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> Suicide bombing in central Istanbul today. I've posted about it below. (This'll be a short roundup, today, kids; most of my newsreading time went into hunting down reports about the bombing)

> Salon lovingly if slightly chidingly covers the Rally to Restore Fear/Sanity here, covers Jon Stewart specifically here, and assembles a slide show here (my favorite sign - "make awkward sexual advances, not war" - sadly is not featured.)

> With their typical lack of anything approaching, subtlty, HuffPo front page announces that "Rally Attendance OBLITERATES Turnout to Glenn Beck Rally." The actual article headline ("Rally To Restore Sanity Attendance Estimated In Hundreds Of Thousands") is somewhat more staid. Anyway, estimates are variously putting rally attendance between 215,000 and 250,00 - well in excess of Beck's estimated 87,000. Woo!

> Via GFY: the penthous apartment at the top of Smith Tower in Seattle. I want to live here! Clearly I am in the wrong major and aiming at the wrong profession.

> Also via GFY: bookshelf porn!

> Reading Invisible Man for English. Lovely book, but it requires a certain level of concentration I am not really in possession of right now (see point the first).

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At 9:00 local time, a suicide bomber detonated a bomb directly outside a police point in Taksim Square, killing himself and wounding 32, including 15 police officers (riots and demonstrations are not uncommon in Taksim and the adjacent Istiklal Caddesi, so police vans are a permanent fixture). Reports indicate that the bomber attempted to enter one of the police vans before detonating the explosives directly outside. There is some indication that a secondary charge was intended to detonate shortly after the first, presumably targeting rescue workers, but it either failed to detonate or was defused. Although this comes both on the day celebrating the founding of modern Turkey (the day itself was Friday, but the parade had been rescheduled to Sunday due to inclement weather) and the appointed day of a cease-fire between the Turkish government and the PKK, the PKK have not claimed responsibility, and there is some indication that al-Qaeda may be responsible (or one of a thousand other splinter groups; the TAK is also mentioned). Below is a roundup of links from various news organizations; some give the casualty toll variously at at 15, 22, or 32, depending on how recently the report was filed.

Al Jazeera: "Suicide Blast Hits Istanbul"
Hürriyet Daily News: "32 injured in bomb attack in Istanbul's Taksim Square" Today's Zaman: "Suicide bomb attack injures 32 in İstanbul's Taksim Square" (incl. photos; warning: one w/ graphic content)
"At least 32 wounded in İstanbul explosion"
"Who is behind the suicide attack in Taksim?" (nb: I include this one with some trepidation for a variety of reasons, but mostly because it so flagrantly disregards Atalay's warnings that speculation will not be helpful and in fact is harmful. Also, it's not terribly well written)
CNN: "32 injured in apparent suicide bombing in Turkey" (incl. video segment)
New York Times: "Suicide Bomber Injures 32 in Istanbul"
The Guardian: "Suicide bomb attack on Istanbul's main square"
Al Arabiya: "Suicide bomber wounds 15 in central Istanbul: police"
BBC: "Istanbul suicide blast injures 32, including 15 police" (incl. video segment)
Times of India: "Suicide bomber wounds 15 in central Istanbul: Police"
Haaretz: "32 people wounded in suspected suicide bombing in Istanbul"
Jersusalem Post: "Istanbul: 22 injured after suicide bombing in main square"

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I don't remember precisely how I found it, but this will, forever and for always, be one of my favorite TXF fics of all time. It's one of the fics that was on the bookmarks my Dad sent - as with Dance Card et al., the original link was dead, but I remembered liking it enough to hunt it down over at Gossamer. And without further ado, I bring you:

"Mr. & Mrs. Smith and the Ruby-throated Warbler" by rah. Beautiful and hazy, with just a hint of creeping dread the so characterized the show and a whole lot of really nice house!porn. The opening paragraph:

The house is on a quiet square in the old part of town.  Like several of the other proud houses on the street, it is surrounded by an ornate wrought iron fence, and shaded by live oaks and wide-branching magnolias that make an awful mess of the sidewalk in the springtime.  The neighborhood is genteel and, because this particular square hasn't become fashionable yet, very private.  They have been here three weeks.

Please. Like you don't want to go read it right now.

merrycaepa: (xf - heroine addict)
> YOU GUYS YOU GUYS BEST LUNCH EVER TODAY. It's cold outside (frosted last night!), it's cold inside (we still have no heat!), and I think I have a cold (joy!), so quite frankly I did not want a fucking salad for lunch today. So instead I shelled a handful of pistachios, dumped it on top of a package of raman, microwaved it, mixed in the flavor packet, let it set, drained off the liquid, added crushed red pepper flakes (you know, the kind that come with delivered pizza), and nommed. It was quite delicious.

