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This is the free epic for the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. Most of the poetry is currently tied up in the half-price sale, but I just wrote this one yesterday. I finally figured out why Terramagne-America has such a better housing situation compared to here. This poem fills the "complex" square in my 2-1-19 You Are card for the Valentines Bingo fest. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Yes, some refugees today are in exactly the position of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.  They leave or they die, because some countries are killing Muslims or Christians or whatever else they've decided to hate; others are killing gays and transfolk and women who wear pants; quite a few are targeting doctors, scientists, journalists, and other intellectuals; and several just seem to be shooting anything that moves.  It's the same.  It's people fleeing genocide because they don't want to die.  

And countries are responding now just as they did to Jews: turning them away.  Oh sure, after  WWII everyone was "shocked" and "sorry" that Jews sent back to Germany were executed en masse.  After most of the Jews were safely dead and not in need of food, shelter, or any other assistance anymore.  People will turn back desperate masses and then be "shocked" and "saddened" when a toddler winds up drowned on their beach.  Well, when people are in dire situations, they will escape as best they can, and if nobody helps them do that safely then quite a lot of them will die along the way.  So everyone who supports  refugee-hostile polices becomes guilty of refoulement and shares part of the moral burden for those deaths, because their choices lead to actions that lead to dead refugees.  Those who fight for human rights are not at fault for the errors of others.
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Beautiful just to read, but incredibly useful if you write Japanese poetry such as haiku. 
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Evidently there's a terrible-sounding book on this topic, and someone decided to rant about that, with a very bad habit of equating nonviolent communication (the concept) with Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg (the book).

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While the rest of the world is going apeshit trying to ban hijab, Japan has introduced wagara kimono hijabs for the pleasure of their Muslim folks.   Not just plain hijabs that work with kimonos, but actual wagara -- Japanese aesthetics like sakura blossoms for springtime, so they actually match in ways that look nice and feel Japanese.  Fusion at its best.  <3 Japan.  
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This article talks about the impact of one's culture and its tools of thought on the interpretation of creative works

What I have to say about this is ...

*dumps whole trunk of stuff*

Look, I have Celtic threes!  Lakota fours!  Sumerian fourteens!  Chinese elements, Greek elements, that faerie set I got from some friends.  Cherokee color symbolism, Japanese, European.  Myths!  Legends!  Heroes out the wazoo!  Don't drop the Aarne-Thompson Index on your foot, that fucker's heavy.

Analyzing entertainment is so much more fun when you have ALL THE TOOLS.  There is no such thing as too many tools!  You can have fun explaining the same show six different ways.  \o/

If all you have is a hammer, then every story looks like a nail, which is ... really fucking dull, why would anyone keep watching.  Oh wait, maybe that's why some people don't read books.  0_o

I'll just be over here enjoying my toybox of cultural everything.
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New Barbie releases for 2019 include the Fashionistas line with over 100 looks, including nappy hair, a doll with a prosthetic leg, and a wheelchair accessory usable with a wide range of posable dolls.  The body shape is slightly more realistic too.

FIN-AL-LY!  \o/ 
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 The most successful genocide is when you convince your victims to do away with themselves.  Of course the American government isn't protecting people from disenrollment: fewer Indians means fewer expenses.  But government shouldn't be let off the hook just because one tribe doesn't want its members anymore.  The government still owes those people.  It just doesn't care.  It never has cared.

The only good Indian is a dead Indian.

Someone should really lay genocide charges in international court.  The evidence is pretty brutal.
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[personal profile] flamingsword wished for more stories about nonmale, nonwhite, and/or nonbinary characters.

*dump giant box of stuff on desk*

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This is the free epic for the December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] torc87 and [personal profile] readera. It also fills the "family of choice" square in my 11-5-18 card for the Family Ties Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the September 18, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] readera. It also fills the "optimism" square in my 9-1-18 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] fuzzyred, and [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It belongs to the Big One thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features earthquakes, mass casualty incidents, graphic injuries, messy medical details, life and death decisions, self-care in emergency circumstances, and other angst. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the September 18, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "amputation" square in my 3-1-18 card for the Disability Bingo fest, and the "safe" square in my 9-1-18 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] fuzzyred, and [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It belongs to Skink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features anxiety, earthquakes, mass casualty incidents, messy medical details, superpower overstrain, passing out from exhaustion, and other challenges. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "playing in the mud" square in my 11-5-18 card for the Family Ties Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] fuzzyred, and [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It belongs to the Iron Horses thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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When I was little, my parents hunted high and low for books by and about other cultures, especially Native American ones.  I searched for them in bookstores, museums, oddity shops, and events.  It was harder to find any then.  It's easier now.  Here is a list of Native American books for children by contemporary authors, just in time for holiday shopping.  I am pleased to see a range of light to dark topics, and at least one of them is bilingual.

Never forget.
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This poem is spillover from the July 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mama_kestrel, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, and R.R. It also fills the "party" square in my 7-1-18 card for the Winterfest in July fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It belongs to the Mercedes thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Friends tipped me to a few new items.

(Warning for very explicit content about genocide.)
Check out this video about a few Native American restaurants and why these are so rare.  I'm delighted to see more attention to foods inspired by tradition.  Most of it looks more fancified than I like, though.  I'm more into historic foods than haute cuisine.

The Sioux Chef has a book out and a restaurant planned.

Im in ur kitchen decolonizin ur eats.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted "Uncanny Beginnings."  Shaun goes to day care for the first time.  I love this one because it introduces color dominoes that use the Feelipa symbols.  By incorporating those into games, not only is it inclusive, it enables everyone to learn the system.  So if a person loses their color vision, or all of it, the impact is slightly less because they already know some adaptive resources to compensate.  As shown, games like this work great in any language learning context because they encourage people to use vocabulary like "red," "square," "play," "next to," and so on.   

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