So what about the first Thanksgiving feast?: Dedicated to the Wampanoag Tribes Who are Trying to Get White People to Figure It out

Dear readers,

Below is the link to a very detailed explanation of the pilgrim story of the first Thanksgiving. it’s not true. The Wampanoags were not initially invited to the first feast, but showed up anyway. While the encounters half the time led to slavery and half the other time led to violence against the women, we have a serious problem with the story of the pilgrims. They indeed weren’t actually pilgrims, they were freaked out refugees trying to settle a colony because they didn’t want their kids being Dutch. Oh well, here’s the link.

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/nation/2020/11/23/plymouth-400-mayflower-first-thanksgiving-pilgrims-wampanoag-massasoit/6343621002/?build=native-web_i_p

Connecting with Your Family during Thanksgiving in a Pandemic

Dear readers,

This post is primarily for the technically challenged. However, if you already know how to use some of the things mentioned in the video chats 101 post I did months ago, you might find this a bit less redundant because I’m going to offer some suggestions on how and when to connect with family during Thanksgiving inn a pandemic. I’m going to be real. We have a lot more resources than we did in the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, so unlike in 1918, when we had no internet, FaceTime, or zoom, we have that resource today. Here’s what to do, in case you forgot, about all the options you have in connecting with friends and family.

1. Zoom is a wildly popular meeting app. For this Thanksgiving, they will lift the 40 minute video limit on calls for families celebrating together over the platform. If you know how to use Zoom, great, but keep this in mind. You need a camera in order to do video calls, and for some of us, particularly blind folks who are totals who can’t see the video, you’ll need to give us a bit of a hand by telling us where to aim the camera. Don’t be afraid to tell us where to place it, and camera placement will do the video call a lot of good. Zoom has lots of protections in place, but my concern is zoom bombing which is inappropriate especially for a Thanksgiving feast. To combat the bombers, just use a password when dealing with your meeting setup. When you set up a new meeting, just make sure you email or message people the link so they can follow the link to your meeting, but don’t forget the password. Passwords should not be easy to guess, but you can also use euphemism in your alpha numeric password, but it might be that you have to use numbers, which is cool because people will try to guess alpha numeric names like “feast1247” for example. This is only an example.

2. Do you have a family member who has I things? Perhaps your friend or family member uses FaceTime. IF you don’t use FaceTime video, it might be useful for totally blind people. Here’s an idea though. FaceTime will support groups up to 24 people, which is a number typical of my pwn family’s Thanksgiving. So if you want to hold Thanksgiving over FaceTime, do the following things: make sure you have an iPad or iMac or whatever. IF you’re sighted and a video aficionado, make sure you have a good GoPro or similar camera. Be sure the camera is angled so everybody is seen and connected with while you interact with your household. When you put the camera in the right place, everybody will be able to wave and Grandma might just wave back at you and you will see her do that.

3. Google Duo takes groups of up to … wait for it … 32 people, which is more than enough for a good family feast for Thanksgiving. IF you want to do a duo call, you can do it on a Google Nest Hub, a smart display made by Google and partners with Nest. When you have this thing set up in the right place, the cameras will track every movement and you will be able to do a video chat with your grandpa. IF he has a phone such as an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy s whatever, he can also join in the call. Make sure you have the home or nest hub set up. Oh and by the way, the hub is accessible through Talkback, and so is a Facebook portal. I am very happy to report that the portal has talkback, and it’s thanks to a fellow blind tech aficionado who wrote some interesting stuff on Facebook about it too.

4. What else can we use to connect with family? Well, dropping in on an echo show is also great. However, you can only have one to one drop ins, so if you are dropping in on a group of people, this might be helpful. I would recommend the echo show for those of you who like videos in this style. Echoes in the show category range from eight to ten inches to I think about twelve or fourteen. Pick a size of screen that works for you. You can also drop in on a fire tablet from the same company that makes the echo show. Just put it in show mode and away you go. I love my fire tablet, and I also like my echo dots too because they have good bass in them. However, I don’t have a hub or echo show. We are a bit camera shy around here.

Preparing your feast should not be so hard. For us, this means we won’t buy the seven pound Tom turkey at all. The sides will be a breeze, but still, the side dishes will have to be carefully monitored because of lactose intolerance, which is beginning to be a boon on my cooking. Honestly, I’d rather have a casserole with a half cup of cheese as required by most recipes than to have to waste my time with vegan or veg recipe books. I can’t imagine eating vegan cheeses, those with lactade labels on them because some of those recipes don’t accommodate that. I was going to make a broccoli casserole, but oh no, too much cheese. … Before you make a feast side dish, you would ordinarily have to ask if all people can eat it. However, people are also allergic to foods these days. Peanut allergies are common, but egg allergies are more serious. I had an ex who was allergic to eggs, and as he put it, if you gave him egg by accident, you’d have to call the fire department. That’s no joke. This guy was really allergic to eggs, and he couldn’t get a flu shot.

When you do your feast for Thanksgiving, whether it’s a mini feast or a bigger one, try to remember what the day is really about. As Linus in the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas and Halloween specials puts it, Thanksgiving is a very important holiday and the only national holiday dedicated to giving thanks. Let’s do a quick history refresher.

