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Tonight's debate [26 Sep 2008|05:41pm]

movehalfaninch
So... how do you think it'll go tonight?

By the way, dunno if any of you guys remember who the Emergency Broadcast Network were, but they were this sort of political leaning art group... and now they're called Eclectic-method...

anyway, they did this video remix of InnerPartySystem's "Don't Stop" video that is very very very timely for tonight's debate.

Check it:


And then you can do your own remix:
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A Presidential Debate drinking game- draft [04 Sep 2008|03:13pm]

jennaxide
The debates are coming! (Schedule is here). In order to enjoy the political oral volleyball to the greatest extent, I've put together a shallow and largely plagiarized first draft for a Presidential Debate drinking game. Suggestions and improvements welcome!

Drink one if...Collapse )

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A Call to Arms [28 Aug 2008|01:43am]

sagesephiroth
[ mood | excited ]


The Agents of SORP : "Knowing is Half the Battle...the other half is the brutal slaughter of all who oppose you."

That's right bitches.
Something new and improved to infest your every orifice and love it.

We're back, and tapping your girlfriend's ass so hard her mother will climax.

See this suit?
It's gonna push your shit in.
See these boots?
They're made of ass - KICKED ASS!

Old people. Gone.
Drive-through orders. Correct.

And several other awesome quotes you shall read on the website itself from site designer Lord Dragan Kasimir and Agents of SORP Imperial Overlord Zachary Byron Helm.

So, fellow Agents and Operatives, it's time to dust off your old gear, get the stains out of your nurse uniforms, and get ready to put the stupid back in their place and look goddamn good in the process!

Agent Sage, signing off for now.

-=End Transmission=-
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A host is a host, afterall... [17 Aug 2008|04:46am]

sagesephiroth
[ mood | accomplished ]

So, some of you may even feel a little abandoned (well, those who still visit this digital/silicon ghost-town of a community) as my last entry in here was nearly two years ago, and I have not bothered to check-up or comment on those other individuals who have visited. Sometimes a hiatus is necessary to grow along one's journey, leaving room for enlightenment.

So first, my apologies... yes, just like in my last two-year-old entry. Mistakes can be repeated when we forget to look into the mirror of our past once in a while, deeper than a surface, shirt-term memory can serve for retrieving information. However, to completely live in the past is also futile. I live in the now with ink and blank paper, scribing the tales of today while admiring how many blank pages I have left, as I feel we all should if we wish to possess a mind-set capable of making any kind of change to this world.

While the scant topics I have seen come across this community's pages have been quite a bit different than what I originally perceived to attract, it is in this diversity unified that a strength of its own will come to a respected light, and I appreciate what you have shared. Keep an open mind and share, so long as the message holds meaning and you truly believe it... not a blind devotion like the sheeple of so many organized religions or any other great market trend... but because it makes sense to you, on a personal aesthetic level that sends that special tingle down your spine every time you experience it.

Laughter, hatred, despair, hope, anarchy, order, light, dark... whatever stirs and inspires, so long as it is sentient and holds an enlightened, intelligent, and refined view after careful consideration, is certainly welcome here. Picture, painting, sculpture, music, vibration, literature... whatever your medium, whatever your passion, keep it going.

And now, after enough reading, how about some audio/visual to stir the mind?

Miss Construction - Kunstprodukt

LyricsCollapse )

One of a variety of SORP Films endeavors, though more of a comic relief, Emo Assault Squadron :


And finally, a remake of the original song (and their own symbolic video version) of "Land of Confusion" by Disturbed :



I look forward to your future entries, even if I may not always be around to monitor... but in that, take it from one who has well-learned the lesson in childhood, no one will always be there for you; so learn now to be as self-reliant as you can, for you never know who YOU may have to watch after, or who may return the favor.

-=SSK=-
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[13 Aug 2008|05:18am]

acidexia


After a year in the making we are proud to announce that Extreme Women in the Dark Future has finally broken through the glass ceiling. Featuring female fronted acts like Regenerator, Neikka RPM, and Vicious Alliance along with daring solo acts like Chiasm, Unwoman, and Odio 84 these powerful artists are ready to take the industrial scene by storm and prove that women were meant to be heard!

Tracklisting

1. Protea - Little Drummer Boy
2. Compulsory Skin - Twisted
3. Aluminum Voyage - Filth
4. Genocidio 1968 - Hure
5. Anxiety Disorder - Emergency Sex
6. Neikka RPM - Umbrae Sub Noctem
7. Diffuzion - No Passive Isolation
8. Chiasm - Deny
9. Odio 84 - No Trust
10. Noizekatt - Scars
11. Ju!ie Destroy - Devist8or
12. Experiment Haywire - Mean Enough Hot Enough
13. N01R - Eau
14. Vicious Alliance - Where Soliders Fall
15. Regenerator - Famished
16. Unwoman - Compliance (machineKUNT remix)
17. Hieros Gamos - In the Shining Exile
18. Asinyane - Homocide

You can now order it directly from the machineKUNT Records website.

Riot on,
Rachel Haywire
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[02 Jun 2008|01:09am]

acidexia
The first full length Experiment Haywire album Annihilation Chic is out and ready to start a new riot.



Tracklisting:

1. Mean Enough Hot Enough
2. Stereotype
3. Occult Casualty
4. Overrule
5. Sociopathic
6. Dark Discordia
7. Game Called Life (XP8 mix)
8. Decapitation (Ambassador 21 mix)
9. People Killing People (kAlte fArben mix)
10. Cooler Than Genocide (Caustic Oi Vey mix)
11. Annihilation Day

Order from http://thehaywire.net or http://myspace.com/experimenthaywire

Thanks for the support!
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[15 Mar 2008|01:30am]

acidexia
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[26 Feb 2008|01:40pm]

acidexia
I am proud to announce that the machineKUNT website has now been remodeled with a brand new artists page announcing the lineup of our "Extreme Women in the Dark Future" compilation.

http://machinekunt.com
http://machinekunt.com/artists

Several more artists shall be added when their tracks have been received. We are looking forward to the release of this album in May!

Cheers to all.
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[17 Jan 2008|05:43pm]

acidexia
Join the all female electronic revolution.

machineKUNT is what happens after 99% of industrial is dead.

If you are a female electronic artist we invite you to submit your best song to the "Extreme Women in the Dark Future" compilation.

Website here: machineKUNT Records

Spread the word!

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Patriotism in General... [19 Dec 2006|01:34pm]

sagesephiroth
[ mood | contemplative ]

Many of you may find it odd that I do not post in my own Lj community here very often... not the best host I am afraid, but I do give you a palette on which to share your mediums. You may find it more odd still that when I post, it usually has nothing to do with current events, but that more of a larger picture-perspective and how the world affects us.

For example, this is an entry from my personal journal that I had meant to post in here, but with the mountain of other events in my life, I am left to say the classic "better late than never" line. :

"I just thought I'd mention this little observation...

After recently listening to the Hunt for Red October theme and listening to the Russian Soviet Anthem (separate music entities, btw), I realized that honestly, with an anthem that really sounds like it represents something worth standing up for, and not some song that begins by asking a Hispanic guy if he can see at dawn ("Ohh say..." sounds like Jose, if you didn't catch that), wouldn't it encourage us more-so to feel something more of a connection to our country and unity with our people?

Perhaps the comedian George Carlin was right in calling it the "pussification" of this country's way of life.

Seriously... I don't follow any set political affiliation (actually, when I recently took a few tests for political affiliation, they turned out what is known as "Centerist" or otherwise a balanced belief between economy, social issues, etc.) but for some reason I find the old Russian Soviet Anthem to feel more inspiring when heard than our lame red-white-and-blue yankee-doodle bullshit melody. Then again, at the time it was made into a melody, we WERE still under heavy British influence... at least we don't have the limp arms or odd sense of humor, but we did at least take the good parts of their cuisine.

Again, this is not to say I believe in Communist ways of life or feel a patriotism towards Russia, but the impact a powerful national anthem can by its mere sound could mean the difference between unity and chaos with a careless attitude.

Oh, and by the way - N-U-C-L-E-A-R.

Thank you."


