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on a scale of 1 to 10 how surprised are you that nobody who gave Zoe Quinn’s book a 1-star review appears to have actually purchased and read it

Thats because it isn’t worth it, and most of it is gonna be bs anyway.

Oh, I had no idea that book reviews are based on your preconceived expectations of a book rather than on actually reading it! I guess I can go ahead and write my 5-star review of The Last Jedi right now! 😂😂😂

But really, like, wasn’t this whole thing allegedly about ethics in reviews? Am I just imagining the part where legions of y'all showed up in my DMs to say as much?
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The claim that the PETS Act requires hotels/motels to shelter your animals is false.

Let me explain.

Why Was The PETS Act Passed?

The PETS Act was signed into law on October 6th, 2006.

The bill was brought forward after the events of Hurricane Katrina. Before and during Katrina, there were no evacuation measures for pets set in place when natural disasters occurred in the United States. None. At all. Because of that, it’s estimated that about 70,000 pets were left behind. It’s believed that 15,000 of them were killed.

Images of families leaving their pets behind made international news. One in particular showed a young boy being torn away from his beloved dog, Snowball. Aftermath pictures showed dogs stranded on car roofs and cats swimming to get to safety. The loss and horror was so high, lawmakers decided that evacuation efforts for pets, as well as people, were necessary during future events.

What Does The PETS Act Do?

The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act allowed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to create guidelines for state and local emergency services to use in regards to pets and families with pets during natural disasters. If states wanted FEMA funding, they needed to create emergency plans that:

Allows pets to stay in state or federally funded shelters during natural disasters.

Allows families with pets to enter community shelters with their animals.

Allows rescue operations specifically to save household pets and service animals.

States that included pet rescue and relief efforts in their emergency planning would continue to get FEMA support. Community shelters that allow animals can even be reimbursed for their care later on.

Why Does The PETS Act Not Apply To Hotels/Motels?

The PETS Act only applies to government agencies.

Hotels and motels are not government or state run entities. They are exempt from the law and are not required to shelter animals during natural disasters. It is not illegal for them to turn away pets if it is against hotel policy.

Why Is This Important?

Many people are reblogging the original post without checking how accurate the sources are, if any sources are even provided. Some people in the path of a hurricane may read and believe said information without finding out the truth until they arrive at a hotel. There were reports of a family having their dogs turned away from a hotel during Hurricane Harvey.

Some families may choose to leave their pets in the car and stay into the hotel themselves. Others may lie and then sneak their animals in anyway. Others, still, may leave and try to find more accommodating shelter somewhere else. Either way, this is added stress to an already stressful situation. And it can be dangerous.

If families decide to leave and look for different shelter, they could get stuck in flood waters. It only takes a few inches of water for cars to start floating. If they start floating, they can be dragged through the currents and into extremely flooded areas. Something like this happened during Hurricane Harvey. Six people in one van died because their car was submerged in flood waters after the family members tried to escape the area.

During times like this, proper safety and shelter information is a must. You should always double-check everything before you reblog it when lives are on the line. You don’t know who’s reading it. You don’t know who will believe it. You don’t know what that misinformation will cost someone.
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So, most of you know that @dadhoc  unexpectedly lost his job right after Lex died last year – and in fact exactly because Lex died. They fired him because he took a day off from work when he’d been up all night at the emergency vet with his dog, finally having to make the decision to put him down.

@dadhoc’s gotten work again, but between being out of work, his new job being ethically better but currently paying him literally less than half what his old job did, and my disability limiting my work hours, plus the fact that what was supposed to be ‘pay your deductible and we’ll fix your house’ turned into ‘lol jk you’re 10K in debt now’ – things are getting – well.

Really tough. We’re not yet scarily falling behind, but things are becoming a little nerve-wracking. My last paycheck, after I paid for our health care, was $30. That’s not a typo. It’s not typical, but it’s not a typo.

Between my various social media sites, I put in enough time answering questions, acting as support, and writing up resources for it to be a second job for me. I do it because I love it, and because I love our community, but it’d also be awesome if my labor could turn into cash money. 

If you appreciate what I do, please consider buying me a coffee, or if you don’t like Ko-fi, sending something my way on PayPal. My Patreon will be going live tomorrow, at which time you will also have the option of paying me money for stories about socialist space lesbians and separately a Jewish scholar in a fantasy world based on Mongolia and also about a demisexual middle-aged wizard, her partner, and their trans apprentice. I just have to decide which one I want to plow through first. 

If every one of my followers could toss a dollar in the kitty, I’d have enough money to be sure we’d be tided over to when things should pick up for @dadhoc, and maybe even make some of the desperately-needed safety-related repairs to our house, which have been put off and put off. 

Even better, if you’d like to hire me to write something for you, edit, proofread, speak or sensitivity read for you? I am for hire. I also have an Etsy shop, and if you don’t see something you like in my current stock, hit me up for something custom. Any of my pride kippot can be modified into beanies if you want a Pride item but are not Jewish. 

Thanks - and please  boost this either way. <3 

So I hate to bring this up to the fore again, but here we are.

We are in scary territory right now. @dadhoc got a different job, finally, and we might be okay if we can make it to September, but the thing is, we gotta make it to September. 

