(Note: I know Emma Goldman didn’t actually say that exactly, but that’s not gonna stop me from using it. I like the sentiment anyway.)

I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I think I kinda love 4-chan right now. They’ve demonstrated the organising power of the internet, and hopefully will show a whole generation that protesting and activism can be not only fun, but even damn hilarious. (In some cities, they rickrolled the Co$, people! Awesome!)

Some related links:

In conclusion: I don’t agree with everything they do or say, and again, the “fag” slurs make me not want to participate, but the effective use of the internet as an organising and focussing tool for activism? Awesome.

In conclusion:

Oh Fuck, The Internet Is Here

[ETA] Via Cleo: deathboy says:

I can’t remember the source, but there’s some sci-fi story I’ve read where the conclusion reads along the lines of “They could withstand the fiercest of our weapons, they could defeat us intellectually, but in the end, I think they died of sheer culture shock” - the looks on the faces of the scientologists when faced with a crowd in which a lone voice shouts:



… how do you fight that?

How do you, ideologically speaking, defeat a crowd that is enthusiastically demanding that you “DO A BARREL ROLL! DO A BARREL ROLL!!” ?

Which is sort of what I was trying to get at, really. It needs balancing with actually getting one’s message across, but announcing you’re gonna protest for a specific reason will make it clear to the target/audience what they’re there for, and every protest I’ve been to has had its share of cryptic signs — the message still came through. Sure, the rickrolling and the Fresh Prince rap will confuse people, but they’ll be more likely to come and ask if thge protesters are obviously having fun. (And no, I don’t get the Fresh Prince thing either. Huh?) [/ETA]

Crossposted from Sleepless in Scotland. Comment here or there.

bubosquared: (coffee)
( Oct. 1st, 2007 01:36 pm)

*delurks* Sorry about that. So, yes, still alive, doing ... as okay as I can be doing, really. Mostly. Not sure if I'm quite up to skip=infinity on my flist, though. Anything important happen to anyone?

Important Linkspam of the Day: You should all go look at this!

bubosquared: (feminist)
( Sep. 15th, 2007 10:42 pm)

Anna ([livejournal.com profile] troubleinchina) has been doing Friday Discussion Posts for a while now, inviting discussion on feministic (hush, it's a word) issues, and I think this week's is an especially interesting one: You must be this thin: >< to perform (But if you are there's something wrong with you).

For once, I n ot only managed to comment, but I actually managed to be coherent enough that I want to save the comment for my own reference. Go to Anna's post to read, or read here, or whatever.

It's about the fact that women shouldn't take up space. )

So Jerry Falwell is dead. I can't find it in myself to be happy about anyone's death, even his, but I'm very glad there's now one less loud, hateful bigot who thinks I'm a subhuman being who should just die and go to hell in the world.

Having said that, the fact that Phelps is planning to picket Falwell's funeral1 fills me with an unholy glee. Every time I think about it, I can't help but giggle. The phrase "HA-ha!" comes to mind. The only thing that could make this better is if pro-gay organisations end up counter-picketing -- after all, Phelps is picketing the funeral because of the one time Falwell exhibited a shred of actual decency (and when the man who blamed 9/11 on queers and feminists calls you a hater2, that's really bad), and because he claims Falwell was a "fag-enabler", and really, taking the high road and getting to watch the entire right wingnut collective squirm and/or brainsplodey would so be the cherry on this cake. :D

1 I'm taking this link from other blogs's context links, and assuming that page does say something about the picketing plans. Amusingly enough, it's blocked from work because of "racism, hate". For once, the content filter is sort of on my side, heh.

2 I can't seem to find the exact Falwell quote after Phelps's picketing of Matthew Sheppard's funeral, so if anyone does have it, share?

bubosquared: (que?)
( May. 1st, 2007 09:52 pm)


This is, in part, for Anna, because I think she'll appreciate this. My uncle used to give us (especially me) books for Christmas and birthdays and stuff, and he always put dedications and notes on the first page. For Christmas of 1995, he gave me Black Like Me (in Dutch), with the following dedication:

"Dearest Sofie,

For a voracious reader as yourself, a book like this is of course a piece of cake. But the thoughts behind a book like this are crude and possibly barely digestible.

