giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-09-23 03:28 pm
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Yet another plea to keep calling senators about the proposed Graham-Cassidy repeal of ACA

GOP is still desperately trying to get the votes, and we can't give up until they do - this bill would gut Medicaid. Every medical organization has come out against it; they're horrified.

If you've called before, that's great - but call again.

If you have a Dem senator, call to thank them for standing firm.

It really is important. If you're afraid of talking to people, call outside of business hours and leave a voicemail. Call local offices if the DC line is busy/mailbox full.

It matters.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-09-20 04:00 am
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Unfortunately we have to do this again

The GOP broke off bipartisan talks with Dems to shore up ACA's insurance markets, and now they're trying - again - to unilaterally repeal ACA and take with it a huge chunk of Medicaid (which will, of course, completely destabilize our entire healthcare system, but that's where we are).

You can find more information by googling Graham-Cassidy, but here's one link.

Apparently, Lindsey Graham - one of the bill's sponsors - got on Breitbart radio (yes, now we're integrating Breitbart into GOP mainstream, fun times ahead) to urge listeners to call in support of the new bill, so it's VERY IMPORTANT that the Senate be flooded with opposition calls.

Here is one script and information resource.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-08-15 08:25 pm
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So now I own a dry erase board

So I can make tailored signs for all the damn protests.

I am not a protest person. I hate it. I don't get energized; I get tired. I don't like shouting slogans, I feel ridiculous. I don't like talking to strangers.

But if not me, who? So, I go.

Next one's Saturday.
giandujakiss: (ginsburg)
2017-07-28 04:39 am
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I am actually crying

with how relieved I am about the healthcare vote. Not just because it was terrible policy - though there is that - but because of the horrific, undemocratic way the GOP was trying to force it through. Ezra Klein summarized it best but I felt like the American political system was disintegrating before my eyes.

It may be on its last gasps, but thank god it's not quite dead yet.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-07-25 10:28 am
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Seriously, if you like healthcare or hate Trump

Now is the time to call your Senators. Yes, certain GOP senators are particularly critical, but honestly, call yours no matter who you are or where you live. This is about protecting Medicaid, the general healthcare infrastructure in this country, and also denying Trump a win so that GOP feels more compelled to boot him out. On every level, GOP attempts to repeal ACA must be fought.

And yes, even if you called before - call again.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-07-05 05:34 pm

Late to the party, but -

In light of the latest news about Hobby Lobby (the company that won a Supreme Court case to avoid providing its employees with insurance that covers birth control), I figured a vid rec was appropriate.

[personal profile] eruthros has made a marvelous Indiana Jones vid critiquing the series. Beautifully done.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-06-15 04:32 pm
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Just a reminder

Republicans are still plotting to repeal ACA - except they know their bill will be so horrendously unpopular (apparently, phasing out Medicaid expansions, deregulating insurance even for employer-provided plans, raising premiums) that they are working in secret to design it, with a plan to essentially only reveal it 2 hours before the vote, without any hearings or time for public commentary. They aim to get it passed by the end of June.

It's truly a nightmare. Everyone needs to call their Senator - Democratic or Republican. [personal profile] morgandawn has been posting calling scripts and other details here (for people with Dem senators specifically) and here (for everyone).

I know calls can be difficult for some people, so if you're only capable of emailing that's better than silence, but in general, people with knowledge of Congress say that the impact of emails is limited and calls have a much much better chance of getting politicians' attention. So calls are preferred if you can manage them at all.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-06-09 08:03 pm
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Nationwide call in to oppose the repeal of ACA

See here. Basically, on June 14, everyone - including people with Dem senators - should call their senator to oppose the repeal of ACA.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-06-09 05:19 am
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Well

the news these days is never boring, I'll say that much.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-06-07 08:01 pm
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In case you missed it

in all the Comeygate, there's a real chance the Senate is about to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the AHCA monstrosity. Among other things, it could cover dramatically fewer people, and fail to protect people with preexisting conditions. The plan is apparently to get rid of regulations requiring essential health benefits, so that insurance plans don't have to cover basic things - and this would apply to all insurance plans, even ones that are provided by employers.

