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Thursday, December 21st, 2006
11:37 pm
музыкальный фестиваль "Коловорот". 16 декабря. город Харьков (Украина). отчет.

впечатления остались положительные, понравилась публика ( за исключением пару колоритных персонажей), понравился клуб "Форт",
где собственно и проходил концерт участников феста, очень демократичное время начала феста - 17 часов, что очень удобно,
т.к. много было фанов приехавших из разных стран и городов, а расходиться поздно ночью и блуждать в темноте в незнакомом городе не совсем удобно.

не понравилось: аццкие фанатки ФК "Динамо Киев", кричавшие после каждой отыгранной композиции какие -то глупые и совсем не актуальные в этот вечер кричалки.
также запомнился металлист в "спортивках" с тремя полосами-лампасами, рюкзаком на плечах, который слэмился, дико "тряс хаером", вызывая улыбку на лицах многих. н

теперь о музыке:

Тюмулус: мне удалось познакомиться со всеми участниками этой замечательной группы и так же с двумя участниками известной когда-то ярославской викинг-группы Скальд.
ребята играют прогрессив рок, мелодичный, не напряжный, местами лиричный и совсем не агрессивный. особенно запомнились партии на электро-балалайке и флейте.
на мой взгляд группа довольно самобытная, идущая свои путем, молодая, перспективная.
вообще я был удивлен, тем количеством негатива, которого оставляют на всевозможный мьюзик-паган-форумах, называя Тюмулус "позерами", "хиппи" и т.д. по-моему творчество их заслуживает уважения и даже восхищения, хотя каждому своё.

Хорс: такого аццкого шоу я еще не созерцал. группу слышал в первый, по-этому был приятно удивлен тем натиском, той экспрессией, той мощью с которой играю музыканты. это не просто блэк метал, это аццкий блэк метал!

Adultery: понравилась энергичный вокалист, артистичный, голосистый. в остальном музыка скромная, ничем особо не запоминающаяся.

Ноктюрнал Мортум: Боги! отличный вокал, отличные музыкальные партии, отыгранные на высшем уровне, очень качественно, профессионально. хочу добавить, что НМ прекрасно звучат как в плеере так и в живую. ждем выхода их нового альбома.
Monday, October 10th, 2005
3:54 pm
New Community for Pagan Community Builders
So you're pagan and you're interested in politics, I'm betting at least one of you is an activist. I've created a new community pagan_community dedicated to the topic of "Pagan Community Building." Come on over if you're interested.
Saturday, July 30th, 2005
3:15 pm
Community Management
I havn't been around much recently - I always said this would be lightly moderated!

I will link to this post on the user info, and please post on this to contact me on if there are issues, but failing that, does anyone else want to co-moderate the community?

(I don't want to put an e-mail address up as these do and are used by spammers - I have had this happen before!)
3:15 pm
The right to bear arms
The BBC webside announced US Senate backs gun industry bill which basically prevens victims of gun crime blaming the manufacturers or sellers of guns.

So it got me thinking - many Pagan's I know would like to use swords in their rituals, and do use knives. Many Pagans also have a profound and deep belief in the need for weapons as both ritual accessories and as part of their belief in the Warrior spirit.

How is this different from the right to bear arms as enshrined in the US constitution?

At what point do you put restrictions in place?

Personally - I have no problem with responsible weapon ownership - but how do you decide who is responsible enough? In small groups that was much easier, but these days you arn't licenced by people you know, and if you do go off the rails with a weapon, you don't usually kill the people that agreed to let you have the weapons.
Monday, June 6th, 2005
12:48 pm
NY Times / Ohio AG ('06 candidate for Governor!) - All Asatru is White Supremacist
ganked from All_Pagans@yahoogroups.com

There's a NY Times article snip that set someone off:
"The five Ohio inmates who brought the case belong to nonmainstream religions, including one, Asatru, that preaches that the white race needs to use violence and terrorism to prevail over the "mud races.""

Yet again, Asatruars get unfairly and unbiasedly smeared in the media as "racists". This time though, it is by the NY Times! Hundreds of heathens have sent their letters of anger and dissapointment. Please send in yours as well. Write to letters@nytimes.com , thank you.


