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July 17th, 2020

Given the fact that Yahoo/Geocities, in their infinite wisdom (*choke*, *splutter*, *cough*), have elected to delete all free websites from their webhosting service, I am posting the content of my two websites to my livejournal.

Regarding the recommendations pages, please note the following. If we have an email address for an author, we will post it with the thought that feedback is a nice thing for authors and we like to do what we can to encourage it. If however you see your email listed here and would prefer NOT to have us post it, just drop us a line (blauzo@hotmail.com) and we'll remove it. Thank you! (Please feel free to drop us a line if you have anything else you would like us to change with regards to a fic you have written. We simply wish to pay tribute to the fanfiction authors mentioned herein and we would certainly not go against anyone's wishes!)
Coucher de Soleil's fanfic and Fanfic Favorites (formerly Geocities websites) can be found here...Collapse )

August 21st, 2014

Here are some examples of some current or former celebrities who showcase the fact that Hollywood is still a 1) white, 2) male, 3) straight, 4) cis, 5) ableist, 6) (I should probably add Christian here) -dominated and bigoted environment.

1) Kevin Sorbo

He is not so famous NOW, but he was in the 1990s when he played the leading role in the show 'Hercules'. The spin-off show 'Xena Warrior Princess' starred Lucy Lawless. Sorbo has, apparently, stated in interviews that Lawless got the part because she was involved with producer Rob Tapert. (Another article which appears to be more of the same.) He also appears to contradict himself in saying this, because it isn't what he said here.

(I'll admit those aren't the best links. I'll post better sources if I find them.)

The above is heartily believable (i.e. it's quite believable he would show himself to be a misogynist) since more recently, he has gone on a rant on his Facebook page where he refers to those protesting the murder of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, as "animals". More precisely, he accuses protesters of using the shooting as "an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are." He goes on to say, " Hopefully this is a reminder to the African Americans ( I always thought we just Americans. Oh, well.) that their President the [sic] voted in has only made things worse for them, not better." (Part of the rant is here, though the source has been deleted. I wonder why? /sarcasm)

2) Charlize Theron

She went on Newsweek's Oscar roundtable which was overwhelmingly white. During the discussion, Davis commented on the difficulty in finding work as an African-American actress. “I’m a 46-year-old black woman who really doesn’t look like Halle Berry, and Halle Berry is having a hard time,” said Davis.

Theron interrupted her and spoke over her to say that she was 'hot as shit'. Her exact words—“You have to stop saying that, because you’re hot as shit.’’ The discussion then veered completely away from race issues as Davis was effectively shut down. (See the video here.) Here is an article which discusses how problematic Theron's comment was.

This is not new for Charlize Theron. Here is an (old) article in which she discusses her reasons for leaving her native South Africa: "Growing up an only child on her family's farm, Theron says, her pet goat Bok "was like my best friend." As an outlet for her boundless energy, she took up ballet at age 6 and soon was dancing professionally in Johannesburg. But at 15, she says, "everything just went wrong." Her father, Charles, died, leaving the family's road-construction business in the hands of her mother, Gerda. Theron had little time to grieve; with the dismantling of apartheid and the creation of new affirmative action laws, she became convinced "there was no future for a white South African." One week after turning 16, she accepted an offer from an Italian model scout, and—with her mother's blessing—headed for Milan. Looking back, she says, "I just ran." (From People.com)

Um, yikes.

3) Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg is guilty of hate crimes. Yes, really. And yet he continues to enjoy a very lucrative Hollywood career.

-He assaulted a group of black schoolchildren

-He assaulted an older man of Vietnamese origin, causing serious injury (the man remains blind in one eye as a direct result of the attack)

-He assaulted his neibour, again causing serious injury (among other injuries, the man's jaw was broken and needed to be wired shut)

On this topic, here is what Wahlberg had to say.

"And though the right thing to do would be to try to find the man and make amends, Wahlberg says, he admits he hasn't done so -- but says he's no longer burdened by guilt.

"I did a lot of things that I regretted and I certainly paid for my mistakes," Wahlberg says. "You have to go and ask for forgiveness and it wasn't until I really started doing good and doing right, by other people as well as myself, that I really started to feel that guilt go away. So I don't have a problem going to sleep at night. I feel good when I wake up in the morning."

So in other words, he forgave himself. How nice of him!
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More examples to come, because Hollywood is rife with them.

August 11th, 2014

Someone posted an article with the following headline to ontd_political: 'US analysts conclude MH17 downed by aircraft' ("KUALA LUMPUR: INTELLIGENCE analysts in the United States had already concluded that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by an air-to-air missile, and that the Ukrainian government had had something to do with it.")

