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This poem is spillover from the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Laffingkat. It also fills the "myth / fable" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer.

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This poem came out of discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "usual suspects" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. This poem belongs to the FORK thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.


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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by a discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "face to face" square on my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. This poem belongs to the FORK thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, following the events of the story "Keeping Warm" and demifiction "Corporation Sues Man."

WARNING: This poem features bigotry and hateful slurs.  If these are sensitive topics for you, please consider your mindstate before deciding whether you want to read further.

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Here's an article about grafting fruit-bearing branches onto sterile trees in city landscapes. 
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "bluffing" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Here's a terrific breakdown, with technical details, which disproves the fallacy that "If you can speak, you can breathe."

Humans need oxygen to survive.  Not enough oxygen, they die.  There are a lot of things that can go wrong with oxygen transmission.  That's why the FIRST rule of emergency aid is Airway, Breathing, Circulation.  

Also it is not okay to kill someone because they are annoying you.  Killing is a last resort for when someone is actively trying to kill or maim you or someone else.  Once they are no longer an active threat, it is not okay to kill them.  It is also not okay to let them die or to prevent other people from rendering medical aid.

Basically, don't act like a B-movie villain.

I have a supervillain, Farce, who has asthma.  It does not stop her from being a supervillain, but does complicate her life.  Her nemesis is the superhero Damask, and there are some interesting fights that involve Farce's breathing problems.  For the introduction, see "Weaving Damask."
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America currently condones torture, as revealed in a recent report. (That link is fairly graphic.)  They prefer to call it other things, and to purport that it is acceptable. However, it goes on causing all the problems that torture naturally causes, such as breaking people and inciting hatred of the torturers ... and frequently anyone associated with them, like their entire country. But let's look at a dictionary:

torture
noun [C/U] /ˈtɔr·tʃər/ US
› an injury or severe mental pain:
[C] All drivers suffer the tortures of traffic and bad weather.
› Torture is also the act of injuring someone or making someone suffer in an effort to force that person to do or say what you want to be done or said:
[U] The museum has many examples of instruments of torture.
torture
verb [T] /ˈtɔr·tʃər/ US
› to cause great physical or mental pain to someone:
She was tortured by the memory of their last argument.

Yes, the actions described in the report are torture.  Now consider that the people who ordered these heinous acts, and those who performed them, are walking around free.  Having done these things, how do you think they view their fellow human beings?  Do you think they treat others with dignity and respect?  Or are they out there verbally, physically, and sexually abusing more people because they think it is somehow okay  to do these things?  This doesn't make anyone safer.  It makes the world an uglier and more dangerous place.  Justified?  Let me tell you this:

The end does not justify the means.  The means determine the end.
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This is a gorgeous piece of activist animation, complete with Haida language and culture, reminding people to protect the waters so that our descendants can live.
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In the long ugly debate of blaming the victim for many crimes, clothing often comes into question, and the general agreement is that clothes don't cause crimes, criminals cause crimes.

However, there is one clothing change that is very old, and if you can make it work, then it reduces certain types of crime by quite a lot -- crossdressing.  You have to be good enough to PASS or it just makes you more of a target.  But if men are looking for a woman to rape, and they think you're a man, they'll ignore you.  If they're looking for a man to murder, and they think you're a woman, they'll ignore you.

Right now, being a black man makes you look like murder bait to some people who are considered free to murder anyone they want with little chance of reprisal.  So I figured that I would point out this historic solution.  It's not ideal, but it might keep people breathing long enough to effect a longer-term solution. 
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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills the "fate" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem belongs to The Ocracies series.

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This poem was inspired by the "rejection" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics and is a direct sequel to "A Perspective, Not the Truth" and has some roots in the events at Ferguson, Missouri. I have posted it here as a reflection on how people can, collectively, work on creating a society worth living in.

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One protest against the disgraceful situation in Ferguson is calling for a boycott.  Instead of shopping at mainstream stores this holiday season, consider these independent black-owned businesses
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Using scrap paper and a recycling bin

You could then demo every other privilege represented among the students -- sex, race, etc. -- by having them move their seats.  You could further demonstrate the importance of maneuverability represented by allowing students to move forward to take a better shot -- that you aren't necessarily stuck where you start.
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This is the freebie for the November Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It fills the "genetics" square in the Science Bingo Fest public card. This poem belongs to the project Nine for the Nebula's Heart.

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This poem is spillover from the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer  and Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "evening the odds" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Make sure that the people violating your rights KNOW that they are violating your rights with this handy Amendment IV t-shirt with metallic ink.  Notifications like this actually boost the negative karma for violators because it's the metaphysical equivalent of breaking and entering through a locked door.  No claim of ignorance or accident is possible.
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No, not spies on television.  Televisions that spy on people.  Things like this are why I'm getting less and less inclined to buy new stuff.  It tends to come with dealbreaker features.  Given a choice between being abused or going without important goods and services, I usually choose to go without.  This frustrates me.  With a television, not so much, because they've pretty much lost my eyeballs forever for a million different reasons.  But other stuff moving in the same direction really worries me.
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So my partner Doug is out listening to music videos, and he called me over to listen to a performance of "Follow the Drinking Gourd."  It occurred to me that with all the voter suppression going on ... people could sing these songs  from the Underground Railroad in the two-hour-long lines.  Labor songs are another good source of ideas.  Might get you arrested, of course, but imagine how that  would look in the news.  And the people banned from voting?  Could do this across the street from the polls.
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This poem came out of the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] moriwen1  and [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It fills the "internet / social media" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo  fest, and the "Epistolary fic: Emails, letters, etc." square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo  fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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