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Wednesday 14 April 2010


Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries from 2010 March

31st March 2010

Fiction: Rekindled

Posted by: Craig Young

Some more fiction. This time, post-apocalyptic.
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It was two hundred and five days afterward that I met him.
Two hundred and four days had elapsed since the plague had reached full intensity and emptied out humanity.
Two hundred and three days had passed since I awoke, bleary eyed and woefully, skeletally thin, into a deserted world.
For almost seven […]

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Tags: General

29th March 2010

Missouri: Exgay Adolescent Sexual Abuse Scandal

Posted by: Craig Young

According to indefatigable US LGBT rights campaigner Wayne Besen, there is a sordid case of historic but recent adolescent sexual abuse at Kansas City Missouri’s “Desert Stream Ministries,” a so-called “exgay ministry.”
As a result of the incident, Besen has demanded that the US Exodus International national ‘exgay’ organisation close down Desert Stream, after its own […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

29th March 2010

Unmourned: Father Paul Marx, Antichoice Antisemite: 1920-2010

Posted by: Craig Young

It angers me no end when the Christian Right try to rewrite history and posthumously sanitise the public record of one of their own. Take hardline Catholic antiabortionist Father Paul Marx (90), who died recently, founder of the conservative Catholic Human Life International pressure group.
Predictably, there was a load of sycophantic drivel in his memoriam […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

28th March 2010

Fiction: Sere

Posted by: Craig Young

Right, I’ve had far too many fact-based blogs here recently, so here’s another SF short story…
Eleusine Arcology Fortrayne: Year 40, 026 of the Great Confederation.
Subject: Sere.
Sere is the third planet of a main-sequence yellow primary star, accompanied by a relatively large planetary satellite and was well within its primaries ecosphere envelope. Until a millenium ago, […]

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Tags: General

28th March 2010

C.J. Cherryh: Not The Future We Wanted, But…

Posted by: Craig Young

Recently, I’ve read SF author C.J. Cherryh’s Cyteen and Regenesis, notable for their cloned gay ancillary protagonists, Jordan and Justin Warrick. Their world, Cyteen, raises some interesting questions for LGBT political development.
 Cyteen and Regenesis are set in the early 25th Century, on a corporate dominated human interstellar colony, Cyteen. In this timeline, it seems that […]

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Tags: General

26th March 2010

Soaps and Sapphists: The Grimy Homophobic Truth…

Posted by: Craig Young

Why is it that the lesbian community isn’t lobbing collective labyrises at the grotesquely lesbophobic storylines about sapphic sudsters in that particular television genre? And our own Shortland Street is just as guilty.
In Attitude 189 (March 2010), the mag took a gendered eye at the lesbian and gay story arcs on five British soaps- the […]

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Tags: General

24th March 2010

“Advancement of Religion” and Charitable Trusts

Posted by: Craig Young

In the latest New Zealand Law Journal, Juliet Chevalier-Watts clarifies the law around ‘charitable trusts’ and the specific status of religious charitable trusts.
Religious charitable trusts are able to receive taxfree gifts and donations if their objective is the ‘advancement of religion.’ However, what does this actually mean? As one might guess, the United Kingdom acted […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

23rd March 2010

Review: Film: A Single Man (2008)

Posted by: Craig Young

In 1962, life was considerably different for a newly widowed gay man than it is today. However, that is exactly the situation that confronts Professor George Falconer (Colin Firth) in Tom Fords’ A Single Man, adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel.
Isherwood is best known for his tribute to the dying days of Weimar Berlin social […]

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Tags: Politics

11th March 2010

US: Obamaphobia, Neofascism and Racism

Posted by: Craig Young

From the United States comes troubling news from the US Southern Poverty Law Center, a valiant organisation opposed to racism, homophobia and the US far right. There have been some worrying developments amongst the anti-Obama movement in the United States.
I’ve seen the same before, in New Zealand’s own political past, during the Muldoon era of […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

11th March 2010

US: Eat the Poor: Prosperity Gospellers Meet the Recession

Posted by: Craig Young

Given that the Bishop of Bling Brian Tamaki has been in the news lately, I thought it was time to have a look at divergent religious responses to the current global recession. One is commendable and compassionate, while the other is typical fundamentalist rort and cant.
Witness Reverend Tim Jones, a York Anglican minister in the […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion