Cognitive Dissonance

"Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!" - Allen Ginsberg

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stfuconservatives:

creepinitreal:

I need help. I need so much help right now.
I came home from a long day at work with my sister today to find a red sheet of paper taped to the front of my door. We joked and said ‘oh looks like we’re finally getting evicted.’ So we parked in our driveway and my sister went to check out what the paper actually said.

I’m completely lost right now. Our house is going to be sold at a public affair on September 10th, 2012. I took the paper to my dad, since he’s pretty much the head of the house and the house itself is under his name. When I read it to him, he just shrugged and put the paper aside. My dad suffers from depression and has been unable to work for the past few years and we’ve been scraping by on social security checks the entire time. My sister and I only work part time as per diem employees (meaning we get no benefits and are only scheduled as needed), my mom hasn’t been a part of our lives for a long time now, and my younger sister (age 14) is too young to work.
My dad’s given up but my sister and I won’t go down without a fight. We’re going to go to the ends of the earth to find a way to keeps us and our younger sister in this house.
I’m a very private person and this was one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do in a long time. So please, a signal boost, a dollar, anything to help and you’ll have my eternal gratitude. I can’t lose the house I’ve spent my entire life in.
[My sister started a campaign here.]

Signal boosting. This family didn’t realize their dad hadn’t been paying property taxes and now they’re being evicted. I know times are hard for everyone. I saw this post last night and wasn’t sure whether I should donate. But then I thought, “What if that was me? What if the person in charge of paying my bills was seriously mentally ill and I didn’t know there was a problem until it was too late?” I would hope and pray that strangers would open their hearts and give me $5.
Our government has let us down by not closely regulating banks and lenders. Our government has let us down by not giving people on disability enough money to live on. Our government has let us down by not prioritizing affordable mental health care. Our government has let us down by decreasing taxes for the wealthy while squeezing benefits for the poor. On a macro level, we can fight back by electing better politicians and thinking critically about the media. On a micro level, we can fight back by letting this family keep their home. Please donate and/or signal boost.

Alright folks. There is nothing that I can add here, except this campaign is nearly 75% of the way there with little time left. Please, help if you can.

stfuconservatives:

creepinitreal:

I need help. I need so much help right now.

I came home from a long day at work with my sister today to find a red sheet of paper taped to the front of my door. We joked and said ‘oh looks like we’re finally getting evicted.’ So we parked in our driveway and my sister went to check out what the paper actually said.

I’m completely lost right now. Our house is going to be sold at a public affair on September 10th, 2012. I took the paper to my dad, since he’s pretty much the head of the house and the house itself is under his name. When I read it to him, he just shrugged and put the paper aside. My dad suffers from depression and has been unable to work for the past few years and we’ve been scraping by on social security checks the entire time. My sister and I only work part time as per diem employees (meaning we get no benefits and are only scheduled as needed), my mom hasn’t been a part of our lives for a long time now, and my younger sister (age 14) is too young to work.

My dad’s given up but my sister and I won’t go down without a fight. We’re going to go to the ends of the earth to find a way to keeps us and our younger sister in this house.

I’m a very private person and this was one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do in a long time. So please, a signal boost, a dollar, anything to help and you’ll have my eternal gratitude. I can’t lose the house I’ve spent my entire life in.

[My sister started a campaign here.]

Signal boosting. This family didn’t realize their dad hadn’t been paying property taxes and now they’re being evicted. I know times are hard for everyone. I saw this post last night and wasn’t sure whether I should donate. But then I thought, “What if that was me? What if the person in charge of paying my bills was seriously mentally ill and I didn’t know there was a problem until it was too late?” I would hope and pray that strangers would open their hearts and give me $5.

Our government has let us down by not closely regulating banks and lenders. Our government has let us down by not giving people on disability enough money to live on. Our government has let us down by not prioritizing affordable mental health care. Our government has let us down by decreasing taxes for the wealthy while squeezing benefits for the poor. On a macro level, we can fight back by electing better politicians and thinking critically about the media. On a micro level, we can fight back by letting this family keep their home. Please donate and/or signal boost.

Alright folks. There is nothing that I can add here, except this campaign is nearly 75% of the way there with little time left. Please, help if you can.

(via stfuconservatives)

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Update: Alex is no longer missing. Sadly, he was found dead today in Cheyenne. My thoughts go out to his family and friends, and all those who worked so hard to find him.
cognitivedissonance:

EMERGENCY, please pass this on/re-blog/share to Facebook, etc.
Missing Child:
Name: Alex Frye
Age: 13
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond
Height: 5’0”
Weight: 90 lbs
Alex was last seen wearing a button-down shirt, jeans, black boots, letterman-style Cheyenne Frontier Days coat. He is a train buff. Alex has been missing since Dec. 31st and was last seen in Cheyenne, Wyo. He is thought to have gone missing somewhere between 6 PM and midnight.
Please share with people who work on railroads, particularly in and around Wyoming, because Alex may have jumped a train.
If seen or found, please call the Cheyenne Police Department at 307-637-6524 
If you live in or near Cheyenne, and would like to assist in the search for Alex Frye, please contact Bryan Grzegortyk at 307-421-5714. The volunteer command post will meet again tomorrow morning (Jan. 3) at the Legion Post #6 on East Lincolnway at 10am. Help distribute flyers and search for Alex if you can.
News confirmation here and here. 

