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May. 2nd, 2010 04:32 am
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(From August 29, 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]antitheism, The End of Christian America
:: From an [info]ontd_political thread, Barbara Boxer Gives Sen. Inhofe A Lesson Right on! (youtube, automatic audio)
:: From the same ontd_p posts's comments, Beck Rants Against Polar Bears: 'They Eat People! For The Love Of Pete, They're Big, Angry Bears!' *eyeroll*
:: From this post to [info]ontd_political, Breaking the Silence: Pro-Lifers' Choice for Women Well worth reading the whole thing.
:: From the above link, The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fressler. "The stories contained in this book are painful to read. They will make you angry. They will make you cry. But they are necessary."
:: Rock on. Me and My Teaspoon ;_;
:: From the disability comm on DW, Perspectives from a Blind Point of View, and from Googling "Tiger Embosser," I found Braille Printers. I hadn't thought of it until she mentioned it, and then I though, well, duh. :)
:: Also, Access Ability is awesome.
:: Schaweeeet. Accessibility, There's An App For That! :D
:: From @kennedynews, A Lifetime of Service *wibble*
:: From @marlaerwin, 10 Ways to Avoid Hipster Baby Names
:: And from the previous page, Supermodel Baby Names
:: This from [info]afa_mom at [info]ontd_political brought the trolly political lulz. :P
:: From @kennedynews, President Obama's eulogy for Senator Ted Kennedy. *snifflesob*
:: From [info]gmth's profile page via me liking the icon he used at an ontd_p thread, We Want The Public Option! Sign the petition, and pass it on!

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Apr. 19th, 2010 09:45 pm
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From August 25, 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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:: The comments on [info]olberfanns leading up to Keith's anticlimactic "big announcment" are fucking great.
:: Yeah, so I've linked to or copied just about every poem that [info]exceptindreams has posted that I've seen in keeping up with my flist. Well, they deserve to be linked/copied. Here's another, Listen! by Vladimir Mayakovsky.
:: From a comment thread in [info]atheist, 10 myths -- and 10 truths -- about atheism by Sam Harris. A really, really excellent article. Go read it! (from latimes.com)
:: This from [info]metaquotes:

My debit cards are, evidently, made in Outer Mongolia, on a machine that only works on days when it can be powered by the divine light of the full moon. It is then shipped by camel to Uttar Pradesh, where it's lost for six days. When, finally, one of the child workers in that factory amputates a finger on a diamond drill, it turns out, in quest for the first-aid kit (which is actually just a gun to shoot the kid with) that my debit card was being used to hold a door open. Acting promptly, the factory foreman grabs my card, uses it to slit the kid's throat, and then drops the bloodstained card into an envelope, which is probably addressed to Maine. The UPPS drops the envelope into the hold of a tramp steamer going the wrong direction, and eventually the card winds up in Africa, where I see it being used as a ping-pong paddle in the slums of Nairobi on Another Touching Discovery Documentary About Somewhere You Never Want To Live. The producer of the show is only available via carrier pigeon during the day, but can be reached by a pillar of fire at night, so eventually he takes the card from the kids playing ping-pong and sends it off to me, where it will be, for NO EVIDENT REASON, rerouted to Des Moines, IA, because Des Moines, WA is close enough, despite the zip code being wildly different. Eventually, the card will be hand-carried to me by a convicted serial killer named Opus, who is pretty sure I gots a purdy mouf.

On the plus side, I never, ever notice the bloodstains from the kid in Uttar Pradesh, because by the time I have time to examine the card, I've had to use it to kill Opus, so I assume it's his blood.

(And for all of you who laughed, there's plenty of room for the lot of you in Heather's Happy Hellbound Handbasket.)
:: This, this, and this, from [info]a_tergo_lupi. (from photoninthedarkness.com and sciencebasedmedicine.org)
:: From change.org, Students vs. the Defense of Marriage Act I wanted to stay umarried for just this reason, but with Chris going back into the military...I still feel guilty about it, like I'm flashing my heteronormative privilege around, even though I'm not heterosexual.
:: From change.org, A Global Look At Women's Attitudes Toward Domestic Abuse :(
:: From a link from change.org, Why I need a Public Option For Health Care Reform, by Danine Spencer (from danine.net)
:: Most of these are spot-on. From Fizzy via Gtalk, Uncomfortable Plot Summaries
:: From this [info]metaquotes context, How do you explain a missing hand to a child? Excellent article, and excellent comments. (from bbc.co.uk)
:: And then I looked up Kids Like Me So. Freaking. Cute.
:: Also from that context, Aimee Mullins and her 12 pairs of legs And they are neato. :)
:: So a comment in that context mentioned BoingBoing, though I didn't see the nephew's project mentioned there, but I did findthis awesomeness from [info]naominovik: her book His Majesty's Dragon, the full text!, and others. :D
:: And this deserves extra pimpage: The Suvudu Free Book Library! I don't think I'll be in a "book funk" for quite some time. XD Lots of series to get into here!
:: Two more links from that context's comments: Student Activism and A Fabulous Child's Story. Is super-neato. :)

