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Join us for a Tumblr #AnswerTime on the Electoral College!

On Thursday, January 5, at 11 am ET / 8 am PT Oliver Potts and Amy Bunk from the Office of the Federal Register will be answering your questions about the Electoral College here on @usnatarchives​:

  • Who selects the Electors?
  • How is it possible for the electoral vote to produce a different result than the nationwide popular vote?
  • What is the difference between the winner-takes-all rule and proportional voting, and which states follow which rule?
  • Can electoral votes be contested when Congress counts the votes in January?

The Electoral College:

The Electoral College is a process, not a place. The Founding Fathers established it in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens. This process consists of the selection of the electors, the meeting of the electors where they vote for President and Vice President, and the counting of the electoral votes by Congress.

The Federal Register:

The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) is a part of the National Archives. The OFR coordinates the functions of the Electoral College on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, the States, the Congress, and the American People. The OFR operates as an intermediary between the governors and secretaries of state of the States and the Congress. It also acts as a trusted agent of the Congress in the sense that it is responsible for reviewing the legal sufficiency of the certificates before the House and Senate accept them as evidence of official State action.

About Oliver & Amy:

Oliver Potts became the Director of the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) in 2015. His 15-year career in federal government included serving as Deputy Executive Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. Potts holds a BA in Government and Politics from George Mason University and a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Amy Bunk is the Director of Legal Affairs and Policy for the Office of the Federal Register, where she provides legal support to staff who review documents submitted for publication in the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations. She received her JD cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law.

Ask Oliver and Amy about the Electoral College!

Trans at Disney

Recently we returned from our first Disney trip together (Larra’s first ever). We left for the trip excited, but unsure of how well the parks would cater to Alex’s specific needs like carrying his injection supplies and medicine into the parks on shot day, as well as his desire to use single-stall restrooms. 

Overall, we had a great time and left the parks exhausted, but looking forward to our next visit. In the course of our stay, we picked up some various tips and info that might help other trans Disney enthusiasts enjoy their vacations, so we have compiled them here for your convenience! 
(PS: Keep an eye out for our upcoming post with tips for 20-somethings travelling to Disney without kids!)

TIP #1:
When it comes to booking your trip, the website will ask of the names of all your party members. The name of primary person on the vacation account must match their legal documents, but all other guests can use their preferred names on reservations as well as the Magic Bands, which serve as room keys, park tickets, Fast Pass+ reservations, and much more. If you are over 21 and plan to order drinks, you will still be required to show the wait staff legal ID.
Additionally, if you choose to get personalized Mickey ears as a souvenir, you can put whatever name you choose (NAME, no vulgarity is permitted), and the staff is very good about double-checking the spelling.

TIP #1.5:
When using your Fast Pass+ reservations, you scan the Magic Band and the name attached to your band appears on the cast member’s screen. Because of this, using your preferred name on your Magic Band is ideal, as it will allow fewer opportunities for misgendering.

TIP #2:
Bring a buddy! Obviously most people don’t take Disney trips alone, but in the case of a trans guest, having a friend who is familiar with your gender identity and can run interference or help you in intense, uncomfortable, or even emergency situations can be a major help and comfort.

TIP #3:
Trip timing can make or break a vacation for a trans guest who needs or chooses to bind. Heat is obviously not just uncomfortable, but potentially dangerous when combined with a binder. Our trip was in early March, and Alex thinks that the weather would have been tolerable had he still been binding. Mid-to-late Fall to early Spring are ideal times when the heat isn’t too intense. An added bonus is that cool weather negates the issue of swimwear for those of you who don’t feel comfortable in it. However, if you prefer summer travel, or for other reasons can’t avoid it, check out our tutorial on altering tank tops to comfortably conceal binders.

TIP #4:
When meeting characters in the parks, you will encounter a) non-speaking characters, usually these are masked characters or animals, and b) speaking characters. An unfortunate reality of meeting talking characters is that they may misgender someone. It only happened to Alex once, and the character sort of smoothed over it when corrected. Obviously, many characters have long lines and many guests to see. Moreover, I’m not sure how character training covers mishaps like misgendering. All-in-all, our experiences with characters were mostly fun and positive, but this is definitely an instance where I imagine having a buddy to correct them would be helpful if you yourself don’t feel comfortable or don’t want to do so.

TIP #5:
One thing we were particularly concerned about was Alex’s ability to carry his testosterone and needles into the park on shot day. Since we spent 7 days in the parks, there really wasn’t a way to schedule around it. If you’re travelling during a very hot time, or you just don’t feel comfortable carrying your supplies with you, there is always the option to take a park break and return to your hotel for the shot, however, the parks do allow sharps and medicine in, they just request that your notify the bag inspectors that it’s in there.

