Sunday Reads: Bisexual Lighting, Stoned Kangaroos, and Masked Neo-Nazis

“Balinese Girl”, 1959, by Vladimir Tretchikoff

 

Earlier this week my mother yelled to me while I was peeing on the toilet…she wanted to know if there was enough hot water in the tea kettle for her morning coffee as well as mine.

It is a ritual, every morning I fill the copper whistling kettle,  pouring water for both of our cups of shitty coffees. That is what we call it, shitty coffee. A step up from instant coffee, which is real shitty coffee, we use those Folgers singles.

That morning the kettle started to whistle and she shut off the gas burner and hollered to me about if I’d put water to make both of our shitty coffees. I was annoyed, not that she was talking to me while I’m on the toilet, or that she was yelling across the house…it was that she had the audacity to think I would not put water in the kettle for her. So I hollered back to my mother, exasperated…”Yes, there is enough water. I always put enough water for you in there…”

And then it hit me, one day I won’t have to put enough water in the kettle for her. She won’t be yelling at me while I’m on the toilet…she won’t be here.

I lost it. It was a good thing I was alone in my bathroom. I could cry and no one would know.

Here are the links for today…in dump fashion. It is the Girl’s bridal shower…and I still haven’t wrapped up the gifts.

This #EarthDay, join us in celebrating the women warriors who are protecting our planet and fighting the #patriarchy!

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Happy Earth Day, I hope you can see these Instagram post…

In case you missed this news from last week:

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Funny…

 

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With Comey on every TV Show lately…this has been my favorite answer to the Television Screen!

Comey Says We’d Be Better Off With Hillary as POTUS…Hours After Punting on Exact Same Question From Tapper | Mediaite

Former FBI Director James Comey gave two interviews on Thursday and was asked the same question, but gave two very different responses.

Read it…

When I found out about this Barron dude…alter ego/Trump using a deeper New York accent…I could not believe it:

How is Trump’s ‘John Barron’ Fortune 400 Scam Not an Earth-Shattering Story?! | Mediaite

It is a basic reality of life that timing is nearly everything. There may be no better example of that than the amazing story the Washington Post ran yesterday, which, if it had been known at the start of the 2016 campaign, would have ended any chance of Donald Trump being the Republican presidential nominee.

In this story, which has not gotten nearly the play in the rest of the media that it deserves, we learned that there is audio proof that Trump blatantly lied to get on the prestigious “Fortune 400” list of richest people. But it isn’t just that he lied, he did so by using a fake persona, “John Barron,” which further verifies the allegation that he had used this pitiful gambit to manipulate the tabloid media early in his evolution of becoming a celebrity.

There are many ways that this report, which is both incredibly shocking and yet sadly not really that surprising, should, in a rational world, have massive impact. Yes, the story originates from way back in the early 1980s, but this is essentially the equivalent of Trump’s origin or birth story.

Have y’all listened to the tapes. Bwahahaha!

More tRump shit:

Trump went golfing during Barbara Bush’s funeral — here’s just how much golf he’s played compared to Obama

And from the tRump base:

‘MAGA’ maniac shoves Mexican man onto Union Square subway tracks – NY Daily News

You can take a look at those.

This is interesting though:

Trump Considering ‘Full Pardon’ Of Late Boxing Champion Jack Johnson | HuffPost

When I mentioned stoned kangaroo, I did not mean in a Hippie sense of the word….

Zoo visitors pelted kangaroo to death because it wouldn’t hop – NY Daily News

A kangaroo was killed by Chinese zoo visitors who pelted the marsupial with stones because it wouldn’t hop.

The kangaroo — a 12 year old female — died in a zoo in the southeastern city of Fuzhou last month, after an apparent attack by humans.

Zookeepers found the kangaroo with a smashed foot and other injuries after at least one visitor struck it with stones to try to make it jump, The New York Times reported, citing local news outlets.

“Some of us saw visitors throwing stones, and an attendant went out to stop it, but the visitors denied doing it,” a veterinarian told The Paper, according to the Times.

