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Originally posted by[livejournal.com profile] mickeymat Reproductive Rights
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Originally posted by[livejournal.com profile] moropusat Reproductive Rights
everytime one of these guys gets caught in a morally compromised position, i ask myself why they feel they have the power to make personal choices for me. congress critters seem to have the lowest moral conduct of any group i'm aware of, but expect others to follow a moral code written 4,000 years ago that they themselves do not follow. if they followed the law as written by moses, i might, might, might respect them for that desire to "spread the word," but not to make it law.  but since they don't follow the code of conduct they try to force on others, they have no reason i can understand to do so.

Originally posted by[livejournal.com profile] dandelion_divaat Reproductive Rights
Fabulous.

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A star-studded cast wants you to sign!




The CAMPAIGN

The Bill of Reproductive Rights is an effort by the Center for Reproductive Rights to deliver a thundering statement—backed by hundreds of thousands of signatures from concerned citizens like you—to the U.S. Congress and the President that they must guarantee and protect reproductive rights as fundamental human rights and stop the attacks by politicians who want to take those rights away.


Draw the line! Sign the Bill of Reproductive Rights!

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mickeym at House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In Senate
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] munibunny at House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In Senate
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] ellel at House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In Senate
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] philstar22at House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In Senate
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lk737at House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In Senate
CISPA would give the government and corporations vast new powers to track and share data about Americans’ Internet use.

But our hundreds of thousands of emails and tens of thousands of phone calls have had a real impact:

Amendments were adopted that made CISPA (marginally) better.

Earlier this month CISPA was supposed to sail through, but we helped foment opposition, and the vote was far closer than anybody could have imagined even a couple of weeks ago.

Most Democrats held firm in opposition, and more than two dozen libertarian-leaning Republicans defied their leadership and voted no.

Most importantly, President Obama has threatened to veto CISPA.

***Additionally, CISPA would destabilize the internet inviting cyber attacks and increasing the amount of identity theft.***

The Senate will consider cyber security legislation in the coming weeks. Let’s turn up the heat right away: Tell the Senate to reject CISPA and any and all legislation that doesn’t respect privacy and civil liberties.
Add your name at right to tell the Senate to reject cyber security legislation that doesn’t respect privacy.

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/cispa_passes/?akid=1332.1998782.hoiowQ&rd=1&t=2


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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mickeym at Stop the Arizona birth control Bill
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] earthquakedream at Stop the Arizona birth control Bill
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] seasight at Stop the Arizona birth control Bill
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Arizona Sentate, Arizona State Legislature, Debbie Lesko.

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Stop the Arizona birth control Bill

If this bill passes the senate then women of Arizona would be forced to provide documentation that birth control is for medical purposes only. The "company" would not be required to cover birth control if it was for prevention of conception. Additionally this bill would give companies the right to fire women if they discovered that she was using a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy
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http://www.change.org/petitions/arizona-sentate-arizona-state-legislature-debbie-lesko-stop-the-arizona-birth-control-bill#



The right to fire? Seriously?

For. Fuck's. Sake. The United States of America continue to make me feel physically sick on a regular basis. This is horrific.

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mickeym at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] nrrrdy_grrrl at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mangacat201

All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Seriously. WHAT THE FLYING FUCK WORLD.

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox news confirms this:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/17/us-isps-become-copyright-cops-starting-july-12/

Youtube video explaining this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OG0R-yS-c



ETA: Please take a moment and sign the petition for RIAA and the Obama Administration: Stop ISPs from launching a massive copyright spying scheme this July 12th

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This month so far has not been a good one for me and LJ.  
A tale of joy and woe ... or more like, woe and joy.. )
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

Via Tumblr

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] morgandawn at Seems I Am Not The Only One....
......who feels the need to take a break from an increasingly dysfunctional relationship.

Black March - Thursday March 1st 2012 to Saturday March 31st 2012 With the continuing campaigns for internet-censoring litigation such as SOPA and PIPA, and the closure of sites like Megaupload under allegations of 'piracy' and 'conspiracy' the time has come to take a stand against music, film, and media companies' lobbyists. The only way is to hit them where it hurts. Their profit margins. March 2012 is the end of the First Quarter in economic reports world wide. Do not buy a single record. Do not download a single song, legally or illegally. Do not go to see a single film in cinemas, or download a copy. Do not buy a DVD in the stores. Do not buy a videogame. Do not buy a single book or magazine. Wait the four weeks to buy them in April: see a film later, etc... Holding out for just four weeks, maximum, will leave a gaping hole in media companies profits for the first quarter, an economic hit which will in turn be observed by governments world wide as stocks and shares will blip from a large enough loss of incomes. This action will give a statement of intent: "We will not tolerate the Media Industries' lobbying for legislation that will censor the internet."
Original image and campaign source: reddit.

