Hallmark jerks tears for Mother's Day

 photo Alex_zpssd4tc1kx.jpgHallmark has a new campaign for Mother's Day, #PutYour HeartToPaper

Alex, a transgender man, begins with this:

My mom is the most light, bright, positive person I have ever met in my life, and that's just how she's always been.

When she hugs me, she really hugs me. And when you get a good hug, that is something that makes you feel safe and loved and she's the only one that has that effect on me.

I've never felt [at] home in my body, and even though I was born a girl, I always felt like I was a boy. And I was afraid to tell her because I thought love would have conditions.

And the unconditional love that she's shown has made me a better person in all of my relationships.

The video is on the other side.

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The Breakfast Club (Walking in the Dark)

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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History June 1

  

 

 

   

The Beatles release their 'Sgt. Pepper' album;
Actress Marilyn Monroe born; CNN hits the airwaves; Mormon leader
Brigham Young born; Blind and deaf author and activist Helen Keller
dies.

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Fleetwood Mac - 'The Chain' Live (The Dance 1997)

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

Helen Keller


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Data diving at Pew

Apparently Pew Research Center didn't want to be left behind in the transgender race, so Sara Kehaulani Goo dug up a survey from 2013 and spelunked in the data contained therein.

The online survey interviewed 1197 self-identified LGBT adults, of which 43 identified as transgender (3.6%). Forty percent of respondents identified as bisexual, 33.2% identified as gay men, and 23.1% were lesbians.

As often happens, all transgender respondents were apparently excluding from the other groups, under the apparent assumption that transgender people do not have sexual orientations.

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GENDA rises again in New York

New York is one of only three states which protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation but not on the basis of gender identity. The other two are Wisconsin and New Hampshire.

Partially that is because too many people believe that the protections afforded to LGB people automagically extend to transgender people. But the law knows what we have have been enunciating for years: sexual orientation and gender are not the same.

Sexual orientation is about who you desire to go to bed with. Gender identity is about who we go to bed as. In other words, sex is between our legs. Gender is between our ears.

Well, once again the state of New York has a chance to remedy their deficiency. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) is once again being brought forward. GENDA has passed the State Assembly seven times over the past decade, but has never passed in the Senate.

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The Breakfast Club ( Louie Louie)

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
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This Day in History

 

 

 

 

Today in History: April 29th

   

 

 

 

    

Rioting hits Los Angeles after four white officers
are acquitted of most charges in beating of Rodney King; Dachau
concentration camp liberated; Jerry Seinfeld born.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

 

The Kingsmen - Louie Louie

   

 

 

 

    

RIP Jack Ely 1943 - 2015

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

It take many a year, mon, and maybe some bloodshed must be, but righteousness someday prevail.

Bob Marley


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Aftermath

One thing the Bruce Jenner interview accomplished for the transgender community that we can point to as perhaps most important was bringing our plight to the forefront of local awareness.

Across the nation local news media determined that they needed to suplement the interview with local interest.

And I can't speak for anyone else, but I've had about a dozen people from past communities in which I have lived ask to friend me on Facebook...mostly people I've either forgotten or never knew in the first place.

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Sunday Train: Variable Renewables and Dispatchable Demand

CAISO renewable energy late April 2015

Much of the focus on the Sunday Train is on electrification of transport, ranging from 2,000 mile hauls of electrified freight through to hopping on an e-bike to pick up some groceries. And spending this school year mostly living and working in Beijing brings many of the possibilities to life ... from riding the subway to get to the Sanlitun district for Texas BBQ, to seeing an electric freight train passing on a line overhead as the bus we were riding for our school spring outing last Saturday was bogged down in Beijing traffic, to seeing the electric delivery tricycle used by the pizza delivery from Woudaokou for the neighbor down the haul who seems to live in delivered pizza and Indian food.

But the efficiency gains of electric traction are only half of the story for sustainable transport, since its not fully sustainable unless that electricity is generated in a sustainable way.

And when following online discussion of renewable energy at the Energy Collective, which attracts both advocates for and detractors of investment in renewable energy resources, a perennial source of ammunition for attacks on renewable energy are the challenges of meeting demand for electricity with the harvest of a variable source of energy that is available on its own schedule, and not ours.

This is a topic I have touched on before (cf , ), Inspired by the article at the Energy Collective: Will Natural Gas Peaker Plants Become Obsolete?, I am coming back to today. What I want to focus on today is the opportunities offered by dispatchable demand for better integration of variable renewable energy. And I would be happy if you would join me to discuss this topic (or any other topic involving sustainable transport), below the fold.

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The Breakfast Club (Pop Music)

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The morning after

The Interview last night was...not a disaster. There was some doubt about that running up to the occasion.

But Bruce did okay, for the most part. I mean, I could have written some of the words she used. In fact, I did write some of them, as you could find in my autobiographical pieces I shared over the first ten weeks of this year.

I'm not claiming that Jenner used my writings inappropriately...or even that she read them. It is the case that many of us transgender people analyze the experience and progression of our lives in similar ways, so it is not surprising that we might use some of the same words.

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