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Rowling hits the nail on the head.

There are so many reason why we still need Feminism, apparently even in the west women are going to be dictated to by men about what is and isn't deemed 'appropriate' wear. Apparently we can't handle having our agency and deciding for ourselves!

Apparently, according to conservative commentators, going onto a beach dressed as you have chosen to is "asking for" the police to come and force you to strip off while they point their guns in your face and if you don't like it then you shouldn't object you just shouldn't have the freedom to go to the beach. Oh well here's to freedom women folk!

It's like the fucking Goldilocks of clothing:

This one's wearing too much.

This one's wearing too little.

Ahh and this one is just right (by our standards)

and as long as the women does as she is expected to we won't coerce her into stripping or covering up.

#Rowling #amwriting #burkinifarce
 
Renowned British author J. K. Rowling criticises Sarkozy and ban on Burkini in France:
"So Sarkozy calls the Burkini a 'provocation'. Whether women cover or uncover their bodies, seems we're always 'asking for it'."
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Between the "beach body" stuff and the burkini stuff it's a wonder any woman goes swimming at all...
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One last post and I'm off to bed to word nerd

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This too shall pass - a blessing and a curse adage

The adage sums up the wisdom that all material conditions are transient and is a curse that makes the happy person sad and the blessing of being able to make a sad person happy because all states are temporary.

The root of the adage originate from the writings of the medieval Persian Sufi poets Sanai and Attar of Nishapur. Attar for example writes about the fable of a Persian king who asks his sages to produce a ring that will make him happy. The sages present the king with a ring with the inscription

"this too, shall pass".

When sad it does indeed comfort him, but when happy it also reminds him that it is also only a temporary state.

Today it brings me comfort, because I know that this too shall pass. Everything including my mood today and my existence is only temporary. The way I navigate through the knowledge of my own mortality and the ecstasies and tragedies that befalls us all through life is to remember that this too shall pass. One day some years from now I will be returned to the earth, the universe from whence I came. All my molecules will return to the earth and form with millions of other molecules to create new life. So although I am only transient, I will go on existing forever just not in this form. I find a deep spiritual connection to the earth and the universe in that thought, it reminds me that I am only an insignificant part of something much greater than myself, but a very tiny part of it none the less.

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And it's a pretty cool OK Go song with an awesome video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w
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So what does my holiday suitcase look like when it's X-ray'd?
 
New post: Holiday suitcase of a book lover #cartoon
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I wish they would just give us the ebook copy free with the paper book. That way I could read the book on my reader and also enjoy seeing it on my bookshelf.
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Agree with everything +Dan Thompson says in his original post.

Screw you drama puppies, the world is changing and you're gonna have to change with it. The Hugos are no longer the domain of only white, straight men.

Welcome to the twenty-first century. Take a plate, the buffet is diverse and great.

#Hugo #Hugoawards #amwriting #writing #sadpuppies #rabidpuppies #dramapuppies
 
Hugo Drama

I didn't follow the Hugo drama as closely this year as I did last year, but I was actually at Worldcon this year and just watched most of the Hugo ceremonies. (No, I did not dress up and go. I was tired and watched it on streaming in the comfort of my pajamas back at the hotel.)

But as near as I can tell, it was again a complete repudiation of the drama puppies. (They may prefer "sad" or "rabid", but to me they are "drama puppies.") They had tried a slightly different tactic by including a few sure winners in their slate, but at least one of them (Neil Gaiman) delivered a blistering rebuke to them and their cause. If anything, I think this second attempt at burning down the Hugos caused the membership to embrace diverse minority voices more than ever before.

And I'm fine with that, because Fuck You, drama puppies. You may like some of their books, and that's fine, but IMO their actions have been nothing more than a tantrum by folks who don't like that the world is changing without them. So catch up, or be left behind.

I didn't actually attend any of the business meetings, despite my intention to do so. I had a hard enough time finding my way around the convention center, and everyone said that the business meetings were "across the street", but no one seemed to know which street. Anyway, the scuttlebutt is that the anti-slate-voting EPH+ measure passed for the necessary second year, but I haven't been able to find anything to confirm that.

There was also a second solution called Three-Stage-Voting (3SV) that was going up for its first year as a Plan B in case EPH+ doesn't solve the slate-nomination problem. I haven't heard if it passed, and I have mixed feelings about it. I agree with its intent, but I fear that it is susceptible to being gamed as well as the existing nomination process.

