Archive for September, 2009
Text stolen from Karl over at the Destroyer Blog <3 ‘cause i couldn’t make it to the demo this year sadly.
Like last year, the Freedom not Fear (Freiheit statt Angst) demonstration in Berlin attracted thousands of people (25,000 according to a press release found at Netzpolitik). Peter Sunde of The Pirate Bay was there, as well as Pirate Party supporter Oscar Swartz, and Claudia Roth of the German Green Party. [comment by Josh: The Left party was there also of course. The fact that the Green Party tries to act like they are the civil rights party is somewhat hypocritical seeing how they supported surveillance laws when they were in the German government.]
The Pirate Party at the demo. I just wish they would use the Swedish Purple as their colour, not that fugly Orange.
A few rainbow flags could be seen in the crowd. I think the gay movement in general has missed that the privacy issues that the Pirate Parties have put on the agenda are very relevant to gay people. For example, when the Berlin gay guide Siegessäule interviewed politicians about gay issues, the focus was mostly marriage and adoption – the traditional gay issues. But those fights are won; today politicians compete in offering gay people human rights. It’s time to look upon gay politics from another angle. If gay people knew their history, they would worry about excessive surveillance laws, since gays and just about anyone with a different lifestyle are common targets in a society that aims to control its citizens. Surveillance laws will be misused, period.
- Indian government tipped to allow gay sex ruling, decriminalizing homosexuality
- State of Washington to hold referendum on new gay rights laws
- New Bill would give US president power to shut down internet for all Americans
- Lawless surveillance, warrantless rationales – Obama’s continuation of Bush policies
- DNA data bases useless? Scientists learn to fabricate DNA evidence
- How the UK government lies about number of file sharers with fantasy calculating
- Sweden seeks way out of selfish capitalism with negative interest rate for banks
- Umfragen zu Gewalt gegen Schwule manipuliert um Stimmung gegen Ausländer zu machen
- Unzensierte Nach-Wahl-Pläne der CDU aufgetaucht: Kein Mindestlohn und höhere Steuern
- FDP verhindert BND-Untersuchungsausschuss & klagt nur gegen Netztzensur wenn sie nicht gewählt werden
- CDU traut nicht mal den eigenen Parteimitgliedern, liest heimlich vertrauliche Mails mit
- Bundeswehr fordert Luftschlag gegen dutzende Zivilisten an, aber das ist natürlich eine Friedensmission…
- Nur gegen Kinderpornos? Österreich sperrt Website eines kritischen Journalisten
- Contentmafia mahnt jetzt schon der Wiederverkauf legal erworbener CDs ab
- Air France verbietet Männern neben allein reisenden Kindern zu sitzen
Photo and Music via Doom & Glitter
Isao is ten years old. He is gay and fully aware that such sensibility will get him in a lot of trouble with everyone around him. His mother wants him to be an Olympic swimmer, like his father was. Along with the complicity of his childhood best friend, Aleciram, a smart, sassy and faithful cohort, they embark on a journey of self discovery and coming of age in very unusual ways: through a near death experience.
Rich with mystery and steeped in mythical superstition, this Mexican voyage into the world of the non-quite-dead finds new and fascinating ways to address the age old dilemma of being an outcast. Slightly reminiscent of Ma Vie En Rose’s Ludovic, Isao likes to dress up, carry a doll, and dreams of being a famous fashion designer in Paris. Left for dead after an unsavory encounter with a pederast gym teacher, little gay boy Isao wakes up in a bizarrely quiet hospital staffed by a single nurse and an unseen administrator. Suddenly joined by a confused lawyer with a bullet wound to the head, young Isao seeks out answers from the cryptic nurse, from his strange new companion, and from within himself. As their stories unfold in Limbo (the waiting room between heaven and hell), Isao’s best friend holds vigil over his still-breathing body, along with a blind janitor who knows a thing or two about displaced ghosts. In a coming-of-age experience befitting his unique temperament, Isao’s voyage into maturity takes place not in the confines of the physical world, but in the unknowable realm of an out-of-body experience.
Thanks to leetboys for posting about this in the milkboard and to Alejandro Morales for the review.
CocoRosie Week Part I
There was a time when nothing was unlit
If time is running too fast
I am a child
I watch the sky and this rainbow alleviates myself
Forget the time