My thoughts on the Unibomber’s manifesto

So my friend recently read the Unibomber’s manifesto and we had a nice little chat about it. I first read this manifesto about a year ago and I was surprised by how much I agree with this right-wing “quack.” In fact, I initially thought of partially plagiarizing it and replacing all the hatred for the left with hatred for the right. I’m not a Barack Obama leftist, I’m a radical anarcho-syndicalist, which is as far left as you can go.  The Unibomber defines the left essentially as political correctness, though. By his definition I’m a leftist for my radical feminist and queer views (in case you’re wondering how radical my feminist views are, let’s just say that I Blame the Patriarchy is my Bible). I feel that his hatred for the left is a little misplaced, and he was probably just brainwashed by the radical right. A lot of his views seem to be traditionally (radical) leftist ideas.

In any case, if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. Among my favorite arguments is that about 95% of the general population are sheep who will blindly follow the status quo. Therefore, any true revolution would only concern the elite 5%, and whoever comes out on top of that group will see most of the population fall in line.

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Ignorant Super Bowl commercial

I recently read on I Blame the Patriarchy about a Super Bowl commercial that noted right-wing fanatic group Focus on the Family is making with some football star whose name I gather is Tim Tebow (I think?) and his mom. The gist of the commercial is that this dude’s mommy dearest was told when she was pregnant with him that she should abort the fetus because of immediate danger to her health. She ignored her doctor’s advice and carried the parasite to term and actually survived the ordeal. Focus on the Family is using this story, which is not representative of seriously complicated pregnancies, to argue that evil doctors are tricking innocent women into killing babies. Ridiculous! I certainly hope no women listen to this trash. I know they will, though, and I only hope no one dies because of this ignorant filth.

In other news, I learned from a friend that this Tebow guy is a hardcore Christian and paints Bible verses on his face during football games. I love it when people think that they’re some sort of “chosen one” and that their talents are gifts from god. Even more hilarious is when sports stars or celebrities thank god for their winning some match/award. As if god actually has nothing better to do than pick its favorite celebs. God is not rooting for your team from heaven so shut up. God’s too busy causing an impoverished third-world country even more harm to take your call.

A win for the anarchists

So I went to work today to find a regular bitching at my boss about the government. This regular is an ex-Marine who served in Vietnam. My friend and I had been working at him for a long time, because we saw in him the makings of a great anarchist. Shortly after I gfot there he began talking about the $2 trillion that the fed lost this past year (it was supposedly for the “stimulus package”).  Seeing as how most anarchists these days start with a suspicion of the Fed, I told him, “This is why we should shut down the Fed” I was delighted to hear his reply: “Fuck shutting them down. Start it on fire and shoot them as they run out.” I was like, “Do you really feel that way?” He replied, “I want to see some pink spray coming from their foreheads.” I couldn’t be more pleased.

He’s already big on minorities’ rights. He used to teach school at an Indian reservation and is disgusted at how we treat the true owners of this land.

This guy is a baby-boomer, which is what makes him such a big win for us. Too often, anarchists are depicted as restless youth who don’t really know what they want. If we can win this guy over, we can win the average worker. Don’t stop at shutting down the fed; shut down the entire system. One day we will have our revolution. I only hope that day comes in my lifetime,

GenderQueer in the Midwest

A mini-doc I found on Helen Boyd’s blog.

My beliefs regarding god and religion

So I guess in light of my whole interest in the Bible, I should explain my spiritual beliefs. You see, I am incredibly lucky. Despite being very poor, I always come into money when I really need it. Also, despite constantly reaking the law and doing ethically questionable things, I have never faced repercussions for these acts. The few times I’ve been caught I’ve been let off the hook. When I was homeless, I had a huge circle of friends who let me crash with them in exchange for art or doing work around the house. I was also in a very wonderful relationship, and I consider myself lucky for that. I sometimes wonder if all this isn’t luck, that maybe some higher power is looking out for me. More frequently, I wonder if Taosim is accurate and since my general attitude is to just go with the flow, I have less spiritual friction with the Universe. However, I don’t believe any once religion is correct (I think the closest things we have to correct religions are Taoism and Buddhism). I certainly don’t think the Bible is the literal word of god, especially not the English translations, and I highly doubt that it was even inspired by god.