I could go on into other personal beliefs as for what philosophers I believe have the right idea (Nietzsche, Freud [without all the weird repressed sexuality part], Hitler before he hit complete insanity [and was quite the sharp-dresser], etc.) but I shall save that for another entry. And if you can't even read those names without cringing, then this community is not for you.

Until then, I look forward to what other scant entries you all have to share, along with your views.
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The death of an Indymedia journalist [29 Oct 2006|08:28pm]

jennaxide
The New York City Independent Media Center responds to the death of Brad Will

Brad Will was killed on October 27, 2006, in Oaxaca, Mexico, while working as a journalist for the global Indymedia network. He was shot in the torso while documenting an armed, paramilitary assault on the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca, a fusion of striking local teachers and other community organizations demanding democracy in Mexico.

The members of the New York City Independent Media Center mourn the loss of this inspiring colleague and friend. We want to thank everyone who has sent condolences to our office and posted remembrances to www.nyc.indymedia.org. We share our grief with the people of our city and beyond who lived, worked, and struggled with Brad over the course of his dynamic but short life. We can only imagine the pain of the people of Oaxaca who have lost seven of their neighbors to this fight, including Emilio Alonso Fabian, a teacher, and who now face an invasion by federal troops.
All we want in compensation for his death is the only thing Brad ever wanted to see in this world: justice
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my condolances to Mr. Will's family and a moment of silence for his memory.
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ANOTHER WAR, ANOTHER WAR CRIME: Civilians Massacred In Iraq. [25 Mar 2006|05:11pm]

steelcaver
[ mood | apprehensive ]



    I was reading through PsychoanalystsOpposeWar.Org and found the internet links to this story, which I'd first seen on The Hour.  We all saw this coming; this is hardly the first time soldiers have fired first and and asked questions later, and it is almost expected that American soldiers will.  According to a story uncovered by reporters working for Time magazine, U.S. marines sent to "liberate" the Iraqi people responded to an improvised explosive device that flipped a military vehicle by butchering the people in the three houses closest to the explosion.  (View related video here.)  The B.B.C. has also touched on the issue, signalling a growing British unease with their continued contribution to the occupation; the B.B.C. story isn't specific to this one incident, but instead provides an overview of what American soldiers are doing to people on the ground in Iraq. 

    This story should not come as a suprise.  America sent its sons and daughters to war.  To persuade them to go, America convinced their sons and daughters that they were going to liberate the populace of the country that they were in fact attacking.  To persuade them to go, America convinced their sons and daughters that they would be welcomed as liberators by the people they were in fact occupying.  To persuade them to go, America convinced their sons and daughters that they were doing the "right thing" by marching off to war.  To persuade them to go, America spoon-fed their sons and daughters a pot of bullshit that those sons and daughters still believe to be the truth.  And I cannot imagine what psychological damage that has done.  But I can guess.  

    Indoctrinated by the American military-industrial complex and posted to a patrol route in an isolated desert country, cut off from any reliable information to the contrary, this troupe of Marines probably still thinks that they're protecting the Iraqi people.  But faced with the cognitive dissonance that results from believing that your platoon was dispatched to protect people, and finding that those people would as soon kill you as look at you, these Marines likely became steadily more and more fed up with being attacked by the people whom their commanding officers insisted they were deployed to protect.  Faced with the verbal attacks that their cause is drawing from home, they became demoralised.  And confronted with snipings against their comrades, deadly explosions resulting from either I.E.D.s or suicide attackers, and an Iraqi populace who verbally protest against the Marine's prescence, all on a daily basis, their nerves likely frayed.  And so, when they were blown out of their seatbelts and recovered to find themselves wounded, they simply attacked the first group of Iraqis they could find. 

    Iraq, dubbed "The New Viet Nam" ever since the "end of major combat operations" was declared, now has its My Lai

America, where are you now?  
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?

~ Steppenwolf

    America, you've made murderers out of your sons and daughters.  And these people will eventually be coming home.  For their sake, I hope you're prepared for another generation of young people wandering around shell-shocked, with limbs missing, always looking over their shoulder, and always just one wrong look away from killing someone.  But given the way you treated the veterans of the campaign you waged in Viet Nam, that hope is slim at best. 



