- Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees, passed away this morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 66. I have to admit, I'm a big Monkees fan so this sucks not only because he was too young to go, but because he was so awesome. This is one of my favorite songs that he sang:
- My hometown of Springfield, OH rejected an ordnance to give the LGBT community protection under the law against discrimination. I am ashamed and embarrassed to call this hillbilly town home, and this shows why I can not wait to move away from here:
- I don't normally post military stuff here, but two stories have come up that tug at me.
- The first is that a Coast Guard plane went down in Mobile Bay. One crew member is dead, and three others are missing. My baby brother is in the Coast Guard, and I have the utmost respect for what they do for our country. This story is heartbreaking.
- The second is about that viral picture of the Marine being embraced by his partner after his return home. The picture is not only touching and historical, but it captures this couple's first kiss.
- Blizzard fired 600 employees, but not anyone from the World of Warcraft team.
- Ninety percent of the cut staff were in departments unrelated to game development, the company said. Blizzard does not expect the news to affect upcoming games Diablo III, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, or StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.
- There is a new Avengers trailer out, and it's really cool. I'll also never get over how much Jeremy Renner looks like my boyfriend in this movie, a fact about which I will never, ever complain.
- Today is Leap Day. What are you going to do with this extra day?
- I don't normally shill for a company that doesn't need my help, but ever since Starbucks came out in support of same sex marriage in Washington state, they have been under fire from the far right. There is even a boycott against them, which lead to the creation of the Facebook event "I'm going to Starbucks BECAUSE they support gay marriage!" So if you support gay marriage (and if you don't, this isn't the blog for you) and support Starbucks using their influence and power to promote civil rights, then please join this event and help spread the word.
Good Internet Reads
- Not a read, but this civil rights video shook me to the bone:
- Raising Powerful Girls
- Powerful girls grow up feeling secure in themselves. They learn to take action, making positive choices about their own lives and doing positive things for others. They think critically about the world around them. They express their feelings and acknowledge the feelings and thoughts of others in caring ways. Powerful girls feel good about themselves and grow up with a "can-do" attitude. Of course, strong girls may (like all of us) have times of insecurity and self-doubt, but these feelings aren't paralyzing because the girls have learned to work through their problems. Powerful girls will grow up to lead full, valuable lives.
- The Pill and Patriarchy
- Until the condom, the diaphragm, the Pill, the IUD, and all the subsequent variants of hormonal fertility control came along, anatomy really was destiny — and all of the world’s societies were organized around that central fact. Women were born to bear children; they had no other life options. With a few rebellious or well-born exceptions (and a few outlier cultures that somehow found their way to a more equal footing), the vast majority of women who’ve ever lived on this planet were tied to home, dependent on men, and subject to all kinds of religious and cultural restrictions designed to guarantee that they bore the right kids to the right man at the right time — even if that meant effectively jailing them at home.