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Apr. 10th, 2010 05:58 pm
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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]mothwentbad at [info]atheismA Religious Liberal Blog: Religion in America: Not Encouraging. (from religiousliberal.blogspot.com)
:: The article mentioned in the above, There's a new power in America - atheism Well, I sure hope so. (from timesonline.co.uk)
:: While looking up internet accessibility, I found this at the BBC Disability Blog: Disability BitchI like her. :D
:: From [info]quill18 in an [info]atheist comment thread, "Be exellent to each other." "Party on, dudes!" (link goes to YouTube; automatic audio)
:: From [info]azurecobalt in an [info]atheist comment thread, List of fictitious atheists and agnostics (from wikipedia.org)
:: From [info]eh_notsomuchHome Decorating With The Obamas Classy!
:: This gem from [info]metaquotes. Kitteh pwnage FTW. :)
:: From @GayRainArmy, List of Glenn Beck Sponsors/Advertisers: Dropped & Remaining Frequently updated.
:: I love this. From [info]metaquotesThe First Church of the Intergalactic Fruitbat Steve :D
:: From Chris via Gtalk, a Chugworth Academy comic about coloring one's hair. ^_^
:: I LOL'ed. From [info]metaquotes, about [info]rahmbamarama.
:: From [info]i_iz_normlSt Francis de la Sissies Awesome. (from youtube.com; automatic audio)
:: An article about [info]rahmbamaramaRahm Emanuel shows mettle, preparedness Right on.
:: This is so freaking cute. From [info]metaquotes.:: Neato! And useful. From [info]pushingarockOneLook Reverse Dictionary 

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Apr. 9th, 2010 03:01 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From August 17, 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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:: Awesome. From Fizzy via Gtalk, Browns join Twitter war over NHS (from news.bbc.co.uk)
:: From six degrees of , One SyStep Forward, Two SySteps Back. Who'd'a thunk it? A fail bigger than the name "SyFy" itself.
:: This is so cool. From Fizzy, Sit-Skiers relish fruity instruction
:: From @JoinTheImpact, Assembly OKs gay rights ordinance 7-4 :D :D
:: Another from Fizzy: School pupil, 90, dies in Kenya What an awesome guy. :)
:: From [info]ontd_politicalCanada prepared to fight zombie invasion! So. Fucking. Cool. (And the source article, Scholars put braaaaains together to thwart zombies :D)
:: From a comment in the above, the comic President Evil. (from ontd_political, locked)
:: From a link from one of [info]liz_marcs's cut-the-bullshit posts, the one for countries with government health care, Say Hello to Yellow: State-Sponsored Healthcare in Denmark I really like the card idea. (Though you'd think something like a Social Security Number would work here.)
:: From HuffPo, Michael Krantz: Who Would Jesus Insure? Tea Party Dispatch From San Francisco
:: From [info]fizzylandDNA Sculpture is "Vile and Offensive" Whut.
:: From the site of the last link, Being Religious is like Eating Sand
:: Heehee. From [info]atheismJesus of the Week :D
:: From [info]maddow_kicksRachel Maddow on Afghanistan -- ang Groupies and finally buying a TV (PODCAST) (but it's not automatic audio)
:: I call BULLSHIT. But this comment is fucking hilarious:

"Keep your Jesus off my penis, keep your Bible off my balls, keep your prayers outta my ears and your crosses off my walls. You can have the virgin mother and the ressurection[sic] too, but keep your Jesus off my penis and I’ll keep my penis off of you."
:: Another one from Fizzy: 10 Popular Porn Scenarios That Seem Highly Implausible (from cracked.com) 

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Apr. 6th, 2010 10:09 pm
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From August 9, 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]atheismGod 'will not give happy ending' About climate change. (from news.bbc.co.uk)
:: From a link from the above article, Camp offers 'godless alternative' :D
:: This is bullshit. From @MODwife, Hero dog Sandbag forced to stay in Iraq despite desperate please from British troops(from dailymail.co.uk)
:: From [info]rahmbamaramaWhite House Peep of Staff Rahm Emanupeep :D :D :D
:: Sweeeet. from [info]ontd_politicalRahm Slammed Dems Attacking Other Dems as "F--king Stupid," Sources Say (from theplumline.whorunsgov.com)
:: This meta-meta-worthy gem from [info]kyra_neko_rei at [info]metaquotes:

New theorem: Sufficiently advanced stupidity is indistinguishable from sarcasm.

Corrollary: Sufficiently advanced sarcasm is indistinguishable from stupidity.

