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Like many (most) of you, I'm grieving the murder of Fellow Worker Heather Heyer, a member of the IWW (an organization I was proud to be a member of for many years), the injuries of dozens of others, and the brutal assault of Deandre Harris at the hands of fascists and white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA. Unlike a lot of (white) people, I'm not surprised. This is America with its gloves off. This is what we warned against. It was always going to come to this, and I fear it will get much worse before it gets better, if it does at all.

For a good long time, I've been actively confronting local fascists who organize and demonstrate under the thin veneer of free speech. Plenty of liberals and radicals alike have informed me that this is a waste of time, that the antifa who show up reliably every time the fash demonstrate are not radical enough, are too radical, aren't diverse enough, are too militant, are not militant enough, exclude less privileged people who can't physically show up, are secretly anti-Semites despite a significant number being Jewish, and are just plain doing it wrong. I'm not into calling out individuals and groups, but I have paid careful attention to who I see there, and who I don't see there.

I can only hope that Heyer, Harris, and those standing beside them and fighting back haven't sacrificed in vain. I hope that this is the end of inaction, of false equivalence, of turning our words on each other rather than on the enemy. I hope that this is a clarion call for action.

I'll repost what I said in the Other Place:

Hey GTA people posting your outrage over Charlottesville: did you know that a group of fascists regularly demonstrate at City Hall under the guise of "free speech"? We go to oppose them and try to prevent them from marching. Sometimes we're outnumbered. If you're really angry about what happened, coming out to shut this shit down here before it becomes tiki torches and vehicular manslaughter is a concrete thing you can do.

Also, if you have $ and are not sure which crowdfunding initiatives are legit, this is a good place to start.

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For your enjoyment and viewing pleasure, here are some Nazis punching other Nazis. We do not know why, or who filmed this, or why people think that filming vertical video in 2017 is an acceptable thing to do, but we can just sit back and enjoy it, right?

Here is some background on the Nazis involved: Ronny Cameron (the organizer of yesterday's pitiful LARP module), and Eric Brazau.

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renouf the goof tweetApparently my little design got famous enough to be tweeted by local fascist nutjob Greg "the Goof" Renouf!

I would be flattered were it not for three critical errors in his sentence-long tweet:

1) I'm not actually an anarchist, nor am I part of any anarchist group, nor does this design have anything to do with or benefit any anarchist group. I'm not even sure which anarchist group he's talking about. I mean, I like (some) anarchists and I have broad ideological agreements and commonalities with them, but I lived in a cooperative house for too long to actually be an anarchist, as I'm quite fussy about dishes and such.

2) It says right in the product description that the graphic refers to peacefully dealing with fascism through fun sports like baseball.

3) And this is the weirdest one—I am not nor have I ever been a Christian. I mean, this commemorates a battle primarily fought by Jews, albeit with some Christian allies. But while I've been accused of belonging to all sorts of beliefs and causes that I have nothing to do with, I don't think I have ever in my life been mistaken for a Christian.

So that's neat.
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it can't happen hereSince no one else has finished their three YA books yet, I get to read adult books until they're done. Yay! I just finished It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, and I have a lot of feels, and need to talk about it.

You may have heard of it as "that dystopian novel written in 1935 that suddenly ended up on the bestseller list again because it predicted Trump's presidency." It is, basically, that—written to warn Americans, well before WWII, about the dangers of fascism in a populist mask. It's not the only such book, but there's something particularly resonant in it—probably because the weird-looking, jovial, outsider president is just so very Cheeto Benito that it's deeply chilling to read.

I also very much related to the protagonist, despite the fact that he's completely a liberal who complains at great length about how the Marxists are a bit shit. (I have to say, as a commie myself, the book's scathing portrayal of communists is pretty much accurate.) This guy has to be one of my favourite dystopian fiction protagonists, as he really just wants to be left alone to sleep in, get laid, and read proper literature, but people keep being fascist at him so he has to actually go out and fight. That's me in a nutshell, or would be before Netflix was invented.

