Taro (mother2012) wrote,
Taro
mother2012

There is a lot going on in LJland just now. My flist for yesterday numbers 600 individual posts. And that is people only, no groups.

There are two things I want to single out of all of that.

One: From an LJ friend

As excited as I am about the new administration coming in, it's important to not forget that the Bush administration is still trying to do a lot of last-minute wrangling to pay back their supporters and leave their mark, probably quite different than the legacy they want to be known for.

One example of this is auctioning off a lot of national park land at the last minute. Many people protested this, but one college student went further and fraudulently bid on nearby land from the Utah's Arches and Canyonlands National Park, to drive up the bidding price. He ended up winning 22,0000 acres, at about $57 an acre. Of course he doesn't have the money to pay for it. Luckily the story got out, and people helped raised $10,000+ for a legal team to keep him out of jail.

It turns out you pay in installments, and the first installment of $45,000 is due January 9th. He's raised $37,000 already. The idea is that if he can hold onto the rights until the Obama administration, hopefully he can work out something with them to keep the land from being mined and drilled. So if you want to support an act of civil disobedience (and a lot of chutzpah), please consider donating to his fund.

You can find more info here:
http://www.bidder70.org/

Two: If LJ actually goes belly up, I'm not going to be able to find many of my lovely 238 flist. It's all well and good to say, "Find me at the same name on GJ", but the fact is that I won't be able to, and not everyone has their backup there anyway.

So I have set up a Yahoo Group, just to register yourself, so that we can find each other. I understand (regrettably) that not all of you may want to do that, but I really hope that the majority will.

Nor does it have to be limited to just my own flist. Feel free to share it if you think it a good idea.

The primary purpose of the group is simply to be able to find each other if the worst happens. In keeping with that, please make a post there with your LJ name.

As an afterthought, it might be good for some discussion about LJ, but that is secondary.

Edit: And I *did* mean to post the addy. It can be found here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ljflist/
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