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Stygian Syzygy: Wow. Flint just sent out notices for tax liens to 8000 residents, for their unpaid water bills
eggplant with benefits: glkjsfd;jg;adfjgafdg
eggplant with benefits: WHAT water
eggplant with benefits: when you say "flint", who exactly do you mean? city management? whatever their water district is?
eggplant with benefits: and how are those people even still alive, i'm sort of wondering by this point. in a vigilante justice sense
Stygian Syzygy:
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‘1984’ sales soar after Trump claims, ‘alternative facts’:
First published in 1949, Orwell’s classic dystopian tale of a society in which facts are distorted and suppressed in a cloud of “newspeak” topped the best-seller list of as of Tuesday evening.

Well I flippin' well hope so!

I wonder if people are buying it for themselves, or if e.g. people are buying quantities to distribute, or something like that.

eta: Apparently the publisher has ordered a new print run to meet demand. crikey.
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Stygian Syzygy: damn this world.. everything is stupid.
octarine dye #6: ?
Stygian Syzygy: Oh, just raiding the pipeline stuff, and the refuge guys getting away with it (except the dead one) and Trump saying "fuck this election, it's rigged anyway. Just make me King already" (not quite those words)
octarine dye #6: wow
octarine dye #6: not, "someone else died"
Stygian Syzygy: Oh probably, I just haven't read the whole internet yet
octarine dye #6: heh
octarine dye #6: i love the smell of cynicism in the afternoon


Dec. 18th, 2012 07:10 pm
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San Jose City College on lockdown, reports of a gunman on campus

ETA: All clear was given about an hour and a half ago. Apparently no gunman was found. Between that and the lack of actual shots fired, I'm forced to wonder if someone called 911 as a prank...
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Snoop Penguin says:
Yay free birth control for women
But this is the third biggest attack on the US in history
according to republicans.

exploot says:
attack on the US?

Snoop Penguin says:
Literally, one of the republicans fight it said something along the lines of "Pearl Harbour, 9/11, giving women birth control"
I wish I was fucking kidding
but, of course, there's no war on women

exploot says:

Snoop Penguin says:

exploot says:
no, i believe you
i just.. i cannot understand that logic at all
"oh my god, women have to get pregnant as much as possible or it's WAR ON AMERICA"??
and the verb "giving" is bothering me here
cos it's, you know
you only get what we give you
and what we ought to be giving you is SPERM
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Originally posted by [ profile] condwiramurs at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [ profile] sabrebabe at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [ profile] voxangelus at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [ profile] paean_sf at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [ profile] marguerite_26 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

(this is an edited version of [ profile] lk737's post here)

According to this article, dated March 15, 2012:

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly.

Fox news confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:

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Arizona Senate Passes Bill Allowing Doctors To Not Inform Women Of Prenatal Issues To Prevent Abortions

The Arizona Senate passed a bill this week that gives doctors a free pass to not inform pregnant women of prenatal problems because such information could lead to an abortion.

In other words, doctors can intentionally keep critical health information from pregnant women and can’t be sued for it. ...

Republicans are allowing anti-abortion doctors to keep life threatening information from pregnant women all because they are obsessed with stopping any and all abortions. Women may not know they have a life threatening condition until they die on the emergency room table. And the doctor couldn’t be sued. ...

Doctors should not be allowed to make decisions for pregnant women as a way to prevent abortions.

NB, only their Senate and not their House yet, but still. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK.
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Oolon Colluphid says:
Tennessee Senator Stacey Campfield is possibly one of the biggest d-bags I've seen evidence of in recent times
He's the guy who started the "Don't say gay" bull

bollocksed monophthong says:

Oolon Colluphid says:
err, bill, but that works

bollocksed monophthong says:

Oolon Colluphid says:
But claims that it is "virtually impossible" for heterosexual intercourse to pass HIV/Aids.. that HIV came from a gay man having sex with a monkey (because all gays are also into bestiality) ... And has also claimed that the "Black Caucus" (black lawmakers group in Tennessee) is racist for not letting him join, and that even the KKK doesn't ban members by race, and are thus less racist

bollocksed monophthong says:
that's way past douchebaggery into ... into ... i don't even fucking know what to call that last bit there
"special" really isn't adequately describing it

