On Waiting

At the Nub photo Nub.jpgThe main portion of this was written after the inauguration in 2009 and was called at that time, Waiting for what comes next. But I've blended that with a short piece called The lessons are waiting from May, 2008 and a relevant poem/graphic from late 2008.

The graphic is entitled, At the Nub.

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The Breakfast Club (FREAK Out)

 
breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgWell, I had hoped for a nice quiet discussion of wave/particle duality again because there are new developments that are worthy of note or perhaps a good chuckle at Homer Simpson predicting the GeV of the Higgs Boson to within experimental error because I'm just a sucker for the intricacies of Quantum Physics, BUT... 

The big news of the day is on the technology front and particularly NSA v. Encryption.

Now I'll take it as a given that you know thanks to Ed Snowden
and Thomas Drake and subsequent public testimony that the NSA is
obsessed as an organization by collecting every communication you have.
 What you may not know is how far back that goal goes and why it
compromises all of our security.

Way back in the days of the Big Dog when all we had to worry our
pretty little heads about was blowjobs and blue dresses the Internet
started gaining steam as a place to buy things.  People were rightly
concerned about personal information and credit card numbers falling
into the hands of thieves (though I'll tell you quite frankly that
you're in much more danger from your food server if you're a bad tipper
because they have plenty of time alone with your card to write down all
your imprint numbers as well as the ones that are just printed which is
sufficient for ruining your credit by telephone, let alone computer).

Anyhow the major Internet Retailers and the companies that served
them started demanding an encryption scheme to bolster public
confidence that it was safe to buy things.  Thus Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

Even this paltry (and believe me it is, though I recommend the study of The Reichenbach Fall because not everything is complicated and mysterious) level of security
was deemed by the NSA "too dangerous for export" so they made an even
weaker one with 40 bits of encryption instead of 128 (too hard, my brain
hurts) for use overseas.

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Then They Came for the N Word

Spark photo spark.jpgHere's another piece from early in 2009. I think it explains clearly why I wrote it, which also shines light on why I first started posting at Daily Kos and how most members first came to notice my presence. There was a coterie of people who were not pleased with that.

The graphic to the left is named Spark.

Although the first portion is written in the first person, it should be obvious that I was not writing about myself.

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The Breakfast Club (Strutting Her Stuff)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.
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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History for March 4

  

 

 

   

Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn in as president, Ronald
Reagan takes responsibility for the Iran-Contra affair, the AAA is born
in 1904.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

(Patti) LaBelle - Lady Marmalade (1975) HD

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

We've collectively decided that putting kids in 3000 pounds of metal traveling at 65 MPH is safe, while letting them walk unsupervised can potentially get them taken away from you and placed in a foster situation. Also known to be safe.

ugh.

Atrios


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Being authentic

Song photo song3y.jpgWhen I established days and times to provide content at certain websites, I have called those submissions "columns."

Having to come up with that content on a weekly basis has not always been easy. Taking a look at the news events of the day sometimes provides a hook. Sometimes a starting point is found in a diary posted by someone else. But sometimes I just have to go with stream-of-consciousness writing and hope that eventually it all makes sense. I've done several of those over the years.

This one was originally created in February of 2009...and was fueled by one stuff going on in my actual life on campus at Bloomfield College in New Jersey.

I've dragged it out here and am sliding it into my Selected Writings of a Transsexual Woman because of the recent flap about Mount Holyoke canceling The Vagina Monologues, saying they are not "trans friendly." I have no doubt that we transpeople will be castigated for that at some point...even though we didn't instigate it.

In early February of 2009, I was preparing to be in a campus production of VM.

The column produced is on the other side.

The graphic above is named Song.

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Trans Stories

Cracks in the Shell photo cracks.jpgThis is another chapter which I selected for my autobiography, for the Selected Writings of a Transsexual Woman part.

Like many of the others, it comes from the end of 2008. It appears in hindsight that my brain was especially fertile towards the end of my 60th year.

The graphic to the left is named Cracks in the Shell.

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happinefs

The following essay was written in 2010. I'm planning to include it in my autobiography as one of my Selected writings of a transsexual woman. Of course, since that book will be text, links and videos will be eliminated, which will, from time to time, require some rewriting.

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The image to the left is entitled Amber Waves.

We all grow up with a vision of what is right and just in this world. Many, if not most, of us grow up with the idea of pursuing "the American Dream". For some that has meant the pursuit, as when it was first enunciated in 1931 by James Truslow Adams, of achieving a "better, richer, and happier life". In his book, The Epic of America, Adams stated it this way:

that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.

Oddly, in view of today's circumstances, Mr. Adams was a banker.

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The Breakfast Club (Foggy Mountain Sandwich)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

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