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This weekend marks the first Pride parade in Uganda, where homosexuality carries the death penalty. You think you're a badass? Not compared to these people.

Flush that champagne out of your system and get back out there, people. We are not even close to being done here. 

Picture from the advocate.com 
“the amount of courage these people have is so inspiring”
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+Anne Faye ah, indeed, googling reveals last year was their first, but this pic wasn't in the Advocate with the article on that, this pic may be of the second year (2015). Regardless. Dangerous to be yourself some days. 
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White supremacy isn't just overt violence. It can be the idea that one culture must assimilate to be like another to "fit in", or the idea that "white" is the default setting for "American." Participation in the culture of white supremacy may be as innocent as following local traditions, telling an off-color joke, or attending school. Even if we don't mean to, we white people perpetuate it when we don't question it and attempt to clean our own house.
This is on us, and will continue to be on us. 
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My poor ouchied roses are trying their best. I am content. 
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ZOMBIES COMING UP THE HILL RIGHT NOW
YOU AIN'T GOT TIME TO SMOKE A BOWL
PRESS A MOTHERFUCKER PRESS A
NO TIME TO RELOAD, WE DID THAT SHIT FOR YOU

#mydayjob #maysucks 
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Source for the clueless like me:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=HZsDUSxK5Fs

NSFW due to language.

Betcha miss KH2 now, huh!
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These little guys need to crash with you. All our bottle baby homes are full and we desperately need kitten fosters. We're holding an emergency training at 6:00 PM on Wednesday at our Milpitas ACC at 901 Ames Ave. Fostering kittens is a very real, very direct way to save lives - and it's like renting adorable-ness. www.hssv.org/foster
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Holy schlamoly, an update to the Beeton Blog of Needlework!
Trying new things to get this old thing off the ground-- first, I'm doing a lot more writing about fiber arts in general for my work with the Geek Girl Crafts podcast and zine, which has given me a great deal more confidence ...
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Also, I am SO sorry about the gray on black text of the previous blog. Fixed for readability, less resemblance of Geocities.
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Kitty Pride. #caturday 
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My kid's Felici socks have been through hell and back, which is what convinced me to get a bunch more of that yarn.  Fortunately, the designers were in a purple phase at the time.  :-)

Speaking of purples, Chroma Lupin is gorgeous.... maybe a skinny scarf to go with all those purple socks I have in the offing!
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Today, I mute all-caps, high-contrast-colored, text dump manifestos. They make my eyes ache, especially after the third or fourth reshare. 
This humor might work for some of you but graphics folks are a tetchy sort.
  #kerning   #fonts     
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Whyyyyy does Goog not consolidate photo posts? Show me the damn photo once, and text/comments in one clump. You know it's the same photo, Goog.
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A piece of history and a glimpse into women's life in wartime.
Keep him safe...
He'll be warm in...

All of the patterns have been restored and some are quite serviceable now: spiral socks are great for charity or knitting for kids, since there are no heels to fit to a specific user, or to wear out.

Thanks to Free Vintage Knitting for putting this all up by Memorial Day.

To thank our vets for their service, go to Knit Your Bit at the WWII museum. Learn about the nationwide effort in both world wars, and consider making something for our VA groups.
http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/knit-your-bit/

To send thank you scarves to our current troops, or other projects like paracord bracelets or sewn Cool-Tie bandanas, Operation Gratitude has you covered. https://opgrat.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/scarves-for-troops/
Crew Neck Pullover, Plain Gloves and Scarf, Helmet, Mittens, Sleeveless V-Neck Pullover, Square Neck Pullover and Cap, Sleeveless High-Neck Pullover, Trigger Gloves, Plain Sock, Spiral Sock, V-Neck Pullover, Round or Turtle Neck Pullover, Marksman Gloves, Chest Protector. Knitting Patterns: ...
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Though it is inconvenient to have to unzip them to blow your nose. (paraphrase from The Bickersons, an old radio comedy starring Frances Langford and Don Ameche that makes our sensibilities today rock and weep in the corner, but makes me laugh anyway)
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When you saw "The Hunger Games," who did you root for? Katniss and her beleaguered community? Or people in the Capitol wearing pink eyelashes and obliviously eating until they vomited while the people in other districts starved? I'm going to assume the former because the movie makes it clear: The government is oppressing the people in District Twelve, and we are supposed to cheer for them as they attempt to overthrow a structure that is unfair to them.

Ok, next question: When you saw the protests in Baltimore, who did you feel for? Because if what you did was look down on the protestors for disturbing the peace, break out the rainbow wigs and sparkle mascara because you might be from the Capitol.

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Ignorance is no longer an excuse. The Internet is full of articles about wealth and opportunity disparities found in the United States. The only question left to ask yourself is, are you so invested in the status quo that you will look down on the people who are suffering the most? Or will you have at least as much empathy for them as you would a character in a movie?
The uprising in Baltimore is ultimately a response to racism. To suggest otherwise is victim blaming.
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I found the Capitol an oddly straight culture in the books for such a faboo decor, so I think I'm going with "analogy that movie goers will get about decadence" and not an actual slam on real people and experience.  
HEAR ME NOW: CHILL OUT ABOUT THIS. NO FURTHER DERAILING AQUI. You gotta problem with the analogy, you got your own thread, have a party.
 Let's talk about Baltimore and what we can do to make things more equitable.
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My mini roses are having a hard time. I pruned them after their miserable dry winter, and they bounced back, only to have bugs latch on. I've done a couple of applications of organic fungicide and insecticide, but they've got rust, I think, not familiar with this particular presentation of the disease. Is this just what I should expect from minis, particularly the mutts I buy from trader Joes? I just feel sorry for the valentine's pots, it's like trying to ignore a puppy mill.

Rust remedies, anyone? Nothing poisonous to kitties, please. 
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and in truth mini roses are just hard to keep going for an extended period. so little root, so hot housed at the start... they're nearly a long-lived cut flower IME. (I used to try really hard to keep them going, but no longer). They do like outdoors and sun. Sorry not to be more enthused, I've just been there, etc. :-) Luck!
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