Twitter Comments on Purvi Patel v State of Indiana

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On May 23, 2016, the Court of Appeals of Indiana heard an appeals case called Purvi Patel v State of Indiana. I’ve put together an extremely detailed blog called The Purvi Patel Case – Just the Facts that gives fact-checked information about the case – with all sources cited by links.

It is a very long blog, so I will provide a very brief explanation of the case here. Purvi Patel was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being charged guilty of both feticide and neglect of a dependent. Purvi Patel was the second woman in Indiana to be sent to prison for having a miscarriage. (The first was Bei Bei Shuai.) The state of Indiana insists that Purvi Patel had an abortion. Reminder: abortion is legal in the United States of America.

In this blog, I have collected up the most relevant tweets that were posted on the day that the appeals case was heard.

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Results of the Oregon Primary – 2016

map of Oregon by Norman B Leventhal Map Center on Flickr

Oregon held its Democratic primary, and its Republican primary, on May 17, 2016. Some states hold each party’s primary on different days.

The most interesting thing about Oregon’s primary is that it is done by mail. There are some states that do allow (some, but not all) people to cast their ballot by mail, but those states still hold a primary or caucus that requires other people to go to a location to vote. There are also states that do not allow voting by mail at all.

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Results of the Kentucky Election – 2016

Map of Kentucky by Norman B Leventhal Map Center on Flickr

On March 5, 2016, Kentucky held its Republican caucus. Kentucky’s Democratic primary was held on May 17, 2016. In the past, the state of Kentucky has held both of its primaries on the same day (May 17).

This year was the very first time that Kentucky held a caucus. One immediate change was that the Kentucky Republican voters had to vote for president on March 5 instead of the usual May 17. Another change was that all Kentucky voters had to participate in a primary on May 17 to vote for federal and state elections – while the Democrats were also voting for president.

In this blog, I have the results of the Kentucky Republican caucus and the Kentucky Democratic primary (including the number of delegates each candidate got). I also have tweets with photos and comments about the Kentucky elections.

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Instagram Photo Project: Nearly at the End

The question was: What is more fun than regular carrots?

I began my Instagram Photo Project on my 42nd birthday. Realizing that 42 was “the answer to life, the universe, and everything”, I looked for answers and then posted the corresponding questions.

As the year has gone on, I have started moving away from the answer/question format I started with. It feels like a natural progression. My Instagram photo project is almost at its end. The best 42 photos will be turned into a photo book.

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Results of the West Virginia Primary – 2016

West Virginia map by Meta Mourphic on Flickr

West Virginia held its Democratic primary, and its Republican primary, on May 10, 2016. Some states hold each party’s primary on separate days.

The West Virginia primary had a whole bunch of candidates on the ballot, some confusion over a comment about coal jobs, and a very complex way to allocate delegates.

In this blog, I have the results of the West Virginia primary (including the number of delegates each candidate got). I also have an explanation about voting in West Virginia, details about delegates, and tweeted commentary about the primary.

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House of Representative LGBT Equality Caucus Launches #WeAreWithYou

International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia LGBT Equality Caucus

The LGBT Equality Caucus is chaired by the six openly LGBT members of the United States House of Representatives in the 114th Congress. They each serve as Co-chairs of the caucus.

They are joined by several vice-chairs and other members of the United States House of Representatives who all want equality for LGBT people.

The LGBT Equality Caucus launched #WeAreWithYou. The purpose is to show people who are LGBT that they are not alone, that they deserve to be protected, and that they deserve to live as who they are. It was a way for Representatives to let LGBT people know that there are members of Congress who are with them and who will fight for their right to equality. They made videos that were posted on May 17, 2016, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.

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My Thoughts About Facebook’s Trending Topics “Controversy”

Image by Alessio Jacona on Flickr 2016

At the time I am writing this blog, the biggest drama on the internet (that isn’t related to a video game or a court case) is Facebook’s Trending Topics. As you may know, some former Facebook workers spoke with Gizmodo recently about their experiences working on news curation for Trending Topics.

The article stated that the news curators were told to look for the “most-substantive” post. It also says they would regularly avoid sites like World Star Hip Hop, The Blaze, and Breitbart. Suddenly, a bunch of conservatives started screaming and yelling because they weren’t being favored.

It turns out that I have a lot more to say about this manufactured controversy than I expected to, so I’m putting my thoughts about the Trending Topics issue into this post.

Image by Alessio Jacona on Flickr 2016

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Jen Can Eat That! : Gluten-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

A good friend of mine gave me a wonderful allergy-friendly cookbook. It has recipes that are gluten-free. It also has recipes that are dairy-free, egg-free, or nut-free. So, some of the recipes have gluten, but can be easily adapted.

Shawn and I have been enjoying a recipe for flourless peanut butter cookies. We’ve had them several times now. Shawn likes to experiment by adding different ingredients than were in the original recipe. (He put banana in them recently and it was delicious).

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Results of the Nebraska Elections – 2016

map of Nebraska by Norman B Leventhal Map Center on Flickr

On March 5, 2016, Nebraska held its Democratic caucus. The state held its Republican primary on May 10, 2016. Some states hold both of their caucuses on the same day, and other hold them on different days. Most states have either a primary for both parties, or caucus for both parties. Nebraska had one of each.

A caucus is different than a primary. In a primary, voters go to a polling station and privately cast their votes. In a caucus, voters gather at a caucus location together. In a Democratic caucus, people stand or sit under a sign that has the name of the candidate they support, and someone counts all the people to get a total. Nebraska’s Republican primary was a closed primary.

In this blog, I have the results of both the Democratic and Republican Nebraska caucuses (including the number of delegates each candidate got). I also have tweets with photos from various caucuses, and photos from a Bernie Sanders event that took place on March 3, 2016 (a few days before the Democratic caucus.

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Results of the Indiana Primary – 2016

Map of Indiana by Norman B Leventhal Map Center on Flickr

Indiana held both its Democratic and its Republican primary on May 3, 2016. Some states will hold each party’s primary on a separate day.

The Indiana primary turned out to be the end of the line for the Ted Cruz campaign, after a series of unfortunate events. John Kasich dropped out of the race the next day. This left Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee for the Republican party.

In this blog, I have the results of the Democratic Indiana primary and the Republican Indiana primary (including the number of delegates each candidate got). I also have voting information, Tweets from the Ted Cruz party, and plenty of emotional tweets about the Indiana primary.

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