Good Job, Queen!

So Queen Elizabeth II has beaten out her great-great grandmother to become the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

Good for her!

Elizabeth II has been a great asset to the British as they transitioned away from Empire and into the Commonwealth. She’s been a steadying influence during times of crisis from World War II, throughout the Troubles, on up to the 7/7 attacks and beyond. It is true that her role is almost entirely symbolic, but that’s ok; there’s nothing wrong with having basically a powerless mascot for your country.

So good for the Queen and good for the UK!

Congrats to you!

Congrats to you!

A Day of Rest

Today is Labor Day, and thanks to my new job, it’s the first paid holiday I’ve had in several years. Hooray!

It’s worth taking a moment today to remember the sacrifices made by the labor movement to give us the benefits we enjoy now. Sick days, minimum wage, anti-child-labor laws, paid holidays, vacation time, overtime pay, the 8-hour work day, the 40-hour work week…all these things and more are things you owe to the labor movement in general and to labor unions in particular.

And so let’s take a moment to appreciate what people fought, and sometimes died, to bring about. Let’s also remember the distance we still have to clear. Let’s provide mandatory sick time for all workers, especially those who handle your food. Let’s provide better unemployment insurance and better job training for unemployed workers. Let’s provide mandatory breaks for all workers, not just those in states that require it (Arizona doesn’t). And let’s continue to fight for equal pay for women and family leave for everyone.

We’ve made a lot of progress, but we still have far to go. Keep up the struggle!


All religions are fundamentally terrible. They’re all predicated on a lie about the basic nature of reality, and humanity would be better off without all of them. Yes, we hear the biggest complaints about Christianity and Islam, but let’s not forget that every religion is terrible.

Case in point, Hindu. Here we have a story about a young man who fall in love with a woman from a higher caste, ran off with her, and as a result his sisters were sentenced to be raped. Because religion.

Lest you cry that, no, this sort of nonsense isn’t part of the Hindu faith, let me point out that the caste system in India is entirely based on religion and has no connection to the real world.

All of the people in this story, from the young man and his wife, to his sisters, to the village council, are all prisoners of a really shitty religious belief that says that your position in life is mandated by the gods, and there you shall stay. IF you’re lucky, you’ll be reincarnated in a higher, better position.

What a stupid concept. What a stupid religion. What a fucking horrible group of people who would do and allow this sort of crime to come up.

Religion absolutely does poison everything.

A Confederacy of Dunces

Who won the American Civil War? It seems like a very clear-cut question. The Union won, slavery was ended, and the nation remained intact. But who actually won the Civil War? By the end of Reconstruction, the black population of the south weren’t slaves, it’s true, but they were slaves in all but name. They had no civil rights, they earned subsistence wages, they were routinely oppressed and sometimes lynched. A very real argument can be made that while on paper the Confederacy lost the war, they did not, in fact, lose it, and in the process they and their descendants made themselves out to to be something other than a movement entirely dedicated to slavery and its preservation. History may be written by the winners, but in the case of the Confederacy, they’ve sure done a great job of editing the final draft.

That’s the overall thrust of an article I read this morning, that also makes some very valid comparisons between the Confederacy, various Confederate-style movements, and the Tea Party. I strongly suggest you all go read it. The comparisons made between the way many liberals acted after the 2000 election and the way many conservatives acted after the 2008 and 2012 elections are quite striking. Can you honestly look at the Tea Party people and tell me we wouldn’t have had an armed insurrection crop up if Obama’s win had only come via the Supreme Court?

Phoenix Comicon 2015

Yep, I’ll be there. Only three panels this year. One on LGBT Whovians, another on the classic series, and one on the unsolved mysteries of the show (which I am on, despite what this schedule currently says). Come out and say hi to me, and win fabulous prizes at the classic series panel!

Like I’d Let May Day Pass

Keep up the fight, everyone. $10.10, accountability for police, true universal health care, an end to the massive levels of income inequality and justice, justice, justice!

Much to My Growing Horror

Something terrible and amazing appears to be happening. I have started my new job. It’s a good job, and I’m genuinely enjoying it so far. But the job requires that I be up and out of bed by 6:30 in the morning so as to be at my desk and ready to work by 8:00.

Since the 1990s, I’ve had jobs where I worked swing or graveyard shifts. Oh, I’d occasionally have to haul myself out of bed super-early for a training shift, or to go in early for someone. But that was rare. It’s not ever been something I’ve had to do on a daily basis.

And yet, here we are.

And much to my surprise…it seems that I might actually have been a morning person all these years.

You see, I find that I’m sleeping better by waking up in the mornings. Whereas I used to wake up two or three times a night, now it’s maybe once a night. Maybe. I also wake up much better rested, and ready to deal with the day, instead of blearily looking at my cell phone, resetting the alarm for an hour later, and dropping off again.

Yes, by the time my ride to work arrives, I’ve had breakfast, watched some morning news, sometimes even surfed the web. All at a time that, a month ago, was only a few hours after I would have gone to bed.

This is…weird. It’s welcome, I suppose, in that it makes my life easier. But…weird.

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