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moriath

Currently out of work, fandom- and wedding-obsessed 23 year old woman. Expect to see lots of posts about wedding, job-hunting, moving across the country (MI to NY) and fandom!

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April 27th, 2009

Bad news from my home state

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GM cutting jobs, getting rid of Pontiac

When I first read the headline I almost had a heart attack, thinking they were getting rid of a whole plant in Pontiac, Michigan. But rather they're getting rid of the Pontiac brand of cars. Sad face. I've owned two cars in my life, and both were Pontiac Sunfires. The first one was a tough little car that lasted forever and hardly gave me any trouble until it unceremoniously DIED on the side of I-75 at three in the morning (with a baby Gopher as my co-pilot). I also felt like a badass for being one of the few people I knew (and the only woman at the time) who could drive a stick shift.

The second one was a piece of shit, but I still have an affinity for the Sunfires. If I ever had to buy another car, I'd definitely start by looking at Sunfires.

Hopefully, however, that won't come to pass. I <3 NY.

March 20th, 2009

Totally not amused, Mr. President

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Obama makes Special Olympics joke on Leno

As the big sister of a Special Olympics bowler, I cannot emphasize how unamused I am at this "joke."

September 24th, 2008

Fuck you, PETA

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I've never liked PETA. Yes, I think animals are treated horribly in the food industry, but treating women with less dignity than they advocate animals should be treated with isn't actually helping society as a whole.

But so far (from my observations), most of their ridiculousness has been restricted to misogynist advertising.

Now PETA wants Ben & Jerry's to use human breast milk rather than cow's milk for ice cream

Because hooking women up to machines is such a better prospect than hooking up cows.

Not to mention: ew. I do not want to be consuming breast milk in my ice cream. I promise you if I ever go to Switzerland I'm not eating at the restaurant of the guy who wants to use 75% breast milk in his food, either.

September 8th, 2008

Interesting

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I've been wondering about this ever since I heard about Palin's acceptance speech at the RNC

Parents of special-needs children divided over Palin's promise to help

When I first heard that Palin promised to be an advocate in the White House for the disabled, my curiosity was definitely piqued. Not that it would be enough to get me to vote Republican (I could do a very long, ranty post about my decision on who to vote for this year), but as the sister of an autistic man (almost wrote boy, but at 21 Dan is old enough, chronologically, to be a man, and I know I'd hate it if anyone referred to me as a "girl" after the age of 21) I'm keenly interested in those who say they would help the disabled, and how they would do it.

Emphasis on the "how," since Palin has yet to say how she intends to help. From the NYT article, it seems clear that in her time as Governor, she hasn't been explicitly disability-friendly, but I could definitely see this being a relatively new interest of hers. There are a lot of people who aren't aware of how having a disable family member affects the family until it hits close to home. So if Palin's awareness about disabilities didn't arise until her son's diagnosis, I can definitely understand that.

I can't understand not laying out at least general plans for how she intends to be an advocate. Well, aside from her and the McCain campaign's desire to play ostrich and pretend that if they hide her head in the sand no one will notice that she hasn't spoken to the press yet and the campaign has seemed prepared to keep it that way as long as possible (I'm debating whether I'll actually watch the interview on ABC or just wait to see the highlights later on the blogs).

August 14th, 2008

Finally, something from Obama's team that I can really support

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Obama camp says Detroit mayor may be unwelcome in Denver

I have to admit, I haven't paid super close attention to all of the trials and tribulations of Kwame Kilpatrick. But it seems like the man is constantly in trouble. He spent a night in jail for taking a business trip to Canada (and thus violating his bond agreement). This is just the latest misstep. Hopefully enough people will start shunning this man so he is forced out of office sooner rather than later.

July 21st, 2008

Some things can't be ignored

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Radio host angers parents of autistic children

And the executive vice president of Autism Speaks says we should just "ignore it."

With all due respect sir, this is not something we can ignore.

Summary of Michael Savage's assholery (this time around): children who are diagnosed as autistic are "brats" who haven't "been told to cut the act out."

I do think there's a time and a place for ignoring when idiots put their feet in their mouths, but I draw the line when an influential personality is spreading false and dangerous information. To me, this is no different than Tom Cruise telling women with post-partum depression that they should be exercising and taking vitamins rather than seeking psychiatric help for their problem.

See, as little as 20 years ago, there was still a persistent belief that autism was caused by the refrigerator mother. I know because people in my mother's own church accused her of being such when my brother was diagnosed.

Let me repeat that: people in her church accused her of being "emotionally frigid" and causing her son's impairment. Never mind that it was obvious by then that I was well on my way to being an above-average child (how would I have accomplished that without "maternal warmth"?).

The families of autistic people have every right to be livid that this guy is spewing hurtful misinformation to a national audience, just as families of depressed people were livid at Tom Cruise. We can not ignore speech that has a very real negative impact on families who are already fighting an uphill battle against misinformation. Ignoring it gets us nowhere.

Will Michael Savage be fired? Probably not. Look at what happened with Don Imus. Should he be held accountable for his actions? Hell yeah. I wish he would be fired (though I admit I'm terribly biased in this situation, so take that recommendation with a grain of salt), but that wouldn't solve the underlying problem, would it?

The best way to combat speech we don't like is with more speech.

"Ignoring it" doesn't put any more speech out there.

May 18th, 2008

Most hilarious headline ever

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Bush lectures Arab world on political reform, women's rights

Because George W. Bush is really the world's foremost expert on political reform and women's rights.

April 23rd, 2008

Really? THAT'S the bottom line?

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The bottom line is, we still don't know how to advise patients in how to make boys.

WTF?! Maybe it's just because the headline (Mom's diet may play role in whether baby is a boy or girl) leads one to expect that there would be coverage of the diet that led to boy babies vs girls. But am I the only one seeing some tacit approval of the desire to have boys over girls?

March 13th, 2008

US HAS SLID INTO A RECESSION

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Or so declares Yahoo! News. Something about the phrasing of that just
strikes me as being slightly off; as if they can pinpoint the exact date
and time the US hit recession territory, as opposed to just "slow
economic growth" territory as Bush has been trying to reframe it.

February 1st, 2008

Grr...I hate the news media sometimes

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Current headlines on Yahoo! News:
Female bombers strike markets in Baghdad from the AP
Female bombers kill 72 at Baghdad pet markets from Reuters

The problem with these headlines? They completely change the connotation of what actually happened. Because both articles mention (eventually. The AP article states this in the first sentence but Reuters waits until halfway through the article to state) that the women were mentally retarded - most likely Downs syndrome.

These women weren't active, willing participants in this carnage. They were the victims just as much as anyone else in that market place. Someone strapped explosives to them and then used a remote control to detonate the explosives. The articles are just headlined this way in order to attract attention to that which is different - women - than to the true atrocities that obviously took place - abuse of the disabled.

Gah.
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