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I haven't actually posted here in years, but still didn't want to delete completely without explanation.

With the scary new terms of serviie, I have backed everythingup to dreamwidth (same username). I will delete this journal tomorrow.

Thanks everyone for some great years.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] cantarina1 at post
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

Via Tumblr



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(There are lots more pictures here, I am to lazy to link them all again)

I made this owl for a bird loving friend.




Hope all of you guys had great holidays. It feels like it's been forver since I had time to play on lj. What's everybody up to?
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Maybe it's because of nine years of being bullied (though not for sexual orientation), or maybe because at certain points I actually did try to figure out if suicide might be an option out for me, but every time I hear about yet another asshole like Clint McCance I am dumbfounded with rage.

The guy who wrote that fictional article about "Christian suicides", blathering about poor homophobic Christians being criticized for their bigotry as if this were the same as bullying, and daring to pompously claim that Christians are stronger than gay kids (because the two are obviously mutually exclusive) because they don't commit suicide after they have been "bullied" was the worse. How can a professor not know the difference between "everybody keeps teling you that an integral part of your personality is sinful, that you will go to hell, that they will celebrate your death, that they will be happy to make it come faster" and "somebody tells you that being a homophobic ass clown is a shitty thing to do" (for the last time, "freedom of speech" does not mean "freedom from consequences").

The amount of assholes on this planet is sometimes so incredibly discouraging, it is great to find people who are willing to call them on their crap.

meep

Oct. 16th, 2010 10:50 pm
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On monday, I have to take the first of six written exams for the horribly evil no good state exam of doom (I think it's sort of like the barr exam, but you have to take two, one after university and one after two years of practical training).

There are six days of exams over two weeks, five hours each monday, tuesday and thursday.

I am staying with the family for that time, to minimize the risk of oversleeping.
I am not allowing myself to really think about what this exam means, how important it is.



But really, why do we have so freaking many laws (I have to bring about twenty pounds of laws) and still there is so much that needs to be memorized because it's not in the books? I mean, I had to memorize 450 definitions, never mind all the things that nobody can ever seem to agree on (which means we have to know all the arguments). There are at least 270 of those disagreements and problems that we have to know only for private law!

I am pretty sure my brain has turned to mush by now.



Anyway, send some good thoughts my way on monday and over the next two weeks? Please? I really, really need to pass this.
(once you get into practical training, you get paid! For working in the field that you studied yourself crazy for! I want that!)
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Thanks for the flowers, [livejournal.com profile] jassylou !
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Hope it's the start of a great year ( full of Jared and Ben and Jensen).
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Hi there, strangers.

Apparently, I am still (technically) alive, though my brain doesn't really think so.
I have been rather overwhelmed with studying lately, since the Scary Evil Big Bad Exam of DOOM is getting closer and closer.

Between the (roughly) 7000 pages of text books, about t1500 sheets of papers from classes and an as of yet uncounted number of cases to go through, I haven't really had time to read (or comment) for fun as much as I would like.

But hey, it'll have to end eventually, right? (Please tell me it will end.)

Hope everyone on the flist is doing well.

Help!

Dec. 17th, 2009 07:33 pm
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My netbook decided to catch some kind of virus or other bug and now keeps crashing. The normal system-recovery, where you restore the state of a few days (or weeks) ago doesn't work. I got to the point where I wanted to start complete recovery, where the computer is configurated completely new, I think. The result is that everything gets installed new.

I did this once before and it worked. But now, the recover programm isn't working. Neither when I press F3 during start up, nor when I try to start the recover.exe programm on its't own.

What do I do? I want my little lovely netbook back!

Heh!

Dec. 6th, 2009 04:55 pm
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I needed this today:
Twilight
New Moon

in LOLCAT

heh

Nov. 13th, 2009 10:23 pm
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Untie schoe laces. Move feet around. Instant HAPPY CAT!
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Did you really have to go down the "overcoming disability is about trying really hard" - route? Doubled with the "I know people with disabilities and therefore I know what you are dealing with" approach?

