Link Me Up, Scotty - Let's Pick the Leader of the Free World Edition

Saturday, February 6, 2016
A psychologist's suggestions for picking the next leader of the free world. I love this, since he freely admits that only someone with narcissistic tendencies would run for president in the first place. We just need to make sure the winner is an emotionally healthy narcissist.

H/T Debbie the Librarian
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America's most hated douchecanoe has taken the Fifth in front of the House Hearing on drug prices. How shocking. Not.
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Evolution is COOL.  BUZZSAW TEETH, BABY!
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And the Confederate apologists are at it again, this time by deliberately baiting an HBC with their shenanigans. But they're not trying to antagonize, nor are they racist assbags, oh, no!
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Things to say (and not to say) if you're pulled over by the police. As much as I support law enforcement, I hope I never, ever forget that they do not have my best interests in mind when we're in a confrontational scenario such as a traffic stop.
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Alternatives to resting bitch face. I have made ALL OF THESE FACES.
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The NEJM has a study on the effects on Medicaid of Texas defunding Planned Parenthood. How utterly unsurprising.

H/T NeuronDoc
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This Toronto-based all-female boxing club will be "crashing" the pro-rape meet-up organized by professional douchenozzle Daryrush Valizedeh entitled "Return of Kings." I wish to fuck I was making that up, while simultaneously wanting to don my my own gloves and go punch this motherfucker and his dude-bro friends right in the head.
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I admire Temple Grandin tremendously. The money quote: "I consider being well-known a responsibility," says animal behaviorist Temple Grandin. "I want to see the geeky, different ones—labeled autistic or dyslexic or ADHD—become successful." ME, TOO.

H/T Robin
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Video of my Heart: The theme from The Last of the Mohicans on acoustic guitar by Luca Stricagnoli.

H/T Brother Juan


Random Thoughts and Rules to Live By - Part 2

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sometimes people judge me harshly and find me wanting, but their real motivation is to justify their own bad behavior. This is not my problem, although it may be hurtful.

Link Me Up, Scotty - Bring on the Cookies Edition

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
A young trans girl sells a butt-ton of cookies in response to a nasty neighbor who told her "no one wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress." Fuck you, nasty neighbor. Stormi sold over 3,000 boxes, most of which she'll be donating to other foster children. Go, Stormi, go, and thank you to foster mom Kim for being AWESOME.

H/T Brother Steve
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Just when you think people suck so much that the earth may disappear from the displacement, they surprise you by spontaneously doing the right thing again, and again, and again. THERE'S SOMETHING IN MY EYE.
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And then there's this. What. The. Hell. The hubris of white men when it comes to women's bodies - especially the bodies of women of color - is ASTOUNDING.
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But then there's THIS! Dr. Leila D. Denmark practiced medicine for over 70 years before retiring at the age of 103. MIGHTY GIRL.
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Bios of famous male scientists written as if they were women. Tell me again how women in STEM aren't discriminated against due to systemic sexism.
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Why American Muslim women wear (or don't wear) the hijab. I tend to think of this a very personal choice, and it's not up to me to tell some Muslim woman whom I've never met and whose life I don't know how to symbolize her faith or what they should or shouldn't wear. For me, being a feminist means respecting other women's choices, especially when they don't agree with my own.
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A conversation on the value of an education in the humanities. I myself believe a Liberal Arts education has incalculable value (please note I said "liberal arts," not "liberal," as the two are not the same thing).
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Video of my Heart: The Piano Guys mash up Adele and Mozart with lovely results.


Random Thoughts and Rules to Live By, Part 1

Friday, January 29, 2016
Making sarcastic remarks that hurt others' feelings isn't funny. It's just mean.

Link Me Up, Scotty - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Edition

Thursday, January 28, 2016
This makes me smile. Gooooo - SCIENCE!
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This is VERY disappointing. I supported the Wounded Warrior Project for a number of years, then started learning some things that made me uncomfortable and stopped. I'm sorry to learn that things got worse instead of better.
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I wish I'd written this open letter to Republican friends. I'll just have to be satisfied that I'm friends with the man who did.
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Opportunity has spent 12 years on the surface of Mars, when it was designed for a 90 day mission. I can't tell you how much I love this little rover.
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Sometimes, people are just awesome. AND THERE'S SOMETHING IN MY EYE DAMNIT.
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Speaking of emotional labor (we weren't, but I was, just last night), here's a good perspective on why women hate, with the heat of a thousand burning suns, the idea that a man only has to say, "If you just tell me what you want me to do, I’ll gladly do it” in order to be a good help-meet. While such an attitude may appear to show willingness to help, what it really does is put the emotional labor of managing life and household on the woman. Not cool, dudes.

H/T Sister Misty

Link Me Up, Scotty - Don't Go Breaking my Heart Edition

Monday, January 25, 2016
And people wonder why I think food security is such an important issue when it comes to social justice. That sound you hear is my heart breaking.
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Turns out that some of the information on Hillary Clinton's "private" e:mail server was beyond Top Secret. Speaking as a Navy Radioman and former CMS Custodian, I can't tell you how much this bothers me. Had I been so lackadaisical with the information with which I had been entrusted, I'd be enjoying my all expense paid holiday in Fort Leavenworth, not running for President.
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15 things that will earn me a punch in the face with an iron skillet if I ever do them to my future daughter-in-law, should I have one. Question: Who does that?
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Those fucksticks up in Oregon just keep getting more and more douchey. Cordon them off, cut off their supply lines and starve them out. Then line the streets with contemptuous laughter when they're finally subject to the perp walk they so richly deserve.
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What I wish more people knew about losing a child. Number 4 is one I've been struggling with a lot lately.
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Video of my heart: How to age gracefully. My personal favorite is at the end when the 9 year old strategizes on how to get a rise out of your babysitter. Why didn't I think of that?


Link Me Up, Scotty - ZFG Edition

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Colorado has another of those ridiculous "personhood" Amendments on the ballot for November.  This is not the first time this has come up here, and each time it's been voted down resoundingly. I can only hope my fellows will help me do so again.
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FINALLY, fitness trackers for your wrist that pay some respectful attention to form, rather than just function. ARE YOU LISTENING, FITBIT? YOUR SHIT IS UGLY.
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More and more women are adopting the new "ZFG" (Zero Fucks to Give) attitude. In my own case, I can say my migration to running out of fucks is directly attributable to realizing that caring what other people think has never, ever, contributed to my happiness or success, but trusting my inner voice and working hard has. QED.
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An interesting take on why there aren't more women in STEM. Hint: Making the tools of science pink is not the answer. Acknowledging and talking about institutional sexism is. 
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show remake has been fully cast, and I have to say I'm pretty happy with their choices.
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The Governor of Michigan is butthurt because the Democratic candidates think his treatment of the Flint water crisis was less than stellar - and said so. Poor baby.
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Why I think we live too long.

H/T AC
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Years ago the Mechanicky Gal nagged me until I started doing some of these yoga poses every day. Now I need to add two more the daily regimen.