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* "Manchester Arena blast: 19 dead and more than 50 hurt:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-40007886

* "Yemen war: Major cholera epidemic feared, says charity:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39996900

* TW: Rape, Pedophila "South African men march against abuse of women and children:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39988267

* "Trump does not say ‘radical Islamic terrorism’:"

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* "Sheriff Clarke: A ‘fraud’ with fake medals?:"

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* "Barber reignites King’s ‘Poor People's Campaign’:"

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* "Texas GOP Messes With Texas Trans Kids:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/texas-gop-messes-with-texas-trans-kids.html

* "African Pantheons and the Orishas: Crash Course Mythology #11:"

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* "This powerful Twitter account is sharing the names of Jewish refugees the US turned away in 1939:" https://mic.com/articles/166948/this-powerful-twitter-account-is-sharing-the-names-of-jewish-refugees-the-us-turned-away-in-1939?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.BJDKmJTlK

* To Tavy's great delight, the garden was full of butterflies to watch through the window today.

* The If Women Wrote Men post keeps getting better: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160953941842/if-women-wrote-men-the-way-men-write-women

* Star Trek Economics and Basic Income: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160953464237/mrbumblepants-actuallykylekallgren


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* Congratulations to the people of Iran on the occasion of their President's reelection.

* "Nance: Trump and U.S. seen as clown show:"

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* "Trump’s intelligence breach endangers America:"

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* Want impeachment? Best to pressure your Congress Critters (Both parties). The 25th Amendment is not designed for this situation, and significantly harder than Impeachment. This fits beautifully the "high crimes and misdemeanors" rubric. For 45 to fit the 25th Amendment we'd need someone to get him to a competent neurologist for a thorough examination and tests and a clear diagnosis with likely second opinions on something absolutely incapacitating, like a massive brain tumor or a debilitating stroke. No way is 45 letting a real doctor get anywhere near him as can be seen from events during the election; it's unlikely that something measurable on that scale would be found even if he did get a proper exam; and it is wildly unlikely that his entire cabinet would turn on him at once and every Republican in the Senate and house suddenly grow both spines and develop patriotism. If the spines and patriotism thing were likely to happen, Impeachment would be faster and easier than the 25th Amendment route. Just saying. Remember, Reagan started showing Alzheimer's symptoms well before they decided to run him, and they let him have access to the button for 8 years even as he noticeably deteriorated. Nothing short of a major stroke or similar is going to even have a prayer of succeeding and I'd not hold my breath even then. 25th amendment is designed to be incredibly hard to invoke for a reason, so don't pin your hopes on it. Best to pressure your critters relentlessly instead and that's still not all that likely until the investigations conclude, and maybe not then as Republicans have been crystal clear on party before country.

* They just changed slavery's name. "Which Louisiana prisoners get to work in the Capitol, Governor's Mansion?:" http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/05/what_state_prisoners_get_to_wo.html

* "The Other Classified Secrets Trump Bragged About:"

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* "Stephen Finally Agrees With Donald Trump On Something:"

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* "Brad Pitt: Big Questions With Even Bigger Stars:"

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* "Kim Jong-Un Launches A Commencement Speech:"

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* "Stephen Isn't Ready To 'Let It Go':"

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* "How To Childproof Your Home Before A Visit From Trump:"

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* "Trump's Special Counsel Is The Most Special:"

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* "Comey And Trump Had A Heart-To-No-Heart:"

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* "The Late Show's Teen Secrets:"

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* "The GOP Congressman Waging A War On Ducklings:"

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* I spotted Tavy yelling at the 30 gallon tank for not having any fish to watch in it.

* "Auto Mechanics Hilariously Recreate Renaissance Paintings:" http://www.boredpanda.com/renaissance-mechanics-photo-portraits-freddy-fabris/


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* "Republicans Are as Tainted by the Russia Scandal as Trump Is:" https://newrepublic.com/article/142761/republicans-tainted-russia-scandal-trump

* "Oklahoma Republican Suggests Turning Kids Over to ICE If They Don't Speak English:" http://time.com/4778082/oklahoma-republican-ice-students-mike-ritze/

* Call your Congress critters if you can. "An unlikely resistance surges against Trump’s clean water threats:" http://grist.org/politics/an-unlikely-resistance-surges-against-trumps-clean-water-threats/?utm_campaign=daily&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=daily-static

* "Put Down the Pink Dumbbell:" https://medium.com/message/put-down-the-pink-dumbbell-1049400ede28

* "Against Willpower:" http://nautil.us/issue/45/power/against-willpower

* "Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts:" https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/19/arctic-stronghold-of-worlds-seeds-flooded-after-permafrost-melts

* "Florence Finch, Unsung War Hero Who Took On Japanese, Dies at 101:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/28/us/florence-finch-dead-coast-guard-war-hero.html?_r=0

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* "Syria, Russia Criticize U.S.-Led Strikes Near Jordanian Border:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/syria-russia-criticize-u-s-led-strikes-near-jordanian-border-1495186222

* "'Erdoğan's bodyguards' in violent clash with protesters in Washington DC:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/17/erdogans-bodyguards-in-violent-clash-with-protesters-in-washington-dc

* This was my private guess, which I did not want to voice. "Israel Provided Intelligence Trump Shared With Russia, Officials Say:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/intelligence-trump-shared-with-russia-was-from-israel-officials-say-1494960259

* "The Airport Lawyers Who Stood Up to Trump Are Under Attack:" https://www.thenation.com/article/the-airport-lawyers-who-stood-up-to-trump-are-under-attack/

* Please, please call you Congress Critters to complain. "Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trumps-first-full-education-budget-deep-cuts-to-public-school-programs-in-pursuit-of-school-choice/2017/05/17/2a25a2cc-3a41-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?utm_term=.df71b52a6508

* "Clapper: US govt 'under assault' by Trump after Comey firing:" https://apnews.com/cb66aa5a3a7c41a8952f19f41427d10c/Clapper:-US-govt-'under-assault'-by-Trump-after-Comey-firing

* "Senate Conservatives Look to Cut Medicaid:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/senate-conservatives-look-to-slash-medicaid-1494759603

* "Health insurers plan big Obamacare rate hikes — and they blame Trump:" http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-obamacare-trump-mismanagement-20170518-story.html

* "Supreme Court's Roberts: 'Uncertainty' sinks voter ID appeal:" https://apnews.com/14137a2d20cf4595a5121c9298b47c46/Supreme-Court-rejects-appeal-over-NC-voter-ID-law

* "Richard Spencer Leads Group Protesting Sale Of Confederate Statue:" http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/14/528363829/richard-spencer-leads-group-protesting-sale-of-confederate-statue

* "EPA allows mine company to pursue permits near Alaska bay:" https://apnews.com/47609e10bc3f473eb33b2302024ed1f4/EPA-may-allow-massive-mine-near-pristine-Alaskan-bay

* "Dakota Access pipeline has first leak before it's fully operational:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/10/dakota-access-pipeline-first-oil-leak

* "Nearly 700 vacancies at CDC because of Trump administration’s hiring freeze:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/19/nearly-700-vacancies-at-cdc-because-of-trump-administration-hiring-freeze/?utm_term=.41910cf5ad3b

* "Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever:" http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/taibbi-roger-ailes-was-one-of-the-worst-americans-ever-w483013

* "For the World’s Best Male Ballet Dancer, Injury Led to Artistic Rebirth:" http://www.vulture.com/2017/05/for-david-hallberg-injury-led-to-artistic-rebirth.html?mid=twitter_vulture

* "Cooking with Chuthulu: http://lewisandquark.tumblr.com/post/141313469232/cooking-with-cthulhu

* TOS Rewatch, Season 1:

- "Operation--Annihilate!:" Ah, the mind control space pancakes. Once again, they go into a a situation with an unknown contagion with out ABC or space suits. So yes, it's space pancakes that mysteriously do not show up on tricorders, but 1. They don't know that, and 2. Might not an ABC Suit or a space suit make it harder space pancake tendrils to take over the nervous system? Would this peril not be a bit less perilous if they had taken basic 20th century tech level precautions? Just saying. I do like that everyone is actually listening to reason this time instead of just Kirking it, though they did seem rather slow to try the thing they knew worked once. Why didn't they test variables before moving to human trials, though? They had multiple hypotheses, why not catch more space pancakes and test each variable separately?

