Monthly Archives: May 2007

Hunga Bunga II

Another thing about gaining weight (which is inevitable) is that climbing is more difficult than it was before. Last year, I lost a few pounds, and climbing became so much easier. Now it’s getting more and more exhausting, even though I’m barely showing. I look at the super skinny women leading .10Cs and .10Ds on the lead wall while I am tiring out toproping a regular .10C, and I am so jealous!

By the way, doc says I can’t climb past 20 weeks, which leaves me just six more weeks. It may not be worth buying a “pregnancy” harness in that case. I may try to get away with wearing a large regular harness instead. Those harnesses aren’t really designed for pregnant women, by the way. They’re designed for carrying extremely heavy loads while mountaineering, but they wrap around your chest instead of your belly, which is why pregnant women use them.

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Hunga Bunga

Let’s just say I am not going to be one of those pregnant women who doesn’t look pregnant from behind. The books recommend that you gain between 25 and 35 pounds, and I am well on my way to 35 pounds+. I do have four friends who gained more than 45 pounds and who are much shorter than I am (and who all lost it afterward), so I’m not going to worry about it too much. All I know is that I am hungry ALL THE TIME. People who know me well say, “You mean more than before?” Yes, even more than before! And if I don’t eat when I am hungry, my stomach turns in on itself, and I feel nauseated. In fact, this morning I didn’t eat the MINUTE I woke up and took a sip of orange juice and nearly threw up. Yek. So I eat, and eat and eat and eat. I’m supposed to have gained 4-6 pounds by now, and I’ve gained 8..5! I even go to the gym, although about half as much as before. To give you an example of my typical diet, yesterday I had:

Granola with fruit, orange juice and a croissant for breakfast
Tuna sandwich with carrots for lunch
An entire bottle of Kefir for a snack (that’s 640 calories)
Half a box of crackers for another snack (500 calories)
Quiche and salad for dinner
Half a box of mac and cheese for a bedtime snack (400 calories)

So that’s 1540 calories MORE than what I would eat in a normal day with all those snacks. I’m supposed to be eating 300 more than before—not 1540! I got so hungry at one student’s house that I asked her if she had any crackers. She gave me half a box of Ritz crackers (they were packaged in one of those long tube wrappers) and I ate THE WHOLE thing. Lord help me.

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The Greatest Story You’ll Ever Tell

This This New York Times article discusses the importance of the story you tell about your own life, and how it can affect your present happiness. According to the article, you’re more likely to see past events in a positive light, and to make future goals come true, if you tell your story in the third person.

Now Bustopher has to go finish her memoir because Bustopher is going to be a best selling author who makes millions of dollars, and Bustopher is going to live happily ever after.

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How do you say “gay” in Polish?

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I think this Reuters headline is hilarious:

“Poland to Probe Whether Teletubbies Are Gay.” I believe Jerry Falwell, who died two weeks ago,  declared Tinky Winky Teletubby gay back in 1999. Don’t these people have anything better to do?

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More on terrorism

While I’m on the subject of terrorism, I want to comment on Rosie O’Donnell’s quote that got her booted off The View even sooner than she otherwise would have been. I’ve only seen a few minutes of The View and I didn’t see her racist imitation of Chinese people, but I do like Rosie O’Donnell regardless. And here is the quote:

“655,000 Iraqi civilians have died. Who are the terrorists?”
-Rosie O’Donnell from The View comparing U.S. activities with Islamic terrorism

For those of you who don’t agree with her, take a look at Paulitics
and A Lunatical Landscape,  both which talk about the Lancet study (which Rosie references) and how it’s the most accurate count of Iraqi civilian deaths to date, and how the counts from other sources, including the U.N., are way off. I was skeptical when I first read about the count on A Lunatical Landscape because it was difficult for me to believe that the UN could be that far off. The New York Times had just reported the UN count of 34,452 killed during the entire year of 2006 and the Iraq Body Count was reporting 54,000 to 60,000 killed during the entire war, and I found it impossible to believe that even the liberal New York Times made no mention of the Lancet study, or the possibility that the UN count could be inaccurate.  Now I believe the Lancet study and believe LunaKit, Paul(itics) and Rosie. Take a look for yourselves. I’m sure many of you will disagree, but then some of you still don’t believe global warming really exists either.

