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I suspect that political posts will be a constant from now on. I’ll keep them separate, and try to balance them with food and fun posts. Please, feel free to skip them with no guilt. I know a lot of you use LJ as an escape from the real world, and I do not blame you in the least. But I have always been into politics since birth I think, and this election has woken that part of me up like no body’s business. See my new journal header.

First - kittens!

Last night, I went to the biannual meeting of LGBT Democrats of Mecklenburg (that’s my county, Charlotte, NC). It was my first attendance, and I am very glad I went. Everyone was very nice and welcoming, and there were other new people, galvanized by the election, or being newcomers to the area.
Read more, watch George Takei.. )
dancingdragon3: (faith)
Most on my flist are being much more specific about their issues with the election results. This is one of those times when my verbal response can only be "Aahhhgg", and therefore, prefer to express myself through visual means. This is also for my benefit, to have all these vids in one place, and for posterity.

Watch more... )
dancingdragon3: (moderator_iron man)
What: Video with lots of stars telling us in a humourous but serious way to vote.
From: Shared from the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] milly_gal.
Note: This needs to be said, and it's great seeing the faces of our superheroes saying it.
Fave Parts: Bringing up the effect and importance of the Supreme Court.
Tom Lenk’s appearances!
The ending.
And of course, the Mark Ruffulo schtick.
dancingdragon3: (myka crazy)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon at Because it needs saying...
(Big Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] raynedanser for the heads up on this one!):

Stop Immoral Price Gouging for Epi Pen (A MoveOn Petition)

CEO of EpiPen Maker Mylan Sees 671% Compensation Increase In 8 Years (Forbes article)

Honestly, this shot has gotten ridiculous. As more and more people are affected by inequality and the impact of such on their health and in medicine in general, you would think the drug companies would be halfway aware that no one is keen on their bullshit anymore. There is no excuse for this. None. The epipen saves thousands of lives a year, but it is expensive in and of itself. It is only good for one year and it has to be repurchased - the price is so prohibitive it is staggering. How much is your life worth? That is what this is asking. And sadly, too many people will not be able to afford this life-saving device because of its increased cost. And there is no need or reason for it, but sheer, unadulterated greed. Disgusting really. And pointless. The levels at which this will affect most of the populace is mind-boggling. Those who profit do so at the lives of others. And it sickens and enrages me. I just wanna shake these people and scream 'YOU WILL GET YOUR MONEY. BUT DEAD PEOPLE CAN'T PAY!!' and maybe show them how making it more affordable does nothing BUT line their already bulging pockets. But it would be like talking to a wall. It's amazing how greed can impact a whole range of people. And it never starts being acceptable. Ever. [Text by phoenix dragon]
dancingdragon3: (claireoutside)
My faith in my state was renewed yesterday as I learned of the scope of the protest against the recent statements by the NC pastor calling for homosexual concentration camps. Upwards of one thousand people turned out Sunday in Newton, NC to stand in opposition of Pastor Worley's outrageous, ignorant, and hate filled sermon.

Huffington Post article.

My original post.

video of the line of protestors under cut )
dancingdragon3: (Default)
So my state is in the news again this week for more anti-gay sentiment. This time a minister has called for homosexual concentration camps. There will be an answering protest this Sunday at his church.

Members stand behind preacher's sermon. - Local news coverage of the controversy. One supporter actually uses the phrase "Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve."

video of sermon under cut )
dancingdragon3: (geek myka)
The tops news is the megaupload.com was shut down yesterday and arrests made world-wide. I am shocked at this. The timing with the SOPA protest is curious. The arrest must have been weeks in the making but still. Curious timing. I'm just glad I hadn't gotten into uploading yet.

Megaupload Shut Down

John Stewart on SOPA. As usual, Jon is hilarious. He reveals that all Congress needs is a few good nerds.

At the recent debate in South Carolina, the remaining four Republican candidates for president (Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, and Paul) were asked what they thought about SOPA. Amazingly, they all must have watched the news that day. I was genuinely surprised by the question (it came from Twitter not the moderator) and that they were all able to answer it only one day after the protests. All four candidates said they were against the bill. However, Santorum qualified his answer, saying that internet piracy needed to be outlawed and that the internet wasn't some place where anything goes. I tried to imbed the video, but the code refuses to work.

On a personal note, as a progressive, it was really weird to have these guys agree with me.
dancingdragon3: (geek myka)
The first place I go to everyday for news commentary is the Rachel Maddow Show (free video podcast available on iTunes). I have been following this woman's career for almost a decade now, since she co-hosted a morning show on Air America many years ago. A Rhodes Scholar with a Ph.D. in political science, Rachel is a lively and eloquent progressive voice. I urge everyone to check her out!

This segment from last night's show gives some great information about the SOPA protest yesterday, both on and offline, as well as the first amazing results. Several congressman have already withdrawn their support.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

dancingdragon3: (Default)
Many websites, including Wikipedia, are going dark tomorrow from 8am to 8pm to protest SOPA and PIPA, the bills going through Congress that will bring an end to things like fan fiction.

the story at The New Civil Rights Movement
dancingdragon3: (Default)
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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