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* "My Family’s Slave:" https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/06/lolas-story/524490/?utm_source=twb

* "Syria conflict: Turkey opens 'city' for orphans of the war:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39960471

* "Exclusive: Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians: sources:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-contacts-idUSKCN18E106

* Let's hope is passes with enough to over ride a veto.... "Congress Just Gave Trump Awful News About His Next Golf Trip:" http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/05/16/congress-just-gave-trump-awful-news-next-golf-trip/

* "Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says he's taking job in Department of Homeland Security:" http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2017/05/17/sheriff-david-clarke-accepts-job-department-homeland-security/328342001/

* "Stephen Miller Is Writing Trump's NATO Speech, Too:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/johnhudson/nato-skeptic-stephen-miller-is-writing-trumps-nato-speech?utm_term=.gh5MYZV0K#.ebo8vDpor

* "Flynn stopped military plan Turkey opposed – after being paid as its agent:" http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article151149647.html

* "Trump Team Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before He Came to White House:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/us/politics/michael-flynn-donald-trump-national-security-adviser.html

* Of course he does. *head desk* "Donald Trump Talked Michael Flynn Into White House Job—and Wants Him Back in the Administration:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/05/18/donald-trump-talked-michael-flynn-into-white-house-job

* "Senate intel chair backtracks on claim Flynn won't honor subpoena:" http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mike-flynns-lawyers-honor-subpoena-senate-intel-chair/story?id=47488145

* "Rosenstein knew Comey was going to be fired before writing his memo, senators say:" http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-rosenstein-knew-comey-was-going-to-be-1495136617-htmlstory.html

* "Trump weighs downsizing Spicer’s public role:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/will-sean-spicer-be-fired-238548

* "Sexism and Second Chances:" http://www.jimchines.com/2017/04/sexism-and-second-chances/

* "Beyond Alt: Understanding the New Far Right:" http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/04/beyond-alt-understanding-the-new-far-right.html

* "Betty Shelby was acquitted in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher:" http://circa.com/circa-now/happening/betty-shelby-was-acquitted-in-the-shooting-death-of-terrence-crutcher

* "Russian Activists Say They’ve Been Told US Visas Are Out Of Reach For Gay Chechens:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/us-denies-visas-to-gay-russians-fleeing-kidnapping-and?utm_term=.gp5YXALlg&bftb#.xpzvrGEpO

* "Monsantos manipulation on science attempts to silence scientists revealed:" http://english.astroawani.com/technology-news/monsantos-manipulation-science-attempts-silence-scientists-revealed-139997

* "Miles of Ice Collapsing Into the Sea:" https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/18/climate/antarctica-ice-melt-climate-change.html?_r=1

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* "The Doomsday Glacier:" http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/the-doomsday-glacier-w481260

* Today I blew the last of the food allotment on Greek things I could make and eat easily, because I'm solidly booked until... Tuesday, with various commitments. The peak of the Lizard Lion festival is this weekend and I'm heavily committed there, plus the usual physically demanding stuff on Monday. I am still covered in bruises from Inspection and tank cleaning, and my muscles hate me. Easy foods are a must. My Thursday thing got cancelled, so I am picking at the kitchen, and doing small things needing doing, including brewing a fresh pitcher of sweet huckleberry tea. I think this will be the last summer for it, as the supply of leaves is fast dwindling, but I have hopes of it lasting through July at least.

* I am so burnt out on the destruction of my country that I spent over an hour today looking at beautifully shot nearly naked male dancers in dance poses instead of sensibly reading and clearing links.

* Ageism and Superheroines: http://butlerbookbinding.tumblr.com/post/160801212199/rainnecassidy-p1ratew3nch-wombatking

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* "Syria's Saydnaya prison crematorium hid killings, says US:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39926914

* "Germany's vice chancellor gave the finger to neo-Nazi protesters. He regrets he wasn't ruder:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/germany-german-vice-chancellor-sigmar-gabriel-middle-finger-neo-nazi-protesters-a7214421.html?cmpid=facebook-post

* "Five key questions about the Trump-Russia special counsel:"

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* "Are We Monsters?:" http://billmoyers.com/story/are-we-monsters/#.WRoANZJvbsM.twitter

* "House majority leader to colleagues in 2016: ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-majority-leader-to-colleagues-in-2016-i-think-putin-pays-trump/2017/05/17/515f6f8a-3aff-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?utm_term=.d4fa2f5d3d2d

* "The Promise—and Perils—of the Fight Against Trump:" https://newrepublic.com/article/142425/path-resistance-promise-perils-democrats-fight-against-trump

* TW: Rape. He is doing a twenty year stretch for shooting his rapist during a sexual assault, as self defense is only for white people in this country. "Freeing Ky:" https://freeingky.com/

* "President Trump Gets a Very Special Prosecutor:"

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* "Fox News Didn't Get the Comey Memo:"

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* "Trump the Disruptor:"

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* "'Real News Tonight' Tackles James Comey:"

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* "Stephen's Monologue Gets Declassified:"

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* "Trump Uses A Commencement Speech To Congratulate... Himself!:"

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* "What we really need is an adaptation of the original 1740 The Beauty and the Beast:" http://emilysidhe.tumblr.com/post/159132596907/what-we-really-need-is-an-adaptation-of-the

* You know, I may not enjoy Gilbert Godfrey's stand up, but I admire the hell out of the way he delights in jokes at his expense. It's not many people who laugh that heartily at themselves and then join in.

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* Finally! The Justice Department (Rob Rosenstein, not Jeff Sessions) has appointed a Special Council. Let us see if Robert Mueller's properly independent in practice.

* For the record, I do think that the Comey firing is pretty clearly obstruction of justice, which ought to be an impeachable offense along with several other charges related to that, such as witness intimidation. At the same time, Comey has show that he is biased, and I do actually prefer Mueller as lead investigator. Ideally, I'd like to see all the currently in progress investigations proceed with vigor, but assuming Trump doesn't fire Mueller, my suspicion is that it's going to be him and/or possibly the FBI (if Trump doesn't get to put in a loyalist who will order a cover up) and/or the financial crimes guys most likely to actually DO something. Congressional Republicans have made it clear they have zero interest in national security or protecting the rule of law in this country by deciding to slow walk their investigations and doing everything in their power to aid in the cover up instead of acting in the best interests of the country and the world. The Mueller appointment is the first hopeful thing I've seen on the Trump/Russia/Espionage/treason/money laundering/multiple felonies front in...since the beginning maybe. I'm not holding my breath because too much can go wrong with an autocrat in power, but I do feel a tiny bit better.

* "Sen. Cory Booker condemns DHS for revoking global entry cards for Muslim travelers:" https://mic.com/articles/174210/sen-cory-booker-condemns-dhs-for-revoking-global-entry-cards-for-muslim-travelers?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=movement&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.H4SroZm1L

* "Ms Bostick Is Trans Feminine:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/ms-bostick-is-trans-feminine.html

* "Cary Grant: how 100 acid trips in Tinseltown 'changed my life':" https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/may/12/cary-grant-how-100-acid-trips-in-tinseltown-changed-my-life-lsd-documentary

* "Putting Confederate Statues Where They Belong:"

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* "Declassified: Did Trump Share Intel with Russian Officials?:"

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* "Moscow in the Meddle - President Trump Can't Be Trusted with Secrets:"

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* "The South Finally Gets Around to Removing Confederate Statues:"

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* "Ladies Who Book:"

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* "Miami Rights:"

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* "AHCA: Winners & Die-ers:"

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* "Here’s How Trump Could Already Be Prosecuted:"

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* "What Ambulances Will Look Like Under Trumpcare:"

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* "Bill Nye Explains Why The March For Science Was Necessary:"

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* "Jon Stewart Has A New Day Job:"

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* TW: Suicide "Stephen Talks To A Bill (Yes, The Healthcare One):"

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* "James Comey, You Just Got Trump'd!:"

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* I HATE inspection. The siren goes off at random intervals, so you have time to relax and forget and then you are jumping out of your skin. They found a leak in the laundry ceiling sprinkler but luckily it is building structure and not our expense. I hate everything about this process. The noise, the intrusion, and particularly the management lady staring at all our stuff. At least it's over and two hours later Tavy was out of the closet of solitude and having a lap nap in his cat cave.

