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* It’s so good to see Vladimir Kara-Murz alive and reasonably healthy looking and still fighting. "Russian oligarchs, and what they may want from the U.S.:"

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* "Unpopular Senate healthcare bill lacks support from governors:"

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* Trumpcare Update: Looks like they are using McCain's illness as an excuse to delay the bill. We still need the third no, so please keep the pressure on.

* TW: Domestic Violence. "‘We didn’t recognise that he was dangerous’: our father killed our mother and sister:" https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/17/we-didnt-recognise-that-he-was-dangerous-our-father-killed-our-mother-and-sister

* "5 Realities About The World’s Scariest Police Department:" http://www.cracked.com/article_24806_why-nypd-weirdest-police-department-in-world.html

* "Quantifying the additional killings committed by cops when they get military weapons:" https://boingboing.net/2017/07/01/cops-are-civilians.html

* "You're In A Human Rights Fight Right Now:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/youre-in-human-rights-fight-right-now.html

* "Black Trans Advocacy Statement Concerning HB 46 and HB 50:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/black-trans-advocacy-statement.html

* "How Lesbians Cared For And Fought For Gay Men During the AIDS Crisis:" http://andymatic.com/how-lesbians-cared-for-and-fought-for-gay-men-during-the-aids-crisis/

* "This Mom’s Response To Her Daughter Calling Her Fat Was Pitch Perfect:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/alison-kimmey-body-positive-instagram-mom_us_5947fad9e4b0edb84c1472d6

* "Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem?:" https://www.fastcompany.com/40439316/are-you-ready-to-consider-that-capitalism-is-the-real-problem

* "My aunt had a dinner party, and then she took her guests to kill 180 Jews:" http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.798168

* More on the Indigenous Women Wrestlers of Bolivia: http://rejectedprincesses.tumblr.com/post/162045086043/the-top-of-this-post-is-a-25-minute-documentary-on#notes

* Knightriders will always be my very favorite of his, for all my fondness for his Zombies and the Crazies. "George A. Romero, 'Night of the Living Dead' creator, dies at 77:" http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-me-george-romero-20170716-story.html

* "Sunday Sweets: Drama Queens:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/7/16/sunday-sweets-drama-queens.html

* I stopped watching Doctor Who, which I'd been literally watching since infancy (with gaps when I hadn't access to TV or the show wasn't on local PBS, but I've seen all the surviving episodes up until I quit in season 8. Seriously, I can't remember before my Dad and I used to watch Baker and Pertwee episodes both of which broadcast in my area all through my child, plus the 5th Doctor ones once Tom baker retired from being the Doctor. I'm old school fandom.), because the relentless sexism and general lack of diversity rendered the Moffat Era ones unwatchable to the point I gave up early in Capaldi. I want to make super clear my dislike of the incredibly bad, steadily deteriorating, and -ism ridden writing is in no way a reflection on Mr. Smith or Mr. Capaldi, both of whom did fine work with what they had, or on the people playing the companions. I quit a fandom I'd loved for 40ish years because Moffat kept smuggly moffatting over it.

I have heard Moffat is out after this season in exchange for Chris Chibnall, and while in my heart of hearts I'd dreamcast Sophie Okonedo, I am incredibly happy for Jodie Whittaker and am looking forward to watching a show I used to love again.

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

* "What can I do to help Syria?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161385222607/what-can-i-do-to-help-syria

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

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

* Want to fight Climate Change? "Ready to Mobilize? Start Here!:" http://www.theclimatemobilization.org/start_here

* 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

* This is my oldest continuous Real Life friend. She is disabled and really needs the money for herself and beasts. To buy jewelry from her: https://www.etsy.com/shop/karjack

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

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* "A Parable From Down Under for U.S. Climate Scientists:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/climate/a-parable-from-down-under-for-us-climate-scientists.html?mcubz=0

* "Theresa May orders contaminated blood scandal inquiry:" https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/11/contaminated-blood-scandal-theresa-may-orders-inquiry

* This is so gross. "Trump told the French First Lady that she was "in such good shape":" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-tells-french-first-lady-she-s-such-good-shape-n782696

* "State Department spent more than $15,000 for rooms at new Trump hotel in Vancouver:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/state-department-spent-more-than-15000-for-rooms-at-new-trump-hotel-in-vancouver/2017/07/12/5eba5d0c-61bf-11e7-84a1-a26b75ad39fe_story.html?utm_term=.f6729351feac

* "Judge: Grandparents count as close family for travel ban:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/14/politics/hawaii-travel-ban-bona-fide-relationships/index.html

* "Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger in Emails: ‘Watch Your Back , Bitch’:" https://www.propublica.org/article/marc-kasowitz-trump-lawyer-threat-emails-maddow

* "Russian-American lobbyist joined Trump's son's meeting, too:" https://apnews.com/dceed1008d8f45afb314aca65797762a

* Things that make me go Hmmmmm.... "Mike Pence's Press Secretary Won't Say If His Boss Met With Russians:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-pence-marc-lotter-fox-news-no-answer_us_5966f931e4b0a8d46d12100b

* "Conway uses flash cards to explain Russia controversy:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/13/politics/kellyanne-conway-flash-cards-donald-trump-jr/index.html

* "Trump-Russia investigators probe Jared Kushner-run digital operation:" http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article160803619.html

* "Trump Jr Russian meeting story unpacking like a nesting doll:"

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* "White House fails to protect personal data in voter feedback:"

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* "Health care protesters deploy 'flat Rob Portman':"

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* "Trump's budget would reduce deficit but wouldn't balance like White House promised, CBO says:" http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/13/cbo-releases-analysis-of-trumps-budget.html

* So steal things people literally need to survive to build a nonsensical wall we don’t need. "King: Use funding from food stamps, Planned Parenthood to pay for border wall:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/12/politics/steve-king-food-stamps-border-wall-cnntv/index.html

* "Graham introduces repeal back-up plan:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/13/lindsey-graham-health-care-proposal-240503

* So Republicans think their own health care bill is so terrible and potentially deadly they are thinking of exempting themselves from it. "Senate Republicans exempt own health coverage from part of latest proposal:" https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/13/15966034/senate-republicans-exemption

* "As White House election integrity panel begins work, civil rights watchdogs set up a hotline:" https://mic.com/articles/180997/as-white-house-election-integrity-panel-begins-work-civil-rights-watchdogs-set-up-a-hotline?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.Xjw3xWjGx

* "Y'all know that individual health behaviors - choices around nutrition, exercise, smoking, etc. - only account for about 25% of a person’s health status? :" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/162939757550/jhscdood-heavyweightheart-yall-know-that#notes

* "Typecast as a terrorist:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/15/riz-ahmed-typecast-as-a-terrorist?CMP=share_btn_fb

* "AG Sessions under fire for closed-door speech:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/12/politics/jeff-sessions-alliance-defending-freedom-summit/index.html

* "Chicago Dyke March Drops Pretense, Deploys Anti-Semitic Term Popularized by Neo-Nazis:" http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/240785/chicago-dyke-march-drops-pretense-deploys-anti-semitic-term-popularized-by-neo-nazis?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=post&utm_term=Chicago+Dyke+March+Drops+Pretense%2C+Deploys+Anti-Semitic+Term+Popularized+by+Neo-Nazis&utm_content=July2017

* "Liberty over safety is the Texas anti-vaxxer way:" https://news.vice.com/story/liberty-over-safety-is-the-texas-anti-vaxxer-way

* Every time BBC runs that past headlines thing with the guy breaking in to ask the Queen for a smoke, my brain does this. "The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (There is a Light that Never goes Out/Panic):"

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* "Trump Said More Than ‘Bonjour’ To France’s First Lady’ :"

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* "Stephen Recreates Kellyanne Conway's 'Fun With Words':"

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* "The Late Show's Teen Secrets: Snortable Chocolate Edition:"

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* "Stephen's Book Report On The New Steve Bannon Exposé:"

