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Dec. 10th, 2010

09:50 am - SRS BSNS

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The other day I went looking to find more info about possible triggers for pompholyx*. Among the things I found was a reference to some perfumes because they often contain weird ingredients. Unfortunately for my fingers, I then got distracted looking up weird ingredients in perfume. Perhaps one of the weirdest is Hyraceum, known to the beautifully literal** South Africans as "Dassiepis". That article up there is really interesting, by the way, and probably especially for you, pombagira.

So anyway, since I learned this, I've been noticing a lot of ads for perfume and cologne on those pavement billboard things, you know the ones - soft focus, semi naked girl or guy staring into the camera in a sultry way, epitomising whatever scent they are selling...

.. and I am resisting an increasing urge to get a felt and write "May contain traces of rock hyrax poo" on them. Because I'm 12.


Speaking of which, back in the olden days when I was growing up in Northland, any time we said "Meanwhile.." it was followed by ".. back at the marae..". It was a take on "Meanwhile, back at the ranch.." which probably came from old western movies. But these days, even though every time I say "Meanwhile" I want to follow it up with "back at the marae", I don't. Because even though nobody ever found it offensive when I was growing up, I've been nailed enough times for real and imagined cultural appropriation that now I'm just afraid to, in case someone sees it that way and I end up feeling bad for blindly trompling on people.

I don't know whether to be happy that I've learned this lesson or sad that I have to let go of something that as kids, we all (maori, pakeha and tauiwi alike) found hilarious.

Um, anyway. I was going to mention the spam I got this morning:

"Hello friend,My name is Sgt Paul Moore U.S. Army Iraq I have a monetary deal for you. If interested reply using my most private email:
sgtpaulmoore@postino.net God bless America, Sgt Paul"

Taking bets on whether this guy's really American, and resisting the urge to email back going "Dude, I don't want your money, but if you have any classified cables...."

*cough*

Oh, if you believe in the power of petitions, there's one here to stop the campaign against WikiLeaks. I'm on the fence about the DDoS attacks on companies that have withdrawn their support for WikiLeaks. I can see the intent and do believe in taking action when you don't have an alternative course, but I can also see how financially harmful taking down Visa and Mastercard could be to people who rely on them. I think I'm more on the side of activism in this case. But I'm not a hacker so I signed the petition and will spout my opinion impotently to the tiny corner of the internet that actually reads this.

Further to yesterday, I'm amazed at how many people think it's perfectly fine to remove the right to vote from people in a democracy, because they've been convicted of a crime. To me, this is a demonstration of how many people think prison is about revenge - because the removal of the right to vote serves no other purpose than to dehumanise the person it's removed from, and dehumanisation doesn't do anything to rehabilitate criminals or make reparation to victims, or to protect society from crime. I guess it prevents those prisoners from voting against whatever government incarcerated them. And we all know the prison vote is so powerful, right? Right?

*sigh* Pointless othering, as richdrich said yesterday. And it makes me sad that we've sunk to that level in a country that used to be proud of its progressive laws.


I have left my cellphone at home today. If you need to get in touch, please email. Also, only three sheep to shear this weekend! Whatever shall I do with myself? Suggestions welcome..

* I have been doing the fish oil thing and also trying to destress, and *touchwood* I haven't had an itchy outbreak for 24 hours. Looking into my skin I can't see any newly-formed vesicles. Yay!

** They also call cigarette butts "Stompies". ;-)

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From:t_c_da
Date:December 9th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
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I have to agree with the intent of those who are DDoSing MC & Visa, but not with their actions.

As I've said elsewhere, it is strange to me that no action is being taken against the NY Times & The Grauniad et al, even though they are probably giving far more publicity to the leaked cables than WikiLeaks, which, after all is an obscure geeky/nerd website in some remote corner of the intarwebs rather than hardcopy on news-stands on every street corner of some of the largest cities on the planet.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 9th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Legally, I find it absurd too.

But what counts in law vs what governments think should happen and therefore take action on stopped being similar a long time ago. Wikileaks is the hub for the information. Without them, NYT and Guardian wouldn't have it. Wikileaks is also much easier to 'other' in the public eye because it's an obscure geeky/nerd website and not a big, well-known publication. Thus, they become the target.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 10th, 2010 07:01 am (UTC)
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Ladies and gentleman, Will Marshall, legal scholar.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 9th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
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MasNormal.TV evolved into Die Antwoord. O.o

What does it say about me that I not only understood that, but found it hilarious?
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From:tatjna
Date:December 9th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I've run through all this in my head a few times and logically I agree with it as a form of activism, but I can't help feeling sorry for some of the smaller internet businesses who will suffer from secondary damage (be it not physical damage, the lack of income is pretty real) trhough both major credit card facilities being down in the Christmas period.

I'm assuming it'll be one of those things where the sites don't stay down for long but may go down at any time, rather than one where credit cards become unusable for a long period though.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 9th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
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I don't care why, as long as this is actually the case. In that case, I'd say hack away.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:December 10th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
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On the other hand they did take down paypal.com and the paypal API which means they were unable to perform payments for a while.

But I still agree with it.

(and find it impressive they can be effective against large internet players. Not sure if they've attempted amazon.com yet...)
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From:tatjna
Date:December 9th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
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I'm also pretty pissed off that they hacked the site of the lawyer who represents the two women in the side-case against Julian Assange.
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:December 10th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
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Ugh yes. As I said back when the first charges were laid, it's completely possible that there is some politics involved AND ALSO that he's a rapist. Just... don't mess with the justice system, it's hard enough.
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From:maholic
Date:December 10th, 2010 09:36 am (UTC)
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might be no wikileaks soon, a new openleaks (funny title imho lol)

http://www.dn.se/nyheter/varlden/a-new-wikileaks-revolts-against-assange-1.1224764


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From:tatjna
Date:December 10th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
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Interesting! Thank you.
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:December 10th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
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The ad currently showing for Armani perfume really annoys the shit out of me. The woman looks like a catwalk model, who are not particularly known for their resemblance to real people (not just the very rare body type but mostly the way they're done up) and it's just... something about the pretentious exclusiveness of it I think.

ROCK HYRAX POO.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 12th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
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Apparently Hyraceum has been used in traditional African Medicine for a very long time. I'm guessing someone harvesting it went "Gosh, I still smell like that stuff months later" - it's another one of those things like ambergris, that adds depth to a scent and makes it last. I want to know who first decided to use it as medicine..
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From:tatjna
Date:December 12th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
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Mention of hyraxes always makes me think of Dr Seuss.
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