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March 24, 2012

8 of your friends posted about “Rush Limbaugh”

Filed under: rants — npd @ 11:01 am

Draft of reply to someone on facebook re: douchebag radio jock’s misogynist comments- though the 2 issues which seem relevant here are the anti-contraception attitude pushed by Catholic institutions and red states in general, and the anti-woman rhetoric which would shame and punish a woman for having the gall to express herself sexually- the more relevant political issue (if we have to pick) is the former, so that is what I’m commenting on.

Though of course all women benefit from sex-positive legislation, and the entire country benefits from healthier, safer women, the real victims of Blunt’s amendment and Rubio’s bills are those with no other choices.

Ms. Fluke’s organization does important work for reproductive rights and justice, which includes standing up for all women’s reproductive rights and health. The issue she brought before the House (see transcript [PDF]) directly affects more than college women- but just as her school’s health care plan or religiously-affiliated employer’s health care plan can deny her birth control, so can those of much poorer women with less money for BC and less education on other options. Birth control is as important an issue now as ever, and any organization standing in the way of a woman’s right and privilige to stay safe and healthy should seriously reconsider what it stands for, and who it really represents.

Don’t be fooled by some antagonistic and inflamitory radio pundit’s slut-shaming rhetoric. The real beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act bill’s contraception provisions are not college “sluts” who just can’t get enough sex. It’s poor women who lack affordable family planning knowledge and tools. Our last president completely decimated comprehensive sex ed in schools in favor of the abstinence-only garbage (proven to not work)- on religious grounds- and now you want to take away the other options- on religious grounds?

The Catholic church’s constant intrusion (and recent call to arms by NY’s cardinal Dolan) tell us that this vocal minority is not going anywhere, and may get stronger. Please write to your Senators and thank them for striking down the Blunt bill on Thursdsay. It was a close vote, and it won’t be the last.

December 29, 2011

in which we quit godaddy

Filed under: rants,tech — npd @ 11:03 am

Popular domain registrar Godaddy has been the bane of my existence for a long time- their Gross CEO, their sexist ads, deceptive and confusing shopping carts and their generally confusing and difficult website (not linking to it).

But as an IT consultant, they’ve been cheap, which is what many of my clients want. Sometimes you register a domain and don’t know if you’re going to use it- you just snap up that funny idea you had, just in case. And they’re a pain in the ass to use, but so what? It’s only once a year, after all.

This time, however, Godaddy has gone too far, by supporting detrimental and offensive legislation, SOPA, that would effectively alter the way the Internet works, and in turn, our freedom on the network. You can read more about the bill here and see why a number of companies oppose this harmful bill. Under the guise of preventing illegal movie and music downloads, SOPA gives the government the ability to shut down sites with views they simply don’t agree with, opening the door to brutal assaults on our free speech.

Sure, Godaddy has taken back their support for the bill, but their attitude in unacceptable and I refuse to give them another dollar. Brooklynhomesteader and Brooklynhoney, as well as my personal domains, are on their way over to Dyndns.org as we speak. I urge you to do the same! It took 10 minutes for a handful of domains, didn’t cost much, and feels really great. Check this site for a writeup on how to unlock your domains and complete the transfer!

Write your Congresspersons to voice your opposition to SOPA now! OpenCongress has a simple site that makes doing so easier than ever. Check it out.

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