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I am a Brit. I am a working class child of the troubles in Belfast who now lives a life of privilege. I am an anti-racist, progressive monster for truth. If I fail in being that monster, call me out....

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Republican lawmakers abolish gender so they dont have to call trans politician Danica Roem a woman



Republicans have abruptly taken the decision to stop using gendered language in the Virginia House of Delegates – so they don’t have to refer to groundbreaking trans politician Danica Roem as a woman.
Democratic delegate-elect Danica Roem made history earlier this month as the first openly transgender lawmaker to be elected to a state legislature, after unseating GOP incumbent Bob Marshall, who penned anti-transgender ‘bathroom’ legislation.
Roem is set to take up her seat in the Virginia House of Delegates in January.
But ahead of the new session, the Republican-controlled body has opted to make drastic changes to the chamber’s 400-year-old rulebook.
Under the changes, politicians speaking on the floor of the House will no longer have to refer to eachother as ‘Gentleman’ or ‘Gentlewoman’, and will instead use the term ‘Delegate’ as a gender-neutral address.


[link:http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/11/22/republican-lawmakers-abolish-gender-so-they-dont-have-to-call-trans-politician-danica-roem-a-woman/|

The Damage to Children's Health Insurance Is Already Being Done

Right now, a draft of a letter informing thousands of Virginia parents that their kids might lose their health coverage just after the holidays is sitting on Linda Nablo’s desk. “People are going to panic,” Nablo, who is the chief deputy director of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, told me. “It’s going to cause mass confusion. It’s going to be an increase in the lack of trust in government, that government will do what it says it will do. People will lose their managed-care plans. They’ll lose their provider. It’s going to cause chaos.”

Nablo and her colleagues have drafted the letter because, for more than 50 days, Congress has failed to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, a federal-state initiative that covers about nine million lower-income kids. Within weeks, states will start running out of money, leaving them scrambling to patch the holes in their budgets or forced to suspend their programs and drop coverage—as Virginia expects it would have to do. “Every day that goes by, we’re getting increasingly concerned,” Nablo said. “Nobody ever anticipated we’d be in this situation. We’re taking very concrete steps as if we’re going to shut this program down.”

[link:https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/the-threat-to-childrens-health-insurance/546662/|

This administration is evil

Higgedly Piggedly with an ancient ruin thrown in.

The ruins overlooking the graveyard are from 1196. Grey Abbey or as the locals call to Gryby is a small village in County Down Northern Ireland. The graveyard is younger than the Abbey, of course! But headstones date from the 16th Century onward. They are terribly higgedly piggedly. I took this photo on a visit to family last May.

Germany's far-right AfD says it is 'ready' to take advantage of political stalemate

Speaking in an interview with The Independent on Tuesday, AfD’s campaign chief in Berlin, Goetz Froemming, said if new elections are called, “we will be ready”.

The issue of immigration, which so played to AfD’s strengths two months ago, has again been the undoing of coalition talks. Specifically, Ms Merkel and her would-be allies failed to agree on the matter of family reunions for refugees.

For Mr Froemming, now an AfD member of parliament in the capital, this was a clear sign of the failure of Ms Merkel’s open-policy and enough to see the Chancellor stand down.

[link:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/germany-coalition-political-talks-angela-merkel-government-crisis-afd-new-election-vote-a8068141.html|

A woman shared a perfect example of mansplaining and things got out of control



I think I shared it because it made me laugh. It felt like the most succinct example of a conversation I have everyday. Working in a pub people (and I mean men really) assume that you’re less intelligent than them and also that they have the right to monopolise your time. This particular man had taken it upon himself to ‘educate’ me on a whole host of topics that he didn’t know anything about before we had this exchange.

She added:

The comments section is a perfect mess. Particularly the men who have tried to helpfully explain the situation back to me without understanding it at all. Many people have taken issue with the fact I’ve used the term mansplain. But in my experience I do find it an exclusively male behaviour.


[link:https://www.indy100.com/article/mansplaining-twitter-viral-tweet-harrassment-pub-maud-dromgoole-je-ne-sais-quoi-8066751|

Heh. One wonders - what is worse, mansplaining or manspreading?

Paintastic

I took this picture @ Nottinghill Carnival this year. It is part of a series of paintastic splendour. I just love this picture


A VERY big cave

Caves of Drach. I took these pictures on a trip to the Caves in September.






















Conservatives will not stop pushing the Pence rule as a solution to sexual harassment



As stories of powerful men masturbating in front of women, forcibly kissing and groping women, and forcing teenage girls’ heads into their crotch have gained national attention, it’s sparked widespread conversation about how to prevent sexual harassment and assault.

The solution seems obvious: The best way to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault of women and girls is for men not to sexually harass and assault women and girls. But conservatives appear to be less interested in finding ways to teach men how to co-exist with women, who comprise 47 percent of the U.S. labor force, than discussing how best to avoid women altogether.
In particular, conservative writers are increasingly focused on the “Mike Pence rule,” pointing out that Vice President Mike Pence does not eat dinner alone with women who are not his wife and does not go to events where alcohol is being served when his wife is not present. Pence first revealed this detail in a Washington Post article published in March.


[link:https://thinkprogress.org/conservatives-pence-rule-sexual-harassment-9da198df4e3a/|

Don't Pet the Cops



Heh

What happens if aliens are real?



Imagine if E.T., Yoda, and the Na’vi were more than just fictional beings—and what if we could talk to them from Earth? It might be possible one day, thanks to astronomers who sent a message to a star system that may have the ability to support life. The message, which included music and math, was sent in October, but it was announced to the public on Thursday, according to Scientific American.

Although we could hear back in 25 years, it’s unlikely we will, Douglas Vakoch, president of Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) International, told New Scientist.

But, what if we did?

If we hear back, there’s limited guidance in place on how to communicate with the extraterrestrial beings, according to Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer for the SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute.

“There are some protocols, but I think that’s an unfortunate name, and it makes them sound more important than they are,” Shostak told Live Science.


[link:https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/what-happens-if-aliens-are-real/|
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