Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

applause applause life is a cause
when i think of your kisses my mind see saws

Monday, January 25, 2010

i for some reason don't have much to say these days, except:
  • big sassy momma's in town
  • philippines has opened up a new shelf of yogurt flavours for me (all i wanna do is eat buko flavoured yogurt and stabilize my pH!)
  • at any stop, you can count a handful of men urinating in public. this, i think, perfectly exemplifies the patriarchy in the country
  • philippine ferries are sailing coffins coasting waves - turns out they're made out of plywood - turns out almost dying in them isn't a once in a lifetime kind of deal (ie, it's a roundtrip death ticket kinda deal - hey that's not a deal!)
  • i'm becoming highly observant and as a result more vigilant to the fact that time is fleeting - time is an invention?
  • i need to check my apparent naivetĂ© at the door (of the bus)

Friday, January 22, 2010

this picture makes me sad about missing fall fashion.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sunny Feeds

Broadway Sleep - Too Late
good news:

LILITH FAIR IS COMING TO VANCOUVER. the line up may or may not suck, depending on how empowered you're feeling at that moment.

(though you can't deny emmylou harris or a little mary j)

let's gooooooo, lesbossssss?
"Pink was once a color associated with masculinity, considered to be a watered down red and held the power associated with that color. In 1914, The Sunday Sentinel, an American newspaper, advised mothers to “use pink for the boy and blue for the girl, if you are a follower of convention.” The change to pink for girls and blue for boys happened in America and elsewhere only after World War II. As modern society entered twentieth century political correctness, the concept of gender equality emerged and, as a result, reversed the perspective on the colors associated with each gender as well as the superficial connections that attached to them . Today, with the effects of advertising on consumer preferences, these color customs are a worldwide standard."
from JeongMee Yoon's "the Pink and Blue Project"

Sunday, January 17, 2010

celebrating 500 posts with the most romantic song ever made

if you should find yourself walking on the streets of quezon city this tuesday evening...

support a buddy's buddy

Out of Focus - Fernan Escora
Date:
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Time:
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location:
baby, where did our love go?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

listen

Worldview - Global Notes: Pinoy Rock

oh how i love the art of sharing. from curate.

Progressive links on Haitian earthquake

I don’t claim any expertise on Haiti. Most of these organizations folks I trust vouched for. A few I’m still researching.—Michelle O’Brien


from alisha

Friday, January 15, 2010

ye olde loaded question: where are you from?
p.s. nisha sajnani is beautiful, is amazing, and is a mentor


i usually go straight to the car wash after going through traumatic love experiences, too. i also want to point out that the philippines has had a way of reminding me that i like westlife - and it happens with such little effort. my favourite member is shane, the histrionic brunette with the cheeks.

because


things that were never destined to work in the espionage
especially that last one. geez.

i should have posted this earlier since this started before the philippine elections. fortunately, though i say that with a grain of salt, they were apparently allowed a seat in senate which doesn't quite compare to the privileges of presidency and really only displays the toleration rather than the acceptance of queerness in this country. plus, i'd like to add that their nomination for presidency was declined despite the fact that there were 99 candidates - many of whom are extremely and blatantly corrupt and are in it for the pork barrel. read on....
On November 12, 2009, Ang Ladlad LGBT Party, Inc., a national organization of Filipino lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBT), received a notice from the Second Division of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) dismissing their application for registration to run in the 2010 national elections. Under the Philippine Partlyist system, marginalized and under-represented sectors can apply for registration as a party and run for a seat in Congress. A maximum of three seats can be won, depending on the number of votes a party garners in the elections. In 2007, Ang Ladlad had also filed for registration, but was disqualified for technical reasons, particularly for failing to prove “national membership” with sufficient regional and provincial representation.
...
‘Immorality” and “a threat to the youth” were the primary grounds cited by COMELEC Commissioners, Nicodemo Ferrer, Elias Yusoph and Lucenito Tagle. The ruling cited verses from the Bible and the Koran, along with a citation lifted from the internet, of American bible scholar, Lehman Strauss.


beloved counter argument to the stupid govt's reasons are spearheaded by theImmorAlliance (can't seem to find a link for them).

article from sexuality policy watch.