* "When the faux oppressed whine, they look ridiculous:" https://cypheroftyr.com/2017/05/15/when-the-faux-oppressed-whine-they-look-ridiculous/

* "About Those Spinoffs:" http://grrm.livejournal.com/536859.html

* Class: I really like that Matteusz got a whole set of hero moments, and that ram got to talk about his relationship with his religion and his father. It was good seeing April really coming into her own as a character and that the family drama did not wrap up neatly and unrealistically the way most shows would have done. The Governors are terrifying and clearly will grow as antagonists, given enough space and episodes. I think the theme today was character and it was lovely how parallel April/Ram was with The Prince/Matteusz. The part where April's mom frames the healing as violent and a violation and affirms the value of her life the way it is. It was really affirming and the opposite of what most shows do.

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* "WaPo: Trump shares highly classified info with Russian officials:"

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* "Scarce precedent for Trump's reported leak to Russians:"

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* "Comey memo habit raises Trump obstruction questions: NYT:"

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* "Comey memo: Trump asked for end of Flynn investigation: NYT:"

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* "Exclusive: New subpoena issued in Trump associate investigation:"

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* "Trump leak to Russians violates protocol:"

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* "Swalwell: Trump can't be allowed to risk lives:"

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* "Trump EPA rejects ban on dangerous pesticide:"

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* "Screaming overheard in Cabinet Room meeting between Spicer, Bannon and Sanders after Russia intel revelation:" http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/screaming-overheard-in-cabinet-room-meeting-between-spicer-bannon-and-sanders-after-russia-intel-revelation/

* "Ex-Cop Who Refused To Shoot Young Black Man Sues City Over His Firing:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stephen-mader-police-lawsuit_us_59134b3fe4b050bdca61b335

* "The University of New Hampshire has seen a wave of racist incidents:" https://thetab.com/us/2017/05/15/unh-racism-blackface-67993

* "TSA Still Has A Problem With Trans Travelers:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/tsa-still-has-problem-with-trans.html

* A thing about two Opera fanatic ladies using their Opera obsession to save Jewish people from Hitler.: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160726222367/teashoesandhair-pageoflore

* "An Open Letter from Millennials to Rich Guys with Opinions About Avocado Toast:" http://www.gq.com/story/cado-toast-open-letter?mbid=social_facebook

* I have spent all of today trying to get the 30 finished and doing related cleaning in between rests. I did clear the area in front of Squirrel's door and since Squirrel emptied the washer, dealt with dishes. Every thing hurts and I am exhausted. I really needed an extra day for the tank as it’s actually better to do a two day process on the tank itself, but it is in place and I’ll have everything put back together by bedtime. Tomorrow I am running a Lizard Lion event, so I need to keep working. I really hope they don't inspect until Thursday, since there is no chance of me sorting the kitchen out before bed.

* "Anne Bonny is Tragic Backstories Done Right:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/anne-bonny-black-sails/

* "American Gods, Season 1, Episode 3: Head Full of Snow:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/05/american-gods-season-1-episode-3-head.html

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* "Harvard’s Laurence Tribe: Impeach Trump now:"

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* "Is a ‘cancer growing’ on Trump presidency?:"

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* I am honestly struggling with how to talk about Trump's treason in deliberately betraying top secret classified information to the Russians in order to betray the ally that gave us the information and undermine the fight against Russia, but it's hours later and I still can't find a calm and sufficiently detailed way to talk about it. Trying has given me a massive headache. It's like a nightmare from which I can never seem to wake.

The fact that he has not been impeached is proof the Republicans have no patriotism and all and give no fucks for the security of American citizens.

* "Sessions’ disastrous drug crime policy:"

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* "Black voter turnout fell for first time in 20 years:"

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* "A Health Benefit of Roller Coasters:" https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/09/for-kidney-health-roller-coaster-therapy/501278/?utm_content=bufferd6b7a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "Lester Holt Cold Open - SNL:"

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* "Film Panel - SNL:"

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* Scam alert: I was awakened about 20 infuriating minutes before the alarm by an obvious scammer. This ploy was only slightly less transparent than the folks that woke me up every hour to insist they were apple tech support with a security alert. I have never owned an apple product of any kind. My sister got a IIGS from Make a Wish in the '80's and before I got my first computer at some point during my second college (I think my last year undergrad?) I used school apples or the apples of friends on occasion, but I have literally never owned anything by apple personally. That was the day I learned to block numbers. I had to block four of them to put an end to it. Today's scam identified herself as some company I never heard of followed by, "This is not a sales call. We are contacting you because you expressed interest in weight loss..." I snapped, "No. I didn't. This is a sales call." I hung up and blocked her. Background noise suggested a call center, so i suspect a lot of people are getting them, and I can imagine someone being tricked into thinking they had contacted some company, likely online, or gave a number at some sales thing, or by phone at some point and forgotten. I know I haven't though. It's as out of character as me expressing and interest in pork products. Anyway, watch out for these folks and the apple tech support folks.

In other news: Monday was forage, plus helping a friend haul things, plus a couple errands, one of which failed miserably. I barely made it back in time to run the Search for dolphins on GoB, so I was taking care of plants, putting away groceries etc.between poses the first hour or so. the bread I had with emergency soup was too salty, and thus made me queasy as salt is apt to do when I'm not sodium deficient. (I know, I am a bad American. I think Mayonnaise is disgusting and salt, apple pie, and hot dogs make me literally ill in the may have to camp in the bathroom if I don't take the anti-nausea pills fast enough, and will be sick for two days in the case of pork poisoning.) I HATE throwing away perfectly good food, but I only ate half and even after the anti-nasea drug kicked in I couldn't bare the thought of eating any of it, say, tomorrow.

The dolphins went well though, even though there were only four of us and we did some more logger tool testing and we think the kinks are out of the system. This are progressing well and it's nice to see multiple plot threads playing off each other. We do the Fair Wednesday evening with the arts, crafts, and baking contests, which usually goes peculiar places.

We are getting inspected this week. Normally, I'd have been focusing on the kitchen, but I really needed to break down the 30 gallon and that is a major mutli-day project. The smell of a dead tank is not peasant and I'd rather have less work done in the kitchen and have the tank sorted than the opposite. I managed to squeeze in more of that after GoB and start on the area between my desk and squirrel's door where things get knocked off my work area or dragged out of squirrel's room. Call that 2/3 done, with the long term project still untouched. I really need to finish the tank and the little liminal area before Wednesday. They may not hit us 'til Thursday, in which case kitchen, but I can't with the bowls of dirt everywhere and the precariously balanced tank, so that has to get done.

* "Marvel's Cancelling Black Panther & The Crew, One of Its Most Important Comics Right Now:" http://io9.gizmodo.com/marvels-cancelling-black-panther-the-crew-one-of-its-1795200916?rev=1494770412207&utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

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* "North Korean authorities curtail public trials and executions:" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14508&cataId=nk01500

* "Aboriginal women slam ‘degrading’ treatment by property developer over sacred cave:" http://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/selling/aboriginal-women-slam-degrading-treatment-by-property-developer-over-sacred-cave/news-story/9e5bff3a76116c2c0618a5dd92a0f696

* "Hypocrisy of Trump’s Liberty University speech:"

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* "Will Trump's lies cost lives? Can we break his spell? Killer cognitive bias.:"

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* "The Healthcare Bill Exposes Trump's Chilling Authoritarian Agenda:" http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/features/a27056/healthcare-bill-trump-authoritarian-regime/

* "In Donald Trump's America, the crackdown on protesters is the real free speech issue:" http://www.newstatesman.com/world/north-america/2017/05/donald-trumps-america-crackdown-protesters-real-free-speech-issue

* "It's payback time. And across the country, constituents are giving it to the 217 Republicans who voted TrumpCare.
These are their stories.:" https://www.paybackproject.org/

* "“There’s way worse videos”: Today’s students on Rodney King :" https://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2017/05/08/theres-way-worse-videos-todays-students-on-the-la-riots-and-rodney-king/

* "Chechen Authorities Tell Families: Kill Your Gay Sons or We Will:" http://www.advocate.com/world/2017/5/03/chechen-authorities-tell-families-kill-your-gay-sons-or-we-will

* "Allow Me, a Simple English Major, to Decode FBI Director Comey’s Goodbye Letter:" https://www.themarysue.com/comey-goodbye-letter/

* "Sean Spicer Returns - SNL :"

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* Tavy successfully borked the computer before bedtime Sunday, and I had to go to bed early with my whole routine disrupted. Squirrel sorted it when he got home, luckily. The Tiny Terror is talented with his feet.

