rkt: (babies failing beauty)
i was just thinking, for the billionth time,why can't lj have an easy-post button, like facebook and twitter, on web pages?

when, wow. look, there was one.

only clicking it puts the link in the subject line and there's no body and no text-copy. so WHAT'S THE POINT?

whatever. since this was the article in question, i'll post it the old fashioned way.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/jan/04/new-scanners-child-porn-laws

New Scanners Break Child Porn Laws

The rapid introduction of full body scanners at British airports threatens to breach child protection laws which ban the creation of indecent images of children, the Guardian has learned.

Privacy campaigners claim the images created by the machines are so graphic they amount to "virtual strip-searching" and have called for safeguards to protect the privacy of passengers involved.

Ministers now face having to exempt under 18s from the scans or face the delays of introducing new legislation to ensure airport security staff do not commit offences under child pornography laws.

They also face demands from civil liberties groups for safeguards to ensure that images from the £80,000 scanners, including those of celebrities, do not end up on the internet. The Department for Transport confirmed that the "child porn" problem was among the "legal and operational issues" now under discussion in Whitehall after Gordon Brown's announcement on Sunday that he wanted to see their "gradual" introduction at British airports.

A 12-month trial at Manchester airport of scanners which reveal naked images of passengers including their genitalia and breast enlargements, only went ahead last month after under-18s were exempted.

The decision followed a warning from Terri Dowty, of Action for Rights of Children, that the scanners could breach the Protection of Children Act 1978, under which it is illegal to create an indecent image or a "pseudo-image" of a child.
oh, technicalities )
rkt: (2 cents)
Have I ever mentioned that I so don't like binaries?

the recent murder of Kansas City (USA) Dr. Tiller has me re-pondering.

How binaried is choice?

I was thinking about this for awhile, and recent discussions in that one community have restarted the musings.

I'm very much in the Choice=Choicen camp. Abortion on request,without apology for any who requests it and without financial barriers.

I get annoyed by the "I'm pro choice BUT____" because, to me, you either believe in a person's right to make choices about their bodies according to their beliefs or you believe in a person's right to make choices about their bodies according to your beliefs. so while it may not make you "pro life", it establishes a limited definition of choice.

But, then, for the longest,I was in that "I'd never have an abortion/abortion is wrong BUT i think women should be able to have a safe abortion" camp.
and, really, isn't that still pro-choice in a way?

and, how many people who ID as "pro-life" fit into in this quasi-pro-choice camp? which would then actually make the significant majority of USians "prochoice" - sort of?

oh, frames and semantics. how funny you are.

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as long as we're on the topic - it's been awhile since i've plugged for donations, so:
in the meantime:

national network of abortion funds
medical students for choice
Abortion care network which is linked with men and abortion.

or volunteer

quasi-x-posted
rkt: (angry sakuradolly)
Bronx 8th-graders boycott practice exam but teacher may get ax
Juan Gonzalez

Students at a South Bronx middle school have pulled off a stunning boycott against standardized testing.

More than 160 students in six different classes at Intermediate School 318 in the South Bronx - virtually the entire eighth grade - refused to take last Wednesday's three-hour practice exam for next month's statewide social studies test.

Instead, the students handed in blank exams.

Then they submitted signed petitions with a list of grievances to school Principal Maria Lopez and the Department of Education.


oh, yes, it goes on )
one of the biggest drives i had when i wanted to be a teacher wasn't to give back to the teachers who had done it right, but for all the ones who were doing. it. wrong.

(pump up the volume? yeah...)

and this guy? sure seems to have been doing it right. i mean, in a social studies class, his students organized for change? peacefully. without any actual chaos.
psh. silly man. he should never have taught them to believe. he should have taught them how to fill in circles with their number 2 pencils.

this response? seems to categorize the guy with those teachers who encourage peer abuse.
Not. The Same.
At. All.

and why is it so hard to believe they would have done so on their own? what does that say about the faith in the future?
should that not be the actual point of their education? and not just to grow up to to be worker drones?
i wonder, too, would the reaction have been the same if
the school had a different track record and/or population?
(RHETORICAL QUESTIONS PEOPLE!)

i feel for these kids, and for avella. and for all of us.
but i'm also proud for them.
rkt: (snowflake)
i know dismal humour can be very much wrong. and the two stories aren't funny, but, well, i'm a grinch....

- santa is dead.(long live santa?)

- north pole isn't doing so well.

