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stop me if you've heard this one before

"Our goal is focused, our cause is just and our coalition is strong."

you have no idea how tightly my bowels clench when i read that statement. or maybe you do. because maybe you're one of the millions and millions of people whose sphincters contracted just a little bit when they heard president bush say that upon invading iraq. that would be the first president bush. when the second president bush said the same thing about invading iraq, i think a number of us scratched our heads and grew a little concerned about all those moralistic lectures we'd received about how drugs could cause you hallucinatory flashbacks when you least expected it.

what disturbs me about this quote, though, is actually that it comes from current president barack obama. i won't say it's verbatim what was said about iraq, but it's damn close.

to his credit, before saying anything of this sort, obama waited to see that he had the support of both the united nations and the arab league. but that quote still chills me to my core because it echoes the statements of two of his predecessors without irony.

i'm not trying to defend gadaffi here. i think his record speaks for itself and i think that a rebellion against him is long overdue. but i'd have to say that i feel the same way about repressive governments in yemen and bahrain, neither of which are receiving the international censure given to libya. in fact, it looks suspiciously as if the world (including the arab league) reaction to events in libya is serving to divert attention from other countries going through popular uprisings.

it also makes me wonder whether barack obama or david cameron would have the same reactions if there were rebellions in the united states or united kingdom. would they accede to international requests that their governments refrain from military action in atlanta or glasgow?

truth be told, i'm not choosing sides in any of these arguments, nor am i encouraging others to do so without further investigation. but in the relative absence of other voices doing so, i'm encouraging everyone to question why there are these differences in terms of how western governments are dealing with internal rebellions in arab and north african states.


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making faces :: soft touch

ah winter, how my lips hate you. it's too bad, really, because the rest of me likes winter, down to about -12 or so. but there's no arguing that i get dried out. nuxe rêve de miel is my super best friend at this time of year, even more so than otherwise. [i gave bite's agave lip mask a try only to find out i'm allergic to something in it.] but our [still] new apartment is somewhat drier than the old one [electric vs hot water heating], which meant that, for a long stretch, virtually every kind of lipstick was uncomfortable. the horror. [i wrote a post a while back about the formulas that are friendliest to chapped lips.]

faced with this dilemma, i decided to try something not exactly new, but [for me], out of the ordinary: being a gloss girl. now, i don't mind glosses. i buy them from time to time, and i used to buy more until i discovered that i just wasn't using them near enough to justify the continued purchases. my issues with glosses are that they feather…


i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:

am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

making faces :: a lip for all seasons [summer edition]

this may seem like an odd time to think about summer, but not to think about coolness. it can be hard to wrap your head around the idea that summer is considered "cool" in colour analysis terms and, in my opinion, reads as the coolest of the cool, because everything in it is touched with the same chilly grey. winter may have the coldest colours, but its palette is so vivid that it distracts the eye. everything in summer is fresh and misty, like the morning sky before the sun breaks through. in my original post on the season, i compared it to monet's paintings of waterlilies at his garden in giverny and, if i do say so, i think that's an apt characterisation.

finding lip colours touched with summer grey and blue is, as you might expect, kind of tricky. the cosmetic world seems obsessed with bringing warmth, which doesn't recognise that some complexions don't support it well. [also, different complexions support different kinds of warmth, but that's another…