Man, I miss Slayers.
Just put on Reign in Blood.
mon tumblr personnel (it's mostly gin-soaked angst, fair warning).
Man, I miss Slayers.
Just put on Reign in Blood.
The problem is that you can’t help people by telling them what to do. You can help people by asking them what you can do with them and for them. That’s the common difficulty with a lot of campaigns for public health.
Hmm, this actually sounds delicious. It might make a good substitute for the red wine/coffee drink I found once in Lidl and never again, tho’ never will I cease searching. I guess it was just too strange for Southend.
Sidenote (obviously not directed against sfuffaboutcomics): I really, really hate how ‘classy’ has become such a widely-used term of approval. Can people not hear what they’re saying or do they not care?
Used “classy” as an example for class (in both senses) once. Got the students to describe what it meant. Then we discussed “do you think this is associated with what the upper classes think is good stuff?”
I illustrated this by showing them the tricks I learned from my debutante Grandmother (walking with a book on my head in my pumps, for example). All of which is very classy. in a profoundly illustrative sense.
“Patu! is a startling documentary about the mass civil disobedience that took place throughout New Zealand during the winter of 1981, in protest against a South African rugby tour. Testament to the courage and faith of both the filmmakers and marchers, Patu! is a landmark in New Zealand’s film history. It staunchly contradicts claims by author Gordon McLauchlan a couple of years earlier that New Zealanders were “a passionless people” (From the descrip on Youtube).
In case anyone is remotely interested, here are the pages printed in From Earth’s End. This will be my last massive post of self-involvement for today.
- Johanna, probably telling the truth.
Shout-out to the Kelburn Shame, 1/2 cheap red wine (and it must be cheap. Good wine will make this cocktail taste very bad, trust me), 1/2 coke. I prefer coke zero as it doesn’t have the metallic taste of Diet Coke, but also doesn’t have the instant-hangover inducing sugar content of regular coke.
As some loyal friends has informed me, in the wider world it goes by many names: kalimotxo; cocavino; houba wine (thank you aaronmfking), but my reasoning for calling it what I do is here:
Yes! Jewish Christmas. Travel somewhere hot, avoid family, eat Chinese food (you’re mixing it up a bit, that’s cool too). Remember to go to the movies on Christmas day, then your Jewish Christmas is complete. We’re going to rent Big Trouble in Little China.
Okay, this is a weird question, but I am suddenly compelled to ask, based on the sheer number of Hanukkah posts and personal conversations on the subject of background and religion I’ve had here, but is everyone who I’m now tumblr friends with through AmCap Jewish? (Except coreomajoris - I know you’re Catholic!) Because it’s seriously making me start to wonder if there’s some natural sympatico between a trad. Catholic humor/worldview (which I would squarely place my self into) and a Jewish one. I am suddenly really interested!
This would be doubly interesting since I totally write Steve as a Protestant.
In the US, the black churches have teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get cigarette advertising out of low-income black neighborhoods. (They organized their campaigns first, and then the government offered them money.) It’s not just that poor people want easily accessible pleasures. It’s that cigarette companies flog their product to vulnerable people.
The state also sells a lot of lottery tickets to people who can’t afford them.
You basically can’t make this stuff illegal, but you also can’t blame individuals who get addicted to nicotine.
I feel like the middle ground has to be community organizing to get the right support rather than depending on the government agencies to get it right on their own. This is where I’m the middle-class biddy, of course. I do believe in reformist solutions that take grants and so on.
I also don’t want to lie back and let everything go to shit in my country, which I basically have (we all have) and it basically is. Piecemeal, reformist solutions feel ridiculous, but you have to start somewhere with something. Promoting smoking to low-income people in the US is only one of a whole spectrum of actions that constitute environmental racism. At some point we all have to stand up in solidarity. Look at our rates of asthma here. We are the shame of the Western Hemisphere.
Sometimes it’s all too vast and I don’t even know what I can do. I think right now, I have to go to bed.
I don’t believe that the point of health campaigns is to make you feel guilty for smoking or whatever. I think sometimes, health campaigns just throw darts at a target and hope one hits. You mentioned the temperance movement. Those people really wanted to help, and their tactics completely backfired. It’s not intention that makes things work. I think more people have good intentions than get credit for it, because we all fuck up so much. The point isn’t for individual people to feel like shit, though. The point is to have the information and make a rational choice about it, considering the current situation and current levels of support.
Well, see that makes a hell of a lot of sense to me - I agree that these companies market to vulnerable people, and I think that’s hideous (and actually, I think advertising in general is hideous. While freely available product information is one thing, attempts to manipulate… I just see no excuse for it. And I’m aware that makes me a crazy Frankfurt-schooler, but I don’t mind. It’s my line in the sand). And I also agree that when movements come from the community, then that’s a different ballpark all together. I am all for, for example, in anti-smoking initiatives that have come from within Maori communities, for Maori communities. I think it’s great that workplaces are smokefree, and that smoking cessation help is subsidised. No problem with any of that. Everything that supports people in making a choice not to smoke is a-ok with me. So we’re in total agreement about having the information to make a rational choice.
I do, however, think that this now, as it was with the temperance movement, is a mixed bag, because a sin tax isn’t giving me information, it’s penalizing me for smoking. And that makes me suspicious. I think that’s quite documented with regard to the temperance movement, or at least I recall reading about it (here, for example, it was tied up with Plunket, the childbirth and early childrearing organization, that at that time was openly dedicated to eugenics of the “more children from the fit (white) and less children from the unfit (not white)” variety, and was strongly tied with “educating” Maori to speak only English, and to train only for working class employment, as well as interventioning working class women with bibles and lectures about how to properly raise children. The movement had a strong, documented strand of regulating the morality of the poor (WASPs still managed to drink plenty, after all), as much as it also had a strong strand of general attempts at social reform. A good example, in a way, is the Saltaire industrial community in the UK, around the turn of the century. The workers who staffed the factory and lived in the purpose built town were forbidden from smoking and drinking, required to attend church, and had a curfew, and generally were required to conform to a very Victorian morality even in their leisure time - but at the same time, they had healthcare, housing, subsidised food and education, and a number of things so many other workers didn’t have. It is, as always, a balancing act, between providing for the welfare of citizens, and requiring citizens to be “good enough” to deserve welfare by the standards of their social “betters” (the coda being that those in the position to decide who gets welfare are not subject to the same regulation).