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May. 19th, 2010 02:29 am
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(This is where the new stuff--the stuff that wasn't posted at my personal journal--starts.)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: Neato! From [info]lavenderfrost, When Same-Sex Marriage Was a Christian Rite (from colfaxrecord.com)
:: I LOOOOVE The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey. Thanks as to [info]exceptindreams for posting the poem.
:: Another BAD-ASS FEMALE. From Fizzy via Gtalk, The only woman in the French Foreign Legion. (from news.bbc.co.uk)
:: ARGH, people suck. From @haterhater, Census Worker Found Hanged. (from care2.com)
:: From @trexsandwich, another article on the Census worker who was hanged. (From the AP)
:: @haterhater perusal continues (will do this with several tweeps): Police Report Filed by Acorn Exposes False Claims in Gotcha Vids. (from alternet.org)
:: From military.com, Reporter Injured by IED Bounces Back to Help Wounded Warriors. With non-automatic audio. (from podcasts.military.com)
:: From the National Partnership for Women and Families ActionSpeak, Health Insurance Reform as a Women's Issue: The First Lady's Take (from whitehouse.gov)
:: Another from ActionSpeak, With H1N1 Spreading this Labor Day: We Need Paid Sick Days, Not Another iPhone App FOR REALS. (from blog.nationalpartnership.org)
:: From military.com, Canadian Bill Would Aid US War Deserters.
:: From the above link, Swedish Women Troops Want 'Combat' Bra. I'd like one too, just for jogging.
:: Also from military.com, Standoff at VA Hospital Ends Peacefully.
:: Why am I not surprised? From NPfW&F: Teen Birth Rates Highest in States With Greatest Levels of Religious Belief, Study Finds. (from nationalpartnership.org)
:: From HuffPo, Keli Goff: Why I'm Grateful for Joe Wilson and the Fury of Racists. Well done, ms. Goff.
:: From the above link, The Millennial Generation. Been saying this for like two years now--we're gonna pass stuff like marriage equality because more and more progressives keep turning 18 and registering to vote! (from americanprogress.org):
One likely consequence of the Millennial generation’s rise is an end to the so-called culture wars that have marked American politics for the last several decades. Acrimonious disputes about family and religious values, feminism, gay rights, and race have frequently crippled progressives’ ability to make their case to the average American. Millennials support gay marriage, take race and gender equality as givens, are tolerant of religious and family diversity, have an open and positive attitude toward immigration, and generally display little interest in fighting over the divisive social issues of the past. Almost two-thirds agree that religious faith should focus more on promoting tolerance, social justice, and peace in society, and less on opposing abortion or gay rights.

Right. The fuck. ON.

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May. 7th, 2010 01:59 am
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(From September 12, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: From [info]athiesm, Stupid Dinosaur Lies. It is win.
:: Ugh. From an [info]atheism comment thread, Vegan Couple Sentence [sic] to Prison for Baby's Death. What. The. Fuck.
:: Ooh, this is COOL. From [info]antitheism, Amazon tribe converts missionary. :D :D
:: This invective-filled fic awesomeness from [info]shakti at [info]rahmbamarama: Tea Baggin' It. XD
:: From [info]a_tergo_lupi, FreedomWorks Orchestrates 'Grassroots' Movements To Serve Dick Armey's Corporate Clients. O hai ASTROTURF. (from thinkprogress.org)
:: This awesomeness from [info]lavenderfrost explaining #teabagging.
:: From [info]a_tergo_lupi, The Rotting Racist Underbelly of the Tea Party Protests.
:: From [info]antitheism, Cenk Uygur: If You're a Christian, Muslim or Jew - You are Wrong. Originally published at Huffington Post.
:: From [info]antitheism, Chick tracts make witnessing easy! Lulziness is lulzy. Poe's Law? Prolly not, alas.
:: From [info]antitheism, This I Believe: There Is No God by Penn Jillette at npr.org
:: From [info]rahmbamarama, Yunnan: My New Favorite Tea by Zeke Emanuel at food.theatlantic.com.
:: From [info]curriejean at [info]atheism, from a link at Pharyngula, The 50 Most Brilliant Atheists of All Time (Douglas Adams is at 43, and PZ Meyers is at 45.) (from brainz.org)
:: Fuck ye, Sarah: From @newsminer, Sarah Palin blasts health care reform in editorial (from newsminer.com)
:: From the 50 Most Brilliant Atheists page, The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and it's chock full of useful text and video. :D
:: This gem from [info]metaquotes about the sometimes-contradictory nature of Harry Potter fandom.

