Friday, July 31, 2009

r.i.p. cory aquino

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Corazon Aquino, Philippines president, dead at 76

MANILA, Philippines — Former President Corazon Aquino, who swept away a dictator and then sustained democracy by fighting off seven coup attempts in six years, has died, her family said Friday. She was 76.

Her "people power" revolt in 1986 ended the repressive 20-year regime of Ferdinand Marcos and inspired nonviolent protests across the globe, including those that ended Communist rule in eastern Europe.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

aaaaah! those of you who know me and my body well know why this could be exciting for me.

News is out that Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are joining forces to produce a new 3-D version of the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax(warning: loud circusy music on that link!). From Variety:

"Though published in 1971, "The Lorax" has a timely "green" theme. It is narrated by a greedy entrepreneur who, despite warnings from the tree-loving Lorax, strips a forest of its stock of Truffula trees to manufacture clothing. The results are catastrophic as all the animals leave and nothing's left."

I loved that book, and it's true that the green theme was before it's time. With ever-increasing fears about global warming and environmental impacts the message of this book rings really true. "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's just not."

Via Variety




also from feministing.

Schwarzenegger eliminates funding for DV shelters

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger - making last minute cuts to the budget - eliminated all of the state funding for domestic violence shelters. That's right - all of it.

Although the state Legislature submitted a budget with a 20 percent reduction to the $20.4 million the state provides to agencies that offer domestic violence services, Schwarzenegger slashed the funding by 100 percent Tuesday.

For Catalyst, which relies on state funding for nearly 35 percent of its operating budget, the affect will be "devastating," Executive Director Anastacia Snyder said.

"We're still in shock," Snyder said Wednesday afternoon. "We were bracing for the 20 percent cut, but did not believe the governor could, with a clear conscience, cut 100 percent of funding for services that keep women and children safe and alive."

If you're a resident of California, please click on Stop Family Violence's action alert to urge lawmakers to reinstate funding for the programs that save women's lives. If you're not in CA - pass this on to someone who is! You can also post the following message to your Facebook account, or tweet it: CA Gov Eliminates funding for Domestic Violence Programs. Lives will be lost. You can help! CA residents click http://bit.ly/3jKQSo


from feministing.

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what the fuck? SHAME!

from ish.

so it is true.

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Le Tigre Working With Christina Aguilera


No, they haven't broken up.Le Tigre Working With Christina Aguilera

It's been nearly five years since Le Tigre released their last album, the thoroughlymeh This Island. And since they finished touring on that record, there's been precious little news from the New Yorkelectro-punk trio. Kathleen Hanna spent some time teaching. JD Samson has beenDJing and playing live with a new band called MEN, which also includes Le Tigrebandmate Johanna Fateman. Though they insisted they were on an "extended break," we pretty much assumed that Le Tigre had broken up.

So it's a happy surprise to learn that not only do Le Tigre still exist, but they're in the studio working with one of the biggest pop stars on Planet Earth.

Here's what we know: According to Perez Hilton and confirmed by their publicist, LeTigre are working with Christina Aguilera. Yes, all three of them, together. Beyond that, we know nothing about this bizarrely awesome combination. It's anyone'sguess how Le Tigre's proudly low-budget racket will mesh with Aguilera's gazillion-dollar bazooka of a voice.

But as we reported last year, Aguilera has also recently spent time in the studio withGoldfrapp, Ladytron, and Sia. Judging by all this, the next Xtina album could be the sort of party-starting feminist move that the great "Can't Hold Us Down" videohinted at.

As for Le Tigre, it turns out they've been tentatively reminding the world of their existence for the past couple of months. In a March 19 MySpace blog post, the band apologized for their lack of updates and had this to say: "NOW WE ARE DEDICATED TO REBUILDING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR FANS THAT WE LOVE WITH ALL OF OUR HEARTS."

