December 7th, 2004

Cry Blood (Hurt)

Fuck-A-Doodle-Doo

Headache. Increased heart rate. Bad vision. Shakes.

Christ, I hope I'm coming down with something...then I can look forward to it going away. Oh, and did I mention that I have not one but TWO banner ads to crank out today, and only about half the info I need to do them? Yeah, it's just a great day thus far.

At least I'll be getting said info, at some point. Now, if my fuckin' HEAD would just stop hurting, I'd be groovy.

Pasta salad for lunch, sayeth the Mage.
Worship Chaos

Someone Who Gets It

I've always liked Rowan Atkinson for his comedy stylings (for those who don't know the name, this is the guy who did both "Blackadder" and "Mr. Bean"). It's rocks, though, to see another side of him...one with both brains and enlightenment.

The British government, it seems, is proposing a bill which creates a new Serious and Organised Crime Agency to tackle drug trafficking, people smuggling and criminal gangs. That, in itself, is pretty good, no problems there. However, another part of the bill will create a new offence of incitement to religious hatred to protect faith groups, particularly Muslims, from attack.

Atkinson spoke out on this point (backed by a group of writers, MPs and the National Secular Society), saying that are already enough laws to deal with such extremists. He added: "To criticise a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous but to criticise their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom. The freedom to criticise ideas, any ideas - even if they are sincerely held beliefs - is one of the fundamental freedoms of society. A law which attempts to say you can criticise and ridicule ideas as long as they are not religious ideas is a very peculiar law indeed." He said he had sympathy with the law's backers, particular British Muslims, but added: "I appreciate this measure is an attempt to provide comfort and protection to them. But unfortunately it is wholly inappropriate response far more likely to promote tension between communities than tolerance."

Man, I can't tell you how refreshing it is to see someone actually understand things. Understanding that the key to stopping these sort of hate crimes is NOT suppressing the speech but getting people to understand things...moderation, tolerance, you know the drill. When you make it a crime to say something, all you end up with is more criminals.

In the midst of the violence that is human society, every now and then I see someone who might actually be rising above it all, trying to enlighten the masses. It's ESPECIALLY wonderful when it's someone in a position to make a difference, a celebrity, someone who can actually get others to listen to them. Rowen, you rock.


*Much thanks to royhuggins for the link*
Typing

Sloooowly....

Head finally calming down. Shakes easing up. All art done (for now...which reminds me I have at least 4 icons I need to get cracking on). And, oh look, it's lunchtime.

Afternoon movies:
What?!?

Weird

OK, this sucks. How can I be full AND hungry at the same time? I think it's partly psychosomatic, and it's just my body adapting to eating less red meat.

See, Di and I started, not a diet or eating regimen, per se, but rather just planning our meals more and trying to get more variety in them. It all works into our plan for changing our health habits with the new year. We'd already started making one night a week a "salad night", and with the meal planning, we're eating less red meat and more chicken, etc. Nothing drastic, just a small change for now (we're not doing anything major until after the holidays).

Tonight was cheese tortellini in a four cheese sauce, which was good, and filling, but I'm still feeling hungry symptoms (though I don't want to actually eat anything). Fuckin' weird feeling, and not a great one. Ah well.

On the flipside, today was dravengodvamp's hearing, and I haven't been able to talk to purpleflake to see how it went, and the waiting is driving me nuts. Must remember to try and call her tomorrow.