I do love a few of them very much but the rest remind me of the differences at the core level between our two views on politics & government.

The subject line read: If you think health care is expensive now...

"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." --George Bernard Shaw

Read more... )Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you. --Pericles (430 B.C.)

"No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session." --Mark Twain (1866)
"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But, I repeat myself." --Mark Twain

"Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it."

Read more... )"What this country needs are more unemployed politicians." --Edward Langley

"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators." --P.J. O'Rourke

"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner." --James Bovard (1994)
Since I included the subject line I feel I'm intitled to respond to it: the US has the highest cost of health care (per person) of ALL industrialized countries, by a long shot and it is the ONLY industralized country without public health care. I now leave conservatives to do the math. And yes, I pointed that out ot my mother. Gutsy or foolish?
I am now smartserve certified. I wrote and told my sister about it and how it made me realise I needed to redo my long expired St-John's certification. She informed me of the following:

You should definitely update the saint john's certification. A lot of things have changed. In practice, non medical related personel are not longer required to check for "normal" breath sounds. CPR now starts with 30 compressions (used to be 15), THAN 2 breaths (used to be breaths first). That's just the major changes. Lots of subtleties. None of this means your odds are better of surviving cardiac arrest, but it's a start.*

*she's an intern becoming an ER doc.

random things about strained ankles )I brilliantly got rid of all 7 tenser bandages I had after chest surgery.

I haven't had a painkiller in my home in over 6 years. I donated the percoset I had prescribed post-chest surgery to a friend going in for her orchitectomy. I'm considering asking someone to bring me some ibuprofen. ETA:  [livejournal.com profile] indigoboyca  came with an ankle brace, a tenser bandage (for night time) and ibuprofen! I feel so spoiled by my friends.
These 2 quotes are about sociologist/ethnographer Pierre Bordieu, one of my academic crushes.  The first one is about class and the second on society and hyerarchy. The man is challenging me to rethink of the relationship between objectivity and subjectivity, post-modernism and post-structuralism.

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the reinforcing rather than mutually exclusive relationship between assurance and insecurity )
[livejournal.com profile] femmejenn  joked earlier that if I move (back) to Europe for a while upon my return I would find out that Turtle Island swam away to smite me. The play on the 1st Nations name for this continent lead to a discussion on the origins of continental names. However, I quickly realised I didn't know the etymology of all the continental names (heck, I don't even know all the different names for the continents). Here's what a horrificly shady research tells me:

toponomy and continent )
America is named after Amerigo who was named after Saint Emeric of Hungary )
turtle island )
Arctic come from the word "Arktikos" which comes from Arktos, the Greek name for the constellation of the Great Bear Ursa Major, visible only in the Northern Hemisphere.

Antartica got it's name from the Greek word "antarktikos". The word antarktikos, is a combination of the Greek words "anti" and "arktikos", which means "opposite the Arctic".

The word Australia is derived from the Latin word "Australis", meaning of the South.

Europe & Asia )Africa )
I have evidently just finished eaten something past its due date. My digestive system would like to know if it would be innapropriate cultural appropriation to request Hara Kiri. Doing a little more research on that, evidently it would be. Rather unfortunate at the moment.
Have you ever had an otherwise brilliant idea if it wasn't for the fact that actually acting on it scares the living daylights out of you?

In this particular case, I'm referring to handing in a CD of original melodies and poetry instead of an essay but I hope people will answer the above question from a broader set of possibilities.

I'm sending my prof an e-mail to pose her the question.
Beatrice went to her first and last grooming appointment today. Nuff typed.
tyresias: (simpson)

Today children in Timor-Leste (East Timor) are among the most disadvantaged in the world. Almost half are undernourished, 12 per cent do not reach their fifth birthday and only one in five attends secondary school (UNDP HDR 2004). (To find out more check out www.alolafoundation.org, www.etan.org or www.oxfam.org.au/easttimor.)

If you are an adult of “average”* weight, here’s what you do in 24 hours:
*average was not specified anywhere, I dare not speculate 

Your heart beats 103, 689 times
Your blood travels 168,000 miles
You breathe 23, 040 times
You inhale 438 cubic feet of air
You lose in weight 7.8 pounds of waste
You perspire 1.43 pints of moisture
Your nails grow 0.00046 inches
Your hair grows 0.1717 inches
You exercise 7,000,000 brain cells

I get to pick all the topics I want to address during a forthcoming documentary but one, which is mandatory. Thomas Beatie. Phonetically, it sounded funny to me to refer to him as "enceint" because I've never heard the masculin version of the word pregnant in French before today.

