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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A Sense of Doubt blog post #1553 - Heady - THAT ONE THING


Vacuous - http://beeple.tumblr.com/

A Sense of Doubt blog post #1553 - Heady - THAT ONE THING

Is the next stage in human evolution status as nonbinary and bisexual in which single-sexual beings are the exception to the new multiple-normative construction of identity and sexuality?

The bonobos monkeys know an essential truth; we're all bisexual to some degree.

reprint from
https://sensedoubt.blogspot.com/2015/10/hey-mom-talking-to-my-mother-91-gender.html

and

https://sensedoubt.blogspot.com/2019/05/a-sense-of-doubt-blog-post-1550-on.html
I spoke about the inadequacy of terms like "sexual orientation" (sounds like a special camp/workshop that orients a person, IE. points him/her in a direction) or "sexual preference" (sometimes I prefer toast for breakfast; sometimes cereal; this is not right either). And so, I told my students about my preferred term (and the term preferred by many): sexual identity. Because after all, who we are in regards to our gender and our self is all about identity.

And so, then a week or two later, I followed up with a recommendation of Sallie Tisdale's Talk Dirty to Me, as it's a book I taught in the gender course. And so I read the following, written by Sallie Tisdale.
"'We all pretend to be more of a man or a woman than we secretly suspect we are,' writes my friend Laura Miller. Thus, emblems: the tidy little acts of straightening a skirt and freshening makeup, shooting shirt cuffs, ruffling hair. Tiny details, unconscious habits, little trills of pretense and belonging. See me, they say, I am-- whatever I hope I am. We cultivate those things which set us aside from the other, the opposite gender, squarely among our own.
Over the last year, and with considerable surprise, I've come to realize I can't define woman. I can't tell you why I'm sure I am a woman, why others think I am, why my personal and internal experience seems to  fit what culture tells me a woman's experience should be. I am a woman because I look and act like the social convention called "woman." But not wholly, or always. What I once thought a permanent and objective state seems to me more and more like vapor, a fantasia, a wisp" (Tisdale, 41-42).

From Tisdale, Sallie. Talk Dirty to Me. Anchor Books: New York. 1994.

And there's these heads.

originally presented in

https://sensedoubt.blogspot.com/2016/03/hey-mom-talking-to-my-mother-243.html

Omnibus - http://beeple.tumblr.com/
Acceptance - http://beeple.tumblr.com/

d.Tigarious - http://beeple.tumblr.com/

Headswim - http://beeple.tumblr.com/





THAT ONE THING BOILERPLATE: I am creating a new feature called THAT ONE THING for a series of blog posts that are set up ahead of time allowing me to take a break from the daily blogging grind to finish a project take a vacation, or for whatever reason I deem necessary. I like this idea better than setting up a series of complicated shares in advance. THAT ONE THING features an image, a song, a thing, and a few short (VERY SHORT) remarks about it. I feel this allows me better value than a share on which I do not comment. So that's the idea. ENGAGE. Here we go.


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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1905.22 - 10:10

- Days ago = 1418 days ago

- New note - On 1807.06, I ceased daily transmission of my Hey Mom feature after three years of daily conversations. I plan to continue Hey Mom posts at least twice per week but will continue to post the days since ("Days Ago") count on my blog each day. The blog entry numbering in the title has changed to reflect total Sense of Doubt posts since I began the blog on 0705.04, which include Hey Mom posts, Daily Bowie posts, and Sense of Doubt posts. Hey Mom posts will still be numbered sequentially. New Hey Mom posts will use the same format as all the other Hey Mom posts; all other posts will feature this format seen here.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A Sense of Doubt blog post #1552 - THAT ONE THING: Batman and Catwoman and Childhood

A Sense of Doubt blog post #1552 - THAT ONE THING: Batman and Catwoman and Childhood

As I work on my presentation, I am conceiving discussions of how stories formulate many of our ideas about ourselves and our gender.

This cover for Batman #210 from 1969 had a profound and formative effect on my psyche and my persona as well as my feelings about and toward my anima.

