(As posted to my Gazette blog on July 25)

450 lashes and three years imprisonment for “promoting homosexual contact.”

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(As posted to my Gazette blog on July 24)


Meriam Ibrahim has finally been able to leave Sudan.

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So, the United Nations is suggesting that both sides in the Israel-Hamas conflict might be committing war crimes, or as reported on several sites, quoting a UN official: “International humanitarian law (may have) been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes.”

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I’ve rediscovered two great albums this summer: Janis Joplin & Big Brother and the Holding Company’s Cheap Thrills and Led Zeppelin’s Presence. On the latter, I’ve been grooving on two particular cuts: Achilles Last Stand, and Tea for One. Neither get much radio airplay, probably because of their lengths — 10:22 and 9:27, respectively — but they are overlooked gems.

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It’s a great day to be a naturist — and be on vacation — in this part of the world: there is a high heat and humidity warning in Quebec. Maggie and are in the Laurentians by a lake, so skinnydipping is on the agenda. Clothes probably won’t be in the picture at all today.

I could get used to this . . .

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(As posted to my Gazette blog on July 21)

Hmm . . . So, let’s see now:

Walden is a handsome billionaire who can’t seem to find the right woman with whom to set up house. But he badly wants a to raise a child, so he and Alan will pretend to be gay so Walden can adopt . . .

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(As posted to my Gazette blog on July 19)

“And some of us, after another morning dose of news coverage full of death and destruction, feel the need to reach out to others to see if we are not alone in our outrage. With about a dozen assorted ongoing conflicts in the news everyday, and with the stories becoming more horrific, the level of sadness becomes unbearable. And what becomes of our planet when that sadness becomes apathy? Because we feel helpless. And we turn our heads and turn the page.”
– Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, in a statement on the band’s website called Imagine That — I’m Still Anti-War.

Please read his whole statement on the site.

Peace and love

– Jillian


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