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I'm home alone.
In the end I decided I didn't feel like going out to welcome the New Year, which is just the changing of digits for me and has no other meaning other than the world is synchronizing its watches.

I've lit candles, incense and listening to Sarah McLachlan, it really can't be better.
Even Wish is cuddling next to me.

To those who find meaning on this Night, Enjoy! Have a good one!
For those who are like me and just watch the changing of the digits, have good Tuesday!
But for all of us, let's make this year better than last.

This is my last post for the year 2007.

What a year it's been.

See you on the flip side.
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- Spent Friday morning at a bazaar and bought clothes and the earnings went to the sexual assault treatment centers. Yay, shopping for a good cause!

- Spent Friday to now at Tami (still at her place until we have to go to Uni at around noon) due to her parents being away and it's no fun being home alone, I know this all too well.

- Uni's still striking.

- Aaarg!
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Dude! WTF!!

The Ministry of Education... sucks.
The Lecturers... sucks.
The Students (as in me and mine)... are fed up!

And I expect my tuition to be reimbursed if this year really is going to be canceled.
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Going to the movie again, this time with my siblings (and in-law).

Hey, it was free, plus time with the family. That's a good thing.
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I'm burned!

I'm all flushed around my cheeks, making me look sweet and charming, instead of fierce activist that I am!

I stood in the sun with my fellow students and lectureres (junior and senior) blocking the gates of the Uni and the sun was shinning and it was hot like effing hell.

Dude! It's December! It's the second night of Hannukah!
Where's my winter rain?!
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Those of you who have been paying attention know that the Senior Lecturers of our Universities have been on strike (we are now in week six of the strike). In an act of raising awareness to the issues for which the strike is happening (legitimate, though aggravating it may be), I will be joining my fellow students, junior and senior lecturers in locking the University gates for the day and continue with a rally later this week and next.

I hate this strike.
Really I do.

And while I know this little stand will do little to move things along, it's too important to not make a stand for the crumbling education system (both Higher and Lower) in this farkukt country!

With my luck it will probably rain.
But it'll be worth it and after all, sit-ins are fun!

And a meme )

ETA: Oh, and a Happy 1st Light of Hannukah to all the Jew Grrlz and Boiz who read this and to everyone else have a Good Week!
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The army called me again.

This is what? The fifth time they've called me in six months since I got my exception back in April. Thankfully, like last I managed to control my reaction to merely annoyed and hopefully what sounded barely restrained anger to the 18 year old soldier given the task to phone reservists.

It's no longer an issue of Them phoning Me and creating whatever emotional reactions I get when talking on the phone to those people. It's now an issue of fucking competence.

I've dealt with the bureaucrats that had my issue, I spoke to the officer in charge of the relevant offices and was told, guaran-fucking-teed that I was off the lists.
I was told, in April, that I was no longer listed as a reservist and that should have been the end of it, not to mention that in the last week of October they phoned me again and I told them, again, that I was off the lists.

The phone-call went something like this:
Soldier girl: Hello Melody? This is [her name] from the [my old unit].
Annoyed Mel: Yeah?
Soldier girl: We're having an exercise on [says dates] and -
Annoyed Mel: *interrupting* Excuse me? Do you have personnel lists that you actually check? Because if you did, you'd know I have an exemption from reserve service.
Soldier Girl: *Pause* You do?
Annoyed Mel: Yes, since April.
Soldier Girl: Are you sure?
Annoyed Mel: Yes I'm sure, now you should go make sure as well.
Soldier Girl: I'll talk to the officers.
Annoyed Mel: You do that.

And I hung up.

I could have been more polite, maybe a little more sympathetic to the 18 year girl whose shocked that people have lives beyond the Army service, as I once was.

But why bother.
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My Little Snuggle Bunny!

Your Auntie Loves You Forever and Ever!
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Winter has arrived to the lovely stretch of Mediterranean and Desert landscape young Mel likes to call home.
Unfortunately said winter has decided to seek residence inside young Mel's house.
Yes, friends, LJers and country*insert gender here*, the upstairs of our beloved two tier flat is partially submerged. Though the water level has lowered significantly since I put my (nice, warm, toe-sock enclosed) foot into the icy shallows of the disgusting mix of rain and drain water, with a few rotting leaves here and there.

The plumber should arrive at some point after lunch.
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מישהו יודע איפה באזור השרון ו/או המרכז ניתן לקנות קפה נמס (כמו נסקפה) סחר הוגן?

תודה מראש!
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I'm going olive picking tomorrow.
And Mummy and Daddy are coming with me.

My siblings don't know what I've done but they suspect I brained washed them somehow, or slipped them a Micky in their coffee at some point.

My family so totally kicks ass!
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The march for the Darfurian refugees went very well, there were tons of people, music and (a sorta) equal amount of black and white people, which is always good.
Held a sign and was caught for a second on TV (red shirt, purple scarf, short hair - hard to miss) and am feeling really good about the whole raising awareness stuff.

Tomorrow I'm going olive picking with other volunteers in the villages just outside Tul-Karem in the West Bank (between the Green Line and the Security Wall) and am looking forward to it. I'll write about it tomorrow and maybe (if I remember, since I'll be waking up early, groggy and grumpy) I'll take pictures and post 'em.


Decided to stop signing my posts with the request to stop the genocide, I do what I can in real life and write about it what I know online.
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Well, I'm off to raise awareness about the plight of the Darfurian refugees in Israel and about the genocide in Darfur itself.

We shall march through the centre of Tel-Aviv and make some noise to all the people shopping there.

I'm sure it will be fun.

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Still only one class today.
So it's going to be a late day.

On the other hand, I think I'll go demonstrate with the cafe workers and waiters who decided to unionise after their employee rights had been infringed.

