Archive for March, 2011


Day 1 – Do you believe in god?/What religion are you?
Day 2 – Do you believe in an afterlife? What do you believe happens when you die?
Day 3 – Are you proud to be from whatever country you are from?
Day 4 – What is your view on gay marriage? Homosexuality in general?
Day 5 – Do you think sex before marriage is okay?
Day 6 – How do you feel that sex education should be handled in schools?
Day 7 – Do you want to get married and/or have kids?
Day 8 – Do you think any drugs should be legalized? Do you think there should be an age for drinking?
Day 9 – Pro-life or pro-choice?
Day 10 – Have any opinions about year-round schooling?
Day 11 – What do you think about prostitution? Should it be legal?
Day 12 – Do you think men today are too “wimpy” and need to “man up”? How do you feel about gender roles as a whole?
Day 13 – Do you think there should be an age to get tattoos/piercings without the consent of a parent?
Day 14 – Do you believe in aliens?
Day 15 – Do you believe in regrets? Do you have any terrible ones?
Day 16 – What do you want to happen to your body when you die?
Day 17 – How about that cloning stuff?
Day 18 – What is your take on people who self harm (cutting, burning, scratching etc etc.)
Day 19 – Do you think high schools should give out free contraceptives?
Day 20 – What do you think about plastic surgery?
Day 21 – What do you think about the death penalty?
Day 22 – Do you say your country’s national anthem/pledge of allegiance when it is said/listened to?
Day 23 – what do you think about thinspo?
Day 24 – Euthanasia – Your thoughts?
Day 25 – Do you think violent video games should be banned?
Day 26 – Which do you think should be taught in schools: Evolution or creationism?
Day 27 – “Illegal” downloading – Yay or nay?
Day 28 – Do you think zero tolerance policies are effective in achieving their objectives?
Day 29 – Do you feel as though women should be able to walk around topless like men? Why or why not?
Day 30 – Do you think the internet should be censored?

Sadly, due to the whole atheism thing, I don’t think we go to heaven or hell or anything. We go into the ground. Sad sad. I think I’ll sum it up by using a quote from the song Floating by Jape… “Our lifetimes are short, and death is so long, I don’t believe in no heaven I just hope that I’m wrong, I hope we’re floating.”
In other words, I don’t expect there to be anything after death, but if I find out there’s something else out there after I die, I probably won’t be too upset. Especially because any god that I would want to spend any sort of time with would care more about how you tried to live your life, instead of whether or not you followed some silly rules to a T, especially since if I’m wrong and there is a heaven and hell and it’s decided strictly by whether or not you followed the rules in a particular book or whatever exactly…then I’d wager most people in the world are going to the bad place. And a god who would do that is no god worth worshiping, in my book, so I’d rather be down with all the sinners if that’s the case.

I’ve been asked by a friend to advise you to not watch this video while drunk or otherwise intoxicated. Apparently he had an interesting night once after watching this video…

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Day 1 – Do you believe in god?/What religion are you?
Day 2 – Do you believe in an afterlife? What do you believe happens when you die?
Day 3 – Are you proud to be from whatever country you are from?
Day 4 – What is your view on gay marriage? Homosexuality in general?
Day 5 – Do you think sex before marriage is okay?
Day 6 – How do you feel that sex education should be handled in schools?
Day 7 – Do you want to get married and/or have kids?
Day 8 – Do you think any drugs should be legalized? Do you think there should be an age for drinking?
Day 9 – Pro-life or pro-choice?
Day 10 – Have any opinions about year-round schooling?
Day 11 – What do you think about prostitution? Should it be legal?
Day 12 – Do you think men today are too “wimpy” and need to “man up”? How do you feel about gender roles as a whole?
Day 13 – Do you think there should be an age to get tattoos/piercings without the consent of a parent?
Day 14 – Do you believe in aliens?
Day 15 – Do you believe in regrets? Do you have any terrible ones?
Day 16 – What do you want to happen to your body when you die?
Day 17 – How about that cloning stuff?
Day 18 – What is your take on people who self harm (cutting, burning, scratching etc etc.)
Day 19 – Do you think high schools should give out free contraceptives?
Day 20 – What do you think about plastic surgery?
Day 21 – What do you think about the death penalty?
Day 22 – Do you say your country’s national anthem/pledge of allegiance when it is said/listened to?
Day 23 – what do you think about thinspo?
Day 24 – Euthanasia – Your thoughts?
Day 25 – Do you think violent video games should be banned?
Day 26 – Which do you think should be taught in schools: Evolution or creationism?
Day 27 – “Illegal” downloading – Yay or nay?
Day 28 – Do you think zero tolerance policies are effective in achieving their objectives?
Day 29 – Do you feel as though women should be able to walk around topless like men? Why or why not?
Day 30 – Do you think the internet should be censored?

