9.14.2005

Lighter Things

As promised we will start on a lighter note today except for the COALITION FOR DARFUR POST, which can be read by clinking on the link or by continuing to read at the end of this post. Meme via Cross at Beyond You and Me and I promise that I will not ask anyone to do it but feel free to answer any of these questions in the comment section. I especially would like to know any deep dark perverse bits of information that you would like to share. I'm hot (overheated); it is more humid than it should be here in the city that never sleeps. The people in this god forsaken mass of stone, brick and steel never sleep either, especially the people across the hall from me, therefore I'm taking a walk soon along the, grayish black with dirty brown stains, sidewalk carrying a bag large enough for a body to fit into but instead loaded with various academic paraphernalia. Indeed this is the not so good type of paraphernalia but the kind I am most familiar with. I 'm heading to another place, which is where my night will be spent, and maybe I can actually get some work done. If not I may at least be able to convince someone to delve into the sensual practice of hair - playing with me; at the very least I need to have the humidity squeezed out of me as I think I�d feel better if someone twisted me like a dishrag and sort of shook me out. I guess this was the meme of 7 7 things to do before I die: 1. Live in London for a year. I've spent enough time there to know I want to go back for a longer stay. 2. Live in Africa for a year. 3. Photograph the land and the people of the Sudan, Darfur in particular. This of course is assuming there will still be any people left in a few years. 4. Surf Australia, I never did it when I lived there as I was too young. 5. Design and help construct my own home somewhere. 6. Own a Brownstone in the city of NY. 7. Have a multi-orgasmic experience on top of Taipei 101. 7 things I can do: 1. Photograph buildings and the naked people in them. 2. Debate 3. Snowboard almost anywhere. 4. draw/paint 5. Argue 6. Stay up all night 7. Tequila shots even though I am not a drinker per se. We can thank my brother for this one. 7 things I can't do: I can do anything as can anyone so the word can't technically means won't, don't wanna, ain't gonna, so don't even go there. 1. Cook. 2. Mix drinks 3. Sit around and watch television 4. Tolerate ignorant or stupid people 5. Drive, at least that is what people tell me I think I drive splendidly and except for an unfortunate deer,( and the deer was to blame ), I have never had an accident. 6. Sing 7. Care about professional sports teams 7 things that attract me to a man: 1. Brains 2. teeth/lips/mouth 3. Eyes 4. Sense of humor 5. A general respect for humanity. 6. Appreciation of art and an understanding the significance of art in it's multitude of forms. 7. Humility 7 things I say most often: 1. Play misty for me..... Private joke but I say it a lot. 2. c'est la vie 3. Fuck - yea I say it a lot 4. Come again? Come not cum. 5. Black no sugar. 6. babes � I call people I am fond of babes. 7. Black pants or jeans? 7 celebrity crushes: I couldn't find seven if I tried, I rarely even know celebrity names although.. 1. Yes John Malcovich is one. 2. Mick Jagger- no comment. 3. Rafael Nadal - This is purely a sexual fantasy of me with a younger man from Spain who dresses in sort of girlie capri�s. 4. Ian Mackaye - Don't ask if you don't know. 5. Jim Morrison - I know he was a fucked up mess but he looked hot in all those old pictures. Plus I hear he is still alive in Paris. 6. Johnny Ramone 7. James Spader- If he would cut his fingernails. Mostly old, dead, weird or scary looking; I am going to have to go into therapy for that. 7 people I'd like to do this list: No one I know would do this list but if anyone wants to volunteer feel free Addendum is thanks to Tina Purdy at The Sardonic Sideshow September 14th, 2005 I too take Responsibility Wow. �And to the extent that the federal government didn�t fully do its job right, I take responsibility.� George W. Bush Sept. 14, �05 Image hosted by Photobucket.com Coalition for Darfur A Meaningless Pledge Some are hailing the inclusion of language regarding a "responsibility to protect" in the draft declaration on UN reform to be discussed during the three-day summit being held in New York. The "Responsibility to Protect" is, according to the seminal report on the topic