A camel's hair brush is made of squirrel fur.

The ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’ but for ‘and’ in civil proceedings.

The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.

The sound that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. Any cup-shaped object placed over the ear produces the same effect.


Snipet from a disabled manifesto )

Originally, creoles were, of course, white Europeans born in the colonies, or those Europeans who had lived so long in the colonial setting, that they acquired many “native” characteristics and were thought by their European peers to have forgotten how to be “proper” Englishmen and Frenchmen. Shortly thereafter, the term cam also to be applied to black slaves.

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I who have cursed
The drunken officer of British rule, how choose
Between this Africa and the English tongue I love?
Betray them both, or give back what they give?
How can I face such slaughter and be cool?
How can I turn from Africa and live?

this section on Rastafarianism )


Nov. 20th, 2008 05:47 pm
The commissioner wrote to me personally.
2 days later.

I mean... I figured it'd be someone from his office that would do the follow up. At some point in the future.
That is accountability and service. Wow...

That man has won a special place in my heart.

So... I had been daydreaming about this yesterday and figured I should ask for a French speaking GP and a French speaking psych to know everything they would need to start a trans person on HRT and recommend them to surgeons for surgeries. I'd be happy to do part of the training, I'll offer that. I mean, I thought I was daydreaming in fantasy land but this guy just blew my mind so now I'm thinking it'd actually be doable.

I'm linking this here for personal/academic use later but I thought others might be interested in it. It's an article on the federal government under funding 1st Nations schools across the country, with a focus on a case in New Brunswick where a school had mould problems, was shut down and the kids continued to be taught in temporary quarters that do not include a gym, a cafeteria or a library despite a 2000 report explaining what needed to be done to resolve the situation.
tyresias: (simpson)
The common myth is false, hair and nails dos not keep growing after one dies. But it can look like it because the body begins to dry out between 12 and 18 hours after death causing many parts of the body to shrink.
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Before I go into this week's quote selection )

 The Four Seasons

Like spring, I treat my comrades warmly.
Like summer, I am full of ardor for my revolutionary work.
I eliminate my individualism as an autumn gale sweeps away fallen leaves,
And to the class enemy, I am cruel and ruthless like harsh winter.
-Lei Feng

‘Narcissism’ originated as a term of clinical description, having been chosen by Paul Näcke in 1899 to define that form of behaviour whereby an individual treats his own body in the same way in which he might treat that of any other sexual object, by looking at it, stroking it and caressing it with sexual pleasure until by these acts he achieves full gratification. In this formulation the term ‘narcissism’ means a perversion that has swallowed up the entire sexual life of the individual, and consequently entails the same expectations that we would bring to the study of any other perversion.

Good ol' Freud )


on homeless bodies )

           Excluded from the public places that make up the city, the homeless exist in a perpetual state of movement… “It is the coming day, not the hour of expulsion, that brings the torment and exhaustion. By day, most cities and municipalities tolerate the homeless people who live on their streets only as long as they are in motion…. Homeless people with nowhere to go are often forced to spend their day getting there. Walking, remaining upright, and endlessly waiting become all-consuming tasks, full-time work”. Paradoxically, the homeless are forced into constant motion not because they are going somewhere, but because they have nowhere to go. Going nowhere is simultaneously being nowhere; homelessness is not only being without home, but more generally without place.
-Samira Kawash

Psychoanalysts, postmodernists, and feminists have contributed to the undermining of the foundations of Western thought. There are also ambivalent about and partially complicit with it. Psychoanalysts call into question the autonomy of reason, the equation of consciousness and mind, and the unity and stability of the self. They emphasize the existence and partial autonomy of an inner world pervaded by desire and fantasy. This inner world has unconscious and uncontrollable effects on other aspects of human subjectivity such as thought. Postmodernists compose more complex and less hopeful stories about the relationships between knowledge, power, history and subjectivity.  Feminist theorists argue that ideas about knowledge are dependent upon and made plausible by the existence of specific sets of social relations, including gender.
Read more... )From a feminist viewpoint it appears (at best) quite odd that many postmodernists are unaware of the problems in their approach to gender. They are emphatic in their claims that the subject is a thoroughly constituted but not a constituting being. However, writers such as Derrida appear to adopt a voluntaristic (indeed almost free-will) approach to gender identity.If subjectivity is constituted by pregiven categories like masculine and feminine, no individual subject can escape the effects of these categories any more than she or he could speak a private language. Unless the entire discursive field (and each subject's unconscious) is changed, these categories will continue to generate particular forms of subjectivity beyond the control of individuals, no matter how freely the subject believes she or he is playing with them.
-Jane Flax

The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you need to express a thought.

