Thursday, December 31, 2009

i just wanna go home and bake you a casserole.
i've hit the halfway point. see you in 2 months.

nod-crafty

adjective • nodding with an air of wisdom.

More: Word Journal

"Political hope fails queers because, like signification, it was not originally made for us [queers]... the social is inoperable for the always already shattered queer subject. It resonates only on the level of future reproductivity"
how to make lumpia
your silence will not protect you.

Whenever a conscious Black woman raises her voice on issues central to her existence, somebody is going to call her strident, because they don't want to hear about it, nor us. I refuse to be silenced and I refuse to be trivialized, even if I do not say what I have to say perfectly. What I write is important, and I insist that you feel out what you have to say on the subject, and then maybe you can say it better. But it must be heard. I refuse to be silenced, that's right. And I will not allow my work to be trivialized because what I am writing is not only about me, it is about the lives of many voiceless people, and the life of the planet that we share. You can't get rid of me just by saying I'm strident, or I'm too intense, or I'm silly, or I'm crazy, or morbid, or melodramatic: hey, listen, I can be all of those things, and you still must open yourself to what I am talking about, in the interests of our common future. . . .

I want my poems--I want all of my work--to engage, and to empower people to speak, to strengthen themselves into who they most want and need to be and then to act, to do what needs being done. In other words, learn to use themselves in the service of what I believe. As we move toward empowerment, we face the other inseparable question, what are we empowering ourselves for? In other words, how do we use this power we are reaching for? We can't separate those two. June Jordan once said something which is just wonderful. I'm paraphrasing her--that her function as a poet was to make revolution irresistible. Well o.k. that is the function of us all, as creative artists, to make the truth, as we see it irresistible. That's what I want to do with all of my writing.

Rowell, Charles H. "Above the Wind: An Interview with Audre Lorde." Callaloo 14.1 (1991): 83-95.

from luam from hawa from rowell, c. from lorde, a.
in 2010, there will be more:
  1. laughing
  2. joking
  3. smoking
  4. having a good time

don't mind the video
2009, you taught me well. let us forget about the residual awkwardness you brought on on your last legs and remember you with pure razbliuto.

highlight: that time i crashed mayor fortin's birthday party.

honourable mentions:
  • that time i moved to the philippines
  • that time i made a multi-month secular celibacy pact (yeah what?)
  • that time i accidentally took the whole year off from school
  • that time we were smote (pres. tense: smite) by god on saturna
  • those times with mr. red and cheese and charcuterie
  • that time i went curling
here's to another year of light, courage, and revolutionary love.
let's welcome 2010 with something more than harper's cowardice moves.
so long 2009, hello tomorrow.

Such a cowardly shame.


PM seeks Parliament shutdown until March

Tories trying to 'shut down democracy,' Liberal MP Goodale says

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 | 10:18 PM ET

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is shown outside Ottawa's Rideau Hall on Dec. 4, 2008, after Gov. Gen Michaëlle Jean approved his recommendation to prorogue Parliament. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is shown outside Ottawa's Rideau Hall on Dec. 4, 2008, after Gov. Gen Michaëlle Jean approved his recommendation to prorogue Parliament. (Tom Hanson/Canadian Press)The Conservative government plans to shut down Parliament for two months, until after the Vancouver Winter Olympics, the Prime Minister's Office announced Wednesday.

The announcement triggered immediate condemnation from opposition MPs who labelled the Conservative government's move an "almost despotic" attempt to muzzle parliamentarians amid controversy over the Afghan detainees affair.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's spokesman, Dimitri Soudas, said the government sought the suspension to consult with Canadians, stakeholders and businesses as it moves into the "next phase" of its economic action plan amid signs of economic recovery.

"This is quite routine but it is also important to give Canadians an overview of where we will be taking the country over the next little while," Soudas told CBC News from Ottawa.

He said a speech from the throne will be delivered March 3, followed by presentation of the budget the next day. The session had been scheduled to resume Jan. 25 after the holiday break.

