Category Archives: politics

apparently, china wrecked the copenhagen deal

“How do I know China wrecked the Copenhagen deal? I was in the room” by mark lynas.

To those who would blame Obama and rich countries in general, know this: it was China’s representative who insisted that industrialised country targets, previously agreed as an 80% cut by 2050, be taken out of the deal. “Why can’t we even mention our own targets?” demanded a furious Angela Merkel. Australia’s prime minister, Kevin Rudd, was annoyed enough to bang his microphone. Brazil’s representative too pointed out the illogicality of China’s position. Why should rich countries not announce even this unilateral cut? The Chinese delegate said no, and I watched, aghast, as Merkel threw up her hands in despair and conceded the point. Now we know why – because China bet, correctly, that Obama would get the blame for the Copenhagen accord’s lack of ambition.

i return to share some terribly NSFW pictures of women burned by acid

i guess these pictures made a pretty big impression on me…

terrorism that’s personal (12 images). NSFW pictures of women who have been burned by acid, mostly by boys that they rejected for marriage, some by familial disputes, and one by her father because he “didn’t want another girl in the family”.

Since 1994, a Pakistani activist who founded the Progressive Women’s Association (www.pwaisbd.org) to help such women “has documented 7,800 cases of women who were deliberately burned, scalded or subjected to acid attacks, just in the Islamabad area. In only 2 percent of those cases was anyone convicted.”

to the boys who were rejected by marriage: suck it up. seriously.

healthcare insights

An American living in France gets breast cancer, and points out the ludicrousness of how ‘socialized healthcare = hell-hole’.

I haven’t blogged in here much lately because I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and I’ve just (today even) gotten a letter from one of those “death” panels. Amazingly, I wasn’t shaking when I got the letter. They are called Medical Councils here and they determine whether someone is eligible or not for 100 percent medical coverage provided by the state, due to a prolonged illness that is in no way the fault of the patient.

This “Council” provides an essential service that is desperately needed in the US. It makes a decision about a patient’s health that does not depend upon considerations like age, income, pre-existing conditions or lifestyle. The council has only one question to answer: does the patient have an illness (or trauma) that requires long term treatment? If the answer to that question is yes, the person is immediately covered at 100 percent for the duration of the illness. the NHS functions in the same way, hence Hawking’s extended care.

the opening paragraph was… “let me go bash my head against a wall”:

The editor of Investor Business Weekly speculated that the eminent scientist Steven Hawking would have been eliminated by NHS death panels had he been, erh.. British.

i enjoyed the the daily show’s extended interview with austan goolsby, chief economist of the economic recovery board. here is part 1 of the extended interview (hulu.com).

there was a segment, reform madness — white minority (hulu.com) where they showed a clip of a woman crying “i want my america back”, and larry wilmore’s like “she wants *her* america back, go tell that to the indians.” seriously!

at times like these, it becomes evident why young people are notorious for political apathy. there are a disturbing number of people in the current generation who seem to be hell-bent on screwing up our future. they think obama is changing america for the worse, but they don’t recognize progress when they see it. they spout conservative vitriol that breeds xenophobia and fear of change. the exasperating stupidity exhibited in what is happening now… it’s hard for me to believe that this is actually happening. people would rather have the status quo? seriously? and making shit up like “death panels” and ‘obama wants to kill your grandma’? to paraphrase from the daily show, we already have death panels, they’re called insurance companies

all i know is that i better stay healthy in the years to come.

or i could move to canada.

ironic how moving to canada was also an option when bush won the re-election. less far-fetched now, perhaps.

ugh

oh econ. such a pointless class. bombed the quiz today and studied afterwards to make up for it. doing that kind of demonstrates my apathy for the class. i’m lazy, so i wait until after the quiz to figure out what i’m supposed to learn. learn the material before or after, it doesn’t matter, because the knowledge is useless to me in the long run. i should skip the aimless Q&A rambling excuses for lectures that i sit through every day. gawd.

linux, however!… you can’t deny that it’s useless. the rewards are long-term and useful. that is probably why i upgraded my kernel and downloaded goodies for the desktop last night instead of studying for econ. totally justified…

reading a good book called “mappa mundi” by justina robson. just finished “crossover” by joel shepherd.

only 2 more weeks of school left!

abominable story of the day:

Who Gets to Make Medical Decisions for Pregnant Women?

Sound crazy? Well something along these lines happened to Samantha Burton, a mother of two in Florida who was 25 weeks pregnant when she was hospitalized against her will due to pregnancy complications. When she requested a transfer to another hospital so she could get a second opinion, the state refused because it was not in the fetus’ “best interests at the time.” After three days in state-mandated confinement, Ms. Burton lost the baby.

martydd: “Women are, after all, mere vessels. The contents of their uterus have greater rights than they do.”

wtf: the birther movement

it’s ridiculous. and “birther” sounds ridiculous, too.

it reminds me of a time in my 8th grade math class when i said that i was born in massachusetts. the kid in front of me (white, the douchebag sort) turned around and said, “no you weren’t!”

why not?

i suppose it is conceivable that there were once enough CIA operatives for every non-white woman to kidnap her from the hospital bed during labor and deport her back to da modder land (establishment of the CIA and commercial jets notwithstanding). nowadays, that would probably be unfeasible. but even if that were the case with me, the flight from east coast to asia is at least twenty-four hours long, and labor is around twelve hours, give or take. so, i would probably have popped out somewhere east of hawaii, which puts me in US airspace… right?

anyways. i think it’s pretty ridiculous that some people can’t accept the fact that non-white are routinely born on american soil, much less become american citizens without doing the extra paperwork.

malailai joya

Malalai Joya: The woman who will not be silenced — “Enraged by Taliban oppression Malalai Joya became a women’s rights activist, and after the US-led invasion, took on the new regime as an MP. But speaking out has come at a cost. She tells Johann Hari why death threats won’t stop her exposing ugly truths about Afghanistan.”

wow. just wow. all these brave women living in countries of oppression… these things make me realize all the things i take for granted. being considered a whole, functional human being, to start with.

i repeat, it burns

the steering wheel is so hot after six hours in the sun that touching it feels like a freezer burn. fyi, in the middle of a heat wave.

eating ice cream on a daily basis now. watching too much alias. painting at the same time.

i thought “aye julian” was about a girl who cheated on her boyfriend with a girl. apparently not!

classes are uninspiring. ME’s not so cool, econ is as pointless as ever. i look forward to math, though. it’s extremely straightforward, and i think my instructor is interesting. she has some keloid scars on the back of her shoulders. coming from a former soviet country, it’s intriguing.

damn, firefox 3 in this qute skin… it’s fantastic.

a bee investigated me during econ today. it was all in my face like “yo yo yo!” and landed on my neck. i left the classroom, thinking that i would terminate it outside, only to return to the bee squashed on the floor by my classmates and my TA telling a story about a bee in his class once.

watching a couple recent episodes of the daily show today… oh sarah palin. why are you so dumb? oh republicans. why are they so unwilling to chip in for health care? from what i understand, you wouldn’t be forced to buy govt health care, but paying the extra taxes to help out your fellow citizens seems like the patriotic thing to do.