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May. 5th, 2010 02:11 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 4, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: Neato! From [info]a_tergo_lupi, Gay families to join White House egg roll :D (from msnbc.msn.com)
:: Also from [info]a_tergo_lupi, U.S. Census and Same-Sex Families: Epic Fail *disappointed sigh* (from bilerico.com)
:: And the main blog from above: The Bilerico Project | Daily experiments in LGBTQ. One for the blogroll. :)
:: WORD. "Senator Kennedy did not go to England" Because he was a US Senator who had some of the best insurance available. FAIL, Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women For America. FAAAAAIL. (from bilerico.com)
:: From [info]rahmbamarama, Obama's TV: sports, surprises Interesting. (from politico.com)
:: Horrible weird shit happens in Florida, makes Australian news. From [info]atheism, Deranged mother shoots son, self at Florida shooting range. *headdesk* (from news.com.au)
:: From [info]lavenderfrost, Not Yet Rain. Go watch it! (from notyetrain.org)
:: From [info]antitheism, IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE AN ATHEIST. Right on. :) (from soulpancake.com)
:: From [info]rahmbamarama, The Avatar Face Maker! (from manga.com)
:: From [info]antitheism, Doctor pushes science over religion. (from media.www.gwhatchet.com) WIN:

Schempp, who holds a Ph.D. from Brown University, said he is a firm believer in the role of science and its dominance over religion. He is an accomplished physicist and was involved in the development of the MRI.

He said devotion to science is what made it difficult to believe in religion.

"The Bible is not a book of truth - no more than any other book written 2,000 years ago," he said.

It is because of these feelings that Schempp has devoted much of his life to limiting prejudice against atheists and increasing the separation of church and state. He finds the idea of forcing young children to recite prayers to be ludicrous, as they are doing so without meaning.

"Robots are neither patriotic nor spiritual," he said.

Ultimately, Schempp said he sees himself not as a critic of religion but as a firm believer in the First Amendment and the freedom of choice.

He told the audience to remember, "The Constitution mentions religion only twice, and both times 'no' is attached to it."

:: This fascinating conversation in [info]atheism: The conflict between parsimony and hypothesizing the infinite.
:: Fuck yeah Florida! (Well, part of Florida.) From @FreedomToServe, Broward County, FL Passes Resolution Against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
:: From @USArmy, Soldiers try to maintain 'cool' during Battle Lab experiment
:: From [info]eh_notsomuch, Rober Ebert on Bill O'Reilly. Right on:

Dear Bill: Thanks for including the Chicago Sun-Times on your exclusive list of newspapers on your "Hall of Shame." To be in an O'Reilly Hall of Fame would be a cruel blow to any newspaper. It would place us in the favor of a man who turns red and starts screaming when anyone disagrees with him. My grade-school teacher, wise Sister Nathan, would have called in your parents and recommended counseling with Father Hogben.

:: Two great webcomics: PVT Murphy's Law, which Chris introduced me to (we have all the books), and Jenny the Military Spouse (don't remember where I found that one...)

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Mar. 25th, 2010 11:40 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From July 22, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: HAHAHAHAHAHA. From [info]metaquotes.
:: From military.com, Unknown No More; Fallen Troop Named Neato! :)
:: What would Pat Buchanan have to say to get himself fired from MSNBC? (from mediamatters.org)
:: Death to My Embryos! Long Live Stem Cells! (by Michele Kayal at HuffPo)
:: From [info]a_tergo_lupi, What's Left For A Soul To Do?
:: From [info]skywaterblue, EXCLUSIVE: Pocket Books Announces 2010 Star Trek Books -- Includes 4 'JJ-verse' Novels Um, in case it wasn't obvious, there are MAJOR SPOILERS therein.
:: Also from [info]skywaterblue, Doctor Who's David Tenant tipped to play Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit Interesting!
:: This massive stack of win from [info]metaquotes.
:: From Fizzy via Gtalk, Holy hoon: flying nun clocked at 180km/h :D
:: From the Fairbanks News-Miner, Alaska firefighters grapple with blazes
:: From military.com, Rules for Rendering Hand Salute of U.S. Flag
:: LAWL. From Fizzy via Gtalk, Stand-up straight and listen when Barack Obama speaks to you (from smh.com.au)
:: This awesome, awesome article, found via a link from [info]rahmbamarama: The Unitarian Jihad For the win:

