Mayerson Agonistes: the internet (again?!)

Still fundraising for Wapshott Press titles 2020. It’s a good line-up, so I hope you’ll help us out, if possible. Thanks!

And now… the internets.

“Women take Los Angeles County public transit more than men, but the experiences, needs, and safety concerns of women have been chronically overlooked. These findings were revealed and examined in a first-of-its-kind study by Metro called “Understanding How Women Travel,” which found that females faced “outsized burdens and risks” navigating its transit network.”
Stalked, Cornered, Hit, Sexually Assaulted, Yelled At: These Are The Stories Of Women Riding LA Metro, LAist, Dec 5, 2019

I’m shocked and horrified that Metro personnel say there’s nothing they can do when they’re asked for help. That’s despicable. I wonder if anything would change if the Metro executives rode their own buses and trains.

“Free or discounted admission to L.A. cultural institutions like The Broad, the Autry Museum of the American West, Kidspace Children’s Museum and more. The New York Times and The Washington Post: Free access to both newspapers’ digital sites. Octavia Lab, a new space at the Central Library in DTLA that is full of all kinds of technology and gadgets to help users create. Language learning apps, including the popular Mango. DIY digitation for your old photos, videos, recordings and more. Independent, documentary, classic and international films streamed free through Kanopy.” And more more more!
What Your LA Library Card Gets You (Besides Books): VR, Laser Cutters, 26K Films, WaPo Online, Free Museums, So Much More, LAist, Dec 2, 2019

LAPL rules! And it’s free! Well, city/state/county taxes, but, still free!

Are you sick of pumpkin spiced whatnot yet?
Where to find the best Mexican Hot Chocolate in LA this Winter, LAist, Dec 4, 2019

See? You just have to wait for these explanations to show up. Wait a second… What the hell happened to Mike’s giant tie between Sunday and Tuesday?

Have I gone mad? Or something? Ha ha, you laugh, but only because it’s funny.

I don’t usually think of myself as uptight, but if I had minor children, I’m not sure I’d let them read 9 Chickweed Lane. On the other hand, if I had minor children, I’m not sure I could stop them from reading 9 Chickweed Lane. Oh well, good thing I don’t have any children, major or minor. I’d never be able to explain what goes on in 9 Chickweed Lane.

“When it comes to sexual behaviour, the animal kingdom is a broad church. Its members indulge in a wide variety of activities, including with creatures of the same sex. Flying foxes gather in all-male clusters to lick each other’s erect penises. Male Humboldt squid have been found with sperm-containing sacs implanted in and around their sexual organs in similar quantities to female squid. Female snow macaques often pair off to form temporary sexual relationships that includes mounting and pelvic thrusting. Same-sex sexual behaviour has been recorded in some 1,500 animal species.”
A new theory argues same-sex sexual behaviour is an evolutionary norm. Unless it is essential to know a partner’s sex, why bother?, The Economist, Nov. 28, 2019

1) Only the Economist could write a graph like this one; 2) I’m never going to be able to look at flying foxes the same way again, or in the eye; 3) I wonder if there’s any flying fox furry slash fiction, and if so, how I can NEVER accidentally read it; 4) Was I saying something about 9 Chickweed Lane earlier today? It’s been driven right out of my mind; 5) Unless it is essential to know a partner’s sex, why bother? well, good-bye western civilization (and good riddance); 6) and there you have it.

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”
Lily Tomlin

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