Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cards Against Humanity For Humanity

CAH is already beyond cool for so many reasons, like using their expansion packs for scholarships and other fundraisers, making the game available to download and print yourself as a money saver option, and trolling the hell out of heinous jerks like Ammon Bundy & His Cast Of Idiots. But they have another point of cool that you may not get to see unless you buy something off the main site.

After you submit your shipping address, this happens:






  
Then this happens:


Rock on, you freaks  ;0)

More WIN from the Science Marches

I adore you people. Nerd Pride FTW (salutes)





Monday, April 17, 2017

Tax March, Or Calling Bullshit On Lord Commander Marmalade Some More

Grateful to everyone who participated in all the Tax Marches all over while my happy ass had to miss going to any. Since I didn't get to commit acts of excellent signage, I'm going to appreciate y'alls'.








Keep it up; being America does not exempt us from being able to go the way of Turkey or Russia. I am not willing to slide quietly into Fascism merely because of trendy ignorance and fashionable apathy.









 By the way, Lord Commander Marmalade, we protestors are the ones paying us to protest. We pay for our gas to get there, the signs we make, shoes we can walk in for hours, and everything else that goes with it. So all you gotta do to "look into who's paying them" is go to a protest, you'll be looking right at us. Bring a hardhat and a rain poncho. Or maybe you'd be safer showing up in a burqa. Either way, you don't have to worry about a visit to the ER wrecking your life like so many of us do, so you should be fine with it.



Religion Zodiac & Trollbusting

Trollbusting, yer doin' it rite ;0)


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hippie Fest 2017




Portable Weirdness and the usual suspects plus some new bling and other goodies will be at Hippie Fest 2017 in Charlotte, NC, April 22nd!












Bring yourself (and any instruments you play) out to the new location and soak up some great music and performers, fabulous art and crafts, and laid back atmosphere.



















Admission is free; parking is $5 cash, which is a great deal because it fixes the really messy parking and traffic problems of last year.

There's stuff for kids to do, and you can try your own hand at being crafty at the DIY Tie Dye tent.
 
See ya there ;0)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Badger Skillz, Or Do Have A Cow, Man

 . . . freakin' overachievers . . . ;0)






From the article that explains why this is extra cool on more than one level: The video shows the badger working day and night for five days. Then, it built a den connected to the carcass and did not surface often. University of Utah researcher Evan Buechley: "So it worked overtime for five days like really, really intensely, and then it just had a two-week feeding fest."



Friday, March 17, 2017

Portable Weirdness At Rowan County Fairground March 18-19


Portable Weirdness will be at Rowan County Fairgrounds March 18 - 19 from 8 am till 5 pm for the March Antique & Yard Sale. The name doesn't really do this sprawl of eclectic perusables justice; amble out to 1560 Julian Rd, Salisbury, NC and see for yourself. I'll have all the Usual Suspects and new bling, and doing carving demos if you want to take a shot at it yourself. See ya there ;0)


Friday, March 3, 2017

Lawyer Flash Mobs - No US Airport Is Complete Without One

https://twitter.com/coda/status/825496050152534016






It ain't over yet. Want to do something besides repost memes on social media? Here's a handy Nasty Activist Cheat Sheet:

ACLU How You Can Help page - Knowing your rights, organizing events, donating time or money to helping people who don't have access to legal advocacy

 
Amnesty International - human rights advocacy at local, regional, national, and global levels

International Rescue Committee - refugee advocacy at global level

A Former Staffer Explains How to Call Your Representatives - Sarah Gray, former staff assistant for Sen. Barbara Boxer has pro tips on making good on your tax dollars and local votes

Contacting Your Representatives - how to find who to talk to after you read the previous article

Call The Halls  - downloadable guide on finding your representatives and talking to them after you find them from Congressional constituent services staffer Emily Ellsworth

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Meme A Day-ish, or History Nerd Pride: Donaeld The Unready

Gawds, I LOVE you people . . . (bows with forehead to floor)



Save Levi's Innards!



If you know Levi Davis of O'Davis Trade from Festival Of Legends, CNC PPD, the Knights of Fiat Lux, Carolina Renaissance Festival, or anywhere else, you'll wanna get in on this GoFundMe. If you don't, hop over to the links to his wood craft and blacksmithing work on the fundraiser page and fix that ;0)

This kid is family, and we've watched him fight an uphill battle the last few years against mounting health issues that exacerbate each other and make it harder to get a good bead on dealing with them, and get thrown under the bus by people that should be better than that. We had to threaten to cover his truck with pink glitter bombs to get him to agree to ask for help anyway. If you don't have a good health insurance situation, or sometimes even if you do, you know that getting help for anything  complicated can be a crapshoot. That sucks, and we like to fix things that suck. Any little bit is good; it all adds up. Thou rockest in advance (salutes)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Happy Imbolc 2017

Growing things don't stay buried forever. Hail Brigid, may we forge well (salutes)


Patheos Lookin' Kinda Steeplejacked

 
Holy batshit, Batman. Got a WTFness email from Pat Mosley, blogger of Common Tansy at Patheos and a personal blog You Found Me. Pat's been collecting interviews from the January 21st Womens' March on Washington and it's sister marches for a panorama view of experiences and opinions.

Miles and I both submitted answers to his questionnaire; I like Pat's wanting to put a face on the crowds we saw step up to speak against the US's current POTUS and his Swamp Builders. He's got the first two of them up on Common Tansy, but apparently the rest won't be on Patheos. And neither will Pat.