It does pretty well on gender—again, 1935, just in case you're ever inclined to write off a lack of interesting and complex female characters in a book as a product of its time—there are multiple overtly feminist women, one of whom gets to kick way more ass than any of the male characters. It's worse on sexual orientation, if only because the only prominent queer character is based on Ernst Röhm and meets a similar fate (it's unknown whether the writing of the book was completed before the Night of the Long Knives, but one doesn't have to be all that prescient to guess at what happens to people like Röhm under fascist regimes, or Milo Yiannopoulos, for that matter).

At any rate, I was absolutely engrossed and if you want a likely portrait of what the next four years will bring, give this book written over 80 years ago a read. And never sleep again.
sabotabby: (doom doom doom)
Just yesterday, I found myself arguing with a hippie on Facebook over a photo someone had posted of a man holding up an Islamophobic sign at Yonge-Dundas Square. One of the commenters had suggested that what the man needed was a good elbow in the face, and the hippie self-righteously declared that in the name of FREEZED PEACH, holding a hateful sign was not illegal but elbowing someone in the face was.

I pointed out that the sentiment in the sign would lead to genocide, whereas an elbow to the face seldom did.

I hate to say I'm right, but:

At least five people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in Quebec City. The mosque was targeted with a pig's head in the summer and it's pretty safe to say—though, of course, the situation is still developing and we don't know many details—that the mosque was targeted because the most powerful voices in the world have declared open season on Muslims.

I'm so sick with rage and grief that I can barely breathe. I'm almost inured to hearing about mass shootings in the States, but this is here. I'm not so naïve as to think that Canadians are better than this—the same sick racist impulses roil just below the surface here—but it still hits close to home. There were children praying. I pass two mosques every day; it could have been the families that I casually smile at on my way home from work. It's too close, it's too real.

And regardless of what they uncover about the shooters (and we know it's going to be a lone wolf white dude who sparks a serious discussion about better awareness for mental illness; I guess two lone wolves in this case), you know who's to blame. You know who has been stoking the hatred here, in the States, in the sewers of Reddit and 4chan, on Twitter, in the White House, in the Tory leadership race. Holding up signs in Yonge-Dundas Square, aided and abetted by appeasers shrieking about free speech. J'accuse, you all have blood on your hands.

You cannot deal with them politely. You cannot appeal to their reason and humanity. This is the result of a climate of xenophobia, and muddleheaded liberalism has been fertile grounds for hatred to thrive.
sabotabby: (doom doom doom)
Well, that was something.

Despite my awesome powers of prognostication, I did not expect Cheeto Benito's Alt Reich to act as quickly or decisively as they did. My entire experience with authoritarian far-right governments in North America has been that of a slow-burn, frog-in-boiling-water type situation where most of the bad shit goes down in ways far too complex for the average citizen to understand. But this is different. This is a week, and we're all in such turmoil that it is impossible to keep track of all of the horrible shit happening at once.

This is by design, of course. You are meant to be confused and overwhelmed. The point is chaos and disruption. Much of Trump's moves won't stick, can't stick, but the intention is to screw fast and hard, to leave any opposition or resistance bewildered and under-resourced.

One of the reasons why I no longer identify as an anarchist (though I still have many anarchist sympathies) is that I actually believe that a big, lumbering bureaucracy is a healthy thing. It stops, for example, one psychopathic manchild elected by a deluded fraction of the populace from acting on every single chubby he gets when he's sitting on his gold toilet. I may not be that familiar with the US political system, but there are supposed to be checks and balances to prevent this kind of thing. Trump has decided to cut through all that, and because the US government is not typically accustomed to a sole petty tyrant doing whatever the fuck he wants, it is not in a position to respond immediately. And this is what cause the massive clusterfucks at the airports.

This is the age of immediate gratification, and the US now has a Führer who acts only based on immediate gratification. The system may respond, but it's a few hours behind, and those few hours can mean a lot if the bad guy's only plan is to smash and destroy as much as possible, as quickly as possible.

There are a number of avenues for resistance, as many are currently circulating. To be honest, I'm mainly concerned with the ones I can help with as a Canadian. I'm super-pissed, by the way, in the way you can only be when you have a full, normal life going on and you need to halt it because every action that is not directed towards removing Trump from office seems like a wasted action*. In the next few months and years, I may be a stop along an underground railroad, but it can't just be action on an individual or even small group basis.