I suppose my only strange regret was that Chuck Tingle did not win. As it should be, his gamed category was given "No Award" (to much applause), but from Tingle's various anti-puppy online statements, I would have loved to hear his acceptance speech which I expect would have Slammed the Puppies in the Butt by My Hugo Acceptance Speech. I guess I'll just have to hope for consolation in his concession statement.
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Nope, Chuck was in a category with a real contender "Cat Pictures, Please". That writer very sweetly mentioned Tingle in her thank-yous.

He has already released his next opus "Slammed in the Butt by my Hugo Loss".

Of the four awards for written work, all went to women. Two of them are black and one's Chinese.

Even most of the straight white men hate these guys -- they're a small group of right-wing nut jobs who are openly racist, sexist, homophobic, gun-loving, and all the other things our pal the Austrian corporal loved.
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Dr Potter or Harry Who??

Crossover heaven...have a blessed & geeky Sunday
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100's of years of 'progress' and women are still being dictated to by men about what they can wear.

The cognitive dissonance in the whole French burkini farce really does expose Western hypocrisy. Can't wait till they start telling nuns to defrock and telling conservative/orthodox Jews they have to strip off. Oh wait that's not going to happen. Apparently they only care about taking away Muslim women's agency if they cover up and all women's personal agency if we dare to wear 'too little'. Absolutely fuming about this. Freedom is not enforced by stripping people of the right to choose. No matter how ridiculous I think religious modesty dress is, it's insulting and paternalism at its condescending best to assume no burkini wearing woman does so by choice so the state coerces them to wear approved clothing.

#burkini #frenchfarce #feminism #atheism #freedom
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I also think the battle for women's rights was lost when they started taking pole dancing lessons instead of gymnastics.

(I don't really think that the battle lost, but I am saddened by that fact)
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I can't imagine a world without both fiction and non fiction books. When I meet a person who says 'I don't really read' I have to stop myself from grabbing them by the shoulders and shaking them bodily until their tiny little brain rattles in their skull, while screaming at them 'What's wrong with you, reading is the greatest gift. Fiction gives you a million other possible lives and non fiction opens your mind to the possibilities of the world we live in here and now'. Instead I calmly say 'really? I love to read'. I try to sound like I have a Zen like calm when I say this but it's not true.

Reading for me has always been both the opportunity for intellectual pursuit and an escape from the anxieties and difficulties of life. For a little while it means I can take a break from adulting and dive into a world where my imagination is fired. A good fiction novel can take you on a roller coaster of ecstasy as you read it and despair when you turn to the last page and read the final sentence. There should be a word for the grief you feel when a good book ends and you can't stand that it has reached it's conclusion.

A good book leaves you fully satisfied and wanting more. So with that in mind, I'm off to bed with my current book and a nice cup of hot tea.

Night night plussers. Sleep well and have exciting, mad, imaginative, crazy dreams. Don't forget to keep a good notepad and pen by your bed so you have something to write them down. Who knows your next dream could form the basis for a fantastic story.

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reading is what helps me to escape a world where people judge for almost everything...It makes those aren't accepted find a family who loves them and cares for them no matter what happens...
reading will always be my first love....
and +Luis Carvalho,+Michelle Cameron
absolutely true ...totally agree...
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Well done Team GB. Fantastic collection of athletes, coaches, managers, organisers, physiotherapists, nutritionists and support teams bringing home the results that we are all exceptionally proud of. You did us proud!

Go team G.B.

#teamGB #Rio2016 #Olympics
 
Great Britain finish above Olympic powerhouse China in second in the medal table at Rio - after beating their London 2012 total.
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This too shall pass - a blessing and a curse

The adage sums up the wisdom that all material conditions are transient and is a curse that makes the happy person sad and the blessing of being able to make a sad person happy because all states are temporary.

The root of the adage originate from the writings of the medieval Persian Sufi poets Sanai and Attar of Nishapur. Attar for example writes about the fable of a Persian king who asks his sages to produce a ring that will make him happy. The sages present the king with a ring with the inscription

"this too, shall pass".

When sad it does indeed comfort him, but when happy it also reminds him that it is also only a temporary state.

Today it brings me comfort, because I know that this too shall pass. Everything including my mood today and my existence is only temporary. The way I navigate through the knowledge of my own mortality and the ecstasies and tragedies that befalls us all through life is to remember that this too shall pass. One day some years from now I will be returned to the earth, the universe from whence I came. All my molecules will return to the earth and form with millions of other molecules to create new life. So although I am only transient, I will go on existing forever just not in this form. I find a deep spiritual connection to the earth and the universe in that thought, it reminds me that I am only an insignificant part of something much greater than myself, but a very tiny part of it none the less.

