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The Netherlands fights back against Trump with “international fund” for reproductive rights

  • Trump signed an executive order Monday to reinstate the global gag rule.
  • The rule effectively denies federal funding to any nongovernment organizations worldwide that provide abortion services, or even just offer educational information about abortion.
  • The Netherlands is stepping up to the plate with an “international fund” to support birth control, reproductive health and abortion access in the developing world, the Independent reported Wednesday.
  • Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, announced the plans Tuesday, saying it will “compensate this financial setback as much as possible,” the Associated Press reported. Read more
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Star Wars Aesthetics - The Man from Uncle AU [inspired by @rinsantago]

Former Imperial pilot-turned-CIA Agent Bodhi Rook extracts Jyn Erso, daughter of Imperial scientist Galen Erso, along with Cassian Andor, an agent from a rivaling intelligence service, when his superior officers, Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus inform him of a major threat to national security that is the top secret project only known as the Death Star. Together, the three must go undercover to extract Erso’s plans if they are to succeed in stopping the outbreak of an all-out nuclear war. 

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Here’s How Trump’s Anti-Abortion Rule May Actually Increase Abortion
Women’s rights and health advocates expect the president's decision to reinstate the "global gag rule" will increase dangerous abortions around the world.
By Jina Moore

President Donald Trump has reinstated the controversial “global gag rule” — a policy reversal that women’s rights and health advocates fear will bring a rise in unsafe abortions around the world.

The Reagan-era rule essentially prevents foreign organizations that receive US money from talking to women about abortion. President Trump’s decision to reinstate the rule comes one day after the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the US Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Here’s how it works: Foreign organizations that take US family planning money can’t use any money, from any other donor, on abortion-related services. The restriction applies to providing abortions or giving any information about abortion, including medical advice or referrals — even in countries where abortion is legal.

“It’s a pure political giveaway at the expense of some of the world’s most vulnerable women,” said Aram Schvey, senior policy counsel and manager of special projects at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

USAID’s two biggest family planning partners, Marie Stopes International (MSI) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), will refuse to sign onto the policy, officials at each organization told BuzzFeed News.

Experts expect the Mexico City Policy, as it’s also known, to lead to an increase in abortions and maternal mortality worldwide.

MSI estimates there will be an additional 2.2 million abortions globally each year — 2.1 million of which will be unsafe, Newman-Williams said.

“The death rate both from maternal mortality because of more pregnancies and from those seeking unsafe abortion is going to rise quite dramatically,” said Marjorie Newman-Williams, vice president and director of international operations for MSI.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that unsafe abortion causes 13% of maternal deaths globally.

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In a surprising turn of events, Cthulhu achieved a landslide win in the elections as a write-in vote. Unfortunately, no-one knows where he is, or how to contact him. You, a Secret Service member, are informed of a plot to summon the cosmic entity.

American followers with uteruses, this post pertains to your health and safety for the next four years. Donald Trump just reinstated the Global Gag Rule created by Regan in 1984. Under this rule, “foreign organizations that take US family planning money can’t use any money, from any other donor, on abortion-related services. The restriction applies to providing abortions or giving any information about abortion, including medical advice or referrals — even in countries where abortion is legal.”

I urge you all to consider buying Plan B as this presidency progresses. It’s only day 3 and Trump has already made abortions more difficult to obtain. I’m afraid to see a spike in maternity-related deaths. Plan B can be picked up at any pharmacy. While it does cost $50, it has a four-year shelf life. In this presidency, we have to be ready for a condom to break. We have to be ready in the event we get assaulted. Protect yourselves as best you can because our president is not going to protect you. If you can afford to buy it, do so as soon as possible before he tries to take Plan B off of the local pharmacy’s shelves. 

The Axes of Astrology

Within Astrology there are 6 sets of signs and houses. The 12 signs are paired off in opposition representing dual sides of a certain concept or notion, in turn the houses associated with these signs can be similarly grouped. The cusps of these houses are known as axes within a chart, each one representing a different integral part of a personality or one’s nature.

The first axis – The Axis of Identity

               This axis is the axis of the 1st and 7th houses, also known as the ascendant and descendant. It is associated with the signs of Aries♈ and Libra♎, and is the place where we define who we are, both as individuals and as members of society.

The second axis – The Axis of Possession

The axis of the 2nd and 8th houses. It is associated with the signs of Taurus♉ and Scorpio♏, and is where we try to find value within ourselves and our relationships with others.

The third axis – The Axis of Information

               The 3rd//9th house axis is associated with Gemini♊ and Sagittarius♐. This axis shows us how we both gather and disseminate information, of both a mundane and higher nature.