(I've done something similar with canned chickpeas, which is similarly tasty, but I was cold and tired and didn't want to deal with the fucking can opener attachment on my pocketknife, so there.)

> I emailed this article to my Dad and then later, while we were talking on the phone, told him I wanted to go to Uzbekistan. He was like, dude, that article is a list of reasons why you don't want to go to Uzbekistan.

> The Turkish TV show “Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne?” ("Is it Fatmagül's Fault?") apparently has a gang rape scene, and whoa, the controversy (allegedly there is unauthorized tie-in merchandise in the form of underwear and sex dolls. I wish I was kidding). The show's creators argue that it's wrong to characterize a show by one scene, but I would, like to point out that suggesting gang rape (or any other form of sexual assault) is the victim's fault as part of the title would be a good starting place for a discussion.

> This article was headlined as such on the homepage: "Red Red Wine: Can Communists Learn to Love Cabernet? (Bonus: Other Strange Obsessions of the Chinese Bourgeoisie)." I haven't even read the article, but I can't say no to a headline like that.

ETA: Reading the article now: "But a nation of uneducated drinkers who show little interest in learning about wine's subtler notes...and rampant counterfeiting mean that China's nascent wine explosion may end up corked." Ha! You slay me.
> I am not entirely sure that this logic tracks? "'If you unjustly thought that it is your right to prevent free Muslim women from wearing the face veil, is it not our right to expel your invading men and cut their necks?'"

> The New Zealand Herald had an interesting headline today: "Credible terrorist threat against US - Obama" I kind of hope that that formatting was an accident? On the other hand, New Zealand's quality of life indicators are making the rest of us look bad, so I suppose they're entitled to be snarky.

> "In an unprecedented event in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, Saudi women claimed the world record for forming the largest-ever human pink ribbon at a rally to raise awareness about breast cancer." (Warning: irritating pop-up ads)

> The Economist, in an editorial on the Obama administration: "Everyone knew that Mr Obama had inherited the in-box from hell." Very true, that. (This article is actually titled "How did it come to this?" which is a phrase I cannot hear without thinking of "Where is the horse and the rider?") But seriously, though, I cannot begin to emphasize how much this matters:
Obamacare... compels every citizen to buy health insurance on pain of a fine. In return, the poorest buyers get a subsidy. And in return for receiving more than 30m previously uninsured customers, many of them young and healthy, the insurance companies are obliged to offer more generous coverage. For example, they will no longer be able to deny customers coverage on the strength of some pre-existing condition, or put a cap on how much health care they will pay for over a lifetime.

 > A NYT article on what a dollar will get you, food-wise.

> Truly gorgeous Sherlock pic, with subtle .giffery.

> Aaand there goes my productivity. Damn you, internetz.

> Jon Stewart quoted Natalie Merchant in his closing remarks. FTW.

so there

Oct. 27th, 2010 10:43 pm
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[the scene: a moderately pricey private liberal arts college in the southern midwest. The professor is becoming increasingly exasperated with the class's apathy towards Diderot]

Prof: I mean, how do you kids go abroad these days? Mission trips?
Various class members: Florence/Paris/Rome on vacation...
Enlightenment prof: [impatiently] Yes, but that's the expected, don't you see anything else...?
[cricket cricket]
Me: ...I was an exchange student...
Prof: To France? To Germany? Come on, people...
Me: [brightly] To Turkey, actually.
Prof: ....oh. Well.


Prof: Everyone I know who's been to Turkey has had nothing but good things to say about it!
Me: ...I've heard that!

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I'm not even finished with what's been posted of [personal profile] seperis's brilliant WIP This is History, but this paragraph from part two is one of the best things I have read in my life ever:

Sherlock's boredom is a dangerous thing, John knows from experience; a man who would stand in the path of lightning if it proved interesting enough to warrant his attention doesn't do well when left at loose ends. John's grown to understand it, even appreciate what it means to Sherlock to be without work; Sherlock's mind at rest is running twice that of any normal person, and occupation cannot be easy for anyone who spent a single afternoon learning the entirety of grade school astronomy and an evening with university textbooks and physics journals scattered through the flat like breadcrumbs leading to a truly terrifying days of quoting energy-mass conversions over breakfast and dipping into the vastness of stellar phenomenon before tea. They had reached dark matter theory by the time John heartily regrets the birth of Gallileo and begins to empathize with papal wrath if this is the type of thing Christ's representative on earth thought passed for light chat during meals.

