Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tear gas from the US being used against protesters in Eygpt...

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Never Forget

Atrocities are not inevitable. They are perpetrated by those who choose cruelty and see division as a path to power. They are abetted by those who stand by. And they are repeated in the midst of those who forget.
Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Photos were all shot this last summer in Theresienstadt...

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Seriously? "I'm the One Getting Bludgeoned..."

After LGBT activist David Kato was beaten to death, for Evangelical leaders who've supported legislation in Uganda that would kill or imprison gays, this is by far the least appropriate thing one could say:

“I spoke to help people,” he said, “and I’m getting bludgeoned from one end to the other.”
(Blog Source and Newspaper as well... )

Especially after Tuscon the question of blame after violence seems to come up more in media narratives than the idea that words have consequences.  Once again a right-wing cry for direct action against a group has lead to targeted violence and in the immediate aftermath the response is claiming to be the victim. In 2008 when US right-wing leaders and Evangelicals started pushing anti-gay legislation this was an obvious risk. When publications posted pictures outing gay men with the caption of "Hang Them" this was an obvious risk. I'm not sure why anyone is surprised that it lead to an activist being brutally murdered...  It is tragic but expected. But for those who called for these action, the claim that they make calling themselves victims is unacceptable.

David Kato was considered the founding father of the gay rights movement in Uganda and his leadership is needed now more than ever. But leadership is also necessary here in the states given the amount of US leadership in escalating the targeted homophobia. Our LGBTQ citizens are certainly discriminated against, but we do have relative safety compared to those the right-wing has made all the more vulnerable, and as a movement we must consider not just the localized actions to secure our neighborhoods and states, but ensuring the safety of all those facing the same oppression. As Americans mourned the loss of one 9 year old in Arizona, the trial for the murder of another 9 year old in Arizona who also died in a political shooting is largely ignored. (Source) Except this time it was targeted by race. While I'm a fan of the idea of working together on issues that affect all Americans, we can't ignore the targeted attacks on minorities, those who call for them, or pretend such attacks are isolated incidents. Or that when internationally the same conclusions are reached after our right-wing activists work in collaboration with their governments, that it isn't tied to our own politics domestically. Whether it's Congresswoman Giffords or David Kato or 9 year old Brisenia Flores or any other of the many people who's suffered in hate crimes - the media narrative of shock must be abandoned. Only minimal research is needed to see warning signs in public speeches, published articles, active web forums spewing hate, and the accessibility of weapons to those who are being preached to or otherwise incited. I'm sad for the loss of David Kato, but I'm not surprised. And anyone who claims to be either has not been paying attention or is in denial, and both are unacceptable in our media.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

In case you thought the internet was a big time waster...

and the only goal of most websites is to kill time... then you'll love this site!

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Before the hipsters with their iPhones... could still get the full frame effect using black and white film. This was hand printed in early 2007

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hot Dogs... go on.

The news is pretty depressing these days, if like me you'd like something less serious as a distraction for a little bit, this is for you.

Also interesting to note on Huffington Post the top stories right now are Giffords Breathing On Her Own followed by Natalie Portman's Topless New Miss Dior Cherie Perfume Ad...

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Reawakening this Blog

I've been blogging on and off in different spaces...

My facebook notes took over for a while as it had most of my audience. In fact almost all content worth reading is over there.

There was also:

my travels:



an art project:

And most recently anything worth saying was tweeted over at theurv

So going to attempt to make life easier for friends by posting in ONE place... we'll see how well this goes.

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