The Signs

I’m trying to identify the signs of when a person starts slipping into alt-right theology. I’m not sure if the people I’m noticing have always been a little off, but I know a few people now who have gone from normal and reasonably intelligent to Alex Jones listening, Glenn Beck agreeing, ‘why are people so hateful to Trump/Pence’ spewing. Imma focus on two guys I knew in college. I don’t wanna use their real names, so I’ll call one Bee…

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Blogging even less

Since Livejournal went the way of POTUS45, by which I mean, under total Russian control while pretending everything is the same as it’s always been, I’ve not been able to read anyone’s stuff. Drag. As a result, I spend even less time in the bloggerverse than I had been. Plus, Facebook is where everyone is. I mostly use this space for long rants or things I want to keep easy access to. Anyway, writing for a living makes me want…

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Handmaid’s Tale and Us

Thinking I was clever by waiting until all the eps dropped, I signed up for some commercial-free Hulu so I could watch me some Handmaid’s Tale. That book gave me serious nightmares. It was also the only Atwood I’d read until a coworker suggested that my not having read Oryx and Crake was a goddamn tragedy. Damn, that’s a great series too. But I digress…The show is incredible. Elizabeth Moss is incredibly sympathetic as the Everywoman telling her story. Ann…

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Florence Scovel: Just Say No

As any regular reader knows, we’re not wealthy people. That doesn’t stop me though, from engaging in an occasional indulgence. There’s a company called Florence Scovel that advertises like crazy on Facebook. I confess, I find many of their shiny baubles appealing. Turns out, there were some things I didn’t know about them. For one thing, they totally co-opted Project Semicolon by selling pieces featuring the logo and semicolon–but without giving credit, or a share, to the late founder Amy…

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Medicine

I’m taking a new medicine (no, it’s not insulin) that comes in a pen. I give myself a shot in the stomach every morning, which isn’t remotely as bone-chillingly horrible as it sounds. With these pens, you screw them into the pen and give the shot. Then you throw the needle part away and use a fresh one the next day. After 2 weeks, I needed more “pen needles.” I can’t seem to get them. My pharmacy doesn’t appear to…

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Racism? Maybe not always…

Heated discussions with outspoken feminists often make me more angry and frustrated than trying to talk sense into DJT apologists. Maybe it’s because I expect more from those who claim to be “woke.” Maybe it’s because I presume that “being reasonable” means thinking pretty much like I do. A blogger I enjoy posted on Facebook comparing Bill Cosby’s treatment in re: his many rapes, with Bill O’Reilly and his allegations of sexual harassment. Their claim was that these two men…

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Livejournal: Now Under Russian Control.

As many of you know, I’ve been blogging at Livejournal since 2002. When they sold their site to Russians who gave far less control over content, I started blogging at Dreamwidth and cross posting to LJ instead. I’ve always continued to read at both places, and to make sure my own posts make it there. I have a pet conspiracy theory about Russia and our internet. It’s one that seems increasingly true the more things happen in the world with…

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How fresh! What a clever smart girl (or boy) you are!!

I’m going to preface this by saying that of course people have different tastes in movies and books. While I do sometimes feel judgy toward people that defend literary or live-action garbage, I recognize that this is a shitty trait I should continue trying to shake. People are allowed to like whatever the hell they want. That’s not the point I’m making here. With that out of the way… What do horror writers and fans think they’re accomplishing by talking…

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What if I told you…

Yeah, it’s the same depression and doubt that happens all the time. I’d been sleeping too much and tired all the time, even waking up often in the middle of the night. That hasn’t happened much since I started using a CPAP. Turns out, my sinuses were stuffy and it was impeding my breathing. Since I still have decent health insurance, I got my nasal spray refilled and that’s going well. Speaking of insurance, if the ACA repeal goes through,…

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Beauty and the Beast

It’s no secret that I take issue with some of the messages in Disney movies. I hate how 90% of the time, everyone looks exactly like what they are. Heroes are attractive, villains are ugly (exception for Snow White’s Evil Queen), fat people are jolly, women have crazy-long hair. And until recently, with minimal exception, the girl stories end with a wedding, while the boy stories end with a coronation. Okay, not Pinochio, and not Jungle Book. But come on.…

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