October 11th, 2010

Semiformalishmaybe

Pure de Jure

Two (related) worrying developments in the sometimes-civilised Israel:

  • First, a loyalty oath was approved by Netanyahu's cabinet for non-Hebrew citizens of Israel, requiring that they swear allegiance to Israel as a "Jewish, Democratic State". This has been floating as an idea in Israeli politics for some time, but the current hawkish government is schmuckish enough to have managed it.
  • Second, Israel has offered a "partial freeze" on settlement building if Palestinians recognise Israel as a Jewish state.
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Having a regular coffee. This is weird for me. Complexity: very high!

A few days ago, a moment of ill-judgement led me to drop my Android, and it has consequently developed some "character". Sigh. The screen is replacable for about $100, but I'm not sure I'd be happy going without my phone for very long - it's presently "ugly but usable".

There was recently a fascinating question on Ask A Biologist - 「Do Plants get Cancer」.

Some time ago, I managed to miss seeing 「Sita Sings the Blues」. Recently I discovered it to be free on Youtube, courtesy the author's anti-IP stances. Hooray! Check it out - it has won many awards and is worth your time (don't spoil me until I've seen it)!

Today I had to be at work early for a meeting with a campus housing administrator (for one of our projects). One of the things he mentioned was that starting this year, students don't seem to be bringing televisions into the dorms in any great numbers anymore. It must be interesting watching firsthand how these trends shift.

Semiformalishmaybe

National Coming Out Day 2010 - Expression of Solidarity

It's (Inter)National Coming Out Day.

As I've mentioned a few times, I am for some intents and purposes bi. Even were I not, I affirm my commitment to a society that does not discriminate against people by what gender/sex/gender roles they prefer in a sexual or life partner:

  • In the realm of laws, where I believe such discrimination should be illegal except in the rare exception of political or religious organisations that do little more than serve those direct ends (that is, I do think a religious group should be permitted to use their beliefs as basis not to hire people for propogandic roles or perhaps general roles if the organisation has a narrow focus, but if they run an orphanage, for example, that orphanage must operate under the broader rules of society)
  • In the realm of society, I affirm that I will attempt to shape society, through chiding and advocacy, to encourage tolerance and comfort with people who have suffered fear, hatred, or discomfort on this front
  • In the realm of situations, I affirm that I will physically or verbally defend, as necessary, people being attacked on basis of their gender/sex/role preferences in sex