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Meh is such an insightful word, it's simplicity is betrayed by it's dexterity. If you ask me how I'm am and I say 'meh', I don't need to say anything else to convey the disappointment and apathy I'm feeling at that moment. 'How was the show?' 'meh', that's enough for everyone in the room to know it didn't live up to your expectations.

Of course, although I'm sure it's not made it into the Oxford, English Dictionary - and is most definitely as this point nothing more than a colloquialism - as a modern expression of character motivation I think this would work in a novel. I wonder though in twenty years time or fifty or a hundred years time whether 'Meh' will still have the same instant public recognition of motivation and feeling that it has today? Word meanings change all the time, take the word 'gay', to my Nan's generation it means simply to be happy, carefree and without worry. To my mum's generation, me and probably to my nephew when he's old enough to understand such things, it's an expression of sexuality. Will 'Meh's' meaning have changed? Will it have disappeared into the annuls of history, dusty and forgotten? Someone hand me that TARDIS and let me go find out!

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"Meh" is an awesome word. It has far more meanings than you see at first glance. For instance, I just used it to mean "As far as I can recollect during my brief trip from the front door to the bedroom, the things that might need to be turned off, were. And if they weren't, I give no fucks." And the basic gist of this was conveyed*.























*minus some subtlety, of course, but do I care? Meh.
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V C Willow has always loved to write and read for pleasure. During her teenage years she wrote a lot of poetry but graduated to writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, Epic Fiction, Urban Fantasy and Suspense as she reached her twenties.

She is a geek and comic nerd. A very keen reader, an enthusiastic cook and gardener and loves to craft. She's even been known to get down and dirty and do some DIY.

V.C  live in Manchester, England with her ball of cat fluff, Willow. She is currently writing her début fantasy novel.

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When World Views Clash (and when don’t they?)
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The former prime minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, recently stated in an article in an Australia newspaper: ‘Cultures are not all equal. W

To The Woman And Child Who Sat At Table Nine -
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"I was supposed to politely tell you to please not have your daughter yell. I was supposed to offend you by not offending you…"

a review of The Casual Vacancy
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An excellent creative concept, good character development with a finely drawn narrative that maintained the suspense, however I felt the wri

Why We Remember So Many Things Wrong - The New Yorker
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If we remember dramatic and emotional moments so well, why do most people forget what they were doing when the Challenger exploded?

Sandi Toksvig: Save the Children fired me for being a lesbian | World ne...
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Comedian reveals that charity stopped her hosting anniversary event in 1990s to prevent Princess Anne meeting a lesbian

“Concentrate” and “exterminate”: Israel parliament deputy speaker's Gaza...
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Moshe Feiglin’s plan for Gaza amounts to direct and public incitement to genocide – a punishable crime under the Genocide Convention.

Glass House by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects
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Johannesburg-based studio Nico Van Der Meulen Architects has designed the Glass House project. This impressive two story contemporary home i

Singles
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The Singles is an appropriate look back at one of England's favorite rock acts, Feeder, who has gone on to sell more than three million albu

Ukip suspends councillor who claimed floods were caused by gay marriage
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Ukip councillor David Silvester's suspension comes after new interview in which he says gay people 'can be healed'

Palestinian villages subject to Israeli mock raids not told they are exe...
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Israeli military rejects complaints by Israeli human rights group Yesh Din over 'training' arrests of Arabs and raids on homes

NaNiWriMo
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NaNiWriMo stand for National Novel Writing Month, which has become an international institution over the month of November. In a nutshell: N

Your Timelord Name
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Find your timelord name and begin your adventure! - ShindanMaker (en)

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The internet is a minefield for discussion groups, behind the safety of a computer people are much more likely to put forward forthright and

Sunday Inspiration - Inner conflict
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It's been an interesting week this week and one where I really surprised myself. Previously I would have taken it personally when Mr Levitic

We don't have to agree - why advice on writing is not universal
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Oh writers, how I love and loathe you in equal measure. You may think that's a strange kind of thing to feel about others in your profession

Sunday Inspiration - Vincent
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It's Sunday, a new week is about to begin and that means that it's time for Sunday Inspiration. This week I was feeling introspective and Va

Hey Dumas - No not you Alexander of The Three Musketeers fame
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Yes you Dumb ass, actually its not OK for others to believe the only 'stable, home life' is one between a man and a woman. I'm not a gay man

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