Saturday Sep 15, 2007

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I've got nothing. Really.

Working my ass off, mainly about 24/7365, though I am set to head off to the outer banks of NC in two weeks. If some hurricane doesn't come along and fuck with us.

Not a great trip though. Traveling with a two year old. Connecting flights in Philadelphia, home of the 5 hour tarmac sit and the a...
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phantasy:

I took a long trip with a two year old once.

Once.

tongue

I just wanted to thank you for putting me onto Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. It has helped me beyond my wildest dreams in the past week (I am going through my existential angst again). That book means so much to me and I may never have found it if it weren't for you. kiss

Sunday Aug 19, 2007

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Well. my sweet little one turns two tomorrow. I can't believe that is has been two years. The time just seems to slip away.

Even though she is full on into the terrible twos (lays down on the floor and cries when she doesn't get her way - classic) she still makes me laugh and fills me with joy every day.

This is not...
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ascanius:

NickFaust said:
Or the bong.



That was uncalled for.

miss_adel:

Thanks so much! biggrin

Wednesday Jun 13, 2007

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Okay, crops are in the ground.

This year I am raising:
Red onions
Yellow onions (one regular and one storage variety)
Leeks
Shallots
Broccoli
Cabbage
Brussels sprouts
Spinach
Red and green leaf lettuce
Mesclun
Potatoes
Sweet corn
Green beans
Pinto beans
Grape tomatoes
Roma tomatoes
Brandywine (heirloom) tomatoes
Okra
Gourds
Cucumbers (pickling)
Herbs (Basil, Dill, Oregano, Peppermint, Cilantro, Sage, Rosemary among others)
Carrots (eating and...
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alleycake:

Haha hey, long time no talk.
Thanks for the congrats. I'm super happy about it, and I can't ever spell queue without looking it up lol.
How have you been? Hope you get to eat some of your crops. smile

messyjessy:

LOL I am glad you enjoyed my post on Duverger's Law, one of the few things I truly remember from my time as a poli. sci. undergrad tongue

Saturday Jun 09, 2007

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redbstrd:

I saw one of your posts in the Feminists group about exploitation...

Well, the notion of exploitation preceded Marxism. The use the notion sees in "all porn is exploitation" statements seems to be a bit closer to the non-Marxist (and purely denotative) sense of "to take advantage of" or "to make advantageous use of." It probably doesn't refer to the extraction of surplus value from labor.

I don't often post in the Feminists group (I am there to learn, not to teach/preach), but one of my more prolific posting sessions there was arguing for exactly what you said when you equated porn-wage labor to non-porn wage labor. All porn (if wage labor) would be exploitative in an economic sense in the same way that all other wage labor is exploitative. Employers profit from paying people less than what they produce. As such, the Marxist analysis about the exploitative nature of wage labor (whether right or wrong) is an observation about how value/profit is produced. Moralism doesn't have to color the analysis, though a moral critique can follow the analysis.

I actually would argue that the Marxist conception of "exploitation" is more analytically useful than that used by anti-porn feminists because it is at least clear about what the nature of the advantage is and how it could be remedied. For instance, a collective in which workers directly enjoy the products of their labor would be one free from exploitation (in the Marxist understanding). In contrast, an all-female porn company (owners, models, camera people, etc.) would still be "exploitative" for anti-porn feminists because of their assumption that women would never choose to engage in sex work freely and that female agency is impossible in a patriarchal society.

Granted, "exploitation" is often used even by Marxists in the general sense (and moralistic sense) of "to take advantage," but I don't think that the mistake the anti-porn feminism is doing is just rehashing Marxist analysis (which they aren't really doing). Instead, I think their mistake is assuming that exploitation is unavoidable in porn because of very bad arguments they have regarding female agency and powerlessness.

It is finals week, so my brain isn't quite at full speed. I hope I am articulate.

Thursday May 31, 2007

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Well, clearly I am back from my hiatus though I am still suffering through ups and downs with this place. But, when I need a mental break there is nothing like lampooning the idiots on the boards, or getting educated by some of the very informative stuff going up of late.

I am pretty crazed at the moment. Several projects in the air and SG...
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morgan:

Thank you!

baci:

Procrastination is great.
(munches butter + bread + wine and lumps on the internet)

I think I'm supposed to do something right now...

Wednesday May 16, 2007

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SG is boring the fuck out of me of late.

Think I will take a break.
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_pie_:

this song always touches me...

roethke:

THanks for commenting on my rejected set.

(I should take a break, too.)

Monday Apr 09, 2007

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So, I have nothing much new to say here. Waiting for spring, which, in my neck of the woods, seems to have been indefinitely postponed. Millions of things to do. Till the garden, prep the raised herb beds, prune the apple trees, fertilize, over seed the grass. Then there are the big projects-paint the barns,do the ceiling in the three season room, fences for...
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