Monday, November 30, 2009

watched glee the other day and cried a little cry as pepper talked about the conviction of not being worthy of being loved. shit's getting real, yo. by the way, hilary duff on gossip girl anyone? i leave you with this as an afterthought.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Philippines Declares State of Emergency After 57 People Killed in Politically-Linked Massacre

The death toll from the Philippines’ worst politically-linked massacre has risen to fifty-seven. The victims were abducted as they were travelling to nominate an opposition candidate for governor in upcoming elections.The dead include 18 Filipino journalists from regional newspapers. It’s believed to be the highest number of reporters killed in a single attack anywhere in the world. We speak with Walden Bello, an Akbayan Representative in the Filipino Congress.[includes rush transcript]

Thursday, November 26, 2009

For the last twenty-three years, Kate Burridge, professor of linguistics at Monash University, has been travelling annually to Waterloo County in Ontario, Canada. There she spends research and social time with members of an Old Order Mennonite community similar in their beliefs and customs to another branch of the Anabaptist diaspora, the Amish. For over four hundred years, as a largely oral language, Pennsylvania German has survived alongside one of the globe’s great dialect crushers – English. This is the intimate language of home, family and community for these people who reject much of what the modern world takes for granted. Humility, simplicity and separateness are central to their creed. But what are the connections between the evolution of their language – Pennsylvania German – and their religion, culture and ethnicity? Is it an old language frozen in time or surviving because it is adaptable? Kate Burridge tells Peter Clarke that, after a generation collecting data around the cornfields of southern Ontario, some of the more universal linguistic implications of her research are becoming clearer.

Living the Language

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Christian Side Hug

I guess they wouldn't be into my front massages. shame.

from ish's from here.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

it is slowly unravelling that i'm living in a blatantly homophobic space. i'm not sure how to deal. alls i know is is that i need at least one tegan and sara song and at least one youtube slideshow of carmen and shane from the l word to make me feel better about it.

here's one for the good old days.

i just got my first pair of heels people.

TEAM PILIPINAS at the 5 December 2009 Manila Pride March

20 November 2009

Rainbow greetings!

Philippine Forum on Sports, Culture, Sexuality and Human Rights (TEAM PILIPINAS) is a registered non-profit organization contributing to social change that is led and participated by young Filipinos from the grassroots who may or may not openly identify as lesbian, gay, bakla, bayot, bantut, bisexual, tomboy, transgender, transsexual, intersex (LGBTI) or as another sexual or gender minority (SGM). Through sports, culture, and human rights and sexuality advocacy TEAM PILIPINAS works to strengthen human rights, diversity, equality and peace in the Philippines and all over the world.

TEAM PILIPINAS believes that aside from experiencing violation of basic and fundamental human, economic and social rights and freedoms—rights to food, education, health, work, social security and highest attainable standard of living, most Filipino LGBTIs and SGMs continue to face stigma, discrimination, oppression, and violence for having a different sexual orientation and gender identity. The recent decision of the 2nd Division of the Commission on Elections to dismiss the petition of a LGBT party to participate in the 2010 National Elections on the bases of “moral grounds” and the alleged threat to the “well-being of the youth” is a clear manifestation that LGBTIs and SGMs in the Philippines are still looked upon negatively.

I LOVE P.R.I.D.E. / I LOVE Pinoys who Respect Rights, Identity, Diversity & Equality

I LOVE P.R.I.D.E. / I LOVE Pinoys who Respect Rights, Identity, Diversity & Equality

On December 5, as TEAM PILIPINAS takes part once more in the Manila Pride March, the organization will highlight the real problems faced by many Filipino LGBTIs and other SGMS—poverty, stigma and discrimination. During the daytime TEAM PILIPINAS will march under the banner of ‘Diversity and Equality!’ asserting that despite our sexual and gender diversity, we Filipinos are all equals under the promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which says, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” And in the evening, through the ‘I AM NOT IMMORAL’ Photo and Video Project, TEAM PILIPINAS will raise the public’s awareness on the immorality issue and educate people on the stigma and discrimination faced by Filipino LGBTIs and other SGMs because of the view that they are immoral, sinful, or mentally ill.

We are happy to invite you to support the work of TEAM PILIPINAS. Together, let us contribute to making the Philippines a country that recognizes, promotes, and protects the equality in dignity, rights and freedoms of each and every Filipino regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Should you have any questions regarding our work and the plans for December 5 Manila Pride March, please feel free to contact us. Thank you very much.

Philippine Forum on Sports, Culture, Sexuality and Human Rights (TEAM PILIPINAS) Inc. / Mobile: +63-916-2826781
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Friday, November 20, 2009

i am currently in the philippines
  • waking up at 6 am to roosters and small barking dogs
  • working for a human rights organization
  • writing statements and researching rights for women migrant domestic workers working in the UAE
  • becoming more and more overwhelmed by the crowded city
  • constantly almost being hit by a car, tricycle, motorcycle, jeepney, or bus
  • sweating in the armpits to 30 degree celsius weather
whoa man.

