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Dec. 25th, 2010

independent thought?  Dangerous!

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Sooo...a while ago I did the "25 things about my sexuality" post. And I kinda got to thinking, wouldn't it be interesting to collect "25 things about..." lists. So every now and then, I think I'll be making those lists. And here's the first one. :-P

~25 labels~

Labels answer to the human prerogative of organization. We see something, we try to create a pattern with out mind, this is how optical illusions often work, by playing to that mental characteristic. And we do the same thing in our day to day lives. We organize ourselves, bunching with other groups that we can claim to belong to in an effort to further know ourselves and our surroundings. So, here are mine. Not all of them are always in effect and some of them are downright outdated, but this is where I have fallen or do fall:

1. Liberal
2. Bisexual
3. Polyamorous
4. Kinky
5. Switch
6. Socialist
7. Pagan
8. Buddhist
9. Atheist
10. Pantheist
11. Hiker
12. Camper
13. Casual
14. Naughty
15. Queer
16. Democrat
17. Callipygian
18. Submissive
19. Bookworm
20. Nerd
21. Geek
22. History major
23. Psych major
24. Future teacher
25. Artist

Aug. 30th, 2010

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Writer's Block: Redo

If there was something you could change about your past, what would it be?
The older I grow, the more I come into my own, learning better who I am, what I believe in most strongly, and, most importantly, learning that it is okay to express all of those things, even if others disagree. I think if I had something to change, I would alter those earlier days when I didn't know myself or how to express that self properly. I try to live life fully these days, being joyful as I learn my self through my actions and experiences. I enjoy this way of life so greatly that I only wish I had the ability to have started it much sooner.

Aug. 19th, 2010

golden child

Something that we should all hear...

Aug. 5th, 2010

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"Soldiers who are not afraid of guns, bombs, capture, torture or death say they are afraid of homosexuals. Clearly we should not be used as soldiers; we should be used as weapons."

From "The Advocate"

Ah, Advocate, I appreciate the humor captured here. And I rather agree with the sentiment. I don't think that it's the soldiers, by and large, that actually are afraid of homosexuals. I think it far more likely that it is the outdated rule of the upper echelon, fueled by the paranoia of the Puritanical mindset so often expressed by our country. I am not absurd enough to think that our men and women in the military would actually be brought down by the knowledge that someone with homosexual tendencies (or even pure, unadulterated homosexuality) was serving beside them. And, as such, I think it is utterly absurd to have a rule on the books implying such a thing. In fact, it is insulting to the highest degree. We ask them to risk life and limb for ourselves and our country...and then we imply that they can't survive variety in the troops with whom they serve? What a disservice to our military, indeed.

Jul. 25th, 2010

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Sad times indeed. If anyone is able to help, please do. Spread the word. Thanks.

The long and short is a woman down in Texas is being denied benefits due to her from her husband's death in the line of duty. As a result of the court proceedings ALL of her assets have been frozen. And all because her mother-in-law claims that her husband was unaware that she was transgendered at the time of their marriage. Basically, Mommy Dearest's trying to get her for fraud but also end up with ALL of their joint assets, despite the fact that the widow in question was earning more than her late husband, and therefore is being denied access to assets that she earned the majority of. Transphobia and bigotry all over this one, along with heaps of confusion as the news media haphazardly attempts to report on this thing without doing proper research on something they're not super familiar with, as per usual. Information on how you can help Mrs. Nikki Araguz, the widow in question, is at the bottom of this snippet.

Widow Braves Hostile Court Proceedings

Houston, Texas – July 23, 2010 – Jeers and public threats greeted Mrs. Nikki Araguz outside the Warton County Courthouse today. The Widow of Wharton County firefighter Captain Thomas Araguz, who was killed in the line of duty, was in court for the first hearing in a suit brought by Araguz’s mother, Simona Rodriguez Longoria. The suit claims that Longoria should inherit Capt. Araguz’s widow’s benefits and all marital assets.

Longoria claims that since Mrs. Araguz was legally a male before transitioning to female, and legally changed her gender prior to her subsequent marriage to Capt. Araguz that Longoria, not Mrs. Araguz, should receive all benefits and joint property. This includes any income earned by Mrs. Araguz during the marriage. Mrs. Araguz was the principle wage earner of the couple.

