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15 June 2009 @ 11:46 pm
having too much time on the internet. i'm so over this being sick. i want to get better and do things!
21 May 2009 @ 11:02 pm
a real update will happen tomorow.

30 March 2009 @ 10:34 pm
not enough hours in the day.
12 March 2009 @ 03:32 pm
watching l word season 4, marathon style.

all i have to say is... i want to be the one to kill jenny schecter.

dear christ. so annoying.
10 March 2009 @ 08:19 am
...so exhausted.
16 February 2009 @ 09:04 am
Well holy shit.

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chávez handily won a referendum on Sunday that will end presidential term limits, allowing him to run for re-election indefinitely and injecting fresh vibrancy into his socialist-inspired revolution.

The results, coming after voters had rejected a similar effort by Mr. Chávez just 15 months ago, pointed to his resilience after a decade in power, as well as to the fragmentation of his opposition, which as recently as November had won key mayoralties and governorships.

The vote opens the way not only for Mr. Chávez to run for a new six-year term when his current one expires in 2013, but could also bolster his ambitious agenda as an icon of the left and a counterweight to American policies in Latin America.

....The referendum was closely followed across Latin America. Populist leaders in several countries in the region, including Álvaro Uribe, Colombia’s conservative president, and Nicaragua’s leftist leader, Daniel Ortega, have recently been trying to remove legal barriers to running for re-election.

14 February 2009 @ 04:53 pm
i mailed out my application for the rapa nui/easter island archaeological field school!

wish me luck!
11 February 2009 @ 11:41 pm
i finished my outline. something that should've been easy took me like 4 hours to put together. yargh.

i'm kind of disappointed in my writing class. my professor is very "by the book" ...which i guess is what journalism is. which makes me wonder if i'm in the right profession or path to profession. um has a creative writing program. maybe i should look in to that instead... who knows. maybe i'm just being a baby because she wants us to master grammar and ap style skills and all this shit instead of writing well. i get it, i get it. but it doesn't mean it doesn't still bug me. and forgive my atrocious grammar right now anyway. i'm exhausted. i've been reading for hours now, trying to catch up on comm theory (never going to happen) and on archaeology (also not happening.) egh. *yawn*

cant wait til tomorrow afternoon. i can catch up on virginia woolf and ch 3 for am gov and relaxxxxxx. friday we have a video and a review of ch 3. chilllll. i still need to start figuring out my research paper. i might also catch up on archaeology readings tomorrow.

georgia wrote my recommendation for me as michael is a bastard and handed off the bs work to her instead. i'll be picking that up later this week. already got my fiu transcript and friday i guess ill go pick up the mdc one.

yap yap yap.... sleeeeep.
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
04 February 2009 @ 09:10 am
It's cold in Miami again, yaaaay! :D
24 January 2009 @ 10:13 am
Hey everyone,

Yesterday marked a momentous occasion wherein President Obama kept his stance on being Pro-Choice and used his power to END the Global Gag Rule (click on the link if you weren't aware of this ridiculous policy we had thanks to Reagan, Bush 1, and Bush 2).

Even though some might be a little pissed about him waiting til after the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I think it was a smart move on his part. No need to gloat on his part, just a need to exercise his powers and bring about some justice. (Although if it were up to me i'd love to shove it in the pro-lifers faces, let's be honest hah. But obviously he's better qualified for the job.) Here, here, Pres. Obama! Kudos and keep up the good work!


WASHINGTON — President Obama repealed rules on Friday that restricted federal money for international organizations that promote or provide abortions overseas, sweeping aside a pillar of the social policy architecture of George W. Bush’s presidency.

The executive order that Mr. Obama signed reverses one of the first measures enacted by Mr. Bush when he took over the White House eight years ago and capped an opening-week flurry of action intended to signal a sharp break from the past in domestic and foreign arenas.

“For the past eight years, they have undermined efforts to promote safe and effective voluntary family planning in developing countries,” Mr. Obama said of the restrictions. “For these reasons, it is right for us to rescind this policy and restore critical efforts to protect and empower women and promote global economic development.”

In a written statement, Mr. Obama said he would work with Congress to restore financial support for the United Nations Population Fund. But he bemoaned the “politicization” of abortion and promised to reach out to all sides to initiate a new dialogue about reducing unintended pregnancies.

“For too long,” he said, “international family planning assistance has been used as a political wedge issue, the subject of a back-and-forth debate that has served only to divide us. I have no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate.”

The move touched off the anticipated torrent of praise and criticism from advocates in the highly polarized abortion debate. Supporters of abortion rights hailed the end of what they call the “gag rule” binding family health clinics from even talking about medical options in other countries, while opponents warned that it would effectively spread abortion to all corners of the world.

The restrictions Mr. Obama lifted on Friday barred the United States Agency for International Development from providing money to any international nongovernmental organization that “performs or actively promotes abortion as a method of family planning” in foreign countries, and covered a wide range of activities, including providing advice, counseling or information regarding abortion. The restrictions did not apply to counseling for abortions in the case of rape, incest or danger to the life of the pregnant woman.

The policy has become a symbolic and substantive football in Washington politics over the years. President Ronald Reagan first imposed the ban in 1984 when it was announced at a conference in Mexico City. President Bill Clinton lifted it a couple of days after taking office in 1993. Mr. Bush restored it a couple of days after he took office in 2001, and advocates on both sides expected Mr. Obama to lift it again.

The only surprise was that Mr. Obama acted a day after the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion, rather than on the day itself as the last two presidents did. Mr. Obama did little to call attention to his move, issuing his comments only in writing and releasing the order after 7 p.m. Friday.

Moreover, Mr. Obama did not move to lift restrictions that Mr. Bush had imposed on federal financing of embryonic stem cell research, another important issue in the abortion battle. Mr. Obama supports expanded stem cell research to find cures for diseases but it remains uncertain whether he will use his executive power or wait to let Congress write the policy change into law.

Abortion opponents condemned Friday’s order, calling it an unnecessarily divisive way for a president preaching unity to start his administration. “President Obama will be remembered forever not just as a smart, savvy, gifted and eloquent leader — but as the Abortion President,” Representative Christopher H. Smith, Republican of New Jersey and co-chairman of the House Bipartisan Pro-Life Caucus, said in a written statement.

Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee, called the order “the first in an anticipated series of attacks on longstanding pro-life policies as the new administration pushes Obama’s sweeping abortion agenda.”

The effect, Mr. Johnson said, would be to redirect federal money “away from groups that do not promote abortion, and into the hands of those organizations that are the most aggressive in promoting abortion in developing countries.”

By contrast, the president’s executive order energized abortion rights and family planning groups. “President Obama’s actions will help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, abortions and women dying from high-risk pregnancies because they don’t have access to family planning,” said Tod Preston, a vice president at Population Action International.

Word of the order was received enthusiastically at a meeting on population trends at the University of California, Berkeley. Many of the gathered experts work for family planning organizations that face declining flows of government and private aid.

“It is actually a great day for those who oppose abortion,” said Steven W. Sinding, a past director-general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation and population adviser to the World Bank. “This will help many of the most effective providers of family planning services to enable women to avoid unwanted pregnancies.”

Andrew C. Revkin contributed reporting from Berkeley, Calif.