May 3rd, 2012


Green Room - Week 25 - Day 7

Fortunately, I waited to mention LJ's newest promotion until Hitler was brought into it. You know you are having a good, informative discussion on an important issue when someone brings up Hitler!

Hitler is the Ceiling Cat of Internet fights, he sees all and he solves every problem! When you have nothing else in your argument tank, just pull out "This is just like Hitler" and things will magically make sense again.

A close second (IMO - YMMV) is slavery. Comparing an privately owned company's decision to donate to a charitable organization is exactly like them supporting slavery. (If I have to point out that I'm being sarcastic here, I am going to take away your right to be on the internet card. Don't make me come down there and do that. I can turn this car around right now, and then no one will get ice cream!)

Then again, when the charitable organization is Planned Parenthood and the privately owned company is Livejournal, you had to know there were going to be some "interesting" responses.

I imagine the same people upset with this due to Planned Parenthood's involvement with abortions will soon be moving on to protest Wal-Mart for selling electronics. Because it's about the same share of the business.

There are certainly important issues involved with the "Pro-Choice and Pro-Life" debates, and I doubt that people will come to any real agreement any time soon on the "when does life begin" conversation. Just from today, it seems that it turned into "baby murdering Hitlers" on one side to "the founding fathers were racists" on the other. Where any of this fits into the discussion about women's reproductive health makes as much sense to me as why there is a conversation going on about women's reproductive health in the first place, seems like a no-brainer to give as much access as possible to as much as is needed. *shrug* What do I know?

What I DO know is that Livejournal is having a donation drive:
I know that a LOT of the people reading this already know about it, because I saw it on our Friends List first, and figured it was something important enough to comment on.

I also know that given all of the hits that LJ has taken over the last couple of years, supporting an issue that has such wide support among the general base (even if it might alienate some people in the process, who don't like that organization) is a great PR move. Kudos to whoever came up with the idea, From a PR standpoint, it gets people reposting your branding and in some cases, your actual post. Which is never a bad thing from a marketing perspective.

Most of all though, I know that LJ IDOL is endorsing one thing, and one thing only - the current poll, which is closing later today:

If someone that you love needs extra care, don't take it to Planned Parenthood, they will just look at you like you've gone crazy - instead, let people know if they are missing out on a hidden gem of an entry!!
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Results - Week 25

In terms of eliminations and the personal impact - this one is a doozy.

There is a sacrifice by a very supportive and talented newbie dblicher who needed to bow out for personal reasons. That's never a good thing, but hopefully it will be for her actual life. Or "life" as we call it around here, because everyone knows that Idol > everything else! ;)

We are also saying goodbye to a team - in this case, it was close, but ultimately we are saying goodbye to two veterans, and fan favorites, who were involved in Second Chance. One of them is a 100 Weeks member, and the other is someone who is beyond a doubt one of the biggest cult favorites in Idol.

Goodbye to marjory and theafaye and thank you to you both. I hope we will continue to see you in the Home Game!
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Topic - Week 26

Last week was an intersection where everyone grabbed a partner and picked one of two topics.

Which means, of course that this week is nothing of the sort.

The Intersection Gods currently find themselves


and so is your topic.

The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Monday May 7th at 8pm EDT.

Good luck to everyone!

Work Room - Week 26

Some weeks are easier than others for you. Not just the topics, but getting the time to concentrate on writing. During intersection weeks, there are times when things just click between people and other times when they don't.

How do you take those rough patches and make them into something positive?

That's important after all, being able to use those hurdles as growth opportunities is one of the biggest cliches in the book! ;) So, obviously, there must be something you learn from them!

How do you manage to transition back into thinking about your entries as a solo act? Are there people that you have previously intersected with that you continue to use as sounding boards?