Oolon Colluphid says:
Black Caucus member: “Why he chose to focus on the Black Caucus, I have no idea other than he is crazy and a racist.”
The 37-year-old Campfield defended himself Saturday in a message on his Web journal, or blog, under the heading “I too dream.”

bollocksed monophthong says:
well okay
i'm only too happy to judge him not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character
he asked for it
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Senators Demand the Military Lock Up of American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window

The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. ... The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.

(I'm rather surprised by D-Mich being involved here. John McCain, oy vey, but Michigan Democrat? Not the combination I'd expect to come up with this malarkey.)

In support of this harmful bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) explained that the bill will “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield” and people can be imprisoned without charge or trial “American citizen or not.” Another supporter, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) also declared that the bill is needed because “America is part of the battlefield.”

According to an update at the end of the article this is on the Senate floor under debate right now. (Posting time 10:46 AM; don't know if that timestamp was updated and what time zone it was.)
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via [ profile] dionysusdevotee, who remarked "History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes":

Supposedly this is from "United States Bankers' Magazine" in 1892. I tried to find a direct original for that and couldn't; closest I came was from an 1893 book: "the Chicago Daily Press recently published a dispatch from Wall Street, dated March 21, 1892". But the text itself seems to be for real, whatever exactly was its original provenance. (If that link doesn't work, try searching Google Books for the phrase "At the coming Omaha Convention to be held July 4th 1892". The title is Imperialism in America.)

We must go forward cautiously and consolidate each acquired position, because already the inferior social stratum of society is giving unceasing signs of agitation.

Therefore, prudence dictates to us a line of conduct that seems to give in to the will of the people, until the execution of our plans be well-enough established for us to be able to declare our intentions without having to fear any organized resistance.

Our confidence men shall have to closely watch the Farmers Alliance and the Knights of Work, and take steps immediately, either to control both associations in accordance with our interests, or to break them.

Our men will have to attend the Convention that will be held in Omaha on the 4th of July, and be in charge of all activities. Otherwise, this Convention could muster such an antagonism to our plans that we would have to resort to force to overcome it.

Now, at the present time, using violence would be premature. We are not yet ready to confront such an assault. Money must first of all seek maximum protection in schemes and in legislation.

Let us make use of the courts. Let us go forward as fast as possible at perceiving debts, at foreclosing (depriving of recourse to justice when a certain time limit has been transgressed) on debentures and mortgages.

When, through the law's intervention, the common people shall have lost their homes, they will be more easy to control and more easy to govern, and they shall not be able to resist the strong hand of the Government acting in accordance with the orders of the central power of imperial wealth, under the control of the leaders of finance.

Our top leaders are perfectly aware of the truth. They are presently working at establishing an imperialism of the capital to rule the world. But while they are implementing this plan, they must keep the people busy with political antagonisms.

We'll therefore speed up the question of reform in the custom rates by the political organization called the Democratic Party; and we'll put the spotlight on the question of protection and of the reciprocity by the Republican Party.

By dividing the electorate this way, we'll be able to have them spend their energies at struggling amongst themselves on questions that, for us, have no importance whatsoever, and on which we only touch upon as instructors of the common flock.

It is thus that, through discreet acts, we can maintain what was so generously projected and executed with such a remarkable success.
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Originally posted by [personal 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.