This linked blog post and John Halstead of Allergic Pagan's post explain why. Thanx muchly to Gods & Radicals for giving him signal boost, since Patheos has deleted the original and locked Halstead out of his blog.

The short version: Patheos done got steeplejacked. Good luck finding that term in any dictionary other than Urban Dictionary, but it's been around a good while. Pretty much since far right, ultra conservative people and groups started systematically hijacking more liberal mainstream Christian churches back in the 80's and shoving them into Aggrovangelical Fundie social and political agendas. I've seen it happen in my relative's churches and seen versions of it crop up in the PHA community; I frequently recommend Kenneth Haugk's book Antagonists In The Church because of exactly that. There was a good Pagan version of it online that I can't locate it any more, but Haugk's is entirely adaptable.

Unfortunately, Patheos isn't just a spiritual entity governed by an accepted leader or some version of democratic process, it's a business with owners. And the new ones are going to take it in a fairly nasty direction, just like brick and mortar steeplejackers have been doing all along.

This sucks extra on top of the past week and a half. So here's a badger playing in a kiddy pool, because reasons  ;0)


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fuck Bannon, Fuck tRump, We've Got To Flush That Dump

Nice job, Miles ;0)
I want this on a t-shirt, STAT. It'll get me kicked out of fewer places than my original "FUCK tRUMP" design. Still looking for the artist - if you have the image with the name still visible, shoot me an email, neh?



Meme A Day, Or GOoPer's Folly

Buying things you don't need with money you don't have to impress people you don't like . . . it's the Murrican Way.



Friday, January 20, 2017

Signs O' The Times - Finding Miles & Snooze At The Women's March

If you're going to the Women's March in Charlotte tomorrow, Jan 21st, you can probably find Miles and me by our signs easier than anything else:



Be safe, be smart, be sane, guys. Don't give anyone an excuse to shut you down, and if someone tries to manufacture an excuse, get documentation if you can. It's not a bad idea to go over the ACLU's handy cheat sheet about laws and rights regarding protests and public gatherings, either. See ya there (throws good luck)

Can't March? Virtual March!


THIS is what real unity looks like. Making it possible for people who can't quite go for Plan A to still be counted.



Just had surgery for knee replacement? Juggling chronic pain? Can't get off from work? Live really far away from any of the events? If you want to go to the Women's March on Washington or one of the local versions of it, but health, mobility, or other snafus are in the way, you can add your voice to the chorus of people who want to remind the incoming "administration" (or whatever the hell you wanna call the shitshow we're getting) that the people tRump and many of his followers have told to sit down and shut up aren't going away. Hit the link for the Virtual March and you can include yourself and make a statement on why the march is important to you.




Yeah, I know, the incoming admin doesn't give a damn. We're not going to change their minds with marches or protests. It doesn't matter. What matters is making it harder for them to say "everyone supports us and likes us, there's only a handful who don't". And letting the people they're trying to put in second class citizen boxes (or leave them with no box at all)know that they aren't alone. And letting the rest of the world know that no, all of the US does NOT support the bullying, bigotry, and rising swamp water they're seeing take power.

See ya there, one way or another ;0)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Women's March On Washington Not Just For Women Or Washington



On Saturday January 21st, those of us in the Charlotte NC area that wish we could be at the Women's March on Washington DC but can't will be at the local version of the march.

Why are we marching? Because on January 20th, we're going to see a culmination and a sort of validation of social trends toward bigotry, bullying, scapegoating, and revisionism in the inauguration of tRump.

The people he's putting in power along with him and the people who follow them regardless of what they do (or worse, because of what they do) need to be reminded that the rest of us aren't going to give up and shut up. We're not going to sit quietly with out hands in our laps and let that crowd make the cultural shift they're driving the national new normal. And the people who are feeling seriously under threat right now need to know that they aren't just walking targets for their misplaced fear and anger.

If you're in the Concord/Kannapolis general area and want a ride, let me know. You can call or text me if you have the number, or email me here, or tag me via Miles' FB page. I'll work out times to meet/pick up when I have an idea of how many peeps are going.


It's called the Women's march because it started as a grass roots protest against tRump's treatment of women and the ongoing NeoCon effort to roll back gains in women's right to be counted as people. But equality for so many groups is under threat from the incoming administration and the people that are supporting it; we need to make it an all for one, one for all thing. Come be counted with us, not just as a supporter of women's rights, but as a supporter of common humanity.



Meme A Day, or Solid Exit Plan


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tilikum, Not Just Black & White

Sedna, Arnakuagsak, Mother of the Sea, receive your son Tilikum with honor, and please let his next life be much, much happier. (wish goes out)


We'll probably never know with certainty what he meant by some of his behavior. Many animals I've worked with have no real awareness of how big or strong they are compared to a human, and frankly, I have days when I feel like banging people's heads on the wall myself. So I can't judge someone I can't even talk to.



We do know that the way orcas in captivity are kept, even those whose lives have depended on human intervention and rescue measures and who have led us to greater ability to help, has to be reevaluated and changed. Tilikum has been a huge catalyst for that to happen.








May orcas and humans both profit in knowledge and action by that, and make any portion of his life that was troubling for him not be in vain.









I have no right or place to speak for Dawn Brancheau, but I'm willing to venture that she wouldn't have a problem with me wishing for them both that spirit to spirit, the obstacles of language and speech won't matter any more. If either of you can make us wiser about those that have no words we can hear clearly yet, send it on down the line. Fair journeying to all of you.