Edited to add my own thoughts (not part of the original reddit call for action) And if you do not feel like taking a total break and perhaps want just a trial separation or couple's counseling, then perhaps consider Black March Lite 2.0 = spend, but spend money on those content creators and independent retailers who came out against SOPA/PIPA.  And tell them why you're buying their products in March.  There are many of them.

And for those who favor the more targeted boycott, you can find info  here.  But no matter which,  you can participate and you can tailor your level of participation.  We have the tools, the will and the strength to take a stand.


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Black March - Thursday March 1st 2012 to Saturday March 31st 2012
With the continuing campaigns for internet-censoring litigation such as SOPA and PIPA, and the closure of sites like Megaupload under allegations of 'piracy' and 'conspiracy' the time has come to take a stand against music, film, and media companies' lobbyists.
The only way is to hit them where it hurts.
Their profit margins.
March 2012 is the end of the First Quarter in economic reports world wide.
Do not buy a single record. Do not download a single song, legally or illegally. Do not go to see a single film in cinemas, or download a copy. Do not buy a DVD in the stores. Do not buy a videogame. Do not buy a single book or magazine.
Wait the four weeks to buy them in April: see a film later, etc... Holding out for just four weeks, maximum, will leave a gaping hole in media companies profits for the first quarter, an economic hit which will in turn be observed by governments world wide as stocks and shares will blip from a large enough loss of incomes. This action will give a statement of intent:
"We will not tolerate the Media Industries' lobbying for legislation that will censor the internet."






As I work in a bookstore, this may be problematic - I need to find out where my company stands on this. We're not on any of the lists Pro or Con.
Please, please (cross my fingers with my eyes squeezed shut) let them not be pro-internet-censorship when they're anti-everything else-censorship.
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I saw this repost on [livejournal.com profile] insertcode11's page - this is insane!

Just for the record, I AM NOT POLITICAL.

But I AM a woman and this offends me.  

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] old_blueeyes at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] twbasketcase at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.



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Has anyone else noticed a sudden uptick in the misuse of the word 'loose' for the word 'lose' ?  And 'loosing' for 'losing' ?
In all kinds of fics, not just by one author.  I mean, they don't even sound the same.  
Maybe it's just the 'o' key gets stuck?   Repeatedly?
It's weirding me out because I've never seen it to this extent before (believe me, *nitpick-woman* would have noticed)  

It's like some kind of meme-virus that spreads or something.  Quick - what's the equivalent of a condom for a word processing application?  I don't want to get infected!  *I weep for I have no Matt Damon to fret over my future affliction*


On that note: why doesn't the CW do some disaster-of-the-week movies?  They're cheap and fast to make (supposedly).  They've got the hottie casts under contract.  Supernatural alone has the effects expertise necessary.  And cheap, cheesy movies are every network's inalienable right or something.  Syfy can't hog all the glory!  Tom Welling should land a crashing plane!  Katie Cassidy should lead a ragtag group of survivors to safety!  

(Secretly, I just want Jensen to get cast against type and pull a total Rodney McKay while wearing wire-rims and maybe a labcoat at some point - possibly he could rail at some incompetent government-stooge types.   No, I haven't overthought this at all.)


Is there a disaster-fic bang anywhere? Like reworkings of The Towering Inferno or Volcano, etc.?  If not, why not?

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This is the fifth time in three days - and many, many fics (why yes, I am pdfing like mad, thank you very much) - and I can't keep it in anymore!

DISCRETE and DISCREET are not the same thing!  But they are both real words, so spellcheck will not work on them!

Discrete means separate or removed from.   (Four discrete piles of colored M&Ms)

Discreet (the word you mean to use) means restrained, cautious, or circumspect.  (A discreet cough alerted them to his presence)

Please, please pay attention!

Also,  BATED breath is breath that is being held back, often in anticipation.

BAITED (I see this so often and it's not even funny any more) breath is breath that stinks.  Like bait.  For catching fish.  Worms and that kind of thing.  Not romantic or sexy  - at ALL.

People - spellcheck will not save you - please make sure your Betas have dictionaries, too.  Please.  From the heart  please.

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