I get that we live in a culture that idealizes the idea of "pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps".  But just because so many people believe in the myth that everything can be achieved if you just try hard enough, doesn't mean this is actually true. And insisting that t is means being completely ignorant to the racism, sexism,ableism, classism, heteronormatism and all the other practices of oppression that are still so prevalent.

rant rant rant )

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This has to be one of the awesomenest things I have seen in a very long time.


Also fun:
Chicken Chicken

Where the hell is Matt
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Warning: Serious triggers!

shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2009/09/zachary-quinto-and-some-serious.html

I guess it's a good thing I stopped watching Heroes after the second season.

And also:

shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2009/10/rape-culture-101.html

Great post that I really, really wish wasn't necessary.
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There is just no way this will end well.
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Flist, meet Tiger:



more pics here )


Tiger, meet my flist.

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WARNING:  Contains discussion of rape that might be triggering.


Oh boy. This will open a pretty ugly can of worms, won't it?

I think most of us are aware of the incredible whiteness of the show that brought us all together. And maybe you have all already dealt with the inherent sexism as well, and I am just repeating things that were already discussed elsewhere, or things you have dealt with by yourselves and don't want to talk about here. I will not be offended if you just skip this post.

But for me, it is important to talk about this, because I have been reading a lot lately about sexism, male privilege and the way both are upheld by our society, especially the popular media. And while flipping through the chanels today, I stumbled over an old episode of the OC (the bonfire episode when Alex ends it with Marissa). And I had a pretty intense moment of WTF. And also OMG, that explains a lot. But even though the way they called Alex a fighting lesbo pissed me off to no end, and the way this whole plot line was filled with misgyonic crap, that's not what I want to talk about. What I want to talk about is the way that the show presented women through the character of Marissa, and why that makes me uncomfortable and mad.

I was one of those whose dislike of the Marissa-character grew with every season, sometimes every episode. And there were reasons for this. She was whiny, she (almost) always expected others to save her, she was flighty, she was a "tease", she was egoistic.

What I just realized: Marissa was in very many ways, a walking sexist stereotype. The weak woman who needs the strong man to save her. The emotional woman who doesn't know who or what she wants. The mean woman who played with the feelings of the men who wanted her. The stupid woman who went for the wrong, controlling guy when she should have gone for the nice one who genuinely cared about her.

All of these are stereotypes that are very often presented as typical women by society, by the media. And I think that was one of the reasons why I disliked Marissa so much. Because her character was written in a way that made her prove all these stereotypes right. And watching her made me feel bad. Made me think "I am not like that. I don't understand how anyone could act like that. I have to make very sure to never be that kind of woman." When really I should have thought: Women are not like that. I don't like that this show is pretending that they are.

And this it where it gets really hairy. Because my dislike of the character of Marissa got to a point where I took part in things I would have previously never thought of as acceptable. When Marissa was almost raped by Trey, I of course thought that what Trey did was horrible. But I also thought that Marissa was stupid for hanging out with him, for drinking with him, for not listening to the warning signs. Because that's what the show gave me: A character I couldn't identify with, who engaged in obviously thoughtless actions.

And the consequence for her was that she was sexually assaulted. And the consequence for me was that I took part in victim blaming.
Yes, it was rape, it was wrong, Trey should have been arrested. But also: She should have known better. Looking back, I am really ashamed of thinking that. Because while it was only a tv show, while Marissa was just a character, that kind of behavior of people who are confronted with the existence of rape, that kind of reasoning is far to common in our society.

A society that still finds a myriad of ways to blame the victims of sexual violence. And turning those women into stereotypes, into exagg erated images instead of real people, real human beings, is one of the ways this is done. Because if the victims are not like me, are not real human beings, then I am safe. I don't have to face the reality that women get raped no matter how they behave, no matter what clothes they wear, no matter how careful they are. Because we live in a society that excuses sexual aggression, sexual violencce, rape; a society where not saying no loud enough means you didn't say it at all, where not saying anything because you were to scared is the same as saying yes. A society where seeing women as objects is still considered normal.

