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Just finished Being There by Jerzy Kosinski. It was like looking at modern art, where the artist is clearly trying to Be Artistic instead of, say, painting (or, in this case, telling a story.) About the only thing I really took away from it was 1) "here's another 60s/70s story I don't enjoy due to needless emphasis on sex," and 2) Kosinski obviously feels that people take away whatever they want to from an exchange instead of what's actually there. Which, while I agree with that, I felt that the message was clumsily presented. I don't understand why this is considered such an important work.   #books   #classics   #beingthere  
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"Give up your free will to a cat" - sounds like excellent advice.
 
When in quantum doubt, ask Schrödinger's cat--now in a handy desktop box! (Also, Random T-Shirt of Surprising Awesomeness is back while randomly awesome supplies last: http://j.mp/yGzpRR)
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So, $company is doing a lot of hiring right now. If you're interested in applying to places, lemme know. 
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Great post on "Why Consent Needs to be More Than Sexy".
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For those who haven't seen it yet, Susan G. Komen for the Cure issued a statement today in reaction to the public outcry at their decision to defund Planned Parenthood. I'll have an article this week on +Women of Google+ about this very topic so stay tuned for those links. In the meantime, here's their response:


DALLAS, TX -- February 1, 2012 -- We are dismayed and extremely disappointed that actions we have taken to strengthen our granting process have been widely mischaracterized. It is necessary to set the record straight.

Starting in 2010, Komen began an initiative to help us do a better job of measuring the impact of community grants. This is important because we invest significant dollars in our local community programs--$93 million in 2011, which provided for 700,000 breast health screenings and diagnostic procedures.

Following this review, we made the decision to implement stronger performance criteria for our grantees to minimize duplication and free up dollars for direct services to help vulnerable women. To support this new granting strategy, Komen has also implemented more stringent eligibility standards to safeguard donor dollars. Consequently, some organizations are no longer eligible to receive Komen grants.

Some might argue that our standards are too exacting, but over the past three decades people have given us more than just their money. They have given us their trust and we take that responsibility very seriously.

We regret that these new policies have impacted some longstanding grantees, such as Planned Parenthood, but want to be absolutely clear that our grant-making decisions are not about politics. Throughout our 30 year history, our priority has always been and will continue to be the women we serve. As we move forward, we are working to ensure that there is no interruption or gaps in services for the women who need our support most in the fight against breast cancer.
http://ww5.komen.org/KomenNewsArticle.aspx?id=19327354133
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Susan J Komen has also trademarked for the cure so that no other can use it. So all the charities that did use it must now change everything they have at great expense. I will no longer use or donate to this foundation for their miserly and unjustifiable ways.
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http://sexgodsrockstars.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/a-month-for-loki-post-i/

So, I read this post on Loki, and, I haveta say... for values of "Loki," you could easily enter in "Eris," and that's pretty much exactly how I see Her. Now, I realize that some consider me being rude for comparing one Trickster God/dess to another - as, in some ways, it would be rude for someone to compare one relates-to-a-feline-person to me (as we're all special snowflakes with our own personalities and so on) - but, to me, it's how I relate things.

See, with my UPG, there's The Universe. It is the everything and nothing - the Tao, for lack of a better term. It makes up and is the entirety of everything that ever was and could be and is and will be. Pretty massive, eh? Well, then you start ...breaking it down, I guess. Making it knowable. Now, I'm not an expert on how things are broken down. It's probably a lot more twisty and not as simple as I see it. But, after The Universe, it's Archetypes. The different energies of the Universe. The How Shit Works-nesses. After the Archetypes, God/desses. So, when you call out to Loki, you're calling out to Eris and Coyote (the First Person, and not the power animal,) and Ananzi and so on. Because Their energy is all of a piece. Together, they are Chaos and the Trickster Archetype. They are the Universe. And, they're me, as well. After the God/desses, you have more Spirits. And then, you have the physical realm.

Now, I'm saying that things are broken down like this, but don't get me wrong - it's not a hierarchical thing. We're all of the Universe. We (the physical) reflects the non-physical, just as it reflects us. But, we can work within the physical and change it a hell of a lot easier than it does - just as the non-physical can work within and change the non-physical. That's why we work with instead of for forces of the Universe. (And, remember, this is MY UPG. This is how I see the universe. Your mileage may vary, and very well probably should.)

So, then, I'm not attempting to be rude when I say "Loki is like Eris." To me, they are of the same Archetype. Yes, Their stories are different. Their personalities are nominally different. But, for the most part, They serve the same purpose within the order of the Universe - They are the shit stirrers. It reminds me of Spike, talking about how Angelus wants to end the world, and being annoyed with it "why do all of the bad guys want to destroy the world," he laments. "The world is great as it is - I just want to be able to my thing and enjoy myself, can I help it if my thing looks evil to non-vampires?" is basically his outlook. And, that's pretty much how I see Loki/Eris - They're not trying to bring about Huge Ass World Ending Events, They're just "doing Their thing," which, unchecked, would bring about Huge Ass World Ending Events. Just as a wild fire causes property damage - the fire isn't trying to destroy the houses, the houses are simply in the fire's way. Not evil in and of itself.

And, those fires are important for the world. It clears away and makes room for the new. Those shit stirrers are important. Without them, we wouldn't be as encouraged to reach out of our comfort zone. As Del said, it's important for there to be a balance between the Wyld, the Weaver, and the Wyrm. But, so often, the Wyrm (and, to a lesser degree, the Wyld) are absolutely vilified. It's completely acceptable to be on the side of the Weaver, and yet, if you look at it, so many dictatorships and even wars are fought, because people are too invested in their version of the Weaver. To me, it's the Wyld and Wyrm that encourages self expression and open mindedness. It's Chaos that loves that-which-is-different-than-self. It's Loki that whispers in your ear, saying that it's perfectly acceptable to be gay in a Catholic society.

Hail Loki.
Hail Eris.
Hail those shit stirrers who want you to do your thing and enjoy yourself.
#loki   #eris   #UPG  
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Boosting the signal.
 
For those readers interested, I will be on The Sunday Show on KPFA radio this Sunday, February 26 from 10 AM to 11 AM Pacific Time (that would be 1 PM to 2 PM Eastern Time) to discuss the situation with Iran. It’s a San Francisco Bay Area radio station, but if you’re interested, you can also listen live at http://www.kpfa.org/home. If you can’t listen at that time, you can also hear an archived version once it’s posted at http://www.kpfa.org/archive/show/58293
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The women, who once appeared strong, now seem diminished, to me.
 
This is fascinating. The differences seem the change the whole piece in subtle ways.
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Eee-yuck!
I think the study is fascinating... and I think it says a lot of how beauty standards have changed over the years... but I agree with Kitten... these lush and lovely women seem to lose power and eros in their skinnier, hollow-thighed forms.. especially since most of them are not all that "plump" even in the originals... Botticelli's Venus has curves.. but compared to some of Ruben's works, she is pretty slim!
Venus has curves. She has a butt worth shaking, and soft curving thighs to welcome her lovers... she is ripe and lush, like fruit hanging from a branch... not like fruit leathers fresh from the dehydrator.
Blessings!
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After a lot of thought about it, I've decided to drop my mythology class. 
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It is an interesting class, but I don't feel confident about taking it right now. I'm going to be needed for OT at work, and with missing one class and then this essay issue... I just don't feel comfortable with taking it right now.
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