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I did not write the following, I found it on the interwebz:
People who are pro-life usually cite adoption as an alternative to terminating a woman’s pregnancy. They say that there are many other families who will take their child in. That would come close to even beginning to be a noble sentiment, if there weren’t so many kids already in the foster care system.According to the most current AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System Report) Report, released in June 2011, there were approximately 408,425 children in the U. S. in foster care on September 30, 2010. The full report is available online via the Children’s Bureau website at:http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/afcars/tar/report18.htmhttp://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/afcars/tar/report18.htm.
For State-specific information on the number of entries, exits, and children in care on the last day of the Federal fiscal year 2010, as of June 15, 2011, please see the table on the Children’s Bureau website at:http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/afcars/statistics/entryexit2010.pdfhttp://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/afcars/statistics/entryexit2010.pdf.
In addition, this table provides comparable data for the years 2002 - 2010.
Now, those numbers don’t lie. If there are that many children already in foster care what makes you think that one more is going to have an increased chance over them? Are they not worth your “pro-life” campaigning? I guess the stance that all life is sacred and worth protecting and providing for is not applicable to people who have already left the womb. If you were really pro-LIFE you would be caring, campaigning, and fighting tooth and nail for the kids who are already stuck in the horrible world that is the foster care system of America. But, just to drill it through your skulls, here are some more numbers and facts.
• There are 423,773 children in the U.S. foster care system; 114,556 of these children are available for adoption. Their birth parent’s legal rights have been permanently terminated and children are left without a family.
• More children become available for adoption each year than are adopted. In 2009, 69,947 children had parental rights terminated by the courts, yet only 57,466 were adopted.
• Children often wait three years or more to be adopted, move three or more times in foster care and often are separated from siblings. The average age of waiting children is 8 years old.
• Last year, 29,471 children turned 18 and left the foster care system without an adoptive family.
• Adopting from foster care is affordable. Most child welfare agencies cover the costs of home studies and court fees, and provide post-adoption subsidies. Thousands of employers offer financial reimbursement and paid leave for employees who adopt and Federal and/or state adoption tax credits are available to most families.
• Every child is adoptable. Many children in foster care have special needs. All of them deserve the chance to grow up in a safe, loving, permanent home. Support and other post-adoption resources are available.
• Adopting from foster care is permanent. Once a child is adopted out of foster care, the birth parents cannot attempt to claim them or fight in court for their return. A family formed through foster care adoption is forever.
• According to a National Adoption Attitudes Survey commissioned by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 63 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of adoption and 78 percent think more should be done to encourage adoption.
• Nearly 40 percent of American adults, or 81.5 million people, have considered adopting a child, according to the National Adoption Attitudes Survey. If just one in 500 of these adults adopted, every waiting child in foster care would have a permanent family.
If you think that putting more children into the roulette of being adopted is a good idea, read over those facts. Why would you want to put a child through that? Simply because you want to stand on your pedestal to preach from your misconceived moral high ground? Don’t sacrifice others into that, just so you can seem like some defender of life and it’s future possibilities.
You’re not pro-life, you’re just a supporter of a movement that takes away the control women have over their own bodies and futures. After that fetus comes to term, you disappear and move on to the next unfortunate pregnant woman to stop her from as well. You use guilt, fear tactics, and violence to achieve your goals; as opposed to logic and sound thinking.
You’re not pro-life, you’re just pro-70,000-deaths-a-year-from-unsafe-abortions.
You’re just pro-stripping-people-of-their-bodily-autonomy.
You’re just pro-flood-the-system-with-kids-who-won’t-get-adopted-and-who-we-can’t-afford-to-feed-or-provide-shelter-for.
You’re just pro-fuck-you-anybody-with-a-uterus.
During my first year of blogging about Soul Eater I lived in Japan, but now I don’t anymore!
Anywhoo, in case you or anybody reading this wants more info about how to buy Japanese manga when you don’t live in Japan…
This is how I get my copy of Shounen Gangan (the magazine in which SE is published) every month. They ship to EVERY country, they accept credit cards from any country, and they carry EVERYTHING. The downside is, of course, those damn international shipping fees. So. Ordering from Amazon.co.jp only makes sense if you buy enough books to fill one of those standard-sized shipping boxes, otherwise the cost of shipping just isn’t worth it.
