The fiasco continues

Originally posted by 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.

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Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Originally posted by 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.


Spirit Day

Originally posted by 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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1. Newest Fandom:

well, kinda Firefly, and a little HP/Buffy crossover, mostly crossovers ....


2. Oldest Fandom: 

StarWars: The Phantom Menace, specifically, the Sith Academy by Siubhan. Then I got into movie!Xmen,  and Askewniverse slash (Jay and Silent Bob are the hottest stoners ever) and it was all downhill from there. 


3. Favorite Fandom:

currently: Buffy, has been at times SWTPM, Askewniverse, and/or Stargate SG-1 


4. Guilty Pleasure Fandom:

the StarWars


5. OTP:

by fandom: 

AtS/Buffy: main otp: Spike/Xander, also Tara/Oz and Angel/Wesley(or Doyle) angst otp- S/X, soulmate otp- Ethan/Giles, perfect for each other otp- Riley/Graham, het otp- Spike/Dawn, femmeslash otp- Buffy/Faith 

Askewniverse: Jay/Bob, natch

Firefly: Mal/Simon, or Simon/Jayne, or once River/Jayne

Harry Potter: if I must; Harry/Draco, Snape/Lucius

LOTR: ummm, the Secret Diaries pairings? or Merry/Pippin

SG1: Jack/Daniel, Jack/Daniel/Paul, Sam/Janet or Sam/Teal'c

SWTPM: Maul/Obi


6. OT3:

Spike/Angel/Xander, 


7. Worst Pairing Ever:

one word: Spuffy. 


8. Wankiest Fandom:

is this supposed to be the fandom that we wank to? or is most filled with wankers? 


9. I'd Like to Find a Fandom For:

There really should be more Blade or Labyrinth stories, man - "Ramen!"

also, I'd like to see some Secretary fic, and some Shanghai Noon/Knights slash...


10. I Wouldn't Touch This Fandom For All the Money in the World:

I don't do RPS, ever. it just squicks me.


11. Any Literary Fandoms:

Merry Gentry Series, definitely,  DISCWORLD! umm...


12. Any Bandoms:

see number ten. 


13. Any Gamer Fandoms:

not really, though I laugh my ass off when people hit on my partner based on his runescape characters being "hot" *They all look alike dumbass!*


14. I Miss This Fandom: 

the Askewniverse, mainly for the fun authors, and I miss the literary innocence that I read TPM with.... 


15. I'm Glad This Fandom Is Gone: 

none
 

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meme-age

I thought this was an interesting twist on some old standards. Stolen from the delectable </a></font></b></a>.

1. Go to www.flickr.com or Google Images.
2. Type in your answer to the question in the "search" box.
3. Use only the first page.
4. Copy the html and paste for the answer.


 this post is not dial-up friendly.




1. What is your first name?



2. What is your last name?



3. In what month were you born?



4. What is your favorite hobby?



5. What is your favorite flower or plant?



6. What is your favorite color?



7. Who is your favorite Disney princess?



8. What do you want to be when you grow up?



9. One word to describe you?



10. What do you dream about?



11. Favorite TV show?



12. Favorite celebrity crush?



13. Favorite place?



14. Favorite vacation spot?



15. Name of pets?



16. Favorite dessert?



17. Favorite food?



18. Favorite drink?



19. Favorite alcoholic beverage?



20. Of what are you afraid?



21. Favorite time of day?



22. What do you love most in life?






 

Fic: 30 Minutes - A Case of You, Ch 1a

Note; sorry this is so short, but really, I just wanted to finally start posting something. If I get a positive response, (even one) I'll actually work at finishing this, and the next

Pairing: Spike/Xander, Xander/Cordy(canon only), Xander/? (It's a secret, shh.)

Rating: this chapter, R for language; overall NC-17

Spoilers: Season 2

Disclaimer: These characters and settings are created by and therefore owned by Joss Whedon et al. This is more proof that Goddess loves us and wants us to be happy. I won't make any money by writing this, it is merely an exercise in mental masturbation.

 

30 Minutes

 

If I have to stay cooped up here in this bloody mansion for one more sodding day, I am goin' to kill Angelus, even if it kills Dru. Know what, especially if it kills Dru. Love my dark beauty, she's my sire, but this Daddy thing she's got goin' is about to drive me out of my sodding skull.

Self-involved prats. Think just 'cause 'm sitting in this blasted contraption that 'm helpless, here for his personal use and amusment. Just saunters in an' helps himself to my life, to my lady. But she's not really mine, is she?

You know, it says something, that for 118 years I've done everything for Dru, taken care of her, kept her, well, undead, fed her, loved her, and all it takes is a fuckin' twitch of his sodding *finger* and she's on her back for 'Daddy'.

I hate being love's bitch, almost as much as I hate being Angelus' plaything.

I've killed a lot of people, but it wasn't about *hurting* people. It was about the thrill, the fight, the hunt and catch; even killing Slayers was about the dance, the slash and thrust, parry and ripost, not about torture or mind-fucks. Not like Angelus. And Angel's just a fuckin' poncey version, so involved in his own 'oh, woe is me, for I have been a right bastard' brooding to ever admit that soul or no soul, wanker did as he liked.

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What the hell kind of name for a Slayer is 'Buffy,' anyway?

She's not half-bad with the fighting, Watcher must not be a total prat. She doesn't have the body or style of Niki Wood, or the training of Xin Rong, but I'll say this for her, she's got a hell of an attitude. Makes her an interesting study. But 'Buffy'? I mean 'Buffy'? Ooh, 'm scared- it's *Buffy*! And to top that, is the Watcher slipping? A Slayer with friends? Weakness just waiting to be exploited. On the other hand, it makes her a bit unpredictable, look what happened to the Master. And the sodding ritual. Not to mention, her mum's a right terror. 

God, I'm ready to leave this bloody town.

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I don't blog that much. Which is really funny if you know me, cause you know that I can talk for hours about the randomest shite. 

So I will just use this to say, you have to watch these movies:

PS Your Cat is Dead -- With Steve Guttenberg, a failed actor is left by his girlfriend and burgled on New Year's Eve. Hilarity ensues. 

The Boys & Girl from County Clare -- Features great Irish music, the Irish guy from StarTrek and Andrea Corr from The Corrs family band. 

Brazil -- For total trippiness. 

A Life Less Ordinary -- Lovely Ewan McGregor and a very sexy Cameron Diaz. Not to mention Delroy Lindo, Holly Hunter, Ian Holm, and Maury Chalkin. 

more to come