Go. Read. Shoo. It is brilliant.
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I keep forgetting to do these.

So yesterday my dad sent me a list of my bookmarked links from my old desktop; I haven't used that machine for probably two years, and so it was a bit of a treasure hunt, working through the links and finding what was dead and what was still alive and what fics made me feel joyfully like I was back in high school again and relentlessly spamming [personal profile] georginasand until I managed to drag her into xf fandom.

The links I had for Sabine's fics were dead, but I was avoiding French homework so I looked her up on Gossamer and lo and behold, found her stuff archived! And there was much rejoicing.


Part I: Dance Card. Rated R for imagery and innuendo, "Dance Card" presents a version of Scully (and, to some extent, Mulder) we didn't see on the show but makes perfect sense nonetheless. Also, the original characters are beautiful and funny and so very, very real.
Part 2: The aptly-titled What Happened After That. Rated NC-17 for, uh, more imagery and innuendo.
Part 3: Moonshine. Rated R. Smoke, and the clearing of it. And the Enterprise references are made of win. (Do kids still say 'made of win'? Fuck it. This kid does.)

With Sabine, the devil is in the details, in the little moments and liminalities that make a world tangible. This world is very, very tangible.

ETA: Also, on the reread, I totally just figured out that Moonshine is basically Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf in a blender with The X-Files and a dash of bitters lesbian.

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> I don't think it's  that I didn't have a hangover so much as I slept through it. Woke up at noon, drank my weight in water, and ate some pistachios and a multivitamin.

> I can't find my fem theory notebook. This is probably not related to (above), but is alarming nonetheless.

> I need to buy more books for a class. The list of books I need to buy is in that notebook. Dammit.

> Also, I should stop looking at my account balance before buying things; I still have to buy the books, but I feel acutely more poor, and therefore more resentful about it.

> [personal profile] georginasand, I promise not to drunk dial you next time. 

>  Seriously, oozing gin.

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> This feels...ballsy. Wow. "Vatican body asks UN to end Israeli occupation": "The Palestinian people will thus have an independent and sovereign homeland where they can live with dignity and security. The State of Israel will be able to enjoy peace and security within their internationally recognized borders." Also, of all the news sites I looked at today - which is a not-insignificant list - I think Al Arabiya was the only one to pick it up?

> Cholera outbreak in Haiti. My friend H. is in Haiti on a photojournalism internship. I told her not to die before she left. I mean it this time.

> After the Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone publishes the names and details of gay or supposedly gay locals...attacks and harrassment mount.

Back when all of this started to surface - a year or more ago - I seem to remember the Slacktivist taking the instigating missionaries to task after said missionaries released statements about how they were shocked and appalled by the rising homophobic violence. Clark's point was: you went into  a community, told them about scary, dangerous deviants living among them who would kill their families and rape their children, and then you were surprised when they took you seriously? - Which in turn implies that said missionaries weren't taking it seriously, which means they didn't actually believe it, which means what the hell were they doing there in the first place? (My Google-Fu is failing me and I'm unable to find the original post. Apologies)

> Using the latest WikiLeaks dump, Spiegel reconstructs Nov. 23, 2006, to illustrate the day-to-day conditions in Iraq.

> Relatedly: CSM lists their top five bombshells from the WikiLeaks documents. (I am, uh, not entirely sure that 'bombshells' is the correct term to use in this instance, but it was their term, not mine)

> Spiegel on the rioting in France: "But the conflict is no longer about the pension system, population pyramids or hardship cases, and hasn't been for a long time. The controversy over the pension reforms has become the flashpoint for a political showdown between the French government and people in the street, between Sarkozy and the French population. The dispute is a culmination of popular frustration with the work of the French president, who has even managed to alienate his own conservative voters with his aggressive manner and his verbal faux pas."

> Additionally, Spiegel kindly requests that the Tea Party keep its hands off Hitler, thank you. With a remarkable level of restraint, the writer comments: "The Holocaust was the result of murderous ideological fanaticism of the kind not to be found in leaders forced to face re-election every four years."

> I very much enjoyed this editorial: "Enough! Germany's Integration Debate is Making Us Dumber."

> Amanda Marcotte over at Pandagon takes apart the 'controversy' surrounding the Yale frat boys' assholery here.

> Via GFY: Apparently Zach Galifianakis had a pretty big role in pushing Mel Gibson out of The Hangover 2. You know, I've been meaning to see It's Kind of a Funny Story...