Soudas said the prime minister spoke with Gov. Gen Michaëlle Jean over the phone earlier Wednesday. But Soudas said he was not allowed to discuss a "private conversation" between the prime minister and the Governor General and would not confirm whether Jean had approved Harper's request for the prorogation.

Rideau Hall has yet to comment on the announcement from the Prime Minister's Office.

The move to prorogue, or suspend, Parliament is widely seen as a strategic move by Harper to gain a majority on Senate committees while possibly also avoiding criticism over the Afghan detainee issue.

Proroguing 'a tradition' for PM: Duceppe

PMO spokesman Dimitri Soudas gives an interview with CBC News in Ottawa on Wednesday.PMO spokesman Dimitri Soudas gives an interview with CBC News in Ottawa on Wednesday. (CBC)Opposition parties have already warned that prorogation would disrupt the inquiry of a parliamentary committee looking into accusations that the government ignored warnings about the torture of Afghan detainees. Strategically, prorogation also prevents question period criticisms from the opposition parties during the Olympics.

Liberal House Leader Ralph Goodale called the government's move "beyond arrogant" and its justifications for it "a joke."

"It's almost despotic,” Goodale told CBC News in an interview from Phoenix, Ariz.

“Three times in three years and twice within one year, the prime minister takes this extraordinary step to muzzle Parliament. This time it’s a coverup of what the Conservatives knew, and when they knew it, about torture in Afghanistan. So their solution is not to answer the questions but, rather, to padlock Parliament and shut down democracy.”

NDP House Leader Libby Davies said she was "appalled" by Harper's decision and accused the prime minister of "running from" opposition demands for a public inquiry into what and when the government knew about allegations of torture of detainees transferred into Afghan custody by Canadian soldiers in 2006.

"By proroguing Parliament, he is unilaterally making a decision to stop any kind of disclosure from happening," Davies told CBC News from Vancouver.

On his Twitter account, Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe wrote that prorogation has become "a tradition for Harper."

"Instead of facing the music, he prorogues," Duceppe wrote.

Before Wednesday's announcement, NDP House leader Libby Davies said there's no legitimate reason to prorogue Parliament and to do so would be a "political scam."

Soudas hit back at Goodale's accusations, saying the opposition parties have been "unable to prove any wrongdoing on the part of our military, on the part of our diplomats, on the part of the Canadian Forces."

"If the opposition wants to spend 2010 talking about Taliban terrorists, we'll let them do that. We're going to be focusing on the economy."

Harper to fill Senate seats by March

By the time Parliament resumes, Harper would have had time to ask Jean to name five new senators, which would give the Conservatives a majority on the newly formed Senate committees and greater control for passing their own legislation.

Soudas confirmed the prime minister will seek to fill the Senate vacancies between now and March, while the Tories will also push forward on Senate reform, including ending the appointment process in favour of elected senators.

Prorogation also effectively scuttles all bills before the current Parliament, including the government's vaunted anti-crime legislation, which the Conservatives had accused opposition parties of trying to stall. But private member's bills, such as Manitoba Tory backbencher Candice Hoeppner's bill to scrap the decade-old federal long-gun registry, would not be affected.

Shortly after Soudas' announcement, the government sent out an email saying it would reintroduce, in original form, the consumer safety bill and the anti-drug-crime law that the Tories claimed the Liberals "gutted" in the Senate.

Harper successfully appealed to Jean to prorogue Parliament last December, thwarting all three opposition parties in their attempt to defeat his government in a no-confidence vote and replace it with a proposed coalition between then Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion's party and the NDP, with support from the Bloc Québécois.

After Jean granted Harper's request, the proposed coalition collapsed and Dion was replaced by current Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, who gave his party's conditional support to the Conservatives' budget last January.

With files from The Canadian Press
From CBC News.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009



i am surprisingly, yet shamelessly, really turned on by everything about sherlock holmes. there's something about the way jude law holds that cane that's making my upper thighs hum at a subtle, yet earth-shatteringly high vibration. someone watch it with me.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

we can talk about the rhythm and the solar system.

i lol'd.

click to enlarge image.

