Posts tagged ‘Facebook’

June 15, 2012

Interview with Nalini Dial of Animals Are People Too

The Animals Are Human Too activist and COP member who sparked a public outcry over a controversial Facebook post regarding the murder of San Fernando Mayor Marlene Coudray’s daughter. Aired on ieTV June 15, 2012.

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March 30, 2012

Idit Eshel – Good Night LIVE – עידית אשל – לילה טוב

Don’t know much about Idit Eshel but her music is beautiful and haunting. Given my strange mood of late her music is just perfect and tonight it is the ideal ending to a long but oddly fulfilling day.

If you love the music and want more – fear not! You can download it legally here.
Here is the info from the Idit Eshel Facebook page ( which you can subscribe to here):

Hometown תל אביב
Record Label Indie

Description
music Producer – Gedy Ronen
Piano,Fender roads, Programing – Gedy Ronen
Electric, acoustic & slide Guitars – Nir Geva
Bass – Eyal Ganor
Drums – Uriel Sverdin, Gili Lebovich

Biography
Idit Eshel – Are You Listening
Idit’s second album, an Israeli folk- rock, tells a story of a childhood in Kibbutz, Love and memories
אלבומה השני ” האם את מקשיבה” – הוא אלבום פולק – רוק
מסע “בחזרה הביתה” אל שנות ה- 70,לילדות בקיבוץ וסיפורי אהבה.
הפקה המוזיקאלית – גדי רונן (דבק, 1:1 )

Gender Female
Current Location TLV

January 16, 2012

Mea Culpa – More Awesomeness from Perth’s ZSADAR

I seem to have missed this while I was writing in Toronto.  If you don’t know about ZSADAR you really should as Shane Newton pushes the boundaries as all truly great fashion should.

One can speak of the human subject in universal terms.

Not made for man but for mankind, ZSADAR pushes boundaries by challenging aesthetic interpretations of conventional menswear.

ZSADAR’s experimental approach constructs raw and muted collections: minimalist, yet meticulously detailed.

The natural lines of the body are referenced through slim-cut fits and draping which contribute to a dark and androgynous mood.

ZSADAR moves beyond conventional approaches to Australian menswear with designs that have international appeal.

Add ZSADAR on Facebook here. 

Add him on twitter at @ZSADAR . It’s important to support young artists who challenge the conventional.

 

December 16, 2011

Anya Ayoung-Chee throws her weight against hate.

The petition to demand the Trinidad Express apologize for running an offensive advert that, among other things, described LGBT  people as ‘broken’  has been slowly picking up speed thanks to social networking and ActUp.org which posted an article but the pace was infuriating. Yes, the signatures tripled in two days but to have a mere 600 signatures for a subject that affects the  lives of so many people was disturbing to me. I am not broken and I will scream it out to the world

Sign the petition here.

Read the ActUp article here.

This evening the wonderful Anya Ayoung-Chee ( winner of Project Runway season 9 in case you haven’t been following this blog) came on board this evening via Twitter and Facebook. It was interesting that I was being treated to an early birthday dinner this evening and my friend Peter asked why I hadn’t encouraged Anya to join the fight. I didn’t have an answer- it was such an obvious thing – and then – as if to  admonish my sorry ass – she tweeted the ActUp post on Twitter followed by a post on Facebook to sign the petition – synchronicity.

The results have been extraordinary and the petition signatures have accelerated. Poor Anya, who is such a sweet person, has had to endure a fair number of hater comments on FB and even personal  attacks for her posts but she stands up for what is  right and we all need to be proud of her. This might be the pivotal moment in this campaign. A small battle but a significant one  for the LGBT community in T&T.

On another front,  a newspaper response is being arranged for the ignorant and cowardly bullies. Copy is being done by a Trinidadian living in the US with great credentials and the funding is being arranged as we speak.  The bigots may have achieved exactly the opposite of what they planned.

So on behalf of all the young lives that have been insulted by this ad  – a giant video bitchslap  to the evil people who posted  it  – from just a few of the wonderful and most definitely not broken people out there like me.

 

And finally, as posted before – for all the  LGBT kids who were driven to suicide because of the hate of people like the ones who posted that advertisement.  Never forget!

