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I don't know if it's because I date a black man, if I've just become more culturally or even self aware, or perhaps the racial climate of our country especially with social media playing quite a role in witnessing everyday real life events, but I never realized I too perpetuate a disenfranchised system by remaining silent.

My mother is Korean and father is black. I am a biracial individual and I've witnessed a fair share of discrimination and faced many racially charged challenges growing up. However, at that time I was not emotionally equipped nor did I possess the knowledge to understand what was going on. Race was not a subject spoken about at home, it was quietly swept under the rug. I coped by telling myself, "it is what it is." As a young person I put in my mind that I would never be accepted by either side and in order to get along I had to play a role. This was my normal and somehow this was okay.

I made and accepted stereotyped jokes, and, perhaps, even thought in some ways people were entirely too sensitive about this "race thing." I don't want to say I was blind to it, I mean, I was surrounded by it, I lived in it, I knew it was there, but I accepted it as life. Again. Normal. I didn't allow my mind to see just how deep this system ruled every aspect of everyone's life. I even softened situations by framing conversations with "race aside" or "even if race wasn't a factor."

#blacklivesmatter

In this post John Metta writes:
"Despite what the Charleston Massacre makes things look like, people are dying not because individuals are racist, but because individuals are helping support a racist system by wanting to protect their own non-racist self beliefs."
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"Here's what I want to say to you: Racism is so deeply embedded in this country not because of the racist right-wing radicals who practice it openly, it exists because of the silence and hurt feelings of liberal America."
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"So I'm asking you to help me. Notice this. Speak up. Don't let it slide. Don't stand watching in silence. Help build a world where it never gets to the point where the Samaritan has to see someone bloodied and broken."
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OK, I really really REALLY loathe google docs. I'm going to fucking delete everything.  The only thing google gets done right is email and that's all I'm going to use.

I spent several days adding comments to a plain vanilla google docs file, created ON google drive/docs, not from anywhere. And it is fucking lumping all my comments at the end of the file instead of along side the highlighted text the comment is supposed to be attached to, when I open the file using the same account I created it with, but on a different computer (though they are both the same OS, etc).

I've googled around and not found a solution. I've tried viewing it in different formats, playing with the comment button, but I can not fucking get it to simply show the relevant comment to the side of its text. Full stop. I can't believe this crap.  I hate to say it but even Microsoft Word's own software is better than this steaming pile of poo.

I hate you, google.
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Crouton is (knock on wood) running okay on my Chromebook. You do need a bigger internal storage if you want to run large-ish apps in chroots like me.

Don't know if it's fixed yet, but the standard setup can corrupt the mouse cursor and video. Crouton in a browser window is working for me, with little lag... Unless I do something silly like play Minecraft.
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In a nutshell.
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I don't like the 'friend zone' idea.  It's the guy/girls right to say they don't want to be just friends as well, and I think a lot of people string others along with the promise of more, when it's just not going to happen.  As long as no one is an ass about it, you just both move on.
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I loathe drive. The more I try using it, the more I loathe it. I have written, lost, and re-fucking-written the same fucking paragraph all afternoon. I don't know what it fucking is doing. And now to top it off, it wn't fucking let me ctrl-a ctrl-c ctrl-v somewhere else to save what I have managed to get it to take.

The fuck, google? Back to dropbox for me.
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+Rogue Black No problem -- I get that feeling a lot too. Chromebook is definitely weird.
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There is such a thing as kitchen compatibility: whether one is pro-gadget or anti-gadget.

Unfortunately I am outnumbered  *grouse*
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My mom felt the same way until our Cuisinart relieved her of chopping cabbage for potstickers.

Along with the aforementioned hummus, it's indispensible for the ATK vodka pie crust (cutting ~1.5 pounds of solid fat into flour by hand is not my idea of fun), thin-sliced potatoes (use the Force plunger with the slicing disk), mass-producing shredded cheese/carrots for lasagna/carrot cake, and ground beef for burgers (firm up the meat in the freezer first, don't freeze it).

It's not perfect, of course-- there's a fine line between coarse chop and chunky puree with that thing, and it can be a bit of a PITA to clean and keep organized.
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This is brilliant.
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They're just eating their own at this point.
Residents in some Wake County communities are upset after finding a flier from the Ku Klux Klan in their yards Monday morning.
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+D. Hale To be honest, being an Anglophone in Quebec exposes you to a lot of discrimination and monocultural thinking.
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I love this guy.
 
+John Scalzi installs Windows 10. Its final form will soon be upon us.
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I am so ditching Chromebooks. I need to experience system updates like a real man.
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Ha!
 
Shark Simon Williams has spoken of his relief at surviving a potentially life-threatening encounter with Australian surfer, Mick Fanning.
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Yep, Mick was rather violent. ... glad to see my side in print.
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Bwahahahah!

