whiskyinmind
08 May 2015 @ 09:56 am
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07 May 2015 @ 10:45 am
 


Don't believe that your vote won't make a difference, it does. Even if it doesn't change the status quo in your constituency this time, your voice will be heard.

Please. Vote.
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whiskyinmind
23 January 2012 @ 01:30 pm
(taken from [livejournal.com profile] agirlnamedtruth, orginally posted on [livejournal.com profile] vidding)


If you're from the UK and you believe in freedom of speech and an uncensored interenet, you really need to sign this petition. There are others floating about, but that particular one is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard. It's hosted on the directgov website and addresses parliament directly. If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, it becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.

Everyone's been getting so worked up over SOPA -- and rightly so -- that ACTA seems to have slipped under the radar. This is hugely problematic, because ACTA is a similar bill, but it has the potential to be far more damaging than SOPA ever could be.

Some people seem to have this misconception that ACTA is the 'European SOPA', but that simply isn't true. It's a global treaty, and it's already been signed by eight countries, including the US, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Europe votes on Thursday. If they vote 'no', the bill will have to be taken back to the drawing board and reformulated, which should buy us some time at the very least.

If you think this doesn't affect you, you're wrong. If ACTA passes, it could well signal the end of the internet as we know it, and that isn't an exaggeration. It's not just about watching movies and television online. If ACTA passes, sites like YouTube, Livejournal, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and even Google and Wikipedia could become impossible to maintain. ACTA would allow ISPs to monitor your net activity and cut off internet access for your entire household if one person is suspected of breaching copyright. Think Big Brother is Watching. I don't think I need to emphasise just how damaging it can be to be without internet access in this day and age, when we rely so heavily on technology.

It's not only bloggers and fandom that would be affected, either. Small businesses, independent film-makers and unsigned musicians who have previously found their niche online would also suffer hugely, and would be at risk of being bullied into submission by Hollywood and multinational corporations under accusations of copyright infringement. All those artists who found fame by uploading covers of songs to YouTube would never have had the opportunity to do so under ACTA, as those cover versions would be prohibited.

I know the internet has its problems, but to my mind it's the single greatest invention to come out of modern times, and it would be an absolute travesty if we were to lose that now. From a personal point of view, I can't even put into words how important this is to me. I've met some of my closest friends through the internet and online fandom, people whom I would likely never have met without it, and it's given me this amazing social support system. I don't want that to end here, and I want to preserve it for future generations so that they can have the same experience and opportunities I've been given through my online interactions.

I know that opinions on the seriousness of copyright infringement and online piracy vary wildly, but that isn't really the point. Internet giants such as Google are opposed to this bill, and it's pretty safe to say that they're not in favour of copyright infringment, as anyone who's ever had a fanvid taken down from YouTube will be painfully aware. Whatever your stance on copyright, this isn't the way to go about dealing with it. This is dangerous legislation that impeaches on some of our most basic human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech.

So if you're from the UK, please, please sign the petition. If you hail from elsewhere in the world, there may well be similar movements in your own country, but I think the most effective thing anybody can do right now is to keep talking about this. Talk about it on Livejournal, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure this issue is never far from people's minds. The internet is an amazingly powerful tool: let's utilise it while we still have the chance.

SAY NO TO ACTA!
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whiskyinmind
23 January 2012 @ 01:30 pm
(taken from [livejournal.com profile] agirlnamedtruth, orginally posted on [livejournal.com profile] vidding)


If you're from the UK and you believe in freedom of speech and an uncensored interenet, you really need to sign this petition. There are others floating about, but that particular one is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard. It's hosted on the directgov website and addresses parliament directly. If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, it becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.

Everyone's been getting so worked up over SOPA -- and rightly so -- that ACTA seems to have slipped under the radar. This is hugely problematic, because ACTA is a similar bill, but it has the potential to be far more damaging than SOPA ever could be.

Some people seem to have this misconception that ACTA is the 'European SOPA', but that simply isn't true. It's a global treaty, and it's already been signed by eight countries, including the US, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Europe votes on Thursday. If they vote 'no', the bill will have to be taken back to the drawing board and reformulated, which should buy us some time at the very least.

