Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Who Nominated Martin Luther King for the Nobel Peace Prize?

Definitely a blog as filing cabinet item with numerous interesting looking links!

Chicago Crusader article about AFSC Nominating Martin Luther King for the Nobel Peace Prize

Invitation for event TONIGHT specifically reposted for seekers not already on a mailing list

Join Western Friend in an online conversation this WEDNESDAY evening.

Strengthening Vocal Ministry
for Meeting for Worship

  • Wednesday, February 10
  • 6:30 PM Pacific / 7:30 PM Mountain
  • 90 minutes
  • Please arrive on time.
  • In the “Workshop Room” of
    Western Friend Connect
    (See description below.)
       In this conversation,
       we'll explore two broad questions:

  • How do we keep ourselves aware that “silence is not just the space between messages, but a deep and living communion with the ‘Spirit that gives life’”? (Baltimore Yearly Meeting, 2007)
  • How and when ought we ask certain Friends to use more restraint in sharing vocal ministry?
Follow this link to find a collection of quotations about expectant waiting worship and vocal ministry.

Join Western Friend for real-time, online
Lunch-hour Worship every Thursday.

  • 11:30 AM Pacific / 12:30 PM Mountain
  • 60 minutes
  • Arrive when you can. Depart when you must.
  • In the “Family Room” of
    Western Friend Connect
    (See description below.)

Join Western Friend in sharing written worship messages any time in our new online Worship Forum.

  • To post written messages in the Worship Forum, you will need to log into the Western Friend website.
  • Please notice the "Log in / Register" link in the upper right corner of our web pages, which allows you to log in or to register for a new login account. It may take a few days for us to "activate" a new login account that you register for; we will notify you by email when we have done so.
  • Also, please note that we plan to install a more "user-friendly" interface in this forum within the next couple months.

Stay tuned for possible RantWoman annotations / elaborations...!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

An obit RantWoman does not quite know how to handle

One of the peculiar gifts for RantWoman of Facebook has been contact with the present and past selves of people she went to high school with, in many cases people RantWoman completely did not connect with in school.

One gift of Facebook has been to see who went to kindergarten with each other and when other figures entered the picture. Sixth grade (RantWoman) definitely trumps say 11th grade English and orchestra (a friend of RantWoman's).

But another peculiar gift is obituaries. This one is sad but striking.

Cassie D Barnard Kautzmann obituary

Monday, February 8, 2016

Staying alive? The Zombie Apocalypse? Coded Correctly?

Any resemblance between the following item and either an actual Meeting for Worship, psychology terminology, or metaphors piled up around the psychic landscape on Planet RantWoman is purely accidental.

How vulnerable is your state?
Zombie Risk map

Seek God First?

And if the Zombie Apocalypse shows up, at least code it correctly?

Today, God or at least Facebook sent RantWoman an item launched on its internet journey by one of RantWoman's college housemates:

Can't wait to use this new ICD 10 code: V95.41XA: spacecraft crash injuring occupant, initial encounter . Can't find code for injuries due to zombie apocalypse however.


So sad and so true !!! What kind of people come up with these codes????

What would that be for a neurologist?? Emergency brain termination due to zombie contact?

Brain consumption by zombie, incomplete, initial encounter. Excludes non-zombie cannabalism and attacks by other undead creatures. Attack by undead creature, not otherwise specified.

For spaceship crash, they don't specify modifier for human vs alien. Will be critical to have this code if Bernie gets elected and we get Universal Coverage. Won't have to find extraterrestrial remittance address for the bill.

Umm, yeah, and RantWoman thought "sucked into jet engine, follow-up visit" was already too much.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

And yet God Makes Buffalo

A bison!

Oh look. God or at least Facebook sent RantWoman a buffalo, possibly the perfect avatar for a RantWoman does not know when to quit moment!

God also sent RantWoman 1,2,.. N signs that she needs to continue to be true to her Light about dragging people along on the RantWoman Blindness tourism journeys to exotic Planet RantWoman.

In the zone of RantWoman not knowing when to quit, it is not obvious to RantWoman that other readers will think they need the following riff on providing services people did not expect to ask for. That would be part of the point of the buffalo, large, unwieldy, and there whether asked for or not! And yet, God makes buffalo!

RantWoman had a wonderful conversation recently with someone who is color-blind. RantWoman LOVES color-blind techies because most of the ones RantWoman knows are VERY forthright about telling their employers they get free usability consulting whether the employers ask for it or not.

There are LOTS of ways to design webpages that color-blind people cannot read and fixing those issues also tends to increase other accessibility issues. As with all accessibility issues, not to mention language access issues, learning about transit ... there tends to be need for continuing revelation, ongoing, repeated mentoring and other themes RantWoman is called continually to speak about and to speak about whether or not the topics can cause others around her to break out in hives.

Example signs:
There are LOTS of ways to design documents and printed materials. Some of them are visually lovely and completely unreadable for screen reader users. For example, RantWoman received something from someone who admits she LOVES text boxes. This person is getting paid to do a number of things she does MUCH better than RantWoman. We will not discuss this person's job title; we will simply note that willingness to learn is a pretty important part, in rantWoman's view of what she is getting paid to demonstrate, and that job description means graciously receiving input from Volunteers, not continually shunting off the volunteer input.

Understand, these problems are not unique to Quakers. HOWEVER people who have recently attended Meeting for Business at RantWoman's Meeting MIGHT be called to meditate on a concern about what gets into people's job description and whether people who have repeatedly turned down volunteer input in the past over multiple episodes can be expected to receive volunteer input about  more than one big concern RantWoman considers important.

Hold that problem in the Light and enjoy hanging out with the buffalo!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Online Meeting for worship daily 7:30-8:00 am Pacific Time

Hot tip from a bus stop conversation:

Check out daily online Meeting for Worship through Ben Lomond, 7:30-8:00 Paciific Time

RantWoman loves the idea of this occurring.

RantWoman finds the possibility of being centered enough at that hour to hold online worship intriguing; RantWoman wishes she were confident that level of centeredness is realistic.

RantWoman does not own a Braille device and takes it on faith untested that the chatroom would work with needed software, but RantWoman is finding herself intrigued by the thought of being able to touch people's names as they sign in.

Friday, January 29, 2016

NOT AFRAID of Transgender People in Public Restrooms

If legislators introduce a bill that is total fearmongering, does one just ignore it and believe the voices that suggest it is going to die a slow death in the scheduling flurry of a short session. OR  does one post a clear statement in opposition to the bill and invite readers to click in and submit comments for themselves. RantWoman is going to take the chance that speaking of the bill will just give it more oxygen and invites readers to click on the bill link below and to find the comment link and to submit comments directly to the legislature.

CrossCut article about recent Senate Committee Hearing


Background: a few years ago, sexuality and gender expression were added to RCW 49.60, the WA State antidiscrimination law.

In December 2015, the WA State Human Rights Commission issued rules requiring that people be allowed to use public accommodations such as restrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identity.

This rule changed NOTHING about laws that already criminalize voyeurism, stalking , sexual assault, and other criminal activity. RantWoman had one email exchange about sexual assault. No the person committing the assault was not transgender. Yes, the behavior was completely objectionable. Yes, people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable, AND people with disabilities also have a right to learn about and realize both sexuality and sexual boundaries.  RantWoman also knows trans people with disabilities who have as much right to use the restroom corresponding to their gender identity as anyone else.

RantWoman is NOT AFRAID OF TRANSGENDER WOMEN, and SB6443 is a waste of legislators' time compared to important matters such as adequate funding of public education.