SWEET BABY UNICORNS! SOMEONE GIF-ED IT!
I’m looking at WT/MIN(99)/INF/3, which talks about arrangements made for trade ministers, ambassadors, and national delegations at the WTO’s 1999 Ministerial Conference, or, as the press knows it, the 1999 ‘Battle in Seattle’. Imagine getting this treatment (below) at the airport and cruising in to one of the largest ever protests in the US…
8. It will be possible for Ministers to be met by their staff as they disembark from the aircraft. When the dates of arrival of Ministers are known the information should be submitted to the relevant authorities (see Annex I) .
9. Immigration and customs procedures will be expeditious at the two above-mentioned airports. VIPs will receive special attention on arrival and departure.
10. Ministers will be met at the airport individually by chauffeur-driven cars and escorted to their hotels.
22. With regard to motor escorts for Ministers, the USG representative indicated that, based on past experiences, the State Department Branch of Security considered that motor escort would not be required for the event.
Israel using illegal weapons in Gaza
July 21, 2014
Israeli occupation forces are using lethal and internationally banned weapons in their aggressive war against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, experts and witnesses said this morning.
Israeli warplanes fired white phosphorus munition in the eastern Gaza Strip. White phosphorus burns fiercely and can set cloth, fuel, ammunition and other materials on fire, and cause serious burns or death. It was heavily used by Israel during its savage war on Gaza in 2008/2009, and caused many severe casualties.
Meanwhile, witnesses said that the Israeli occupation used flechette bombs on Saturday in the Shujaya neighbourhood causing the death of 100 civilians in the bloodiest day Gaza has witnessed so far.
Doctors saw bodies with nail shrapnel, and removed them from the wounds of those who came into hospital. While, several people and journalists collected nails from bomb sites and posted their photos on Facebook.
In the early days of the Israeli war, Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert told a press conference in Al-Shifa Hospital that he found effects of DIME weapons on the bodies of the Palestinian casualties.
"A good number of the injuries seen here are consistent with the use of dense inert metal explosives, or DIME, that we saw during the 2009 attack and also in 2006," said Gilbert.
He continued: “The bodies are pretty much destroyed by the enormous energy released by the explosives that are shot near them or at them.”
Illegal weapons supplied by $8.5 million daily aid from the US to Israel.
Recently two experiences have shook me. The first was a jovial comment a mate made about my tumblr becoming ‘pornographic’, likely because of this ‘selfie’ or maybe it was this one. The second was looking as I do in public. This isn’t some ‘realisation’ about the Madonna-whore dichotomy, that’s been there for years; rather, it’s a conclusion on my experiences, our collective society and future, and perceptions of what is acceptable behaviour, particularly towards ‘pretty’ people and ‘alternative’-looking people, whether that is punk or transgendered.
What strikes me first about this reflection is the growing confidence I have in my skin. A product of 6 years of graduate study, my formerly athletic body had gone soft. Last year, I reclaimed my body and am now returning to my former athletic state. But, this point is key: I didn’t embark on the difficult journey of weight loss during the final stages of a PhD for my ‘health’ or any of that over-inflated fitspo nonsense. I reclaimed my body because how I felt about myself and because I lost something that formerly so defined myself: strength. There was nothing wrong with my soft body; but there was something wrong with how I felt about my soft body. I felt weak.
As of late, I’ve posted some photos of myself that range in how people interpret them, from inappropriate to narcissistic. I am proud of these photos; they show and embody the strength that I’ve regained and sharing this self-discovered strength, empowers myself and others, at least that’s the theory: all bodies are beautiful. My strength embodies my pride, honesty, openness, understanding, and, most of all, confidence.
What strikes me second about my reflection is twofold. Firstly, society doesn’t want ‘pretty’ or ‘confident’ people, or at least, society doesn’t want confident people to know they are pretty, nor do they want pretty people to be confident, less we get it in our pretty/confident heads that we deserve respect. Secondly, if you are construed as pretty or alternative-looking, society feels entitled to an opinion about you. I know this because of how I observe people reacting to me and anyone who defies locally-derived norms, and this is my main point, as related to the previous post on a Ted talk on sexual violence against women and speaking up.
You are NEVER permitted to pass judgement on another human being, regardless of whether you find them repulsive or beautiful, regardless of how long you have known them. And should you feel so entitled, I can only offer this: your day has come. Because ‘pretty’, ‘alternative’, and formerly weak people - especially women, trans, and nonbinary - are becoming stronger. We are, collectively, regaining our strength. We see your dumbfounded, open-mouthed stares, and it fuels our confidence that we deserve respect. Each disrespectful snigger actually empowers us to fight back and fight harder each time.
If you feel so entitled to stare at me/others, to comment on my/our appearance - whether you ‘like my tats’ or wonder aloud ‘what possible job could a person who looks like that have’ - prepare for the backlash, which won’t arrive in clenched fists or bitter words, but with the organic power of confidence, as harnessed from years of judgement.
There is nothing about the way that I, or any other human being, look(s) that enables you to stare, touch, or comment on any of the choices we have made in expressing ourselves. The sooner the majority recognise that judging is an outdated defence mechanism, the sooner we all, collectively, save ourselves from ourselves.
Speaking up about sexual violence is just the first step in stopping these acts. But we also need to act - Let us waste no time in taking action, the time is now. We’ve got to stop waiting for solutions.
If you are a woman on tumblr and you would like to openly or privately share experiences about sexual violence, please know that I, a fellow survivor, am here to listen and reciprocate.
I’m sorry; I know I’m just bragging now…
And now to relax in my hard-won, nearly organic garden…
Happy birthday weekend to me!
Cake for breakfast, dim sum for lunch, and cocktails for pudding!
That isn’t my hip bone jutting out. It’s layer, upon layer, upon layer of flexed ballet muscle…
The FCC’s site has been so hammered by comments from people angry about its plans to enact Cable Company Fuckery that many haven’t been able to get through.
Look, people in the US, issues can be important without the need for raising the volume or such ‘urgency’, ‘right now’. This is why the rest of the world thinks you are all nutters … because you cannot simply have conversations about important issues. You have to apocolypse-ize everything.
Remember the wise words of your former empire, Keep calm and carry on…
If you haven’t yet, treat yourself to this soul-stretching 1992 interview with Leonard Cohen on songwriting, creative process, and working for the right motives.
I love Leonard. Secondly, as if there was a firstly, I have this ‘theory’ that all PhDs are where they are because we didn’t get the validation we needed from the people who were important to us. Somewhere around year 3, PhDs realise we won’t EVER get that validation, and so writing becomes about something else…