April 3, 2011

Blog cache of Musa Ibrahim’s German wife

Musa Ibrahim aka Musa Mansour, the Libyan government liar spokesperson  is married to a German woman, Julia Ramelow, who seems to have bought into his misinformation. She has  a blog which she has now locked down  but not before Google managed to cache a copy of it.  The comments are, to say the least, interesting reading. I have copied it to Scribd so as to ensure it is still viewable.

P.S. If you want to be Musa’s Facebook friend you can find him here.

February 2, 2011

They’re at the gate and you can’t ignore them.

The events in Cairo have been unsettling today to put it mildly. Anyone who has the slightest belief that all people have a right to be heard by their government  and to have their fundamental rights protected cannot fail to be horrified. After over a week of relatively peaceful protest so-called pro-Mubarak rental mobs have suddenly appeared on the scene inciting violence. A situation that an Al Jazeera anchor has described as the Egyptian Government  exploring the Nero option.

I don’t have many connections with Egypt, but like many around the world who believe in human rights and the rights of people to have decent governments I am gripped by developments.  To see a leader so enamored with power after thirty years that he will cut off  the internet and set the police on his own people  speaks volumes about the depth of his own evil.

To me it is analogous  to numerous other  struggles going on within countries by groups of people who demand the right to be heard.  In the US and worldwide LGBT people are engaged in a battle for their own rights – often in countries where doing so puts their own lives in peril.  Just as  the poor and dispossessed around the world are also demanding that their governments provide a path to economic and social improvement. There is something about the human spirit that forces us to eventually reach the end of our leash and demand our rights. The threshold may take years to reach or sometimes it only comes when some other factor like technology allows for empowerment and organization.

Facebook and Twitter may have been accelerants for the  initial protests in Egypt and Tunisia but they just made things more convenient for activists. History will tell us that Russia, the USA and France didn’t need  modern social networking to have real change and neither do Tunisia or Egypt.  Successful activists of all sorts will make use of any tools available. In this case they were also able to use emergency tools provided by tech giants like Google and ISPs in other countries that reached out to countermand Mubarak’s censorship of  free communication.

Mubarak must come to terms that the Barbarians may well be at the gate – but he’s in their house.

February 2, 2011

Good Advice

Ironic though it may be, my nephew, who is like my own son is being bullied  at school. Good advice from some good people.

And as I said on Facebook – I had nobody to protect me when I was being bullied but he does – namely me. It has to stop.  The world has to put up a unified face against bullying for whatever reason.  Because a kid is weaker or perceived to be LGBT. Whatever the reason – no kid deserves to be threatened. If you are a parent you are failing in your responsibilities if your kid is involved in bullying.

Let’s just put a stop to this.

January 28, 2011

Social Networking – The New Human Rights Weapon

The last few days have seen an extraordinary thing happen in the Arab world. People in Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan and now Egypt are flexing their power and making demands for change. Such has always been the case in the world when despots drive their people to the end of their patience – but these are developments with a difference. For the first time an unhappy population doesn’t have to resort to furtive meetings in dark rooms or flyers pasted on walls in the dead of night. Activists now have the most powerful communication tool on the planet that we call social networking.

A few years ago Twitter and Facebook didn’t exist but now they are a powerful tool for groups looking to coordinate activist events or for rallying people of similar mind to support a cause. The LGBT community has embraced the possibilities better than most and organizations  such as the Trevor Project are  using the internet to great effect  to stop the scourge of bullying. Social networking, without intending it, became the  magic tool for organizing large numbers of people seeking to make a difference. Like the old shampoo advert says ” you tell two friends and they tell two friends and so on and so on.”

Even in the developing world once one person has a smart phone or computer access they can reach hundreds of their friends. New social networking meets old-fashioned social networking.

Nobody knows what will happen in Egypt as the arrogant and clueless Mubarak seems completely out of touch with the mood of the people he governs without  legitimacy. One thing is sure – those of us who connect across borders and embrace this technology can achieve change. We can meet like-minded people and expand our knowledge of issues that affect our communities and that, as Martha Stewart says, is a good thing.

On a final note, Al Jazeera TV is to be commended for  some seriously excellent coverage and commentary. Sometimes old media shines too.

October 26, 2010

Facebook staff for It Gets Better Project