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Oct. 15th, 2011 10:58 am
winterlive: (nf: it's called being a girl)
you guise it's really important.

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.

/end g's post

i'm also going to follow the example of [livejournal.com profile] robanybody and repost this:

And if you're still paying attention, the Pelican Bay hunger strike resumes, and it's even more dire than before. Please signal-boost and get involved in any way if you can, even if it's just reminding people that these inmates are literally putting their lives on the line for the right to be treated as human beings.
i keep watching my flist, waiting for what seems like conclusive proof that we're moving from delicious to pinboard - but there really isn't anything yet? i mean, the dude from pinboard apparently loves us, and that's great, but i feel like i want to see some of that functionality before i commit. otherwise it's just stalking AO3 until something better turns up.

where are you guys on this very important issue?

just... trust me when i tell you this is appropriate this evening.
okay, east coasters. hope you all bought water, love you, be safe. and if you get into trouble, call batman.

[ UH ]

Aug. 10th, 2011 06:35 pm


you know, i never noticed this, but mickey rourke and jason dohring are practically identical.

which one is this? who knows.
my friend [livejournal.com profile] traveller asked me to repost this:

today is Day [Twelve] of the Pelican Bay Prisoner Hunger Strike.

you can learn more about the conditions of the prison, and the inmates demands, here:

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity blog
Mother Jones piece
LA Times coverage one | two

when a society chooses to use incarceration as a punishment, it assumes responsibility for the lives of the persons it incarcerates -- it is obligated to treat its prisoners fairly and humanely. that's all the men of Pelican Bay want.

Californians can help by contacting your representatives and Governor Brown to put pressure on the CDCR to come to the table.

i don't live in california, or even the united states. i don't know anyone in prison, or anyone who's gone to prison. i don't work for a human rights organization and i don't even volunteer a lot, like. i'm just a regular person.

that's why i'll defer to the judgment of a california judge, who ruled in a 1995 lawsuit that conditions at this prison "may press the outer borders of what most humans can psychologically tolerate".

emphasis mine.

[ signal ]

Jul. 5th, 2011 02:08 pm
if anybody here was thinking of writing fic for xfc (some of you already do), here is an excellent primer on the 1960s westchester region for your use.
oh, true blood. you are delicious crack. hello, summertime tv, i missed you.

[ so ]

Jun. 20th, 2011 02:27 am
i guess there's this x-men movie.

did you see it? what did you think of it? obviously i have seen it, and i suspect i will be headfirst in it shortly. please add your thoughts to the box below.

also, did we choose an acronym? XMFC or XFC? i like the latter.
he's at it again.

scott adams thinks that rape is only natural, and roughly on par with taking pictures of your penis and tweeting them.

this man is everything wrong with society, and everything broken about society's attitude toward men. he has been conditioned (largely by advertising, but also by centuries of privilege) into believing that he is entitled to enact absolutely every single behaviour that might spring to his mind, and that the rules that prevent him from doing so are only contrivances that prevent the natural order of things. he thinks society is fucked up because it does not pander to every whim he has. and most confusing, most bewildering, most GOBSMACKING, is that he thinks that society DOES pander to the whims of women, and those whims are necessarily the opposite of men's whims - women are naturally modest and polite and like marriage and love, and they don't want people to be crude or, you know, rape them. and men want the opposite of all those things.

he is slandering every single man i know, and all the men you know. pretty much every man who thinks women are human. he is saying they are all the same nasty, ugly creatures he is, and he is fucking WRONG, because not only do men != rapists, but men who experience the same feelings as women are not wrong or unnatural, as he is clearly stating they are. GOD, i have never wanted to cockpunch a human being this badly.

[ augh ]

Jun. 9th, 2011 10:32 pm
you guys, i have SO MUCH insomnia. if some of you are wondering why you're getting all that awesome sleep, you're welcome. my eyes are crossing and i have this muscle thing where my eyes cannot actually cross so trust me when i tell you that is really impressive.

i need someone to be awake so i can talk to them. i need [livejournal.com profile] foxxcub to update that high school WIP that i'm dangling from the edges of, not that i usually read WIPs or high school AUs but i am reading this one because it's amazing. i need to have not drank that entire iced tea. i need SLEEP.

[ pimp ]

Apr. 18th, 2011 09:25 am
any of you guys like RPGs?

kingdom come is a game we've been playing in edmonton the prairies canada for ten years, tabletop and LARP style. the story focuses on a legion of angels who did wrong once upon a time, and got sent to earth as punishment. you guys, this setting is so rich, i can't even explain - the angels all have radically different ideas about how to react to this punishment of theirs. some are all about the redemption, some... not so much. if you like good omens or the prophecy or constantine (i could go on), you will love this game. i am confident promising you that.

i have played a lot of games and let me tell you, i never known a system that engaged and invited the player's emotions this well. this game requires an emotional investment - it's said around here that you haven't really "arrived" as a KC player until you cry at a game. that sounds silly until you're actually in the middle of it, and then it's basically the best gaming experience you will ever have. (i am perhaps biased on the matter of theatrical gaming vs. any other kind of gaming, w/e w/e.)

this game is a storyteller's dream, man, for the GM and the player. get it.



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