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Seeing Red on International Women’s Day

Soy feminista 

Je suis une feministe

I am a feminist. 

I’ve been a feminist from the time I first understood what that word meant at about age 11. Most people who know me remember me as a fierce feminist who didn’t want to take her husband’s name, thought strict gender roles between married couples were outdated, and became a chemist because, fuck it, science is what I wanted to do all my life. 

And there were people who definitely did not make it easy for me, the first girl, the first anyone in my family to go to college.  But I got there, stumbled through it and did what I loved for 23 years. 

It seems to me like it was more socially acceptable back in the late 70’s and early 80’s to be a feminist and boldly defend equal rights and opportunities. Because what woman in her right mind would want to roll us back to the 50’s? How could that possibly make sense in the 20th, now 21st, century?  It was unthinkable. I still don’t understand how so many women have decided to embrace their second class status like it’s their right and voted in the most degrading, disrespectful misogynist in the country. 

We’ve made a lot of progress but have still been largely locked out of the power offices. And that is about to hurt us in ways we can’t even imagine yet. Now, it’s more than thinkable. 

I’d like to think that a Day Without Women will have an impact but I think we will have to peaceably assemble a lot more with our pink pussy hats on to get the attention that the majority of the world’s population deserves. 

I’m at work today because I have to give a presentation and it couldn’t wait. I’m wearing my red sweater and my bright plummy red lipstick. I feel comfortable in my skin and never regretted my gender. 

But I am seriously mad as hell about the recent turn of events. 

I’m not going down without a fight. 

“Women’s rights are human rights” 

                        – Hillary Clinton. 

Don’t forget to check out Lady V’s page UpholdTheseRights for latest updates on women’s rights. 

If this ad from the last days of the 2016 campaign doesn’t make you angry about what we lost, then you aren’t paying attention. 

Yeah, we could have had THAT. 

Don’t snog on the sofa

Or do anything else you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see you doing. 

According to this article in the Washington Post, the NSA has vays off seeing vhat you are doing virtually anywhere you have an electronic device:

Anti-secrecy group Wikileaks on Tuesday said it had obtained a top-secret trove of hacking tools used by the CIA to break into phones, communication apps and other electronic devices, and published confidential documents on those programs. Justin Mitchell reports. (Reuters)

The latest revelations about U.S. government’s powerful hacking tools potentially takes surveillance right into the homes and hip pockets of billions of users worldwide, showing how a remarkable variety of every day devices can be turned to spy on their owners.

Televisions, smartphones and Internet-connected vehicles are all vulnerable to CIA hacking, according to the Wikileaks documents released Tuesday. The capabilities described include recording the sounds, images and the private text messages of users, even when they use encrypted apps to communicate. The CIA also studied whether it could infect vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks, which Wikileaks said could allow “nearly undetectable assassinations.”
In the case of a tool called “Weeping Angel” for attacking Samsung SmartTVs, Wikileaks wrote, “After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a ‘Fake-Off’ mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on, In ‘Fake-Off’ mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the Internet to a covert CIA server.”

And whatever you do, DON’T BLINK!

Musical interlude 

From Lost in Translation…


I need an editor. Seriously. I want to write a book. Didn’t we used to have commenters who were editors? Let me know if you’re interested in the comments. 

Stoney Self-discipline. 

Trump’s legal counsel, Roger Stone, gets up in our grill on Twitter over Russia allegations:  


So classy. 

At least Roger didn’t call us C***s. 

This is the man legally advising the president who I and the majority of Americans did not vote for. He is a vicious, misogynistic internet troll. 

That kind of sums up the Trump administration in a nutshell and how the rest of the world sees us these days. We’re number 1. Make america great again. yay. 

{{cringeworthy}}

Butter my popcorn. 

WaPo says Trump’s presidency can’t seem to escape Russia’s shadow

US AG Jeff Sessions recuses himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Stephen Colbert found Jeff’s day planner from 2016: 

Meanwhile, down at Foggy Bottom, the State Department is having an existential crisis as the Trump administration prepares to apply solvent to the only chewing gum left holding the world together post WWII. 

It genuinely feels as though the country was highjacked on Election Day last November. The party that took over does not represent the majority of Americans and we’re really starting to resent it. 

Now that the Russian connection is in full bloom, there may be a good opportunity to get to the bottom of what exactly went on last year and how Trump and the Republicans took over. 

