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So this is happening, and while I have enormous faith in the solidarity and courage and decency and smarts of U of T students and faculty and employees and in this particular case pretty solid faith in the decency and smarts of TPS, AND I'm aware that quite a lot of why this one feels like such a huge deal is because it's actually being taken seriously and therefore publicised widely, which is a good thing, it is still a fucking outrage, it still sucks and there's still a line of cold anger and fear running down my back.

And, you know, the misogynists of Canada are always going to have this one handy as their go-to "joke": just, you know, casually threaten to shoot up a classroom. I'm sure they're going to be righteously indignant when that knock comes on their door. Goddamn feminists, can't take a joke.

The Polytechnique murders is such a handy tender spot.

I have a lot of concerns about the security state and the industrial prison complex and right now to be truthful I'm having a lot of trouble caring. I have issues. I'm aware.

Kick their fucking doors in. Go on. And film it and put it on YouTube, I want to see it.

And then treat them with scrupulous fairness. I'm not that far gone. A wish for them to get justice is curse enough.

Meanwhile, I love you, Toronto. I'm proud of you. I'm proud of WiTopoli and the Hassle-Free and all the feminist and womanist and women's organisations and groups and individuals of Toronto. I'm proud of all the pro-feminist men on campus and I'm proud of CUPE 3902. I love you all and I wish I were there right now.

Here is some useful info if you study or work at U of T or need for whatever reason to be on-campus in the next few days:



As many of you will know from the Provost’s earlier message, public threats have been received at the University of Toronto. We can add the detail that these were gendered threats made specifically toward women and feminists. We can also add that the threats specifically encourage violence and target our members in their workplaces. Specifically mentioned are those working in Sociology and Women’s Studies classrooms. The wording and content of the threats are beyond abhorrent and will not be reproduced here. All members, but especially those who identify as women and those who work in the named Departments, should be aware and careful, and of course all of us should look out for one another.

As your Union, it is our job to remind you that you have the legal right to refuse unsafe work. You do not have to enter a work situation in which you have reason to believe your safety or the safety of others may be at risk. Contact the Union if you intend to refuse work on the grounds that it is unsafe. You will have our full and unconditional support.

At times like these, the solidarity of sisters, brothers, comrades, friends and colleagues in the Union is essential. Let’s all recommit ourselves to each other’s safety and wellbeing and resist gendered violence in every form wherever we see it.

In Solidarity,

President's statement, with list of resources:

ETA: we are not presently at home to: minimising arguments, free speech arguments (threats are not protected speech), union-bashing, attempts to 'analyze' the seriousness of the situation, uses of this situation as an excuse to discuss US law or US gun control, or 'what about the men'.

Unconditional permission to link is granted.
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Because we're headed into a federal election, and I'm already cranky about lefties and their infinite capacity for coming up with reasons why marking a ballot for the NDP is incompatible with their personal philosophy.

Also, I voted last week, because I'm going to be travelling in October.

1) Because whatever your other political activities and options are, there is absolutely nothing about voting which is going to interfere with them. Really. You can vote on the 19th, write letters on the 20th, march in the streets on the 21st, and organise a program to assist children living in poverty on the 22nd. Maybe take the 23rd off, in that case.

If you feel like casting a secret ballot for a party you think will do a somewhat better job than the Conservatives at looking after the vulnerable and assisting the struggling, so that more Canadians can lead decent lives of reasonable comfort and basic dignity, is going to eternally stain your soul, I invite you to consider that it is perhaps not the business of a person to save the shining purity of their own soul at the expense of others' lives. You can go after dark, if you're really concerned.

2) Because First-Past-The-Post and Parliamentary Democracy may be broken, but they are presently the systems on which we have conferred legitimacy. You don't have to like it, but this is the deal. As a private citizen, this is one of the most important ways you can affect how Canada is run, and it is not an endorsement of how either presently work. Really. Operating realistically and sensibly under the current deal does not constitute giving up your right to fight for a better one, and in fact will probably improve your odds:

3) Because voting actually does make a difference. Why do you think the Conservatives have enacted legislation to make it harder while kneecapping Elections Canada? If voting were pointless, the Conservatives would be tryng to get their opponents to do more of it, not less.

4) Because low turnout favours the right. "It has been well established that a low voter turnout will benefit the Conservatives. Duncan Cameron writes, "The 25/60 rule says when only 60 per cent of Canadian citizens go out to vote, 25 per cent of the voters can deliver a majority government." Elections Canada says there were 24.2 million eligible voters in the last federal election. The Harper Conservatives received their majority with just 5.8 million of those votes. But more than 8.8 million Canadians voted for other parties and 9.4 million Canadians did not vote. 5.8 million Conservative votes from 24.2 million eligible voters is 23.9 per cent. Cameron says, "The disengagement from the electoral process is the key to the success of the Conservatives in Canada and of right-wing politics elsewhere."

And the right knows it. They get their vote out religiously. Whatever you think you're doing, if you don't vote you're improving the Conservatives' position, and I do not think you want to do that.

