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Thought for the Day

Imagine if decades from now a student of Canadian political history is digging into the Kinder Morgan pipeline saga. What kind of picture would she get from scanning the news databases from April 2018?

A frustrated project proponent, Kinder Morgan, puts the development of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on hold, amid a pitched jurisdictional battle between the governments of BC and Alberta. The prime minister vows the pipeline will be built, because it’s in the national interest. There is much speculation about how Ottawa might ultimately exert its constitutional authority in the matter. There are protests and people are arrested.

But this media coverage circa April 2018 has one big hole in it.

Somehow First Nations and their constitutional issues with the pipeline gets no inches, no airtime.

The Crown has an obligation to consult with the First Nations whose constitutionally protected land and other rights could be impacted by the pipeline. This fact now routinely fades in and out of our public discussions of Kinder Morgan like an inconsequential character in a daytime soap.

But the government’s duty to consult isn’t some secondary story arc.

“Indigenous rights aren’t a subplot of pipeline debate”, Policy Options

My Genius Idea

A new communist/socialist newspaper… published on a blockchain!

Everybody will be talking about it.

Seagull! Stop it Now!

FYI: “I’m in mourning for my life” is my standard response whenever anyone asks me why I always wear black.

Woo-Woo

I think I’m starting to believe in the link between vaccines and atheism.

Waving my Nerd Flag

I’ve played a lot of RPGs in my life. I’ve often been apprehensive about talking about my history with RPGs, though, because I went through a period where people used my nerdy interests as a way of discrediting my gender identity. “RPGs are a guy’s hobby,” is how the critique usually started. Comics, RPGs, and other nerdy pursuits: all things that guys are into. Not women. So if I like RPGs, that’s evidence that I can’t really be a trans woman. *Margaret_Simpson_noise*

I know tons of women who RPG, and tons of women who make comics. So, y’know, I don’t really believe those messages. But I can’t always quiet the memories of those critiques when they pop up in my head.

I guess this is just to say that I feel like I’m stepping a bit outside of my comfort zone to blog about about RPGs.

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Reimagining the Problematic Character

“Did He Freeze?”

I have seen Black Panther. There was a lot to love about that movie.

A Very Special Episode

I’ve been enjoying the second season of One Day at a Time (the 2017 Netflix series). It’s very light, compared to just about everything else that I watch. And it’s very strange watching something filmed in, essentially, the multi-camera sitcom format, given how that format is essentially gone from TV.

In the first season, there were many many scenes in which I could really feel the hand of the writer shaping the structure of the scene. The acting was a little choppy. The second season, the acting is more solid, and I believe the characters a bit better. And it’s cute to see the 21st century equivalent of “very special episodes”. Thus far, we’ve had “Racism in the Shadow of 45’s Administration”, and “Gender Non-Binary People Exist and Confuse the Old People”, and “I Can’t Believe We’re Still Talking about Gun Ownership as an Individual Choice Instead of Actually Changing the Laws.” They’re ham-handedly on topic, but not entirely trite.

Part of my interest is that I used to devour the original series back as a kid. And while I can’t say that it was a good series, I watched it fairly regularly for the first five seasons. I started to lose interest when the core cast broke up (when MacKenzie Phillips was fired for drug issues). I like how the new series is using a re-scored version of the original theme music (although I otherwise find the “family album”-style opening credits underwhelming).

And here’s the thing I’m thinking about now. I watched a lot of TV as a kid (because what else was there to do in Sarnia, except develop a drug habit?), and I loved and consumed anything genre-related, even if it wasn’t very good (I’m looking at you, Star Lost). But when I filled the gaps between the few-and-far-between sf shows, I sought out sitcoms with female leads. One Day at a Time, and Alice, and The Facts of Life, and even Laverne and Shirley, and so forth. The show that feels like it should be on this list, but isn’t, is Mary Tyler Moore, which was approaching the end of its run in the mid-70s, which was when I started asserting my own tastes in TV. And then there’s Maude. One Day at a Time and The Facts of Life were probably the two that really leapt head-first into the “Very Special Episode” formula.

It’s really only just occurring to me now to think about the fact that, as a trans kid in the 70s, I hungered to see depictions of women interacting with other women and supporting each other through the twists and turns of life. And that that was going on at the same time that I was desperately trying to deny that trans-ness.

Joelcraft

An Idea to Solve TimmiesGate