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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] write_light at BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

From the flist: 



Spread the word, even you're not a US citizen, it is important for everyone!! It easy to do and it can change everything. More info by clicking on the banner.

Website Blocking

The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.

Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users

It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.

Chaos for the Internet

Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.


Read this analysis from boing-boing.net

Get on the phone and call your representative. Express your disapproval. Tell him or her exactly how you feel, and that you don't support this. Tell your friends to call their representatives, their Congressperson, and complain. Mention that you are a registered voter that takes your civic responsibility seriously and that you will use that vote to express your feelings about this.

http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_60/Internet-Companies-Boost-Hill-Lobbying-210345-1.html?pos=olobh

“We support the bill’s stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting,” the Internet companies wrote in Tuesday’s letter. “Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites.”  The chamber-led coalition in support of the bill includes Walmart, Eli Lilly & Co. and Netflix.

Google and other opponents of the legislation argue that restricting the Internet in the U.S. sets a bad international precedent and that the language defines infringing too broadly.

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I'm hoping to get myself published one day. In the mean time it seems prudent to try and build up a fanbase/authorbase/platform to improve my chances with literary agents and publishers.

My New Twitter
My New Blog

I do ask that any who go there from here on LJ or any other fandom place to not be too explicit if they tweet me something, as a lot of people I know from Real Life are going to end up there, too. Otherwise, just come on over (let me know who you are reon he) and add me!

All this to distract from the fact I've got a new novel idea and now may actually start over in NaNoWriMo.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] old_blueeyes at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
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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.


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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] nano_muse at Writer's Block: Anti-bullying month
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The biggest bully in my life was probably me.

Considering I'm not even f-locking this I suppose this won't really be a secret anymore, but let me tell it to you anyway: I was a bully. And I was bullied. And I am still not sure which was worse. (Long memoir on bullying experiences is long.) )




Meta on bullying is not nearly as long but still rather long. Meta being that it is hard to get out of your head and realize just what is and is not bullying, just what is and is not crossing the line, and that as much as we despise bullying, the answer is not to despise the bullies. )




TL;DR


I was a bully, and I was bullied. I was the tough girl of the playground and of the block who managed to bully people without every laying a finger or a word on them. I was also shunned by my peers while barely clinging on to my friends, and eventually even assaulted for something that is such a small part of me and yet such a big part of what people see in me.

To this day, I struggle with trying not to bully others, trying not to be domineering. I try not to turn into a "bad boss", hurting and ignoring others to my ego-stroking benefit and at their expense.

There are a lot of types of bullies and a lot of reasons people bully, and there will be no one, easy solution to depend on to get rid of it, or even make a dent in it. But one type of bully I can say we can help is the ones who don't know that they are bullies.

And yes, they exist. They think their roughhousing is just playing, and don't realize that it's not playing when your friend/opponent is not nearly of your size or skill level. They think their back-and-forth insults are just joking around, without realizing that some of the people around them take these words to heart in a negative way. They believe what they are doing is truly okay, because they are seeing it on TV and in books and in video games that it's okay, and everyone expects someone else to do it so no one is just talking with them about it.

I can't speak for every bully or bullying victim, or even most, but I can speak for the ones who were like me in saying that we need to stop relying on bullshit campaigns and false platitudes, and that we need to start figuring out what bullying is and what it means for kids today, where they are getting the message from. The existing plans and campaigns against bullying are great, and they get a lot done, but they ultimately only reach out to a few kids because they only target a few specific types of bullies - they get a lot done but not enough, because we are placing too high and unrealistic expectations on them. We need to quit the futile efforts against stopping these ideas and instead equip kids with the ability to filter these ideas, learn what is and isn't okay, because if we don't, then no one else will - after all, no one else has so far.

No one did for me until it was too late.






What the hell did I just type 3300 words in an hour?! I spend 3 years ignoring that 'Writer's Block' widget on the LJ homepage and this is what gets me?!
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] nano_muse at Gay-Friendly Southwest's Homophobic Employee(s)
I think this article explains it best:

Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey weren't expecting anything out of the ordinary when they boarded their Southwest Airlines flight last Monday. Camila kissed Leisha -- just a typical "I love you" peck like any couple might share.

