beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." ([DW] never give in and NEVER give up)
If you watch only one video online this week, let it be this one:

"How It All Ends" - a video explaining what we should do about global climate change (a.k.a. "global warming") from the perspective of risk management.

It's only 10 minutes long, and I like it because it reflects my own thoughts on the issue.

But if you have a bit more time (say...3 hours), you might want to also watch this BBC series, "The Climate Wars":

The Climate Wars: Battle Begins

This first episode explores the history of the discovery of global warming, up to the present day.

The Climate Wars: Fight Back

This episode covers the skeptic's arguments against global warming, including the Medieval Warm Period, the unreliability of the surface record, and sunspots.

(Pay particular attention to the last ten minutes.)

The Climate Wars: Fight for the Future

This episode covers the question of just how much of a problem global warming really is. It repeats stuff from earlier in the series, but goes into more detail.

Seriously guys, if you have it! It's incredibly interesting.

(And if you need a shallow, the presenter has a Scottish accent?)

beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." ([DW] never give in and NEVER give up)
Overheard in my Film class today:

"...and if Obama doesn't win? There's gonna be minorities marching in the streets down there!"

(Pause. People nearby nod.)

"...Hopefully with weaponry."

We were all so nervous in Film that our instructor asked one of the students with a wireless laptop to keep checking the election results in between our class discussions and the viewing of Hitchcock's Psycho. (Which, by the way, I've seen before. But it's much better the second time around, not being preoccupied with trying to get into the pants of the girl I first saw it with. But never mind.)

As the chain pulled Marion Crane's car from the swamp, the kid checking the results reported that it looked like a win for Obama, but I had to come here to the library and check it myself.

And my friends list is reporting that the weaponry WON'T be needed.

It's been declared a win for Obama.

God fucking damn. HE DID IT!

If you're not happy? Fine. Mourn in your own journal. Personally, I'm pretty pleased with America today. For pretty much the first time in eight years, it doesn't seem like a place the world should give up on if it only could.

And just so you guys know, the rest of the world is going to be pretty happy, too.

Oh, yes. And I passed all my midterms. Aced Film, in fact. *winks*

Good night, all!


Oct. 7th, 2008 02:44 pm
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." ([DW] never give in and NEVER give up)
Ganked from [ profile] griffen:

The brains of liberals work differently from the brains of conservatives.

Apparently left-wing brains, "tolerate ambiguity," better.

...Totally wild.
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." (LJ/Houseism - no personal life)
Dear friendslist,

You may have taken note over the past several days of something called the Advisory Board Elections - it appears on the home page, under "Livejournal News." Here is some info on what the board is supposed to be. The election for English-speaking users (in theory, this is actually an election for anyone who doesn't speak Russian, but the REALITY is that these are, I believe, all primarily English-speaking candidates) is currently being held here. Each voter is required to select a first, second and third choice candidate; the selection is made through instant-runoff voting.

If you're like me, you were going out of your way to COMPLETELY IGNORE this. Fact is, Livejournal has already demonstrated that it has no interest in listening to its users, so what good what another "Advisory Board," member do? Surely it's just another tired effort to give lj users the lip service they want.

However, it's recently come to my attention (via [ profile] t_eyla) that [ profile] jameth is running for this board position. Not only is he running, but he currently holds:

  • 21.4% of the first-choice votes
  • 14.5% of the second-choice votes
  • 13.2% of the third-choice votes
He doesn't have the highest number of first-choice votes...but given the IRV process being used, he could win given the number of second- and third-choice votes for him.

Now, I don't know what good this Advisory Board will really do. What I DO know is that having [ profile] jameth on it would be as much of a disaster as the position could allow.

He was one of the first users I learned to avoid on Livejournal, waaay back in 2002, due to the fact that he apparently exists for the mere purpose of trolling and starting drama. I cannot recall the last time I saw a comment from him which was not offensive and rude in some way, shape or form. His community membership reads like a list of hot trolling spots.

If the Advisory Board can do ANY good, [ profile] jameth will not be the one doing it.

So, who to vote for instead?

At the moment [ profile] legomymalfoy has 35.7% of the first-choice votes, and is the most logical choice for EITHER your first or second choice option, as she has the best chance of winning against [ profile] jameth. (I doubt third choice will matter at this point.)

From her campaign platform post:

When speaking about value, I feel that the irresistible value of LiveJournal is in its community. We are what makes LJ valuable. The users who post about their day, about their kids, about their last BDSM encounter, about sex and food and everything under the sun. Without its users, LJ is nothing but an empty husk. To continue being valuable, LJ needs to work on retaining existing users by keeping the aspects of the site that are most valuable to them, while at the same time attracting new users by making new features available and taking advantage of new ways of thinking.

