poetics, time, body disruption and marginally queer solutions

Saturday, September 24, 2005

dear bloggeretts and casual flyby goodbye nighters.

For the last two years, back to FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2003, and 3559 entries later I have attempted to document what are some of the critical issues we as a global community face. Scanning the news, plowing through the violence, greed, thoughtlessness and devastation has been at times difficult to keep going back to, and as time went on my commitment slowly evolved to what transdada is/was.

I want to thank all those who have turned in to over the past two years. I also want to thank this virtual community for being there. I do hope on some small level I made a offering that assisted, made a difference, or informed.

and now it is time to be on the move, be nomadic, travel light and abandon this fortress I call home. My intention is to move to Auroville . transdada will be on a break, at least for two month, and i may only periodically add to the documentation I have attempted to do. If nothing else I will keep transdada going as a resource for all who may want to use it.

this does not mean I will abandon blogger land, I have a new blog TRANSSUBMUTATION, that I hope and intent to post to on my travels and when I get settled will start pod casting. so, please keep dropping into transdada and check out TRANSSUBMUTATION

thank you kari

Friday, September 23, 2005

Prison Gay Abuse Trial Told Details Of Inmate's Rapes and Torture
by Newscenter Staff

(Wichita Falls, Texas) An inmate at a Texas prison has stunned a Wichita court with details of how a gay prisoner was turned into a sex slave for a jailhouse gang and passed around to other inmates for sex in return for commissary items worth $3 to $7.

Gay Workers Could Be Fired Under School Act
by Doreen Brandt Washington Bureau

(Washington) The House of Representatives on Thursday passed an extension of the Head Start early childhood program but an amendment added at the last minute could put the jobs of LGBT education workers at risk.

Small-print will make or break G8 debt deal

Debt campaigners the World Development Movement (WDM), arriving in Washington ahead of IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings this week, said that failure to implement the G8 debt deal as sold to campaigners would be a 'historic betrayal'. However they warned that the deal itself falls far short of an end to the debt crisis and continues to impose the harmful economic conditions attached to debt relief.

Activists discuss marginalization of women in a globalised world
Rahul Kumar
OneWorld South Asia

New Delhi: Women NGOs from across India have organized the largest-every international conference in India that will focus on issues that impact women’s health. More than 800 participants – that includes activists, researchers as well as academicians - are attending the meet from all over the world, including remote regions.

Iraqi resistance earns world’s respect
By John Catalinotto

In the more than two years since they began an armed struggle against the illegal U.S. occupation of their country, the Iraqi resistance has earned the respect of the world’s people.

Clear and Present Danger
The Air That We Breathe
Just when it looked like we might win the war on smog, a new and more deadly form of air pollution stalks Los Angeles

As the plane banks from the Mojave Desert over the San Bernardino Mountains and heads into the Los Angeles basin, I begin to lose my 20,000-foot view of the rocks and forests below.

They barely poke through the haze, a dense and uneven soup of gray caused by the daily routines and demands of a growing economy, which burns 21 million gallons of motor fuel and 2.7 million cubic feet of natural gas a day.

Gasping for air
Asthma afflicts 9% of Michigan residents, up 15% from late 1980s
By Gregg Krupa / The Detroit News

The Communist Cyber-Block
Break the rules and lose the breaks in China's mega online-market.
By Wendy Ginsberg

Companies that take the plunge in to China's cyber-media market expect big dividends in return, but the price paid by ordinary Chinese is just as high. Wendy Ginsberg looks at the virtual and real-world environments that drive western business to apply the kind of censorship that would never pass at home.

From Anarchist to Zapatista: A school for lefties
By Lincoln Anderson

A bit shaky on your Wobblies? Out of synch with Syndicalism? Maybe it’s time for a refresher course at The New SPACE, otherwise known as The New School for Pluralistic Anti-Capitalist Education. Yes, there’s a new New School in town, but it’s not connected to the venerable university of the same name in Greenwich Village.

nothing like the chruch to lead the way of an international hate campaign

Vatican May Bar Gays From Seminaries By RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer

Word that a soon-to-be-released Vatican document will signal homosexuals are unwelcome in Roman Catholic seminaries even if they are celibate has devastated gay clergy — and raised doubts among conservatives about whether an outright ban can be enforced.

School Expels Girl for Having Gay Parents

ONTARIO, Calif. - A 14-year-old student was expelled from a Christian school because her parents are lesbians, the school's superintendent said in a letter.

Shay Clark was expelled from Ontario Christian School on Thursday.

"Your family does not meet the policies of admission," Superintendent Leonard Stob wrote to Tina Clark, the girl's biological mother.

Reporters Without Borders releases a free handbook for would-be bloggers and cyber-dissidents in censor-happy lands.