Police dogs in North America are trained to react to commands in a foreign language; commonly German but more recently Hungarian.

Karaoke means "empty orchestra" in Japanese. (kara = empty & oke is short for o-kesutora = orchestra)

The word "nerd" is said to have been first coined by Dr. Seuss in "If I Ran the Zoo."

"Goodbye" came from "God bye" which came from "God be with you."

St. Stephen is the patron saint of bricklayers.

The surface area of an average-sized brick is 79 cm squared.

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet (2 m) away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush. Alternatively, this blogger points out, you can close the lid to the bowl before flushing. I recognize this alternative will not be possible when I get a urinal. Oh yes, I will have one after I get urethral hook up.

Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.


Why I'm doing this )

In any case, recent appreciation for transcribing some of my readings has prompted me to do a weekly post of other quotes. I hope this will lead to dialogue within the simultaneously safer and colder realities of this virtual world. None of the quotes in this week's selection are longer than a page single paced but all of them combined will take more than 2 minutes to read. Read those that engage you in full, skip over others. They may or may not be related to any others. Comment on those that spoke to you, made you reflect or on those that disengaged you quickly, with why if you prefer. I will challenge myself not to offer my thoughts on any within the post. My bias will still be evident to the critical eye noticing what I do and don't quote, how much I quote, etc. and I will do my best to be accountable when shortcomings are shown to me.

d�finition de la communaut� francophone )


Same quote as above but in English - about defining what francophone community is )

 LJ ate the original descriptor of the below quote. Redefining "the West" as it has been experienced by an Indian emigrant.

Redefining  )


Reconnecting mental health to the body and challenging the foundation of why mental  )


How one Native American learnt about himself and revisited his sexuality by partaking in community action )


A psychiatrist refuses the construction of his blackness imposed by white supremacy (translated into English) )


One academic offers a critical way to reconsider the above quote )

To Whom It May Concern:
I am not what I have tried to be!
Will I ever be able to write a few words correctly?
Will I ever learn not to misspell words?
No. Never. I am a cobbler.
-John Petracca

the poet's grand-daughter's take on the poem and repositioning working class knowledge more generally within an academic frame )
I have been inspired by  [livejournal.com profile] madknits  for a while now to restructure my blogging with certain days of the week having specific themes/content as his blog does. He has a delightful weekly post entitled Thursday Randomocity and I have decided I will follow suit. Mine is likely to contain less random things about me than his does about him but the spirit is the same. However, I have been at a lost for coming up with an equally snazzy title. Suggestions?

Mario, of Super Mario Bros. fame, appeared in the 1981 arcade game, Donkey Kong. His original name was Jumpman, but a failure to accurately translate this from Japanese to English resulted in a decision to change his name to Mario to honor the landlord of Nintendo of America's office, Mario Segali.

My favourite herb is thyme. I add it to a myriad of dishes.

Each of the suits on a deck of cards represents the four major pillars of the economy in the middle ages: heart represented the Church, spades represented the military, clubs represented agriculture, and diamonds represented the merchant class

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Unrelated to the rest of the entry, I called Brassard's office )Why do we have such an absurd need for a solid, deep-rooted, robust, and pink-cheeked identity, a peasant identity anchored for centuries to the same land? Why not embrace an empty self? I have no roots. It's a fact .... I am a crowd, a one-woman march, procession, parade, masquerade .... To be a crowd, what a marvelous gift!
-Alicia Dujovne Ortiz

My latest rant on the tired topic )

