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[livejournal.com profile] help_japan
This is a panfandom charity auction.
[livejournal.com profile] j_quakerelief
This is a charity auction I heard about through [livejournal.com profile] icelily01 that is for fanfic/art/beta offers and bids and is specific to the Supernatural fandom. :)

(In other less important news, I spent my morning getting a new tattoo - I'll post pictures tomorrow since I didn't think to snap a pic with my phone before the bandages went on ^^; )
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Hey everyone! Just a heads up, I'm offering a maximum 15,000 word podfic at [livejournal.com profile] help_queensland here.

I'm also offering a fic of 10,000+ words here at [livejournal.com profile] waltzmatildah 's Flood Relief: Fic Fundraiser Challenge.

There are so many different comms. @_@ it's good, but I miss the original streamlined process.
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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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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kiwiana at Darren Criss on Glee: He's Making Parents Uncomfortable
One openly gay character on a hit teen show makes parents rave. Two gay characters on a hit teen show makes some parents uncomfortable. That appears to be the case with the introduction of Blaine, the new gay character on Glee, as played by television newbie Darren Criss.

Chris Colfer has been receiving rave reviews of his performance of the character Kurt Hummel on the hit Fox series since it debuted last year. His ability to play an openly gay character full of teenage angst including his crush on quarterback Finn has been a major hit with teens and fans alike. It is the introduction of a new character who may be a potential love interest for Kurt that has gotten some parents squirming in their seats.

Darren Criss’ debut performance in the role of Blaine has gotten tongues wagging. Some folks are hoping for a love connection between Kurt and Blaine. Some folks are definitely hoping the storyline gets trashed. His addition to the cast has already brought about Kurt’s first kiss although it wasn’t Blaine giving the kiss and some parents are concerned with where the story is headed. Based on comments on our previous posts on Darren’s addition to the cast some folks believe that having a same sex love story on early in the evening is inappropriate for kids or that the show is pushing too progressive of a storyline for the innocent eyes of teens to see.

It is apparently alright to introduce a new love interest for Quinn this season, but Kurt is going to have to wait for love until people become a little more comfortable with a gay love story on the show!

Source, including a video
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And now that I have your attention...

Visit www.TheRandomAct.org to see a special video message from Misha and to support his marathon on September 5th! The money raised will be used to fund Random Acts, three orphanages in Haiti, and flood relief efforts in Pakistan.

Doooooo iiiiiiit! &hearts

(Sorry I haven't been replying to comments all day. I am very lazy today. I'll get to them, I swear!)
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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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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.
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Title: Soft Puppy
Fandom: Big Bang Theory
Pairing: Sheldon/Penny
Words: 769 (yes, I know it was only supposed to be 500, but I wasn't doooone XD)
Rating: G
Notes: For [livejournal.com profile] cb_wolf who responded to my entry in the [livejournal.com profile] sheldon_penny community by signing this petition and also linking to it in her own journal. The prompt: "Something to do with Sheldon liking his belly scratched." I hope you like it, cb!

Dear lord, woman, blow your nose and wash your hands first! )


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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