If you think this doesn't affect you, you're wrong. If ACTA passes, it could well signal the end of the internet as we know it, and that isn't an exaggeration. It's not just about watching movies and television online. If ACTA passes, sites like YouTube, Livejournal, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and even Google and Wikipedia could become impossible to maintain. ACTA would allow ISPs to monitor your net activity and cut off internet access for your entire household if one person is suspected of breaching copyright. Think Big Brother is Watching. I don't think I need to emphasise just how damaging it can be to be without internet access in this day and age, when we rely so heavily on technology.

It's not only bloggers and fandom that would be affected, either. Small businesses, independent film-makers and unsigned musicians who have previously found their niche online would also suffer hugely, and would be at risk of being bullied into submission by Hollywood and multinational corporations under accusations of copyright infringement. All those artists who found fame by uploading covers of songs to YouTube would never have had the opportunity to do so under ACTA, as those cover versions would be prohibited.

I know the internet has its problems, but to my mind it's the single greatest invention to come out of modern times, and it would be an absolute travesty if we were to lose that now. From a personal point of view, I can't even put into words how important this is to me. I've met some of my closest friends through the internet and online fandom, people whom I would likely never have met without it, and it's given me this amazing social support system. I don't want that to end here, and I want to preserve it for future generations so that they can have the same experience and opportunities I've been given through my online interactions.

I know that opinions on the seriousness of copyright infringement and online piracy vary wildly, but that isn't really the point. Internet giants such as Google are opposed to this bill, and it's pretty safe to say that they're not in favour of copyright infringment, as anyone who's ever had a fanvid taken down from YouTube will be painfully aware. Whatever your stance on copyright, this isn't the way to go about dealing with it. This is dangerous legislation that impeaches on some of our most basic human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech.

So if you're from the UK, please, please sign the petition. If you hail from elsewhere in the world, there may well be similar movements in your own country, but I think the most effective thing anybody can do right now is to keep talking about this. Talk about it on Livejournal, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure this issue is never far from people's minds. The internet is an amazingly powerful tool: let's utilise it while we still have the chance.

SAY NO TO ACTA!
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whiskyinmind
09 August 2011 @ 03:09 pm
I hope all my friends in the affected areas are OK and have not been directly involved with the riots. I have no words for some of the things I've seen on the news the last couple of days. There are various things that people can do to help if they/you are in the area - one of the ways to track how you can help is to follow Riotcleanup on Twitter - here's the link to their page.

Stay safe people. My thoughts are with you all.
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whiskyinmind
09 August 2011 @ 03:09 pm
I hope all my friends in the affected areas are OK and have not been directly involved with the riots. I have no words for some of the things I've seen on the news the last couple of days. There are various things that people can do to help if they/you are in the area - one of the ways to track how you can help is to follow Riotcleanup on Twitter - here's the link to their page.

Stay safe people. My thoughts are with you all.
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whiskyinmind
05 May 2011 @ 04:29 pm
VOTE.

There are all kinds of elections going on today (National, Local and the referendum on the fututre voting system for Westminster). Wherever you are in the UK please take this opportunity and go VOTE.

(I'm just back from filling in my three seperate forms - slightly complicated but all colour coded for ease of use!)
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whiskyinmind
05 May 2011 @ 04:29 pm
VOTE.

There are all kinds of elections going on today (National, Local and the referendum on the fututre voting system for Westminster). Wherever you are in the UK please take this opportunity and go VOTE.

(I'm just back from filling in my three seperate forms - slightly complicated but all colour coded for ease of use!)
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whiskyinmind
06 May 2010 @ 02:10 pm
Fucked up my meds yesterday so this is one of those bloody irritating days when I yo-yo all over the mental health spectrum trying to catch up with myself. But. I'm out. I'm doing things. I posted fic! All of it's over at [livejournal.com profile] fandomsbitca. I don't have the Lindsey drabble I wrote on the 3rd. I don't know where it is on my computer because it wasn't in the folder it should be. *sigh* (It's a drabble and I have it in longhand, it's just a faff having to type it up again.)

'cos of the meds screw up yesterday I didn't write a complete story for the May Project, which sucks, but I did edit and add 189 wirds to the story from the 4th so I don't feel quite as much of a failure.

I have today's story in my head, it might be more NC-17 than I normally write (or at least, than I normally write het) or then again, it might not. I'll have to see what comes out when I sit down to write it.

I'm still looking for prompts by the way, I set up a hopefully sticky post at the top of the journal so it's easier for you to follow the stories as they're posted and also gimme prompts. Go for it - seriously, even if it's something you've never seen me write before so long as it's not on my Verboten list in the post then give it a try. Hell, I never thought I'd ever write Spander and then it won a freaking award... heh!