:: From Fizzy via Gtalk, Hello Kitty Military Pach HELL YEAH DUDE. :D
:: This fantastic rant on preserving historical artifacts from [info]mhael.
:: From @ltdanchoi, Daniel Choi | Queer of the Month | August 2009 (from gaynewsdaily.net)
:: From [info]atheisma legitimate question and a page full of excellent answers.
:: Another from Fizzy, No longer shut away, people with a disability are still shut out (from theage.com.au)
:: Edit, 8/10: The report mentioned in the above article.

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Mar. 25th, 2010 11:37 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From July 7, 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 the Huffington Post, Palin Facebook Message Slams Media, References "Higher Calling"
:: From the Huffington Post, Murkowski Blasts Palin: You Abandoned Our State
:: From cnn.com, USO: It's not your father's entertainment anymore
:: From feministe.us, Thoughts on disability and respectful language, by way of this entry from .
:: RIGHT ON, QSCRIBE! From Pam's House Blend, Christians and "Civility"
:: From this awesomeness from [info]metaquotes:

I'm also going to take the time to state that if I get an Ipod Touch and they update the shit in September with a camera, sparkles, an easy bake oven, glitter, the power to circumcise, a tattoo gun, sunblock/lube dispenser, UV teeth whitener, taser, waffle iron, froyo dispenser, a tiny little gay man to criticize my outfits, and the ordained powers that be to marry anyone or anything, or any other cool shit, I'm going to be PISSED.

:: From [info]driftingfocus, A purrfect place for fanciers of felines: A kitten cafe! :D
:: From [info]fizzylizard via Gtalk, Comic cultures combine as Islam meets Superman (from theage.com.au)
:: From @msnbc, Tax appeals slam local governments Yikes!
:: From the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Tell Speaker Pelosi: It's Time to Repeal DADT Please sign and pass on!

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Feb. 1st, 2010 03:30 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From June 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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:: From [info]zevshir, Under the Hood: Oleo Strut History

The coffeehouse was given the name "The Oleo Strut." An oleo strut is a shock absorber, and we saw this as a metaphor for what we hoped the place would be for the soldiers we hoped to work with. We had no idea what a shock we were about to absorb.

Within a week of opening, soldiers were coming in at night to tell us of riot control training they were taking part in during the day. They'd been told they were going to Chicago to "fight the hippies and the commies" who were going to show up for the Democratic Convention the next month. They were terribly upset at the thought of having to possibly open fire on Americans who they agreed with about the war and the need for change here in America. Soldiers were talking about deserting, about running away to Mexico, about "doing something."

Our response was a little yellow sticker, two inches by two inches. On it was a white hand flashing the "peace sign," backed by a black fist. We printed up 1,000 of them and passed them out. GIs said they would put these on their helmets if they were called into the streets, to identify themselves to the protestors. At this point, the Army got very upset with us.

The Monday of the convention, 5,000 troops were ordered to board the transports. They were headed for the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago, as backup for the Chicago Police Department. As the soldiers were preparing to board the airplanes, the bravest act of antiwar protest I ever knew of happened.

43 Black soldiers, all combat veterans, refused to board the airplanes. Due to the self-separation of the races on the base, we had no idea this was going to happen. The Black troops had organized themselves. They knew what they were going to get for this. The minimum qualification to be one of those who would refuse was the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, so the Army wouldn't be able to call them cowards.

:: From @ObamaNews, A Town Hall on Fatherhood
:: Cheesy title, good article. From @PaulReikhoff, Hey Lindsay Lohan! Did You Hear About the Major Victory for Thousands of Stop-Lossed Troops?
:: From [info]ontd_political, this made me cry for reals (and not just because I'm a crybaby).
:: Accessibility FAIL. Man, service dog turned away at fairgrounds (from wthr.com)
:: From @USArmy, Alaska supports Army kids, NCOs Right on! :D
:: From @zestylime, Shep Smith Mocks 'Glenn Beck Friday,' 'I Don't Even Know What The Heck the Thing Is' (YouTube) THAT is fucking awesome. And so, clearly, is Shep Smith. His hour is the only hour of FNC I can watch without my blood pressure going through the roof.
:: Also from @zestylime, Smith gives Fox News even-tempered voice
:: WHAT THE PFFUCK? From @Meggion, Senator: 'We're allowing gays to exist' (from thenewcivilrightsmovement.com) **FUMES**
:: From [info]trialia via Facebook, How to Be a Good Friend to Someone With Chronic Pain (from thetramadoldiaries.com) tl;dr: be there, and don't be a jerk.
:: From postsecret.com, Anonymity Project: The PostSecret Effect. (YouTube) Warning: tearjerker.
:: Awesome! From @Scoop44, Texting for Humanity.
:: Well, fuck. From @newsminer, Fewer jobs in Alaska than a year ago
:: From @newsminer, List of ethics complaints filed against Alaska Gov. Palin
:: From (I can't remember) on Twitter, With Plan and a Rope, Captives Fled from Taliban (from nytimes.com)

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