Earthquake shifts Haiti immigration debate

Posted By Joshua Keating Share

In the wake of this week's earthquake, the United States has halted the deportation of undocumented Haitian immigrants. Now, immigrants' rights advocates and Florida lawmakers are pushing the administration to grant Haitians Temporary Protected Status, a special dispensation given to immigrants who cannot return to their homelands:

On Wednesday, South Florida's three Cuban-American Republican members of Congress -- Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart, and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen -- sent a joint letter to Obama requesting TPS for Haitian nationals, along with immediate humanitarian aid for Haiti. They have organized a news conference on Thursday to talk about the issue.

"How much does Haiti have to suffer before Haitians in the United States are granted TPS pursuant to law?'' said Lincoln Diaz-Balart Wednesday. ``The reason TPS exists in the statute as an option for the president is precisely for moments such as this in Haiti.''

The other countries whose nationals are currently eligible for TPS are El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia and Sudan. Given Haiti's traumatic recent history and promximity to the U.S., I have to wonder why isn't already on that list.


from foreign policy.

i seemed to have been living in a world where i thought social resistance came with no string attached. it's only now that i'm realizing the depth and impact that social media has in physical space. blogging servers as diplomats and search engines? just shows that there are few spaces virgin to the exploits of the institution.


Google-China showdown: Some views from Beijing
Posted By Christina Larson Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 12:33 PM

In China, a few dozen mournful souls have begun a candlelight vigil outside Google's Beijing offices.(I'd love to know more about who they are). But for the most part, the debate in China over the higher meaning of Google has been more muted than in the United States, where Google's threatened withdrawl from China has been widely interpretted as a harbinger of worsening US-China relations.

Within China, the Chinese-language state-run media carried relatively cursory coverage of Google's threat to pull out of China, with scant mention of the alleged cyber security breaches. Here's the (translated) barebones text of the Chinese-language Xinhua wire story:

Google announced on January 12th that it might shutdown Google.cn and withdraw from Chinese market completely.

Google's chief legal officer David Drummond declared the announcement on Google's official blog in the afternoon of the 12th.Chinese reporter later verified the announcement with Google and Google'scommunication department confirmed Mr. Drummond's posting.

Google indicated that they will discuss with Chineseofficials about those legal issues in the next few weeks.

Google also cancelled its scheduled negotiation with China'sWritten Works Copyright Society on the 12th afternoon withouttelling why.

(That last line, perhaps, is meant to make Google sound like an especially irresponsible player?)

Meanwhile for the benefit of foreign reporters, China's Foreign Ministry did convene a press conference to state that China's laws are China's laws:

After a day of silence, the Foreign Ministry said that China welcomed foreign Internet companies but that those offering online services must do so “in accordance with the law.” Speaking at a scheduled news conference, Jiang Yu, a ministry spokeswoman, did not address Google’s complaints about censorship and cyberattacks and simply stated that “China’s Internet is open.”

Twitter is, of course, officially banned in China, but the most tech-savvy Chinese "netizens" have found a way around the Great Firewall to use the micro-blogging service nonetheless. This group is, as Rebecca MacKinnon duly observed, a highly select sampling of Chinese public opinion: "The Chinese Twittersphere -- comprised exclusively of people who aretech savvy enough to know how to get around censorship or they wouldn'tbe there -- is generally cheering the news [that Google won't continue to follow existing censorship rules]."

