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This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth and [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug, plus discussions with Dreamwidth user Dialecticdreamer.  It also fills the "possessions" square in my 7-30-14 card for the Genprompt Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to Granny Whammy thread of the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] aoifes_isle. It also fills the "anticipation" square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored out of the general fund, based on an audience poll. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem is from the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] aoifes_isle, [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah, [personal profile] rix_scaedu, LJ user the_vulture, and Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "atonement" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It belongs to the series Tripping into the Future, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

WARNING: This poem deals with war, weapons of mass destruction, isolation, and depression.  If these are touchy topics for you, please think carefully before deciding whether you want to read onward.






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This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.

WARNING: For Adolf Hitler. Because Hitler is always a warning. Nazi propaganda, nontelepathic mind control, ugly history.

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This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.

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This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.


"Politics, Cartoon Physics, and the Elasticity Factor"


The Tea Party gets their truths
from the ACME Corporation,
wrapped in giant rubber bands.

Somehow nothing ever works
quite the way they expected,
and they're always surprised when
things snap back and hit them in the face,

but then, they don't have much grasp
of physics, cartoon or otherwise, and
this isn't really a super-genius of an organization.

* * *

Notes:

The ACME Corporation is a staple of Warner Brothers cartoons.  They sell Giant Rubber Bands in a variety of sizes.

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Captain America shares his views on immigration.  You really don't want to be leaning over that guy when he goes off. 
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Apparently Satanists are asserting their religious right to make medical decisions based on science, and claiming that distorted anti-abortion propaganda violates their rights.  So, Satanists are treating people better than Christians are.

Why War?

Jun. 16th, 2014 03:23 am
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 A soldier has something to say about war in Iraq.  It is very well said and pulls no punches.
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The Tesla company, a leading manufacturer of electric cars, has just ditched their patents in favor of placing that information into open source access.  The goal is to encourage more people to use the designs to create more and better zero-emission cars.  

Like copyright, patents began as a way of protecting intellectual property so that people could profit from their work and would thereby be encouraged to invent more things, thus benefitting everyone.  Currently patents have become a morass of legal mayhem that stifles innovation as much as copyright does.  The current trend toward open-source work shows how sharing instead of hoarding can also result in more goodies for everyone.  

The challenge we have here is making sure that our creators -- whatever their field -- have some reliable way of making a living so that they can make the goodies we all enjoy.  Crowdfunding is great for individual projects.  Some people have done really well at it.  I'm one of them; although it's not enough for a secure living, it's a stupendous success in light of poetry's marginal position in this society.  But crowdfunding doesn't tend to produce a steady  income stream.  Some other things that have been proposed include a Basic Income and a Reverse Income Tax, both of which would ensure that everyone has enough to meet basic needs.  We need to do something, because it's clear that corporations no longer want to employ people at a living wage, so we can't rely on them to keep the economy running anymore.  Somebody else needs to step in and make sure that citizens have a way to meet their needs, so that they can do things like invent stuff, write stuff, raise the next generation, and pay bills.
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 Who owns science fiction?  We all do.  Everyone gets to write, buy, and read whatever they want.  You can show people your dreams, or your nightmares, or both.  This is how we think about what could destroy the Earth, or save it.  Tell ALL the stories!
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Someone has proposed a learning disability for foreign languages.  

Actually, humans are born with their language window wide open.  It begins to close in early childhood.  At the onset of puberty, most people find learning a new language to be challenging.  By adulthood, almost everyone finds it difficult and it is downright impossible for many.  This is NORMAL.  Some people have a gift for languages and their window does not close.  Yay!  I'm one of them.  It makes me weird.  It doesn't make you mentally handicapped if you can't do it.  

If you want people to learn multiple languages fluently, all you have to do is raise them that way from the beginning, like civilized nations do.  America introduces foreign languages late so people will NOT be able to learn them well; that's not an accident, not a learning disability, it is linguistic imperialism.  Waiting until people are too old to learn a skill well, and then tormenting them for doing it poorly, is just sadistic.

The stupid, it burns like hydrogen. 

EDIT: People with learning disabilities may have issues which affect their native language and then make foreign languages much more difficult.  One of my readers thoughtfully linked this article about teaching foreign languages to LD students.
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 I came across this favorite song today, "The Freakin' FCC."  That's basically my opinion on censorship.
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 A Wisconsin judge slammed homophobic arguments while striking down marriage discrimination.  I'm amused to see her making some of the same points I have.  Thanks to my partner Doug for the link.
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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl, inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug.  You can read more about Hungary and its crops online.

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Many things are chalked up to prejudice or poor decision-making that aren't necessarily so.  This study indicates that mental work takes energy, which can be depleted; and when it's depleted, people tend to choose the default option because it's easier.  There may be prejudice in the nature of the defaults, but it doesn't necessarily belong to that person; such things are readily absorbed from the environment.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)

This poem came out of the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth and [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman.  It has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth.  This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.


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This article looks at grocery stores and restaurants as they relate to customer politics.

With groceries, I can rarely afford to shop my conscience; I shop survival most of the time.  But I favor places like our food co-op as much as I can.

With restaurants, I like a wide range of food, but I require places that can accommodate my quirks.  Ironically this is often easier at conservative restaurants which tend toward simpler food.  I like both Cracker Barrel and California Pizza Kitchen.  But it's Cracker Barrel I think of as comfort food.  California Pizza is something I make at home, because I like the flavors; the restaurant wasn't actually as good.  I often favor small-business restaurants over chains, but there are some chains I really like.  Five Guys is a recent addition to our hamburger havens, for instance.  I have temporarily or permanently avoided places because they did something unbearably obnoxious.  (Chik-Fil-A is barely a notch above fresh carrion on things to eat if starving.)  Mostly I focus on the food.  

The fact that my tracks cross political lines is ... actually reflective of my patchwork politics, leaning liberal but with some conservative swatches that stick out.
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This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "ice" square on the public card for the Spring and Autumn Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to The Ocracies series.

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