fialleril: [Spock disapproves of your poor life choices] (what is this even)
Is NBC seriously running a fluff piece on Kerri Strug's 1996 team win right now, instead of talking about Gabby Douglas' win yesterday? Are you fucking kidding me?

God forbid we should talk about a black girl winning gold and make it sound like she won because of talent and hard work and determination, because obviously if she won it must have been because of something somebody else did, and hey, why don't we ignore her entirely and spend a huge segment of primetime talking about something that happened sixteen fucking years ago, because at least then the hero was a white girl.

NBC is the actual, literal worst.
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Obi-Wan)
Or, but Obi-Wan's an ace!!!1!

Yes, kids, it's another Clone Wars episode commentary/snark-fest. This one I'm doing on my computer at work, since my laptop is kaplowey. (Shut up, that's a word.)

Now, I usually write these commentaries as I watch the episodes, so I can't entirely predict how it will run. But I'm expecting the snark quotient to be particularly high for these two.

spoilers for The Mandalore Plot and Voyage of Temptation under here )

meta rec

Friday, July 31st, 2009 09:22 pm
fialleril: [adult!Spock only pretends to disapprove] (it is a kissing book!)
So, as I have been away from the internet from a few days, I've been remiss about linking to this great meta by [livejournal.com profile] rawles, concerning the portrayal of Nyota Uhura in the latest Trek movie and the need for serious goggle adjustment with regards to the "Just A Girlfriend" argument.

This is both a thing that's seriously needed saying, and also just plain one of the best metas I've ever read. You should all go read it now.

heigh diddle diddle

Saturday, July 4th, 2009 02:46 pm
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Guinan)
Happy Independence Day to my American friends. I hope you have some plans for fun. :) I'm going to be heading down to Olympic Centennial Park to catch some bands and fireworks.

Last night's movie was...interesting. I guess you all probably know that I'm not really one for patriotic, heroic accounts of history. The attitude that seems to be prevalent among many fundamentalist Christians (and yeah, I say this from long experience) that the "Founding Fathers" are practically saints or gods really troubles me. They weren't. They were very flawed men. (In point of fact they were flawed rich white men who didn't really give a lot of thought to people who weren't rich white men, or at the very least white men.)

Anyway, I was surprised and glad that the movie actually addressed some of these things. Probably the best song in the musical was "Molasses to Rum to Slaves," partly because it's just the best musically, but mostly because it packs quite a punch. There's more than a little irony to the fact that the Declaration of Independence was written by a slave owner and signed by representatives of a country that made its wealth on the triangle trade. Of course the villain had to be the one to point it out, but at least someone said it straight. Here's the relevant clip on YouTube.

I'm thinking of hunting down Iron Jawed Angels for a movie night now. I could use a movie about ladies being awesome and demanding the right to vote.

But anyway, tonight there is fireworks and good friends and music and cake, so! Have fun, y'all.
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (I am Troy Davis)
Hey everybody! Today is the global day of action and speaking out on behalf of Troy Davis, an innocent man likely to be executed soon by the state of Georgia.

Please visit Amnesty International's planning site to see what events are being held in your area, and please attend if you can!

You can also send a letter to Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue, asking him to support clemency for Troy.

I'll be headed down to the capital later this evening. Please keep Troy and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

icons for Troy Davis

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 07:31 pm
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (I am Troy Davis)
I got inspired by [livejournal.com profile] betareject's and [livejournal.com profile] albumsontheside's recent posts (you guys are awesome!), and made some icons of Troy Davis.

I'm not asking for credit or anything on these - frankly, I'd love to see them plastered all over the internet. So please, spread them around! And above all, please read up on Troy's case and take action to protect an innocent man HERE.


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Concerning 3 and 11: the phrase "I am Troy Davis" has become a tagline of the movement for justice for Troy. The idea behind it is that this really could happen to any of us, and even more than that, that this is a man we're connected to. He's not just some distant body in a prison cell whose death won't affect us. This movement, more than anything, has been about affirming the deep interconnection between people, and the fact that we really are each responsible to each. Troy's unjust situation affects all of us.

events for Troy Davis

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 07:00 pm
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (I am Troy Davis)
The stay of execution for Troy Davis is set to expire on May 15, and the state of Georgia could seek a new warrant for execution immediately thereafter. Amnesty International is planning a Global Day of Action for Troy Davis on May 19. Please consider participating in some way if it's at all possible, whether by holding your own event or by joining one that's already scheduled!

Also, please continue sending letters to Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue.

And for those of you in or near the Atlanta metro area, on May 15 itself there will be an event called POETS 4 POLITICAL PRISONERS, featuring poetry and spoken word to raise awareness about Troy and related social justice issues. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Davis family for the formation of a scholarship fund. The event is from 8:45-11:00 p.m., and the address is:

Grounds Coffee House
898 Oak St SW # F
Atlanta, GA 30310

Troy Davis update

Thursday, April 16th, 2009 08:14 pm
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (I am Troy Davis)
Today Troy Davis' appeal was denied by the 11th Circuit Court. You can read the decision here (PDF file). He has been granted a 30 day stay to appeal with the Supreme Court.