The kangaroo’s foot was treated, but it died days later from extensive internal bleeding, believed to have been caused by injuries from the stones.

Fucking hell….

 

Letter from Africa: The teenager fighting school bus sex pests – BBC News

In our series of letters from African journalists, Nigerian novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani admires a teenager’s tenacity in tackling the harassment of pupils on the school commute.

Allegations of physical or sexual abuse against teachers in Nigerian schools sometimes manage to grab a headline, but then fade without any follow-up story on how the case was resolved.

In 2016, girls at a prestigious boarding school in Lagos abandoned their exams in protest at pervasive sexual harassment by a male teacher.

Those of us who endured similar unchecked bad behaviour during our school days cheered them on.

I know from personal experience of studying in Nigeria, how powerless students can sometimes feel when faced with abusers who act with impunity, knowing that the cultures of silence and respect for elders are on their side.

So, I was impressed when I recently came across a Tanzanian teenager, who told me how she was creating an opportunity for students in her country to report harassment.

Please read the whole article…

 

India’s cabinet adopts death penalty for rape of girls under 12 | India News | Al Jazeera

Controversial order to remain in effect for six months from president’s approval, or until parliament votes it into law.

India’s cabinet has approved the death penalty for rapists of girls below the age of 12, after Narendra Modi, the prime minister, held an emergency meeting in response to nationwide outrage in the wake of a series of cases.

Saturday’s controversial executive order, or ordinance, amends the criminal law to also include more drastic punishment for convicted rapists of girls under the age of 16, government officials said.

India launched fast-track courts and a tougher rape law that included the death penalty after an assault on a young woman shocked the country in 2012, but India’s rape epidemic has shown no sign of dying down.

More at the link.

Militarized Cops At Tiny Georgia Neo-Nazi Rally Arrest Counterprotesters For Wearing Masks | HuffPost

A heavily militarized police force of some 400 officers aggressively patrolled a small neo-Nazi rally in this city 40 miles southwest of Atlanta on Saturday and arrested about 10 counterprotesters, many for the crime of wearing a mask.

Police officers arrived before the rally began and approached a group of about 50 anti-fascist protesters. They demanded the protesters remove their masks or face arrest. The officers — who wore bulletproof vests and helmets, and carried semi-automatic rifles — cornered the anti-fascist protesters, then grabbed those who were still masked, tossing them to the ground and handcuffing them.

At one point, an officer pointed what seemed to be a modified AR-15 at the faces of counterprotesters, none of whom appeared to be armed.

The lead officer in the arrests said the counterprotesters were breaking a state law regarding masks, likely referring to a seldom-enforced 1951 law originally aimed at combating hooded Ku Klux Klan members. Anti-fascist protesters ― many belonging to chapters of antifa groups, known for sometimes violently confronting white supremacists ― often wear masks to avoid being identified by both law enforcement and neo-Nazis.

That is fucking shit…

What about arresting the hate crime assholes who were the reason for the counterprotest?

Sad news today about Austin Powers movies’ Mini-Me, Verne Troyer, dies

“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” his family posted on his Instagram account.

The cause of death was not announced, but the family wrote that “depression and suicide are very serious issues.”

“You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. But be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help,” they said.

 

And lastly, Is ‘bisexual lighting’ a new cinematic phenomenon? – BBC News

Film fans have long discussed the representation of sexuality and gender on screen.

However a meme focusing on how light is increasingly used to portray bisexuals has gained traction on social media.

Many LGBT people have been sharing examples of TV programmes, films and music videos to highlight the development of so-called “bisexual lighting” – characterised by the simultaneous use of neon pink and blue light on screen

The under-representation of bisexuality on screen has been debated for a number of years, and some have seized on bisexual lighting as an empowering visual device.

Reflecting this, the Pantone Color Institute named Ultra Violet as its colour of the year for 2018, referencing the influence of “Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix”.

But is it really a tool to represent bisexuality, or are people reading too much into neon-tinged stylisation?