First of all, nobody in the Thanksgiving story was a pilgrim. What is a pilgrim? Well, a fine example of a pilgrim would be someone who makes a journey to a sacred spot like Mecca in Saudi Arabia for Muslims or Israel for the Jewish people. Those are true pilgrims if I should say so myself. The Native Americans who celebrated with the so called Pilgrims had enemies everywhere, but the Pilgrims as we call them weren’t pilgrimaging at all. These were Puritans, the first refugees before the Trump era bullshit hit the fan. These guys sailed in on the Mayflower in 1620 or whatever. In 1621, thanks was given to the “Indians” as Linus would say, but yeah, these first nations fellows who helped the Puritans through the wintertime and taught them to grow corn and such because the refugees lost half their people then. What we do in a family today is not quite so similar.

The colonists, or puritan refugees, actually had food that was not similar at all to the foods we eat today. They had weird food,, and I bet Charlie Brown would be proud to see toast on the menu, and he made all that toast. In the special I watched on Apple TV Plus, Linus suggested making the feast for his friends, Marcy and Peppermint Patty among them. However, what Peppermint Patty would not understand later on in the meal’s progress is that the refugees actually had what we call eel on toast for their first feast. The regulatory feast we know today became a thing with Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, and he gave us the third Thursday in November tradition we know of today. So, our Thanksgiving this year 2020 will be November 26. Let’s be real though, turkey is not a requirement for Thanksgiving. Some people simply won’t eat meat, but my husband is a carnivore. HE eats every bit of meat he can, including the bacon. Talk about bringing it home only to have him eat it all up.

So what am I thankful for this Thanksgiving? Well, I’m thankful for yet another year gone by, not having caught the big bad virus floating around, and being able to have at least my partner around if things got rough. I couldn’t ask for a better lockdown/quarantine buddy. Trenton has proved to be a great source of humor, jokes, and optimism during this difficult time. I’m also grateful that this year, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is fully described on Apple TV Plus for subscribers who are blind or visually impaired and that Apple has made a full commitment to describing a big huge chunk, practically all of their material. It makes it a lot easier to watch things and love the dialogue, but also to understand the images that flop across the screen. I figured, thanks to descriptions, that Lucy is a real dork and should never be trusted by anyone on a football field. Charlie Brown indeed falls on his back and almost hurts himself, oops. Descriptions really help the viewer who is blind to understand the imagery the sighted are viewing on the screen. Another good example is Snoopy and Woodstock being weird at the end of the special, but I think it was kind of weird Snoopy made popcorn and toast but let’s add another gem to the history refresher. The colonies had popcorn in their food stock, so I don’t think Charlie Brown and his friends were far off but Peppermint Patty was not able to access info about the colonies’ food choices so she quietly assumed the role of food critic. Peppermint Patty was flabbergasted by Charlie Brown and Snoopy’s selection of food, saying, “What’s this? A piece of toast, a pretzel stick, popcorn? What blockhead cooked all this?” She goes on to ask where the turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce are. Given whwat we know, however, she’s wrong. Puritans didn’t have access to cranberry sauce like we do, and the puritans also didn’t know anything about turkeys. As far as I know, they indeed had toast, but the thing would have fish caught in the sea somewhere. If I had toast, I’d have put some sort of preserve or jelly on it because that’s a fancy way to dress it up. Now that’s something Peppermint Patty could have done better.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends who celebrate, and please take care of yourselves and stay safe and healthy. The pandemic will be over soon, I promise.

Beth

Thanksgiving and Podcast Updates

Dear readers,

It is with a heavy duty heart and a mind filled with worry that I have to end season 2 of the Throne Room with Beth Taurasi, and I will add … best to my ability, I will add a Thanksgiving bonus special for all of you. Why? Because I know you all are thankful for being alive today. As for Thanksgiving, it’ll just be Trenton and I having a mini feast. We won’t be able to have much in the way of turkey, and we aren’t cooking the tom or even a hen, who knows. But I do want to have broccoli casserole the way I like to make it, and I usually do it. I’m going to be blunt, I hate cooking and domestic goddess shows like all that Food Network stuff, but at the same time, well, you could say I have a love hate relationship with food shows. They don’t show you the cooking in real time. I’m going to be honest, I love the cranberry sauce. However, I think for the feast Trenton and I will try to have, we will listen to the now described Charlie Brown special, and maybe just eat some toast. I wish we could make deviled eggs like Mom used to do at breakfast, but there are some things that go along with the good that I can’t discuss here, the bad things that Mom probably doesn’t want to reveal, half of which is that I may be a mixed person. Mixed heritage is important to know, and I wonder if that is the reason my mom thought in her subconscious that I was a curse from God for opening her legs during college. So even though we shared good things, Mom really needs to define some of her actions as abusive, and work to end such actions.

For one, I don’t visit my family anyway, but I’m glad the CDC told us all to stay home and not travel. I hope my parents and family get the memo. If they don’t, serves them all right for not listening, and people won’t listen because they’re stupid, idiotic and not able to see beyond themselves.

As for what food we might have for Thanksgiving, I’m tempted to bake some Roadhouse Rolls. Yes, if I could have some favorites for this year, I want me some Roadhouse Rolls like they do at Black Eyed Pea and Texas Roadhouse. We don’t have money to go to any places, but we do have food in the house. We don’t have much to eat for Thanksgiving but I don’t know which foods might be proper for that week. We always try to stick to homemade food of course since deliveries are difficult because of the high rise building we live in. Ugh.

