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P.T.Penguino

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I have been severely depressed for a few weeks.
I have done... almost nothing. Except sleeping & it's NOT relaxing.

Making new calendar pages for the next few months.
Funny how I get the new pages made and want to be using them right away. I glued some of the new checklists, cut from spare single-side copies or misprints made in the process of getting them right, onto the existing pages




"When a staid American institution is declared dead, the news media like to haul the same usual suspect before the court of public opinion: the Millennial generation.

The 80 million–plus people born in the United States between the early 1980s and the late 1990s stand accused of assassinating various hallmarks of modern life. The list of the deceased includes golf, department stores, the McDonald’s McWrap, and canned tuna. Millennials tore up napkins, threw out mayonnaise, and mercifully disposed of divorce and Applebee’s before graduating to somewhat postmodern crimes: “Have Millennials Killed Serendipity?” With the national murder rate in long-term decline, it may even be said that Millennials are killing killing."
- Derek Thompson, The Economy Killed Millennials

Trained Crows

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The clerk at the hardware store was mindlessly squishing the bag of freeze-dried meal worms I was in the process of paying for on the keypad. Just, I hate when I have to interact with the machines, because they are all a little different & sometimes they misbehave, and for every new screen I had to navigate, she was s l o w l y squishing from one hand to the other... it's a cool texture, sure? but I don't want to be feeding the birds worm powder, I want to feed them whole worm-curls. Augh. & the more stressed I get, the more likely the machine is going to malfunction.
So I just have to just... be calm....

Wholesome.
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Raffi!!


Affirmative
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      Probably I have told you all the story of my first trans-affirmation, sunrise in the field with the pheasants & Grandpa said Yes! when I asked “Am I Man?”
      The second was when I was twelve, away at camp, I was writing stories, and let a girl from my cabin read them. She said, “You write like a boy. You don’t think like a girl at all.” I felt complimented, flattered...? even though she probably meant it more as an insult than a critique.
      The third trans-affirmation was when I was almost thirty, at a coffee meet. There were some army boys, two older fellows of the almost thirty age, and some real young fellows. I was talking about genital surgery being unnecessary, not requisite. As a man, there is no one who will demand to peek into my pants and see my penis, because having a penis is not actually required of being a man. The young boys had the glassy look of first exposure to a mind-bending new concept, but one of the older fellows declared, “A penis is absolutely not required to be a man.” The boys said, “Sir, yes sir.” My heart was aglow. 💚 We turned the conversation around to include our womenfolk, that the intimate bits she’s got up under the ruffles are none of your business. Unless such opportunity arises as one might be discovering those secrets, then conversation veered over to consent & other sexy stuff like that. Just, normalizing the idea of trans-folk in along with all the other questions of dating and sexuality.
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Stop For Pedestrians
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I am usually helping older folks across my busy street. This was a big burly tattoo & piercings man, but with a daughter in tow, he wasn’t acting the fearless force of nature these sorts tend towards, but the bear had a cub. They were off the curb, in the sidewalk properly, but not moving forward. Cars sped by without slowing. I GET SO MAD! pedestrians have the right-of-way. I spotted a good break between cars, and strode out to the center of the road and stopped there. The one car, more than half a block away, had plenty of time and room to stop, but scarcely slowed before slamming the brakes, as if absolutely incredulous I was actually going to enforce this stupid law. The cars coming the other way did a better job at crossingwalk etiquette.
The man & child crossed timidly, and as he passed, he asked me, “Aren’t you afraid to get hit?” I said, “No.”

Not at all.
If I get hit, I am going straight through the windshield at that driver & dragging him to Hell with me as I go. Or, this is the contempt & rage that boils in my heart, and the sentiment is not lost on those drivers whose time I waste & brakes I test.

Stop for pedestrians.
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The Disturbing Evolution of Lock Her Up

Talking to Twitter Abusers
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Remembering how good it felt to be talked to as a human when I was a wee thing, I talk nonsense noises only to animals.


There was one time, I was sitting in a park with some friend's cousin, and her baby. I was sorta playing with the baby, showing him picnic table debris (sticks, leaves) and explaining about what they were, where they came from, and how I knew that. Sometimes I would offer him a thing to hold, but only, I solemnly explained, if he did NOT put it in his mouth. Being like a year, eighteen months, or whatever, of course he was all but helplessly compelled to put things in his mouth. It is fun to watch the gears grinding, as the baby T R I E S to resist the instinctual temptation. So then as he started to move the thing towards the drool-hole, I plucked it from his hand & started showing him something new. It's a dumb game to play with babies, yeah. But it kills the time while the other adults are talking about people I don't even know, whatever.
Eventually, the friend's cousin turns to me and says, "I don't know why you talk to him like that, it's not like he understands you."
I smiled at her big and kindly, and said, "He probably understands more than you think."
The baby looked at me, and looked at her, and he looked at me for a long time. It is difficult to read the thoughts a big blank drooling baby face, sometimes - but it seemed very much that he understood that exchange pretty well.

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      In the past ten years, SCIENCE found that there are At Least two (2) types of bisexuals! Emerging sciences is always so exciting. Fifteen years ago, when they developed a method for identifying and quantifying attraction & found the first type (unresponsive to either male or female pheromones), I was fairly certain they were incorrect in the assertion that "this is what makes some people bisexual". So, when the researchers announced that further studies had identified this second type (responsive to both female and male pheormones), I was delighted (and my personal experience validated... by Science).
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i really do care, don't you?
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Mediaeval Theocracy

bayesian
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Mississippi River Ribbon Map



This Is America

Dirty Computer

The Real Horror of "Handmaids"



Allergy Explosion
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