Court blocks strict Mississippi abortion legislation

This is excellent news, that I forgot to post yesterday. The proposed law would have closed the state's last clinic (which would be a fucking disaster, given that Louisiana is about to lose most of our clinics because of a similar law). » 7/30/14 10:26am Wednesday 10:26am

Omg, this: on volunteers who do not belong

I have never volunteered internationally, but even setting the racial component aside, here, I think this is spot on. I supervised volunteers helping to rebuild in a Katrina-devastated New Orleans, and volunteerism is often about the volunteer having an experience and growing as a person, and not enough about the work… » 7/29/14 9:11pm Tuesday 9:11pm

You can pay a delinquent water bill for someone in Detroit!

This is nice - so that these people who've hit hard times don't get their water turned off in the next mass water shutoff, you can help pay someone's delinquent bill. I have only the information in this article, so I can't speak too much to the authenticity (always gotta be careful). » 7/28/14 11:36pm Monday 11:36pm

In Which She Unfriends the Friend [edited]

Who posts this trash on FB. Good call to people who told me not to give it pageviews, so editing to include the text instead of the link. It is written by Matt Walsh on his blog. Re-edited down to highlights because someone told me I have to and I like to do what I'm told. Also I added some very brilliant and eloquent… » 7/22/14 9:59pm 7/22/14 9:59pm

Kid Develops App to Report Politicians' Donation Sources

16-year-old Nick Rubin developed a browser app that gives a breakdown of campaign contributions (as of 2012), by industry and interest group, for a politician when you hover over his or her name. The photos show what it looks like on my computer, in Chrome. It's really simple, and the goal is to promote transparency,… » 7/20/14 4:16pm 7/20/14 4:16pm

Woman Arrested with Legal Firearms

Shaneen Allen apparently purchased her firearm legally a week before her arrest, and was pulled over in New Jersey, and, unaware of the laws, was arrested. She faces 3 years in prison. She carries the gun because she was robbed twice in the past year. » 7/17/14 5:19pm 7/17/14 5:19pm

Dammit, I really liked THIS Facebook Friend [UPDATED]

Undecided on the unfriending part, undecided about starting a debate (since I am neither a black woman nor gay white man), but decided on the, "you're being an insensitive jerk" front. All I want to say is, "when someone says something offends them, you should listen. You can choose to disagree, but goddammit listen." » 7/17/14 9:47am 7/17/14 9:47am