Apparently, this was not okay with their flight attendant, who came over to explain that two women kissing was not acceptable, because Southwest is "a family-oriented airline."

Leisha and Camila were extremely upset. The flight attendant wouldn't back down. The conflict escalated. And Leisha and Camila were kicked off their flight.

Jeremy Sharp is a college student and a fan of Leisha's -- Leisha was one of the stars of the TV series "The L Word." Jeremy started a petition on Change.org demanding that Southwest apologize to Leisha and Camila. Please sign Jeremy's petition to Southwest today.

[...]

In multiple statements, Southwest has refused to accept responsibility for the actions of its employee, and has instead blamed Leisha and Camila for bringing this discrimination on themselves.


Southwest is normally a very gay-friendly airline - they are even the official airline for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

At first I could understand the company's point of view, which is that they won't be responsible for the actions of one or a few employees - I am a Southwest regular, I have seen many other gay couples on these flights, and have never before seen this problem arise, so I can readily believe this is just the actions of one group of homophobic individuals. But now that they have tried to imply the couple brought discrimination on themselves, I hope for an apology for that statement, along with disciplinary action taken against those involved with kicking the couple off the flight for nothing more than a quick kiss.

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Bookmarking is becoming such a nightmare, lately. :(

Just transferred from Delicious to Diigo. Two big downsides of Diigo: no tag bundles, and bookmarks are shown from oldest to newest, and there's no way to show it in reverse.

Tag bundles are easy to get around. Order of bookmarks, though...

Vote here to get Diigo's attention to create a function allowing us to switch the viewing order of our bookmarks.

Click that repost button if you are interested in being allowed to view bookmarks in newest-to-oldest order, in trying to improve Diigo to make up for Delicious, or hell just repost this if you are getting sick of the hassle bookmarking is becoming.

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Okay, so, I've recently been realizing that a lot of my fics have large swaths of PG/untriggery material, then a few short scenes of something graphic that renders the entire fic unreadable for some. For a while I've been considering reposting some portions of some of my stories with the triggery sections either reduced or cut out altogether. Not all of them, just the ones where reducing or cutting the triggery bits wouldn't damage the story as a whole.

I've also been thinking about my multi-kink fics. They tend to be a wide variety of kinks, but just one or two mentioned in the warnings section and that only appear in one or two scenes can render the whole fic unreadable for some. I'm thinking of editing said stories so that at the beginning of each scene, in a tiny, unobtrusive font that you have to highlight to read, I list out the kinks/potential squicks/triggers so if anyone thinks there is something they will need to avoid in the fic, they can highlight it before hand, read the parts that are fine, and skip the ones that aren't.

What do you guys think about this plan? Good idea, butchering of fic, or just flat-out attention grabbing, or what?
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The state of Georgia shamefully executed Troy Davis on 21 September 2011, despite serious doubts about his guilt.

We are saddened and absolutely outraged by this appalling affront to justice.

At this time we would like to honour the life of Troy Davis and Officer Mark MacPhail.

Then we will redouble our commitment to the abolition of the death penalty, both in the USA and around the world.

In Troy's own words:

"The struggle for justice doesn't end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me".


Click here to leave a message of solidarity for the Davis family.

Share your thoughts on the matter here.

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Quoted from [livejournal.com profile] kathkin:

Troy Davis, a US death row prisoner who Amnesty International has been campaigning on behalf of for a long time now, is due to be executed tommorrow at 7PM EDT. The article I linked to has a whole lot more information on the case, and there's a petition on the Amnesty USA site which only takes a couple of minutes to sign (seconds if you've used their system before). To quote the article:

This appalling decision renders meaningless the Board’s 2007 vow to not permit an execution unless there is “no doubt” about guilt. The Troy Davis case is riddled with doubt. Most of the witnesses who testified against him have recanted, while others have pointed to an alternate suspect as the real killer.

It's urgent, and it's not a completely lost cause yet - it's not uncommon for stays of execution to be granted hours or even minutes before sentence is carried out. I blogged about this case before here. So yeah. Please take a look?