Comments closed to keep YT riffraff out.

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That looks like a brilliantly fun game. 
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Completely awesome.
 
Bigot gives a Girl Scouts chapter $100k, on condition that they not use it for transgender girls.

The chapter sends it back, and sets up an IndieGogo to raise replacement funds.

That was yesterday. As of this moment, the IndieGogo has received over $120k, with 29 days left to go. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/girl-scouts-is-foreverygirl

Bigots, eat Internet.

(The GS had already announced a policy of welcoming trans* girls, back in May. I suspect the bigot knew this, and was essentially trying to use their imagined avarice to get them to change their minds. Guess what: not everyone thinks that way. In fact, I think most people don't.)

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I'd call this a "jiu-jitsu" move on the part of the GS -- use the enemy's strength against them.
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IF YOU ARE CONFUSED AS TO WHO I AM, THIS IS BROWNEYEDGIRL65, AKA BEG, BEG65, etc, AS KNOWN ON LIVEJOURNAL, DISQUS, TWITTER, PINBOARD.IN, AND MY BLOG, WHATSTHATYOUSAID.NET

I can be reached at gmail via the above handle.

I am also the author of the Palindrome Prayer :-) (-:

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“Dawn take you all, and be stone to you!”For just at that moment the light came over the hill, and there was a mighty twitter in the branches. William never spoke for he stood turned to stone as he stooped; and Bert and Tom were stuck like rocks as they looked at him. And there they stand to this day, all alone, unless the birds perch on them; for trolls, as you probably know, must be underground before dawn, or they go back to the stuff of the mountains they are made of, and never move again. (“The Hobbit,” J.R.R. Tolkien)

But I'll never be convinced to except except for accept, accept I get a really good explanation. (Me)

Most people don't even know what sysadmins do, but trust me, if they all took a lunch break at the same time they wouldn't make it to the deli before you ran out of bullets protecting your canned goods from roving bands of mutants. (Peter Welch, Programming Sucks)

Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow.  (Woody Guthrie)

California scent with a hint of sanity.
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Farpotshket (yiddish): Something that is all fouled up, especially as the result of attempts to fix it; repeatedly making something worse while trying to fix it.

"I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but the fact is I admire their commitment to cover all sides of a story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate." (Barack Obama, April 2013)

"And on the third day, the skies darkened, and a swarm of assholes descended from the clouds; and not a person could withstand them, but they were covered in the filth of the Internet."  (+Yonatan Zunger , 13 Apr 2013) 

"I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it." (John Stuart Mill, 1866)

"Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay." (Robert Frost)

"Few things are stronger than
The mind's need for diverse
Experience.
I am glad
Not many men or women can remain
Faithful lovers to the unreal." (The Gift: Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master)

"wine; talk; touch; unzip; touch; strip; gasp; finger; gasp; mount; fsck; more; yes; gasp; umount; make clean; sleep" (Unix)

They are facing not a theory but a condition, for that they are first, last and all the time the people of the eye. (George Veditz, 1910)

"Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins." (Carlos Santana)

"Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway."  (Andrew S. Tanenbaum)

"I don’t understand people who dislike reading because I think all that free time means they’re up to no good." (frau sally benz on the 'net)

"Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." (Plato)

"It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of homosexuality. It's like disapproving of rain." (Francis Maude)

"If I Said The Sky Was Blue, They Would Say No." (President Obama)

Honi soit qui mal y pense.

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” (James D. Miles)

The Oxford philosopher JL Austin once observed in a lecture that in English a double negative implied a positive meaning, whereas no language had been found in which a double positive implied a negative meaning. To which Sidney Morgenbesser responded in a dismissive tone, "Yeah, yeah."

"People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as 'parasites' fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society." (Jason Read)

"But that's -- I'm sorry, but that's completely ridiculous! How can I possibly prove it doesn't exist? Do you expect me to get hold of -- of all the pebbles in the world and test them? I mean, you could claim that anything's real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody's proved it doesn't exist!" (Hermione Granger)

To put it another way: The First Amendment guarantees a right to speech. It does not guarantee a right to respect. (+John Scalzi)

So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. (T. S. Eliot)

A well educated and organized citizenry being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and use the Internet shall not be infringed. (+David Landry)

The truth is that male religious leaders have had -- and still have -- an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women.  They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter.  Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world.  (Jimmy Carter)

The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley
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What I like about April Fool’s Day: One day a year we’re asking whether news stories are true. It should be all 365. (Prentiss Riddle, April 1, 2008 @pzriddle)

He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. (Thomas Jefferson)

Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with.  (Drew Sirtors)

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. (Albert Camus)

I am the light that shines over all things. I am everything. From me all came forth, and to me all return. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift a stone, and you will find me there. (Gospel of Thomas)

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.  (Mark Twain)
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