See? In the process of typing this up, my mood has swung up again. I should go home and not listen to Biffy Clyro some more...

(am also vidding this month, Supernatural - started of as an ensemble concept, narrowed down to a character concept and now it's veering into an episodic character concept. It'l probably change again tomorrow!)

Finally, if you are in the UK today (or are a UK citizen with the ability to do so from where you are) PLEASE VOTE! I'm not going to try to tell you who to vote for, all I ask is that you fulfil your civic responsibility.

Polling stations stay open until 10pm. There's plenty of time.
 
 
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whiskyinmind
06 May 2010 @ 02:10 pm
Fucked up my meds yesterday so this is one of those bloody irritating days when I yo-yo all over the mental health spectrum trying to catch up with myself. But. I'm out. I'm doing things. I posted fic! All of it's over at [livejournal.com profile] fandomsbitca. I don't have the Lindsey drabble I wrote on the 3rd. I don't know where it is on my computer because it wasn't in the folder it should be. *sigh* (It's a drabble and I have it in longhand, it's just a faff having to type it up again.)

'cos of the meds screw up yesterday I didn't write a complete story for the May Project, which sucks, but I did edit and add 189 wirds to the story from the 4th so I don't feel quite as much of a failure.

I have today's story in my head, it might be more NC-17 than I normally write (or at least, than I normally write het) or then again, it might not. I'll have to see what comes out when I sit down to write it.

I'm still looking for prompts by the way, I set up a hopefully sticky post at the top of the journal so it's easier for you to follow the stories as they're posted and also gimme prompts. Go for it - seriously, even if it's something you've never seen me write before so long as it's not on my Verboten list in the post then give it a try. Hell, I never thought I'd ever write Spander and then it won a freaking award... heh!

See? In the process of typing this up, my mood has swung up again. I should go home and not listen to Biffy Clyro some more...

(am also vidding this month, Supernatural - started of as an ensemble concept, narrowed down to a character concept and now it's veering into an episodic character concept. It'l probably change again tomorrow!)

Finally, if you are in the UK today (or are a UK citizen with the ability to do so from where you are) PLEASE VOTE! I'm not going to try to tell you who to vote for, all I ask is that you fulfil your civic responsibility.

Polling stations stay open until 10pm. There's plenty of time.
 
 
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whiskyinmind
04 June 2009 @ 01:25 pm
For those to whom this is relevant, please remember to vote today.

I won't try to push you into voting one way or another, I would ask that you go with what you believe.

All I ask is that you remember those who have fought and died - and who are still fighting and dying - to give you the right to vote. Excercising that right is your best way of thanking them.
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whiskyinmind
04 June 2009 @ 01:25 pm
For those to whom this is relevant, please remember to vote today.

I won't try to push you into voting one way or another, I would ask that you go with what you believe.

All I ask is that you remember those who have fought and died - and who are still fighting and dying - to give you the right to vote. Excercising that right is your best way of thanking them.
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whiskyinmind
02 December 2007 @ 12:59 am
 
If you are not already doing so, I would recommend you follow [livejournal.com profile] smhwpf's LJ. As well as being a wonderfully generous and amazing man, Sam is adept at keeping his finger on the pulse of world politics in a way that really makes me wish I was a better person.

While Israel talks peace... is his latest entry in which he highlights little-known injustices faced by those who live in Gaza.

No matter your political leanings, I would urge you to have a look at what Sam has to say in this and other entries in his journal. He is an honestly good person and is open to upfront discussion and debate.

I shouldn't have to say this but I will as this is a pubic post - flaming is the act of a coward. Open debate is the only way forward for society as a whole. Insults and accusations serve no one.
 
 
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whiskyinmind
02 December 2007 @ 12:59 am
 
If you are not already doing so, I would recommend you follow [livejournal.com profile] smhwpf's LJ. As well as being a wonderfully generous and amazing man, Sam is adept at keeping his finger on the pulse of world politics in a way that really makes me wish I was a better person.

While Israel talks peace... is his latest entry in which he highlights little-known injustices faced by those who live in Gaza.

No matter your political leanings, I would urge you to have a look at what Sam has to say in this and other entries in his journal. He is an honestly good person and is open to upfront discussion and debate.

I shouldn't have to say this but I will as this is a pubic post - flaming is the act of a coward. Open debate is the only way forward for society as a whole. Insults and accusations serve no one.
 
