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It looks like they've really called Proposition 8 as a pass.

Although I was telling C. to be quiet during Obama's speech last night, it was hard not to be thinking the same things in my heart that he was muttering aloud.

I do question the power of our democracy.

I do wonder what message California has sent to the world.

Democracy? Rather, the tyranny of the majority.

Liberty? Well, don't start me.

Opportunity? For whom?

Unyielding hope? My hope has yielded pretty thoroughly to the armies of fear and hatred cloaked in the guise of Christianity.

When your opposition will stop at nothing, when they will outright lie about everything, when they don't care how much money they spend in order to impose their theocracy on you, it's very hard to fight back.

To the so-called Christians who are currently glorying in their successful effort to destroy the official standing of married couples and families, I hope you someday feel the same kind of pain that you've just caused. (And I hope you realize that those couples will still be couples and those families will be still be families--you can't change that no matter how many lies you spread.)

To the Unitarians, Quakers, Episcopalians, and other religious groups who fought this tooth and nail, (and to the small handful of Catholic and other religious officials who spoke out against their own churches), thank you. Overall, religion was a major force for evil in this mess, but the exceptions should be noted. I feel a strong urge to say that if you are a member of a religion that is behind the initiatives against same-sex marriage in various states and you are not speaking out against it in your church, though, I am really, really not happy with you right now. It's probably unfair of me to feel that way, but I do. You know, it's not hard to find a church that does almost entirely good things (e.g., Unitarians, Quakers, etc.) instead of some good things and some bad things (e.g., LDS, Catholics, etc.). I just don't understand ... but it's probably impossible for me to understand, so I should give up trying to before I lose more friends than I probably just did. I'm sorry. I'm just so angry and so hurt right now.



(The official line from the No on 8 campaign is to wait until the official count is totally completed, but I don't think things are going to change at this point. I'll be waiting for the next step and I'll try to do more this time, somehow. More thoughts later. Sorry, I'm sure you were looking forward to my shutting up about this.)
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People who think that preventing suicides is less important than the physical appearance of an object can BITE ME.



(I am glad that the committee who is collecting public comments on the report stressed that they're just collecting comments, not holding a vote--because thus far an uniformed and shallow majority of commenters are against the entire notion of saving lives by slightly altering a tourist attraction. These are definitely not people whose opinions need to be considered...You could argue that perhaps they haven't heard the research that many suicidal people are EASILY dissuaded by an obstacle to a momentary suicidal impulse, and may either give it up entirely or at least take the opportunity to go get help, but if they're interested enough to submit a comment, they must have heard this research on the news. It's been reported plenty. I can only assume that they don't care.)

Sigh.

Aug. 18th, 2008 08:24 pm
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Man at Sweet Tomatoes' dessert section: *pokes at chocolate lava cake with serving utensil* "WHY is this being served with a SCOOP? HOW am I supposed to serve a BROWNIE with a SCOOP?"
Me and ST employee behind bar: "...?"
Man: *builds up steam of righteous outrage* "You need a KNIFE for BROWNIES! Look at this!" *waves plate of non-cubic lava cake around* "Am I supposed to EAT this?! You--"
Me (without thinking): "It's chocolate lava cake. It's kind of liquid on the bottom. That's why it's served with a scoop."
Man: "...is THAT what it's supposed to be? hrmgpghffhhfllblbl..." *slinks off*
Me: "..."
Employee: *mouths a thank-you*
Employee: "... Not a brownie ..."
Me: "I know..."
Me and ST employee: *sigh*

Then, of course, I was all shaky because the tiniest amount of confrontation leaves me useless. Ugh. Still, I'm glad I said something. The poor employee just looked codswalloped.
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I'm going to start a website called I Hate People which is just a feed of stories like this: Spiteful California couny clerks resist same-sex marriage, throw temper tantrums.
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My car was sideswiped overnight. Again. Much worse damage this time. Car now held together with black Duck(TM) tape.

