NEW SG Interview: John Cooper QC – Legal Advisor To Occupy London
Feb 2012 29

NEW SG Interview: John Cooper QC – Legal Advisor To Occupy London  

Posted In Activism,Blog,Interviews,Politics

by Nicole Powers


Above: Protester praying in front of St. Paul’s as Occupy London is being evicted.
Image courtesy of: @HeardinLondon


“The integrity, the maturity, and the far sightedness, and the fact that the occupiers are holding genuine, proper beliefs, has been vindicated in the court and that is an important step forward.”
- John Cooper QC

“Presently analysing events of tonight at #OccupyLSX. Who needs sleep!” It’s 3:26 AM GMT on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, and John Cooper, Occupy London’s chief legal advisor is awake, on Twitter, and on the case following the movement’s eviction from their marquee St Paul’s Cathedral base.

The eminent barrister and Queen’s Counsel has worked tirelessly to keep the protesters in situ since the occupation began on Saturday, October 15, 2011. The battle the occupiers faced was made all the more complicated by the provenance of the site they were camping on, which straddles land owned both by the Church of England and by the City of London Corporation (a unique and ancient semi-private municipal authority which governs London’s square mile financial district).

When the first tent was pitched, even the most optimistic of Occupiers couldn’t have predicted the encampment would remain in tact over four months later, so Occupy London’s ultimate eviction from St. Paul’s can hardly be considered a defeat. An early attempt to remove protesters was thwarted when the Cathedral’s then Canon Chancellor, Giles Fraser, recognized the occupiers’ right to protest peacefully and asked the police to leave. Fraser’s actions would ultimately lead to his resignation following some rather public infighting between Church officials with conflicting affiliations and agendas.

With the Church distracted by its own internal disharmony and facing a public relations nightmare if it litigated against members of the very congregation it was supposed to serve, the powers that be at St. Paul’s – at least publicly – stepped aside and let the City of London Corporation spearhead eviction efforts through the courts. Following a hearing before Christmas, the High Court ruled in favor of the City on January 18, 2012. The occupation was granted a stay of execution pending a possible appeal, however, on February 22, three Court of Appeal judges declined to give Occupy London protesters permission to do so, setting the stage for this week’s eviction.

SuicideGirls caught up with John Cooper by phone shortly before the final ruling came down. Having butted heads with the UK establishment throughout his career (notably frustrating the ruling class’s thirst for blood sport thanks to a fox hunting prohibition act he penned), Cooper says his raison d’être is representing individuals and groups of individuals against the power of the state. A series of cases brought against the Ministry of Defense on behalf of the families of soldiers who had died in the theater of war due to unconscionably inadequate equipment earned him the honor of being short-listed as Human Rights Barrister of the Year in 2009. More recently, Cooper again gained notoriety in the halls of power when he represented those seeking to open an inquiry into the mysterious death of David Kelly, a Ministry of Defense weapons inspector who had embarrassed his employers by pointing out inconsistencies in their report on Iraq’s WMDs (or lack thereof).

Here Cooper gives an account of Occupy London’s David vs. Goliath fight, and outlines the numerous victories they have chalked up in the face of defeat. He also pragmatically comments on the changes he’d like to see in the law to fortify the battered and beleaguered rights to assembly and free speech.

Read our exclusive interview with John Cooper QC on SuicideGirls.com.


This is just the beginning.”
Image courtesy of: @HeardinLondon

Treasonous Congress, Bein’ All Treasonous Again!
Feb 2012 29

Treasonous Congress, Bein’ All Treasonous Again!  

Posted In Activism,Blog,Politics

by David Seaman

I go into further detail in my latest videocast, but here’s what you need to know about H.R. 347 at a glance: It’s outrageous, it’s atrocious, and it’s ludicrously un-American.

Oh, and it passed the House yesterday 388 to 3.

Here’s what foreign media is saying about the bill — in this case,
Russian state-owned news network RT:

Just when you thought the government couldn’t ruin the First Amendment any further: The House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday that outlaws protests in instances where some government officials are nearby, whether or not you even know it.

The US House of Representatives voted 388-to-3 in favor of H.R. 347 late Monday, a bill which is being dubbed the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011. In the bill, Congress officially makes it illegal to trespass on the grounds of the White House, which, on the surface, seems not just harmless and necessary, but somewhat shocking that such a rule isn’t already on the books. The wording in the bill, however, extends to allow the government to go after much more than tourists that transverse the wrought iron White House fence.

Under the act, the government is also given the power to bring charges against Americans engaged in political protest anywhere in the country.