> The Wayward Classicist discusses Thirsty Thursday. Apparently it's been one of those semesters on other campuses, too.

It only took me two hours to get through the blogroll this morning! God, I love low-work weekends. Next up: a Sherlock rec list!

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I'm of two minds on this.

So on the one hand, I really want to like the FCKH8 video/message. I like that the video is cute, snappy, and in your face, yet also very accurate. And little kids dropping the f-bomb is always cute (until, I suspect, one has kids of their own). And I kinda want a FCKH8 t-shirt, because it's a message I support.

Or is it?

I have two primary objections. The first is the one that comes up every time some clever enterprising young group makes a slogan and a t-shirt, which is that it's very hip and influential inside the echo chamber, but frankly is going win neither hearts nor minds because it's so insulting to the minds it's supposedly trying to change. It makes Us feel good about how stupid They are, which unfortunately accomplishes very little aside from widening the gulf between the two. And while I fully understand the impulse to yell in their faces until something sinks in, I also know that most people who oppose gay marriage don't do it out of the desire to passionately hate someone (well, one or two might); it's because they're afraid, irrationally or otherwise, and telling them they're stupid for being afraid is not going to make anyone unafraid
Furthermore, I find it frankly kind of disturbing when a term that is frequently associated with sexual violence is used in a 'positive' light. "Fuck X" (for whatever values of x) exists very much on the rape spectrum; it's threat of sexual violence whether to an object or concept ("Fuck algebra" / "Fuck that algebra test") or to a person ("Fuck Christine O'Donnell"). And I'm not comfortable with even implicitly condoning the idea of sexual violence.

But...I have a mouth like a drunken sailor on the fourth day of a three-day pass. I am hardly one to talk about inappropriate or threatening language, because I use it all the fucking time (take a look at my prior posts, for example). Maybe it's that the video pretty much screamed it repeatedly? Maybe it's because I find that level of vehemence tied to sexually violent language disturbing no matter the subject.

Is "Fuck X" as an expletive statement something that's lost its original meaning? Has it become a "reclaimed" word, like bitch or dyke - something I am comfortable using in reference to myself, and perhaps to people close to me that I know very well, but is completely unacceptable for those outside that circle?

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> Saw the theatre department's mashup of West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet Friday night. It was generally pretty good (the music was lovely, the ballet was pretty good, and the acting was...fifty-fifty?). The problem with R&J is that no matter how you do it, the beginning scene is always, always going to feel gimmicky. The best parts, hands down, where the nearly a-capella rendition of "Maria" by a male choir and the completely acapella version of "Someday" accompanied by a ballet at the very end. I'm a sucker for a-cappella.

So now I'm back in my room listening to Bare, which I dearly wish we would do ("You & I" <3 <3 <3)...but, no, we're doing Rent in the spring. My own issues with Rent aside...we have the whitest department you've ever seen. I have no idea how the directors think we're going to pull this off.

> In case you were wondering...Rand Paul is both bigoted and an idiot. I don't plan on having kids - but I wonder sometimes how words like this will bear fruit when my (unlikely, hypothetical, medically risky) child has to go to school and her classmates' parents teach them it's okay to beat her up because her mom's a fag.

> I can't say I'm fond of the hyperbole, but...this is a bit refreshing: "In an extraordinary move to nip the inflammatory commentary coming from Glenn Beck, the founder and CEO of the Tides Foundation (a frequent Beck target) has written advertisers asking them to remove their sponsorship of the Fox News program or risk having 'blood on their hands.'"

> Bill Bryson on The Colbert Report. This pretty much just made my life.

> I love this article ("All Roads Lead to Istanbul"), and it gets a lot right, but I disagree with this statement: "It's a caricature to say that Turkey has chosen the Middle East, or Islam, over the West. Turkey's aspiration for full membership in the club of the West, including the European Union, is still a driving force." In ten years, this will not be the case; virtually no young person I've ever met (in highly Westernized Istanbul; I suspect that there are even fewer in the East) thinks Turkey has any business in NATO or trying to join the EU; they see it as bootlicking the imperialists of the West (and they aren't far wrong). Turkey has a lot of sentimental and practical interest in staying on the West's good side at the moment. In a decade, they won't, and it's starting to show now.

> " Of course that's not what Michelle Obama said, but beyond that typical Palin mangling of the truth, let's examine the utter classlessness of her remarks. She's a leading if undeclared contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012; in many ways comparable to Sen. Barack Obama in 2006. Can anyone imagine Obama mocking Laura Bush for something she might have said on the campaign trail two years earlier?"

