Liberals and Conservatives Agree: Fix America’s Criminal Justice System

Sometimes the astonishing happens. It has now.

“Only one issue in Washington right now could bring together the Koch brothers’ top lawyer, an environmental activist, the former head of the NRA and Sen. Al Franken.

“Criminal justice reform.”

The United States locks up a higher percentage of its citizens than any other nation on Earth. It’s time for a change.

Learn more at http://news.yahoo.com/unlikely-bedfellows-unite-on-criminal-justice-reform-230726294.html

Discordian Wikia Revival

Alan Moore, author of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Lost Girls, and more.

 

For quite a while, a known Discordian wiki hasn’t been edited much–until now. In just a month, Miley Spears has made over 600 edits to the Discordian wiki at discordia.wikia.com.

Recently, Pope Hilde joined in. There are new articles on R. Crumb, Alan Moore, Shamlicht Kids Club, Jake Day, our own Reverend Loveshade and Princess Unicornia (Lorien Loveshade), and much more.

You can join in too! Check out the Discordian wiki.

In addition, the Seti23 Wiki at s23.org is back up, so check it out and maybe join in there too!

Image by Fimb from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alan_Moore_(2).jpg licensed under a CC-Attribution 2.0 license.

Net Neutrality Could End February 26–FCC Chair Speaks

Federal Communication Commission(FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler waits for a hearing at the FCC December 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The American Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote on net neutrality on 26 Februrary, 2015. This decision could affect every single person who uses the Internet in America, and possibly beyond.

What is net neutrality? It’s the idea that internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, regardless of whose it is or what equipment they use. For example, it would mean that Google couldn’t decide to block Yahoo from its search engines, or that AOL couldn’t decide to let Walmart’s website come up quickly because they paid a large fee while it slows down the website of a small business or individual who cannot afford it.  (Note these companies are used as examples; we are not implying these particular companies are doing this.  But a few companies are.)

There’s been a push on Congress by large corporations and special interest groups to get favored treatment at the expense of others.  Fortunately, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler just announced he wants a “fast, fair and open” Internet for Americans. A decision by the FCC and Congress backing this could get the Internet classified as a public utility.

While over 4 million signatures have been gained in support of net neutrality, some large corporations and special interest groups are still pushing for control over what has become the largest public communication system in the world. Congress is considering the Thune-Upton bill which could strip away Internet freedom in a manner that could actually threaten freedom of speech.

President Barack Obama wrote about net neutrality that “an entrepreneur’s fledgling company should have the same chance to succeed as established corporations, and that access to a high school student’s blog shouldn’t be unfairly slowed down to make way for advertisers with more money.”

Read Tom Wheelter’s statement.

To send a message to congress in support of net neutrality (through the ACLU website), go HERE.

To sign a petition, do an Internet search for “net neutrality petition.” There is more than one available for your support.

What’s THE Ideal Woman’s Body Type?

Photo linked from Dailymail.co.uk

What is the one body type for women that everybody agrees on? You may have guessed there isn’t one. So why try being something you aren’t?

See the Buzzfeed video Women’s Ideal Body Types Throughout History.

See The Evolution of the Perfect Female Body.

And for men and women, can you guess the sport by the shape of the Olympian’s body?

An opinion of a guest commenter on The Loveshade Family Blog does not necessarily reflect the views of The Loveshade Family.

 

Is Same Sex Marriage Legal in Alabama?

Photo by Kurt Löwenstein Educational Center International Team from Germany. This file is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence.

“Days after a federal judge in Alabama ruled in favor of a same-sex couple who want their marriage recognized, the chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court has sent a letter telling the governor that federal courts don’t have jurisdiction over what constitutes a marriage in Alabama.”

Judges can’t seen to agree. While there’s a debate in Alabama the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a major case that could change everything one way or the other.

But it’s still a major development that Alabama which is as Bible Belt as you can get has allowed same-sex marriage.

Things are changing fast! I would tell the court “Don’t make laws against love!”

The quote is from Alabama Chief Justice: Federal Courts Don’t Hold Sway On Marriage

An opinion of an individual member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.

Order of the Pineapple Winners 2015

Pat Pineapple as perceived by Ek-sen-triks Cluborguild founding member Toby Bruno (1982).

The envelop for the Order of the Pineapple for 2015, please. The pineapples go to:

Rev. Timothy Edward Bowen and Pope Hilde.

