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* "In Poland, an Assault on the Courts Provokes Outrage:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/world/europe/poland-courts-law-and-justice-party.html?smid=tw-nytimesworld&smtyp=cur

* "'It absolutely works': Housing First marks 1 year in Regina:" http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/housing-first-regina-homelessness-one-year-1.4210744

* "Russia's Lavrov Says Trump May Have Met Putin More Times:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/trump-putin-may-have-met-more-times-says-russia-s-n785146

* "Trump's embrace of Russia making top advisers wary:" https://apnews.com/4b4b7e380f204b45a8c3055a5d45255e/Trump's-embrace-of-Russia-making-top-advisers-wary

* "How far can Trump take his pardon power?:"

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* "Trump especially upset after hearing Mueller would access tax returns: report:" http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/343081-trump-especially-upset-after-hearing-mueller-would-access-tax-returns

* But can Scaramucci do the fandango?

* "White House seeks to downplay discord at first briefing after shake-up:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/21/white-house-press-briefing-to-start-soon-240812

* "Spicer quits amid White House feud:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/21/sean-spicer-resigns-white-house-press-secretary-240802

* "Trump reshuffling legal team:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/20/politics/trump-corallo-resigns/index.html

* "Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-20/mueller-is-said-to-expand-probe-to-trump-business-transactions

* "Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort scheduled to testify July 26:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/19/politics/paul-manafort-donald-trump-jr-jared-kushner-testify/index.html

* "WaPo: Intel intercepts show Sessions, Kislyak talked Trump Russia:"

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* "Can Trump sabotage the Trump Russia probe?:"

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* "Trump makes ethics office more accommodating:"

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* And he a Birther, so you can imagine how bad at judging evidence he will be. "The Senate Is About To Confirm A Federal Judge Who Compared Abortion To Slavery:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/john-bush-judge-trump-abortion_us_596f960be4b01696c6a239f6

* "Team Trump Used Obamacare Money to Run PR Effort Against It:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/team-trump-used-obamacare-money-to-run-ads-against-it

* Republicans are threatening another secret rob people of health care to give tax cuts to the rich bill next week. They are hoping to tire us out. Stay strong.

* "The Civil-Rights Luminary You’ve Never Heard Of:" http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/17/the-many-lives-of-pauli-murray

* "‘I never wanted to be with a man’: escaping Russia for Canada:" http://www.prospektmag.com/2017/05/escaping-russia-canada-forbidden-love/

* "Home Video: Crash Course Film History #13:"

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* "Why Early Globalization Matters: Crash Course Big History #206:"

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* "Ravens have paranoid, abstract thoughts about other minds:" http://www.wired.co.uk/article/ravens-theory-of-mind

* "Black Agnes (c.1312-1369): the Wife Who Defended a Castle:" http://rejectedprincesses.tumblr.com/post/160837683718/black-agnes-c1312-1369-the-wife-who-defended-a#notes

* TW: Suicide. "How Faith Bacon, Inventor of the Fan Dance, Leaped to Her Death:" https://travsd.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/how-faith-bacon-inventor-of-the-fan-dance-leaped-to-her-death/

* "The schoolgirl thrash metal band smashing stereotypes in Indonesia:" https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jun/09/the-schoolgirl-thrash-metal-band-smashing-stereotypes-java-indonesia-voice-baceprot

* "The Dying God: Crash Course World Mythology #19 :"

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* "Exclusive - Goodbye, Sean Spicer:"

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* "President Trump Casually Makes Another Damning Admission:"

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* "Toying with Russia :"

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* "The Don - The President Show:"

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* "Bioshock Infinite Music - Shiny Happy People (1991) by R.E.M.:"

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* "All Star but it's Vintage Reggae Style - Smash Mouth Cover ft. Vonzell Solomon - Postmodern Jukebox :"

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* Rejoice, for the Car emergency is ended! I anal retentively ordered a Blue Cab for an hour before the appointment for fear of the cab coming late. I foraged, as it's just around the corner from Honest Mechanic (Alignment and Brakes Plus Bellingham). In the event things ran about a half hour later than projected with my car, but this was all to the good as it turned out that when they opened it up, the alternator was not fried as previously believed, but chock full of belt frags that had essentially frozen it in place, and labor at Honest Mechanic is much cheaper than a new alternator. The result is that there was enough left over that between us, we had enough money for the whole electric bill, plus meds for both of us and cat food.

If anyone donated and would like a refund for the meds money and kibbles, the fundraiser having only been for car repair and electric, PM me and I'll see what I can do next month. Thank you again donators. The lights will stay on at the cat asylum.

I went to pharmacy, library, and to get kibbles and spend the last of this month's food stamps on magic apricot straws. The car battery is fully charged. Squirrel got off to his game on time. As I wrote this, I was full, the forage put away, and Tavy was in his room playing with his new pharmacy bag. All is well with the world.