> Glenn Greenwald on decriminalization in Portugal.

> This article about an industry exec advocating dropping the price of an album to £1 is highly interesting, but the real kicker is a comment made by one of his opponents: "Jonathan Shalit, who discovered Charlotte Church and manages N Dubz and Russell Watson, described it as a 'totally ridiculous suggestion': 'Right now if you buy a bottle of water it's £1,' he said. 'A piece of music is a valuable form of art. If you want the person to respect it and value it, it's got to cost them not a huge sum of money but a significant sum of money.'

Frankly: bullshitsky. An album is perhaps fifty minutes long and deals with only one medium: sound. A DVD can be two and a half hours long, fills two sensory mediums, and be packed with bonus features - and it frequently costs the same if not less than that fifty-minute album. I buy movies. I download music. Drop album prices down to where I feel like I'm not getting robbed and I'll stop.

> Rizzoli & Isles FTW (see icon!); I discovered them last night and am now very much in love. "I know it was you that put a mallard duck in my locker in seventh grade." Two women! Who are friends! And fight crime! It's like Christmas!

("Every woman needs a LBD!"
("Not me, I got vaccinated.") what's betting that it's canceled at the end of the first season?
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> So last night I had a really good, really long conversation with my best friend in the world about coming out, Santa Claus, and genocide. Apparently it did at least one of us some good, because I afterward I promptly went to bed and slept for ten hours. Oops?

> You know, he makes a good point. "PLO Responds To Israeli Demand Of 'Jewish State' Recognition: 'Show US The Map Of Your Borders'": "Yasser Abed Rabbo, an official with the Palestine Liberation Organization, told reporters on Wednesday that in response to the Israeli demand that the Palestinians recognize it as a 'Jewish state', that Israel must present the map of the state that it wants the Palestinians to recognize, before asking this question."

> I...really? I love Budapest. "Europe's Capital of Anti-Semitism: Budapest Experiences A New Wave of Hate." Words really can't describe how sad this makes me. In Budapest this summer, H. and I toured The House of Terror (referenced in the article!), a museum devoted to oppressions enforced on the country through the Nazi and Soviet occupations. Budapest has been destroyed again, and again, and again, and if any city could, in a microcosm, understand the consequences of hatred...I would have thought it would be Budapest.

I just - Jesus. "Neo-fascist thugs attacked Roma families, killing six people in a series of murders. The right-wing populists of the Fidesz Party won a two-thirds majority in the parliament, while the anti-Semitic Jobbik party captured 16.7 percent of the vote, making it the third-largest party in Hungary, next to the Socialists. Unknown vandals defiled the Holocaust Memorial with bloody pigs' feet. A new law granted the government direct or indirect control over about 80 percent of the media. The television channel Echo TV showed an image of Nobel laureate and Auschwitz survivor Imre Kertész together with a voiceover about rats. Civil servants can now be fired without cause. Krisztina Morvai, a member of the European Parliament for Jobbik, suggested that 'liberal-Bolshevik Zionists' should start thinking about "where to flee and where to hide."

(Dear Jobbik: yes, you got dicked over by Trianon, but it was the end of WWI; everyone got dicked over. It's why WWII happened. Shut up and go away.)

> Oh, honey. Me, too. "Turkish immigrants fear spread of xenophobia in German society": "'What is most dangerous is that racism in Germany is going from a Nazi appearance to a ‘black-tie racism,’ Kenan Kolat, a leader of the Turkish community in Germany, told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review on Thursday. 'The existing racism is heading toward the center of society, to cultural, white-collar racism.'"

> This article over at Pandagon about how liberal and conservative bloggers came down on the story about the firefighters who let a man's house burn down because he hadn't paid an annual fee is fascinating.

> I love this line: "If 20th-century Russia was to Winston Churchill a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, for observers of contemporary Iran, the Islamic Republic often resembles a villain inside a victim behind a veil." [source]

> From Slate: "Classrooms With a View: Innovative school design is hard, but it doesn't have to be."

> From Der Spiegel: "Lev Raphael, Author and Son of Holocaust Survivors: 'I Find Myself Defending Germany'"

> I've heard other good things about Kazakhstan. I really want to go. (Fun fact: my host mom's brother worked doing OSHA-type stuff on the building described in Astana. In his words: "There was much snow.")

> I'm more pissed off about this than I thought I would be, but the Rally to Restore Fear/Sanity shirts only come in men's sizes, and there are no extra smalls. I admit that there are times when a nightgown with Colbert's face on it would be handy, but that is not this day. Poop.