We are Unitarian Jihad. We are everywhere. We have not been born again, nor have we sworn a blood oath. We do not think that God cares what we read, what we eat or whom we sleep with. Brother Neutron Bomb of Serenity notes for the record that he does not have a moral code but is nevertheless a good person, and Unexalted Leader Garrote of Forgiveness stipulates that Brother Neutron Bomb of Serenity is a good person, and this is to be reflected in the minutes.

And some more win:

Brother Gatling Gun of Patience notes that he's pretty sure the world is out to get him because everyone laughs when he says he is a Unitarian. There were murmurs of assent around the room, and someone suggested that we buy some Congress members and really stick it to the Baptists. But this was deemed against Revolutionary Principles, and Brother Gatling Gun of Patience was remanded to the Sunday Flowers and Banners committee.

People of the United States! We are Unitarian Jihad! We can strike without warning. Pockets of reasonableness and harmony will appear as if from nowhere! Nice people will run the government again! There will be coffee and cookies in the Gandhi Room after the revolution.

:: From this entry in [info]atheism, Quiverfull, the patriarchy movement o.O
:: Also, No Longer Quivering, the blog of the two escapees mentioned in the previous article.
:: This from [info]ontd_political on marriage from a [info]lavenderfrost entry, and also this, this, and this.

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Mar. 25th, 2010 11:38 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From July 13, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: Phelps (WBC) people getting pwned in an epic way, courtesy of [info]lavenderfrost. :D
:: Yeah, what she said! From [info]eh_notsomuch
:: Fizzy sent me this from Cake Wrecks. XDDD
:: Well, this hit a little too close to home. (from PostSecret)
:: From Daily Kos via @Shoq, Former CIGNA executive says Michael Moore was right all along
:: HOLY SHIT FUNNEH. Rule 34: If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions. (from PunditKitchen)
:: The sack lunches, from [info]militarylove. Made me cry.
:: FUCKING COOL. From [info]metaquotes.
:: Yes, another one from [info]metaquotes. I couldn't just let "Righteous American Penis of Justice" go un-re-quoted, now, could I?
:: How to make Rice Cooker Bread. From a post at [info]poor_skills.
:: Linked in an [info]antitheism entry, Don't ask, don't tell documentary explores gays in the military. Especially read the comments.
:: From this post in [info]antitheism, Atheists call for 'debaptism' (from the BBC) Neato. :)
:: Via [info]lavenderfrost, This is your Nation on White Privilege (Updated) (from redroom.com)
:: This gem from [info]metaquotes:

On that topic, it occurs to me that Easter is truly the original holiday of the Living Dead (one of the originals, anyways-- I'm sure there are older mythologies too). And that, therefore, it ought to be taken over by the zombie contingent and adopted as one of their holy days. So remember, kids, leave out a nice basket of brains for Jesus so he won't come after yours!

:: From [info]quirkybird, a lovely poem called "Woe".

Woe!

It is true, our tribe is similar to the bees,
It gathers honey of wisdom, carries it, stores it in honeycombs.
I am able to roam for hours
Through the labyrinth of the main library, floor to floor.
But yesterday, looking for the words of masters and prophets,
I wandered into high regions
That are visited by practically no one.
I would open a book and could decipher nothing.
For letters faded and disappeared from the pages.
Woe! I exclaimed-so it comes to this?
Where are you, venerable ones, with your beards and wigs,
Your nights spent by a candle, griefs of your wives?
So a message saving the world is silenced forever?
At your home it was the day of making preserves.
And your dog, sleeping by the fire, would wake up,
Yawn, and look at you, as if knowing.


Czeslaw Milosz

:: And some RBR fun that I posted to [info]metaquotes. :)

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