Okay, so this is from the Daily Mail, which I gather is of the same class as Life and Style magazine.
It's a trash-mag that prints its publication on nice paper, trying to look classy. 
It would be like me trying to look sophisticated by wearing a monacle in addition to my glasses, while wearing a fake moustache and going "harrumph harrumph harrumph" in a stuffy psuedo-British accent.

But I couldn't NOT post a link to this:

Tom Cruise building '£5m bunker to protect against alien attack'

With any other celebrity, this would seem like some far-out crazy idea, but with Tom Cruise, well.  It actually seems like it might happen....
This was posted by one of my friends on LJ, and I highly recommend it.  It is an editorial, but it is a powerful one that makes a lot of valid points on the issues of partisanship, patriotism, and the idea that a President can overrule a jury in a clear case of wrong.

This is a link to a video, and while it would be rough to watch if you are a Republican, it does actually bring up some valid points.  It is also several minutes long, but I do recommend watching it in it's entirety.

Warning: definitely not a fun thing to watch on the Fourth of July, but it is, perhaps, all too appropriate.

Keith Olbermann delivers arguably his most pointed and most powerful Special Comment yet on the ramifications of Bush’s commutation of Libby’s sentence.
Sometimes, in an attempt to gain sympathy for a cause, images of death and deprivation are shown. Green Day did a cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" for an album as a part of Amnesty International's campaign to save Dafur.

What's different about this video is it's chillingly stark nature, filmed in black and white. It doesn't show images of Dafur, but shows clips of survivors talking about what they survived. Just looking at people saying "My father was killed in front of me" with a dead, accepting look just... it killed me. I started crying, which I don't do often. Here's the link.

Okay, so there's all this chatter about LJ and I just gave blood.
So I'm sleepy and pissed and WAY confused.  So, I've drawn some conclusions based on what I've been able to figure out.
1. LJ is trying to get rid of journals that support pedophila, incest, etc.  So because of that, I think that maybe certain interests are being searched for and deleted.  This ends up deleting journals for people who like fictional incest pairings, and according to one friend (meaning that the source can't be verified as a concrete source and is merely hearsay), communities that support groups for survivors of pedophilia and incest are being deleted as well.
2.  [info]frk_werewolf   had a wonderfule idea.  She f-locked her journal and deleted all of her interests, replacing them with the single phrase "free speech."
3.  This leads to a difficult issue of rights versus censorship.  A lot of censoring starts out with a reason, to protect the innocent.  This is what LJ is apparently trying to do.  But because of that, innocent parties are being injured.  This all leads back to "what is art?  What can be allowed under the name of art?  When does it stop being art and start being offensive?"
4.  Did I mention I just gave blood?  I'm sleepy and now my brain is getting all melty, and not in a "ooh, hot slash," way, but a "damnit, there was a reason I didn't philosophy," kind of way.  Damnit, I need more coffee.



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