July62013

reallyreallyreallytrying:

once again i woke up early to tell the garbagemen about the poetic brutality of the free market & once again they mistook me for a bin and threw me in the truck

June292013
June262013

seldo:

"Copyright renewal" and “Burial rights at Arlington" made your top 15, PBS?

And it only cost straight people … Nothing cause this doesn’t effect them

April232013

here’s the marriage text I wrote and presented last Friday

apoplecticskeptic:

[previously]

1. I refer to the event simply as a wedding, as opposed to a “gay” wedding or “lesbian” wedding or “same sex” wedding because I believe marriages are marriages and weddings are weddings, and it’s 2013.

2. I’ve edited the text slightly, removing the welcome and introduction (for privacy and length), as well as removing the last names of the brides (since virtually none of you know them).

3. thank you for your kind words of encouragement last week as I freaked out a bit as the day grew close… apparently I did alright, since I had 4 (four!!) job offers as officiant for future weddings before the reception was over (including the wedding coordinator who wants to “pimp” me out at “$500 a pop!”).

4. in the interest of full disclosure, there are two short sections where I borrowed (re-stated or paraphrased) portions from widely available wedding ceremony texts found online, but the rest is mine (other than the Good Will Hunting and Leonard Cohen quotes… duh).

5. if you’re interested, the text follows the ‘read more’ link, below:

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The roof appears to be leaking, or perhaps I’m chopping some onions

March272013
March122013
“Consider how textbooks treat Native religions as a unitary whole. The American Way describes Native American religion in these words: “These Native Americans [in the Southeast] believed that nature was filled with spirits. Each form of life, such as plants and animals, had a spirit. Earth and air held spirits too. People were never alone. They shared their lives with the spirits of nature.” Way is trying to show respect for Native American religion, but it doesn’t work. Stated flatly like this, the beliefs seem like make-believe, not the sophisticated theology of a higher civilization. Let us try a similarly succinct summary of the beliefs of many Christians today: “These Americans believed that one great male god ruled the world. Sometimes they divided him into three parts, which they called father, son, and holy ghost. They ate crackers and wine or grape juice, believing that they were eating the son’s body and drinking his blood. If they believed strongly enough, they would live on forever after they died.” Textbooks never describe Christianity this way. It’s offensive. Believers would immediately argue that such a depiction fails to convey the symbolic meaning or the spiritual satisfaction of communion.” Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen (via whoistorule)

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8PM

You know how it goes: the pervasive media mythology tells us that the fight over the schoolhouse is supposedly a battle between greedy self-interested teachers who don’t care about children and benevolent billionaire “reformers” whose political activism is solely focused on the welfare of kids. Epitomizing the media narrative, the Wall Street Journal casts the latter in sanitized terms, re-imagining the billionaires as philanthropic altruists “pushing for big changes they say will improve public schools.”

The first reason to scoff at this mythology should be obvious: it simply strains credulity to insist that pedagogues who get paid middling wages but nonetheless devote their lives to educating kids care less about those kids than do the Wall Street hedge funders and billionaire CEOs who finance the so-called “reform” movement.

Getting rich off of schoolchildren - Salon.com (via rachelfershleiser)

Yet another reason I side-eye the charter school movement.

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March102013
“We buy stuff to cheer ourselves up, to keep up with the Joneses, to fulfill our childhood vision of what our adulthood would be like, to broadcast our status to the world, and for a lot of other psychological reasons that have very little to do with how useful the product really is. How much stuff is in your basement or garage that you haven’t used in the past year?”

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed | Thought Catalog

This is a very fine examination of our culture of work and consumerism. As with all great work, it will make you very uncomfortable. At least it should.

(via minimalmac)

Great post, ill need to read it again when I get a job

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February162013

elkiablo:

I can shove the word minotaur into just about everything, but turning My Fair Lady into Minotaur Fair Lady seemed a bit of a stretch even to me

November282012
georgetakei:

Money talks, apparently.

georgetakei:

Money talks, apparently.

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