I have at least one good thing I’m thankful for. We had our wedding, and with few guests in the live video stream, we made it happen. It shouldn’t have come to that, but if the guy at the wet meat market hadn’t left his wares dirty enough for viruses to go swapping info, we wouldn’t be in this predicament, and there’s a four-year-old Texas boy who won’t be allowed outside the house this year. I saw an article about him in the paper, but this young kid doesn’t have his parents. Why? Because of numnuts who don’t listen. Here’s a safety message for you about Thanksgiving this year that should ring a big bell in your head. I know you’re sick of the masks, sick of covering your faces, sick of the closures, sick of it all. But as Randy Rainbow says, cover your freakin’ face!!!!!!!! Cover it, cover it up. And don’t be a fool and let those droplets go flying around. At your family’s house, with your own household, you should be fine, provided you don’t have a household member with covid. My buddy in Texas had covid but I’m keeping an eye on her dad. It’s not just the boy and my friend you should be concerned about. It’s the economic disaster that is sure to come because you weirdos don’t listen! I have a partner who survived influenza type A, and doesn’t want to get respiratory failure again. He’s now 36 years old, alive and kicking, but with a badge of honor on the back of his head. Imagine what could happen if he gets covid. Covid sucks, big time. We don’t want it in our house, we don’t want our friends and family relations to get it. So please, folks, this Thanksgiving, wear a freakin’ mask. And cover your freakin’ face, or else I’ll have to let Randy Rainbow say it louder.

Beth

Congratulations, Kamala

Dear Miss harris,

Yes, this is something I’ve always known i would be doing, writing a letter in my blog to you. I want to first congratulate you for winning the election because little girls, especially brown and black ones, will be extremely proud to have a girl like them on top. Almost. But here’s what you need to do. These are things you and Joe need to work together on, and some of this overlaps with Joe’s letter i threw at this blog.

First and foremost, work with Congress on corona virus relief. We need our IHOP and other restaurants to stay open and prepared for the crowds. In order for this to happen, we need a national mask mandate, period. No ideological weirdness or anything.

Work with Joe on ending the Muslim ban. Joe will certainly do this because the Muslim ban is racist bullshit designed to prevent so called terror attacks, which it only made white supremacy worse. We can’t have these white supremacists messing about in our country, especially the Boogaloo Boys and other groups that purport to be American and patriotic. They’re not. They will target you and Joe and others, so just be on your toes.

Please make sure Congress confirms all the cabinet positions Joe wants. He needs an education secretary that doesn’t sell kids to Bethany Christian services. This is serious business, and we need to black history the hell out of education, so to speak. What I mean is that we need to teach black history, LGBTQI+ history and other histories through the eyes of historians who live it. We’re all historians, and Joe’s pick for education secretary is important in this case.

Please, whatever you do, make sure the disabled are top priority for considerations we need to initially work on. The thing we need to do is mentioned in Joe’s letter. Please raise the resource limit for SSI and SSDI recipients, give them the right to marry without penalty, and don’t mess with Medicaid because disabled people are married. We need family medicaid plans that help us maintain health, especially for us females who’ve been abused most of all. As a woman who is blind, I was abused emotionally and psychologically for fifteen years, lawyers tricking me into not fighting the abusive guardianship that was put on me. Guardianships by the way should be illegal, period. Please, Kamala harris, whatever you do, don’t enable these abusers to continue their abuse. Females of color with disabilities are counting on you.

You and Joe need to fix the entire foreign policy situation, but you also need to reverse the policies on disabled immigrants. Many countries require all their citizens to work or don’t have resources to educate their disabled kids or help disabled veterans of their wars. We in America have opportunities we should be sharing, not denying, disabled people. Please beg the Congress to consider what needs to happen to make America truly safe and diverse again.

As a blind woman, people might think it is impossible for me to have kids without risking the kids’ sight. Well, let’s put things in perspective. As a blind person who knows, I know that my blindness was not caused by genetic things that could be passed down to another offspring. The chances of having a baby who’s blind are slim, slim to none. Therefore, I’d encourage you to look at disabled women as women, period, and promote policies that allow such women to decide when and whether to have children. Disabled women are counting on you as well. Disabled men can be good fathers, and I’d encourage you to set up policies that encourage disabled men to be responsible fathers, and the nondisabled partners of such men to not block these men out of their kids’ lives. I have a friend who sadly doesn’t support you that needs a policy like this. I have other friends who have not been allowed countless hours of parenting time with their kids. Here we have disabled dads and moms denied the chance to parent, so please, protect disabled people’s right to parent.

Reverse Buck Versus Bell, whatever you do. Do not allow this caselaw to continue unchecked. My partner and I want babies, sure, but we don’t want a Carrie Buck to happen to me. Trenton would be upset if someone removed our baby.

Anyway, I’d like to thank you for accepting the victory and Joe is going to be awesome. They say in Africa, behind every successful man, there’s a successful woman. I want you to do something to make sure Obama’s legacy is not ruined either. That means healthy lunch items, no more Trump posted cafeteria foods either. No more of the Donald’s hateful crap. I’d like to draft a way to get something done about hate groups driving our opposition too.