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I seriously wish I was joking, but I'm not.

Anyway, Life Update for anyone who actually cares to know why I've been so flaky lately.

Moving, school, new fandom, writing challenges, comms, and sick. )

tl;dr - I'm moving/moved across Los Angeles, starting college (Santa Monica), job hunting (if anyone knows someone who's willing to pay for a writer of any kind for any thing, let me know!), I've dived into the Sherlock fandom gleefully, I'm swamped in writing and will need to write a minimum 160,000 words for writing challenges (100k for Supernova, 50k for NaNoWriMo, and 10k for Journey Story), I am restarting my old research comm, hoping to start a new comm solely for the purposes of complaining about writing, but through all this I'm rather sick at the moment either from fungus or a 23-day period. Yup, that's my life.

Oh! If anyone wants to co-mod that research comm, either on LJ or DW, and/or manage a Delicious account, please contact me. I've been having trouble getting this thing off the ground and would love some help. May also need some promo banners, if you're interested, for when we do get this baby going.
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Many of you have probably gotten the Arthur and Merlin shimeji and are currently experiencing a sudden spike in your procrastination drop in your productivity as they run around your screen, multiply like crazy from shagging like bunnies, and generally cause mayhem and look cute while doing it.

Their creator [livejournal.com profile] jissai1988 is a vain, vain bastard and the more attention, praise, and general positive feedback he gets, the more inclined he is to make other Shimeji (I know for a fact Gwen and Gwaine are already in the works. Gwen is not amused by Gwaine's drinking.)

So, anything positive to say about the Arthur and Merlin shimeji? Any cute pictures, fun moments, ect to share? Any funny screenshots? Any shimeji invasions after turning your back on your screen for only a few moments?"

Basically, if you're having fun with them, tell us, show us, or otherwise share with everyone! Your own screenshots or others, then come share in the cuteness!



That last link leads back to this post, so if you repost this it'll lead back here with minimum fuss. :)
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] susannahclark at UK Marriage Equality Petition
The UK Government has just launched the new e-petitions system, offering to debate legislation in Parliament if a petition gets 100,000 signatures.

If you are in the UK and believe that marriage should be equally available to all, regardless of gender or orientation, please consider signing this petition:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/1826

Also, if you could help pass it on or help it go viral in any way, that would be great.

There is a Facebook page just launched, to share with friends.

And also you can spread the word on Twitter if you wish.

Anyone got any ideas about how to help it go viral and get the 100,000 signatures?




I'm a Yank so I don't think I'd be allowed to partake in this, but any Brits or whoever else might be allowed to sign this petition and add to its numbers, please go right on ahead and do so. :) And Brit or not, repost this to your journal so as to get the attention of as many Brits as possible! :D
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So, my friend Jissai ([livejournal.com profile] jissai1988) is making shimeji. Unfortunately, he sometimes has ups and downs, and worries that if someone isn't pestering him or kicking his ass to make them, he'll get numb again, stop caring about anything, and forget all about them. So, I am asking YOU dear flisters to help me bug and pester him into giving us Shimeji!

You can send Jissai a message or contact him on Yahoo Messenger at jissai_kun (or e-mail him), and on Google/Gchat he is jissaivan. He says to be, ah, rough:

tell them to be pushy and mean as fucking possible : p


So go! Pester [livejournal.com profile] jissai1988 into starting and finishing a Merlin shimeji!

And repost this to your own journal so your flist can help bug him into making this for us! :)




ETA: He's made the first one! (Now just 45 more to go...)
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My friend [livejournal.com profile] arithilim has been out of touch with fandom for a while due to real life, and needs to get back in. To start off, she did a bit of a meme. This is her post:

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] thisissirius. Hitting a wall in everything I'm working on, so hoping this might kickstart some goingson.

pick one of my icons and i will write comment!fic based on the description



or

give me a fandom, character/pairing/moresome, and a prompt. i will write you something in return.


Her post can be found here, so go show her some love, and friend her! :)
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So, there are lot of research comms/sites out there, but what I want to start is a resource comm - a place to pool and find resources on a topic you're writing about. An user can post saying they're writing about a war, event, time, place, ect., and people will offer recs and resources to help them out.

