I'm linking this here for personal/academic use later but I thought others might be interested in it. It's an article on the federal government under funding 1st Nations schools across the country, with a focus on a case in New Brunswick where a school had mould problems, was shut down and the kids continued to be taught in temporary quarters that do not include a gym, a cafeteria or a library despite a 2000 report explaining what needed to be done to resolve the situation.
King Mswati III awaits eagerly for his annual dance of barechested virgins. He is expected to pick his 14th wife. (link is SFW) For a background on the annual event see this link. Though the 2 articles seem to be on opposite end of the spectrum in terms of considering race, sexism, etc.

Kate McAlpine is making quite the impression in the geek world with her rap on physics. She has 2 posted so far on youtube. Here is the one making headlines in the geek world at the moment.

I was reading the Bangkok Post and came across this blog entry by Sanitsuda.
Note: it contains potential sexual assault triggers. It discusses a gang bang done by underaged boys and incest among other things.

It's on a mother's conflict in wanting her daughter to be able to enjoy a full breadth of experience but weary of sexual assault while challenging the victim blaming game that naturally flows when we place the burden of not getting raped squarely on women's shoulders. It is one of the better written discussion I have seen on the matter which includes acknowledging the role that government, media and class plays in the matter.

The article:
Rick Mercer is an out gay Newfy whose been on Canadian air longer than I can remember. For the USians, I'd say he's a bit like Jon Stuart/Stephen Colbert but with a touch of SNL. Quick things non-Canadians need to know before hand:
1. Our PM's name is Stephen Harper.
2. The NDP is lead by Jack Layton and the Liberals by Stéphane Dion.
3. An MP is a Member of (federal) Parliament. Jim Flaherty is an MP for an Ontario riding and Finance Minister.
4. Bill C-10 is a recent bill that limits which TV/Movie productions will get a tax rebate from the feds based on whether any of the content of the production could be deemed "offensive".
5. Newfy is the colloquial term for someone from Newfoundland, whom are often ridiculed for their way of speaking.

I particularly recommend In the Navy, Skite Skiing (not political at all) and Harper Sues. All available here[profile] femmejennshould check out CIBC Telathon.
Before this post goes any further, let me make the following perfecly clear: while I usually allow for a great deal of room for people to hold opinions different than mine in comments to my posts, anyone wishing to express an anti-choice sentiment would do well to prepare themselves to be removed from my flist. I do more than my fair share of educating both IRL and in communities (notably [community profile] feminist) but this isn't an entry in which I'm prepared to do so with regards to reproductive rights. Debates with other points in this post are encouraged.
I now expect to be called an asshole for being so hard on Thomas. I probably am being unfair to him. I will continue to judge him until someone gives me really good anti-oppression based reasons not to.

The French president said terrible words to a farmer who refused to shake his hand. This can be seen here if you just scroll down a tiny bit and click on Video Bon Mots: SarKozy's barnyard language at farm fair on the left hand side. The report is in English but they do not censor the President's French words and in fact, they have a caption running the 1st time they show it where the words are written in case you have a hard time making them out from the audio. The journalist covering the story makes a point to mention that they cannot translate word for word what the president said because that's not allowed on air. Guess CBC viewers aren't supose to be bilingual/polyglots. lol
I'd translate pauvre con as poor sod but that wouldn't be literal. If you ask me, I was taught in biology class that con (short for conard) comes from the name of a particular mental dis/order. In short, he's called the farmer a retard. (another French word... but I digress) If you ask Eggie, she disputes this and claims con is the French equivalent to cunt. Believe who you want, I understand why the CBC wouldn't translate the expression by speech but having it play twice and written once seems to defeat their attempt at censorship. I mean, I can't be the only polyglot watching their news coverage.

There are many far more important things on my mind at the present. But since I'm not sure this link will still be functionaly tomorrow, I wanted to post this today. If you're expecting some sappy rosy declaration of affection, you will be sorely dissappointed (or releived as the case may be). Please excuse the colonial expression of "old world" to refer to Europe. It's not how I view the globe but I thought the article none the less had interesting content.

Valentine's and Chocolate: What's love got to do with it?
Valentine's Day, the mid-winter celebration of love, is named for three St. Valentines, all of whom died horrible martyr's deaths years and years ago. So what's the big deal about Valentine's Day and chocolate?

The three St. Valentines all died before chocolate arrived on the shores of the Old World. The best sources say chocolate came from the ancient Aztecs in what is now Mexico, where it was considered a royal aphrodisiac. 
And, lest we forget, on Feb. 14, 1929 Al Capone's gang gunned down seven members of Bugs Moran's gang in Chicago in what is remembered as "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre." It had nothing to do with chocolate.
Breaking news from CBC News:

The House of Commons voted 175-123 on Thursday against a Conservative
motion to reopen the same-sex marriage debate in Parliament. The
Conservatives had promised during the 2006 election campaign to hold
free vote.

Visit http://www.cbc.ca/news/?ref=alerts for the latest developments
check back later for updates.

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a clean slate of various sexuality spectrum for those who wanted to fill it out :) Just right click, save it. Fill it out (I did it in paint) and then resave it, before reposting it :) Read more... )



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