I don’t believe in a god type figure. Actually, I think of myself as an atheist. I just never felt in my heart like I could believe in something so fantastical just because I was told it was true, and I haven’t seen any sort of proof that convinces me that there is something up there watching us…
(side note: I don’t think that atheism is a religion. Some people have tried to claim that agnosticism is the only thing not a religion because atheism makes a stance on whether or not good exists so it involves having faith in god not existing. I disagree. I see it as a lack of faith, an absence of faith, not a faith in nonexistence. In most topics, if you make an assertion, if you don’t back it up with proof, it’s only natural to not believe a thing the person is saying until they provide said proof. I’m not saying that I know 100% for sure that “God” or whatever doesn’t exist, I’m saying that unless I see some sort of proof that convinces me, I’m not going to believe in him/her/it..otherwise, why not believe in Santa? Is a guy in a magical sleigh who has elves and lives at the north pole who magically knows who’s bad or good and gives everyone presents really less believable than a guy in the sky who somehow magically created everything, knows everything, and apparently REALLY cares about what you did in the bedroom, for instance? At least I’ve seen people dressed up as Santa, and had “proof” in the presents….)

I just don’t believe. I wanted to, believe me. I spent over half of my (admittedly short, but still…) trying to believe in something. I just don’t. And it would be dishonest of me to pretend otherwise.

Also, if anyone wants to know my religious path up through this point? Catholic (Was baptized as a baby, even!) » Pagan » Agnostic (and looking and reading about other religions, seeing if I managed to believe any of them) and then… » Atheism!

And I’d like to add that as long as people don’t try to convert me, I don’t have a problem with religious folk. I try to respect their beliefs, as long as they respect my lack thereof. I don’t think I know all the answers, so why act like I do? Some of my best friends are religious. We’ve just agreed to disagree.

I actually haven’t “suffered” much for being an atheist, I’m happy to say. I’ve heard people report problems with being teased or bullied or laughed at for being an atheist, but I haven’t experienced that much. I mean, some kids in high school made comments when I said I didn’t believe in hell (they were telling me I would burn in hell for liking women as well as men), and there have been a few rolled eyes or dirty looks when I’ve brought it up in class (relevent to the discussion of course) and endured a few conversion attempts, but for the most part, I don’t experience that much trouble in day-to-day life, the assumption that I’m either Christian or believe in a higher power, which is occasionally a minor annoyance but doesn’t tend to come up as often as you might think…). I’m apparently one of the lucky ones. My thoughts to those who aren’t so lucky, and keep it secret, in fear or ridicule or losing their job or any other such worries.

If people feel the need to argue, feel free to comment, but just know that my life is a bit insane, so I might not get back to you for a while. And I find I tire of internet arguments rather easily these days, so if I stop responding, it’s not because you won(I’d let you know if that happened), it’s ’cause I’m lazy.

And to end it on a lighter note, have some videos:
(Note: Not for the easily offended, although my idea of easily might differ from yours)


30 Day Challange!

First off, sorry for not writing this week. Coming back after spring break was…stressful. For reasons I don’t want to get to on here…

But, I have returned! And I come bearing something ensuring that I will write: a 30 Day Challenge!

This meme has been popping up in all sorts of places in all sorts of incarnations recently, so I decided that I might as well participate as well. In case you aren’t familiar: There’s a list of 30 things to write about. The goal is to write about one thing on the list each day in order until 30 days have passed and you’ve finished them all. I’ll start next post…