CD Japan offers subscriptions to Japanese magazines to international customers. Just like Amazon, they accept customers from any country, as long as you can pay with a credit card. Their shipping rates are also MUCH lower than what Amazon charges. The downside, though, is that you tend to get your magazines about a week after they’re released in Japan, as opposed to the one or two days that Amazon.co.jp takes to ship the same thing to your door. So cdjapan is definitely the more economical option for those of you who want Japanese magazines and books, but if you’re the type of person who needs INSTANT GRATIFICATION then it may be too slow for you.
3. Japanese digital bookstores
This is the best method, because hey, NO SHIPPING COSTS!!!
All Square Enix manga, including Soul Eater, is available on these Japanese e-book stores: http://www.square-enix.com/jp/magazine/gansma/store.shtml
Unfortunately Square Enix manga is only released in e-book format by volume, so although you can get full volumes of Japanese digital manga on your computer or mobile device, you still can’t get each month’s new chapter of Soul Eater (or any other Square Enix manga) this way. I don’t think that’s likely to change in the near future.
As for purchasing e-books from Japanese digital stores… Unfortunately, most Japanese digital stores will automatically reject payment made from a credit card that is not associated with a Japanese address. There are a few legit Japanese digital stores that accept international credit cards, such as Zasshi Online, but sadly Square Enix Japan refuses to offer their manga on those sites. Fortunately, however, there is a workaround that solves this problem for those of us without Japanese credit cards! In order to make a purchase from Honto Books or Kinokuniya Bookweb or any other e-book store that carries Square Enix manga, you can just make an in-app purchase using an iTunes Japan gift card. I’ve done this and I can vouch that it works for both Honto Books and Kinokuniya Bookweb. (Don’t try this with BookLive, though, because their iOS app is a cunning bastard that forces you to redirect all of your purchases through their web interface, which doesn’t accept iTunes cards and which rejects all foreign credit cards. Bitchcakes.)
Sadly, I have no idea what the equivalent workaround for Android devices would be, sorry.
Thank you very much for all this—- I’ll check them.
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AMC is now no longer allowing anyone to wear costumes in their theaters because of the shooting in Colarado today.
So please follow the rules, I know its fun, but it is no longer permitted.
“3rd update: July 21, 2012, 5 p.m. CDT Contrary to media reports, costumes are not banned, but we will not admit guests with face-concealing masks and we will not allow fake weapons in the buildings. We want all our guests to feel comfortable at our theatres and we will be closely monitoring “
just got that off the website.
This day in history:
In the hours following the assassination of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, mass killings of Tutsis and moderate Hutus begin within the country led by members of the Rwandan military and extremist Hutu militias, marking the first day of the Rwandan Genocide.
Over the next 100 days an estimated 800,000 people would be killed.
April 7, 1994 - 18 years ago today.
PLEASE NEVER GIVE YOUR ANIMALS HARTZ PRODUCTS! IT HAS CAUSED NUMEROUS DEATHS IN CATS, and DOGS, it HAS CAUSED BURNS, and SEIZURES, THE VETERINARIAN SAYS IT IS PURE POISON. EVEN THE ANIMAL TREATS! PLEASE PLEASE REBLOG THIS!! YOU MAY SAVE A LIFE!
i just looked this up you guys and its legit, so yeah, dont buy tthis stuff!
I haven’t looked into this yet, but just in case
I can speak from experience on this one.
About two years ago, fleas popped up in my house. I had never dealt with them before, so I wasn’t sure which product to buy. I settled on Hartz because it was the only brand in the store. I came home and applied it to my cat’s shoulders just like the instructions said. I noticed about an hour later that he was being a lot more lethargic than usual, and was even drooling excessively. Cats don’t really drool, not when they’re awake anyway. Needless to say, I freaked out and rushed him to the vet. I thought maybe some of the medicine had slid down his shoulders and maybe he licked it off.
I told the vets everything about his behavior and they said they had seen it before with other animals brought in after getting flea treatments from Hartz. One of the ladies examined his scruff and showed me what was going on. It wasn’t as bad as the poor dog in this image, but it was pretty bad. He only had that medicine on his back for an hour and it caused a major chemical burn, allowing the medicine to get into his system through the open wound.
They gave him a good long bath for me, administered an antibiotic to help clean his system, and let him stay overnight so they could watch his condition. The entire trip ended up costing me $100, and I learned a lesson from it. Kiwi’s just fine now, he recovered very quickly. But now I spend the extra money on buying a better brand. He gets Frontline treatments monthly, and Sentry brand shampoo for baths. These are top notch products and definitely worth the extra money. Cheaper than that vet visit for sure.
