ravan: (At Well Weaving Wyrd - lwood)
( Nov. 25th, 2012 04:06 pm)
I try to live my beliefs: Helping starts at home. First your kin and friends, then your neighbors and town, then your state and nation, finally the rest of the world.

If anyone wants to know what I want for giftmas, it is this: Help someone out who has less than you do.

Give to a local organization that doesn't attach "strings" to its aid (that lets out the salvation Army, BTW.) If you need help, say so. I sure don't need more stuff, and the few things I do need I'll get myself.

Here's a few of my favorites:

Feeding Americe/Second Harvest - find your local food bank
Second Harvest Food Bank, Santa Clara County
Wounded Warrior Project - veterans
Habitat for Humanity - housing
VFW - veterans
Planned Parenthood - women's health

Have a great giftmas.
If you live in California, tomorrow is the last day to register. Go HERE to register.

If you live in other states, get registered or verify that you are registered.

NOTE: The GOP is doing voter registration fraud again - dumping non-GOP registrations in VA, and buying voting machines. If they do it there, they'll do it anywhere, and they've done it before.
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So, the abscess didn't drain. For 3 days after the first dentist visit, I was hopped up on vicodin, which barely took the edge off. Back to the dentist, he checked, did some other work, referred me to a root canal specialist. Saw him yesterday. He re-did the root canal, got the thing to drain. More $$$, of course.

Nearly every cent of my FSA set aside this year has been spent on dental work, and that's with insurance! (Insurance only covers $1500 of costs, at 50% to 80% - that barely covers one crown here in Silicon Valley!) That's like over $3000 for a couple hours work.

I'm not sure which hurts more - the abscess or the cashectomy. Pulling the tooth would have been cheaper, but then I would have needed a bridge, which costs even more!
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( May. 1st, 2012 12:44 am)
Root canal gone bad, abscessed, plus a filling broken on another tooth. My portion? $2175. Thank the gods for flex spending accounts. Vicodin and antibiotics, and I still hurt.
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It's bad enough that S. and I will have to *pay* someone to do our taxes because the federal government refuses to recognize same-sex pairings, but California does. California is a community property state, so even if the Feds don't agree, CA requires married type filing.

Now I see this, after setting aside a shit-ton of cash for our joint medical expenses:

Health Care FSA

Eligibility Rules
...
"Per tax law, expenses for domestic partners are not eligible."


Mother fucking fuck!!! I have already spent $1300 out of that this year for dental work for S.

Now I might have to "pay it back", even though it's my fucking money!

Nevermind that California says it is for both of us, the bigots in Congress trump it. Whatever happened to "full faith and credence?" Can the bigots in Congress so blithely wash that away with the stroke of the Bush bigot's pen? Oh, the "strict constructionists" in the Supreme Court aren't very "strict" when it clashes with their ideological (religious) bigotries.

Seriously, I am beginning to once again start hating anyone who belongs to what passes for a "Christian" church these days. I want all of those homophobic and/or misogynistic people to stick their heads in the toilet and *flush*. Between their fucking war on gays and the war on women, they need to be prosecuted as a hate group. That includes the anti-abortion and anti-gay bastards in Congress.

I am sick of this shit. Handmaids Tale was a dystopia, not a fucking manual!

Why don't those mother fuckers learn to mind their own business when it comes to people's personal lives? I really don't give a fuck what their angry little god who thinks he's king of the hill, and his preachers, says about gays or fetii. I just don't - it's not theirs to say. (All the other gods laugh at the deluded idiot anyway.) They are such hypocrites when it's them or their families that they should be ashamed to show their faces in public.
ravan: by ravan (stormclouds)
( Mar. 21st, 2012 12:18 am)
You've probably heard, if you are paying attention, about the murder of Trayvon Martin. Oh, the cops are calling it "self defense" and letting his murderer walk free. It's in that racist cesspit Florida, after all.

Now go read this: The Crime of Being Black: Trayvon Martin and the Everyday Reality of Racist Violence in America

Think about this the next time you get twitchy about seeing a black or latino teenager just meandering down the street. He's just a kid, with as much right to walk around in public as any adult. Wearing a hoodie, hood up or down, isn't a fucking criminal act, damnit.

Hell, if you meet a kid wandering down the street, meet his eye, smile, say hi or wave. He's your neighbor, and has a right to be there, just like you.
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First, read [personal profile] naamah_darling on LJ or DW.

