Che Guava
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Apr 27, 2013 Che Guava commented on The Saturday Morning News.
Just stopping in long enough to ask, again, why the gay silence about Bradley Manning? Glenn Greenwald takes on the issue in today's Guardian:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/…

It is The Stranger's continuing embarrassment to avoid confronting this issue. Obedience will not protect you, or gay marriage, or anything else.
Mar 1, 2013 Che Guava commented on Morning News: Happy Friday!.
There's space for playgrounds and Florida Man, but no Slog comment on the bombshell revelation in the Bradley Manning trial? His attempts to contact the New York Times and Washington Post about American atrocities were fruitless. Only after this appalling First Amendment failure did Manning contact Wikileaks. This lowly PFC is not only within his rights as a whistleblower *and* *also* under the UCMJ, but has cast iron balls that put to shame piddly cultural campaigns like marriage equality.

He's a gay man in the crosshairs of the imperial state, having endured 1,000 days of degrading and solitary confinement, but The Stranger has been AWOL on the issue since Jake Blomgart's story of August 12, 2012. Maybe if Bradley Manning had stopped at a DC hotel with a sackful of plugs and toys, Savage would cop a feel on the story.

Once again, let's ponder the question du jour: Why the silence of Gay, Inc? http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/02/22/b…
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Feb 28, 2013 Che Guava commented on Morning News.
@10: It must be comfortable to nuzzle up to Obama, who also lavished the prejudicial judgement in Manning's case: "He broke the law," said the highest-profile former constitutional law professor, pre-trial. In fact, it sounds like what nearly every gay kid goes through, except for the It Gets Better part. Again, are rights only for the popular?

Word to the wise: single issue advocacy is divide and conquer by the soon-to-be divided and conquered. Exhibit A: the gains of the early 1970's have been almost entirely vacated. How could gay rights be any different?
Feb 28, 2013 Che Guava commented on Lindy West Blows Up My Interwebs Again.
Was it sexist?
Was it satire?
Was it effective and offensive?
Should we care?
At all?

Yes. Yes. Yes. No. No.

Breaking news: sexism in Hollywood is like water in the ocean. Also, how many of the boob-outraged rolled out the artillery against Zero Dark Thirty? Torture trumps boobs, but rippings of that rubbish are rarer than hen's teeth. Here's to easy targets!
Feb 28, 2013 Che Guava commented on Morning News.
@6: Sure, due process and a speedy trial are only for society's in-groups. After more than a decade of war, the only ones who have gone to prison are the whistleblowers.

Setting aside that Manning is standing on the strong side of the UCMJ regarding illegal orders, the question stands: gay rights are for the popular?
Feb 28, 2013 Che Guava commented on The Rats of Tehran.
Evolution is just a theory. God miracled those rats to Tehran.
Feb 28, 2013 Che Guava commented on Morning News.
"So why is it that all of the big gay non-profits, from the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – “Gay Inc.” – have failed to utter a word of support for Private Bradley Manning, let alone really campaign for him? He’s gay, has moderately high name recognition, and unlike any number of airhead celebrities, he’s actually done something to support social justice, rather than mined charitable causes for personal fame and fortune."

Discuss.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/02/22/b…
Feb 28, 2013 Che Guava commented on Wait, That's GMO, Too?.
It's good that The Stranger tried, but this article on GMOs ends up praising with faint damn - a milquetoast analysis of a dangerous, unaccountable trend in the food supply.

As #16 points out, there's a huge difference between nature's built-in veto of strains and hybrids that reach too far, and corporate frankenfoods that could not otherwise occur in nature. Attempts at lawyering the terminology cannot finesse this fact. Biotech laboratories are not farms, and these organisms have *not* been tested (in any meaningful sense of the term).

Apart from the dangers GMO crops pose, like BT corn killing monarch butterfly larvae, their entry into the food supply wasn't by public discussion and consent, but by deception and/or force, the latter documented in high court cases in the US and Canada. A Wikileaks release documented that our ambassador to France, a Bush business partner, recommended trade retaliation against EU nations unfriendly to GMOs. In the name of profit, GMOs have poisoned human relations and disrupted thousands of years of traditional agriculture.

The article does get one thing right: many other nations are properly suspicious of and clearly label GMO foods. Battles over GMOs have always been about corporations' lust for profit and control, at the expense of environmental safety. There's far more to say, and any soft-peddling of this bitter conflict is a serious mistake.
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Feb 26, 2013 Che Guava commented on This Is a Big Fucking Deal.
I've no argument with marriage equality, but this is more evidence that the Supreme Court follows the election returns.

Now, about the insane level of economic inequality...
Feb 25, 2013 Che Guava commented on Will You Pay $4 a Week to Read the Seattle Times Website?.
The results of this Slog poll have restored my faith in humanity for at least 90 minutes.

Who's up for a street party outside the Seattle Times offices when bankruptcy sets in? I'm thinking the BLETHEN BKO BASH will happen late summer. With some luck, maybe we'll get some synergy with Bumbershoot.