But I am not sure it's something I should share in my presentation. Thoughts from any readers who may have landed here?

THAT ONE THING BOILERPLATE: I am creating a new feature called THAT ONE THING for a series of blog posts that are set up ahead of time allowing me to take a break from the daily blogging grind to finish a project take a vacation, or for whatever reason I deem necessary. I like this idea better than setting up a series of complicated shares in advance. THAT ONE THING features an image, a song, a thing, and a few short (VERY SHORT) remarks about it. I feel this allows me better value than a share on which I do not comment. So that's the idea. ENGAGE. Here we go

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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1905.21 - 10:10

- Days ago = 1417 days ago

- New note - On 1807.06, I ceased daily transmission of my Hey Mom feature after three years of daily conversations. I plan to continue Hey Mom posts at least twice per week but will continue to post the days since ("Days Ago") count on my blog each day. The blog entry numbering in the title has changed to reflect total Sense of Doubt posts since I began the blog on 0705.04, which include Hey Mom posts, Daily Bowie posts, and Sense of Doubt posts. Hey Mom posts will still be numbered sequentially. New Hey Mom posts will use the same format as all the other Hey Mom posts; all other posts will feature this format seen here.

Monday, May 20, 2019

A Sense of Doubt blog post #1551 - That one thing - Ancient Trees - Music 1905.20


A Sense of Doubt blog post #1551 - That one thing - Ancient Trees - Music 1905.20

Welcome to THAT ONE THING for the next five days, I am setting up my blog entries in advance and publishing them. They will all be titled THAT ONE THING as I share a single thing, which after today will be just an image and a few short remarks.

This week's series of THAT ONE THING is a respite from daily blogging as I put the finishing touches on my presentation on Jung, Middlesex, and gender and then take a day to recover.

Here's my official THAT ONE THING boilerplate:

THAT ONE THING BOILERPLATE: I am creating a new feature called THAT ONE THING for a series of blog posts that are set up ahead of time allowing me to take a break from the daily blogging grind to finish a project take a vacation, or for whatever reason I deem necessary. I like this idea better than setting up a series of complicated shares in advance. THAT ONE THING features an image, a song, a thing, and a few short (VERY SHORT) remarks about it. I feel this allows me better value than a share on which I do not comment. So that's the idea. ENGAGE. Here we go.



https://ayearinthecountry.co.uk/the-watchers-preorder/
The Watchers: Preorder now. Released 7th June 2019.

Amongst Britain’s trees there are thought to be over 3,000 ancient oaks - those which date back 400 years or more - and of those trees more than 115 are 800 to 1,000 years old or more. They are part of a tree population that also includes ash trees that have lived for hundreds of years and a yew that is estimated to be between 2000-3000 years old or possibly many thousands of years older and that some consider to be the oldest living thing in Europe.

These are living organisms which could be seen to be undertaking a very stately, still form of time travel, to be watchers and observers over the passing of the years, centuries and even millennia.

Some of them have lived through invasions of their island home undertaken by wooden ships, sword and arrow, the final days and passing of the old ways and the times of magic and witchcraft, the coming of the industrial revolution and the dawning of the digital era.

Throughout it all they have stood by and watched the endeavours of humans and the encroaching of their lands as the tales passed through traditional folklore evolved into the sometimes dizzying swathes of today’s cultural landscape, with these “mighty oaks” and their companions now coming to be living amongst the invisible hubbub of modern day wirelessly transmitted communications.

The numbers of these longstanding inhabitants of this once largely green and unpaved land have dwindled due to the march of progress but a few stalwartly continue their journeys through time. The Watchers reflects on those journeys and these ancient trees’ residing over growing layers of history.



Features music and accompanying text on the tracks by: Grey Frequency, Field Lines Cartographer, Widow's Weeds ft Kitchen Cynics, Depatterning, Phonofiction, Pulselovers, Sproatly Smith, Vic Mars, The Heartwood Institute and Howlround.