While I have lots to share, I have to end here. Please accept my thank yous and be the best vice president you can be.

Beth Taurasi

Congratulations, Joe

Dear President Elect Biden,

I knew you could do this. I want to congratulate you for winning the election because for one, I’m sick of the anti immigrant rhetoric and all the crap Trump was putting out there. I was the victim of trolls on the internet, trolls that would not stop spewing hate speech when Trump first got elected in 2016. Mr. Biden, I have a political laundry list you must do in order to help disabled people and others throughout your presidency.

First, we need to update the SSI program to reflect inflation costs, moving the resource limit from $2000 to $100,000 because we can’t buy anything or keep anything or save up anything under this resource limit. A lot of independence things are beyond our resources to get, and Able accounts are out of reach because of Fifth Third Bank, and I don’t have much support in getting money for an Able account.

Do away with the marriage penalty. It is destructive to relationships like mine and Trenton’s. You won the election on a special day for us, our wedding day, which was celebrated without a license or papers to certify that we are married. Trenton and I had a commitment ceremony, something that most disabled people are forced to do because either this, that, or we choose love over caring for ourselves. We hate being selfish, and we should be allowed to be with the person we love without penalty. Period. Disabled people must dare to dream of having children, and with the pandemic sweeping the country, a new baby is a sign of hope and joy we all need.

Do something about gentrification. I’d be happy to see if Congress can tackle the issue of whites taking away housing for blacks, disabled people, and other minority groups. My partner’s black, and we’re both blind, and can’t earn money the conventional way. I’ve been wrung through MLM companies, told to do something about my lack of pulling myself up by my own bootstraps, and then some. But alas, my parents attacked my rights for fifteen years. Fifteen years and they took away the prime of my life, I should have been married at 22, had kids, and a house of my own. I should have been able to do all those things because it’s just a shame that college is expensive and it’s also a shame on the rest of the blind. They have attacked me and called me a slut, and so for personal reasons, I don’t have a job and don’t associate with orgs not willing to let me in the door. the American Council of the Blind is not present in Colorado, only the National federation of the Blind, but the Metro Denver chapters have closed their doors to me, and it all boils down to they don’t believe I’m good for anything. they want to judge and pick at behavior they believe is detrimental to work. what work? I can’t sit there and answer questions that are illegal for a job, and if I have to, what then? Most jobs require experience or a college degree, but even a college degree is not going to show anything. They’ll hire the qualified sighted person over me because of the sight. Joe, if I was in your shoes, and i was running for President, I would probably have to sue a lot of people for putting vulgar attack ads on TV against me. imagine, all those attack ads saying things like, “Beth Taurasi had multiple sex partners, married a black man illegally, can’t even find a job anywhere. We should not give her the job of messing up our country and doing a disability agenda on us.” That would be the gentry’s vulgarest attack ad possibility, but trust me, I’d have to make sure you or someone before me bans such attack ads because they’re impolite, and have nothing to do with politics. They’re personal attacks on my sex life and that’s what men often do to women, and they attack us by our looks. I choose books, but they want looks. Anyway, …

Do something about illegal questioning of disabled job applicants who are blind, especially those who are blind. Hammer it home to employer interviewers that if they don’t get it straight, that if they don’t not ask illegal questions, they will be fined or jailed for years. Do something to stop people from asking stupid questions about blindness in the formal sense of the job interview. For example, I want to be a piano teacher, but someone might ask, “Why should I hire you because you’ll touch my kid, etc etc, and you’re blind.” First and foremost, you need to get a grip. if you’re interviewing me for a piano teacher job, I’ll be honest, the touching kids thing could be taken way out of context. I would have to do what i call “poking and prodding” the hands of the young pianist who’s liable to flatten their fingers and not understand finger position. I will have the young one put their hand on top of mine so they can feel the fingers and how they’re curved. They have to be curved, at least, otherwise there’s at least one Italian pianist who does that, but who does that at all? But the truth is, if someone interviews me for that position, the only thing i can offer is that I went to college, I studied music in college, and had to drop out because of accommodations and lack of independence skills which is appropriate to the disabled. This really needs to be addressed though, as there are many blind musicians willing to contribute their voices and their skills to music and music theory. As a potential producer even, I want to put my skills to work, but the production equipment and software costs too much, so what do I need? A bigger living room, a baby grand, and young students to teach. $25 an hour is fine, but let’s face it, I don’t want to be fired for being blind. Parents would be there at all lessons, and I’d make it clear. The parent’s role will not change, my role will not change much, but still. I will teach the child to play Bach, Beethoven, and so on. But I don’t want to be under scrutiny for being blind. So Mr. Biden, make it so that we don’t have to live under scrutiny, yet you have GOP pundits ordering us to work for a man in an office.

Please make it easier for a blind musician to be noticed. Your former boss, President Barack Obama, totally went with it when he proclaimed a blindness equality day during his presidency. he was amazing, I’m not gonna lie. Obama and you both deserve the deepest congratulations.

Please ban certain GOP operatives from banning Muslims and immigrants from coming here. Get the kids out of the cages, and let them in. Do something about the border deportations of parents, and take Bethany Christian Services’s adoption license away. Be sure that gay and lesbian parents can adopt, no matter what agency they go through, and let it be known that religious affiliation is no license to discriminate. I know there are more foster kids than families. the Bethany Christian families might not be fit for all those latinx children that were taken away from their parents. I’d encourage you to invest in these kids, and take the parents with Bethany Christian out of the picture. Reverse any such Gileadean policies that promote child separation and the sale of children to these wanton organizations.