Good times and solidarity as they say *grin*.

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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First week of Uni is over.
It was also the beginning of the Senior Lecturer's Strike, which I agree with in principle, but aaargh, it's my first week of my first year, worst timing ever... for me!

Moving on from my self-centered University Woes.

I had two classes this week, both in Gender Studies, which were fun, I have some reading to do, which is what the weekend is for obviously. So far there's not much reading seeing as there aren't actually any classes, but I'll take advantage of the huge amounts of time I have and continue to procrastinate as I do best.

Hopefully the strike won't last more than this week, though truth be told, I'm not that hopeful since the demands will most likely not be met and the government and ministry of education will, as per usual, continue to do nothing that will actually benefit this country in the long run.

Tomorrow is Friday, with a slight chance of laziness and seeing friends I hadn't seen in two weeks and perhaps cinema and coffee.
Not everything is right with the world, but at least my little micro-cosmos is doing well.

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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Was supposed to start Uni today, but the threated strike (senior lecturers demanding more pay and terms for teaching, quite understandable) is happening.
I did not want to start my first year in such a negative way, I may still have a class late in the after noon, but my hopeful long hours of studying today seem to have been axed.


Will update on my woes on the matter.

ETA: I Have A Class!!!!!!!!!!

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.


Oct. 18th, 2007 11:28 am
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I am a deeply flawed person.
I have weaknesses and traits I'm not particularly proud of.
I am, however, human and these flaws, weaknesses and less-than-positive traits make up the whole person that I am.

At the end of the day, I think I'm a decent person; I don't steal, I straight talk as much as I can, I try to be as honest as I possibly can at all times, I spend time with my family, my friends and by myself, I'm polite and try to improve my character, and so on.

The most important thing we have in this life is our integrity, our wholeness of being.

Alan Moore wrote one of the best speeches about integrity, here's a small bit if it:
"...My mother said I broke her heart. But it was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it's all we have left in this place.
It is the very last inch of us.
But in that inch we are free."

-Valerie, V for Vendetta p. 156, by Alan Moore

A bit dramatic, but what would Alan Moore be if not dramatic.

The point is, in order to be free and true and honest with ourselves we will most likely hurt other people, because who we are doesn't always live up to the expectations of other people, in order to do that we'd have to pretend to be something we are not and in the end that causes only more pain.
Putting myself ahead of other people, doesn't make me a bad person, though if that's the moniker that would be given me for my integrity and the decision not to compromise for the sake of something that wasn't doing anyone any good.

So be it.

I know exactly who I am and what I'm worth.

I'm insanely joyful to any other who possesses that knowledge. Gaining that knowledge can be difficult and is often painful and one is likely to lose people over it, but in the end... it is more important to be honest and whole, than give a piece of yourself away one inch at a time.

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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I did two things today that challenged me and I'm feeling very, very good about it.

This is an auspicious beginning to the Academic Year, I must say.

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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Thought I'd give you a slice of life.

Had a very busy day, brother and I drove to Tel Meggido to be with my sister Leigh, her family (seeing as it was to celebrate my Nephew's third birthday)and walk around the archaeological ruins from the various Bronze and Iron Ages which litter that part of our fair country.
It being the end of Sukkot Holiday and just before the rains (we hope) start.

Tel Meggido is a.k.a Mount Meggido which is a.k.a Armageddon.
Needless to say, on top of regular families like ours walking around and enjoying the view and the History of the place there were also American tourists taking a closer look at where the Final Conflict Between Good and Evil is said to take place.
Personally, I'm far more inclined to believe the End will come via some Bureaucratic mishap... or somewhere in the English countryside... either way it would make more sense than taking the word of a brain addled, drug addict martyr who was being completely allegorical and was actually talking about ROME and the Emperor Nero and not the Devil and his workers so much.
And the world keeps turning anyway.

Tomorrow the parental units are returning from China, and normality will be restored in the Barron house-hold, I'd like to think my brother and I kept it together very well, after all there are no dirty dishes in the sink, and the washing machine is spinning mightily on.

I have to admit it's been a weird summer what with barely seeing my parents, me being away and them being away multiple times... it seems there's finally going to be a reprieve of traveling and everyone will be doing what they have to in their lives.

Mummy will go back to the teaching with no break until December.
Daddy will go back to the Pharmacy and work the hours he always does.
And me... I'm going to Uni...

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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I went to see "Stardust" with Tami last night.

Oh my GD it was visually gorgeous.
It was very, very adapted from the book, but it was a good one, I thought. There were a few details that irked me, but that's simply because I'm a Gaiman purist - The Graphic version of "Neverwhere" irked me too, besides being one of the coolest things evah!.

Those who haven't read the book will enjoy it and want to read it and those who have read it will want to read it again (for the fifth time).

I think it's bound to get a few Oscar nods, though I doubt it will win anything, maybe editing, music, costume design, you know the small stuff, none of the big ones like screen-play, directing, the acting was great, but none of the actors gave really breakthrough performances, it felt as though they were ordinary people in an extraordinary world, which made all the more "real". Suspension of disbelief is so important in fantasy movies, that the slightest hint of so-called fallacy ruins the effect.
Throughout the movie I was believing.

Like most fantasy movies of this kind, it had detached feel to it, it wasn't the Huge Epic like "Lord of the Rings" or "Narnia", nor was it connected to Franchise like "Harry Potter". It had the feel of "The Princess Bride", "Willow", "Lady Hawk" and the other classic 80's fantasy films, only with 21st century flair and technology.

It was beautiful, and it was a "classic" modern-day adult fairy tale.
And that's all it ever will be.

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.


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June 2015

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.


-"V for Vendetta"


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