Teen Wolf: Lydia

Good news, everyone!

Reeves Is Out -- New Directions for CDC's Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research?

This is such great news. Maybe now the CDC can throw out the BPS model of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and we can all stop being treated like middle-class saps with a lazy attitude and start being treated like people with a genuine biological condition. Also now they can put what little funding they get to good use rather than wasting it.

More info here: Dr. Reeves Removed from the CDC's CFS Research Program.

The new doctor they've brought in is a virologist, which is particularly exciting given the current research on the XMRV retrovirus and its possible relation to Fibromyalgia and CFS (and other neuroimmune diseases such as Autism). More info on that here.

Exciting times, folks.
Teen Wolf: Lydia

Reposted. From idiomagic.

Through all of this work with Iranian protesters, I have come into contact and become friends with three people there.

For their safety, I can't give you any details of who they are, but I'll give you their names, since they're very common there.




Two of them have become very influential on a grass roots level, partially because they are in contact with so many people internationally, and have access to better information than most.

Through many, many email conversations, I have grown to love and admire and deeply respect these people, these friends.

Two of them are planning to deliberately seek martyrdom on Thursday. Here's what Fayah wrote to me:

"I love life. I love to laugh and be with my friends. There are so many books I want to read, movies I want to see, people I want to meet. I want to marry, to be a good wife and mother. I want to grow old with the people I love, to feel the sun on my face, to see the ocean, to travel.

My country is in a terrible state. People have no jobs. There is no money. People have no freedom. Women must hide themselves from the world, and we have no choices.

Our people--we are not terrorists. We hate terrorists. And that is what our government has become. They kill our people for no reason. They torture us in their prisons because we want freedom. They make our country look evil, they make our religion look evil.

We are fighting for our freedom, for our religion, for our country. If we do nothing while injustice abounds, we become unjust. We turn into the ones we hate.

I have to fight. I have to go back on the streets. I will make them kill me. I will join Neda, with my friends, and then maybe the world will hear us.

I never thought I would become a martyr, but it is needed. The more of us they kill, the smaller they become, the more strength the people will have. Maybe my death will mean nothing, but maybe it will buy my country freedom.

I am very sad that I will never be a mother, that I will never do the things I love, but I would rather die than do nothing and know that I am to blame for the tortures, the murder, the hatred.

Please tell the world how much we love life. That we are not terrorists. We just want to be free."

[Note: I have corrected spelling, removed identifying details, and cleaned up the word order a bit...English is her fourth language.]

Please, my friends, remember these names:




Please keep them in your thoughts and your prayers.

Gods bless the people of Iran.

If any of you want to reprint Fayah's letter, or disseminate it in any way, please do so. We are her voice, and it needs to be heard.
Teen Wolf: Lydia


Reposted with permission from hexennacht


"I will participate in the demonstrations tomorrow. Maybe they will turn violent. Maybe I will be one of the people who is going to get killed. I’m listening to all my favorite music. I even want to dance to a few songs. I always wanted to have very narrow eyebrows. Yes, maybe I will go to the salon before I go tomorrow! There are a few great movie scenes that I also have to see. I should drop by the library, too. It’s worth to read the poems of Forough and Shamloo again. All family pictures have to be reviewed, too. I have to call my friends as well to say goodbye. All I have are two bookshelves which I told my family who should receive them. I’m two units away from getting my bachelors degree but who cares about that. My mind is very chaotic. I wrote these random sentences for the next generation so they know we were not just emotional and under peer pressure. So they know that we did everything we could to create a better future for them. So they know that our ancestors surrendered to Arabs and Mongols but did not surrender to despotism. This note is dedicated to tomorrow’s children…"
- an Iranian blogger, with more courage than most of us will ever know.


"Yesterday I wrote a note, with the subject line "tomorrow is a great day perhaps tomorrow I'll be killed." I'm here to let you know I'm alive but my sister was killed...