Other reasons to vote for [ profile] legomymalfoy, besides her chances of winning:

  • She is socially leftist. This is good for the diversity of lj's userbase.
  • She appears genuinely respectful of that diversity. (I'm thinking in particular of how people have been feeling lately that lj is less and less queer-friendly.)
  • She appears to appreciate the limitations of an "advisory," position while still taking it seriously.
  • She is a member of fandom, and can represent that section of lj in an advisory position, assuming lj will listen to her.
  • Given all of the above, I trust she will listen to ideas which are not her own if they are good ones. (I say this because other candidates have excellent ideas as well, which I would like to see whoever wins take into consideration.)
As for second- and third-choice candidates, the other two users who are doing most strongly are [ profile] rm (very Old Guard El Jay, fannish, conscious of feminist interests, interested in lj-related disability issues) and [ profile] vichan (also fannish, the creator of [ profile] fandom_counts, claims experience working in committees and management positions.). Their campaign posts are here and here, respectively.

If you'd like to examine the other campaign posts, they all can be found here from the info page of [ profile] lj_election_en.

You still have until tomorrow to vote (that's May 29th, 9:00 p.m. PDT, specifically), and it only take 5 seconds or so.

CLICK HERE to go cast your ballot.

Comments on this post will be DISABLED because [ profile] jameth's supporters are apparently busy trolling posts which cast him in a negative light. I am not embarrassed by anything I've said here (and people are welcome to message me or email me at beandelphiki @, but I will NOT have anyone harassed in my journal for any involvement I may have coaxed them into.
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." (definition of: history)
Y'know, once upon a time I truly didn't care who won the American election. (And by "once upon a time," I mean a few months ago.) I was fairly mystified by the ENORMOUS issue it has been on my friendslist. I honestly couldn't figure out why people were getting so worked up about it; I suppose that, post-Bush, people only want the best person they can in office. Yet I thought perhaps we ought to be celebrating more Bush's removal, and the strong possibility of ANY Democratic candidate winning. C'mon guys,, I thought, What on earth happened to, "Anyone But Bush?" Who remembers that?

I would have been fine, at that point, with either Obama or Hillary. Hillary in particular, as I prayed for years that she would run when the time came. The Clintons back in office? Seemed like a good idea to me.

At this point though, everything I've heard and read about Hillary's campaign has left SUCH a bitter taste in my mouth that, were I American and Obama was not an option, I don't believe I could bring myself to vote AT ALL. Her campaign thus far has exposed her as entitled, hypocritical, viciously back-stabbing and a sore loser. I'm far from impressed. Her behaviour has been deplorable. I'm deeply, DEEPLY disappointed in her - in a woman who I thought had backbone, who was worth admiring.

The Wright issue is the absolute FINAL STRAW for me. Tell me - tell me! - what the HELL is wrong with what this man is saying?!

I wanted to stand up and CHEER when I watched this, and if you didn't too, then tell me WHY.

And this, what's terribly wrong with this? What's terribly wrong with condemning the systematic racism of the country you live in?

Others besides me have said it all better, so I'm just going to link:

First, a very long article by Tim Wise, but worth the read if you found Wright's comments, well, shocking:

So that's the truth of the matter: Wright made one comment that is highly arguable, but which has also been voiced by white America's favorite black man, another that was horribly misinterpreted and stripped of all context, and then another that was demonstrably accurate. And for this, he is pilloried and made into a virtual enemy of the state[...]

An Open Letter To Senator Clinton From A Diverse Group of Religious Leaders.

There are those among us who support Rev. Wright and believe his comments were deeply misconstrued. There are others among us who reject his words outright, even in context.

But across these lines, we stand together, White and Black, Protestant and Catholic, Christian and Jew.

No candidate should use religion as a tool to divide the American people, as you have done today.

And finally, the thing that inspired this post: a few words from the current pastor of Hillary Clinton's former church (BEST. THING. EVER.):

"The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is an outstanding church leader whom I have heard speak a number of times. He has served for decades as a profound voice for justice and inclusion in our society. He has been a vocal critic of the racism, sexism and homophobia which still tarnish the American dream. To evaluate his dynamic ministry on the basis of two or three sound bites does a grave injustice to Dr. Wright, the members of his congregation, and the African-American church which has been the spiritual refuge of a people that has suffered from discrimination, disadvantage, and violence. Dr. Wright, a member of an integrated denomination, has been an agent of racial reconciliation while proclaiming perceptions and truths uncomfortable for some white people to hear. Those of us who are white Americans would do well to listen carefully to Dr. Wright rather than to use a few of his quotes to polarize. This is a critical time in America's history as we seek to repent of our racism. No matter which candidates prevail, let us use this time to listen again to one another and not to distort one another's truth."

(bolds mine)

Have at it, then. If you agree Wright's sermons are vile, please explain.

(Also, why is "Obama" not in lj's spellcheck at this point? Don't they ever update this thing?)


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