Day 1 – Do you believe in god?/What religion are you?
Day 2 – Do you believe in an afterlife? What do you believe happens when you die?
Day 3 – Are you proud to be from whatever country you are from?
Day 4 – What is your view on gay marriage? Homosexuality in general?
Day 5 – Do you think sex before marriage is okay?
Day 6 – How do you feel that sex education should be handled in schools?
Day 7 – Do you want to get married and/or have kids?
Day 8 – Do you think any drugs should be legalized? Do you think there should be an age for drinking?
Day 9 – Pro-life or pro-choice?
Day 10 – Have any opinions about year-round schooling?
Day 11 – What do you think about prostitution? Should it be legal?
Day 12 – Do you think men today are too “wimpy” and need to “man up”? How do you feel about gender roles as a whole?
Day 13 – Do you think there should be an age to get tattoos/piercings without the consent of a parent?
Day 14 – Do you believe in aliens?
Day 15 – Do you believe in regrets? Do you have any terrible ones?
Day 16 – What do you want to happen to your body when you die?
Day 17 – How about that cloning stuff?
Day 18 – What is your take on people who self harm (cutting, burning, scratching etc etc.)
Day 19 – Do you think high schools should give out free contraceptives?
Day 20 – What do you think about plastic surgery?
Day 21 – What do you think about the death penalty?
Day 22 – Do you say your country’s national anthem/pledge of allegiance when it is said/listened to?
Day 23 – what do you think about thinspo?
Day 24 – Euthanasia – Your thoughts?
Day 25 – Do you think violent video games should be banned?
Day 26 – Which do you think should be taught in schools: Evolution or creationism?
Day 27 – “Illegal” downloading – Yay or nay?
Day 28 – Do you think zero tolerance policies are effective in achieving their objectives?
Day 29 – Do you feel as though women should be able to walk around topless like men? Why or why not?
Day 30 – Do you think the internet should be censored?

So, some people have decided that it’s a smart idea to go attack Libya. More violence, more deaths…

I thought this video appropriate…

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Here’s to ending all the pointless violence in the world. You can all go and fights your wars, I’ll be over here in the corner, singing my peace songs…so close to the 8th anniversary of Iraq, have they learned nothing…? Violence only begets more violence, spread peace through peaceful means…

Super Gay!

So, in my post about True Colors, I mentioned that I had quite a bit of rainbow clothing on, and since I had a pride flag as a cape, I pretended I was a superhero named “Super Gay”!

I was going through my little sister’s pictures, and I found that there was a picture that didn’t really show my face, but showed my outfit rather well. So I decided since it didn’t show my face too clearly, that I could share it with ya’ll.

Super gay!

Absorbing sunlight, charging up my anti-homophobia attacks!

So there. You can see my super gay picture, and you have a vague idea of what I look like. Please, use this information for good, not evil. I don’t want to have to delete this picture in a paranoid rage.

Sadly, soon after this picture was taken, disaster struck. Apparently, one of the cats at my mothers decided that it would be a good idea to pee of my pride flag. Sadly, on top of the pride flag was my feathery rainbow boa, where I put it after taking it off that night. While the pride flag has come through fine, it’s doubtful it’s going to survive this cleaning process, although I’m holding out in hopes that it will. So I might be without a sparkley feathery boa that I’ve had for years until I manage to have enough money to justify replacing it. 😦 Wish me luck in it surviving it’s horrible ordeal 😦

Hedgie-puu!

So, due to it being spring break, I’m visiting my mom for a few days this week. Naturally, I had to bring the hedgehog with me, because he’s so cute and loveable and adorable and I knew their hearts would melt. Well, that and the fact that I don’t think I could possibly leave the guy alone ❤

So to get him used to people and being handled and such, I took him out of his tank a few times. Today I got pictures though, so I figured I’d share…

Note: These pictures were taken with my sister’s cell phone camera with a hedgehog that refused to stay still. If I had been thinking clearly, I probably would have gone and grabbed her actual camera, but I wasn’t. And actually, her real camera is pretty old, so her cell camera might actually be better…

So, I let him out on the couch, because there are 4 cats living at my mom’s, so I didn’t want them pouncing on him or anything. My little sister was hanging on the couch. He got interested in her pocket.\

Hedgie looking into my sister's pocket

Sh decided to undo the button, to see what he’d do.

Hedgie looking in her pocket again

He started gnawing on her pocket!

Hedgie gnawing at her pants

If you look closely, you can tell he’s biting at her pocket. You can see part of his jaw outside her pocket and everything!

He liked hiding from us!

Hedgie climbing under fleeceHedgie hiding under the fleece, all wrapped up!Here he’s hiding under a piece of fleece I had been giving him to play with!

So, I had to be creative and sneaky with my picture-taking!

 

Secret picture attack from the side!

SECRET PICTURE ATTACK HO!

 

Eventually, he calmed down a bit, and started running all over the couch!

Hedgie coming out from under the fleecePeek-a-boo!