Monday, December 21, 2009

this commemorative article is a true testament to the thumb generation. and what better way to send off the a figure of the 90's with a social networking tool used by kids of the same generation.

rest in peace.


Brittany Murphy Mourned By Ashton Kutcher, Lindsay Lohan, More
'See you on the other side, kid,' Kutcher says.
By Josh Horowitz

The sudden and tragic news of 32-year-old actress Brittany Murphy's death Sunday morning (December 20) has clearly touched fans and colleagues alike. While Murphy's friends and family mourn her untimely death in private, many celebrities have taken to Twitter to acknowledge the actress' life and work.

"Today the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany's family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon," tweeted Ashton Kutcher, Murphy's "Just Married" co-star and former off-screen boyfriend. "See you on the other side, kid."


Lindsay Lohan wrote: "My deepest condolences go out to all of Brittany Murphy's loved ones and may she rest in peace. ... She was a great talent w/a beautiful soul xo."

"Brittany Murphy was an incredible ray of light to so many people," Jessica Simpson tweeted. "Her smile was contagious. My prayers are with her family and loved ones."

Friend Eliza Dushku said, "My heart aches having just learned of Brittany Murphy's death. We were friends time-to-time thru the yrs. I always admired her pure spirit."

"This is horrible news when anyone passes," Khloe Kardashian wrote on her Twitter. "I'm so sorry for her family. Send prayers out, please!"

"Brittany Murphy and I did a USO Tour together in 2003," Alyssa Milano recalled. "She was a sweet soul, with a lot of talent and heart."

Fred Durst, whose manager Murphy used to date, wrote, "RIP Brittany Murphy. What a sweet human being. My prayers are with her friends and family."

"Am beyond words by the loss of Brittany Murphy," Soleil Moon Frye tweeted. "I was so blessed to know your grace. My heart goes out to your mama+ loved ones."

"Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist" star Kat Dennings wrote simply, "R.I.P Brittany Murphy. This is so awful."

"Am very shocked to hear of Brittany Murphy's passing," director Edgar Wright tweeted. "Was a fan of her in 'Clueless,' 'Freeway' and 'Sin City.' Very sad to lose someone so young."

Simon Pegg said: "Just heard about Brittany Murphy. How very sad. Met her briefly after Sin City. Seemed a great girl. My sympathy to her friends and family."

And critic Roger Ebert tweeted her praise, writing, "Brittany Murphy, dead at 32. She had a genuine quality."

from mtv.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


actually, i like her more and more everyday.
listening in on a meeting:
  • someone said "artsy fartsy." all i know is that you should never use the word fart in a meeting. bad call.
perhaps my charming conversational skills weren't transferrable at the philippine border.
single handedly confused indonesian embassy... plus four more countries. bring back that luster. bring it back!

happy break-from-work/holidays/whatever-you-are-into everyone.

Hayden Wright, 4-Year-Old, Gets Drunk and Steals Christmas Presents from Neighbors

Most 20-somethings wouldn't feel right partying the way Hayden Wright does. He's just a four-year-old kid, but Hayden is making headlines this holiday season after he stole Christmas gifts from his neighbors' house -- beer in hand.

Hayden Wright drank some beer and stole Christmas presents (NewsChannel9.com)
According to NewsChannel9.com, Hayden's mom April Wright woke up at 1:45 am Tuesday morning and saw that her little boy was missing, despite the child safety devices she'd armed her doorknobs with. He was quickly found walking the streets of his neighborhood alone. Police reports indicate the tot was wearing a girl's dress and drinking a beer, and ultimately he was taken to the hospital to be treated for alcohol consumption.

April is a 21-year-old going through a divorce with her husband, Hayden's father, who's in jail. She has no idea how any of this happened. She said, "Biggest concern was him being out there, getting kidnapped, getting run over, the alcohol, having to have his stomach pumped. He runs away trying to find his father. He wants to get in trouble so he can go to jail because that's where his daddy is."