Please expand social and housing for black and minorities. Think of this as reparations for slavery. We need reparations for black males especially, not that the females have any less of a chance, but we need to address all blacks as a whole. Trenton, my husband in commitment and life itself, is black. He might be turned down for shelter in a bigger apartment, and we’re living in an unsafe wreck of a building that likes to be stupid unless you scream help for every maintaining thing you need done. Example, it took days and weeks to get some things done in the building. If I ask someone to drain the shower, I expect it done the same day because i can’t just sit there and do the shower myself. If I ask someone to fix a dorrknob with sharp edges on it, I expect it to be done, way less than it actually took to fix a doorknob on a closet. it took weeks for maintenance to actually fix the doorknob and we had to ask for it. They seriously need to learn to care about us residents or go straight to Hell, and that’s the whole thing about HUD apartments. We want a three bedroom house or apartment that can be rented or owned but it has to have safety and transport. With your expansion of social programs for the disabled and minority groups, maybe it’ll be good for us so we can have a family and live normally, and i can do gig work to get extra money on top of social security. the gig work will not be steady, so won’t be declared. that’s another thing i want you to do.

Do not allow the SSA to simply take away from those currently receiving SSI or SSDI benefits when they choose to go to work. let them, as I said before, keep a larger resource amount, especially because of inflation. But moreover, don’t tax any income we earn on top of the thing we get unless it’s over the resources limit. I’d be happy to pay taxes if I was wealthy like so many of your celebrities and … oh, did I mention Donald Trump? If he’s that damn wealthy, he should be having his taxes done. Anyway, I want to make sure you have a good laundry list of things to do for us that needs to be done.

There’s one more thing I think that could be done. Encourage Kamala to run for president in 2024, unless she says no. If not, i want Neill Patrick harris to take your place in 2024, no hurt feelings but that guy’s hilarious. Mr. Harris would be a good start to a bright future because of hot Tub time Machine 2, don’t ask me where in the movie that is because of spoilers I won’t give out. But 2025, in any case, is where the guys end up for that pportion of the movie, spoiler over.

Mr. President Elect, I’m super happy you got elected, and the champagne is flowing everywhere but take a look at what you have to do. You know you have to deal with the Corona virus pandemic, but please make that corona thing go away so we can go back and live life normally. Also, please encourage Disneyland to open because there are too many lawsuits about it by mayors, and it’s getting bad. Florida also needs a serious head check. Those people are total douchebags sometimes, not all of them but you know Florida man will make you cringe. Example, Florida man runs around naked and wrangles a gator in mid air. Florida man caught knocking Slurpee off someone. Florida man arrested for … blank blank blank. Fill in the blank with the latest crime spree, including changing the governor’s voting address. that I admit was funny, but we need to do something about those weirdos in Florida.

Anyway, thank you for believing in us as a country. Please hurry up and take the oath of office, damn it, so we can work together as a people and restore decency and health to all.

Sincerely,

Beth Taurasi

Ectogenesis Part 2: How Do We Do It??? And An Apology

Dear readers,

So for those who are abortion opponents, I want to ask you a question. How do you want to negate the need for abortion? How do you want to do it without inconveniencing women who can’t carry babies to term? When a woman’s life is threatened, especially by a baby, she can’t just carry it to term without dying. That is where ectogenesis comes in. What I mean is, basically, putting the embryo in an electric womb, something mentioned by one tech historian. And moreover, the ectogenesis I am speaking of is something you might find in Brave New World, but not the very same thing. Not only do we need to find ways to put embryos alive in a conception chamber, electric womb, whatever, we also need to provide the resources for all the babies who are not carried by a woman. For example, find adoptive parents for these babies, or if there aren’t enough, set up orphanages for them. Then, when the baby turns eighteen as an adult,, we need to provide jobs for them, homes for them, etc. We need to also have room on this planet, and this planet only since we can’t seem to find life and habitability on other planets. Example, we can’t find life on Mars. Mars is inhabitable anyway because it’s a desert planet with a red atmosphere, right? So we need to find resources and ways to raise milions of babies who can’t be carried by a mother, and some of them will go back to their mothers, but millions of others won’t. The ones that will have mothers who can’t physically carry, and an electric womb would be a lot cheaper than paying a carrier, paying someone to carry the baby for you as a surrogate mother. Surrogacy contracts can go off the deep end, as one Florida surrogacy case actually did. I watched it, and the surrogate mother decided to take the baby back, even though it was her employer’s sperm that fertilized her own egg. It was nuts. Therefore, I think it best that if you want to have kids and not carry the child, then in the future of futures why not use an electric womb to carry your child? This would be a huge game changer, one historian writes, and would negate the need for killing the baby altogether in an abortion. Problem solved.

What we do have to realize, however, is this. Please understand that the earth only has so much in the way of resources, food, soil, and other things to make food grow. If we have too many people vying for these resources, we will have a famine. And what does famine do to children? Look no further than Yemen, where kids are starving to death, literally, malnutrition is back and back with a vengeance. Look no further than places like Lebanon. Not only does the world have to cope with a corona virus epidemic, or pandemic, the world has to cope with famine. Famine in Yemen and other spots in the world stems from a few things: war on top, then the ratio of resources to children. There are more people in Yemen than there is food. So how do we do something about it?

