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Is this really about abortion?

Jul. 2nd, 2014 | 02:08 am
mood: hungry hungry
music: Beauty of Dawn by Malukah

Well everyone else is putting in their two cents about the Hobby Lobby case, so I guess I will too.

First, I'm all for an individual's religious freedom; I am a spiritual person myself. However, what may be slightly inconvenient for some beliefs is that scientific facts exist whether one chooses to "believe" them or not (paraphrased from Neil deGrasse Tyson ;p). The truth is Plan B and the copper IUD are both forms of emergency contraception and are not listed as abortifacients by the FDA for a reason: they have a significantly different purpose than the well-known abortion drug RU-486. Plan B works by preventing ovulation (and making a more "hostile" environment for sperm) through hormone chemistry, just like the regular birth control pill. The reason it is an "emergency" pill though is because it just has a higher dose of hormones than the normal pill to effectively stop ovulation in time if a woman thinks she has a good chance of being fertile very soon or currently. There is no *definitive* proof that Plan B prevents implantation (which by the way, if it can possibly prevent implantation of an egg, then so can the normal birth controll pill when taken properly), though it has been definitively shown not to disrupt an already established pregnancy.

I never understood the popularity of IUD; I know so many women who opt for them instead of dozens of other methods. I'm almost positive at least half, if not most, would not appreciate being shamed and accused of harboring an abortion-inducing device in their bodies, thus being crudely judged through insinuation by crazy social conservatives as potential murderers. That's quite terribly insulting honestly and downright ignorant, since so many people obviously fail at basic chemistry. Bah... by the way, IUDs in general make me cringe when I think about the nature of their usage. No thanks, I'll never let a piece of plastic live inside my cuterus for up to 5 years. Just thinking about the side effects and potential hazards makes me cramp. rofl -shudder-.
I was on the Ortho Evra Patch for a couple years, and it was so expensive. The cost of the patch in the USA is three times the price of the same prescription in Canada. That's absolutely disgusting American pharmaceutical companies can rob people in such a way. So paying for it out of pocket because of no insurance coverage is not as easy when the minimum wage problem in our country is a major issue. If anti-abortion advocates truly are concerned about reducing the rate of abortions, they'd realize that contraception is key to reducing abortions overall. Logic is hard though...right?

With all this being said, I would be extremely likely to sympathize with Hobby Lobby if they were actually sincere about claiming religious freedoms violation. Definitely not believing that argument for a second, but it is what it is (now). I still just really want to know: why bother beating around the bush though? It's a for-profit corporation ffs, just own up to that! In my opinion, it's much less honorable to hide behind religion when we all know this is about profits and not their beliefs. If it was truly sincere, why not be more careful in other areas of their business, like investments and where their goods are made. In fact, the only countries where RU-486 is available as contraception and not only for abortion are China, Russia, Armenia and Vietnam (and where do most of Hobby Lobby's wares come from? China, where they are often forced into the abortion pill). If Hobby Lobby makes these changes, I'd probably redact this part of my argument, but I doubt they care at this point. And why would they? They already have exactly what they want. Good for them; I'm not going to waste energy hating them or anything. Despite this setback, they definitely treat their employees well as far as I know (paying above minimum wage and supporting other contraception), but in no way do they have innocent "good guy Greg" intentions either, clearly. I don't really blame them for what they did, but for using religion and ignorance regarding ECPs to do it.

All this aside, I hate to even bring this up, but no case this year is going to even come close to stinging worse than Citizens United. I will say I'm interested in seeing what else can be a SCOTUS-verified religious freedom violation in the future.

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It's been awhile.

Jun. 23rd, 2012 | 07:42 pm
mood: optimistic optimistic
music: Living Things (album) by Linkin Park

So, I know it has been awhile since I last posted in livejournal. Quite a bit has been going on, but I won't go into all of it because I doubt it's all that interesting, ha! I graduated from UWF finally and moved out to SoCal (Orange county-ish area) to live with Justin literally like 3-4 days after the ceremony :} hehe. I am so happy to have completed my Bachelor's degree in International Studies (minor in Anthropology), but I know I want to go back soon for my masters in either Anthropology or English (for journalism).

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Anyways, I was fortunate enough to find a job at a theater a couple blocks from my house as a temporary job to pay the bills. I worked there for almost a year before the location lost its lease and had to close. I'm still looking for my career job, such as something entry-level at a NGO/IGO/IO or government/military job, but it has been hard without experience and a car (my car is in FL because auto insurance plus gas plus random maintenance would be impossible to afford at the moment). Luckily, Justin and I have a plan though. ^.^ Hopefully the Air Force is quick to find us something.