April said her son got the beer out of her father's cooler in the back of her house, and the dress was one of five Christmas gifts he stole from a neighbor's house, which was unlocked.

After meeting with child protective services, it was decided that April will be able to keep custody of Hayden.
from here.

Saturday, December 19, 2009



just found out that fishes can look like middle aged men, too. this one's name is bob. he's a stockbroker at the bottom of the ocean.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


don't mind the caption. i love you, friends!

picture reblogged from recently resuscitated ponymalta (yay friend!).

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


abc's got a story, from typography served. metropolitain in demeanor.

speaking of which, not as many forms of helvetica in quezon city. milder forms of comic sans at every jeepney ride though. at least curlz hasn't been popularized.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I have always wanted to explore Manila and its humanity. Not just its people, majority of whom are mired in poverty, but the whole rationale behind the irrational lives these people experience everyday.

There is the kind of human drama that extends beyond tragedy and plants its feet firmly in the territories of madness. In my film "Mondomanila," I strived to present the truth as gleaned from the cracks in the celluloid curtain. But the “truth,” it is not "out there," as pundits from the outer realm put it, but in one’s own backyard.

And backyards can shock, specially if one doesn't go out much. I believe that "Mondomanila" offers one of the most horrifying backyards in the tradition of films made by one of the foremost Filipino directors, the late Lino Brocka. If Brocka's films a decade ago talked about the wounds of Manila, I would like to believe that "Mondomanila" belongs to new breed of storytelling that makes one feel as if one has actually touched that wound, a close-up view of all that gangrene and pus.

"Mondomanila" takes place in the slums and is inhabited by the denizens of the underworld (the crippled pimp, the lonely housewife, the neighborhood gay and his macho father, the prostitutes, the smalltime politician, the Yankee pedophile).
"Mondomanila," however, is not about a celebration of self-destruction. Far from it. Decadence, after all, is the language of the privileged. Decadence is that which escapes from the clutches of bourgeois order. But what if there is no order at all? In "Mondomanila," there are no happy endings and Death awaits in ambush at every corner. However, in my film, Tragedy lies not at the end but is a given situation. It is, I believe, not the usual "story that needs to be told" but is, in all accounts, simply a backyard full of lovable fuckers

(wilwayco, n. - author of mondomanila)

yo i bulee' dat
Ten Things your Zodiac Sign Hates | Pisces

Places that are too hot
Losing their sunglasses
Polluted water
People who laugh too loud
People who walk away from arguments
Alcoholics
Being denied access to grandchildren
Having to wear prescription glasses
Cars that waste energy
Slow drivers

From Spirit Now (yeah, i swear it was after some jump).

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunny Feeds

Dave Sitek (TVOTR) - What a Girl Like You

Not A Broken Record Submission

Loudspeakerfestival, in cooperation with Caitlin Press, is seeking
submissions to an anthology of writing to stop violence against women
and girls. They are seeking submissions representing voices that
record the experiences and impacts of violence against women at all
levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, a put-down; from the personal to
the abstract. Submissions may cover a range of subjects, from violence
in media imagery, pornography, beauty rituals, humour, language, myth,
etc.; a variety of tones are also welcome, from the serious to the
humorous.

Working title: Not A Broken Record Submission deadline: January 15,
2010 They invite everyone - of all genders and backgrounds - to submit
ONE work of fiction or non-fiction of no more than 2000 words, or a
maximum of FOUR poems on the subject of violence against women and
girls. We are especially interested in non-fiction narrative. All
submissions can be sent by email as WORD or RTF attachments in 12
point Times New Roman font to Andrea Routley at
loudspeakerfestival@gmail.com . Please include your name, brief bio,
and contact information in the body of your email, as well as the
attachment. All narrative should be double-spaced; poetry
single-spaced. Previously published work will be considered as long as
author retains copyright. This is a charitable project; no
remuneration. Contributors will receive two copies of the anthology.
Proceeds will benefit anti-violence organisations.
Anthology will be published by Caitlin Press, forthcoming Fall 2010
letting you into my thought process:
  • the philippines is making me hetero nonsexual
  • i have writer's block and it's made out of stainless steel
  • human trafficking and two year old race camel jockeys
  • i'm thinking about march
  • i'm thinking about videoke on wednesday
please add on to where you see fit. my mind is slowly atrophying away and i'm sure it would appreciate as much activity as it can get before it takes its last little bite into itself.

