[Jade+Luke+Guy] nefarious plotting afoot

I may be a novice, but telling it like I hear is what I do...

The year of 2011 appears to be the year of protests and world-changing demonstrations. From relatively peaceful acts in Tunisia and Egypt to the bloody reality of Libya and Syria, the news is crowded with these cries for change and democracy and fair votes--a voice for the people wanting to be heard as one. But we should never be mistaken enough to believe that these are the only places that seek change.

Belatedly, there are now news reports of places such as Thailand, which are gearing up for a changing vote. Woefully understated in the western world's news, this wannabe-reporter finds, are these sorts of protests. Especially in the case of Malaysia and the Bersih movement.

It was actually not until April of this year that I learned of Malaysia's grievance with its current political party, which has been in power for some time and use to its advantage the State of Emergency the nation has been in since 1969, and electoral system. It was a bewildering experience to watch as friends of mine in Malaysia spoke online of the troubles that have been plaguing their country. Most especially, the troubles plaguing the elections.

It has been through one of these friends that I have been keeping tabs on what is going on in regards to an up-coming protest. On July 9th, people in support of the Bersih movement (Bersih meaning "clean", as in "clean up the voting system") will be rallying in Kuala Lumpur. This rally, known as Bersih 2.0, is a follow up to the November 10th, 2007 protests where people demanded the following electoral reforms:

1. The use of indelible ink for the voting ballots.
2. Clean-up of list of registered voters.
3. Abolition of postal votes.
4. All candidates and political parties to have equal access to print and broadcast media.

So far, none of these original demands have been met and the people are returning to have their voice heard. Already in Malaysia, there are sights of people in what my friend calls "Bersih yellow" shirts passing out flyers and even Malaysian flags. Do not be fooled, however; despite the light-hearted, peaceable nature of these protest and rally organizers, there have already been reports that people are being arrested just for being in public and wearing the color yellow.

Reports and videos of these occurrences have already been coming out on Twitter's @bersih2. My friend has even linked me to videos where Bersih protesters have made amusing mockery of the events around them, such as pointing out all the different things that are the color yellow. There are even plans, so says my friend, of protesters going out and passing out bananas in lieu of flyers and pamphlets, since those have been clearly been considered something worth getting arrested over.

Even with these light-hearted facts, there is still the shadow of the iron-grip the current party's political leaders looming over the people. In fact, just as I am writing this report, my friend informs me that there has been an announcement of party leaders invoking the Emergency Ordinance against even elected officials in the Parliament. The Emergency Ordinance, for those unfamiliar, is according to my friend, "essentially lets [the government] carry out 60 days' lockup without trial and then exile from the state for up to two years."

The reason why this is being leveled at the MPs of Malaysia? Because they support the rally, the reforms, and the Bersih movement.

While the world has its attention in a thousand places at once due to the wonders of the modern Age of Information, we cannot afford to let these instances pass us by. Just as with Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, and other nations with an oppressing system, this should not just be allowed to pass by idly. While Malaysia has certainly been a great deal more peaceful than those other countries mentioned, that does not mean that they are free to express themselves, either.
[US] yeah I'm off to find a hooker


So outside of going nuts for books to read (lol), I have been keeping tabs on the news LIEK WHOA.

A lot of my commentary on it is over on my plurk, mostly because it's quicker. Micro-blogging, yo.

But in short, I've been reading news sources such as: CNN.com, BBC.com, English.Al-Jazeera.net, newschannelasia.com, The Seattle Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

The latter two are because they're the newspapers that my workplace gets (though I find myself enjoying the opinion and review sections of WSJ). But yeah, mostly newspaper ink gets everywhere. I have learned this the difficult way.

Idk man, I've been everywhere lately. Clearly I need to continue it because I feel stagnant otherwise.

But yes, I have OPINIONS on what is going on in the world today and I don't know if I'll share it here because maybe you all follow my plurk and already know it. If not, wait a little longer and I may make a post about it.

As it stands, I will definitely be getting more informed on the presidential candidates for 2012. You thought the 2008 elections were world-impacting? Think again. This presidential race could decide many things--not just for us, but for our allies and for those countries currently in turmoil. Because the way I see it? These things aren't something that will resolve themselves easily or peacefully.

But who knows, we'll just have to see.
better to be a smiling fool

Writer's Block: Happy birthday, savvy?

Which film starring birthday boy Johnny Depp is your favorite, and why?

Edward Scissorhands will always been my favorite Johnny Depp movie. And, likewise, my favorite Tim Burton movie.

It's a favorite of my family but I also love it for the tragic yet innocent romance of it--for a life of normalcy that became a life of insane infamy, for a girl meets not-normal-at-all boy... a lot of reason to love this movie. But I will just always love the way Johnny Depp portrayed the befuddled and confused Edward who loved his father, his creator, who was unable to complete him and only wished to be normal in that silly silly homely neighborhood, who used the sharp, dangerous implements on his hands that people thought were only for harm for beautiful, creative art, who is said to make it snow since that time he came down from that lonesome tower.

It's very very much a romantic tale, a tragedy. But of the best sort, I think. Also with a human element of Frankenstein, that I will never not love.

But Depp was just able to pull off the character so well--he really is a wonderful actor, but that role of his will always be my favorite.

And because I ALSO love the music:


Garden of Beasts live-reading reactions or something

Okay. Page 232, I am literally getting goosebumps.

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... you know the most ironic thing about this? The part that made me most uncomfortable and most easily unnerved was the whole aspect of the paranoia running around Berlin at the time. Big Brother watching levels, I mean. Gestapo seemingly everywhere (they actually weren't and had smaller amount of force than say, the SA or SS), people looking over their shoulders, not able to speak in their own homes for fear of being overheard regarding the most personal of things...

Being so unnerved by that... and then realizing LOL. That is EXACTLY the world we live in today. There is no privacy. Everyone's listening in on everyone. Cellphones and internet and other such devices making it so easy to keep tabs on people and their own words... the one thing that unnerved people so badly back in the day, we now accept as willingly as sheep.

I find that both amusingly ironic and also horrifically tragic.

Does it make me an even worse person if I see this, understand it, sort of loathe it, and yet still accept it--seeing as I'm even running to the internet now to write all of this down?
wars and crime and no one gets it

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60 pages into In the Garden of Beasts and I can already feel the difference in the feel of the narrative.

I do appreciate that Larson has a flexible writing style in this regard.

In Devil in the White City, there was a lot of energy and passion and flippancy and a sense of frivolity coupled with the sharp sense of a predator praying on all those things. It was very wonderfully balanced and juxapositioned in the way the story was weaved.

Garden of Beasts is altogether different. Mostly because we're starting with a family of simple Americans--a father of a Jeffersonian sense of propriety and a daughter who questions and speaks her mind--but so kind of painfully naive of the world around them... and they end up in Nazi Germany. The very start of it.

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Orz. I continue to be a terrible person fascinated by these sorts of things.

Ah well...

ETA: ... the one line throughout this book that makes me cringe a bit is "_____ believed Hitler and his regime would do itself in". It. ... almost EVERYONE believed it wouldn't last. And. Oh wow 8( this is very sobering...
buttsex you say?

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Books I've read so far this year:

January: NOTHING
February: NOTHING
Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
Changes by Jim Butcher
In the Woods by Tana French
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

... four books in less than a month.


Apparently, my reading appetite is back. Derp.

Planning to reading/in process of reading:

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
... idk some of those books on my shelves that I haven't gotten around to reading (I have some classic literature that I've obtained from my visit in Texas that I have actually never whole-hearted read, so I may give those a shot)
OH. I WILL FINISH Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanne Clarke EVENTUALLY. I SWEAR I WILL.

Herp Derp.
[Jade] I'm sorry I don't speak Stupidese

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How Jeva discovers she is stressed out:

1) Is room a mess?

If no, I will carry on as normal.

If yes, I will...
a) continue to ignore the mess, it's not that bad

If Jeva is experiencing the second reaction mentally but outwardly says the first one, she is stressed.

If Jeva is experiencing the second reaction and is RAGECLEANING, she is very VERY stressed.

... fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

I don't even know what I'm stressed about--okay no that's a lie.

And reminding myself here that no one cares but meh. I need to bitch about it.

In other news, read In the Woods by Tana French. The story is a murder-mystery psychological-thriller that takes place in--wait for it--IRELAND.

It is so so very Irish in nostalgia and GOD NO BREAK FOR THIS DUDE EVER. Even the ending is just kind of hopeless and defeated in a way and painfully realistic. But that's part of the marvelous thing about this, French's first novel. A lot of authors pull their punches and some even have cop-out endings.

French just brought the story to its ends in its own time. To some, it might feel drawn out and incomplete (there are actually TWO mysteries in the novel and--yeah, I won't spoiler in case someone wants to read). Needless to say that I did enjoy the read (and got ping'd a lot about the childhood connection to a patch of woods and hurhur noooostalgiiiaaa), was hilariously depressed by the whole thing.

The only downside is that I solved the mystery weeeeell before anyone else in the book did. D-derp. I dunno what this says about me. Do I know the murderer's type to well or was it the situation...? I don't even really know. It could be just that it was a wee bit predictable but still fun to read.

Now I will be starting on The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson. A historical account (based on researching diaries, memoirs, etc.) on the historical 1893 Chicago World's Fair where H. H. Holmes preyed on his victims, making himself America's first established serial killer.

After this book, I have Erik Larson's newest book In The Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and An American Family in Hitler's Berlin. A historical account of the Dodd family, the father of which volunteered for the job no one wanted in America in 1933-1934--American Ambassador to Germany. Somehow, despite not having much in the way of political criteria (and a lot of love for the German culture), Dodd got the job. And he and his family found themselves swept up in the tide that was the rise of the Nazi regime. And then, of course, realized that the tide might just carry them away as it was already working on doing to certain populations in Germany.

... apparently, I've been in a very morbid mood.

And yet, I am fascinated by all of these topics. Always have been. And then following along with the news...

Idek guys. I've been in a funny mood lately.

ETA: ... man, I just remembered that I should probably finish Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke before I start ANOTHER book. I need to finish it. Since I want to know what that one fairfolk dude is up to 8|a BECAUSE THIS IS THE BOOK ABOUT HOW THE NAPOLEONIC WARS WERE WON THANKS TO THE HELP OF A BRITISH WIZARD--TWO, SORRY. TWO WIZARDS.

... oh British authors, you never fail to amuse me.


... I will stop being a crazy book lady now.
[Jack] Oh we're all mad here...

Where am I at?

Last time I took these memes.

How I am now:

This Is My Life, Rated
Take the Rate My Life Quiz

My Personality
Openness to Experience
You often resist any cravings or urges that you have, but sometimes you give in, however you tend to lack energy and have difficult initiating activities. You lead a leisurely and relaxed life. You would prefer to sit back and smell the roses than indulge in high energy activities. You tend not to express your emotions openly and are sometimes not even aware of your own feelings. You do not particularly like helping other people. Requests for help feel like an imposition on your time, however you believe that a certain amount of deception in social relationships is necessary. You are guarded in new relationships and less willing to openly reveal the whole truth about yourself. You are a reasonably organized person and like to have a certain amount of routine in your life.

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In short: I have become a wholly unbalanced, unhealthy, neurotic, emotionally-dead, self-centered douchebag.


To be honest, considering what I've gone through--what with the trip to Texas and how that ended in spectacular failure...







ETA: ... althought, Storm Front's not in the box. ... OH WELL. EASY TO REPLACE. or did I take it out and misplaced it already...

.... knowing me, yes.
[Prussia] you're gonna carry that weight

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i think i want to break

i think i want to fall

i think i don't want to think at all

i think i should sleep

i think i won't be able to sleep

i think the world should just sweep me up in all its goings

and leave the things i don't want to think behind