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I watch a lot of holiday movies. Yes, including (perhaps especially?) the bad ones. I figured I would have some fun with them this year and offer up brief review/summaries of every holiday movie or documentary I watch this season, so you know what to catch and what to avoid, how much nog to drink to prepare, and whether the heartwarming message you get at the end will be tender or just your acid reflux acting up.

I’m going to try to put these in alphabetical order as I’m doing them so you can easily find the movie you’re curious about. I was going to wait and start doing this December 1st but I am a Christmas fiend so I might as well do the 5 movies I’ve already seen. …


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This blog entry is offered as part of the International Festival of Consent, November 16 — 30th. Learn more about other related writings, workshops, and performances at IDoConsent.org or join us on Facebook.

I want to start this post off with a confession: I am not an expert on consent.

I mean, I’m considered, perhaps, a thought leader on consent culture, and entitlement culture, especially within the alternative lifestyle arena. I’ve been doing this work for most of my adult life in some variation or another. I teach workshops. I tour universities. I edited an anthology that sought to explore what consent culture means in every aspect of our lives. …


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I grew up with the George C. Scott version of “A Christmas Carol” being a seasonal must-see. It came out the year I was born — 1984 — and Scott’s harumphing Scrooge was absolutely iconic in his cold lack of empathy. “Are there no workhouses?” he sneers, and you hear echoes of his bootstrapping mindset in all too many policy makers today. …


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I always thought of myself as having a brown thumb. I had tried to care for plants for most of my life, but usually I would get distracted, forget to water them for weeks then overwater them to compensate, until my plants were rotten or dried out. I would try time and time again, with all different kinds of plants — African violets, jade plants, Venus flytraps, herbs — but I just repeatedly failed, and eventually just figured that I wasn’t meant to grow plants.

A couple of years ago, though, I became obsessed with succulents. Initially, I was attracted to them because they seemed “easy” — they didn’t need much water, and many succulents thrived with a certain amount of neglect, or so I thought. They were also trendy, so it wasn’t too difficult to find fun varieties and plenty of care guides. I got some pots, set up a hanging shelf set in my window, and planted a bunch of different succulents, hoping this time I was actually capable of keeping them alive. …


A practical step-by-step guide to help you feel less overwhelmed

Overhead view of a red first aid kit and some of its contents: thermometer, scissors, gauze, and a small yellow bottle.
Overhead view of a red first aid kit and some of its contents: thermometer, scissors, gauze, and a small yellow bottle.
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Fire season is here in California yet again, and as someone with expertise in preparing for disaster, I thought it might be useful to put together a list of steps to ensure you and your family are ready to react or respond to an emergency.

I broke this down into five days of activities in hopes it will feel a little more manageable, but you can do these in pretty much any order. This is somewhat California-focused, maybe even Bay Area, but many of the things on this list should be helpful to consider for anyone who is looking to improve their prepping. This isn’t exhaustive by any means, and you may have specific needs not addressed here — totally reasonable! …


I want to tell you the story of how I uncovered a white supremacist mess under the facade of a popular teeshirt printing company.

On July 31st, I decided to design the worst piece of art I have ever made — a leftist version of those awful, often right-wing oriented shirts Facebook constantly pushes at you. You know the ones, with half the free fonts available in one design and more clip art than a schoolchild’s PowerPoint presentation. …


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It feels like a confession of something shameful to say that I have only skimmed most of the theory that underpins my ethical and political beliefs. It’s true, though. If there’s a Cliff’s Notes version of the various “must-read” leftist texts, or a graphic novel zine that hits the main points, I have chosen that version every single time for 18 adult years. But when I listen to the people often cited as authorities for “the radical left” or “antifa”, I keep hearing many of these texts referred to with very little clarity on what they actually SAY. …


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I was right under these fireworks and heard the ash float down.

Note: I’m willing to see data that shows me I’m wrong. More data is good. I’m willing to change my mind — email me leads at miss.kitty.stryker at Gmail. I hope more people research this too! I just haven’t seen anything that leads me to think that this is that complex. And policing the hood or snitching on neighbors? Less into that.

I’m seeing a lot of anxiety spreading on social media that the CIA is pawning off professional fireworks to Black teens to destabilize the BLM movement due to one person’s tweet.

Which… What?

For context, I am maybe one of the most anti-government, anti-cop people I know. I am for full abolition of the police and prisons. I am not super keen on the federal government. I’m usually pretty quick to believe that the government and the cops are Up To No Good. But I have to say I don’t see this adding up, both from my experience talking to folks in my neighborhood, what I’ve witnessed, and seeing interactions other folks have had. …


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Now that there are concerns that police are retaliating against protesters even after the protest has ended, and perhaps are enabling/responsible for straight up kidnapping in unmarked vehicles, I wanted to release this document a knowledgeable friend sent me in order to help people stay safe out there. This is published with permission.

These aren’t my words, but I’ve looked over them and they match my experience. We have to be careful, for ourselves and for our families and friends.

The cops are a gang, and they will protect each other before they will protect you against a fellow cop. Be wary. …


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Art by Twitter user PhrozinNY

I have been fielding a LOT of questions over the last couple weeks, and I realized quickly that I was often saying the same things and looking up the same stuff to share, and that’s not an effective use of my time or energy currently.

I’m hoping I (and you!) can use this document for these discussions wherein these questions are asked, both as a starting place but also so that we’re not using up all our energy on online discussions that are circular and exhausting. …

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