The world is hard and unjust.

Let's start making a change.

"We have a dream."

bubosquared: (grr)
( Oct. 3rd, 2006 01:40 pm)

Augh. Hey coworkers with strong perfume, please don't stand so close to me? If I can smell it, it's got to be pretty bad. (Actually, I think I'm getting more and more sensitive to alcohol-based crap like that. I nearly choked last week when someone sprayed air freshener all over the toilets, and while I'm on the subject, what the hell is up with that? Hate!)

... I'm easily irritated today. Gah.

[ETA] Aaaaand now there's a stupid and offensive racist "joke" in my inbox. I hate forwards anyway, and this one makes me want to hit someone. I hate everything. Can I go home yet? [/ETA]

bubosquared: (contemplative)
( Aug. 8th, 2006 03:43 pm)

I've been thinking lately about if/how to write about a minority I'm not part of. Specifically, about me, as a white girl, writing about non-white characters. This could apply both to fanfic and non-fanfic, but I'm mostly thinking about the latter, because in fanfic, if the canon glosses over certain aspects of racial differences, for example, it's easy enough to follow its lead and not bring that up in fanfic.

But when I'm creating my own canon, that's a decision I actually have to make, and it's one that keeps making me wibble like there's no tomorrow. On the one hand, I don't want to write "colourblind", but on the other hand, I also don't want to fuck up if I do write about the more touchy subjects.

(And that's not even mentioning the "How the fuck do you show-not-tell race?" issue, which is something else I wrestle with, and augh.)

So, yeah. Thoughts? Opinions? Pointers? Swats upside the head? Anything? Like I said, this is mostly a non-fanfic thing, but opinions pertaining to fanfic arealso welcome, as I do write non-white characters in fanfic as well. *vague handwave at Lee and Mickey* (This is not a crossover bunny!)

Is anyone else getting old comment e-mails? Like, from a month ago? o_O

So near my work, there's a bunch of used car dealerships, and at one of them, this car is currently prominently displayed, and um. ikindamaybewantit. I have no idea how the fuck that happened, I mean, I don't like cars, I'm a motorcycle girl at heart, and the only cars I've ever even vaguely considered getting if I had the money for it were a VW Beetle, or a Deux Cheveaux, or a Mini, and even that was more idle consideration than actually coveting, and also, I don't even have a driver's license, so WTF self?

(To further my shame, it's an SUV as well. Gah!)

Aaaand a hearty "Fuck you!" is in order, I believe?

Scene From The Break Room:

Assorted People: *stand around in line for coffee machine*
Candy Vending Machine: *jingle*
Melle: ... Did that machine just randomly drop money?
Co-Worker: *checks change tray, holds up 10p coin* Yep.
Melle: O...kay, then. o_O

[ETA] It just did it again! :D Only 5p this time but hey, money's money. [/ETA]

And then I had a call from a bloke who was looking for a summer job ... for his kids. The hell? Unanimous reaction from self and co-workers: "Why are his kids not looking for jobs their own damn selves?" I mean, seriously.

I nipped into the new second hand shop down the street after work yesterday to see if maybe they had a pair of jeans that fit me, because having only one pair of decent-ish jeans is starting to annoy me. Didn't find a single pair of normal, non-low-slung jeans that fit me, but I did find a lovely pair of work trousers--blue shimmery velvet, perfect fit, and best of all, they have pockets, and only cost £3.50! \o/ Also, a cheapy pair of shorts for work in case it turns out to be a hot summer. I'm not to happy with those because they're knee-length and have this weird split thing at the end of the legs, but they were only £1.50 and they'll do in a pinch if it's a choice between these and overheating.

bubosquared: (political)
( May. 16th, 2006 01:53 pm)

Remember that shooting I mentioned? Now the public TV channel's received a letter, accompanied by a bullet, congratulating the shooter and wishing for Rik Van Nieuwenhuyse* to be the next victim. People, WTF is going on over there? o_O

