May 4, 2014
commented on $15 Minimum Wage And Other Unachievable Goals
I teach at a university in Chile and we got May 1st (and 2nd) off for labor day. I explained to my students the origin of May 1st as a holiday since I figured they should know why they don't have to come to class. They weren't very impressed. Maybe it would have gone over better if I had told them about the original Beltane rituals.
Apr 23, 2014
commented on Bi-sexual But Hetero-Amorous
Hmm, I am the opposite - homosexual, but bi-romantic. I think there are three types of attraction- sexual, emotional, and intellectual. Ideally in a LTR you have all 3, but you can have relationships with 1 or 2. I get emotionally and intellectually attracted to men, but never sexually. I am super clear about this, but even so I think I have broken a few hearts.
Jan 28, 2014
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Fuck the Boss?
I agree with everyone so to make this comment thread more entertaining here is a conversation that happened in my last job evaluation meeting with my boss (me: out gay female, boss: married man)
boss: have you ever had a boyfriend?
me: are you surprised?
boss: i just think you are really attractive.. as a woman.
me: huh (weird look)
boss: so i would think men would want to date you
me: umm, ok, but I don't want to
boss: not even try it?
And to top it off he brought it up again in our next chat and when I suggested that line of questioning might have been inappropriate he couldn't figure out why. Sigh, Chile...
Nov 9, 2013
commented on The Closet
I used to have those conversations with small kids all the time and it never made me mad. I love that kids will just say the things that I know adults are thinking. I would usually respond with something like, 'I haven't decided yet, because you can be whatever you want.' Generally not the answer the embarrassed parents wanted to hear....
Oct 13, 2013
commented on The Sunday Morning News
Changing the subject... your quote from the article about the Indigenous March Against Columbus Day is rather misleading. The quote from the article is about a police action on Mapuche activists south of Santiago earlier in the week. It happened after I left but if I had to guess the police clashing with protesters at the march in Santiago yesterday was provoked. Basically all marches in Santiago end with people throwing shit at the police and them responding.
Jun 18, 2013
commented on Sao Paulo and the Right to the City
Worth mentioning the protests are also in response to government spending on the World Cup next year while public services, like transit, are overcrowded and expensive. Football may be God in Brazil, but FIFA isn't.
Jun 11, 2013
commented on What Kind of Crazy, Untrustworthy People Do Our Intelligence Agencies Hire, Anyway?
While we are bragging about how smart we are... I was a math major in college and did a summer program for female math majors. A woman from the NSA came to talk to us and all I remember is her saying the NSA is a great place to work for women because it is top secret so you can't take work home with you.
The next summer I did a research program on graph theory and as soon as I showed up they made me sign over anything I thought of to the NSA. I ask the professor what were the applications of our project and he said computer artificial intelligence. Luckily we didn't come up with much, but we did a poster at the joint math conference that winter. One person came up to our poster and said she was doing the same research. I looked down at her name badge and it said DOD. And that was the end of my math career.
May 22, 2013
commented on I, Anonymous
Chile receives these "donations" by the ton. (It is definitely a business.) People buy 100 kilo bales of clothes shipped in from the US and resell them on the street. I can go to thrift stores here and peruse racks and racks of unworn t-shirts from charity races, christian summer camps, and family reunions being sold at higher prices than in the US. Seriously, people in the US need to stop making t-shirts for every event.