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post [Nov. 22nd, 2011|01:42 pm]
Originally posted by kylecassidy at post
Via Citykitties (emphasis mine):

A good samaritan found this cat today in a gutter by Clark Park, half dead. He is now at the Cat Doctor with a body temperature of 90 (normal is 102) and blood PCV of 8. The Cat Doctor housecat, Diamond, is currently donating blood to save his life. During the exam, the vet found that this cat has a microchip. When called, his "owners" reported that he was acting sick, so they put him outside. If this makes you as angry as it makes us, please channel your anger in one of two ways: visit our website at www.citykitties.org and make a donation to help us pay for his care, or share this post and encourage others to do so.

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Why I love Dr Who and Harry Potter [Oct. 13th, 2011|04:43 pm]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

I've posted about it here: https://nascentnovelist.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/mixing-magical-and-mundane/

Disclaimer: I only talk about the first four series of Dr Who (2005). The last two lack all the things I loved from the first four.
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Mississippi Personhood Amendment [Oct. 12th, 2011|01:29 pm]
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Originally posted by james_nicoll at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by soldiergrrrl at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by twbasketcaseat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by gabrielleabelleat 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.

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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This made me smile, hope it does the same for twasadark [Oct. 6th, 2011|10:24 pm]
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[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

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SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA [Sep. 15th, 2011|09:07 pm]
Originally posted by darkspirited1 at SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
This comes from an article by rachelmanija entitled, Say Yes to Gay YA.
(click the link for the full article)

Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.

This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.

It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.

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True blood [Sep. 13th, 2011|10:57 pm]
[Current Location |couch]

So, I just saw the season finale of True Blood. Boy, how I loved Eric's "gay stormtroopers" comment. I laughed. Then I paused and watched it again, just so I could laugh some more. Then the end of the episode came. I'm a sucker for no background music and cliffhangers. But what did you think?

Warning: comments will contain spoilers (hopefully).
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I got a job [Aug. 27th, 2011|10:53 pm]
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I'm a localization tester. That's right. I get paid to play games. Surprisingly hard to explain why something is a grammatical error in Norwegian. Need to freshen up on my linguistics.

Here's where I blog about it: https://nascentnovelist.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/does-earning-a-hint-above-minimum-wage-count-as-selling-out/

Hoping working full-time doesn't mean I won't have time to write. That's what mornings and weekends are for, right?
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Panic on the streets of London [Aug. 12th, 2011|09:19 am]
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[Current Location |home office]
[mood |calmcalm]

Other people put this better than me, so I'm just gonna link to their stuff.

Penny Red writes: "Noone expected this. The so-called leaders who have taken three solid days to return from their foreign holidays to a country in flames did not anticipate this. The people running Britain had absolutely no clue how desperate things had become. They thought that after thirty years of soaring inequality, in the middle of a recession, they could take away the last little things that gave people hope, the benefits, the jobs, the possibility of higher education, the support structures, and nothing would happen. They were wrong. And now my city is burning, and it will continue to burn until we stop the blanket condemnations and blind conjecture and try to understand just what has brought viral civil unrest to Britain. Let me give you a hint: it ain’t Twitter." full post here

In the Guardian, Mon Eltahawy writes: "In times of crises, leaders – democratically elected or not – too easily invoke "stability" to run roughshod over civil liberties." full article here

I'm sorry for the people hurt, but I hope this riot leads to change.
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Someone's wrong on the internet (let's hope it's not me) [Jul. 31st, 2011|10:17 pm]
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[mood |confusedconfused]

Okay, so I'm trying to step away from an internet discussion about movies that quickly devolved into a discussion about Christian values, but the only way I can do that is by airing my frustration here. See, I'm wondering about one thing. In most discussions about atheism vs Christianity, the (American) Christians will claim that there's no reason for atheists to have moral values. Since there's no higher being, there's no pull to be kind. But, in the same breath, they'll say that since Christ died for our sins, all God wants from us is our love. So here's my questions: if all God wants is love, where's the pull to be moral in Christianity? Everything's forgiven as long as you love God, right?

I honestly don't get it.
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Things I didn’t know about radio interviews: [Jul. 26th, 2011|10:55 am]
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1. Hearing how your voice sounds to other people while you speak is unsettling.
2. Having a timer in front of you takes away much needed focus.
3. Not inquiring about what kind of questions they plan to ask before you go in means you might end up saying things like “I don’t think he’s crazy. Well, I mean, he is crazy, but not, um, in Norwegian we’d call it “utilregnelig,” meaning…”
4. Having a glass of water will only make you notice how dry your mouth is whilst simultaneously make you freak out about making slurping noises on air.

(Here's the interview of me and a Norwegian friend some of you might recognize: http://www.cbc.ca/daybreakmontreal/2011/07/norwegian-montrealers-on-the-shootings-in-norway.html)
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