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Jun. 28th, 2007


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We haven't posted in ages, because we have moved.


the_wakeup_call is designed to be a forum for us "young people" -- occasionally called the New Silent Generation -- to discuss world events and our place in society. Yep, that means politics -- inclusive of everything from gay marriage to Barack Obama to missile launchings and that new Rufus Wainwright song about America and immigration raids and Alberto Gonzales and Nancy Pelosi and Tony Blair and abortion and enemy combatants and a lot of other stuff. From abortion to suicide to a bit of humor, it's all been covered.

I post frequently under pinkblacktiara.

May. 14th, 2007


Fake Gunman Attack

Teachers on a school trip staged a fake attack on students, to teach them about what would of hapened in a real situation. 69 students were convinced that there was a gunman on the loose while they were on a weeklong school trip to a state park. A teacher, dressed in a hooded sweatshirt, even tugged on a locked door as other teachers told the students to hide under tables.

"'The children were in that room in the dark, begging for their lives, because they thought there was someone with a gun after them," said Brandy Cole, whose son went on the trip.'

This is outrageous. I'm all for teaching students what has to be done in an emergancy. But this? This crossed a line. You are supposed to be able to trust your teachers, be able to know that you should be safe at school. Obviously this isn't always alike, but teachers are supposed to be there for the kids, expecially elementary school children. You should not have to be afraid because of the teachers.

" 'I was like, 'Oh My God,' " she [Shay Naylor] said. "At first I thought I was going to die. We flipped out." '

These children are about eleven to twelve years old. Do you really think this was the proper way to teach them about gun drills? When they have been away from family for a week, when they are in an unknown enviorment? Actually, I don't care where it was. This ws out of line.

May. 11th, 2007


Record-Breaking Wish

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Shane Bernier's eighth birthday is coming up soon, on May 30th. This probably means nothing to you. However, Shane doesn't want toys or a video game... he wants cards.

Not just any cards. He wants 350 million.

Shane is from Lancaster, Onterio. He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was five. After doing 108 weeks of his 130 week treatment, the sickness came back. He tries to keep an upbeat and sunny attitude, and his goal this year, with his 8th birthday, is to get 350 million birthday cards, breaking a world record.

I sent in a card today. It doesn't have to be bought-- it doesn't have to be handmade. It doesn't have to have any message inside except "Happy Birthday"-- you can write a paragraph. He's a seven--soon to be eight--year old kid, fighting this sickness. Send him a card. It's the very least you can do. With every card, I can only imagine how good it makes him feel. People care. The human race CARES. There are eighteen days left until his birthday. Go to the printer. Take out a sheet of paper. Get some coloured pencils. And write Happy Birthday. It's just that simple.

Send the kid a card. Here's the address:

Shane Bernier
PO Box 484
Lancaster, Ontario
K0C 1N0

Shane's Wish; a website for his goal.

Apr. 23rd, 2007


'It Wasn't Techincally Rape,' Said The Man Who Owned A Dungeon

I'm shaking with fury right now. This doesn't happen often. Kenneth Glenn Hinson, a 48-year-old convicted sex offender has been found not guilty of kidnapping, sex crimes, and assault with intent to kill two teenage girls in his homemade sex dungeon. He claimed the "sex was consensual" and that they slept with him because they wanted drugs. The verdict? The defense "pick[ed] apart what he called inconsistencies in the teens’ testimony, including how long it took them to call 911 after their alleged escape.”

And, tell me again, who are you to say how a rape victim reacts? This is the "inconsistencies" in ONE of the girls statment.

"Rick Hoefer, Hinson’s attorney, worked to cast doubts on the consistency of statements by the second woman who testified that Hinson raped her.
The woman said her written statement to police did not mention that Hinson had a gun or a pocket knife when the assaults allegedly occurred. She said Wednesday in court, however, that Hinson had a knife and that she saw the outline of a gun in the back pocket of the defendant’s jeans.

“I was just frightened, and I couldn’t hardly think that morning (she wrote the statement), and I couldn’t hardly write, so I didn’t put down every detail,” the woman testified."

Let's just look at some actual, scienfific, DNA evidence, not what you think she should of done or how much you think her brains were addled.

From this:
"Kenneth Glenn Hinson’s full DNA profile matches genetic material obtained from semen on the gray T-shirt of a girl alleging the defendant raped her and her friend, a forensic DNA analyst testified Saturday, shortly before the prosecution rested its case.
The probability that someone else with the same profile would be chosen at random is about one in 710 quadrillion, said Ken Bogan of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

…Swabs of the other girl’s left ear and one of her breasts yielded a partial DNA profile that matched Hinson’s DNA, Bogan said."

