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The government insists on English schools asking for birthplace data from parents.

New Department for Education rules mean that academics must show research to government two days before publishing.

The government announces a new policy requiring employers to register all workers who are not British citizens. (They have since kinda sorta climbed down on that one, but not really.)

Just to remind everyone where this is headed:

Image: Adam Jones, Ph.D. CC BY-SA 3.0

What badge would you have had to wear in a Nazi concentration camp?

I'd have had to wear a red triangle and a black triangle.
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So, there seems to be a mini exodus of folk from LJ to DW due to the DDoS attacks on LJ. [personal profile] synecdochic has an explanation of what's going on with that here, and how LJ has been instrumental in providing a voice for democracy in present-day Russia (adding in her next post that if you run Windows and you don't want to provide a platform for whoever's behind the DDoS on LJ, you need to be running daily malware and virus scans with up to date software).

For once, I have a reason to be happy with LJ. But I'm still glad people are choosing to move to DW.

Why? Because I support DW's business model, and I think LJ's stinks.

LJ's business model is similar to that of a magazine: in a magazine, writers provide content which makes people want to buy the magazine and read it. But those readers aren't the magazine's customers; oh, no. Those readers are simply the hook to catch the real customers of the magazine: advertisers. Eyes on pages equals advertising sales, and advertising sales are the backbone of any magazine's business model.

That's LJ's business model, except with LJ, it doesn't even have to pay its writers, because its writers are also its readers. So, the writers/readers provide both the content and the eyes on pages - and some of them even pay for the privilege - and enable LJ to catch its real customers, advertisers.

No, thank you. I want a service where I, the reader/writer/content provider am the customer. And that's why I'm at DW, because that is DW's business model. It's why, in months when I can afford to, I pay a DW subscription. It's why, if I could afford to, I'd buy the longest, highest priced subscription every year. The fact that the folks running DW actually know what they're doing and are taking the time to develop the platform effectively and in new ways is a bonus.

If there weren't still so many people on LJ that I want to hear from and keep in touch with, I'd leave it today. If I thought people would make the effort to come over to DW to read my entries - even if they stay at LJ - I'd stop crossposting there today, too.
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I am proud of today's students. Please join me in giving them your support. If we weren't snowed in, I'd be joining them tomorrow.

The University of Edinburgh
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edinburghanticuts@gmail.com
@edinunianticuts
Skype: Edinburgh.Occupation
07540248868

University College London (UCL)
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ucloccupation@gmail.com
@ucloccupation
Skype: ucloccupation

University of the West of England (UWE)
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uwe.better.together@gmail.com
@uweagainstcuts
Skype: uwe.anti.cuts

Cambridge University
www.defendeducation.co.uk
@CamDefendEd

ROSCOE Manchester
roscoeoccupation.wordpress.com
omid@pycsessions.com

University of East London
@UELoccupation10

Newcastle University
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@ncloccupation
Skype: newcastleoccupation

Leeds University
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@Occupiedleeds
07766585543

SOAS
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soasoccupation2010@gmail.com
@soasoccupation

University of Brighton
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@brightonnocuts

Sheffield
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occupation.sheffield@gmail.com


Plymouth
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@psacplymouth
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...but only if you can see it. Another incentive to join DreamWidth. I have invite codes!

Anyway.

My dad alerted me to the Steve Bell cartoon in today's Grauniad as probably the sole time Birmingham's Symphony Hall will thus feature.

It's also rather good, as one would expect.

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Portrait artist Natasha Gomperts will be exhibiting in Shepherds Market, an area of London with a long term history of sex work, in late March.
Natasha wants to create a drawn petition for decriminalisation of sex work, made up of hundreds of portraits of people from the sex industry and supporters of our human rights.

Drawings will be made really quickly – it can take from as little as 30 seconds, to as long as a couple of minutes. Natasha will protect your anonymity – pictures can be clearer or more blurred, full face or turned away, as you wish.

Taking part is completely safe, discreet and respectful of your privacy.
You can be drawn over coffee in a café or Natasha can come to you. There’ll also be drawing sessions at several central London locations.

www.natashagomperts.com
search Drawn Petition on Face Book and Twitter
call 07806 600 041 or email drawnpetition@hotmail.com
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Mostly through [info - personal] elf (on Christian privilege) and [livejournal.com profile] elorie (on being bisexual and Coming Out Day), I've been caused to put my thoughts on heterosexual privilege in relation to being (what most people would call*) bisexual into some order.