And here’s what our media is saying — in this case, Congressional news site The Hill:

Members approved the bill, H.R. 347, under a suspension of House rules, by a 388-3 vote. The non-controversial bill was subject to just a brief debate in the afternoon, seeing the easy vote.”

Oh, non-controversial. OK. Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along.

(Hat tip to the Reddit hivemind for The Hill and RT links.)

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About David Seaman:
David Seaman is an independent journalist. He has been a lively guest on CNN Headline News, FOX News, ABC News Digital, among others, and is the host of The DL Show. Some say he was recently censored by a certain large media corporation for posting a little too much truth… For more, find him on G+ and Twitter.

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Tease of the Day
Feb 2012 29

Tease of the Day  

Posted In Blog,Tease

Salix Suicide in Blue Morning

  • INTO: Hooping, spinning fire, love, food, tattoos, music, laughing, dancing my ass off, ‘80s music, cuddling, kissing, my kitties, smoking, photography, clothes, sexy heels, mmm.
  • MAKES ME HAPPY: Sewing, hooping, fire, kitties, surprises, candy, wine, mind opening experiences, traveling.
  • MAKES ME SAD: The majority of society.
  • HOBBIES: Fire, sewing, hooping, dancing, nympho.
  • 5 THINGS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Kitties.
  • VICES: Smoking, flirting shamelessly, making way too many plans and having to flake last minute.
  • I SPEND MOST OF MY FREE TIME: Being creative in some shape or form.

Get to know Salix better over at SuicideGirls.com!


Tattoo Tuesday Roundup!
Feb 2012 28

Tattoo Tuesday Roundup!  

Posted In Blog,Tattoo Tuesday,Tattoos

by Blogbot

Every week we ask the ladies and gentlemen of the web to show us their finest ink in celebration of #TattooTuesday.

Our favorite submission from Twitter wins a free 3 month membership to SuicideGirls.com.

Last week’s winners is Gearoid McGinley. He’s been *cough* researching SuicideGirls for part of his college project. That’s our kind of education!

Enter this week’s competition by replying to this tweet with a pic of your fav tattoo and the #tattootuesday hashtag.

Good luck!

A few things to remember:

  • You have to be 18 to qualify.
  • The tattoo has to be yours…that means permanently etched on your body.
  • On Twitter we search for your entries by looking up the hashtag #TattooTuesday, so make sure you include it in your tweet!

Check out the Tattoo Tuesday winners of weeks past!

In Focus: The Photographers of SuicideGirls feat. Lavonne
Feb 2012 28

In Focus: The Photographers of SuicideGirls feat. Lavonne  

Posted In All Things SG,Art,Blog,Photography

by Nahp Suicide


[The Face of SG's Twitter, Glitch, as shot by Lavonne in Fixation]

Lavonne is from Alberta, Canada. She is a Suicide Girl, a Staff Photographer and a really good artist, and has been modeling and shooting sets since 2005.

How did you first get involved with SuicideGirls?

I applied and sent in my first self-shot sets in 2004. I hadn’t done anything like it before and thought it would be fun. Then other girls started asking me to photograph them too.

What’s your background photography-wise?

I’ve been shooting for fun since high school and have taken a few courses for darkroom developing, but am mostly self taught.




[Lavonne in Tropical]

What was the first photo you had published?

My Tropical set, which I shot with a crappy point and shoot camera and lit with a reading lamp. I think my work has come a long way.



How would you describe your style?

Emotional and real (ideally).



What gear do you use?

For the last 4-5 years, a Canon 5D, mostly with a 50mm f1.4 lens. Rin’s Voyeur set was my only set with a different lens: a 100mm for a more distant feel.



[Rin in Voyeur]

How important is Photoshop in your final images?

I like to use it to remove major distractions and to create dream-like coloring, but I try to keep images natural looking.



What gives you ideas and inspires you to create such amazing sets?

I get most of my inspiration from the model and location I’m working with. I prefer shoots to be organic, and keep my own ego out of the way. Photography can often overtake a subject’s true beauty.




[Rin and Malloreigh in Bubble Kiss]

What is your favorite image?

There are many that come to mind, but this photo of Rin and Malloreigh [NSFW] is high on the list.

Tell us why it’s your fave and how you achieved it?

I love it mostly because of the good memories of that day. We created a super pink and girly scene, put on a bubble machine, then jumped around and had pillow fights! It wasn’t really about techniques or skill, I just captured a really lovely afternoon as best as I could. It was magical and real, and for me that is what life is about.



Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph that you haven’t? (And tell us why)

There are lots of people and places I’d like to photograph! Models that are passionate and genuine. Places that are inspiring and remote. I want to experience as much of this world as I can.