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In addition to wanting to get into blogging again, I have been watercoloring/origami-ing more. My most recent watercolor (not complete yet but almost) is supposed to be of Lord Voldemort before he encounters Harry and his family. It's supposed to be when Voldemort is relatively young still, somewhat early on in his ascent to power, but he has already grown to be significantly evil. This is shown by the way the Dark Mark has "corruption" markings around the skull and most of the snake. In my imagination, the entire dark mark has full corruption markings and also corruption around his body and face to a lesser degree (it would be fainter and more "vein"-y looking). The spell he is casting is supposed to be green, because it is either avada kedavra (Killing curse) or morsmordre (the Dark Mark spell), but I know in the photo it looks blue... I am going to try to fix it because it didn't come out the way I wanted in general. Here is what it looks like so far:


I will post a good quality picture of the finished product soon... I will start posting my art on my Tumblr. Not much is on there now because I forget to update it like I do here (but I guess I have been busy ^.~).

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Writer's Block: You're my best friend

Mar. 3rd, 2011 | 04:51 pm
mood: stressed stressed
music: Humming of my computer

If you could shrink any animal down to miniature size and carry it around in your pocket, which animal would you choose?

A PANDA, OF COURSE. They have got to be the most awdorable animals on the planet, even when they are being hambeasty. Here's a video of a cutie pie at the San Diego Zoo over Christmas break:

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Writer's Block: In the jungle

Nov. 14th, 2010 | 06:29 am
mood: working working

Which animal would you choose to be for a day, and why?

A giraffe, to see if they exist. LOL. 

I would probably want to be a cat of some sort, probably domestic (Scottish FOLD! Awhh ^.^), so I can see first-hand what is going through their minds. That is something I've always wanted to know about my kitten Thor, seriously, just what is he thinking when he acts so RIDICULOUS? Lol! In general, cats are so independent yet lovable.. it would be cool to see how they view things since cats have such personality/individuality. :D

I suppose it would also be cool to be a fish or sea creature in the deep sea or a type of bird that flies very far, just to go to extents that go beyond what humans are limited to seeing and experiencing.

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Writer's Block: Cover me

Nov. 12th, 2010 | 12:47 pm
mood: mellow mellow
music: Codependence Day by NOFX

Which songs have been covered better by artists who didn't originally sing them?

I know, without a doubt, Danny Elfman does a better cover of the Oogie Boogie song than the original person who sang it. I don't know why, but he just sounds more fitting of the song; his voice is so versatile, and it adapts to the jazzy tune of the song really nicely in my opinion. Flogging Molly does some good covers of old Irish folk songs, but I am not sure if I'd say they are necessarily better.. certainly better than other people who covered them though.

I've been listening to a lot of NOFX lately, without really thinking about it. However, I just realized a little while ago that it often times has been Wolves in Wolves' Clothing, because I really feel like the results of this most recent election reminds me of how I felt right after George W. Bush Jr. was re-elected (Haha, technically that CD did release after his re-election so its decently appropriate). It's basically the same thing, the same feeling, for me right after this election too as I felt back then, especially being stuck here in Florida for the moment. There is no hope for Florida with the way things turned out this year. I'm ready to leave f-ing "Jesusland."

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Writer's Block: A real eye opener

Nov. 7th, 2010 | 01:54 am
mood: cheerful cheerful
music: A Poetic Retelling of an Unfortunate Seduction by Bright Eyes

Which one book should everyone read, and why?

The Monster Without a Name by Emil Sebe!* 

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom is probably a book everyone should read. Whether or not you believe in the existence of an afterlife is irrelevant, since the book does not infringe on anyone's beliefs whatsoever. What it does do is provoke considerable motivation to improve one's life, and I never really felt so emotional over a book before I read this one. Maybe I have not been reading the right ones. However, if you take my word for it, you probably will not be disappointed. This book changed my outlook on life only to the extent that a book can, but it was still significant. I obviously would not suggest for EVERYONE to read it if it was partial to a certain organized religion's beliefs, but it is not; the use of a heaven in the book is more symbolic than anything, in my opinion. Nonetheless, there are many books I think people should read. The Historian is my favorite book, and I think everyone should read it, but I recognize its not the type of book everyone will like. Same with the Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, the Stiegg Larson series, Dracula by Bram Stoker, A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous...and the list goes on.

*Hehe, can you tell I just finished watching the anime Monster? ^.^ It's so very good, so please take the time to watch the series even if you do not like anime.. I never thought I would be open-minded enough myself to watch anime until I saw Death Note.. Death Note and Monster are two animated shows which honestly have incited emotions in me I never thought a cartoon would. Both are very good, very deep, and very thought-provoking.

EDIT: On the subject of anime AND books, why not I suggest for everyone to read Death Note and/or Monster manga?! Please do! ^.^ You will not be disappointed. If there is such a thing as universalism with regard to human rights, then indeed EVERYONE should read those two stories. Do itttt ^.~

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Writer's Block: Hey, big spender

Nov. 3rd, 2010 | 05:58 am
mood: irritated irritated

Should there be limits on how much money a political candidate can spend on an election campaign, and why?

