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So along with the many many plans to destroy health insurance access, here's some details on a plan to allow companies to sell junk insurance that only LOOKS like health insurance coverage. Fascinating reading, if you can stop screaming long enough to read it.

https://siderea.dreamwidth.org/1324575.html
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You are a person and therefore you deserve love and care and safety.

Length, content warning for battling with brainweasels Read more... )

ETA: Comments are now screened in case someone wants to share a personal reaction in private; I will ask before unscreening.
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For those wondering how to survive the current political climate in the US (and elsewhere).

Our activist elders who are who are trans, queer, black, POC, disabled, different, who are intersectionally oppressed, have done this before. They know how to fight and how to build while under threat. Let's listen.

One resource is this collection of writings:

https://olderqueervoices.com/
put together specifically to highlight the voices of the LGBTQIA+ elders who are still with us and teach us how they have done survival activism and superb art in a time and place that hated them.

I haven't read everything there, but enough to know I'll turn to it when I need it.

I'll be back with more another time...
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Politics adjacent; political; fictional, politics adjacent, on sensitive topics for trans folk and (current and former) uterus-havers; nature-y and insect adjacent; lastly (and not under cut) KITTANS.

Thanks to dialecticdreamer, ysabetwordsmith, randomling, umadoshi, conuly and others who put up the links and the original writing that I end up spending far too much time reading.

Read more... )

Livestream of kittens 24/7, by an adoption charity. (Both color and black-and-white video, no significant audio, no text or captions, sadly.)

>> Mmmmrrrpfprrt? <<

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPv9yKC76hE
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So...I'm really not okay now. But I shall be ... enough to be going on with.

CW: bad brain, self-harm, strong language Read more... )

I'm choosing to focus on things I'm grateful for anyway.

CW: food, interpersonal dynamics, healthcare mentions Read more... )

In conclusion, please, give someone a little love tonight, whether that is you or your pet, the family you choose or the community that calls to you, someone online or someone offline, a friend or a stranger.

And know that I am grateful for you. Even if you've never commented, I am grateful that people care enough to read this; I write it first for me, second for the people I talk to, but thirdly, for anyone who may someday stumble on it and nod and say, "Oh, okay, that's a thing that happens." Which - it is. Whatever strange experience you have had, is valid. Whatever story you have to tell, is worth telling. Whatever emotion you feel, is important. Whatever choice you make, matters. Whatever cause you stand up for, matters, even if we never see how or why.

The person who invented the hand-ax never saw a computer. And neither did her friend who told her, "Hey, it's okay, I really liked that one you made a few days ago, keep trying." And I know that person existed. I know that someone was there to hear, as well as tell, the first stories. To grind the pigments for the first communal cave painting. To bring water, maybe in cupped hands or hollow shells or a leaf basket breaking as it was used, to the mouth of the child who would grow up to build the first ceramic pot. So if you have encouraged someone - your loves, your passing acquaintances, even yourself - and told them not to give up, you are as heroic in my books as the people who kept the first hearth burning. Because that, my friends, *is* keeping the flame alive.
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I can’t even begin to accept this, but I have to believe it. Now … I try to put together the pieces of my life with an added shadow of fear. And start researching moving abroad. Seriously.

If we’re killed in a nuclear war or someone tries to round up dissenters, I was glad to have known you all.

If, as I fear is more likely, the creeping shadow of a dystopia that is crueler and more unequal to more people than ever before takes over … I think know where my lines are drawn for my personal actions, but I'd better put it in ink because things are going to get harder.

And I won’t be quiet about what I believe is right, ever, in the small scale or the large. What has speaking calmly and trying to get along bought us tactically? Slow starvation of essential resources. So that’s my resolution now: be loud.

Those many people, likely to include some of my loved ones and me, just about to arrive at too ‘discriminated against to be able to live a good life’ will have some damn fine company among those who have been living on that edge forever.

This is going to be hellish to live through and nobody knows what if anything is on the other side.
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I choose to focus on gratitude not to diminish the importance of bad things in our world, but to strengthen myself to fight them and to create good things.

