Addressing Safety at Pagan Conventions and Festivals | The Wild Hunt -
As the immediate shock regarding the arrest of Pagan author and musician Kenny Klein on possession of child pornography wears off, a wider conversation in the Pagan community on event safety and sexual predators begins. Festival and convention organizers consider possible changes in policies while attendees ask for greater protection. Yet it’s unclear if this focus is a lasting trend or a short lived reaction. MerryMeet, a yearly convention hosted by different Covenant of the Goddess Chapters, and CONvergence, a science fiction and fantasy convention lauded internationally for their anti-harassment policies, offer best practices which aim to protect attendees while still allowing an open, diverse event.
Bundy Ranch Activism
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Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?
The answer is NO.
The “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”
this bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!
- that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
- the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
- also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
- that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
- same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
- there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
- you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
- seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
- eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
- there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.
I agree with much of the response rant above, and we aren’t alone in that. Comments to the original article at http://community.nytimes.com/comments/www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/opinion/sunday/is-junk-food-really-cheaper.html show a good understanding of the issues facing income-disadvantaged people and those with time constraints which make cooking difficult at best.
While I’m not wealthy, I don’t fit the usual definition of poor, either, and given my preference, I’ll cook a meal rather than buy one, especially from fast-food, but I certainly understand why many make the other choice (and often it isn’t a real choice, it’s the best alternative to not eating.)
All that said, I’d like to know where you can find a whole chicken for under $6. they are typically $3/lb in the grocery stores near me, and a two pound chicken will barely make a meal for two after the meat is removed from the bone.
OH MY GOD.
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Preserve Morning Glory's Goddess Wisdom by Kirsten Johnsen - GoFundMe -
Priestess of Our Lady of Ten Thousand Names
Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart is dancing with the veil. Her moments are numbered. Her final wish is to preserve the knowledge and wisdom she carries of her incredible Goddess Collection for the generations. THIS INFORMATION is currently stored ONLY IN HER BRAIN. The only way to capture it is by voice recordings which need to happen NOW. Time is of the essence.
Funds will go to recording her knowledge of her collection of over 300 votive Goddess figurines from around the world as the opportunity arises (she is in great pain) and to photograph and catalog the figurines in a database so that they will carry her wisdom along with them after she passes.
I, Kirsten Johnsen, am on site to see this project through to completion, but I must be able to provide for my family so that I can be here to do this.
The work includes as many hours of interviews with Morning Glory as possible, photography, database entry and transcription. We don’t know how much longer we have with her, but she is using her extraordinary spiritual strength to rally for this cause. Archiving of her life’s work is the only reason that Morning Glory is still hanging on. Prayers and Magick are welcome.
Morning Glory hopes that someday her collection may be housed in an institute of higher learning of some kind with the special designation that the Goddesses be made available for women to touch and hold, to use for personal empowerment as well as scholarly pursuits.
Funds that we raise which are not used for the immediate purpose of preserving her vast knowledge may be set aside for the purpose of permanently housing the collection, or offered to her family to cover the expenses that are arising during this difficult transition. Please let us know your desire.
Thank you so much for your donation to the legacy of The Lady of Ten Thousand Names in honor of Her Priestess, Morning Glory.
May you walk in Her abundance and glory,
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