There should absolutely be limits on how much money a candidate can spend, because then you begin to lose integrity and the person who spends the more typically wins, not always, but it is an advantage (as studied in my Elections 2006 class, it's all about who can spend the more on advertising, etc.). If people had to have the same budget, it would actually force people to run on their character and trust people to see the better person.

Here in Florida our new super creepy criminal governor won by spending a disgusting amount of his own personal money, and barely won, if he actually did (I would love it if he didn't actually win since votes are still being counted but I'm cynical). I cannot believe people actually want a criminal for a governor, one who STOLE taxpayer dollars and that's what they complain and cry about the whole time is taxes? Seriously? Just spend loads of money into a campaign and slap a Republican tag onto it and you have a guarantee win here in FL! Cause people do not bother to actually research their candidates ahead of time, clearly.

Such a jokeeeeeee. Can't wait to move next summer, before Scott rapes this state socially and economically.

The best election money can buy, right here in Florida! Hope it was worth it, Scott! Don't make an even worse fool of yourself but I think with you its always possible. *vomit*

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Writer's Block: Vote early, vote often

Nov. 2nd, 2010 | 04:44 pm
mood: tired tired
music: The calendar hung itself by Bright Eyes

Do you vote for a candidate based on issues or do you do you follow the party line, and why?

This question is not as straightforward to answer as it seems. For the most part, I always vote based on what the candidate stands for (they have to be likable and well-spoken too). 

However, this country's government is designed to always be a two-party system. From my perspective based on government and politics classes I've taken, third parties in the United States' system of government are useless. Occasionally, independents do get elected. But you know what they do when they are in office? They have to work with either the democrats or republicans to get things done because there are very few of them (if not the only one). I wish that third parties could be effective, I really do. This aspect is why I like Parliament system of governments better (tho I do realize that system has its flaws as well). I am registered democrat only so I can vote in primaries; this aspect does not mean I am democrat myself. Why register independent, even if I call myself one? It's better to be able to have an influence in one of the major party's primaries, one way or the other. I have a tendency to have socially liberal leaning views, but I've never staunchly voted along a certain party's lines.

Anyways, today's voting experience was slightly interesting.. hehe, to say the least! Politics in this country has had me so disillusioned lately. There are no legit options for FL senate; if it were not for the governor race, would I have even voted this election? Two+ years ago I would have never, ever considered not voting, no matter what happened. It's just crazy to think I've actually reached this point of cynicism that I have. At the precinct today the lady at the ballot box totally looked at my ballot when I was putting it in the machine.. wtf. And I do not mean just like glanced at it; she stared at it! For two races, seriously, only tea party and republican candidates were listed. I knew about both republicans, and they are too radical for me; so as if I was actually going to chose between tea party and radical republican.. so I voted for myself as a write-in candidate ^.^ LOL.

I really hope Alex Sink wins tonight for Florida governor.. and Rod Smith as Lt. Governor? How can you get much better than that? Other than the fact that I cannot stand what Rick Scott believes in and himself as a person, I really do not want another creeper (looking) governor in office.. but either way, I won't be living in Florida much longer to care.

Enough about that..

After I voted, I went to Starbux, just because, no real reason other than that, ha! As if anyone needs one :P. I saw Dr. Prewitt there! My Anthropology of the Bible professor, btw. He is so awesome; funny, intelligent, and just a great person all around. I really enjoy his classes, along with Dr. Philen's (another anthropology professor at UWF); I also took a linguistics course with Dr. Prewitt last semester. We've been doing a mock Jesus seminar in his class, and it's really interesting to see how it plays out with varying points of view, especially in a class at a university located in the South. 

It's also been raining like crazy today... And I've had so much work to do :( . Maybe I'll post again later. 

P.S. Yesterday, I got a super nasty virus on my computer that calls itself Microsoft Think Point (it is NOT microsoft) and it disguises itself like an antivirus program. It tries to tell you to buy it so it can remove dangerous stuff from your computer (tries to emphasize/convince you that you already have a deadly virus, which you do, but IT is the virus!). You can kinda tell its a virus, it just looks suspicious and the language is sort of unprofessional sounding. But it basically does not let you do anything to or on your computer, and it is really annoying to fix. Thankfully Justin is so awesome and can fix anything ^.~ Be careful b/c the virus is brand new, only a week old, and it hijacks your computer for the most part.

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A new beginning

Oct. 29th, 2010 | 07:54 pm
mood: peaceful peaceful
music: Poker Face - Lady Gaga (the cherrytree sessions)

 Hai there ^.^

For many who will be reading this, you will probably already know me in some way; for those who randomly stumble upon this blog, my name is Cait! Nice to meet you, and for current friends/people I know, I'm very happy you're taking the time to read this! I last wrote in a blog in 2006, so it has been awhile for sure but I'm looking forward to keeping up with this nonetheless. Although I plan on writing in it somewhat frequently, do not expect me to have a pattern to my posts ;P . I'm still a very busy college student on the verge of graduation. Yay!


P.S. In high school, I also had 2 livejournals. You can find them at dollydeviant andfailingxretina 

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