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like i've been saying [Aug. 4th, 2008|02:59 pm]
just make sure that you love the life you live...
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guess who's back, back again [Jul. 2nd, 2008|03:27 pm]
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updates to follow!
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i have been into listing lately..... [Nov. 26th, 2004|01:34 pm]
just make sure that you love the life you live...
Shows i need to see to complete my life:

annie lennox
catherine wheel
afghan whigs
kate bush
peter gabriel
michael jackson
telefon tel aviv
crumb - again and again and again
martin youth auxillary
milla - again and again
culture club

i'll continue later, time to go.
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a few of my favourite things [Nov. 12th, 2004|02:13 pm]
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emmylou harris
karaoke revolution
win, lose, or draw
blake nelson
ben schrank
paul frank
falling in love - repeatedly
school/office/art supplies
sliding doors
kicking & screaming
empire records
pillow i stole from dave
lip balm that works
people who fight for justice
truth tellers
honest/trustworhty people - know any?
tori amos
greg dulli - yummmmmmmmmmmmmm
csi/csi miami
spiderman - not the movie, the comic book superhero
morning glory

most of this is listed in my profile, & i may be forgetting some things, i just wanted to type this list to be reminded of the wonderful things in life that make me smile.

time to surround myself with a few of the above
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The 14 Characteristics of Fascism [Nov. 8th, 2004|02:07 pm]
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The 14 Characteristics of Fascism
by Lawrence Britt
Spring 2003

Political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt recently wrote an article about fascism ("Fascism Anyone?," Free Inquiry, Spring 2003, page 20). Studying the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile), Dr. Britt found they all had 14 elements in common. He calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. The excerpt is in accordance with the magazine's policy.

The 14 characteristics are:

Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

Supremacy of the Military
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

Rampant Sexism
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

Controlled Mass Media
Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

Religion and Government are Intertwined
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

Corporate Power is Protected
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

Labor Power is Suppressed
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed .

Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

Obsession with Crime and Punishment
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

Fraudulent Elections
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

Copyright © 2003 Free Inquiry magazine
Reprinted for Fair Use Only.
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it's spreading [Jul. 30th, 2004|05:32 pm]
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i love the way death cab are slowly infecting everything.
a song here, dialogue there.
the olympics commercial is just beautiful.
if you haven't seen it go to the barsuk website.

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seek help [Jul. 19th, 2004|09:16 pm]
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i have offered up some advice to some friends near and far as of late.
thanks is always nice to hear. it seems like a post i made awhile back could be revisited to help with some problems people i know are having.
i thought since i am a bit of a believer in us all be connected, then i feel it right to post some free advice.
here goes nothing...or something....

.what a wonderful person you are when you do not pass judgment.

.your life would be so much better if you dropped the fear, and gave it your all
to follow your passion

.more focus on your life goal instead of gossip is a great way to live

.putting others down to make yourself feel better makes you a horrible person

.making excuses for your failures only postpones your achievements

.let things go, and move forward

that's all.

be kind...rewind....smile...do something nice each day for strangers and friends.

good luck friends
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i have a day off? [Apr. 11th, 2004|01:10 pm]
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today i am off.
i have been working 7 days a week for awhile now, and it's giving me no time for my personal hobbies.
i'm not going to spend much time here today, as it's my day off, and i have better things to do with my time. i must warn you that a change is coming my friends, and this change is coming soon with a kick that will surprise some of you, and make others say oh shit, i haven't seen you since 1994.

wait for it.........................
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Birthday wishlist [Aug. 14th, 2003|02:09 pm]
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this shirt

i edited this by taking out the stuff i got.

thanks to all of you that gave me all the awesome presents...on my list, and not on my list.

this birthday was the best ever!
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i hate being bored and doing these things. [Jul. 18th, 2003|06:25 pm]
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congrats! you are an artsy indie fuck! you
understand way more then any normal human being
in so many ways. you listen to the most
excellent abstract music and analyze everything
it means and even doesn't mean! art is the life
around us and no one else could possibly think
about understanding it

what type of indie fuck are you?
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