Once again, the irresponsible jackass involved didn't bother leaving a note or anything.

Yes, we're going to cough up the $$$ for a second reserved parking place finally.

The Cherry Blossom Festival was nice though, once we banged and taped the car into driveable condition. I'll write more about it later.

AGH.

Mar. 24th, 2008 10:05 am
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I know that "xyz science fiction writer is a horrible bigot/homophobe/war hawk" is hardly news any more, but sometimes the things that come out of their mouths just blow me away.

Via [livejournal.com profile] ktempest: Now a fixture at Department of Homeland Security science and technology conferences, SIGMA is a loosely affiliated group of science fiction writers who are offering pro bono advice to anyone in government who want their thoughts on how to protect the nation.

The group has the ear of Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Jay Cohen, head of the science and technology directorate, who has said he likes their unconventional thinking.
[...]
[Larry] Niven said a good way to help hospitals stem financial losses is to spread rumors in Spanish within the Latino community that emergency rooms are killing patients in order to harvest their organs for transplants.

"The problem [of hospitals going broke] is hugely exaggerated by illegal aliens who aren’t going to pay for anything anyway," Niven said.


“Do you know how politically incorrect you are?” Pournelle asked.
(source, in which the panel sounds like a bit of a debacle anyway)

*dies*

Not only is he factually way off, but ... god, I can't think of many more inhumane statements.

Like I said to [livejournal.com profile] ktempest, I know we're all supposed to separate the art from the artist. But at the same time, I don't want him to get any of my nickels, you know? (not that he needs my nickels to survive, but still.) Well, it's not like I had any urge to read Niven any time soon, anyway. I will be enjoying giving my money to writers like [livejournal.com profile] matociquala and [livejournal.com profile] scottlynch, with whom I may or may not agree on politics, but who don't make me feel appalled to be a member of the same species.

P. S. to Jerry Pournelle: Your tongue slipped--you said "politically incorrect," but surely you must have meant "dead wrong." God, I'm sick of people using "politically incorrect" when they mean "racist and/or heterosexist in a way that I personally approve of ha ha," and using "politically correct" to mean "accommodating of a group or belief that I personally disapprove of." And that *is* how the phrases are generally used, which is one reason why I almost never utter those words, except in the older, pre-right-wing-talk-show-appropriation usage of "it's politically correct in China to pay lip service to Mao while exploiting the capitalist market."
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Introducing the "Harajuku Girl" Costume.

Thanks a lot, Gwen Stefani. Really. Now there's another costume I have to apologize for when I take my Japanese friends to Spirit (on top of the many horrible "sumo," "geisha," and "samurai" costumes).

There's a "Gothic Lolita," too, yikes--though the image does look like Mana in the thumbnail. And I still don't know what the "Victorian Lolita" is supposed to be.

Man, there are some ugly costumes there. I really do wish Halloween hadn't become so much about trashy stereotypes--the "Mexican" and "Hula" and "Indian" costumes are just as embarrassing as the "Oriental" ones. I mean, there's caricatures and then there's ... stupid.

*cringe*

(EDIT: What.)

I hate...

Aug. 27th, 2007 08:10 pm
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--complex forms with insufficient instructions (health insurance).

FIX: Write a nice simple step-by-step document that includes things like the institutional code. It would probably take about 15 minutes to do, and would save multiple 15-minute queries per quarter from confused new hires.

--UC Berkeley's computer science department's contradictory information re. community college transfers. Seriously, they say totally different things on different pages, not to mention via e-mail. (Additional lost points for not actually answering Clint's e-mail on behalf of [livejournal.com profile] siderealengine, instead responding with canned links ala bad tech support.) For instance, check out this awesome page. Note the box up top with " THE COMPUTER SCIENCE MAJOR IS NOW UNCAPPED! " (in red, even!). Scroll down a bit, and then read this: "The Computer Science Major is a competitive and capped major in the College of Letters and Science." That wouldn't be a big deal if it weren't so consistent with their constant inconsistencies. It's exceedingly frustrating. We can't seem to pin them down on what they want students to have taken before applying to transfer, and the person who just e-mailed Clint directly contradicted their website which PLAINLY says that you MUST apply and be accept to UC Berkeley SEPARATELY, FIRST, and take at least 1 or 2 semesters of courses BEFORE you can apply to EECS (the school in which the CS major is). It even goes to far as to suggest preparing for a backup major in case CS doesn't let you in but you're already stuck at Berkeley.