[T]he idea that sovereign states have a responsibility to protect their own citizens from avoidable catastrophe, but that when they are unwilling or unable to do so, that responsibility must be borne by the broader community of states.
The report, and the idea, were generated by the international community's ignominious failure to intervene in situations such as the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The thinking was that it was necessary to shift the debate away from a "right to intervene," which carries serious implications for the cherished idea of national sovereignty, and toward a "responsibility to protect" those people in danger. After much debate, compromise and rewriting, the final text included in the draft declaration came out looking like this
The international community, through the United Nations, also has the responsibility to use appropriate diplomatic, humanitarian and other peaceful means, in accordance with Chapter VI and VIII of the Charter, to help protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. In this context, we are prepared to take collective action, in a timely and decisive manner, through the Security Council, in accordance with the UN Charter, including Chapter VII, on a case by case basis and in cooperation with relevant regional organizations as appropriate, should peaceful means be inadequate and national authorities manifestly failing to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. We stress the need for the General Assembly to continue consideration of the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity and its implications, bearing in mind the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and international law. We also intend to commit ourselves, as necessary and appropriate, to help states build capacity to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity and to assist those which are under stress before crises and conflicts break out.
Nowhere has the Security Council or the UN member states actually pledged to do anything. This section carries no legal obligations; rather, it merely reiterates that the UN has a responsibility "to help protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity," which something they already an obligation to prevent under the Genocide Convention. Note also that it doesn't say that the UN has a "responsibility to protect" but rather a responsibility ... to help protect" those at risk. That is a big difference. As such, it is a little difficult to share Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's excitement
But a Canadian-inspired initiative highlighting the world's responsibility to protect threatened people and prevent genocides is a clear move forward, Martin said. The doctrine "essentially says that if Rwanda occurred today that the United Nations would act," he said, referring to the genocide that took an estimated 800,000 lives in the African country in the mid-1990s.
Considering that there is "another Rwanda" currently taking place in Darfur, why are we to expect that suddenly the UN is going to take seriously its "responsibility to protect"? Has the UN failed to act thus far solely because it lacked this one resolution? The UN has resisted acting on Darfur for two years and there is absolutely no reason to believe that this recognition of a theoretical "responsibility to protect" will have any impact on the legal or political concerns that have thus far prevented action. If the UN and its members truly believed in the "responsibility to protect," they would be protecting the people of Darfur, not writing resolutions vaguely promising to act when Darfur-like situations arise in the future.

28 Comments:

Anonymous John said...

I'm glad you took the light road today.
It's been a couple of years but I doubt your driving has gotten much better.Too Fast and too much music while talking.

Black pants, a little tight and preferable leather. ;)

You got to get over that old man syndrome you have, young men have brains as well and they have their own teeth.

I kid cooper.
Top of taipei 101?
I had to look that one up.

9/14/2005 08:03:00 PM  
Blogger sage said...

Glad to see someone else had crushes on celebrities who are no longer with us.

9/14/2005 09:11:00 PM  
Blogger Coyote Mike said...

Damn, if I had known you were looking for guys like me, I would have moved out there this summer :P

9/14/2005 09:59:00 PM  
Anonymous weirsdo said...

7 things I say most often:
1. Use more bow.
2. Put your violin up on the side.
3. Try that again.
4. That's too high.
5. Keep your bow straight.
6. Count.
7. Kids--time to practice.

9/14/2005 10:20:00 PM  
Blogger Coyote Mike said...

7 things I look for in a woman:

1: Intelligence
2: Artistic Temperment
3: Dark Hair (sue me, I don't like blondes)
4: Sense of humor
5: Open Mindedness
6: Autonomy
7: Passion for life

9/14/2005 11:12:00 PM  
Blogger Leigh said...