* Businessman who was in the news a lot last year for refusing to give in to threatening letters (also accompanied by bullets) demanding he fire an employee for wearing hijab.

bubosquared: (space above and beyond)
( May. 12th, 2006 10:40 am)

No S:AaB recap today, as I got distracted by the dishes while cold Case was on in the background, and then I returned to the living room to see Bones was on, and it was about a historical dig, and pirates, so of course I had to watch David Boroneaz get his glee on (awww, he's really not that bad when he's not playing Broody McMoperson), and um. "... Is that Rod Rowland?" Yep, my weird talent for switching on shows I never watch just for the eps starring certain obscure actors I like has struck again! This happens to me all the time with Adam Baldwin as well. Either I have some sort of weird homing device for these guys, or they're stalking me through the TV.

So this weekend in Bruges, a bunch of skinheads beat up a black guy, who is currently still in a coma. Yesterday afternoon, an eighteen-year old shot a Turskish woman, a black woman, and the two-year old (white) child she was babysitting. The Turkish woman is heavily wounded, the other two victims didn't survive. I just ... I'm almost not surprised about this, after watching the number of extreme right voters rise constantly since ... pretty much since I became politically aware, really, which would have been the early nineties, probably even before, but the first real Black Sunday was 1992, I believe. Something had to give in the end, and I can only hope that this is it, that it's not just a buildup to something bigger.

Oh, and then my mum got taken to the ER on Wednesyday with what looked like it could be a heart attack, then might have been lung cancer, but thankfully turned out to be "just" atypical pneumonia. I'm ... kind of glad I didn't hear of it until last night, actually, when there was an actual diagnosis, because I would have freaked the fuck out. Yeah.

bubosquared: (que?)
( Apr. 21st, 2006 11:15 am)

Disturbing link of the day: Purity Balls. I'll just be over here, thanks. Ew!

Scene from the Call Centre Floor:
Disembodied Voice: "Doughnuts are here!"
Everyone: *SWARM*

We've got our priorities straight, yes. :D

bubosquared: (political)
( Mar. 23rd, 2006 09:11 am)

Dear Kellog's Company: These wheat an oatmeal bakes with chocolate chips are both delicious and nutricious enough to help me make it through the first patr of the morning. I love you!

For anyone who's pissed off at South Dakota banning abortions, you will love this:

The President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Cecilia Fire Thunder, was incensed. A former nurse and healthcare giver she was very angry that a state body made up mostly of white males, would make such a stupid law against women.

"To me, it is now a question of sovereignty," she said to me last week. "I will personally establish a Planned Parenthood clinic on my own land which is within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation where the State of South Dakota has absolutely no jurisdiction."

You can find info on how to donate, either specifically for the clinic or just to the tribe in general, and on how to contact President Fire Thunder, here.

Firefly quiz. I'm ... Book? Huh? )

bubosquared: (ramblin' mind)
( Sep. 20th, 2005 06:01 pm)

I love Bill Clinton. Like WHOA!

In unrelated news, dear people on Judge Judy: Stop backtalking to the judge, fules! That's a bad idea in any court, but with her She'll eat you for lunch and put your head on a spike as a warning for the next idiot to try that sort of nonsense.

bubosquared: (blah)
( Sep. 1st, 2005 11:20 am)

I've not said anything about the Katrina situation, because everyone else has already been saying it better than I could, but I think you should all read this and this, because this specific aspect of the whole thing is making me more sick than anything. It's not even just the fact that tens of thousands of people were left behind to die in the flood because they have no cars or other means to leave, and that "mandatory evacuation" apparently does not mean actually providing buses and trains for people to actually, you know, evactuate. No, let's add insult to injury and pretend that the people who stayed behind did so because they're stupid and stubborn and chose to, for whatever reason, and then when they go and take food from the stores, food that will go bad by the time the waters subside, let's call it looting and threaten to arrest them for it!

I really hate people sometimes.