FIX: Put one person in charge of all this. Streamline and centralize the web documents to reduce endless slightly different iterations that gradually become false as things change and the pages aren't maintained. Seriously, the way it stands now, their web-based information can literally result in students wasting substantial time and money trying to fulfill the wrong requirements. And no, [livejournal.com profile] siderealengine can't just talk to the counselors at his community college, because they are completely ignorant of the requirements for all non-A&S majors at Berkeley (i.e., all engineering/CS/business/etc. majors). They have repeatedly advised [livejournal.com profile] jenniferward and [livejournal.com profile] siderealengine to do a certain set of general education requirements (IGETC, now a running joke in our household), which is the ONE thing that the transfer pages AGREE on: Do not do IGETC if you are majoring in business or computer science, because it does not fulfill their entirely different set of transfer prerequisites.

I know I'm ranty but in both cases the bureaucracies involved are MESSING WITH PEOPLE'S LIVES BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET THEIR GODDAMN ACTS TOGETHER. DOING THIS STUFF RIGHT IS NOT. THAT. HARD.
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An Oakland man told The Chronicle today that he saw a shotgun-wielding, masked man approach an AC Transit bus on the east side of Lake Merritt about 10 minutes before [Oakland Post editor Chuancey] Bailey was gunned down Thursday. The man, who asked not to be identified, a passenger on the No. 40 bus, said he saw a man, shotgun at his side, approach the bus he was riding on at about 7:15 a.m., at a stop at East 14th Street and First Avenue, half a block from Bailey's First Avenue apartment.

The gunman, described by the eyewitness as wearing a black ski mask, black sweater, jeans and dirty sneakers, lifted the weapon to a male passenger's back, unbeknownst to the passenger.

The gunman, described as being in his mid 20s, 5-foot-9-inches tall and 170 pounds, medium-complexion African-American, then backed away, let the bus doors close and took off on foot. The passenger said as the bus drove along East 12th Street alongside Lake Merritt, he saw Bailey walking toward downtown. It wasn't until later when the passenger was at a doctor's appointment and saw the news account of Bailey's slaying that he made a connection.

"I had no idea he was after Chauncey," the passenger told The Chronicle. "There were five or six people on the bus. I thought, 'Son of a bitch. That guy is trying to kill somebody.' When I found out Chauncey was shot I felt so bad."

The passenger said he gave the information to police later Thursday. "It was so brazen," the passenger said. "This guy was out in broad daylight with a double barrel shotgun. He wasn't afraid of anything."


Uh, yeah. Because he knew people like this passenger weren't going to call the cops on him before he finished his business, apparently.

You see someone get on a goddamn bus with a goddamn firearm--and you think "that guy is trying to kill somebody"--you CALL THE COPS. What, you only call the cops if the guy tells you whom he's planning to kill? And where the hell was the bus driver in all this, anyway? Sorry, if you fail to notice a passenger with a double-barreled shotgun on your nearly empty bus, you shouldn't be driving.

And yes. I know. Oakland. Cops. Not necessarily Your Friendly Neighborhood Police. I understand some reluctance to be too pro-active, but for god's sake go make an anonymous call from a pay phone after you get off the bus, or tell the driver, or SOMETHING. Anyway, apparently the passenger didn't feel too scared to talk to the cops "later Thursday," once he "found out Chauncey was shot."

P. S. Original story. I sincerely hope they got some of the details wrong.

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