"Despite being separate species with differing characteristic in their leaf, acorn and preferred soil type, the English Oak (Quercus robur) and the Irish Oak (Quercus petraea) have indistinguishable DNA. This is likely due to millions of years of cross breeding which has encoded hidden genetic expressions. 'Ook/Dair' traces these hereditary ghosts creeping in the biological background while expressing a coded comradeship between the species which have survived across time." Depatterning's text which accompanies their track Ook/Dair.
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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1905.20 - 10:10

- Days ago = 1416 days ago

- New note - On 1807.06, I ceased daily transmission of my Hey Mom feature after three years of daily conversations. I plan to continue Hey Mom posts at least twice per week but will continue to post the days since ("Days Ago") count on my blog each day. The blog entry numbering in the title has changed to reflect total Sense of Doubt posts since I began the blog on 0705.04, which include Hey Mom posts, Daily Bowie posts, and Sense of Doubt posts. Hey Mom posts will still be numbered sequentially. New Hey Mom posts will use the same format as all the other Hey Mom posts; all other posts will feature this format seen here.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

A Sense of Doubt blog post #1550 - On Gender - Tolerance-Acceptance - and individuating - Choose your labels

https://ruminating.org/news/creating-an-inclusive-society-tolerance-vs-acceptance/
A Sense of Doubt blog post #1550 - On Gender - Tolerance-Acceptance - and individuating - Choose your labels

Okay, it's Sunday, and I am caught up on the blog.

Last night, when I returned home from seeing Michael Pollan, I had to write out notes for all the ideas in my head for things that I want to share in my presentation, which is Thursday.

So, here's some of those thoughts.

The visual up top has to do with comments I want to make on tolerance and acceptance. After some Internet searching, I find that I am not the only one with these same feelings. My feelings came from an incident at WMU in which the president sent a message to the university either following the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri and University of Missouri unrest or the travel ban enacted shortly after Trump took office. Either way, he advocated that we all -- we as in the campus community -- practice tolerance. I cornered him at a university event shortly after and told him that tolerance is not the right word. We want to practice acceptance and model it for our students and our colleagues.

I often use this story to introduce any subject for which I want to advocate acceptance over mere tolerance. Gender is one such subject.

I have always said to students as I teach gender that there should be as many genders as there are people. 

And though I am not sure of everything that statement can mean, I often have some ideas

By this comment I mean to suggest that gender, the expression of our gender, is intimately and inextricably linked to our self-expression and how we present to the world our version of masculinity or femininity as an extension of our own sense of identity.

Hence the term "identifies" as is so crucial. I love this term. "She identifies as female though she was born male." Or "he identifies as a gay man." Or even, "I identify as a comic book geek." Our language has shifted admirably to accommodate these new ideas, expanding the definition of the verb "identify" to include how the word means "To believe or assert that one belongs to a certain group or class" as opposed to just a word for how we classify, affiliate, and/or associate things.

Our expression of gender is part of our expression of self and thus part of what Jung referred to as the process of individuation. But in Jung's view, he started with polarities, in addition to the binary poles of his personality characteristics (extravert-introvert, thinker-feeler), he characterized human beings as dualities of sex/gender soul images, both masculine and feminine, arguing that those who identify as male have an inner, unconscious soul image, a feminine side, and likewise for those who outwardly identify as female, their inner soul face is masculine.

These were easy definitions for Jung who wanted to link clearly his psychological ideology to medicine and biological sex as well as spirituality and religion and even Eastern mysticism and philosophy with a concept much the same as yin and yang. These were easy an natural choices for Jung because gender definitions were not yet overly complicated, and so his ideas are very hetero-normative. And though he did address the idea of what his ideology means for non-heterosexuals, it was an after-thought and not the main focus of his concepts.

Also, the battle for psychology's acceptance in the world of science, especially after Fraud and strong resistance born as much from anti-Semitism as from skepticism of whether of not psychology could meet the rigors of the scientific method, scientific epistemology.

But if Jung was alive today his theories of personality and thus of gender would be more complicated.