5) Because voting for a candidate does not constitute a ringing endorsement of their party's entire platform, nor an agreement to support them or refrain from putting pressure on them. Come October 20, we are going to have a government. They are going to need their asses kicked. The question is not, is there a leader whose ass won't need any kicking. The question is, which party do you think you have the best chance of persuading of the rightness of your cause?

6) Because political parties respond to their base. If you make it painfully clear that nothing on earth will compel you to vote, nobody is going to chase your vote. If you consistently vote for the candidate who comes closest to reflecting your views, you send a message. If you actually talk to that candidate, or their representative, about said views, you send a larger one.

I am sorry to tell you this, but if you feel like the NDP is chasing the middle too much? They are doing so because the middle is avaiable to be caught. Making it clear that the left is even more available to be caught - because currently underrepresented - is your best possible move. Hell, you don't even have to vote NDP, though if you're in a heavily-contested riding I strongly urge you to. Vote Green. Vote Communist. Vote Liberal, if it's obviously a Liberal-Conservative race in your riding. But make it clear that your vote is out there, available to be gained.

Just vote. It's important. Just get on the bus, or on your bike, or power up your chair, or get in your car, and vote.
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I wish to thank [personal profile] legionseagle and [personal profile] staranise for invaluable listening and critique while I was writing this. It should never be assumed that their assistance means their agreement with my conclusions, nor that I speak for them in any fashion, nor that they necessarily agree or disagree with one another. All errors and idiocies stem from my very own personal inadequacies, and I look forward to having them addressed. Also I wish to apologise for asking them to do work on this and then sitting on it for ages. I appreciate the indulgence.

I am also, as always, grateful to [personal profile] fairestcat who fixes my coding and my spelling and my punctuation and whose perspective informs pretty much everything I do, particularly when it comes to fandom.

I also want to acknowledge the fans and the academics I have learned from who were not consciously with me as I wrote this. This thing we do is always a communal production, and I've been reading, writing, and talking about these things for many many years now, the last fifteen of them as an active member of fandom. If you recognise your uncredited thoughts or influences here, or those of another, please let me know, with links if you wish, and I will find a way to credit you.

Permission to link/quote: granted. Anon comments are screened on dw, off on lj. Journal rules as laid out in my profiles will be applied here. Anon will not be unscreened unless signed in some fashion allowing me and readers to tell anons apart. Initials and nicks and so forth are just fine and need not be the one you normally use, nor known to me.

So one of the things we do in fandom is talk about writing about rape.

no actual discussion of rape ensues, but much talk about survivors )
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... Trying to find gentle, affirming, respectful ways to remind people of all orientations and identities that life is always weirder than we think it's going to be and every sexual orientation and gender identity is valid, but none of them are a form of birth control.
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(A stopsign in PEI altered to say Stop Harper)

The writ has dropped, election October 19.

2) Fire out West. Water back East.

You're almost certainly not as concerned as you should be.

(Two maps showing temperature and precipitation changes across Canada, 1950-2010)

3) Stop carding. Stop carding now.

4) I'm still not switching back to Rogers.

Rogers apologizes for showing porn on CHCH: Gaffe marks 2nd time in 3 years pornography was aired instead of news

5) We like Canadian Music..
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Is that when reading on a tablet one may easily look slightly puzzling things up as curiosity strikes, rather than being entirely dependent on working them out from whatever context is available.

I do not say that I have lost anything much over the last thirty years by supposing, from time to time and while reading novels set in the UK, that The Pink 'Un was a periodical concerned with the raising and marketing of pigs, which I worked out contained also, perhaps, humourous essays and some cartoons, but I am pleased to report that I am now, at least on this minor point, Enlightened, even as I gently mourn my innocent, imaginary monthly porcine publication, and the cheery cover illustrations I had mentally provided it with.
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So we just had to deal with a case of [thing which gives me a serious case of the squicky twitching meemies].

As it happens, I am aware that this thing also gives about half of you folks the squicky twitching meemies.

Therefore. Please make nonspecific soothing noises at me?

(I feel like I shouldn't even have to say this but if you comment trying to guess what it was, I'm going to assume you don't value your commenting privileges.)
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I realised tonight that I have, basically, been in pain for twenty years.

I have all sorts of thoughts about this, but I'm too sore, tired, medicated, and angry to make anything coherent out of them

ETA: But, in a nutshell — probably a hideously non-ergonomic nutshell with no padding for my hip — people in chronic pain need, basically, doulas.
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A couch.
A power cord.
Cider and beer.
The promise of burrito delivery.
Two of my spouses.
A tortiseshell cat.

My life. So hard.
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So, an unexploded shell of indeterminate age has been removed from a house in Toronto and taken to CFB Borden to be destroyed.

Noting that all has ended well and everybody is fine, so I can afford to be trivial:

A man who had just bought a home on the street discovered the shell in the house's garage

I think that the homeowner would be well within his rights to request that the fee for the customary pre-purchase home inspection be refunded in full. I mean, unless he waived inspection, which would be very unusual, or it's on page 12: "Garage — foundation good, roof in need of repair, unexploded ordnance behind workbench" and the purchaser just didn't read the whole thing.
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My left foot hurts, in some hard-to-pin down fashion which is, nevertheless, slowly getting worse.

