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Were there any events in your life that inspired and interest politics and activism? What were they?

I was pretty much raised that way (see icon; Hiroshima Day vigil when I was six). My parents were both left-leaning hippies (never mind what became of my bio-father's politics later); my mother used to carry around Mao's Little Red Book. Embarrassingly, I went door-to-door for the NDP when I was still in grade school (even worse, it was for that asshole Bob Rae).

My childhood was such that as an adult, I don't really understand it when people say they're not interested in politics, or they don't know about world events at all. We only got a few TV stations, so when the TV was on, we were generally watching the news. Or CBC was blasting in the kitchen. My mother was involved with a peace group, and I went to meetings and marches and vigils with them.

In 1987, the Conservative government passed the Free Trade Accord (the precursor to NAFTA). My mother took me and her friend's daughter to the big anti-FTA demo downtown. I was eight years old and the squirrels in Queen's Park seemed about as interesting as the march itself. But then the mounted OPP came on their horses and surrounded the Legislature. "If you try to cross the street, we'll arrest you," they boomed.

Now, I couldn't have explained the complexities of international trade agreements when I was eight. But I did know that they were important. I knew that they meant a lessening of environmental and labour regulations (I would have said: "The Americans will take our water and trees and workers won't get paid as much or be allowed to join unions."). I knew that our government was bad, and working with the Reagan government that killed innocent people in Nicaragua.

My mother must had known that she, with two small children in tow, probably wasn't a big target for arrest (this is pre-911, and we were white after all) but she took the threat somewhat seriously. "Do you want to risk it?" she asked.

We two kiddies, eight and ten years old respectively, felt it an important enough cause that if we got arrested, we'd be like all those anti-war protesters and Civil Rights activists we'd heard about. We knew that if the police grabbed us, we were supposed to go limp and make it hard for them to drag us off (not like it would have been) or charge us with assault. She handed my friend a quarter. "If I get arrested, call [her friend]." And off we went. None of us got arrested that day, but I suppose deciding to cross that road was a symbolic crossing for me. The government and the police could not be trusted, not even if you were a child. The interests of the capitalist state were diametrically opposed to those of the people and the planet. And your only recourse was to kick up a fuss about it.

The movie version of Watchmen

I'm a bad comic book geek, and I've actually never read Watchmen. Yes, I know I should, and I will eventually. I think the movie will probably be awful and Alan Moore will want his name stricken from the credits, because that always happens when they try to adapt his novels. (Though I liked the adaptation of From Hell.)

This said, I'm still going to see it. The promo shots are pretty. I'll read the book first so I know what I'm missing.

Titty-fucking

Maybe it's because I'm a chick, but I just don't get the appeal. Sorry! It's one of those acts that isn't inherently fun, but it's not actually unpleasant, so getting your partner off can be entertaining. I must add, though, it's a bad visual angle from the girl's point of view.

Anything else I have to say on the subject is way TMI for a public post.

Which of these questions are you least excited to answer? Give a top 3!

Hmm, I'm generally happy to answer any of these. You guys give good meme. I'm going to say The Watchmen, because I had to admit that I hadn't read it, titty-fucking, because the more entertaining the response would be, the less I'm willing to give it over the internets (hence, my response is kind of boring), and the ones about sports, because I don't know anything about sports.

[livejournal.com profile] esizzle

Most of you know that [livejournal.com profile] esizzle is awesome. If you don't, please make note of it. She is awesome online and even more awesome in real life. It's true that the galaxy does revolve around her (Hah! You thought it revolved around a rich white man, didn't you?) because she doesn't abuse the power by, say, making it revolve in the opposite direction to make us dizzy every so often. Which is what I would do.

Anyway, I think I have blogged about [livejournal.com profile] esizzle before by plugging her web comics, but I have some new LJ friends, so another plug can't hurt. [livejournal.com profile] esizzle makes the best stick-figure comics on the internets. Yes, better than mine. You can find them here. They are little sparkling gems of ennui and despair.

Also, she is going to help me shoot my movie. Yays!

(Okay, seriously, that thing with reversing the rotation of the galaxy? Please don't try it. Even though it would be wicked fun.)

That's all for this meme. I've now blogged about everything.

Date: 2008-03-14 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] faithhopetricks.livejournal.com
We two kiddies, eight and ten years old respectively, felt it an important enough cause that if we got arrested, we'd be like all those anti-war protesters and Civil Rights activists we'd heard about. We knew that if the police grabbed us, we were supposed to go limp and make it hard for them to drag us off (not like it would have been) or charge us with assault. She handed my friend a quarter. "If I get arrested, call [her friend]." And off we went. None of us got arrested that day, but I suppose deciding to cross that road was a symbolic crossing for me.