* "Preacher, Season 2, Episode 5: Dallas:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/preacher-season-2-episode-5-dallas.html

* "A Floor Map for Season Seven:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/a-floor-map-for-season-seven/

* "Five Ways To Ruin the Con Experience for Everyone Around You:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/five-ways-ruin-con-experience-for-everyone/

* Wow, whoever made Conjuring 2 had no idea why the first one was good.

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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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* Trump's first major concession to Putin with nothing won back in return. "Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-ends-covert-cia-program-to-arm-anti-assad-rebels-in-syria-a-move-sought-by-moscow/2017/07/19/b6821a62-6beb-11e7-96ab-5f38140b38cc_story.html?utm_term=.10a8789f2757

* "Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-20/mueller-is-said-to-expand-probe-to-trump-business-transactions

* "Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort scheduled to testify July 26:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/19/politics/paul-manafort-donald-trump-jr-jared-kushner-testify/index.html

* And he a Birther, so you can imagine how bad at judging evidence he will be. "The Senate Is About To Confirm A Federal Judge Who Compared Abortion To Slavery:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/john-bush-judge-trump-abortion_us_596f960be4b01696c6a239f6

* "Team Trump Used Obamacare Money to Run PR Effort Against It:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/team-trump-used-obamacare-money-to-run-ads-against-it

* "The Civil-Rights Luminary You’ve Never Heard Of:" http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/17/the-many-lives-of-pauli-murray

* "Home Video: Crash Course Film History #13:"

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* "Why Early Globalization Matters: Crash Course Big History #206:"

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* "Ravens have paranoid, abstract thoughts about other minds:" http://www.wired.co.uk/article/ravens-theory-of-mind

* TW: Suicide. "How Faith Bacon, Inventor of the Fan Dance, Leaped to Her Death:" https://travsd.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/how-faith-bacon-inventor-of-the-fan-dance-leaped-to-her-death/

* "The schoolgirl thrash metal band smashing stereotypes in Indonesia:" https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jun/09/the-schoolgirl-thrash-metal-band-smashing-stereotypes-java-indonesia-voice-baceprot

* "The Dying God: Crash Course World Mythology #19 :"

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* "Bioshock Infinite Music - Shiny Happy People (1991) by R.E.M.:"

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* "All Star but it's Vintage Reggae Style - Smash Mouth Cover ft. Vonzell Solomon - Postmodern Jukebox :"

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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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* "At least 28 dead after brutal gang fight in Mexico prison:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/06/mexico-prison-riot-acapulco-deaths

* We would be pitching in too if we had an ounce of decency. "Europeans vow more help to stem Libya-Italy migrant flow:" http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/europeans-vow-stem-libya-italy-migrant-flow-48411150

* "After a Revolution:" http://uncannymagazine.com/article/after-a-revolution/

* "Trump and Chinese president discuss North Korea:"

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* "Maxine Waters: Keep eye on sanctions:"

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* "Trump meeting with Putin sparks controversy:"

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* "The ethics chief who took on the White House:"

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* "States reject White House demand for voter information:"

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* "Lawsuit demands election results thrown out for Georgia's 6th Congressional District:" http://www.cbs46.com/story/35812893/lawsuit-demands-election-results-thrown-out-for-georgias-6th-congressional-district

* "The Brown, Queer, And Poor Are Not The Ones Holding The Left Back:" https://theestablishment.co/the-brown-queer-and-poor-are-not-the-ones-holding-the-left-back-f727e7bf55ed

* "Texas Republican Blocks State's Bathroom Bill: "I Don’t Want The Suicide Of A Single Texan On My Hands":" http://www.newnownext.com/joe-straus-suicide-texas-bathroom-bill/07/2017/?xrs=synd_facebook_Name+of+Brand

* "The Bootlegger, the Wiretap, and the Beginning of Privacy:" http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-bootlegger-the-wiretap-and-the-beginning-of-privacy

* "Leah Gordon photographs the Freemasons of contemporary Haiti:" http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/leah-gordon-freemasons-in-haiti-photography-290617

* "Zoot Suits: A Fashion Movement that Sparked Mexican American Resistance:" http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/zoot-suits-a-fashion-movement-that-sparked-mexican-american-resistance-20170609

* "Sabotage Your Way to Success!:" https://www.calibrepress.com/2016/10/sabotage-way-success/

* "Oral sex spreading unstoppable bacteria:" http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40520125

* "Turns Out, Snakes Can Hunt in Packs, So Let's Just All Move to Antarctica:" https://www.sciencealert.com/researcher-discovers-that-snakes-work-together-to-trap-their-prey-in-pack-hunts

* "Canuck the crow's attacks halt Vancouver mail delivery:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40436177

* Tavy is officially wise to the medicine finger and fought hard for the first time today.