    This is all particularly troubling to me in light of recent admissions that something I long suspected is, in fact, true. 

    Militaries often engage in exchange programmes whereby troops from one nation's military will be assigned to another's.  Soldiers involved trade places in order to learn the expertise of their allies and identify weaknesses in their own military's training, procedures, and command structure.  For the duration of the exchange, the troops are effectively under the command of an allied foreign country. 

    As it happens, Canadian troops who were embedded in American and British combat units as part of military exchange programmes at the time that the invasion of Iraq began were not withdrawn from those units; Canadian Armed Forces personell were, in fact, deployed in Iraq the moment the invasion began, and have been there ever since.  In spite of Ottawa's strong stand against America's invasion, and the fact that were did not send our own military to support it...  we did nothing to keep individual soldiers from taking part in a gross war crime. 

    The recent hostage incident only underlined this situation.  Two Canadian nationals held hostage in Iraq were freed during a raid by a multinational force; according to British and American officials, the raid included the involvement of Canadian personell.  The resulting press coverage caused a minor international incident on its own.  Some Americans are quite baffled at the situation up here; one American official reportedly stated that he was puzzled at our reaction, that if the Americans had such a success as this they'd have had Wolf Blitzer at the scene to cover the story that day...  their befuddlement underscores the cultural divide that seperates our nations. 

    If any American gun nuts ask you why Canadian government is trying to hush up details of Canadian involvement, and why the British are suddenly saying very little about it, there is a very simple explanation availible for them: 

  • Firstly, there is a long-standing policy in the Canadian Armed Forces that special operations troops are deployed in secret, operate in secret, and withdraw in secret.  The Canadian Special Forces are commando units, and for the security of their missions and safety of their personell, the details of these unit's activities and specifications are never officially revealed.  Frack sakes, even their Latin motto "Facta non verba" translates as "Deeds, not words" and underscores the silent, cloak-and-dagger nature of such units.  To publicly acknowledge their involvement brings media scrutiny to them and that is considered a potential breach of security. 
  • Secondly, and more importantly from our politicians' point of view, our people are not supposed to be involved in your dirty little war, and a public admission that some of them are even in the same region of the world as the American occupation forces brings a great deal of embarrassment to Ottawa.  Right now, with American support for the war at an all-time low and Canadian opposition to the conflict looking quite justified, the current administration in Ottawa does not want to be in a position of having to admit that they left Canadian troops at risk in a conflict that we opposed and specifically wanted our troops kept out of. 

    This is all quite disturbing from a Canadian's point of view, more so because with Americans having been accused using white phosphorous and American naval officers conducting a criminal investigation of the Haditha incident, having our troops on the ground makes it look more and more like we are accomplices in a massive crime. 
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I Cannot Watch Anymore [10 Sep 2005|10:29am]

ravenshadow666
I cannot stand watching anymore of the Hurricane Katrina Aftermath coveratge on the television anymore. It isn't just the devestation that is shown all over the Gulf coast. It is the fact that I need to be reminded constantly that the ENTIRE system is incompetent. Everyone failed. Both on the Local and nation level have screwed up royally. And I have to hear your president, I say 'your' because I did not vote for him. But I have to hear the president say that we will succeed. Succeed in what? We failed already. The S.S. Success has sailed away and isn't set to return to port for a long time. Just put on the fighter pilot costume and act like you are doing something.
What is worse is that no one knows who to blame. Governors, FEMA, or the top of the ladder, George Bush. Blame all. Everyone should have had a plan, especially for a city that is way below sea level.
I would love to think that race had no factor in the search and rescue operations but unfortunately I think race has shown it's ugly head. Here is evidence that shows that. I read in the paper, not this, where it showed a black person with two bags of food and a six pack of Coca-Cola and they labeled him a "Looter" in the article. Then underneath, they showed a white couple in the same situation. It says they "found" those items. Apparently the food and supplies fell off a truck somewhere in the French Quarter. This is the twenty-first century. We should not have to deal with race anymore when we have more important problems to deal with. Like Osama Bin Laden trying to kill us.
I do bet if it was Boston or L.A. People would have acted a lot quicker instead of five dies as people starve and suffer in Football statiums and convention centers. I don't mind the fact that the presidnet waited seven minutes before acting on September 11th. But almost a week is inexcusible. He should have been one of the first to arrive. Who came to New Orleans first? Shreveport, and that is pretty much near the border of Texas. And they were the only ones there before everyone else acted. A plan should have been formed three days before that storm hit the gulf coast sending that region to a new level of destruction that has never been witnessed before.
Here is my idea on how to help. You know those soldiers in Iraq who are fighting "post war" battles? Bring them home. Send them to the effected areas. And let them truly be heroes to this country.
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Right to Fuck [25 Aug 2005|10:38pm]

