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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] dynamicsymmetry at Congress wants to take away your internet.
Folks, I know you're tired of me yelling at you, but you should be aware that there's a hearing this morning being held by the US House Judiciary Committee on a "copyright" bill that will essentially break the entire internet.

You like the internet, right? I mean, you're here.

From the link above:

As drafted, the legislation would grant the government and private parties unprecedented power to interfere with the Internet's domain name system (DNS). The government would be able to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users' attempts to reach certain websites' URLs. In response, third parties will woo average users to alternative servers that offer access to the entire Internet (not just the newly censored U.S. version), which will create new computer security vulnerabilities as the reliability and universality of the DNS evaporates.

It gets worse: Under SOPA's provisions, service providers (including hosting services) would be under new pressure to monitor and police their users’ activities. While PROTECT-IP targeted sites “dedicated to infringing activities,” SOPA targets websites that simply don’t do enough to track and police infringement (and it is not at all clear what would be enough). And it creates new powers to shut down folks who provide tools to help users get access to the Internet the rest of the world sees (not just the “U.S. authorized version”).

This is being framed as an attempt to fight hackers and pirates. Don't buy it. And don't think for a minute that it's going to stop there. This is bad. And at the hearing today, only one opponent of the bill is being allowed to testify.

Please do whatever you can to fight this. Email congresspeople. Sign petitions. Yell about it in every venue you can.


februaryice: (dean sad)
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.

februaryice: (tired)
I'll be 25 in February and I still have no idea what to do with my life. Right now I'm in college, but I'm not sure if I want to stick with it or go into some training program. I hate making big decisions.
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My 18 year old brother is also a heroin addict. He was sober for 2 months when he was living with my cousin who has been sober for 2 years. He came home for a court date(stole my neighbors tv) and went on a drug binge. He overdosed and had to be revived twice. He was supposed to go back up to Maine and resume going to meetings and hopefully become sober again. He took off. Now he is on the streets somewhere getting high. My family is going through a difficult time right now, and I am in an outpatient program for depression. I feel for anyone going through the same thing. I am hoping to talk to people who have had the same experience and how they have dealt with it.
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I've been so depressed lately, I've been just trying to get through the day. School starts soon and all I want to do is hide under my covers.


Mar. 2nd, 2009 07:17 pm
februaryice: (tuck everlasting)
I love snow days! I did absolutely nothing this weekend, and today was supposed to make up for that. This is me though, so I slept and that's it. I need to get motivated, or something.


Sep. 27th, 2008 08:26 pm
februaryice: (captain john)
So I haven't updated in a while. Its mostly because I've been depressed. I was supposed to start a nursing program in August, but I decided to wait a year. I have no idea what I want to do with my life. I am taking to classes at a community college. If I decide not to go into nursing I will hopefully transfer to a four year college next year. I do know I am not the only 21 year old who has no idea what to do with life, but its still depressing.


Feb. 25th, 2008 07:05 pm
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If you've ever had a weight problem please check out sparkpeople.com!
februaryice: (captain john)
So, I've had to drop my classes and I feel really guilty. I was doing excellent considering the semester before I was completely depressed. This only aggravates me because I am so behind with other people my age. I don't even think about the people who didn't go to college. I have issues people! It will be great once I get this health thing sorted out and then I can stop feeling so gross. Then I can concentrate on getting in shape and LPN PROGRAM!! I hope everything works out soon.

Good Things: Netflix, My bed
Bad Things: Everything else, including my stomach
februaryice: (simon)
So apparently I have a elevated ANA, and I tested mildly positive for Rheumatoid. Now I have to see a rheumatology specialist. I have an appointment in early March. I want to know whats wrong now!!
februaryice: (deansam)
So apparently my doctors office called twice today. I have to go in for a follow up and to discuss my blood results. I really hope nothing is wrong!

I am in love with Eva Ibbotson books. So far I have read A countess below stairs and the morning gift. I will probably start a song for summer this weekend.



Jan. 23rd, 2008 12:50 pm
februaryice: (awesome)
Finally I got some good news. I got accepted to the Shawsheen Tech LPN program that starts this August! I am so excited. I've been having such a bad time lately that I really needed this. School started today and for some reason I am super excited. I am only taking 2 classes, but it should help me keep active. Now I just have to go to the gym.

RIP Heath Ledger Brokeback Mountain broke my heart and now I will probably never be able to watch it again.


Sep. 28th, 2006 07:09 pm
februaryice: (deansmile)
I feel like I just got hit by a truck, seriously. Supernatural's on tonight so that makes me happy!! Also, repeats of everwood start on monday. I am a complete geek.


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