Diana

Most of you that follow me know I’m an Anarchist.  That means I also don’t believe in things like the royal family, or any sort of Monarchy.

The thing with Diana is that she never really liked being a Princess.  They really treated her badly.  She came from an aristocrat family, but it was her adult life that I enjoyed.  Once she got away from Chuck and the family, she focused on her kids, and really put HIV/AIDS, landmines and more, on the public map in a different way.  She had some good sense to use her celebrity (meaning not movie star, but rather famous for being known) for something good in the world. 

It was a big deal that people like Michael Jackson, or Diana Spencer, or Liz Taylor, were going to hospitals in the 90s, and actually touching HIV and AIDS patients.  There was still so much ignorant stigma around people living with HIV & AIDS, that they were treated like quarantined, caged animals.  It was a stupid notion, and I partly blame Ronald Reagan for ignoring it for so long, and creating a sense of “out of sight, out of mind” among people.  I mean my god, if the president doesn’t acknowledge it, why should I?  It wasn’t until his 2nd term was almost over that he even mentioned HIV & AIDS in the public.  (Of course by the end of his miserable life, he didn’t even remember he was president, most likely.)

I’m glad Diana, and whoever else with the social clout to get eyes on a disease, did what she did.  For that, I can forgive her being a royal the first few years of her adult life.

Footnote:  I find that most people today still don’t know all the ways (there’s only 4) that HIV can be transmitted.  ‘Murrica! 

Home of the spied upon, land of the ignorant.

'MURRICAH!

  • Me: :::posts picture of Diana Spencer:::
  • Random person on twitter: I'm American!
  • Me: South American? Canadian American? Mexican American? It's a continent, not a country.
  • Random person on twitter: ..........
When I watch this video, I don’t see a car full of young men who are behaving in a manner consistent with fear of the police.

Boynton Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Katz in reference to a video where a car of young black men are stopped and harassed, one being pulled from the car and handcuffed, while the others sat under gunpoint. In the video the officer who drew his gun says, “I’ll put a fucking round in your ass so quick,” to one of the young men filming him. 

Clearly, if you do not instantly and totally comply with a police officer’s violation of your rights, if you do not fear the police… you have the right to be made to fear them. 

(via america-wakiewakie)

joshuaowen:

An exchange I shared with a passing car as I walked the dogs -

PC: Man take yo faggoty ass dogs home

Me: I’m the faggot. Leave the dogs out of this.

PC: Fuck You.

Me: You wish.

PC: *peels off down the street*

And scene.