You see, I have been into philosophy since I was 10. I’m very well versed in philosophical topics, especially issues of logic. And, as Immanuel Kant has shown us, the existence of a universal being is an atinomy of pure reason. For those of you who aren’t up to speed with you logic, that that means that every logically valid proof for the existence of a universal being is also inherently a valid logical proof against it, and vice versa. This is why neither atheism nor theism can be said to be true. The only thing left is agnosticism, which is why I’m agnostic. (I get very pissed off when people lump atheists and agnostics together.)

In case you’re wondering how this can be true, let me provide my theories on the subject. The first reason I thought of is that logic is very black and white; either something is true, or it’s false. Perhaps there is some sort of grey zone between true and false that we don’t know about yet, and maybe that would be how to accurately define god. Or, more recently I came up with this simple explanation: if god created existence, it would have to function outside of/separate from existence. We can only have knowledge of things that exist, therefore we cannot have knowledge of god since god would transcend the existence/non-existence continuum.

I’m certainly not always hostile to religion; the only times I take a hostile attitude is when I see religion being hostile (e.g., when people use the Bible to deny others of certain rights). I see plenty of evidence of religion being good; the hope it gives many people makes it very valuable to them, and they would probably be pretty lost and depressed without it. Some people, like my mom, just need that sort of crutch. However, you also need to remember how much violence and war is waged in the name of religion. I’ve never heard of agnosticism being used to justify murder (or atheism for that matter). In short, religion can be good, but it can also be one of the most evil things humaity has ever invented.

More electrolysis

So I’ve only been undergoing electrolysis for three weeks and we’ve already cleared the thickest part of my beard. It’s going much faster than I expected, we’ll probably clear my whole face in 6 months or so. This is very good news.

Minor setbacks…

So I’ve been off drugs since January 4th of this year. It was pretty easy for me to quit, honestly. However, I just started drinking again. So far tonight I have had a 6-pack of Bacardi Silver and half a 750 of Sailor Jerry’s. I have literally drunk till I puked. The problem with quitting drinking is the fact that it’s cheap and I don’t have to make a thousand calls to acquire alcohol. I’m hoping I’m able to quit this shit, because I really don’t want it to start eating up all of my money again. For a while I was on Naltrexone, but that made me even more depressed and suicidal than ever, which sucked because it actually worked to kill the booze cravings. Hopefully this is just a minor setback. I just need t find other, more productive, ways to occupy my time. I was doing a good job not drinking until I sold some art, then I thought, “Wow, now I have some cash to spend on booze.” Hopefully I’m able to cut this out. I know it’s just a minor setback and I’m sure that if I really put my mind to it I can stop. This is just a minor setback and I won’t let it get me down.

Immediate effects of startin transition

So even though transitioning is a long and tedious process, I have noticed some immediate effects. That is, my depression has lifted for the first time in years. It’s just the knowledge that I’m actually taking action on something I’ve wanted for all my life that has caused me great distress. I’m sure eventually this elation will die down, but for now it’s very nice not to be constantly suicidal and blue. My therapist is very excited, she says I’m doing the best she’s seen me do in 2 years. Also, it’s helped my dad become more accepting. When he saw how happy it made me, he seemed to realize how many of my troubles have been caused by being trans. I think he’s realized that it’s not a choice, because no one in their right mind would choose to be that miserable. I’m not sure how long this emotional high will last, probably until the first time someone I’m not out to finds out and calls me a freak. I plan on coming out to the rest of my friends in the coming weeks, starting with the ones I know for sure won’t have a problem with it. There are just two that I’m afraid of coming out to, and that’s because they’re pretty religious. But they also seem like the open-minded “you are as god made you” types, so my fears are probably ungrounded. I’m probably most likely to get harrassed by a total stranger who doesn’t know me, which I can handle (I don’t like most people I meet so I don’t really care what they think of me… I’m slightly misanthropic that way).

A brief pause on the Bible thing

I have come upon a dilemma in my Bible reading. The only version I have is one my mom gave me which is translated into contemporary language, obviously aimed at hip teenagers. I get the feeling that the translator took liberties in his task. Therefore, I’ve decided to track down a copy of the Vulgate and translate it for myself from the Latin. I feel this will give me the most accurate possible reading of the book. I am very well versed in Latin, so I don’t think it should be so hard. The only hard part is finding a copy of a Latin Bible.

My first discovery about the Bible

So, apparently, God said there would be war between Woman and the serpent because the serpent tricked Woman into eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Obviously the serpent is a phallic symbol and this is a war between the sexes. I’m like 5 pages into the Bible and already I find blatant sexism.

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