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Jan. 1st, 2037

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"holding eternity in the palm of your hand"

-- william blake

Dec. 1st, 2036

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friends-only

this is my poetry, photography, and friends'-only journal. (please excuse the re-post, my friends. this entry needed revision.)

if you would like to be friended by me, and read my poetry, please leave me a post here and i'll get back to you as soon as possible.





to purchase my poetry chapbook, welcome to Earth, published by erbacce-press, go here: http://www.erbacce-press.com/#/betsy-bogert/4535583339







to view my fine art photos, go here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/30274867@N04/

greeting and note cards of some of my photos are available at Cafe Press:

http://www.cafepress.com/betsycontent

May. 16th, 2012

big hugs love you

Not able to say good bye

This is neversremedy, Betsy's daugter, writing to let you know that Monday, around 5pm German time, my mother was no longer able to continue on. She died in a hospital with excellent care, and her husband by her side. I was still on a train in transit to see her when I got the news.

From beyond the veil, she sends her love.

Jan. 27th, 2012

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Cracked ACTA

Originally posted by wytchcroft at Cracked ACTA
Originally posted by x_losfic at To UK Flisties
Originally posted by obstinatrix at To UK Flisties
Originally posted by de_nugis at To UK Flisties
(Taken most recently from amberdreams, slightly adapted.)

If you're from the UK and you believe in freedom of speech and an uncensored internet, you really need to sign this petition. There are others floating about, but that particular one is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard. It's hosted on the directgov website and addresses parliament directly. If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, it becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.

Everyone's been getting so worked up over SOPA -- and rightly so -- that ACTA seems to have slipped under the radar. This is hugely problematic, because ACTA is a similar bill, but it has the potential to be far more damaging than SOPA ever could be.

Some people seem to have this misconception that ACTA is the 'European SOPA', but that simply isn't true. It's a global treaty, and it's already been signed by eight countries, including the US, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Europe votes on Thursday. If they vote 'no', the bill will have to be taken back to the drawing board and reformulated, which should buy us some time at the very least.

If you think this doesn't affect you, you're wrong. If ACTA passes, it could well signal the end of the internet as we know it, and that isn't an exaggeration. It's not just about watching movies and television online. If ACTA passes, sites like YouTube, Livejournal, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and even Google and Wikipedia could become impossible to maintain. ACTA would allow ISPs to monitor your net activity and cut off internet access for your entire household if one person is suspected of breaching copyright.
I don't think I need to emphasise just how damaging it can be to be without internet access in this day and age, when we rely so heavily on technology.

It's not only bloggers and fandom that would be affected, either. Small businesses, independent film-makers and unsigned musicians who have previously found their niche online would also suffer hugely, and would be at risk of being bullied into submission by Hollywood and multinational corporations under accusations of copyright infringement. All those artists who found fame by uploading covers of songs to YouTube would never have had the opportunity to do so under ACTA, as those cover versions would be prohibited.

I know the internet has its problems, but to my mind it's the single greatest invention to come out of modern times, and it would be an absolute travesty if we were to lose that now. From a personal point of view, I can't even put into words how important this is to me. I've met some of my closest friends through the internet and online fandom, people whom I would likely never have met without it, and it's given me this amazing social support system. I don't want that to end here, and I want to preserve it for future generations so that they can have the same experience and opportunities I've been given through my online interactions.

I know that opinions on the seriousness of copyright infringement and online piracy vary wildly, but that isn't really the point. Internet giants such as Google are opposed to this bill, and it's pretty safe to say that they're not in favour of copyright infringment, as anyone who's ever had a fanvid taken down from YouTube will be painfully aware. Whatever your stance on copyright, this isn't the way to go about dealing with it. This is dangerous legislation that impeaches on some of our most basic human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech.

So if you're from the UK, please, please sign the petition. If you hail from elsewhere in the world, there may well be similar movements in your own country, but I think the most effective thing anybody can do right now is to keep talking about this. Talk about it on Livejournal, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure this issue is never far from people's minds. The internet is an amazingly powerful tool: let's utilise it while we still have the chance.

Please repost and spread the word :)

SAY NO TO ACTA!

Please consider reposting this, especially if you have a large proportion of UK flisties. And please consider spreading the word via other platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, your own personal network.


Jan. 19th, 2012

grain of kitten

Writer's Block: First Amendment

i don't quite get why everyone is still protesting this, when congress dropped the bill on monday after obama intervened. can someone please explain? http://www.betabeat.com/2012/01/16/congress-shelves-sopa-after-president-obamas-involvement/
Congress Shelves SOPA After President Obama’s Involvement
www.betabeat.com
Detractors of the the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) may have reason to celebrate, albeit momentarily. According to Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-Rep.), an opponent of the bills,

Oct. 31st, 2011

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Halloween light show--must see!

http://youtu.be/WAXMtUCcp7o
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Oct. 22nd, 2011

pinup8, gypsy dancer

yay!

