Sep
30
2010
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Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi ‘To Be Released’ — (I’m not holding my breath).

From Sky News:

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be released in November just days after the first election there in two decades, officials say.

The Nobel Peace laureate has been detained for most of the last 20 years since winning the country’s last poll in 1990.

Unnamed sources told the AFP news agency that she will be freed when her current house arrest expires on November 13.

“November will be an important and busy month for us because of the election and because of Aung San Suu Kyi’s release,” a Burmese official said.

The official noted the release would come soon after the country’s November 7 vote.

A second Burmese official, who also declined to be named, confirmed the date, adding: “She will be released on that day according to the law.”

Neither Suu Kyi nor her National League for Democracy (NLD) party will participate in the upcoming vote.

Opponents have dismissed the election as a sham aimed at hiding military power behind a civilian facade.

Uncertainty over whether the military regime will indeed release the 65-year-old will remain until the moment she appears in public.

The junta, humiliated by its crashing defeat in the last election, has prolonged Suu Kyi’s confinement almost continuously ever since.

She has been detained since May 2003 and has only enjoyed fleeting periods of freedom since 1990.

Thailand-based analyst Aung Naing Oo said any release would come with conditions and she “won’t be free to go out”.

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Jul
27
2010
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27
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Oct
06
2009
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European Farmers’ Anger Spills Into the Streets of Brussels — view the picture…

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From NYTimes:

BRUSSELS — After months of complaints by European dairy farmers angry over low prices, protesters in Brussels on Monday poured milk onto the streets, hurled eggs and other missiles, and started fires that filled the air with black smoke.

Oct
06
2009
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06
2009
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Sep
29
2009
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William Safire’s ‘Finest’ Unspoken Speech

From Gawker:

Columnist and presidential speechwriter Bill Safire was one of only three non-disloyal Jews President Nixon could name. Here is the speech he drafted for Nixon to read in case the Apollo 11 Astronauts became stranded on the moon!

It is a wonderful piece of alternate universe American history, in which President Nixon had to explain to a nation that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were going to die on the moon.

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Jun
19
2009
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Jun
16
2009
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Obama to OK benefits for same-sex partners of federal workers

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President Obama will sign a memorandum Wednesday granting health care and other benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees, two senior administration officials said.

The signing will take place in the Oval Office and follows sharp criticism of the president over a Justice Department motion filed last week in support of the Defense of Marriage Act — which opposes same-sex marriage — that used the government’s interest in opposing incestuous marriages to support its position against same-sex marriage.

Gay and lesbian advocates have also faulted the Obama administration for not moving to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that bars officials from asking about a service member’s sexual orientation but also bars the service member from revealing it.

The president rankled gay advocates before his inauguration when he named megachurch pastor the Rev. Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his swearing-in. Warren, in an interview with Belief.net, likened homosexuality to bestiality and incest. He also supported California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in that state.

During the Warren controversy, Obama — who frequently spoke in favor of gay and lesbian rights during the campaign but has said he opposes same-sex marriage — declared himself “a fierce advocate for gay and lesbian Americans.”

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May
05
2009
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Mia Farrow hits day nine of online hunger strike for Darfur

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Mia Farrow has been chronicling her hunger strike on YouTube for eight days, and she says that's just the beginning.

The actress and activist has committed to three weeks of an all-water diet in support of refugees in Darfur, where Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir expelled or shut down 16 aid agencies — a move that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said put the lives of more than 1 million people at risk.

Farrow has been keeping an irregular video blog of her fast on her own YouTube channel, as well as on the channel of Darfur Fast for Life, an organization that fellow activists put together to draw attention to Farrow's efforts.

As of tonight, 75 other people had signed up on the site to join Farrow in the fast. Some said they would only drink water; others said they would eat the same rations as those in Darfur. 

Participants in the growing online hunger strike have been posting updates to Twitter and posting to YouTube.

Farrow, a slight 64-year-old, said in a recent video that she wasn't sure if she'd be able to last the full 21 days — she has never fasted before, and her doctor was skeptical.

Still, she was resolved to make a statement. "Of course I don't expect that me on hunger strike is going to do that much," Farrow said in the video. "But if it provides a news hook for newspapers so they can talk about what's really important, then that will be worth it."

Gabriel Stauring, who helped organize the site, expressed concern for Farrow, with whom he said he'd traveled to Darfur last summer. "You’ve seen Mia’s size," he said. "There’s no way she can go that long without doing permanent damage. We want to convince her that if we have somebody else that is famous and that would draw attention, that she should stop." Stauring suggested that more recognizable names might be joining the effort soon.

Also striking is Pam Omidyar, a founder of the philanthropic group Humanity United, and the wife of EBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Omidyar has been eating the refugee meals for 18 days, according to her blog on fastdarfur.org

Farrow appeared on CNN's Larry King Live on the day she began the strike, and will reappear on the show Tuesday night, according to Stauring.

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Apr
23
2009
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14
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Apr
03
2009
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Iowa Leading California in Human Rights?

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From MSNBC:

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling Friday finding that the state's same-sex marriage ban violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples, making Iowa the third state where gay marriage is legal.

In its decision, the court upheld a 2007 district court judge's ruling that the law violates the state constitution. It strikes the language from Iowa code limiting marriage to only between a man a woman.

"The court reaffirmed that a statute inconsistent with the Iowa constitution must be declared void even though it may be supported by strong and deep-seated traditional beliefs and popular opinion," said a summary of the ruling issued by the court.

Written by Peter C in: Events,History,Hmmn. Interesting.,Politics,PSA,Sex |
Apr
02
2009
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Mar
29
2009
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Old AIG Comercial – “Butterflies”

While I generally try to avoid topical/political issues this one I couldn't resist. Also, there is an excellent article in the current Rolling Stone Magazine that deconstructs the whole AIG meltdown and a list of the "Dirty Dozen' bankers and brokers responsible for the financial crisis.

Mar
11
2009
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What a Trillion Dollars looks like.

Believe it or not, this little pile is $1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000). You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.trillionLooksLike1.jpg

 

And $1 BILLION dollars


What one Trillion looks like…

 

These pallets are DOUBLE stacked.

Written by Peter C in: Events,Hmmn. Interesting.,Politics,Weird News |
Mar
05
2009
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President Obama Unveils New Logos Designed by Mode Project

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Creative director Steve Juras led designers Aaron Draplin and Chris Glass in the assignment to create two logos, one for projects completed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and the second for the  U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) team. ModeProject.com

Written by Peter C in: Design,Hmmn. Interesting.,Illustration,Politics |
Feb
25
2009
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Losar — Tibetan New Year Feb 25th — Worldwide Protest

Today, February 25, 2009, is the date on which Tibetan New Year — Losar — begins. Many Tibetan exiles around the world are observing Losar in a different manner this year. Some are forgoing traditional observances to instead protest human rights abuses by the Chinese government inside Tibet. There are reports that Chinese authorites are effectively making Losar celebrations inside Tibet compulsory, and reactions have led to violent clashes.

Feb
11
2009
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A Collection of Newspaper Masthead Clip Art

I love Flickr. While looking for some reference material I came across this excellent collection. The prints look like lino-cuts or wood blocks.

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From Oldtasty's Flickrset

This is an outstanding collection of Cultural-Revolution era imagery and propaganda, made available with thanks to Webster University (for use of their scanning station) and Flickr. Translations will be added over time.

 

 

 

Link to Flickrset

Jan
28
2009
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Yesterday afternoon in San Francisco, remind you of anything?

This shot was taken yesterday by a co-worker/friend of mine, Heath T, the line is for a job at Specialtys, a cafe and bakery chain.

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