Update: Alex is no longer missing. Sadly, he was found dead today in Cheyenne. My thoughts go out to his family and friends, and all those who worked so hard to find him.

cognitivedissonance:

EMERGENCY, please pass this on/re-blog/share to Facebook, etc.

Missing Child:

  • Name: Alex Frye
  • Age: 13
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Hair: Blond
  • Height: 5’0”
  • Weight: 90 lbs

Alex was last seen wearing a button-down shirt, jeans, black boots, letterman-style Cheyenne Frontier Days coat. He is a train buff. Alex has been missing since Dec. 31st and was last seen in Cheyenne, Wyo. He is thought to have gone missing somewhere between 6 PM and midnight.

Please share with people who work on railroads, particularly in and around Wyoming, because Alex may have jumped a train.

If seen or found, please call the Cheyenne Police Department at 307-637-6524 

If you live in or near Cheyenne, and would like to assist in the search for Alex Frye, please contact Bryan Grzegortyk at 307-421-5714. The volunteer command post will meet again tomorrow morning (Jan. 3) at the Legion Post #6 on East Lincolnway at 10am. Help distribute flyers and search for Alex if you can.

News confirmation here and here

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ALERT from Occupy Portland

ALERT! A man named Justin James Bridges, musician & ASL translator for Occupy Portland General Assembly, was assaulted by @PortlandPolice today during camp clean out.

He was beaten repeatedly in the back and has now lost use of his right arm. Though Justin was lying on the ground in compliance, Portland Police continuously beat him in the back with clubs until his eyes rolled back in his head. Fellow protesters thought he was dead. He is now in critical care.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, ESPECIALLY PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE, DO NOT HESITATE TO COME FORWARD. National Lawyers’ Guild # 503-902-5340. Protect rights, protect the truth.

Please share. And if you have info or evidence, for the sake of justice, come forward.

(Source: twitlonger.com)

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I’m heading to the John R. Milton Writer’s Conference…

cognitivedissonance:

…And I could use your help. My compadres and I are not rich. The conference is being held in Vermillion, South Dakota, Oct. 27-29, and I’m going to be discussing progressive blogging in one of the reddest states in the country. Presenting with me are Mike Shay, Jeran Artery, and Rodger McDaniel. Our presentation is scheduled for that Saturday at 10:30 AM and is called “Snarky Slacktivists or Online Outlaws? Leftie Blogging in Red State Wyoming.”

Here’s a bit about us, courtesy of Mike Shay:

“The four bloggers in this proposal are not the state’s only outspoken progressives, but they represent voices unheard in Wyoming’s mainstream media. They have been active in Democratic Party politics, and one has served in the legislature as a Democrat. But they are not party functionaries. They often find themselves at odds with a party structure that is timid in the face of Republican onslaughts. It may be a stretch to label them “virtual outlaws.” But they do represent voices that fall into four of your suggested conference categories: Outlaw as Other; Gender outlaws, and/or queering the American West; Borders, border crossings, and boundary transgressions; Virtual outlaws, and/or outlaws in the “new frontier” of cyber-space

In our roundtable session, we will speak about our prog-blogging journeys. It will include a multimedia presentation of our work. All of us will be blogging from the conference.

Presenters:

Jeran Artery, Cheyenne, blogs at Out in Wyoming, LGBT activist and Director of Social Change for Wyoming Equality, actor and visual artist, a native of Wheatland in very conservative Platte County, Wyo.

Meg Lanker, Laramie, blogs at Cognitive Dissonance, and hosts a radio show by the same on KOCA FM every Friday night. Meg brought a successful lawsuit against the University of Wyoming when it refused to let 1960s radical turned education reformer Bill Ayers speak on campus. She also organized a fund-raiser for LGBT groups when ultra-conservative commentator Ann Coulter spoke in Laramie earlier this year. She’s a member of the National Writers Union. Her web site is included in Tumblr’s featured politics and government directory and her site has over 3,000 followers.

Rodger McDaniel, Cheyenne, former Wyoming state legislator, one-time director of Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua, retired director of Wyoming Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division, ordained minister, Blowing in the Wyoming Wind blogger. Sponsors a Monday night “Beer and Bibles” get-together each week at a Cheyenne bar where Bible stories are explored from a social justice angle. Rodger is a frequent guest columnist for the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle.