Robert Shawn Rowland
Ingui Fréa, his friend and devotee
Carrie Rowland, her husband, lover, and best friend Wéohfodþegn of Hearth Rowland Dayton, Ohio, USA

It seems that NY Time has submitted a correction:
"An article on Wednesday about a Supreme Court decision upholding a law that requires prison officials to accommodate the religious needs of inmates included an incomplete description of the Asatru religion practiced by some inmates in the case. Based on the brief the Ohio attorney general submitted to the court, the article characterized Asatru as advocating violence by the white race against the "mud races." But other Asatru followers say that the use that some violent and white-supremacist prisoners make of the religion is a perversion of its peaceful and nonracist beliefs."

You can contact Ohio AG: Jim Petro (R) here. Or at his gubernatorial campaign page.
Monday, January 17th, 2005
2:35 pm
Deliver a Spine to DNC Headquarters
Here's an interesting yet humorous protest being conducted on Jan 21st. The gist is to "Demand Progressives Not Be Taken For Granted."

I think it's kinda funny! Plus they really do have a point. The DNC needs some major help.

PS-My name is Erin and I'm a very politically active liberal pagan. Glad I found this LJ!
Wednesday, December 15th, 2004
12:24 pm
What is your take on this?
I was wondering what people thought of not allowing any Christmas Carol's to be sung in school and how does it affect anyone that is a parent and their kids are in public school.


Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, November 10th, 2004
4:21 pm
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Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, November 9th, 2004
9:19 pm
Project American Dissention from a friend
This evening I came up with a very interesting idea as I was driving home from work. Wouldn't it be cool if there was a cooperative news site where all the articles were written by everyday people like you and I? People would be able to submit articles on events ranging anywhere from the environment to government policy. No one would be discriminated against, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation nor even political affiliation.

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Current Mood: working
5:38 pm
When Democracy Failed: The Warnings of History
I was looking for a place to see if other people felt the same what I did and I stumbled upon this place I was given this link and wanted to share it,PLease read all of it before commenting.

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Current Mood: curious
11:00 am
there is a HUGE thing going on over in the pagan community...and they mentioned this community...yet I see no one is doing much here

which surprises me personally...as there is this huge amendment that W is trying to pass that would limit the rights of fellow human beings in the United States..and these are based on 'moral values'

and some may say that this doesn't effect them. which I find short sighted...yes, i may not folow the bible...but I will fight for someones right to do so.

how does this comare with being pagan? gee...maybe because this should not be an issue at all...the government should not be in out faith or in our bedroom...

some say i am paranoid and that it really can't happen to me...hell I am a straight(mostly) white female...but I happen to not to want to have kids and I am not christian...

I guess I just think if it can happen to one group of people, it could happen to another...some say that it could never happen in this age...

but i want to make sure it doesn't
Saturday, September 18th, 2004
1:53 pm
do ANY pagans EVER do RESEARCH any more? i mean come on, i thought the whole point of the pagan movement was to discover your own connection to the powers that be, rather than rely on someone else telling you how, when and why to worship... i am just complaining because it took me all of 5 minutes to find information another person SWORE did not exist, because her HP said so... cult, cult cult... GET A BRAIN!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, August 29th, 2004
8:16 pm
Committed Democrats Who Should be Committed

Run by Two Unemployed Democrats Company

You have to go see the site. I wanted to copy & paste some of the stuff to help promote but they have disabled the right click copy & past on their site.

So just go see it! It is hilarious and wonderful!

They even post the hate mail that they receive.
Tuesday, July 27th, 2004
10:53 pm
and it goes to u
bush or kerry?

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, July 21st, 2004
6:30 pm
GOP Helps Get Nader on the Ballot
So a while back, when Nader announced he was running, I was pissing and moaning because he had a great deal to do with Bush winning the election in 2000. Well, it was my opinion and while I had some info to back it up, there were no definite conclusions to be drawn.

Now, the Republicans are openly admitting that they are working to help get Nader on the ballots in several battleground states. Why on earth would they do that? BECAUSE A VOTE FOR NADER IS A VOTE FOR BUSH.

I've bolded the statements in the article that are related to this POV.

Nader qualifies for Nevada ballot
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Ralph Nader has qualified as an independent presidential candidate in Nevada, with election officials determining his supporters turned in 8,681 valid petition signatures. He needed at least 5,000 signatures.

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader turned in 8,681 valid petition signatures, putting him on the Nevada ballot.

Secretary of State Dean Heller said Wednesday Nader needed a minimum of 5,000 signatures to gain ballot access in Nevada. His backers turned in 11,888 names in Washoe and Clark counties — Nevada's largest — but more than 3,000 were rejected as invalid.

Nader now must pay a $250 filing fee and complete a declaration of candidacy by Aug. 13. Heller said there's an Aug. 24 deadline for any challenges to his candidacy. Those challenges have to be filed in Carson City District Court.

