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This is part 2 of my fandom aid fanfiction for the_glow_worm. Thanks so much for taking part in this cause! :)

Fandom: The Demon's Surrender, by Sarah Rees Brennan. I don't own it, of course.

Characters/pairing: Nick/Mae ageing, with a focus on Nick (as requested). Their family and friends appear every now and again.

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] baeraad at Stop the Arizona birth control Bill
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[Some one actually created a bill about this? Forget about sexism for a second... In a world with teenage pregnancies and overpopulation, hunger, famine, high unemployment, and bone crushing poverty? Are they frigging insane?

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I just signed the following petition addressed to: Arizona Sentate, Arizona State Legislature, Debbie Lesko.

Stop the Arizona birth control Bill

If this bill passes the senate then women of Arizona would be forced to provide documentation that birth control is for medical purposes only. The "company" would not be required to cover birth control if it was for prevention of conception. Additionally this bill would give companies the right to fire women if they discovered that she was using a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy


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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] baeraad at Petition to stop US ISPs from policing downloads
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lk737 at Petition to stop US ISP's from policing downloads
From [livejournal.com profile] jackvelvet, here is one petition to try to stop ISP's from policing downloads by their clients. Thank you [livejournal.com profile] jackvelvet!


Making this a repost, since the websites with the news are being circulated around too. Google shows this is the only petition so far. Thank you everyone! This action could create huge monopolies of internet companies who can afford to police their users. Eliminating all smaller ISP's. And forcing the large internet service providers to raise prices to cover the new expense.

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http://au.reachout.com/find/articles/an-abusive-relationship This offers tips on what to do / say to convince someone why they shouldn't remain in an abusive relationship. The problem with abusive relationships is that people who have been abused for so long see the abuse as being normal, a one off, or are scared of what happens if they leave. There are Australian domestic violence services (Rape Crisis Centre, Mens Line, Centre Against Sexual Assault Crisis, Police/Ambulance/Fire Brigade is 000)

http://www.heart-2-heart.ca/men/The Excellent advice on how abused men can leave violent relationships. The advice can also apply to abused women, and people of other genders. It covers safety, legal and financial issues, evidence documenting the abuse (photos, affidavits, journal/diary), contact details of domestic violence services, financial documents (credit card/mortgage/insurance/investment documents, your Will). This also offers great advice on how to convince someone to leave an abusive relationship and not be fooled when the abuser pretends to have changed their ways.

Also, something important to keep in mind: Domestic violence is a Child Protection issue. Many domestic violence situations (more than fifty percent) involve child neglect or child abuse. In Australia, children witnessing/hearing domestic violence is considered a form of abuse.
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I'm sure nearly all of us want to strengthen and nurture our relationships. Humans are social to some extent. Nearly everyone wants to resolve arguments and understand people who are different from us. We've all been there. So I was really happy and excited to find great advice from this website.

This is not a magic pill. But I believe that it will drastically improve how you can problem solve relationship issues on work, relationships and parenting. The Keirnsey Temperament website looks at the different personality types (based on the Myers Briggs Personality Types). There are tests you can take to find out which one you belong to, what makes you tick. And best of all, how to understand and help others. Understanding each person is the key to showing care and respect, and working together as a team to solve challenges in work, school, or relationships. 

I was disturbed by how the site treats faults and abusive or neglectful behaviours of the types too lightly at times (understanding someone does not mean that you should let someone off when they're being vindictive, and obviously you shouldn't ignore someone being incompetent or cruel just because they're your boss). I am impressed by how it shows understanding and respect of the different personality types' strengths though.

Change your life and how you communicate with people here:

http://www.keirsey.com/personalityzone/wz14.asp (Click on the topics/articles on the right hand side of the web page). Topics of articles: Acing the Job Interviews. Dealing with work related stress. How to deal with people of different personality types acting out. Applying Jobs. When to leave a job. Finding the right career path for you. Taking new jobs in the city or country. How to avoid getting fired. Network to keep your job (how to network and socialise at work with different personality types).

http://www.keirsey.com/personalityzone/lz51.asp (Click on the topics/articles on the right hand side of the web page). Topics of articles: Personality types / temperaments and relationships. Dating. Marriage/long term relationships. Fair fighting. How to argue / debate fairly and respectfully with each type. How to communicate with and understand each of the types. Parenting together with personality types (making a great team). Separating from each type. Affairs/infidelity. How to show care, respect and love towards each type/temperament.

http://www.keirsey.com/personalityzone/cz1.asp Temperaments and school. Roommates. Your academic strengths. Sporting careers. College vs Technical Degree. Balancing work and school. Changing subjects/degrees. Failing Classes. Helicopter parents. Perfection trap. Professors. Internships. Professional organisations. Home for holidays. Double Majors/Degrees.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] write_lightat 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.


