full_title = "I'm a Greens Senator for Western Australia. Ask Me Anything" show_self_text
Hoi folks. Many months since the last AMA and I've missed it. Juggling a lot of digital rights campaigns at the moment and would be good to talk about data retention and related things, but actually... ask me anything.
hey youse all.
this is the fourth one of these i've done and as always, this community comes through with the most thoughtful, insightful and occasionally snarky questions and contributions - thanks for taking the time. my only regret is how many i missed - will check in over the next few days and answer a few more questions if you can bear with.
thanks again, dear reddit.
full_title = "TIFU by being too impressed with a YouTube video (photo of aftermath included)" show_self_text
Literally happened 10 minutes ago.
I was watching the video that's currently at the top of r/videos entitled "A black man's view that goes against the grain of pop culture. Logic versus racism."
I was also texting my brother. My palms sometimes get sweaty (will become relevant).
The guy in the video was making some amazing points, a wonderful reprieve from the circlejerk of ignorance on Facebook.
At certain points in the video I would say "YES! good point!"
My excitement built up into a crescendo when I finally gestured with both hands towards the screen and said "THANK YOU FOR-"
And then my phone slipped from my hands, hit the screen of my laptop, and busted it. I sat in awe of my own idiocy, and then made this post.
Photo for proof: http://i.imgur.com/gdvYJvy.jpg
full_title = "The Ferguson Public Library could use our support." show_self_text
Hopefully this doesn't overstep the bounds of what's allowed in this sub.
Whatever you may think of what's happening in Ferguson, the city is suffering; beyond whatever tragedy and conflict is shown on television are 20,000 ordinary people whose stories you won't hear on the news. They are not cops or politicians; they're not looters or arsonists, either, they're the people who are hurt when looting and arson happens. If they're protesting at all, they're doing so peacefully. And their town is having a terrible time of it.
The Ferguson Public Library has been a beacon of hope and civilization for these ordinary people in these sad times. It's been a safe, nurturing, educational place for kids when the schools have been closed—it's been a valuable haven for adults, too. It's stayed open and gone beyond the call of duty where other organizations, to say nothing of elected officials, don't seem to have a good answer. Feel free to Google the library and read all the stories about what it's doing — and it's doing this all on, as you might imagine, awfully limited resources.
Many writers and readers are stepping up to help. Already in just one day's donations, books are on their way from around the country, and there's talk of them being able to hire a full-time childrens' librarian. I am confident that we of /r/books can do our part to make that just the tip of the iceberg.
There's a PayPal button on this page to donate money: http://www.ferguson.lib.mo.us/
To donate books (I'm told that books for young readers are particularly welcome), you can ship to
Ferguson Public Library
ATTN: Scott Bonner
35 North Florissant Road
Ferguson, MO 63135
If you're an author, there's a special effort going on to send signed books, particularly, again, those for younger readers: http://www.joellecharbonneau.com/hope-through-stories/ — if you wanna send a signed book for adults, too, you can, just indicate whether it's okay for young readers or not when you ship.
full_title = "Germany just made the Plan B pill a non-prescription drug" show_self_text
This has just been published 15 Minutes ago, so there is no English article about it yet. If you understand German, here's an article on the Süddeutsche Zeitung: http://www.sueddeutsche.de/gesundheit/verhuetung-pille-danach-wird-in-deutschland-rezeptfrei-1.2238241
Yaaaaaaay, progress! :-)
There have been huge discussions about this for the last decade (we've been having a conservative government for the last 10 years) and this is really sudden and surprising.
I know most of the people on this subreddit aren't affected by this but there are a lot of people in Germany who would read the news on reddit rather than on a newspaper.
Also, some of you might be interested in international stuff. :]
full_title = "Home made cured meat. The main ingredient is topside beef and natural sea salt for the process. Use of spices and berries can vary to adjust the taste. (Some sugar is used for the curing process.)"
url = "http://i.imgur.com/bA5iRAH.jpg"