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Sorry, folks, but this journal is friends only.

Before you ask me to friend you, please make sure we have something in common. I want to actually get to know the people on my f-list as people, not just names on a webpage.



894: Reproductive Rights
eye of the tiger
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Originally posted by alikat7 at Reproductive Rights
Originally posted by linguology at Reproductive Rights
A star-studded cast wants you to sign!




The CAMPAIGN

The Bill of Reproductive Rights is an effort by the Center for Reproductive Rights to deliver a thundering statement—backed by hundreds of thousands of signatures from concerned citizens like you—to the U.S. Congress and the President that they must guarantee and protect reproductive rights as fundamental human rights and stop the attacks by politicians who want to take those rights away.


Draw the line! Sign the Bill of Reproductive Rights!

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892: All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
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Originally posted by belladhanna at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by nevardevereaux at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
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Originally posted by lickbrains at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by awry at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

*IMPORTANT UPDATE: PLEASE READ*

All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Seriously. WHAT THE FLYING FUCK WORLD.

"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


ETA: Petition for RIAA and the Obama Administration: Stop ISPs from launching a massive copyright spying scheme this July 12th
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879: In defense of Eat, Pray, Love
eye of the tiger
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Originally published August 9, 2010 on Wordpress.
Has been modified somewhat from original post.


I was in the process of reading Eat, Pray, Love when I made the decision to go to Australia. So in a way, Elizabeth Gilbert’s book is the reason I decided to bite the bullet and travel around the globe by myself.

Everyone seems to have one of two mindsets about Eat, Pray, Love. They either love it or they hate it. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground.

I think the reason some people hate the book so much is because Ms. Gilbert comes off as whiny and self-centered. First of all, it’s a memoir-type book. Of course she’s going to come off as self-centered! This book is about her journey, her life choices. So that argument doesn’t hold water with me. Second, I think Ms. Gilbert made a bold choice, a choice that not many people would’ve made. She chose to be happy. Apparently, that offends some folks, who think she shouldn’t have left her husband. But Ms. Gilbert realized something that I’ve come to realize myself in recent years. You can’t count on someone else to make you happy. You have to create your own happiness. So she made a choice. Yes, it was a selfish choice. But when your happiness is at stake, you have to be selfish.

Ms. Gilbert was savvy enough to realize that writing a book about the experience might be therapeutic for her. A chance to lay everything out and examine it, if you will. And so she did. I think that the reason some people are uncomfortable with the book is because they don’t like the fact that this woman chose to shake up her entire world rather than stay married and have a baby. Well, you know what? That’s YOUR issue. Don’t judge someone for making a choice that you wouldn’t have the guts to make if it were you.

For me, Eat, Pray, Love was eye-opening. Reading it made me realize that I had to seize the opportunities that were there, if I was just brave enough to act on them. So when Sarah told me I should meet her and some other friends on the Gold Coast, I didn’t hesitate. I leapt without looking. I followed my impulse and said yes, instead of hemming and hawing about the decision for ages.

Usually in the wake of a huge decision like that, I go back and forth, and eventually, I tend to back out. But this time, I haven’t done that. I’ve committed myself to this. I’ve paid to get a new passport in my married name, I’ve gotten my travel visa, I’ve bought a plane ticket (a very expensive ticket at that!), I’ve blocked off the vacation days at work. Even with the issue of us potentially moving to North Carolina in the mix, I haven’t let the uncertainty stop me.

I’ve finally come to the realization that if I don’t take the chance now, I may never have another opportunity. So I am seizing the moment, seizing the day. Over the next few years, I’m going to travel. I’m going to go to places I’ve always wanted to go. Since Christine and Dennis are moving back to Germany in about a month, I’m going to go see them at some point during their tour there. I also want to go to Ireland and Scotland, so I’m going to find a way to make it happen.
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874: Crawfish Etoufee
beauty2 (pink flowers)
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This is my mother-in-law’s recipe for crawfish (or shrimp) etoufee. I don’t know where she came across the recipe, but I’ve modified it slightly from her recipe anyhow.

