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Signal boosting [livejournal.com profile] bedamn's original post:

I'm posting this to boost the signal regarding the current state of the flooding in Queensland.

As of today, the floods have affected nearly 200,000 people over an area that is larger than France and Germany - to put it into another perspective, an area that is the size of the American state of Texas is currently underwater. An estimated 22 townships have been left either isolated or inundated by the rising flood waters. Three of the major river systems are currently at flooding capacity. The rain is continuing to fall, and the flood is extending across to the South-East corner of the state. It may soon reach the NSW boarder. Toowoomba was hit yesterday with flash flooding - with walls of water eight metres high - which has decimated the town. The current death toll for Toowoomba alone is nine, with seventy-two reported missing.

75% of Queensland's coal mines are flooded out or shut down due to inaccessibility, and coal isn't getting into the ports in Sarina or Gladstone. Queensland is currently the supplier of 50% of the world's coking coal. This isn't taking into account the sheer scale of damage that has been done to crops and farmland, as well as the tourism industry, which are three of Queensland's biggest economic pullers. The sheer financial cost and recovery time the state is going to need to recover from the damage is going to be astronomical, and the rain is showing no signs of stopping any time soon. (The current damage estimate, with townships set to be hit again and more rivers to peak, is sitting at $5 billion dollars. This is only going to climb.)

If you can spare anything, even the smallest amount, online donations can be made to The Premier's Flood Relief Appeal, or through one of these alternative options.

Thank you for your time.
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...and a Happy New Year! I hope you're all having fun and being safe.

I'm spending my night playing games with my family so I have to get back to paying attention to that soon. I just wanted to say how grateful I am for all the amazing people I've met in this past year. Some of you have become people I consider my closest friends. I am beyond excited to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] icelily01 and [livejournal.com profile] ratherastory in the new year!

That reminds me! If anyone on my f-list is headed to the supernatural LA con in February that I don't know about, PLEASE let me know in the comments. I'd hate to miss the chance to meet any of you. Or even if you're just lurking, I'd love to hear from you!

Ok, more comprehensive year-end posts to come - love you all!

P.S. Hey, you. Yeah, you with the wine bottle and the awesome factor - ILY. Five stars!
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So I've been reading on my flist that there's been some weird internet magic that allows people to publish lj posts to facebook and twitter - more importantly, they can do this with OTHER people's lj posts (when they comment on that person's post and crosspost their comment to facebook and/or twitter)

I know I probably don't have to say this, because you guys are all super awesome and have common sense, but as you know this is my fandom journal and when I talk about my real life it's pretty personal. I'm very happy with my home on livejournal and don't want any of the content in my journal to inadvertantly be shared on facebook and twitter when someone comments on one of my journal entries. Please DO NOT share any comments on my journal on facebook or twitter.

(Post edited because I was confused by how that whole process worked to start with! XD)

Back to your previously scheduled fanfic! Or whatever you're up to. &hearts
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You are okay. Even if it's "just" you - you're okay.


Okay. &hearts
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Saw this on [livejournal.com profile] kiwiana's journal and it's definitely something everyone should see! :)

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kiwiana at Teen Raped After Being Used by School as "Bait"
If a high school student goes to administrators to report that she and another teenage girl were raped by a boy at the school, you might think that the immediate course of action would be to keep the survivors safe while investigating the allegations. But a student at Upper St. Claire High School is suing her school district for using her as bait, which resulted in her being raped a second time.

It's possible that the principal had watched The Sting a few too many times and thought that he could launch his own tricky operation. Even so, to put a sexual assault victim in the path of her rapist seems like an absurd level of endangerment — except that Principal Michael Ghilani didn't believe that he was dealing with a rape survivor. Instead, he turned the rape victims into guilty parties, deciding that student were having consensual sex on school premises after hours, and he wanted them all caught.

Instead of having the girls safely escorted to their bus, as the teacher to whom the crime was first reported wanted to do, Principal Ghilani kept them on school grounds and tasked the school police to follow them — in order to see if they went somewhere to have sex, rather than to watch out for their well-being. The police apparently thought everybody had gone home, but were mistaken, since two girls reported being raped in the stairwell that afternoon.

Why the principal would think that the girl would report on herself having consensual sex is beyond me. In the school district's attempt to defend its gross negligence, it argued that these girls were just jealous of other girls having sex with the boy in question. The boy himself, by the way, has pleaded guilty to sexual assault, although not to rape, and faces up to four years imprisonment.

Cara writes on the Curvature, "I’m honestly not even sure which facet of this case I find most appalling — the lesson that if you report being raped to your school, they’ll use you as a method to catch other students doing allegedly naughty things rather than protecting you; or the lesson that if you report being raped to your school, they’ll respond to their own culpability in the situation by telling the national media that you wanted it, anyway."

The lawsuit further states that the school knew that the boy was sexually harassing and assaulting girls the month before this incident took place, but did nothing. The school also failed to report any rapes occurring for the year's Safe Schools Report, which suggests that the administrators might have chosen to perceive the attacks as consensual in order not to have to admit the lack of safety in their hallways. Why guarantee the security of your students when you can just present the appearance of security?



Aug. 4th, 2010 03:29 am
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I have set up an auction at [info]gulf_aid_now for a podfic of the winner's choice up to 8,000 words here.
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Reject the Anti-Gay GOP Rhetoric

"The Texas GOP has put forth a 2010 party platform that says gay people shouldn't have custody of children and that issuing a marriage license or performing a marriage ceremony for a same-sex couple should be punishable by jail time. It's one thing for extremist groups to spout this type of bigotry, but that's way too far for one of the nation's two main political parties!