TIP #6:
Bathrooms: the Disney Parks all have gender-neutral single-stall restrooms throughout the parks. They’re set up the same way as many “family” restrooms in malls and other amusement parks, but it’s important to note that Disney refers to them as “Companion Restrooms” and they are designated as such on the park maps.

(No, they don’t all have corny townspeople on them.)

Alex feels like there were actually more gender neutral restrooms than he expected, which was a pleasant surprise, but they seemed difficult to locate until we figured out what they symbol on the map was. Additionally, many of the cast members that we asked about them didn’t seem to know what we were talking about when we asked for a “family,” “single stall,” or “gender neutral” restroom. Seems like that’s something that Disney should add to their cast member training.

he restrooms themselves were usually clean and decent-sized. It seems like someone in a wheelchair would have ample room to maneuver, and a mom with kids would be able to fit a stroller in easily. Almost every regular restroom and most of the “companion” restrooms featured a sharps box, which was very convenient for Alex, as I imagine it would also be for diabetics or anyone else who relies on injectable medicines. However, in the afternoons many of these sharps boxes were full, so if you cannot dispose of the sharp safely, take it to the park’s first aid area and they can dispose of it for you. Alternately, you might elect to keep a hard-side case in your bag to carry the used sharp until you return to your hotel.

Below are listed all of the Companion Restrooms in the main Disney Parks as well as Downtown Disney:

Magic Kingdom (8 Total)

  • Midway down Main Street USA on the left as you enter the park.
  • Tomorrowland, between the Carousel of Progress and Space Mountain.
  • Fantasyland, between the WDW Railroad and Pete’s Silly Sideshow.
  • Fantasyland, next to Gaston’s Tavern, tucked away behind an archway.
  • Fantasyland, next to the Pinocchio Village Haus.
  • Between Fantasyland and Liberty Square by Rapunzel’s Tower.
  • Frontierland, between Splash Mountain and the WDW Railroad.
  • Adventureland, behind the Pirate’s League, POTC Ride, and A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas.

Epcot (8 Total)

  • Behind the Epcot ball on the left as your enter the park.
  • Future World East, between Mouse Gear and Test Track.
  • Future World West, behind the Epcot Character Spot, across from the Tips and Showtimes Board.
  • Future World West, in The Land.
  • Cnada (World Showcase), next to the Refreshment Port
  • Morocco (World Showcase)
  • Germany (World Showcase)
  • Norway (World Showcase), next to Phineas and Ferb attraction.

Animal Kingdom (8 Total)

  • Disovery Island, across from the Isle of Java.
  • Dinoland USA, next to Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures
  • Asia, next to Anandapur Ice Cream Truck
  • Asia, Between Maharajah Jungle Trek and Yak & Yeti Quality Beverages.
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch, next to Snakes & Spiders and the Conservation Station.
  • Africa, by the Monbasa Market Place.
  • Africa, on the dead end past the Festival of the Lion King.
  • Discovery Island, across from the monkeys and behind the Memory Maker sales center.

Hollywood Studios (7 Total)

  • To the right of the entrance, across from Hollywood Scoops.
  • Next to Aerosmith’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster.
  • In front of Fantasmic.
  • In Pixar Place, next to Toy Story Midway Mania.
  • Across from the Studio Catering Company
  • Next to Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunts Show.
  • Between Star Tours and the ABC Sound Studio.

Downtown Disney (6 Total)

  • Right off the bridge to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.
  • Across from the Disney Design-a-Tee.
  • Beside Once Upon a Toy.
  • Next to The Art of Shaving, Sanuk, Sound Lion, Apex, etc shopping strip.
  • Another directly across from the previous location.
  • Across from Disney’s Candy Cauldron.

In addition to the many companion restrooms, there are even more sex-segregated multi-stall restrooms throughout the parks, and Alex found that most people in the mens’ restrooms didn’t give him a second glance, but they definitely weren’t as clean as the companion restrooms.

And that’s it! That’s all we have for you in this post. We hope to have another one put together soon on general tips for 20-somethings at Disney. We hope these tips were helpful, and if you have any questions about something we didn’t cover (or something we did!), please don’t hesitate to send us a message!

Have a Magical Day, cuties!


For ALL RTX goers

As a guardian and as an attendee, I hope all of you going to RTX and attending the RWBY panels are reminded NOT TO BRING UP ANYTHING ABOUT SHANE’S LETTER AT ANY GIVEN TIME. Because of laws and it is a private issue, no RT staff can legally answer questions regarding the matter. Do not ask them anything regarding Shane Newville and his letter or an update of what is going on, no matter how tempting it can be.

