karanguni: (RUFUS looks)
From the NYT:

Madoff Sentenced to 150 Years in Prison

Bernard L. Madoff on Monday received the maximum sentence for perpetrating one of the biggest investment frauds in Wall Street history and will spend the rest of his life in prison.

NOT A TYPO. 8D 8D Some things in RL are better than things in fic. [livejournal.com profile] nasdack, heeeeeeeere I come. >:D

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Heya guys. This is K, reporting in from Supremely Burnt Out Tired Land. Work is really taking it out of me - the last month has just been this mad rush of getting things done for the office, or being zoned out in the office. UNHAPPY FACE. Friends have also been kinda \o /o as we flail towards university; everyone's jittery, and we try to go out and support each other as much as possible, but that's taken most of my days off and turned them into huge social exercises that, while really cool!, have left me feeling sort of like a Swiss roll that's been run over by an 18-wheeler. So I'm really sorry if I haven't been keeping up with fic - especially the original stuff that people are posting! - or entries down here on DW; even keeping my brain in order on LJ has been bleaaaaaaargh. I hope everyone's been doing good! ♥

In other, more important news:

If you are reading this right now, you have more luxury than someone in Iran could ever hope for right now. If you are watching TV or a video on youtube, updating your status on Facebook, Tweeting, or even texting your friend, you are lucky. If you are safe in your home, and were able to sleep last night without the sounds of screaming from the rooftops, you need to know and understand what is happening to people just like you in Iran right now.

They are not the enemy. They are a people whose election has been stolen. For the first time in a long time, a voice for change struck the youth of Iran, just as it did for many people in the United States only seven months ago. Hossein Mousavi gained the support of millions of people in Iran as a Presidential candidate. He stands for progressiveness. He supports good relations with the West, and the rest of the world. He is supported with fervor as he challenges the oppressive regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

On Friday, millions of people waited for hours in line to vote in Iran's Presidential election. Later that night, as votes came in, Mousavi was alerted that he was winning by a two-thirds margin. Then there was a change. Suddenly, it was Ahmadinejad who had 68% of the vote - in areas which have been firmly against his political party, he overwhelmingly won. Within three hours, millions of votes were supposedly counted - the victor was Ahmadinejad. Immediately fraud was suspected - there was no way he could have won by this great a margin with such oppposition. Since then, reports have been coming in of burned ballots, or in some cases numbers being given without any being counted at all. None of this is confirmed, but what happened next seems to do the trick.

The people of Iran took the streets and rooftops. They shout "Death to the dictator" and "Allah o akbar." They join together to protest. Peacefully. The police attack some, but they stay strong. Riots happen, and the shouting continues all night. Text messaging was disabled, as was satellite, and websites which can spread information such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and the BBC are blocked in the country. At five in the morning, Arabic speaking soldiers (the people of Iran speak Farsi) stormed a university in the capital city of Tehran. While sleeping in their dormitories, five students were killed. Others were wounded. These soldiers are thought to have been brought in by Ahmadinejad from Lebanon. Today, 192 of the university's faculty have resigned in protest.

Mousavi requested that the government allow a peaceful rally to occur this morning - the request was denied. Many thought that it would not happen. Nevertheless, first a few thousand people showed up in the streets of Tehran. At this point, it is estimated that 1 to 2 million people were there. Mousavi spoke on the top of a car. The police stood by. For a few hours, everything was peaceful. Right now, the same cannot be said. Reports of injuries, shootings, and killings are flooding the internet. Twitter has been an invaluable source - those in Iran who still know how to access it are updating regularly with picture evidence. People are being brutally beaten. Tonight will be another night without rest for so many in Iran no older than I am. Tonight there is a Green Revolution.

For more information:
here and here
Here - near constant updates
Here - ONTD_political live post
@StopAhmadi, @IranElection09, @persiankiwi, @NextRevolution, @Change_for_Iran

دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
Tell the world how they have stolen our election

- original post by [personal profile] one_hoopy_frood

Today -

May. 16th, 2009 09:51 pm
karanguni: (Default)
Today I really, really, really loved my country, heart and soul.

\o Amazon

Apr. 13th, 2009 09:04 am
karanguni: (Alex KRAPANOS)
I'm guessing you've seen this on your flist already, but if you haven't - go search for "homosexuality" on Amazon.com and see what they've just done to LGBT books, searches and sales rankings.

I wouldn't normally cry wolf, but the site of that search page makes me so sick that I'm going to call delete-my-Amazon-account instead.
karanguni: (BARACK chibi)
He's not my President, he's not a perfect man, but he has words and I, a human, listened:

We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.

This means so much to me as an individual, as a citizen, as a person on our shared earth and as everything else that I can't even say what it means anymore.
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This is the most touching thing I've listened to in most of my life. And god, I love human hope and decency.

You are asked to stand not on a question of politics, on a question of religion, on a question of gay or straight; you are asked now to ask on a question of love. All you need is stand, and let the tiny ember of love meet its own fate. You don't have to help it. You don't have to applaud it. You don't have to fight for it. Just don't put it out. Just don't extinguish it. Because while it may look like that love is between two people you don't know, you don't understand, maybe you don't want to know, that ember is the love you have for your fellow person. Because this is the only other world we have, the the other guy counts too.

... I wish it were in the hearts of all. So I be written in the book of love, I do not care about that book above. Erase my name or write it as you will. So I be written in the book of love.

Good night, and good luck.

karanguni: (danny OCEAN)
I love Barack Obama. For his cool, for his calm, for the fact that he's picked a bad ass insane beautiful man for his Chief of Staff.