Texts below for educational purposes.
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story 2 )
rkt: (forget.acidroses)
for quite some time now, pluto has been an 'on-again-off-again-planet'. apparently, it's back to being on the 'maybe not a planet' list*. there are folks protesting this in New Mexico**
for the record, pluto is also scorpio's ruling planet***. which all kinda makes sense since so much else with me is frequently ill so poorly defined.


but as much as i might agree with the protests, i'm more pissed that the us government (and many others) insist on using the term "alien" to refer to people. i mean, i could list any of a number of very real and very serious reasons why the term is just, well, literally dehumanizing.... but if you (and by "you", i'm probably not referring to anyone on my f-list) aren't going to care about that, then what about have to admit to the arrest of '15 aliens in roswell, nm'****? i mean, seriously...

all articles included in post for purposes of further-education
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rkt: (heterophobia proletariat)
Stab victim says attack gang 'hated men'

BY KERRY BURKE, MIKE JACCARINO and RICH SCHAPIRO
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
8/19/06

An oxygen tube pumping air into his lungs, the 28-year-old man allegedly beaten and stabbed in the West Village by a gang of petite lesbians described the attack yesterday from his hospital bed.
"They hated men," Wayne Buckle said from the intensive care unit of Saint Vincent's Hospital Manhattan. "I think it would have been any man and not just me."

Still shaken by Friday's terrifying assault, Buckle, an independent filmmaker from Queens, said he felt he was the victim of a bias attack.

"It was a hate crime against a straight man by a ton of lesbians," he said. "This is what the world is coming to."

Several witnesses and police sources said Buckle sparked the attack by spitting on a 19-year-old lesbian after she rejected his advances outside the IFC movie theater on Sixth Ave. near W. Third St. He also allegedly cursed the woman, Patrice Johnson, using gay slurs.


Johnson and six of her friends - all lesbians from New Jersey - pounced on Buckle at 2 a.m., whipping him with belts before Johnson stabbed him repeatedly in the belly with a 4-inch serrated steak knife, authorities said.

Buckle was bleeding badly after the attack. He suffered multiple stab wounds to his stomach, and his face was bruised.

The seven suspects were arraigned early yesterday on charges of attempted murder, assault and gang assault. They were ordered held on $50,000 cash bail or $150,000 bond.

His eyes swollen, Buckle was hooked up to a respirator yesterday. He denied that he had provoked the attack and insisted he was not homophobic.

"All I said was, 'Excuse me, how are you doing?' like a gentleman," he said. "I thought it was the natural thing to do."


nydailynews

the IFC theater is in the big gay greenwich village.
the differences in reality are amazing, but not surprising.
rkt: (image)
How much do you need to know about your spouse's previous sex life?

Published: Tuesday, 4-Jul-2006

Under a new ruling by the California Supreme Court, a person who has reason to believe he or she has HIV may be sued by sexual partners should they become infected. To knowingly pass on HIV is already illegal in California and people who do so may be sued for damages in state court, but the new ruling extends the state's view of when liability arises from the disease.

The chief issue before the court was whether an HIV-positive person who hadn't yet been tested for the virus could be held responsible, in a civil suit, for infecting a partner, and the answer is yes, at least in some circumstances.

text saved below cut for educational purposes )

The court has ruled that the husband must disclose when and how often he had sex with men, because it might indicate whether he should have known he was infected.

http://www.news-medical.net/?id=18688,

this article did give the most comprehensive information, and helped calm me down a wee bit, i'm still calling bullshit.

look, this whole situation sucks. if the husband spread hiv knowingly, he's an ass and then some. he'd be a case in which i wished i believed in karma. and i really don't justify willingly transmitting hiv to someone who doesn't know what they might be getting themselves into, which means, i'm not talking about "bug chaser" situations (wherein gay men try to get infected), of which i don't presently have commentary. but i'm not even sure if i'm *comfortable* with the prosecution of willful transmission to the unwilling. from the way things are looking, the guy had a negative hiv test. "high-risk" behaviour be damned, he had at least some reason to believe he wouldn't be transmitting hiv.

the government really just needs to stay the fuck out of my pants. THEY'RE MY PANTS!11!! they should stay out of yours, too. unless you want to let them in, but ONLY YOUR PANTS then. nobody else's. not your parents'. not your partners'. NOT MINE. and that's really, as far as i'm concerned, is what a lot of this is all about.

yes it really is..... )
let me finally clarify that i do not blame the woman if she is, in fact, the victim of an asshole here. again, her situation is sad and tragic. and if she infected her husband, that, too, is sad and tragic. my statements would remain the same if she were a sex worker and not his wife. but the government still needs to stay out of my pants.

