Author Archives: Julie

Occupy Portland Information – March TODAY

Courtesy of Charles, in the comment thread to my Occupy Los Angeles post: People started assembling at 8:00 am at the PSU section of the Park Blocks and will start marching at 12:00 noon. This is the location approved by … Continue reading

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Occupy Los Angeles

Right now people are camping out on the lawn of Los Angeles City Hall, and many other sites across the country, in solidarity with the Wall Street occupation (go to to find one in your city).  The privilege I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Thoughts from Vilnius: a Ramble

For the past three weeks, I’ve been in Vilnius (better known to Ashkenazi Jews as Vilna or Vilne), Lithuania, studying in a month-long Yiddish intensive. Most of the students in the program are in History or Jewish Studies PhD programs; … Continue reading

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Circumcision, like everything else, is complicated

A couple of weeks ago, Peaceful Parenting reported on some remarks Russell Crowe made about circumcision: Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect…. … Continue reading

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Just Plain Feminism

Jessica Nathanson, also known as Plain(s)Feminist, passed away last night of breast cancer. I started reading her blog a few years ago and was quickly hooked by her insights, intelligence, and honest, open writing style. After she was diagnosed, I … Continue reading

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Right Speech vs. White Privilege:

ETA: My curiosity took me to the Wikipedia page for Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, and it turns out that O’Brien’s comparison is even less apt than I initially thought: The village’s long name cannot be considered an authentic Welsh-language toponym. It was artificially … Continue reading

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Public libraries are a socialist threat that should be dismantled

At least, that’s the gist of a comment left by “Mrs. Lemming” on an NPR story about ballot measure L, which will restore public library service in Los Angeles to six days a week. (The name leads me to believe … Continue reading

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Doctors are doing it wrong

All! I know I haven’t been able to shut up about my medical problems lately, but I want to call your attention to this NYT article from a few days ago. First, though, let me express my deep thanks to … Continue reading

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Surgery and Mental Health

Trigger warning: graphic descriptions of medical procedures. As my Facebook friends are no doubt sick of hearing, I have a blocked tear duct. Turns out you really need your tear ducts! Give them a hug, because they are important! If … Continue reading

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compost catastrophe

So I’ve been keeping a worm bin (a compost bin that uses worms to turn food scraps into fertilizer) for about two years now. For the first year or so, I kept the bin in the garage, but that made … Continue reading

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