Some time ago, I was told (online, but have heard similar sentiments offline, many, many times, from both lesbians and heterosexual feminists) that I would get on a lot better with lesbians if I just admitted that, as a bisexual [sic] woman, I have heterosexual privilege - apparently regardless of who (if anyone) I am thinking filthy thoughts about/flirting with/partnered with/shagging/etc. at any one time.

To which my response was: O.o bzuh?! This makes me different from most lesbians how, exactly?!

(This, incidentally, is one of the many reasons I've not been on the lesbian scene for a veeeeery long time.)

[break for walking the dogs]

Having found an article on 'passing privilege'** - a concept developed, afaiaa, by transfeminists - and had plenty of time to think and feel through this on my walk (and get angry and tearful and... you get the picture), all I have to say is: yey, I get to deal with internalised biphobia, as well as internalised homophobia, and internalised misogyny; go me. :-|

(I do have a more serious post to write about passing privilege, internalised oppression and awareness, but that post is not for this blog.)


* I have several objections to the term 'bisexual': 1. there are many more than two genders; 2. gender, as I believe it to be generally understood, is not what my sexuality is about; 3. it derives from the 19th century attempt to medicalise sexuality, and define certain sexualities as mental illnesses; 4. sexuality is a Whole Lot More Complicated than a fixed term or identity can encompass.

** "Passing as privilege" by Jessica Xavier - http://www.annelawrence.com/twr/passing.html
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I just went to amazon.co.uk and did a general search with the term "gay sex". I got LOTS of results:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_w_h_?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=gay+sex&x=0&y=0

So, is this story about Amazon censoring stuff untrue, or does it just apply to amazon.com?

Just sayin'

Apr. 3rd, 2009 11:27 pm
ellie_nors: (slytherin)
Religion is a mental illness, of which the defining feature is delusional belief in an invisible being who is always watching you and will punish you if you don't follow their will.

If you sincerely believe the above, then you don't know what religion is, and your views on the subject have about as much relevance as the views of creationists on what and how science should be taught in schools - i.e. none whatsoever.

(This post was prompted by a post of [livejournal.com profile] scoradh's, and others' responses to it, but isn't aimed at anyone in particular - I just felt it needed saying.)
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US-ian friends, please read, take action and forward to all your other US-ian friends.

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March 20, 2009
New Bill May Threaten Organic Food

The Bills are:
House HR 875
Senate S 425

There is an enormous rush to get this into law within the next 2 weeks before
people realize what is happening.

Main backer and lobbyist is (guess who) Monsanto.

This Bill will require organic farms to use specific fertilizers and poisonous
insect sprays dictated by the newly formed agency to "make sure there is no
danger to the public food supply".

You can read the content of the bills on-line here:

House HR 875

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-875

Senate S 425

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:s425:

Note that the Library of Congress doesn't seem to have the House bill on-line.

Take Action with the Grassroots Netroots Alliance

http://capwiz.com/grassrootsnetroots/issues/alert/?alertid=12878056

Five Minute activism - Things YOU can do:

1. Contact your members at 202-224-3121 and ask them to oppose HR 875 and
S 425.
-While you are at it ask them if they personally have read the legislation and
what their position is?
-If they have not read the legislation, ask them to read it and politely let
them know that just because other representatives are not reading the
legislation and voting on it, does not mean they can do the same.
2. Get in touch with local farmers and food producers and tell them about this.
3. Find out who sits on your states agriculture and farming committee and
contact them with your concerns.

HIV/AIDS

Apr. 21st, 2006 10:24 pm
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I just want to reiterate here what I said to some dipshit less than coherent person over in [livejournal.com profile] angry_biscuit's journal (except without the markup errors):

Let's just remember that the origin of the HIV virus is most likely from people in some parts of Africa hunting and skinning monkeys carrying the HIV virus. Skinning animals is a messy business - lots of blood - and if you have an open wound there you go - HIV passes from monkeys to humans.

Let's also remember that the highest rate of HIV infection in the world is in southern Africa. In some countries in the region the adult (ages 15-49) infection rate is 40%. 40%. The majority of cases are not men who are anally penetrated by an uncovered penis. The majority of cases are women who contract the virus from sexual contact with their husbands, who contract the virus from sexual contact with other women, not other men. Many of the infected are children, who contract the virus in utero or from their mother's milk.

So let's stop this obsession with gay men as 'high risk', shall we, and focus on safe practices around bodily fluids and what prevents people from adopting them, hmm?

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