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June 1st, 2010


12:11 am - So We'll Go No More A-Roving
For the sword outwears its sheath,
and the soul wears out the breast,
and the heart must pause to breathe,
and Love itself have rest.

Current Location: Uni-l0be
Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
Current Music: Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
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March 17th, 2010


12:17 am - Primary Sources Rule
This evening, I attended a panel on poverty by the Understanding Poverty Project held at the Live Oak Friends Meeting Hall. There were 3 speakers, 2 of whom had been homeless and were now activist-organisers & one a policy expert from Commissioner El Franco Lee's office.

While the policy wonk-sociologist shared some educational background on how Houston's demographic make-up had shifted in the 1970s, and the less-then-a-year-from-homelessness activist had some very memorable phrases (Most city programs made you "homeless with a place to stay"), Joseph Benson's account of how he became homeless then transitioned out of homelessness and into a national organiser for homeless consumer involvement was the most powerful of the evening.

Bankrupted by his medical bills in the early 90s, he lost first his catering business then his home as he turned to self-medication for depression. Forty-eight years old, he was homeless for 4 years during which he was recruited to provide a user's perspective on what services to provide and how best to provide them. As you'd expect, this vastly magnified both the sense of agency & the quality of assistance for the homeless.

Mr. Benson will be moderating a similar panel (with a different line up) this Friday from 7-9pm at the Houston Institute for Culture which I hope to attend as well. Now to work in some more escort volunteering for Planned Parenthood.
Current Location: Uni-l0be
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
Current Music: Buddy Holly - Midnight Shift
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November 29th, 2009


02:07 pm - Xenophobia Scores a Point
Racist Swiss People's Party triumphs over freedom.

Check out one of their 2007 election materials:


Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed

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November 16th, 2009


01:37 pm - Ode
We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.

With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world's great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire's glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song's measure
Can trample an empire down.

We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with our sighing,
And Babel itself with our mirth;
And o'erthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world's worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth.

-- Arthur O'Shaughnessy
Current Location: Mary's Haunted House
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
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01:35 pm - Playing with Google Wave
Cute so far, I'd say its main functionality is in group creative projects or distributed road trip planning. I will probably add Google Voice to my lists of services I accept from the All Seeing Eye at some nearby time.
Current Location: Mary's Haunted House
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Norah Jones Come Away With Me

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October 15th, 2009


02:21 am - Hippy camping tomorrow
Packing tonight! It sounds better if you song it. I will probably have a fair amount of work in the morning, but we hope to be on the raod in the early afternoon. We'll see how lucky I am, I guess.
Current Location: Uni-l0be
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Weird Al Yankovic - Trigger Happy
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02:11 am - Why People Feared Offending Bards
Calvin Trillin lays down the smack (hat tip texaslawchick):

A youthful error? Yes, perhaps.
But he's been punished for this lapse--
For decades exiled from LA
He knows, as he wakes up each day,
He'll miss the movers and the shakers.
He'll never get to see the Lakers.
For just one old and small mischance,
He has to live in Paris, France.
He's suffered slurs and other stuff.
Has he not suffered quite enough?
How can these people get so riled?
He only raped a single child.

Why make him into some Darth Vader
For sodomizing one eighth grader?
This man is brilliant, that's for sure--
Authentically, a film auteur.
He gets awards that are his due.
He knows important people, too--
Important people just like us.
And we know how to make a fuss.
Celebrities would just be fools
To play by little people's rules.
So Roman's banner we unfurl.
He only raped one little girl.
Current Location: Uni-l0be
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion

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October 8th, 2009


11:49 pm - Brought to Light
Oklahoma's Bill 1595 attempts to further restrict reproductive rights in the Mediocre State via public shaming with the posting of the following data:

1. Date of abortion

2. County in which abortion performed

3. Age of mother

4. Marital status of mother

5. Race of mother

6. Years of education of mother

7. State or foreign country of residence of mother

8. Total number of previous pregnancies of the mother


But as Barbinmd's dairy caught in the Tulsa World, that's not all!

"... the method of payment; the cost of the abortion; the type of medical health insurance; whether an ultrasound was given; and the nature of the mother's relationship with the father."
Current Location: Uni-l0be
Current Mood: infuriatedinfuriated
Current Music: The Beatles- Revolution

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October 2nd, 2009


08:40 am - My life comes with a playwright
I was invited by Justinian (dreamingkat's youngest) to T.H. Rodger's "Donuts with Dad" this morning. It was a nice time, and I got to offer some advice to Evan, who is on First UU's current Search committee, but the best moment happened while were still in the line to get inside.

We were standing outside the door to the gym with one of his friends, Charlize, when she read aloud one of the several anti-racism signs up around the gymnasium.

"Erase the 'R-word'? Justinian, what's the 'R-word'?"
"I don't know, maybe they mean rabbit?"
[Giggling as he jumps around, then inside for doughnuts.]
Current Location: Uni-l0be
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: G20 protesters reports
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September 26th, 2009


12:12 pm - Who Wouldn't Jesus Deny Was HIs Neighbour?
A well-crafted paragraph from the Washington Post's Jacqui Salmon:

"I would suggest you convert to Christ!" Benham shouted over a megaphone. Islam "forces its dogma down your throat." A few Christian protesters gathered at the rear of the Muslim crowd, holding Bibles and praying.


This protest was a reaction to Muslim citizens deciding to organise a public day of prayer & solidarity with their neighbours.
Current Location: Unil0be
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: The Band- The Weight

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