On April 1, Hanna made it absolutely clear that Le Tigre did not break up in a blog post titled "LE TIGRE DID NOT BREAK UP". She writes that the three members plus "our friend Carmine" are working on "a dvd about Le Tigre." She says, "We're hoping to have it out by next year. Will we ever write another album? I don't know. Will we ever play a show again? I don't know. But I still feel like Jo and JD are mybandmates, so to me, that means we are still a band even if all we are doing at the moment is making a dvd. I know it sounds cheesy to say 'we're on hiatus' maybe 'sabbatical' would be a better word. Either way, I am loving my time off and think it is a great thing to change things up now and again."

In the meantime, Johanna Fateman had a baby, and MEN head out on tour this summer, starting with a show this Friday, June 12, at the New Museum in Manhattan.

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from pitchfork.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

i am once and for
all submitting to
the lips of this
summer heat

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ah! official alice in wonderland trailer!

apparently knee-padded tights are in, a catalyst trend for... ? let's brainstorm. another apparently: famed by lohan through her clothing line, this line of tights is called "mr president." i can't stand it.

from popgloss.

i did some research today.
i always thought t-rexs were taller.

cross-blog-pollination: from ish's.
i might have a lookbook crush.
isn't she my type?


a tribute to hussein chalayan.
read this article in ny mag last night about how lululemon has revolutionized and delegitimized the asceticism of yoga. reading it is like looking out the window from your vancouver condo. they even talk about about the cultish landmark (actually, it's not so much cultish, but straight up a cult - did i ever tell you about that time i went to one of their cult meetings?). Anyway, read it - turns out the reason why it's called lululemon is because the vancouverite founder chip wilson knew the power of western aesthetics and branding.
This fanaticism has meant a huge amount of money for Chip Wilson, who started Lululemon in Vancouver, opening the first store in 2000. It is one of several athletic brands he has founded, and, as the story of the naming of Lululemon suggests, he is clearly a marketing genius. One of his previous brands had an L in it, which proved popular in Japan, possibly because the el sound does not exist in Japanese, and thus the brand was considered authentically Western. When he decided to do a yoga line, Wilson challenged himself to put as many L’s in one name as possible and came up with Lululemon. Playfully inventive, too, are the names for Lululemon’s fabrics, like Luon, Luxtreme, Swift, Silverescent, Beechlu, Vitasea, and Flight.
as a linguist, i am horrified.

omgawd i love.

Friday, July 24, 2009


when i die, will i go to heaven? or will i got to a place where libertarian beliefs come into praxis?
i get a sense that heaven's a pretty white space, too.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

hi male entitlement,

do you mind not disrespecting my personal space and agency?

kthxbai,
mel

over the past two months i've been living and breathing a media program for young racialized and Indigenous women. in partnership with uvic, my org antidote had been developing a program that explored identity, belonging and community solidarity among different racial minority girl groups. by the end, the program hoped to build community through antiracism workshops, using media techniques as a way to empower and take back power. here's a video that one of the fine young women did. i cried several times over. no shame in being proud of the fruits of our labour.

p.s. i love my job.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Ink Calendar displays date by spreading ink across the wall
good idea-r.

[fwd: re: to whomever thought america was post-racism.]

Friday, July 17, 2009


my tampon was my first: sociological images.
interracial housing is saving my life, says ny times.
"Several recent studies, at Ohio State and elsewhere, have found that having a roommate of a different race can reduce prejudice, diversify friendships and even boost black students’ academic performance."
i stopped reading long before the second page, but something tells me that this is an extremely stupid research.

“I try to dress like a rapper in a Michel Gondry movie.”
Shamelessly crossblogpollenated from latfh.com.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


just the thing i needed to hear on a wednesday night.

Monday, July 13, 2009

APPARATI EFFIMERI Tetragram for Enlargment from Apparati Effimeri on Vimeo.

