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[12 Nov 2009|01:16am]
I MISS EVERYTHING.
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[24 May 2009|12:35pm]
i'm still here, I guess.
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on an island. [05 Apr 2009|12:27am]
Does anyone still use livejournal?
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[24 Sep 2008|11:00pm]
does anyone want to be my pen pal?

i write good letters, promise.
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UN classified rape a 'war tactic' [22 Jun 2008|01:40pm]
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7464462.stm

"The UN Security Council has voted unanimously in favour of a resolution classifying rape as a weapon of war.
The document describes the deliberate use of rape as a tactic in war and a threat to international security.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said violence against women had reached "unspeakable proportions" in some societies recovering from conflict.
The UN is also setting up an inquiry to report next June on how widespread the practice is and how to tackle it.
Human rights groups hailed the resolution as historic.
'Silent war'
The BBC's Laura Trevelyan said China, Russia, Indonesia and Vietnam had all expressed reservations during the negotiations, asking whether rape was really a matter for the security council. But the US-sponsored resolution was adopted unanimously by the 15-member council.


It described sexual violence as "a tactic of war to humiliate, dominate, instil fear in, disperse and/or forcibly relocate civilian members of a community or ethnic group".
The document said that the violence "can significantly exacerbate situations of armed conflict and may impede the restoration of international peace and security".
During the debate in the council, Mr Ban said: "Responding to this silent war against women and girls requires leadership at the national level."
"National authorities need to take the initiative to build comprehensive strategies while the UN needs to help build capacity and support national authorities and civil societies," he added.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the world now recognised that sexual violence profoundly affected not only the health and safety of women, but the economic and social stability of their nations.
Other speakers identified the former Yugoslavia, Sudan's Darfur region, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Liberia as regions where deliberate sexual violence had occurred on a mass scale."

Not that I really expect anything to change, or the UN to actually do anything about it.
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[08 Mar 2008|10:16am]
I always said Airborne was a bunch of crap.

http://www.airbornehealthsettlement.com/index.htm

Nice to know that their "clinical trials" consisted of TWO people.  And now the company is settling for $23 million for being big liars. 

I never understood why "developped by a schoolteacher!" was their marketing campaign.  Don't you want your medicine and vitamins developped by DOCTORS?  And maybe researched, too? 
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this is what happens when James and I read about PETA at work. [28 Feb 2008|07:41am]
[ mood | enraged ]

I hate PETA.  I'm quoting from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_for_the_Ethical_Treatment_of_Animals , mostly, which is pretty well cited. 

It seems like animal rights is a really easy cause to jump behind.  No one likes the idea of torturing poor bunny rabbits and puppies so someone can make shampoo, or killing hundreds of minks or foxes to make coats.  I can't even bring myself to eat meat or poultry, it disgusts me.  I eat fish, and feel guilty about it (but not lobsters--that's disgusting), I'm genuinely disgusted by the fact that I'm eating something that once had a face.  But I digress.


Some PETA propaganda: "One pamphlet, "Your Daddy Kills Animals!" showed a cartoon father gutting a fish, and stated:
    "Since your daddy is teaching you the wrong lessons about right and wrong, you should teach him fishing is killing. Until your             daddy learns it's not fun to kill, keep your doggies and kitties away from him. He's so hooked on killing defenseless animals, they         could be next." (You can download the pdf of it here: http://www.fishinghurts.com/feat-newcomic.asp). 
(I mean, are you serious?  Can they really write this shit with a straight face?)

That's not even close to the worst of their crazy propaganda.  In 2003, they ran the "The Holocaust on Your Plate" campaign, which juxtaposed images of people in concentration camps with images of animals in factory farms.  (PETA has since taken down that website, it used to be masskilling.com, but if you a google image search you can see it.)  Chicken farming is apparently equal to genocide in the minds and advertising campaigns of PETA.
    "Captions alleged that "like the Jews murdered in concentration camps, animals are terrorized when they are housed in huge                filthy warehouses and rounded up for shipment to slaughter. The leather sofa and handbag are the moral equivalent of the                     lampshades made from the skins of people killed in the death camps." (wiki).

They had another campaign called "Are Animals the New Slaves?" using images of animals in chains juxtaposed with images of (mainly black American) slaves, but it seems like they took it down almost as fast as they put it up.  Their website still references it here.  And there is another article about it here. 