The following excerpts are from "Beyond the Pale": Rearticulating U.S. Jewish Whiteness by Caren Kaplan. It was written in the 1990's and although it is US-centric this author is one of the most aware ones I've come across who does locate her experience and theories with an awareness for the rest of the globe (not just Europe or Canada).
Internalized anti-semitism? Insufficient ethnic identification? Classism? Racism? The list of possible crimes again "my people" is as long as my propensity for self-flagellation can support. Betrayal is at the end of the road for such a journey away from home base. But what is "home base" in the current climate of identity politics in the United States, when so many subjects express contradictory, ambivalent, or multiple affiliations? Between the demand for singular adherence to a modern identity script and the homogenization of assimilation there lies a zone that could be described as "beyond the Pale." The literal meaning of pale is a stake driven into the ground to mark a boundary. The word also connotes a limit of restriction. Thus, to be beyond the pale suggests a transgression, a movement beyond the boundaries of civilization, beyond the reach of a community or collective sense of values and identities. [...]
No one is free of the burden of definition in a political society that operates through rights claims that assert an intrinsic quality of identity. This aspect of the liberal, democratic state plaques the feminist theorist who adheres both to post-structuralist concepts of the social construction of categories and to activist agendas for social change. But some categories are less marked by ambiguity or angst for me than others and that can't be accidental. Rather, such certainties and uncertainties can be read as maps of power, privilege, and discrimination inscribed on the body as each person's social text. In my own case, it is my understanding of myself as a Jew that tends to throw the limits of identity politics into sharp relief .... I have experienced the cognitive, if not political, dissonance of access to the privileges of whiteness accompanied by the threat of racist violence and discrimination expressed as anti-semitism. It's confusing but instructive. Such points of complication can serve as sites of investigation: they are the signs of ideology at work. [...]
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part 1 of a poem )part 2 of an unrelated poem )Bits from this week's reading on the politics of resistance and marginality )Moreover, while Canada may have come to oppose slavery, it did not do so in an antiracist context. Escaped slaves were welcomed into Canada not just for benevolence's sake but as cheap labor. After slaves were emancipated in the United States, Canadians encouraged blacks to relocate there. And after emancipation many blacks voluntarily left Canada for the United States, not only to return to kin but also to flee Canadian racism.
[...]Read more... )By extension, blacks outside of the United States are often on some level in contention with black America, whether they wish it or not. As many have observed, black subjects globally are affected by African American poiltical and civil rights struggles, as well as by other widely circulating African American discursive technologies and cultural forms, such as literature, scholarship, music, dance, fashion, and so on. This is especially the case in nearby Canada even though Canada is almost always overlooked within the writings that make this type of argument.
Read more... )Blackness is seen as American, while Canada's foremost national bond, according to countless polls, is a collective sense of self as un-American. When the most notorious "invisible empire," the Ku Klux Klan, was established in Canada in the 1920s, anti-Americanness was part of its platform.
And yet, this same multiculturalism fosters perceptions of blacks as having non-Canadian origins, a form of displacement, alienation, and expatriation (or repatriation) from the imagined community that is Canada. In the United States this type of association is uncommon for blacks and more common for, say, Asian Americans, who are often treated as recent immigrants, for instance, being complimented on their English, even if their Americanness extends back many generations.
It is the same logic that has prompted some to note that blackness, unqualified, is often coded as American. The anthropologist Michel Rolph Trouillot, for instance, conjectures that "the U.S. monopoly on both blackness and racism [is] itself a racist plot" (1995: 71). The politics of place, the issue of geopolitics, is every bit as consequential an aspect of identity as race, class, gender, and sexuality.
A conclusion of sorts )

In Canadian news, a party leader apologises for having never smoked marijuana.
The leader of Canada's Green Party, unveiling an election platform that includes a proposal to legalize marijuana, apologized on Wednesday for not having smoked pot. "I am not a fan of marijuana use. I have to confess this -- I know all politicians are asked. I've never used marijuana. I apologize," said Elizabeth May
I may just have to vote Green. By the by, I'm like her. I've not smoked weed 'cause it took a long time just to stop feeling nautious at the smell of it but I do think it should be legalized already. Though reasons I would vote Green also include hating the Liberal candidate for my riding and feeling no need to vote Liberal in some undemocratic hope that the Conservative don't get a majority.
In conclusion: my love for Canada has been growing every day in the last while. I thought I already loved it as much as I could. Thank goodness I was wrong.

I'm tempted to say that I want to marry the man who wrote the majority of the texts in my Tuesday course reader.

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For years now I have had this gut instinct that nomadic folks get the short end of the leash held by sedentary people. And I've been trying to make sense of my particular relationship to languages due to all the movement in my life and that of my family. And been trying to conceive of what this means for entire groups of people with nomadic histories and ongoing realities. I've done what I can do explain this in discussing relating to Roma people in Europe but it's been primarily met with defensive backlash that I've smoked one too many to include nomadism in conceptions of citizenship, race discussions, linguistic/cultural dialogues, etc...

Un tel acquis n'est possible toutefois que dans la mesure où ces communautés de langues minoritaires sont réellement en mesure d'exercer des rapports de force dans l'arène politique, ce qui exclu dans les dictatures (les communautés catalonophones, bascophones ou galliciennes dans l'Espange franquiste) ou ce qui est extrêmement difficile pour les communautés dont la sédentarisation n'est pas attestée sur les bases historiques anciennes (dans l'Union européenne: yiddish, rom, berbères, kurdes, etc.).
-Normand Labrie, Stratégies politiques de reproduction sociale pour les communautés de langues minoritaires (emphasis my own) Je ne suis pas fou. And now I rush to therapy.



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