* "Sign of the Times: City Ballet’s Ashly Isaacs Laces Up Her Sneakers:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/arts/dance/new-york-city-ballet-ashly-isaacs-laces-sneakers-for-the-times-are-racing.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

* A twitter horror story: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160648813307/malfvoys-this-is-the-best-twitter-story-ive

* Further ideas for the very Queer Cyrano vs. D'Artagnon show I wish STARZ would make: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160644330897/gwydionmisha-real-life-cyrano-and-real-life#notes

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* "Indigenous people exposed to UK nuclear tests given healthcare aid:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-39777197

* "North Korea’s 'jangmadang generation' questions the necessity of the Party Congress :" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=13890&cataId=nk01500

* "Trump: Go back to ‘goddamned steam':"

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* "US attorney scores settlement in Russia case:"

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* "Trump behavior toward Comey likely making his lawyers unhappy:"

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* Eeeeeew! "Trump asked Comey to pledge loyalty to him:"

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* "Rough welcomes for GOP Rep., Secy. DeVos:"

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* "Elizabeth Warren on Republicans and Trump’s 'nonsense':"

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* "Why I Had to Buy My Wife's Inhaler on the Dark Web:" https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/why-i-had-to-buy-my-wifes-inhaler-on-the-dark-web?utm_source=dmfb

* ""I'm facing jail time after laughing at Jeff Sessions. I regret nothing.":" https://www.vox.com/first-person/2017/5/8/15578850/sessions-confirmation-laugh-desiree-fairooz

* TW: Suicide. "8-year-old boy was bullied before committing suicide, attorneys say:" http://www.cbsnews.com/news/young-boy-bullied-by-classmates-suicide-cincinnati/

* "Bethune-Cookman Students Are Part Of A Distinguished Heritage Of HBCU Protest:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/bethune-cookman-students-are-part-of.html

* Fuck D. L. Hugely. I remember when he went around insisting that LGBTQIA people didn't deserve even basic rights because not enough of us had been beaten and murdered yet. No word on how many more of us he wanted to be killed before he'd consider us worthy of being considered people, but I haven't heard an apology and I haven't forgotten how cruel, hateful, and dehumanizing that was. He is not an icon of the progressive left, he is a homophobe; just as Gloria Steinem isn’t a feminist, he is a Transmysognist.

* " What you will" The fluidity of gender is no 21st-century idea. In Twelfth Night, writes Dr Will Tosh, gender is what you make of it.:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/160602115847/what-you-will

* "The Trump administration deleted the EPA’s climate change website. So, Chicago published it instead.:" https://mic.com/articles/176472/chicago-adds-epa-climate-change-page-deleted-by-trump-administration-to-city-website?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=future&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.8mafEgxwO

* So affluent white people went to a community of colour to lie to them about vaccines in the middle of an epidemic in the hopes their children will be infected with a deadly disease. They don't frame it like that, but that sure is what it looks like to me. "Anti-vaccine groups blamed in Minnesota measles outbreak:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/08/health/measles-minnesota-somali-anti-vaccine-bn/

* Help save the National Parks from 45: http://fiftysevenacademics.tumblr.com/post/160610175875/public-comment-on-trumps-executive-order-to

* Tw: Dead Animals. "South Florida python hunters bag a ton of snakes — cost-effectively:" http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article149798804.html

* "This Is the Best Dinosaur Fossil of Its Kind Ever Found:" http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/06/dinosaur-nodosaur-fossil-discovery/

* "During the English Civil War, Lady Mary Bankes defended a castle from over 200 attackers with only five men under her initial command:" https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/08/14/priority-english-civil-war-lady-mary-bankes-defended-castle-200-attackers-five-men-initial-command/

* "Donny Goes to School:"

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* "Djimon Hounsou - Changing Up Well-Known Stories with "King Arthur"- Extended Interview:"

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* "Between the Scenes - Trump's Dictator Tendencies:"

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* "The All-Male Panel on Women's Health:"

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* "The Kentucky Derby Was Eerily Reminiscent Of The Election:"

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* "What Ambulances Will Look Like Under Trumpcare:"

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* "Good Omens aborts the Apocalypse :" https://www.thefandomentals.com/good-omens-apocalypse/

* "The Ballad Of Captain America’s Disapproving Face:" http://sodiumflare.tumblr.com/post/160601771130/daredevilmeme-scarletmemewitch

* "American Gods, Season One, Episode Two: The Secret of Spoon:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/05/american-gods-season-one-episode-two.html

* "American Gods Dials It Up for Episode 2:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/american-gods-1x02/

* "American Gods begins to show its subtle changes:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/american-gods-begins-show-subtle-changes/

* "Guardians 2 Is The Most Emotionally Deep Marvel Movie To Date:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/guardians-2-review/

* This is Brilliant. "The True Meaning of 42:" https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/160579237257/stripeycrayons-i-have-been-deeply-in-love-with

* "Torchwood Is Getting a Fifth Season—But Only in Audio Form:" http://io9.gizmodo.com/torchwood-is-getting-a-fifth-season-but-only-in-audio-f-1795014355

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* "After firing Comey, Trump hangs with Russians:"

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* "Innocent people don't usually act the way Trump is acting:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/innocent-people-dont-usually-act-the-way-trump-acting

* ...An 45 just admitted today that he fired Comey for investigating the Russia espionage/corruption/treason thing. You know, like everyone assumed. A spokesperson even said they specifically got rid of him to put an end to the investigation.

* "James Comey Firing Overview:" http://edwardspoonhands.tumblr.com/post/160516611740/james-comey-firing-overview

* If Micheal Flynn is innocent, why is he refusing to turn over his documents?

* "Cracks deepen in White House Flynn story with new Senate...:"

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* "New FBI director McCabe compromised by serious conflict:"

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* "Lawmakers asked Comey to speed up Trump-Russia investigation: WSJ:"

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* "Trump camp makes big fuss over story they say is nothing:"

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* "Warren: Comey was fired because of the Russians:"

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* I don't understand why it's not illegal to sell a green card to foreign nationals in exchange for private "investment" in a family business. "Kushner family impropriety:"

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* "WV reporter arrested for asking HHS Secretary Price a question:"

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* "Two big GOP lies on health care:"

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I do not understand how someone can be considered competent to make law on anything, but especially health care, if they believe that a single trip to an emergency room will kill cancer and therefore the ethical thing to do is prevent people getting cancer treatments and give that money to billionaires instead. Because that is what Raul Labrador’s arguing here. He is saying no one needs pre-natal care, or insulin, or oxygen machines, or heart medication because all fatal illnesses can be cured by one trip to the emergency room so no one actually needs health insurance.

If he is sincere, and he certainly seems to be because he keeps defending his point, he needs to be removed from office before he can do more harm to the people he is personally trying to kill with his power of a lawmaker. If he is lying... I can’t honestly think of a reason one would tell a lie so ridiculously obvious that every person over the age of seven or so in the country knows is not true and is so incredibly cruel in the bargain. It would be like saying jumping suddenly in front of trucks going full speed on the freeway is completely safe and expecting anyone over three to believe it or insisting that standing in the rain will not get one wet.

Similarly Majority Whip Steve Scalise insists that charging one person five times more than another person means they are paying the exact same amount. I bet if I showed a class of kindergartners 1 marshmallow in one hand and five marshmallows ion the other, they would be able to tell me the five marshmallows are more than the one, and those kids aren't even concrete operational thinkers yet. Why is he trusted to vote on any bill having to do with numbers if he knows less about math than a five year old? I have to wonder how he can manage a checkbook if he can't count to ten, let alone understand things like the national budget or how to restructure 17% of the American Economy. Again, I honestly don't understand how a grown man can get to congress without learning primary school math, though I suppose it does explain Republican economic policies in general since they have been arguing since Reagan that subtraction is the same as addition and therefore if we just take away the taxes the rich pay to the government this will magically increase tax revenue instead of shrinking it as actually happens in the real world and has every time they tried it. It also explains why they insist that if we just take away health care from 24 million working Americans it will give them more coverage, if we dramatically increase premiums it will shrink them, and if we deny people coverage for things like ambulances, preventative care, etc. somehow that is better coverage than letting people continue to have them.

