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Fri, 29 Apr 2011 01:15:24

I'm devastated watching the storms, disaster and destruction going on in the US.  Especially since all those places in the Deep South and the South East which I visited just a few years ago.  Breaks my heart.  Hope no more people die

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Fri, 29 Apr 2011 03:35:24
bugsonglass said:

Word my brother...

I was watching this stupid bimbo on a morning show today end she kept saying something like "This wedding celebrates all that is great about this country" ... After I stopped cracking up (took me a good few minutes) I still couldn't even try to start to think about that could mean.  Ridiculous on so many levels enough to make one's head explode.

Won't even attempt to get out of the flat tomorrow and will not switch the TV on

It's true, though as there is nothing great about England. Nyaa

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Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:05:52
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It's true, though as there is nothing great about England. Nyaa

Shoosh you ... commonwealther.  Show some respect for your queen, your head of state.  And enjoy the wedding of your future king! Nyaa

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Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:14:41
bugsonglass said:

Word my brother...

I was watching this stupid bimbo on a morning show today end she kept saying something like "This wedding celebrates all that is great about this country" ... After I stopped cracking up (took me a good few minutes) I still couldn't even try to start to think about that could mean.  Ridiculous on so many levels enough to make one's head explode.

Won't even attempt to get out of the flat tomorrow and will not switch the TV on

There is this stupid BBC trailer with this female presenter of the One show. And she says "William and Kate are a real couple". So what, every other couple is fake? They repeat it 5 times a day.

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Shoosh you ... commonwealther.  Show some respect for your queen, your head of state.  And enjoy the wedding of your future king! Nyaa

Please, take our royalty to Austraila. Please.

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Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:15:35

Ebay Uk have put up a British flag on the front page. I am getting emails from game.uk asking me what I will be buying for the royal wedding. The house behind me has a union jack on the side of their house and I am pretty sure they are BNP members.

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Fri, 29 Apr 2011 21:43:16

I watvched some of the pre-show yesterday - mostly because my fingers were sore from Mario Bros.  I just dug the uninterrupted helicopter shots of London -- something you don;t get to watch on TV -- well ever really.

It was quite interesting to see all those old buildings crammed together and the big parks.  I loved it.

Seeing those parks I wondered -- what is the homeless situation like in London?  I imagine it would be less than in LA -- just because of the weather.  Is homelessness an issue in London to any great extent?


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Fri, 29 Apr 2011 23:14:22

Yes of course it is, like in most other big cities I've seen.  There are many people sleeping rough in shop fronts, station entrances or in the street

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Sat, 30 Apr 2011 12:52:06
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I watvched some of the pre-show yesterday - mostly because my fingers were sore from Mario Bros.  I just dug the uninterrupted helicopter shots of London -- something you don;t get to watch on TV -- well ever really.

It was quite interesting to see all those old buildings crammed together and the big parks.  I loved it.

Seeing those parks I wondered -- what is the homeless situation like in London?  I imagine it would be less than in LA -- just because of the weather.  Is homelessness an issue in London to any great extent?

Yes it is. Because the govt would rather spend £22 million on royal security for a wedding than home people.

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Sat, 30 Apr 2011 22:49:18
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I watvched some of the pre-show yesterday - mostly because my fingers were sore from Mario Bros.  I just dug the uninterrupted helicopter shots of London -- something you don;t get to watch on TV -- well ever really.

It was quite interesting to see all those old buildings crammed together and the big parks.  I loved it.

Seeing those parks I wondered -- what is the homeless situation like in London?  I imagine it would be less than in LA -- just because of the weather.  Is homelessness an issue in London to any great extent?

I don't think there should be that many homeless people in London, what with squatting and all. All you need is to break into a vacant house and then it takes years for the government to get you out.

Or so I've heard. LOL

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Sun, 01 May 2011 04:03:03

A recent podcast I was lstening to was about refugees how come to the US from Arabian countries, and they simply don't beleive that there is such a thing (since in their cultures it would be impossible to conceive of someone being neglected by their families to the extent that they would allow homelessness).  In the US, (at least from my perspective) there were two classifications of homeless.  Those that want to be homeless, due to some kind of pschological disorder, or those that really were destitute against their best wishes and efforts.

Since society doesn't provide or condone housing for the psychiatrically challenged (at least in the US) that was the bulk of homeless people I met.

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Sun, 01 May 2011 11:20:56
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I don't think there should be that many homeless people in London, what with squatting and all. All you need is to break into a vacant house and then it takes years for the government to get you out.

Or so I've heard. LOL

This is true. Our laws are messed up too. Some people go on vacation only to find that eastern europeans have broken into their homes and started living there. Then the owners of the house when they get back have to start legal procedings to get them out which cost $10'000 +

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Wed, 11 May 2011 04:02:51

Somehow I think the people watching the parade will miss the point entirely.

Slutwalk Comes to Australia

Women in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide are grabbing their fishnets, stilettos and leopard print to march for the right to wear what they like and behave how they want without harassment in four separate slutwalks.