While Nader has said he looks forward to campaigning in Nevada, many Nevada Democrats wish he hadn't qualified for the ballot here.

Former Rep. Jim Bilbray of Las Vegas, an early Kerry supporter and a leader of his Nevada campaign, says he's concerned that having Nader on the ballot could give President Bush a victory in the tight battle for this state's five electoral votes.

"It can, but I hope people realize that a vote for Nader is a waste of a vote. It's a vote for Bush," Bilbray said, adding, "People from 2000 have hopefully learned a lesson."

Bush got 49.5% of the Nevada vote in 2000, while Democrat Al Gore got 46% and Nader got 2.5% wen he ran as a Green Party candidate. A new CBS-New York Times poll says that nationally Kerry now has 45%, Bush 42% and Nader 5% in a three-way race.

State Democratic Party spokesman Jon Summers said that while Nader is on the ballot again in this state "Nevada voters are smart. They know this is part of a national Republican effort to get Nader on the ballot."

"Voters know a vote for Nader is a vote for Bush and they're not going to be fooled by these Republican games."

But Nader spokesman Kevin Zeese said the claim of GOP involvement is "total nonsense," adding, "We're asking both parties to stay out of our independent campaign."

Republican political consultant Steve Wark has said he helped to raise money for Nader to qualify, and did so solely to help President Bush's re-election campaign.

Wark also is working on the U.S. Senate bid of Richard Ziser and the re-election campaign of state Sen. Ray Rawson. His mother-in-law is Earlene Forsythe, Nevada Republican Party chairwoman.

"We never talked to him," Zeese said. "We never got any financial support from him. He's not involved in the campaign in any way, shape or form."

Zeese said the Nader campaign spent more than $15,000 in hiring a private signature-gathering company to get the names needed to qualify in Nevada. As for Wark, "we never saw the $30,000 he says he collected," Zeese added.

Nader has said that Democrats who see his independent campaign as a threat to Kerry's candidacy are afraid of the democratic process. He also said the Democratic-Republican party lock on the electoral system hurts the country.

Copyright 2004 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Monday, July 19th, 2004
1:27 pm
The 2004 Democratic Platform
Every four years, the Democratic Party lays out the challenges of our time and the Party's vision for meeting those challenges in the official Democratic Platform.

The 2004 Democratic Platform is now complete -- awaiting only approval by the full convention -- and it is a commitment to move our country back in the right direction. It's a strong vision that defines what John Kerry will do as President to make America stronger at home and respected abroad.

Keeping America secure and rebuilding our alliances. Creating jobs and promoting strong economic growth. Health care for every American. Keeping our promises to the next generation. The Democratic Party has a strong, positive vision for our country's future, and we want you to help us spread the word.

To read the full 2004 Democratic Platform and pass it on to your friends, go to:

Platform Preview
In offering this vision, we affirm our faith in the greatness of America. We recommit to the ideal of a people united in helping one another, an ideal as old as the faiths we follow and as great as the country we love. To those who are threatened, we pledge protection; to those who are victims, we promise justice; to those who are hopeless, we offer hope. And to all Americans who seek a better future for themselves, for their loved ones, and for our country, we say: your cause is our own.

- From the Preamble to the 2004 Democratic Platform

"To meet these challenges, we need a new national security policy guided by four new imperatives: First, America must launch and lead a new era of alliances for the post-September 11 world. Second, we must modernize the world's most powerful military to meet the new threats. Third, in addition to our military might, we must deploy all that is in America's arsenal -- our diplomacy, our intelligence system, our economic power, and the appeal of our values and ideas. Fourth and finally, to safeguard our freedom and ensure our nation's future, we must end our dependence on Mideast oil."

"We will fight for American jobs and we will fight for American workers. Under John Kerry and John Edwards, we will revive America's manufacturing sector, create new jobs and protect existing ones by ending tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and cutting taxes for companies that create jobs here at home; by fighting for free, fair and balanced trade; by encouraging investment in small businesses and helping companies deal with rising health care costs; by promoting new technologies, like energy, that will lead to the companies and jobs of tomorrow; and by ensuring that people of every age learn the skills to succeed in today's economy."

"We will attack the health care crisis with a comprehensive approach. Our goal is straightforward: quality, affordable health coverage for all Americans to keep our families healthy, our businesses competitive, and our country strong."

