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It's a nephew!
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My first, too. I've just spoken on the phone with my brother - and it's a nephew! He was born yesterday evening after a long labour (poor sis-in-law!) They don't know what to call him yet :D Typical of them, they take their time with the important things. And no visiting until later in the week - they want to take it quiet and get their "sea legs" as parents first so to speak (he's their first).
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Conservapedia on... Feminism
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Conservapedia is an American (extreme?) right-wing "alternative" to Wikipedia. True propaganda of the worst kind - and the funniest. I found the following in the article on Feminism - I'm still laughing so hard I'm crying. It beggars belief....

Feminism originally was an expression used by suffragettes - who were predominantly pro-life - to obtain the right for women to vote in the early 1900s in the United States and the United Kingdom. By the 1970s, however, liberals had changed the meaning to represent people who favored abortion and identical roles or quotas for women in the military and in society as a whole.

Specifically, a modern feminist tends to:

* believe that there are no meaningful differences between men and women (The most significant belief underlying contemporary feminism is that there are no sex differences; therefore advocacy for equal rights must be extended to advocacy for equal results or outcomes.)
* oppose chivalry and even feign insult at harmless displays of it (see battle between the sexes)
* view traditional marriage as unacceptably patriarchal
* detest women who are happy in traditional roles, such as housewives, and especially dislike those who defend such roles
* shirk traditional gender activities, like baking
* support affirmative action for women
* prefer that women wear pants rather than dresses, presumably because men do
* seek women in combat in the military just like men, and coed submarines
* refuse to take her husband's last name when marrying
* distort historical focus onto female figures, often overshadowing important events (Eg: Henry VIII's wives take precedence in common knowledge to his actual reign.)
* object to being addressed as "ma'am," or feminine nicknames such as "sweetheart" or "honey"; object to other female-only names, such as "temptress"

Other interesting articles: on Michelle Obama (starts supposedly "neutral", but slides quickly into bitching - has to be read to be believed), on homosexuality (if you weren't scared of it before, you will be ), dinosaurs (one long defence of creationism), etc.

It's horrifying and deeply funny at the same time. This is not about some people having a different opinion and world view from me - it's plain fact distortion and old-fashioned propaganda.
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Wow! Just WOW!
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An amazing street performance with fire and an very interesting interpretation of Philip Glass' "Lightning" from Liquid Days.


Summer evening
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My father sent me this gorgeous photo from yesterday evening. They live by the west coast of Denmark where the landscape is flat and the sky is open.

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The classical radio have gone a little crazy tonight...
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From the playlist of one of the classical channels of the national radio tonight:
Chaikovskij - Fauré - John Adams - Bach... (the Brandenburg concertos even)

So very very random, The John Adams piece was fabulous though (Grand Pianola Music) - and sounded as if he'd filched bits from Philip Glass (or perhaps it's the other way round)
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"Sweaty male sex is so wrong and so, so naughty."
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The Onion on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy (The Onion is a satirical news paper)
I thought this was rather funny :D

Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Paves Way For Gay Sex Right On Battlefield, Opponents Fantasize
Excerpts:
"WASHINGTON—As Congress prepares to allow gay individuals to serve openly in the military, those against the proposed change voiced their concerns Monday, warning the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" could soon lead to strong, strapping American soldiers engaging in mind-blowing homosexual intercourse right on the battlefield.

""We can't allow this to happen," Gohmert added as beads of sweat collected on his brow. "It's wrong. Sweaty male sex—no matter how erotic and uninhibited—is so wrong and so, so naughty."

"Others have argued that allowing gay soldiers to push their lifestyle on others, testing the limits of pleasure a man can take before he erupts in uncontrollable ecstasy, would seriously damage morale.


""The last thing I need after a 12-hour reconnaissance patrol is to know I'm hitting the showers with some guy who might be checking me out and who might, after seeing what I have to work with, find himself wondering if I too long for the firm yet tender embrace of another man," Army Cpl. Dale Montgomery said. "So, in conclusion, what were we talking about again?"

"This May, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) promised voters he would do everything in his power to prevent gays from serving openly in the armed forces, and on Thursday, he told reporters that the role of the military is to defend American freedoms, not "the rights of, you know, those people some of us stay up all night thinking about as we toss and turn.""
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getting things fixed in my new apartment
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The plumber is here right now. I just thought he was meant to fix a few small things, including a toilet handle with a tendency to stick. Now he's just carried a whole new toilet into the bathroom o_0

And he keeps a running commentary - but his accent (norwegian? german?) makes him really difficult to understand. So I just nod, and smile... It'll be fine in the end - I hope...
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Whew!
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I think the worst is over now. I've put up the bookcase and unpacked almost all the books, unpacked almost all the kitchen things (but still "look forward" to find the space for them in the kitchen), and the bathroom is mostly done, too. I am trying to do a bit every day, but also feel I can relax some, now. A change from the last weeks.

Still have to put up lamps and curtain rods and other stuff - and I hate doing that stuff (where's that man in my life, huh?), but of course I know I am the only one who'd do it exactly right to my specifications *lol*
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"Spread a thin layer of books..."
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"... in all your moving boxes. Add all the other stuff on top. Garnish with crumpled newspapers."

I'm moving in the weekend next week (which I look forward to), but right now I'm trying to pack, and four stuffed bookcases (and it's generally not small light-weight paperbacks) take up a lot of space and weigh a lot when you pack up a small household. But I'd really like to have the bookcase emptied sooner rather than later ... and clean that *beep* oven *sigh* I knew that laissez-faire attitude towards oven-cleaning had to have a downside :P

I hate packing *lol* :D
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Porn for women? or xkcd strikes again
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xkcd comic: Porn for women
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