They’re beginning to be very unpopular. No one I know wants to admit they voted for Trump anymore. It’s bad government but could make for wildly entertaining reality TV. Trump makes an excellent villain. He’s the kind of rich evil guy on soap operas who is always reeling in sweet young things while the audience cringes at her stupidity and screams at her to watch out. 

She never listens but eventually wakes up when he gets caught red handed or in flagrante delicto or one of those other delicious Romance language phrases. 

Then the denouement. The catharsis. The older but wiser. 

Bring. It. On. 

Wild World Thursday 

Hi all, sorry I’ve been absent. I’ve been thinking about the SOTU too and I’m not buying the “presidential”, “normal”, less unhinged Donald. Oh, sure, the media and pundits were probably relieved because the alternative, a man completely unsuited to his job and scaring the world, was freaking them out. So, any moves towards looking semi-normal was divinely to be wished, even if it’s completely unbelievable. 

After all, perfectly nice immigrants are still being banned or sent back to their countries of origin while being forced to leave their property behind. By the way, who gets all the stuff they’ve worked a lifetime to acquire when they’re put on a bus back to Mexico?

And then there are the students who are forced back into an identity that is foreign to them just to use the bathroom. And the sick, poor people who are about to lose their insurance, the artists about to lose their funding, the climate scientists about to lose their jobs. 

I listened to part of the speech. It was the part about how we’re all in danger from immigrants making extreme beachheads and hiding under our beds to cut off our heads or something and how AMERICAN victims of CRIMINAL IMMIGRANTS need a VOICE, as if Fox News and Breitbart weren’t already turning fear and suspicion up to 11 on an hourly basis. 

None of Trump’s “policies” have softened or become more reasonable because he’s learned to read a TelePrompTer. He’s still hawking fear and terror as his new Trump brand product. EJ Dionne has more about how Trump Still Wants You To Be Very Afraid 

It’s so familiar. That kind of fear indictrination is what I was surrounded by in the high control religious group I grew up in. Turns out the world didn’t end in 1975. But there were a lot of very nice people scared shitless who were convinced to sell books and magazines door to door and to do for free and as if their lives depended on it. It sucks the joy out of your life.  

In any case, the Russia connection is back in the news with this story about how the Obama administration staffers left breadcrumbs for us to follow that lead back to Jeff Sessions and the Trump campaign. I’m guessing that the new amity and presidential demeanor is going to be very short lived. 

So, that’s what is on my mind. I’ll be back later, I promise. Probably after work. 

More: Chris Cilizza at WaPo says Republicans face political suicide if they don’t investigate the Russian connection to the Trump campaign. Lol!! Chris is such an optimist. It’s going to take unity, determination and hard campaign work to pry the country from their cold, dead hands. 

How did he get his job? Why can’t I get a paying gig at a major newspaper to write silly drivel?  Life is unfair. 

Here’s what else is on my mind. It’s Throwback Thursday. People do stupid things at 19.  

Mean (Trump) People Suck

I have a trans sister in law who I love. 

Last month, someone at work started to live the rest of her life as a woman. We received an email from HR announcing this and telling us that people who are able to live authentically are happier and better employees. Also, the person in question was going to use the ladies room. Got a problem with it? Call HR. 

Rolling back the bathroom option for trans students is nothing but throwing a mean bullying bone to a minority of heartless people who do not represent the majority of the rest of us who did not vote for Trump. 

The town hall meetings are going to get very unpleasant. But in the meantime, watch for the Gay-Straight Alliance to step up in a high school near you: 

Trans and queer youth continue to show up for each other even when our schools and government do not. 

Today, the Department of Education and Department of Justice rescinded the guidance they released less than a year ago that instructed schools across the country on how to create welcoming, safe, and supportive school environments for transgender and gender nonconforming students. Transgender students will still be protected from sex discrimination under current interpretations of Title IX, however, the guidance provided clear guidelines for schools to provide students with access to school facilities, such as restrooms and locker rooms, based on their gender identity. The guidelines also symbolized an important victory for trans student rights.
It comes as no surprise that the guidance was reversed and we expect that many of GSA Network’s organizational partners will discuss what this means and the harms it will cause trans youth in schools. We agree and vehemently condemn this action by the current administration.
In this moment, we want to focus on you: trans and queer youth who are leading at GSA Network. We want to uplift the myriad of ways you show up for each other and we want to be very clear about what this action does not mean. We want to let you know that we value you, we stand with you and we love you.