Sniff sniff sniff!Sniff sniff sniff. He sniffs everything.

sniff sniff sniffMore sniffing!

Sniff sniff sniff!More sniffing!

Hedgie smelling my sister's handHe even sniffed my sister’s hand!

Sniffing at a crack in the couchHe sniffed at a crack in the couch. He tried to burrow down in there, but we stopped him!

Eventually he went and hid under his fleece and refused to come out no matter how much we tried to coax him. So I put him in his tank. Then, I figured, since it’s all nice and clean ’cause I changed out his bedding and gave him a clean towel, I should share a picture of it!

Hedgie in his tank, drinking waterThe lighting was weird in this part of the room, so I had to use a flashlight, which gives it the eerie blue glow. He was drinking from his water bottle. You can see his little dish of cat food, and the dish of strawberries I gave him to see if he liked it. There are some tubes, a litter box I’m trying to train him to, and a towel for him to hide under. ❤ I’m hoping to make him some nice liners once I figure out my handheld sewing machine, to minimize the amount of mess from bedding (he likes to get his head stuck in a tube and throw his bedding out of the tank. Makes a HUGE mess, and wastes so much bedding!) There’s also I wheel I got him, which isn’t in there at the moment because he doesn’t run in it that much and I need to take his tubes out to get him to even look at it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of I love my hedgehog. Hopefully, my camera will be un-busted soon, so that I can get some better pictures of him.

And oh, for anyone wondering about what his name is? He has 4 names, which are used interchangeably depending on how the person addresses him is feeling. They are: Taji Bear (the name he came to me with),  Hedgie-puu (generic name for any hedgehog), Hedgifer McHedginton Esquire the 4th (often shortened just to Hedgifer, which, when not capitalized, can be used as a non-proper noun for any hedgehog),  and Moridin (evil guy from the Wheel of Time series, usually used when he’s frustrating me, but sometimes used just because I like the way it sounds).

 

15 Random Facts

I feel like telling all of you random stuff about me. So, here, have some random facts!

1. I consider myself to be omnisexual. I view gender as a continuum, not a binary, so bisexual doesn’t really cover it. Yes, the word more often used is pansexual, but I like to be weird.. I just love everyone.

2. I have never smoked a cigarette. The only tobacco I’ve ever smoked was a few puffs of a hooka because it smelled (and tasted) delicious! Don’t like adictive drugs though, so at a few puffs of hooka it stays.

3. I am incapable of keeping my apartment clean. Whenever it gets even close, I get lazy and shit gets thrown everywhere. I’ve stopped trying to fight it.

4. I have 6 mice and a hedgehog as pets. They are the cutest things ever. One day, I will likely become a crazy cat lady, except for instead of cats, it will be all sorts of animals. But not yet, so I am staying with these for now.

5. I am a psych major, and hopefully I’ll be going to grad school in the fall.

6. I strongly believe that all victimless “crimes” should be legalized. No victim no crime! And yes, that includes all drugs. I’ll debate you, but before that, let me just say something about that particular subject: If it’s already illegal to do something (say, destroy someone’s property), why add another charge on top of it?

7. I will go on marathon television sessions when I am bored and left to my own devices. I’ve been known to watch entire shows in a weekend.

8. I drink FARRR too much soda. Not as much as I used to, but still a bunch.

9.I ❤ drag queens.

10. Bacon is one of my favorite foods, and one of the big reasons why I will never be a complete vegetarian…

11. I go through books like water, especially fantasy and sci fi books. Especially if they are in book form, not electronic form…

12. If I go over a certain amount of nights spent out of my on bed, I get cranky. My bed is all set up to be perfectly comfy for me. Plus, I have issues falling asleep in “new” situations.

13. I have an irrational love of potatoes. I would probably eat potatoes and only potatoes if I could survive doing so.

14. Boston is the only “big city” I’ve been to that I don’t think I would mind living in.. Can’t stand New York, but Boston is pretty awesome.

15. I am a feminist. No, that does not mean I hate men, or I want men above women, or anything like that. It just means I want people to be equal, regardless what’s between your legs (or the color of your skin, or your sexual orientation, or any silly things like that, but that’s for another time…)

So, Friday I went to True Colors, but I’m just now getting to typing this up (although I’m referencing notes taken that day, to make sure I don’t mess things up!)

