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Shoppers kill Walmart Employee [Nov. 28th, 2008|09:04 am]
PC Maho
[mood |awakeawake]

NEW YORK (AP) — A worker died after being trampled by a throng of unruly shoppers when a suburban Wal-Mart opened for the holiday sales rush Friday, authorities said.

At least three other people were injured.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., in Bentonville, Ark., would not confirm the reports of a stampede but said a "medical emergency" had caused the company to close the store, which is in Valley Stream on Long Island.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iDXtETwP7G17BQsO07DecwxuziLgD94O1UD01
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New Deal [Nov. 22nd, 2008|11:43 pm]
PC Maho
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

heh....


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Google Street View [Nov. 12th, 2008|06:48 pm]
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Scary

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Look forward Califorina [Nov. 10th, 2008|09:10 pm]
PC Maho
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[mood |creativecreative]

This is a comment about Prop. 8 that I recently made. The real question is where do we really go from here? Well, here's a suggestion:

I think that now is the time to take all this new found fire and use it to create something new. Stop being reactive and start being proactive.

California is split, not in to half bigots and half not (as some opponents to 8 would have you think) but split in an honest disagreement about what is important in family and marriage. I'm not going to say that there aren't bigots out there, but I will say that bigotry is not what fueled the Yes on 8 vote.

California must unite, not further divide our selves. We must all agree that we want to protect families and live in a state that supports loving and successful marriages. We must, however, talk about this issue openly and come to real unified solutions, not knee jerk initiatives like prop. 8 that do nothing to stop the over 50% divorce rate, or the number of abusive or dysfunctional families.

We must also leave our hate (on both sides) at the door.

Prop. 8 has passed, but California is still divided. I for one think we as a state and as members of the human race can do better.
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More on prop. 8 [Nov. 8th, 2008|11:26 pm]
PC Maho
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[mood |curiouscurious]

There are some interesting ideas on this Facebook group here:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=33160213235

Basically their idea is to pass initiatives that protect religious freedom and therefore end the argument that allowing gays and lesbians to marry would somehow take away those freedoms.

While I think it's a very creative and interesting approach, one of their ideas is to pass an initiative that would ban teachers from teaching about marriage in schools. I think this would probably do more harm than good and set a president for further censorship in schools and lead to other "religious subjects" such as evolution or sex ed being banned as well.

I also think that we can't obsess to much about the religious angle. I don't think that people are thinking of this issue all entirely religious. I think whats happening is that a lot of Yes on 8 people believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ideal, ideal for the relationship and ideal for kids if they are adopted or otherwise brought in to the family. Thier religious views only surve to strengthen this belief.

What we need to get out there is that this assertion is just not true. There is no research to support it and lots to discredit it. What makes a successful family is not it's structure, but it's quality. No exceptions.
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How to defeat Prop. 8 without drum circles [Nov. 8th, 2008|02:02 pm]
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[mood |crankycranky]

Ok, Lets get this straight. Getting angry isn't going to do shit. Drum circles and chants are going to mostly waste your time. The Catholic Church is well organized and funded, your drum circles are not. We need to get this done, and for once BAY AREA, we need to do it right! So here we go:

First, I currently see two ways that this can be faught:

One: law suits
Two: a new initiative

1. Law suits: The current big law suit that has a chance is one brought by the ACLU:
http://www.aclu.org/lgbt/relationships/37706prs20081105.html
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-gaylegal6-2008nov06,0,5471913.story

What can you do?

well you can support the ACLU:
http://action.aclu.org/site/PageServer?pagename=FJ_donationhome

but that would be minimum, as the ACLU does a lot of other things, there's no guarantee your money will go where you want it to.

Get your city or county to support it

http://www.mercurynews.com/centralcoast/ci_10934458

Santa Cruz may be giving support to the law suits against Prop 8. However, Santa Cruz has a lot of internal issues to take care of, so it might not really do anything and just end up making Santa Cruz look silly. But there are lots of cities out there with more pull than Santa Cruz with a lot of people who voted no on 8.

Go to city council meetings, talk to your mayor or council members. Find out what can realistically be done to support the efforts of these law suits.

get rich people to support it

Stop pretending you are poor, you know rich people, talk to them. Find out if they are interested in supporting real action against 8. Get them ready to reach in to their pockets to help make this happen.