(Secret message to the Belgians on my friendslist: am I the only one who keeps flashing back to Oosterschelde, Windkracht 10?)

bubosquared: (work)
( Jul. 29th, 2005 11:27 am)

A glimmer of hope? You know, much as I understand tht both sides in the conflict have their doubts about the validity of this, I still want to punch Ian Paisley in the face. Something about that man brings out the worst in me. Grar.

Big Brother Babbling: My Eugene love grows daily. Love him, people, LOVE HIM! Also, Derek twirling Kamal when he returned from the isolation chamber: so cute! Wheee! And, of course, my boys, who grow more dysfunctional by the day. Bless 'em.

bubosquared: (coffee)
( Jul. 8th, 2005 12:04 pm)

Yesterday was one of those days when I wish I drank tea. Unfortunately, I'm not quite that assimilated yet. (Besides, I think they'll get me into drinking Irn Bru before I succumb to tea. Heh.)

Friendslist and [livejournal.com profile] metaquotes are filled with musings on the difference between the US reaction to 9/11, and the London reaction to yesterday's boms. I feel the need to point out that part of that is simply because of the difference in number of deaths, and also in material damage--I don't think even Londoners would have sprung back quite that fast if there'd been a sudden huge gap in the skyline where, say, Big ben used to be. (Although, on the other hand, if that pinapple building or the London Eye got boomed, that might have actually sped up the healing process. Snarf.)

But a lot of it does indeed have to do with the simple fact that Londoners/Brits (and mainland Europe, though not to quite the same extent1) are just kinda used to this kinda shit. TheBritish reaction to terrorism is gallow's humour, tea, and lots of grumbling about pesky terrorists and how dare they interrupt our days, mutter mutter pish posh. And you know, in the end, I think that's better than chest-beating and vows of bloody vengeance. Not that I think those who did this shouldn't be caught and brought to justice, obviously, but I see terrorists as not unlike toddlers throwing a temper tantrum. If you pay attention to them, they'll just get louder, but if you shrug and go make yourself a cuppa, they'll see that tactic isn't working and try something more constructive.

And in completyely and utterly unrelated2 news, according to this website, which is absolutely brilliant, if I take a shortcut, I could walk to/from work in about 3.3 km (that's a bit over two mile for you USAians stuck in the Imperial Stone Age. :P) That'd take me about 40-50 minutes to walk. And the weather's been nice, lately. Hm. *ponders*

1 I think the Belgian reaction to this sort of attack would contain more panick, but also a lot more beer, for example. :D
2 Well, not entirely, as I did get that link through the [livejournal.com profile] london07072005 community.

Meme! )

bubosquared: (work)
( Jul. 4th, 2005 02:39 pm)

This morning in the newspaper: annoying-ex-classmate-turned-even-annoyinger-politician talking about how the Liberals should work closely/closer with the extreme right VB. HATE!

I'm catching up on my friendslist and stuff, but I had a migraine last night, so don't expect a proper entry till tomorrow. Until then, have a Live 8 screencap of LUV. :D

bubosquared: (glorious leader melle)
( Jul. 2nd, 2005 05:07 pm)

Am knackered. Cannot feel knees below the knees, and my back is agony.

Queed to get on march longer than I actually spent marching, and then, just as we start actually moving, they start showing U2 at Live 8 on the big screens. Bastards. Avoided sunburn, but whacked a few people in the head with my sign (if you see a belgian flag on TV reports, that'll be me, whoo!) and nearly tripped over a toddler half a dozen times. All in all, a fun-filled day. Now I need, in order, a shower, some food, a lie-down, and to clean my flat.

Amusingly, when I was typing in the LJ url, IE's autocomplete (I'm in an internet cafe) popped up with, among other things, [livejournal.com profile] time_and_chips. Ahahahaha!

bubosquared: (geek)
( Jun. 29th, 2005 01:25 pm)

First things first: Yay Canada for legalising same-sex marriage! Whooo! *throws confetti on Canadians on her friendslist*

So I'm still tagging old entries (a year and a half left to go, gah), and um. How come no one killed me for spamming in early 2002? No, seriously. I'm annoying myself, here. That said, I'm amusing myself by coming up with random tags like "inappropriate lusting" and "unfortunate gryffindor tendencies". Ehehehe.



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