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(I actually wrote this late Monday night (early Tuesday morning?), but noticed a load of html fail just before posting and just now got around to fixing it. Um. Oops?)


> I am fully aware that laughing at this makes me a dick, and I am okay with that.

> I exist in that strange little gap of having been alive when things like the Oslo Accords were reached, but not nearly sentient enough to remember; and it's too recent to be considered history, really (I am so, so bad at everything after 1980). But! Despite not fully understanding the fine points of this article, I think I can grasp that a regression of the Isreali-Palestine situation to pre-1993 levels is...bad? Especially when Israel is reacting to everything like it's the 1960's anyway.

Also: Lieberman, stfu. The conflicts within Europe at the moment are nothing compared to the situation in Israel and Gaza. "'Before coming here to tell us how to solve our conflicts, I would expect you could have at least solved all the problems within Europe,' Lieberman told Kouchner and Moratinos in comments widely published in the Israeli media."

> I'm sure this is a perfectly sound article, but I'm too distracted by the picture under the headline to read it.

> Okay, I know that Godwin's Law immediately renders any conversation moot - but we have statements like "It's clear that immigrants from other cultures such as Turkey and Arabic countries have more difficulties. From that I draw the conclusion that we don't need additional immigration from other cultures" coming out of Germany and no one's drawing any historical parallels? Bueller? Bueller?

> I...I don't even...this is sad. "Campaign for women politicians in Turkey launched to empty hall"

> Pandagon on the noticeable lack of women in The Social Network: "Here is why I think that it’s wrong to think that Sorkin and Fincher are trying to do anything but make you uncomfortable with the casual misogyny of the main characters in the movie: it bugs the shit out of everyone who sees it... The conclusion the audience reaches---and I suspect this was the point---was that women who have their shit together know well enough to stay far the fuck away from these guys.  And in case that point wasn’t clear enough, the opening and closing scenes involve Zuckerberg interacting with these women.  Or, more to the point, being basically shoved off by them." I may have to decide to see this after all (also, Rooney Mara. Am I shallow? Emphatically yes).

> They speak for themselves. In stereo.

> J.Harker over at Wayward Classicist starts his review of The Book of Eli with, "What a shitty movie." Possibly, but it's a great review.

> "13 Halloween Costumes that Have no Business Being 'Sexy'"

> This? This is why I love Lifehacker: "DIY Secret Hollow Book Redux: Hollow books are a classic way to stash stuff in plain sight. Skip the tedious page-by-page razor blade method and speed up your hollow book creation with an oscillating saw."

> Headline: "Rally shenanigans: Book thrown at Obama; naked man arrested." Really, I don't even are about the article.

> Really? This is shocking? Oh. Okay: "Shocking: College Rapists Almost Always Get Off the Hook." Didn't know this, though: "The tendency among administrators to view sexual assaults as 'teachable moments' flies in the face of evidence that student rapists are often serial rapists—guilty of victimizing an average of six women during their college career." Furthermore, "Whether Michigan State University will take action against the basketball players accused of rape remains to be seen. The prospects don’t look good. While the Office of Postsecondary Education shows that the university reported 32 forcible sex offenses on its campus between 2007 and 2009, it does not show any reports of disciplinary actions associated with those crimes." Lovely.

> " Collapsing empire watch": "It's easy to say and easy to document, but quite difficult to really internalize, that the United States is in the process of imperial collapse." Mein Gott, I hate Mondays.

> Cupcake Tuesday tomorrow!
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I have a links roundup compiled in a notepad document but I don't know if I'll have time to format and post it tonight - so here's this.

> Via Autostraddle: "PLEASE STOP: Zach Harrington, Gay, Suicide at 19." I tried to resist the urge to blockquote but then gave up.

...The people doing and saying these things, whether they’re politicians or just active citizens, are adults with brains and hearts, and they understand that 1 in 10 people are gay and that there are 700 people in this City Hall meeting. At a certain point – especially the point after, what is it now, eight or ten suicides of people under the age of 25? – you know that you’re hurting people, and you do it anyways.

You hurt people when you say “fag” in a classroom, or when you let someone get away with saying “fag” in a classroom, or when you vote yes on Prop 8 or no on anti-bullying initiatives or when you tell your little cousin that maybe he shouldn’t tell people he wants to be a figure skater when he grows up. That is personal. That hurts people, and sometimes makes them feel like they should hurt themselves. Zach Harrington is dead, and there’s nothing we can do about that. But we can use this as an opportunity to remind people that they’re accountable for what they do and what they say; we’re all accountable to each other, and for taking care of each other. Jesus Christ, people. What are you doing?