2. A new initiative:

Frank Schubert, co-chairman of the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign said:

"If they want to legalize gay marriage, what they should do is bring an initiative themselves and ask the people to approve it...But they don't. They go behind the people's back to the courts and try and force an agenda on the rest of society."

He has a point. If we want to change the law, let's fucking change it. I have no idea how to do this at the moment, but the point is that it's possible and we need to start thinking.


I'm going to do more research in to all this, but right now i'm just throwing out ideas, ideas that don't involve the, "hey man, I know, lets throw a rock concert, rock concerts change the world!, yeeeah, let me go get my bongos.. feels good to actually do something..", mentality
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Nov. 5th , the poem I read at the slam [Nov. 8th, 2008|12:53 pm]
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[mood |awakeawake]

I have seen a mixed race man raise to lead our nation
his skin color and culture as cappuccino as mine

I have seen our state shattered by county lines
as california told my mother her marriage
shouldn't exist

so, with one hand
I celebrated the color of my skin on CNN
and with the other
I stabbed my self with guilt
for not doing enough
for my family

I come from a lineage of revolutionaries

who had the courage
to stand
sober
out in the open

saying: we exist
no matter how
you change the constitution
no matter how many laws you pass
no matter how many separate by equal roads
we go down again
we exist
and we are not going away

so here I stand
in a country
where
a brown skinned man
was accepting the presidency
a few blocks from where
a brick was once thrown at Martin Luther King Jr's head

to say that voting isn't enough
is the official understatement of the century

but to say that voting is wrong, oppressive, or pointless
is to deny our place in a community of millions of voices
who speak periodically
as one

whether you chose to be counted
or chose to be silent
you are speaking

this year we spoke
of being ready
to truly measure a man
by the content of his character
and not the color of his skin

but we still measure family
by it's structure
not it's infinite possibilities
and capacity for love

this election was about hope

and hope
is not about
the power of our leaders

it is about taking
our innermost dreams
ideals
what if's
some day's

making them
a reality
through the power
or our determination
the power of our
voice

it is about asking
the cynics, anarchists, Marxists, the socialist, the democrats, the republicans,
capitalists, middle class, homeless, high class, the cops, teachers, administrators,
reagents, military recruiters, tree sitters, land lords, Christians, pagans, jews, muslims,
greens, independents, libertarians, vegans, and everyone
who makes this city, this state, this country, this world what it is
to stand together

to stop selfishly tearing each other apart
and start selflessly bringing each other together

we are all human beings
and when given a voice
and an ear to listen
we could shake the universe
it's self

this is what hope is to me
and this is why
I voted
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movie trailers dump [Nov. 2nd, 2008|06:16 pm]
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Movies I want to see, mixed past, current, and upcoming

http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/jcvd/
http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox_searchlight/notorious/
http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/push/
http://www.apple.com/trailers/weinstein/thereader/
http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/watchmen/
http://www.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/nickandnorahsinfiniteplaylist/
http://www.apple.com/trailers/focus_features/burnafterreading/
http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/cityofember/
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Interview with Karl Rove in Nov 2007 [Nov. 2nd, 2008|12:10 pm]
PC Maho
[mood |awakeawake]

wow.. Charlie Rose keeps trying to tell Karl Rove that what the voters care about is the War in Iraq. and Rove says it's corruption and government spending....

Rose says, "this goes deeply against the conventional wisdom of most political people..."

But guess what, Rove was right... (remember this interview was done a year ago)

he also says that all Presidential elections are about Change and that the candidate who makes this election about the past and not about a vision for the future (specifically about finances of government, heath care, paying for college, and quality of education) will lose.

he also says he's a huge nerd (he had a pocket protector once).. so more prof that nerds rule the world. I guess you could say that Karl Rove is the ultimate Revenge of The Nerds.


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Sillcon Valley says No on 8 [Oct. 26th, 2008|12:49 pm]
PC Maho
[mood |chipperchipper]

check it out:

From Apple's home page:

"
No on Prop 8

October 24, 2008

Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights — including the right to marry — should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8. "

From Google's Official Blog:

"...while there are many objections to this proposition -- further government encroachment on personal lives, ambiguously written text -- it is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8. While we respect the strongly-held beliefs that people have on both sides of this argument, we see this fundamentally as an issue of equality. We hope that California voters will vote no on Proposition 8 -- we should not eliminate anyone's fundamental rights, whatever their sexuality, to marry the person they love."

read the whole entry here:
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/our-position-on-californias-no-on-8.html
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