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The EKG showed, basically, certain electrical pathways being blocked leading to irregularities in heart pace (in his case, rapid pulse). He has this monitor thing about the size of a pager, connected to electrodes on the chest, that he has to wear for up to 30 days. (If at that point he hasn't logged another event, they basically consider it a heisenbug or mandelbug or something, not reproducible enough to gain useful information, and take it away again. um. D'ya know this kind of condition can result in passing out and/or sudden death due to the heart simply stopping, under certain unfortunate circumstances?) If/whenever he experiences the symptoms again, he presses a button and it puts a flag in the data log. Once they collect some data they will decide whether to try treating with high doses of beta blockers (which he's already on for blood pressure), or some other drug, or whether to go with a pacemaker. So right now he's in the unhappy position of hoping it occurs again so he can log it, and yet hoping it doesn't because it's scary, although apparently he was fortunate/unusual in that it came and went shortly rather than lasting for some long period of time. The sooner caught the better, kind of thing, in any case.
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pasted from chat with [personal profile] enotsola, re my dad, who my mother took down to Kaiser at about 9:45 this morning:

apparenty yeah, some kind of heart problem
they did an ekg, and putting a monitor on him, and moved up an appt from 2 PM to in a few mins
she says she'll call me when they get home as she really shouldn't be on the phone
and they may do drugs, or may have to implant a pacemaker (!)
and she thinks this is not very surprising, since his mother had heart trouble around this age, which is true
IIRC she had a pacemaker, although obviously they were a lot less advanced in the 80s
electrical impulses screwy, kind of thing
so... wonderful
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So have y'all seen a commercial for "Bad Teacher", this thing with Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake in it? It makes me angry in the pants. I can't help seeing anything but "A woman's only value is to be young and hot and preferably blond - but then we'll physically punish her for being sexy". (She gets a dodgeball [I think it is] to the face from a kid encouraged to throw "through" her, not "at" her.) I hope that right after that, she goes, like, "You little TWERP!" and pwns his ass, but somehow I'm not holding my breath.

I dunno. I may be reading too much into 30 seconds. But it just looks like the whole thing is going to come out sexist if not outright misogynistic.
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Bah: Navy reverses itself on gay marriages on military bases

(p.s. I know what they mean by "reverses itself", but it's still a strange-sounding phrase. Anyone else remember The Boy Who Reversed Himself?)

and this via [personal profile] scarlet_bee: So there's this Anti-Homosexuality bill due to be voted on in Uganda on the 13th, which includes the death penalty for homosexuality.

There's a petition against it here, which has over 1.5million signatures on it so far - they're hoping to get to 2 million. Apparently last time this came up in 2009 it was shelved after international condemnation, as the president of Uganda said it had become a foreign policy issue.
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For V20 we are setting upa professional photo-shoot for all of the 13 clans. [...] However, we do have certain artistic and physical constraints that we must work within to create the desired effect that we wish to achieve. With all that being said we are looking to cast females in the roles of the following Clans:

Malkavian, Setite, Toreador, Tremere

Details: We are looking for four women that are a size 6 or under and available to be in the Atlanta area April 26th and 27th.

Wow. That really annoys me. I'm having a hard time understanding what there could be about the concept of WoD vampires that means only thin-to-tiny women could qualify to be good depictions, so I can only conclude that their "desired effect" is smack in the middle of the usual beauty standards. Anyone want to bet they didn't put similar blanket restrictions on the size of the male models?
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The controversy began last week when Etsy flipped the switch on People Search as part of its effort to make Etsy feel more like a social network. Now, when users run a search for a person's full name, that user's account will show up in the search results, even if that person is only a buyer. ... The problem is that, aside from a thread in Etsy's forums (which is almost entirely used by sellers, not buyers), Etsy has not notified users of the change in privacy settings or policy. Previously, users could search Etsy for seller names, but the names of buyers were not exposed as part of the search. Not only are buyers searchable now, they're even searchable by real name if that info is in their account profiles—this is not a required element of the registration process, but there's nothing to indicate that it's optional. ... Even better, people's Etsy profiles and their purchase histories (via the feedback they leave) are beginning to show up under Google results for their names. ... Those who do have accounts on Etsy can remove their real names from their profile pages, and there's also a way to make your purchase history private (Your Account > Settings > Privacy). However, most account holders aren't even aware of the change in the first place, and they're not likely to change their settings without some sort of prompt.

See also though.

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