It's being done with no hearings, no real analysis, which is why the healthcare industry is opposed - but they're doing it anyway.

So, you know. Call your senators and pray.
giandujakiss: (Scully)
2017-06-04 09:30 am
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So I read this article...

The Doctor Is In. Co-Pay? $40,000.

And all I could think were the lyrics to Sweeney Todd's "Epiphany." ("We all deserve to die!") Because seriously, what a fucking world we've built.

If there's one good thing to come out of Trump's election, it's that the US will permanently lose its status as world leader. Because no one should be looking to us for guidance.
giandujakiss: (flag)
2017-05-04 02:34 pm
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God I am so sick

of not being able to look at the news because of crushing disappointment over what my country has become
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-05-03 04:53 pm

Call to save the Affordable Care Act

The House will be voting soon; find out if your representative at this link is persuadable and if so, tell them to vote no on the current proposal.
giandujakiss: (ginsburg)
2017-01-20 12:42 pm
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Whatever happens

let the record reflect that the majority of Americans voted against this.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2017-01-17 04:43 am
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Word from Queen Elizabeth

that is, Senator Elizabeth Warren -

Her office apparently is telling people that if you oppose ACA repeal, there are 5 GOP Senators who have expressed the most doubt. Especially if you live in their states (and possibly even if you don't?), it's most helpful to call these people:

Senator Bob Corker – (202) 224-3344
Senator Lisa Murkowski – (202) 224-6665
Senator Rob Portman – (202) 224-3353
Senator Susan Collins – (202) 224-2523
Senator Bill Cassidy – (202) 224-5824

(via)
giandujakiss: (Default)
2016-12-25 09:06 am

I watched Project Runway for the first time

Several episodes. Never saw it before. I am so conflicted.

I love the crafts aspect. I know nothing about fashion, but it's still fun to see what people come up with, and to have my own opinions on the aesthetics even if they differ from the judges' opinions. The episodes I saw also were relatively inclusive, in that they featured designers and judges of a mix of genders, orientations, races, and nationalities. I like that a lot.

But it really bothers me that there's an unstated presumption that fashion is for women - because women are decorative. (Have there been challenges involving male designs? It wouldn't surprise me, but the default, to the point where it's entirely unstated, is women). And that leads to this unfortunate dynamic where women models - called "girls" by everyone involved - are treated as furniture. It's the same models throughout the competition, and they never speak, I don't even know if we learn their names. They may as well be mannequins, and it's hard to watch the models sitting silently while everyone else around them comments on their hair, their makeup, and basically treats them as semi-sentient hangers.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2016-12-14 03:29 am

Ditto to this

Buck Up, Democrats, and Fight Like Republicans

We're doomed because the Democrats are staggeringly weak-willed. Donald Trump is a cartoon villain who is rising to power on the back of a foreign dictator who attacked our electoral process, who is appointing comical, mustache-twirling villains to his cabinet posts, and the Democrats are fucking silent. In some cases, people call their congresspeople and are told directly, hey, we're in the minority, nothing we can do.

Yes, there is - you can insist on loudly, publicly resisting, at every opportunity, as a unified wall, reminding everyone that Dems won popular vote (and the most Senate votes), Trump's entirely illegitimate, etc. Keep the Republicans constantly on the defensive, file court challenges to gum up everything Trump wants to do including getting the election results certified - make it difficult to impossible for Trump to do anything because his administration is mired in ongoing disputes. That's what the GOP fucking did to Obama and he won the popular vote, decisively - the reason Trump has so many judicial spots available to him is because the GOP refused to let Obama govern.

But ... fucking crickets, man. If Democrats can't find a way to fight this fundamental threat to America, they are useless.

All I see are rumblings about 2020. 2020? Are you kidding? There aren't going to be elections in 2020. Trump hasn't even gotten into office and he's already threatening to eliminate early voting. Once we have the next terrorist attack on US soil - and that's inevitable, and it'll come under the Trump administration - this country will be locked down like a damn prison. And it's like the Dems can't, or won't, see it.
giandujakiss: (Default)
2016-12-09 08:54 am

SPN 12x08

That was a bit on the nose, wasn't it?