moiread: (GEEK • medicine.)
First off, this is awesome!

Related: Ottawa currently has an O-negative blood shortage. If you know you're O-negative, please consider donating. Please consider donating even if you don't know your blood type -- they will tell you if you go -- or you do know it and you're not O-. Who knows, you may even be helping me directly, depending on if anything goes wrong in the immediate future! (My receiving a blood transfusion at some point is apparently inevitable.) And if not, you're certainly going to be helping a lot of other people in similar or worse circumstances. You will probably be personally saving one or more lives if you donate.

(Full disclosure: I'm a bit of a hypocrite on this, because I don't donate. But only because I'm not ALLOWED. I've tried in the past and the anemia + bleeding disorder + a bunch of the meds I'm on means they won't take me, and that's fair. If my blood would fuck people up more than it helped, it's good that they won't take it, but it does mean I'm going to keep bringing it up to my friends because encouraging YOU guys to donate is now all that I can do.)

Find a Canadian Blood Services clinic near you. I'll even go with you if you want company!
moiread: (SEX ED • chlamydia.)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] coffeeem at Help Us Support Planned Parenthood:
Note from me: I was initially suspicious about this, since the notice below doesn't say how much of one's V-gift donation actually goes to Planned Parenthood. But I found the answer in the original post's comments: 100%. All the money you spend to shower your friends with Planned Parenthood v-gifts will go to Planned Parenthood.

For those of you who don't approve of Planned Parenthood, your response is easy: Don't buy one of these. None of your LJ subscription money goes to PP. If you'd rather donate an equivalent amount to an adoption charity, or another organization providing inexpensive or free medical assistance, please do; all charity organizations are hurting for funds in this economy.


Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] theljstaff at Help Us Support Planned Parenthood:


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, [livejournal.com profile] 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!)
moiread: (recoil • kristin k.)
This is all I have to say about the election results. I am so angry right now. If you either didn't vote or chose not to vote strategically, you should probably not talk to me for a few days*.

I really do my best to respect people's choices on this, but the fact that I personally know some people who were too lazy to even try and now I get fucked over is really hard not to be livid about. I get that one single person doesn't personally lose an election for everybody, but there were clearly enough people in the same apathy/delusion camp to make this happen.

I really struggle to forgive deliberately deciding to vote like a dumbass and just expecting everyone else to pull the weight and make things work out for you, and I actually can't forgive not even trying to make things better. I just can't. It goes against everything I am and everything I respect in other human beings.

(* No, I'm not joking. I wouldn't normally put a statement like that through a medium like LiveJournal, because it feels passive-aggressive and classless, but it's honestly the safest option at the moment. It prevents me from saying some very unfriendly things to some of my friends when they poke me in IM windows tonight because they have the gall to bitch to me about the results.)
moiread: (squinty • emilie d.)
That rape case I linked to last week was actually all made up. (H/T: [livejournal.com profile] cosmiccat) Awesome. I don't actually feel significantly better about the incident, only continuously bewildered at the state of the world. At least nobody was actually hurt, I guess. That's a good thing. I'm glad she wasn't actually raped, and also glad that she didn't try to name a perpetrator.

I dunno, man. It is way too early for this shit. I only just woke up. I'm going to go make some more tea now.
moiread: (down arrow • stock.)
Girl in Barrhaven is asked for directions by dude in SUV, then forced into SUV at gunpoint and raped. For those of you playing the home game, Barrhaven is part of Ottawa, which is the city where I live.

It used to be that just being polite to a guy who was hitting on you was a great way to risk getting raped. That alone was mind-boggling and bad enough. But now! Oh, now! Now apparently you can't even be polite to a guy in his car rolling the window down to ask you directions without risking getting raped. AWESOME. I love the lessons our society teaches people. Remember, kids! Rape culture: Not just encouraging horrible acts that violate and damage women but teaching all of us that basic politeness is bad for you!

(Yes, I know it's not that simple. But for right now, I'm mad, and ow, and oh god, and I just want to be pissed off about it in peace for awhile.)
moiread: (CRIMINAL MINDS • newspaper.)
moiread: (bookish • liv t.)
Judith Griggs, Managing Editor at Cooks Source magazine: "Well, sure, I stole a piece you wrote right off your webpage and published it for profit without telling you or compensating you at all, but since I copy-edited it for you for free, you should quit bitching, be grateful, and put my version in your portfolio! I was really doing you a favour, here! You should be compensating me!"

This story has been making the rounds a lot today on Twitter and Tumblr and suchlike, so some of you have probably already seen it, but still. It gives me the giggles that their Facebook page is being comment-bombed by tons of users yelling about plagiarism and theft. Sometimes the internet sucks, but sometimes it also rocks.