PETA opposes all animal testing, even in the case of cancer and AIDS research. 
    "PETA vice-president Dan Mathews responded that: "AIDS is an easy disease to avoid, but our government squanders millions on     duplicative animal tests, rather than issue frank warnings, especially to young people." Several PETA staff members have                     volunteered for human testing of AIDS vaccines." 

    "PETA’s Mary Beth Sweetland should also answer for her own personal hypocrisy. Like more than ten million Americans, she’s             diabetic. Sweetland injects herself daily with insulin that was tested on animals; she has conceded that her medicine “still contains     some animal products -- and I have no qualms about it…. I don’t see myself as a hypocrite. I need my life to fight for the rights of             animals.” (from here). 

If that isn't the biggest load of hypocritical bullshit I've ever heard.  And I'm sure had synthetic insulin not been invented before PETA's founding, they would've fought against the animal research that led to it's creation, probably alleging that diabetes can be treated with a "proper vegan diet" alone.  But, oh, excuse me, "she needs her life to fight for the rights of animals". 

But the biggest reason I hate PETA is not because they're a bunch of self-righteous, propaganda-mongering hypocrits (did I mention they kill puppies?) It's because they're a bunch of fire-bombing terrorists. 

Okay, okay, I'm exaggerating.  They support firebombing terrorism. 

In 1992, some douchebag named Rod Coronado, an activist for Animal Liberation Front, burned down a Michigan State University research lab and destroyed 32 years worth of data and was convicted of arson.  And who paid for his legal defense?  PETA.  He received two donations, which PETA claimed on their taxes, for $64,000 and $38, 240.  According to PETA's "vegan campagin director" (which already makes him sound like a douchebag), "If we really believe that animals have the same right to be free from pain and suffering at our hands, then of course we're going to be blowing things up and smashing windows. ... I think it's a great way to bring about animal liberation, considering the level of suffering, the atrocities. I think it would be great if all of the fast-food outlets, slaughterhouses, these laboratories, and the banks that fund them, exploded tomorrow."

They also allegedly donated $1.3 million to the "Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine". which promotes alternatives to animal testing (yay!) but also has links to the ALF (boo!). Jerry Vlasak, a former spokesman for the PCRM, said, "I don't think you'd have to kill too many researchers. I think for five lives, 10 lives, 15 human lives, we could save a million, 2 million, 10 million non-human lives."  He's also argued that this use of violence is "morally acceptable" and said, "And I -- you know - people get all excited about, "Oh what's going to happen when - the ALF accidentally kills somebody in an arson?" Well, you know I mean -- I think we need to get used to this idea. It's going to happen, okay? It's going to happen." (cite)

So murder is justified, as long as it saves some fish?  Or cows?

And while they don't engage on the raids and terrorism themselves (just fund their legal defenses!) they somehow manage to meet with the Animal Liberation Front activists to get tapes of the raids that they conduct, to use in their own propaganda. 

I'm not even going to mention throwing paint on fur coats or throwing a dead raccoon at Anna Wintour, because it seems trivial in comparison. 

It's really hard to care about "a compassionate vegan diet" when there are people starving to death as a I type this.  Animals are not the new slaves, PEOPLE are still enslaved and trafficked against their will.  But PETA doesn't care about that, and they've made that clear.  In fact, in 2003 when Ingrid Newkirk (head of PETA) sent a letter to the then-PLO leader Yasser Arafat, not on behalf of any of human victims killed in a Jerusalem bombing, but because a donkey was loaded with explosives and used to kill people.  She defended herself by saying, "It's not my business to inject myself into human wars." 

And they received $25 million in donations in 2005 alone.

In summation,
Dear PETA: Suck it. 

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this is the part where Brian goes "told you so" [27 Dec 2007|09:48am]
Dear Apple,

I am starting to get really sick and tired of your bullshit. 

When I got my iMac (G4) in 2003 I loved it.  I thought it was the greatest computer in the universe, it was my first computer that was actually mine and no one else's, and I found it easier to use than any computer I used before. I even got an iPod, a little 15 gig 3rd generation (which was the last one without the clickwheel I think, but that's okay.  I thought the clickwheel was stupid.)  It was expensive, $500, and a gift too.  And it came with a dock, and a wall charger and really nice headphones and a whole bunch of crap that you do not get when you buy an iPod now.  It worked over firewire (and only over firewire, I think this was before they came out with USB iPods so people with PCs could get them too)  And maybe the battery never lasted as long as it should've, but I forgave it. 

