PSA: Day of Blogs 2008

by matttbastard

Cara of The Curvature and Feministe is participating in today’s Day of Blogs blogathon. RAINN is the very worthy organization that is benefiting from her tireless efforts.  Go check it out–Cara will be updating every 30 minutes until 9am EDT Sunday morning.

(Full list of participants here.)

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Sunday Blogbord

by matttbastard

Enjoy the following celebration of tasty links from a variety of textural chefs:

Daisy’s Dead Air: Dead Air Church: May 4, 1970

Elle, PhD: On Double Standards and Women Paying for Men’s Actions

cripchick: the terp from helllll

Hoyden About Town: Blogging Against Disablism: Mental Illness, Stigmatisation, Coming Out

Wheelchair Dancer: BADD: Disabled People Aren’t Human, Are They?

Alas, a Blog: On Making Argument: Disability and Language, by Wheelchair Dancer

Feline Formal Shorts: “Special Needs”

Dawg’s Blog: West Bank apartheid: 2008

A Creative Revolution: Fable of the Evangelicals

mirabile dictu: Regime Change in America and Dion Silent on Bill C-484

Birth Pangs: Anti-VAW Expert: ‘Pregnant women don’t need C-484′

unrepentant old hippie: Another non-answer to the question

A Womyn’s Ecdysis: Surveying the Damage: Part I (h/t Thomas)

WOC PhD: Feminist Reading Tools for Recognizing and Countering Racism

The Apostate: Withdrawing From The Third Wave and On objectification and how bikinis can be radically feminist

A Secret Chord: A Ramble Through Objectification and Why Anti-Sex Work is Objectifying

Renegade Evolution: !@#!?!

Muslimah Media Watch: ‘Chay’ is for What?

Jack @ Feministe: Feminism without fragmentation

Orcinus: Things Americans don’t like to talk about

AngryBlackBitch: By request – Debunking Acceptable Blackness through the second coming of the Rev. Wright drama…

the regina mom: MAYDAY! MAYDAY! Bills 5 & 6 are anti-woman!

zunguzungu: Some Uneducated Speculations on “The African Novel” in Tanzania

Burning Words: Why I could never join the Labor Party and The end of the line

Scriptoids: Working hard for the money

Saying Nothing Charmingly: Now Taking Donations

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Monday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

So much for my day off. Somehow ended up agreeing to work the night shift. Sigh–hate going out in this blustery, blizzardy weather; love you all.

(There’s always a fire burning over @ Fuck Mountain.)

Lenin’s Tomb: Sartre’s Godless Philosophy (h/t Jack Stephens)

All About Race: Disney does Dumb

Anti-Choice is Anti-Awesome: Mothering Mary

unrepentant old hippie: What’s the definition of “insanity” again?

Too Sense: Too Sense Sunday: The Jew In Hip-hop and Iowa Is So Far From Over

10 Zen Monkeys: The Open Source Party Proposal and The QuestionAuthority Proposal

Hoyden About Town: Unilever Ad Man Simon Clift Spells Out the “Joke” to Guerilla Cyber Feminists

a k8, a cat, a mission: December Scientiae Carnival!

Black Looks: Quick Links

A Creative Revolution: Hope You’re Sitting Down

The Galloping Beaver: Firefighters being trained as domestic spies

The Vanity Press: One More Crappy Idea

Feminist Peace Network: Guatemalan Shoe Company’s Macabre Ad Campaign

Slant Truth: 16 Days Of Action Against Gender Violence – Day 7

Red Jenny: Greg Palast on the anti-Chavez Hysteria

The Newshoggers: To Divide And Conquer The Unruly Province Of Iraq (h/t IOZ)

the life of pinky bear: Ti(RED): World AIDS Day and the Coporate Profit Machine (h/t misscripchick)

Feministe: What trans means to me (h/t Lisa)

The Cylinder: Taxi to the Dark Side

The Stormy Days of March: Awww! and Awww! Part 2

pogge: Wingnut welfare: Wolfowitz edition

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Stanek Family Values

by matttbastard

A pro-life serial killer; domestic (mob) violence portrayed as virtuous (hey, he was doin’ it for teh unbornz!)

Jeebus.

Are fetus-fetishizing conservatwits entirely allergic to irony?  Much as I’m loathe to utilize the overused ‘fucking for virginity’ analogy, in this instance I think it fits perfectly. “Way twisted,” indeed.

h/t JJ Hippie

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Thursday Blogwhoring: 3.6 Hrs != Enough

by matttbastard

Remind me to stop sacrificing sleep for obsessive late night blogging/research. Candle = burnt. Both ends; no wick nor wax remains.

Love, etc.

(Blah blah blah Melissa McEwan = teh r0x0r)

Feministe: What Color Are the Holes in Your Parachute? (La Lubu is a national treasure [h/t myca – so much for teh link embargo])

The Angry Black Woman: The Grass is Always Greener

The Silence of Our Friends: Bitter Laughter (h/t Donna Darko)

Creekside: Harper chooses gay superhero to be new symbol of Canada

Impolitical: Must…repeat…North…Star…:)

Shakesville: Shocking: Hate Peddlers Also Lying Douchebags

A Creative Revolution: Reality has a well known liberal bias……

Bene Diction Blogs On: Elections Canada – opps. 1 million voters not eligible (h/t April Reign)

AverageBro: The Gubb’ment Doesn’t Care About Your Nana’s Right To Vote

unrepentant old hippie: Code Pink activists detained

Women of Color Blog: “Hopelessly Deadlocked”

Cubically Challenged: Women, Belonging, Ownership

Slant Truth: The Blackface Files Return (oh for fucks sake)

Anti-Choice is Anti-Awesome: Meet Beard-o

AngryBlackBitch: Bad Boy vodka?