Surfing Oz is definately do-able! Watch out for sharks though. Now we need to have a discussion about snowboarding and tequila shots. They don't mix! So I am hoping you were considering doing those two things at seperate times. ;)

I did a tequila session with my surf buddy Alison and we tried surfing the next day - tried we did. I barfed 3 times before and did fine, however Alison was left to barf on the beach and insisted I continue surfing. What a true friend! To this day the thought of tequila makes me want to hurl. We were in a candy store shortly after that night and Alison showed me this lolipop with a roach encased in a tequila cube... I was more appalled by the tequila flavor than the bug.

9/14/2005 11:55:00 PM  
Blogger Theresa Z said...

James Spader, fat or skinny, is so fucking hot. I'll give the 7 meme a shot, a shot of what, I don't know! ;)

9/15/2005 11:08:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

7 things I say most often:

1. Huh?
2. What?
3. I don't get it.
4. Is that like an orangutan?
5. I don't know.
6. I don't understand.
7. Yeah, baby, scratch me like I got fleas.

9/15/2005 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous jake said...

I'm gonna get me some of those erotic links.

"Greyish black with dirty brown stains?"
How can you stand it. We know Baltimore isn't like that. ( SNICKERS)

I hope you got the humidity squeezed out of you.

To do before I die

1. Have a son named Jesus
2. Find my soul mate
3. Own a home
4. Live in some foreign country for at least a year.
5. Drop live and dead journal and start a real blog journal
6. invent something
7. Have a multi-orgasmic experience on top of Taipei 101. I think I want that too it sounds nice.

What is with the old man fetish?

9/15/2005 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger GPV said...

7 things I can't do:
5. Drive, at least that is what people tell me I think I drive splendidly and except for an unfortunate deer,( and the deer was to blame ), I have never had an accident.

Deers are bad drivers,yes.

9/15/2005 02:57:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Thanks for the link on your last post.

Your lists are interesting.

I have no idea what the Taipei thing is either, but it does sound worth trying.

I'm not sure I would like surfing. I've never tried it, but I might if no one was watching.

No professional sports??? I think I prefer college sports much better, but I will have to admit that without sports I'm not sure I would want to live. The NBA can disappear, but not MLB. Yeah, I couldn't go on without sports.

9/15/2005 08:55:00 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Here's 7 of my (mostly leading men) celebrity crushes I have in random order since it tends to fluxuate.

1. Kiefer Sutherland (Jack Bauer, 24)
2. Hugh Laurie (Dr. House, House)
3. Bradley Cooper (Will Tippin, Alias)
4. Michael Vartan (Michael Vaughn, Alias)
5. David Duchovony (Fox Mulder, X-Files)
6. Colin Farrell (not SNL, the hot one)
7. Sting (goes without saying)

9/15/2005 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous weirsdo said...

Doug: Pansi says you are now sounding, as well as looking, like her late husband, Dicky.

9/15/2005 10:32:00 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

john: The light road?Oh the one that didn't have enough light so I hit the deer.
Young men have brains but it is in their dick and most old men do have there teeth these days. ;)

sage: I'm Dead Head in the not so usualy sense of the word.

Coyote: ha ha, aren't we modest. Autonomy is always the key.

weirdso: you are well aware we don't talk like that here, so take it back to the dirty land of the neeeked gymnastic for jesus. ;)

Leigh: My tequila experience is somewhat limited but I won't go into it here as it would take fifteen paragraphs.


theresa: I'm checking yours our it will be a screamer i'm sure. I know there is something about that man.

Doug: That number 7 is kind of repulsive and exciting at the same time.

Jake: Sounds good but I claim the taipei for myself and I don't want you there.

mj: I don't mind college sports and like the whole march madness scene. It should all end after college in my opinon. I kind of thought the taipei thing was self explantory,,,, maybe because you are form the middle of the country .......

Sar: for some reason sting does not intrigue me but a gain blondes, except Spader, don't do it for me.
GPV: deer do suck at driving.