I don’t even touch Hartz’s other products like treats and toys. They use entirely unsafe materials in all of their products. The reason why nobody has ever been able to properly sue them is because they have a very strong team of lawyers to back them up. Pretty much the entire business end of the company is nothing but lawyers with master’s degrees. So instead of trying to bring them down through the justice system, the best we all can do is simply not buy their products, and spread the word.
You know what’s kind of the best thing about that?
The “Trololo” song is actually a pretty old Russian song. The lyrics of that song were considered having too much revolutionary potential and were therefore banned in Russia at the time Khil did this perfomance.
So the song was pretty much illegal, and singing it on TV could have meant prison or worse for him.
But he decided to sing it anyway, changing the lyrics to this “lololo”-gibberish. Since pretty much everyone in Russia knew that song at the time, this way he still spread the message, but slipped it right past the radar of the government.
It’s a nice thought that most of the world finds his raised middle fingers to the Russian government just as fun as he did, even though for other reasons. The fact that it became a meme on the internet makes his protest against censorship immortal, so the Russian government won’t be able to escape his raised middle fingers from the grave for a long time.
Thank you, Eduard Khil. We hardly knew you, but I hope you’re going to have a good time wherever you are now. :3
Not content with merely waging war on women, Republicans are targeting another enemy of conservatism: education. New Hampshire state Republican Jerry Bergevin recently railed against science and the atheist eggheads who call themselves teachers: “I want the full portrait of evolution and the people who came up with the ideas to be presented. It’s a world view and it’s godless.”
While New Hampshire didn’t end up passing Bergevin’s anti-evolution law, Tennessee did. Its new statute allows – even encourages – teachers to express scepticism toward, as the bill says, “scientific subjects, including, but not limited to, biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, and global warming”. The American Institute of Biological Sciences, the National Earth Science Teachers Association, the National Centre for Science Education and all eight of Tennessee’s members of the National Academy of Sciences oppose the new law, calling it “miseducation”. But what do these no ‘count heathen elitist PhD Darwinites know? The government of Tennessee wants you to know they ain’t kin to no monkey.
Tennessee, you will recall, is the proud home of the famous “Monkey trial” of 1925 in which John Scopes, a high school science instructor, was prosecuted for teaching evolution. These days the forces of anti-thinking don’t simply deny the science, they demand that ignorance be given equal time. David Fowler, a former state senator and head of the Family Action Council of Tennessee, who helped craft the bill aided and abetted by a creationist front group called (with no discernable irony) the Discovery Institute, complains that Tennessee textbooks call the Genesis story a “creation myth” – as opposed to revealed truth. Moreover, teachers don’t present a “balanced” view of evolution. They don’t present a “balanced” view of the laws of gravity, the speed of light and the fact that the earth revolves around the sun, either.
And speaking of heliocentrism, James Inhofe of Oklahoma likes to compare himself to Galileo Galilei. He’s persecuted for proclaiming that “global warming is a hoax”. The form of his persecution is somewhat unclear: he’s a US senator rolling in cash courtesy of oil and gas corporations. This somehow qualifies him to say that while 97% of climate scientists accept anthropogenic climate change, that “doesn’t mean anything”. His peer-reviewed journal of choice is the Bible: “Genesis 8:22: ‘as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night’. My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”
[click the link above to carry on reading | words by Diane Roberts - on guardian.co.uk]
Research it and you’ll know the truth.
Alright. I don’t usually reblog anything from this blog because I really feel like a lot of the submissions are designed to start arguments, piss people off, and gain attention, but…
Well, this one is completely and totally right. It’s not an opinion; it’s a fact.
It’s an unpopular fact.
Everyone is so fucking blind, and some people are just too prideful to wake up from their heroic delusions to actually see that they’re pouring their money into an issue that— according to someone who’s been to Uganda many times in her life— hasn’t actually been an issue for years.
So before you go pouring your money into a cause like this, actually think for a moment and realize that Uganda is its own country, they’re more than capable of taking care of themselves, and Kony hasn’t been a problem for years.
Quit trying to be heroes; you just look fucking stupid.
Yeah. He is dead or missing… But they took militaries(?)/soldiers(?) there, also the money stuff.