5 of my documentary photos were published on RETRONAUT today!
http://www.howtobearetronaut.com/2011/10/bike-week-daytona-beach-1986/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HowToBeARetronaut+%28How+to+be+a+Retronaut%29

Jun. 3rd, 2010

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support eva gabrielsson!

eva was the life partner of swedish author stieg larsson ("the girl with the dragon tattoo") for 30 years. they worked together for 32. she assisted him in writing that book and 2 others in the "millennium trilogy." sadly, stieg passed away in 2004 and left no will. greedily, his father and brother sued for stieg's estate and won, leaving eva with nothing but stieg's laptop and half of the fourth, unpublished, book. she is counter-suing the father and brotther. please, if you see this as the miscarriage of justice that i do, go to this website, and donate what you can to assist her: http://www.supporteva.com/us/ and spread the word in your own journals!

Oct. 25th, 2009

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let them eat . . . mercury?

as most of you know, i'm an american living in germany.

here is why i will not be getting the swine flu vaccine here: merkel, her cabinet, associates, the german military, and celebrities, will be getting the "good" vaccine (imported from the u.s.), and the rest of us peasants will be given a potentially toxic alternative jab containing mercury, among other nasty things. most doctors are in an uproar and are telling their patients that the benefits of the german (non-elite) vaccine do not out-weigh the risks.

http://www.theflucase.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1130:doctors-call-decision-by-top-german-government-officials-to-take-another-vaccine-a-qscandalq&catid=41:highlighted-news&Itemid=105&lang=en

president obama today declared swine flu a national emergency -- to allow hospitals and clinics to begin making preparations for triage. current stats in u.s.: millions have been infected since april, 20,000 currently in hospital, 1,000 dead since august 29th.

if you live in the u.s., please get your vaccine if you're in a high-risk group, primarily children over 3 years, and young adults to 24. the vaccines are apparently quite safe - or the german elite wouldn't have bought them from the u.s. pharmacy -- if you can find one, that is -- only one-tenth of the needed doses in america are available so far. in seattle, they should be there on the 30th. be prepared to wait in line, and possibly still not be able to get the vaccine, even if you are high-risk.) here is the seattle website with hotline number that will give out locations:

http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health.aspx

may you all be flu-free, this winter and always.

Sep. 2nd, 2009

hi! wanna play?

good news!

i keep meaning to post about this and forgetting!

2 of my fine art photos have been requested by the "southeast center for photographic studies" at daytona college, florida, to be included in an exhibition in october and november.

afterwards, the "southeast museum of photography" wishes to add them to their permanent collection. :)))

now i just need the time to prepare them and send them in!

May. 20th, 2009

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writer's prompts

very cool writer's prompts . . . and you can even create your own! :)

http://community.livejournal.com/notemeetsletter/
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katy brand does mariah carey

for my friends who don't live in the uk, you may not have seen this. her name is katy brand, and she does wonderfully funny impersonations of contemporary singers. warning: this song WILL be implanted in your head.

May. 4th, 2009

chess kitten

photos!

i've posted the best of the photos i've taken here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/30274867@N04/sets/



hope you will visit and enjoy. :)

i also have a few of the images for sale at deviant art:

http://betsycontent.deviantart.com/

Jul. 16th, 2008

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must watch :)

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Jul. 14th, 2008

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brilliant music and visuals, please listen/watch:

Sep. 2nd, 2007

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but have you filled out your slash-483a?

from TIME magazine - august 20th:

new rules for living buddhas

is reincarnation possible? tibetans think so, believing their spiritual leader, the dalai lama, is the 14th reincarnation of the same god-king. but china has banned the dalai lama and tibet's other living buddhas from - get this - reincarnating without government permission.

the 14-part edict also prevents anyone outside china from taking part in the process to recognize a living buddha.

the rules seem ridiculous, but they aim to prevent the exiled dalai lama, 72, from helping identify newly reincarnated buddhas, allowing china to handpick people loyal to beijing.
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Jul. 30th, 2007

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rufus wainwright - glastonbury 2007 - must see!

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Jun. 27th, 2007

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Girl, 2, becomes member of Mensa

as a member of "Mensa" since the late 70's, i was thrilled to read this:


"A two-year-old girl from Hampshire has become the youngest ever female member of British Mensa.