The fourth axis – The Axis of Security

The cusps of the 4th and 10th houses are known by a few names, such as the Nadir//Imum Coeli and Midheaven//Medium Coeli, but regardless these houses are associated with the signs of Cancer♋ and Capricorn♑ . The axis of security shows us how we build the foundations of safety and security for ourselves, both privately and publicly.

The fifth axis – The Axis of Ego

               The cusps of the 5th and 11th house make up this axis, and it is associated with Leo♌ and Aquarius♒. It is here that we express ourselves both individually and in group settings, and it is also here that we give and receive love from the world.

The sixth axis – The Axis of Service

               The 6th and 12th houses make up the Axis of Service, being associated with the signs of Virgo♍ and Pisces♓ respectively. Here is where we give service to others. It is the place in which we sacrifice for others, giving to them both materially and spiritually in order to heal the ailments of the body and soul.

legitimately praying and hoping for the safety of american lgbt+ people and communities. you are valid, you matter, you are not alone, and it will be okay. you are valuable. you are powerful. it is not your fault. i believe you, and i believe in you. the sooner we come together as global communities and protect each other the better, hotlines for the usa are below, please don’t hesitate to talk to me if you ever need someone to listen to you.

we will be okay.


usa suicide hotline: 1-800-784-2433

trevor project lifeline:  1-866-488-7386

suicide prevention services crisis hotline: 800-784-2433

suicide prevention services depression hotline: 630-482-9696

child abuse hotline - support & information: 800-792-5200

crisis help line - for any kind of crisis: 800-233-4357

sexual assault hotline (english and spanish) : 800-223-5001

national domestic violence hotline: 800-799-SAFE

national youth crisis hotline: 800-448-4663

national child abuse hotline: 800-422-4453

suicide & depression hotline – covenant house: 800-999-9999

runaway hotline (all calls are confidential) : 800-231-6946

domestic & teen dating violence hotline (english and spanish) : 800-992-2600

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oh, Legolas, your time will come

Thranduil Has a Type

Service dogs

For those of you who get confused on the terminology.

From a legal standpoint: service dogs should be viewed as medical equipment

From a person standpoint: a furry friend that saves us on a daily basis.

We’re not saying they’re medical equipment, they have the legal rights of medical equipment, we know they’re living breathing things and we respect them as such.

Today, on “Forcearama Once Again Takes You Through A Highlight From This Absolutely Hilarious Star Wars Legends Book, The Jedi Path”: we learn that we must be good Padawans and not make our Jedi Masters look bad by doing things like hanging out in bars or getting high, something that I am so sure no Jedi ever do (just like they never do any of the other thousand things they aren’t supposed to do, like fall in love with each other and get people pregnant and turn to the fucking Dark Side.)

PLEASE NOTE WHICH FORMER PADAWAN OWNER OF THIS BOOK TOOK EXCEPTION TO THIS GUIDELINE. I love that he tries to claim that it’s purely in service of the mission, too. Sure, Kenobi. You can get “excellent information” there. The fact that they serve booze at these places is totally not a plus for you. 

Who among us is surprised? Hmm? Hands?

So, this is in the Jedi Guidebook, and not only was Obi-Wan like BUT WAIT BARS CAN BE USEFUL FOR STUFF, he then also proceeded to take his OWN Padawan to a bar.

This guy. I swear to God.

I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time – when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.
—  Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time – when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness…

The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”
# Carl Sagan

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Omarosa reportedly “physically intimidated” black journalist April Ryan

  • The Washington Post reported that Omarosa Manigault physically intimidated" journalist April Ryan outside press secretary Sean Spicer’s office in the White House on Wednesday. 
  • Manigault is the current director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, Ryan is the White House correspondent for the American Urban Radio Networks.
  • During their confrontation, Ryan alleged that Manigault told her she was one of several black journalists on whom the Trump administration kept a “dossier” of information. 
  • Ryan described the confrontation as “Secret Serviceable,” meaning Secret Service had reason to intervene. Read more (2/14/17 11:00 AM)

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A PSA FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED ABORTIONS BUT NEED HELP GETTING TO THE CLINIC

Unfortunately due to anti choice legislation it is often hard to find nearby clinics to get to; they’re often hours away or require one to go through a waiting period in an attempt to dissuade people from having abortions.

However, a person who is a clinic escort informed me recently that some clinics offer abortion ride services! They made a point to tell me that you should call the clinic and inquire about whether they can assist with transportation.

Of course, not all abortion clinics will have transportation services, but it doesn’t hurt to ask if getting to the clinic is an issue for you.