mind: bite me.

this is a big deal:
i think i need to take a break from words, says the linguist.
no more explanations.
no more typing.
no more words.

for just a little bit.

update: i am now looking into manila-based mime schools.

YES

^ The Authorization, Assessment and Correction Cycle




^ Strengthening Voice for Better Accountability



^ Strengthening Choice for Better Accountability




^ Gendered View of Basic Accountability Work


From UNIFEM.
phase one of the kyoto protocol is at its last legs and as the UN committee for climate change only weakens and destabilizes chances of sustainable economic development and the recognization of human rights for all for people living in the global south, talk of creating another convention hurried in its way to cradle the economy of carbon trading (for more info on carbon trading watch the story of stuff's cap and trade). the only ones benefitting from kyoto protocol are the annex one countries, ie. the developed and industrialized countries that are able to trade their promises for a sustainable future by helping to implement and invest in initiatives for developing countries to be more sustainable. the truth? this only puts developing countries in a deeper rut and allows the global north to follow through with their "promises" to the protocol while still consuming just as much, if not more, energy and resources. the gap only widens and resources only deplete more, also corroding the living and working conditions of people. it's not a far stretch to say that the people most affected are also most vulnerable to lack of health care, workers rights, and human rights as a whole for that matter.

in the end, this is not just a convention based on environmental sustainability but also social cohesion and cultural preservation. in looking at this movement, we must realize the triangulation of depleting natural resources, an economic crisis, and the corrosion of human rights and social cohesion (yeah maybe i just put those last two together to make it three).

keep your ear out for alternative reports on how all this unravels. read the article below about a new convention they'll most likely try to ratify. then let's brainstorm what we can do, yeah?

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The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray today after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN’s role in all future climate change negotiations. The document is also being interpreted by developing countries as setting unequal limits on per capita carbon emissions for developed and developing countries in 2050; meaning that people in rich countries would be permitted to emit nearly twice as much under the proposals. The so-called Danish text, a secret draft agreement worked on by a group of individuals known as “the circle of commitment” – but understood to include the UK, US and Denmark – has only been shown to a handful of countries since it was finalised this week. The agreement, leaked to the Guardian, is a departure from the Kyoto protocol’s principle that rich nations, which have emitted the bulk of the CO2, should take on firm and binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gases, while poorer nations were not compelled to act. The draft hands effective control of climate change finance to the World Bank; would abandon the Kyoto protocol – the only legally binding treaty that the world has on emissions reductions; and would make any money to help poor countries adapt to climate change dependent on them taking a range of actions. The document was described last night by one senior diplomat as “a very dangerous document for developing countries. It is a fundamental reworking of the UN balance of obligations. It is to be superimposed without discussion on the talks”. A confidential analysis of the text by developing countries also seen by the Guardian shows deep unease over details of the text. In particular, it is understood to: • Force developing countries to agree to specific emission cuts and measures that were not part of the original UN agreement; • Divide poor countries further by creating a new category of developing countries called “the most vulnerable”; • Weaken the UN’s role in handling climate finance; • Not allow poor countries to emit more than 1.44 tonnes of carbon per person by 2050, while allowing rich countries to emit 2.67 tonnes. Developing countries that have seen the text are understood to be furious that it is being promoted by rich countries without their knowledge and without discussion in the negotiations. “It is being done in secret. Clearly the intention is to get [Barack] Obama and the leaders of other rich countries to muscle it through when they arrive next week. It effectively is the end of the UN process,” said one diplomat, who asked to remain nameless. Copenhagen climate summit in disarray after ‘Danish text’ leak | Environment | guardian.co.uk  bonesarecoralmade: say it with me: it isn’t ‘interpreting’ when you are reading the actual words written on the page.