I used to store my music on my iPod, instead of my computer, to save space.  I could play my music from my iPod through my computer, and everything worked fine.  I could plug my iPod into other people's computers and it would work, I could (with a third party illegal program) rip other people's music off their iPods into my computer, which I can't seem to do anymore. 

Your iTunes is pissing me off more and more too.  I used to be able to listen to anyone who had iTunes and turned their music sharing on and was on my network too, which was great when I was at college.  I probably started to listen to more different kinds of music that way than from anything else.   And if I downloaded another third party illegal program, I could download it too!   I don't really have qualms about that either, I know bands don't really make their money through CD sales, so who am I screwing over?  EMI?  Sony?  Oh, kiss my ass. 

Now only "8 users per day" can connect to your shared music, which basically means no one can listen to anything, let alone download it.  When I downloaded the latest version of iTunes, my computer wouldn't boot.  (It did, on the second or third try, but still it pissed me off).  I don't seem to be able to drag and drop the songs I want to put on my iPod, I just have to "sync" it, which also takes forever since I now have a USB iPod, because they don't make firewire anymore (thanks!).  & my new ipod did not come with a wall charger, dock, or nice headphones.  And I have to keep all my music on my computer, since I can't play anything through my iPod anymore. 

Importing CDs now takes 4 times longer, but I don't know if that is the fault of my computer or of iTunes. 

Why can't you go back to being awesome?!  

I am going to download Radiohead's new album.
[EDIT]: Oh crap, I can't even download it anymore!  I am not paying $80 for this shit.  I'm going to ask brian to get it off usenet for me.  God damnit. 
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bizzaro [26 Oct 2007|08:38pm]
Green Symphony reopened near my house.  IT IS DELICIOUS.

I'm so excited for Halloween.

I photographed my old middle school today, and nothing had changed.  All my old teachers were there and they all recognized me.  Even the principle remembered me.  My old 6th grade teacher ran down after I photographed his class to show me the class picture from when I was his student.  He gave it to me; I look the same, except my foot isn't in a cast anymore. 

Even the dress I gave to the drama club for the production of "Cinderella" when I was in 7th grade is still hanging in the costume closet.
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why I love being a women's studies major [22 Mar 2007|11:48am]
[ mood | content ]

From my Feminist Theory class:

"Goodbye, goodbye forever, counterfeit Left, counterleft, male-dominated cracked-glass mirror reflection of the Amerikan Nightmare. Women are the real left. We are rising, powerful in our uncles n bodies; bright glowing mad in our inferior brains, wild hair flying; wild eyes staring, wild voices keening; undaunted by blood, we who hemorrhage every twenty-eight days; laughing at our own beauty we who have lost our sense of humor; mourning for all each precious one of us might have been in this one living time-place had she not been born a woman; stuffing fingers in our mouths for children we couldn't have, or couldn't not have, or didn't want, or didn't want yet, or wanted and had in this place or this time of horror. We are rising with a fury older and potentially greater than any other force in history, and this time we will be free or no one will survive. POWER TO ALL THE PEOPLE OR TO NONE. ALL the way down, this time" -Robin Morgan, "Goodbye to All That" 1970

"The point here is that we do not have the luxury of being able to abstract our protests or resistances--we must live in our bodies and our bodies must live in patriarchy, subject to continuing violation, harassment, and contempt. There are no neutral areas--areas in which "sexism" does not matter. In particular, sex, the home, and "romance" and not neutral areas. Nothing is more political to a feminist than fucking..."
"We say, oppression begins where life begins, in the act of fucking, and revolution must begin in the same place, or it has not begun at all" - Andrea Dworkin "Marx and Ghandi Were Liberals--Feminism and the "Radical" Left"

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[12 Mar 2007|11:02am]
[ mood | stressed ]

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if you knew how serious I was... [21 Feb 2007|01:49pm]
Four, tres, two, uno

[Will I Am]
Listen up ya'll, 'cause this is it
The beat that I'm bangin' is de-li-cious

[Verse 1 - Fergie]
Fergalicious definition make them boys go loco
They want my treasure so they get their pleasures from my photo.
You could see me, you can't squeeze me.
I ain't easy, I ain't sleazy.
I got reasons why I tease 'em.
Boys just come and go like seasons.