* "SPLC sues neo-Nazi leader who targeted Jewish woman in anti-Semitic harassment campaign:" https://www.splcenter.org/news/2017/04/18/splc-sues-neo-nazi-leader-who-targeted-jewish-woman-anti-semitic-harassment-campaign

* So what happened to me this week? I am getting poor quality sleep because the latest infection and my allergies to pretty much the whole outdoors are ganging up on me. Add on a collection of RL and online commitments and I am exhausted and often busy and/or too tired to do a lot of the usual content type things. It's likely going to be sporadically a mess for the rest of this month with RL commitments to locals and the lizard lion festival coming up on line. Bonus points for me losing connectivity late Wednesday early Thursday. Anyway, life happens and I am human, so my apologies in advance for any interruption of service on my end.

* "Torchwood Is Getting a Fifth Season—But Only in Audio Form:" http://io9.gizmodo.com/torchwood-is-getting-a-fifth-season-but-only-in-audio-f-1795014355

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* "This powerful photo of a Czech girl scout standing up to a neo-Nazi is going viral:" https://mic.com/articles/176046/this-photo-of-a-czech-girl-scout-standing-up-to-a-far-right-extremist-is-going-viral?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.BrU6mViR3

* Nixon vs. Trump: Impeachment Edition: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160502514867/diddid-trump-just-do-what-i-think-he-did

* It's looking like Comey has been fired, probably for investigating treason, which was his job, something 45 seems to consider a fireable offense. After all he did fire Ms. Yates for competence.

Claims Jeff Sessions, who is up to his hips in Trump scandal to the point of recusing himself from related investigations including the Clinton email investigation, recommended firing Comey over his handling of Clinton emails last July makes zero sense timing wise. Why wait all this time over something that happened nearly a year ago, whereas his testimony before congress just happened. It sure does look like he was fired as part of the cover up of the grand canyon of treason/corruption scandals. Does not firing the FBI director over something Sessions recused himself over count as a thing he pretended to have recused himself from?

Look, I am no fan of Comey. He should have followed protocol last year, and if he was going to break it, he needed to use one standard for both candidates instead of weighing in on one side. his testimony was bullshit when he claimed there was no third option. The third option was to say nothing about either candidate or disclose both investigations. The former is clearly the best choice, but the later is better than the obviously biased and terrible choice he made for no good reason. He is forever tainted for picking a side in the election, especially knowing what he absolutely had to have known, but the time to fire him was right away for President Obama, or in the first week for 45. Doing it now makes them look super guilty since they are going to these Lengths to Cover Up.

* They have replaced Comey with McCabe, who is heavily compromised because of his unethical behavior regarding the White house, the press, and collusion with people in the White House as part of the cover up on the Russia/Treason investigation. So what do you think the chances are that someone who has actively been trying to taint the investigation and who has lied on the record about it is going to investigate himself and his friends for treason and espionage?

* Update: 30 sources are claiming that Jeff Sessions wrote his memo demanding Comey's firing in response to Comey requesting more resources for the 45/Russia/Treason investigation. This, frankly makes way more sense than the pretense that they fired him for being mean to Hillary Clinton last July even though 45 is still leading “Lock her up” chants at his rallies like within the last week or so. Just saying.

* "Obama urges 'political courage' to save Affordable Care Act:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/07/obama-courage-health-care-238094

* "China's coastal sea levels rise to record high, experts blame climate change:" http://shanghaiist.com/2017/03/23/shanghai_submerged.php

* "My class 10/10 lost the plot today. I don’t even know where to start or how to explain to their parents that I think they’ve all turned into tiny little rebels. :" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160536517387/skyliting-systlin-kyraneko

* "Correction: Republican bloodsuckers who sentenced poor to die didn’t drink Bud Light :" http://www.avclub.com/article/correction-republican-bloodsuckers-who-sentenced-p-254871?utm_content=Main&utm_campaign=SF&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=SocialMarketing

* "What in God's name is going on with this mysterious house listing on Zillow?:" http://mashable.com/2017/05/08/mysterious-house-listing-on-zillow/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link#5LRas3MLLqqW

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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/

* Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here: https://lgbtnet.org/en

* The Rainbow Road and other ways to help Gay Refugees: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160470723507/the-rainbow-railroad-is-helping-gay-men-escape

* This is a Real Life friend of mine. They do very much need the money and a number of people and beasts depend on him and his husband. They have been incredibly helpful and supportive of me. If you can kick in, it is a kindness.: https://www.youcaring.com/tod-788345

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: paypal.me/Gwydion or Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Polls open in South Korea presidential election:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39848999

* "Four feared dead in British Columbia and Quebec floods:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39848004

* "Trump campaign removes Muslim ban language from website:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/08/politics/trump-muslim-ban-campaign-website/

* "Travel ban arguments focus on Trump's comments about Muslims:" https://apnews.com/1254a2d5dde24be08f087aed23b6c172/Trump's-revised-travel-ban-goes-before-federal-appeals-court

* "Obama warned Trump about hiring Flynn:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/08/politics/obama-trump-michael-flynn/index.html

* "Acting attorney general fired by Trump testifies on Flynn saga:" http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/sally-yates-acting-attorney-general-fired-trump-testifies-flynn-saga-n756446

* "Jared Kushner's family apologizes for name drop in pitch to Chinese investors:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/08/jared-kushner-family-china-investors-real-estate-pitch

* "Washington Loves General McMaster. Trump Doesn't.:" https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-08/washington-loves-general-mcmaster-but-trump-doesn-t

* "12-Year-Olds Pinpoint Exactly What’s Wrong With How America Sees Race:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/these-12-year-olds-have-more-wisdom-about-race-than-many-americans_us_55a3c35ce4b0a47ac15ccdec?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000030

* "Ally is not a word you can take:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160468355132/makingqueerhistory-ally-is-not-a-word-you-can

* "My Thoughts About Brenda Bostick's Murder:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/my-thoughts-about-brenda-bosticks-murder.html

* "The July Revolution in images:" http://ellie-valsin.tumblr.com/post/114327246161/the-july-revolution-in-images-the-most-mega-of

* This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/

* Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* Something about the recent French election reminded me of this. *ahem* Something about free French voices drowning out NAZIs, maybe? "Casablanca La Marseillaise:"

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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/

* Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here: https://lgbtnet.org/en

* The Rainbow Road and other ways to help Gay Refugees: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160470723507/the-rainbow-railroad-is-helping-gay-men-escape

* This is a Real Life friend of mine. They do very much need the money and a number of people and beasts depend on him and his husband. They have been incredibly helpful and supportive of me. If you can kick in, it is a kindness.: https://www.youcaring.com/tod-788345

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: paypal.me/Gwydion or Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked:" https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/07/the-great-british-brexit-robbery-hijacked-democracy

* "FOX: sexual assault case comes to:"

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* "No justice under Trump?:"

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* Keep the pressure on your Senators. "Backlash against Trumpcare erupts across heartland:"

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* "Edward Crawford, The Ferguson Protestor In Iconic Tear Gas Photo, Has Been Found Dead:" http://www.thefader.com/2017/05/05/edward-crawford-tear-gas-ferguson-protestor-dead/amp?utm_source=f&utm_medium=fb&utm_campaign=share

* Deities help you if you have to fly out of Philly, for the reasons listed in the intro LAX story, only add furious able bodied people glaring and complaining loudly about you existing. "7 Queer Disabled Folks On Why Air Travel Is Kind of a Nightmare:" https://www.autostraddle.com/7-queer-disabled-folks-on-why-air-travel-is-kind-of-a-nightmare-376078/

* "Librarians in the 21st Century: It Is Becoming Impossible to Remain Neutral:" http://lithub.com/librarians-in-the-21st-century-it-is-becoming-impossible-to-remain-neutral/

* "Rest In Power and Peace, Number 10:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/rest-in-power-and-peace-number-10.html

* "Neil deGrasse Tyson on hunger for science despite Trump:"

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* "'Specialist' thieves steal 24,000 bees:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-39816267

* "Association of Facebook Use With Compromised Well-Being: A Longitudinal Study:" https://academic.oup.com/aje/article-abstract/185/3/203/2915143/Association-of-Facebook-Use-With-Compromised-Well?redirectedFrom=fulltext