9/15/2005 10:56:00 PM  
Blogger Graham said...

Well I can speak for my home city when I say we'll be more than happy to have you over here for the year that you stay. The things about London, like any big city, is its lots of different things to different people. Having been away from it for two years I am getting to know it all over again... the architecture, history, the ridiculous amount of people, the fun to be had, the amount of diversity.

Hmmm, 7 things I'd like to do before I die, from a purely selfish perspective:

1) Publish a few of novels over a couple of decades that really engage with readers and open their minds. That really make a difference.
2) Start a small business and apply some of my recent experiences in marketing to growing a successful company that can secure my financial future, and financial future of the people that I love.
3) Work on, or closely alongside in a journalistic capacity, a political campaign in the US.
4) Have a kid and work hard on nurtuing his/her (ideally her) thinking, autonomy, originality, creativity... and fill his/her life with all the love and enjoyment in the world possible.
5) Watch my sports team win their respective league.
6) Travel across the United States.
7) Devote my heart to the woman I love and discover a traquil, sustained, contented emotional state of mind and soul.

7 things I can't do:

1) Keep my opinion to myself
2) Hold a grudge
3) Public speaking (i can do it, but until I warm up my pulse is resting at about 180)
4) Get to sleep at night. After 5 months in the UK I'm still on PST.
5) Say goodbye.
6) Drive. I'm so bad.
7) Give a girl an orgasm. It always has to be atleast two and is usually more :P.

9/15/2005 10:58:00 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

Grahm: I do love London, The last time I was there was for a month for winter break my freshman year of college.
On the nuturing a kid thing I think the best thing you can do is let them do what they want within reason and not try to structure to much and give them your time.
Is a traquil, sustained, contented emotional state of mind and soul possible?
You write well so now you just have to walk the talk or is it talk the walk?
I guess the last question is ... but can you do it on top of taipei 101.

9/15/2005 11:13:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

This comment section is really cracking me up.

I still have no clue what taipei 101 is.

Graham, sorry Alice I'm not trying to take-over your blog comment section, but as far as your To Do List #3. Come on over big guy, I got one waiting for you-- a campaign that is. I know how you Brits like to get a little freaky so I thought I better specify :)

You're right Alice, college sports are the best. And March is my favorite time of year.

9/16/2005 12:22:00 AM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

It's ok I 'm just hanging out reading/studying after going to a fundraiser for Katrina thingy at a bar this evening and I love helping people network....

I believe it is the tallest building in the world.

Well a Democrat taking over my blog comment thingy,,,, that is definitely ok. The way I look at it this way - the Democrats have to start taking over something and if they have to start small they might as well start with me.

9/16/2005 12:36:00 AM  
Blogger mojo shivers said...

Usually, I don't like reading other people's memes or lists, but you even make that fun to read, Miss Cooper.

Damn you.

9/16/2005 02:31:00 AM  
Blogger I.M. Dedd said...

I like this trend of crushes on celebrities who are dead...it could bleed over into cartoon charachters.

9/16/2005 06:09:00 AM  
Anonymous pia said...

Uh, I have a crush on Warren Zevon and he's dead, does that mean I'm trendy or a potential necrophiliac?

And James Spader is the single coolest live person in America, finger nails or not, except maybe Mick Jagger, no comment also

9/16/2005 08:19:00 AM  
Blogger Coyote Mike said...

If anyone wants to see what I believe is Tai Pei 101 (I think) they should watch the movie about art thieves (forgoten name) that had Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery. I think it was that big double building. But then again, I may be completely wrong. It has been known to happen.

9/16/2005 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous joe said...

This place is insane.
Speaking of Zeta Jones she is on my list as is Angelina Jolie.
The tai pei thing sounds good except I am not thrilled with heights and even an mulitorgasmic expereience wouldn't temp me.
I'd like to hit up tahiti.
Write some songs.
Run an orphanage but make it totally insanely cool.

