Nov. 1st, 2008

stinglikeabee: classic denny colt  (nanowrimo)
... and already I've seen bitching about HOW DARE EVERYONE AND THEIR MOTHER ON THE FLIST POST THEIR WORDCOUNT ON THEIR PERSONAL JOURNALS AND THE NANO COMMS?

Jaysus, it's the first day. As experience has shown, many nanoers will eventually stop posting word counts as the month progresses. Save the snarkiness for something worth it, like Sarah Palin's potential run for the 2018 candidacy.

So who wants to read what I've written so far? Figures :P

Went to a NaNo meetup today, and it was absolutely productive. I don't know why but being in a structured environment like writeups stimulates my appetite for writing. When fellow nanoers took breaks to chat, I juggled typing and joining in the conversation, which probably seemed rude now that I think about it. As for the question 'What am I writing?', the answer is: I don't know.

After writing 2,235 words though, I can safely assume what it's turned out to be is a yaoi novel. *facepalm* Hey, no one is more embarrassed or surprised than me. Trust.

On the bright side, I can't wait to see the look on people's faces at the NaNo afterparty when they read the first page of the novel -- it's the 'day after' scene between two guys in a motel. Hee.
stinglikeabee: classic denny colt  (giornalista)
According the NY Times, the Frontline documentary 'Torturing Democracy' will not be shown by PBS because a time slot wasn't available. However, PBS affiliates are airing the 90 minute piece.

In fact, I'm watching it right now. Torturing Democracy is the first Frontline documentary I haven't been able to make it through in entirety. Though there are few dramatisations and plenty of photos from Abu Ghraib, the acts of torture are described in graphic detail. And in these descriptions there are no ifs or buts -- it was torture.

Unbelievably, the POTUS' legal team tried to assert that the office can make something illegal (torture) legal during the time of war. Should the orders granting authorisation to use controversial techniques be uncovered, the architects of torture would somehow be exempted from prosecution.

The outrageous thing is that Bush, Rumsfeld, and their cronies will never be prosecuted thanks to the House passing a bill that includes a war crimes immunity clause. This is retroactive immunity to those who may have carried out or sanctioned torture. And Guantanamo still exists, with about a hundred being held without charge or a hope for a trial.

I can't help but be disappointed that during the election neither McCain nor Obama focused on the Bush administration's crimes. McCain because he has been outspoken against torture, in particular waterboarding, and Obama because he's supposed to be a symbol of hope for this nation. And shame on PBS if it's true they backed down from showing the documentary because they wanted to wait until Bush was out of office.

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