Churchill's mom has got it going on.

  • Nov. 29th, 2009 at 3:06 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (Default)
Guys. Guys. Did you know Winston Churchill's mom was a total cougar?

She slept around during her first marriage, even with the king, which " greatly helped Lord Randolph's early career, as well as that of her son Winston." After her first husband died, she married a guy the same age as her oldest son, and her third husband was three years younger than Winston Churchill.

WHAT A DAME.

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I'M VLADMIR PUTIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN.

  • Oct. 22nd, 2009 at 3:02 PM
skywalker: (I'M VLADMIR PUTIIIIIIIIIIN)
Damn, my lips are chapped.

Also, [personal profile] schiarire passed on Hottest Heads of State. Yulia "I Could Be A Supermodel If I Weren't Running Ukraine" Timoshenko deserves the top spot, but Borut Pahor of Slovenia really needs to move up the list (gorgeous eyes!) and Sarkozy needs to go waaaaaaaaaay down.

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Wao.

  • Sep. 28th, 2009 at 8:18 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (dollhouse (agent victor fbi!!1!))
Tomorrow will find me shamelessly begging my thesis adviser to see if he can get me a reserved spot to see Tony Blair speak.

If not, I will be getting up at five in the morning to camp outside the auditorium.

Sob.

Sweet.

  • Sep. 9th, 2009 at 8:27 PM
skywalker: (new groove (high five))
I had pizza with my congressman today.

He is a bro.

I will vote for him again next year.

Major Clerks vibes.

  • Sep. 7th, 2009 at 6:16 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (sw (bespin duel))
[personal profile] schiarire keeps emailing me links about Star Wars and military strategy (ie Star Wars and counterinsurgency, Star Wars and private military contractors) and now I really want to do a research paper on Star Wars.

...

Maybe the Politics and the Military professor will let me write the 25-pager about the Clone Wars?!

rip part ii

  • Jul. 17th, 2009 at 7:37 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (lion king (good luck simba))
Good night, sweet Walter Cronkite.

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Dream.

  • Jul. 8th, 2009 at 11:06 AM
skywalker: barack obama (rl (obama in 3D))
Last night I had a dream about visiting a strange city that was protected by a field of magical poppies. But they died. So the city was flooded by green goo, and if you touched the goo, you were cursed for the rest of your life. So we had to find a girl who had seeds for the magical poppies (the seeds looked like cinnamon sticks), and then Barack Obama used his magic powers to make the poppies start to grow so the evil green goo would go away.

It was weird.

Mm.

  • Jul. 6th, 2009 at 12:21 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (dollhouse (agent victor fbi!!1!))
RIP Robert McNamara.

Education.

  • Jun. 22nd, 2009 at 6:52 PM
skywalker: (space cake (shoujo black!))
Running out of green to wear? Check out other places in the world where people are killed by their governments/slaughtered by militants/exploded by terrorists/have no free speech/starve to death/are impoverished while a couple of rich people profit from their backbreaking labor/generally have awful lives!

Really, I've seen a lot of people say that they wished they knew more about situations in the rest of the world. If you're serious about that, Foreign Policy's Failed States Index is an excellent crash course in human tragedy.

I'm a space girl without a race.

  • Jun. 18th, 2009 at 5:33 PM
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Reuters:

A poll of Iran's electorate three weeks before its election showed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leading by a 2-to-1 ratio, greater than the announced results of the contested vote, the pollsters said on Monday.

The poll showed Ahmadinejad's disputed victory, which has sparked riots and demonstrations since it was announced, might reflect the will of the people and "is not the product of widespread fraud," pollsters Ken Ballen and Patrick Doherty said in a column in The Washington Post.

... "While Western news reports from Tehran in the days leading up to the voting portrayed an Iranian public enthusiastic about Ahmadinejad's principal opponent ... our scientific sampling from across all 30 of Iran's provinces showed Ahmadinejad well ahead," the pollsters said.

Thirty-four percent of those polled said they would vote for Ahmadinejad while 14 percent preferred Mousavi and 27 percent were undecided.

"The breadth of Ahmadinejad's support was apparent in our pre-election survey," the pollsters said, rejecting arguments the poll might have reflected a fearful reluctance to give honest answers.

... The poll also found nearly four in five Iranians wanted to change the system to give them the right to elect Iran's supreme leader, not currently subject to popular vote, they said. Iranians chose free elections and a free press as their most important priorities.