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* "Stephen Takes A Bite Out Of Jeff Sessions:"

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* "Coexisting With The Fair Folk Who Have Taken Up Residence In/Around/Beneath Your University: A How-To Guide:" http://charminglyantiquated.tumblr.com/post/157198258378/coexisting-with-the-fair-folk-who-have-taken-up

* "Poet reveals what it’s like to have sex when you have a disability:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/160155187875/micdotcom-watch-poet-reveals-what-its-like-to

* "The Paintings used in ‘Black Sails’ (Part 14):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/160132507312/the-paintings-used-in-black-sails-part-14

* "Jack Rackham and the bust in Boston (’Black Sails’):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/160675459172/jack-rackham-and-the-bust-in-boston-black

* Bullying or Media? http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/160208600200/naamahdarling-spiritscraft-werewolfetude

* "Does Fear The Walking Dead Have A Race Problem?:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/does-fear-walking-dead-have-race-problem.html

* "Foreshadowing with Maps (’Black Sails’):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/161107800922/foreshadowing-with-maps-black-sails

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

* "What can I do to help Syria?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161385222607/what-can-i-do-to-help-syria

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

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

* Want to fight Climate Change? "Ready to Mobilize? Start Here!:" http://www.theclimatemobilization.org/start_here

* 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

* This is my oldest continuous Real Life friend. She is disabled and really needs the money for herself and beasts. To buy jewelry from her: https://www.etsy.com/shop/karjack

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Pentagon: US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time:" https://apnews.com/a770b34790584b62b46aa37eec843059/US-shoots-down-Syrian-Air-Force-fighter

* "Trump: 'I think we did a good job' on the Panama Canal:"

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* "Career criminal, mob ties, Trump associate:"

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* "RICO lawsuit exposes Trump Russia ties on another front:"

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* "White House plans to push House GOP for friendlier Russia sanctions deal:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/17/trump-white-house-russia-sanctions-deal-239636

* "FBI Director nominee removed reference to case involving Russian government from law firm bio:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/20/politics/kfile-fbi-nominee-law-firm-bio/index.html

* "Trump's FBI Pick Billed Taxpayers $2 Million As Christie's Bridgegate Lawyer:" https://www.wnyc.org/story/trumps-fbi-pick-bills-taxpayers-21-million-including-airfare-christies-bridgegate-lawyer/

* "Flynn didn’t disclose role in Saudi deal with Russians, congressional letter says:" http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article157014574.html

* "U.S. investigators in Russia probe look at role of Flynn partner:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-kian-idUSKBN19B0ZL

* "Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-lawyers-idUSKBN19A1CM

* "Six People Have Resigned From Trump's HIV/AIDS Advisory Council Because He "Doesn't Care":" https://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/trump-hiv-aids-pacha-resignations?utm_term=.am4olYNRD#.drPrP6o13

* "Pompeo still briefed Flynn on secrets as CIA knew concerns: NYT:"

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* "Computer-Security Firm Says Voter Data Set Left Unprotected Online:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/computer-security-firm-says-voter-data-set-left-unprotected-online-1497877200

* "Supreme Court takes partisan gerrymandering case:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/19/politics/supreme-court-partisan-gerrymandering/index.html

* "McConnell wants to force health care vote by July 4th:" https://www.axios.com/mcconnell-schedule-health-care-vote-2444017826.html

* "Gianforte calls for civil politics after assaulting reporter:" https://www.apnews.com/ae22cf2b02094a5fa283053d30267f2c

* The Republicans won in South Carolina and Georgia.

* "Body found in Virginia pond believed to be missing Muslim teen:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-charged-murder-muslim-teen-who-disappeared-way-mosque-n773986

* "Judge Dismisses Kendrick Johnson Wrongful Death Suit, Cites Negligence on Part of Teen's Parents:" http://atlantablackstar.com/2017/06/16/judge-dismisses-kendrick-johnson-wrongful-death-suit-cites-negligence-part-teens-parents/?utm_content=bufferda3e7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "Killing Black People Is As American As Apple Pie:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/killing-black-people-is-as-american-as.html

* "My grandfather is a residential school survivor.:" http://trulysophisticat.tumblr.com/post/162030622407/jadedfalling-unfriendlyindigenoushottie-my

* "Juneteenth 2017- Moni's Message To My Texas Black Trans Family:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/juneteenth-2017-monis-message-to-my.html

* It's even worse than initially thought. "Update: An Interview with the Transgender Patron Denied Access to the "Family" Bathroom at Seattle Public Library:" http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/06/09/25204540/transgender-patron-denied-access-to-family-bathroom-at-seattle-public-library

* Abortion Saved Her Life: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/162029847291

* My first two carnations ever, carnations being my second favorite flower.: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162062396687/my-first-two-carnations-ever-carnations-being-my

* "Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid #3) by Seanan McGuire:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/half-off-ragnarok-incryptid-3-by-seanan.html

* "Fear The Walking Dead, Season Three, Episode Three: TEOTWAWKI:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/fear-walking-dead-season-three-episode.html

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

* "What can I do to help Syria?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161385222607/what-can-i-do-to-help-syria

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

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

* "So, what can people do?*:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/161640495373/so-what-can-people-do

* Want to fight Climate Change? "Ready to Mobilize? Start Here!:" http://www.theclimatemobilization.org/start_here

* 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

* This is my oldest continuous Real Life friend. She is disabled and really needs the money for herself and beasts. To buy jewelry from her: https://www.etsy.com/shop/karjack

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* The Republicans have postponed the vote to take health care away from 24 million hard working Americans. It's not dead and we need to keep the pressure up.

Watching people in the town halls begging there Congressmen not to kill them, their wives, their parents, and/or children very specifically, naming the diseases that they have and that that vote will literally kill them without their cancer treatment, medications, etc., I started thinking of Die Ins. I know some of you are too young to remember these though you may have seen stills or the like. Back in the days when people were dying so incredibly fast, when the press was mostly ignoring or demonizing the dead and dying, when no one gave a fuck in Washington that we were losing a goodly chunk of two generations of our Queer community, when the President refused to even say the words HIV and AIDS, when the politicians were fighting hard against funding for research and prevention backed by the Christian Wrong, the literal dying used to go and protest in this way. I think that the heartless conscienceless monsters who want to kill so many of us (us being ordinary people) so the riches 2% and the insurance companies can get yet another tax cut. They preach about us not wanting to die as an evil undeserved entitlement, but what about the incredible entitlement of the very rich who want to take someone's cancer treatments or their insulin because as people who were born incredible wealthy they believe the whole of our government only exists to take away from the poor and middle class to give to them these undeserved and unneeded extras. This is blood money.

They should have to step over the bodies of the sick and the elderly and the injured every fucking place they go. The should have to step over us going into and out of their district offices and homes. They should have to step over us on the way to vote. They are their richest 2% donars should have to step over us going into and out of speeches and fundraisers. They have proved thy are incapable of decency, empathy, or shame, but they can be made personally uncomfortable and they are capable of noticing how the optics might effect their reputations.

We need to bring back the Die Ins because if we can not stop them the death toll will be terrible.