This is not the first time PayPal has dicked people over. They tried to tell DW what they could "allow" people to post, and when DW refused, they said "Well, we won't process your payments unless you conform." DW stuck to their guns and found another payment processor. It hurt them, and still does, because PayPal has a virtual monopoly on online payment processing.

Now they are telling Smashwords and other small web-based publishers what they can publish, or they won't process their payments. Smashwords caved.

What fucking business is it of PayPal's what you buy with your money as long as it's legal? If they act as a gatekeeper on content, and whether you can purchase it or not, then they become liable for the content, even if they never touch it. That's the difference between a common carrier/service provider and an editorial relationship.

But they are doing it.

I know from a number of ex-employees that they are a bunch of nasty, chiseling, repuke banksters without a technical clue one in their higher ranks, who will backstab and gaslight anyone who does not conform to their lockstep tightass mentality. They regularly drive "different" employees to mental breakdown and/or suicide. I already hate them for that.

This is right in line with the social conservatives attempt to impose their views on everyone through propaganda and market limits. (How can you explore and question an idea that you are never exposed to?)

Recommendations for alternate payment processors are cheerfully welcome.

I wish I was rich enough to start my own.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Feb. 9th, 2012 10:53 pm)
As in "your doctor should respect your womb integrity," (ie not be willing to remove it if you have fibroids) "or you should get a new doctor."

I'm sorry, but that is so breeder-centric, woman-as-baby-machine, psuedo-feminist claptrap that it makes me sick. Like a sane 40 some old year old woman is going to be obsessed with being able to bear children, "because that's her whole life, all she's meant for, if you take that away she has nothing" bullshit?

Nearly every woman I know hates menstruating, hates being chained to an expensive and messy set of feminine supplies, hates the prob associated with hormonal birth control, does not want to be defined as a walking "womb" and the only reason they don't want menopause is because of the other crap that goes with the hormone loss. This is even women who've had kids.

I've had a hist, I was thrilled. The ovaries remain, they were unaffected by the fibriods, there was no cancer. I am pleased as hell that my doctor didn't give me a lot of "but you could still have kiiids" crap at over 40. Sure, some folks do, but I think they're slightly nuts.

Yeah, I get the "if it isn't broke, don't fix it", which is why I wasn't seeking a hist at 20. But if it's broke? If it's causing pain, anemia and may be cancerous or pre-cancerous? Don't do a half-assed job of fixing the problem (D&C), and have to come back and do it again in 5 - 10 years.

Seriously "womb integrity??" How about quality of life, overall? How about me as a person, not me as a host for a fucking "womb". Should my doctor also have been respectful of my "appendix integrity" when it was about to burst? I don't think so! But because it involves producing children, it suddenly becomes *more* important than my health or comfort? It's now a sacred "womb". They can fuck that shit with a rusty chainsaw.

Every woman, whether she is a parent or not, is much, much more than just a potential producer of children. Her integrity as a person, her health and happiness, are far more important than her "womb integrity". It doesn't get a fucking say, it doesn't define her.

Don't fucking define women by the presence or functionality of a uterus. It's just wrong.
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Originally posted by [profile] 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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PantheaCon, February 17-20, 2012, DoubleTree, San Jose, CA. - Dealer
Consonance, March 2 - 4, 2012, Hilton Newark/Fremont, Newark, CA. - Registration

A busy couple of weeks, there...
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Shattered Citadel is a universe developed by a guy I game with.

Starting in the near future, the story arc posits a WW3, The Great Human Civil War, from 2025-2077. Then, after that war ends, mankind fresh from it and the Succession Wars must confront a new alien threat.

There are both short and medium length stories, videos, and even fan fiction.
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ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Jan. 1st, 2012 02:26 pm)
  1. Pay down debt. 2011 was a fucking expensive year. I ended up owing money again - car and teeth. This year I need to reduce that.

  2. Sew stuff and sell it. I've got lots of pretty fabric and a heavy duty sewing machine

  3. Write stuff. This one is actually harder, since my job and small business take up a lot of time.

  4. Get my soap lab back and make soap. This is iffy, since the roomie tore it apart a couple years ago, and crappily packed it up to "work" on the area. Now the room is a box room. Growl.

  5. Learn to be a better geek, and how to teach it. This is job stuff.

  6. Find or make a place for myself in the local pagan community, even it is just as an artificer. I've been on the fringes too long.