I can't
sing
dance
play any musical instrument
do winter sports
sit in a aisle seat
eat brussels sprouts
did I sat dance?

9/16/2005 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger Coyote Mike said...

7 things I say alot

1. Anyways
2. So . . . (usually followed by "anyway")
3. There I was . . .
4. Damn it!!
5. Oh, Fuck!!
6. What the hell do you think you're doing, you idiot student?
7. I saw that!

7 Celeb Women I would enjoy if I could
(in no particular order)
1. Angelina Jolie
2. Kiera Knightly
3. Alice (she's kinda famous, right?)
4. Wynona Rider
5. Thora Birch
6. Christina Ricci
7. Allison Hannigan

7 Things I can do
1. Write
2. Be vewy vewy quiet
3. Grow a Beard
4. Detect cheap perfume
5. Cook
6. Eat my own cooking
7. Slip on ice and not fall down.

7 Things I can't do
1. Skate
2. Ski
3. Enjoy sitcoms
4. Watch any sport but baseball (and only the world series at that)
5. Talk to women
6. Find a book agent
7. Understand "classic" literature

7 things I want to do before I die

1. Fall in love
2. See Africa
3. Return to western Ireland
4. Get my damned novel published
5. Move out of Nebraska
6. Get in shape
7. Live in Paris

9/16/2005 01:28:00 PM  
Blogger Graham said...

Hey Alice, I just searched Tapei 101 and that building looks pretty damn tall. I think vertigo might compromise my studlike, 'god's gift to women' capabilities.

I also imagine it's quite the tourist attraction. I don't think the Taiwanese authorities would necessarily appreciate your multi-orgasmic cries, nor would the visiting families with their children either me thinks :).

Hey MJ, I am glad u specified. How did us Brits get this "freaky" reputation? I know we've blazed quite a trail in the San Fernando Valley... but, we're just the same as all of u lot really... with worse dental hygiene (most aggrevating US stereotype of Brits I encountered).

I'd love to know more about this campaign.

9/16/2005 05:42:00 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

MOJO: I know you are just humoring me. How is chapter fourteen coming?

dedd: You got a point there.

pia: It seems safer if they are dead or maybe you're just a sensible kind of girl.

coyote: I've never seen it but I have seen pictures of the building.

joe: Afraid of heights? Boo

coyote: You call your students idiots? Shame. I wish my profs would call some people idiots but then again I�d probably feel bad if they did.
Yes, Alice is famous she was in Wonderland now she is not, and she had a restaurant back in the day where all the pot smoking hippies, musicians and songwriters hung out and you could get anything you wanted, but alas, Alice doesn't live here anymore.

I agree no perfume is better than cheap perfume.
We are going to have to get you a talk to women class.

graham: Your not supposed to look down silly and I think they have hotel rooms up there.

9/16/2005 09:51:00 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

MOJO: I know you are just humoring me. How is chapter fourteen coming?

dedd: You got a point there.

pia: It seems safer if they are dead or maybe you're just a sensible kind of girl.

coyote: I've never seen it but I have seen pictures of the building.

joe: Afraid of heights? Boo

coyote: You call your students idiots? Shame. I wish my profs would call some people idiots but then again I�d probably feel bad if they did.
Yes, Alice is famous she was in Wonderland now she is not, and she had a restaurant back in the day where all the pot smoking hippies, musicians and songwriters hung out and you could get anything you wanted, but alas, Alice doesn't live here anymore.

I agree no perfume is better than cheap perfume.
We are going to have to get you a talk to women class.

graham: Your not supposed to look down silly and I think they have hotel rooms up there.

9/16/2005 09:51:00 PM  
Blogger W. S. Cross said...

Brava, you resisted the temptation to talk just about sex. It's difficult to do, and most of the memes mention sex in some way. Yours is very YOU, and I enjoyed it immensely.

9/20/2005 03:28:00 PM  

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