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A Lot Of Nothing In The Name Of Procrastination And The News…

By Kiki Keane

Rachel is still MIA. She has moved into her new place, but is without internet until tomorrow. I have been busy shopping for the trip and trying not to die in this terrible heat. I am sitting in my Papasan trying to protect my cup of coffee from my caffeine loving cat, Alia Atreides (Alia or Ollie for short) and studiously avoiding reading my book club book, Istanbul Passage. I want to read it. I do. I just … I’m a champion procrastinator. And lazy. (I think we have more than established that fact on this blog.) In fact, I am writing this post not because I have anything to say, but because I am avoiding the 133 pages I have to read today. If the procrastination goes as planned, I will have 266 pages to read tomorrow or the entirety of the book to read on Saturday.

I finished my orientation, or onboarding as the folks at Toonari call it, on Tuesday, which means that I can/should start turning out stories. I might try to get that War Tax piece we mentioned a few months back published on Toonari before I go. No one else seems particularly interested in it.

Besides shopping and studiously avoiding the things I should be doing, I have also seriously considered and decided to get rid of my Facebook account. I really love social media. I love being able to connect with all kinds of people all over the world. However, Facebook has been making me claustrophobic lately. Also, it’s a time suck. I sometimes feel that way about Twitter, but Twitter has been more useful than Facebook. Twitter has allowed me to connect with journalists, activists and others around the world, most of whom seem willing to help each other with their various pursuits. That does not mean that I won’t be purging some accounts that I follow. I will be sticking to a few friends, the news, activists and journos. That may only get rid of 100 or so accounts, but probably a 1000 or more tweets a day. I love Scott Baio, but I don’t care about his, or any of his fans, junk drawers.

And the news:

1) Herehere and here are Richard Engel’s latest on Syria. And here is a piece by CNN’s Ben Wedeman. Also, Assad has picked a new PM. This article is from NBC News (formerly MSNBC) and includes a few other pieces on Syria. And Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi is expected to replace Kofi Annan as the UN-Arab League envoy for Syria.

2) Libya has picked Magarief to be president.

3) The murder trial of Gu Kailai started and ended today.

4) Here you will find the hottest places on Earth.

5) In Mali militias train to oust Islamists.

6) This isn’t news, but it’s an interesting article written by Douglas Preston about the time he spent in Italy trying to solve a string of 14 murders committed by a serial killer dubbed “The Monster of Florence.” He wrote a book about it called The Monster of Florence.

 

 

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Blast Off! Or Not…

By Kiki Keane

I have been glued to the TV the last few days. So many exciting things have been going on in the news. Okay, really one exciting thing has been going on in the news: the North Korean rocket launch. It has been exciting because DPRK has let in some foreign journalists to cover the whole thing. Granted it has been a highly orchestrated affair, but it is still interesting and says a lot about how N. Korea wants the world to see them and how they see themselves.

Today, DPRK launched the rocket and it promptly failed. I can’t say I was surprised. What is surprising is that North Korea has admitted to its own people that the rocket failed. I don’t think anyone expected that to happen. The question now is whether DPRK will follow up with a nuclear test in a show of strength.

I mostly watch NBC and MSNBC so the following links are all from those websites. Richard Engel is the reporter.

Display of devotion at unveiling of Kim Jung Il’s mural  (April 9)

Inside North Korea’s capital (April 10)

Mission Control room (April 11)

Launch and failure (April 12)

There should be more reports coming. I’ve heard rumors of more tours in Pyongyang.

Also, if you would like to see some really interesting pictures of DPRK you should check out Richard Engel on Twitter (@richardengelnbc)

Came across this website. It was created by DPRK and KFA (Korean Friendship Association). It’s purpose, it seems, is to build international ties with DPRK.

 

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Twitter Censored and DOMA

By: Rachel Womek

It’s a sad day when international social networking website, “Twitter“, announces their shiny new censorship program. According to Twitter it will now censor posts by country when asked to by that country’s government. Here in America this could mean censorship of the Occupy Movement’s “Tweets”, elsewhere it could mean any number of things. It was through social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook that information from North Africa was able to reach the outside world during the time known as the “Arab Spring“. It’s pleasant to hear nice fluffy things but it is reality that nice things aren’t always happening, people don’t always behave morally, and people need top speak out for their rights. You can’t hide human nature underneath a pretty cloud and hope reality will go away. I can determine what I do or do not wish to read and who I do or do not wish to “follow” on Twitter. One might assume that if one doesn’t wish to hear Nazi propaganda on Twitter that they probably shouldn’t be “following” any Nazis. Seems pretty obvious doesn’t it?

In other news if you support Civil Rights please petition the federal government to repeal the supposed “Defense of Marriage Act“, this act “defends” marriage by withholding rights from honest hard working citizens who just want to be given the same rights as straight Americans. The function and parameters of marriage have changed, and is continuing to change. Marriage is different for different cultures. In our culture we emphasize love as the primary purpose for marriage, two people love each other and want to share their lives together and be recognize for having had made a significant commitment to each other. Why should that be any different depending on whether that couple has different or similar equipment downstairs? It shouldn’t. Period. And hey just a friendly reminder, I’ve got nothing against religion (in fact I consider myself to be religious), but  has anyone heard of Separation of Church and State? Religion should have nothing to do with government sanctioning of marriage. I find it kind of interesting that the whole resistance comes from mistranslated word in the Bible; funny how the interpretation of a few words can have such significance.

If you’ve read all of my rant today, congratulations, you get a Gold Star. Until the next rant, good day.

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