So here are a few things:

Trump is a Nazi, and anyone who supports him is a Nazi. This is how you need to view things from now on. No compromise, no quarter, no platform. Do not allow representatives of the American state to enter your country. Cut ties with your Trump-supporting relatives. Picture them all in Stormtrooper helmets or SS badges if it makes it easier. They have voluntarily given up their right to be considered humans.

Any company that supports Trumpism is the enemy—more so than regular capitalists. Delete the Uber app. You shouldn't have it in the first place—I never have, because I look at them and I see the last chance for a peaceful social democracy in which workers are able to earn a living wage yanked from under us. Punching Nazis in the face is good, but punching them in the wallet is just as effective.

Donate to the ACLU. They are the first line of defence, as we saw this weekend. I just donated and you should too.

Write, call, email, tweet your MP or whatever elected representative you have. Any government that does business or maintains ties with the US is practicing appeasement, and ought to be treated with the respect due to Neville Chamberlain or Vichy France. We should all be withdrawing our ambassadors, shuttering our embassies, and threatening to cut business ties. I don't even care if the latter is realistic right now—these are not realistic times.

Trudeau's tweets are not enough. It is public grandstanding, not actual policy. The quota was capped at 1000 and is now closed again.

Fight fascism wherever you are, in any way you can, be it with your words or fists or finances. The discourse is changing. Nick Kouvalis, officially the Worst Person In Canadian Politics**, gets away with calling people "cucks" on Twitter now. Fight them. Fight them all. We are at war.

* Incidentally, though, in the future, can we please allow the entire world to vote for US presidents, not just Americans? If your actions are going to affect everyone, we ought to get a say.
** Campaign manager for Rob Ford and now Kellie Leich.
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 The only thing worse than fascism is amateur fascism. Sloppy fascism. This isn't Leni Riefenstahl, neoclassical architecture—let alone Futurism—or Hugo Boss*. This is fumbling, belching, red-cheeked and unshaven, unsophisticated fascism. This isn't even skinheads with swastika tattoos; at least they have an aesthetic, good taste in boots. This should be repulsive to anyone with sense. I don't get it. Why does your nation aspire to this? What makes it appealing?

I have a certain affection for the noblesse oblige brand of conservatism, old money and all that. It may be hideous but it gilds opera seats and knows how to spot a well-fitted suit. Of course, they're all secretly pigfuckers, but they do it behind closed doors. Before these next four years are up, I promise you that you will see Trump's cock hanging out in all its glory, or lack thereof. 

This isn't even urban versus rural—the tangerine Nazi rapeclown** is as New York as it gets, and there's something a little dignified in broken-down trailers and opioid overdoses. This is tacky. Your fascism is tacky. It makes me want to puke.

There's my political analysis. Vomit. We need to bring back the concept of shame and squick to politics, and yesterday isn't soon enough.

* Yes, I know, I know. Not all Nazi uniforms.
** Thanks 5ever to Hal Duncan for this
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I don't actually think it's World War III or the end of the world at the moment, so more ranting about the problem of balance in politics. Two positions I've taken, both in response to stupid comments by supposed centrists:

1. Trevor Noah would never invite an ISIS member onto his show to “get the other side’s perspective.” That’s why the liberal narrative of free speech is so ethically vacuous.

I don't remember the last time I encountered an ardent defender of the concept known as "free speech" who wasn't a raging racist. I'm not sure how the right managed to snatch that one out from under our noses, but like "libertarian," I don't think we're gonna get this one back. Sorry guys.

The reason why ISIS is not included in debates about free speech is because we're all sensible people and we know where that kind of discourse leads. Yeah, a certain percentage of people reading/watching/listening to an ISIS ideologue's opinion—let's be generous and say most people—are going to say, "wow, that guy's a real shithead, listen to him say shitty things, ugh." But a not-insignificant number are going to react in the opposite way—this fellow's saying something I've felt deep in my heart for a long time, and look, he's saying it publicly, it must be socially acceptable."

