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Bookworm BobSo below is what my cartoon sockpuppet Bookworm Bob & I have been looking at so far this week.

Electronic Village‘s Top 10 Black Blogs (Aug 2009):

The Top Ten Black Blogs for August 2009:

Pam Spaulding: Pam’s House Blend (Authority: 619 / Rank: 1,448) – [Politics] Pam’s blog continues in the BBR #1 for the 14th month in a row. Pam is a leading voice in the LGBT community as evidenced by her recent Huffington Post commentary. It is worth noting that this blog lost almost 300 TechAuthority points, however, it leapt over 400 blogs in that same timeframe … only 1,448 blogs stand between Pam’s House Blend and the #1 blog in the world (Huffington’s Post).

• Chris MacDonald-Dennis at The Pink Pink Elephant blog gives us Whose Community Is It Anyway?: White Privilege in the LGBT Community:

“But you all have the same issues we do! I mean, why are we even dividing ourselves, race doesn’t matter–we are all gay.”

Fifteen years ago, a white gay male friend said this to me after I asked him how responsive the [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)] group he ran focused on issues affecting people of color. He truly did not understand that LGBT people of color might have unique needs or that we may have different priorities than the white LGBT community. Since that conversation, I have worked diligently in the LGBT community to help my white brothers and sisters understand the privileges they enjoy as white people.

White privilege is a difficult concept for many whites to understand. As Peggy McIntosh contends in her seminal piece “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”, Whites are not taught to recognize how their status as white people confers on them many privileges. Hopefully, this piece will try to break the layers of denial that whites have about their privilege and that work to protect, prevent awareness about, and entrench that privilege.

White privilege is a set of advantages that white people benefit from on a daily basis not afforded to people of color. White privilege can exist without white people’s conscious knowledge of its presence and it helps to maintain the racial hierarchy in this country. The biggest problem with white privilege is the invisibility it maintains to those who benefit from it most…

There’s more at the link. I’d give the full article a read…it’s an interesting take on a subject that Pam touches on often: The intersection of race and LGBT.

Ventura County Star‘s, entitled Letitia King - often referred to as Lawrence 'Larry' KingCason Point: Making the grade on issues of gender:

…Brandon [McInerney] likely will be tried as an adult for a crime he committed at 14. Last month, at the end of his preliminary hearing, the judge said Brandon had committed the crime [of shooting and killing his classmate Letitia King, often referred to as Lawrence 'Larry' King] with the “cold-blooded precision of an executioner,” according to published reports. Although I doubt the kid had as much precision when it came to fully understanding the consequences of his actions.

During my almost 25 years in Ventura County, almost nothing that has happened here has struck me as being so tragic as this case. A boy is dead, and his family is left to grieve. Brandon’s life is as good as over. If convicted, he could spend 53 years to life in a California prison. If his lawyers advise him to accept a deal offered by the prosecution, that sentence would be cut in half.

Their teacher, Dawn Boldrin, has suffered breakdowns, according to an interview with her published earlier this month in The Star.

Any notion that a classroom is a safety zone was shattered for the students who watched as Brandon gunned down Larry…

The author does some victim blaming in this article, but even with that unfortunate commentary in it, it’s still a pretty thought provoking piece.

Telegraph.co.uk‘s Police investigating missing underwear arrest town’s mayor; A town’s mayor has been arrested after a number of women reported that their underwear was disappearing from their knicker drawers.:

Ian Stafford, 58, was arrested after women in the area called police to report knickers repeatedly disappearing from their homes.

One woman was so peturbed she installed a hidden camera in her bedroom, which recorded a semi-naked man rifling through her drawers and putting on her underwear before performing a sex act.

Investigations later revealed a collection of knickers, allegedly matching those reported stolen, at the home of the mayor.

He was arrested on suspicion of burglary and bailed…

Umm…Eep. Lord, I hope he doesn’t publicly proclaim himself to be trans.

[Below the fold: Two lobster related stories, one of which involves Mika Brzezinski and me.]Telegraph.co.uk‘s Women with high levels of testosterone ‘take riskier jobs’:

The so-called “male” hormone is associated with competitiveness and dominance and has previously been linked to other types of risky behaviour, such as gambling and excessive drinking.

Now, scientists believe it may have a bearing on career choice.

…Women who were most willing to take risks were also found to have the highest levels of testosterone, but this was not true of men.

However, men and women with the same levels of the hormone shared a similar attitude to risk…

Hmm. That’s pretty interesting.

blue lobster thumbnailSan Francisco Chronicle‘s NH man snares rare, cobalt-blue lobster:

At first, New Hampshire lobsterman Bill Marconi thought he had caught a shiny blue beer can in his trap. It turns out it was a rare, cobalt-blue lobster. The 52-year-old lobsterman was out hauling 400 traps with his son Wednesday when he snared the 1 1/2-pound lobster in between his dock and the Isle of Shoals, about six miles off the coast.

New England Aquarium Research Director Mike Tlusty told Foster’s Daily Democrat only one in 5 million lobsters are blue…

This segues nicely into the next story…

• Wiener story of the day: On what to dip lobster into.

Sometimes, life is about it’s odd, cool connections. I tweeted back and forth with Morning Joe‘s Mika Brzezinski yesterday (Monday, August 24, 2009), talking about — of all things — dipping sauce for lobster.

The tweets…Her opening volley:

Advice on cooking lobster??? With no butter. What is best substitute?

My response:

Olive oil in a small bowl to dip lobster into, with crushed or minced garlic infused into the oil under low heat.

Her response to my response:

I love garlic...that is a good one!

My response to her response to my response:

I love garlic too. Someone suggested olive oil infused w/ garlic to me once as low sat fat sub - tried it, prefer it now.

And so ends the only conversation I’ll likely have in my entire life with Mika Brzezinski. Oh no, we didn’t discuss current events, or discuss some lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) issue…Nope, we discuss dipping sauce for lobster. Certainly this is news you can’t use…News of no consequence whatsoever.

So anywho…It’s an open thread! What are you thinking about today, or what books or articles have you been reading the past few days? Wanna share?

And again, please feel free to chat, blogwhore, and link-share in the comment thread because…it’s an open thread! Woo-hoo!

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