“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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Originally posted by[personal profile] gabrielleabelleat 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.

*EDIT* There's also a petition on change.org. The nifty button for that doesn't seem to want to work, but here's a link that should.

This has been crossposted to my DW account. You are free to comment either here or there, if you'd like to comment. Preferably here, but it doesn't really matter. Whichever one works for you. :D

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 Excerpt from the fact sheet How PTA leaders can prevent bullying: "Before the meeting, work with your principal to conduct an anonymous student survey about the presence of bullying behavior at your school. Present these data at the beginning of the workshop to get everyone’s attention. Some of the findings can also be used in promotional materials. Invite community leaders, school decision makers, teachers, and students, and provide them with the opportunity to make brief comments about the ways they have, or plan to, address bullying in your community. After the meeting, follow up with a thank you to those who attended. Consider inviting members of the local media. If you are not satisfied with the response, after the meeting is over you can also write a letter to the editor of your local paper to let them know what happened and why it is important.

If possible, have a few members spend some time at the school observing the areas and times when bullying likely occurs, such as lunchtime in the cafeteria, in the halls between classes or near the buses at the beginning or end of the school day. Have them report back to this committee about what they noticed. If they are not able to become a permanent part of the committee, make sure that key personnel such as counselors, social workers, secretaries, nurses, janitors, librarians, media specialists or cafeteria workers and students are invited as special guests to your meetings.

 A group of students (from diverse backgrounds - different cultures, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender, foster children, children with disabilities, children from poorer backgrounds etc.) can help you design outreach materials and give you honest feedback on your approach. Be aware that this group might possibly consist of both bullying victims and perpetrators, and not all students that have been selected may feel comfortable participating. With the help of school personnel, invite each student through a separate one-on-one meeting where you discuss what their involvement would entail, and who else might be a part of the group. Give them the opportunity to decline the invitation, or find an alternative way to assist your efforts".

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http://www.pta.org/bullying.asp This website has factsheets on:

 How to Plan a Connect for Respect Event
How PTAs Can Host a Conversation on Bullying in Their Community (pdf)

What You Can Do As a PTA Leader
Three Ways PTA Leaders Can Prevent Bullying (pdf)

Best Practices in School-Based Bullying Prevention
Ways schools can fight bullying.

Best Practices in Community-Based Bullying Prevention
How community leaders can act on bullying prevention.
Bullying prevention efforts seem to work best if they are coordinated by a representative group from the school. This coordinating team (which might include an administrator, a teacher from each grade, a member of the non-teaching staff, a school counselor or other school-based mental health professional, a school nurse, and a parent
 Roll out an anonymous questionnaire/survey on bullying (when and where it happens in the school, what kind of bullying, whether there was adult supervision in those areas etc). The benefits of conducting a survey of students are:
  • Findings can help motivate adults to take action against bullying;
  • Data can help administrators and other educators tailor a bullying prevention strategy to the particular needs of the school; and
  • Data can serve as a baseline from which administrators and other educators can measure their progress in reducing bullying.
All staff should be able to intervene effectively on the spot to stop bullying (i.e.., in the 1–2 minutes that one frequently has to deal with bullying). Designated staff should also hold sensitive follow-up meetings with children who are bullied and (separately) with children who bully. Staff should involve parents of affected students whenever possible.
Bullying prevention efforts seem to work best if they are coordinated by a representative group from the school. This coordinating team (which might include an administrator, a teacher from each grade, a member of the non-teaching staff, a school counselor or other school-based mental health professional, a school nurse, and a parent.
Bullying tends to thrive in locations where adults are not present or are not vigilant. Once school personnel have identified hot spots for bullying from the student questionnaires, look for creative ways to increase adults’ presence in these locations.
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http://beastaralliance.org/resources The Be A Star Alliance is nation wide campaign working to prevent and fight bullying in the US. This site has a list of anti bullying websites and resources, and anti bullying organisations (including ones run by children, parents and teachers). The Stomp Out bullying has spreadsheets that do not provide much information on stopping or recognising bullies. However, they have a free and confidential chat line, which is valuable.

http://www.pta.org/2885.htm The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is the largest child advocacy volunteer organisation in North America.

This site has fantastic resources on:

- Learning how to form a strong, loving bond with your teenage children. This is crucial to spotting and combatting bullying.

- Discussing hate and violence with children. It also includes Spanish factsheets on TVsafety/onlinesafety/music/movies/cellphone (mobile phone) bullying.

- You can sign up to free wireless AMBER alerts in Spanish. This service helps you notify law enforcement quickly if your child has been kidnapped. It is free, and there's no fee for signing up. You can cancel/unsubscribe whenever you want.