[the case is john b. vs. superior court, S12824]

see also:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/07/04/HIV.TMP

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/04/health/04suit.html

http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2006Jul03/0,4670,DisclosingHIV,00.html
rkt: (wicked little town)
City Limits WEEKLY Week of: February 13, 2006

TRANS-FORMING HOMELESS SERVICES: NEW POLICY AIMS TO PROTECT CLIENTS
Department of Homeless Services will now house transgender shelter residents according to their identity, rather than birth gender. > By Abby Aguirre

After three years of talks with advocates for the transgender homeless, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) has announced a dramatic policy change that assigns transgender homeless clients to city shelters according to gender identity, rather than birth gender.
Under previous intake practices, trans clients were often asked for legal identification and sent to a corresponding shelter. As a result, many experienced dangerous and degrading treatment at the hands of other shelter residents and staff [see “Transgender Homeless Seek Safety," <http://www.citylimits.org/content/articles/articleview.cfm?articlenumber=1217> City Limits magazine January/February 2005]. All-male facilities like the 954-bed Ward's Island shelter were considered particularly unsafe.

“We’ve had women coming out of Ward’s Island who report having been gang-raped and beaten up,” said Jay Toole, a transgender veteran of the city shelters and an organizer at Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ), one of three groups who led the campaign.
Under the new policy, staff at intake shelters will receive training on diversity, transgender and intersex issues. Training will be implemented in phases and include staff at city intake shelters managed by private nonprofits as well as security personnel.
read on )
rkt: (magic)
seriously, they are often my front-line news source of updates on the homo agenda and other fun past times of mine.

most recently, they have informed me that target a) does not allow salvation army to solicit your pennies. and, more importantly really,b) they intend to sell VIBRATORS.

yes, ladies and gentlemen, by giving target your hard-earned money, you are supporting SIN.
as requested, i am forwarding the email to my friends and family in order to share this devastating news.


OMG THE WORLD IS GOING TO HELL. STOP THE SALE OF SEX TOYS TODAY! )

because sex with an inanimate object is adultery, apparently?
and walmart is the saviour of this nation.
and de-prioritizing religion is all a bad thing.

and because i'm a whiner:

so "discrete" and in the "feminine care aisle"?

and goddamnit. this does not help the to shop at target/to not shop at target dilemma. but, because i am a child who still likes to thumb her nose at asshattery... i think signes are looking like there is a trip to my (not-so) friendly neighborhood target store.

ETA:go ahead, tell target how you *really* feel. and don't forgt to check the *** link above. it's not perfect. so you may want to google away.

movie time

Sep. 18th, 2005 03:13 pm
rkt: (jesus._jessicus_.)
i saw corpse bride the other night. because i live in nyc and i really should take advantage of that sometimes.
it was ok... for a kid's movie.

in other movie news...

Michael Moore considers Katrina movie

15.09.05

Controversial director Michael Moore is considering making a movie about the Government lapses that surrounded Hurricane Katrina.

Moore is reported to have said the issue "has all the elements that made Fahrenheit 9/11 such a powerful film ... the political outrage, the human suffering and the incredible footage".

Moore has already lashed out at the way the Government handled the disaster, posting a scathing critique on his website.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/6/story.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10345540
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blah.
rkt: (jesus._jessicus_.)
apparently, falwell has decided teh gays do deserve to work and have shelter, after all. just not in his backyard.

Jerry Falwell Has Gay Epiphany
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

(Lynchburg, Virginia) The Rev. Jerry Falwell, who once blamed gays and feminists for 9-11, now says he supports basic civil rights for gays and lesbians - but with conditions.
of course there are conditions. what did you expect? yes, the rest of the story is within. click to be educated. )

i suppose i'm supposed to be happy and start turning cartwheels.
fuck that, i say. have i ever mentioned that i despise hrc? no. no. no. no. i will NOT be grateful for such bullshit. a pox on both men.
and i never knew that the right to housing was an "american value". never mind, i've been working in the homeless systems of nyc for three years. (where "shelter" is a guaranteed constitutional right, in theory, and seen women sent back to their batterers, despite orders of protection/restraining orders, so they can "work it out"... or something.) i must just be slow.
and recruiting? how can this man ignore the severe social pressures placed on people to adopt "straightness"? i'm not talking ex-gay brainwashing, but the heterosexual normative that so permeates falwell's "america". if anyone does recruiting, it's the hets, not the homos.
oh well, i have a (metaphorical. not literal.) terrorist group to join so that i can further destroy falwell's america.
rkt: (intersection)
_____________- will you marry me?
someone, anyone of you, quick. if you're female, we can go to massachusetts. or canada.

see, like many post-college students, i am a tad bit in debt.
my solution to rectify this?

run away and get a tv-movie deal. )

p.s. 1 just don't let katie holmes be 'me'.
p.s. 2 i promise not to be racist about it.
p.s. 3 i promise to split the funds.
rkt: (nyc mithril_raven)
Time Out New York February 3-9, 2005 issue has decided to tell us all about the gay. considering it's mainstreamedness, the article in question doesn't suck.

transcribed, with new-window-linkages (when possible); because i care.

