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The fiasco continues

Originally posted by electricdruid</lj> 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.


Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS

Originally posted by deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.


Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.


Kids

So, Brothers & Sisters has been pretty lame recently, but I have to share one thing. I am so glad that Scotty and Kevin are fostering a child. I think using a surrogate or sperm donor to have a child is great, but when it comes to gay couples in the media, that is what gets all the attention. Its seems like all the gay celebrities (Neil Patrick Harris, Elton John, Wanda Sykes) are using these methods, which is fine. If someone really wants a biological child, good for them. Another reason to go that way is to have a newborn, because adopting an infant can be very difficult. Even on the news, most of the stories are about people who used surrogates and sperm donors. I just wish more attention would be given to adoption. I know I'm going to adopt. Having a biological attachment isn't important to me and there are millions of orphans in America. (Over 2.9 million, I did a paper on this last semester.) I'm happy a popular show is showing a gay couple going through adoption.

TV & Stuff

I hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas and/or a Happy Saturday!

I got $120, $25 on iTunes, and $30 for Old Navy. Two sets of thermal bottoms and tops. A Power Rangers t-shirt, a Marvel heroes t-shirt, and a TARDIS t-shirt. A sweet leather jacket, pajamas, a fleece jacket, dress socks, and a nice knit cap with a matching scarf. A book from Ripley's Believe It Or Not and a mini flashlight. My dad gave me two collections of awesome (and probably bad) B-movies. One is all about vampires (The Undead Express/Vampire Wars/Nadja/The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire). The other is about space (Spaceballs/The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai/Killer Klowns From Outer Space). Spaceballs is the only one of these I've seen. I got a nice mini video camera. Its the kind with a USB attached so you can uploaded videos quickly. I'm really excited to start using it. Lastly, I got a pair of the Wheezy Waiter sneakers, but they hasn't come in the mail yet.

I got Kinect Sports for the XBOX 360, but I don't have an XBOX. I assumed it was present for me brother, but he said he didn't have one either, even though he got an XBOX game too. Then my mom said, "I couldn't get you both an XBOX, so I got one for me and you can play your games when you come home." Love her. I'll probably set it up tomorrow and give the games a try.

I'm almost finished with my Christmas marathon. For the past few years, I watch all of the Christmas themed episodes of the TV shows I have on DVD. This year included episodes from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I Met Your Mother, Veronica Mars, The Boondocks, Pushing Daisies, Family Guy, Psych, Community, and What's New, Scooby-Doo. I'm watching Scooby-Doo and once I'm done, I'll watch the Doctor Who Christmas special. So Excited.

Night everyone and in case I don't update before Saturday, Happy New Year!

Writer's Block: 'Tis the season

Do you find the holiday season relaxing or stressful, and why?

Relaxing, but the most work I do during this season is buy presents, decorate the tree, and shovel show. Also, eat. I eat a lot. This is my break from school and it is wonderful. I'm sure my parents aren't as relaxed since they do a lot more. I should totally help out more this year.
What is the best new TV series of 2010?

Terriers on FX is my new favorite show. It's an amazing detective show with interesting and shocking story lines. Sherlock on BBC and Covert Affairs on USA are also brilliant shows.

Hey You Guys!

Guess what I'm doing tonight?
 . . .
Too late! I'm seeing Craig Ferguson live with one of my best friends!

That's right.

I knew he was coming to town, but I didn't have the extra cash. Then two days ago my friend, Debbie, says her school bought 100 tickets to the show and were giving them to students for free. She got two tickets and invited me because she know's I am absolutely in love with this man. I love that girl.

I'm so frakking excited!

McGlee

Glee coverage begins now.

Glee DuetsCollapse )

Time for Raising Hope.

Glee

OH MY GOD THIS EPISODE!
I didn't do my usual coverage, but I do have some things to say.

Putting The Glee In GodCollapse )

Speaking of religion I had a little awakening today. See, I've always considered myself an agnostic. I was raised Christian but as early as 6 I can remeber thinking all those people where crazy. The idea of asking some stranger in the sky to make your life better sounded so stupid. Actually, recently, I've felt like a reluctant atheist. I want to believe in something more, but I just can't because none of it makes sense. I've always been jealous of people that can talk about faith as if it is fact and be "filled with the love of God" or whatever.

Anyway, I'm taking Eastern Religion this semester and I really like Buddhism. I love the whole idea of having a personal path and working on the individual. I'm not trying to bash any god-focused religions, they just aren't for me. I don't want to worship some invisible force everyday. I don't need a savior. I want to focus on being a good person. making sure my friends, family, and I are happy as possible. I really like the idea of acknowledging impermanence. Everything changes. That has always been something I thought about. I like not getting obsessed with the present and understanding that my life will change. I'm not going to be a hardcore Buddhist (yet) and I don't give crap about Nirvana or reincarnation, but I will try to live my life to avoid greed, hate, and delusion. Just enjoy being happy and good.

Who knows? Maybe I'll find some other religion in my lifetime, I'm only 20.

Alright, good night all.

P.S. Is anyone watching Raising Hope? I thought it was going to be terrible, but its become my favorite new show. It's hilarious and the main guy is adorable.

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