Only it was complete bunkum/bullsh*te. It took 3 users a few minutes to debunk the entire article.

Read the so-called article and the debunking here. (PS: The original poster of the article has a history of this stuff -they seem to be either madly pro-Russian or paid to troll the internet to spread disinformation -apparently this is not uncommon all over the internet.)

Enjoy!

May 2nd, 2014

I've been sick

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hamster
Yeah, I've been really sick lately.

I've had a really bad cold all week, and I've got some more heavy duty health issues which I'm trying to deal with at the moment.

Ugh.
...See the discussion here (i.e. at ontd_political), where I seem to have hit a nerve.

Then again, I can be an idiot sometimes, so who knows. :-D

In conclusion: Nah, I was right. It does look like I hit a nerve. And apparently I shouldn't have an opinion about a situation unless I live at the place/country in question. WTF.

ETA: This person replying to me really is horrible. Ugh. I'm determined NOT to go check the answers again so I don't get sucked into replying again. I just don't see how such arguments are productive: they're not going to agree with me and neither am I so what's the point? I need to learn to stop arguing at this point. Ick.

April 23rd, 2014

TOUJOURS PAS DE RÉPONSE

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Je n'ai toujours pas eu de réponse de Monsieur Denis Codderre (soit le maire de la ville de Montréal, Québec, Canada), suite à mon courriel exprimant mon opposition au réglement P-6, mis à part un accusé de réception.

Je n'ai JAMAIS eu de réponse de mon(ma) représentant(e) à l'Assemblée Nationale (soit l'assemblée provinciale du Québec) suite à mes courriels manifestant mon opposition à la Charte des valeurs québecoises.

À suivre...

April 17th, 2014

There is a really interesting discussion going on at ontd_political right now, regarding the prices charged for medications, in particular regarding the new hepatitis-C drug Solvadi (1,000$ FOR ONE PILL).

Here is the link: http://ontd-political.livejournal.com/11009918.html?view=666434942#t666434942

April 15th, 2014

I'm reposting a truly thought provoking article/post by Enaemaehkiw Túpac Keshena on Quebec nationalism. The comments and author's response to comments at the source are also really worth reading. As a French Quebecquer I think more of us should read this.

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Settler-Colonialism in Disguise: An Indigenist Critique of Québécois Nationalism

by Enaemaehkiw Túpac Keshena.

Franco-Krackers
The following was originally penned by myself, Eaemaehkiw Thupaq Kesīqnaeh, and appeared on a persynal blog i used to run known as The Speed of Dreams. It first appeared in May 2011 under the original title Some Thoughts on the Québec Sovereigntist Movement. It is appears below more or less in its original form with only some minor edits and updates.

The Québec Sovereigntist Movement (QSM) and québécois nationalism in general have always stuck in my mind as odd during my years of interactions with so-called revolutionary forces in kanada, though until relatively recently i was unable to put my thoughts together on the issue in a coherent fashion. For my readers outside of kanada, or at least very unfamiliar with internal settler politics in kanada, the Québéc Sovereigntist Movement is exactly what it sounds like: it is a movement that seeks to establish a separate Republic of Québec on all or most of the current territory of the kanadian province of québec. It is rooted in the contradictions between the two dominant groups of settlers in kanada, the Francophones, concentrated mostly in québec, and Anglophones, who are dominant in the rest of kanada.

While i have in the past attempted to put my thoughts on the QSM down on paper (or rather to blog), two things have recently put it back at the forefront of my thoughts.

The first was about three weeks ago when a representative of a group called Réseau de Résistance du Québécois (a left-wing québécois nationalist organization) popped up on another site i involved in, asking for onkwehón:we support for the Québec Sovereigntist Movement. The second, more recent, event was near total the obliteration of the Bloc Québécois in Monday’s federal kanadian elections.

Both of these events have lead me into recent discussions with other revolutionary minded anti-colonialists about the nature of the québec question in kanada. Now i find myself trying to coalesce my thoughts into one place. To that end i have broken my thoughts down into the three main areas that follow.

Really really good critique of Québecois nationalism under the cut...Collapse )

April 14th, 2014

The IPCC's message is clear: it's the end of business as usual for fossil fuel users
The UN's climate change panel is unambiguous – we need to make huge policy changes to wean ourselves off CO2 producers

Bla
'There will be no single solution across the world but the expansion of renewable energy is likely to be ubiquitous.'

Scary truths under the cut...Collapse )

soleiltropiques: Really really interesting but also scary.

April 4th, 2014

Voici une lettre que j'ai écrite à Monsieur Denis Coderre, maire de la ville de Montréal (de la province du Québec au Canada).

Explications en lien au règlement sous la coupure...Collapse )
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Vive le fascisme en terre canadienne!
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