Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong (shadesong) wrote,
Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong


Hello to new reader gingerdoss!

'bout the same. Breathing is clear (bar coughing) for most of the day; I'm walking with my cane when I venture out of the house, but I'm walking.

I like this post.

I haven't said anything on the topic of the great race and cultural appropriation debates. Because, I am invisible here. I have white privilege - because I pass. Fair hair, fair eyes, et cetera. I have white privilege because I live in Boston, and we have Jews here, and Jews are normal here.

Life in Utah kinda sucked, you guys, the two years I spent there. There's only so much you can take of being told on a daily basis that you're subhuman. (My parents never understood that part of what they put me through. They are from New York, and live in South Florida. They have never been spat upon and called unclean. They do not understand. It's not in their worldview.)

I haven't said anything in the race debate. Because - am I a person of color? In certain parts of the world, yes. In certain parts of this country, yes. But on the other hand, I live somewhere where I am not discriminated against, and I am in a profession - both comics and writing - where being Jewish is almost a tradition.

I'm not likely to ever forget being shoved against a bank of lockers and called a dirty Jew. (Yeah, I hit back. This is why I have a GED instead of a high school diploma.) But it's invisible.

One day in Sunday school, my teacher was telling us about the Holocaust. And she singled me out, saying that of those of us in the room, I alone could have Passed. My with my blonde hair and fair skin, I could have pretended, escaped. And I looked around the room at my friends, and it did not escape me that she was saying that I could have abandoned them to certain death. Because I look like just another white girl.

Where is my place at the table? With the white girls? With the POC? Depends who's doing the seating.

Anyway. This is a good post.

Daily Science

A "LIVING doll" made from human liver cancer cells could allow new drugs to be tested in conditions closer to those inside the body. It was built using a technique that moulds tissue into any desired structure.

The structure was grown using about 100,000 beads of the connective protein collagen, seeded with cells from a human liver cancer culture and tipped into a body-shaped mould. On the surface of each bead are cells of a type that secrete proteins and collagen that bind all the cells together.

I think I've cracked the Telenias story. *crosses fingers*

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