My real name is Tracey, and I'm a freelance editor (thirty-four books in the past five years), a sometime book critic and a novelist working towards publication. To date I've edited historical romance, Westerns, historical YA, a series of children's fantasy novels, a number of anthologies, including one benefiting the Trevor Project, science fiction, fantasy, and a series with an imperfect (but still celestial) angel as a protagonist.. I love accuracy in novels set in the real world (or in a world that resembles it), protagonists whose actions affect the plot (rather than those who wait for others to make plot-related decisions), female protagonists with hopes, ambitions and dreams beyond acquiring a boyfriend, and complex plots that hang together well. (Oh, and I'm disabled.)
imagine if mike brown’s family had considered deleting their son’s social media before the media got to it
that would turn heads
"what are they trying to hide?"
"a teenager with no internet profile? seems fishy"
"did he keep a low profile because he was in a gang?"
but no one thinks its weird that darren wilson’s internet EVERYTHING seems to have magically vanished
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He has a record of killing us an they hired him back and put him in a community that’s mainly black?!?!?! I CANNOT. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2732986/Darren-Wilson-s-policing-job-Missouri-police-department-shut-entire-force-replaced-amid-racism-corruption-allegations.html
His entire department at a previous town was shut down because of widespread corruption. they were literally so bad that people voted to close the police down.
(via narcotic-falcon)@1 hour ago with 32591 notes
Most of you know who electricmonk333 is. She’s been a member of the SPN family for a long time and makes some amazing edits for us all.
Most of you also know the story of what happened to her just days after DCCon. If not, her post is here.
Her family have put together a fundraiser for her. Here is a summary:
On May 7, 2014, Shaefali’s life was changed forever. She was visiting New Orleans with a friend, when she suddenly became very ill. She was rushed to the Tulane Medical Center and was diagnosed as having a rare condition known as Toxic Shock Syndrome triggered by the common strep A bacteria.
As a result of the pressors used to save her life, she lost blood flow to her extremities and gangrene set in. The doctors had to amputate part of her left arm, all the fingers save half a thumb on her right hand, and part of her legs.
Although Shaefali has health insurance, there are a lot of additional expenses, including the retrofit of her home to accommodate her injuries. Insurance covers only very basic prosthetics. Due to the extent of her injuries to every one of her extremities, more advanced prosthetics are necessary.
She has a 4 year old daughter I’d really like to help make sure she gets to hold again.
If you can’t afford to donate that’s fine, you could just go send her a lovely message. Please signal boost this if you would.
(via atalantapendrag)@1 hour ago with 3123 notes
So did anyone hear about the officer who placed a woman under arrest for breastfeeding in NYC? She went to get on her bus, he pulled her back by the collar of her shirt, and as a result she dropped her 3 month old baby. He still placed her under arrest while her baby was lying on the concrete with a cracked skull. Her daughter died at the hospital while she was at the police station. He’s on PAID leave.
wtf. you can read about it here
Yeah, about that story—which has been taken down, by the way—
It was originally reported in the National Report, which is a satire site that people keep mistaking for an actual news site. It then got picked up by other sites, including Political Ears, which seems to make its money from capitalizing on anything that remotely sounds like news. The story sounded good, so they posted it.
But no child died in NYC because her mother got busted for breastfeeding.. Know why?
Because public breastfeeding is LEGAL in New York State. Check out the laws:
N.Y. Civil Rights Law § 79-e (1994) permits a mother to breastfeed her child in any public or private location. (SB 3999)
N.Y. Correction Law § 611 allows a mother of a nursing child to be accompanied by her child if she is committed to a correctional facility at the time she is breastfeeding. This law also permits a child born to a committed mother to return with the mother to the correctional facility. The child may remain with the mother until one year of age if the woman is physically capable of caring for the child. (2009 N.Y. Laws, Chap. 411; SB 1290)
N.Y. Labor Law § 206-c (2007) states that employers must allow breastfeeding mothers reasonable, unpaid break times to express milk and make a reasonable attempt to provide a private location for her to do so. Prohibits discrimination against breastfeeding mothers.
N.Y. Penal Law § 245.01 et seq. excludes breastfeeding of infants from exposure offenses.
N.Y. Public Health Law § 2505 provides that the Maternal and Child Health commissioner has the power to adopt regulations and guidelines including, but not limited to donor standards, methods of collection, and standards for storage and distribution of human breast milk.
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N.Y. Public Health Law § 2505-a creates the Breastfeeding Mothers Bill of Rights and requires it to be posted in a public place in each maternal health care facility. The commissioner must also make the Breastfeeding Mothers Bill of Rights available on the health department’s website so that health care facilities and providers may include such rights in a maternity information leaflet. (2009 N.Y. Laws, Chap. 292; AB 789)
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Dennis Krauss was dispatched to the home of a woman who called 911 alleging that her husband had hit her. Rather than arresting the husband, however, Krauss asked the victim to ride with him in his police car. Once she was in his car, “Krauss told the victim that he could take her to jail if he wanted to” or, if she did not want to be arrested, she could have sex with him instead. Krauss’ words, according to the court opinion, were “[w]e can go to the motel or you can go to jail.”
At the motel, Krauss drew his service weapon and told the woman that he wanted to anally penetrate her with the gun. When she refused, and began to cry, “Krauss then pushed her back, pulled off her pants, and had sex with her.” And then he drove her home to the same husband that led her to call the police in the first place.
Krauss was convicted of sexual assault against a person in custody, and this one instance of sexual assault is far from the only allegation against him. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “[h]is record was filled with allegations of misconduct: that he beat a prisoner so severely the man’s brain bled; that he threatened to fabricate charges against a suspect so he could sleep with the man’s wife; that he pressured at least 10 women for sex to avoid arrest.” The former cop, for his part, is unrepentant. When asked about his sexual assault conviction, he claims that “[t]here wasn’t any crime,” and that “I was dealt a bad hand.”
And yet, in July of 2013, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles restored Krauss’ right to carry a firearm. According to a Journal-Constitution tally, he is one of 358 violent felons who regained these rights over a six year period. That includes 32 violent felons who killed someone, and 44 who committed sex crimes.
Not many people know this, but in many states, convicted felons with a record of violence lose their right to vote, but not their right to bear arms.