I'm going to introduce you to Rahmn Emanuel, even though I should be studying economics. It's okay. Once I introduce you to Rahm Emanuel, no human being is ever going to look the same again. This guy is insane. And this is the man who won the Democrats their majority.

1. He will beat you. He will beat you hard. Until you bleed. Preferably money.

When raising funds for a Democractic campaign? Rahm sent back checks to people, insulted them, and embarrassed them into sending more money because the checks? Too small.

2. Then he will beat you again.

To a pollster he didn't like? Rahm sent a 2.5 foot long dead fish.

3. Unless he loves you.

To the candidates he's taken care of in his position as DCCC chairman? He sends cheesecakes. From Chicago. To places like Nevada.

4. He will not take your shit.

Upon winning the Democractic majority:

"I'll tell you this," Emanuel shouted out to his staff. "The Republicans may have the 72-hour program. But they have not seen the 22-month program!

"Since my kids are gone, I can say it: They can go ---- themselves!"

5. He will kill you. Kill you dead.

When working for the Clinton campaign, he was bitching with his homies at dinner about the people who were working against them. As he spoke? He stabbed the table. With his steakknife. While saying, "DEAD. DEAD."


In a fairly typical sign-off, he concluded another call to Sestak: "Don't [mess] it up or ... I'll kill you. All right, I love you. Bye."

Oh, yeah, and he told Tony Blair "not to fuck up".

6. He likes people who might kill you, too.

Emanuel believed in being tough. In September 2005, he described a Vietnam veteran he was trying to recruit this way: "I don't know if he's going to win, but I'll tell you this: I don't want to cross [him]. I think he would take out a knife and kill you. I think he would kill you." Emanuel viewed this as an asset.

7. His brother, Ari? Inspiration for Ari Gold in Entourage.

Can you say, enough said?

Now, I advise you to pursue how he beats the shit out of the Republican policy by reading a LOVE LETTER to OIL LOBBYISTS. I direct you also to a news post, and also to this post with many more links.

Have I mentioned, he's a ballet dancer?

Oh yeah. He is.

Obama and Rahm.

It's going to be a beautiful, interesting four years.

[edit] You know what, I'm going to let BARACK OBAMA do this for me.

Obama: (to someone who writes for the NYTimes) "You are such a literate, erudite guy, it makes me wonder, why are you hanging around with Rahm Emanuel. There are only so many ways to say, "I want to rip your head off." Most of Rahm's vocabulary cannot appear in the Sunday section [of the NYTimes]."

He calls it a "roast" of Rahm Emanuel; Republicans were invited, but some would only "come if there was a real fire".



Obama: "It's fashionable in politics these days to profess your faith ... Rahm lives by this ... he keeps the Sabbath ... he doesn't just talk about the 10 Commandments, he lives them. With some modifications. Uh. The one - "thou shalt not kill ... unless he is a target."

Obama: "In fact, he was the first to adapt Machiavelli's The Prince for dance."


karanguni: (LUCIFER morningstar)
Before I go off to get my ass handed to me again, I shall post. Oh, politics, I'm sorry for beating you up so much. I promise that I'll stop soon. Very soon. Probably.

The good:

- The New York Times writing about how newspapers in the city have been sold out since early this morning. ♥ History, you have been made.

The bad:

- Proposition 8 got passed in California, 52% for, and I've had so much heartbreak over gay rights that right now all I want to do is beat something in. With a fish. A big fish. Like a tuna. That's huge fish.

The pretty:

- From the Yuletide counters: Ursula K Le Guin - the Hainish Cycle (4,9). OH YEAH, BABY. GO, MY CHILDREN, GO FORTH AND PROPOGATE.

The ugly:

- The Kinkfest prompt that the elections ended up rolling over; will probably end up being a few days late OH GOD I AM SORRY asjflka.

The smile:

The Hainish Cycle victory made me remember one of the things about Le Guin's writing that moves my personal philosophy, and keeps me alive in moments in between euphoric victory and relatively crushing defeat. These are the words of a young king, self-exiled, to a plenipotentiary of a union of many worlds:

"The dream of the Ekumen, then, is to restore that truly ancient commonalty; to regather all the peoples of all the worlds at one hearth?"

Axt nodded, chewing bread-apple. "To weave some harmony among them, at least. Life loves to know itself, out to its furthest limits; to embrace complexity is its delight. Our difference is our beauty. All these worlds and the various forms and ways of the minds and lives and bodies on them - together they would make a splendid harmony."

"No harmony endures," said the young king.

"None has ever been achieved," said the Plenipotentiary. "The pleasure is in trying."

karanguni: (danny OCEAN)
The real reasons I'm so interested in the US elections today:

1) The pain that was watching the '04 elections.
2) The fact that we practically have no real elections here at home.

\o\ /o/



Nov. 4th, 2008 07:11 pm
karanguni: (ROBIN laughs)
Things done today:

1) Mathematics paper of great and epic fail
2) Falling increasingly sick

Things to be done today:

1) Nice hot shower
2) Writing for Kinkfest
3) Nice long sleep.

Things to be done tomorrow:

1) Watch Obama bleed the states blue

HOMG SO EXCITED SO EXCITED. Will be in front of telly and refreshing NYTimes 10000 times an hour and I'm not even American!
karanguni: (EDWARD)
Because these things get around and I am a starved writer:

☆ The Fanficcers Love Meme ☆

Because I love politics that don't involve my own country:

This is probably the most hilarious post about Mike Huckabee that I've read. It involves talking in code! With the Bible! And football!

Because I'm really on time:

Happy Chinese New Year, everyone who celebrates/knows about it! Chu er today, so with hope this comes in between the lo hei and the drunken gambling. ♥

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