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Originally posted by [ 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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Many many blessings to you all on this wonderful Yule. I'm so happy and so blessed and I hope you feel the same, full moon, good company, warmth and love, what more could I ask for?

Blessed Be.

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Things are very changeable at the moment.

I confirmed with my boss this morning that I'll be accepting his offer, he's made up as it will be helping him out a lot. He also confirmed my course will be for a week starting 18th October and I've agreed to go over from 11th October after I've completed supporting the disaster recovery test the week before.

Speaking (Typing?) of which, I was supposed to be going to the hospital for my ultra sound on 5th October but the 5th is a crucial date on the DR test that needs my particular skills so I've had to move it to the 29th October.

Had it confirmed today that Rich has paid all the arrears on the loan I agreed to be guarantor on him for which is a good thing, it's been pissing me off as it's been going on for a while.

Also found out that my washing machine is not going to be repaired but written off instead and so I have a voucher to spend on a replacement machine worth £699 - approximately twice what I paid for the original machine.

Post accident - I'm still a bit tender but no worse than after a night out dancing and have a bruise across my collarbone where the seatbelt pressed in. I'm a bit jittery when crossing the road at traffic lights, I keep checking to make sure the cars are going to stop in time and occasionally am having minor flashbacks rerunning the accident that make me jump - I think this is perfectly normal and will pass in time.

I'm also a bit blue and a bit weepy, again I think this is perfectly normal under the circumstances especially as it's the first day of full moon and that always emphasises any emotion I'm feeling, positive or negative.

I need to collect a parcel from the post office this evening, this is a pain as I left the delivery slip thing at home this morning.

Hope you're all ok, much love and hugs to everyone that needs them.

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I'm posting this mostly so I don't need to repeat it a bunch of times to various friends.

Late Friday night I developed severe pain over my right kidney, so bad it made me unable to stand and was vomiting constantly. After a little while it got worse not better and I puked any painkiller meds I tried to take. NHS Direct eventually sent me to A&E at the nearest hospital and I was admitted with a suspected kidney stone and severe dehydration. After some IV fluids and IV paracetamol I was taken to the emergency surgical trauma unit for x-rays, more blood tests and urine tests. All of which came up negative, I don't even have a kidney infection but the pain was still making me vomit every 3 minutes or so. Cue IV antibiotics, more fluids, 3 different anti-nausea meds and some morphine for the pain and I finally managed to get a tiny amount of sleep at 7 am Saturday when they sent me to a proper bed in the surgical ward. After my 4th lot of fluids and paracetamol I finally stopped being sick and was able to hold down sips of water and could take antibiotics and paracetamol tablets rather than just through a drip although I was still on constant fluids.

The short side of this is the doctor's still don't know what is the matter with me, I got a telling off for letting myself get this run down/exhausted and was only let out of hospital on Sunday on the promise I would eat and drink properly and take the huge bag of meds I was given.

Never before have I puked for 2 days straight and gained 3lbs just from the sheer volume of fluids I was given.

I need to go for an ultrasound to try to find out what caused it as they still don't know, I'm still in moderate pain and very very wobbly on my feet, even going to the loo is wiping me out (which I am having to do all too frequently thanks to all the sodding drinking I am doing). I also pulled all the muscles in my stomach and ribs from being sick so often (my record was over 20 times in one hour - go me), so coughing is a bitch.

I'm off work and still have a ton of stuff to do for uni and don't see that happening for a little while - I just can't think properly as my head is too fuzzy. I can't even look at Maelstrom downtime properly to work out what's what - yes it's that bad :)

I'm not looking for tea and sympathy, I know I have been a bit dumb and pushed myself a bit too hard lately and this is possibly my body's way of kicking my arse for me. I don't have any say in whether or not I rest at the moment, not when the stairs in the house are a bit too much of a task.

Here's hoping that normal service will be resumed very soon. It had better be - I get bored easily. :(

Love and hugs to everyone that needs them, especially Chris xxxx

PS The doctors weren't being mean - I can't have anything that contains aspirin or codeine as it just makes me constantly sick until I pass out, my body, it's just so co-operative!
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Copied from Orev, I thought this was well worth passing on.
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I'll be voting this evening, this isn't a post to tell you who to vote for but it is a post to ask you to exercise your right to vote.

I'm hoping for a good turn out and I'm hoping that the results will provoke electoral reforms, the first past the post system is devaluing our votes in many areas and I want everyone's voice to count equally.