"John Kerry, John Edwards and the Democratic Party believe that a strong America begins at home with strong families, and that strong families need the best schools. We believe schools must teach fundamental skills like math and science, and fundamental values like citizenship and responsibility."

To read the full 2004 Democratic Platform and pass it on to your friends, go to:

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004
2:21 pm
Victory on Federal Marriage Amendment in Senate!
We did it! Just moments ago, the Federal Marriage Amendment lost in the Senate by a stunning, bipartisan vote of 50-48. We won this historic victory for two reasons: First, because the politics of division don't work, and second: the votes were on our side.

But the real reason we won is this: You. You and every fair-minded American, gay or straight, who called, e-mailed, faxed, visited, tracked down, and otherwise urged your Senators not to write discrimination into the Constitution. Thank you. This amazing moment belongs to all of us. Please, share this victory with all the friends and family you talked into fighting with us. We join in celebration with each of you. The campaign to defeat this amendment has been a top priority for HRC and with your amazing efforts over the course of many months, today we won this round of the fight. Thank you - again.

What's next: I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't remind you that it's not over. Our ultra-conservative opponents are determined to spread their discriminatory agenda across the country. Fasten your seatbelts, my friends, because the months ahead are going to be challenging indeed:

Next week, the House will take up the issue of marriage equality as well. Expect a fight. Expect vicious words and fierce debate. And expect to speak up, loud and clear, once more.

During the next three months, no fewer than 11 states - and possibly 13 - are facing ballot initiatives to write discrimination into their state constitutions. HRC will fight these initiatives shoulder to shoulder with state and local GLBT leaders. We'll let you know how you can help.

And of course - like you, we will be actively working to stop discrimination at the source by electing equality-minded legislators around the country. We're glad to know you will be with us in that battle, too.

All of this work starts tomorrow. For today, I will take a moment to appreciate this hard-won victory. I hope you'll join me.

Many, many thanks for all you have done.

Cheryl A. Jacques
Human Rights Campaign President

P.S. For all the details about this important vote, please visit our web site: http://www.hrc.org

To see how your Senators voted, please click here to visit the Senate website - the vote was Roll Call Vote 155.

Tuesday, July 13th, 2004
1:31 pm
Why is it some stereotypes hurt and others are just funny?

If you are happy with the label 'Witch' how do you react when anyone (friend, stranger, media) comes out with the old stereotypes?

or infact any other stereotype?

Someone on customers_suck was upset at the stereotype of 'white middle-aged republican' being 'racist, non-inclusive, snooty' and it got me thinking about this stuff.

You see I also happen to be blonde. Oh, and have large breasts - I generally LOVE jokes about blondes, and am quite happy about 'big tit' jokes... but I guess I only hear these from friends and that's ok.

Are there sterotypes you love / hate or are indiferent to?

Opinions? IF any?
Monday, July 12th, 2004
6:36 pm
Postponing the Election?
As posted in a friend's journal...

"American counterterrorism officials, citing what they call "alarming" intelligence about a possible Qaeda strike inside the United States this fall, are reviewing a proposal that could allow for the postponement of the November presidential election in the event of such an attack..."

...from http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5411741/site/newsweek/. I highly recommend you read the whole article. It's chilling. Note that they want to entirely invent a method of postponing elections. This would change a fundamental characteristic of our government *permenently*. Now is the time to complain, or you can shut the fuck up once it's too late.

Just fyi...
Chairman Christopher Cox
The Select Committee on Homeland Security
U.S. House of Representatives - Washington D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 226-8417
Fax: (202) 226-3399
email: homeland@mail.house.gov

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461
President George W. Bush: president@whitehouse.gov
Vice President Richard Cheney: vice.president@whitehouse.gov

To contact your own representatives, go to http://www.house.gov/writerep/. This will generate an email. For the actual offiec address and phone number, click on "Representative Offices" in the left hand menu bar, and you'll get a list of reps' homepages, which have more specific info. In Minnesota, your rep is Martin Sabo, Jim Ramstad, Jim Oberstar, Betty McCollum, John Kline, Mark Kennedy, Gil Gutknecht, or Collin Peterson depending on where you live, but you can send the same letter to all of them.

Homepage for the Senate is: http://www.senate.gov/

Keep in mind that letters count the most, then phone calls, then e-mail. All three is the best plan; it's like having multiple votes. If you want help drafting a letter, ask me and you can use mine if you want. Just gimme the rest of the day to write it, huh? Phone calls are relatively easy... the paranoid may make them from payphones.

*Please* take a coupla minutes and do something about this... I guarantee you someone who disagrees with you is.
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