[Hook 1]
Fergalicious (so delicious)
But I ain't promiscuous.
And if you was suspicious,
All that shit is fictitious.
I blow kisses (mmmwwahhh)
I put them boys on rock, rock.
And they be lining down the block just to watch what I got (four, tres, two, uno)

[Chorus]
So delicious (it's hot, hot)
So delicious (I put them boys on rock, rock)
So delicious (they wanna taste of what I got)
I'm Fergalicious (t-t-t-t-t-tasty, tasty)

[Verse 2]
Fergalicious def-,
Fergalicious def-,
Fergalicious def- ["def" is echoing]
Fergalicious definition make them boys go crazy.
They always claim they know me,
Comin' to me call me Stacy (Hey, Stacy),
I'm the F to the E, R, G, the I, the E,
And can't no other lady put it down like me.

[Hook 2]
I'm Fergalicious (so delicious)
My body stay vicious
I be up in the gym just working on my fitness
He's my witness (oooh, wee)
I put yo' boy on rock, rock
And he be lining down the block just to watch what I got (four, tres, two, uno)

[Chorus]
So delicious (it's hot, hot)
So delicious (I put them boys on rock, rock)
So delicious (they wanna taste of what I got)
Fergalicious (hold, hold, hold, hold, hold up, check it out)

[Vamp]
Baby, baby, baby,
If you really want me,
Honey get some patience.
Maybe then you'll get a taste.
I'll be tasty, tasty,
I'll be laced with lacey.
It's so tasty, tasty,
It'll make you crazy.

[Will I Am]
T to the A, to the S T E Y - girl, you're tasty, T to the A to the S T E Y - girl, you're tasty
D to the E, to the L I C I O U S, to the D, to the E, to the, to the, to the, hit it Fergie

[Rap - Fergie]
All the time I turn around brotha's gather round always looking at me up and down looking at my (uuhh)
I just wanna say it now - I ain't trying to round up drama, little mama I don't wanna take your man.
And I know I'm coming off just a little bit conceited and I keep on repeating how the boys wanna eat it.
But I'm tryin' to tell, that I can't be treated like clientele
'Cause they say she...

[Hook 3]
Delicious (so delicious)
But I ain't promiscuous
And if you was suspicious
All that shit is fictitious
I blow kisses (mmmwwahhh)
I put them boys on rock, rock
And they be lining down the block just to watch what I got (got, got, got)

Four, tres, two, uno.
My body stay vicious,
I be up in the gym just working on my fitness,
He's my witness (oooh, wee).
I put yo' boy on rock, rock,
And he be lining down the block just to watch what I got (four, tres, two, uno)

[Chorus]
So delicious (aye, aye, aye, aye)
So delicious (aye, aye, aye, aye)
So delicious (aye, aye, aye, aye)
I'm Fergalicious, t-t-t-t-t tasty, tasty
It's so delicious (aye, aye, aye, aye)
So delicious (aye, aye, aye, aye)
So delicious (aye, aye, aye, aye)
I'm Fergalicious, t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t (aye, aye, aye, aye)

[Will I Am]
T to the A, to the S T E Y - girl, you're tasty. T to the A, to the S T E Y - girl, you're tasty
T to the A, to the S T E Y - girl, you're tasty. T to the A, to the, to the (four, tres, two, uno)
D to the E, to the L I C I O U S, to the D, to the, E to the, L I C I O U S, to the
D to the E, to the L I C I O U S, to the D, to the E, to the, to the, to the (four, tres, two, uno)

T to the A, to the S T E Y - girl, you're tasty. T to the A, to the S T E Y - girl, you're tasty
T to the A, to the S T E Y - girl, you're tasty. T to the A, to the, four, tres, two, uno
D to the E, to the L I C I O U S, to the D, to the E, to the L I C I O U S, to the
D to the E, to the L I C I O U S, to the D, to the E, to the, to the, to the, to the, to the.....
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some thoughts on graduating... [22 Jan 2007|10:38pm]
[ mood | stressed ]

"Women's Studies? What are you going to do with that?"

whatever the fuck I want.

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[27 Nov 2006|03:31pm]
If you've got a minute and a half, go here (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=460702881206) and take this survey. It's for my mom's class, and it would really help her out. From my understanding, it's a group project, and she really wants to beat all of the other groups.

so do it!
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not like i have any money anyway [16 Aug 2006|02:41am]
[ mood | broken ]

shit office max sells custom spiral bound notebooks

there goes my money

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[13 Aug 2006|06:37pm]
i cut all my hair off!
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