Our psychology is … a science of mere phenomena without any metaphysical implications. [It] Treats all metaphysical claims and assertions as mental phenomena, and regards them as statements about the mind and its structure.
  • Psychology and Religion: West and East (1958), p. 476, as cited in Psychotherapy East and West (1961), p. 14

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Carl_Jung

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_method

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistemology

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/under-the-influence/201308/the-psychology-the-psychology-isnt-science-argument

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/theory-knowledge/201601/the-is-psychology-science-debate

AND A BREAK IN THE ACTION

I am not sure why I am sharing a bunch of Calvin and Hobbes comics on this page. I found them on one site that I looked at while writing, downloaded them for future reference, and then decided to include them.




Gender is complicated.

Our identity is more than just an expression of qualities of our biological sex, but certainly, factors of our biology, our chemistry, our genetics, our inherited and hereditary traits, instincts, and deeply-encoded modes of being --- all of which are commonly what we call the nature part of the nature-nurture debate -- matter to contributing data to who we are and how we share with the world who we are.

Mind and body form a foundation on which cultural concepts grow fruit all infused with the power of the spirit and the soul.

Here's some of my ideas on why a gender identity matters, why we care to understand the identities of others, and why either consciously or unconsciously we make one for ourselves.

  • CONFORMITY
  • EXPECTATIONS
  • MARKETING
CONFORMITY: Especially as children, we need survival skills to navigate our first social interactions even in the most progressive and inclusive schools. We conform to pre-ordained ideas of gender to fit in and avoid ridicule, bullying, or even repeated assault. The social world may be easier on the outliers, those who conform less, in 2019, but it's not improved enough that the ever present pressure to conform has ceased to exist. In this world, forcing everyone into two genders eases the pain of growing up and/or working with those who are growing up.


EXPECTATIONS: In a two-gender world, it's easier to interact with others if we know what to expect from them. Similar to conformity, as we grow older, we make pacts with those people in our lives with whom we form relationships. When we meet someone, we show them who we are in a kind of gender performance. We show them our mask, and they show us their mask, and we make an agreement, sometimes spoken, often unspoken to be these people for each other.

This idea of personas and masks presents a deeply complex and multi-faceted crystalline entity that I am not going to delve into too deeply here, but there are some disclaimers to make. Some people will say that they skip this step and they do not wear masks. Some of them are right. Some of them are just unaware that the way they perform their identity is a mask. For many, it's very difficult to take off the mask and show the reality beneath. Also, we all wear many masks, take on many roles and labels, adapt to different situations all the time, and so our sense of persona and ultimately identity may be completely or at least to some extent a fluid thing. My good son mask is different than my good husband mask.

MARKETING:  How much easier is it to sell things to people in a binary-gender world. Blue for boys; pink for girls. Science educations or vocational trades for boys; more "feeling" or maternal roles for girls in teaching, nursing, or office work. But those supposed natural definitions of gender-based sales pitches are nonsense. less than a hundred years ago, pink along with red were the colors for men as they were associated with action, vibrancy, potency, and power whereas blue was for women as it was quiet, more neutral,  and demure.

If we will soon come to live in a world of as many genders as people, and we already are starting to live in this world, marketing becomes much more complicated. AI will help with that problem when we get there.

BEYOND THE THREE

Despite the imperative driving fitting ourselves into tiny boxes, conforming to pre-established ideas of gender identity and to swallow as reality delusional nonsense on biologically-driven gender qualities and roles, we know that advertisers have broadened the marketing concept in the last twenty years, making show of apparent efforts to be more inclusive while still pushing the same agenda of narrow definition.

The term heteronormative alone tells us a great deal about the cultural imperative to normalize and homogenize all outliers, to appropriate and co-opt difference into a new world normal that's simple a re-mix of old world normal.

