05/17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

Today is day 137 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Boomtime, Discord 64, 3187 YOLD (discordian)
And let us not forget 13.0.8.9.9 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)

Stop Hate

~~ Stop Hate

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Really, there's a nice long winded holiday and it still forgets to cover non-binary, gender-queer and probably others, besides, of course, all "others".  I quoted Christine Jorgensen last week, old news which should've been dispositive of gender issues and gender related hate and fear:

No one is 100 percent male or female. We all have elements of both male and female in our bodies. I just am more of a woman than I am a man.

Yet, there are and always will be "others".  What about race, color, creed, and all that?  Why not simply stop hate, in all it's manifestations, and why not trace that to its beginning; "othering ".  Many whole categories of people devote great amounts of time and effort to "othering" those not sufficiently like them or not sufficiently to their liking.  Who, exactly, are all those others?  They are, when all is said and done, people. no more and no less.

It is not that I wish to replace days devoted to opposing the numerous various classes of those who are victims of hate and persecution with a single "End Hate" day so much as I desire to see each one used as a springboard and reminder that there is a broader, greater evil, hate, per se, in any and every form.  And what exactly is hate and how can we know it, not merely in others but in ourselves.?  There is almost a cottage industry anymore of claiming that one doesn't hate some person or category or group thereof, but one simply doesn't wish to sell to or buy from or rent to them or have them live next door etc. for ... reasons.  That, quite simply, is hate.  When you wish another ill or harm of any kind, especially if it involves ostracism or boycotting or other overt behavior, then, unless the victim has intentionally harmed one, or threatened to do so, unless there is a bona fide grievance, that animosity and ill wishing can only have one wellspring, hatred.  So let's all just stop it.  Peace and comity are not refraining from wrongful activities and intentions, but affirmative endeavors, so it is time to get to work on it.  So long as TPTB and the opinion makers can keep us at odds with each other,  using the two sided war drum of hate and fear, there will be no peace, happiness nor comity. The other is simply that person in the mirror, oddly familiar but somehow strangely different.  Let them be, they are not a threat.  They don't offend your god(s), though they might offend your priest(s), and if they do, it is quite clear just where the real problem lies.

On this day in history:

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1673 – Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette began exploring the Mississippi River.

1756 – Seven Years' War formally began

1792 – The New York Stock Exchange was formed under the Buttonwood Agreement.

1863 – Rosalía de Castro published Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language.

1865 – The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) was established in Paris.

1900 – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, was first published in the United States.

1902 –Archaeologist Valerios Stais discovered the Antikythera mechanism,

1954 – The US Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in public schools. (Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas)

1969 – Soviet Venera 6 began its descent into the atmosphere of Venus

1973 – Televised hearings on Watergate began in the US Senate .

1974 – Police in Los Angeles raided the Symbionese Liberation Army's headquarters

1980 – General Chun Doo-hwan of South Korea seizes control of the government and declared martial law in order to suppress student demonstrations.

1983 – The U.S. Department of Energy declassified documents showing world's largest mercury pollution event in Oak Ridge, Tennessee  in response to the Appalachian Observer's Freedom of Information Act request.

1987 – An Iraqi fighter jet fired two missiles into the USS Stark, killing 37 crewmen and injuring 21 more

1990 – The World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases

1997 – Laurent Kabila overthrew Mobutu Sese Seko and renamed Zaire  the DRC

2004 – The first legal same-sex marriages in the U.S. were performed in the state of Massachusetts.

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Born this day in:

“While the vaccine discovery was progressive, the joy I felt at the prospect before me of being the instrument destined to take away from the world one of its greatest calamities [smallpox], blended with the fond hope of enjoying independence and domestic peace and happiness, was often so excessive that, in pursuing my favourite subject among the meadows, I have sometimes found myself in a kind of reverie.”

