Writer's Block: Under Protest

Have you ever participated in a boycott? What did you boycott and why?
Yes!  For 6 years I have been boycotting Hardee's.  Mainly because of their stupid, hypocritical commercials.  I hate the sexism that is blantantly obvious in every single one of their ads that has anything to do with a woman, but how they can't seem to comprehend the fact that people pay attention to their blather and remember that when the Iraq war started they had a whole little segment about how the French were cowards (they were selling chicken sandwichs "Chicken! They're chickens, get it?") and now they turn right around and try to cover their prejudice butts by saying that French is better.  Anyway, my rant is done.

One Green Candle

Because my Iran tag wasn't big enough. You have to see this video though.

It a bit artsy, but then you need to be a bit artsy to get the point across. There is also a quote by Gandhi! Gandhi is one of my heroes, so you can't go wrong with a Gandhi quote.
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I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK

I saw a really awesome Korean film today! The title of this post is also the title of the movie. It's about a girl named Young-goon who is in a mental hospital because she thinks that she's a cyborg. It's basically about all the colorful characters that she meets, including Il-sun, who is anti-social and schizophrenic and occasionally thinks he's a bunny, and the fact that she refuses to eat because cyborgs don't eat. I really like it because it was funny and quirky. It is bizarre, I'll tell you that much. Especially with all the people in the hospital and all the things they believe, but it also shows the fine line between reality and fiction. There are a few scenes where something happens and you stand there and go "What?", but then it's revealed that it didn't really happen and the characters just imagined it. I also really like the little love story between Young-goon and Il-sun. They were so adorable. So, naturally, after seeing the movie I searched about the internet for I'm a Cyborg, but That's OK icons and couldn't find any! Therefore, I made some, which explains why I have one, in case anybody feels the need to have one. Just if you take one, please credit me. Enjoy!

Also thanks to orange-prose for helping me create them.

Young-goon and Il-sun

Young-goon an Il-sun eating rice


Young-goon and Il-sun

Young-goon and Il-sun's feet



Young-goon and Il-sun kissing

Vegan: Day 7 and Other News

So, it's vegan day seven for me and I survived a week without any meat or dairy.  I just can't wait till I can have that.  I can eat cookies, and brownies, and spaghetti!  Hooray!

Anyway, there are two other thigs I'd like to say.  First, is to say a sad farewell to the newsman and human being, Walter Cronkite, who defined classic media.  I saw him in person once.  I was little and all I remember was the room being filled with people asking questions and my dad telling me that this old guy I saw was a reporter from when he was a kid.  But I also remember feeling this awe when I saw him.   Not only was I amazed that I was actually in the same room as someone famous, but I was also in awe upon hearing that he reported man landing on the moon.  And it's weird now that when the anniversary of the moon landing is coming up he died.  On the day he died they showed a clip of him reporting the Kennedy assination and almost breaking down from the sadness of it.  You don't see that anymore

I would also like to draw your attention to another thing.  Iran election disput is still going on, despite what the news seems to think.  July 25th is United 4 Iran day.  50 cities all over the world are protesting for the, well, protesters and against the violence being inflicted on the protesters. Here is the website http://united4iran.org/.  So if you live near one of the cities they've mentioned, join the protest and help Iran Election!

And that's the news.

Vegan: Day 1

I thought the green icon would go well with the veggies thing.  I also really like it.

Anyway, I have decided to go vegan for a week.  Just a week  to see if I can do it.  So, I have survived day one being vegan.  I had brown rice (which is pretty good), soy bacon (which kind of tastes like fried rubber), and soymilk (with vanilla flavoring!) for breakfast.  Then I had soy hot dogs (which are very flimsy and just flop all over the place), and cherries (which, being cherries, were delicious) for lunch.  Finally, for dinner I had stir fry with chicken substitute, and soy milk again.  I actually couldn't tell the difference between the chicken substitute stir fry and actual stir fry, except for how flimsy the chicken was sometimes.  Don't worry, all foods had protein and all the of the other kinds of minerals that a person needs.  I am starting to miss sweets though. And that is the first day of being vegan.

Happy Fourth of July Tomorrow

So, tomorrow is Independence Day, but I'm going on vacation tomorrow, so I wish everybody a happy Fourth of July today.

Now, I'm going to get all cheesy on you and start in on the same speeches they give you on Christmas about feeling "the true Christmas spirit!" and all that jazz.  Stay with me though. 

The Fourth of July brings different images to many people.  Some get a lot of images of red, white, and blue flags when they heard the word.  Others think of fireworks, sparklers, ice cream, and barbecuing on a grill.  But I'd like to bring you back to a time when there no such things as fireworks the fourth of July or barbecue grills and the only flag that had red, white, and blue on it was the Union Jack.  Back to a group of thirteen colonies that did the unthinkable by saying they no longer wanted to be part of the mother country.  It is true they started the revolution after the heavy taxes that were imposed on them, but taxes were just the final straw.  These people didn't risk war and commiting treason just because they didn't want to pay their taxes. 

There is quite a lot of power behind the words "Taxation Without Representation."  It was the without representation that sparked their fury.  They brought about the idea that they deserved to have their say.  They deserved to be heard.  Deserved to have their own opinion and say without being jailed for it, or having their possesions taken away, or even being executed.  They wanted to be free.  Then you come back to today. 

Over the years we as a country have been through a lot.  Many wars, one even between ourselves.  We've been through very dark times (various presidental assasinations, 9/11, the Great Depression), but each one has made us stronger.  Our goverments have lets us down before (Bush, Nixon, etc.), but they have also helped us and inspired to achieve greatness (Lincoln, Kennedy, etc.).  We still have a long way to go in terms of freedom and equality for all, but the glory of our country is how far we we've gone.  We started with slavery and not allowing to women to vote or own property.  Now slavery has been abolished and we have a black president.  Women can vote, own property, have jobs, and do all kinds of things they couldn't even just a hundred years ago. 

America is the country of change.  It says just that in the Inalienable Rights of Man.  We have the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."  This is the land of the free.  It's the land of the people who are free to pursue freedom.  So this Fourth of July don't just think of fireworks or flags.  Think of a group of thirteen colonies from long ago.  Think of the people who dedcided to cause a lot of stir because they didn't really like paying another country's taxes.  Think of journal entry, if you want to.
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Iran Election

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, @ProtesterHelp

دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
Tell the world how they have stolen our election
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I also heard news that Ahmadinejad is calling for an "investiagation" into Neda's death (as if the cause was not already known). For more information on that go to http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090629/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iran_election.
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