But if we're living our lives outside of the capitalist and consumerism bubble of spectacular shock, jolts, hype, clutter, and noise, we know that difference exists and shows its face in our daily lives. In heteronormative land, we know that there's many ways to express masculinity for those who identify as cys males who believe themselves to be white despite what broadcasts of sports and about sports often try to tell us about ourselves. ("Believe themselves to be white" is a quote from Ta-Nehisi Coates' book Between the World and Me.)  Just like if The L-Word taught us anything, and some argue that it did not teach us the right things or things in the right way, beyond even our own personal experiences, things like that show (also Queer as Folk) revealed that there's more than one way to identify as a gay woman and that there should be (duh) because of INDIVIDUALITY.

And so, on that, and this is last thing so I can post this and put more of this content into the power point as my writing here is really working out what I want to say in Thursday's community conversation.



reprint from
https://sensedoubt.blogspot.com/2015/10/hey-mom-talking-to-my-mother-91-gender.html

I spoke about the inadequacy of terms like "sexual orientation" (sounds like a special camp/workshop that orients a person, IE. points him/her in a direction) or "sexual preference" (sometimes I prefer toast for breakfast; sometimes cereal; this is not right either). And so, I told my students about my preferred term (and the term preferred by many): sexual identity. Because after all, who we are in regards to our gender and our self is all about identity.

And so, then a week or two later, I followed up with a recommendation of Sallie Tisdale's Talk Dirty to Me, as it's a book I taught in the gender course. And so I read the following, written by Sallie Tisdale.
"'We all pretend to be more of a man or a woman than we secretly suspect we are,' writes my friend Laura Miller. Thus, emblems: the tidy little acts of straightening a skirt and freshening makeup, shooting shirt cuffs, ruffling hair. Tiny details, unconscious habits, little trills of pretense and belonging. See me, they say, I am-- whatever I hope I am. We cultivate those things which set us aside from the other, the opposite gender, squarely among our own.
Over the last year, and with considerable surprise, I've come to realize I can't define woman. I can't tell you why I'm sure I am a woman, why others think I am, why my personal and internal experience seems to  fit what culture tells me a woman's experience should be. I am a woman because I look and act like the social convention called "woman." But not wholly, or always. What I once thought a permanent and objective state seems to me more and more like vapor, a fantasia, a wisp" (Tisdale, 41-42).

From Tisdale, Sallie. Talk Dirty to Me. Anchor Books: New York. 1994.





GENDER AND THE PROCESS OF INDIVIDUATION

And so if I am right about my central thesis -- there should be as many genders as there are people -- then we individuate into unique entities, separate and distinct gender identities either with the mask we wear to express our main identity or our mask beneath the mask, our attempt to strip off the persona and be the integrated self that Jung tells us is our nucleus, our solar nexus, the core of our whole being, our unified self, the seed of our tree, the self that we were, are, and always will be that we fully realize and express at the end of our process of individuation.

And yet, we self-categorize. We take on labels that feel right to us that help us to conform, fulfill expectations, and help the sellers to market to us. But we can and should consciously choose our labels rather than having them given to us by parents, assigned by surgery, or pressured into place by peers.

I am a cys male and my pronouns are he and him. I believe myself to be white. I am a feminist (though humanist is a better term). I am a writer, teacher, software engineer, ultimate player, sushi-lover, comic book nerd. In Enneagrams, I am the helper, the artist, and the thinker. I am some things I would only share privately with someone I trust.

I also like pie.

https://sensedoubt.blogspot.com/2019/03/a-sense-of-doubt-blog-post-1479-jungian.html

https://sensedoubt.blogspot.com/2015/10/hey-mom-talking-to-my-mother-91-gender.html





SOME  MORE RESOURCES

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heteronormativity

https://medium.com/th-ink/understanding-heteronormativity-98f562a050b8

https://everydayfeminism.com/2015/07/what-is-heteronormativity/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_identity

https://www.genderspectrum.org/quick-links/understanding-gender/

https://www.aglp.org/gap/1_history/

Some APA members, primarily psychoanalysts who continued to espouse pathologizing views of homosexuality, challenged the leadership of the APA by calling for a referendum of the entire APA membership. The decision to remove homosexuality was upheld by a 58% majority of voting APA members.
When the diagnosis of homosexuality was deleted in 1973, the APA did not initially embrace a normal variant model of homosexuality (Drescher 1998, Bayer 1987, Krajeski 1996). In recognition of the opposition, it made a compromise. The DSM-II diagnosis of Sexual Orientation Disturbance (SOD) replaced Homosexuality. Accordingly, individuals comfortable with their homosexuality were no longer considered mentally ill. Only those who were "in conflict with" their sexual orientation had a mental disorder (SOD).

