Immune Deficient Sunday

by matttbastard

Once again my body has unconditionally surrendered to illness. “Not an option”? My defeatist antibodies would argue otherwise.

In lieu of substantive posting today on the part of yours truly (substance? Ha! I’ve got your substance–and a pony–right here…), I recommend you head on over to cripchick’s place and read up on the NYU Child Study Center’s scary ransom note ad campaign, which utilizes a most unsavory metaphor in a misguided attempt to draw attention towards people living with disabilities and psychiatric disorders.

Also, be sure to check out Feminist Peace Network’s ongoing (and, as always, superlative) coverage of the KBR gang rape whitewash (corporate fucktardery at its finest); Lindsay Beyerstein looks into the connection between John Kiriakou and The Kite Runner; finally, the indomitable Melissa McEwan continues her ceaseless teaspoon-dipping with an absolutely heartbreaking-yet-unfortunately-necessary post on the cold, hard reality of rape (newsflash: it fucking happens to people).

Oh, and if, after reading all that, you’re still bored, the 2007 Canadian Blog Awards are accepting nominations; go forth, my Canuckle-headed brethren and pimp your homies. Additionally, The Lefties are being tabulated and somehow this ‘umble little blog managed to garner a last-minute nomination. Ta (and squishy hugs) to whomever gave us the nod.

Alright, that’s all I can muster–heading back to bed forthwith. Hope y’all are enjoying the weekend more than I am.

Go.
*moans*

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Friday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

Have been out of the loop, so this is largely a catch-up edition. Anyone who has any recommendations (whether of their own work or someone elses) feel free to join in the orgy via comments. As always, much love (and respect) to all.

(edit: I still heart–and respect–teh Shakes)

Vox ex Machina: Feminist blogosphere: Love it or leave it (h/t Kevin)

Women of Color Blog: teaching full frontal feminism

Black Amazon: I really tried.

Problem Chylde: A Quick Note

misscripchick: BA and BFP always get me going

Three-Toed Sloth: Last Words on Saletan (h/t Crooked Timber)

Prometheus 6: And by the way, Saletan never actually admitted to being a dick

Shark-fu @ Shakespeare’s Sister: Black and Missing

AngryBlackBitch: A worthy discussion that we need to stop dancing around Part I… and A worthy discussion that we need to stop dancing around Part II…

Birth Pangs: Not only do Sens suck, their ‘Better Halves’ support fetish fetishists and Sens still suck, but their fans are pretty nice

Politics ‘n’ Poetry: Canada Aglow for Dubya’s GNEP

April Reign: Our Glorious Dead

Hope and Onions: Postcards from the Toronto Vigil in memory of Robert Dziekanski

A Creative Revolution: You have to pay for your own expertise…Real or fake.

The Galloping Beaver: Nah! No conflict of interest there.

Zuky: Roundup — Fascism, Racism, Resistance (So much bloggy nourishment to digest over the weekend–thanks, Kai!)

unrepentant old hippie: More slogan co-opting

PoliTits: Stop Me Before I Blog Again (DCup, you get a big ol’ smooshy hug for posting a most awesome Weakerthans vid. Shall reciprocate in a li’l bit *smooshes*)

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Slacker Friday: Half An Ass Is Better Than None

by matttbastard

Still recovering from a recent bout with the flu, so this week’s edition is even more slacker-iffic than usual. Hopefully by Monday I (and the rest of the bastard.logic crew) will have mitigated all overriding meatworld concerns enough to at least mail it in, as opposed to phoning it in (hell–forget half-assed telecom blogging; we’re talking two tin cans tied together with string here).

With that said, onward ho, dear readers!

  • As the FCC in the US considers loosening cross-ownership regulations that currently prevent companies from owning both print and broadcast media in a single market, Adbusters illustrates what we in Canada have known for several years: extreme media convergence stifles press freedom to the point of asphyxiation.
  • If you haven’t been reading Hope and Onions lately you’ve been missing out on some superlative citizen journalism. Godammitkitty has been burning the midnight oil all this week providing in depth coverage of current events like the Throne Speech and the Mukasey AG confirmation hearings (here, here here and here). Did I mention she’s doing all this hard goddamn work without getting paid? Take that, Glenn Greenwald.
  • Libby Spencer looks at a most creative direct action campaign directed against the ruling Burmese junta (no gussets, no peace!)
    Related
    : Even as Bush promises harsher sanctions against the junta, a recent PINR briefing shows that the US and EU are not the actors most relevant to Burma’s economic well being. Even China’s potential leverage has been overstated, according to the briefing, which advises that “the importance of trading partners within A.S.E.A.N. [Association of Southeast Asian Nations], especially Thailand, should not be overlooked.” But, as reported in the Times of India, “ASEAN will urge Myanmar’s military junta to end its bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters but it will “never” suspend the country from the regional grouping,” according to Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Alabar. (More from PINR on Burma here, here and here)
  • Last, but most certainly not least, as my intial contribution to Blogging For Radical Fun Day, a kickass selection of hawdcoar vids from the fine folks @ Underground Operations, guaranteed to get yr heads a-bangin’ and rumps a-shakin’ prior to the weekend (more to come later tonight, Tom — I promise):

Hostage Life – This Song Was Written By A Committee

Protest The Hero – Heretics And Killers

The Holly Springs Disaster – Up In Smoke

I Hate Sally – Hannah Hannah

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Thursday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

(Inspired by Melissa McEwen)

bastard-approved blogreading for a quiet Thursday evening:

Plucky Punk: Meanwhile…

Angry Black Bitch: By Request – A new book…another cure?

Impolitical: Stephen Harper is not a cowboy

The Heretik: This Is Not Torture

A Tiny Revolution: Jeffrey Goldberg, Five Years Ago Today and How Lucky We Are To Live In A World With So Many Moral Men

Rox Populi: Let Rush Be Rush on AFN

All About Race: Faith in Color: Study to Answer

Peace, order and good government, eh?: What do the superrich want with all that?

Hope and Onions: Stand not amaz’d: the prince will doom thee death (Also see Foul deeds will rise)

Birth Pangs: Damn Thanksgiving!

Creekside: The reign of Steyn falls mainly on the plain

TransAdvocate: Associated Press: Please Follow Your Own Stylebook

Slap Upside The Head!: The Gay-less Countries

They Call Me “Mister Sinister”: Lorrie Goldstein And The Way Ahead

Shiraz Socialist: So many good causes (so support at least one of them)

Zen Pundit: Trying To Reopen A Question Settled In 1865

Jon Swift: Clarence Thomas: An Angry Black Man

First Draft: Mocking the killing of a mockingbird

Automatic Preference: Knotting and Unknotting

Shakesville: The New Misogyny: “I’ll Be Over Here Behind the Big Butts and Black Girls”

The Newshoggers: 2,400 Miners Rescued In South Africa

I Never Leave The House Without Incident: What activism looks like when it’s done right

Leftist Looney Lunchbox: Blog Herstory

Slant Truth: On Civil Rights Leaders That Are Loved and Conveniently Dead

Obsidian Wings: Beyond Parody

Waging Peace: On Second Thought,

Fetch Me My Axe: The 80’s, and other early harbingers of the Apocalypse

Taking It Outside: Vietnam re-revisited

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