The goal is to have both an LJ comm and a Delicious account tagging posts and individual resources. I'm currently trying to work out/set-up a tagging system for both (on LJ, archive links will only be to tags and posts, while on Delicious I'm hoping to eventually tag individual resources/links).

This will involve a.) lots of planning and setting up/making tags, and b.) tagging of things, and c.) managing information in general as it comes in. At the moment I'm only looking for someone to help me set up on LJ, and I will later ask for some more help from others to help with the Delicious thing, as that would involve tagging each individual resource/website/file/whatever (and maybe even going through the sites/links to see what they have to offer to best tag them for future writers).

Drop a line here if you're interested in either helping right now with the LJ bit or helping out later with the Delicious thing, and I'll let you know more about it.

(And, Flist members, this post is not locked, so if you know someone who might be interested in this let them know and feel free to link back here! :D)

Thank You

Jun. 14th, 2011 01:27 am
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Thank you to all the people who wished me a Happy Birthday! (I'm 18! ...now everything I've been doing for the last 6 years is actually legal...except drinking, but who cares :P)

Normally I like to post stories and stuff, but this week and the next my schedule is too hectic to do anything but work. So! I'll be posting sometime next week, after graduation. I'll post (hopefully) more than one story, and perhaps do one of my incredibly, incredibly few personal posts about what's been going on in my life (so all the people who I owe fic to will know just why I haven't been able to get them in on time).

In the mean time, thank you all for your patience, and thank you for the well wishes!
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[livejournal.com profile] fandomgivesback is a comm similar to help_japan, help_pakistan, and gulf_aid_now, in that it's about offering fanworks and personal works to others, who instead of paying you for it will donate money to charity instead. Instead of being for a specific disaster, however, it will be about keeping up a continuous flow of contributions even when there is no disaster.

I would love to make an offer, myself, but I know that I don't have the time to, with too much to do as is. :( So please go and make offers yourself, help contribute to charity, and if nothing else spread the word! Even if you don't have the time to do any of this, just hit the repost button below and pimp this to your flist, and help those around the world who need it. :)

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] heeroluva at "Suspicious comments" and "Spam comments": LJ decision to 'block' spam is a big FAIL!
So I've been noticing in both my own journal and communities that I haven't been able to see some comments even thought it says there are more comments there than are actually showing up. Instead I'm getting a place holder that says (Spam comment) or (Suspicious comment).

Why are these showing up like this you may ask? In their rush to fight spam LJ has created a new filter that're AUTOMATICALLY TURNED ON in ALL journals and communities, which screens comments that are made with 'suspicious links' ie links that are not on their safe whitelist, so pretty much the majority of the internet. There is no noted way to add to the 'whitelist'.

What really gets me is that they didn't inform people that they were doing this until a week after it was done and that it was automatically turned on.

So how do I turn it off you might ask.

That's simple. Go to your Settings, click on the Privacy tab, and half way down where it says Spam Protection uncheck the box next to "Comments containing a link to a non-whitelisted domain will be marked as spam and moved to a special section." This applies to both personal journal and communities and the opinion has to be manually changed in each one.

While I understand how this could be a good idea, I think they went about it in a very backhanded way, and have implemented it poorly. There was no message to anyone that the link has been screened. It's automatically done. This went on for over a week before they said anything about it. There is still nothing in the FAQs about it even. The only way I found out about this way going through the support pages where people were reporting similar issues.

Please share this!



ETA: This links really illustrates the problems.
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Probably won't be updating that. RL has taken over my brain and as such I couldn't write it, or code it. I am very sorry about this, and I will try to still post the first part of Chapter 2 next Saturday. I may post a chapter of a different fic if I can finish it tomorrow and find a beta in time, but only if I can (I love fanfiction, but classes take priority in my life).
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Plot. It appears from no where.

It was supposed to be simple, mindless porn for [livejournal.com profile] sleepy_orange. Now it has blown up to include a threesome that was not there before and a freaking PLOT. It's porn! There isn't supposed to be plot! There isn't!

Plot bunnies: the characters are supposed to screw, not you!

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