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Weird dream
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Usually people might dream about ghosts, but in this dream I was one. I wasn't exactly sure how I died, but I appeared to be the age I am now, or at least not far off it in either direction backwards or forwards.

I wasn't sure where I was geographically speaking (though if I was to say where I was I think it was in the UK somewhere, for some reason I want to say either Wales or England). I was however in a shop talking to an elderly gent who appeared to be Japanese maybe Chinese and owned a shop there (it seemed to be a bakery). While most living people could not see ghosts, he apparently could. He was telling me this as well as explaining... the golden babies hanging around his shop as I sat down. Some of them had unusual traits, like one having an arm growing out of his/her head. He told me these were babies who mostly died soon after they were born, some of them years and years ago, thus meaning they had very young souls and were ghosts too, and they tended to hang around with him since he was one of the few living people who could see him and most of the actual adult or teen ghosts didn't bother with them or care. They didn't need to eat or anything or change nappies or anything, being dead and all, they just needed comfort and attention but most didn't bother. However I wasn't really golden like them even as a ghost and I wasn't sure why that was. But I played with them a bit and then left the shop saying I wanted to have a look around before coming back in a little bit. It seemed I was rather new to this dead game, though I think I was dead for a least a good few hours if not days before meeting this guy.

There seemed to be a lot of other adult ghosts around, like me they weren't golden like the babies either and all the living people milling around couldn't see them, and well I could only do so because I was dead too.

I wasn't scared or upset, and not really all that concerned that I was dead. I was more interested in seeing the sights and wondering how the world would seem from this perspective.  And then I woke up.

I am having the oddest dreams now I am apparently unable to engage in lucid dreaming anymore.

Monsters Inc One shot: Jolt
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Title: Jolt
Rating: K+
Character(s): Sulley, Celia Mae, Boo.
Genre: Humour
Summary: Celia meets Boo properly for the first time alone with Sulley, nearing the end of this visit awkwardness abounds. 
Pairings: A bit of Sulley/Celia, also Celia/Mike mentioned.
Warning: Well it involves two monstesr having an odd 'moment' when one is in a relationship with the others best friend. Nothing really 'happens' but there you go.
Word count: 412

A/N: I edited it a little bit, but I actually wrote this a long time ago. Be kind! It's  just a silly and short thing


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The fiasco continues
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Originally posted by 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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The Last Round up
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Well I saw a bit of the new mlp episode The Last RoundUp.

The 'Derpy' scene actually had me close to tears. I'm so angry and upset right now. What the hell mlp?!

Monsters Inc Prompt: 019: Found
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Prompt: 19: Found
Fandom: Monsters Inc, set months  after Sulley is reunited with Boo.
Rating: soft T
Characters: Sulley is the only one present but Randall is mentioned.
Genre: Angst.
Any shipping? Nope. 
Word count: 630
Summary:  Sometimes Sulley wonders if Randall wants to be found.
Warnings: Mentions humans using drugs and has dark themes.
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Prompt table
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Basically I'm going to try and use this table prompt I found, probably will be a mix of both original and fanfic... wish me luck!
 I'll probably ignore the "writer's choice" part and do it in whatever order I want though. Those which are blue are done and linked below.


001.Lively002.Remorseful003.Dismiss004.Heavy005.Forward
006.Prowl007.Cut008.Compromise009.Impulse010.Hush
011.Morals012.Engage013.Voice014.Awkward015.Lower
016.Plead017.Caring018.Believe019.Found020.Shield
021.Open022.Tactile023.Journey024.Scowl025.Hero
026.Writer's Choice027.Writer's Choice028.Writer's Choice029.Writer's Choice030.Writer's Choice

19: Found: (Monsters Inc One shot): http://mentalguru.livejournal.com/21011.html#cutid1

Mississippi Personhood Amendment
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Originally posted by james_nicoll at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by soldiergrrrl at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
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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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Plugging for avatar fans on f!list
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Over on dreamwidth user muse_hikaru has started up a community involving prompt writing challenges for both Avatar:the last airbender and the Legend of Korra. It will run bi-weekly. It has started with its first prompt "Celebrate" with a length of 100 to 300 as the word count.

The community can be found over here:http://atla-contest.dreamwidth.org/

Also further information on how the community runs and certain rules can be found here: http://atla-contest.dreamwidth.org/487.html

Please contribute if you're interested! The first challenge began a few days ago and will end on the Midnight on the 8th January  Pacific Time. Voting with take place on January 9th until the 15th with enough entries.

Thanks!

The fight for internet freedom isn't over folks. DECEMBER 21ST.
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Apparently the Stop Online Piracy Act Vote- which in reality will restrict a lot of internet freedoms has simply been delayed. And not to 2012 like many are claiming. Instead it's occurring on the 21st of December.

Please spread the word no matter what your nationality- and if you're American also continue to make your voice heard too to your relevant political figure.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/12/sopa-vote-delayed/


BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way
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(I'm not American, but decided to spread the word! If you're American, click the banner and out this in your lj, if not just pass this along I guess!)

Originally posted by write_light at BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

From the flist: 



Spread the word, even you're not a US citizen, it is important for everyone!! It easy to do and it can change everything. More info by clicking on the banner.

Website Blocking

The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.

Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users

It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.

Chaos for the Internet

Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.


Read this analysis from boing-boing.net

Get on the phone and call your representative. Express your disapproval. Tell him or her exactly how you feel, and that you don't support this. Tell your friends to call their representatives, their Congressperson, and complain. Mention that you are a registered voter that takes your civic responsibility seriously and that you will use that vote to express your feelings about this.

http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_60/Internet-Companies-Boost-Hill-Lobbying-210345-1.html?pos=olobh

“We support the bill’s stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting,” the Internet companies wrote in Tuesday’s letter. “Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites.”  The chamber-led coalition in support of the bill includes Walmart, Eli Lilly & Co. and Netflix.

Google and other opponents of the legislation argue that restricting the Internet in the U.S. sets a bad international precedent and that the language defines infringing too broadly.



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