 The APA Committee agreed with the opponents and the diagnosis of ego-dystonic homosexuality was removed from DSM-III-R (1987).
Many of those opposed to the diagnosis of EDH had viewed it as a diagnostic relic that had indirectly, if not directly, perpetuated the mental illness model of homosexuality. Removing it was a crucial step in a paradigm shift that would help psychiatry focus on more relevant models and concepts in understanding gay men and lesbians.

https://www.aglp.org/gap/7_intersex/





More sources and resources

https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/ferguson-riot-and-ferguson-unrest-2014-2015/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015%E2%80%9316_University_of_Missouri_protests


DISCLAIMER - Yes, I know, I teach MLA format of source use, but I am not bothering with such strict forms here as this is an informal posting for my own benefit -- my study not my practice -- mostly read by me and so not intended as a formal or even deeply researched document.





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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1905.19 - 10:10

- Days ago = 1415 days ago

- New note - On 1807.06, I ceased daily transmission of my Hey Mom feature after three years of daily conversations. I plan to continue Hey Mom posts at least twice per week but will continue to post the days since ("Days Ago") count on my blog each day. The blog entry numbering in the title has changed to reflect total Sense of Doubt posts since I began the blog on 0705.04, which include Hey Mom posts, Daily Bowie posts, and Sense of Doubt posts. Hey Mom posts will still be numbered sequentially. New Hey Mom posts will use the same format as all the other Hey Mom posts; all other posts will feature this format seen here.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

A Sense of Doubt blog post #1549 - Throwback Thursday on Saturday 1905.18


A Sense of Doubt blog post #1549 - Throwback Thursday on Saturday 1905.18

39 years ago, Mt. St. Helens erupted. I watched the news coverage of the event, which seemed otherworldly to an eighteen-year-old like me, home from school with mono, and living in Michigan, which has no mountains or volcanoes.

Now that I live near Mt. St. Helens, I have visited it many times, the memorial museum, watched documentaries, and enjoy looking at the now flat-topped peak as often as the weather allows.

Today's Throwback was delayed a few days to memorialize the anniversary of the eruption.

The rest is the usual jumble, hodge podge, gallimaufry.

https://www.kitsapdailynews.com/news/may-18-198038-years-ago-a-volcanic-anniversary-of-ash-mudslides-and-devastation-from-mount-st-helens/
This photo of an erupting Mount St. Helens has been published and viewed widely on television over the years since the billowing plume dumped untold tons of powered volcanic ash over a dozen states. The photo was posted May 18 — the 38th anniversary of Mount St. Helens’ eruption — on Facebook by Michael S. Keys, whose good friend took the photo of the erupting volcano with his car and hitched motorcycle in the foreground. (posted by Michael S. Keys on Facebook)

Mount St. Helens eruption as seen from Vantage, Washington. Photo taken by Carmen R. Andrews in 1980.
https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/mount-st-helens-ash-cloud-photos-yes-theyre-real/281-199991341


USGS geologist Don Swanson (in red) and his colleague, Jim Moore, view a car filled with ash deposits from the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens.
http://bigislandnow.com/2017/05/11/geologist-recalls-mount-st-helens-eruption-37-years-ago/



also,  ABOUT Keith Ron Holm, the video doesn't make clear if he got away. He did.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-brave-student-captured-the-mount-st-he_1/?jwsource=cl

