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i hadn't posted on lj since forever, but i've been driven out, like everybody else. hiya.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
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.

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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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] ladyqkat at Dear GOP - the collective you are an Idiot
(Post originally seen in this post by [livejournal.com profile] ramblin_phyl. I have been notified that it was originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] ladyqkat in her journal post. The story and words are hers, but I do believe that it needs to go viral and that as many people as possible need to get their stories out there. Only by making a noise about this can we make a change in our society.)

There is a move afoot in the nation -driven by the GOP - to repeal the new health care laws, to protect corporate interests, to defend against fear-mongering (and stupid) cries of "socialism!", and to ensure that people are forced to choose between keeping a roof over their heads or getting necessary health care.

This movement is killing people.

Think I'm overstating the fact?

Ask the friends and family of writer/reviewer Melissa Mia Hall, who died of a heart attack last week because she was so terrified of medical bills, she didn't go see a doctor who could have saved her life.

From another writer friend: One person. Not the only one. That could have been me. Yeah, I have access to insurance -- I live in New York City, which is freelancer-friendly, and have access to freelancer advocacy groups. Through them, I can pay over $400/month ($5,760/year) as a single, healthy woman, so that if I go to the hospital I'm not driven to bankruptcy. But a doctor's appointment - a routine physical - can still cost me several hundred dollars each visit. So unless something's terribly wrong? I won't go.

My husband worked for the government for 30 years. We have government employee (retired) insurance. It is the only thing of value he took away from that job. His pension is pitiful. He still works part time. My writing income has diminished drastically. Our combined income is now less than what it was before T retired fifteen years ago. Inflation has diminished it further. In the last 30 days I have racked up over $8000 in medical bills for tests and the beginning of treatment. Our co-pay is 20% after the deductible. And there is more to come. Our savings are already gone. I have the gold standard of insurance and I still can't pay all the medical bills.

Another friend lost her insurance when her husband lost his job. She couldn't afford medication and ended up bed ridden for three months at the end of over a year of no job and therefore no insurance until he found work again.

It's our responsibility. All of us, together. As a nation.

EtA: Nobody is trying to put insurance companies out of business. They will always be able to offer a better plan for a premium. We simply want to ensure that every citizen - from infant to senior citizen - doesn't have to choose between medical care, and keeping a roof over their heads, or having enough to eat.

We're trying to get this to go viral. Pass it along.




I'm going to post my story as the first comment to this post if anyone would like to read it. If anyone wants to tell their story, please tell it on your own journal and post a link in the comments. Maybe, just maybe, TPTB will listen to the slaves peons who clean their toilets before they have to clean their own.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] ladyqkat at Dear GOP - the collective you are an Idiot
(Post originally seen in this post by [info]ramblin_phyl. I have been notified that it was originally posted by [info]suricattus in her journal post. The story and words are hers, but I do believe that it needs to go viral and that as many people as possible need to get their stories out there. Only by making a noise about this can we make a change in our society.)

There is a move afoot in the nation -driven by the GOP - to repeal the new health care laws, to protect corporate interests, to defend against fear-mongering (and stupid) cries of "socialism!", and to ensure that people are forced to choose between keeping a roof over their heads or getting necessary health care.

This movement is killing people.

Think I'm overstating the fact?

Ask the friends and family of writer/reviewer Melissa Mia Hall, who died of a heart attack last week because she was so terrified of medical bills, she didn't go see a doctor who could have saved her life.

From another writer friend: One person. Not the only one. That could have been me. Yeah, I have access to insurance -- I live in New York City, which is freelancer-friendly, and have access to freelancer advocacy groups. Through them, I can pay over $400/month ($5,760/year) as a single, healthy woman, so that if I go to the hospital I'm not driven to bankruptcy. But a doctor's appointment - a routine physical - can still cost me several hundred dollars each visit. So unless something's terribly wrong? I won't go.

My husband worked for the government for 30 years. We have government employee (retired) insurance. It is the only thing of value he took away from that job. His pension is pitiful. He still works part time. My writing income has diminished drastically. Our combined income is now less than what it was before T retired fifteen years ago. Inflation has diminished it further. In the last 30 days I have racked up over $8000 in medical bills for tests and the beginning of treatment. Our co-pay is 20% after the deductible. And there is more to come. Our savings are already gone. I have the gold standard of insurance and I still can't pay all the medical bills.

Another friend lost her insurance when her husband lost his job. She couldn't afford medication and ended up bed ridden for three months at the end of over a year of no job and therefore no insurance until he found work again.

It's our responsibility. All of us, together. As a nation.