EDIT: Oh cheetos. They stole stuff from The Food Network, too! And photos from food companies. Probably also a bunch of other sources. People Of The Internet™ are combing through their stuff now, finding all the stolen bits they can. I suspect this will get very ugly very fast. Rock on, internets! \o/
moiread: (give me patience • liv t.)
A journalist is assaulted, choked, has her press pass torn off, is tossed into a detainment camp for 13 hours, is repeatedly threatened with rape, and learns other women there were strip-searched and vaginally prenetrated by male officers. (Statements unclear as to whether this was part of the rape threats or part of a cavity search, but even if it was a "proper" cavity search, it was completely illegal and therefore constitutes sexual assault.)
moiread: (:O! • lily a.)
Half an hour ago, I was jolted out of sleep by a magnitude 5.5 earthquake. Fuckin' trippy, man. No damage to my apartment or my building, as far as I can tell -- power and internet are fine, and only a few non-breakable things fell out of my cupboards. I hear power's out downtown, though.

Biggest one I've felt yet, but I suspect my friends in California wouldn't even roll over in their sleep for a 5.5. ;)
moiread: (POLITICS • canada/maple leaf.)
I love the beer commercial that says, "Let's make sure everybody knows whose game they're playing." I will admit it totally gets my patriotic 'tude going, and I'm not even into hockey. Or pro commercial sports of any kind. But the Olympics... Man, the Olympics are something I'm willing to get behind.

Annnnnd the US just pulled their goalie off the net to add an extra offensive member and managed to score by the skin of their teeth in the last 30 seconds of the 3rd period. We are now tied and into overtime, where the teams are reduced to 4 on 4.

GO CANADA GO! You can do it!

EDIT:

FUCK YEAH!

We won! We totally won! And in doing so, we have set a new world record for gold medals! We don't have the most medals in total (gold, silver, and bronze combined). That honour belongs to the US, and to Germany after them. But we do have the most gold medals, which is pretty fucking rad!

EDIT: Oh, come on, USA. Don't be shits. In the handshake lineup, the Canadians seemed to really mean it. Many stopped to back-clap, joke, and offer praise to particular opponents. It is clearly not just because we won. And meanwhile the Americans were like, "Yeah, whatever," with their attitude and body language, and then stood around looking sulky and pissed after. For shame. We would be much more gracious losers than this if the tables were turned. I mean, Team USA played like hell! We would totally be giving them the nod and grin if they'd won.
moiread: (pills • stock.)
Gardasil has been approved for guys! For those of you who don't know, it's a vaccine against HPV types 16, 18, 6, and 11. Types 6 and 11 account for 90% of all genital wart cases, while types 16 and 18 account for 70% of all cervical cancer cases*. This second fact should still be important to guys, because if you intend to have sex with women, you can pass HPV on to your partner and give her cervical cancer. Joy of joys.

I got my shots in over a year ago, and I'm really glad that they've extended the same protection to guys now.

There's also a second vaccine that's just come out on the market now in Canada (though it's been used in other countries since 2007) called Cervarix. It advertises itself as an alternative/rival to Gardasil. It only vaccinates against types 16 and 18, the cancer-causing types, so on the one hand it's less effective than Gardasil. On the other, it's been shown to generate more than twice the type 16 antibodies and six times the type 18 antibodies than Gardasil, so it seems to be more effective at specifically preventing cancer.

So basically I think males should get Gardasil and females should get BOTH. I'm going to be inquiring with my doctor as to whether or not getting both is likely to have any kind of weird contraindications and will report back.

But in the meantime:

PICK YOUR VACCINE AND GO GET IT DONE. I know it costs a couple hundred bucks for all three shots, but it's worth the money. This is the kind of thing you want to budget and save up for, if necessary, and go get done.

(* Also about 1/4 of head and neck cancers. And a whole slew of other genital/anal cancers. The list really just kind of goes on...)

Fuck you.

Feb. 23rd, 2010 08:47 pm
moiread: (hurling words like rain • kate h.)
Utah passes a law that make it a crime for a woman to have a miscarriage. If you are "reckless" (defined as doing anything that might have caused you to have a miscarriage or contributed to it) and have a miscarriage, you can be charged with homicide and sentenced to life in prison.

Such a standard could even make falling down stairs a prosecutable event, such as the recent case in Iowa where a pregnant woman who fell down the stairs at her home was arrested under the suspicion she was trying to terminate her pregnancy.

"This statute and the standards chosen leave a large number of pregnant women vulnerable to arrest even though they have no intention of ending a pregnancy," Paltrow said. "Whether or not the legislature intended this bill to become a tool for policing and punishing all pregnant women, if enacted this law would permit prosecution of a pregnant woman who stayed with her abusive husband because she was unable to leave. Not leaving would, under the 'reckless' standard, constitute conduct that consciously disregarded a substantial risk," Paltrow explained.

While many states have fetal homicide laws most apply only in the third trimester. Utah's bill would apply throughout the entirety of a woman's pregnancy. Even first trimester miscarriages could become the basis for a murder trial.

It passed the Utah House and Senate this week and all it needs now is the Governor's signature.

And in other news, Kansas lawmakers are currently considering a law that would bar insurance providers from covering elective abortions unless a woman pays extra for a special plan. And they would have to fill out a police report if they wanted to get an abortion because they were raped, whether by strangers or family.

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