(This is a temporary holding file. The original announcing the naming of Hakim Bey to the Order of the Pineapple was part of the crash of this site back then. We’re posting this until we can restore the original).
IMPORTANT: As of this posting, Alden Loveshade is very much alive.
Alden has been to far too many funerals/memorial services in the past few years, losing a father, two brothers, uncle, cousin, etc. So many times it’s come up: “Gee, I wish I said that when he/she was still alive.”
Well, this is your chance. Feel free to post what you’d post if Alden really was gone. Then, when the time comes, you can say, “Gee, I’m glad I said that when e was still alive.” Note that Alden has professionally published 2,000 or so obituaries, and couldn’t resist co-writing his own.
Alden Loveshade, writer, photographer, personist, philosopher, animal caregiver, friend and family member, has died. In accordance with es wishes, this article uses the genderless “e” for “he,” “es” for “his,” etc.
E graduated with distinction with an Associate Degree in Humanities from MSJC. E was a member of the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa, co-editor of the campus newspaper, editor of student publications, homecoming king (winning with a bag over es head), two-term student government president, and area vice president and state board member for the California Community College Student Government Association. While at college e was a winner of a Student Leadership Award and a Special Leadership Award and was named to the Order of the Pineapple. The U. S. Jaycees named him as one of the Outstanding Young Men in America.
Returning to college, Alden graduated Summa cum Laud from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Chicano/Latino Studies. E also became a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. E was co-creator and head writer of “Same River Twice,” a university-produced English language telenovela that won Best Film for Inland California Filmmakers, Smog Dance 1999, and was featured in the New York Latino Film Festival that same year.
It was produced with advice from Oscar and Emmy Award winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler, and under Executive Producer, writer, radio personality, documentarian and Emmy Award Winner Saul Landau.
E was also a director and playwright with several produced plays, including “A Very Bad One Act” directed by Daytime Emmy-Award nominee Ronald Layne Hoffman. He worked as a reporter, newspaper columnist, book reviewer, researcher, investigative consultant, computer lab supervisor, teacher, web site designer, photographer, animal caregiver, and dishwasher.
E also published articles, short stories, poems, essays, play and movie reviews, cartoons, graphic designs, and photographs. His work has appeared in a number of local, national and international publications under a variety of pennames. Under the name Alden Loveshade, es work as appeared in a number of publications including Anaphora Literary Press, BBC, Flight Magazine, Guideposts Magazine, Hemet Magazine, Hungur Magazine, Intermittens Magazine, Sixfold Magazine, Yahoo! News, and Yahoo! Sports. He also wrote under different names for a number of other publications including being a regular writer and photographer for a Pulitzer Prize winning periodical that is one of the 100 top newspapers in America.
As a singer, actor, playwright, director and in various other capacities, e was involved with about 200 community, college, civic, and professional productions on stage and in radio and television including choral, musical, drama, tragedy, comic, and one-act productions. E appeared in the world premiere of Will Eisner Award Hall of Famer Don Martin and Ron Hoffman’s mini-musical Mia Romantica Crazio.
E was a controversial activist who emphasized five basic beliefs. These are 1) the rights of the individual, 2) the responsibilities of the individual to society, 3) the responsibility of parents and caregivers to prepare a child for life, 4) complete personal freedom in a free society if it harms no one, and 5) harmonious discord, accepting differences. As a journalistic activist and investigator, e faced threats of incarceration and even death threats by phone, email, letter, and in person. E spent time living on the street, and escaped after capture by an armed assailant. Considering emself a “personist,” e promoted the use of the words “e,” “es,” and “emself” as substitutes for “he/she,” “his/her,” and “himself/herself.”
Es hobbies included historical recreation, acting, drumming, bicycling, being a lord of Sealand, and role-playing games, especially GURPS for which e was a playtester.
In lieu of flowers, it’s asked that donations be made to a favorite charity or group that supports the five basic beliefs.
IMPORTANT: As of this posting, Alden Loveshade is very much alive.
Many people don’t know that more 18-year-olds are abducted in America now than 8-year-olds. Boys and girls who are overprotected do not magically learn how to take care of themselves the day they turn 18.
This video contrasts modern day America and Europe. Perhaps American parents should stop and think about why the motto for both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts is “Be Prepared,” not “Be Protected.”
Note that the combined experience of The Loveshade Family includes raising, teaching and tutoring children and studying child psychology. In addition to the above mottos, the motto of the Discordian Shamlicht Kids Club is “Be Prepared for Anything” which is actually the intent of the Boy Scouts’ original motto according to its founders.
Troy Anthony Davis was executed five years ago in America among international controversy for the slaying of a police officer.
There was controversy over whether there was enough evidence to convict him. Many people, including Former FBI Director William Sessions, said there was not. And there was controversy over whether or not the death penalty was appropriate to a free nation in the 21st century. Put a man in jail, and if you made a mistake you can release him. Kill him and it’s over.
Most witnesses against him recanted; one of the two remaining allegedly said he, not Davis, was the killer of police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah, Georgia, in 1991.
The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, passed in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, made it much more difficult for a convicted person to get appeals. Proponents claim it makes it harder for the guilty to postpone their execution with appeals; opponents claim it makes it harder for the innocent to postpone their execution and to show their innocence.
It largely comes down to a matter of priorities over life: would we rather let the guilty postpone their death, or the innocent be killed?
A small social experiment–would you stand at a buzzer just because everybody else does?