So, I ended up with about three hours of sleep the night before. I just could NOT fall asleep. So, I was pretty groggy. But I managed to wake up and pull on some rainbow clothing at 6:30 in the morning. I had n thigh high rainbow stockings under jeans rolled up to my knees, a t-shirt that said “Homophobia: Now THAT’S a choice!” on over a blue and black striped long sleeve shirt, a rainbow flag being worn as a cape, and a rainbow-ey sparkly feather boa, as well as some pride pins and a pair of rainbow glasses that I yoinked from my sister. I also wore makeup, which is abnormal for me, that that’s neither here nor there. I might be able to get a pic of me (sans my face…) for all of you fabulous  people, to show you the epicness of this outfit.

I got to my sister’s school around 7:30, which is when we were supposed to get there. God, it was early. It was also very strange to be in a high school again after it being so long…I don’t think I’ve set foot in one since I graduated. Hell, I don’t think I’ve been in any public school since then, except the one brief time I was in my sister’s school because I was the chaperone for her class trip to Lake Compounce.

Found the teacher. Had my sister introduce me. Teacher said we were going to pretend I was a chaperone even though I officially wasn’t. If it gets me on the bus, great! We got on the bus and started the long ride to Storrs.

It was cold and raining when we got there, so we quickly rushed inside and watched the opening ceremonies. They were already going, but I looked at the program, and it doesn’t look like we missed much. It was mostly boring things, except Momma the drag queen was there! I LOVE Momma! She had the prettiest blue dress on ^_^. And killer legs, too! But I digress…

After the opening ceremonies, we went to our respective sessions. My sister decided she’d rather hang out with her friends than me so she went off to her own session, and I went to a Body Vocality workshop. Lots of stomping, noise making, and random dancing. It was a lot of fun! We made a fun little song at the end, with a dance. Wicked fun.

Then was lunch. We ended up getting Wendy’s. There was some drama brewing with my sister’s friends. I could tell that things weren’t going to end well, just by watching how much it escalated during the short period we had lunch. My sister’s friends didn’t believe I was almost 23. I had to show one of them my driver’s licence so that they would believe me. They said I looked 18 at oldest. I’m not surprised, everyone thinks I’m younger than I am, especially when I have a short haircut like the one I have now. None of them batted an eye about me living in New Hampshire and going to college though….hmm….

(Potential trigger warning for mentioning the r word in the next paragraph. Nothing graphic, just the word…)

Then it was time for second session. I tried to go to a Zumba session (dancing), but it was full. Poo. Instead I went to a session called “Consent is sexy!”. Didn’t learn anything particularly groundbreaking. Basically, it boiled down to, make sure you have consent for whatever act you are doing, consent to one sexual act is not consent for all sexual acts, consent can’t be given when drunk/intoxicated, the absence of no is not consent, and consent can be revoked at any time. There might have been some other smaller notes, but that was it. Which, as I said, I mostly already knew. Oh, and they brought up that arousal is not consent, and that men can be raped too. Whenever I hear that, I get so angry at my high school health teacher. My TEACHER lied and told me that men can’t be raped. If the teachers are lying, how am I supposed to learn things? I mean, I got the information elsewhere, but that’s simply because of my interests, I wonder how many of my former classmates are still going around believing that…

I didn’t go to a third workshop. I bumped into my little sister and decided I wanted to go to a workshop with her. There was drama going on in her friend group, however (and I mean DRAMA….someone got arrested, and everything! Told you I knew it wouldn’t end well…) so we went outside and gave people free hugs. I must have hugged hundreds of people, it was great. One girl even kissed me. Surprised me! It was just a peck on the lips. Apparently the person next to me was giving out free kisses and she hadn’t known I wasn’t offering kisses. Oh well.  Boyfriend knows about it and isn’t upset (not that there was anything t be upset about…a peck on the lips from someone who I’ve never seen before and will never see again isn’t really all that threatening…), so all is well. My sister kissed a girl in front of her ex (who has been being a real jerk recently, so I was happy when I saw that….literally, girl was STARING at us all day. It was really creepy….) Around this time, the cold and my lack of sleep conspired to make me crash. I sat down for a while, then went and whined to my sister about how I wanted the bus to be here (hey, she whines at me, i’m allowed to whine at her…)

Then it was on the bus back! We got caught in traffic, so we were bored. We all stared at a truck driver at one point, to see what he’d do. we waved at cars. Might have been the sleep deprivation, bu it was fun. High schoolers are like college kids, just less mature and more likely to get caught :-p

Then I finally got to my mom’s. I managed to be up until around midnight or so, when I just passed out on the couch.

