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The new changes livejournal just made are horrible. Bring back the subject lines. I don't know what they were thinking.
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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.


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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.


Mar. 12th, 2011 02:06 am
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lavenderfrost at ...WTF.
Well, there goes my good mood for the day.

NYTimes, the bastion of quality reporting, reported on the gang-rape of an 11 year-old girl in Texas  that's led to charges against 18 high-school boys so far - all well and good so far, right?  Shit like this NEEDS publicity to raise awareness. 

Only problem is, they repeated - without refutation or critical commentary - the claims that the girl brought the rape on herself because of the way she was dressed.

Choice Quotes (No cut b/c everyone needs to see this - DEAL.):

“It’s just destroyed our community,” said Sheila Harrison, 48, a hospital worker who says she knows several of the defendants. “These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.  As opposed to the victim, who's gonna bounce back lickety-fucking-split, right?

Residents in the neighborhood where the abandoned trailer stands — known as the Quarters — said the victim had been visiting various friends there for months. They said she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s. She would hang out with teenage boys at a playground, some said.  TOTALLY BEGGING FOR IT.


Now, what's being said and done in this community is bad enough, but the NY Times should be fucking ashamed of themselves right now.

Here's how to contact NYT: )

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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.

Spirit Day

Oct. 3rd, 2010 02:48 am
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.

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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.
februaryice: (stardust)
Generation Kill is officially my favorite mini series!
februaryice: (arthursad)
I am so sick! I don't think I have ever been sick so many times in my life.


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.
februaryice: (stardust)

Your result for The Political Show Test...


You are a liberal.

You believe liberty is the primary political value.
februaryice: (awesome)
My mother and I just got back from voting. It was really easy. GO MASSACHUSETTS!


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.
februaryice: (stardust)
februaryice: (captain john)
I caved I couldn't handle it. I lated until about 4 pm and then I had to eat something. I was so hungry. The lemonade stuff just wasn't doing it for me. Maybe I will try it again in another month. Hopefully I will be more prepared.
februaryice: (stardust)
The Chocolate laxative tea tastes better than expected which is good. I'm excited about this cleanse, but I really don't know if I have enough willpower to resist food. I guess we will see. I'm going to try to blog about my experiences for the next ten days. I think it will be interesting to look back on it after I'm done.


Apr. 14th, 2008 08:33 am
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februaryice: (stardust)
SQEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I just bought all seven season of BTVS for 99.00(regular 199.00) at amazon.com! I am so excited! I call it a late birthday present from me to me!



1. Dead Until Dark (1st in the Southern Vampire Series)
Excellent read. I am definitely getting the next book in the series. All the characters were very easy to like. They were human even the main character Sookie. I really couldn't understand why Sookie and Bill were so quick to say that they love each other. I would have liked them to get to know each other better first. Plus he was her first. Also, I'm happy because other than Robin Hobb this is book was not in the Young Adult section. Most of my book have come from the teen section, but I really needed a change.

2. Saving Juliet
This book was such an easy read. It was charming. The only complaint I have is that I wanted it to keep going.

Must Read:

1. A Song For Summer
2. A Curse As Dark As Gold
3. A Sweet Far Thing (3rd in the Gemma Doyle Series)


Mar. 6th, 2008 03:36 pm
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Must Read List:

1. A Curse Dark as Gold
2. Saving Juliet
3. The Sweet Far Thing (3rd book The Gemma Doyle Trilogy)
4. Eclipse (Twilight book 3)

Books I want:

1. Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 1)
2. City of Ashes (Mortal Instrument series)
3. Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet


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