caps lock was created by god, to make words sound louder, and more important
the other locks (Num, Scroll) are also created by the Lord but their part in God’s plan is a mystery to us
looks like someone doesnt know how to use The Three Locks
as imperfect sinners ours is not to understand the keyboard but to produce God’s content in fear and trembling
Big love for my leatherman friends and an appreciation of rules and consent, spelled out.
The Rules of SM
According to Joseph W. Bean
The bottom should always be recyclable.
The bottom should always be recyclable. This rule puts as much responsibility on the bottom in question as on the Top. To think otherwise is to bottom to resign rather than to submit to the Top.
The Top should always get something.
The Top should always get something worthwhile out of the scene. This rule often means that the bottom will “pay” for what he wants by giving something he didn’t think he wanted. It also means that bottoms grow by learning to give this “something” to various Tops or at various times.
Tops must acknowledge technical errors.
If a Top makes a technical error, he must acknowledge it. “Oops,” is an inadequate acknowledgment! A bad whip stroke, a slip of the hand on the electrical controls, a wildly out of scale cane stroke or a knot that slips or tightens can be corrected with acknowledgment, but they never “go away” if they are ignored, (or repeated too many times). Without acknowledgment, every stroke is taken as intentional.
Nothing begins to be SM without consent.
Nothing begins to be SM until consent has been communicated however subtly or overtly. This rule means that Tops who swat and pinch bottoms by surprise or when no scene is in progress are assaulting them, not flirting with them.
If you’re not in love, don’t do scene.
If desire and consent do not lead to a kind of love, the scene is probably not going to work. Love can take many forms, but the very ground from which it springs is the demand one places on oneself to please and do what is good for the other person.
Negotiate less to start out better.
The less obvious the negotiation, the higher the step the scene begins on. ButÖto have the negotiations to be “less obvious” is not the same thing as having them never happen or leaving them so vague that surprises can ruin everything later. Still, be very careful not to over-negotiate. We’re talking about sex, not a corporate merger.
If it’s not your scene, you can’t control it.
If you weren’t there for the negotiations, you are not in control of the scene, whatever the invitation. You must never join a scene uninvited. That’s pure and simple sexual courtesy. Beyond that, you must always defer to the Top who started the scene you joined, even if he is very much your junior in any and every way.
Always have a way out.
Always have a way out. This is a multilevel, multipurpose rule that applies to everyone involved in a scene. It means being prepared to get out in case the scene goes bad, in case the Top goes crazy, in case the bottom freaks out, in case the Top dies, in case the cops come, in case the house catches fire—in case of anything. And this rule does not mean the bottom has to know how to get out before he needs it.
Never fuck with your enemies.
Never fuck with your enemies or play with your person-to-person anger. This rule only matters if you are not turned on by the possibility of discovering what is true about sex in prison. It really comes means never getting into a scene where you can not trust your motives or your capacity for self-control.
If it isn’t working, fix it or stop it.
If it isn’t working, fix it or stop it. This one should be obvious, but just about everyone breaks this rule from time to time, often losing fuck-buddies or friends in the process. If nothing else, it damages trust to break this rule and trust is essential to good SM.
Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and the Fenway Institute at Fenway Health released a report reiterating a miserable trend: transgender people still face high rates of discrimination and experience poorer health outcomes as a result.
The report found that 2/3 of trans people in Massachusetts had experienced some kind of discrimination in a public accommodation setting in the last year alone — and those individuals were twice as likely to have problems with mental or physical health. In fact, 99% of them reported an increase in emotional symptoms of stress and 84% saw physical symptoms.
Despite having more physical problems, the trans respondents reported less access to health care; 28% said that they had not seen a doctor in the past year. Writer Morgan M. Page said: “Nearly every trans person I know, both personally and through my work, has told me that they’ve avoided hospitals and doctors’ offices specifically due to instances of past discrimination against themselves or their friends.”
She then puts a face to the statistic: “My mentor, a genderqueer person in Michigan, actually died a few years ago because he had been discriminated against so many times in emergency rooms that when he had an epileptic seizure, he refused to go to the hospital and died from a second seizure later that night. It’s a story that’s unfortunately not uncommon in our communities.”
In this article, Autostraddle points out that this report came out around the same time as a CDC report on sexual orientation and health, which overshadowed the report on trans issues. We cannot stop paying attention to these problems or they’ll never get fixed.
“To provide for research into problems of flight within and outside the earth’s atmosphere, and for other purposes.” - National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958
On July 29th, 1958 — ten months after Sputnik 1 was launched into orbit — President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act. Beginning operations later that year, NASA entered the highly competitive Space Race against the Soviet Union. Culminating with the success of Apollo, the economic benefits and technological advances during NASA’s first decade were immediately felt. Since 1958, twelve astronauts have walked on the Moon. Four rovers and four landers have touched down on the Martian soil, and most recently, Voyager I became the first man-made object to enter interstellar space. Perhaps the greatest achievement of this agency, however, has been the success of the International Space Station. Astronauts from various space agencies across the planet have been living and studying aboard the ISS since 2000. NASA has had a rich history, but an even more promising future awaits.
Today, on the anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Act, join us by writing Congress to express the importance of raising the minuscule NASA budget to a level that will ensure a strong future for all humanity.
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