School project

Big trouble here, I forgot to submit my survey for my class. I know not a lot of people read this, but I just need a few people to answer this thing. If you can spread it around, that would be most excellent. It's on Obamacare and how well the government has spread what the act actually is as compared to what people say it is. Basically, I just want to see what people know about the act and compare that to what is actually written.

Click here to take survey

I had twelve questions, but Zoomerang would only let me enter 10. The other questions were:

  1. Did you know the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides a tax credit for small businesses who need help covering the additional cost of employee health insurance?

    1. Yes

    2. No

  2. Why do you think the tax credit could help or hinder your company’s future growth?

    1. Please answer here.

If you feel like answering this, please answer in the comments the last two questions. Thank you so very much.

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The War Against Women Is Never Over

Originally posted by morgandawn at The War Against Women Is Never Over
When they marched for the women's right to vote 100 years ago, they were imprisoned, put into straight jackets and force fed until they vomited blood. They fought for your right to own property, to have access to birth control and your right to an education. This video is fun and clever and hits on some hard truths. And it makes you ask yourself...what I am willing to do today to fight back and protect our rights as women and citizens?  

Snagged from fyrdrakken

bored kitty

It appears one of the kittens is an alien

I left my scarf in a pile on my kitchen table. When I got up this morning, THIS was what I found:

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Fanfiction writers on my friends' list


I've noticed that there's been some hankypanky going on in the Vampire Diaries fandom of late. Some writers' works have been stolen and uploaded to Chinese Web sites. I have also noticed that at least one of these writers has basically cut off anyone and everyone except a few close friends from even reading her past stories.

To be perfectly frank, this is not how you go about this.

I know some of you are new to Livejournal, so I want to give you heads up on a group you can appeal to in regards to this thievery. It is called stop_plagiarism. It's been running a few years now. You present your case to the group, they research the allegations and basically blacklist the thief (or apparently thieves in this case, from what I've seen so far) and try to get the material removed. It is not always a sure thing, especially with a foreign Web site, but at the very least the names of the perps will be out there. I'm not sure if going to the Organization for Transformative Works might help as well, but you never know. Just know that it is not only TVD stories that are probably being stolen. Other writers in other fandoms might be affected as well. These two places are the ones I can think of off the top of my head that can get this publicized for others to go and check.

Please, do not cut off your fanbase. I think back on all the wonderful stories I read in the 90s that luckily haven't been deleted because most of them were saved on bulletin boards, and I pull out my hair trying to find stories written in other fandoms that were deleted by their authors for one reason or another. Personally, I like to reread things. Knowing that they are no longer out there for me to find hurts. Please rethink such a radical move until all your options have been exercised.

I'm going to screen comments on this post (hey, a first after all these years!) for anyone who doesn't feel comfortable talking about this in public.


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The 36th birthday has consisted of a trip to parents for presents, PF Chang's for lunch, a shopping trip around North Dallas, a stop at Sprinkles for birthday cupcakes, a return trip to parents, four more hours of Jericho, and finally home. I'm charging up my phone right now, going to go put on some make-up and go to the sports bar for some libation. Think fondly of me.

mocked by an insecure world

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Okay, gotta share this because, damn, this article was so on the fucking ball that I'm both horrified and a bit like, "See, see, see." Pointing and gasping, because of a lot of reason, the first being I wished this story was somewhere other than EBSCO so I could link to it but it's not. As it is, it's going into my term project in which I have to find one article that represents one chapter we covered this semester and what that article represents. I think I'm going to call this one prognosticating.

The commentary is called That tiger in your tank needs taming, written by Hugh Jackson for the Las Vegas Business Press. I'm going to quote some things that I think need to be pointed out.

"Banks are merging with financial service firms and each other to the point that not just the nation's but the world's financial assets will be overwhelmingly concentrated within a half-dozen or so huge financial institutions. These megaliths are already becoming popularly referred to among the economic set as "too big to fail." That means that if they get in trouble by, oh, throwing too much money at real estate speculation abroad, and the speculative bubble bursts, they'll come crying to American taxpayers to shore 'em up."

"No doubt because it hasn't been explained by Rush Limbaugh and the fellow travelers on the Fox "News" Network, nobody seems to care how big the banks get. If, on the other hand, some congressman were to try to craft new regulations to protect the public from these behemoths or even -- gasp! -- stop the mergers, then Rush and his echo chambers that make up the national press corps would be quick to tell us how "burdensome" the regulations would be."

"The business world, or more accurately the corporate world, has adopted the position shared not only by promoters of the film Godzilla but also by Hollywood starlets while discussing Gary Cooper, i.e., size matters. Government's motto, on the other hand, seems to be "we're sorry we exist.""
You get the idea.

When was this written, you might ask. December 7, 1998.


Well, I was calmer this time

After the third game I asked Dad if Cliff Lee was worth losing Smoak. He grinned, chuckled and said yeah.

Mom's become a full-fledge Elvis Andrus fan. I'm a Nellie fangirl.

I'm flabbergasted. Utterly surprised.

40 years, man, 40 years.

The World Series. :D

It's time.


Work is going to be impossible tomorrow

I had pushed the laptop to one side after the first out.

My hands were hovering over my mouth after the second.

The tears were flowing for the third.

My boys finally did it, they won a series.

My papa would have been so proud.

Now... bring on those Damned Yankees!


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After watching the first season one and a half times, I have come to the conclusion that The Vampire Diaries is True Blood meets Dawson's Creek. Only the snark level is astronomical.
Brief character comparison with one or two spoilersCollapse )

Any one got any other comparisons?

bored kitty

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Does anyone remember a Saturday morning kids show on the USA Network? It live-action, almost like a tabloid show but for kids. I know it came on early on Saturday, like 7ish.

Trying to remember it, but I just watched a few episodes. As odd as it sounds, they were going around the country with the Russian hard rock band Gorky Park and they played at my high school. I want to say it was either '92 or '93 due to a class I was taking with a rather snarky friend. Our teacher had a crush on one of the guitarists and my friend would not let it go. He still mentions it.


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