I'm here to tell you my sister died while in her father's hands
I'm here to tell you my sister had big dreams...
I'm here to tell you my sister who died was a decent person... and like me yearned for a day when her hair would be swept by the wind... and like me read "Forough" [Forough Farrokhzad]... and longed to live free and equal... and she longed to hold her head up and announce, "I'm Iranian"... and she longed to one day fall in love to a man with a shaggy hair... and she longed for a daughter to braid her hair and sing lullaby by her crib...

my sister died from not having life... my sister died as injustice has no end... my sister died since she loved life too much... and my sister died since she lovingly cared for people...

my loving sister, I wish you had closed your eyes when your time had come... the very end of your last glance burns my soul....

sister have a short sleep. your last dream be sweet."

Here is the statement released with the video:

Basij shots to death a young woman in Tehran's Saturday June 20th protests At 19:05 June 20th Place: Karekar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st. A young woman who was standing aside with her father watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. He had clear shot at the girl and could not miss her. However, he aimed straight her heart. I am a doctor, so I rushed to try to save her. But the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim's chest, and she died in less than 2 minutes. The protests were going on about 1 kilometers away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gass used among them, towards Salehi St. The film is shot by my friend who was standing beside me. Please let the world know.

Her name was Neda, and she walked with her father when she was martyred. You must not forget Neda's sacrifice. Please watch Neda. It is graphic. This is Neda dying. This is blood spilling from Neda's mouth, and then her nose. These are Neda's eyes. You must not forget Neda. You must not forget any of the fallen. Watch them so you do not dare to forget.

Video under the cutCollapse )
Teen Wolf: Lydia

"How can I help the Iranian people?"

Blogs are the voice of the young generation of Iranians. They are a piece of freedom in an oppressed nation, and they help other nations see the truths of what is going on in Iran.

Iran: A nation of bloggers from Mr.Aaron on Vimeo.

Here's how you can help the protesters in Iran get their voices heard on an international level:

- Set up a proxy account to give Iranian people a safer chance to speak out without censorship.

- Help Iranian people on Twitter by keeping their information secret, misleading their government, and spreading legitimate information. If you have a Twitter, set your location to Tehran and your timezone to GMT +3.30. This will provide a massive cover for Iranian Twitter users.

- Join the global support protests.

Remember that Iran doesn't want international intervention. This is a revolution by the people for the people. But what they do want is awareness. They want witnesses. We have a duty to see and hear and know all we can. To make sure that their bravery and sacrifices of life and freedom aren't in vain. To help their voices get heard.

Remember that this is also a fight for Iranian women. They are trying desperately to break free of a repressive regime composed mainly of men.

Here is a photostream of the protests, in case you need to see real faces to put this together in your head. And some more photos.

There's a good general information post here. Please read it if you need more information or if you don't know what all of this is about. We owe them that, at least.
Nature: Forest

The holiness of soil.

Earth Dweller
- William Stafford

It was all the clods at once become
precious; it was the barn, and the shed,
and the windmill, my hands, the crack
Arlie made in the ax handle: oh, let me stay
here humbly, forgotten, to rejoice in it all;
let the sun casually rise and set.
If I have not found the right place,
teach me; for somewhere inside, the clods are
vaulted mansions, lines through the barn sing
for the saints forever, the shed and windmill
rear so glorious the sun shudders like a gong.

Now I know why people worship, carry around
magic emblems, wake up talking dreams
they teach to their children: the world speaks.
The world speaks everything to us.
It is our only friend.
Teen Wolf: Lydia

Amazon de-ranking "adult" books, including GLBTQ literature.

cleolinda wrote an excellent summary of the whole thing here.

Basically, Amazon is de-ranking anything they find to be "adult" in content. This means these books won't show up on their bestseller list no matter how many copies are sold, and may be excluded from searches, damaging sales of the books. This filter is being applied arbitrarily and is including books that critique military policy, books with GLBTQ characters or subject matter, feminist literature, books on disability topics, books on general sexuality (that aren't about straight, able-bodied, white folks), YA books, books on preventing teen suicide, and others. Playboy, books by mainstream pornstars, Mein Kampf, books on dogfighting, books on how to "cure" and prevent homosexuality, and various other explicit publications are still being ranked, of course.

Amazon says it's "a glitch", but we all know that's bullshit, and it was predicted by many sources that they would try to worm their way out of this with that explanation.

Here's a list of some of the books that have been stripped of their ranking.

On the plus side, I have a nice new list of GLBTQ fiction to read.
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