Dec. 22nd, 2011 10:09 pm
amberite_archive: (fourth doctor crazy pills)
For one. effing. time. I am actually SLEEPY at ten PM...

And then I realize I've gone and missed the Yuletide deadline because I forgot what day it was, and have to DO ALL THE THINGS before departing Saturday morning.

Emergency tea tiem. I need more sleep than this. And when I have the time to get it, I never wind up feeling sleepy properly. :P
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...



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: (Rassilon whoopass)
My laptop stopped being able to connect to the internet reliably a couple of months ago after my cat knocked it off a chair. Now, this wasn't a big deal at the time - it's a hand-me-down and, well, a good machine but no real prize, and my real prize was my desktop - also not top-of-the-line but a sleek little case packing a 2.4 ghz processor and a reasonably sized hard drive and enough RAM to play a few decent games.

Note the past tense. Yes, that is the past tense of foreboding and doom.

The keyboard tray in my desk is coming apart and occasionally just falls off its rails. On one occasion it fell off and hit the floor and jolted the machine, a debacle I've spoken of here before; on another, more recent occasion, it hit the box but no harm seemed to be done. Except that I got crashes more often - still occasionally, but more often.

Not having had a hard drive go rotten on me like old milk before, I did not heed these warning signs.

Last week, booted up as normal and then tanked. When I turned it on again, it was trying to boot from the network because it couldn't find the drive.

I didn't panic initially. I plugged it into a USB enclosure, hoping the boot data was damaged and the rest of the drive OK, but no dice. I brought it in to Red Star Machineworks and told the tech working there about it.

When I saw the dubious look on his face I knew it was time for panicking.

Unfortunately, his attempt to freeze it overnight and begin recovery didn't work, which means that the only option available to me is thousand-dollar-plus cleanroom work that I really can't afford and which my hard drive probably isn't worth.

Due to my habit of keeping old computers around rather than cleaning the crap off them and selling/donating, I *may* have contents up to 2008. This would be great. I'd rather not have lost most of my China pictures and music collection. I won't have the chance to look until after I get back from the East Coast, though.

Tomorrow morning I'm heading out to DC to visit [livejournal.com profile] lyssabard and [livejournal.com profile] tlttlotd and the other wonderful nifty people I know there, and I can curl up into a little ball and twitch. (Did I mention this computer crash happened in the lead-up to the finals I just completed this morning - which I probably did not nearly as well on as I could have, due to being unable to access my usual study methods? Well, now I did.)

My apologies to anyone I infect with the throat crud I seem to be harboring.

Oh, yeah, this week was a real winner. :P

More promisingly, I ordered a netbook today - I've been thinking of one for a while, because I see my fellow students studying ebooks on their netbooks and not being stooped over by pounds and pounds of dead trees, and I am daily envious. And the lack of computer really needs to be dealt with. So I sent away for a Samsung N120 (under 3 lbs, 97% full size keyboard) from Overstock.com and bought the extra warranty since it was a refurbished model. It should be here by the time I'm back.


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