That is seriously fucking adorable. Now that's what I call a good upbringing.

Date: 2008-03-14 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hopita.livejournal.com
Oh man, how I love "Silence = Mort." When I first saw it, I asked the question that everybody always asks: "Who's Mort?" I'd figured it out before the question had fully left my lips.

Then I finally found a "Silence = Mort" pin, and, sure enough, people repeatedly asked me "Who's Mort?"
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Date: 2008-03-14 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apperception.livejournal.com
You're being a lot more diligent about following up on this meme than I have been.

Date: 2008-03-14 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marnanel.livejournal.com
I have 236 readers and got no questions at all! (Well, there was one, but it took a short sentence to explain why it wasn't asking what it thought it was, and the questioner then didn't want to know the answer to what they were actually asking.)

Date: 2008-03-14 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] faithhopetricks.livejournal.com
Oh Jesus, now I have to volunteer to rescue you from a burning building or something, because through [livejournal.com profile] esizzle I have now discovered Stuff White People Like.

It is generally accepted that a gay black friend with a child is considered a once in a lifetime opportunity - like a quarterback who can pass, run, kick, and play linebacker. White people will crawl over each other for the opportunity to claim this person as a friend and add them to their roster of diversity.

*dies, just fucking DIES*

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Date: 2008-03-14 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] burkesworks.livejournal.com
Stuff White People Like

Would be more true if it were renamed "Stuff White Middle-Class Liberal-with-a-small-'l' AMERICANS like". Doesn't cross the pond, and I suspect much of it doesn't cross the 49th Parallel either.
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Date: 2008-03-14 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] florence-craye.livejournal.com
It's one of those acts that isn't inherently fun, but it's not actually unpleasant, so getting your partner off can be entertaining. I must add, though, it's a bad visual angle from the girl's point of view.

Word. :D

I also like White Whine, for a daily dose of white people's complaints.

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Date: 2008-03-14 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] faithhopetricks.livejournal.com
“I don’t know why I downloaded the new Firefox beta. It’s still so buggy and half my add-ons aren’t even compatible.”

Oh God, that's so me, I can't even deny it. Like the shorts one.

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Date: 2008-03-17 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marnanel.livejournal.com
“You mean I have to update my computer’s clock for daylight savings manually? Way to drop the ball, Microsoft.”

Clearly written by someone who's never lost half a day's work because all the computers in the building have to be updated by hand, some people haven't remembered to do it, which means that nobody can do any work because nothing will build because the compiler refuses to accept that it's apparently getting code arriving from the future, and your manager is getting angrier by the minute.

Date: 2008-03-14 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eumelia.livejournal.com
Wow you got a lot of subjects to write about!

Again, your childhood sounds really interesting! I suppose I could make my childhood sound interesting, but only because of where I live, not personal family things.

Gotta agree on the titty-fucking.

Watchmen in a good book... V for Vendetta is better... Alan Moore rocks my stripy socks.

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Date: 2008-03-14 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sadie-sabot.livejournal.com
your story about the demo and choosing to cross the street made me tear up.

and you're totally right about titty fucking. the fun is all about your penis bearing friend's fun. Unless there's people with erogenous zones between their tits, which i suppose is possible.


off to check out esizzle...

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Date: 2008-03-14 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] herkyjerkydance.livejournal.com
I was excited about the Watchmen movie until I found out that Zack (300) Snyder is directing. ARGH. Still, I like the cast, and I've heard 300 actually was a pretty faithful adaptation (dutifully rendering all the racism, sexism and homophobia puked out by Frank Miller's crazy, crazy brain - makes sense!) so maybe it'll be OK after all.

Date: 2008-03-14 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] springheel-jack.livejournal.com
> I've actually never read Watchmen. Yes, I know I should, and I will eventually

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE LOGIC

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Date: 2008-03-14 08:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 99catsaway.livejournal.com
What a great story! Thank you.

Date: 2008-03-15 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] esizzle.livejournal.com
haha omfgyay i can't believe you went for it lol i wasn't sure if you would or not. thank you for helping me reach a new level of self-conceitedness :D see you next friday!!

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Date: 2008-03-17 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cyborg-kitty100.livejournal.com
oh dear lord! you haven't read the Watchmen?

*sigh*

that must change!

Date: 2008-04-08 07:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lenno-cornish.livejournal.com
what do you understand as titty-fucking? :)

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