I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.”
I choose to be fat, by Laura Bogart at Salon.com. [In which Our Hero decides to quit letting people bully her about her weight.]
Existential Depression in Gifted Children, by Sofo at theunboundspirit.com. [So there's a term for it! And it makes so much sense. I'd say that a good two-thirds of my depression are these sorts of considerations rather than just the wonky brain chemistry, and it'd certainly explain the ineffectiveness of every psych med I've ever taken (except that very first day on Celexa).]
The Fan Fiction Rant, by Robin Hobb. [He makes some good points, but I personally think that fanfic is good writing exercise and I enjoy the reading and the writing of fanfic too much to ever leave fandom.]
"We're hoping this campaign will build awareness about the humanist movement and our ethical life philosophy -- particularly among the 'nones': the rapidly growing percentage of people who claim no religion," said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, in the news release.
"Humanists have always understood that striving to make the world a better place is one of humanity's most important responsibilities," Speckhardt said. "Religion does not have a monopoly on morality -- millions of people are good without believing in God."
Speckhardt adds that many people "feel uncomfortable talking openly about their personal beliefs because of prejudice against them -- they fear they'll be rejected by their family, their friends and their community, and in some cases, they even fear retaliation for their beliefs. But the American Humanist Association provides an accepting community for non-theists to turn to for support and ways to get involved."
Negative reactions to past ads have included Cincinnati billboard that had to be relocated after the owner of the billboard property said he received threats, and another in Moscow, Idaho, that was vandalized twice in a three-week period, the group says.
It's sad, but anti-nonreligious persecution and even violence (and at the very least unwanted proseltyzing) are awfully common in many parts of the world. I can personally attest to anti-nonreligious sentiment (yet growing support, so that's something) in the US.
The Tea Party ranks lower than any of the 23 other groups we asked about — lower than both Republicans and Democrats. It is even less popular than much maligned groups like “atheists” and “Muslims.” Interestingly, one group that approaches it in unpopularity is the Christian Right.
You mow our lawn. You carry heavy things. You haul stuff away in your truck so we don't have to rent one. You tried to fix the toilet downstairs that everyone hates. When we buy a new one to replace it, you'll probably help install it. My grandma treats you like sons. You're the reason my grandfather stopped hating gay people. You brought us cake and sat with my grandmother when my grandfather died. One of you has an earring. I think it's cool. I want to have your gaybies. Except I don't want to have babies. And you're in your 50s or something. Please be my neighbors forever and ever.
No Limits: a public-access TV show in Australia that challenges widely held assumptions about people with disabilities in the media. The current season is being filmed live for those who have access to Aussie public TV, and the previous season is available on DVD. :)
Dakota scholar Waziyatawin debates (schools) illegal European Fort Snelling representative on Fox news:
Fort Snelling was used as a concentration camp against Dakota people in 1862 where 1700 women and children were imprisoned. 300 of them died that winter while being used as target practice by the soldiers, and as many others were brutally raped. It is currently a site where colonial reenactments of white settler life take place but there is no mention of genocide, ethnic cleansing, or the concentration camp at the site.
Currently Minnesotan’s are footing the Million dollar bill to continue renovating what is, in fact, a replica of the original Fort Snelling, rebuilt during the 1960's after the original structure had deteriorated beyond repair.