 
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whiskyinmind
29 December 2005 @ 06:28 am
 
I am never going to be warm again am I? I've been awake for three hours now because it is so damned cold in my house.) My car is covered in ice (not frost, ice) and I swear it's still warmer outside than my house is right now. I was right, my thermostat can't be fixes, I need a new one. And my home-care plan from Scottish Gas doesn't cover that anymore. It did last year, it doesn't this year. Wonderful.

So for now I'm contemplating dragging the sofa bed into the living room because it's the only room I can actually heat right now at all.

It has made me think though. This is only temporary, in a month or so I will have heat again. These people won't.That's Oxfam's latest information on the aftermath of the Asian Earthquake. There are links at the top of the page to donate if you're in the UK. I'm fairly sure the Red Cross/Red Crescent will have similar schemes if you're not in the UK although the Oxfam site does take donations from across the world. If you do donate and you're a British tax payer, please make sure you tick the "Gift Aid" box so they can claim the tax back from the government.

Thank you.
 
 
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whiskyinmind
29 December 2005 @ 06:28 am
 
I am never going to be warm again am I? I've been awake for three hours now because it is so damned cold in my house.) My car is covered in ice (not frost, ice) and I swear it's still warmer outside than my house is right now. I was right, my thermostat can't be fixes, I need a new one. And my home-care plan from Scottish Gas doesn't cover that anymore. It did last year, it doesn't this year. Wonderful.

So for now I'm contemplating dragging the sofa bed into the living room because it's the only room I can actually heat right now at all.

It has made me think though. This is only temporary, in a month or so I will have heat again. These people won't.That's Oxfam's latest information on the aftermath of the Asian Earthquake. There are links at the top of the page to donate if you're in the UK. I'm fairly sure the Red Cross/Red Crescent will have similar schemes if you're not in the UK although the Oxfam site does take donations from across the world. If you do donate and you're a British tax payer, please make sure you tick the "Gift Aid" box so they can claim the tax back from the government.

Thank you.
 
 
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whiskyinmind
25 October 2005 @ 06:42 am
 
"Eleven year old spends over an hour a day travelling to and from school every day. It's not the best school she goes to, it's the only one she could get into."

Look out, the BBC is showing its agenda again.

There are plans to upgrade the English eduction system which will be announced today in Parliament. Apart from the fact that this is getting a hell of a lot of time on national television when it actually only affects one segment of the audience (especially following on from an extended report about the England cricket team), this report just pissed me off. I spent well over an hour going to and from school from ages 11 to 17. Not because it was the best school in the area, because it was the only one.

The BBC are clearly trying to imply that underprivilidged inner city families are not getting to take advantage of the 'choice' all english families are meant to have. Fair enough, maybe that is the case. But what about rural families who only have one school within their catchment area?! Are they being discriminated against?

Sorry - I shouldn't watch the news in the morning...

I slept pretty well last night and now have a much clearer head. I've decided to not let the issues I was concerned with get to me, that way only leads to madness. Thank you all for hearing me out yesterday - I love you guys!

ETA Okay, so there was a film crew on Dumbarton Road this morning. A proper, full sized, three huge trucks, catering van, crew bus, megawattage lamps type film crew. Anyone know what they were filming? They were testing lighting levels when I drove past so I didn't recognise anyone and it did look like a film crew rather than a TV crew. T'was interesting anyway!

And I've finally decided what I'm going with for NaNoWriMo, which - given that there's only six days left - is probably just as well! Instead of the broad, sweeping, megacorp controlled futuristic Orwellian story that was one option I'm going with what I'm calling my 'Iain Banks homage'. (Or to paraphrase the words of Nathan Fillion, "I'm not so much paying homage to Iain Banks, as copying him exactly." *g* Not copying at all - more echoing the style. Iain Banks writes what would in another time have been called Kailyard novels and in another culture would potentially be called Kitchen Sink dramas. Only there's so much more to them than that - these are ordinary(ish) people who don't have superpowers, don't have to solve murders, don't get caught up in galactic civil wars - they just deal with every day dramas and show just how extraordinary they really are. That said my favourite Banks novel is Whit which is anything but ordinary! Set within a religious cult wherein the eponymous heroine discovers the sordid truth about the origins of the cult. I won't spoil the ending because it's a damn good book.

The main thing about Banks is that his characters are so richly drawn - even the bit parts are more vivid than many main characters would be in the hands of other writers - and he makes you believe in them no matter how jaded or cynical you may be. If I can go down that route, if I can even evoke an iota of that, then I would count this experiment as a success.