Or this:
"[Elizabeth Cook, a former nurse practitioner at the Durant Children’s Center in Florence] conducted medical exams on the girls the day they said they were raped, and she said she found recent abrasions in sensitive, private areas of the girls’ bodies.
Cook said both women had tape residue on their faces, hands and ankles.

…Two other women who work at the Durant Children’s Center testified Thursday that they thought, based on interviews they conducted, that the two girls had been raped."

Tape residue. Bloody tape residue. All of these things were ignored because 911 wasn’t called in time, according to the laywer. Right, because there is a timeframe? After ten minutes, it isn't rape, it's just assalt. After a half hour, it isn't assalt, it was for drugs.

But we didn't believe these two girls, who had tape residue on their faces, bruised genitals and DNA of a convicted rapist on them. No. They had consented to sex in a homemade dungeon for some pot.

Once again, Shakes says it better than I.

Apr. 22nd, 2007


Operation Blame

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So Operation Blame The Girl is in full swing. Click the image for the full story.

"This is the face of the teenage student who may have sparked the biggest gun massacre in US history...However some college friends claim Emily did not know Cho."

Real nice. Might I point out Emily was murdered? Or that there is no proof she even knew Cho? Where is this resource that says that Cho did this because of her? Cho probably knew more than one person on campus; does that mean every one of them caused him to kill?

Basically, at this point, they're pointing fingers, framing her. Saying, "Oh, it was this temptress that drove the poor boy out of his gun-wielding mind."

No. Sorry. Uh-uh. The only person to blame for this is Cho himself.

Apr. 20th, 2007


A Bit Of Humor

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Because Aly has nothing better to do than surf random leftie sights. And Shakes is my homegirl. And in light of the depressing stuff happening everywhere else in the world, expecially with Virgina Tech.

Via Shakes.


Cho Family Apology

Today, the family of Cho Seung-Hui, the Virgina Tech murderer, apologized publicly in their first statment about the shootings.

"We are humbled by this darkness. We feel hopeless, helpless and lost. This is someone that I grew up with and loved. Now I feel like I didn't know this person," said Cho Sun-Kyung. The family is currently under Federal Protection.

So, basically, they're in hiding. When I saw this, I thought, "Why?" It isn't their fault, and sadly, a lot of people are going to think of it as theirs, especially those who have lost loved ones to this tragedy.

These people had nothing to do with what Cho did. They did not egg him on, they did not raise him a killer. They had no idea. They are just as shocked and disturbed as we are. Please, keep this family in your mind and hearts. I know the victims of this massacre will never be forgotten. Leave a space in your heart for the family of the killer; they are suffering just as much.

Remember, they lost a love one to this as well. Both metaphorically and literally.

Apr. 17th, 2007


Kick-Butt Person Of The Day

Buthayna Nasser is a Saudi newscaster, and an amazingly brave woman.

However, I trust MEMRI's translations of the Middle East about as far as I could throw a piano, since they're an extremely anti-Arab organization. They tend to be heavily in favour of anything Israeli from Likud rightward. Their translations are biased and inaccurate (see Juan Cole on the subject).

In other words, this is great if it's what she's really saying.

Apr. 16th, 2007

cat and bird


Inspiration in the Middle East

(All right, please ignore the slightly cheesy tone of this post and its title. I need some happy news.)

More and more frequently, news of anti-US feelings in the Middle East reaches us here. To many young people in America, the Middle East is a place of bombings, of war, of terrorism, and of oppression, specifically opression of women. I thought that today, in light of the recent shooting that Aly posted about, would be a good time to share information about an amazing young woman in the Middle East. 

Malalai Joya is a young woman in Afghanistan's Parliment. At age 27, she is the youngest member of the Parliment. She speaks out against the warlords of Afghanistan and acts as the voice of not only Afghanistan's women but citizens of Afghanistan who want change. A documentary was recently made about her and what she had to go through to get to where she is called Enemies of Happiness


Virgina Tech Shootings

This is the definition of horrible. There are no words. As of right now:

- University officials say 33 dead, including gunman
- Four hospitals report 29 wounded
- Attacks mark deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history
- Student describes situation as "mayhem"; says 2 students jumped from window

This was worse than Columbine. This was worse than the man who drove a truck into a cafeteria. This is worse than anything our school systems have witnessed to date.

However, words won't change anything.

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