What’s in a name?
In an era of transmen, hasbians, and genderqueers, the idea of “gayness” is being stretched, splintered and debated – and it’s not just about who’s sleeping with who.
By Beth Greenfield

Meet “Tatiana,” a 28-year-old event planner who lived the full-on dyke life for ten years. A femme beauty, she dated cute butches, threw popular downtown girl bashes, penned pieces about lesbian life in culture magazines and became so popular in New York’s gay nightlife scene that she was deemed a “celesbian.” But a few months ago, Tatiana fell for a man; he’s now her boyfriend. . . . Long Article. )
rkt: (angry sakuradolly)
recently, i told [livejournal.com profile] brienf about an article i remembered reading in which a judge threw out tom cruise's lawsuit where the actor was suing someone for stating he (cruise) was a gay. the judge's logic was that to accept such a lawsuit would be to accept there was something defamatory about being gay.
I CAN'T FIND IT. i swear, i didn't dream this one up. and i'm trying to figure it out.
in the meantime, however, all i can find are articles from his "wins" in 2001 and 2003. in 2003 he was awarded TEN MILLION dollars because some gay "erotic wrestler" claimed to have had an affair with him.

now how, praytell, is the stamp of heterosexuality worth 10 mil-lion dollars?

and why must this actor be so insecure that he runs around suing anyone who calls him the gay? really, there are worse playground names to be called than for someone to claim you're a homosexural. cruise says he's trying to protect his "reputation". say what? ahhh. so rather than attempt to fight the homophobia permeating hollywood, you want to cash in on your (supposed?) "straight rights"? rather than teach the ignorant it's ok to be gay, you'd perpetuate the myth that it's BAD.

fuck that. why must we put up with this shit? oh.. right, he's against AIDS. he can't possibly suck that much.
grrrrr. so much for the liberal hollywood elite. . .

2003 article (with added commentary) . HE'S NOT GAY!!11! )
rkt: (Default)
this is truly beautiful. this chick deserves a spunk
award, or something.

live judge for sale on ebay... )

edit i've since been informed mr. klein is actually a bit popular among the judges.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/13/nyregion/13judge.html?oref=login

http://www.bugmenot.com
rkt: (angry sakuradolly)
[livejournal.com profile] androgy8 found this item on www.newsoftheweird.com, so now i share it with you...because i must share the love.

In an October decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit voted, 8-7, not only to affirm Paul Gregory House's 1986 rape-murder conviction but also to keep him on Tennessee's death row, despite subsequent knowledge that the prosecutor's primary evidence was faulty. The eight judges accepted the conviction, even though the rape evidence was based, nearly archaically, on a match of blood "type" in semen found on the victim; much more sophisticated DNA testing later showed that the semen was not from House but from the victim's estranged husband (who, it was subsequently learned, allegedly "confessed" the crime to three witnesses, evidence that was too belatedly offered to satisfy the majority judges). [New York Times, 10-7-04]

full nytimes article here, because i can )

have i mentioned what the fuck? seriously folks. my head won't stop hurting. yet, tonight i cannot sleep.
rkt: (bush-fab jadedjade)
have i ever mentioned how much i love the government?
they're so great and wonderful.
they keep the world safe from for the poor!!11!

read more here )
http://www.citylimits.org/content/articles/weeklyView.cfm?articlenumber=1620
rkt: (lesbian satan)
Unhappy Democrats Need to Wait to Get Into Canada
By David Ljunggren
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Disgruntled Democrats seeking a safe Canadian haven after President Bush won Tuesday's election should not pack their bags just yet.

Canadian officials made clear on Wednesday that any U.S. citizens so fed up with Bush that they want to make a fresh start up north would have to stand in line like any other would-be immigrants -- a wait that can take up to a year.

"You just can't come into Canada and say 'I'm going to stay here'. In other words, there has to be an application. There has to be a reason why the person is coming to Canada," said immigration ministry spokeswoman Maria Iadinardi.

There are anywhere from 600,000 to a million Americans living in Canada, a country that leans more to the left than the United States and has traditionally favored the Democrats over the Republicans. )

though i hadn't been aware that canada used the exact same political party system.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=6704292
rkt: (angry sakuradolly)
fuck fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck

i never meant i wanted the entire nation to turn into one giant extension of kansas.

in other news, i hear ireland is hiring social work jobs. . .

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