How wireless Amber Alerts are sent: http://wirelessamberalerts.wirelessfoundation.org/howwirelessamberalertswork.htm

Frequently asked questions on Wireless Amber Alerts:


To report a missing, abducted or lost child in USA, please call your local law enforcement agency or National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.

http://www.thetrevorproject.org/survivalkit The Trevor Project has a survival kit, with 25 Youth brochures, 25 Wallet cards, 1 List of Books and Films for LGBTQ Youth,1 Educator Resource Guide, 1 copy of the Academy-Award winning film Trevor, and 5 Stickers with information for The Trevor Lifeline

The Trevor Project’s staff regularly provides technical assistance training on how to best use the Survival Kit through a one-hour teleconference and webinar training. If you are interested in participating in a free, quarterly webinar on how to best use your Survival Kit, please email Guide.

You can also find your local mental health/spiritual/accommodation/legal/community centres/under 13 /bisexual/transgender resources by using this site. Just type in your country, state, zip code. This site lists resources in America, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/youth/local-resources

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A hilari- I mean, disturbing -I mean hilarious look at Walmart - through a Harry Potter parody:


Take action! Here's what YOU can do:

Go to Walmart Watch's website: http://walmartwatch.org/take-action/ There you can:

- Urge the Walmart Board of Directors to be open about how much money it pays to Republicans, and to disclose trade association dues used for political purposes.

- Send letters of the support for the women of Dukes, who are fiercely brave in standing up to Walmart. They have taken their case to the Supreme Court.

Write to your local Senator about Walmart's discrimination (against women, GLBT people and people with disabilities) and anti union stance and urge them to take action! Avoid buying Walmart products if you can. Thank you for your support!

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'Half the Sky' (by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn) is THE best book I have read. For the first time in a long time. It shook me up and gave me hope that there are ways that we can help women around the world. We can't change everything about the world, but we can all achieve huge things working together with one another. Half the Sky shows how empowering women is the solution to fighting poverty, war, and extremism.

You can buy it here and at Australian bookstores: http://www.halftheskymovement.org/

Here are websites of organisations who support women in struggling nations. Learn how you can join them in helping women around the world: http://www.halftheskymovement.org/get-involved

Education is the key to ending poverty and human rights violations around the world.


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Today we remember the brave men and women who sacrificed and risked their lives on our behalf. ANZAC Day is observed by Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Tonga and Niuei. It's about more than the Gallipoli landing's anniversary in 1915. It is the day we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, and peacekeeping.   On ANZAC day, ceremonies are held in towns and cities across the nation to remember our veterans' sacrifices. In Canberra, the Memorial, in close cooperation with RSL ACT, hosts the Dawn Service and the National ANZAC Day Ceremony.The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commemorative Ceremony will be held after the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Aboriginal Memorial plaque on the side of Mount Ainslie. You can learn more about ANZAC Day here:


Many veterans' families are experiencing hard times since their spouse or parent has been injured or killed (during or after) their active service. You can donate to the VB Raise A Glass Appeal to help support our deceased veterans' families here:


From the Legacy website: The funds raised for Legacy will go towards providing caring, compassionate support for the families left behind through pension advocacy, counseling, special housing, medical, and social support. Plus, nurturing children’s education by contributing towards school fees, books, uniforms, and recreational activities to aid their self development and confidence.

Legacy Australia Council, Chairman Legatee John Pepperdine said “It has long been a tradition for Australians to raise a glass to serving and ex-service men and women on ANZAC Day. This year we want Australians to take it one step further and think about those who have been left behind.

By donating to the VB Raise A Glass Appeal Australians will be providing vital funds, which will help the 100,000 widows, and 1,900 children and people with a disability throughout Australia that Legacy assists.”

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From shyfoxling's lj blog: http://delight.dreamwidth.org/60444.html

An insurance company denied a claim for the poster delight's mother's breast cancer surgery/after-treatment and they now need to raise $8,000 by May 1. There is a donation button on the link, and you can dondate funds via PayPal. Please raise awareness about this if you can't raise money. Thank you.


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At least 145 people have died from the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand, and many people have been injured on gone missing. This is absolutely heartbreaking and devastating news. Please pitch in to help in some way. Every bit helps, so don't worry about not being able to contribute anything. Below is some information on what you can do to help, and where to find support if you're living in areas affected by the earthquake:

In Australia, you can donate to NZ Earthquake survivors at your local Woolworths supermarket.

Offer or look for help for the NZ earthquake by visiting the TradeMe website here (for emergency accommodation, Lost and Found pets, transport, volunteers) :


  • Australian government helpline from New Zealand: +61 2 6261 3305
  • Ausralian government helpline from Australia: 1300 555 135

Emergency assistance number: 0800 779 997
For local emergencies, call: 111
For missing people: Google Person Finder or 0800 733 276


Use the Christchurh Recovery map to identify hazards, evacuaion zones and government agencies:
From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10708187:


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This is cross posted from a locked post of mine - so f-list, you've already read this before. :)

Many Cambodians live in poverty, and the tourguide mentioned that one of the best ways to help Cambodians is to donate to charities, rather thank giving out money to beggars (although you can do this too). There are musicians who are survivors of landmines that play for money near some famous landmarks (including Angkor Thom temple and Ba Kheng, which I've visited), and donation boxes near markets and the airport. You can also buy products from vendors with disabilities at many markets and tourist spots, too.

