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Zombie Prom (with RuPaul!) [Jul. 30th, 2010|09:26 am]
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posts with a little help from my friends. [Jan. 19th, 2010|09:36 am]
I am going to repost things from other journals I read.
They say it far more eloquantly than me.

kathrynt startles me with a fact you should know.
One of the reasons -- one of the BIGGEST reasons -- why Haiti is so poor is that their wealth was stolen for them for 120 years. After the successful slave rebellion, France, Britain, and the United States slammed Haiti with a crippling trade embargo, plus the threat of an actual war, unless they repaid the French the worth of every slave "lost" to them in the rebellion. That's right; the Haitians bought their freedom with , and then were forced to buy it again with gold. The cost was 150 million francs, which is the rough equivalent of 21.7 billion dollars in 2010. The amount was later reduced to 90 million francs, but it took the Haitians until 1947 to pay off the debt, despite exporting every penny they made. The loss of 120 years of revenue, plus the continued crippling interest and brutal terms of the various international loans they've taken out to stay alive, are what keeps Haiti so poor. And while the IMF has offered Haiti an additional $100 million in loans in the aftermath of this devastating earthquake, it comes with those same conditions, which include the requirement to RAISE the price on utilities like electricity and prohibit a lot of infrastructure development.

And kellidunham writes this. I agree with her entirely.

What they apparently teach about covering Haiti in journalism school.
1. Don't bother to learn the name of the neighborhood you're reporting from. The generic term "Port au Prince slum" will work fine, even though "slum" has no precise meaning or purpose beyond othering the area.
2. Feel free to proclaim a specific area "devastated" by the earthquake without ever looking at any "before" pictures to see if that's actually true, otherwise folks might be reminded that we've been ignoring how bad things are in Haiti for a while now.
3. Always make sure to describe expressions of sorrow in their most extreme physical manifestations so as to continue with the othering mentioning in #1.
4. Photographers, always show white people calm and black people not calm.
5. The more the subject in a photograph is suffering, the closer the shot should be. If you encounter a person who is very close to and is actually screaming in pain, the camera lens should actually touch their face.
5. Describe all people who eat food procured in ways other than taking what is handed to them by white people as "looters." These same people should be described as "traveling the Port au Prince slums in lawless gangs" even if they are just a family out searching for drinking water.
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Today is World AIDS day [Dec. 1st, 2009|10:48 am]
More than two million AIDS related deaths reported globally in 2008 - two million children under the age of 15 now live with HIV

Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2009 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.

According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.4 million people living with HIV, including 2.1 million children. During 2008 some 2.7 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 2 million people died from AIDS.1 Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.2

The vast majority of people with HIV and AIDS live in lower- and middle-income countries. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.

Take Action
There are many ways you can take action in response to HIV/AIDS:

-get tested for HIV
-practice safer methods to prevent HIV
-decide not to engage in high risk behaviors
-talk about HIV prevention with family, friends, and colleagues
-provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS
-get involved with or host an event for World AIDS Day in your community

2009's focus is about respect:protect universal access and human rights.

Please do something today. Even if it is reposting this or wearing a ribbon. People are still getting HIV. People with HIV and AIDS are being denied basic rights.

I will admit that at my church this is something we do as a community often. I would say a large portion of my church members are living with HIV and so community outreach is a big deal. Tonite we are going as a group to Broad Street Ministry to give dinner to the homeless for World AIDS day. Every Xmas we go to Calcutta house (an AIDS community for the homeless) and give them an Xmas party as well as raising funds for them to stay open. All of our 4 pot lucks include a bus for Calcutta house members to come and share a meal with us. Plus other things we do year round. Do something extra today.
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pardon me... [Sep. 16th, 2009|03:37 pm]
But would anyone have a fermentation bucket I could borrow for about a month?

specifically: One 5-gallon food-grade plastic bucket with spigot, lid and airlock?

I am wanting to try to make hard cider for Halloween... and I would be pleased to share my hard cider with someone like the person who let's me share their fermentation bucket!
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Tour of Missouri raffle to help save dogs. [Sep. 11th, 2009|10:33 am]
Mostly for Portia, Stacey and Steven... but if you love cycling/dogs/the Tour of MO than please read.

This past July, federal authorities broke up the largest dog-fighting ring in U.S. history. It ensnared people operating in five states, including Missouri, where the Humane Society of Missouri took in over 400 dogs rescued from the ring. But with so many dogs coming into their care at once, the MHS sent out a plea for donations. ..This is where you come in! 100% of the Tour of Missouri print sales and raffle "e-tickets" will go to the Missouri Animal Cruelty fund. These contributions are greatly needed for the care and rehab of hundreds of mistreated animals.

So MODogs is holding a raffle during the Tour of MO. With prizes being things from famous racers Like Levi Leipheimer and Floyd Landis. Tickets are 5$ each and are sold until the end of the tour (which is tomorrow? sunday??) It took me awhile to figure out how to buy a ticket. In the lower right hand corner there is an "add to cart" feature.

I figure this is my way to give money directly to a group saving dogs AND also a way to thumb my nose at Vick again. Plus hello! I want to win a jersey!
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Gay-thering storm [Apr. 22nd, 2009|09:17 am]
A spoof of the NOM ad, but hysterical.. esp for Takei.

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kinda miserable [Mar. 20th, 2009|06:56 pm]
home. sick. still miserable. I don't feel horrible.. just sick and miserable.

soup. yes. oj. yes. advil cold and sinus. yes.
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Love! Jon! Carroll! [Mar. 12th, 2009|02:22 pm]
Sigh. "you don't need a lot of dar to spot the gay" made this whole article for me.
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For those who love Hello Kitty [Feb. 23rd, 2009|04:38 pm]

I know you want them. hat tip to Coffeemamma
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