* "Attacker in Midtown stabbing admits he wanted to kill black men:" http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/suspect-midtown-knife-killing-surrenders-cops-article-1.3005263

* "Why Is A Hate Group Meddling In An Illinois School Board Race?:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/why-is-hate-group-meddling-in-illinois.html



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* "Russia UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin dead at 64:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/20/europe/russia-un-ambassador-vitaly-churkin-dead/

* "Trump's lawyer hand-delivered Michael Flynn a secret plan to lift sanctions on Russia:" http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-lawyer-delivered-michael-flynn-plan-to-lift-sanctions-on-russia-2017-2

* "33 questions about Donald Trump and Russia:" http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/20/14625788/trump-russia-putin-manafort-page-stone

* "From an Anchor’s Lips to Trump’s Ears to Sweden’s Disbelief:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/world/europe/trump-pursues-his-attack-on-sweden-with-scant-evidence.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

* "Is the Trump administration stupid or nefarious?:"

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* I do not understand how this is acceptable. "Trump's F-35 Calls Came With a Surprise: Rival CEO Was Listening:" https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-16/trump-s-f-35-calls-came-with-a-surprise-rival-ceo-was-listening

* "In Trump’s Volleys, Echoes of Alex Jones’s Conspiracy Theories:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/business/media/alex-jones-conspiracy-theories-donald-trump.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

* "Pruitt mails show lobbyists seeking puppet:"

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* "Muslim adviser quits after 8 days of Trump admin.:"

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* "The town halls are working:"

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* "Gutiérrez On Being Asked To Leave ICE Meeting In Capitol By Speaker Ryan And Chairman Goodlatte:" https://gutierrez.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/guti-rrez-being-asked-leave-ice-meeting-capitol-speaker-ryan-and

* The Trump administration insists that forceably outing trans children by forcing them to use the wrong bathrooms and thus subjecting them to danger of violence and bullying is a measure somehow designed to "ensure the safety of students" and that the right to discriminate is a matter of states rights and not one of equal protection under the law as promised by the U S Constitution. I thought the Civil War and the 14th Amendment was meant to settle this issue, but Trump and sessions want to roll us back to 1850, so I suppose it's not a surprise.

* TW: contains depictions of police violence against women, but she is very clear about when she is going to show the images, so I am posting it. "The urgency of intersectionality | Kimberlé Crenshaw :"

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* This had me in tears: http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/157255911476/when-people-say-we-survived-reagan-bush

* "Rest In Power and Peace Keke Collier:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/rest-in-power-and-peace-keke-collier.html

* "Hating Comic Sans Is Ableist:" https://theestablishment.co/hating-comic-sans-is-ableist-bc4a4de87093#.6r2xdjtxt

* "If 'President Trump' Is Hard To Say, Try 'Senator Kid Rock':"

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* "Infowars' Alex Jones Is Trump's CAPS LOCK Advisor:"

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* "Trump Bravely Calls Slavery 'Not Good':"

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* "GOP Town Halls Have Devolved Into Angry Mobs... And Worse:"

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* "Today Trump Honored Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington And... Ben Carson:"

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* "No Obamacare? No Problem! Try These GOP Home Remedies:"

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* I spent the day in bed with headache and the shakes (which is a thing that just happens and may or may not have anything to do with the whole sick thing), which gradually morphed into a particularly nasty case of antibiotic sickness. Given I've been on one antibiotic or another most of February, the miracle is it didn't hit me much sooner. I only need to stick it out a few more days, but it won't be fun.

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* "‘The lowest of the stack’: why black women are struggling with mental health:" https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/feb/08/black-women-mental-health-high-rates-depression-anxiety

* Add to Daesh's terrible cafe attack in Bagdad, several unclaimed attacks in Saudi Arabia including a particularly sacrilegious one on Medina, all in violation of the Koran and the traditional Ramadan peace.

* "Pres. Obama campaigns for Hillary Clinton:"

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* Donald Trump posted an antisemitic image aimed at Hilary Clinton cribbed out of a white supremacist chat room.

* "The nasty online world of Donald Trump:"

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* "The sad saga of Trump's anti-Semitic tweet:"

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* I'm not holding my breath, as there have been a lot of vaccine trials that failed in the past, but fingers crossed. "End in sight for HIV?:" http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2016/05/19/End-in-sight-for-HIV

* "Donald Trump's Racist Tweet Problem:"

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* "Donald Trump's Anti-Semitism Controversy:"

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* "That Last Scene:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/146245537967/that-last-scene

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Donate to help refugees: http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* A list of LGBTQA Charities: http://awkward0w1.tumblr.com/post/126399233673

* 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 New iPhone Might Shut Off Next Time You Try to Film the Police in Public:" https://mic.com/articles/147377/the-new-i-phone-might-shut-off-next-time-you-try-to-film-the-police-in-public?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=future&utm_campaign=social#.lC1PeJVBN

* "Federal Judge Confirms that San Francisco Police Target Black People in Drug Law Enforcement:" https://www.aclunc.org/blog/federal-judge-confirms-san-francisco-police-target-black-people-drug-law-enforcement

* "White Woman Shouts Racist Trash At A Black KCCI Reporter:" https://blackmattersus.com/10325-white-woman-shouts-racist-trash-at-a-black-kcci-reporter/

* "Leaked NC bill creates transgender HB2 SRS ID cards:" http://planettransgender.com/nc-transgender-hb2-srs-id-cards/

* I'm not holding my breath, as there have been a lot of vaccine trials that failed in the past, but fingers crossed. "End in sight for HIV?:" http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2016/05/19/End-in-sight-for-HIV

* "We Are America ft. John Cena | Love Has No Labels:"

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* There were a lot of really loud fireworks, including mortars going off right in our complex, occasionally within about 20 feet of our windows. This caused much feline consternation and after about five minutes of semi panicky toing and froing they each retreated to their rooms to hide. LM, a veteran of the twice a year mortarfest, trotted out casual like about fifteen minutes after the explosions stopped. It was Tavy's first time, and he didn't come out until past 1AM. He came right over for a long, reassuring shoulder cuddle, before doing his usual rounds, poor wee thing.

* "A Darker Tone: The Chronicles of Narnia Reread Project Part 6:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/silver-chair-chronicles-narnia-reread-project-part-6/

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Donate to help refugees: http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* A list of LGBTQA Charities: http://awkward0w1.tumblr.com/post/126399233673

* 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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* "Here's The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read To Her Attacker:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/katiejmbaker/heres-the-powerful-letter-the-stanford-victim-read-to-her-ra?bftw&utm_term=.xb5E9qlX4#.ay4RdgVB5

* "Victim speaks out on Stanford sex assault:"

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* "The First AIDS Report, 35 Years Ago:" http://www.advocate.com/hiv-aids/2016/6/05/first-aids-report-35-years-ago

* "Gay mullah flees Iran over secret same-sex weddings:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36276965

* "London’s Life-Saving, Publicly Accessible Enema Kits:" http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/object-of-intrigue-londons-lifesaving-publicly-accessible-enema-kits

* So DS9 is my favorite Star Trek franchise and Cisco is my favorite Captain, but I haven't seen them since the last season was on the air. I've started a rewatch. It's a rare occasion where my original opinions still hold true after this much time. I was not much fond of the plot of the pilot at the time, but love Cisco, Kira, and Odo particularly off the bat and that's still true. I still deeply delight in Garrick (introduced second episode and forgotten about for what feels like way too many episodes). The set design is perfect for what it's trying to convey. I love Bajoran culture. I love the gloriously cranky hundred year old Bajoran judge in the Dax trial episode. The Cardassins are ridiculously well designed both as a visual design and a culture.

All this time later, I still think they spend way to much time on Miles O'Brian, who was bland and boring on TNG and here is bland and boring only in the foreground. (Plus I have residual dislike of the character because of stuff that hasn't happened yet). I had honestly forgotten how annoying and puppish first season Bashir was, though my opinion of his actor's handsomeness hasn't changed a jot. I am loving all over again the female characters rolling their eyes at his ego. I know I'll love him too once the character grows up a little, but for now, it's fun watching him strike out despite his goo looks. I keep getting startled by how young Jake is, as my mental picture of him is from series end instead of the beginning.

First time around I thought Jadzia Dax was bland, likely because she got overshadowed by stronger characters in the first few episodes. This time around, I'm impressed by the acting, which is often subtle, and I like what they are trying to do with her and Trills in general better. I suspect I might have still been subconsciously blaming Star Trek in general for the way TNG wimped out on gender and orientation issues. (I was holding a completely unfair grudge against Johnathon Frakes for the worst of these disappointments, one I still grit my teeth over, until I learned earlier this year that he did want to do things properly and protested the network wimping out. I wish my friends and I had know at the time because we were furious. Anyway, I apologize for a couple decades of unfair grudge against Mr. Frakes).

