation from white people. On the other hand, they did have to leave the valley to go to town where all the rigid rules of Jim Crow applied. By the time I was little, my people had been in this country for six generations (going back, according to oral rendering of our genealogy, to Africa Jones and Mama Suki), much more under slavery than under freedom, and all of it under some form of racial terrorism, which had inculcated many humiliating behavior patterns.

Anyway, that's background. I think we were kind of typical as African Americans in the pre-civil rights era went.

So anyway, I was having this argument with my father about Martin Luther King and how his message was too conservative compared to Malcolm X's message. My father got really angry at me. It wasn't that he disliked Malcolm X, but his point was that Malcolm X hadn't accomplished anything as Dr. King had.

I was kind of sarcastic and asked something like, so what did Martin Luther King accomplish other than giving his "I have a dream speech."

Before I tell you what my father told me, I want to digress. Because at this point in our amnesiac national existence, my question pretty much reflects the national civic religion view of what Dr. King accomplished. He gave this great speech. Or some people say, "he marched." I was so angry at Mrs. Clinton during the primaries when she said that Dr. King marched, but it was LBJ who delivered the Civil Rights Act.

At this point, I would like to remind everyone exactly what Martin Luther King did, and it wasn't that he "marched" or gave a great speech.

My father told me with a sort of cold fury, "Dr. King ended the terror of living in the south."
The rest of the entry is here.
likethebeer: (Codex Game On)
"The Most Surprising Things About America, According To An Indian International Student"
Aniruddh Chaturvedi came from Mumbai to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn., where he is majoring in computer science. This past summer he interned at a tech company in Silicon Valley.

During two years in the U.S., Chaturvedi has been surprised by various aspects of society, as he explained last year in a post on Quora.
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-weirdest-things-about-america-2013-8
likethebeer: (Codex Game On)
via my friend, Melinda: Speculation around genocide trial restart; Ríos Montt back under house arrest

Early night. I think these thunderstorms have messed with my body chemistry & I want to sleep. Either that, or it's the humidity that's hit us (along with thunderstorms).
likethebeer: (Gimme bones)
[Conan] O'Brien compared the media present to a high school cafeteria: "Fox is the jocks; MSNBC is the nerds; bloggers are the goths; NPR is the table for kids with peanut allergies; Al Jazeera is the weird foreign exchange student nobody talks to — and print media, I didn't forget you: You're the poor kid who died sophomore year in a car crash. Cheer up, we dedicate the yearbook to you." http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/28/179626763/obama-and-obrien-take-jabs-at-politics-and-media-highlights
likethebeer: (Wha?)
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/supreme_court_dispatches/2013/03/supreme_court_proposition_8_oral_argument_gay_marriage_will_help_thousands.html
Justice Kennedy says: "There are some 40,000 children in California . . . that live with same-sex parents. They want their parents to have full recognition and full status. The voice of these children is important, don’t you think?"

From my own, brief, observation, it's not so much a desire on the part of my niece and nephew; it's like (in a voice of total disbelief), "Wait - I don't understand - why is there a problem with this?... No really - I don't understand - what's the problem?" It's the same thing with their total disbelief that there used to be a law that white & black people couldn't get married.
likethebeer: (Default)
Using a take-off from Lady Gaga's song, "Bad Romance":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYQhRCs9IHM

I was reminded by this because my 10 year old niece just saw Holiday Inn for the first time & her mind was blown by the casual sexism. Girl needs to learn about suffrage.
likethebeer: (Mom)
Right after President Obama stated that he was in favor of gay marriage, I wanted to repost the link to Maureen Walsh in WA choking up on the floor of the state assembly about the reason why she was voting for same sex marriage rights:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbmbdWK6338

The woman still reminds me of mom.

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