amberite_archive: (Rassilon whoopass)
'K, guys: even if you are personally opposed to abortion, I urge you to fight this.

As it says here- this would outlaw birth control and criminalize miscarriages.

It would also criminalize IVF and, bizarrely, menstruation in sexually active women - given that much of the time fertilized eggs do not implant, it would mean that a failed attempt to get pregnant would constitute manslaughter.

This is where we get to with lack of science education, folks. The fact that someone can write something like this and try to pass it without apparently having ever seen a biology class just makes me want to cry. Can we please make an amendment to the national constitution requiring politicians to pass a goddamn high-school level test on any subject they're trying to legislate about?

That would solve so many problems right there...

Sigh.

...

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.


amberite_archive: (master bullshit)
(ETA: It may not actually be as bad as it sounds, as per comments below. On the other hand, I'm not sure I trust the government not to take an "alternate proof of citizenship" form and turn it into required information for everyone, so this post stands. Emphasis caps taken off accordingly, though.)

Jayeeeezus. WTF.

I know people from China - as in the PRC - who have traveled outside of the country, and I don't think they generally get this much shit.

How many of you know who the physician was who attended your mother at birth? For pre-natal and post-natal care? AND THE DATES OF HER DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS? Yeah. Um. How about every address you've lived at in your entire life? Here is a copy of the goddamn form.

Do we really want to be turning into Soviet Russia right now?

This is reminding me that I need to get my Canadian dual citizenship verified (I'm eligible because my father was born in Quebec.)

Thanks to The Doctor for the heads up.

Three requests:

1. Get a passport soon, if you're a US citizen and don't already have one. (ETA: This may not be as critical as believed - see comments - but I still think it's a wakeup call.)

2. Comment on this: Here. It closes on April 25th, so do it NOW.

3. Signal boost.
amberite_archive: (fourth doctor crazy pills)
Okay, wow: the student paper at PSU, which normally is, well, a student paper - it publishes boring editorials on budget issues, and the other day misspelled "restructure" as "resturcte", causing me to tear out the offending headline and tape it on their door - just got a pretty juicy story.

No, let's rephrase that: a completely fucking crazy, over-the-top incident.

Since their website isn't working right, I found it cached in Google-land (complete with bickering in the comments) and repost here for your reading pleasure:

Professor banned from teaching following verbal confrontation
PSU econ professor accused student of trying to incite violence and of spying

By Virginia Vickery and Theodora Karatzas

A tenured Portland State economics professor is currently suspended from teaching after he publicly accused a student during a class lecture of being an FBI informant and of trying to sell guns to students.

Professor John Hall, during his 2 p.m. “Economics 445/545: Comparative Economic Systems” class on Jan. 14th, verbally harangued student Zachary Bucharest for nearly half an hour, according to students in the class.

Hall, who has taught at PSU for 24 years, began the class with a lecture relevant to the course material but about halfway through the two-hour long class, he began to describe his experiences with law enforcement in places including Eastern Europe, according to a student who wished to remain anonymous.

Hall claimed to have been surveilled at times throughout his life and then told the class that an FBI informant and agent provocateur was in their midst. Hall said this person served as a sniper in the Israeli army and called him a killer with access to a personal arsenal.

He then pointed at Bucharest and identified him as the informant in question, according to the unnamed student.

Bucharest, a student at PSU since the fall of 2006 and the current chief of staff for ASPSU, sat silently throughout the ordeal, according to students in the class.

There's more... )

Summary of the pertinent points from the rest of the article, in which the plot thickens: the student really WAS in the Israeli Army (which drafts everyone in the country, so that's not much information) and the comments have some controversy about whether or not this dude has a concealed carry permit. The instructor is banned from campus and everyone in his class gets a refund. The student has got a lawyer.

Don't have any more solid information, or know either party, etc, but... whoa, dude.
amberite_archive: (10/saxon public menace)
Upon waking from my two hours of sleep yesterday morning, as I was puttering around the house getting breakfast in the 7 AM pitch-dark, [livejournal.com profile] snowgrouse's doodle Simm!Master jumped into my head and started performing a bad karaoke version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" for the benefit of a .. possibly captive? doodle!Ten, who was mocking his intentionally bad singing.

"Is this the REEEEEEAL LIIIIIFE
Is this just fantasyyyyyy
Caught in a landslide
No escape from re-al-it-tee
Open your eeeeyyyyyes
Look up at the skyyyy and SEEEEEEEE
I'm just a poor boooooy, I need no sympathyyy..."

That bad. Hee.

"Be-el-ze-bub has a devil set aside for meeeeeeeee..."

It was a super vivid mental image (in between my brain running through physics equations) and I thought you all would like to know, especially [livejournal.com profile] snowgrouse.
amberite_archive: (kirk internet penis)
I was stymied by the KB size limit, appropriately enough, so made a smaller, more truncated version of it for the icon. Below is the uncut (heh heh heh) version. Because we watched this Star Trek episode tonight, and I had to.

Internet Penis.


Images are from Star Trek TOS: What Are Little Girls Made Of?

Icon may be used and copied freely, credit [livejournal.com profile] amberite (and warm fuzzies are nice while you're at it...)

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