Babe Magnet #7 | not having an asian fetish

'nuff said, but unfortunately only in my terms. for young men you meet at lucky, on the other hand? not quite.
damn, i could have been such a novel addition to their hot spicy woman noodle soup.

same goes for people who wear billabong shirts.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

this just in: the whole cast of harry potter has the swine flu.
actually, it's just the red haired one and it's just a mild form. danielle radcliffe will be talking about indie music again in no time. am i right ladies? is this even blogging material? well i thought it was worthwhile. i don't know why i'm blogging about this.

Controversy Churns Over Michael Jackson Butter Statue at Iowa‎ State Fair

Photo via ABC News

The Iowa State Fair is known for its butter sculptures, and for this year's fair (August 13-23), the theme is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's moonwalk (including a "buttery rendition of the surface of the moon").

Given the magnitude of Michael Jackson's death, fair organizers gleefully announced that of course they would be honoring Jackson by adding his buttery likeness to the display "as the first pop-star to perfect and popularize choreographed moonwalking." Some people were offended (too soon!), so the organizers have decided to open it up to an online vote.

Absolutely not to our surprise, even PETA is getting involved in the controversy,calling for the statue to be made out of Earth Balance, a dairy-free natural "buttery" spread, instead. Says PETA: "Michael devoted much of his life and fortune to children's health charities, and the notion of promoting artery-clogging butter to young passersby is quite the opposite of 'healing the world' — and enough to make Mike roll over in his golden casket."


from eat me daily.

Barack Obama tells Africa to stop blaming colonialism for problems

President Barack Obama has told African leaders it is time to stop blaming colonialism and "Western oppression" for the continent's manifold problems.

Barack Obama: Barack Obama tells Africa to stop blaming colonialism for problems
Barack Obama: "Ultimately, I'm a big believer that Africans are responsible for Africa" Photo: EPA

Ahead of a visit to Ghana at the weekend, he said: "Ultimately, I'm a big believer that Africans are responsible for Africa.

"I think part of what's hampered advancement in Africa is that for many years we've made excuses about corruption or poor governance, that this was somehow the consequence of neo-colonialism, or the West has been oppressive, or racism – I'm not a big – I'm not a believer in excuses.

Mr Obama, the son of a Kenyan, added: "I'd say I'm probably as knowledgeable about African history as anybody who's occupied my office. And I can give you chapter and verse on why the colonial maps that were drawn helped to spur on conflict, and the terms of trade that were uneven emerging out of colonialism.

"And yet the fact is we're in 2009," continued the US president. "The West and the United States has not been responsible for what's happened to Zimbabwe's economy over the last 15 or 20 years.

"It hasn't been responsible for some of the disastrous policies that we've seen elsewhere in Africa. And I think that it's very important for African leadership to take responsibility and be held accountable."

Mr Obama told AllAfrica.com that he chose Ghana for his first trip to the continent as president to highlight the country's development as a democracy.

Providing glimpses of a speech to be delivered in Accra on Saturday, he explained: "Ghana has now undergone a couple of successful elections in which power was transferred peacefully, even a very close election."

Mr Obama made it clear that Kenya's ongoing instability had ruled out his father's homeland as an initial destination, despite the euphoria it would have produced.

from the telegraph.

Friday, July 10, 2009


who invited that dude who keeps on talking about taxonomizing race and encouraging eugenics to the party?

says Kilmeade:
We keep marrying other species and other ethnics and -- The problem is the Swedes have pure genes because they marry other Swedes because that's the rule. Finland -- Finns marry other Finns so they have a pure society. In America, we marry everybody. We marry Italians and Irish. It does not apply to us.
from gawker.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

dear ish,



luv, gaia

Monday, July 6, 2009


the successors of my sytycd katee and josh obsession....

Sunday, July 5, 2009


parades tend to make a specimen of people. still, dance to ymca like it's no big deal. happy pride victoria.

photo: zack genin

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

happy anti-colonial day!
oh canada, our home on native land.

In Solidarity

The Miss G___ Project