While noting the selectivity of this group, it's been interesting to follow tweet reactions around the hashtag #Googlecn. China Digital Times has translated some of them here:

@qhgy RT @Lyooooo: If Google leaves I won’t use Baidu or let my children or grandchildren use it (If I have them) #GoogleCN

@zz4040 Google is a real man #GoogleCN

@Fenng Ten years online has turned me from an optimist into a pessimist #GoogleCN

@mranti Withdrawal of Google means: 1 Scaling the wall is now an essential tool 2 Techies, you should immigrate. Really #GoogleCN

That last tweet is from Zhao Jing, a prominent political writer and blogger in Beijing who writes in English-language media as Michael Anti. He spoke at length with The New York Times' Andrew Jacobs, explaining why he thought that Google’s pulling out would “set a bad example for thebusiness climate in China and make a joke of the government claims of afree Internet.”

Thursday, January 14, 2010

OOH!

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Catholic Legal Services (FL): Statement Concerning the Devastating Earthquake in Haiti « Detention & Deportation News

An essential element in these efforts must include the designation of Haitians in the United States for Temporary Protected Status. TPS is an immigration status that allows individuals from designated countries to remain in the US for a temporary period because they are unable to safely return home due to ongoing armed conflict, the temporary effects of a natural disaster, or other extraordinary conditions. When famine threatened Sudan and Somalia, the US granted TPS to nationals of those countries; when civil strife ripped through Liberia and Sierra Leone, they were granted TPS. When Hurricanes afflicted Nicaragua and Honduras, TPS was given. When an earthquake hit El Salvador, it received TPS. Haiti contends with all of these tragedies simultaneously. It was for this precise situation that the law of TPS was enacted. Not to grant TPS to Haiti ignores the rule of law and defies the will of Congress. And, as President Bush stated when granting TPS to Salvadorans after its earthquake: “The havoc caused by these earthquakes makes it extremely difficult for Salvadorans to return home safely at this time … granting them temporary protected status is the prudent and humane thing to do.”

The immediate designation of Haiti for TPS accomplishes the following:

  • Protects those Haitians in the US who have no place to safely return;
  • Allows Haitian nationals already in the United States to work, pay U.S. taxes and send money back to relatives in Haiti. Haitians in the US already send $1billion in remittances to Haiti, representing a critical form of disaster relief at no cost to the US taxpayer;
  • Ensures the orderly flow of migration and decreases the risk of mass migration by reducing potential social burdens and maintaining remittances;
  • Provides Haiti with much needed time to concentrate on rescue, recovery and disaster relief without the added stress posed by additional homeless, hungry and jobless migrants returning to a chaotic situation;
  • Comforts an already traumatized expatriate Haitian community who fear repatriation to a land of devastation;
  • Protects US families. Many Haitians facing repatriation have US citizen spouses and children whose return to Haiti threatens to break apart these families
  • Restores US commitment to the Rule of Law by extending legal protection to Haitians denied them but granted to others in similar situations
  • And it is the prudent and humane thing to do!!!

US and Haiti Inextricably Linked

Located just 50 miles east of Cuba and 700 miles southeast of Miami, Haiti has long been within the sphere of influence of the United States. As such, the United States has played a highly influential role in the modern history of Haiti, which continues to this day.

Following colonial exploitation of the island for gold, sugar, tobacco and coffee production by successive waves of Europeans, Haiti became a indepedent nation following the Haitian Revolution in 1793. Throughout the following period, however, the business interests of the global and regional powers at the time, namely French, English, American and German merchants and commodity sellers, dominated the political and economic scene.

While an early sandbox for European expansionism,
once the rise of the United States as a global power was complete at the turn of the 20th century, the Americans were the major foreign player in the country. In 1888, US Marines landed to “protect American lives and property,” as explained by Marine Historian Edwin Simmons, beginning several decades of off-and-on military operations. U.S. military interventions in Haiti came to head in July 1915, when President Woodrow Wilson ordered several hundred U.S. Marines to invade and hold the capital Port-au-Prince, in what became a 20 year occupation of the country.

