Josephine's Notebook

Jul 09

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Jun 30

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May 19

Judge rules Oregon gay marriage ban unconstitutional

breakingnews:

KGWA US district judge ruled Oregon’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional on Monday.

Officials in Oregon’s largest county, Multnomah, say they plan to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately.

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May 14

thebicker:

Yeah, no, this whole chain letter thing making the rounds today is a lie. The date is wrong, the numbers are mostly wrong, the bill is wrong, and the Democrats-only thing is wrong.
ETA: I mean, I would be thrilled if the numbers were real. That all looks pretty good to me. But this is the latest “forwards from the uncle you avoid at Thanksgiving” tomfoolery, and you know I like pointing out when Republicans are wrong about things.

Ha! I was reading this thinking, “Good. Good. Very good. How did I not know all these great tax increases were happening?!”

thebicker:

Yeah, no, this whole chain letter thing making the rounds today is a lie. The date is wrong, the numbers are mostly wrong, the bill is wrong, and the Democrats-only thing is wrong.

ETA: I mean, I would be thrilled if the numbers were real. That all looks pretty good to me. But this is the latest “forwards from the uncle you avoid at Thanksgiving” tomfoolery, and you know I like pointing out when Republicans are wrong about things.

Ha! I was reading this thinking, “Good. Good. Very good. How did I not know all these great tax increases were happening?!”

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May 08

misandry-mermaid:

America’s founding fathers were a bunch of white supremacist misogynists.  Like I give a FUCK what kind of country they would have wanted America to be.

Apr 28

“If you were a computer-loving male child who took a lot of shit from your peers, I suspect you heard something similar from the adults in your life. Maybe it was “Sure, things are bad now, but when you’re a little bit older, women will LOVE guys like you!” Or maybe it was “That kid who makes fun of you now will be working at a gas station when you run a big fancy computer company and marry a supermodel!” If you were once young, nerdy and male, it is not unlikely that your future sense of self-worth was funded with a non-consensual IOU from the world’s women. It’s taken me a long time, but at this point I genuinely believe that much of this “GEEKS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH” rhetoric is little more than patriarchy’s bespectacled wingman. It excuses the pain that systems of power exert on children by promising little boys future dominion over little girls. It is deeply and massively fucked.” —

What (Else) Can Men Do? Grow The Fuck Up. — Medium (via imamandanelson)

oh my god this…

It’s taken me a long time, but at this point I genuinely believe that much of this “GEEKS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH” rhetoric is little more than patriarchy’s bespectacled wingman.

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Are computer-loving female children fed these same lines? Are they told “SOME DAY YOU WILL HAVE ALL THE MONEY AND POWERS AND MEN WILL FLOCK TO YOU LIKE AUTONOMY-DEPRIVED MAN-ZOMBIES?” If you insist that the presence of enough computers magically transforms the world into a meritocracy, you might want to think about that one for a second.

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love the classism there too like “someday you will be better than those other people because you will have more money and a ‘real’ job” like hooray that’s not toxic AT ALL

and it adds an extra layer of sexism because lol women are gold-diggers amirite, that’s all you need to attract women, is a fat paycheck — not, you know, personal merits of some kind beyond a marketable skill (not that a good work ethic isn’t a desirable trait in a partner but that can’t be all you’ve got)

male entitlement becomes more explicable — NOT more excusable, but easier to understand — when we look at how many promises of this kind are made. “if you just do x y and z then you will get women” oh well no wonder you’re mad, you did x y and z and the women aren’t falling at your doorstep, it’s still your fault you didn’t figure out we’re people at some point but it’s not like you were encouraged to learn that

though some men manage somehow so I sure don’t feel sorry for your whiny ass (cumaeansibyl

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Apr 16

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Apr 07

“That sentence – that motivation for the report – may show deep, emotional feeling on the part of the senator, but I don’t think it leads you to an objective report.” — Former CIA and NSA director MIchael Hayden, on Sen. Diane Feinstein’s motivations behind the CIA interrogation report: to “ensure that an un-American, brutal program of detention and interrogation will never again be considered or permitted.” (via officialssay)

Sexist piece of shit.

Mar 31

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Mar 29

“You mean the generation that paid three times as much for college to enter a job market with triple the unemployment isn’t interested in purchasing the assets of the generation who just blew an enormous housing bubble and kept it from popping through quantitative easing and out-and-out federal support? Curious.” — When comments are better than the article, Atlantic edition (“The Cheapest Generation: Why Millennials aren’t buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy”)

(Source: bostonreview, via misandry-mermaid)

Mar 23

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Mar 20

We won’t speak about how it was 33 degrees this morning…

We won’t speak about how it was 33 degrees this morning…

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Mar 16

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Mar 10

Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.

“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.

“I feel all sleepy, ” she said.

In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.

The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.

That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.

On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.

It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness.

Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk.

In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.

Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year.

Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another.

At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections.

About 20 will die.

LET THAT SINK IN.

Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles.

So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?

They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.

So what on earth are you worrying about?

It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised.

” —

Roald Dahl, 1986

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TEAM VACCINE

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NINETEEN EIGHTY SIX.

roald dahl was calling out the anti-vaccination movement as self indulgent bullshit //thirty god damn years ago//.

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Over 1,000 preventable deaths and 128,000 preventable illnesses since 2007 and counting

And this is only in recent history. I can’t imagine the numbers if we had data all the way back to 1986.

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And thanks to anti-vaxxers, measles is back in the United States.

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