This is how the Alt Reich gained ascendancy. The media gave them a sympathetic narrative, stopped portraying them as fringe freaks not even worthy of an interview, reported on their hairstyles and suits, demanded that the liberal elite sympathize with their plights. (Can you imagine a similar discourse around ISIS? Even though for the average fighter—not the ideologues—there may be a much more compelling reason, such as starvation, forcing their hand?)

An ethically consistent liberal or centrist would fight as valiantly for the rights of terrorists to be heard as it does for the rights of racist white dudes to spout off hate speech, but there is no ethical consistency in liberalism or centrism.


2. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing people who don't know very much about politics that the horseshoe theory has any sort of intellectual merit.

I was halfheartedly debating with a self-described centrist who was insisting that fascism could be either a right- or left-wing ideology, and that neo-liberalism was a left-wing ideology. I guess 227 years of political history, fought for and bled for by countless Very Smart People, was just not good enough for this fellow, who like so many on the internet, believes that a 15-second Google search qualifies him as a political scientist. (To be fair, I'm not even sure he did that.) The horseshoe theory is referenced commonly amongst the walking Dunning-Kruger effects that inhabit certain corners of the internet, and I'm sick to death of it.

There are, of course, common features in the extreme left and the extreme right. However, all of these commonalities can just as easily describe those in the centre (not to mention that the centre is a rightward-drifting moving target). Probably more so—anecdotally, the most authoritarian types I've encountered in meatspace described themselves as centrists. A conservative may have some moral convictions, even if I disagree with them; a centrist is merely politically and ethically avoidant. It is the perverted sense of balance that led to the above problem wherein the Alt Reich were given a platform rather than being sent scuttling back to the sewers where they belong.
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The silver lining to having an anxiety disorder is that you always predict, and plan for, the worst possible outcome. You may be occasionally pleasantly surprised, but you'll never be disappointed.

cut for those coping in less morbid ways )
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While I don't, personally, have tons of people in my social circle who have horrid ideas, if you expand to friends-of-friends, I encounter a ton of people with horrid ideas on a shockingly frequent basis.

A few weeks ago, I was trying to convince a friend of mine, who is PoC and an academic at one of the most progressive institutions in North America, that he is underestimating the influence and popularity of white supremacy, among other reasons, because he cannot by definition hear what white people say when they talk amongst themselves. I can, and do, and trust me, it's pretty gross. The BLM action on Sunday unleashed a geyser of bile, like a burst pimple, amongst Well Meaning Concerned Straight White Folks Who Are Just Concerned About Sending the Right Message, and I'm still scraping the pus off this morning. The highlight was arguing with a (presumably Jewish, by the name) fellow who posted a Milo Yiannopoulous video about BLM and seemed unaware that he was parroting the beliefs of a misogynistic shitstain who would happily herd him—and me—to the gas chamber and then get in right after us.

It's not far under the surface, festering there. That's why the overt eruptions—PEGIDA, Trump, the alt-right, and so on—are more significant than their actual numbers imply. The vast majority of all humans can't logic worth a damn, and all it takes is the right vile viral idea for them to latch on.

Why the right has been more successful than the left on this is outside the scope of my little rant, but it has been. The fact that it's been able to infiltrate this far into my carefully cultivated echo chamber is proof of just how easy it is to slip into reactionary thinking.
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I'm feeling pretty fucked up over the assassination of Jo Cox by fascist scum. I didn't know her, I'm not British, but by all accounts she was the rarest of unicorns, a politician who didn't suck.

But specifically, I'm unnerved because it's brazen. Britain went from silly flotilla battles to actual murder of a person in a heartbeat. Unlike Orlando, the motives are obvious—the killer was a fascist and Cox was killed for opposing fascism. Charles Stross has a harrowing post up about it.

It's a reminder that we're always, always, a heartbeat away from barbarism. Actual, literal fascism—not Godwin's Law-violating disagreements on the intertubes—is an ascendant force in the world right now. It's kind of restrained where I live, at the moment, compared to Europe and the U.S. But I haven't forgotten that everyone was nodding along to Harper's niqab ban bullshit until Trudeau gave a pretty face to opposing it.