Pope Hilde: Journalist and Discordian writer for the s23.org wiki, Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia, and Intermittens Magazine; interviewer for KerryThornley.com, and leader and founding member of the Discordian Shamlicht Kids Club.

Timothy Bowen (Old Boy Floats): Editor and interviewer for Voices of Chaos, author/compiler of Jonesboro Discordia; and guest appearing on The Jerry Springer Show as a (fake) brony for My Little Pony. http://timbowencomedy.blogspot.com/

The Order of the Pineapple (aka The DisOrder of the Pineapple) honors those who contribute to discord and ek-sen-trik tendencies above and beyond the call of duty. It was first given in 1982 and is given each year on January 18 which is Pat Pineapple Day. Last year’s winners were Miley Spears and Rev. DrJon Swabey (who cited the St. Groucho Principle). To see a list of all winners, visit op.loveshade.org.

Remember to eat something having to with pineapple on January 18! Unless of course you don’t.

I Lost My Brother

As I posted a link in my End of the Year Letter that my brother was in a nursing home/rehabilitation center, I should give this update.

My brother was transported to a hospital with breathing problems.  It got worse, and we got a call.  We had a very short conversation with my brother over the phone, a conversation mostly on our end.  A few minutes later we got a call back that my brother has passed away.

I miss my brother very much.

Tell Us About Reverend Loveshade

Reverend Loveshade

Do you know Reverend Loveshade? Don’t fret. You can recover.

To help in your recovery (and in our project), we’re looking for you to make short or long quotes, or even participate in a short interview where you can talk about your experiences with Reverend Loveshade. While we particularly want people who met the Rev. in person, we’re also interested in those who’ve corresponded only by chat, phone, text messaging, email, etc.

Interested? Want to learn more? Post below with your name and email address (your email address will not appear publicly) or send a message soon to revtalk@loveshade.org

Alden Loveshade End of the Year 2014

Yes, it’s time once again for what you’ve been waiting for all year: an end of the year letter from me!

This has been another year of ups and downs. My freelance gig writing and taking photos for Yahoo, including Yahoo News and even Yahoo Sports (OK, one article on treading water–hey, I’m a sports writer!), is over. It’s not just me; Yahoo cut their contributor program. I actually sold them an article the very last day they accepted contributor articles. It wasn’t earning me a whole lot of money, but getting lots of little checks was nice, and being able to say I was writing professionally for Yahoo was pretty cool.

But I got some stories and articles published, am beginning to edit a book, and am looking to publish another. And I perhaps reached my solo guerilla editing pinnacle this year. Forget my pointing out errors to megacorporations and the U.S. government. I finally hit the big time: I got a missive from an associate editor at Merriam-Webster that they will review and almost certainly make changes I suggested to a future edition of the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary. Compared to that, correcting the IRS is nothing.

More seriously, I lost an uncle and a cousin. My mom had heart surgery twice, but after three months went back home. One of my brothers has been in longer, and right now is in a rehabilitation/nursing home about 500 miles away.

Less seriously, The Loveshade Family was featured as the Ace of Hearts in the Flying Buffalo deck of cards distributed at some of the biggest gaming conventions in America. And I’m finding myself quoted on increasingly divergent websites, ranging from New York University to Daily Inspiration to Grossmont College to Gunlaws.com to Wikiquote.org. I even found myself on one or two Indonesian sites translated into “Kebencian itu seperti api, ia membakar siapa saja yang memegangnya.” Did I say that?

But everything I’ve done this year pales in comparison to one thing: I figured out how to put up a mailbox. Sweet!

Wonderful Christmas, Great Kwanzaa, Merry Chanukah, Happy Yule, Fine Winter/Summer Solstice, Terrific New Year!

Yours,

Alden Loveshade

Any opinion of a member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.

Public domain image by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Teach Kids Not Stereotypes

I’m a first grade teacher. Some of my students who are only six years old already believe stereotypes about boys and girls. But at least they are in a coed classroom where they can learn differently.

But some people still want to push “separate but equal” classrooms where boys and girls are kept apart. It doesn’t work!

“For example, teachers are instructed that girls should not have time limits on tests because, unlike boys, girls’ brains cannot function well under these conditions; and that boys who like to read, do not enjoy contact sports and do not have a lot of close male friends should be firmly disciplined, required to spend time with ‘normal males’ and made to play sports.”

Learn more at https://www.aclu.org/womens-rights/teach-kids-not-stereotypes

Any opinion of a member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.