* "Major Report Prompts Warnings That the Arctic Is Unraveling:" https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/major-report-prompts-warnings-that-the-arctic-is-unraveling1/

* "How to Stay Sane if Trump is Driving You Insane: Advice From a Therapist:" https://medium.com/@robin.chancer/how-to-stay-sane-if-trump-is-driving-you-insane-advice-from-a-therapist-42e982195e22

* "List: If People Talked About Other Things the Way They Talked About Gender Identity:" https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/if-people-talked-about-other-things-the-way-they-talked-about-gender-identity

* *snerk* "Troubled Wisconsin Man Goes on 50 State Killing Spree:" https://medium.com/@kendralubalin/troubled-wisconsin-man-goes-on-50-state-killing-spree-f0c82c45201

* "The Handmaid's Tale - SNL:"

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* "World Peace Rap - SNL:"

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* "Auto Shop - SNL:"

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* "Weekend Update on the AHCA - SNL:"

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* "The House w/ Chris Pine - SNL:"

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* "Where in the World Is Kellyanne Conway? - SNL:"

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* Tavy had a great day Sunday. I got lung meds earlier in the week and those come in the pharmacy bag just large enough for him to fit in, so he's been playing with it all week. It has reached the stage where there are a number of holes in it, and I take his yarn snake and wiggle it enticingly in front of the holes and/or stick in the tip. He has the best time attacking from inside the bag. hours of fun. He ripped it so much in the process, there is likely only a day of play left, alas!

* Why isn't this a movie? http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160434689547/real-life-cyrano-and-real-life-dartagnon-were

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* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here: https://lgbtnet.org/en

* This is a Real Life friend of mine. They do very much need the money and a number of people and beasts depend on him and his husband. They have been incredibly helpful and supportive of me. If you can kick in, it is a kindness.: https://www.youcaring.com/tod-788345

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: paypal.me/Gwydion or Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

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* Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron in his victory against the odious Le Pen and to France as a whole for rejecting the rise of fascism.

* "'I love Australia' Trump says as leaders meet after refugee row:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39801455

* "Trump praises Australia's universal health care after Obamacare repeal:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/04/politics/trump-us-australia-health-care/

* "Trump picks antiabortion activist to head HHS family planning section:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/05/01/trump-picks-antiabortion-activist-to-head-hhs-family-planning-program/?utm_term=.99b93a0de354

* Things that make me go hmmmm... "White House fires its chief usher — the first woman in that job:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/05/white-house-fires-its-chief-usher-the-first-woman-in-that-job/?utm_term=.3f72eb6caa61

* "Trump's Army Secretary Pick Mark Green Withdraws Name From Consideration:" http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/trump-s-army-secretary-pick-slammed-anti-transgender-islamophobic-n754806

* "Ivanka Trump’s new book: offensively frivolous:"

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* "GOP Lawmaker: Those With Pre-Existing Conditions Not Living ‘The Right Way’:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2017/05/01/gop-lawmaker-those-with-pre-existing-conditions-not-living-the-right-way?via=desktop&source=copyurl

* "Hypocrisy of conservatives upset about Colbert:"

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* "Royal Jordanian Airlines' compelling ad shows what it's like to be Arab on an airplane:" https://mic.com/articles/175527/royal-jordanian-airlines-compelling-ad-shows-what-it-s-like-to-be-arab-on-an-airplane?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=movement&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.pNtVb1v5Z

* "Repressions of Gay Men in Chechnya:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/159941129027/repressions-of-gay-men-in-chechnya

* Do not Donate to the salvation army. They abuse Domestic Violence Survivors: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160432420702/clarawebbwillcutoffyourhead-theres-more-and

* "How a Professional Climate Change Denier Discovered the Lies and Decided to Fight for Science:" https://theintercept.com/2017/04/28/how-a-professional-climate-change-denier-discovered-the-lies-and-decided-to-fight-for-science/

* "Being fluent in two languages might change how you perceive time:" https://mic.com/articles/176132/being-fluent-in-two-languages-might-literally-change-how-you-perceive-time?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=future&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.PQiU5hslL

* This is from a conversation elsewhere about sociopaths and teaching in which someone was talking about how creepy the quiet kids who didn't make eye contact and would sit and refuse to interact with teachers and students were and labeling them future serial killers which is really unfair in my books. I defended my refuseniks saying:

"Those aren't the serial killers in making. Those are the kids who've been through some serious shit and who have shut down as a result or who are so angry and/or grieving that the choice is still or collapse. The odds are super high of dropping out and doing drugs, but they are reachable if a team of adults are patient and persistent as water and the right sort of kind.

The one that is really dangerous is the plausibly charming kid with a sycophant or two, who is always nearby when the trouble starts looking so incredibly innocent, but never gets blamed for it. I'd watch those like a hawk and when I caught them setting up some other kid for serious trouble, I'd come down like a ton of bricks, talk to admin, warn other teachers. Everyone else in my room got to start fresh every day, but that kid who'd sit there quietly tormenting, pushing buttons, utterly conscienceless, enjoying the misery and chaos they spread? The ones that will look you in the eye and lie believably? Those are the dangerous ones."Seriously, folks, Teachers should not be making things worse for seriously traumatized kids likely struggling with PTSD, depression, grief, etc.. Scapegoating the victims as somehow dangerous makes it so much harder to help those kids who are most in need of positive adult influences in their lives. Concentrate instead on catching the real trouble makers and rescuing their classmates from insidious bullying and cruelty.

* "Problematic with Moshe Kasher - Islamophobia:" http://www.cc.com/episodes/kido0z/problematic-with-moshe-kasher-islamophobia-season-1-ep-103

* I was supposed to be changing the apartment over for summer this weekend. Yesterday I needed to coddle the lung infection, so i pretty much gust read under a cat most of the evening. Saturday I did a bunch of cleaning and small, necessary things, but didn't start the change over things. *Sigh* Today, I did get into the closet and complete the first step.

* BBC Class:
1.3: They did not hand wave the mourning and trauma and are still treating it as process. I really love the way they are filling out the characters. Them not neutering the gay couple is a very pleasant surprise.

1.4: It was surprisingly intense. I was worried about the condom situation in the sex scene and was incredibly relieved Ram had brought some. I was surprised they didn't even try to wrap up either sf element this week, but it was clearly the right decision. I enjoyed the immigrant student trying to draw their attention to the weird flower situation and everyone basically ignoring him. I also enjoyed the look Matteusz gave the inappropriate genital question and his refusal to answer. I really loved the others calling the Prince out on his treatment of Quill and them not being willing to accept his justifications.

I am worried the bit with the blue light and the leg wiggle signals miraculous spine healing and I am going to be furious if that is the way they are going with this.

* "American Gods, Season 1, Episode 1: The Bone Orchard:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/05/american-gods-season-1-episode-1-bone.html

* "Transitions Mark the Road to Isengard:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/road-isengard-lotr-tolkien-reread/

* Bwahahaha! "Moscow monuments and their secret names:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/160160068557/moscow-monuments-and-their-secret-names

* "For a Coming Extinction - W.S. Merwin:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160398165742/cups-of-tea-and-history-for-a-coming-extinction

* "The Story of Little Red Knitting Hood: A Short Yarn:" http://www.lionbrand.com/blog/story-little-red-knitting-hood-short-yarn/

* Can Vampires hear Erections? http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160394082737/thebibliosphere-ariaste-prokopetz-pursuant

* Writing About erections: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160394118752/slavetomyheadcanon-gaeadene-sini-sterility

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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here: https://lgbtnet.org/en

* This is a Real Life friend of mine. They do very much need the money and a number of people and beasts depend on him and his husband. They have been incredibly helpful and supportive of me. If you can kick in, it is a kindness.: https://www.youcaring.com/tod-788345

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: paypal.me/Gwydion or Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

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* "Exclusive video of North Korean markets reveals bold changes:" https://mrbumblepants.tumblr.com/post/160355996560/exclusive-video-of-north-korean-markets-reveals

* "Late cyber attack hits French presidential candidate Macron:"

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* "Trump Tells Abbas He Is Confident Mideast Deal Can Be ‘Done’:" https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-03/trump-meets-palestinian-leader-abbas-to-weigh-peace-prospects

* 45 said making peace between the Israelis and Palestinians is "maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years." *head desk* "Trump vows to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace, offers no new policies:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-palestinian-idUSKBN17Z06S

* Trump is threatening to visit the Middle east next month. Given how terrible he is at diplomacy and negotiation, this is terrifying.

