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October 12th, 2011

Originally posted by twbasketcase at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by 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.

October 5th, 2011

Steve Jobs.

RIP Steve Jobs by densaer
RIP Steve Jobs, a photo by densaer on Flickr.

Yes. As we all know by now, Steve Jobs passed away earlier today. There is a lot of commentary about his legacy. Indeed, whether you've ever used an Apple product or not, he had a profound effect on technology and more profoundly, society itself. This is a great quote from him. It's from a 1985 Playboy interview (before he got fired from Apple). I relate to it profoundly - it resonates with me because I do feel like I (and the other people I work with) are really trying to make a change in the world. You gotta believe. When you are tired, and the road is hard, and your body and spirit threaten to quit on you, you gotta believe. Thanks, Steve.

August 26th, 2011

I'm still going on vacation, though :-)

Friends on the East Coast: this is a gigantic storm. If you are in its path, you need to be taking action immediately.

May 30th, 2011

The revenge of photography.

IMG_6748 by densaer
IMG_6748, a photo by densaer on Flickr.

Since I moved to Ben Lomond in March, I'd basically stopped taking photos. I mean life has been exceedingly busy, right?

It was time to break out the camera again.

May 1st, 2011

Times Square


NY Times photo

Memo to Donald Trump

Memo to Donald Trump by densaer
Memo to Donald Trump, a photo by densaer on Flickr.

April 24th, 2011

Adventures in klonopin.

I've recently been re-prescribed klonopin to help with the sleeping disorders.

If it doesn't wear off completely before I wake, I occasionally stumble around in a slight fog for about the first 45 minutes to one hour after awakening, and my cognition and comprehension are sometimes a little off-kilter.

This is my excuse as to how it was I put my underwear on backwards this morning and went on with much of my day.

I have never ever done that before.

I had a good belly laugh at my own expense when I realized what had happened.

April 5th, 2011

xkcd luv



April 3rd, 2011

Paramedic Bryan Stow

Paramedic Bryan Stow by smokeshowing
Paramedic Bryan Stow, a photo by smokeshowing on Flickr.

Bryan Stow is the AMR paramedic kneeling over the victim in this photograph. He's the Giants fan that was brutally beaten after a game at Dodgers Stadium the other day. It's a game... who knows why this happened, but I do wish him and his family the best and hope for a good outcome.

(It turns out I've met Bryan many times at work when AMR responds to one of our medical calls...puts a human face on things)
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