Many people are disabled in Cambodia as a result of landmines. This is extremely sad and common, but there  are things that you can do to help. You can learn more about how to help people with disabilities in Cambodia here: http://disabledfeminists.com/2010/02/09/cambodia-landmines-disability-and-social-stigma/

You don't necessarily have to donate money, either. You can help a lot, simply by raising awareness of which organisations are assisting Cambodians with disabilities with getting back on their feet.
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Heya NSW Aussies,

Want to help people with Parkinson's disease? Well, you can - by supporting Parkinson's NSW! You can do this by donating, or volnteering your time and effort. You can also make a behest to Parkinson's NSW in your will. Learn more here: http://www.parkinsonsnsw.org.au/support-us/support-us/

Parkinson's disease is a neurological disease which makes it much harder for people to walk, move their limbs, grasp objects. It increases people's risk of falling, and incontinence. It can affect anyone (not just elderly people. Anyone over the age of 20 can get Parkinson's). The symptoms become gradually worse as time passes. There is no cure right now. Around 25 people are diagnosed with Parkinson's each day.

To keep up with Parkinson's related events (and attend events that raise money/awareness to assist people with Parkies) head to: http://www.parkinsonsnsw.org.au/about-parkinsons-nsw/calendar/

Parkinson's NSW is a great organisation that helps raise awareness of Parkinson's disease. It also sends out information and povides seminars/workshops on Parkinson's and treatments. They run carer groups for carers and people with Parkies, as well. There's also a phone line (1800 644 189) with counsellors, trained nursing and Allied Health staff. They can provide contact details of local neurologists (specialist doctors who are experts on Parkinson's), and local Parkinson's clinics with Allied Health staff who specialise in working with people with Parkinson's). Give it a look!

ETA: I do apologise for not posting about the Unity Walk earlier. The Unity Walk is a walk which raises money to find a cure for Parkinson's Disease. It usually occurs late August each year. It's a light easy walk - only one hour, (long route is about 3 km, short one is roughly 2 km). If you want to come, please do! Bring some family and friends, too, if you can. :)
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Hello everyone,

pinkcherrylips has posted in advocates on her sick niece, who has severe and painful bone marrow cancer. Her niece is only 5 years old. She urgently needs a tumor to be extracted. However, Insurance won't cover her, as it's a 'pre-existing condition'. This is totally disgusting and wrong. Below is pinkcherrylips' post:

Hey there. So my poor lil 5 year old niece has a terrible form of bone marrow cancer and her parents are barely getting by on welfare and medicare. She very badly needs a tumor extracted and the insurance won't cover seeing as it's a "pre-existing condition".STOOPID! So, I am doing all I can to earn some $ to help out.

Please check out my stuff and if it's not quite your style, pass the link along to a friend- it might be just what they are looking for and might make a lil kidder's day! Thanks all! xoxo

If you're into cheap Disney stuff and have some money to spare, please consider heading over to http://myworld.ebay.com/theeclecticminx to buy it. If it's not your thing, please repost about this, so other people can help pinkcherrylips' niece out. Thank you so much!

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Hi there everyone,

Head off to gulf_aid_now to donate and help people and animals whose lives  have been ruined by the Gulf oil spill. You can pitch in by donating money. Or, you can offer to create things like art, baked goodies, writing, etc to raise funds). Thanks so much if you do help! 

We need all the help we can get, so come on down! 

From their website: http://community.livejournal.com/gulf_aid_now/profile

[info]gulf_aid_now is a LiveJournal-driven auction geared toward providing monetary relief for those affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil well failure and the continuing failure of its operating company, BP, to find a way to stop the oil gushing into the Gulf.

As of the community creation date, more than 25 million gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, washing up on beaches, being pushed into valuable and irreplaceable wetlands, killing wildlife--and damaging and possibly destroying the livelihood of thousands of people along the Gulf Coast.

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Hello everyone,

 I am offering ficlets in exchange for donations for the lj community gulf_aid_now. gulf_aid_now is raising money from auctions to help those whose lives have been devastated by the Deepwater Horizon oil well failure at the Gulf.

The winter_queen email address listed in the thread is my alternate one (my hotmail address with my actual name is only given to a few work colleagues, really close friends and family to protect my privacy).

I am also offering 10 ficlets, 2 fics (500-750 words each) or a 1000-1500 word fic in exchange for donations here:


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