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Nations of the Mind

May. 29th, 2008 10:57 pm And Again

Political Picture - George Bush

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May. 29th, 2008 10:51 pm LOLassholes

If you're as sick as I am of what John Stewart calls the "long, endless Bataan death-march to the White House," click the picture below and relax for a while, enjoying stupid captions stuck on pictures of all the people you'd like to smack.

Enjoy. I know I am.

Political Picture - George W. Bush

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May. 29th, 2008 10:40 pm "I Dreamed I Went To Hell In My Maidenform Bra..."

Last night I dreamed I had volunteered my house for the co-op committee meeting, and while I was walking home (about 20 miles down a busy highway) I suddenly realized that one of the homeschool moms who was going to be at my house was Martha Stewart. And there was no way on earth I could beat her there. Because I was walking. Down the highway. With M. and A. and J. and several of the others, who insisted on window-shopping.

Martha Freaking Stewart is coming over and my house looks like shit! And you people are stopping to shop for tires! Slowly! And we're on foot! Needless to say, I woke up in a cold sweat.

Um, brain? What the hell?!

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May. 28th, 2008 11:12 am Too Many Open Tabs Theater Presents:

I love this person's stuff. She draws strange little comics that make my inner history geek go squee!

R. roasts his (our) own coffee. I figure this is the next step. I want a row of these on my kitchen windowsil. Aren't they pretty?

Another xkcd for weasel-man.

...and one for me.

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May. 28th, 2008 02:19 am The 106 Books Of Pretension

Now this is what I call a MEME.

This is a list of the top 106 books people think they should read but never quite get around to, as established by the top books listed on LibraryThing as owned-but-unread. Or something like that. Which ones have you read or not, which ones bogged down on you, which ones did you throw across the room?

The list:

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OK, what are yours? MEME away.

God, the things I do when I can't sleep...

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May. 28th, 2008 01:06 am Word Of The Day

Henceforth, I wish to be refered to as a "classhole."

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May. 28th, 2008 12:59 am I Love XKCD

Hey Misha! I dare you to do this. I double-dog dare you. And I want video.

Current Mood: amusedamused

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May. 27th, 2008 03:33 pm The First Step Is Admitting You're Fucked

This story breaks my heart and makes me furious. "But For Today I Am A Boy" is a documentary about two "transkids," children who have identified as the other gender their entire lives, and how their respective families and therapists are dealing with them.

One family was told to deal with practical problems as they arose (bullying, etc.) and unless he was experiencing severe anxiety or other problems, then there was no real problem, just let the kid be who he is.

The other family fell into the claws of a prominent "conversion" therapist, the bastards who've been tormenting insecure gay people for years and believe gayness can be "cured." Now imagine a small child, with no say in his own treatment, being put through this bullshit.

"The ultimate goal, both by Dr. Zucker and Bradley's family, is obviously well-meaning: to help prevent the boy from becoming a societal outcast. The side effects, however, are that the individual is taught to fear his or her feelings, and that he or she must fight against what comes naturally, seemingly at the expense of that child's happiness and to the benefit of everyone else's comfort. Which then raises the question of what society finds more alarming—a kid who wishes to live quietly as the opposite gender, or 10-year-olds dishing out bloody street justice in a playground? Given the choice between the two, most parents would likely prefer their child to be the violent playground thug."

Want to hear the punch line? Dr. Zucker has been appointed to the DSM-V committee on gender identity disorders. If you don't know, the DSM is basically the defining handbook of psychological disorders and treatments as currently understood. The publication of the DSM-V will affect the definition and treatment of what is and is not a "mental illness" for years to come, medically, socially and legally. Putting this guy on the committee is like asking Pat Robertson to perform your interracial polygamous wiccan lesbian wedding.

There's a petition < a href="http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/objection-to-dsm-v-committee-members-on-gender-identity-disorders">here</a>. Please take a moment to sign it.

This was the note I attached to the petition:

"Reparative therapy has been rejected by nearly every reputable medical governing body as unethical and ineffective. Putting children who cannot make their own medical care decisions through reparative therapy is nothing short of torture and abuse, and serves no function other than to advance crackpot homophobic "theories" and hidden religious agendas. Reparative therapy is not science, and practitioners of reparative therapy should go back to school and catch up with the 21st century. Allowing reparative therapy advocates anywhere near the DSM is nothing short of, well, crazy"

Current Mood: angryangry

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May. 27th, 2008 12:05 pm Technical Question

Do any of you geniuses out there know how to remove an RSS feed from your friends list? Mine is getting out of control and I've got a ton of comics I don't read anymore and redundant news feeds I don't have time to keep up with, but I can't figure out how to shut them off.

Current Mood: tiredtired

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May. 26th, 2008 10:38 pm Steve Ditko's Girlfriend, Ayn Rand

Just for R. Excerpts from the Ayn Rand chapter of "Action Philosophers" and the amusing discussion that ensued.

Current Mood: recumbentrecumbent

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