In “free” societies, it’s often used as an insult to call people “sheep.” We like to say, “Do your own thing,” and “Be yourself,” and “Don’t do that just because your friends do.”
But Homo sapiens are a social species. Most of us do go along with the crowd, even if we don’t know why. Even the most independent of us doesn’t desire to be ostracized from our own society.
So would you stand up?
Chalk that headline up as another one that’s not quite what you might think it is but gets attention.
“Funnily enough, there’s actually nothing remotely incestuous about my sister and I planning to have a baby together,” said Australian Samuel Leighton-Dore. Samuel identifies as gay, and he and his partner Bradley Tennant wanted to have a child with both of their genes. As science isn’t yet quite up to converting sperm into eggs, Samuel’s sister Bronte is providing the egg. They plan to have someone else be the surrogate mother.
In spite of the planned non-incestual arrangement, this is already stirring up controversy not only about incest but about the option of adoption. While we aren’t experts on Australian laws on children, biologically it seems Samuel may essentially be adopting his sister’s biological child.
In any case, we wish them and any future children well.
As of right now, you may notice there’s almost a year gap between blog posts. Yes, we’re aware of it, and yes, we’re working on it. We had something of a glitch ($%&!#X!) in doing an update. It’s in the process of being fixed, so please bear with us while we work to restore the missing posts.
In the meantime, feel free to check out those classic blog posts below
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Update 2016 07 14 #1: We’re getting more back up. Check below!
Update 2016 07 14 #2: A goof in our supposed fix didn’t allow any new comments on any posts, even the new ones (old ones often disallow comments to avoid spam buildup). We believe we have the problem fixed. Sorry for any inconvenience.
“Who decided it’s OK for Vladimir Putin to parade around topless but not women? And no, this is not licentiousness, or sluttiness, or whatever. This is about fighting the message that it’s OK for society to sexualize women, but not for a woman to bare her body on her own terms.”
No, it’s not the 10-year anniversary of the book. Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht came out just a couple years ago–then was pulled from publication very, very quickly. (Obscenity? Plagiarism? Government Crackdown?)
And no, it’s not the 10-year anniversary of when it began. The earliest Discordian pieces written by Reverend Loveshade that appear in Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia were written in late 1994.
But it is the 10-year anniversary of Reverend Loveshade’s vision to begin the collection. The Rev. was in hiding on Mid Year’s day, 2 July 2005, on a friend’s small farm in Texas. That was where and when the dream vision of Cherub Princess Shamlicht to write the book came in a dream.
And though the book, which received blurbs from Alan Moore, R. Crumb, Robert Anton Wilson and Rev. Ivan Stang, was pulled, it appears Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia may return in 2016….
In mid 1960s American television, a foreign man kissing an American man on the cheeks, or two American men almost accidentally kissing each other, were standard sitcom laughs. In the late 1960s, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in was considered cutting edge partially because of its gay jokes that much of the audience didn’t understand (“You don’t have to be happy to be gay.”)
In the 1970s, the two males Dan Aykroyd and Garrett Morris (playing a woman) kissed on the lips in a bit on the then controversial Saturday Night Live. In 1981, Love, Sidney starring Tony Randall became the first American television program to center on a homosexual, although Sidney’s sexual preference was so downplayed many viewers didn’t even know the character was gay.
Today, in a split decision the United States Supreme Court declared that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 American states and Washington D.C.
The ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is likely to be considered one of the most significant decisions on personal rights in Supreme Court history. National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg said, “This is probably right up there with Brown v. Board of Education, and Roe v. Wade — if you like it or hate it — and today, Obergefell v. Hodges. This was a historic moment.”
The 5-4 vote largely centered on the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Many supporters said the amendment, which is primarily known for eliminating slavery and for being cited in Roe v. Wade, guarantees citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws, and thus applies to marriage rights. Many opponents claimed that the court overstepped its bounds in making a decision on marriage which is traditionally seen as the province of each individual state.
Time will tell if this controversial decision will be hotly debated 40 years later, as is Roe v. Wade, or will simply become a generally accepted part of American history, as is Brown v. Board of Education.
Thanks to Vernon K. Avaritt III for sharing the news of the decision with us.
Edit: Also see this video about what traditional marriage actually is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=90_UlLSz6Nc
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Opinions of The Loveshade Family
“While I support the decision, I also support the idea of marriage not being defined or controlled by the federal government. Personally, I’d like it to go back to the ‘old days’ and move it outside of government jurisdiction altogether, except for consensual contracts for such issues as custody of children, decisions of health care, and distribution of property.
In any case, if no one has yet resurrected the call for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as strictly one-man, one-woman in order to overrule this decision, I can guarantee it will happen very soon. Ironically, many if not most of those who hold to that standard quote the Bible which describes many of the greatest biblical patriarchs as being polygamists.” –Alden Loveshade
“I’ve said for years, ‘don’t make laws against love.’ You should be able to marry anyone you want. This is a fantastic decision!” –Lorien Loveshade
“Maybe America is finally getting it together. But I doubt it. Just wait for the calls for Biblical marriage. When they come, here’s what you tell those who support Biblical marriage. According to the Bible, God’s perfect plan is for a man to produce children through sex with his sister (Adam and Eve); marry many woman (Abraham, Israel, David, Solomon, Jonah, etc.); marry his half sister (Abraham and Sarah); and to force young girls to marry the rapist who stole their virginity (Deuteronomy 22:28-29).” –Reverend Loveshade