Jesus Christ, people. What are you doing?

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I suspect it says something about my Enlightenment & Its Critics class when I start to feel sleepily bored simply upon looking over my notes*. Sweet puppies, I do not like this paper.

* Unless then notes are hypotheticals regarding the possible origin of badger (/platypus).

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> I am entirely too amused by the alignment of my icons right now; it looks like CJ, Scully, and Mulder are all looking incredulously at something vaguely to the left of my screen. Which would be...the microwave? O_o

>Oh, please don't do that. "English Defence League forges links with America's Tea Party: As the far-right group marches in Leicester, details are emerging of growing contacts with extremist US groups in a 'war on Islamification"

> GODDAMN IT, ISRAEL. "Dan Meridor, a Likud party member, said the law would exclude 1.5 million Palestinians who are citizens of Israel and will create a rift between them and the state." Yes, I suppose 'rift' might be the word, although 'will significantly widen the gaping chasm of doom between them and the state' would suffice. Two of the top three headlines at Al Arabiya this morning were about this: "Israeli Cabinet passes loyalty bill, Arabs angry: Arab lawmakers describe loyalty oath as racist" and "Israeli minister warns of 'whiff of fascism': Govt set to approve bill requiring loyalty oath" . That 'rift'...? Yeah.

Anti-gay violence against a pride parade in Belgrade. Scary as the article is ("several hundred protestors" caused at least fifty injuries before trashing a political headquarters), at least the Serbian government seems pretty committed to condemning/stopping the violence and protecting the citizenry. What's more, when I saw it, this was the most-viewed article at BBC America - if only to clean up their image, Serbia will probably spend a lot of time and resources in the next few weeks trying to reassure the world that it is, to paraphrase Rachel Maddow, okay to have the gay in Belgrade.

> Side-by-side headlines over at Hürriyet: "Turkey's struggle for free expression continues, Chomsky says" and "'Facebook could be banned,' says Turkish official". Regarding the latter: the head of the Telecommunication Transmission Directorate suggested that "'it should not to be supported or approved that someone will make comments that insult people on social media or in any kind of media.'" Best part: this was apparently prompted by a Facebook group suggesting that an opposition party leader belongs to a terrorist organization. This group has three members.

(On the other hand, Switzerland has four minarets, so...)

> BWAH HA HA HA "Lack of content in Turkish political debates shocks French expat": "Szymczak said he is the 'black sheep' in his social circle, including his wife, since he does not believe the leading Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has a secret agenda to transform the country into a theocracy." oh, Turish conspiracy theories. How I miss you.

> zomg so excited! "In a special series launched this week, SPIEGEL International will explore Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. These countries, once the center of the "Great Game," a bitter struggle over natural resources and strategic bases between the British and Russian colonial powers, are seeing history repeat itself."

> This article over at NPR is just a gas. "You've Won The Nobel Prize -- Wait, Don't Hang Up!"

> I confess that I am looking forward to this. Haters to the left.

> Cannot stop staring. Sherlock is so, so pretty.

> Regarding Glee: yes. This.

> LAST ONE, I PROMISE. From Salon's Joan Walsh: John Kasich and the Hollywood steelworker.

> It's funny how these things are always so much longer when I'm putting off a paper.

merrycaepa: (dw - closet tea-drinker)
Due to some hardcore stretching followed by equally hardcore napping today, my lower spine is no longer attempting to telescope; my flatemates are out; I have tea, lovely music, Sherlock 1.01, and about forty pages of second-wave feminist theory to summarize; and it's finally warm enough outside for my room to have reached the tropical temperatures I prefer (the university hasn't switched over to heat yet, so any real warmth is solar gain).


ETA: In the course of outlining my paper on the second wave, I get to type things like: "Freud, having decided that the vaginal orgasm trumped the clitoral orgasm, in one stroke (heh) doomed unimaginable numbers of women to being forever told they were doing it wrong. Also! Freud did not come with up this out of a study of female anatomy, but on the philosophical theory that men were more developed than women so there."


