As many of you know I lead a pretty sheltered life, emerging occasionally to eat, shower, party, and reconnect with the world around me. Well, on my last trip to the surface, I decided to turn on the television (what better way to get informed?). So I sat there taking in the latest commercials (I'm a fan of the new GM one) and preparing myself for the CNN news of the world segment.

And to my utter disbelief... LISA LINGS SISTER, Laura Ling and another fellow journalist, Euna Lee, have been captured by the North Korean government for "trespassing" into North Korea and are being sentenced to 12 years in a labour camp? What. The FUCK. Is this about?

Apparently this has been an ongoing thing for the last few months, and I'm honestly embarrassed to say that I had NO idea! Me, being somewhat of a narcissist, immediately had to call attention to the fact that this reclusive existence is clearly no longer working out for me. I need to at least start listening to CBC radio or something. A major fuckery like this shan't go unnoticed on my watch again. I feel like the Glass Man in Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie, watching the tapes recorded by Amélie Poulain for the first time. Even though the news was stale, it was rather refreshing and somewhat shocking to him but most importantly, he was saddened that he had missed out on so many events in life.

So I'm calling to action my fellow head-in-the-sand brethren, to emerge from your shelter, reconnect with the Age of Aquarius and to get informed.

The funny thing is, I had seen Laura Ling's name in the trending topics on twitter, but out of sheer laziness I didn't bother clicking on it, mostly because I assumed she was probably some finalist in X-Factor or something-- as twitter has apparently been hijacked by tweens since the MTV Movie Awards... btw when did that farce occur? (Rants like these are probably what @theswellelife meant when she asked me why I'm always so angry. lol)

On a side note, I also missed the NBC special "Inside the Obama White House"...was it good ya'll?

Anyway, although I'm sure our readers are far more in touch with today's breaking rhetoric, (I turned the T.V. set off for good when Susan Boyle's mental breakdown made breaking news over at BBC... I'm not kidding... that shit occurred) I felt it my duty to inform the 1 or 2 of you out there in the same boat as me, to this horrible situation.

I encourage you all to read up about the Laura Ling and Euna Lee sentence "for the grave crime they committed against the Korean nation and their illegal border crossing", as well as to sign the UN petition for their immediate release.

Fully Informed,

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amy@flyingakite.blogspot.com said... @ June 09, 2009 3:31 PM

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!! well written!

Denise@Swelle said... @ June 10, 2009 9:20 PM

Ha! No, it was the F-words in the tweets. They hurt my ears and pierce my heart. However, while this may be hard to believe, I have used that word once or twice in my life, and sometimes even the 'brown' word! I will never live down my offer of hugs, will I?

But seriously, I can only think about this situation (the journalists, not F-words) for about three seconds before I feel panicked and have to put it out of my mind. The thought of what they're going through is almost unbearable. And they're just the latest in a long list of people who are in or have been victims of frightening political games.

SLICE magazine said... @ June 11, 2009 5:23 AM

You know, You just made me think! Not about the journalist... but about my potty mouth. I rarely ever consider how my swearing may effect others. lol.. mostly because the "others" around me swear a lot too. But surely there's no need for me to express myself with profanity. I mean, i do LOVE to swear, I'm not gonna lie. Certain words just have a nice ring to my ears. The thing about swearing is that you never know which word will offend (There are words I don't say... like I never use the term C*nt... personally) It doesn't REALLY bother me when people use it, but I do sometimes become uncomfortable (depending on how it's being used)

There are some places where I won't swear. Like around kids (although I have accidentally before), or in public areas (that's tacky). I'm gonna have to get my act together! thanks for bringing this to my attention. lol.

I can't promise you won't see the occasional F bomb in my tweets and occasional posts. But maybe I'll censor it next time. (although i don't like censorship). I dunno we'll see... but you have made me think which is the most important thing.

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