Signal Boost

Jul. 30th, 2014 10:03 am
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There is a blood shortage throughout the United States as patients desperately wait for blood and bone marrow donations. Blood donations save lives and the circumstances in which they are needed often require immediate attention.

In response to the AIDS crisis of the 1980's the Food and Drug Administration banned any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 from giving blood. The 1985 provision argued that men who have sex with other men are at higher risk of contracting and transmitting HIV and hepatitis, posing a health risk to potential recipients.    (source)

The U.S., unlike other countries such as South Africa, has yet to lift this antiquated law. Meanwhile, gay men continue to be turned away from blood donation centers despite the dire need for donor blood. The FDA's rationale concerning blood risk makes about as much sense as the Defense Department's rationale for discharging much needed military personnel because they are gay. Just because it's the law doesn't mean it's in the best interest of the country or the people.     (source)

 
The petition to lift this ban desperately needs signatures before the deadline of July 31.   Please sign and/or repost, tweet, reblog to tumblr or facebook.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/call-hhs-fda-end-their-ban-against-gay-bisexual-male-blood-donors/7mcCpPxl
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title: Disappear
music: "You Only Disappear", by Tom McRae
summary: With a word, with a line, you only disappear. Identity and violence.
notes: No standard warnings apply; see post for more notes.

Link: streaming, lyrics, download

catching up on the smells

Jul. 30th, 2014 02:03 am
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I'm so behind on wearing these to review/evaluate them -- I've mostly been smelling in the bottle as part of decanting and as part of my "order a screaming whackload of imp collections off eBay, pick through them for the ones you want to try, use the rest for decant circle frimps" orders. (Speaking of decant circle frimps: the Neil Gaiman circle is still taking signups, and thanks to the generosity of [personal profile] elisem, will also include prototypes sniffies.)

Behind the cut: reviews of Ginny the Reaper, The Floating Market, Ice, Enterprise of the Night, Yurei, Sin.


6 scents )

FIClet - Safety - Jazz/Punch

Jul. 29th, 2014 07:28 pm
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(Another one for the tf_rare_pair lotto-thon challenge! \o/

Title: Safety
Universe/Continuity: G1
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Characters: Jazz, Punch
Pairing: Jazz/Punch
Prompt: Punch/Jazz (G1) - "Starting to lose myself"
Notes: 795 words

Punch's sensors swore that the warehouse was deserted, as usual. As usual, Punch knew that it wasn't deserted at all.

That was ok. He knew this ambush was coming and drove happily into it.
Read more... )

"Never Be Mine"

Jul. 30th, 2014 09:39 am
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"Never Be Mine" by angstytimelord
PAIRING: past Jack/Doctor
RATING: PG-13
SUMMARY: Based upon prompt 8: Never.

Has just been added to Doctor Who gen stories page of the Doctor Who Slash page.

Crossposted to Chance's Archive.

Free Kindle Books.

"Lay Down Your Arms"

Jul. 30th, 2014 09:22 am
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"Lay Down Your Arms" by angstytimelord
PAIRING: gen
RATING: PG-13
SUMMARY: Based upon prompt 37: Survive.

Has just been added to Doctor Who gen stories page of the Doctor Who Slash page.

Crossposted to Chance's Archive.

Free Kindle Books.

2x08: August

Jul. 28th, 2014 08:45 pm
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This is the one where we find out there are a team of Observers and that they've been here for a long time. Even without the benefit of hindsight, there are intimations that their mission may be sinister in intent. The good guys don't normally have a hit man on retainer, for example. I liked this episode because it was focused on the Observers, who are one of the most original elements in the Fringe mythology. Since we've known from the beginning of season one that Fringe Division has a room full of FBI agents investigating the Observers, did anyone else wonder why those agents aren't being consulted on this case? But other than a few minor issues, this was an excellent episode. This show really shines when they stay focused on their myth arc.

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Writer: J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner
Director: Dennis Smith
Originally aired: 19 Nov 2009

Synopsis: A public abduction of a young woman named Christine Hollis in Boston sends the Fringe team chasing after one of the mysterious Observers, postponing a trip to an amusement park that Olivia had planned with Ella. This observer, known as August, has broken their cardinal rule of non-interference by kidnapping Christine in order to prevent her death in a plane crash within the next twenty-four hours. Carelessly, he left behind a notebook filled with strange symbols. As more Observers gather to take action, the Fringe team heads to Massive Dynamic (!!) to talk to one of their scientists who has been studying the symbolic code the Observer used.

Most Memorable Quote:
THE OBSERVER: Who is she? Why did you save her?
AUGUST: I saw her many years ago. She was a child. Her parents had just been killed. She was crying. But she... she was brave. She crossed my mind... Somehow. She never left it. I think... it's what they call...feelings. I think...I love her. Will she be safe now?
THE OBSERVER: Yes. You made her important. She is responsible for the death of one of us.

Links:
Transcript
The A.V. Club
IGN
Dauntless Media


Fanfiction:
The Guardian by Belka (translated from Russian!)
There may be others. I am not good at using the search engines at FF.net and AO3.

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