~~  Edward Jenner

1155 – Jien, monk, poet, and historian
1610 – Stefano della Bella, engraver and etcher
1682 – Bartholomew Roberts, pirate
1749 – Edward Jenner, physician and microbiologist
1794 – Anna Brownell Jameson, author
1818 – Ezra Otis Kendall, professor, astronomer and mathematician
1836 – Virginie Loveling, author and poet
1860 – Charlotte Barnum, mathematician and social activist
1866 – Erik Satie, pianist and composer
1873 – Dorothy Richardson, author and journalist
1889 – Alfonso Reyes, author
1893 – Frederick McKinley Jones, nventor and entrepreneur
1895 – Saul Adler, captain and parasitologist
1897 – Odd Hassel, chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1898 – A. J. Casson, painter
1899 – Carmen de Icaza, writer
1912 – Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner, inventor
1919 – Antonio Aguilar, singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and screenwriter
1931 – Marshall Applewhite, religious leader, founded Heaven's Gate 
1931 – Dewey Redman, saxophonist
1938 – Pervis Jackson, singer
1942 – Taj Mahal,  singer, songwriter, and musician
1944 – Jesse Winchester, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer (
1948 – Dick Gaughan, singer, songwriterand guitarist
1949 – Bill Bruford, drummer, songwriter, and producer
1949 – Keith, pop singer
1955 – David Townsend, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1958 – Paul Di'Anno, singer and songwriter
1961 – Enya, singer, songwriter, and producer
1961 – Jamil Azzaoui, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1965 – Trent Reznor, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer
1968 – Dave Abbruzzese, drummer and songwriter
1970 – Jordan Knight, singer, songwriter, and actor
1973 – Josh Homme, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1974 – Andrea Corr, singer, songwriter, pianist, and actress
1976 – Kandi Burruss, singer, songwriter, producer, and actress

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Died this day in:

 “Look at us. We build giant highways and murderously fast cars for killing each other and committing suicide. Instead of bomb shelters we construct gigantic frail glass buildings all over Manhattan at Ground Zero, a thousand feet high, open to the sky, like a woman undressing before an intruder and provoking him to rape her. We ring Russia's borders with missile-launching pads, and then scream that she's threatening us. In all history there's never been a more lurid mass example of the sadist-masochist expression of the thanatos instinct than the present conduct of the United States. The Nazis by comparison were Eagle Scouts.”

~~  Herman Wouk

1510 – Sandro Botticelli,  painter
1626 – Joan Pau Pujol, organist and composer
1643 – Giovanni Picchi, organist and composer
1765 – Alexis Clairaut, mathematician, astronomer, and geophysicist
1996 – Kevin Gilbert, singer, songwriterand producer
1999 – Bruce Fairbairn, rumpet player and producer
2001 – Jacques-Louis Lions, mathematician
2012 – Donna Summer, singer and songwriter
2019 – Herman Wouk, author
2020 – Lucky Peterson, blues singer, keyboardist ,and guitarist

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Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:

National Day Against Homophobia (Canada)
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
World Hypertension Day
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (International)
National Walnut Day
National Cherry Cobbler Day

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Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies Wink

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The need for anti homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and other similar days:

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Eric Satie

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Antonio Aguilar

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Pervis Jackson

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Taj Mahal

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Dick Gaughan

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Bill Bruford

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Enya

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Andrea Corr

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Donna Summer

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Lucky Peterson

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It's an open thread, so do your thing, got it? Below this point this is a public forum, your forum, nothing is off topic, so go for it


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Lookout's picture

why it was so much concern to others (particularly religious types) what happens in others bedrooms. What does it matter to you? Also, there's plenty of problems in heterosexual relation.

I liked your mirror comment. Best to do before criticizing others.

Did you catch President Ilham Aliyev tell the BBC News to "Look in the mirror"? (3-4 min)

Well have a good one. Lots going on in my world. All the best!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout

that myself. It seems like the universal answer would be "what's it to you?" It's all indoctrination, some of which is called education and some of which is called parenting.

Loved that interview and loved the interviewer trying to duck the issue.

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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Seven point five billion each thinking it's special, hum.

The Black Rider is the twelfth studio album by Tom Waits, released in 1993 on Island Records, featuring studio versions of songs Waits wrote for the play The Black Rider, directed by Robert Wilson and co-written by William S. Burroughs. The play is based on the German folktale Der Freischütz by Johann August Apel, which had previously been made into an opera by Carl Maria von Weber. The play premiered on March 31, 1990, at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, Germany. Its world English-language premiere occurred in 1998 at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.

Waits would later collaborate with Wilson on the plays Alice (1992) and Woyzeck (2000), the music to which were released on the albums Alice and Blood Money, respectively.

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Have a good one.

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@smiley7 wow thanks, without the visual I never would have guessed Tom Waits but of course, what a great song I never heard that before now. And Dylan. Okay you made me smiley too with those contributions today, thanks a lot. Good day.

Peace and Love

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@smiley7
a while - hope you're ok. Thanks for the music, Black Rider is new to me. Tom Waits channeling Lotte Lenya vocally, very interesting.

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

"Pics, or it didn't happen." Anyone else remember that saying? It keeps ringing inside my head, so many digital photos I've lost to catastrophic drive failures. Yay technology. Yay boring lectures about backups. Yay. ~shrug~ Easy come easy go. I still have ye crappee olde scanner and yon ancient photographic paper prints. DATE ME with a kodak pocket camera.

