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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] katsuko at post
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

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Here! It'll force you to use a style, but hey, functionality is better than aesthetics.

Happy holidays, everyone. I'm still holding out hope for, you know, them actually listening to us.

EDIT: [livejournal.com profile] ladyasul also has two, for Bloggish - April and Style Contest - Unstyled, respectively.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] twbasketcase at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] 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.


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So, flist, tell me this:

You're heading back towards Arcadia after killing your targets. You've got an Odin next to you so there's no way you need Blobs for your quest.

There's a Blob with very low health moving towards a player with full health. Okay, maybe the other player hasn't loaded yet so you can't see he's countering.

But still. Demon with low health + nearby player = they're fighting, right? What could possess someone to take away that last chunk of HP (and the kill credit)?

And I wasn't at low health myself so I clearly didn't need any "help".

What the fuck is wrong with people?
chierii: (Grumpy Mastemoth)
The office isn't opening the perimeter fence around our old building.

By that I mean, we ask them to, they say "sure, give us an hour" and then they never show up to open it.

How are we going to get the rest of our furniture out? ;;
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What is this? Seriously.

Anyway. Uh. Right, meme.

30-Day Video Game Meme Day 8: Best Soundtrack

Strange Journey. There isn't a theme I don't love.

the whole meme )

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I just completed the worst assignment ever. It supposedly tests your skills in PowerPoint, but there was one problem where it asks you to download a template from Microsoft Office Online. Since it doesn't actually use the PowerPoint installed on the computer, but creates a simulation of a computer, naturally, for most of the "downloads" it will tell you it doesn't connect.

There is one link that will let you in, and it presents you with seven or so subcategories. It does not tell you until you click what templates are in which categories.

Here's the bullshit: Clicking on the wrong subcategory will count as an incorrect action and deduct from your attempts for the entire problem. How, pray tell, am I supposed to know whether the template called "Training seminar" is under "Office 2007 Training", "Training 2007 Office", or "Training"? (Yes, those were three seperate categories, picking the wrong one meant one less attempt.) Or maybe it's under "Business"? How about "Other"? You only get five attempts for one problem, and there are more links than that. Meaning you could fail the problem simply for not guessing right.

Utter. Bullshit. That is not a test of skill, that is a test of luck.

Screw this, I'm going to get breakfast.
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So, uh. I did not know this. (Red-outlined box) I know it's a very minor thing, but I'm still kind of annoyed that even MS Word is accepting it. I know it saves space, but I guess it's a formatting preference of mine.

Anyway. Back to the activity designed to teach me things I already know. *sigh*

Edit: Now that I'm back on my laptop, Pokemon just because.

PSA

Jul. 13th, 2010 05:57 pm
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] nyxmidnight at PSA

I don't think I have anyone on my flist who isn't also on the flist of someone who's posted this, but it can't hurt.
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So I decided to throw Izumi at the Cleverbot.

It started out normal - random, silly, and repetitive.

And then it got scary. Somehow, it went from a funny sort of sitcom situation where the bot had hidden Izumi's robes during a beach outing to a rather consistent kidnapping plot!

Cut for length and being disturbing. )

I'm considering using this as a nightmare she'll have. It's certainly scary enough. But not if [livejournal.com profile] nyxmidnight doesn't want to thread it, because there isn't any way Izumi won't wake up screaming. So that plan's up in the air.

As for me, I'm gonna stop worrying about it and go to bed. Don't worry about the muse, Izumi sees it as it was - a game (a roleplaying game for a roleplaying character, haha), so she's not badly traumatized outside of that. It was all OOC.

Still, I wonder how complex a plot one can come up with using Cleverbot...

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