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> Via Reddit: a drug raid on a school turns up highly important tomato plants. "We're sitting here as a teaching staff, always short on money, and we're thinking, 'Gosh, all the money it takes to fly that helicopter and hire all those people, it would be great to have this for education.' "

> Australian study and common sense coincide: the sex industry happens whether it's legal or not, but - surprise! - when prostitution is legalized, the prostitutes are healthier. I am waiting - just waiting - for a minor pundit to get ahold of this and announce that legalizing prostitution in an effort to keep women (and men) in the sex trade healthier would be tantamount to rewarding them for their jobs! (Remember when the HPV vaccine was developed and suddenly it was all, "But if we can't scare our daughters with CANCER to keep them virginal, what ever will we do?"

> Different study: better sex lead to better sex. Also, this responding thread at Reddit was gold.

> Eyecandy, as HuffPo does what it does best: ranking aesthetically pleasing images by a totally arbitrary rating system. Anyway, cities of the world. Enjoy.

> Must. Watch.

> Goddamn it. I am never going to get anything done ever again. (I don't actually remember the days of test patterns, but I have the vague idea that I could use some sort of test pattern - a set block during the day when I can't see any news media. Or any other media. Alternately, I could just disconnect from the wifi, but I don't think I have the courage to take that sort of initiative.)

> I would just like to point out that the Germans said it, not me: "Fox News' Terror Warnings Are 'Negligent and Damaging'"

> Israel considers loyalty oath. Well, there's no way this can possibly end badly.

> A Spiegel article on the scientists who pander anti-global warming, and the way fast media makes their jobs easier. "This is precisely the secret of their success, according to Schellnhuber, and unfortunately no amount of public debate can change that. "Imagine Einstein having to defend the theory of relativity on a German TV talk show," he says. "He wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell."
merrycaepa: (fs - don't we all)
In my notes on Spinoza (pg. 49 of my edition!), I have written the following:

- intellectual perfection = highest good; perfection depends on knowledge of good
> god intoxicated
> does god drunk-dial?
> badger!

I believe the implication I was attempting to foment was that if god drunk-dialed...a badger would be the result.

Yet to decide if this class is insane or awesome.
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> I feel like Wallace Stevens might be on crack. But good crack. "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" is one of the best things that's happened to me lately.

> Oh, Turkey. DADT is not an effective model for anything, and in any case, doesn't apply in this instance! A headscarf is by nature visible and public! You can't not-asking someone if they wear one if they're wearing it!

> Everywhere else is picking this up, too, but anyway: Mike Huckabee (who I didn't think was really all that newsworthy anymore; perhaps he's gotten desperate, which would certainly explain this; if he's going for the spectacle, he found it) compares people with pre-existing conditions to burned-down houses. Because you wouldn't try to insure a house that's already burned down, see? But if I were Mike Huckabee's fifth grade teacher, the How to Construct a Metaphor Assignment would not get a gold star because this metaphor does not work! It's like saying that you shouldn't feed yourself because you'll just poop it all out anyway (sorry, I was going for the pedantic): it completely ignores that all sorts of necessary stuff (I almost used 'shit' and then realized that fucked up my metaphor) happens betwixt inputting food and outputting poop. You see, Mike Huckabee, if you follow your metaphor, your basically said that people with pre-existing conditions are already dead, and you obviously wouldn't insure the dead (well. Not for health, anyway). Let's talk about houses burning down. )

> And on that cheerful note... Today in my Enlightenment class, in a discussion of Bayle's theory of how atheists could be good people and included in a state (as opposed to Locke, who lumped atheists in with the Catholics and other people you clearly couldn't trust), one student made the suggestion that atheists couldn't care about social ills like prostitution and drugs.
Hot dang. Really? )

> Sen. Jim DeMint suggests that gays and unwed mothers should not be allowed to teach (via [info]rm). As I posted on Z.'s wall on Facebook: Initially I always love it when public officials do something this stupid, because it's funny and it's like Christmas (some watch America's Funniest Home Videos, I watch CNN). Except that then a couple of people decide this might be a reasonable idea and starting propagating it, and then it's like they're smashing my Christmas presents with lots of little tiny hammers. It was like that for Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, anchor babies, Christine O'Donnell, and whatever the hell's going on with Islamophobia in Europe right now (Geert Wilders what the fucking fuck?). I'm going back to bed. Let me know when you all decide to be sane.

> [personal profile] georginasand can't stand The Tempest and I can't stand Julie Taymore, but somehow I hope we'll wind up going to this anyway, because it looks loltastic and will probably be pretty and with luck we'll be pleasantly surprised. Also, Helen Mirren looks like Tim the Enchanter at 00:35. Check it out. It worries me that the trailer feels long - trailers shouldn't feel long - and God knows Across the Universe went on forever, but it's not like you see Shakespeare for a nice concise story.

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