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A couple of days a go, my friend Linn sent me an e-mail, being very frustrated: Amazon just closed her account and wiped her Kindle. Without notice. Without explanation. This is DRM at it’s worst.
If you have a Kindle, I urge you to read this!
ETA: His blog is getting hammered with visitors so will be down at times.
Instead of talking about the play I saw yesterday, we have to talk about this:
That is an actual screenshot that I took this morning from Dominic Monaghan‘s twitter account. Dom is as I’m sure you know one of the hobbits from the Lord Of The Rings trilogy (Merry) and our favourite drug addict rock star from the television show Lost. Matthew Fox is one of his co-stars from that show. Unsurprisingly, this tweet is giving him a lot of media attention.
I’m sure Monaghan have burnt a few bridges in Hollywood by speaking publicly about another star being violent, which is a big taboo. Is it true? I don’t know. If it is true, which I’m leaning towards as we have seen media reports of Matthew Fox being both violent and having a bit of a booze problem, then my respect for Monaghan has reached epic high levels. The entertainment industry is notorious for sweeping violence under the rug. In any other job, you wouldn’t dare hiring a known abuser. This isn’t something that happens in the entertainment industry. You’re not even shunned, you can still get plenty of awards and attention, even if you’re only barely managing to keep up the pretense of being sorry. A perfect example: Chris Brown.
It is sad that it’s so shocking to see someone famous take a stand against another famous person who he knows to be violent, especially when this isn’t considered common knowledge like in the case of Chris Brown. It is even sadder to see the girls telling Monaghan that they don’t care, just like it was depressingly sad to see Chris Brown fangirls saying that they’d happily be beaten up by him.
This isn’t vague celebrity gossip in a crappy magazine. This is a co-star on a show who has been around someone a long time offering up information that someone else is violent, in a way that is 100% clear in its “we don’t keep in touch with those kind of people” message. It’s publicly shaming another man for beating women.
It’s too soon to tell if media pressure/lawyer/PR people/agents will pressure Monaghan to take down the tweets. I genuinely hope not, but I don’t expect anything else. It’s too late though, it’s already out there and we’ve seen. So thank you, Dominic Monaghan. Thank you for condemning violence so strongly that you refused to play the game for Matthew Fox. Thank you for sharing your truth. It gives me hope that eventually we may get somewhere in the industry where abusers aren’t allowed to roam free and keep their success and careers. I want to believe that this is a sign of a changing wind in Hollywood.
Unlikely. But all I can do is hope.
It’s been really tough to follow the trial in Oslo for the last week. The terrorist has been on the stand for the past week, ending yesterday. I applaud the work of the lawyers involved, this is tough enough to watch from a distance. To deal with this calmly and professionally is something I don’t think I would be able to do.
There is a lot of talk about whether or not the terrorist is sane in the eyes of the law. There are many good arguments for both views, but something that seems clearer to me now is that the terrorist himself desperately wants to be ruled sane. His world view and justification for his actions all rests on the premise that he is a soldier in a war, that his actions were necessary. Deeming him sane and sentenced to a prison sentence for the rest of his life would partially validate it to him. He is fighting hard against being viewed as mentally unstable in any way. If it was up to him, he’d be sentenced to death, and he’d be a martyr like he wanted all along. But we haven’t sentenced anyone to death since the post-WW2 days, and the last person executed in Norway was in 1948. We’re not changing our laws for this case.
I’ve seen a lot of articles and heard a lot of people that argue the point that ruling him to be criminally insane would be letting him off lightly. Firstly, don’t let there be any mistake about this: Breivik is never walking the streets of Norway again as a free man. Regardless of the outcome of the trial, that’s never going to happen. The Norwegian justice system does have a maximum sentence of 21 years, this is true. But that doesn’t mean that someone who is ruled a continued danger to society is automatically let out after 21 years. There are laws in place to prevent that, after 21 years he can be held to another three years at a time for the rest of his life.
Secondly, it’s starting to become really clear that in his eyes, being sent to a mental institution would be the ultimate failure and the worst punishment. If the system deems him to be criminally insane, it means we’re not taking his manifesto, his great plan, his important “work”, seriously. We’re dismissing him entirely. Nothing could be worse for him. As was put very nicely in the Norwegian paper Aftenposten, he sees himself as a knight, and “It simply would not do to send a knight to the nut house”. (Link to Norwegian article)
Is he actually insane? I don’t know. I almost want to see him be ruled insane anyway, if nothing else to wipe that annoying smile off his face. And if he is ruled insane, I want him to have so much therapy that he eventually aren’t able to distance himself from what he did anymore, to fully realise what he’s done. And I want the faces of all those dead teens to haunt him until his dying day.
If you are linked to this post from anywhere and don’t know the context, please google ‘Norway 22 july 2011′.
I am in awe of prosecutor Inga Bejer Engh. I want to send this woman flowers. She is strong and relentless in her questioning of the terrorist, and he is frequently annoyed by her. I have been deeply impressed with her self control in this really difficult job and how she refuses to let him run the show, much to his annoyance. At times, she made him look absolutely ludicrous. It’s beautiful. She is absolutely amazing. I’ve linked to a bio of her below.
I believe he is even more annoyed with having to listen to her questions as she is a woman and he clearly believes a woman’s place is in the kitchen. Yes, you can add misogynist to the list of traits of the terrorist.
It’s tough to read the notes from the trial. Today’s especially bad, as it’s his testimony about what happened at Utøya island. Thankfully, all the gory details aren’t posted where I’m reading, but apparently he’s describing the shootings in details. He seems entirely cold. He is a horrible, horrible person.
Oh yes, there was a quick talk about his gaming habits, like how he played World of Warcraft for about a year after he moved back in with his mother. ABB wants to frame this as a gift he gave himself as a sabbatical before going ahead with the martyrdom, to which I can only say yeah, sure. That’s believable. He is deeply obsessed with how he’s viewed and doesn’t want to be seen as someone who lost all his investments and then got addicted to WoW. This is obviously how it really went down, no matter what he says. It has little relevance to the trial in anything else than a piece of evidence proving how he’s re-imagined his past to fit in with this story of his that he planned the operation for ten years, which from the testimony so far seems completely false. That’s all. Even he says it isn’t relevant. He does say he used another game for “target practice” which seems ridiculous as well.
To be honest, even mentioning this seems like a waste of time because it’s so god damn irrelevant. I know there’s a lot of articles on ye olde internets regarding ABB and WoW, but it’s diverting the attention away from what’s important. This was not a gamer gone mad. This was someone who planned an attack on the Norwegian political system and its people, driven by his political views. Making this a video game discussion is not helping anyone, and it’s not what the trial is about. I’m not going to participate in those discussions.
I still don’t like typing his name. You know who I mean.
The trial in Norway started today. So far, it’s making me physically unwell.
The bbc has the worst part of it described in such simple terms. At one point of the day, surveillance footage from the bombing was shown to the court.
While victims and their families gasped as they saw the blast, followed by scenes of panic as people fled, Breivik smiled on several occasions.
He fucking smiled.
There are no words to fully describe how I feel.