I have spammed 3 of my reps with 5 faxes each with the same message tonight.

Send “Resist” to 50409 to start the fax system.

You’ll give your name and address when prompted.

Select who you want to send messages to.

Just send “Congress” if you want to send to your rep, governor, and senator at the same time.

Type your message, as long as you want it to be, then send “done.”

After that, you have the option of starting over, adding to it, etc. If you’re done, send “send.” It’ll tell you it’s queued up the messages/faxes, and then send you a confirmation when the faxes/messages were delivered.

Honestly, if these people aren’t sick of me by the end of the week and into next week, then I haven’t done my job. I plan on recording voicemails tomorrow to send them as well. I’ll just keep sending both all week. They won’t get any of it until after Thanksgiving, but they’re getting them dammit.

Feel free to join me in annoying the hell out of our government to stop the elimination of net neutrality. I don’t plan to go down without kicking and screaming and bugging the shit out of these people.

These two apps/systems are great for people like me with severe anxiety and can’t make phone calls to save ourselves.

The message/fax system is called Resist, and the voicemail leaving app is called Stance.

Y'all join me.
One in seven councillors in English rental hotspots are landlords
Findings raise questions over whether dual role makes councils less inclined to regulate standards in private rental sector
By Robert Booth

Hundreds of local councillors in England’s rental hotspots are landlords or own second properties, including more than a third of members in some town halls, analysis for the Guardian has revealed.

More than 300 councillors in the 40 boroughs with the largest proportion of private homes for rent own multiple properties. One in seven elected representatives in the areas are landlords, according to declarations of interest.

The findings have sparked questions over whether the dual role makes councils less inclined to regulate standards in the private rented sectors, something landlord-councillors deny.

In Torbay, 39% of councillors own multiple properties, including one who has received more than £63,000 in housing benefit payments for tenants in the last two years.

Three Conservative councillors in the south coast authority, including the mayor, own a combined 68 residential properties. In Bournemouth, 15 of the 37 councillors hold multiple property interests; in Labour-controlled Leeds, 26 of the 99 councillors own more than one property in the city.

Councils have the power to regulate private landlords with licensing schemes that enforce minimum levels of safety and habitability, particularly in the poorest areas with large numbers of rental homes. None of these three authorities, which have the largest proportions of landlord councillors, have introduced such schemes.

Bullshit this, it’s a conflict of interest. Sack em all

To pay for a permanent tax cut on corporations, the plan raises taxes on colleges and college students, which is part of a broader Republican war on higher education in the U.S. This is a big deal, because in the last half-century, the most important long-term driver of wage growth has arguably been college.

The House bill would reduce benefits for higher education by more than $60 billion in the coming decade. It would shock graduate students with sudden tax increases, punish student debtors, and force schools to raise tuition at a time when higher education already feels unaffordable for many students. On balance, the GOP plan would encourage large corporations to invest in new machines in the workplace, while discouraging American workers from investing in themselves.

Can you guess how long cigarette cartons have had to carry warning labels? In the United States, since 1965. It has been over fifty years! And the fight is still going to keep people from literally killing themselves.

The latest idea? Australia was the first to mandate that cigarette packages can have nothing on them at all – except health warnings. No name-brands, no advertisements, just the fact that cigarettes will kill you.

We must never regard as ‘normal’ the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals.

We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country — the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms and institutions; the flagrant disregard for truth or decency; the reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have all been elected to serve.

None of these appalling features of our current politics should ever be regarded as normal.

The Immortal Copyright

In 1929 James Barrie donated all his revenues from Peter Pan to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London. After Barrie died in 1937, the copyright became a major source of revenue for the hospital. Normally in the United Kingdom a copyright lasts until 50 years after the author’s death, so Peter Pan entered the public domain at the end of 1987. But in 1988 the Labour government had added a special amendment to the law governing intellectual property:

The provisions of Schedule 6 have effect for conferring on trustees for the benefit of the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London, a right to a royalty in respect of the public performance, commercial publication, broadcasting or inclusion in a cable programme service of the play ‘Peter Pan’ by Sir James Matthew Barrie, or of any adaptation of that work, notwithstanding that copyright in the work expired on 31 December 1987.

So the boy who never grows up has a copyright that will never grow old – according to UK law, the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children has a copyright which extends perpetually from 1988 onwards.

white irish-americans who claim other americans appropriate “their culture” on saint patrick’s day and use ireland’s long history of oppression as a way to dismiss poc and claim reverse racism is real are the worst kind of people and let me tell you ireland does not claim you. as a country that has faced oppression at the hands of british colonialism and the catholic church we more than anyone should be using our White Privelage to help raise the voices of people of colour who are still to this day facing similar oppression to what our ancestors did not long ago. the fact that your great great grandparents suffered xenophobia doesn’t give you a get out of racism free card, if anything it gives you a reason to speak up and use your voice. Ní neart go cur le chéile bitch