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I can't think of a better place for this:

"It's just a tattoo," he says, when the silence goes on so long that we have nearly fallen over the edge of it into a pit of black nothingness. "It's not as if I came home and said I'd got someone pregnant."

It seems to me, unhinged by shock, that this might have been the better option.

His father asks, "Does it hurt?"

"Yes," I say, cutting across this male bonding. "It does. Very much."

For three days, I can't speak to my son. I can hardly bear to look at him. I decide this is rational. The last thing we need, I think, is an explosion of white-hot words that everyone carries around for the rest of their lives, engraved on their hearts. In any case, I'm not even sure what it is I want to say. In my mind's eye I stand there, a bitter old woman with pursed lips wringing my black-gloved hands. He's done the one thing that I've said for years, please don't do this. It would really upset me if you did this. And now it's happened. So there's nothing left to say.

Fucking lunacy, so it at least fits half the requirements of the thread.

I saw that the other day, and I was like, wut?

Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: April 17, 2014, 10:14:57 pm »
Just started "The Undiscovered Mind" and also "The Telltale Brain". There's a book I'm lusting after, "Population Neuroscience", but it's some ridiculous price so eventually I'll probably just do the 7-day download from the library and read it on my tablet.

Today I found out that my proposal was accepted and I'm presenting my poster on the 7th, and also that I am being interviewed for a Ford Foundation scholarship. 89 interviewees, 50 awards. So nerves, many anxiety.


 :lulz:  :argh!:

Today I found out that my proposal was accepted and I'm presenting my poster on the 7th, and also that I am being interviewed for a Ford Foundation scholarship. 89 interviewees, 50 awards. So nerves, many anxiety.

Things are a whole lot better than they were a few weeks ago.
I am around good people and they have a kid and both the kids get along.

Had a renter drop, but may have another at a higher rent by today.

So far my business is not tanking horribly, I probably won't get shot in the near future, and my kid and I have a friendly home.

I was worried for a while there.

Yay! May good things be abundant in your life!

BTW did you get the book?

when you bust a nut and she keeps suckin

I find this deeply disturbing for reasons I can't quite put my fingers on...

You know, I fully understand that every generation of kids is going to find some way of rebelling against and offending the previous generation, but this... this is something I was not prepared for.

That's how that works.

The Koch Institute is also rolling out major protest against "abuses and racism in the criminal justice system" at the moment.

Maybe the Kochs are making a big play.  Get the economic libertarians with one campaign, the social libertarians with another.  The Kochtopus wins.

That's a terrifying prospect.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: A new currency.
« on: April 17, 2014, 03:41:59 pm »
This thread is awesome.  :eek:

Nigel, from what I can tell, (through Krugman, mostly), the ACA is doing very well indeed, and it's scaring the hell out of the GOP.  The White House is totally blowing it on the messaging, though.  Which makes me wonder if it's incompetence, or something else is going on.

That's also very interesting... perhaps they are waiting until closer to the election? I imagine that if the ACA is so successful, they may be able to leverage it to galvanize voters by running counter-ads that simply say that big money is trying to take away our functioning health care, which would be reinforced by the anti-ACA ads.

Ugh.  Suckage.

Well, the classic symptoms all presented in the middle of the night, so it's on.

I don't take this as an excuse to be out of line, but I might get that way without seeing it.  If so, would one of you freaks PM me and tell me to knock it off?  I'd really appreciate it.

Yes, sir!

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: DEAR PAESOR
« on: April 17, 2014, 04:23:06 am »

I don't blame them for taking him into custody, at all. The whole "TURRISM" thing, though... dunno about that.

Also, the proper response:

Take him into custody.  Dispose of the bag.  Take him to a secure mental facility, turn the docs loose on him, find out what's wrong.  There's ALWAYS time later to prosecute, if there's something worth prosecuting him.

But now they HAVE to prosecute him, or their dicks will shrivel right up.

I think that one of the things about it that dismays me a bit is that a lot of both the art and the protest of the 20th century would now be prosecutable as terrorism.

Most of it, actually.  They'd have shot Abbie Hoffman out of hand.

Yeah, it's. I mean. Well, the 20th century was horrible. But this is also horrible, in a different way. We live in an era of pre-approved protests and art that has to be run past the authorities in advance. Maybe this is what it looks like to approach true civility?

It's bad, but it's still better than the mechanized brutality and mass murder of 20C.  So far.

Yeah, I am willing to accept that it might be a side-effect of progress that I am simply unprepared for.

I require that I be called kovue unless you know me well enough to know that I wish to be called kovue in which case call me something else.


The personalised pronoun thing is pretty much the final straw.  I don't know how the tumblrinas will top that.  People insisting their gender is bun or fae or royalty based seemed like the sort of thing that was originally thought up by an especially devious troll, but then was brainlessly adopted by legions of 14 year olds.

At least we can take some solace that, in 8-10 years, they're going to physically cringe when they think back to this point in their life.

My gender:  Carbuncle.

I sometimes wonder if this is the only road to making sex and gender a nonissue. Keep on doing what you're doing, kids, until everyone is so confused and sick of it all that they just can't stomach trying to label anyone at all.

If so, I applaud their successful strategy.  It's definitely working on me.

I know, right? I am rapidly approaching I DON'T CARE, NEUTRAL PRONOUNS FOR EVERYBODY.

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