I would hate to justify abortion, only I would justify contraceptives, for they save lives. Contraceptives for women and men alike would save resources and lives. For young girls who are forcibly married, contraceptives would prevent her from going off the deep end with twelve kids. Fourteen is too young to marry, end of story. If anything, too much bureaucracy is a bad thing because we need to raise the marriage age for all people in places like Yemen. Example, nine is definitely too young to marry, so the marriage age for all young women and men alike should be eighteen. No questions asked. It should be eighteen, and when a person turns eighteen, they should be afforded protections if the man is abusive. Women are not shopping items, okay? Teenagers should not be forced to get married and pregnant a billion times over because it robs others of resources on the planet, and it’s all around bad for the girl and guy as well.

The next thing we need to do is something I’m sure is unpopular with a lot of people. For the places where there is famine frequently, where children are starving to death, perhaps we should limit the number of children each woman bears. We should limit the number of children each man can create, period, because we have none the more resources than we have people. The earth can only take so much, and it will grow tired of us if we don’t take care of it. If we do take care of it, things will be better for the children and parents alike. Raising the marriage age, limiting childbearing and perhaps outlawing certain forms of coercion into marriage because not every woman wants to get married and not every guy should have to either. Lesbians may want to leave the country where they are and marry elsewhere, and to female partners that is. Women are not baby factories, and should not be treated as such. For you who oppose contraception, think of the lives you would save. Do you want kids growing thinner and thinner every day because boys are prioritized over girls or because there just isn’t enough food to go around? Gender based neglect happens a lot in places where sons are priority and not daughters. We need to create a world for ourselves that brings equality, no gender based neglect or violence. We need to do this for the planet, and for ourselves. As for everybody else, we’ve got to be better at realizing that there’s only so much we can do, and you won’t have much room on planet earth if you keep bearing children and demanding the planet feed them all the time. So what is the solution? If we say find another planet, Mars is not an option, at least in my opinion. But the next best thing is light years away, so we need to make the best of what we have here on Earth, and if we find another third planet from a sun, we need to see what the sentients there would do in cases where Earth is failing. This planet needs our help, and if we have to lose some to win some, that’s what we need to do. In the current circumstances, we can’t and don’t have the electric womb thing I propose. We have no choices other than to make a woman carry a child, and some women can’t physically do that. In another way, I think we have some hope of getting better. Thee planet will yield better food if we do the right thing, and there could be hope that food won’t be so scarce. With the Corona virus pandemic in the world, we have to learn a very solid lesson: don’t overreach with resources on the planet, and another thing. Clean up the meat market in China and don’t sell bat meat at all. Don’t call it mystery meat, but wet markets are a no no. If you want to make a wet market, expect a pandemic, and learn that quick. Swine flu was another problem, but this corona virus thing is the biggest pandemic I’ve ever witnessed. We might have room for more kids on this planet, but we need to be extra careful now. This means that we need to take great care of what we have and what we need. the bottom line is that the planet needs us, and we need the planet, and the planet must be taken care of in order for all of us to thrive. We can advance technology all we want, but we need to make sure we have ethical reasoning for all technology, not let it get the best of us. Ectogenesis is one such technology we can and should try, but remember the consequences of every step we take when we advance things. My science teacher, Patricia Hutniek, engaged the class in the St. Teresa School in arguments about cloning and other forms of scientific advancement. It was her encouragement of these debates that brought me to a point where I could map out the ethical reasons why or why not use a certain technology. I think ectogenesis is a great idea, but is it ethical? In a sense, I think it would be ethical if we were able to get the baby out of a woman’s body and safely into an external electric womb like I proposed, but pro lifers need to understand that you should be bringing up all the kids in these electric wombs. Find adoptive parents for the kids, make sure they get food, water, and clean air. We desperately need this technology to negate all pro life and pro abortion debates altogether, but we also need other planets to settle on and make more families on. Earth may throw us off like it never mattered, so we need to find other places light years from here and more. Astronomers can do just that, and NASA also does its diligent work looking at asteroids but we need to do so much more.

I want to apologize for my prior post on ectogenesis, but I was laying the groundwork for what was to come. I should have titled my last post better. I hope you will humbly accept my apology.

Thank you for reading this blog, and have a great day.

Beth

Ectogenesis: The Miracle of Life Continues???

Dear readers,

I noticed that some of you on Facebook don’t like abortion. The big thing that would get me is how many of you say that “abortion is fucking murder” and “Abortion people are freaks.” I’ve got issues with people like me who believe in science and scientific reasoning for abortion as freaks. First, what happens when a baby is made?

you might be wondering what happens when a baby is made. I’ll not go into the whole egg and sperm saying how do you do, after all we’ve gone there in science class. However, think about the cost and financial figures the baby will demand. I’m not saying you have to buy them things because you want to, the baby will demand a lot of attention. First, how many diapers do you go through with your average baby? Secondly, when the baby grows a bit older, how many pieces of clothing or garments do you go through for baby? Child will need lots of extra things, including clothes, food, diapers, and if the kid is a girl, you’ll need to show her how to use feminine hygiene products. That’s nothing really compared to the whole changing your baby on a changing table though. And for some women, it’s not just the financial figures a baby costs that brings them to abort a baby.