The two things that really don't hold up so far are 1. wincingly bad early CGI Odo morphing effects, and 2. the embarrassingly primitive computers. These are tiny compared to shows I love like classic Who, but I mention them as they are pretty much the only things so far that don't stand up to a decades later rewatch. I stand by my deep fondness for DS9 and it's still my favorite Star Trek. I am having a genuinely good time watching.

This morning I hit the first episode that flat out made no sense. I get the point was to seed long arc information about Changelings, but the plot flat out makes no sense as it hinges on Odo (Odo!) failing to arrest the Miradon for trying to sell stolen goods and on suspicion of Piracy, thus leaving him free to hunt the runabout. It's flat out not in character for Odo to miss that especially as the Changeling distraction comes after he inexplicably fails to arrest the guy. Still, we're past the halfway mark on season one and that's a long time for Star Trek to go without a plot completely falling apart, though there have been several other borderline ones at this point (I'm looking at you Quark gaming episode).

* "Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 7: Burning Bridges:" http://imgur.com/a/qvajN#qdGyPY4

* "Ozzy Man Reviews: Game of Thrones - Season 6 Episode 7:"

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* "Broadway's Hamilton - Opening Number Homage to Sweeney Todd :"

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* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Donate to help refugees: http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* A list of LGBTQA Charities: http://awkward0w1.tumblr.com/post/126399233673

* 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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* "Why working-class actors are a disappearing breed:" http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/may/08/working-class-actors-disappearing-britain-class-privilege-access-posh?CMP=share_btn_tw

* "More Than 100 Americans Have Been Killed in Mass Shootings in 2016:" http://www.vice.com/read/more-than-100-americans-have-been-killed-in-mass-shootings-in-2016
* "Watch This Comedy Trio Skewer The Offensive Questions Transgender People Get Asked:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/lanesainty/trans-comedian-counters-rude-questions-in-the-best-way?utm_term=.baB4yJgV4#.kf06L9wd6

* "100 Years of Beauty - Episode 20: Syria (Jessica):"

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* "100 Years of Beauty - Episode 17: Egypt (Dina):"

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* "100 Years of Beauty - Episode 19: Ireland (Stephanie) :"

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* "100 Years of Beauty - Episode 21: Kenya (Keesee) :"

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* "A generation of artists were wiped out by Aids and we barely talk about it:" http://www.theguardian.com/society/commentisfree/2016/apr/20/a-generation-of-artists-were-wiped-out-by-aids-and-we-barely-talk-about-it-robert-mapplethorpe

* Squirrel's trip to the hospital for a scheduled procedure went swimmingly and he looked noticeably better when I brought him home than he has in ages.

* "Actor Creates Movie Trailer Using Random People on the Street:" http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2016/05/actor-creates-movie-trailer-using.html

* "Containment, Season 1, Episode 4: With Silence and Tears:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/05/containment-season-1-episode-4-with.html

* "Containment, Season 1, Episode 3: Be Angry At The Sun:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/05/containment-season-1-episode-3-be-angry.html

* "Fangs For The Fantasy: Rape by Deception:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/05/rape-by-deception.html

* "Sunday Sweets: Oh. Em. GEODE.:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/5/15/sunday-sweets-oh-em-geode.html

* "Amy Schumer Just Made an Excellent Point About the Old Men Policing Her Vagina :" http://mic.com/articles/141561/this-inside-amy-schumer-sketch-nails-what-s-wrong-with-women-s-health-in-america?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=style&utm_campaign=social#.LUCDC85MJ

* "Kit Harington Explains How He Revealed Jon Snow's Fate to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket:" http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2016/05/kit-harington-on-revealing-jon-snows.html

* "Here Are All The Ways You Can Help Fort McMurray:" http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/05/04/fort-mcmurray-how-to-help_n_9843774.html?ncid=tweetlnkcahpmg00000002

* Want to help Equador in the wake of their Earthquake? http://www.ifrc.org/en/news-and-media/news-stories/americas/ecuador/ecuador-red-cross-responds-to-deadly-earthquake-72129/

* Zimbabwe has joined Ethiopia in disaster level drought People and animals are dying. Want to help? https://www.wfp.org/help

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Donate to help refugees: http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* A list of LGBTQA Charities: http://awkward0w1.tumblr.com/post/126399233673

* 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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* "Why Romeo and Juliet can still break hearts – and families:" http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/features/romeo-and-juliet-william-shakespeare-romantic-tragedy-can-still-break-hearts-a6917886.html

* "The forgotten survivors of AIDS:" http://projects.sfchronicle.com/2016/living-with-aids/story/

* I really needed sleep, but was woken up three times by IRS Scam robocalls. The on and off headache I've been struggling with hit me hard when I woke up. I was meant to do a bunch of things around the house and do another batch of ebays, as I need approx 200.00 more dollars than I have what with property taxes. I achieved none of it.

Bjorn to be Wyld Jason has infected me with Eluveitie. he always did have the best music.

Tavy and LM had their first sharing the bed nap. They were nowhere near each other, but there'd been serious hissing last time, so progress. He’s figured out the water fountain has good water and he’s willing to drink from an actual water bowl!

I am very fond of Tavy, but I can't wait until he grows out of his viscous unprovoked attacks on my crotch without warning phase of kittenhood.

* Superheroes: http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03302016.shtml

* Plays in Three Panels: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/142110872662/goodticklebrain-if-theatre-is-my-drug-then

* EBAYs, 1ish days, 1 no bid:

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* Zimbabwe has joined Ethiopia in disaster level drought People and animals are dying. Want to help? https://www.wfp.org/help

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Want to help finance my meds/medical co pays? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Donate to help refugees: http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* A list of LGBTQA Charities: http://awkward0w1.tumblr.com/post/126399233673

* 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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* "Who gets to attend Trump rallies?:"

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* "Trump touts 'excitement' of protests and strife at rallies:"

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* "Dan Rather helps put 2016 chaos into perspective:"

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* "O'Connor undermines GOP talking points on Court vacancy:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/oconnor-undermines-gop-talking-points-court-vacancy#

* I will vote for whoever wins the Democratic Primary when the general comes around. I give you my word on that. Still, I am having a really hard time letting go my fury on the AIDS thing. Reagan fiddled while our world burned. How could anyone who lived through that in real time and was old enough to understand praise that and then claim to be our friend. People are still getting infected. People are still dying of it, here and around the world, and Hilary Clinton saw fit to praise the man who led the prevention and research obstructionism efforts for how much that silence and heel dragging sparked the conversation. Fuck you! Seriously, Fuck you! How dare you! I do not see how she could have been a politically active adult alive in the '80's and been completely unaware of what was all the fuck over the news. I do not see how she could have missed the protests and the die ins and all the actual heroines and heroes of the fight to get funding and help. I just don't see how that's even a little plausible. Yes, she apologized, and I will turn out in November come what may, but it's half a week later and I am trying really hard not to hate her. (I've never been fond of the Clintons, but I always liked her better than him when they were in the White House and I had genuine sympathy for her when she was subjected to all the nasty misogynistic and unfair attacks then and now. Him, I'll never forgive for a whole list of things he did as president policy wise. I do not conflate the two and never have).

I am of the opinion that both Democratic presidential candidates have areas of concern, but they are both worlds ahead of the disasters the Republicans are fielding. Seriously I will vote, but it would help a lot if I’m not asked to do it while vomiting a little in my mouth. It would really help if they’d both get their acts together on saying terrible fucking things for no good reason.