"It's very hard to take your eyes off this phenomenon. It's a fascinating event," Ronnholm said.
But when the pyroclastic surge broke over a nearby ridge "like a wave would break over a breakwater," it was time to go, he said.
Ronnholm sped out of Bear Meadow and made his way several miles down a Forest Service road before he thought he was safe. Hearing crashes in the brush, he stepped out to take a look, thinking it might be animals fleeing the blast.
"I very quickly realized it was the sounds of rocks falling through the trees," Ronnholm said. "I backpedaled to the car with my hands over my head. As I started driving away, there were rocks bouncing off the hood and off the windshield."
Then the mud came raining down, thick and viscous, and Ronnholm used his snow scraper to keep the windshield clear.
At some point, he was overtaken by a logging truck, which he followed into the town of Randle, onto Highway 12 and beyond.
"I just kept going," he said.


ALSO
https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/special-reports/article25858843.html















Julia Carrie Wong on Twitter: "The Guardian is updating our style guide to accurately reflect the nature of the environmental crisis. “Climate change” —> “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” “Global warming” —> “global heating” “Climate skeptic” —> “climate science denier” https://t.co/ags5nyzhttps://t.co/ags5nyz3Pe" / Twitter

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/17/why-the-guardian-is-changing-the-language-it-uses-about-the-environment

The destruction of Arctic ecosystems forces animals to search for food on land, such as these polar bears in northern Russia. Photograph: Alexander Grir/AFP/Getty Images


1973 cover art for Earth’s Other Shadow, by Robert Silverberg







Ellory happy via Liesel 1905.05

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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1905.18 - 10:10

- Days ago = 1414 days ago

- New note - On 1807.06, I ceased daily transmission of my Hey Mom feature after three years of daily conversations. I plan to continue Hey Mom posts at least twice per week but will continue to post the days since ("Days Ago") count on my blog each day. The blog entry numbering in the title has changed to reflect total Sense of Doubt posts since I began the blog on 0705.04, which include Hey Mom posts, Daily Bowie posts, and Sense of Doubt posts. Hey Mom posts will still be numbered sequentially. New Hey Mom posts will use the same format as all the other Hey Mom posts; all other posts will feature this format seen here.

Friday, May 17, 2019

A Sense of Doubt blog post #1548 - The Good Weekend: Soriah and Michael Pollan



A Sense of Doubt blog post #1548 - The Good Weekend: Soriah and Michael Pollan

Tonight we're seeing Soriah at the OLD CHURCH in Portland. Tomorrow, we're seeing Michael Pollan. Stuff below on both things.

Soriah is amazing.

https://soriahmusic.com/

https://soriah.bandcamp.com/











FROM -
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8gmx5p/the-deepest-throat-in-america


VICE BLOG

THE DEEPEST THROAT IN AMERICA

When I first encountered Enrique Ugalde, a solidly built, ethnically Aztecan cab driver in Portland, he was softly singing overtones into my ex-girlfriend’s ear outside a music festival afterparty. Not for nothing, apparently, does the high shaman of...




When I first encountered Enrique Ugalde, a solidly built, ethnically Aztecan cab driver in Portland, he was softly singing overtones into my ex-girlfriend's ear outside a music festival afterparty. Not for nothing, apparently, does the high shaman of Tuva shout "Dren! Dren!" (a Tuvan dirty word meaning major-league wood) whenever Ugalde comes near. Or maybe it is for no reason—he never explained the habit. In any case, Enrique is officially the third-best Tuvan throat singer in the world, the first and only non-Tuvan to ever receive the distinction of even placing.
It is likely that you don't even know what that means (don't be embarrassed). Let's go over the vocab words one at a time.