And they way they dealt with the aftermath? I know a lot of us complained that there was far to much Marissa and not nearly enough Ryan. I know we complained about the way that Marissa dealt with what happened. Because we didn't like the character of Marissa, but we did very much like the chaacter of Ryan. And we wanted the show to be about him.

This, I think, is a sign that the whole rape storyline was very, very bad for the show. Because if you want to deal with the issue of sexual violence, really deal with it, then it has to be about the victim. About how the victim deals with what happened to her (or him). About how what happened, how being treated as something that can be used, an object instead of a human being, changes that person forever. How having your right to define your own boundaries, the right to say no and have your wishes be respected, the right to make your own choices about your own damn body taken away from you makes it impossible to ever look at the world the way you did before. I am incredibly lucky in that I don't have any first hand knowledge of what that is like. But far, far to many women do. And I might end up knowing too, some time in the future.

And using rape as a plot filler, as something to add tension or drama? That is incredibly hurtfull to all those women. Rape as a means to an end is wrong. If they wanted conflict between Ryan, Trey and Marissa, they could have gotten that some other way. But it is wrong to take on the issue of rape and then deal with it in such a wishy-washy way. Depicting rape victims as stereotypes, making the victim so unsympathetic that the viewers don't care about their pain, that they want her to just get over it, so that the plot can move on to something more interesting, to characters we actually care about? All of this contributes to a society where rape is seen as something that happens to "them", to other women who behaved in ways that made rape inevitable, really; to women who asked for it and who need to get over it.


So I still dont like Marissa. But I am now a lot more aware of what it is that I don't like about her. I don't like that she is a walking collection of stereotypes. I don't like that the writers used her weaknesses, those weaknesses that so many people claim are typically female to make other characters look better by comparism. I don't like that the writers thought that she was the kind of female character that viewers would prefer to see. I don't like that, for many viewers, this seems to have been true. I don't like that a show I used to watch, a show I used to enjoy, was so sorely lacking in strong, female characters that I would have liked to watch.

This doesn't mean I will never enjoy watching the DVDs again. But it does mean I will be more aware of the messages the writers were sending, and how they were using their characters to send those messages.


ETA: Fixed some spelling mistakes and tried to clear some stuff up.
ETA2: Added necessary warning. I am very sorry for not putting one up in the first place.

Books...

Aug. 1st, 2009 10:35 am
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...have a lot of power. Now, I am not someone who would ever advocate that a book should be forbidden because it is problematic in content, but I do think that we should be more critical when it comes to what we read and especially what we tell our children to read. The fact that a lot of these books are on the list of recommended reading for children in school? Is saddening.

I actually think the whole site should be required reading for educators who are dealing with the topic of Native Americans with their students. And then maybe, they could read one of the  recommended books. Or at least address why the other books are problematic, make it clear to their students that those were written by white people with a limited understanding of the topic and often with the intend to make the white people in the story look good at the expense of the Native Americans- for whatever reason.

I am not saying that the only person who can write about a culture/ country/ problem/ is a person who has experienced it zeirself. But I do think that when it comes to the question of whether or not something is hurtfull or untrue to a culture, people who are part of that culture are usually better able to judge it. And they deserve to be heard and at least given consideration.


blergh

May. 26th, 2009 03:49 pm
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I need to stop reding comments on the internet. No matter how intelligent the article might be, there will be people in the comments who will have me seriousely questioning my belief in the human species.

drabble...

Sep. 23rd, 2008 09:15 pm
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Another one for the confusin drabble-fic. I am using this to try out all kinds of things on a small scale. Feel free to tell me what works and what doesn't, I definitely won't be offended.

Also, as always, no copy-right infringement is intended. I don't own anything you recognize.


drabble the third )
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