* "Trump derelict in filling key military defense roles:"

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* "Trump's 2nd Army Secretary nominee withdraws:"

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* "State TV? Only Fox News allowed at FDA campus:"

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* "Democrats on offense over unpopular Republican health care bill:"

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* "What's actually in the GOP health care bill:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/04/gop-health-care-bill-details-explained-237987

* tw: abuse, rape, domestic violence Forced Pregnancies as part of Domestic Violence. https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/160356597661/poztatt-feministlikeme

* I believe the survivors. TW: Pedophilia. "Silence is Complicity:" http://www.pretty-terrible.com/silence-is-complicity/

* "Commentary: Diversity in physics: Are you part of the problem?:" http://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/PT.3.3536

* "Failures of Empathy:" http://www.pretty-terrible.com/failures-of-empathy/

* "Changes in Severity of Allergy and Anxiety Symptoms Are Positively Correlated in Patients with Recurrent Mood Disorders Who Are Exposed to Seasonal Peaks of Aeroallergens:" https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2678838/

* "Well, Here's Rachel Maddow and Seth Meyers Delivering Donald Trump's Least Favorite Interview Ever:" http://www.gq.com/story/rachel-maddow-seth-meyers-trump-media

* "Executive Orders Are the Best:"

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* "A Visit from Old Hickory (One of the Greats) - The President Show:"

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* "The GOP Celebrates Its One-Third Of A Healthcare Victory:"

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* This is practically Poetry. "Code Quality 3:" http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/467087.html

* I keep thinking with sorrow how much better Game of Thrones would have been if STARZ had made it instead of HBO.

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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* This is a Real Life friend of mine. They do very much need the money and a number of people and beasts depend on him and his husband. They have been incredibly helpful and supportive of me. If you can kick in, it is a kindness.: https://www.youcaring.com/tod-788345

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: paypal.me/Gwydion or Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

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* 45 is such a terrible person that he help a celebration on the White House lawn to gloat over the Republicans in the House voting to literally kill Americans so billionaires can get a tax cut.

* "Trump signs order seeking to allow churches to engage in more political activity:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-signs-order-aimed-at-allowing-churches-to-engage-in-more-political-activity/2017/05/04/024ed7c2-30d3-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html?utm_term=.290638e3b836

* "George Will: Trump is "uniquely unfit" to be president:" https://mic.com/articles/176214/george-will-trump-is-uniquely-unfit-to-be-president?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.veGSK9W8G

* "Ivanka, whose company uses exploitative labor, says women shouldn't be "slaves" to their jobs:" https://mic.com/articles/176191/ivanka-trump-uses-toni-morrison-quote-to-warn-women-not-to-be-slaves-to-their-work?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=movement&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.t78qdpSaZ

* "Sean Spicer clashes with press over definition of a wall:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/03/sean-spicer-border-wall-fence

* "Don’t Make Housing for the Poor Too Cozy, Carson Warns:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/us/politics/ben-carson-hud-poverty-plans.html?_r=0

* "Sanders: House health care bill is an insult:"

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* "GOP uses health care as means to tax cuts for the wealthy:"

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* "The seven key consequences of the new GOP health care bill:"

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* "Americans face health care consequences of new Republican bill:"

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* "A Little-Noticed Target in the House Health Bill: Special Education:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/us/politics/health-bill-medicaid-special-education-affordable-care-act.html

* Don’t like it? Call your Senator to complain! "In Trump’s America, Rape Is a Preexisting Condition:" http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/05/under-new-healthcare-bill-rape-is-a-pre-existing-condition.html

* Don’t like it? Call your Senator to complain! "GOP Health Bill Jeopardizes Out-of-Pocket Caps in Employer Plans:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/little-noted-provision-of-gop-health-bill-could-alter-employer-plans-1493890203

* "Want to take immediate revenge on House Republicans who voted to destroy health care? Here's how:" http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/5/4/1658882/-Want-to-take-immediate-revenge-on-House-Republicans-who-voted-to-destroy-health-care-Here-s-how

* "Border Agents Are Wrongly Telling Asylum-Seekers The U.S. Won't Take Them, Report Alleges:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/border-patrol-asylum_us_590a450ce4b02655f843f159

* "As May 5th approaches, i would like to encourage people to not participate in any racist activities. But if yall are so stuck on participating here is a list of how you can:" https://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/160325207278/motherofpalms-motherofpalms

* "Robert Sapolsky - How Science Influences Culture and Politics in "Behave" - Extended Interview:"

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* "MythCrashers: The Abortion Episode! :"

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* "I'm Just a Pill:"

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* "F**king Unbelievable: The GOP Shoves Health Care Through the House:"

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* "Night Of The Living Bill: The Undead Health Care Plan:"

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* "James Comey's Testimony Summed Up In A Word: 'Lordy!':"

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* I went to bed achy, thinking I'd over done it a little. I woke up for sure sick with a lung infection. They extra 2-3 spoons on the new medication were nice while they lasted. I warned the guests, but they decided to come anyway. They were bringing pizza, so I cleaned and made my special tea cupcakes. (Not a euphemism. They are actually made with tea and things like cardamom). Tavy actually let MrBumblepants get close enough to get a good look and even sniffed the guest before retreating to his closet of solitude. (The cat, not the guest). LM came out twice for some nice fish in the kitchen. It's not clear how bad this infection is going to be yet, so fingers crossed. Tavy is such a clever wee thing. He has figured out the feel of the particular inhale I do before a bad coughing jag and jumps off before it starts now.

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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* This is a Real Life friend of mine. They do very much need the money and a number of people and beasts depend on him and his husband. They have been incredibly helpful and supportive of me. If you can kick in, it is a kindness.: https://www.youcaring.com/tod-788345

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: paypal.me/Gwydion or Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Trump judgment on second pick for Army secretary questioned:"

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* "Trump's First 100 Days: Unnecessary Cruelty:"

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* "Booker: GOP health care bill a 'death knell':"

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* "Under the GOP's health plan, sexual assault would be considered a preexisting condition:" https://mic.com/articles/176092/under-the-gop-s-health-plan-sexual-assault-would-be-considered-a-preexisting-condition?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.0lcYJyYMz

* Who to call to resist: http://taibhsearachd.tumblr.com/post/160293677089/rallyforbernie-ducksorclowns

* "'Really bad' or 'catastrophic': Comey defends Clinton choice:" https://apnews.com/5a67afb351864638abef970c320b550c/Senators-to-hear-from-Comey-amid-FBI's-Russia-investigation

* Prosecutors have decided the police were entirely justified in holding Alton Sterling down and executing him in front of a convenience store for no reason. After all, the murdered man was black.

* They knew. "I think one of the most disturbing things about the popular narrative we teach around the Holocaust is how the “No one knew,” myth still flourishes and is still widely spoken and believed." http://trulysophisticat.tumblr.com/post/160295532017/cardozzza-halfhardtorock-i-think-one-of-the

* "Mark Hamill Pranks Star Wars Fans with Epic Surprise for Force For Change:"

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* "Van Cleef & Arpels Automate Fée Ondine:"

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* A reminder to readers: I absolutely do make mistakes. It you catch me in a factual error, I appreciate a heads up. I’d much rather correct something than continue to be wrong. I do mistype. I do occasionally misremember. In some cases new information changes interpretation and in others certain details are in dispute. I definitely do not know everything. I may or may not agree with you on opinion and interpretation when presented with new information or other points of view, but where facts are concerned right is right, whatever the White House insists to the contrary and I thank all of you whose sharp eyes catch me when I slip up.

* "Kamala Khan Deserves Your Support (On the Marvel Boycott Debate):" https://www.thefandomentals.com/boycotting-marvel-not-the-answer/

* I have reached "The Time Meddler" in my Hartnell Doctor Who rewatch. There are the usual cringy problems with the Viking and Early Medieval English people depictions that made it hard to watch first time around, but this time I have been having fun with the irony of the Doctor chastising another Time Lord (though they aren't called that yet) for meddling with the course of historical events. yes, there is a moral difference as the one is using time travel for financial gain and doing something as chaotic as trying to make Harold win the battle with William the Bastard in 1066, but the line is mighty thin as I seem to remember Nine's interference with a certain Satellite Five leading to a complete rewrite of a centuryish of human history and a catastrophic Dalek invasion. Not personal gain, no, but I'd argue the The Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire not happening when and how it should and the Dalek conquering the earth and ruling for however long that was is up there with the Norman Invasion failing.