Imagine for a moment that you had been raped by a not so nice older relative as a minor. If the baby was born male, that older relative would find a way to get custody of the baby while in some way being in jail for raping you. Imagine you’re a woman who doesn’t want to look into the face of her rapist, and is psychologically traumatized by the sight of the baby. You’d need extra therapy for keeping the child so you don’t abuse him. However, abortion would save not only the cost of care for the baby, but the cost of a trial, custody dispute, and oh so many other things.

You might be wondering why the hell I’m writing this. Colorado has repeatedly tried abortion bans on the ballot, and thankfully, none have prevailed. Abortion bans don’t work, and the twenty weeks abortion bans don’t scientifically work because certain things a fetus could have disease wise don’t show up until twenty weeks or more have passed. Sometimes a baby gets so sick it can’t live, period. So what do yu do? you have to abort. That’s the simple fix and it doesn’t threaten the life of the woman. If a mother’s life and health are at stake, also her psychological health, a baby should never be forcibly or arbitrarily carried to term. Governments should never decide a woman or baby’s fate, only a woman, her husband, and then her doctor, all in accordance with the woman’s faith. I would never abort my own kids, that is unless they aren’t the kids of my husband. Trenton and i want to be able to have a child, but the cost is overtly prohibitive. We use contraception to make sure pregnancy doesn’t happen for now. We need safer and better housing that will allow kids, period. If someone were to have raped me while I was trying to conceive with Trenton, I’d have to take an emergency contraception pill, and do all the contraceptive precautions like not having sex for a while just to make sure the rapist’s baby doesn’t plant itself in and scare the crap out of me when it comes out, if it even does. There are plenty of loving couples, same sex and different sex, that would love to adopt kids, but think on it first before you bring a child into the world. Costs could range from $10,000 over eighteen years to $2,000,000 over eighteen years depending on socioeconomic circumstances, child’s special needs, and income requirements for housing. There you have it. If Republicans don’t want women to be equal to men, they’re asking for trouble. This includes the cruel cycle of not letting them have contraception, especially if they’re single. If i were single at all, contraception would still be an option because I don’t want to be pregnant with a stranger’s kid anyway. Disabled females stand a 95% chance of being raped and some to the point of pregnancy. Rape is a really dumb idea for men, so if you’re male and reading this, don’t touch girls you’re not supposed to in a way they don’t want you to, even your wife. As a woman who is blind, my body is seen as less valued and more prone for nonconsensual sex. This happens a lot to my girlfriends, and that’s something we need to address. We need to teach boys not to rape, period. We need to have stricter punishments in place for rapists especially if they do disabled females under eighteen. At the same time, sex ed should include consent which I mention in a prior post.

One thing is for certain in this day and age. We don’t need abortion bans, and churches and politicians should not be getting into the decisions of women and their doctors. Thank you for reading.

Beth

Make them hear you: Voting and the Importance of Electing the Proper Person

Dear readers,

If you can find an accessible voting machine in your precinct, vote. If you can find your mail in ballot on your piles of paper, vote. If you have an accessible voting method, please vote. If you vote, think about a few things: if you are female, do you want to continue having the right to vote? What about the right to read, write, and own property? Or do you want your daughters to go to special schools where they just sit there and do petty point and coloring books? And do you want your daughter to be limited in what activities she can do? If the answer is no to those questions, then please vote for the candidate who will safeguard your rights. As a colored female, if you are a colored female, do you want to be whipped around at the polling places? Do you want your daughters and granddaughters to be told that the only jobs open to them are cleaning and cooking? This also applies to other types of females, but if you want to answer no to those questions, then vote for a candidate who will safeguard your rights. Think about the things you might see if the Proud Boys and Boogaloo Boys take control of this country, cancel any rights we have, and put women in a place they can’t be in. Think about whata might happen if religious fanatics came in and took over the country. Do you want a president who doesn’t care if fanatical evangelicals tell women they can’t read? That they can’t minister to men? That they will have to go to those special schools to learn embroidery, petty point, and coloring? Think about it. If you are a male ally and you’re reading this, congratulations on being a sister’s brother, a wife’s husband, or any other sort of male ally. You need to be further educated if you’re someone who doesn’t believe women should have rights. If you’re someone who believes women are the property of their fathers first, then their husbands, stop reading this blog immediately and go somewhere else and think about what drives you to think this way. Is it your entitlement? Are you a power hungry and entitled male? If you answered yes, then you shouldn’t be thinking that way. Women are counting on you to vote for them, vote for us to be able to type the ideas in this blog, vote for us to be able to read good books, not have to sit there and do embroidery and petty point all day. We want to be able to do things that are beyond what men believe we can do: we want to do something other than cook and clean for the males in our lives. This is half the reason I don’t do dishes, don’t cook, and don’t clean house all the time. The big reason is this: I was emotionally abused and forced to live with a patriarchal family, one that has not been invited to the wedding which, by the way, will have to take place no matter what happens. We’re looking forward to it, Trenton and I, but we can’t stay together if people tell us to separate. What if your presidential candidate makes it illegal for blacks and whites to marry? Parents should never allow this, and even more, Congress and the President should be fighting on human rights grounds, not debating on this. Interracial marriage is not up for debate, it’s a human right. Disabled women’s rights to their bodies and minds is not up for debate, it’s a human right. There are lots of things not up for debate, and they are human rights. Think about it, and vote accordingly.