The Republican National Committee (RNC) is trying to avoid the issue, but a huge public outcry can force them to take sides. Is this really what they want voters to think the GOP stands for as the 2010 elections approach?

Send a letter to RNC Chairman Michael Steele asking him to repudiate this outrageous platform."

Please help by signing the petition!
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I love people. Sometimes I kind of hate them too, though, when I hear about the awful kinds of things they can do.

This is not one of those times.

Here's something to brighten your day - I cried reading it:

A Different Kind of Christian Demonstration at Gay Pride Parade
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On LiveJournal, we often think we're close, but really, we know less about each other than we like to think. So I want you to ask me something you would like to know about me, something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about, or something you've always been curious about but have never asked, or something completely silly that you'd like me to answer for kicks. No limits on the range of questions, either: ask me anything you want to know about, whether it's a fannish opinion or trivia about my real life or my thoughts on events in the offline world.

Comments to this post screened; answers to more general questions will go in this public post, answers to very personal questions will go in an f-locked post.

(Cheerily snagged from [livejournal.com profile] moetushie's journal =D)
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meme from [livejournal.com profile] accede :
Fifty things that make me happy
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I just...

If there is a hell, I'm damn sure that whoever orchestrated these disgusting actions is going there. Sooner being preferable to later, so that they can't do anything else like this. This is revolting (if you're in a depressed mood, best to save this for when you can handle awful news).

I don't even know how to... I can't believe this is real.

EDIT: Petition the Santa Rosa Press Democrat to print their story.


Feb. 9th, 2010 09:15 pm
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"1 Million To Stop Uganda's Anti-Gay Law
This week, Uganda is considering a law that would make being gay punishable by prison -- even death.

The President sent the bill for review, following initial international criticism. But vocal extremist lobbyists are pushing for the bill to pass -- threatening targeted persecution and bloodshed.

Only a tremendous wave of worldwide pressure could tip the balance in Parliament towards tolerance: Let's get 1 million names on the petition to stop this brutal law . We have just days left -- send the petition on for friends and family to sign and it will be delivered to Uganda's politicians, donors and embassies around the world:

To President Museveni of Uganda, Members of the Review Committee, and donor governments:
We stand with citizens across Uganda who are calling on their government to withdraw the Anti-Homosexual Bill, and to protect the universal human rights embodied in the Ugandan constitution. We urge Uganda’s leaders and donors to join us in rejecting persecution and upholding values of justice and tolerance."

Please, guys, please, PLEASE sign this petition!

In fact, please post this on your own journal! Consider this a meme and I'm tagging everyone! There's only a few days until this law is or isn't passed and signatures are going way too slowly. If years of shooting myself in the foot socially have taught me anything it's that the internet is a VERY powerful tool.

Actually, the first 5 people who read this, sign the petition and repost the link in their own journals (please link me to the entry) will receive a 100-word drabble of their choice from one of the following fandoms:

Supernatural, Big Bang Theory, Merlin, Kingdom Hearts, Gundam Wing, Full Metal Alchemist, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter, or Inuyasha.
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In memory of family and friends who have lost the battle with cancer, and in support of the ones who continue to conquer it! Post this on your LJ if you know someone who has or had cancer.

My Aunt Sheila died of lung cancer when I was still very young - I only really have 2 memories of her because she lived quite far away, but I would have preferred to have made more. I remember snuggling on the couch in my pjs while she read me a story - and then later, when we visited her in the states - and we chatted with her while she stayed resting on the couch under a blanket. She didn't want a funeral - she insisted that the gathering after we scattered her ashes was to be called "a celebration of life." Celebrate life today - laugh. Hug someone. Share joy and show kindness. Put aside your worries for at least five minutes. Okay? Okay.
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Ask me one fandom-related question in the comments. This can be fandom specific, general, or about fandom/lj stuff/fic writing/etc. in general. Favourite character, favourite moment, unpopular opinion, something about a fic of mine... whatever. Wackiness encouraged.

My fandoms include: SPN, Merlin, Kingdom Hearts, Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who, aaaand... Tsubasa Chronicle. Though the second half of that was WEIRD. Past fandoms include Gundam Wing, Inuyasha, Yu-Gi-Oh (DON'T JUDGE ME XD), Naruto... anyways, if you'd like to crack open the nostalgia vaults, have at.

Also, sorry I've been dead. XD I'm considering taking an internet-break. Like, for real. It might break my heart, though, so I have to think hard about it. XD

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 I nearly missed posting this because my mind is thinking of Christmas in terms of a few days from now since we're waiting for my siblings to celebrate, but:

Happy Holidays, everyone! And I hope your new year starts out excellently!
I hope you received all the things you wished for. :)

Big, big post in a few days detailing my travelling adventures, my christmas adventures, pics, and that photo of my dvd collection I promised. XD
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What The List Is All About...
Step 1
• Make a post to your LJ with a list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, big or small, expensive or free, fandom-related or not. The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

• If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

• Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two
• Surf around your friends list to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use—or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free—do it.

• You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf—to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not — it's your call.

• There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My Wishes: Let me show you them )
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By the end of this week, I plan to:

1. Finish episode recap for the Curse of Cornelius Sigan.
2. Finish Ghost!Merlin AU fic.
3. Finish a chapter of Homecoming because it's been silent MONTHS and I am an awful person. XD
4. Maybe make some more icons.

Now, the important part of this message: I have homework to do. I have work three days this week - and I'm in Seattle on Saturday to see Wicked (OMG SQUEEING POST WILL ABSOLUTELY HAPPEN).

After all this is finished I need to take a bit of a break from DOING fannish things and limit myself to reading a couple fics and maybe reccing while I get caught up with RL. XD

*crosses fingers that maybe her willpower will improve*

Wish me luck!


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