What is ‘bisexual lighting’?

An early use of the term comes from a 2014 post on the blogging site Trumblr,which discusses a pink-and-blue-washed scene in the BBC’s Sherlock and speculates about the hidden desires of Dr John Watson.

A more recent, and commonly discussed, example of bisexual lighting can be seen in the San Junipero episode of the Netflix show Black Mirror.

The Emmy Award-winning episode follows the development of a relationship between two bisexual female characters.

Go to the link to read more on this lighting sequence…with more examples.

This is all for you today, open thread….

 

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18 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Bisexual Lighting, Stoned Kangaroos, and Masked Neo-Nazis”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Have a good day….

    • bostonboomer says:

      Oh JJ, that story is so heartbreaking. I can identify with you. My mom will be 93 soon and I really don’t know what I’ll do without her when the time comes.

      • NW Luna says:

        JJ, I also can identify. Gentle hugs to you.

        My mother died about 6 years ago. I still think of her when she was in health and sometimes imagine talking with her. Oh, I know that is only a psychological way for me to help ease the memory of the loss and to try resolving some of our misunderstandings, but in a way it’s comforting.

        My mother could alternate between feminist and conservative viewpoints and be supportive or condemning, so our relationship had varying degrees of closeness and trust. By the time she died only some of her personality was left — she’d had dementia for several years. Of course, being in the clutches of my RWNJ sister and brother-in-law for the last few years and not getting good care from them only exacerbated the situation. Legally there was nothing I could do — the legal definition of competence is far more lax than the medical conception of competence. Any of my recommendations about my mother’s healthcare were met with paranoia from my sister and b-i-l. It was like trying to talk with anti-vaxers when I recommended that their kid get immunized! When I think about the last years of my mother’s life it still hurts, so I’ll go do something soothing now, like sitting outside in the sun petting cats.

        • Enheduanna says:

          Luna – your experience is similar to mine I think. My mother will be 88 in October – and I hope she makes it to then. She watches Fox News and voted for tRump (influenced by my RWNJ brother). She lives around the corner from me and I take her meals with the help of said brother and one of my retired sisters. I choose to remember how she took care of us as kids before she was sucked into that hate.

          Give your kitties a kiss for me.

  2. quixote says:

    “First we’l numb you with the day’s headlines”

    Bwahahaha. So true. So, so, so true.

  3. NW Luna says:

    Let’s hear it for this Hero! Oh…he’s black. Yep, thousands of MAGA(t)s will have aneurysms!

    • NW Luna says:

      Idiot police and father:

      Four of Reinking [shooter]’s guns, including the AR-15 rifle police said he used Sunday, were seized after he was arrested by the U.S. Secret Service in July 2017 on charges that he was in a restricted area outside the White House.

      Following the arrest, his Illinois firearms authorization was revoked. Reinking’s four guns were given to his father, who has said he gave them back to his son, according to the authorities.

      https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/04/22/antioch-tn-waffle-house-shooting-naked-suspect/540033002/

      • quixote says:

        I guess some middle-aged white guy figured another middle-aged white guy was a responsible person to give them to.

        Despite *all* the evidence in the world about what middle-aged white guys are capable of.

        Slow learners.

        The guy should be charged as an accessory to murder.

    • Catscatscats says:

      Luna, i saw the end of his statement on TV, he was so humble and soft spoken. As he retold the events to include disarming the perp and pushing him out the door, i thought thank God they didn’t shoot this heroic young man based on the color of his skin. He was so impressive and so very, very brave to risk his life for others.

  4. dakinikat says:

    Racist as fuck

    • NW Luna says:

      “Economics first, political correctness later.” First, “political correctness” means plain courtesy, as IIRC a black woman said back in the 70s. Racists and misogynists use it as a slur. “Economics first” means the same-old-same-old white powerful men get richer while everyone else has less.

      This guy sounds like a Republican Bernie Sanders.

  5. dakinikat says:

  6. NW Luna says: