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15 November 2012 @ 07:41 pm
Okay, I figured it was time I got around to updating this. All my personal entries on this journal are f-locked and I only friend people I'm reading. Some entires are public, like political stuff, and all my fic (such as it is) can be found at in_my_notebook (I have old FF.net and Fiction Alley accounts with YGO and HP stuff available under the username Ceresi). If you really want to friend me (I am so boring, why) my IJ is public here.
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31 May 2008 @ 09:42 pm
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For anyone who's seen this story (about the Lakota Indians withdrawing from their treaties with the U.S. and becoming a totally sovereign nation) and is wondering how it will affect the Pretty Bird Woman House, comments at this post from DailyKos suggest that the move isn't necessarily legal, and that the media is misrepresenting the issue. So I don't think that the shelter is in danger of losing its grants and such, at least not yet.

I'm guessing that this is a way to bring already low international opinion against the U.S. (in the wake of the U.N.'s resolution on the rights of indigenous peoples and the Iraq war) to bear on Native issues; we'll see how well it works.

ETA: Another DKos post here. Has anyone seen a new article on the subject, or is it all the same AP story? My connection is sucking ass at the moment and NOT LETTING ME DO ANYTHING alskdjalskdjalsdkajsd. :/
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Current Music: Massive Attack - Teardrop
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12 November 2007 @ 07:53 pm
So, I have spent the past two weeks in a suppressed panic over finals -- reading! test taking! how the hell do I draw an Art Nouveau Ham and Cheese Souffle (don't ask) -- and I haven't had any time to pass on links, but I'm making time for this one.

Pretty Bird Woman House is a women's shelter on a Lakota Sioux reservation in South Dakota, and it needs help -- between the incredible poverty of the reservation, the quasi-sovereign legal tangle of its government, and its remote location, it's almost impossible for battered women to get the help they need. Last month thieves broke into the shelter and ransacked it.

The link above describes the situation in greater detail, and includes links and addresses for donations. The netroots were able to raise almost $30,000 for the shelter before it was demolished, and we can do it again. I really, really wish I could help right now, but it'll have to wait till next quarter's financial aid check comes in. So I'm passing it off to you guys -- if you have the money to spare, or any material donations, please take the time to send them. If you can't, please take the time to repost this link.

I'm making this entry public, so if you just want to link back here, that's fine too. I will seriously owe anyone who helps out with this, and I ♥♥♥ you all.
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Current Music: Rachael Yamagata - Worn Me Down
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Five stories from various sources, reprinted at PsycPORT, talk about the influx of PTSD and other mental disorders in returning Iraq veterans and the VA's -- let's be polite -- "difficulties" in treating them.

- from the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Thousands of U.S. soldiers in Iraq - as many as 10 a day - are being discharged by the military for mental health reasons. But the Pentagon isn't blaming the war. It says the soldiers had "preexisting" conditions that disqualify them for treatment by the government.

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In case all of that is too depressing, have two charming/amusing/sweet stories:

- 10th-grader sent home for pro-gay T-shirt: Heathyre Farnham, 16, said she was not trying to be inflammatory by wearing the shirt that says, "Gay? Fine By Me." [...] After Heathyre wore the shirt, several other students took to the message, writing the same message on their skin. Administrators patrolled the cafeteria, ordering students to wash the ink off their arms and hands.

- "A sea of pink": It started with one boy wearing a pink polo shirt on the first day of school. He was harassed with homophobic slurs and threatened with assault by a group of six to 10 older students who mocked him for wearing pink. But two classmates watching the display of homophobia decided to take action in a provocative - and inspirational - way.
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