* "Bryan Stevenson, Founder & Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative - Boldly Going:"

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* "Matthew Desmond: ‘I want my work to bear witness to this problem that’s raging in our cities’:" http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/mar/11/matthew-desmond-the-problem-raging-in-our-cities-milwaukee

* "Donald Trump's Political Fight Club:"

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* I'm suspecting that the low grade lung infection I've had... technically all year? Since early January is part of the problem. I'm suspecting squirrel also brought home some other low grade infection from the nursing home. Me feeling generalized crappy could mean nearly anything, but he seems to be the same sort of crappy only without the lung thing. How is it I am never the winner in pathogen Fight Club? Anyway, despite yet another day of hardly any spoons I dragged myself out to mail the ebays and change books at the library. I also sorted out the garden again (Look, I do that a lot this time of year), plus some other small stuff I couldn't put off around the house). I just discovered there might be a second Schrodinger's visitor on top of the kitty Road trip visitors (a different day). Plus I really need to remember to do phone bureaucracy. And sort out the kitchen. Prep for guests. And on and on. the thought of having to forage Wednesday nearly reduced me to tears just now thinking of it. I'm this exhausted today from a Post Office trip that didn't require any actual waiting in line. I do want all the guests and Rescue Kitty. I think it's forage that's going to have to give. We'll see how I am after sleep.

* The Hamiltons. "The Paintings used in ‘Black Sails’ (Part 6):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/140284206087/the-paintings-used-in-black-sails-part-6

* Woodes Rogers. "The Paintings used in ‘Black Sails’ (Part 7):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/140755833792/the-paintings-used-in-black-sails-part-7

* "Special Edition: Sculpture/or ‘Why I think Jack Rackham might die’:" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/140868716072/special-edition-sculptureor-why-i-think-jack

* EBAYs, Relist:

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* Help pay for gas to get a rescue kitty safe to his new forever home. paypal@ninjakitten.com


* Want to help the people of Fiji in the wake of Cyclone Winston?: http://www.redcross.com.fj/

* Zimbabwe has joined Ethiopia in disaster level drought People and animals are dying. Want to help? https://www.wfp.org/help

* Help the poisoned children of Flint Michigan. "Water Crisis:&"; https://www.cfgf.org/cfgf/GoodWork/FlintArea/WaterCrisis/tabid/855/Default.aspx

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Want to help finance my meds/medical co pays? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Donate to help refugees "UN Refugee Agency:" http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

* 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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* It's like praising W for his "low key" response to Katrina. "Hillary Clinton Lauds Reagans on AIDS. A Backlash Erupts.:" http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/03/11/hillary-clinton-lauds-reagans-on-aids-a-backlash-erupts/?_r=0

* "Being A Girl: A Brief Personal History of Violence:" http://bellejar.ca/2015/12/03/being-a-girl-a-brief-personal-history-of-violence/

* "Second Wachowski filmmaker sibling comes out as trans:" http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Second-Wachowski-filmmaker-sibling-comes-out-as-trans-/54509.html

* Thanks to a last minute bidding flurry, I made insurance + postage/packaging, but not ebay fees and this week's meds money. *facepalm* I'm still recovering from Dolphin Festival and have achieved fuck all on getting the house ready for guests. LM is stressed out still from hector going, squirrel's computer is down and I'm struggling with basics, like remembering how to walk when I get out of bed and bare minimum maintenance. Ugh.

* "DRUM TAO:"

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* Black Sails XXVI

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* EBAYs, Relist:

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* Help pay for gas to get a rescue kitty safe to his new forever home. paypal@ninjakitten.com


* Want to help the people of Fiji in the wake of Cyclone Winston?: http://www.redcross.com.fj/

* Zimbabwe has joined Ethiopia in disaster level drought People and animals are dying. Want to help? https://www.wfp.org/help

* Help the poisoned children of Flint Michigan. "Water Crisis:&"; https://www.cfgf.org/cfgf/GoodWork/FlintArea/WaterCrisis/tabid/855/Default.aspx

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Want to help finance my meds/medical co pays? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Donate to help refugees "UN Refugee Agency:" http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

* 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 Zika News keeps getting worse. "Colombia: A nation in panic over Zika:" http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35552340

* "The Koch Brothers Are Now Funding The Bundy Land Seizure Agenda:" http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/02/11/3748602/koch-brothers-funding-bundy-agenda/

* Gilmore's dropped out. That leaves Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, Carson, and Bush on one side and Clinton and Sanders on the other. Democratic Nevada Caucuses and South Carolina Primaries are next. (SC: Reps Feb. 20th; Dems Feb. 27th. Nev: Dems. 20th, Reps Feb. 23rd).

* Scalia's finally kicked it. Ted Cruz is already wining that somehow the President should be prevented from picking a successor. No, Ted, that's not how it works. That's not how any of this works. My bet is there is already a pre-vetted list at the White House and they are making so many phone calls right now to set tings up to move fast once the announcement goes.

* "Texas lawmaker Jonathan Stickland’s web posts condone rape, seek weed ‘smoking buddy’:" http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/12/texas-lawmaker-jonathan-sticklands-web-posts-about-weed-smoking-da-green-surface.html/

* "The GOP’s nipple ban: The war on women gets personal — and even more hateful — in New Hampshire:" http://www.salon.com/2015/12/31/the_gops_nipple_ban_the_war_on_women_gets_personal_and_even_more_hateful_in_new_hampshire/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* "Note To KY Bigots: Don't Yell The N-Word At A Black Judge:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/01/note-to-ky-bigots-dont-yell-n-word-at_6.html

* "Five Stupid Things About Islamophobia :"

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* "Fed Up With Trans Latina Erasure:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/01/fed-up-with-trans-latina-erasure.html

* I do not understand why it is considered feminist in TERF circles to reduce women to baby incubators. That looks like the opposite of feminist to me. "Womanhood Does Not Equal To Childbirth Alone:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/01/womanhood-does-not-equal-to-childbirth.html

* "Transgender bathroom bill killed in Virginia House committee with bi-partisan support:" http://www.gayrva.com/news-views/transgender-bathroom-bill-killed-in-virginia-house-committee-with-bi-partisan-support/?utm_content=bufferb5ec7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* Hector's not eating and all he wants is to be with his people. I haven't much hope at this point.

* Killer of Enemies, by Joseph Bruchac: I would like to thank whoever it was recommended this one. It was a fast and facinating read with a unique narrative voice. I loved that Lozen's voice was so clear and distinct in my head. I loved how strong the world building was and that this isn't a world I've seen before. I loved that the main cast were mostly people of colour and that it mattered. Chiracawa culture was important to the story and the Native American elements were all specific to various cultures. This book has a lot to say about our world which led to that one. I want there to be more of the series and I wish I could be reading the next one right now.

* I read the Dune books that I read when I had a serious concussion.... "Alia Atreides Never Had A Chance:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/alia-atreides-had-no-chance/

* I haven't had much to say about London Spy up until this point. It's not through lack of interest, but more a lack of anything much of general interest to say. The story has turned out to be very personal to me, which doesn't mean it hasn't things to say to the rest of the world, just that it surprised me in this way and I was not sure how to talk about it. Episode three was bordering on triggery for me, and knowing my friends, I am betting I'm not the only one. I just watched episode four and now I think I am ready to talk about it.

Knowing who was cast for it, I had faith it would be well acted. I had certain expectations going in: that it would be about spies, have queer content, and a possibly noirish investigation by the lover of the dead man. In short, I expected this to be so much more straight forward in what it is trying to achieve than it turned out to be. I was expecting it to be more a gay sort of LeCarre thing basically, instead of a rather grown up probing of multi-generational wounds within the gay male community. For a show that is so beautifully small scale, it is a very, very big story. I had expected it to focus on Danny and his relationship with Alec. I kept being surprised by the use of Scottie to put their tragedy into a context of generations of loss, cruelty, and discrimination. It's kind of genius, and it's a conversation that needs to be had, which has started to be had more openly in the last few years in a variety of places. It surprised me how willing they were to have it here in the context of this particular story.

Episode four had me glued to my screen. The passage with Danny and Scottie talking as they walked out in the country and the one following with Danny and Alec at the fire I backed up and watched three or four times because it was so important and powerful and eerily like things I have said and thought. I am not used to any part of me and my experience being represented in media, yet the thing about mourning that Scottie suggests is a thing I have done myself, was counseled to do by another gay man of my generation, have counseled others to do. That experience of being locked out of official mourning by the family is not exclusive to the queer experience, but it's indelibly impressed into queer culture stretching back centuries, made so much bigger and louder by the recent plague, when it wasn't just individual partners locked out, but a couple of generations going through it all at once over and over again in a relatively short period of time. That thing Alec says about soul mates I must have expressed hundreds of times over the course of my life too.