Notices for the latest slutwalks went up on Facebook only on Sunday, but more than 3500 people had registered by yesterday for the protest marches Australia-wide.

The slutwalks started with one small protest march in Toronto on April 3, when women marched in defiance of a local policeman who told 10 college students that: "I've been told I'm not supposed to say this – however, women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised."

Since then, slutwalking has gone global, with marches planned across North America and Europe.

The Brisbane march on May 28 is being organised by the Australian Sex Party's Queensland branch.

"I like to wear tops that show my cleavage and show off my ladies," says organiser Anne Watson. "If that makes me a slut, then I'm a slut."

"You don't have to dress up, but I expect a lot of people will," said Melbourne organiser Clem Bastow, who is also a critic at Fairfax sister site The Vine. Ms Bastow plans to dress up "as 1990s riot grrrl, with reclaimed words written on my arms ... I'm a big fan of dressing up in a sexy way".

With late May temperatures hovering in the low teens, Melbourne's slutwalk participants will be glad to know they don't have to be skimpily attired.

"I'll be rugged up in scarf and beanie," says Lauren Clair, another one of the organisers. "People can come however they like."

Ms Clair is keen to reclaim the word "slut" as a source of pride, not shame. "I've spent my entire life being judged for my appearance and sexuality. I'm sexual, I have sex, I enjoy sex. I'm not going to be ashamed."

"Slut shaming" seems to be increasing, says Ms Clair, and that's why so many women are responding to the call. "Look at the AFL culture", she says. "When influential people like Spider Everett and Kerri-Anne Kennerley say girls get what they deserve, what kind of message does that send out?"

But some women who support the cause hate the word "slut" and don't want to embrace it, says feminist Karen Pickering, who is also working on the Melbourne walk.

"It's a word I avoid, and I bristle when other people use it," she says.

"Some people tell us they're resistant to participating under that name. I ended up saying it was about the right to not be called a slut. But I do think that the more we use it, the more we empty it of its connotations."

Sydney slutwalk organiser Samadhi Arktoi agrees: "A slut is someone who enjoys sex, not someone whom it's OK to rape."


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Wed, 11 May 2011 11:04:36

I heard about slutwalk. We need this all over the world as a daily holiday.

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Thu, 12 May 2011 06:29:44

It is a daily holiday in some parts of my fair city.  One of my paths in the city goes through the red-light district of Brisbane.  There are no street walkers, just women who want people to think they are.

EDIT: Oops, I think I just became one of the people jumping to the wrong conclusion about slutwalk.  Whatever, it's a stupid Idea.

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Fri, 13 May 2011 03:46:26
The reaction to that statement has irritated me from the start.  Regardless of tact, suggesting that dressing modestly decreasing your chance of being assaulted is not the same as saying you deserved it.  Just like saying that eating Cheerios can help lower cholesterol doesn't mean that someone who doesn't deserves a heart attack.  Be upset at the insensitivity or the lack of factual basis, if it's in fact wrong, but not a false equivocation or a quote mine.
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Fri, 13 May 2011 03:53:42

Did I miss all the fun?

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Fri, 13 May 2011 05:37:33
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The reaction to that statement has irritated me from the start.  Regardless of tact, suggesting that dressing modestly decreasing your chance of being assaulted is not the same as saying you deserved it.  Just like saying that eating Cheerios can help lower cholesterol doesn't mean that someone who doesn't deserves a heart attack.  Be upset at the insensitivity or the lack of factual basis, if it's in fact wrong, but not a false equivocation or a quote mine.

Huh?

If you are trying to turn me into a mysogynist you are going to have to be clearer.

If you are saying that judging a book by it's cover is justified when it is the only evidence presented -- then I agree.


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Fri, 13 May 2011 21:04:21




(CNN) -- A knife-wielding man attacked a woman in a supermarket, eventually cutting off her head and running away with it, government officials in Spain's Tenerife Island said Friday.


The man entered a shopping center in the town of Arona, in the Cristianos area of Tenerife, and stole a knife from the supermarket before attacking the apparent stranger, a central government spokeswoman said.


Shopping center security guards were alerted and chased the man, subduing him until police arrived. The man, whom national police in Tenerife identified as a Bulgarian, was apparently known in the shopping area, the government spokeswoman said.


The British Foreign and Commonwealth office confirmed Friday that a British national had died in Tenerife, part of the Canary Islands.

What the fuck

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Fri, 13 May 2011 21:31:58

Eeeesh.


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Fri, 13 May 2011 22:04:03
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Huh?

If you are trying to turn me into a mysogynist you are going to have to be clearer.

If you are saying that judging a book by it's cover is justified when it is the only evidence presented -- then I agree.

I'm saying I hate bad arguments and unwarranted self-righteousness.  I'll argue against what I believe if someone's making a bad argument in favour of it.  It undermines the legitimate points that can be made.

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