My experience of trying to figure out what's wrong with feet suggests that the process is invariably long and frustrating and leads to a recommendation that you tape it up and rest it.

So I think I will just go with that, for now, but argh.

No medical advice, please. The odds of you being right are, frankly, very low, and I don't need more reasons to fret.
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I blame the weather, and camping at Bon Echo, and general busyness.

Firstly: [personal profile] graydon's book is out! and a copy may be acquired via that link.

Comments noting copyediting/proofing errors gratefully accepted. At least, I'll swear at myself, not at you.

Secondly, I shall be in Toronto from June 15-June 23. I will be visiting with [ profile] benet, and also going to see Flogging Molly, so, somewhat busy but also with lots of free time for shenanigans.

Suggestions for shenanigans may be sent by any of the usual channels.

Thirdly, I successfully rode twenty kilometres in one day last week, in fairly blistering heat, and am quite pleased with myself. I have also discovered that the Plant Pool, my local rec centre, has swim fins, the use of which is being exceeding good for my hip. I may see about purchasing some of my own.

Fourthly, [personal profile] fairestcat returns from Wisconsin today, which is delightful both because I miss her and because I need to get her twenty-two pound utterly attention-starved (Always. He gets no love. We don't even like him) cat off my lap:

Fifthly, very far from least even though last, [personal profile] metawidget and [ profile] rottenfruit have produced Ada Snow Hortop who I hope very soon to admire in person.
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[personal profile] theleaveswant reminds me that it is Bruce Cockburn's birthday.

Come, let us glory in his talent together:

Last Night of the World (lovely live version with good sound).

When it's Gone it's Gone (Audio only)

I don't know why I can't get the embedding code on the iPad, and I have to Do The Things and don't have time to chase it down, but if anyone grabs them for me I'll edit the post. *looks cute*

ETA: dep't of Be Careful What You Ask For — here is Bruce Cockburn, in Afghanistan, being presented with a rocket launcher.

Weirdly, this was the second time somebody tried to give him one. The first time was apparently from the trunk of a car at a show in Washington state. He declined politely.
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Done, dusted, tied up in a bow. Poked with a fork. Emailed to [personal profile] graydon with strict instructions to ignore me when I email him at 3am with ONE MORE THING.


Please feel free to provide Wild Rumpus and Shenanigans of a celebratory nature in comments. Pictures of sheep and pangolins particularly welcome.
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Rubbing a bit of antibiotic ointment - Polysporin or Neosporin or whatever - into your cuticles at night will give you shockingly healthy and attractive cuticles and nails. Works fast, too.
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So [personal profile] fairestcat is explaining comics canon to me again.

Me: So what I'm hearing is ... this is not Steve Rogers' first dinosaur rodeo.

[personal profile] fairestcat: Basically, yeah.


[personal profile] fairestcat: so, (tells me why Steve is riding a dinosaur)

Me: so, do you think he should be looking for (spoiler) with the (spoilers) or with the dinosaurs?

[personal profile] fairestcat The dinosaur is a one-off.

Me: So... it's an artisanal dinosaur.

[personal profile] fairestcat: Yes. Yes, it is.

Last Ditch

May. 20th, 2015 12:55 pm
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1) Maybe I'll just start doing DW posts titled "stuff I saw on Tumblr and have opinions about". Except you would all get together and pay someone to murder me.

2) I have cheerfully snaffled "Impediments to an otherwise delightful existence" from somewhere, probably The Toast, and find it an invaluable replacement for the somewhat dodgy "First World Problems." I should not take exception were others to do the same.

3) thanks to the fabulous [personal profile] lexin it is 1985 in this house, and will remain 1985 for some time.
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The Public Service Alliance of Canada (those nice folks who helped bring you the weekend, the long weekend, paid sick leave, paid parental leave, etc), also brought to Ottawa a free screening of Pride this afternoon.

So, after riding to Elgin Street and dropping in on The First Annual Majestic Family Fun Day: A Celebration of Family Diversity in Recognition of International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHTB) & Victoria Day for a bit, we rode down to the Mayfair and, in the company of many other people both willing and able to sing along with Solidarity Forever, watched a brilliantly acted, powerful, funny, defiantly unironic, shamelessly touching movie about urban queer kids in the UK in the 80s and the striking miners in Wales.

It was completely awesome, more due to than despite the fact that if it hadn't all happened pretty much exactly as the movie portrays it your suspension of disbelief would snap somewhere between the time Bronski Beat show up to play a benefit called Pits and Perverts and the point where the Miner's Union shows up en masse to march in the London Pride Parade in '85. (These days, unions - and everyone else - lines up to be in Pride Parades as a matter of community engagement/targeted marketing. Those days were not these days. This was three years before I began to come out, and five years before my first Pride, and even in 1990 in Toronto marching in the Pride parade involved equal chances of heatstroke and having to dodge small missiles.)

So, yeah, Pride. Go see it. it's awesome.

“You have worn our badge, ‘Coal not Dole’, and you know what harassment means, as we do. Now we will pin your badge on us; we will support you.


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