We are teetering on the brink of a global economic collapse. And much as the earnest radicals among us seem to believe this will lead to something fun and egalitarian, the far-right is best posed to take over in that kind of scenario, and it won't go well for any of us.
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Canada's Parliament, last seen playing the Imperial March on the bells without a hint of irony or self-awareness, has voted to pass Bill C-51, euphemistically referred to as "controversial" in all the articles about it. Essentially it gives the government even more power to spy on and round up terrorists and terrorist supporters, which for those of you who haven't been paying much attention to Canadian politics, can be defined as "everyone the government disagrees with, but especially environmentalists and First Nations activists."

This isn't even the biggest news story of the day. It passed because it's got a boring name and hardly anyone was paying attention.

More later unless I'm thrown in an army transport vehicle and sent to a camp somewhere, but in the meantime, you can view a list of who voted for it, and, even more tellingly, who didn't even show up, so you know who should go up against the wall come the revolution, I mean next election.

Just in case you thought Trudeau's Liberals would be an improvement over the current lot: spoiler, no, they won't be.
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Things the liberal commentariat tend to be kneejerkingly odd about:

• Police brutality
• School uniforms and discipline

Case in point: This post on BoingBoing. (Disclaimer: BoingBoingers are not uniformly–pardon the expression—progressive, nor is their commentariat that easily lumped together politically. However, I have noticed a trend towards mostly liberal with a large libertarian streak.) The very same group that was frothing at the mouth in opposition to TSA security policies*—and rightly so; it is entirely correct to call groping and pornoscanners "fascist"—appears to be, for the most part, generating increasingly bizarre justifications of authoritarianism in the schools.

I may be biased in this regard, as I went to a non-uniformed school where we weren't savagely beaten, and I somehow managed to emerge from this experience a civilized individual. But I also now teach in a school where the children display far less fashion acumen than we ever did, and they still manage, for the most part, to not riot. There is also a far greater wealth disparity than in the school that I attended, and yet when kids report bullying, the incidents never seem to have anything to do with clothing issues.

Not to single out BoingBoingers, or even liberals or libertarians, on their hypocrisy—socialists are just as bad, if not worse, with stranger justifications for why it is important to beat out any stirrings of individuality amongst today's youth.

Mismatched socks. Honestly. I can think of a million threats to the public education; socks do not even register.

* There is, of course, a strong element of classism and racism at work here. The TSA is staffed largely by underpaid, racialized individuals. School administrators and cops tend to be a whiter, more middle class bunch, and the worst abuses of power are acted out on the bodies of poorer, racialized children. So it's acceptable. Or something.
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Dear fellow Jews,

If you find yourself siding with and endorsing fascists—and I'm not talking about "I'm a commie so I call everyone to the right of me a fascist," but dyed-in-the-wool, violent, murderous fascists—you should perhaps take a deep breath and, uh, reconsider your stance. These people will have us killed as soon as they get done with the Arabs and Roma.

Case in point:

the fascist Jewish Defense League is bed with the fascist English Defense League )

...England doesn't need defending. WTF?


On a related note, a representative of Stephen Harper just called me up! She told me that no Prime Minister in the history of Canada had ever stood up for the State of Israel the way Harper had,* and did I consider it important for Canada to maintain its support for Israel.

I replied, "Given the State of Israel's abominable violations of the basic human rights of the Palestinian people, I feel that Canada should economically divest and place economic sanctions on Israel in order to pressure it to comply with international law."

"So your answer is yes?"

"...um, what was the question again?"

She repeated it.

"Quite the opposite."

She then asked if I'd consider voting for Harper in the next election.

I managed to stop laughing long enough to get out, "Not in a million years."

I guess she didn't have any other questions for me.

I also guess that I'm on a list now, if I wasn't before.

ETA: In hindsight, I should have kept her on longer and asked why the Harper government was asking me questions about a country that I'm not from and have never so much as visited, rather than asking me how I felt about its policies in my own country. But it was after Pill Time and I was groggy, and I was also pretty amused that this was the first time anyone from the government had asked me for my opinion.