I'm not saying they knew that that sort of thing was going to happen back in 1965. Of course they didn't, but consider the pesticide story which already aired by this point. This was a time invader or even an alien threat. The Doctor and his companions intervened in an entirely human plan to put a pesticide into production that likely would have destroyed all or most of the food supply, presumably including the Oceans with run off. Absolutely not letting that happen was the right thing to do, but how does that compare to the new Who episode where they don't warn the Pompeians about Vesuvius. How is one a necessary intervention and the other a necessary sacrifice. I know they later introduce "fixed points in time" but how really can one tell objectively. How would someone from any time after the Time Meddlar stopped the Norman invasion know really they were supposed to win? The things that attacked the church when Rose tried to save her father never appeared before or after that one episode and seem mighty arbitrary. Same with that one time a suicide undid Ten's meddling with a fixed point. It never happened again before or after and i can't count the number of times people lived specifically because the Doctor turned up or died when they weren't suppose to because one or another Time lord, Dalek, or assorted flotsam turned up when they shouldn't. How objectively are those cases different? how does it all work with the times the Doctor crossed his own Time lines even though that's not supposed to be possible the way messing with fixed points isn't?

I know, I've rambled off the point, which was that even using only the Hartnell Era episodes aired before Time Meddler, they've handed us a pretty juicy ethical issue about when and what sort of time meddling is acceptable and it only gets more complicated if you add and extra 50+ years of Whovian lore. I'll never be a Hartnell fan and the list of flaws in the writing, accent work, acting, special effects, etc. in the run of the First Doctor make whole swathes of it hard to watch, but they till have some pretty interesting things tucked in between cringe worthy white people playing Aztecs and embarrassing sequences like the rural Southern stereotype on top of the empire state building or that time... was it Hartnell or Troughton? where all the Americans talk like John Wayne even though I've never met an American in real life who talks like John Wayne nor seen one in TV or film except the actual John Wayne. For all the problematic elements and outright bad decisions made here or there, as early as 1965, they were trying to pose ethical questions that are worth debating and concepts worth mulling as good science fiction often does.

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* Republicans want to remind you that a trillion dollar tax cut for the richest 2% is so incredibly pressing that it is absolutely necessary to kick millions of working people off their health care. They want to remind you that absolutely every one who is sick deserves it because of "poor choices" including people born with genetic diseases and congenital defects,people deliberately poisoned because of choices Republicans made to legalize the dumping of mining debris and toxic waste into their water supply or deliberately giving them lead poisoning in Flint, and especially for anyone who has ever been raped. According to Republicans anyone who has eve been raped deserves to pay out of pocket for medial treatment and mental health treatment since they chose to be violently assaulted. Similarly, pregnancy is a pre-existing condition so anyone who can't afford to pay an extra 20,000 dollars a year for health insurance ought to be denied pre-natal health care and should be forced to pay out of pocket for all medical costs. This will have the added benefit of dramatic increasing maternal and infant mortality which is an important cornerstone of the Republican pro-life agenda as can be seen by the doubling of both in Texas as a result of their pro-life policies there. Republicans want to remind you that all cancer is entirely the patient's fault and that charging cancer patients and survivors and extra 140.000 a year or more for insurance is the Christian thing to do and therefore the right and moral price is to let people die. After all, no number of lives are to many to sacrifice to prevent billionaires from having to pay their share of taxes into a system they benefit from mightily on every level.

They have announced they have enough votes to pass this monstrous thing in the House. If you possibly can and have Republican Congress Critters, phone first thing in the morning to complain. Call your house Member first, but don't forget your Senators, as it goes there next and we need them to say no. Real human beings will die in numbers I sudden to contemplate if this passes.

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* I wrote this elsewhere, but thought it might be of general interest:

There are good science based anti-bullying curricula that focuses on proactive adults and the bystander effect. Rather than the usual victim blaming and placing the onus for fixing things on the person under attack, it mobilizes the adults in the school to intervene early wherever possible and focuses on getting the kids who are not directly involved to take whichever the following steps they are comfortable with. 1. Leave. Bullies read silence as support. 2. get an adult. 3. Signal disapproval of the bully. Most people are not up to 3, but one and two actually do work if you have the adults in the school actually committed to improving things, and if you turn the school culture around and kids start feeling safe speaking up, you do start getting three. I’ve seen girls mob a jerk hassling a disabled kid before I could cross the room. I’ve seen boys confronting a homophobe. We are talking middle school here, the absolute worst as far as bullying goes. It does not work if the whole school staff doesn’t commit from Principal on down and in the early stages it takes a lot of effort from the adults, but I’ve never been prouder of my kids than when i saw them standing up for each other after I modeled how to do it in the early part of the year. note that the same concepts tend to work when women are being harassed in public places. If multiple people step in together in a bullying situation in a school or at a bus stop or wherever, the bully tends to back the fuck off. There is power in numbers if people of good will have the corage to step in. A good school anti-bullying program is about systemic change that empowers kids and adults to protect people being harassed.

I’ve also seen it not work places where the implementation is half assed. It also takes time and effort the first half year to a year to get the momentum going, so it needs an energetic administrator and enough staff willing to try to make it work. It gets way easier once the positive change in school culture gains momentum, and in the long run is much less work and distress for everybody but the first part is pushing a boulder up hill.

I am sorry all schools don’t do it. I’m sorry that there are still Social Darwinist dinosaurs out in classrooms and in Administrators offices. I am sorry there are pro-bullying racists and homophobes in authority in schools where they should absolutely not be allowed.

It is never the kid being picked on’s fault. It is certainly the fault of the bully, but it is all absolutelyalso the fault of Admin and staff for being too lazy to protect the students under their charge. It’s never 100% percent, but it absolutely is possible to change things if the will is there.

The reason most Anti-bullying curriculum is shit is because the adults at your school decided they’d rather be lazy than keep you safe. It’s not 1970. They know perfectly well the old platitudes don’t work, and how to do it properly. They are choosing not to.



* Today was pretty productive despite a rocky start. People got delivered where they needed to go. I cleared out a bunch of meat Squirrel had found too daunting by dint of giving it to friends who will use it. (Squirrel has been learning to cook for himself since the big health scare a few years ago. I haven't cooked meat since Skye and I broke up so I'm in the neighborhood of a decadish rusty, but I have helped him here and there with tips and suggestions, but mostly by making sure he has chicken and fish and then reminding him that he needs to cook what's defrosted before it goes bad until he either cooks it or it goes bad. He does the actual cooking himself and has made a lot of progress, but the last few months, the large meats have been taking up space and he's been basically paralyzed by things he can not cook. He's got plenty of smaller things and I've been getting him to cook for himself again the last week or two, so now is an ideal time to get things he can't handle out of the way of the things he can, if that makes sense). Anyway, the meats are sorted out. I hit the far grocery on the way back from dropping of a friend and meat, and got staple supplies. I somehow managed to be under budget despite buying too much cheese yesterday, which is important, as it means I now have a tzaziki allowance to spread over the rest of the month. I planted a new basil plant in favor of the one that didn't make it. This one is big and healthy. The guy said likely the one I got last month took chill coming over the pass and the failure to thrive likely wasn't my fault. I also wasted what was left of the toilet paper money after buying toilet paper on discount bulbs. They were not the species I wanted specifically and it is too late in season, but it was a lot of bulbs and not much money and they are things I will enjoy if they make it. I buried them with the seed infused compost, so if I don't get flowers, odds are I will get tomatoes and if I'm lucky carrot greens. Everything is put away. The dishes are running. I had Baba Ganouj and the tale end of Tzaziki with warm garlic naan and huckleberry sweet tea for dinner The lettuce is growing so well I can likely have salad again tomorrow, and last Sunday I had fresh from the garden baby asparagus with my risotto, cut rinsed, and cooked just long enough to be soft enough to eat. I still really need another big planter minimum and I could really use more stands, but such is life.

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