Scrapyard Salvage

I wandered into an interesting thought this morning while casually simulating aspects of a major collapse of human civilization in my head (as one does): Normally, these days, when we get to talking about alternatives to available psychopharmaceutical tools for treating mental illnesses and related issues, it can very quickly slide into ableist suggestions that the alternatives are of course superior and should be used instead or at least the consideration of those tools should …

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We Need to Define Ourselves Before We Can Declare Treason

https://www.theroot.com/im-just-getting-cornered-by-30-40-people-a-trump-mob-1846012397 https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2021/01/inaction-capitol-police-was-design/617590/ https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/01/multiracial-democracy-55-years-old-will-it-survive/617585/ Was a Noose Hung Across from the US Capitol? If you look over those four articles, what you’re looking at is a clearer picture of what motivated the insurrection that happened this week. If you’re tempted to say, “This isn’t America, we’re better than this.” Please stop just right there and listen a second. We want better than this, many of us. Our history tells a very different story. If you’re tempted …

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I Hate Everything

“I hate everything.” That’s an over generalization, simplicication, and dead accurate. “I love everything.” Almost true. Exuberant. Actually close to reality. Experiantially far from truthful in a minute by minute relation. Elsewhere some of us out here describe a relationship between suicidal ideation (wanting to opt out of living and having concrete plans towards that end) and treading water. Not malapropos for many. Atypical? Perhaps, uncommon? Unlikely. Foreign? Nah. Paradoxically reinforced during this pandemic. I …

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Whiteness is a Hell of a Drug, part MMMDCCXCVII

I really, really want to cheer when women take the podium and start to speak about our need for bodily autonomy. It is something dear to me, especially as a trans woman, it means a hell of a lot, and there’s an overlapping core of law to it that forms a sinewy thread between abortion and birth control rights (for everyone who is capable of carrying a child or potentially even at risk for being …

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Civility

So. We are sometimes, now, asked for civility. Do you know what real civility looks like? I’m reminded of the model of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The acknowledgment that in order to have reconciliation, we must first have truth. Right now? We do not have truth. Calls for civility come from people who often in the same breath lie. And not mere lies, but the disingenuous mocking of even the act of concealment of …

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When

When We have had evidence for approximately four decades that we are burning so much of our world that we threaten our own human ability to thrive on this world. We made unsteady and reluctant changes, while corporations who wish to continue to profit from the burning of fires sought to bury the knowledge. So successful were they that they no longer need to act directly. Legions are convinced of the lies. Coincidentally, approximately four …

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