The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray today after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN’s role in all future climate change negotiations.

The document is also being interpreted by developing countries as setting unequal limits on per capita carbon emissions for developed and developing countries in 2050; meaning that people in rich countries would be permitted to emit nearly twice as much under the proposals.

The so-called Danish text, a secret draft agreement worked on by a group of individuals known as “the circle of commitment” – but understood to include the UK, US and Denmark – has only been shown to a handful of countries since it was finalised this week.

The agreement, leaked to the Guardian, is a departure from the Kyoto protocol’s principle that rich nations, which have emitted the bulk of the CO2, should take on firm and binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gases, while poorer nations were not compelled to act. The draft hands effective control of climate change finance to the World Bank; would abandon the Kyoto protocol – the only legally binding treaty that the world has on emissions reductions; and would make any money to help poor countries adapt to climate change dependent on them taking a range of actions.

The document was described last night by one senior diplomat as “a very dangerous document for developing countries. It is a fundamental reworking of the UN balance of obligations. It is to be superimposed without discussion on the talks”.

A confidential analysis of the text by developing countries also seen by the Guardian shows deep unease over details of the text. In particular, it is understood to:

• Force developing countries to agree to specific emission cuts and measures that were not part of the original UN agreement;

• Divide poor countries further by creating a new category of developing countries called “the most vulnerable”;

• Weaken the UN’s role in handling climate finance;

• Not allow poor countries to emit more than 1.44 tonnes of carbon per person by 2050, while allowing rich countries to emit 2.67 tonnes.

Developing countries that have seen the text are understood to be furious that it is being promoted by rich countries without their knowledge and without discussion in the negotiations.

“It is being done in secret. Clearly the intention is to get [Barack] Obama and the leaders of other rich countries to muscle it through when they arrive next week. It effectively is the end of the UN process,” said one diplomat, who asked to remain nameless. Copenhagen climate summit in disarray after ‘Danish text’ leak | Environment | guardian.co.uk

bonesarecoralmade: say it with me: it isn’t ‘interpreting’ when you are reading the actual words written on the page.

From Curate.

these comments, i have no time for. what's this large elephant in the centre of the room doing here, oh yes, it's called colonization and cultural genocide. Why did filipinos throw away much of the indigenous elements of their culture? because they had no choice. for the most part, the colonizer's language will always be elitist because colonization comes with the binarized power dynamic to create the in and the other. it has allowed the west to infiltrate and imperialize on the country's social and natural resources. the ones deeming worthiness spoke with fluency the colonizer's tongue.


THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 2009

Why did the Filipinos throw away much of the Spanish elements of their culture?

Wouldn't the Philippines be a much better country if there was still a huge Spanish influence there? It would be nice if the Filipinos were still speaking Spanish instead of English.

There is still many elements of Spanish culture in the Philippines, but not much as before, why is that? And why did the Filipinos discard it?


The Spanish influence is still there, but only the language is dead. Only some of our grandparents are the ones left speakng Spanish.

The Spaniards during their centuries of rule were quite selective and didn't freely offer classes for Filipinos. They were elitist and kept the fluency of the language only for those who they deemed worthy or holy or influential.

The language died once the Americans came and established schools here after the war. They made the language available for study to any Filipino. Plus decades of American pop culture and the idealism for the American dream still reign supreme; Making English the lingua franca.