Policeman who used Taser gun to subdue 10-year-old girl suspended

A police officer who used a Taser stun gun to subdue a 10-year-old girl in her own home has been suspended - not for using the weapon but for not having a video camera attached when he used it.

Taser gun used on 10-year-old girl who 'refused to take shower'
A police officer using a Taser gun Photo: PA

The officer was called to the girl's home in Ozark, Arkansas, by her mother because she was behaving in an unruly manner and refusing to take a shower.

Mayor Vernon McDaniel said Dustin Bradshaw was suspended on Wednesday for seven days with pay for failing to follow department procedures, because he did not have the camera on.

Mr McDaniel said Arkansas State Police or the FBI should look into whether the use of the stun gun was proper. The girl, who has not been identified, was not injured and is now at youth shelter.

In a report on the incident the officer, Dustin Bradshaw, said the mother gave him permission to use the Taser.

When he arrived, the girl was curled up on the floor, screaming, and resisting as her mother tried to get her in the shower before bed.

"Her mother told me to take her if I needed to," the officer wrote.

The child was "violently kicking and verbally combative" when he tried to take her into custody and she kicked him in the groin.

He then delivered "a very brief drive stun to her back," the report said.

The girl's father, Anthony Medlock, who is divorced from her mother, said the girl showed signs of emotional problems but did not deserve to be "treated like an animal".

But Police Chief Jim Noggle said on Wednesday that Taser stun guns are a safe way to subdue people who are a danger to themselves or others.

"We didn't use the Taser to punish the child - just to bring the child under control so she wouldn't hurt herself or somebody else," Mr Noggle said.

Had the officer tried to forcefully put the girl in handcuffs, he could have accidentally broken her arm or leg, Mr Noggle said.

Mr Noggle said the girl will face disorderly conduct charges as a juvenile.

from the telegraph.

someone please restore faith back into the world. there are way too many things wrong with this article. firstly, but in no particular order, the police officer was merely suspended. secondly, not for using the taser, but for not video documenting the situation. thirdly, the 10 year old is going to be faces conduct charges. fourthly, why the fuck would you call the cops on a 10 year old girl throwing a tantrum. fifthly, why would you taser animals as well? sixthly, is this not child abuse? seventhly, why are seven things (and upwards) wrong about this single circumstance? eighthly, HOLY SHIT.

"People call me an attention whore .. or whatever ... but excuse me I'm a grown ass woman and I'm confident in myself ...I think a woman's body is a beautiful thing ... that's why I'm a lesbian ... I was born naked ... anybody who is against that is gay and in denial."
thanks tila tequila
even though this article is trying desperately not to sound like they're talking about evolutionary psychology and love... the fact of the matter is that they're actually talking about evolutionary psychology and love. thanks dudes!

Ancestry Attracts, but Love Is Blind

ScienceDaily (Nov. 20, 2009) — People preferentially marry those with similar ancestry, but their decisions are not necessarily based on hair, eye or skin colour. Research, published in BioMed Central's open access journal Genome Biology, shows that Mexicans mate according to proportions of Native American to European ancestry, while Puerto Ricans are more likely to settle down with someone carrying a similar mix of African and European genes.

Neil Risch, from the University of California, San Francisco, worked with a team of researchers to study the effects of ancestry on partner choice in Mexicans and Puerto Ricans living in their own countries or in the USA. The subjects came from The Genetics of Asthma in Latino Americans (GALA) study, conducted by Risch's UCSF colleague, Esteban Gonzalez Burchard. Risch said, "Latin America provides a unique opportunity to study population structure and non-random mating, due to the historical confluence of European, Native American and African racial groups over the past five centuries. We found that assortative mating, that is partner choice based on a shared ancestry, is very common in these populations."

Quite how our DNA influences our desires remains mysterious. Risch and his colleagues did not find that geography or socio-economic status could explain the ancestral influence on romance, and factors like hair, eye and skin colour individually only had a minor role. According to Burchard, "Certainly physical characteristics, such as skin pigment, hair texture, eye color, and other physical features are correlated with ancestry and are likely to be factors in mate selection. However, the spouse correlation for these traits and the correlation of these traits with ancestry were actually below what would be required to fully explain the phenomenon."

The researchers not only found similar ancestry patterns between the pairs of spouses, they also found the imprint of many generations of such assortative mating in the genomic architecture within each individual, in that there were non-random associations of genes whose frequency differed between the original ancestral populations.

from science daily.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sunny Feeds

“Too Late” – Broad Way Sleep

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Babe Magnet #9 | antiracism and action

i have feelings for the woman in pink.

In Solidarity

The Miss G___ Project