- I read and/or was recommended some good kid's books recently.
- On a related note, while labeling book bins, I carefully recolored picture labels to add more diverse skin tones, hair styles, and clothing to characters, and am working on adding adaptive equipment and gender diversity as I continue to label; this may or may not actually make a small difference in this specific instance, but it helps me to keep my brain in a useful gear.
- The sun continues to be gorgeous.
- Some fall-crop plants have germinated in my garden.
- I got to look at Mt. Hood the other day.
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Trigger warning: violent death, intersecting systemic injustices Read more... )

PS: This is a rough response. Please, if there are important new stories I've missed, feel free toa dd links. (There are so many.)
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So this happened about three days ago.

Warning for MANY MANY of the social and interpersonal problems of society today, including: anxiety, other horrible emotions, implied/threatened violence, risky decisions, disrespect, racism, sexism, bad communication, environmentalism and community care being undermined.

Please be aware that I do NOT expect or ask that people will educate me on how to get out of my own privileged perspective. I have some questions at the bottom because I am curious and want to invite people to comment, but please know that you are entirely free to NOPE out of helping me figure out my crap. The following comments are welcome: questions about what happened, what I noticed or didn’t notice, why I thought this was important enough to post about. The following are not: insulting me or the people described, or telling me that I shouldn’t care. Read more... )

PS: I'm okay. In between my initially writing this and my editing it to post was the big beach trip I still haven't written about, a personal struggle with anxiety over participating in a community garden, a gift of pizza scraper with FEELINGS attached, and a grocery store run also with brain-wackiness. So, you know, I had a good day yesterday, and also my mixed up emotions are not actually paying attention to this topic any more. But I still think it's important. Thus the post.
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Directly quoting [personal profile] lizcommotion here because LizCommotion said this very well:

Rampant ableism, but important petition so please click if or when you have spoons but also don't feel bad if you are out of cope: Read more... )
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Cut in case you don't want to read about USAian politics again: Read more... )
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Another police shooting of an unarmed black man.

Read more... )
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Photo link.

http://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2016/07/a-single-photo-that-captures-race-and-policing-in-america/490664/

Loose descriptive text under photo.

ETA: It occurred to me I should add the journal from which the signal I am trying to boost came. Duh. Here: http://cofax7.dreamwidth.org/936882.html
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I went looking for some insight, for a way to shift and rearrange the broken pieces of my understanding of how to live a decent life in a messed-up world. I brought back a poem to write. I imagine that I will heavily edit this later to better serve as literature, message, and/or exemplar of my work.

Right now it is raw. I don't think it even succeeds in conveying the central insight I had unless you follow the same path in your brain as I do when you think about what it means to be part of something truly bad and still try to do good. It is what I needed it to be now today.

I welcome discussion if you want, on the piece as either vehicle of personal insight or as poem. I think it will eventually fission in that regard. On where it came from, what it means, how it could work better, whatever. And if you need to scream at me for my failures after reading it I am okay with that, though I certainly don't promise to encourage it.

Please don't read this if you are in or close to a bad head-space right now.

Content Warning for: unedited dark insights, gory imagery, transfiguration, collective guilt, the impact of racism and the implicatures of white privilege, queer and complicated hope

No title yet although it may end up being something like "Blood Phoenix"

Read more... )
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Several late-night poems, varyingly gentle and hard-hitting, selectively quoted. I tried to find two or three pretty or playful things about night-time and being up late, but oh well...this is what happens when one goes on a quest for understanding.

Cut for length. Read more... )

Poets and Links:

Read more... )
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Signal-boosting this resource that came up on my reading page. These links will worry you.

It's about possible actions to take if one witnesses an act of racist or other -ist aggression.
(Spoiler alert: we all will, and the more we are in public with our brains turned on, the more we will.)

It's way too easy to silently disapprove and say nothing. Which is being a bystander and thereby being part of the problem.

http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/archive/pages/info30.htm

Here is a contrasting perspective on the type of training described towards the bottom of the article:
http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/11/poc-cant-cater-white-guilt/

And one selected link out of many I found on responding to awful remarks:
http://everydayfeminism.com/2012/11/7-steps-to-address-street-harassment/

Gonna make myself go to the grocery, with my eyes open.
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This is me not posting about Brexit because I'm not sure what to say, I'm not sure what I ought to think I have a right to say, and I definitely am in a bad head place for coping with things. Go read something wise someone has to say about the topic, by which I mean, something Very Worried. If you need to, have tea and cats and things first. I am completely failing to cope with many many long-term things; don't be me.

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