* Really? Not even Lester B. Pearson, who voted for Partition in 1948?
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I have found four or five corpses of the same type of bug (it looks like a centipede, but smaller and deader) in the same corner of my room. I haven't seen any bugs like this, living or dead, anywhere else in my room or anywhere else in the apartment.

Luna is probably the one killing them, as she has a bug fetish that puts Renfield to shame, but I don't know if she's just finding them in one corner and leaving them there, or finding them all over the place and dragging them over to that one particular corner for some reason.

Luna is weird. I found her hanging off the ground from one of the French doors today trying to catch a fly. What a freak.
Hey, Amanda Marcotte is talking about conspiracy theories, so you should all check it out. My favourite bit:
I’ll admit, I love myself a good conspiracy theory, because the prevalence of them tells you a lot about the way the human mind works. In my opinion, conspiracy theories proliferate because of the tendency of humans to anthropomorphize pretty much everything, including systems. In fact, it rapidly becomes difficult to describe a system without invoking human-like intentionality as a shorthand for process of a system—the most immediate example is how evolutionary processes are described as “selection”. Feminists invoke the same kind of anthropormophizing metaphor when describing the patriarchy.

The problem is that people begin to take metaphorical intention as actual intention. I often have anti-feminists write or leave comments, for instance, where they assume that when I’m describing the patriarchy, I actually mean that men have some sort of secret conspiracy against women, which is not true. But you can see why they might think that, because that’s pretty much how actual conspiracy theories emerge, in the confusion between metaphorical intent and actual intent. To make it even more confusing, the existence of real life conspiracies makes conspiracy theories very plausible. Regardless of how plausible a conspiracy theory is, however, they offer fascinating insight into what the people who believe in them are anxious about.

Also, my dear friends, I have indeed seen the Hitler cat site, and it is utterly hilarious. Consider it blogrolled.
Preliminary results from my last poll indicate that more people dislike goatees than like them. I haven't done a breakdown by gender or sexual orientation (hell, with half of you I don't even know), so I'm not sure if growing one means you'll be less likely to get action, but it's something to keep in mind. Regardless, the consensus even among goatee fans is that they don't work for everyone. Also, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jaymoh and [livejournal.com profile] kaelynn for teaching me the terms "flavour saver" and "chin caterpillar," respectively.
And since this post is more or less devoid of content owing to a weekend spent mostly doing chores and finishing American Gods (squee!), here's your Ted Nugent Quote of the Day:
If a wildman guffaws in the forest, does he make any noise? Let me assure you, he do.
Um what?
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I have found four or five corpses of the same type of bug (it looks like a centipede, but smaller and deader) in the same corner of my room. I haven't seen any bugs like this, living or dead, anywhere else in my room or anywhere else in the apartment.

Luna is probably the one killing them, as she has a bug fetish that puts Renfield to shame, but I don't know if she's just finding them in one corner and leaving them there, or finding them all over the place and dragging them over to that one particular corner for some reason.

Luna is weird. I found her hanging off the ground from one of the French doors today trying to catch a fly. What a freak.
Hey, Amanda Marcotte is talking about conspiracy theories, so you should all check it out. My favourite bit:
I’ll admit, I love myself a good conspiracy theory, because the prevalence of them tells you a lot about the way the human mind works. In my opinion, conspiracy theories proliferate because of the tendency of humans to anthropomorphize pretty much everything, including systems. In fact, it rapidly becomes difficult to describe a system without invoking human-like intentionality as a shorthand for process of a system—the most immediate example is how evolutionary processes are described as “selection”. Feminists invoke the same kind of anthropormophizing metaphor when describing the patriarchy.

The problem is that people begin to take metaphorical intention as actual intention. I often have anti-feminists write or leave comments, for instance, where they assume that when I’m describing the patriarchy, I actually mean that men have some sort of secret conspiracy against women, which is not true. But you can see why they might think that, because that’s pretty much how actual conspiracy theories emerge, in the confusion between metaphorical intent and actual intent. To make it even more confusing, the existence of real life conspiracies makes conspiracy theories very plausible. Regardless of how plausible a conspiracy theory is, however, they offer fascinating insight into what the people who believe in them are anxious about.

