Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.


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Friday, December 2, 2011

Affordable Birth Control: AAUW's 2-Minute Activist Link

AAUW Action Network
Are YOU the 99 Percent (of Women Who Have Used Birth Control)?
Tell President Obama that All Women Should Have Access to Affordable Birth Control!

It's a fact that nearly every sexually active American woman will use some form of birth control in her life. Whether they use it to prevent pregnancy or whether they're among the 1.5 million women who are prescribed birth control for other medical needs, contraceptives are a real and critical part of women's reproductive health.
Incredibly, some powerful opponents of women’s health want to make it harder for you and other American women to access birth control and other contraceptives.
Call the White House TODAY and tell the administration that all women should have coverage for contraceptive needs under the new health care law!
Here are the basics: A few months ago, AAUW cheered the Department of Health and Human Services' recommendation that new insurance plans cover women's preventive health care without copay. But right away, opponents started undermining this decision with exemptions for certain religiously affiliated employers. This exemption is an obvious intrusion on the patient-doctor relationship, and also discriminates against women on the basis of sex.
So we need YOU to raise your voices for the millions of women who work for religiously affiliated schools, hospitals, charities and nonprofits -- AND their dependents -- and ask the administration to oppose these attempts.
Call right now and tell the White House: Oppose attempts to exempt employers from covering women's preventive care -- all women should have coverage of contraception without copays or cost-sharing.
You can call by visiting AAUW's Two-Minute Activist.
Remember: You can always help strengthen AAUW’s efforts to support women's health by making a tax-deductible donation to AAUW’s Public Policy Fund!
Double your impact! Tweet, Facebook, and forward this action alert to friends and family. 

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