While the US Government, through its governing advisors, had the final decision about all policies that were made during that period, the U.S. did not want to be potrayed as a colonial power. Indeed, the American leadership left the Haitian parliament in function and treated all Haitians —many of the elites were of mixed black and white heritage and used to preferential treatment from European colonialists— with an equal measure of racial distaste.

Nonetheless, many have argued that economic interests, such as perceived threats to the Haitian-American Sugar Company (HASCO) by the Haitian government that came to power in early 1915, drove the intervention and occupation.
It was not until the “Good Neighbor” policy of the F.D. Roosevelt administration of the early 1930s when U.S. military and administrative forces were removed from the country, with power turned over in 1934.

U.S. forces again briefly occupied Port-au-Prince from September 1994 to March 1995, in response to a UN Security Council mandate to support constitutional government.

Today, the U.S. remains the largest trade destination for Haitian goods (more than
70 percent of exports) , while imports from the United States (34 percent) are even higher than Haiti’s next door neighbor, the Dominican Republic (23 percent). U.S. official aid to the country is quite significant (USD 260 million according to OECD DAC), though quite variable, with large spikes during Operation Uphold Democracy in 1994 and 1995, and a tripling of aid from 2004 to 2008, after the 2004 coup that threw President Jean-Bertrand Aristide out of power for the last time.

Yesterday’s earthquake opens the door to some obvious questions for the Obama adminstration, who have pledged to make major changes in U.S. policy towards neighbors in the Western Hemisphere. As discussed
this summer, Obama stated in an April speech that, “while the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms. But I pledge to you that we seek an equal partnership.”

The key question will be if that partnership for Haiti entails simply a year or two of above-average food-aid and reconstruction assistance, then a drop off the radar screen until the next hurricane, coup or food shortage, or instead something that more fundamentally changes the equation.

For example,
what is to be done about the American and European agricultural subsidies that make farming in Haiti (among most of the developing world) economically infeasible for so many? And as well, how will the devastated natural environment, including degraded land and polluted water and air be revitalized to support a sustainable society, economy and government?

These are the key elements of soft power and “equal partnership.” And it is yet to be seen if the Obama administration seeks to make a true break from the past, or prefers to ignore it, portending decades more of the same cycle of poverty, conflict and political terror.

so putting this all together - the US is significantly responsible for the impoverishment and political disarray that contributed to the lack of preparation and infrastructure necessary to survive such a disaster.


from think on this.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

mmm sweet sweet glory i love you for this, google.
We have taken the unusual step of sharing information about these attacks with a broad audience not just because of the security and human rights implications of what we have unearthed, but also because this information goes to the heart of a much bigger global debate about freedom of speech. In the last two decades, China's economic reform programs and its citizens' entrepreneurial flair have lifted hundreds of millions of Chinese people out of poverty. Indeed, this great nation is at the heart of much economic progress and development in the world today.
more here...
from the official google blog.
wanna disco, wanna fck'n disco






the explanation behind this was all in spanish but what i gather from it is that giants, too, like to disco.





NY Mag has conveniently compiled a how-to list on quick happiness (which is basically a three-page commercial) at the expense of your dignity. Actually, I understand the importance of happiness and maybe it's true when people say that if you want to be happy all it takes is "[zeroing] in on the typical trouble zones—stomach and butt—at Soho Sanctuary’s new Bootcamp Spa series.


Highlights:
9. Become the most popular person at work. Sign up eleven of your highest-strung co-workers for the dirt-cheap in-office massages ($12.50 for fifteen minutes!) offered by Oasis Day Spa, one of the only city spas that will send its massage therapists directly to businesses.
13. “Just say yes every time your partner wants to have sex. It’s only twenty minutes out of your day, and it makes you both feel better. If you’re not in a relationship, say yes to your own private date night at least three times a week.” —Claire Cavanah, Co-Founder, Babeland (DON'T LISTEN PEOPLE!)
from NY Mag.


In Solidarity

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