ravenshadow666
Since I rarely do actual Politikal Rivet. I decided to make this entry worth the read. Key word entry, not copying and pasting little stupid articles and putting it on here. STOP THAT!!! Speak your fucking mind you stupid shits!!! Now that I pissed off half of Politikal Rivet. Lets get started.

Fuck Bush
Fuck Cheney
Fuck his entire administration
And fuck this entire government

I am tired of watching this shell of a democracy turn into a dictatorship. But unfortunately I cannot do shit cuz would be considered a threat. Will someone please find a way to revive John Wilkes Booth? I'm sure he'd be glad to do some work. Bush has sent this country to hell. AND HE WON'T ADMIT HE IS WRONG?! Everyone and their mother admits that we fucked up in Iraq but not this oil sucker. He claims we are defending our freedom, fighting the enemy in their own country so we don't have to fight them on our soil. Here is a wake-up call for all of you Pubic Hair fans out there. He doesn't give a shit about your freedom, my freedom, or the freedom of anyone in this nation. He just wants to fill his pockets with as much money as he possibly can before Iraq blows up their oil wells. If I read my constitution correctly, there is a little thing in there that allows the American people to overthrow their govenrment when they feel it is becoming too corrupt with power. Well since I don't want a war, overthrowing is a bad idea. But we can remove the President by majority vote. This is a democracy right? Then we should be able to say we are pissed off and he failed miserably so he must be fired. Remember in school they told us that the president works for the PEOPLE!! WE ARE THE BOSS!! So we have the verdict to throw him on his oil fucking ass and send him back to Conneticut, NOT TEXAS. Everyone thinks he is from Texas. No he just happened to be Governor of Texas, and he lives in Crawford where he spends more time than at Washington where he is supposed to be working. I am from Texas and this asshole is not from Texas. I love hearing him talk about joining the National Guard so we can defend our country when we are needed. Well here is a secret that they don't want you to know. The National Guard when Bush was in there is so much different than is is now. When he was in it, it was a way to get out of the fight. Now it sends you straight to the front line. Ask anyone who was in the Guard back in Vietnam. You know the other war that we didn't need to fight.

So to sum this up.
Fight, Voice your opinion to the powers that be in Washington. Let them know how you feel. Remember, if California can have a recall and replace their governor with ARNOLD, we can replace this shit with hmmmm George Carlin. There is your fucking president. Guarenteed to tell shit how it is.
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::: Pro-choice. [20 Jul 2005|02:24pm]

darkserenity
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Here is an e-mail I recently recieved from NARAL.


"In a devastating move, George W.
Bush has nominated John Roberts to replace Justice O'Connor's swing vote on the
U.S. Supreme Court.
By nominating John Roberts, George Bush has issued a
slap in the face to every American who values personal privacy and a woman's
right to choose.

With Bush in the White House and Congress in the grip of anti-choice leadership
-- a woman's right to choose cannot afford to have John Roberts on the Supreme
Court. The worst news, John Roberts has actually argued before the Supreme
Court
that Roe v. Wade should be overruled. As a person who values
privacy and personal freedom -- we need you with us at this moment to ensure a
woman's right to choose is protected.


In the next few weeks, our work could determine whether the Supreme Court
continues to recognize Roe v. Wade as a constitutional right or whether
it swings to the right as payback to Bush's anti-choice base. We have never, in
the thirty-two years since Roe v. Wade first ensured a woman's right to
choose, faced the possibility of such immediate and monumental change on the
Supreme Court. We must educate and mobilize pro-choice Americans to vigorously
oppose John Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court.