Georgia Brown, from Aldershot, Hampshire, astounded experts by scoring 152 in an IQ test - putting her in the top 2% of the population for her age.

Psychologist Joan Freeman, who tested Georgia, said she thought the toddler could have scored even higher but needed a nap after 45 minutes of work."


Marilyn vos Savant-Jarvik is currently the smartest human being on the planet. Looks like another girl will be her rival soon. :)
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May. 12th, 2007

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anyone else remember . . .

when gerald ford was president, and his secretary of agriculture, earl butz, said that all "negroes" needed to be happy was "tight pussy, loose shoes, and a warm place to shit?" really, he did. fortunately, he was kicked out of office - there is SOME justice in the world. still, this wonderful YOU TUBE satirical video is a MUST SEE.



WARNING: MAY NOT BE ENTIRELY PC TO EVERYONE.

Apr. 29th, 2007

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random acts of kindness

i want to recommend a children's charity that doesn't cost more than the price of sending a greeting card to cheer up a sick child: http://www.makeachildsmile.org/

Aug. 23rd, 2006

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my favorite bushisms

(borrowed from about.com)

What's your favorite Bushism?

'Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.'

'I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.'

'They misunderestimated me.'

'Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?'


thank goodness he's finally out of office!
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Aug. 8th, 2006

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vinniecatperson

title or description
he loves to sit like this. :)
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Apr. 17th, 2006

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i agree

"The invasion of Iraq was not about terror. It was about oil and schoolboy fantasies of empire and whatever weird oedipal dynamics were at work in the Bush family."

-The Fear Factor
By BOB HERBERT
Published: April 17, 2006
The New York Times
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Jan. 14th, 2006

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anne rice's new book

i have completed anne rice's new book, "Christ the Lord, Out of Egypt." i believe i was wholly objective and open to what she had to say. i was ready to be "wowed" even. alas, it was not to be. somehow, ms. rice managed to make christ's childhood seem absolutely boring. endless descriptions of deserts, rivers, hillsides. litany after litany. it might better have been titled: 5,000 ways to give thanks to THE LORD. given whose alleged childhood we are talking about here, there was so very much more that could have been said and done. it was written in the first person, which i usually enjoy, but even though it was told from christ's supposedly adult point of view, it always felt as though a (rather simple) child was telling the story. and that's after rice goes on and on telling us how brilliant christ appeared to all of his teachers. i know that some of you whom i love deeply adored this book, but for the life of me, i can't fathom why. i tried to like it. i really did. but in the end, it only made me yawn, and think "is that all there is?" recommendation? if you're curious, wait until it comes out in paperback, or re-read her best book (in my opinion) "Memnoch the Devil."

Jun. 24th, 2005

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Actor's Studio Questionnaire

The Pivot Questionnaire
("Inside Actor's Studio" Questions)
These 10 questions originally came from a French series, "Bouillon de Culture" hosted by Bernard Pivot.
They're better known as the questions that James Lipton asks every guest at the end of "Inside the Actor's Studio" show.

Please answer in my "comments" space.


What is your favorite word?
(other than love: REPARTEE)

What is your least favorite word?
(PEDOPHILE - the fact of their existence)

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
(brilliance, angels, compassion, generosity, and stephan)

What turns you off?
(arrogance, stupidity, incompetence, see "Bush, George W.")

What is your favorite curse word?
(SHEISSE! - pronounced SHICE-uh - German for "shit."

What sound or noise do you love?
(cat's purring, children's laughter, ocean waves, thunderstorms)

What sound or noise do you hate?
(flies buzzing, leafblowers, grass cutters, electric saws, frogs being attacked by my cat - sound like babies in pain)

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
(i wish i had the talent to be a painter, would love to buy and refurbish old houses, and wonder what might have happened had i pursued my music career.)

What profession would you not like to do?
(i would hate to have to be a factory worker, work in a sewer, or have anything to do with garbage.)

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
(Come on in, your house and hot bath are ready, your family and friends are waiting to see you, and the dolphins are looking forward to swimming with you every day.)

Oct. 16th, 2004

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1st Presidential Debate

During his first Presidential Debate with John Kerry, Dubyah uttered the following:

"You can't be a leader and give out mexed miss . . . um, mixed messages."

Classic.
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Jan. 25th, 2004

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My Favorite Films

Good Will Hunting (1997)
K-PAX
Some Like it Hot (1959)
Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
The Butterfly Effect
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Contact (1997)
The Lion in Winter (1968)
A Christmas Carol (1951)
Moulin Rouge (2001)
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Dec. 15th, 2003

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weather changes

It's snowing!!! (Dances around like Snoopy on acid.)