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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Friday! 
17th-Dec-2010 07:56 am
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Happy birthday to jetshade!

Happy early birthday to chang3002, qemorio, ioianthe, and tbclone47, who advance a year over the weekend!

State of the 'Song
Same, with the tired and short of breath. At least my brain is perky.

More on Assange/Michael Moore/etfuckingcetera
Sady nails it here and here. I can't stand Jezebel, but they have a good post here on why this conversation has gotten so ugly.

No Link Soup
Because all my link soup is every rape-culture link ever. Follow shira_links. Or follow me on Google Reader.

Daily Science
Top 10 scientific breakthroughs of 2010.

Friday Memage!
Wearing: Moss-green turtleneck and jeans. No jewelry chosen yet.
Reading: Still The Disappearing Spoon - no time to read this week!
Writing: No time for hat this week either.
Knitting: I set aside a Christmas scarf for a birthday scarf and now nothing is done ack. At least I will have knitting time in the car Saturday and Sunday. This can happen. On the needles: a blanket and two scarves, all purple.
Planning:
Today: Work, and then I'm not sure what. Must find out if sindrian's going to be milling things. Tonight I have all three of my guys, plus maybe my daughter! We are going to Small Plates! And then sleepover date with feste_sylvain!
Saturday: We have one more episode of season 2 of Babylon 5 and we are watching it. Depending on time, sindrian and I may hit the holiday craft fair at Pandemonium and a local party before going out to Solstice Vigil at cluegirl & aquila_dominus's Mandala House.
Sunday: Um a bit of SLEEP I think. Then I'm not sure what. Probably preliminary packing, as we leave for Florida on Tuesday.

You?
Comments 
17th-Dec-2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Are you rewatching Bab-5 for a specific reason?
17th-Dec-2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
sindrian had never seen past season 1. Obviously I had to fix this.
17th-Dec-2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
The Times of India has put together a complete and fairly neutral timeline of the Assange case, which explains some things (info new to me there relates to exactly why the rape charges were there, then not there, then there again, etc., but aren't part of the final charges, the charge being 'unlawful coercion', the description of which sounds like rape to me, but is being used to argue that the charges are 'murky'.)

That said, regardless what happened, I genuinely believe that the swedish authorities have screwed this up so badly* that even if the *alleged* charges are true (and no one either side of this issue from thousands of miles away and trying to sort it through the media coverage can know), there's no way they'll get a conviction.

*the whole thing with the police not bringing charges, then a prosecutor deciding to, then a senior prosecutor deciding to drop the charges 24 hours later, then *another* more senior prosecutor deciding to add them back, was farcical; I wish they'd had their ducks in a row
17th-Dec-2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
That article lies about the charges, unfortunately, giving the impression that Assange is not accused of what he's actually accused of - coercion and holding the first woman down, in addition to sex without a condom; raping the second woman in her sleep. It doesn't mention at all that she was unconscious, saying instead "murky circumstances" and calling the sex consensual.

I haven't examined the article in depth, just saw that they aren't talking about the actual charges and dropped it there...
17th-Dec-2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the birthday wishes
17th-Dec-2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
I find the whole Assange story frustrating since it seems to be yet another example of the bizarre and widespread compulsion of labeling people either "heroes that can do no wrong" or "villains who are irredeemably evil". This always leads to the unpleasant sight of usually reasonable people doing all sorts of logical and moral contortions to keep their hero in the hero column. Polanski was another rape-related example, but there are so very many others - not always involving rape allegations.
17th-Dec-2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
Today in "typos which amuse me":

Writing: No time for hat this week either.
Knitting: I set aside a Christmas scarf…
17th-Dec-2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
Oh yay! I might see you at the Solstice Vigil. :)
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17th-Dec-2010 06:51 pm (UTC) - !!
I'm glad you've stopped shaking, and I hope you and any other people involved in the accident are physically okay.
18th-Dec-2010 12:54 am (UTC)
Car accidents are terrible, nerve-wracking things even when no one is hurt. I sympathise.
18th-Dec-2010 03:29 am (UTC)
So sorry to read this!
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