Thank you all for reading this blog. I hope to write good news next.

Beth

The Bad Boys Have Been Here For a While, But They’ve Got to Go!

Dear readers,

Unfortunately, there are bad boys messing with the Denver Women’s Chorus efforts to raise money for itself and keep going. There was an incident involving a security guy from 9 news who was taken into custody by Denver Police, and worse off, I got an email from the president of the chorus stating that our fellow chorus member’s event could not be used to sell shirts, so she changed the location twice on Facebook. I want to say that this whole Proud Boys, Boogaloo Boys, whatever thing is so dangerous that it is now hurting DWC’s efforts to encourage the human rights of LGBTQI+ individuals in the vote. Voting is so important, and let’s explain the logic here.

If we don’t vote, imagine yourself unable to purchase your own goods and services because you’re female and can’t own property. Why do you wonder? Because a government official in the Boogaloo Boys might have been elected over your choice of candidate. This man might be sexist enough to say that women are property, and can therefore hold no property.

Imagine a world in which you were good for nothing but cooking, cleaning, sex, and having babies. Imagine the Proud or Boogaloo groups taking over the country’s economic infrastructure, taking away a woman’s right to work outside of home and shopping jobs. Imagine that you’re the maid in a rich white man’s house, or you could picture yourself as a handmaid. Even if you have a no dick policy, that doesn’t matter to the creepy old man who insists you have sex with him every week during a sacred brutal ceremony. For more, read the Handmaid’s Tale. Atwood’s predictions are scary, and they seem to be coming true in some areas, but not others. But here’s what I want as far as the voter stuff.

I want to own property, not be the property.

I want to type this blog and not be the one for whom everything is typed. I want to be the one expressing her thoughts, whether content or discontent, of the government. I don’t think violence is the answer, but what I want to see is a peaceful resolution, but moreover, arrest of all the Proud Boys and Boogaloo Boys involved in messing up my friends’ rally. DWC wants to raise money for itself, and it’s a community chorus. Women should have the right to sing nonsacred works, but in a Gileadean or Gilead like society, women will only be aunts, supplicant aunts singing praises to a patriarchal God. The Lord God Almighty this or that will be the only thing passing a lady’s lips.

Also, I am wondering why so many guys would ruin a rally for my friend in the DWC in the first place. These guys made it unsafe to sell t-shirts at the event downtown, so … and I heard gunshots in the distance. Who’s shooting who??? Here’s more about my rights though.

I want the right to marry the man of my choosing, not some stupid commander dude.

I want the right to be with Trenton, regardless of race or ability.

I want the right to access any social media or streamed media I want. This means Hulu, Netflix, Disney Plus, Prime Video, etc. No more of this thinking that females should never have access to that plus money and food stuffs.

I want safety in my own home and community, a safe place where the police don’t brutalize my friends and partners, where I can walk around and greet the warm and friendly people about me. Please, if you go vote, think about the world you want for yourself and your daughters and granddaughters and especially what you want to tell your sons. He or they will need the best information on being good to women, consent, and so on. Black men are the best type of men in my experience, and my current is the best because he looks at me, regardless of my color, like a queen. I’d rather be treated like a queen rather than a handmaid. Think about this for a few moments. If you’re a lesbian, you should think first about the rights of your friends, your fellow butches and fems, whatever you identify as. Think of what kind of world you want your daughters and sons and grandkids to live in. I doin’t want my daughter stolen from me, made into a wife, and not allowed to read or write books and blogs. So, this is all of why voting is so important, and why the rallies and all that are so important. I want to encourage the DWC girls to look carefully at the writings here in this entry, and if you want to steal it, just give credit where credit is due.

Thank you all for your support in this blog, and please for goodness sakes, go out and vote.

Beth

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Dear readers,

I can’t write much about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, not because I don’t know or respect her, but because she did all the things I expected a woman justice to do. Mrs. Ginsburg was proud of her womanhood, and she fought for women’s equality in all manner of things. She even fought Rutgers University on the whole pay front for women professors, and she didn’t even let a husband’s income stop her from earning equal pay. Mrs. Ginsburg had so much to offer, and she gave it out to all of us. She’s amazingly well loved by all, and I’m concerned that Trump, in all his infinite idiocy will try to fill the post with someone who isn’t quite qualified.

For one thing, I think Neil Gorsich is mad as hell, and Brent Cavanaugh should not have been on the bench because of what he did to those girls. He makes disabled people look bad, just as anyone else does. We can’t confirm just any woman to the Supreme Court, it has to be a woman who fights for women’s rights and equality and won’t reverse all the history Ginsburg put out there. Example, LGBTQI+ rights must be acknowledged, period. We can’t have a Conservative on the court any longer, and hopefully, Biden or whoever else is elected other than Donald Trump will do something about the indecency he brought to the courts. He wanted Ruth Bader Ginsburg to die, just so he could put more clout in the justice system which is supposed to protect everybody, not just Trump family members. We need a justice who understands what is supposed to happen.

May the memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg be a blessing, and let her spirit carry on in the next justice to succeed her.

Beth