[Starla in Sparkling Clean]

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What’s Cooking In SG’s Kitchen? Ryker Suicide’s Taqueria Style Chicken Tacos with Fire Roasted Salsa
Feb 2012 28

What’s Cooking In SG’s Kitchen? Ryker Suicide’s Taqueria Style Chicken Tacos with Fire Roasted Salsa  

Posted In All Things SG,Blog,Food & Drink

by Ryker Suicide

Ryker: Taqueria Style Chicken Tacos with Fire Roasted Salsa

For a brief time about 5 years ago, I lived in Santa Cruz, California. Of all the things I miss the most about Santa Cruz, I think the taquerías top the list. Where I lived, there were taquerias on every corner and everyone I knew had their favorite stop. Mine, was Tacos Morenos. I literally would dream about their chicken tacos (though they called them quesadillas, the only difference I could see between these and the tacos were the melted cheese on the corn tortilla). For nearly 5 years I have been trying to replicate both the fire roasted salsa, as well as the way they made this incredible pulled chicken. And finally, I think I’ve done it :)

Ingredients: For The Tacos

  • 1-1.5 lbs chicken breast
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes/peppers
  • 2 packages of taco seasoning
  • 1-2 cups of flour (for dredging)
  • Ground cumin
  • 1 can of diced green chili peppers
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 1 package of corn tortillas
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Cheese (such as queso fresco or 4 blend Mexican cheese)
  • Shredded cabbage slaw
  • 1 can of pinto beans
  • olive oil

Directions:

1. Coat pan in olive oil and heat to medium high. Pat chicken dry, and cut each breast into two pieces (smaller pieces cook faster). Mix flour and one packet of taco seasoning. Dredge chicken in flour mixture and brown on both sides. While browning, sprinkle chicken with a bit of ground cumin. After chicken is browned, remove from pan and set aside.

2. In same pan, add 1 can of chicken broth and taco seasoning. Also add chili peppers and tomatoes. Mix together well, scraping up any little brown bits at the bottom of the pan. Return chicken to pan and allow to simmer for 45 minutes covered. (Now is a good time to start on the salsa, recipe follows below). Turn chicken after 45 minutes and allow to simmer for another 20-30 minutes until chicken is fork tender.

3. Once chicken is cooked, remove from pan and turn off heat. Allow chicken to cool a bit and then pull apart. Return pulled chicken to pan and allow to simmer on low for another 30-60 minutes uncovered, letting the liquid reduce a bit.

4. Once chicken is super juicy and tender, you are ready to assemble. Take two corn tortillas (feel free to heat in microwave ahead of time, it makes them more pliable) and add layers of cheese, cabbage, beans, chicken, salsa, and cilantro.

Eat and enjoy!!

Ingredients: For The Salsa

  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1 large jalapeño or two small ones
  • 1-3 habanero (depending on your level of heat. 1 being mild, 3 being hot)
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • Olive oil
  • Sea Salt
  • 1 small can of jalapeño verde sauce

Directions: Fire Roasted Salsa:

1. Preheat oven to 375. Quarter tomatoes, seed and cores in tact. Slice peppers by the halves. Quarter onions. Coat everything heavily in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put in roasting pan, skin sides up.

2. For the garlic, slice top end off so the cloves are exposed. Pour with olive oil and wrap garlic in tin foil. Also insert in roasting pan. Roast veggies for 1-2 hours until charred and super soft.

3. In a food processor, blend roasted veggies, a handful of fresh cilantro, verde sauce, and salt (as needed).

Viola! You have fire-roasted salsa :)

Mmmmm….soo good!

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From The Archives: Jim Carrey – Fun with Dick and Jane
Feb 2012 28

From The Archives: Jim Carrey – Fun with Dick and Jane  

Posted In Blog,Comedy,Entertainment,Interviews,Movies

by Daniel Robert Epstein


“I live at a very manic level when I’’m working and when I’’m home it’’s a very peaceful world.”
- Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey is of course known as one of the funniest people on the planet. He first came to fame doing nutty features like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask. In recent years he has really expanded his repertoire with movies such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

His latest picture, Fun with Dick and Jane, is a return to form because it is pure wacky nuttiness. Dick (Jim Carrey) and Jane (Téa Leoni) are in love and living the American dream. But then the company Dick works for becomes involved in an Enron-like scandal and he is confronted with the prospect of losing everything. Now Dick and Jane are forced to steal to get it all back.

Read our exclusive interview with Jim Carrey on SuicideGirls.com.