Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sunday Wednesday Roundup

I’ve been a lazy blog mistress lately. I’ve been busy jumping through the necessary hoops to get enrolled in school again – finally! – and have been more interested in reading random shit rather than posting anything of substance myself.

So to make up for my lazy ways, I’m going to post a few links that I think are great.

Random Picture:

I think this picture of newly-freed journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee greeting their families is just lovely.


1. I’ve just stumbled upon a really interesting blog called Photography is Not a Crime. The author, Carlos Miller, is a photographer who was illegally arrested by police officers for taking photographs of them in public. The incident lead to him starting a blog that chronicles police misconduct, especially in regards to freedom of speech. It’s awesome.

2. I don't know what to think about the Uk's Liberal Democrats idea of banning airbrushing. I love the idea of requiring a picture that has been touched up to issue a message indicating such is the case, but I'm always a bit nervous of full out bans on something.

Though I do agree wholeheartedly with the quote, "Today's unrealistic idea of what is beautiful means that young girls are under more pressure now than they were even five years ago. Airbrushing mean that adverts contain completely unattainable images that no one can live up to in real life."


Thumbs Up:

1. I just read a great post, Another Post About Rape, by Harriet Jacobs. Everyone should read this. It's awesome.

People Who Get the Middle Finger:

1. I can't believe this atrocious story I just read over at Shakesville about Zambia President Rupiah Banda putting a newspaper editor, Chansa Kabwela, on trial for "porn" because she sent two photographs of a woman giving birth without medical help to the country's vice-president, health minister and rights groups.

This whole story is disgusting. Nobody denies the pictures are graphic (they show a woman in the process of giving birth to a baby in the breech position. Its shoulders, legs and arms are visible, but the head has not yet been delivered) but that's not the point. The point is that this woman had to stand on the grounds of a hospital and suffer through the knowledge her baby is dying inside her because the nurses are on strike and refuse to help her. What people find arousing in that is beyond comprehension.

2. Israel admits white phosphorus use. Um...WOW. While white phosphorus does have a legal use, it violates International law to use it as a weapon against civilians because white phosphorus sticks to the skin and can burn through bone. There were accusations about Israel’s white phosphorus use before, but this is the first time Israel has admitted it. (Though I want to make it clear that Israel claims they only used white phosphorus in the legal way.)

Quote/Thought that makes me happy:
Liz: He said that faith is like a glass of water. When you're young, the glass is small, and it's easy to fill up. But the older you get, the bigger the glass gets, and the same amount of liquid doesn't fill it anymore. Periodically, the glass has to be refilled.

Bethany: You're suggesting I need to get filled?

Liz: In more ways than one. You need to get laid, Bethany Sloane. You need a man, if only for ten minutes.

Bethany: It's been my experience that the average male is never a man. Not even for ten minutes in his entire lifespan.
Dogma is one of my all time favorite movies. Kevin Smith is a genius when it comes to dialog.

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