Pride Day 1990, First Domestic Partners Initiative passes.

San Francisco
In 1982, Brougham's definition was modified by Supervisor Harry Britt, a gay man appointed to replace Harvey Milk. Britt's version was adopted and passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, but Dianne Feinstein, mayor of San Francisco at the time, came under intense pressure from the Catholic Church and vetoed the bill.[6] In 1989, a domestic partnership law was adopted in San Francisco.[7] However, voters repealed the domestic partnership law by initiative; a modified version was reinstated by another voter initiative, 1990's Proposition K, also written by Britt.[8][9] Currently, the city still offers a domestic partnership status separate and differing in benefits from that offered by the state; city residents can apply for both.[10]

whoop de do
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Market Street, San Francisco
roller blades and madras shirts yeah

My brother on the left, he worked his ass off in San Francisco politics. Fuck DiFi, that was a happy day. HAPPY
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Four years later at Pride Day Santa Rosa, I stood up in public with 39 other queer couples to say vows for something called The Wedding. The oaks we married under are gone now. So is my brother and my marriage but that's life.
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LOVE
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Near the end of my time on this planet what does it matter? "my biology went totally queer, and all I got was this tee shirt" is what my personal life has amounted to after all that activism, a raggedy tee shirt. I can't eat my identity, nobody cares about that. What matters is money, that's my conclusion. I'm wearing fucking rainbow sleeves in that photo 'cause my rich aunt died and left me (and siblings) a fortune. That's gone now too. It sort of kicks my guts to remember how much cash I flushed down the Democrat donation hole, for what now? Shit on the streets, dirty needles and hopelessly homeless poor people. FUCK, just try to forget
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because rainbows! Right? Democrats are still a suicidal death cult, nothing has changed. Have a nice day!
The most pervasive myth that almost everyone believes about Jonestown

Even people who don’t know the story of Jonestown know the phrase it spawned: drinking the Kool-Aid. A tragedy reduced to a derisive catchphrase, reserved for people seemingly too stupid to think for themselves.

It is a comfort, letting us believe we are above what happened to the Jonestown victims. We would never drink the Kool-Aid.

This is the great myth of Jonestown: that only the feeble-minded could be convinced to kill themselves. But the deaths of some 900 people at Jonestown on Nov. 18, 1978 was not mass suicide. It was mass murder.

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FKH8(TM) My activist credentials have all expired, continuing on. I am not voting for Jenner to get rid of Newsom either, speaking of kool-aid. Get a better spokesperson please, and don't make it Ellen mkay? LOL

Happy Phobia Day! giddyup

Peace and Love

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@eyo

The Democrats ran a pretty fair charade there for a while, took a lot of people to the cleaners in a lot of ways. In the end it was all a con, and DiFi is the perfect example.

Jonestown? Kool Aid for 900, please, oh yeah, cigarettes for millions too. You actually can fool an honest person, assuming you find one. Hello? Telegram for Mr. Diogenes!

FKH8(TM) indeed. Thanks for reading

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

@enhydra lutris I was exiting the north side of The Rainbow (nee Waldo) Tunnel when I heard the news about Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone during that year of Kool-Aid. Oy. It is now called The Robin Williams Tunnel, and the Golden Gate Bridge is finally getting its net. I rest my case, bound to the walls of red yarn coincidence, same as it ever was. Progress.

Matthew Shepard Tribute- Melissa Etheridge Scarecrow

Make dirt, not war!
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I think I made a haiku, not sure. I have been watching too much tube, so can hardly count to five or seven, or even remember what a syllable is. Do I have the accent on the right syllable? LOL

the human beings
race to build back better
abattoirs in space

HUGS

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@eyo

could have been pretty much anywhere. I do recall watching a lot of TV that evening and being sufficiently aware of SF politics to be among those who thought "oh yeah, Dan White, figures" and being appalled that White later weaseled out of taking responsibility for his actions. Thanks for the video and hugs back atcha.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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and howdy all!

Hope good birds are finding everyone. That 'Probably Gay' was awesome! GREAT stuff EL! I think I mentioned it before, Keith lived across the street from me on Ave. C. in Redondo Bch. Small world, but I'd hate to have to paint it, especially under the eaves...

oops, biz calls, gotta fly

best all!

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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@dystopian

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

Turns out my conservative Republican county fully accepted her.
Just last year, my lifelong friend, the District attorney, hired a gay woman assistant district attorney.
By that time, nobody commented one way or another.
I have asked homophobes if they thought anybody cared what they did in their bedrooms 30 minutes a week.
They didn't catch the insult.

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@on the cusp

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --