Monday, June 29, 2015

Greece Backdate

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Greece Update


In Case You Missed It

CNN was reporting an ISIS flag carrying man at a gay pride rally.

Sometimes it's a good idea to be certain of your story before you run with it.

Here's the story:
CNN journalist Lucy Pawle told viewers she had seen “a man dressed in black and white waving what appeared to be very bad mimicry, but a very clear attempt to mimic, the Isis flag – the black and white flag with the distinctive lettering.”

She added: “I mean, If you look at the flag closely, it’s clearly not Arabic, in fact it looks like it could be goobledygook, but it’s very distinctive – the Isis flag.”

Pawle said she was the only one to have spotted the “distinctive” banner.

She continued: “I seem to be the only person who had spotted this, and nobody seems to be raising any questions or pointing it out, so I immediately went to an events organiser who said he didn’t know anything about it.

The flag is actually not ISIS symbols but butt plugs and dildos.

And the latest Guardian headline on the matter:

CNN took down the video from its website, but as of now, it's still on YouTube.  Pretty funny stuff, as they are claiming a media coup, and voice-over reporters are seriously speculating why the man would be flying an ISIS flag at this event.  Perhaps, one reporter suggests, it's a warning, since it's known that ISIS is anti-gay, and in fact throws gays from roofs, one of their principal goals being to kill gays.  On the other hand, they suggest, maybe it's a gay person mocking ISIS.

Flotilla Update

Sunday, June 28, 2015

And, Even As We Speak

Further Greece Update

Thar she blows!


Greece Update

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

A Little Universe Humor

Meanwhile in Greece

And 3.5% was the CONCESSION -- original target was a primary budget surplus of 4.5%. "Since 1995 all the countries of the euro area reached an aggregate primary surplus of 3.6% only once, in 2000." "Even Germany, the Federal Republic of Austerity, reached its own peak of 3% only twice, in Q4 2007 and Q1 2008." And Greece has ALREADY gone through most severe fiscal adjustment of any peripheral country. Eurogroup's demands make me think of a tweet I saw today: "The EU is just one big happy family. Unfortunately, it's the Manson Family."

Greece!  The birthplace of democracy.  Can nothing be done?

And here's a tidy Twitter summary from Club des Cordeliers for you to read in order to understand better:

...but hey, do what you will anyway.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Moving Forward Without the "Christians"

A giant leap...Supreme Court ruling: same sex marriage is now legal in the entire country.

Far more interesting than that sort of naked hypocrisy masquerading as lofty intellectual principles are the historical and cultural aspects of today’s decision. Although the result was expected on a rational level, today’s ruling is still viscerally shocking for any LGBT citizen who grew up in the U.S., or their family members and close friends. It’s almost hard to believe that same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states.

  Glenn Greenwald
Can Glenn come back to the US now with his husband David? Would he want to?
[T]he advent of gay marriage no more means an end to harmful anti-gay bigotry than the end of Jim Crow laws (or the election of a black president) ended racism. Particularly for poorer LGBT citizens, ones who live outside of coastal cities, and transsexuals, discrimination remains potent.


Still, that the Supreme Court has now ruled that the Constitution bars discrimination even in marriage laws is a remarkable development for a country that has for centuries imposed untold ostracization, misery and legal punishment on its citizens for the crime of being gay. It demonstrates that real political change typically comes from citizens, not leaders. It highlights how difficult it is to demonize and Otherize people when they’re not invisible. And it exposes the myth of defeatism: that people are incapable of undermining and subverting entrenched institutional injustices.