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What is a terrorist?

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The ALF rescuing Beagles from a testing lab in Britain

My last post about my friend’s brother possibly being tried as a terrorist for burning down a horse slaughterhouse ten years ago has sparked some interesting off-line debates about what constitutes a terrorist. One of my brothers (and I’m sure a couple of the others agree) insists that the members of the ALF and ELF are terrorists because their mission is to destroy property, and they have caused millions of dollars worth of damage, including burning down two SUV dealerships here in California. Here is a little background on the two groups:

The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) was classified by the FBI as a domestic terror threat in March, 2001. According to Wikipedia (although not the best source): The ELF’s mission is to use “economic sabotage and guerrilla warfare to stop the exploitation and destruction of the natural environment.” The ELF’s guidelines require that individuals or groups acting on its behalf “take all necessary precautions against harming any animal — human and nonhuman.” Their goal is to cause economic damage, often through arson. They destroy property that they believe is used to hurt animals, people or the environment. They have no leader or spokesperson. The FBI has labeled them “eco-terrorists,” and in 2005 and 2006 U.S. grand juries indicted a total of 18 activists (including my friend’s brother) on charges related to “violent acts.” However, Senator Jim Jeffords said that the “ELF and ALF may threaten dozens of people each year, but an incident at a chemical, nuclear or wastewater facility would threaten tens of thousands.”

The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) is another leaderless resistance that works to free animals from testing facilities and fur farms, etc. Like the ELF, the ALF considers itself nonviolent because it hasn’t harmed any humans.The ALF was named a terrorist threat by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in January, 2005 and has been been criticized by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), however, for its “terrorist tactics similar to those of anti-abortion extremists.” Besides burning down the horse slaughterhouse, it has set fire to a veterinary medicine research building at UC Davis, causing $3.5 million of damage and set fire to an office at Michigan State University, destroying 32 years of nutrition research.
So now the question remains: What is a terrorist? I read somewhere that a terrorist is someone who acts out against the government in order to get it to change its policies. One could argue that these groups aren’t acting out against the government; they’re acting out toward the research institutions or companies who hurt animals or the environment, and they’re doing it for a good cause.
People who DON’T think these groups are terrorist organizations ask at what point does activism become terrorism? They fear the growing threat to our freedom to speak out and act out against injustices. They wonder if someone who throws a rock at a policeman during a demonstration will be tried as a terrorist. And should there be a terrorist enhancement at all? Jonathon Paul has pleaded guilty to arson and will go to jail for two to three years nonetheless. Isn’t that enough? Isn’t the terrorist enhancement equivalent to the hate crime enhancement? Is it fair that someone who burns down a building for the fun of it will get three years in jail, while these “terrorists” who are trying to save horses will get twelve?

People who DO think these groups are terrorist organizations argue that terrorism is terrorism regardless or your motive or your skin color. Have we been brainwashed to believe that all terrorists are Islamic fundamentalists? Have we forgotten that terrorism didn’t begin with 9/11? That there are other types of terrorism? If the point of terrorism is to frighten people, isn’t that what these groups are doing–frightening people from testing animals, trading fur and selling SUVs? (By the way, when I lived in London I had a friend who worked at L’Oreal who told me they got bomb threats nearly every week from animals rights activists who opposed their animal testing.) Dictionary.com’s first definition of terrorism is “the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.”

What do you think? Should Jonathon Paul be tried as a terrorist or an arsonist?

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Her brother, the “terrorist”

My friend Caroline Paul has an op-ed in the LA Times today about her brother being tried as a terrorist for burning down a horse slaughterhouse. Please take a minute to read it
here.

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