Tuva is a little steppe-and-river region located at the direct geographic center of the Asian continent, where most of the people still live in yurts. In both topography and culture it's a little bit like Mongolia—Genghis Khan was born just nearby—except it got conquered by the Russians instead of the Chinese. (Also, some of the Tuvans left and became Eskimos—stories are still told.) One of the side effects of being part of the Soviet Union was that every festival, every celebration of anything, became a competition.
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This could include tug of war, rope jumping, and horseback riding. When Soviet control loosened up and the Tuvans were again allowed to express their ethnic identity more openly, the Tuvans still kept up some of the Soviet spirit and instated a national competition for mastery of their signature art form: Khoomei, or Tuvan throat singing.
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Imagine making your mouth, nose, and throat into a kind of didgeridoo, and then singing through it from somewhere back near your lungs, and you get some of the idea of Khoomei. Along with the fundamental note, Khoomei singers emit deep, swirling, prismatic resonant overtone frequencies that they can manipulate by changing the shape of their mouth and throat. Sometimes this manifests sonically as a horrowshow basso profundo from the esophagus, sometimes as a nest of baby birds crying somewhere inside your tonsils, sometimes as ghostly wind through the hollows. It doesn't sound human. The first time I heard it I wanted to jump through the radio.


Actually, it's best if you just listen to it.
Ugalde was only the second American I had ever seen credibly perform Khoomei—the first had been bat-blind bluesman Paul Pena (who should be known for something better than writing Steve Miller's hit "Jet Airliner"), in the excellent 1999 documentary Genghis Blues. But for all Pena's pathos and likeability and chops and "audience favorite" awards in that film, Ugalde had done something Pena didn't: he had become the only foreigner ever to place in the overall competition at the International Khoomei Symposium, and I wanted to know how it happened.
"I think I did so well in the throat singing competition because a lot of the really good people got drunk," he said when I sat down with him, later. Just as whisky did among North American tribes, Russian vodka hit the Tuvans pretty hard. "When they get nervous, they drink…. They lose people in the winter."
Ugalde is largely self-taught, as it turns out. "When I first heard it," he said, "I thought it was unattainable, like you can wiggle your ears or not, or roll your tongue or not." But Ugalde—who had already trained in classical music and dabbled in goth—just sat down with Tuvan recordings, including a bootleg tape he'd made himself with a creaking tape recorder at a rare Huun-huur-tu throat-singing show in Portland, and tried to mimic what he heard. He's now been at it for ten years, and currently melds Tuvan and Aztecan influences in a musical project called Soriah. The first time he succeeded "it was like a breakthrough," he said. "I was thinking I'd been wasting my life this whole time trying to be in a rock band. This was my pure expression."



Somewhere along the way he picked up Tuvan mentors and saved up enough money while driving cabs to visit the Republic of Tuva, which is small enough that, while there, he met not only Tuva's high shaman but also its President, its Minister of Culture, and its most prominent ethnomusicologist. He was also, he's pretty sure, the first person to ever introduce Tuva to the music of Johnny Cash. Figuring that even Asian cowboys would like cowboy music, he throat-sang "Ghost Riders in the Sky" at a folk festival, along with "Cape Cod Girls" by Baby Gramps.
"They have this funny notion of America," Ugalde said, "because only the worst things filter in. Chuck Norris is a big hero there. Plus, everywhere you go, they say 'You can do it!' if they find out you're American, because they think that guy's really funny."
"Rob Schneider?"
"Yeah. He's really famous there."
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Also, he had to hide his vodka. Otherwise his teachers—members of the revered Khoomei group Chirgilchin—would drink it. His teachers, of course, didn't really speak English. "You sit down and try to do what he does. He just points at his lips and says, 'Like this! Like this!' and then you try to do it. Some teachers don't even have to say anything; you learn by osmosis." Other parts of the teaching included "running around shouting across valleys and off cliffs to get echoes. We were trying to find the perfect sound."
When he got his historic prize last year at the end of the International Khoomei Symposium in Kyzyl, after an elaborate red-carpet ceremony involving Buddhist bells and sacred milk from a nine-eyed spoon (read his full account here), Ugalde didn't even know what he'd won because they'd announced the prize in Russian. He didn't know, in fact, until quite a bit later, when he was able to sneak offstage and talk to his mentor and translator, Khoomeigie Aldar Tamdyn. In the meantime, in front of the Tuvan crowds, he simply accepted his Cyrillic-scripted plaque from the lovely Miss Kyzyl and smiled, and smiled, and smiled, with all the reflexive affability of the truly far from home.




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