Capt. Araguz’s two children from a previous marriage will receive one half of Capt. Araguz’s $600,000 firemen’s fallen hero benefit regardless of the outcome of this case. They are also entitled to free tuition at Texas State Schools, as will be their children.

Longoria today expanded her claims to the property of Mrs. Araguz, asking the court to seize funds paid by a life insurance policy to which Mrs. Araguz was the named beneficiary. Judge Clapp granted her request, adding those funds to the widow’s benefits and all marital assets currently being held in escrow.

In a victory for Mrs. Araguz, the Judge also prevented Longoria from spending any of those funds or disposing of Capt. and Mrs. Araguz’s marital assets.

Longoria said in court today that her goal was to “freeze Nikki out.” All of Mrs. Araguz’s assets are currently frozen and unavailable to her.

If you would like to help support Nikki in her hour of desperate need, donate to the TG Center Nikki Araguz Fund. The TG Center Nikki Araguz Fund not only supports Nikki’s ongoing legal battle, it also provides for her day-to-day needs. Donations can be made online at www.tiny.cc/nikkisfund. Additionally, donations may be sent to the Transgender Center at:

Transgender Foundation of America
604 Pacific
Houston, TX 77006

Make checks payable to Transgender Foundation of America. Please make sure to note that the donation is for the TG Center Nikki Araguz Fund.

Nikki’s FaceBook: www.tiny.cc/fb4nikki

Nikki’s Email: Nikki.Araguz@tgctr.org

Apr. 28th, 2010

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A point of inherent sexism in the system. Definitely worth contemplating.


For his first televised performance since the Season Eight finale of the American Idol, Adam Lambert pulled out all the stops and his risqué rendition of “For Your Entertainment” stunned the audience at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre and the millions watching the American Music Awards live on ABC. Lambert delivered a “sexy” performance as he closed the live show with simulated oral sex from a male backup dancer, a brief make-out session with his male keyboardist and a giant mirrored prop so the audience could see the looks on their own shocked faces. Apparently producers weren’t informed about the guy-on-guy kiss in advance, and after the show, Lambert told Rolling Stone the musician he kissed is a straight man. Lambert also said if ABC decides to cut any parts of his performance for the West Coast rebroadcast, it would amount to “discrimination.” “Female performers have been doing this for years — pushing the envelope about sexuality — and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out. We’re in 2009; it’s time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people’s eyes and if it offends them, then maybe I’m not for them. My goal was not to piss people off, it was to promote freedom of expression and artistic freedom,” said Lambert. (via Carnal Nation)

For his first televised performance since the Season Eight finale of the American Idol, Adam Lambert pulled out all the stops and his risqué rendition of “For Your Entertainment” stunned the audience at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre and the millions watching the American Music Awards live on ABC.

Lambert delivered a “sexy” performance as he closed the live show with simulated oral sex from a male backup dancer, a brief make-out session with his male keyboardist and a giant mirrored prop so the audience could see the looks on their own shocked faces. Apparently producers weren’t informed about the guy-on-guy kiss in advance, and after the show, Lambert told Rolling Stone the musician he kissed is a straight man.

Lambert also said if ABC decides to cut any parts of his performance for the West Coast rebroadcast, it would amount to “discrimination.”

“Female performers have been doing this for years — pushing the envelope about sexuality — and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out. We’re in 2009; it’s time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people’s eyes and if it offends them, then maybe I’m not for them. My goal was not to piss people off, it was to promote freedom of expression and artistic freedom,” said Lambert.

(via Carnal Nation)

Dec. 15th, 2009

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Possible Tool Use in an Invertebrate Species...Very interesting. =^_^=

Aussie scientists find coconut-carrying octopus



SYDNEY – Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter — unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal.

The scientists filmed the veined octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, selecting halved coconut shells from the sea floor, emptying them out, carrying them under their bodies up to 65 feet (20 meters), and assembling two shells together to make a spherical hiding spot.

Julian Finn and Mark Norman of Museum Victoria in Melbourne observed the odd activity in four of the creatures during a series of dive trips to North Sulawesi and Bali in Indonesia between 1998 and 2008. Their findings were published Tuesday in the journal Current Biology.

"I was gobsmacked," said Finn, a research biologist at the museum who specializes in cephalopods. "I mean, I've seen a lot of octopuses hiding in shells, but I've never seen one that grabs it up and jogs across the sea floor. I was trying hard not to laugh."