All in all I had fun at the conference, but I don’t know if I’m going to go again. It’s mostly oriented towards high schoolers, which is great, because high school can be such a difficult time if you’re not straight (see my earlier post about being bi if you don’t believe me), and I feel as though being in an environment that accepts them unconditionally is important, but…not so good for me. And the workshops were kinda ehhhhh it seemed as well. I found myself leaning more towards the participation workshops, like the dancing and stuff, because the rest of them just seemed boring, or I wasn’t allowed to go to them because they were “high school only”. Most of the other ones I either 1. Knew the information presented in it (like the consent one I went to, ones about what is bisexuality, and, this one surprised me, one about privilege, etc) 2. Had been to one similar before (bisexuality ones, Homo No Mo guy, etc…) or 3. Had no interest in (oh gosh, I don’t know…like the lube tasting/condom testing one).  I mean, I’m happy I went, because seeing my sister go to her first True Colors was fun, but…in the future, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to justify the spending $25 and taking a day off to come down to Connecticut for it.

But there’s my impression of True Colors. I would definitely suggest that you go once, if you’ve never gone before, but know that it’s much more fun if you’re in high school than being older than high school…

I hate automatic flushing toilets. With a passion.

My school has installed them. Even in the library, which actually isn’t used all that much. I’m not quite sure why.

There are so many problems with them. Depending on how you use the toilet, there can be quite a bit of accidental flushing. If you sit down on the seat, if you lean forward AT ALL, FLUSH! Not only is water wasted, but now your butt is wet with nasty toilet water that, unless you flush it before you go, who knows what was in there…and yet my school installed these special flushing handles that supposedly save water that you flush one way for solid waste and another for liquid waste…seems like a bit of a null gain…

“But what about if you squat?” you ask! Well, then the wasted water is worst! The sensor seems to be right where you squat, because any movement at all seems to set it off!

And then, of course, there’s the problem of half the time it flushes before you’re done wiping. So you’ve got to decide between being an ass and leaving it there fore the next person to handle or waste more water with flushing it! And these things flush with such force that it sprinkles water all over the seat, making it look like you peed and sprayed. So you’re left with leaving it, wiping it up and trying to flush it which simply perpetuates the problem, or wipe it off and carry it to a different trash can (if there even is one! My school is good at forgetting things like that) and get weird looks from people for carrying a piece of wadded up toilet paper outside of the stall…

 

Side rant I made to friends one time after one too many drinks:

If you aren’t a douche, you should put the seat down after you pee, at least, in private bathrooms (public bathrooms are a bit different, and unrelated to this side rant). Not even just because of girls. Let me break it down.

So, there are boys and girls. Both boys and girls pee and poop. So, for the sake of this argument…let’s just say they pee and poop at about equal rates. So, that’s 4 equal options. Girls put the seat down for peeing and pooping. Guys have the seat down for pooping. Therefore, 75% of the time, the seat needs to be down. Therefore, the probability of the seat needing to be down is much higher than the seat is going to be needed up. Three times higher, as a matter of fact. So, therefore, be kind to the other people needing the bathroom, and put the seat down…

Japan

My heart is with all the people affected by the horrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan. If I prayed, my prayers would be with them too.

If you have spare cash and are inclined to do so, please donate to the Red Cross. Not even just for Japan. They do a lot of good stuff, and could probably use some more funding to help them out (even though I think it’s ridiculous that they won’t let you donate blood if you’re gay, but that’s a FDA thing, not a Red Cross thing)

Here’s to hoping for a speedy recovery, and that the “troubled” nuclear reactors don’t go boom and kill us all!

 

Edit: Commenter “Rebekah” made a point in her comment that I found so important that I should share with you:

Always donate to the Red Cross or to International Red Cross, not to a specific disaster like “International Red Cross – Haiti.” People donated after the California earthquake, what was that, fifteen years ago? and the checks were made out to that disaster. Now, that money is sitting in a bank and no one can touch it because the money had been earmarked.

I’ve heard similar things. Apparently, they can use it if there’s a disaster that falls within the same parameters, but all that money that could be used for helping others is sitting in a bank, useless. Also, another good charity to donate to is Doctors Without Borders. I’ve heard that they’re a very good organization with low overhead that does great work, so I’d suggest checking them out if you’re in the market to make a donation.

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