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Subject:i love this quote!
Time:04:02 pm
We seem to be special women here, we have liked to think of ourselves as special, and we have known that men would tolerate, even romanticize us as special, as long as our words and actions didn’t threaten their privilege of tolerating or rejecting us and our work according to their ideas of what a special woman ought to be. An important insight of the radical women’s movement has been how divisive and how ultimately destructive is this myth of the special woman, who is also the token woman.
- Adrienne Rich, “When We Dead Awaken”
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Time:04:13 pm
'My memory will retain what is worthwhile. My memory knows more about me than I do; it doesn't lose what deserves to be saved'--Eduardo Galeano
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Time:06:37 pm
valentine's day is coming up!!
i kind of don't care that it's a commercial 'holiday', i still like it. yay the romance! yay the discount chocolate the day after!
what i love the most is crying over sad movies about love. what's your favourite sad movie about love? mine is 'happy together' by wong kar wai.
the best is of course friday the 13th!!! shitttttt, i so wanna dress up, but as what????
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Time:01:48 pm
dear june jordan,
u r totally right.
we survive love b/c we keep on lovin'.
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Time:02:25 pm
The fact that I
am writing to you
in English
already falsifies what I
wanted to tell you.
My subject:
how to explain to you that I
don't belong to english
though I belong nowhere else
-Gustavo Perez Firmat
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Subject:aahhhh!
Time:02:46 am
my kitten just developed a new habit of dragging her water bowl until it spills all over the floor! we just don't know how to stop her. i tried changing her bowl several times, she would just start doing it again. the water is really bad for the wood floor it is on. anybody knows how to deal w/ this?
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Subject:does anyone know the answer to this?
Time:01:46 pm
so, i just finally ran out of my coffee again,

and since i now have a chance to buy a half-a-pound of ground coffee beans, i might as well try buying new kinds, if i ended up getting the chance. i usually buy the standard organic, shade-grown, fair-trade, yadda yadda coffee, which in ottawa means bridgehead. lately, 'tho, i've come across new coffee shops that claim that they buy straight from the source, as opposed to having a middle-person, which supposedly means even better than the standard fair-trade because the coffee growers get all the profit. what i don't understand is the standard that regulate this practice. i mean, w/ organic stuff, for instance, u could rely just how organic a produce is by who is giving them the stamps of approval. obviously there are still some more nuances behind it than that, but that's a simplest way of thinking about it. with 'buying straight from the coffee-grower', how would i know that a)they actually did that b) who is setting the pricing c) that they are also actually 'organic' and 'shade-grown'. i mean, w/ bridgehead for instance, they may be using a middle-person, but at least they are under fair-trade certification process that consumers could potentially hold accountable if needs be.

i realize that this ramblings/questions can seem so stupid and pretentious, but i guess if i am going to actually buy the whole fair-trade stuff, i might as well know all of the implications too. plus, ottawa is so fucking dismal that when a new coffee shop opens, it kind of warms my heart a little. i am just confused about the whole new 'better than fairtrade' concept, and wants to clarify it a little. plus, i don't exactly want to ask these questions to the coffee shops ppl themselves, 'cuz they could potentially think that i think that they're lying to me, which is bad, right?
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Time:09:02 pm
wow, it's getting warmer and warmer, slowly but steadily!

-i haven't heard from the cat lady yet....which may mean it's a good thing (i.e. nobody's taken my babygirl yet!). i will totally throw a party for her if she is coming along! everyone is invited, even if u secretly hates me!

-i went to see dizzee rascal last nite w/ caitlyn, which had been my dream for a long while. it was sooo good and fun!
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Time:09:59 am
-u know those heartbreak songs that u would listen to shortly after a failed romance/when u get yr heart broken somehow, and u would sob into yr pillow while u listen to these songs? lately, when i listen to these songs, i find them really ridiculous, as if i cried myself to sleep w/ the aid of these songs! the only thing that still have emotional resonance is whitney houston, but maybe it's more b/c of its sentimental value.

-i like the sound of my horoscope this week. it reads:

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
In her book Waiting for God, French mystic and political activist Simone Weil (1909-1943) wrote a passage I'd love for you to keep in mind during the coming weeks: "When an apprentice gets hurt, or complains of being tired, the workmen have this fine expression: 'It is the trade entering his body.' Each time that we have some pain to go through, we can say to ourselves quite truly that it is the order and beauty of the world that are entering our body." I encourage you, Scorpio, to adopt this redemptive attitude about the suffering you have been experiencing.

-u know how they would sometime say 'only my cat understands me'? well, uh, i think i need to get a cat!
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Subject:green collar jobs!
Time:03:07 pm
this article made me mad at the world for not letting me to be able to go to oakland take the job offer to work w/ environmental justice and climate change initiative. i would've worked w/ poor communities of colour on environmental issues. that would've made me sooooooo happy!

Who Gains from the Green Economy?
By Preeti Mangala Shekar and Tram Nguyen

Last year, the Oakland-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, with a minuscule staff and budget, worked relentlessly to pass the Green Jobs Act in Congress–a bill that if authorized will direct $125 million to green the nation’s workforce and train 35,000 people each year for "green-collar jobs." That summer, Ella Baker Center and the Oakland Alliance also secured $250,000 from the city to build the Oakland Green Jobs Corp, a training program that promises to explicitly serve what is probably the most underutilized resource of Oakland: young workingclass men and women of color.

In these efforts lay a hopeful vision–that the crises-ridden worlds of economics and environmentalism would converge to address the other huge crisis–racism in the United States. It is what some of its advocates call a potential paradigm shift that, necessitated by the earth’s climate crisis, can point the way out of "gray capitalism" and into a green, more equitable economy. The engine of this model is driven by the young and proactive leadership of people of color who intend to build a different solution for communities of color.

Van Jones, president of the Ella Baker Center, talks about how earlier waves of economic flourishes didn’t much impact Black communities. "When the dotcom boom went bust, you didn’t see no Black man lose his shirt," he points out, only half joking. "Black people were the least invested in it."

Climate change is the 21st century’s wake-up call to not just rethink but radically redo our economies. Ninety percent of scientists agree that we are headed toward a climate crisis, and that, indeed, it has already started. With the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions, the clean energy economy is poised to grow enormously. This sector includes anything that meets our energy needs without contributing to carbon emissions or that reduces carbon emissions; it encompasses building retrofitting, horticulture infrastructure (tree pruning and urban gardening), food security, biofuels and other renewable energy sources, and more.

It’s becoming clear that investing in clean energy has the potential to create good jobs, many of them located in urban areas as state and city governments are increasingly adopting public policies designed to improve urban environmental quality in areas such as solar energy, waste reduction, materials reuse, public transit infrastructures, green building, energy and water efficiency, and alternative fuels.

According to recent research by Raquel Pinderhughes, a professor of urban studies at San Francisco State University, green jobs have an enormous potential to reverse the decades-long trend of unemployment rates that are higher for people of color than whites. In Berkeley, California, for example, unemployment of people of color is between 1.5 and 3.5 times that of white people, and the per capita income of people of color is once again between 40 to 70 percent of that of white people.
(read more on http://www.colorlines.com/article.php?ID=276
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