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The G Bitch Spot

at which a mad black woman rants about New Orleans, insomnia, teaching, various -isms and anything else involving a bitch, a spot or the letter g

Updated: 2014-10-02T23:04:56.660-05:00


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G Bitch Has Left the Building!


Not really, just leaving Blogger (that flashing shit is driving my ass battier): (If you forget the dash, you get--predictably--porn. I know you'll leave it out now.)It will be a gradual process. Unless my knowledge base miraculously increases overnight.

UNOP District Meetings #3


UNOP District Meetings #3UNOP

Major Depression


There is still, I believe, a difference between major depression and the shit you feel like because your city is being left to rot and not-so-slowly starve. Depressive Episode A. Five (or more) of the following symptoms have been present during the same 2-week period and represent a change

Complex PTSD

2006-12-13T12:46:35.593-06:00 Recommended DSM diagnostic criteria, per Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman, c1992 by Basic Books. A history of subjection to totalitarian control over a prolonged period (months to years). Examples include hostages, prisoners of war, concentration-camp survivors, and survivors of some religious cults. Examples also include those

Thumb Drive Drive


via Boing Boing Do you have old thumb drives (otherwise known as USB Memory Sticks) at your office or home that you don't use anymore? We'd love to collect these drives and share them with the organizations we work with. They can be used in 100's of useful ways by: Students Aid Workers Small Business Entrepreneurs You can get a donation receipt if you want: their "Our Vision:

Depressed v. Depressed


Over the last 6 months, I've had conversations with family, colleagues, students, friends and acquaintances new and old about anti-depressants. Though I don't lie about it, I don't tell everybody I take "meds." And when I do say so, seriously or as a punchline ("That's what anti-depressants are for!"), most people in NO or of the diaspora reply with, "Y'know, I've been wondering if I need. . ."

Why You Have PTSD Even Though You Do Not Live in a Trailer


But chillingly, trauma has a second, even more covert mechanism. It can affect children and adults directly, as in primary trauma, or it can function vicariously, make a long, stealthy leap from one person's mind to another person's, across space and time. Secondary trauma, the vicarious sort, is a term used most often by psychotherapists, to refer to the fact that a person (such as a



Before the "How could New Orleans do that?" commentaries and lamentations begin, it was not New Orleans technically that "re-elected" Rep. Jefferson:Orleans Parish: (250 out of 392 precincts) Jefferson-D.................13,204 votes.................49% Carter-D......................13,769 votes......

You Gotta Read...


IndexedI can hardly read for the laughing and tears.(HT: Maitri)

Saturday, December 9


All sanity is great madness, but the greatest madness of all is to live life the way it is, rather than as it should be.--Cervantes----The "issue" of race in the Carter-Jefferson runoff is cynically being used to manipulate, not to make progress or reveal truth.If you are in district 2, go vote. If you aren't, cross your fingers and have a couple drinks.pic from

Who's in Charge?


The man for the job: New Orleans recovery czarI thought Nagin was supposed to be The (Black) Man for the Job. Isn't this the 2d or 3d "man for the job" we've had and/or that Nagin has hired?Blaklely pic from pic from Ray

UNOP District 2: Meeting #3


Here's another chance to look at The Three Scenarios: Back to the Bad Ol' Days, Little Bit of This and Not Enough of That aka the Middling Middle and NOLAUtopia with Little to No Funding:UNOP Planning District #2 Public Meeting: Draft District Plans: Saturday 12/16, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Dryades YMCA, 2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. (enter on Philip near Jackson)***Why am I perceiving the

How Long Has Bob Odom Been in Office?


His name stirs an old radio/TV commercial from childhood or my teens: Bob Odom...Bob Odom...Bob Odom...Bob Odom! The latest sugar mill has always looked suspicious to me and I've never been able to figure out his obsession/passion for getting these things built. His trial, of course, drags on.Some reading:February trial date set in criminal case against Bob OdomSweet deal may keep mill

UNOP Community Congress 2


Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Hall E (2d floor), Ballrooms A & BFree parking in Parking Lot F, across the street from the Convention Center on TchoupitoulasLink to live webcast, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (update: which never worked for me)

My Damn Book Meme


The original tag-yourself meme came from Bardiac. But this is--My Damn Book MemeMy Rules:1. I [g]rab the nearest chosen book.2. I [o]pen the book to page 123.3. I [f]ind the fifth sentence.4. I [p]ost the text of the next 4 sentences on your my blog along with these instructions. Do not post the instructions again.5. Don't you dare I dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book on the shelf in your

Ellen Willis from 2005 Chronicle


I don't know much about Ellen Willis except what I've read about her via Susie Bright and i am curious blue but I came across her contribution to a 2005 forum in the Chronicle of Higher Education: The Chronicle of Higher EducationFrom the issue dated September 9, 2005 down to find Willis' complete contribution)FORUM: A Chilly Climate on

Karen Carter v. William Jefferson


I'm not comfortable with local ministers supporting Rep. Jefferson in the run-off. Aside from the church-state-tax-exempt issues, how is a vote for Jefferson a benefit for their "flocks" (I'm guessing "parishioners" isn't the right word) rather than a personal power play? And after the conflicts some have had in the past with Nagin, why support Nagin's candidate? If the vote is really about their

A Truly Coordinated Recovery Effort


"Grants may have IRS calling"--If you claimed losses on your 2005 federal income tax form, your Road Home grant may be subject to federal income tax:But the Internal Revenue Service says Road Home recipients who claimed a storm loss on their taxes last year should count the grants as income on their federal tax returns this year. That means some people will be thrown into lofty tax brackets they

UNOP Community Congress and CSO Meeting


The second Community Congress is Saturday, Dec. 2. This time, the New Orleans diaspora can attempt to participate from Atlanta, Houston, Baton Rouge and Dallas. When you register for the congress, you'll be asked for some demographic information and if you need child care or transportation or are willing to help recruit people to attend. The form also asks how many people you will bring with

10K Visits! Kind of....


Yep, Site Meter says I have passed the 10,000 visits mark.Sure. 75% of the visits last a whole 0 seconds:Those shouldn't count. But if they didn't, I'd have about 3000 visits.11/24--see Tim's correction in the comments

University Hospital?


I have my grapevine sources. And some questions. University had structural problems when LSU Health Care Services Division bought it. The area around it frequently flooded with hard (or sustained) rain. There used to be boats at the hospital to use during flooding. The basement and first floor of University flooded after the levees failed while the basement of Charity flooded. University is



1. I think it is some of the particular students rather than teaching in general that raises my blood pressure.I issued an assignment 5 days ago, one that was rather simple and echoed a past assignment. 3 of the responses I got are not assignments but single-sentence emails. One section of students submitted NO assignments at all.I guess I better get Dear University Student #19 printed on a

Bill Quigley: Robin Hood in Reverse


Yet another thing people nationally don't get--"all that money" sent to the Gulf Coast has filled the pockets of connected corporations, like fucking Entergy and KBR and Ceres "Environmental." This is exactly what happens when The Market is allowed to "decide" where money will go, who will profit, and who gets left out. The same people get richer and the rest of us keep getting fucked up the ass

More Links & Such


Busy externally and internally. Trying to save some energy for other projects and needs. But...1. You know it's almost Christmas when the toy recalls start. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has an RSS feed for recent recalls so you'll know not to buy your favorite niece that Dream House Play Set from Target or to intentionally buy a Helix Remote Control Micro Helicopter for the