Right now, the radical right is pouring millions of dollars into an effort to
force anti-choice Supreme Court nominees through the confirmation process in the
Senate. But we will not let them. We may not have the White House in our pocket
like the radical right does. But we are America's pro-choice majority. If all
pro-choice Americans stand together, I have no doubt that we can succeed in
demanding the U.S. Senate protect this freedom from a stacked court.

We will need your help every step of the way. But we must seize this opportunity
to let our Senators know that we will not simply stand by and accept a
right-wing takeover of the Supreme Court. Too much is at stake -- the lives of
countless ordinary Americans will be affected by the outcome.
"



Fight the Bush dictatorship!
Petition/Letter regarding Birth Control.
Petition/Letter regarding Roe Vs. Wade.


"Throughout her tenure, Justice O'Connor was one of the "swing" votes on the
Supreme Court, part of the razor-thin majority that has kept Roe v. Wade
from being dismantled. But this slim majority is now in grave danger. If
Roberts is confirmed to a lifetime appointment, there is little doubt that he
will work to overturn Roe v. Wade.
As Deputy Solicitor General under
the President George H.W. Bush, he argued before the Supreme Court that "Roe was
wrongly decided and should be overruled."
"


If we do nothing, we are allowing our rights to be taken away.


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Equalisation. (Cross-Posted) [06 Jul 2005|12:38am]

steelcaver
[ mood | relieved ]


    It has passed. 

    Bill C-38, the legislation designed to equalise marriage in Canada, has passed the final vote in the House of Commons and is now on its way through the Senate.  It is expected to be signed into law by August. 

    This makes Canada the third country to redefine marriage in such a manner.  Spain looks to become #4 very shortly, sending an additional insult to Bush the Junior and the American Republican Party (the first being Spain's about-face in Iraq). 

        The fight against equal marriage in Canada is now over, ended by Bill C-38's passage.  There were regions in Canada that had not yet equalised marriage, including the rouge province of Alberta.  Those territories were in violation of the Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms.  Had C-38 not ended the debate, those territories would have had to waste money hearing court challenges making exactly that case - that to refuse marriage to a homosexual couple is a violation of the Charter.  Now that the bill has passed, those rouge provinces will finally be forced to get back into line with the rest of the country.



    Naturally, Ottawa's reaction has not been favourably recieved in those rouge territories I mentioned.  So the fuss has continued. 

    Incumbent Alberta Premier Ralph Klein recently shot from the mouth (again) when he mused about using the N.W.C. to ban the equalisation of marriage in Alberta.  Despite all of his talk about using it to protect the province's "rights" and such, the so-called notwithstanding clause included in Section 33 of the Charter is a highly controversial legal loophole. 
    Governments who invoke it in order to maintain an illegal policy risk the wrath of an electorate which is decidedly uncomfortable with the idea of governments suspending civil liberties.  Suspending civil liberties is something that American and Russian governments do, not Canadian ones.
    Add to that the conditions which must be met if the clause is used (its use must be reviewed every five years) and the use of the clause is virtually guaranteed to become an election issue during every election that follows its being used.
    King Ralph was never foolish enough to invoke Section 33 over such a trifle as a redefinition of the legal meaning of the term "marriage" -  Klein is a jackass, but he would never have shot his own party in the foot by making the Alberta Conservatives the party that suspended civil liberties in Alberta. Especially since the only other place in Canada where the N.W.C. was used was in Quebec; that alone would give Klein pause.  However, his bullheaded stance played well to his conservative constituency. 

    All of that chatter, of course, became irrelevant with the passage of C-38.  According to our constitution, the definition of the word "marriage" in Canada is exclusively the responsibility of the federal government.  A province cannot pass a law that transfers that responsibility to themselves; provincial governments do not have that authority.   A province cannot use the N.W.C. to change the legal definition of the word "marriage" either, as Klein himself pointed out.  With C-38 expected to be given assent by the Governor General, there are no legal tools left with which to illegally resist the equalisation of marriage in Canada. 