Instead, enjoy the weekend and make new friends. If you see me around the signing floor, bug me. I’d love to be bugged by you guys.

mygsuga  asked:

I see that in the FAQ there's a link to how to join the fancafe but I wanted to ask about applying for the ARMY recruitment. First, does the application process change between the different terms, like did the application process for 2nd term change from 1st term? Also, is it 100% required that you have to be able to add the "name+birthday" into your bank deposit for it to be counted or just a normal intl. bank transfer will work too? Thank you <3

I personally don’t know how to do an international bank transfer, but BigHit has changed the way they do official ARMY recruitment! 

Since they opened the official shop in the summer 2014, they started using the official shop as their method of doing the official ARMY recruitment which allows the use of PayPal, so if you have PayPal, you can easily purchase the next official ARMY membership! 

International ARMYs will have to pay $50 USD for the ARMY membership, and this includes the shipping. 

My guess as to when they will be opening 3rd term ARMY recruitment is in February, and the application/purchasing period lasts for about a month!

In case you didn’t know, this is the link to the official shop!

In my experience of purchasing the official ARMY membership, you really just need an official shop account, a daum account, membership with Bangtan’s official fancafe, and a payment method! You don’t need to answer any questions or anything! 

If you plan on going to Bangtan events in Korea (which is basically the only country where the fanclub memberships have benefits other than accessing fancafe boards), PLEASE PUT YOUR LEGAL NAME! BigHit staff check whatever valid ID you provide (i.e passport) and match that to the name on your official ARMY card!

Hope this answered your question well!

Florida restaurant chain adds Obamacare surcharge to bill

Eight Gator’s Dockside restaurants in Florida have started charging their customers for what they claim are Obamacare compliance costs, despite their employees not actually receiving any insurance until the end of the year. And they’re advertising it on the bill and on signs on their windows and doors.

According to Sandra Clark, the group’s director of operations, Gator’s Dockside employs about 500 people, of which around half are full-time employees. Management already gets insurance, but the full-timers on staff don’t. Clark wasn’t able to come up with a specific figure but claims it will cost $500,000 a year to provide health insurance for all of its full-time employees, with the surcharge paying for about $160,000.

Despite Gator’s Dockside’s fevered claims of imminent closure due to increased labor costs, it seems unlikely that a 1% surcharge is going to tank a $16 million business. It seems like Gator’s Dockside doesn’t like paying its staff a legally-mandated minimum standard of living. Cute attempt at getting some anti-Obama publicity, though — time to add some Medicare surcharges, health inspection surcharges, green surcharges, and everything else Florida’s Republicans don’t like.

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BREAKING: University Of Oklahoma President: Frat Members May Be Expelled Over Racist Video

In a news conference Monday, the university’s president, David Boren, said that his legal staff was exploring all options to take action against individual students involved in the video. He earlie…

University of Oklahoma President David Boren said Monday there was “zero tolerance” for racist and bigoted behavior at the university.

His comments followed the release of a video clip on Sunday which showed members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chanting against African Americans.

At a press conference, Boren reiterated his earlier statement on the racist video, saying that those involved in the racist video “don’t deserve to be called Sooners,” the nickname for University of Oklahoma students. He said Sooners were not racists or bigots.

Boren said the fraternity house would be closed immediately and that the members would be out of the house by midnight tomorrow.

“As they pack their bags I hope they think long and hard about what they’ve done, about how words can injure and hurt other people,” Boren said. “This is not our way. This is not our values. This is not who we are.”

He said that the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity would not be back at the university as long as he was president.

“We will look at all possible punishment for the student leaders most involved in the incident… up to and including expulsion,” Boren said.

He said his legal staff was working to see if action could be taken against individual fraternity members who took a lead in the racist chanting under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on which the university’s discrimination policy is based.

When asked if the university’s student services would help the fraternity members in any way, Boren said, “We don’t provide assistance to racists and bigots.”

He said he hoped the fraternity would provide a list of all the students on the bus where the video was taken.

He also said that he would want those students to meet African American leaders in the community and personally apologize to them in a meeting at his office.

University Of Oklahoma Cuts Ties With Fraternity After Racist Video Surfaces

Source: Tasneem Nashrulla for Buzzfeed News

people on this website seem unable to understand the concept of legality

staff didnt take down everything about leelah alcorn because they’re evil, its because the alcorns requested for it to be removed and staff literally had to comply or face potential legal charges. They could have sued this website to take it down. You should be enraged at the Alcorns instead for censoring their daughter’s words and especially how they continue to misgender her. 

It’s the same thing about the KKK doxing no matter what this website is under US law and that was completely illegal and they could have faced serious charges for hosting it yes i know the KKK is literal evil but there’s still laws about public privacy and staff had to comply or every one of those members could file lawsuits. Instead how about you get mad at the country and government that protects organizations like the KKK and allows them to exist to begin with.