I just hope I can live up to it now! I have a basic plot outlined in my head, I have my protaganist and my antagonist, I have my setting. I don't want to think about it too hard now in case I chase it away or I start writing early - because although that's really tempting right now it would be cheating and defeating the point of the exercise. So um... okay, that's me. I'm now rambling (so what's new?!) and I should be writing some Simon fics for [livejournal.com profile] joss100!

final edit Just added a nifty gauge to track my NaNo progress to the user-info of my NaNoWriMo journal [livejournal.com profile] marajaded_nano
 
 
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whiskyinmind
25 October 2005 @ 06:42 am
 
"Eleven year old spends over an hour a day travelling to and from school every day. It's not the best school she goes to, it's the only one she could get into."

Look out, the BBC is showing its agenda again.

There are plans to upgrade the English eduction system which will be announced today in Parliament. Apart from the fact that this is getting a hell of a lot of time on national television when it actually only affects one segment of the audience (especially following on from an extended report about the England cricket team), this report just pissed me off. I spent well over an hour going to and from school from ages 11 to 17. Not because it was the best school in the area, because it was the only one.

The BBC are clearly trying to imply that underprivilidged inner city families are not getting to take advantage of the 'choice' all english families are meant to have. Fair enough, maybe that is the case. But what about rural families who only have one school within their catchment area?! Are they being discriminated against?

Sorry - I shouldn't watch the news in the morning...

I slept pretty well last night and now have a much clearer head. I've decided to not let the issues I was concerned with get to me, that way only leads to madness. Thank you all for hearing me out yesterday - I love you guys!

ETA Okay, so there was a film crew on Dumbarton Road this morning. A proper, full sized, three huge trucks, catering van, crew bus, megawattage lamps type film crew. Anyone know what they were filming? They were testing lighting levels when I drove past so I didn't recognise anyone and it did look like a film crew rather than a TV crew. T'was interesting anyway!

And I've finally decided what I'm going with for NaNoWriMo, which - given that there's only six days left - is probably just as well! Instead of the broad, sweeping, megacorp controlled futuristic Orwellian story that was one option I'm going with what I'm calling my 'Iain Banks homage'. (Or to paraphrase the words of Nathan Fillion, "I'm not so much paying homage to Iain Banks, as copying him exactly." *g* Not copying at all - more echoing the style. Iain Banks writes what would in another time have been called Kailyard novels and in another culture would potentially be called Kitchen Sink dramas. Only there's so much more to them than that - these are ordinary(ish) people who don't have superpowers, don't have to solve murders, don't get caught up in galactic civil wars - they just deal with every day dramas and show just how extraordinary they really are. That said my favourite Banks novel is Whit which is anything but ordinary! Set within a religious cult wherein the eponymous heroine discovers the sordid truth about the origins of the cult. I won't spoil the ending because it's a damn good book.

The main thing about Banks is that his characters are so richly drawn - even the bit parts are more vivid than many main characters would be in the hands of other writers - and he makes you believe in them no matter how jaded or cynical you may be. If I can go down that route, if I can even evoke an iota of that, then I would count this experiment as a success.

I just hope I can live up to it now! I have a basic plot outlined in my head, I have my protaganist and my antagonist, I have my setting. I don't want to think about it too hard now in case I chase it away or I start writing early - because although that's really tempting right now it would be cheating and defeating the point of the exercise. So um... okay, that's me. I'm now rambling (so what's new?!) and I should be writing some Simon fics for [livejournal.com profile] joss100!

final edit Just added a nifty gauge to track my NaNo progress to the user-info of my NaNoWriMo journal [livejournal.com profile] marajaded_nano
 
 
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whiskyinmind
29 September 2005 @ 05:32 pm
Did this make international news? - if so, what's your reaction to it? If not - what do you think about it on reading it?

(The story is of an 82 year old member of the Labour Party who was manhandled out of the party's conference yesterday after he called out "Nonsense" during Jack Straw's speech about the occupation of Iraq.)
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whiskyinmind
29 September 2005 @ 05:32 pm
Did this make international news? - if so, what's your reaction to it? If not - what do you think about it on reading it?

(The story is of an 82 year old member of the Labour Party who was manhandled out of the party's conference yesterday after he called out "Nonsense" during Jack Straw's speech about the occupation of Iraq.)
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