I'm heartened that people seem to be engaging with the political process more this time, worried that the Tories will get in but hoping for a hung parliament that will hopefully make us a true three party nation and idealistically hoping that a hung parliament will force people to start working together for the benefit of the country as a whole (I did say it was idealism :P)

I dislike the campaign methods that rely on promoting fear about their competitors getting in, rather than saying the good things they have done, they concentrate on the bad everyone else has done. The fake newspapers that slag off the other parties are particularly annoying for a variety of reasons.

Interestingly only the Labour candidate in our area have been canvasssing whilst I was in, the fake newspapers and false claims have come from the LibDems which is really very disappointing, they've done some really good stuff and don't need to stoop to that level. Both candidates for Labour and LibDem seem to have their heads screwed on when it comes to policy though so it's not a bad vote either way.

If you're undecided then may be a useful site. You can see your local candidates views on policies in your area and it'll even match your choices to the closest candidate for you.

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Happy Birthday Chris!

Not just fireworks but Celestial Fireworks!

Hope you have a brilliant day and the rest of 'Celebrate Chris' month goes well

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Original posted here:

Family planning cheapest way to combat climate change

Contraception is almost five times cheaper than conventional green technologies as a means of combating climate change, according to research published today (Wednesday, September 9).

Each $7 (£4) spent on basic family planning over the next four decades would reduce global CO2 emissions by more than a tonne. To achieve the same result with low-carbon technologies would cost a minimum of $32 (£19). The UN estimates that 40 per cent of all pregnancies worldwide are unintended.

The report, Fewer Emitters, Lower Emissions, Less Cost, commissioned by the Optimum Population Trust from the London School of Economics*, concludes that “considered purely as a method of reducing future CO2 emissions”, family planning is more cost-effective than leading low-carbon technologies. It says family planning should be seen as one of the primary methods of emissions reduction.

Meeting basic family planning needs along the lines suggested would save 34 gigatonnes (billion tonnes) of CO2 between now and 2050 – equivalent to nearly six times the annual emissions of the US and almost 60 times the UK’s annual total.

Roger Martin, chair of OPT, said the findings vindicated OPT’s stance that population growth must be included in the climate change debate. “It’s always been obvious that total emissions depend on the number of emitters as well as their individual emissions – the carbon tonnage can’t shoot down, as we want, while the population keeps shooting up. The taboo on mentioning this fact has made the whole climate change debate so far somewhat unreal. Stabilising population levels has always been essential ecologically, and this study shows it’s economically sensible too.

“The population issue must now be added into the negotiations for the Copenhagen climate change summit in December.** This part of the solution is so easy, and so cheap, and would bring so many other social and economic benefits, from health and education to the empowerment of women. It would also ease all the other environmental problems we face – the rapid shrinkage of soil, fresh water, forests, fisheries, wildlife and oil reserves and the looming food crisis.

“All of these would be easier to solve with fewer people, and ultimately impossible to solve with ever more. Meanwhile each additional person, especially each rich person in the OECD countries, reduces everyone’s share of the planet’s dwindling resources even faster. Non-coercive population policies are urgently needed in all countries. The taboo on discussing this is no longer defensible.”

The study, based on the principle that “fewer people will emit fewer tonnes of carbon dioxide”, models the consequences of meeting all “unmet need” for family planning, defined as the number of women who wish to delay or terminate childbearing but who are not using contraception.*** One recent estimate put this figure at 200 million. UN data suggest that meeting unmet need for family planning would reduce unintended births by 72 per cent, reducing projected world population in 2050 by half a billion to 8.64 billion. Between 2010 and 2050 12 billion fewer “people-years” would be lived – 326 billion against 338 billion under current projections.

The 34 gigatonnes of CO2 saved in this way would cost $220 billion – roughly $7 a tonne. However, the same CO2 saving would cost over $1trillion if low-carbon technologies were used.

The $7 cost of abating a tonne of CO2 using family planning compares with $24 (£15) for wind power, $51 (£31) for solar, $57-83 (£35-51) for coal plants with carbon capture and storage, $92 (£56) for plug-in hybrid vehicles and $131 (£80) for electric vehicles.

However, the study may understate the CO2 savings available because the estimates of unmet need are based on married women alone, yet some studies suggest up to 40 per cent of young unmarried women have had unwanted pregnancies.