    Klein's next shenanigan was to suggest pulling the Province Of Alberta out of the business of solemnizing marriages, and to leave it in the hands of religious organisations.  That, while also playing into the hands of the rednecks who vote for Klein's party, would be a meaningless gesture. Albertan municipalities would step in to fill the vacuum; religious groups that have expressed support for equalising marriage would perform the marriages that Klein wants to stop (defeating the purpose of handing them the reins); most importantly, the province would lose out on the revenue that that their marriage-solemnizing operation generates (and Klein is too much of a neocon to allow that to happen).  Klein's religious crusade has effectively ended; I am confident that we can now return to being concerned with making sure that Ottawa moves to shut down Klein's illegal attempts to privatise healthcare. 

    At the Federal level, Stephen Harper has been rambling incoherently about the issue as well, claiming that he will revisit it if he makes it to the Prime Minister's Office after the next election.  Fortunately for civilised society in Canada, the current composition of Parliament is very left-wing, as I've illustrated in previous posts.  It seems unlikely that Harper's conservative politics would get him anything more than an unstable, abortive minority government that would be unable to pass any laws (if that). 

    And of course, a number of regular civilians are incensed that the law has been passed, but there aren't enough of them to make a difference in the long run.  As more of them learn that their main concern - that the rights of their funny little places of worship be respected - has already been adressed, more and more of them will fall silent on the issue.  Bill C-38 specifically protecs the rights of religious institutions to refuse to perform a marriage that contravenes the superstitions which drive those institutions. 

    And that, dear reader, brings me to the most important part of this entry. 

    Religious fundies across Canada have been furious at the prospect that their powow huts might be forced to perform ceremonies for couples consisting of more than one groom.  Dear reader, I implore you...  if you should happen to come across one such poor, lost fellow who believes that Bill C-38 was about forcing churches to wed gays, hand him or her the following reality sandwich: 

    Marriage as we know it is not about religion, faith or worship.  It's about a legal contract drawn up between two people, which forces the government, courts and private sectors to recognise each partner in the marriage as the other's legal heir, guardian, and proxy. 
        Homosexuals in Canada did not want to force the local Imam to perform the ceremony, they wanted to force the courts to recognise legal wills that name a man's male partner as his legal heir in the event of his death. 
        They wanted to force the government to protect them finacially in the same manner in which the government protects married heterosexual couples. 
        They wanted the private sector to have to pay Adam the insurance money that he is entitled to in the event of Steve's death. 
        They wanted the adopted children that they spent so much time raising together to be recognised as being the adopted children of both Anna and Eve, not just one or the other. 
               Homosexuals in Canada were not concerned with the religious definition of marriage, because, quite frankly, it is not the religious definition of the word marriage, but the the legal definition, that is the important one. 
        Priests in Canada are granted the authority to perform a marriage ceremony not by some mythical figure, but by the Canadian Government.  In Canada, it does not matter how many preachers attest to the validity of one's marriage:  without a legal marriage license, no marriage is valid in the eyes of the law.  In Canada, it does not matter where you were married, be it a temple, city hall or in an open field on the Maritime Coast:  if the marriage license is valid, and an authorised person performed the ceremony, the marriage is valid in the eyes of the law.  And it was the LAW that they wanted changed, not your religion. 
      

    With the situation being what it is, I am confidant that we can now breathe easy, knowing that once C-38 becomes law, the issue will be dead, and Canada wil reaffirm its place as a leader in setting an example of what the proper attitude should be to human rights in the world.  I hope not to be proven wrong. 

