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May 15, 2014 analemma commented on Cinco de Mayo and Dressing Up Like "a Mexican".
@27 your comment confused me for a hot minute before I realized you thought I was Mexican. For the record, I'm white, but I guess you're trying to say that Mexicans stole where they were living from Indians before they lost the Spanish American war? Pretty weird thing to say considering that lots of Mexican people are indigenous. Yeah there are/were lots of Spanish/mestizo people there, but the idea that the indigenous Mexicans stole their land from....indigenous Mexicans is pretty silly. do you even history bro?
May 14, 2014 analemma commented on Cinco de Mayo and Dressing Up Like "a Mexican".
The thing here that the article barely touched on and that is really the most important part about this is the larger context of racism and imperialism that exists in the US. Why it is hurtful and frustrating for white people to wear sombreros and mustaches on one day is that the other 364 days a year Mexican folks and Latin@s in general live under constant attack for their existence in this country, even/especially in areas that were traditionally parts of Mexico until the mid-1800s. So the fucked up thing is that one day we might read an editorial that says ''illegals go home'' in a newspaper and then the day after that it's all ''ohhhh we love mexicans, tequila, yeahhh!'' like white people get to ''participate'' in other cultures when it's fun to them but not when those cultures are dealing with constant oppression, erasure, and fucking genocide.
Apr 5, 2014 analemma commented on The Man Seattle Police Killed Yesterday: 26-Year-Old Chef Cody Spafford.
@8 & @47: it might not be the case for every police department in the country, but at one weird point in my life i dated a cop in my hometown, and he told me that when a cop shoots a gun at someone, they have to shoot to kill. there's no ''shoot to maim'' or possibility of trying to disarm a suspect through shooting their hand or something. if a cop is willing to take a shot at a human being, it has to be with the intention to kill them. i guess the idea around this is to make it less likely that they'll shoot people all willy nilly and to keep them accountable--like you can't say if you kill someone ''oh i was aiming for their leg but they moved.'' not saying it's the RIGHT policy to have, just my understanding of how it works. i think all these ideas we get of someone being able to shoot a bad guy in the ankle and stop them from running comes from bad tv cop dramas.
Jan 9, 2014 analemma commented on Council Member Kshama Sawant at Inauguration: "I Wear the Badge of Socialist with Honor".
@74 and @78, addressing people as ''brothers and sisters'' is union-speak. Go to any union meeting and you'll see them saying things like ''it's brother smith's turn to address the floor'' or ''sister jones has a proposal.'' Not to say you should or shouldn't like it, just that she's evoking a very specific environment with that choice of words.

@95: capitalism as a whole system also doesn't fucking work, as is evidenced by the sixth of the US in poverty (and that's not even talking about the rapacious gutting of other countries by US capitalists). Since Sawant is just one voice on a council of capitalists, it's doubtful that she's going to suddenly turn Seattle into a socialist haven. However, having someone who's actually fighting for the poor and working class is a refreshing change. Anything she wants to do will be tempered and watered down by other City Councilmembers, but at least she's setting the standard high.
Jan 4, 2014 analemma commented on We Regret These Errors.
I'm bummed that Cienna will be leaving The Stranger, since she's consistently posted and written some of the best content on issues for us ladies & our uteri since she's been on staff. But I was completely taken aback by the sentence, ''Cienna Madrid, staff writer at The Stranger, regrets not being able to identify where the Philippines is on a map, but she says give it 10 years and it won't be on any maps.''

Am I totally misinterpreting this? Is it supposed to be some kind of inside joke or a reference I don't get (entirely possible)? Because it sounds like it's making fun of the Philippines and how ravaged they were by Typhoon Haiyan...and that is absolutely disgusting, if that's the case. Thousands of people died and many thousands more had their lives I'm going to hope you aren't making a cheap joke about it.
Dec 17, 2013 analemma commented on Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Feminist.
@9, I think you might be talking about the Lillith Fund--is this the article you read?…

However, it turns out there are lots of different orgs that help provide financial support for folks who need abortions, many of which are state-specific. If you google ''abortion access fund'' you can get a pretty good idea. But there's also, as well as
Jul 18, 2013 analemma commented on Death of a Regular.
This is a really wonderful piece, Cienna. I'm curious as to whether or not his doctors knew he was on medication for bipolar disorder before they started his chemo & other medications? If they knew it, they should have been aware of any potential interactions. If they didn't know about it, they either didn't ask (which is fucked up), or Joel refused to tell them. The last one doesn't make any sense--it sounds like he was always conscientious about taking his meds and at least a few people knew about it, so it doesn't seem like something he would withhold from a doctor. Which makes me think the doctor fucked something up, and that is just awful.
May 9, 2013 analemma commented on The 2013 Genius Awards Finalists Get Their Cakes!.
whoa. i don't know who zach weintraub is but i would like him to kiss my face. whatta babe.

also i just have to know--why the one special cake for amy o'neal?!?!?!?
Aug 31, 2012 analemma commented on How Much of Their Advertisers' Money Is Poster Giant Going to Waste?.
@10: Yeah, there's a lot more people that use postergiant than just the sleazeballs. I've worked for nonprofits in the past who have hired them--because it takes a lot of fucking time/money/volunteers to go all around the city putting up posters, so sometimes it's worth it just to spend the few hundred dollars with them. I don't really get how PG decides whose posters they put where....but I've never seen nonprofit ones on that big space. I don't know if you can specifically ask them to put stuff in a certain spot?
Jul 17, 2012 analemma commented on Crisis Pregnancy Center Transit Ads Sticker-Bombed.
@12, Yes! that would be great. are you from juneau?

@15, your comment is ridiculously denigrating. intelligent people sometimes get knocked up too. sometimes birth control fails! condoms break! shit happens! only people without a brain get accidentally pregnant? jesus.