watersword: Keira Knightley applying lipstick and looking in a mirror, with the words "a work in progress" nearby (Keira Knightley: lipstick)
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Today I called Sen. Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand and said the following:
Hi, my name is [[personal profile] watersword] and my zip code is [redacted]; I'm calling to ask you to add a tally mark to your count of constituents who have called and are very angry about the Republican anti-health care bill.


Both times I was answered fairly promptly, the staffer was clearly charmed by my "I know you are on my side, I'm trying to help," and I was informed that Schumer's office has gotten ~500 calls over the past ten days on the issue (I'm not sure if that's all the offices, including Washington, or just the NYC office I called), and the Gillibrand staffer I spoke was on his ~60th call on the subject for the day. This is a horrible slog but I am going to keep showing the fuck up.

anyone a wget or curl expert?

Jun. 20th, 2017 10:23 am
watersword: John Cho and George Takei, with the text Hikaru Sulu[squared] (Star Trek: Sulu-cubed)
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There seems to be no easy way for me to get the transcripts for the Writing Excuses podcast in a tidy file or files. I have tried fiddling with wget and curl and have not succeeded, which is frustrating, because it feels like something that should be possible. (Don't get me wrong, I'm incredibly grateful they provide the transcripts, as I am a person who cannot deal with audio-only input, so this is my only option for getting the information in the podcast.)
watersword: Keira Knightley, Pirates of the Caribbean advert, holding a gun, and the words "well-behaved women rarely make history." (Keira Knightley: At World's End)
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Today, I wrote a letter to the EPA, on the occasion of the Second Five Year Review of the Hudson River Superfund Site, to tell them that I am super proud of the work they've done so far, and urging them to take seriously the data indicating that the levels of PCBs and other pollutants in the river are still too high for the health of both humans and the environment. My letter was inspired by [personal profile] sovay's beautiful letter about the ongoing national monument review (comments on that particular clusterfuck are still open), and writing it was very cathartic. If you want to do the same, the emails you need are Klawinski.gary@epa.gov and Romanowski.larisa@epa.gov. (No, I don't know why it's not on regulations.gov.)

I also dropped K. Gillibrand a note to thank her for her recently-introduced bill Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which bans discrimination against adoptive or foster parents on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Al Franken (D-MN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bernard Sanders (I-VT); there's a corresponding bill in the House, sponsored by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). If you're repped by any of these folk, take a few minutes in this month of Pride to thank them and urge them to keep up the good fight, would you?

gratitudes

Jun. 12th, 2017 12:22 pm
watersword: Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann from the epilogue of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, & the word "elizabeth" (Pirates of the Caribbean: epilogue)
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1. gorgeous sunny morning in my bedroom
2. tea, PG tips, hot
3. apparently I have gotten good enough at my job to troubleshoot for other people and fix their problems, I am super proud of myself
4. sent off my vacation request for Endellion
5. there is a new Megan Whalen Turner waiting for me at the library