I do try to update this regularly, and even with quality content when I can manage it. I’ve just started a new job and I had to work today, which is Sunday, for about 8 hours. And I have to get up early, which means I can’t stay up late, which is when I do most of my writing. It’s tough.
I’m also doing some freelance writing (for money!) as well as the NaNo writing, so it just turns out that blogging isn’t the highest priority thing on my plate. Also, the thing I’m most focused on is how I feel about my current job and that’s not public blog fodder.
And so much interesting and/or horrific things have happened that I want to talk about and I’ve got an excellent feature idea for SheThought that I’m finding impossible to write because it involves way too many ideas and is going to be a short novel by the time I work through all the issues I’m dealing with in it. When half your article is about how difficult it was to write your article, you’ve got to start rethinking some structural issues there.
Anyway, I want to do a quick rundown of things that happened this week that pissed me off and/or impressed me.
This made me cry happy tears: Little girl bullied for liking Star Wars gets hundreds of e-mails and toys in support.
This made me scream in rage: The Westboro Baptist Church (aka the scum of the earth) protested Elizabeth Edwards funeral because she used IVF.
This made me snark: Egypt thinks that Israel is using attack sharks against them. I repeat, EGYPT, as in a real country in the real world, thinks ISRAEL, also a real country and not a Bond Villain, is using SHARKS as WEAPONS. Seriously.
This made me go Hmm… wha?: Only 6% of scientists identify as Republican, which is even less than how many College Professors identify as Republican (14%), and we know what pinko commies professors are. The author and I agree that this is the problem, but our opinions diverge very quickly when he seems to think the problem is with Science and not with the Republican Party. Between with the uber religious and illogical ideas the religious right clings to along with the anti-science agenda of the GOP, it’s not surprising that few scientist would admit to being supportive of the party. The problem isn’t science, the problem is that the GOP needs to get its elephant head out of its elephant ass and start supporting science and intelligent thinking, instead of psuedoscience and intelligent design.
And finally, the last two things that have been impressing and depressing me: Wikileaks and Bernie “GIANT BALLS” Sanders.
A balance must be struck between transparent democracy and diplomatic need, but calls for hunting down Assange and hyperbole regarding the cables do not further this important debate and seem designed only for media sensationalism.
From 1996 to 2009, the number of documents labeled classified has increased about 1,000 percent, according to an Information Security Oversight Office report. It’s as if the U.S. government thinks it must guide us rather than allow we-the-people to guide it. And it’s as if the government — and seemingly much of the media — thinks we can’t handle the truth.
And finally, Bernie Sanders, gotta love that man. I have spent hours searching to try to find clips from the Stackhouse Filibuster episode of the West Wing. I can’t, but I will link to a video of Bernie and leave you with a quote.
Tonight, I’ve seen a man with no legs stay standing, Dad, and a guy with no voice keep shouting. And if politics brings out the worst in people, maybe people bring out the best. Because I’m looking at the TV right now, and damn if 28 U.S. senators haven’t just walked onto the floor to help.
I know I’ve shown great love towards otters and sea turtles, but I think we should talk about the one creature I love best of all: The Great White Shark. When I was three, I walked in on my mom and some friends watching Jaws, which I was not supposed to see because it was too scary. Instead of being scared I thought it was probably the coolest thing I’d ever seen, I decided then and there that I wanted a great white shark as a pet, like Flipper, but significantly more awesome. I mean, we lived right by the ocean, why couldn’t I have a shark that would follow me around whenever I went to play on the beach?
Perhaps you have a sense now of what a weird little freak I was.