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Originally posted by amethyst_wolf at Help Us Support Planned Parenthood
Originally posted by voyevoda at Help Us Support Planned Parenthood
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Join us in standing up for reproductive health and education. Planned Parenthood, the organization that delivers reproductive health care, sex education and information to millions of people worldwide, has come under fire in the U.S. lately, with many politicians on both state and federal level seeking to end funding (and in a few cases succeeding).

During the month of May, you can send a specially designed Planned Parenthood vgift to your friends to help support this cause. (And if you need someone to send it to, frank is always happy to receive gifts!) There are three variations ($1, $5 and $10) for you to choose from, but they'd all look good on your profile when your friends know that you stand by something so important.

                    

Thank you all for your help in our support for Planned Parenthood. This promotion ends June 1, 2012; LiveJournal is not affiliated with Parent Parenthood. For more information about Planned Parenthood, please visit: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/

-The LiveJournal Team

(If you'd like to help spread the word that we're raising funds for Planned Parenthood, you can crosspost this entry in your own journal or community by using the repost button below!)




Originally posted by cordelia_gray at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by lustmordred at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
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Originally posted by lk737 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

Please repost this? I have never begged for one of my posts to be boosted. I am just so worried for my friends and want you to know.

According to this article, dated March 15, 2012:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/webnews/major-isps-turn-into-copyright-police-by-july-says-riaa/

"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. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox news confirms this:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/17/us-isps-become-copyright-cops-starting-july-12/

Youtube video explaining this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OG0R-yS-c

Edit: I'm also going to add that PeerBlock might be another program to look into. You can download it here.

And...

Petition: RIAA and the Obama Administration: Stop ISPs from launching a massive copyright spying scheme this July 12th


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.


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BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

Originally posted by 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.

SIGN AND FORWARD THESE PETITIONS

American Censorship
Whitehouse Petition
Fight For the Future
DemandProgress
Save the Internet

Help East Africa

Originally posted by poetic_pixie_13 at Help East Africa post
The current drought in the Horn of Africa is the worst in 60 years. Between 11 and 13 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Tens of thousands of people walk for days headed to refugee camps only to die of thirst and hunger. Mothers have to choose which of their children will live, babies are born only to be left to die, women are at higher risk for sexual assault, and the instability of the famine only exacerbates existing political tensions and violence. To make matters worse there's no rain forecast until September, leaving millions of people hanging on for dear life.

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Feel free to link the shit out of this post. Any suggestions or updates are more than welcome, any other links or info about helping would be loved and added into the post. I know that a lot of us can't afford to give, but if you can please, please do.

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: SAY YES TO GAY YA

Originally posted by darkspirited1 at SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
This comes from an article by rachelmanija entitled, Say Yes to Gay YA.
(click the link for the full article)


Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.


This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.


It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.

IT ALL ENDS HERE





"You'll stay stay with me?"

"Always"

"Until the end"
Originally posted by 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.

Battle of Hogwarts, May 2, 1998

In honor of those who fought at the Battle of Hogwarts
May 2, 1998. The day that Voldemort was defeated and Fred Weasley, Remus and Nymphadora “Tonks” Lupin, Severus Snape, Colin Creevey and over fifty more lost their lives. We celebrate the end of this utter evil, but mourn these losses which were caused by the cruelty and evil of Voldemort.
All these people died for different personal reasons, yet fought for a common goal: Fred fought for laughter to remain in this world, Remus and Tonks died so their son could grow up in a world free of evil, Colin died a true Gryffindor death. Severus fought for the same cause the man who gave him a second chance did, and lost his life protecting the man whom he hated because his mother was the one he had always loved. Every one of them sought to bring an end to an evil and inhuman tyrant, and thanks to their sacrifices, he was defeated.
The deaths at the Battle of Hogwarts serve as a reminder of the tragic losses sustained over the years of Voldemort’s reign. James and Lily Potter, Frank and Alice Longbottom, Gideon and Fabian Prewett, Frank Bryce, Cedric Diggory, Sirius Black, Amelia Bones, Emmaline Vance, Albus Dumbledore, Charity Burbage, Hedwig, Alastor Moody, Rufus Scrimgeour, Ted Tonks, Dobby and countless others. Everyone one of these people died to protect the freedom of the Wizarding world and to stop Voldemort at all costs.
It is the greatest tragedy of war, that those we love and hold dear are taken prematurely from us. We often think these deaths are in vain, but they are not. Without their incredible sacrifice, wars cannot be won. Their deaths are even more significant because they died fighting for something in which they believed so strongly.
So yes, we mourn these losses because of the terrible tragedy that surrounded them, but their memory and spirit will always be preserved in our hearts and minds as courageous, loyal, kind, beautiful, flawed humans who we grew to know and love.
However, this is not just a day for mourning. It is a day for celebrating. It is the day that Voldemort, a villain who was at large for decades, who murdered countless Witches, Wizards, Muggles, Squibs, Goblins and other beings, and created a reign of terror so great that people did not speak his name years after he was gone, was defeated by a man—a boy—of seventeen armed only with immense courage, boundless love and a borrowed wand. We do not celebrate the death of a man, for Voldemort was not a man, we celebrate the downfall of an inhuman monster, and mourn the loss of the man he once was and could have been.
Yet, it was not just Harry who defeated Voldemort and his death eaters. It was the combined efforts of Harry, Ron, Hermione, the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore’s Army and many others who ended Voldemort’s reign. We celebrate this victory, this unity and this sheer and utter need to end the tyranny that had plagued the Wizarding world for decades.
We celebrate the courage, the overcoming of fear, the loyalty, the sacrifice, the nerve of those who fought for freedom. We celebrate the fact that there are good people in the world who give up everything for the good of the rest of the humanity.
It is a beautiful thing indeed that these heroes risked and sacrificed their lives so that a new generation of children could grow up with the knowledge of evil, but not the fear. This battle ushered in a new era of peace, a time of rest before the inevitable continuation of the battle against evil. “It is important to fight, and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay, though never quite eradicated.”
And people may say that our love of Harry Potter is ridiculous because it’s just a story. But that is wrong. Harry Potter has become much, much more than a story. We have learned that we must continue to strive for freedom and peace, to fight against evil and tyranny. We have learned from the sacrifices and choices of characters that have become more than characters. They have changed from storybook characters to people, real friends who we love with our whole being. We have grown up with them, learning as they do. Getting to know and developing relationships with these people over seven books and seventeen years makes us feel as though we really know them. We mourn and remember their deaths and celebrate and rejoice in their living. Harry and his friends are real to us; they are our second parents, brothers, sisters, mentors, teachers and friends. For some of us they are our closest companions. We love them with all
http://witherwings7.tumblr.com/post/5147290246/in-honor-of-those-who-fought-at-the-battle-of-hogwarts
Originally posted by lavenderfrost at ...WTF.
Well, there goes my good mood for the day.

NYTimes, the bastion of quality reporting, reported on the gang-rape of an 11 year-old girl in Texas  that's led to charges against 18 high-school boys so far - all well and good so far, right?  Shit like this NEEDS publicity to raise awareness. 

Only problem is, they repeated - without refutation or critical commentary - the claims that the girl brought the rape on herself because of the way she was dressed.

Choice Quotes: Cut for triggering material. )

THIS IS RAPE CULTURE, PEOPLE.

Now, what's being said and done in this community is bad enough, but the NY Times should be fucking ashamed of themselves right now.

Here's how to contact NYT: )




Happy International Women's Day" flist!


Today I celebrate all the women in my family, and the amazing women of the fandom community and the media that inspires us!


now here is Daniel Craig in drag