For more on Troy's case, check out Amnesty International's Troy Davis page here.

Please keep Troy and his family and friends and all those working for justice for him in your thoughts and prayers, and send a letter to the Governor if you haven't already!

Anakin in Vietnam

Saturday, February 7th, 2009 06:57 pm
fialleril: [the things they carried] (Chopper)
Actually Anakin has very little to do with this post, but I'm playing off of the book title Achilles in Vietnam (which is a book everyone should read, btw).

I've been convinced for a while that the Clone Wars are basically the GFFA equivalent of America's war in Vietnam. With everything that entails. No matter how much the Jedi like to preach about how they fight for the freedom of the galaxy's people, the viewer and many of the characters know this isn't a "good war." (It isn't really about freedom either, or the Jedi might have made at least a peep about the problem of rampant slavery on Tatooine when they made their deal with Jabba. But I digress.) It's a war about stopping the spread of communism the Separatist Movement. And not much else.

This week's episode of Clone Wars showcased that really well. And for once, I have more good than bad to say about the episode!

here there be spoilers! )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (I am Troy Davis)
The evidence for Troy Davis' innocence has still not been heard in any court, and the state of Georgia is continuing with plans to execute him. The messed up nature of our state's "justice" system couldn't be more clear.

Please send a letter to Georgia's governor Sonny Purdue asking him to support clemency for Troy Davis. Even if you don't live in Georgia, your voice is important.

fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Ishmael Beah)
There are times when I really love living in Atlanta. I can't imagine a better place to be for the inauguration of President Barack Obama (save perhaps the Washington Mall!). Here in Martin Luther King Jr.'s city, just a day after we celebrated his life and work, his spirit looms especially large over today's inauguration.

I won't say that the dream has been achieved. Even I'm not quite that naive. But as President Obama himself said, the fact that he could be standing before the nation today, taking the highest oath of office, in a country where merely sixty years ago his father would not even have been served in a local restaurant - that's a powerful symbol. It's an idea that has immense potential to effect reality.

And it's got me thinking about something I've been meaning to post for a while. I've seen and heard a lot of people, both in mainstream media and online blogs and even in coffee shops, saying that it doesn't matter that Obama is a black man. All that matters is his policies.

I can understand where those people are coming from. And maybe in one way it is a fulfillment of the dream, if they really are judging him by the content of his character and not by the color of his skin.

And yet at the same time, as a white girl who still has so much to learn about race, I have to say: I think you kind of have to be white to say that it doesn't matter.

"Say it plain," Elizabeth Alexander says, "that many have died for this day."

It's a raw truth, and something I'd somehow managed to avoid for most of my life. That's white privilege for you, I suppose. But here, in Martin Luther King's city, you can't avoid it. It soaks the air and cries out from the streets and you breathe it in with each rise and fall of your chest. This country has never had a reconciliation for its "original sin." And there are days when it feels like the things we don't talk about are eating this city alive.

America is a very young country. Less than 200 years ago, men and women who looked like Michelle and Barack Obama were kept as property and denied the most basic human rights. Even 60 years ago, Barack Obama's father would not have been allowed to eat in a DC restaurant. Lynchings are still not things of the past, and the highly disproportionate number of black men being murdered by the state in the name of justice speaks for itself.

"Say it plain," she says, "that many have died for this day."

Barack Obama's election does not put an end to racism by any stretch of the imagination. But it is an immensely powerful symbol.

And yes, it matters.

Read Elizabeth Alexander's whole poem here. I highly recommend it!
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (I am Troy Davis)
Troy Davis has been granted another stay of execution by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals! The decision came out around noon today: the court decided to hear an appeal calling for a hearing for Troy's appeal.

Yes, I know that sounds convoluted. From what I can gather, it is. As the law stands, witnesses recanting the testimony that led to conviction,as seven of the nine witnesses in Troy's case have done, is not enough to call for a new trial of the evidence. There also has to be sufficient evidence that the recantations overturn the original evidence as first provided. From what I understand, Troy's lawyers submitted an appeal to ask that the court hear the case for a new trial. If the court decides to do so, then a new trial can actually be held, and the evidence for Troy's innocence can finally be heard.

Troy's lawyers have 15 days to submit a brief to the state Attorney General's Office, and the office then has another 10 days to respond.

Let's all continue to keep Troy and his family and friends, as well as the family of Officer MacPhail, in our thoughts and prayers. And thanks so much to everyone who's gotten involved in this case!
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (I am Troy Davis)
One more thing before I go to bed: I got this message from the Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty group of which I'm a part, and I wanted to spread the word.

They're asking people to write letters to the doctor scheduled to perform Troy's execution, Dr. Carlo Musso, reminding him that the American Medical Associate Code of Medical Ethics states, "A physician, as a member of the profession dedicated to preserving life when there is hope of doing so, should not be a participant in a state execution."

