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Green Room - Week 20 - Day 7

Some mash-up of thoughts on a Thursday evening, quickly heading in Friday morning...

A lot of my fascination with the book I'm reading has to do with having met my wife online, and especially with Aziz talking about how long it took him to answer questions for OKCupid - finding someone who was a 99% match per their system, who actually turned out to be far more than I could have ever dreamed someone could be.

So I know from personal experience that the internet *can* change your life. It did it with my "romantic life" and Idol continues to do that for the rest of my life.

It's funny, because this is such a strange little season, and quiet, way too quiet for my personal tastes. But I also really like everyone. Which isn't always the case.

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Apparently there is a country called "England" and they let people vote there.

Not IMPORTANT voting like who should continue on to next week in LJ Idol, but random stuff like "who should be running the government".

They had some results. Some people are happy. Some are sad. Most are British.

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At different points today, on different FBs, I saw these two articles. So I figured that was a sign that I should be sharing them:

https://medium.com/@kaybaeparker/beware-of-wolves-in-sheeps-clothing-the-tale-of-a-progressive-professor-who-forgot-to-hide-her-7efe21b1fc5d

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nikki-johnsonhuston-esq/the-culture-of-the-smug-w_b_11537306.html?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003

I figure sharing is better than *literally* throwing a grenade into the room.

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Speaking of - here's your poll! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1021912.html Make sure to vote!

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messygorgeous
Jun. 9th, 2017 04:24 am (UTC)
Taking first for the night owls!
messygorgeous
Jun. 9th, 2017 04:39 am (UTC)
Ok, I don't have much to say about the first article. I could defend myself -Not me! I'm not the Caucasian liberal she's describing! Sure, I vote democrat and I've got a Master's Degree but my kids attended a public elementary school that was 75% Hispanic and I work in public service to help people and I think it's really thick skulled when white people don't "get" the Black Lives Matter movement, etc, but because I am white AND Southern, I really get no say here.

The second article shocked me, both the professor's lack of professionalism - how insecure could she be to get so challenged by a student? - and her misunderstanding of the state of slave "marriages."

Slaves were property and not more than livestock. They weren't allowed to legally marry other slaves, and as property, their owners often separated families without a second thought. If they were lucky, a mother or father or child would only be sent to a neighboring plantation, but they could be sold hundreds of miles away, never to be seen again.

Heartbreaking stuff. There's a beautiful book called Yellow Crocus that is really eye opening in its portrayal of this.
xo_kizzy_xo
Jun. 9th, 2017 06:36 am (UTC)
Good (Very Early) Morning!

The internet changed my life too -- it was the vehicle which brought SO and I together :)

I'll throw a grenade: The first thing I automatically thought of re the second article was Pantsuit Nation. That is, a lot of people -- mostly educated white women, in my experience -- espouse a lot and "claim" a lot but, as the article points out, have very little actual experience to back themselves up. I think of my college roommate, who walks what she talks -- she works at a family shelter, she organizes a lot of social justice-related activities for her city, she's right out there on the front lines when it comes to things the article discusses. Compare that to the lip service which , IMO, was what Pantsuit Nation was partly about (and please, don't give me the "but that's not all it was" argument. I know a lot of it had to do with women teaching their daughters an important lesson. I'm not talking about that aspect).

ETA: Another thing I took away from the second article was the reek of privilege. It's easy to consider yourself X or Y. It's another thing to actually practice what you consider yourself.

Edited at 2017-06-09 06:40 am (UTC)
frosya888
Jun. 9th, 2017 09:24 am (UTC)
We are all beautiful flowers in a large field ... but I want to be a bird ... or a butterfly ... a butterfly is in this world being released from the cocoon ... releasing ... be released ..!
frosya888
Jun. 9th, 2017 10:16 am (UTC)
. from the makeup needs and "I must" ...7 day..) Day of rest..

Edited at 2017-06-09 10:22 am (UTC)
ryl
Jun. 9th, 2017 11:38 am (UTC)
I've already voted, she stealthbrags, so I have time for a long-winded comment.

That second article describes why I left one of the most progressive cities in NC for God's Waiting Room in the next (redneck) county over. All these people were very concerned about animal rights and not so much for human rights. One of my co-workers was very concerned about the state of the world and saving the elephants but she thought her kid was too good for public school and when you got her into a serious conversation it became very clear that she was much more conservative than she thought she was. This was typical of people in this town: they were good at making noise, not so good at action.

This is why I live among the rednecks. They do things rather than talk about it. When a tree fell out of our yard into the street, our redneck neighbor with a chainsaw had the tree cleared out of the road by the time I got my roommates out of bed and down to the driveway. He's never mentioned it, we've never mentioned it. We're just glad the road is clear.
mrstotten
Jun. 9th, 2017 03:58 pm (UTC)
I'm Scottish and sat up till 4am watching before giving up in disgust

Still can't believe what is happening today :( and really can't get over Scotland enabling it
ryl
Jun. 9th, 2017 07:41 pm (UTC)
That was me back in November. I lasted until midnight thirty and woke up at 4 a.m. still in disgust.
mrstotten
Jun. 10th, 2017 07:59 am (UTC)
I could cope with the fact that Scotland helped the Conservative party win. I hate it but I could cope

But they are now talking about an alliance with a party that is not only anti LGBT, denies climate change and believes creationism should be taught in schools but they also have ties to an active terrorist organisation

It's like the world has gone mad :(
swirlsofblue
Jun. 9th, 2017 04:34 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of resigned to it all. Before the vote happened I kind of felt it was inevitable that May would win, so I was happy that she didn't outright win and would hopefully have to form a coalition with people who would tug on the reins a bit (like the lib dems did in the previous coalition). Was also happy that labour did as well as they did. But now, looking at the party that May wants to form a coalition with, I think it's somehow going to be even worse than if May just outright won.

This is probably a controversial opinion, but I think people who are anti-human-rights shouldn't be allowed to run countries.
mrstotten
Jun. 10th, 2017 08:00 am (UTC)
Yep I'm like you. I thought the tories would
Win I had resigned myself
To it but the DUP

What the hell
swirlsofblue
Jun. 10th, 2017 10:10 am (UTC)
Yep :(
frosya888
Jun. 9th, 2017 06:07 pm (UTC)
And we in Russia are interested ..) We do not despond ..)
lordrexfear
Jun. 10th, 2017 01:47 am (UTC)
Tallyho and all that?
murielle
Jun. 10th, 2017 04:24 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to pop in to say, not sure how much reading and commenting I will be able to do before the deadline. Have been dealing with health issues since last Tuesday, and have had a several medical appointments over the past two weeks, and will be having a bunch of tests over the next few weeks. Yuck!

I will do my best, but because I am not sure how much reading I will be able to do, I will vote for everyone.

This turned out to be a total bye week for me, but I am doing much better. Hugs all!
murielle
Jun. 10th, 2017 05:20 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to pop in to say, not sure how much reading and commenting I will be able to do before the deadline. Have been dealing with health issues since last Tuesday, and have had a several medical appointments over the past two weeks, and will be having a bunch of tests over the next few weeks. Yuck!

I will do my best, but because I am not sure how much reading I will be able to do, I will vote for everyone.

This turned out to be a total bye week for me, but I am doing much better. Hugs all!
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