Interesting posts, weekend of 3/28/10

03/28/2010 at 1:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Dear internet, I’d like to share with you a weird cartoon I found on YouTube. It has nothing to do with feminism or FSD so if you’re just here for the relevant links, scroll on. The animation is titled “Dada,” and it’s from 1994 & by Piet Kroon. Everything is saturated with hues of peach & off-white, and there’s no spoken language in it but there are vocalizations and background music. Basically, in this town, everyone is walking around with books on their heads. The more books they can balance on their heads (the books never open accidentally or fall off) the more well-respected they are. If you can balance 8 or more books on your head, you garner applause when you walk down the street. I think that the books represent competency in fields of interest; for example a police officer throws his book-hat titled “LAW” at someone who runs a red light. I think you can switch (perceived) competencies by changing which book you carry on your head.

The viewer basically follows a nameless husband & wife as they have and raise a child, who doesn’t fit in with the rest of the book-wearing society. The husband is very selfish & I *think* they only reason he wanted to have a child in the first place was to impress the rest of the town by raising a super-genius. But in this world, the only way to show how smart and cool you are is by balancing lots of books on your head.

And this kid’s head is round so he can’t balance any on his head. The dad keeps trying to stack them & they fall off. Poor kid gets kicked out of school because of it.

So in desperation the parents drag their child to a doctor, where the top of his head is sawed off! (This being a cartoon, it’s not graphic and doesn’t hurt the child.) The doctors to pull his brain out & examine it. And the poor kid’s brain breaks loose & starts bouncing around, tearing up the room, and it eats books.

Perhaps humiliated or else seeing that his kid’s head is now flat from being opened, the dad sweeps his kid out of the room & drags him back home, puts him in a glass lizard cage & starts balancing all the books in the house on his head. Because without the top of his head, and no brain, the kid’s head is now flat & can balance books. The dad is pleased!

So this one doctor who had carried lots of book-hats on his head including titles like “FREUD” and “NEUROLOGY,” most of his books are wrecked, but he’s no worse for the wear. One book survives & lands on the floor, he opens it and reads it and has a “Eureka!” moment. You don’t have to carry books on your head to be good at your job! You read the books and retain knowledge!

So the doctor and the kid’s mom go back to the child’s house where the dad is holed up, and the doctor tries to explain, your kid is totally fine, you can stop wearing books on your head too. The doctor wants to give the poor kid his brain back. And the dad is like “NO” and grabs the brain & feeds it to the cat. And then he goes & sits down in an easy chair & admires his poor kid stuck in a lizard cage with a bunch of books stacked on his head. His kid is so smart now. He is a great father. Father of the year.

And that’s how it ends. At the last minute all the books fall off the poor kid’s head and the lights go out.

I don’t know what that cartoon meant but I liked it & it’s been stuck in my head all week.

ANYWAY…

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Now then, on with the weekly blog link roundup. Posts I found interesting for one reason or another over the last week. Share links if’n you got’em.

The big news story (“It’s a big fucking deal“) this week is that in the US, healthcare reform has passed. This followed months & months of rancor, protests, appeals, appeasement, wheeling & dealing and wrangling. The final product is a mixed bag – there’s no public option and women’s reproductive rights weren’t as well preserved as had been hoped. Insurance will eventually be extended to some 32 million uninsured individuals, but there will still be several million more not covered. Depending on which health care plan you have you may still be subject to discriminatory premiums. Some of the changes go into effect now, while others won’t go into effect for a few more  years. Some Democrats who voted “Yes” on reform have been targeted with threats of violence and had their offices vandalized by teabaggers & militant anti-reform groups. So here are some links to that effect:
Feminism, Abortion Rights and Health Care Reform
President Obama agrees to sign anti-choice executive order
House passes health reform bill
(UPDATED) The Health Care Bill and Women’s Health: Wins, Losses, and Challenges
Health Care Reform: NCTE On its impact on Transgender People
20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedom To Screw Other People Over

The following posts are also healthcare reform related but they contain mentions of violence and so may be potentially triggering:
Conservative Blogger Calls for Obama’s Assassination on Twitter
“None of this is about healthcare at all. It’s about extending a basic fundamental right to people who are less powerful.”
USA: Beacon of Stupid

This past week contained three -Days: Ada Lovelace Day, Backup your birth control day, and World Water day.

Nose to the Grindstone – I liked this post. It’s like school & finding yourself later in life.

Integrating Primary and Mental Health Care – Delivers what it promises; on integrating health care and primary care. The comments were interesting too since they offer some possible suggestions & criticisms. It’s also a refreshing change from what I usually hear about mental healthcare (That is that mental illness is overdiagnosed and overtreated and everybody runs to their doctor for Prozac when they feel sad about stuff. (Apparently everybody has the cash to afford running off to their doctor, who instnatly takes all complains quite seriously and there’s no struggle with stigma.)

There were two events in political cartoons. The first is not triggering, but it is unfortunate. Mikhaela Reid will no longer be working as a political cartoonist. The second event was definitely triggering and an offensive political cartoon was created & analyzed at a few sites. Actually on second thought, I think I’ll refrain from posting a link to it. But what happened is this other political cartoonist drew political cartoon that contained racist images & was triggering (and victim blaming) to those who have experienced sexual assault. There’s posts about it at Pandagon & Alas! A blog.

Sexual assault, triggers, and the problem of male privilege in activism – [Trigger warning] – A meeting disrupted by unchecked male privilage.

Say “Fuck That” To The Dress – About finding non-traditional women’s clothing.

Your Daily Amanda Palmer Outrage – Amanda Palmer is talkng again. This time about donating cash to the Klan, ironically of course. Of course… except not really.

I’m sure there’s more…

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