Marriage of Two Minds
Gay nups may have become inevitable, but for now it's a world of pain
by Kristen Lombardi

If you're gay and looking to marry, the news might seem all white lace and promises. Last week, Massachusetts lawmakers bucked an attempt to halt gay marriages. On September 14 they trounced, by a vote of 157 to 39, a proposed constitutional amendment that would have eliminated the same-sex nuptials made legal two years ago, and replaced them with civil unions. The final count marked a dramatic shift; 105 of these lawmakers had supported the same amendment last year.

Ozone hole approaches record size

The hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica has grown to near-record size this year, suggesting 20 years of pollution controls have so far had little effect, the United Nations said.

Global Denial
By Ross Gelbspan, The American Prospect. Posted September 23, 2005.

As floodwaters recede and bodies emerge, Americans are belatedly making some terrible connections about the Bush administration, which has a contempt for public planning matched only by its habit of subordinating reality to public relations. One aspect, of course, is Iraq. The other is the needless tragedy in New Orleans.

Good Mourning, Vietnam: Pew, AP Probe Iraq Link
By E&P Staff

NEW YORK A new Pew survey finds that nearly 4 in 10 Americans now think Iraq will turn into another Vietnam. Continuing this theme, The Associated Press has distributed an article revealing close parallels between President Bush's recent statements on Iraq with President Lyndon B. Johnson's quotes on Vietnam.

US police accused of "shameful" gay abuse
Eric Johnston, Network

Police mistreatment and abuse of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is widespread in the United States, according to a report released by Amnesty International (AI) that describes a "shameful state of affairs" in the relationship between the LGBT community and law enforcement.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Words and music by John Kay, Jerry Edmonton, Nick St. Nicholas and Larry Byrom

Once the religious, the hunted and weary
Chasing the promise of freedom and hope
Came to this country to build a new vision
Far from the reaches of kingdom and pope
Like good Christians, some would burn the witches
Later some got slaves to gather riches

But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
And she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light

And once the ties with the crown had been broken
Westward in saddle and wagon it went
And 'til the railroad linked ocean to ocean
Many the lives which had come to an end
While we bullied, stole and bought our a homeland
We began the slaughter of the red man

But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
And she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light

The blue and grey they stomped it
They kicked it just like a dog
And when the war over
They stuffed it just like a hog

And though the past has it's share of injustice
Kind was the spirit in many a way
But it's protectors and friends have been sleeping
Now it's a monster and will not obey

The spirit was freedom and justice
And it's keepers seem generous and kind
It's leaders were supposed to serve the country
But now they won't pay it no mind
'Cause the people grew fat and got lazy
And now their vote is a meaningless joke
They babble about law and order
But it's all just an echo of what they've been told
Yeah, there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watchin'

Our cities have turned into jungles
And corruption is stranglin' the land
The police force is watching the people
And the people just can't understand
We don't know how to mind our own business
'Cause the whole worlds got to be just like us
Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who's the winner
We can't pay the cost
'Cause there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watching

America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now
We can't fight alone against the monster

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Why be just one sex?
For the transgendered to be fully themselves, they need freedom to move between male and female

The first thing that strikes you about Sally is her eyes. Bright blue, they're the kind that inspire songs. The next thing you notice is how she moves. Sally is poised the way dancers are, the result of taking movement classes with a runway model. She inspires courtliness from those around her, including the waiter who helps her into her chair. By the time you notice her muscular build and she tells you she was born in a male body and lives about half the time as a man, it's too late. You already think of this 45-year-old as a woman.


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Loopholes Allow for "Ethically Deficient" Pesticide Testing
Reporting by Roddy Scheer

Environmentalists are accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of buckling to industry pressure to relax standards governing the testing of human health responses to pesticide exposure. The agency's new rules--advertised to "categorically" protect children and pregnant women from pesticide testing--reportedly allow for several troubling exceptions, including sanctioning the use of "abused and neglected" kids as test subjects and allowing for "ethically deficient" human research if it is considered crucial to "protect public health."

Turkish gay group faces closure
Ben Townley, UK

Authorities in Turkey are attempting to shut down one of the country’s few LGBT campaigning organisations, complaining that the group is against morality laws.

Nepal LGBT Freedom Charter (From LGBT - Nepal_

We, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of Nepal, recognize the importance of democracy, equality and human rights in our country. With the support of our human rights allies in Nepal and worldwide, we call for the following human rights reforms as part of the struggle for a free and democratic Nepal:

Monday, September 19, 2005

Tilton bathrooms now transgender-friendly
by Jeff Lindsay

The bathrooms in Tilton Hall were modified this summer to better accommodate transgender students. The bathrooms are now neither exclusively for men or women.

Pondan beauty contestants rounded up

Tawau: Twelve transvestites, including nine who took part in a mak nyah (pondan) beauty contest, spent their Merdeka Month/Malaysia Day celebration in the lock-up after being rounded up during an operation on Friday night.

A tip-off led six officials from the Sabah Islamic Affairs Department (Jheains), accompanied by nine police personnel, to conduct a raid under "Ops Mak Nyah" on an entertainment outlet here at 10.15pm.

The transvestite beauty contest was organised to commemorate the closing of the Merdeka Month celebrations.