Octopuses often use foreign objects as shelter. But the scientists found the veined octopus going a step further by preparing the shells, carrying them long distances and reassembling them as shelter elsewhere.

That's an example of tool use, which has never been recorded in invertebrates before, Finn said.

"What makes it different from a hermit crab is this octopus collects shells for later use, so when it's transporting it, it's not getting any protection from it," Finn said. "It's that collecting it to use it later that is unusual."

The researchers think the creatures probably once used shells in the same way. But once humans began cutting coconuts in half and discarding the shells into the ocean, the octopuses discovered an even better kind of shelter, Finn said.

The findings are significant, in that they reveal just how capable the creatures are of complex behavior, said Simon Robson, associate professor of tropical biology at James Cook University in Townsville.

"Octopuses have always stood out as appearing to be particularly intelligent invertebrates," Robson said. "They have a fairly well-developed sense of vision and they have a fairly intelligent brain. So I think it shows the behavioral capabilities that these organisms have."

There is always debate in the scientific community about how to define tool use in the animal kingdom, Robson said. The Australian researchers defined a tool as an object carried or maintained for future use. But other scientists could define it differently, which means it's difficult to say for certain whether this is the first evidence of such behavior in invertebrates, Robson said.

Still, the findings are interesting, he said.

"It's another example where we can think about how similar humans are to the rest of the world," Robson said. "We are just a continuum of the entire planet."

Source

ETA: 2 videos @ source (can't embed):

http://news.yahoo.com/video/world-15749633/17147361
http://news.yahoo.com/video/world-15749633/raw-video-octopus-that-uses-tools-found-in-asia-17150251

Dec. 14th, 2009

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Interesting political spectrum quiz...hot damn, I'm a Socialist! :P

You are a

Social Liberal
(80% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(10% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Socialist




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test
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Dec. 4th, 2009

too great to pass up...My name is...

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Kay, so, this is a simple little post, just to be optimistic and cheering to those who may need it(myself included). Just wanted to say that I am currently unemployed and thus have been spending much time at home. I am now typing at the computer and being perfectly assaulted by my kitty cat, who is purring so hard she is drooling, and stepping all over my keyboard because I stopped petting her (apologies for any typos). I have been sleeping odd hours (staying up til 6 and then going to breakfast and coming back to sleep? FTW), catching up on schoolwork and housekeeping (well, sorta), and playing videogames(L4D rocks!) since I finally have the time to do so since I don't know how long. And unlike so many of my other friends, I do not have little sproglings running about helter skelter, ruining any chance I have at peace and quiet and a life of my own. I am not dying wondering how I am going to keep supper on the table for anyone other than myself and my fabulous fiance. I can experiment with new recipes and eat all the tofu and mushrooms I want without ever once hearing "Oh yuckie! NO!" I can even randomly take a roadtrip, have a night on the town, go hiking, or play with my dogs without having to wait for naptime or a babysitter or taking forever bundling anyone up and dragging half my house with me to do so. My childfree life is beautiful. For this, I am profoundly grateful and joyous.

cross-posted to cf hardcore, childfree, chilfree_zone, and my journal. =^_^=
xmas mouse

Amen to this!

Why Rats Are Better than Babies.
1. You don't have to change poopy nappies on rats and they can be toilet trained from as early as 5 weeks.
2. Rats may not sleep through the night, but they have the sense to not scream their lungs out and wake you (and all the neighbourhood) up too.
3. If you need a break from your rats, you can put them in their cage for a time out.
4. Rats don't need your body for feeding times.
5. Rat cages may be expensive, but they're much cheaper than prams/strollers, cots, basinettes, change tables, high chairs, slings, car capsules, etc.
6. Rats rarely projectile vomit on you.
7. Rats are cute all the time, not just when they're asleep.
8. Rats don't require expensive trendy outfits which will be outgrown within days.
9. You can acquire rat toys for free from recycle bins and kitchen waste.
10. Rats don't grow up to be bratty teenagers.
11. Rats don't need bibs and they clean their faces themselves.

And another kid vs rat joke:
Q. What's the difference between rats and kids?
A. Although both leave stuff all over the floor, at least a rat will stash it all into a neat pile somewhere out of sight.


All taken from the humor page on The Dapper Rat (http://www.dapper.com.au/humour.htm). The rest of the site is worth looking around too, for any of you who like rats.


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