This show is breaking my heart. This show is a concentrated sort of powerful for something that is on the surface so quiet. This show tears at me in ways I can not explain really.

* Zimbabwe has joined Ethiopia in disaster level drought People and animals are dying. Want to help? https://www.wfp.org/help

* Help the poisoned children of Flint Michigan. "Water Crisis:" https://www.cfgf.org/cfgf/GoodWork/FlintArea/WaterCrisis/tabid/855/Default.aspx

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Want to help finance Hector's cat food and my meds/medical co pays? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Donate to help refugees "UN Refugee Agency:" http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

* 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 vet stunt fits campaign's exploitative pattern:"

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* "Trump event angers veterans:"

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* "Year-old document shows Snyder admin knew Flint water substandard:"

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* "Carriage of Justice - Good News for Planned Parenthood:"

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* "A Twist Ending for Planned Parenthood:"

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* "Donald Trump vs. Megyn Kelly:"

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* "Neil deGrasse Tyson Slams Flat-Earth Theorist B.o.B:"

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* "Exclusive - Between the Scenes - B.o.B's Flat Earth Twitter Rant:"

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* "The GOP Field Gets Desperate:"

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* "A Different Kind of Gay Adoption:"

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* "The Larry People vs. Flint - Ted Cruz's Uncharitable Donation:"

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* "The Larry People vs. Flint - Undocumented Immigrants and the Michigan Water Crisis:"

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* "Larry's Naughty Teen Roundup - Racist Teen Photo in Arizona:"

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* "Rand Paul on the Donald Trump Phenomenon:"

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* "Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis on Network Television:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/prep-article/

* "The Incredible Hulk was Incredibly Weird:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/the-incredible-hulk-was-incredibly-weird/

* "Oysters, Clams, and Crappy Lighting: Part 1:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/oysters-clams-and-crappy-lighting/

* "Oysters, Clams, and Crappy Lighting: Part 2:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/oysters-clams-crappy-lighting-part-2/

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* Black Sails XX:

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* Ebays:

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* Help the poisoned children of Flint Michigan. "Water Crisis:" https://www.cfgf.org/cfgf/GoodWork/FlintArea/WaterCrisis/tabid/855/Default.aspx

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Want to help finance Hector's cat food and my meds/medical co pays? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Donate to help refugees "UN Refugee Agency:" http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Pensive)
* "GOP candidates delve into poverty issue:"

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* "Response to Oregon standoff sparks controversy:"

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* "Shooting victim’s mother shares support for Obama:"

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* "Constitutional rights behind gun reform:"

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* "Federal judge: Drinking tea, shopping at a gardening store is probable cause for a SWAT raid on your home:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2015/12/28/federal-judge-drinking-tea-shopping-at-a-gardening-store-is-probable-cause-for-a-swat-raid-on-your-home/

* "How a Court Decision Might Make Pending LGBT Legislation Obsolete:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/travis-knoll/solution-to-conservative-_b_7674610.html

* "Why Did AIDS Ravage the U.S. More Than Any Other Developed Country?:" https://newrepublic.com/article/117691/aids-hit-united-states-harder-other-developed-countries-why

* "The Faces and Stories of AIDS Activists:" http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2015/12/11/bill_bytsura_s_the_aids_activist_project_is_a_series_of_portraits_and_stories.html

* "How a little 'Common Sense' helped launch a revolution:"

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* This is perfect and sad: https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/v/t1.0-9/12438960_965940580158088_6917408587215100945_n.jpg?oh=5e21d2a0f6dbfa7e40585ccb63a3e1f5&oe=57065B46

* "The World of Ice and Fire thoughts: What We Talk About When We Talk About the Deep Ones:" http://boiledleather.com/post/136688761948/the-world-of-ice-and-fire-thoughts-what-we-talk

* "Deadpan’s Bestest Nameday Gift: Part 2:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/deadpans-bestest-nameday-gift-2/

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Want to help finance Hector's cat food and my meds/medical co pays? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Donate to help refugees "UN Refugee Agency:" http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Pensive)
* Russia is now claiming that Turkey's aggressive campaign to stop oil smuggling in the last year and their fighting against Daesh is all a clever ruse to hide them buying oil from Daesh. Meanwhile, Russian ally Assad is doing it openly, and in such quantity that he is their best customer. *side eye*

* So they found out what happened to that Air Asia flight. It seems that Air Asia refuses to do proper maintenance on their planes. The air rudder on this plane had gone out 23 times in the year previous to the crash, but rather than fix it properly, they kept bodging in back together badly. Pilots lodged repeated complaints that the plane wasn't safe to fly, which the company ignored.

So guess what happened? Yep, the air rudder failed yet again. The pilots, who didn't have the proper training for fixing it, were forced to attempt mid air repairs. In the process of trying to reboot it, they lost autopilot and the plane spiraled down into the ocean before they could stop it, killing all aboard.

I don't know anyone who was on that plane, but I know how angry I am at Air Asia executives just picturing it. I can only imagine how furious the families of the dead are. I wish the families all the best and I hope they get what revenge is available as justice isn't possible in a case like this.

* TW: Domestic Violence. "'My present to my mum was a blind eye':" http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p039rm0x

* "Planned Parenthood a longtime target for attacks:" http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/11/29/planned-parenthood-a-longtime-target-of-violence.html

* "Cruz in questionable company, offers bizarre response to shooting:"

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* "Increased threats correspond to new Planned Parenthood bashing:"

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* "The Great Regression: Conservative Lies Terrorize 50 Years Of Progress:" http://reverbpress.com/politics/32783/

* "World AIDS Day 2015:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/12/world-aids-day-2015.html

* "Mount Horeb, WI Rebukes Transphobes, Schedules Public Readings Of 'I Am Jazz' :" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/11/mount-horeb-wi-rebukes-transphobes.html

* "Trans Bolivians Gain Ability To Change Gender On Identity Documents:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/11/trans-bolivians-gain-ability-to-change.html

* "Sophia Duleep Singh, Part 2: Suffragette Princess:" http://rejectedprincesses.tumblr.com/post/133945804423/missedinhistory-in-the-conclusion-to-our#notes

* "Drinking the Haterade - Attack on Planned Parenthood:"

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* On Luke Cage's Relevance: http://big-wired.tumblr.com/post/134074808018/luke-cage-was-created-in-1972-four-years

* Today I spent an hour changing the garden over. There are a couple of things i need to do when there is more light, but it was productive and satisfying.

* I watched the NHK men's final out of Nagano. It was mostly mid-ranked skaters, but Jin Boyang, who is just out of juniors and a little immature in his choreography, skated brilliantly and will likely be a God in a year or two, as he jumps like a young Pleshenko and has way better and more graceful everything else.

It was Hanyu who completely blew me away though. Yuzuru Hanyu skated the shit out of a brilliant routine based on 10th Century Japan. He's the total package: athleticism and aesthetics. I had chills. It may have been the most beautiful skate I've ever seen. He got the highest score ever in both his short and long program. I officially have a new favorite skater.

* "Some thoughts about Book vs Show Brienne:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/130735799887/some-thoughts-about-book-vs-show-brienne

* EBAY, 1 Day More, 1 no bid:

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* "Free Celtic knotwork coloring page:" http://thestorydragon.com/2015/11/free-downloadable-coloring-page-celtic-knotwork-wheel-by-owen-wills/

* Donate to help refugees "UN Refugee Agency:" http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

* A list of LGBTQA Charities: http://awkward0w1.tumblr.com/post/126399233673

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* 30 are dead in a bomb attack in Ankara, Turkey.