You'll be surprise some Filipinos are much better in English or in their provincial dialects than in Tagalog which is the national language.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

note to self:
do not get eyebrows threaded by anyone who takes more than 30 seconds to wrap the threading string around their finger. let that be a warning to you and your children as it will only lead to the pulling of individual eyebrow hair at glacial speed. i said no to the upper lip option.

hey madre, little wax job on the upper lip?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


i don't care what people say about gaga. i think she's great- iff you turn a blind eye to the videophone dance routine.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunny Feeds
Braids - Lemonade

20 years after the Montreal Massacre

| DECEMBER 4, 2009


It is nearly 20 years to the day that a man with a legally acquired rifle entered our school and shot 23 people, including me, Nathalie Provost. Several of our close friends were among the 14 young women who died on Dec. 6, 1989 at l'École Polytechnique. Our crime? We were women and we wanted to become engineers. And an angry man was able to easily get access to a lethal weapon.

Twenty years after that fateful day, we the survivors and former students would ask that you reflect on how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. The murders sparked renewed interest and commitment to promoting women in engineering and technology, to ending violence against women and to strengthening gun laws. In each case, we have made progress but there is much left to do.


First, following the Montreal massacre the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers issued its groundbreaking report "More than Just Numbers" which documented the barriers to young women entering the engineering profession and the chilly climate facing women in engineering in many universities. This sparked a number of initiatives aimed at encouraging women and through the 1990's the numbers steadily climbed. However since 2001, the trend has reversed and the percentage of women enrolling in engineering programs has declined. And while considerable progress has been made with many women breaking through the glass ceiling and many engineering associations addressing harassment and discrimination head one, recent research has suggested that women in technology continue to face barriers and in some companies the chilly climate persists. We would ask you to recommit to addressing these barriers and ensuring all girls have equal opportunities to pursue this great profession.


Second, the tragedy focused national attention on the problems of violence against women and the range of crimes where women are victimized because they are women. December 6th is a national day of morning for women killed by gender violence. Again, while progress has been made in awareness of this problem and in support for women who are victims of violence, the problem persists. It remains true that 85 per cent of female homicide victims are killed by their intimate partners, the people they should be able to most trust and depend on. We would ask that you renew your commitment to ending violence against women and to addressing the root causes of this global scourge.


Finally, the terrible events of December 6th awakened Canadians to the gaps in our gun laws. The students of Polytechnique, the families of the victims, police, health care professionals, labour organizations, teachers and others banded together in the Coalition for Gun Control. Suzanne Laplante Edward, whose daughter Ann Marie died that day called the 1995 legislation, "A monument to the memory of the victims of the Polytechnique tragedy." The legislation has proven its effectiveness. It is used thousands of times every day by police across the country. Firearm deaths have declined substantially, and murders of women with guns have plummeted.


Yet just weeks before the 20th anniversary of the Montreal massacre, the Conservative government, with the help of a number of Liberals and NDP Members of Parliament, passed legislation to eliminate the requirement to register rifles and shotguns -- including the Ruger Mini 14, the gun used on that terrible day in 1989. How could this happen? Because the gun lobby is highly motivated and active in every electoral riding while the supporters of gun control do little or nothing. We would therefore ask that you take action, that you call your Member of Parliament and demand they stand up for gun control. Lives depend on it.


Indeed, we must all work together to make Canada a safer and more open society.


from Rabble and Keetha.


Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

juliette binoche film collection for 50 pesos and a bag of chicharonnes.

this is the life

Friday, December 4, 2009

mel misses
  • the concept of making out
  • the couch on the house of beij porch
  • being able to talk about activism freely
  • cheese and charcuterie nights, bottles of wine, guffawing
  • you you and you

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Drunk man fouls car seat, wipes himself with Bible

SURREY, B.C. — A man was arrested in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey after he defecated on the seat of a car, wiped himself off with a Bible and then sought refuge in a nearby police vehicle.

The 33-year-old intoxicated man was at a Halloween party Saturday night when he stumbled out the door to use another guest's car as a toilet.

The outraged partygoers began yelling at the man, who then climbed into a police vehicle, where he was bit by a service dog and then arrested.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

you and me and a bottle of wine.
the white sands of puerto galera unearthed this gem.

In Solidarity

The Miss G___ Project