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I’m thinking of changing my This & that frequency to Tuesday, Thursday, and weekend. The reason is that I (and my sockpuppet bookworm friend) find a lot of articles during the week I’d like to share, but I’d like to cut the number of articles I highlight in these posts to four or five articles. These last two have had eight or nine articles in ‘em (I actually split this one up into two parts — one for today and one for tomorrow because there were sooooo many link-farming links!). So, upping the frequency of these This & That: Open Thread diaries to three times a week from the current format of two a week is something I’m thinking about. Your thoughts?
So anywho, here’s some of what Bookworm Bob & I have been looking at so far this week:
• Helen Boyd at (en)gender: Trans-centric:
One of the things I’ve always liked about Vanessa Edwards Foster is that she doesn’t lose sight of the goal: actual equality. I agree with her that our standards are low when it comes to justice for the trans people, and their families and friends, who are murdered. I agree that “manslaughter” is not murder, and that shooting at someone who is basically a sitting duck in a car can’t possibly have been an accidental killing.
Our standards are low because we are too used to seeing no justice at all when it comes to people who intentionally hurt and kill trans people for being trans…
…Do we know Michael Scott Goucher? Richard Hernandez? Satendar Singh? Ryan Keith Skipper? Jeremy Waggoner? Daniel Yakovleff? These are the names of gay men who have been murdered for being gay in the last couple of years. I didn’t know most of their names.
Community goes both ways. We all have more than enough mourning to do.
Hear, hear, Professor Boyd.
• A press release referencing the current issue of Journal of African American Studies with ‘Go to the doctor? Only if I’m really sick…’:
African American men could be putting their health at risk by avoiding disease screening, in the belief that the results might threaten their masculinity. Because they prove their masculinity through their sexuality and sexual performance, seeking medical advice including HIV/AIDS testing goes against their notion of masculinity.
• Los Angeles Times‘ More bodies go unclaimed as families can’t afford funeral costs:
The weak economy is taking its toll, with an increasing number of bodies in Los Angeles County being cremated at taxpayers’ expense.
*Sigh* … The bad economy seems to be hitting the poor — especially the new poor from this economy — hard.
• The Australian‘s India wants births remote-controlled:
INDIA intends to harness the passion-killing properties of late-night television to help control a potentially catastrophic population explosion.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has called for the country to redouble its efforts to bring electricity to all its huge rural population.
The introduction of the electric light and television sets to those vast areas that still did not have them would discourage procreation, he argued. “If there is electricity in every village then people will watch TV until late night and then fall asleep. They won’t get a chance to produce children,” Mr Azad said. “When there is no electricity there is nothing else to do but produce babies.” He added: “Don’t think that I am saying this in a lighter vein. I am serious. TV will have a great impact. It’s a great medium to tackle the problem … 80 per cent of population growth can be reduced through TV.” …
Fbbbbt. Just expose all of the men in India to American gay men, and then they’ll catch “the gay” — they’ll get to keep the passion, but have new partners that won’t increase the birthrate. That’ll save the environment from the new pollution related to the production of electricity for the new customers. Er…ah…right?
Six-year-old Jack Tilley from Los Altos, or another kid like him, may one day design the rocket that transports astronauts to build a permanent space base on the moon.
Tilley and scores of other junior rocket scientists blasted off model spacecraft Sunday from the Moffett Field tarmac before a rapt audience invited by the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing on July 20, 1969.
In addition to an all-comers rocket launching session, Moonfest 2009 included hands-on exhibits, games and lectures by notable scientists…
So, so kewl. Anything to get our youth rocketing their dreams off to the stars seems pretty wonderful to me.
So…It’s an open thread! What are you reading or thinking about today?