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I push my fingers into my eyes

drives like a demon from station to station
I'm changing this a bit because I have changed over the last few years and a lot of that has to do with LJ and the ideas contained therein.
Things that are important to me, and are discussed in my journal, are issues relating to mental health issues and awareness, inclusiveness, the concepts of privilege and how that effects myself and others, feminism, the pointless & infuriating "war on drugs", marginalisation, human rights and so on.
I also talk a lot about my family and how dysfunctional it is and my efforts to break the cycles of abuse and neglect in raising my own child.
I have lost a lot of people in the last few years, mainly to suicide, so that has made me very passionate about being open about my own struggles with mental illness and supporting those who feel "othered" because they are not neurotypical. IMO, the more we are open and honest about mental health issues the more we bring it out of the shadows, and the more we help to remove the shame and stigma that mental illness carries.

Please check out http://www.leap.cc/cms/index.php, a site set up by law enforcement officers against prohibition. There is a lot to be learnt there and I hope people will take the time to look past the propaganda used to keep the war on drugs running and actually look at the way this policy punishes those who are already disenfranchised... obviously this is an issue that is close to my heart. If I can help contribute to changing the perspective of pro prohibition individuals then I feel like I have done something worthwhile :)

Drug policy should be based on science, not ideology.
Sign the Vienna Declaration.

"... Washington's elite always does that to those who challenge its presumptions and paradigms. It never really debates them, it just ignores or dismisses them. Virtue is just another American colony and there are no moral questions anymore. Only strategies and tactics.

Official Washington assumes, for no good reason, that the line between wicked murder and good murder can be drawn at the door of the state. But the state is just a collective us, and if it is wrong for one of us to kill in revenge, then how does collectivizing the slaughter make it more decent? Just where is the line between those whom Governor Bush executed and the ones President Bush appointed?

One day, you can and should at least imagine, war will seem as obscenely unacceptable as slavery is today. At least war on the scale that we have come to accept in which the "leader of the free world" can with impunity kill millions in the name of human justice. It will be seen as wicked, perverted, and mad.

One must start by accepting that killing is not an analytical or political choice, but a capitulation to the worst of our being, something that, as a culture, we may not yet be able to overcome but something we must approach with shame and not celebration, and as a last act of desperation rather than as a first sign of political sophistication."



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