2 onions, chopped
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 green pepper, chopped
garlic, finely minced (save yourself the time, buy the minced garlic on the spice aisle)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 bunch parsley, chopped (you can also use cilantro, or dry parsley if you prefer)
1/2 cup margarine

At this point, I like to add a little seasoning. A few shots of Tabasco, a generous sprinkling of Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning, and some crushed red pepper help give this some zip.

1 lb. crawfish or shrimp, peeled and deveined (I prefer more crawfish in mine, so I use 2 lbs.)
1 10 3/4 oz. can cream of celery soup
1 10 3/4 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
1 10 3/4 oz. can tomato soup (Not called for in the original recipe, but added because it helps give it a bit more of a kick)

Cook celery, onions, garlic, parsley and green pepper in margarine until soft.

Add crawfish or shrimp and soups. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Serve over cooked rice.


873: Bluebonnets
beauty (white flowers)
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If you’ve never been through Texas during bluebonnet season, you’re missing an incredible visual spectacle. The waves of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush color the medians and shoulders of the highways in shades of blue and orange as far as the eye can see.



It’s hard to believe that early last century, when put to the vote, the stunning bluebonnet almost lost out to the cotton boll and the prickly pear blossum as the State Flower of Texas.

871: Just because I thought it was funny
*slaps* (Legolas)
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870: Crawfish Cornbread
cookies
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This is a great twist on cornbread that everyone will enjoy, even those who don’t like crawfish all that much.

1 cup cornmeal (I use Aunt Jemima yellow cornmeal)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 eggs
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1/4 cup Jalepenos, chopped (I use canned diced green chiles)
1/3 cup oil
1/2 lb. shredded cheese (your choice)
1 can creamed corn
1 lb. crawfish tail meat, drained

If you choose to, you can cook the vegetables until tender. (I don’t, because I like my vegetables to have a bit of a crunch.)

Mix all dry ingredients (first 3), followed by the others. Bake at 375° F for 40 minutes or until golden brown. (I bake mine in a glass 9×13 pan.)

After baking, allow to cool. Then slice and serve!



Recipe taken from here: Cooking Louisiana

869: The Gulf Coast
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Originally posted May 25, 2010 on Wordpress.

Watching the Weather Channel this morning with its continuing coverage of the BP oil leak off the Louisiana coastline, I was saddened to realize that once the oil breaches the marshes, the face of south Louisiana will be changed forever.

A way of life will be lost. Once the oil reaches those precious marshlands, it will be impossible to remove. In less than a generation, life on the coast will change, and not for the better.

BP's local authorities had a town hall type meeting with residents along the coast yesterday, apparently. The Weather Channel showed part of it this morning. Those folks were hammering the BP people about what they were doing to fix this mess they've created. This oil leak has created an environmental and economic disaster for those whose living depends on a healthy Gulf Coast - the fishermen, the shrimpers - and in terms of cleanup, millions upon millions of dollars.

I shudder to think what this will do to the wildlife. The fish, the birds, and the other creatures that depend on the affected areas for food, shelter, and breeding/raising their young will be harmed by the destruction/fouling of their habitat.

Could this horrific accident been prevented? I think so. The responsibility for this lies on our shoulders. Greed plays a part, for the big oil companies at any rate. For the rest of us, our insistence on driving gas-guzzling vehicles has helped lead us here. To being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Either we're dependent on foreign oil, the profits from which are used against us in a campaign of terror and hate, or we drill on our own lands and end up creating environmental disasters such as this.

When does it stop? When do we accept responsibilty for our part in this mess and decide to do something about it? When do we force the automobile manufacturers to get out of bed with big oil and start thinking about the future of this planet?

I don't know the answers. I don't know how to make people listen. I just hope that we wake up before it's too late to reverse the damage we've done.

My heart weeps for my home state right now.

866: All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
break the law (Leverage)
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Originally posted by belladhanna at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by jendavis at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

Originally posted by valawenel 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


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