Stand with the Burmese Protesters

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From Avaaz.org:

After decades of military dictatorship, the people of Burma are rising – and they need our help. Marches begun by monks and nuns have snowballed, bringing hundreds of thousands to the streets. Now the crackdown has begun…

When the Burmese last marched in 1988, the military massacred thousands. But if the world stands up and supports their struggle, this time they could succeed. We’ll send our petition to United Nations Security Council members (including the dictatorship’s main backer China) and to media at the UN, while also alerting the Burmese to our support:

To Chinese President Hu Jintao and the UN Security Council:

We stand alongside the citizens of Burma in their peaceful protests. We urge you to oppose a violent crackdown on the demonstrators, and to support genuine reconciliation and democracy in Burma. We pledge to hold you accountable for any further bloodshed. (Sign this petition)

Amnesty’s letter-writing campaign to George W. Bush:

Ask President Bush to urge the UN Security Council members, especially the Permanent members like China, to immediately deploy a UN Security Council mission to Myanmar (Burma). This mission should act to resolve the human rights crisis and avert the risk of further violence and bloodshed. The Council should also consider the possibility of imposing an arms embargo and to address the dire human rights situation in Myanmar. The peaceful mass demonstrations taking place compare in scale to those in 1988, when security forces broke up massive pro-democracy demonstrations with deadly violence, killing thousands. (Take Action)

Hit Me Britney One More Time

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Hit Me Britney One More Time – Hepnova’s Britney homage/parody/cover/pastiche. LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!

So Chris Crocker’s video gets 8.2 million views in just over a week AND he gets a TV deal. Meanwhile, the Avaaz video I worked on, Stop the Clash of Civilizations has reached 1.4 million views in about 6 months.

Lessons learned – I think it’s time to trade in the activist chic for a bottle of peroxide and some cheap eyeliner. I want my Warholian 15 minutes of fame too! Let’s keep Britney in our thoughts and prayers. She is going through a hard time you know. We are all lucky bastards that she even performed for us. And check out our track and pass it on.

Also playing on YouTube, Vimeo, MySpaceTV, BlipTV, and Google Video.

New York Chinatown

Here are some photos I took in Chinatown last weekend:

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Above: Buddha Kitsch

Below: Lychees, Rambutans, and Dragon Fruits

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Above: Pork and Crab Soup Dumplings from Joe’s Shanghai – not as good as Din Tai Fung, but the best I’ve had in New York.

Below: Shanghai Noodle Soup from Joe’s Shanghai

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See the complete set on Flickr.