Thursday, August 31, 2017

Rants and Fire Ants

Hi.

I seem to have forgotten how to write on any kind of predictable basis. I really do need to try and get back to some kind of schedule, for my own sanity if not for the benefit of my millions of readers.

Millions.

Heh.

I'm hilarious.

Anyway, there is so much stuff that I want to rant about, but my Facebook posts have already been long as hell this week, so I'm just going to put it all here. And I probably won't even bother editing this once I post it because 1) I'm busy, 2) I don't care, 3) rage typing tends to work well for me generally.

WARE PEDDLERS
First, if someone you are friends with on social media posts a status expressing frustration with the things going on in their lives, DO NOT TRY TO SELL THEM SHIT. Seriously. Don't. Do. It. I get it, really I do...this shake or wrap or oil or bottle of unicorn tears has changed your life, made your skin clear, helped you lose weight, brought you closer to your partner, made you rich, changed your outlook on life. Great. I'm super duper happy for you. Really, I am. And...ordinarily, I might even buy some of your shit because I am an optimist that way at times (I know this comes as a shock to some of you...)

But. And here's the really big BUT, don't fucking try to push your wares on your friends when they are just venting to the universe. Don't. It would be way more helpful if you offered to help instead of trying to get them to buy something they almost certainly don't need to begin with.

Stahp.

NATURAL DISASTERS, ASSHOLES AND FAKE LINKS
What is it about a natural disaster??? They seem to somehow bring out the best and worst in people.

I'll save myself the typing and just cut and paste the thing I wrote on my own personal wall yesterday.

The "why didn't people leave", "they're endangering first responders", "they're selfish for staying" crowd...some knowledge coming your way.
First, evacuation orders weren't largely issued, and even if they had been it is a densely populated area. Many of those they've already found dead were in cars. Trying to leave.
Second, there weren't many who anticipated the strength of this storm. Some meteorologists did, but we live in times where people disregard science. Do with that truth what you will.
Third, people did not leave for a multitude of reasons.
- money, to leave, for gas and housing and food
- disability or the need to care for a loved one
- lack of transportation
- not having anywhere to go
- jobs that threaten to fire those who don't show up for work
- insufficient notice
- lack of the availability of public transit or buses to evacuate large groups of people
- pets
Leaving is a privilege.
Leaving is a privilege.
Leaving is a privilege.
Natural disasters disproportionately impact the poor, communities of color, the sick and the elderly.
But sure, muse about what people "should" have done....

I said what I meant and I meant what I said. 

Joel Osteen is a charlatan. Do not come to my page trying to defend this guy who has made himself rich off of the faith of people who gave him a TON of money so that he could claim he was sitting around waiting for officials to ask him for help. I have seen pastors wading through water to check cars and lines of people with boats helping and know personally of individuals taking in entire families who've lost everything, so don't even go there. 

I also don't want to hear the "don't make this tragedy political" bullshit. It's 20-fucking-17 and EVERYTHING is political right now. Relevant to this particular situation, the funding of FEMA and the National Weather Service, the distrust in media fed by the POTUS, the fact that the chemical plant that literally was exploding this morning just had their regulations loosened by the new administration. All relevant. 

Your great and powerful leader was boasting about the size of the crowd when he went to Texas too, and BTW Obama wasn't President during Katrina, but he somehow actually met with victims, which Trump never did. Truth. Ahhh, it's a thing.

Oh, and there are islands of fire ants now. Also a thing. 

FOOTBALL
Yay. Football season. Sports!

I used to like football. Now, I'm just done. 

I've sided with Kaepernick this whole damn time. 

Even Aaron Rodgers said this week that he knows that Colin Kaepernick should be on a roster, and the only reason he isn't is related to his protests, not his abilities on the field. 

For a second, I wanted to slow clap.

Then I read the rest of what he said, (which I'm paraphrasing because I don't want to look up the actual quotes) something to the effect that he understood the reason for the protest and supported it but he would still be standing and saluting the flag because he loves his country and it isn't his fight.

NOPE.

You lost me there, white man.

It's absolutely not the responsibility of the oppressed group to solely advocate for their freedom and rights and equality while those enjoying the privileges stand back, hand on heart, glowing with pride at their nation. You need to use the privilege of the position you occupy not just in society as a rich white man, but as a quarterback in the same league and one of his only peers in a tiny little microcosm of the universe, to advocate for that same thing he is advocating. You say you get it and support him? Do it.

Aaron, dude...this is your fight too, and the sooner you realize that, the sooner we can get this shit over with and the sooner things might actually get better. 

Same goes for all us white people. 

FFS.

SPEAKING OF RACISM...

What in the actual fuck is happening?

I sincerely hope that whoever is out there reading this right now intends to open a dialogue with their police departments about this issue if you haven't already done so.

And I hope that the most because of the autopsy report that was just released on Charleena Lyle yesterday. My god. 

She had a well known history of mental health issues, documented and known information among police. 

She was pregnant.

She was home with her children.

She called police, afraid and needing help, believing that there was an intruder trying to get into her home.

She was shot seven times. One of those bullets pierced her uterus and the child in her womb. She and her baby died in front of her children, her life taken by the people she called to help her.

If there is any part of you that wants to even begin to defend what happened here, get out of my life. Now. Before you leave, though, re-read the prior pieces of information about how she died. 

Don't pretend to care about the unborn, about all lives mattering, about women and children, about those who need better access to mental health care in this country if you are going to dissect this case in any way and try to come to the defense of the men who ended her life. Do not.

Please, I beg you. Rise up and fight these injustices. If you aren't sure where to start, my friends at Safety Pin Box will be more than happy to help you.

#charleenalyle
#sayhername
#blacklivesmatter

1 comment:

  1. Written with the kind of honesty and integrity that makes a difference in today's world! I had to share it on my page too. So important for everyone to be aware the actions of others affect all of us in one way or another. Sometimes it's hard to read these points, mostly because we have to face the ugly truths about ourselves. It's totally necessary to be reminded! Never stop being a part of our conscience.

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