"These were hardly 'politically correct' responses to voice publicly in a largely authoritarian society," the pollsters said.

"The fact may simply be that the re-election of President Ahmadinejad is what the Iranian people wanted."


Interview with Pollsters @ WaPo via The Guardian:

Conducted by telephone from a neighbouring country, field work was carried out in Farsi by a polling company whose work in the region for ABC News and the BBC has received an Emmy award. Our polling was funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

... Yet the baseline distributions we found then mirror the results reported by the Iranian authorities, indicating the possibility that the vote is not the product of widespread fraud.

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I'm going to use the interest in Iran on my flist to pimp a book to American readers. It's Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present by Michael Oren.

There are a shitload of books on Britain in the Middle East or of America in specific Middle Eastern events, but Power, Faith, and Fantasy is unique in the fact that it's an attempt at undertaking a complete look at how America and the Middle East have shaped each other (did you know that the most common fiction book in colonial America was 1001 Arabian Nights? That the Statue of Liberty was originally a veiled Muslim woman?), in military/economic, religious, and social terms. I'm not saying the book is a perfect account (off the top of my head, I don't think it does the U.S.S. Liberty affair full justice... and it doesn't explain Said well enough because my knowledge about Orientalism is still fuzzy), but it's actually a delight to read (it's written very lightly, almost like storytelling, with lots of interesting asides and stories of really cool people) and a great intro to American foreign policy or Middle Eastern history.

The author was on the Daily Show, if that intrigues you.

If you watch the two parts of that interview, you will have watched a ten-minute summary of the first lesson of my "America in the Middle East" class from fall semester. That's right! I had this guy for class. The reason I actually went to write this post was that, thinking about Iran, I thought of his "power, faith, and fantasy" approach, then went to see if he'd written anything about it ... ... ... ... ... only to discover that he hasn't written anything recently because he was appointed Israel's ambassador to the U.S. CURSE YOU, PROFESSOR OREN, DOES THIS MEAN YOU WON'T REALLY BE USING MY TERM PAPER AS AN EXAMPLE FOR FUTURE CLASSES? Sob, I wanted to take his military history class, too. Don't let that put you off, though; Oren has a fabulous and balanced-enough approach to things, to the point where my hyper-pro-Palestinian global conflict TA in London praised Oren in a review session.

As a security studies major who loads up on history classes, I cannot stress how important I think history is to have some understanding where we are today, and I believe that America's historical interaction with the Middle East is exceptionally valuable to understanding the present. History is important. You should not engage in Iranian activism without knowing at least a little bit about the American women and men, missionaries and politicians, and many others whose decades- and centuries-old footsteps you are following in. While there may be better books for specific topics or time periods, and you won't learn everything about the subject from one book, you won't find a more engaging overview of American involvement in the Middle East than Power, Faith, and Fantasy.




Tangent!

Did you know that /b/ is responsible for kicking off the DDoS attacks on Iranian government websites?
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Grand Central, part of the publishing conglomerate Hachette, has pounced on Grahame-Smith, signing him up for a two-book deal reported to be worth more than half-a-million dollars. [...]

The first book, said Greenberg, will be Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, "a presidential biography in the vein of a Doris Kearns Goodwin or David McCullough, but repositioning the president as the greatest vampire hunter to walk the earth". Unlike Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, there is no source material, so the novel will be all original writing. "But rather than just toss vampires in wherever he feels, Seth is doing a lot of research to see where they could fit in properly to the actual events of Lincoln's life – from childhood on," said Greenberg.


Full article @ The Guardian

More @ scifiwire:

A film proposal has already started circulating
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God bless America.

I had a dream.

  • May. 12th, 2009 at 10:31 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (4)
I had a dream last night wherein I wanted to bang Barack Obama.

He was going to North Korea for some reason but somehow I knew that he always wanted to go to Chile, so I told him that he should just go to Chile, and he gave me a giant Obamasmile and told me that he would talk to his staff about it. I know that in this dream I definitely was hoping that he would do me.

This actually really only weirds me out because it's the second dream with Obama that I've had in the last week. A few nights ago, I had a dream where I was randomly doing something in Congress and got recruited to do something awesome in team Obama and the president and I were, like, chilling out.

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Then I went back to sleep and dreamed that I was in a dorm where all the students were being held prisoner because we were psychic ninjas, and I was starting a rebellion.

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I should start recording my dreams, because they usually are all hilariously weird. Except when I dream that I've gotten out of bed and then wake up and have to really get out of bed... those ones are just sad.