The Georgia Department of Corrections requires that two doctors be present in order for an execution to be carried out. Because of litigation in Georgia that have pointed out the violation of medical ethics inherent in carrying out the death penalty, the Department of Corrections has had to raise the amount paid to doctors willing to perform executions from $5000 to $18,000. (In California there has been an effective moratorium on the death penalty because no doctors are willing to perform executions.)

sample letter and options for sending it under here )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (I am Troy Davis)
Yesterday the Supreme Court finally returned a verdict in Troy Davis' case: they refused to grant him a hearing. This means that the massive evidence pointing to his innocence will never be heard in a court of law. The decision also left the State of Georgia free to seek a new execution warrant, which they did almost immediately.

A warrant has been issued for Troy's execution in the window between October 27 and November 3.

It's still possible for the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to intervene at any point before the execution. Amnesty International is urging people to continue writing letters. Check out their page about Troy for more ideas, as well as sample letters, etc.

What's more likely than anything to help now, though, is the loud voices of important, well-connected and well-funded people: politicians, big business owners, philanthropists, etc. If you know somebody with some standing, or know somebody who knows somebody, give them a call!

There will also be a rally at the Georgia State Capitol on October 23, and Amnesty International is encouraging people to participate in solidarity rallies around the country and around the world. (For some ideas go here.)

Please continue to keep Troy and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

update on Troy Davis

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 11:00 pm
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (I am Troy Davis)
There is no ruling yet from the Supreme Court on Troy Davis' case, but there is a bit of good news: on Tuesday at noon, the warrant for his execution ran out. So even if the Supreme Court doesn't return a favorable verdict for Davis, the State of Georgia will still have to issue a new warrant for execution, which will take time.

The Supreme Court is expected to deliver a decision on October 6. Please keep Troy and his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Beneath the cut is a letter Troy Davis sent to his supporters on September 22.



Read more )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (I am Troy Davis)
As many of you know, Troy Davis was scheduled to be executed in Atlanta tonight at midnight. The Georgia Board of Pardons & Paroles refused to grant him clemency or even a court hearing for the evidence of his innocence. But the United States Supreme Court intervened to stay the execution just hours before it was scheduled to take place.

Thank you so much to everyone who sent letters and e-mails and signed the petition! Even if Georgia didn't listen, our voices were heard, and the national and international outcry about this case was strong enough to make the Supreme Court take notice. For the first time, Troy Davis has a real chance of having the evidence for his innocence heard.

Please keep Troy and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (I am Troy Davis)
Last Friday, September 12, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied Troy Davis clemency. Davis has been on Death Row for 17 years now, and the massive evidence for his innocence has never been heard.

He is still scheduled for execution on September 23.

There is still time for the Board to grant clemency before the sentence is carried out. Please sign the petition here and send a letter by snail mail if you can. (Because e-mails are easily ignored, but employees are required to at least open their mail before throwing it out.)

Amnesty International's website has sample letters. I've been sending mine to:

Chair L. Gale Buckner
Georgia State Board of Pardons & Paroles
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE
Suite 458, Balcony Level, East Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (I am Troy Davis)
In 1991 Troy Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of a policeman in Savannah, Georgia. There was no physical evidence against him, only witness testimony. Since the trial, seven out of nine of the witnesses have recanted their testimony or changed their story, and many have stated that they were pressured by police into testifying against Davis. One of the remaining witnesses has been implicated as the actual shooter.

But Troy Davis is still scheduled for execution on September 23, 2008.

If you live in or near the Atlanta area, please come to a rally to save Troy Davis' life. We're meeting on the steps of the state capital from 6:00-8:00 p.m tomorrow, September 11, 2008. (Address is 206 Washington Street SW, Atlanta, GA.)

Even if you don't live in the Atlanta area, please sign Amnesty International's petition for justice for Troy Davis, and consider sending a letter by snail mail. (Amnesty International provides sample letters at the link above.)
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Fema Baab)
A little late for International Blog Against Racism Week, unfortunately...

As many of you know I don't really follow the EU (although I used to, but that's another story), but I lurk enough around the fandom and on Wookieepedia to notice a few things. And lately, something's been bothering me. Namely, the EU treatment of movie!canon characters of color.

There aren't many people of color in the Star Wars universe to begin with (and that's another meta entirely!). But I've started to notice a pattern in how the EU treats them.

Please note: for this meta, I will be dealing specifically with non-Jedi canon Star Wars characters of color. Perhaps some day I'll write a different meta about the Jedi...

continued beneath the cut, with picspam! )

EDITED to add Sei Taria.
EDITED again to add Queens Jamillia and Apailana, handmaiden Rabé, and Senator Bana Breemu.

P.S. Feel free to remind me of any other non-Jedi movie!canon characters I may have overlooked! And emphasis on the non-Jedi and movie canon characters. I stated at the beginning that this meta was about EU treatment of characters from the movies who are not Jedi, but after reading the comments, apparently a lot of people missed that memo...

kids with guns

Saturday, May 17th, 2008 06:37 pm
fialleril: [Hades and Persephone] (katabasis)
So since everyone on my f-list has been talking about Iron Man lately, I finally hopped on the bandwagon and went to see it today. But before I get into a review, I have to say this. I paid $9.50 for a movie ticket?! In the middle of the afternoon?! WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE?

On to the movie itself. I'll put my thoughts under a cut, just in case someone hasn't seen this and doesn't want to be spoiled.

Read more )

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