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[26 Jun 2005|04:03pm]

steelcaver
[ mood | The Monkey Steals The Peach ]

    Having read all about the new amendments to the American Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act, I had a few things to say.  Most of them aren't very nice.  Rather than say them, I'll just link you to another LiveJournal page, where someone directly affected by this Orwellian take on American law enforcement had more eloqent things to say

    "My favorite part of the United States Department Of Justice's discussion of the new regulation in the Federal Register is where it denies that 'a hypothetically possible crime, such as the stalking of a performer,' could be 'in any way tied to the dissemination of the information about a performer.'  In other words, the most powerful law enforcement organization in the land doesn't get the connection between stalking crimes and keeping the real names and addresses of porn actors on file at an address made available to the general public.  Kind of makes it obvious why the Department Of Justice is having a hard time dealing with terrorism, doesn't it?  I mean, what exactly is the connection between a bad guy knowing the name and address of his target and his committing a crime against that target?  Sounds pretty hypothetical to me."  ~ From the Alternet article

    "CENSORED BY US GOVERNMENT 18 USC 2257... promulgated by Alberto Gonzales, US Attorney General appointed by George Bush.  If you voted for Bush, this is your fault.  If you think this country is free, you are sadly mistaken.  No nation has freedom when it is run by religious zealots." ~ From the notice currently posted on The Gaping Maw.

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The truth. [12 May 2005|04:10am]

steelcaver
[ mood | rejuvenated ]


    The Montgomery County, Maryland, public school district was distributing a flyer that dispelled some of the myths that the religious right has been using to promote hatred of homosexuals in the United States.  Unfortunately, saying anything at all about organised religion technically placed the school board in violation of American laws which provide for separation of the church and state, so the school board was ordered to pull the pamphlet. 

    Since the damn thing was so informative, and since the Maryland courts will probably have no qualms about my distributing the informationed contained therin, I've decided to post the contents of the pamphlet here. 


Biblical Myth

    Homosexuality is a sin. 

Biblical Facts

    The Bible contains six passages which condemn homosexual behavior.  The Bible also contains numerous passages condemning heterosexual behavior.  Theologians and Biblical scholars continue to differ on many Biblical interpretations.  They agree on one thing, however.  Jesus said absolutely nothing at all about homosexuality.  Among the many things deemed an abomination are adultery, incest, wearing clothing made from more than one kind of fiber, and earing [sic] shellfish, like shrimp and lobster. 

    Religion has often been misused to justify hatred and oppression.  Less than a half a century ago, Baptist churches (among others) in this country defended racial segregation on the basis that it was condoned by the Bible.  Early Christians were not hostile to homosexuals.  Intolerance became the dominant attitude only after the Twelfth Century.  Today, many people no longer tolerate generalizations about homosexuality as pathology or sin.  Few would condemn heterosexuality as immoral, despite the high incidence of rape, incest, child abuse, adultery, family violence, promiscuity, and venereal disease among heterosexuals.  Fortunately, many within organized religions are beginning to address the homophobia of the church.  The Nation Council of Churches of Christ, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Society of Friends (Quakers), and the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches support full civil rights for gay men and lesbians, as they do for everyone else. 

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In Canada... [14 Apr 2005|03:47am]

steelcaver
[ mood | one-eyed kamikaze pilot ]

    The same neoConservatives who control the American Government and are drawing closer to forcing an election in Canada. 

    If an election happens here, I'll still support the federal Liberals.  Even after the sponsoship scandal, the idiotic coup d'état that cost them Jean Chrétien, and the inept way that they handled the last election, I'd still prefer to have them in office. 

    Not because I want them in office; because given the choice between an honest thief and a bunch of religious fundies, I'd rather deal with the thief.  At least the thief is aware that what he is doing is in some way wrong.  The fundies tend to think that they are doing right, which makes them far more dangerous. 

    As if to prove me correct...  THIS showed up in the news today. 

    Still like your healthcare to be accountable to taxpayers instead of a corporate board of directors? 
    You've two options at this point.  Help keep the Conservatives out of office.  Or move to Sweden. 

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Unwissenheit [22 Mar 2005|06:01pm]

sagesephiroth
[ mood | amused ]

You know, stupidity really should be PAINFUL!

just take a look at this SHIT.

Does anyone else see a HUGE problem with this picture? For one, I couldn't believe it until I read the fine print under the photograph over and over, making sure the person was the killer. Headline begins containing the word "Nazi", and then later interviewed people labelled the kid "Goth" ... followed by a description of wearing a white wife-beater.

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This has been Schtomp-stamped IDIOTIC.
These people need a good curb-kissing under my boot.
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