Also, my dear friends, I have indeed seen the Hitler cat site, and it is utterly hilarious. Consider it blogrolled.
Preliminary results from my last poll indicate that more people dislike goatees than like them. I haven't done a breakdown by gender or sexual orientation (hell, with half of you I don't even know), so I'm not sure if growing one means you'll be less likely to get action, but it's something to keep in mind. Regardless, the consensus even among goatee fans is that they don't work for everyone. Also, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jaymoh and [livejournal.com profile] kaelynn for teaching me the terms "flavour saver" and "chin caterpillar," respectively.
And since this post is more or less devoid of content owing to a weekend spent mostly doing chores and finishing American Gods (squee!), here's your Ted Nugent Quote of the Day:
If a wildman guffaws in the forest, does he make any noise? Let me assure you, he do.
Um what?
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (durutti)
Buenaventura Durruti, one of radical history's truly lovable bastards, died 69 years ago today.


"It is we the workers who built these palaces and cities here in Spain and in America and everywhere. We, the workers, can build others to take their place. And better ones! We are not in the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth; there is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world here, in our hearts. That world is growing this minute."

Oddly enough, his polar opposite, Francisco Franco, also died on November 20. Alas, it was November 20, 1975, which was several decades and countless corpses too late.



"Our regime is based on bayonets and blood, not on hypocritical elections."


On a mostly unrelated note, I went to see Paradise Now. It was good, but not as great as everyone keeps saying. That trailer that I linked to is fairly misleading. It's not nearly as stupid as it looks from that.

As the people I saw it with immediately pointed out, it is as depoliticized as a movie about two suicide bombers can possibly be. Other than through a few scenes of checkpoints, a bombing, and some dialogue, you don't really get an idea of context. What you do get is a good idea of why these two particular guys would want to blow themselves up. Suicide bombing is neither condoned nor condemned, and the counter-arguments that the film presents are not given any sort of extra moral weight.

It worked for me as a good story, but not necessarily as a good political movie unless one had an understanding of the Palestinian situation to begin with. The thing is, it didn't work half as well as, say, Divine Intervention, which was less drama and all context and nothing hugely explosive happens. Go figure.


They were having a Santa Claus parade on my street just now and it seems to have stopped. Weird. I hate the Santa Claus parade. It's noisy and I can never get out my front door.

Edit: So I made a Gaybortion! about it.
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Buenaventura Durruti, one of radical history's truly lovable bastards, died 69 years ago today.


"It is we the workers who built these palaces and cities here in Spain and in America and everywhere. We, the workers, can build others to take their place. And better ones! We are not in the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth; there is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world here, in our hearts. That world is growing this minute."

Oddly enough, his polar opposite, Francisco Franco, also died on November 20. Alas, it was November 20, 1975, which was several decades and countless corpses too late.



"Our regime is based on bayonets and blood, not on hypocritical elections."


On a mostly unrelated note, I went to see Paradise Now. It was good, but not as great as everyone keeps saying. That trailer that I linked to is fairly misleading. It's not nearly as stupid as it looks from that.

As the people I saw it with immediately pointed out, it is as depoliticized as a movie about two suicide bombers can possibly be. Other than through a few scenes of checkpoints, a bombing, and some dialogue, you don't really get an idea of context. What you do get is a good idea of why these two particular guys would want to blow themselves up. Suicide bombing is neither condoned nor condemned, and the counter-arguments that the film presents are not given any sort of extra moral weight.

It worked for me as a good story, but not necessarily as a good political movie unless one had an understanding of the Palestinian situation to begin with. The thing is, it didn't work half as well as, say, Divine Intervention, which was less drama and all context and nothing hugely explosive happens. Go figure.


They were having a Santa Claus parade on my street just now and it seems to have stopped. Weird. I hate the Santa Claus parade. It's noisy and I can never get out my front door.

Edit: So I made a Gaybortion! about it.

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