(Trigger Warning: Oppressive Parenting, Dangerous Relationships, Continued References to Bella's Near-Rape)
Twilight: All The Things I Like
Alright, folks, today we're just polishing off Chapter 9. And since I've been feeling like I've been coming off as really negative lately, what with Narnia and Game of Thrones and The Avengers and everything else, and since I really do feel like a fluffy bunny person on the inside (most days) and since there's nothing too egregious left in this chapter but we need to finish it up anyway, this is going to be one of those Nice Twilight days.
(Trigger Warning: Cultural Appropriation, Oppressive Religion, Infertility)
Deconstruction: The Allure of Appropriation
I took a DNA test last year.
(Trigger Warning: Religious Violence)
Narnia: Counterpoint The Surrealism Of The Underlying Metaphor
Everything about Susan's character so far has been that of a young woman who exudes love and kindness to friends and family alike; who expends an excess of effort to avoid, mediate, and end disputes; and who never hesitates to get her hands dirty when there's work to be done. Naturally, this is all going to have to change now that we need an Evil Pevensie To Learn A Moral Lesson.
The president of my university became the former president of my university on Thursday. Initially I wrote a post just announcing the news and pointing to some of the things I've written on the topic before. Later I wrote a post responding to some of the details. The extremely short version of either post is that it's a good thing for the University of Southern Maine that Selma Botman is gone.
In .hack//Sign: These points of data make a beautiful line I talk about Subaru's search for information, the Silver Knight's attitude, and how .hack//Sign relates to the original .hack games.
Twilight: Selfish Love
Edward Cullen's plan is, essentially, to be the polar opposite of the Classic Nice Guy but with all the same essential drawbacks and creepiness.
Deconstruction: Proselytizing To Sick People
Two days before my surgery, a member of my family wrote me asking if I was "right with God".
In case you missed this
No, the Internet isn’t shutting down. Not even close. What is happening is that the FBI will turn off a couple of servers (really, just two) that it originally set up to thwart the spread of an opportunistic and irritating but otherwise innocuous bit of malware.
And when the two servers do go dark, computers still infected with the malware — currently dependent on those FBI servers to access the Internet — will lose their ability to translate Web addresses into IP addresses. For these people — a number some are calling as high as half a million but that experts place at less than 250,000 worldwide (and well below 70,000 in the U.S.) — that means any network requests made using Web addresses won’t work. [From Time Techland July 6 2012]
The article includes information about checking your computer to determine whether it has been infected.
And on the same topic: What the ‘Internet doomsday’ virus is and how to fix it (The Washington Post, July 5 2012) and FBI’s Plan To Yank DNS Changer Servers Not ‘Doomsday,’ Here’s How To StayOnline (Talking Points Memo, July 6, 2012.)
According to the Associated Press, Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, and Ballmer, the company's CEO, have each written $100,000 checks to Washington United for Marriage, a same-sex marriage advocacy group based in Seattle. [From The Huffington Post, July 6 2102]
Things you can do
A teenager named Lal Bibi was kidnapped, raped, tortured and chained to a wall for five days by a gang of powerful Afghan police officers. But she stood up to do what women in Afghanistan are told not to -- she is fighting back, and together we can help her and all Afghan women win justice.
According to deep cultural mandates, as a raped woman, Lal Bibi has been "dishonoured" and will kill herself -- and she publicly says she must, unless her rapists are brought to justice to restore her honour and dignity. Afghanistan's justice system routinely fails to pursue these cases and so far the chief suspects in Lal Bibi's case have not been prosecuted, likely in the hopes that international attention will die down. Every day that passes without the prosecutions pushes Lal Bibi closer to suicide -- but there is hope.
This weekend, the US, UK, Japan and other major donors are expected to pledge 4 billion dollars to Afghanistan -- money that will pay for the very police forces responsible for Lal Bibi’s rape. But an international outcry can shame donor countries into action, conditioning their aid on real action to fight rape and protect women. We don't have much time left.
Sign the petition at Avaaz.
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