Mr. Martin added: “The potential for tackling climate change by addressing population growth through better family planning, alongside the conventional approach, is clearly enormous and we shall be urging all those involved in the Copenhagen process to take it fully on board.”


*Available at

**In a statement issued last month, OPT called on climate change negotiators to ensure that population restraint policies are adopted by every state worldwide to combat climate change. Family planning programmes in poorer countries should be treated as legitimate candidates for climate change funding. The statement was endorsed by OPT patrons including Sir David Attenborough, Dr. James Lovelock and Jonathon Porritt. See: .

***A recent study by Oregon State University concluded: “A person’s reproductive choices must be considered along with [their] day-to-day activities when assessing [their] ultimate impact on the global environment.” See Reproduction and the carbon legacies of individuals, by Paul Murtaugh and Michael Schlax, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences/Department of Statistics, available on The authors calculate that in the US each child adds 9,441 tonnes of carbon dioxide to the carbon legacy of an average female, equivalent to 5.7 times her lifetime emissions. See also: A Population-Based Climate Strategy (OPT Research Briefing) at
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Notes to self for standby plugs and need to look up automatic radiator bleeders.

Is it really Monday again already? Zzzzzzz.
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I think I am either very hungry or very lucky but this falafel and feta cheese greek salad is *gorgeous* Nom Nom Nommmy Nom.

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I have balloon envy.. One of the teams across the way has a huge bunch of shiny purple helium balloons in the shape of stars. I wants one! I don't think I can acquire one though, which simply smells.

They're mocking me with their shineygoodnesses. Damn, they're the same colour as the foil on a bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk.. this is not going to end well.

In other news, my Chris is almost home! Hurrah! I have missed him, rather a lot, in between spates of haeting my essay with a passion reserved only for 'unwanted weight gain before a special occasion'.

And it's cold here today, I want snuggly fleeces and mugs of hot chocolate and toast. All I have are apples, a sandwich and a cereal bar ;(

Send balloons!

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District 9 was completely brilliant, quite disturbing and harrowing in places but well, well worth watching.
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Help me interwebs!

Does anyone have an idea how long it will take an oven to cool down from 220 degrees to 100 degrees? I need to do some baking tonight in a cool oven but also need to make dinner and I'm trying to work out the timings or if I should just bake and get sushi instead :)
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Happy Birthday to Claire for yesterday and to my nephew and Neil for today.

You guys rock!

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I’m trying to decide which course to do with the OU next year. I’ve really enjoyed the social science course I did this year, particularly the blocks on the environment, economics and social policy. I got very zen about how connected everything seems to be and looking at things like poverty, welfare and education has been a real eye-opener. I’m less interested in psychology, politics and philosophy but I really do feel that personally having a better understanding of the issues and why certain things are the way they are and being able to predict trends and so on will be really very interesting.

I’m torn between one on the Environment and one on Economics and economic change. Ultimately I want to do both of them and count them toward a degree in Social Sciences with Economics and Environment.

The Environment course covers things like climate change, food scares, air pollution, waste management, use of natural resources, biodiversity, genetic modification and sustainability.

The Economics course is about ICT, economic globalisation, is capitalism environmentally sustainable, economic policy and competition, market structures, poverty and international trade, unemployment and inflation, forecasting and managing the national economy.

Both of them sound interesting and I am really torn between them, the economics course is interesting because of the poverty and unemployment side will be in a social science context and I hope will give me a better perspective on welfare and economic trends like inflation, sustainability and recession that sort of thing. I’m also particularly concerned about and interested in the environment and protecting it for future generations and I think to a large extent the changes that are needed will have to be enforced on a global legislative level which is where the link with capitalism and economics ties in as one definitely affects the other. At least in that it appears to me that capitalism is inherently flawed as it is based on a continual growth cycle that just isn't sustainable from an ecological point of view. We're already using up the equivalent of 1.4 planet's worth of naturally produced resources every year and as the global population continues to expand and developing countries become more developed and increase their contribution towards global consumption levels it is only going to get worse, I think I'd like to know more about both areas as they really do seem to be very much interlinked.

Bleh maybe I should just toss a coin? Bear in mind I'm doing this just for fun/self interest rather than any career related reasons.
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I really *really* want this weather to break now please!
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A very happy Solstice to you all, I hope it's a good one.

Blessed Be.

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I just won 4 tickets to a comedy night at the Frog and Bucket with a free bottle of wine in a raffle for RNID at work. I *never* win raffles! :D


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