Michael Shay, Cheyenne, fiction writer, essayist and blogger on hummingbirdminds since 2005. One of Michael’s short stories is featured in the 2010 anthology “Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams” from Coffee House Press. Other poets, writers and musicians in the anthology include new U.S. Poet Laureate Phil Levine, Wanda Coleman, Diane DiPrima, Bob Dylan, Eminem, Li-Young Lee, Dorothy Day and Daniel Berrigan. One of Michael’s essays is in “Easy to Love but Hard to Raise,” due out in November from DRT Press. Michael’s blog was recently named by the Washington Post as one of the top state-based political blogs in the U.S.”

Again, I thank you. I know times are tough and cash is tight, but even if you can throw down $5, that’s nearly a fifth of a tank of gas for me. Even if you can’t contribute, please, share your thoughts about why you read this site, and if you wish, share the link for donations too.

Cheers,

Meg

Yes, I’m reblogging myself, and I probably will ‘til I leave. I’d really like to thank those who’ve helped out by spreading the word and/or donating! It’s going to make a world of difference in making this affordable. Please continue sharing, and if you can, I’d appreciate your donations. I’ll be blogging from the conference, so it’s like you guys will be there with me. All without having to go to South Dakota! (Nothing against South Dakota - It’s pretty. But it’s also wicked cold in October)

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Thanks to those who’ve shared my post about and contributed to us progressive “outlaws” getting the John R. Milton Writer’s Conference!

Here’s more about the conference, "Outlaws: Law and (Dis)order in the American West." And you can check out/re-blog the original post here.

I am thrilled to be heading to Vermillion, and if you’d like to attend as well, early registration is open for two more days for $60. After that, it’s $80. Feel free to also leave a reply here or in my ask box about why you read Cognitive Dissonance. I’d like to share some of your thoughts during the discussion.

I am ridiculously excited about this opportunity, and so are my co-presenters. So thanks again! 

Cheers,

Meg

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I’m heading to the John R. Milton Writer’s Conference…

…And I could use your help. My compadres and I are not rich. The conference is being held in Vermillion, South Dakota, Oct. 27-29, and I’m going to be discussing progressive blogging in one of the reddest states in the country. Presenting with me are Mike Shay, Jeran Artery, and Rodger McDaniel. Our presentation is scheduled for that Saturday at 10:30 AM and is called “Snarky Slacktivists or Online Outlaws? Leftie Blogging in Red State Wyoming.”

Here’s a bit about us, courtesy of Mike Shay:

"The four bloggers in this proposal are not the state’s only outspoken progressives, but they represent voices unheard in Wyoming’s mainstream media. They have been active in Democratic Party politics, and one has served in the legislature as a Democrat. But they are not party functionaries. They often find themselves at odds with a party structure that is timid in the face of Republican onslaughts. It may be a stretch to label them "virtual outlaws." But they do represent voices that fall into four of your suggested conference categories: Outlaw as Other; Gender outlaws, and/or queering the American West; Borders, border crossings, and boundary transgressions; Virtual outlaws, and/or outlaws in the “new frontier” of cyber-space

In our roundtable session, we will speak about our prog-blogging journeys. It will include a multimedia presentation of our work. All of us will be blogging from the conference.

Presenters:

Jeran Artery, Cheyenne, blogs at Out in Wyoming, LGBT activist and Director of Social Change for Wyoming Equality, actor and visual artist, a native of Wheatland in very conservative Platte County, Wyo.

Meg Lanker, Laramie, blogs at Cognitive Dissonance, and hosts a radio show by the same on KOCA FM every Friday night. Meg brought a successful lawsuit against the University of Wyoming when it refused to let 1960s radical turned education reformer Bill Ayers speak on campus. She also organized a fund-raiser for LGBT groups when ultra-conservative commentator Ann Coulter spoke in Laramie earlier this year. She’s a member of the National Writers Union. Her web site is included in Tumblr’s featured politics and government directory and her site has over 3,000 followers.

Rodger McDaniel, Cheyenne, former Wyoming state legislator, one-time director of Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua, retired director of Wyoming Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division, ordained minister, Blowing in the Wyoming Wind blogger. Sponsors a Monday night “Beer and Bibles” get-together each week at a Cheyenne bar where Bible stories are explored from a social justice angle. Rodger is a frequent guest columnist for the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle.

Michael Shay, Cheyenne, fiction writer, essayist and blogger on hummingbirdminds since 2005. One of Michael’s short stories is featured in the 2010 anthology “Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams” from Coffee House Press. Other poets, writers and musicians in the anthology include new U.S. Poet Laureate Phil Levine, Wanda Coleman, Diane DiPrima, Bob Dylan, Eminem, Li-Young Lee, Dorothy Day and Daniel Berrigan. One of Michael’s essays is in “Easy to Love but Hard to Raise,” due out in November from DRT Press. Michael’s blog was recently named by the Washington Post as one of the top state-based political blogs in the U.S.”

Again, I thank you. I know times are tough and cash is tight, but even if you can throw down $5, that’s nearly a fifth of a tank of gas for me. Even if you can’t contribute, please, share your thoughts about why you read this site, and if you wish, share the link for donations too.

Cheers,

Meg

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