  7. Spend more time decluttering. I have enough hobbies and interests that I need to better organize them.

  8. Do two or more conventions as a dealer. I'm signed up for PantheaCon and BayCon. I need to be prepared and organized.

  9. Eat better. Not talking diet - I don't do those. I just need to bring my IBS back under control. So I need to avoid fats and HFCS.

  10. Put my money where my mouth is.
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    ravan: by Ravan (Default)
    ( Jan. 1st, 2012 12:14 am)
    Here's to progress, and making our world what we want it to be - a better place.
    ravan: by icons r us (flamethrower - from icons r us)
    ( Dec. 22nd, 2011 07:33 pm)
    So, they rolled out Release 88, which arbitrarily went and abused every journal to rip out comment subject lines by their roots. Now all you see is a bunch of usernames, not what they are talking about. Take about ego bullshit.

    Supposedly it wasn't going to break S2 styles.

    Guess what? I use S2, and my LJ is broken. OK, they fixed it, except for pages that throw you into the new atrocity, despite what your settings are.

    The new default comment page looks as juvenile and corporate as FarceBook.

    If you want to comment on my journal with proper subjects, comment at My Dreamwidth Journal

    If you want to leave a nastygram on feedback? Do it, I did.
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    ravan: by Ravan (Default)
    ( Nov. 19th, 2011 02:11 pm)
    So, Datapard's rear tooth wouldn't wait until the new year, when I have my next round of Flex spending available. $2700 later, on CareCredit, and I'm stuck for $225/mo for a year.

    Ouch.
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    ravan: by  sarah9380 (smiley - sarah9380)
    ( Oct. 31st, 2011 10:14 pm)
    To San Jose! If you live or work in San Jose, California, you are eligible to Move Your Money out of a big greedy bank into the San Jose Credit Union (I bank there, I like them).

    "SPECIAL SATURDAY HOURS: The Credit Union (both branches) will be open Saturday, November 5th from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m."

    No, they usually aren't open on Saturday, but they will be on November 5.

    If you are local, it would be a great opportunity to get shed of your greedy bloodsucking corporate bank, and get into a customer owned Credit Union.

    Heck, a lot of the city cops bank there.
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    ravan: by Ravan (Default)
    ( Oct. 26th, 2011 07:23 pm)
    Via [personal profile] siliconshaman

    What Is Your Battle Cry?

    Sprinting amidst the hotel lobby, swinging a mighty sword, cometh Ravan! And she gives a mighty scream:

    "I'm going to punch you with such zeal, you will see ultraviolet!"

    Find out!
    Enter username:
    Are you a girl, or a guy ?

    created by beatings : powered by monkeys

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    ravan: by Ravan (Default)
    ( Oct. 4th, 2011 01:02 pm)
    [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith is running a Poetry Fishbowl with a theme of "ghosts." Read, and maybe get involved in some cyberfunded creativity!
    ravan: (Unhappy)
    ( Oct. 4th, 2011 11:29 am)
    If you cause my phone to detonate at 06:30 my time, I will probably not answer it. At least you had better hope I can't claw the mask from my face and fumble for the phone fast enough, because you'll get an earful. Civilized people don't call a residence before 8 am local unless by prior arrangement.

    When you leave me a semi-incomprehensible message? Don't expect a return call, you wouldn't like it if I called you back.

    - The now very, VERY cranky person you woke up 2 hours too early after she got to bed at 3:30 am.

    Fucker. I actually was sleeping, well, and he ruined it.
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    ravan: (single candle - dreamingcrow)
    ( Oct. 1st, 2011 11:04 pm)
    I can't go to them. I set my alarm... and sleep through. One time I literally slept through the day. I misplace times, dates, addresses related - so unless someone else tracks them, I lose it.

    I think my subconcious aversion comes from the type of Christianoid or religious stuff that goes on, plus the empathic overload from everyone there. I don't deal well with the way our society doesn't deal with death.

    Have a wake, have a party, that's a little better. But usually, I'll drink at home, alone or with a couple friends, to the person's memory.

    Needless to say, when I kick off, celebrate. Celebrate the fact that I lived past my 21st birthday, past my 50th birthday. Celebrate the fact that I have had fun times and good friends. Don't let the preachers near it, though. My soul and afterlife are my business, not theirs.

    Also, don't kick yourself like I do if you can't get yourself to go. I'll understand.
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