EtA: Nobody is trying to put insurance companies out of business. They will always be able to offer a better plan for a premium. We simply want to ensure that every citizen - from infant to senior citizen - doesn't have to choose between medical care, and keeping a roof over their heads, or having enough to eat.

We're trying to get this to go viral. Pass it along.




I'm going to post my story as the first comment to this post if anyone would like to read it. If anyone wants to tell their story, please tell it on your own journal and post a link in the comments. Maybe, just maybe, TPTB will listen to the slaves peons who clean their toilets before they have to clean their own.

DBAD

Aug. 12th, 2009 10:29 am
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http://fragbert.livejournal.com/442522.html

shorter jesus: "Life is hard, we're all in this together, don't be a dick."
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it's fiscally irresponsible, but nevertheless the right thing to do. want to encourage me? http://jeansirius.com/fund/

merci.
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i'd be an entirely different person altogether, i guess.

so, yeah. need any last-minute gifts? let me recommend the miniphotobooks, only $5 apiece. my feet go to europe, this is me in europe, and the lovely collection of anti-war grafitti, signs of peace in europe.

for somebody you really like a great deal, someone with taste and refinement, i suggest my collage book, seeing double / rose windows.

and for totally retro, 20th century poetry, i can lay hands on some out-of-print goodies: and every one of us a witch and lesbian love poems. (they're not hooked up to paypal. just email me.)

i'll happily ship directly to the recipient. if you order something, send me an email as well, so i'm not pitifully pinging paypal every fifteen minutes. use my gmail address (siriosa).

we return you to our previously scheduled programming, already in progress.
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Fight the H8 in California


saturday, november 15, 2008.
8:30am in hawai'i.
10:30am on the west coast.
11:30am mountain.
12:30pm central.
1:30pm eastern.

i'll be at oakland city hall.

it's about civil rights. no more. no less.
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je ne suis encore desolee.

i am proud of my country tonight, while simultaneously exasperated by the sad, scared, and in-the-way people in california who voted for prop. 8.

but the tide has already turned. they just don't know it yet. if prop. 8 passes, we'll just have to repeal it next time. or the time after.

as grace slick used to sing: every day more of us are being born, and more of them are dying.
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unless you are a goat, cuz goats can't vote.

thanks to amy winfrey, who gives me hope for the future.

no on 8. no on 4. yes to hope. i handed in my absentee ballot last week, thinking that would make me less anxious today. i think maybe if i'd walked it into the polling place, as i usually do, at least i'd have my neighbors around me to be anxious with.

are there swing states left? do you live in one of them? go vote now. if you're in a red state, get out there and make it pink.
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this is one of the rare instances when i post the same thing to both blogs. right now it's running 50-50. (okay, okay, 49-49.) which is appalling. she's qualified to be a cheerleader. she's qualified to host pta suppers. commander-in-chief of the u.s.? sweet baby cheeses.

pbs is running the poll. it will get media attention. go vote, wouldja? we can't have pbs saying their viewers think palin is qualified.

sometimes i wish i were canadian. honestly.
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john glionna of the l.a. times interviewed me briefly for his story on the berkeley bowl. i'm reffed on page 2.

naturally, i was misquoted. it's the goddess "oblivia," not "oblivion."

he really wanted a story about bad behavior there, and he pissed glenn yasuda off so much that he's now banned from the bowl. for life.

poor bastard.
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via shaenon garrity, the lhc rap. kate mcalpine totally, totally rocks.
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and here we have my little shot of the chapel ceiling at the cluny museum, via schmap, on the iphone.

i must be up to 27 minutes of fame by now.
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jon carroll had a recent column about bicyclists. les hutchins wrote a letter about it, which carroll reproduced (in full?). fleeting fragments of fame.

speaking of which, couple weeks ago i got interviewed in the berkeley bowl by john glionna, reporter for the l.a. times. he wanted to talk about conflict and frustration in that wonderful place. i had an opinion. (of course he talked to multiple random shoppers.) the story's not up yet. i keep checking: fortunately, he has an unusual name. or, i suppose, i could just relax and let google alerts tell me.
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the 1999 trailer for frameline lgbt film festival.

schmapplet

Mar. 16th, 2008 09:34 pm
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meant to post this months ago. cola has one of her photographs in schmapp, and now, so do i. it's of the ceiling of the chapel in the cluny museum.

huh. looks like the "schmapplet" they offered me is incompatible with livejournal. figures. i'll go try it on the googleblog.

you can see it here. hover your cursor over the cluny museum in the middle column. the relevant images cycle through the picture window on the right.


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(via boing boing)

so terry pratchett's donated a half a million pounds to alzheimer's research. one of his many, many fans has suggested that we get together and match it. donate here. tell 'em it's for terry. it's the next place i'm going.
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