* The Scottish nurse who had ebola during the big epidemic in Sierra Leone turns out to have had a reservoir condition and has been rehospitalized with ebola. Meanwhile, there were no new cases in Africa, which is a good sign epidemic wise.

* There was a mass shooting today in Arizona. On person is dead and three wounded with the shooter in custody.

* "Watch This Dude Perfectly Explain Mansplaining To Other Men:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-is-mansplaining_56156c87e4b021e856d342f6?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000030

* "Number 21-Rest In Power Keisha:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/10/number-21-rest-in-power-keisha.html

* "Search Underway For Missing Houston Trans Man Darius Gatlin:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/10/search-underway-for-missing-houston.html

* "1902 trading cards imagine the 'Women of the Future':" http://boingboing.net/2015/10/01/women-future-trading-cards.html

* How to be a rare decent human being in the time of Plague. "Ruth Coker Burks, the cemetery angel:" http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/ruth-coker-burks-the-cemetery-angel/Content?oid=3602959

* Halloween Poisonings Really Aren't a Thing: http://www.snopes.com/horrors/poison/halloween.asp

* "Seven tiny frog species found on seven mountains :" http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32991586

* "89 Year Old Man Develops Bladeless Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine:" http://www.offgridquest.com/energy/89-year-old-man-develops-bladeless-bird-

* "The Ban the Box Campaign:"

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* "Let's Talk About Prison:"

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* "Ben Carson: Popeyes Survivor and "Real" Black President:"

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* "McGraw-Hill Miseducation - Roni Dean-Burren:"

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* "American Forces Mistakenly Bomb an Afghan Hospital:"

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* I feel like a jerk, but I've initiated a no pay complaint on the late payer as it's been literally weeks. (Auction ended Sept. 22nd). It's annoying. if they had just emailed to explain the delay in response to one of my inquiries, it wouldn't come to this. I am running out of BPALs in my to sell pile, but I really ought to do another batch. There's no sign of Birthday gifts or money from what's left of my family. Sigh.

* This. So much this. "The Strain, Season 2, Episode 13: Night Train:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/10/the-strain-season-2-episode-13-night.html

* In a related thought, I have to wonder how Vassily Fett manages to be the epitome of sexy manliness on the Strain while sounding exactly like Doc Brown from Back to the Future.

* "Fear The Walking Dead, Season One, Episode Six: The Good Man:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/10/fear-walking-dead-season-one-episode_5.html

* Ebay, One More time:

A Low Candle-Lit Room 2013 (LE, Yules): (Company says: Candle wax and waxen "skin," rotting leather and reeking damp wood, and the ashes of a yawning, cold fireplace.). 3/4 Full.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/301757378182?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

* A list of LGBTQA Charities to donate money to instead of seeing the racist Stonewall Movie that decided to portray a black trans woman activist as a cis white man. http://awkward0w1.tumblr.com/post/126399233673

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* "GOP governor flubs Civics 101 test:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-governor-flubs-civics-101-test

* They need to lose their tax exempt status ASAP, and ought to pay back taxes for their business. "Florida church sends $1,000 collection notice to single mother because she didn’t tithe:" http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/florida-church-sends-1000-collection-notice-to-single-mother-because-she-didnt-tithe/

* "Mayor won’t resign over ‘Gorilla face’ Michelle Obama rant because ‘that’s admitting I’m racist’:" http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/mayor-wont-resign-over-gorilla-face-michelle-obama-rant-because-thats-admitting-im-racist/

* Re: Sandra Bland and Police Violence: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/124790531745/primer-for-those-who-still-dont-understand-in-the

* "Tony Perkins: America's Enemies 'Very Happy' US Is Ending Transgender Service Ban:" http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tony-perkins-americas-enemies-very-happy-us-ending-transgender-service-ban

* O.o "The semen is the cream of the blood." "Have you ever been injected by a sodomite demon?" He claims you can catch sodomy by kissing.... "RWW News: James David Manning Explains How You Contract The 'Sodomite Demon' :"

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* "Change Room Project promotes tolerance in the locker room:" http://www.thestar.com/life/2015/07/19/change-room-project-promotes-tolerance-in-the-locker-room.html

* "Obamacare’s Failed Transgender Promise:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/20/obamacare-s-failed-transgender-promise.html

* "How A Black Trans Woman Ended Up In Jail Because Of An Iowa Transphobe:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/07/how-black-trans-woman-ended-up-in-jail.html

* "French teen’s HIV in remission despite stopping treatment as a child:" http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/french-teens-hiv-remission-continues-11-years-after-she-stopped-taking-drugs/2015/07/20/b78bcdc6-2be8-11e5-a250-42bd812efc09_story.html

* "Deformed Daisies Are Growing Near Fukushima:" http://www.discovery.com/dscovrd/nature/deformed-daisies-are-growing-near-fukushima/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=DiscoveryChannel

* This. This. This. This was pretty much how I ended up teaching, though Greene came out when I was already in the field. It just seemed kinder and more effective to respond to the causes instead of fixating on the behavior and to involve the child having problems in coming up with strategies. It made more sense to me to approach a kid quietly and ask if everything was alright and help the kid work out how to sort out whatever it was than to come in hard and heavy with consequences right off. If I had to hand out consequences I'd failed. My job was to see that something was wrong before it escalated. My job was to help their brains develop and give them tools they could use long term. Yes, some kids are jerks, but most of the ones chronically in trouble in other people's rooms had real problems. They had limited English, or learning disabilities, or problems at home, or were victims of abuse. They were frustrated or picked on or struggling with brain learning issues, or PTSD, or Depression and the like. They needed one kind of help or another. My goal every day was to get as many of them as possible what help it was in my power to give to get them through that day without humiliation or cruelty, and to long term make things just a little bit better for them. We couldn't save all of them, but damned if we didn't try and I got to see my share of miracles: incremental work by lots of caring teachers trying to help them learn strategies and skills, help them heal, help them reconnect with the people around. the super strict micro-managing behavior programs never worked. The kids just got angrier and angrier. What worked out in the field was teachers and aids individually taking time and effort to really help. In my room, all those kids with the behavioral labels got to start fresh every single day. In my room, they got a fair shake because I kept an eye out for instigators and scapegoating. I'd land hard on a kid I caught goading or tormenting some poor kid with impulse control issues, and I'd make damned sure his or her other teachers knew what they were doing, bullying another kid into exploding for sport. I always did my best to find the root cause instead of taking the easy victim. It's impossible to always be fair and just, but oh did I try. the teachers around me whom I respected tried. We could see the difference in the kids. I'm glad there is an official framework for it, a book to be studied, because it was hard work deriving this system ourselves in the midst of it. You go, Greene!

"Everything you think you know about disciplining kids is wrong:" http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/schools-behavior-discipline-collaborative-proactive-solutions-ross-greene

* I just generally lean towards the multiple migrations theory as anomalous results that keep turning up are easier to explain that way, but it's not yet definitive. More data is needed. "Genetic study challenges Americas settlement theories by linking Amazonians and Australasians:" http://www.couriermail.com.au/technology/science/genetic-study-challenges-americas-settlement-theories-by-linking-amazonians-and-australasians/story-fnjwl5ws-1227452095278

* "People In Toronto Made Memorial For Dead Raccoon After City Forgot To Pick It Up For 12 Hrs:" http://www.boredpanda.com/dead-raccoon-memorial-shrine-mourning-deadraccoonto-toronto/

* "Fangs For The Fantasy: The Strain, Season 2, Episode 2: By Any Means:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/07/the-strain-season-2-episode-2-by-any.html

* "Sunday Sweets Goes Under The Sea:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2015/7/19/sunday-sweets-goes-under-the-sea.html

* New Ebays:

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* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com

* My RL oldest continuous friend is doing a fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/x9g7q2k

* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (Etherite)
* 38 people were slaughtered on a Beach in Tunisia.

* "The real story behind Greece's debt crisis:"

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* We are officially normalizing diplomatic ties to Cuba.