Dymaxion World: Trying to lose

Birth Pangs: Girls and Women, Girls and Women, Girls and Women

April Reign: Anger, Resentment & Politics (PREACH!)

ex-lion tamer: why i like science fiction

Girl, Dislocated: As uneventful as it gets, part 1 and part 2

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Quote Of The Day: “An Injury to One is an Injury to All”

by matttbastard

There are no current representations of [union workers] in the mainstream media. We have long since fallen out of favor as subjects of photographs or other works of art. There are no interviews, roundtables or summits disseminated in the news media featuring the knowledge and opinions of our leaders, let alone that of the rank and file. Newspapers have long since eliminated their “labor beats.” There are no holidays in honor of our national heroes of labor; no day off for Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, Asa Philip Randolph, Cesar Chavez. No chapters in our children’s schoolbooks that give recognition to our history, our struggles, our triumphs, or our defeats.

Making us faceless, makes us disposable.

Without our presence, media imagery of unions and union workers is distorted. This distortion serves to make our interests—and those of our unorganized brothers and sisters, unimportant. Whining, even. Aren’t we glad to just have a job?

 […] 

Back in the day, [union workers] had our own forms of media. We published our own newspapers (in several languages), held rallies and night classes for our memberships. We did not rely on other to tell our truths. As corporate control of the media tightens, as our publically-owned analog airwaves are scheduled to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, I can’t help but wonder why we are not more active in pursuing our own interests in this realm. We need to do a better job of supporting the pro-labor media that exists, and create new forms of our own. Our survival, individually and collectively, depends on it. We will not hear from the mass media how the erosion of the eight-hour day contributes to rising injury and death rates at work. We will not hear how understaffing and doing more work with fewer people results in more illness, injury and repetitive-use injuries. We will not hear critiques of the repeal of the Illinois Scaffolding Act; we will not get answers to our question on why Illinois still does not have an Electrical Licensing Act. We may be informed that we have a new OSHA director and a new MSHA director, yet we won’t hear about their backgrounds or why they were chosen to lead these critical agencies. New OSHA director Edwin G. Foulke made his bones being the OSHA expert at Jackson Lewis, a huge law firm specializing in union busting. Richard Stickler, our new MSHA director, was the head of mine safety in Pennsylvania during the time of teh Quecreek mine near-disaster, where fortunately nine trapped miners were rescued. He was notable for presiding over mines wih an injury rate double the national average. Every year, we celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a giant who lived among us—and every year, during the retelling of the story of his assassination, the mass media neglects to mention that the sanitation workers’ strike that Dr. King went to Memphis to support, was in response to the deaths of two workers. Even here in Springfield, with the plethora of historical information offered to tourists, there is no mention of John L. Lewis, or that his house still stands near Washington Park. There is no plaque to identify it; it remains an unacknowleged part of our past.

– La Lubu, A Worker’s Memorial

Goddamn.  La Lubu really, really needs to post more often.

Related: if you haven’t already, make sure to bookmark and/or subscribe to LabourStart, a pro-labour global media hub definitely worthy of attention, support, solidarity.

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Thursday Blogwhoring: The Chairman Of The Bored

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Even when mired in the depths of illness and ennui, love reign o’er me! (Once again, Melissa McEwen gets the lion’s share of props. Rawr, etc.)

First Draft: ‘Not My Job’ and Those darn hurricanes are never there when you need them!

AngryBlackBitch: Lies beget lies beget lies beget drama…

Lenin’s Tomb: Which ones are the Nazis again?

Rox Populi: Attention MSM

at-Largely: This is what passes for journalism at the JPost these days…

Arms and influence: O captains, our captains

Dawg’s Blawg: The anthropology of blogging (1)

Montreal Simon: The Throne Speech: Is it Time to Leave Canada?

Renegade Evolution: Why we love Amber & Trinity, entitlement, and other assorted tales…

Nexy’s Cocoon: on mutilation & provocation

Daisy’s Dead Air: October 16, 1859

The Galloping Beaver: “What would be their specific need to see?”

Anti-Choice is Anti-Awesome: Some Days it’s Hard to Think of a Title

Leftist Looney Lunchbox: DNA pioneer’s lecture cancelled after comments on race (“Me thinks they ought to revoke his nobel…” Ditto.)

Jack and Jill Politics: Tis the Season to Claim Black Inferiority and Dr. James Watson — Racist

Feministe: Why diversity is important, Why not illegalize it?, OMG Teh Hysterical Feminists Again! and Questionable statistics

Idolator: Is Indie Rock Black Enough? Presenting The Sasha Frere-Jones Score and The Sasha Frere-Jones Score: Emo Swings More Than Acoustic Guitars Do (via Racialicious)

Tiny Cat Pants: Who Does Kay Brooks Hate More–Men or Women? (via Feline Formal Shorts)

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