I haven’t talked about this a lot, but my job found an excuse to get rid of me, in a way that may or may not be legal because it may be a disability law violation but I don’t have the money to fight and they know that, and are now contesting my unemployment. If they rule against me, I’ll have to repay everything I’ve been paid since May 26th. (Yeah, they fired me right before my birthday.) Between that and the fact that dadhoc isn’t ramped up at his new job and is making just over minimum wage until he does? We’ve eaten through most of our savings paying bills and the mortgage for the last couple months.

(We do, for the moment, have medical assistance, so that much is covered. For now. Hooray Medicaid.)

My in-laws helped me to get a new sewing machine so that I can provide more awesome stuff at my Etsy shop, and I’ve branched out from Judaica to Pride items that aren’t Judaica, and also stuff like makeup bags and nerdy stuff. Pronoun patches? Yep, I got that. Custom work for your jacket? Got that, too. 

So if you like what I do? Consider hiring me, consider buying something from my Etsy shop (I do custom work!), consider buying me a coffee or becoming a Patron or tossing some money in my PayPal tip jar. 

Please, and thank you. I just gotta make it to September, and then hopefully dadhoc’s new job will pick up. 

Please can we get this boosted, Tumblr fam? And if you could show a little love and help @vaspider and their family I’d deeply appreciate it. Vaspy has been there and helped so many of us.

I am broke but I would totally like to draw attention to the bit about the Etsy shop as apparently @vaspider does really neat things like sew-on badges with preferred pronouns on them and IDIC and also if you would like your jacket to tell everyone that you are the tank/bard/healer of the group up front. 

I know I have a few people who would find that in particular nifty. So. 

I already bought, AND received, a pronoun patch, in beautiful shiny Hufflepuff gold, saying “mer/mers pronouns” for @rivergst. Mer whole face lit up! I’m going to order they/them and gem/gems ones for the baby and me next ❤️

I everyone gives like 3-5 bucks a piece that adds up y'all, really

Honestly, it really does. And the people who have donated (including one person who I don’t know who gave an amount that literally made me sob with relief) have really helped. A lot.

We have one more month to get through, if all goes well, before things start to turn around at @dadhoc‘s new job. Things are happening, but it takes time for them to actually come through.

So check out my Etsy shop (20 percent off of orders over $15 before 7/31, y’all!) or hit up my PayPal or Kofi, or signal boost, please, if you like what I do, if I’ve helped you or someone you care about.

Thank you. We’re getting through.

Boosting this again. We got hit with lawyer fees to try to protect my unemployment, and we’re fighting to keep our noses above water. I keep telling myself: end of September, just gotta get to the end of September.

Please check the Etsy shop, there are great new items up, buy a coffee, donate on PayPal, whatever works for you!

We have current outstanding:

$290 back cellphone bill
$1300 mortgage for August
$1500 debt payments
$250 car payment.

We’ve covered everything to this point, but barely, with your help and your orders and your awesomeness.

End of September.

Thank you to everyone who’s bought or donated. Y'all got me to my doctor’s appointment today. Thank you.

Now I gotta get home and finish packing orders…

Boosting this post again. If you like what I do, please consider helping my family out. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel – I won my unemployment compensation fight against my old employer, which helps, but we’re still not out from underwater yet. If we can get to the end of September, things will start to turn around.

I’ve just added a whole new set of patches on NerdyKeppie – Pride animals! – and my patrons on Patreon just got a free add-on poem. Queer fiction for a dollar or two a month? Awesome Pride items? And you get to help me. How cool is that?

(It’s pretty cool.)

If none of that stuff is up your alley, well, consider buying me a ko-fi or tossing a little money in my PayPal. Every little bit helps. I need to be able to get back and forth to doctor’s appointments and to pay for meds. <3 

Thanks, friends. 
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Al Roker slams right-wing media telling people that hurricane warnings are a liberal conspiracy: “it is almost criminal.”

You know you’d think it’d be counterproductive for the right to actively endanger the lives of its voter base with this kind of fake news. Which really says something about the right’s confidence in its ability to steal win elections regardless of actual vote counts.
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harry literally calls draco his “arch-enemy” in chamber of secrets i can’t with how Extra™ my boy is like harry have u forgotten voldemort or is he just not evil enough for u

yeah but lbr there’s just something more satisfying about having an arch-enemy you can punch in the nose and let’s face it voldemort doesn’t have a nose
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who the fuck thought it would be a good idea for these two petty bitches to shake hands?

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SO LIKE. IF ANYBODY WANTS TO KNOW WHY I SHIP SNACK (SNAPE/BLACK)… THIS IS WHY. THE FOE YAY IS EPIC.

FIC RECS: EVERYTHING BY FABULARASA; THIS NOVELLA BY ELLEN FREMEDON; THIS SNAPE/BLACK/LUPIN OT3 FIC BY LIGHTGETSIN.

THERE’S JUST SOMETHING SO ELECTRIC ABOUT MUTUAL HATRED TRANSMUTED INTO LUST. YUM.
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absolutely nothing, in my eyes, will ever surpass this in terms of sheer comedic value
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Then how come when I bought call of duty it said $59.99 but it was really $61
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*pets your grunge*

wow, its so soft
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Elven Prince by anndr
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We cannot erase history! I know, I know, its unfortunate that the only method we’ve got to document historical events are huge statues celebrating racists, but there is simply no other way!

WAIT FUCK WHAT IF WE WROTE IT DOWN IN BOOKS
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