* "'Stealthy' Giant Rhea Eludes Police In U.K.:" http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/06/25/417426469/stealthy-giant-rhea-eludes-police-in-u-k

* Monday Supreme Court Round up: The Supreme Court upheld Arizona's (and thus California's by extension) non-partisan anti-gerrymandering legislation. Hurray! The Supreme court blocked the Texas law intended to close nearly all the women's health clinics. Yay! They also blocked the EPA from limits on power plants. Boo! To my horror, they are allowing the states to continue using the drugs in three botched execution last year on the grounds that the death row inmates did not suggest an alternative, the fact that it is a slow "cruel and in human " way to kill people being immaterial.

* "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott picks homeschooler to chair State Board of Education:" http://www.rawstory.com/2015/06/texas-gov-greg-abbott-picks-homeschooler-to-chair-state-board-of-education/

* "Chris Christie political bridge burning haunts him for 2016:"

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* Bernie Sanders had an 800 person capacity room booked for an event in Maine, but they got 3000 people RSVP'd so they had to move it to a hockey rink. He has a 9000 person event in Wisconsin coming up today, which is significantly larger than non-announcement rally events by all the other candidates so far. Go Bernie!

* President Obama just gave five million people in poverty a right to paid overtime.

* "Rare confrontation on lethal injection surprises at Supreme Court:"

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* "Confederate flag fights still persist:"

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* "Who is burning black churches?:"

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* "Supervisor tried unsuccessfully to call off Detroit police chase that killed two kids:" http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2015/06/supervisor_tried_unsuccessfull.html

* "Why the Ugly Rhetoric Against Gay Marriage Is Familiar to this Historian of Miscegenation:" http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/4708

* "Turkish police clash with crowd at gay pride parade:" http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-29/turkish-police-clash-with-crowd-at-gay-pride-parade/6580134

* "NZ told to fund more transgender operations:" http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/277405/nz-told-to-fund-more-transgender-operations

* "Marriage equality fight lingers in some states and counties:"

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* So here is where I am on Marriage Equality:

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* "Denver jail transgender policy a national model:" http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28395500/denver-jail-transgender-policy-national-model

* "Ice Age art: The female gaze :"

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* "DEATH IS EVERYWHERE- The Secret Burials of London :"

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* "Thorne Miniature Rooms:" http://archatlas.tumblr.com/post/113883715803

* "'Patience And Fortitude' And The Fight To Save NYC's Storied Public Library:" http://www.npr.org/2015/06/24/416780087/patience-and-fortitude-and-the-fight-to-save-nycs-storied-public-library

* Arrow: At some point I started thinking of Roy's costume as his "Red Robin Suit."

* Ebay Time:
AUTUMN FANCIES 2013 (LE, Halloweenies): (Company says: Dry grasses bathed in amber light, muted by gentle shadows.) Top of label.:http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301667294922?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com

* My RL oldest continuous friend is doing a fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/x9g7q2k

* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (Etherite)
* ISIL has executed the two Japanese AID workers an the Jordanian pilot. There is debate as to whether the pilot was executed not long after he was captured and they were negotiating in bad faith or not. I find the argument that they killed him not long after capture compelling, but it's not proven. I am watching the political situation in Jordan; it remains to be seen how the public at large reacts as things are dicey just now.

* "Northern Ireland abortion laws case granted judicial review:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-31075128?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_news_ni&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=northern_ireland

* "How Did Obama Play In India? We Ask 4 Villagers To Weigh In:" http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2015/01/27/381924366/how-did-obama-play-in-india-we-ask-four-villagers-to-weigh-in?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=globalhealth&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150130

* Both Chris Christie and Rand Paul have walked back their anti-Vax stance, Rand claiming that the extended clip of his anti-Vaccination rant is a lie somehow and he didn't say any of the things the clip showed. Establishment Republicans are coming down against people murdering other peoples babies and children by exposing them to measles for no good reason.

* I am seeing people objecting to Hep B vaccines because "It is a sexually transmitted disease." Yes, you can get hep B from sex, but you can get it from all sorts of fluid transfer. It is recommended for all school district employees, for example, not because they are expected to be molesting children, but because children bleed. They get nose bleeds, they scrape knees etc.. Children also vomit, sometimes with no warning. Children need Hep B shots because they play in playgrounds and go to day care/school. Is your child likely to ever be anywhere another person might be ill or injured, like the while world for example? Then it is a good idea to get that kid vaccinated.

Vaccinate your damned kids!

* Let us never forget all the lesbians who stepped up like superheroes even though they got none of the glory to to do some of the worse work a person can do often for free. They get forgotten in so many official histories. "Survivors of 1980s AIDS crisis reveal what happened to them:" http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/survivors-1980s-aids-crisis-reveal-what-happened-them020215

* "Israeli cave offers clues about when humans mastered fire:" http://news.sciencemag.org/archaeology/2014/12/israeli-cave-offers-clues-about-when-humans-mastered-fire

* "Underwater excavation reveals lost Levantine village:" http://phys.org/news/2014-12-underwater-excavation-reveals-lost-levantine.html

* "Chicago museum lifts lid on Egyptian mummy coffin:" http://phys.org/news/2014-12-chicago-scientists-egyptian-mummy-coffin.html

* "Ancient Egyptian Coffin's Odd Art Hints at Brain Drain:" http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/ancient-egyptian-coffins-odd-art-hints-at-brain-drain-141212.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1

* "‘Eat! Eat! Eat!’ Those notorious tapeworm diet pills:" http://thequackdoctor.com/index.php/eat-eat-eat-those-notorious-tapeworm-diet-pills/

* Seriously? "Fourth Grader In Texas Was Suspended For Threatening To Turn Another Student Invisible With His One Ring:" http://uproxx.com/movies/2015/02/texas-school-suspends-boy-with-one-ring-from-hobbit/

* "Cub Scouts' hike ends up at local nude beach:" http://www.10news.com/news/cub-scouts-hike-ends-up-at-local-nude-beach

* Tibicina and her gentlemen came up to visit. Tea and good conversation were had and they brought me prezzies! Glorious BPAL type prezzies!

* I finished the first season of House of Cards. On top of all the ways it is obviously brilliant, it happens to be sureal for me because of some personal history stuff.

1. I'm from Pennsylvania. My dad was from the other side of the bridge from Philly in new Jersey, a rough and tumble greaser kid who ended up in politics. He was that kind of bald and named Peter, though his personal life was absolutely exemplary. He was local though and fought tooth and nail for his people. He literally shipped chemo repeatedly when he was dying to nail a guy who embezzled from the local fire department, only winning a couple weeks before his death. He spent most of the last year of his life fighting a big developer who was always getting zoning variances so he could build firetrap houses that burned families. It was weird watching a through the looking version go through all that.

2. At my first college I dated a boy from Bethesda for a while. His father was a big deal in the Democratic Party, but no one you've likely heard of unless you were a Beltway Insider in the right eras. He was a back room kingmaker sort, very, very Congressman Underwood, only preferring the power to the position, if that makes sense. I got to watch and listen to him and is very clever wife discuss politics at dinner. It was dark as fuck. (Neither of his sons nor I were people and only existed in so far as we were props or audience for his ego as far as he was concerned). In his personal life, he was a monster. Congressman Underwood is a fictional character, but I'm glad he is adamantly child free in the show, because I've seen what a real life version did to his kids. I listen, crouched in the basement bathroom. My boy was a beautiful person and his life worked out, but given what he had to survive until he was old enough to leave.... yeah. Congressman Underwood definitely shouldn't have kids.

3. I knew a guy at my first college used to bar tend for congressional parties. He was also a rent boy. He never named names, but yes, DC really is exactly like you'd imagine behind closed doors, or at least it was in the late '80's.

4. Seriously, that looks and sounds so much like the D.C. I remember with only the obvious tech upgrades, that it was like traveling to my own past.

* Help my friends adopt two cats: http://djinni.livejournal.com/516743.html

* Our Financial Situation continues Scary: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com

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