* "Killjoys, Season 3, Episode 2: A Skinner Darkly:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/killjoys-season-3-episode-2-skinner.html

* "The Philosophy Force Five vs the Scientismists:" http://existentialcomics.com/comic/190

* "The Dark Morality of Fairy-Tale Animal Brides:" https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/03/marrying-a-monster-the-romantic-anxieties-of-fairy-tales/521319/

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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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* "Australia's Turnbull mocks Trump in leaked audio:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/15/asia/turnbull-trump-australia-speech/index.html

* "Trump Modifies Travel Ban to Address Possible Expiration:" https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-14/trump-amends-travel-ban-to-address-possible-expiration-date

* "Hill Democrats sue Trump over foreign business ties:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/14/democrats-sue-trump-emoluments-239534

* "Most Trump real estate now sold to secretive buyers:" https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/13/trump-property-buyers-make-clear-shift-secretive-llcs/102399558/

* "White House Hands Say Over Afghan Troop Levels to Military:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/white-house-hands-say-over-afghan-troop-levels-to-military-1497404106

* "Vets Group Blocked By Trump Describes 'Tweet That Broke The Snowflake's Back':" http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/vote-vets-blocked-by-trump-twitter

* "Ninth Circuit upholds block on Trump's travel ban:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/12/ninth-circuit-upholds-block-on-trumps-travel-ban-239433

* "Manafort still doing international work:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/15/paul-manafort-fbi-trump-239573

* "Trump partner said in running to build FBI headquarters:" https://apnews.com/0b8ee973efe047e4ac0f6cb966799bb6/Trump-partner-said-in-running-to-build-FBI-headquarters

* "Pence hires lawyer with relevant experience; Mueller builds team:"

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* "Hayes: GOP hiding bill because 23M could lose coverage:"

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* "House hearing on gun legislation canceled after shooting:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/14/politics/gun-legislation-hearing-congressional-shooting/index.html

* "House Votes to Limit Powers of First Black Librarian of Congress:" http://www.blackpressusa.com/house-votes-to-limit-powers-of-first-black-librarian-of-congress/

* "GOP congressman: Members of Congress should curtail town halls after Scalise shooting:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/15/politics/kfile-lou-barletta-town-halls/

* "Officials charged with felony over deaths in Flint water crisis:"

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* "What's Killing America’s Black Infants?:" https://www.thenation.com/article/whats-killing-americas-black-infants/

* "Mom furious after teacher gives 7-year-old son with autism a haircut at school:" http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/teacher-cuts-hair-student-without-permission-1.4016114

* "World War T Is a Protracted Battle, Not A Conservative Political Blitzkrieg:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/world-war-t-is-protracted-battle-not.html

* "Tree-dwelling gray foxes decorate with skeletons:" https://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/animals/tree-dwelling-gray-foxes-decorate-skeletons/

* "Muslims Awake To Begin Their Ramadan Fast Were 'A Lifeline' In Grenfell Tower Blaze:" http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/london-fire-muslims-breaking-ramadan-fast-may-have-saved-lives-in-grenfell-tower_uk_59410ad3e4b0d3185486088c

* "Trump Gets Probed for Obstruction of Justice:"

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* "What's in the GOP's Mysterious Health Care Bill?:"

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* "Warning: This Cabinet Meeting May Contain Fawning:"

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* "Trump Didn't Do Anything Wrong Unless It Was But It's Not:"

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* "Kim Jong-Un Is Weaponizing The '95 Chicago Bulls:"

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* "Olivia Wilde Is Starring In The New '1984' (It's Not Called '2017'):"

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* "Eddie Izzard Believes Comedy Is 'Human And Not National':"

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* "Sen. Kamala Harris: 'Hysterical' Or 'A Woman Doing Her Job?':"

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* "Trevor Noah Compares South Africa's Leaders To America's:"

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* "A History of Golems:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/160696210821/a-history-of-golems-wip

* Taking the hobbits to Isenguard as a piece of pop music: http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/160787642091/x-cetra-neverwhere-speculativepast-its

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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
gwydion: (Default)
* "New Zealand whales: Hundreds refloat on high tide at Farewell Spit:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38942763

* "Amnesty: Philippine police 'planned' drug war killings:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38823938

* "Philippines to suspend drug war to clean up 'corrupt' police:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38793008

* "Trump’s support of gays is right out of the European far-right playbook:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/02/01/trumps-support-of-gays-is-right-out-of-the-european-far-right-playbook/?postshare=4521485976048931&tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.ed3253368caf

* "Steve Bannon’s War with Islam: Trump May Not Even Understand His Adviser’s Apocalyptic Vision:" http://www.alternet.org/visions/steve-bannons-war-islam-trump-may-not-even-understand-his-advisers-apocalyptic-vision

* "Jeff Sessions and the Islamophobia Industry:" https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/02/jeff-sessions-attorney-general-trump-islamophobia-breitbart-horowitz/

* "Army veterans return to Standing Rock to form a human shield against police :" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/11/standing-rock-army-veterans-camp?CMP=fb_gu

* "The decision to finish the Dakota Access Pipeline may have been illegal:" https://news.vice.com/story/the-decision-to-finish-the-dakota-access-pipeline-may-have-been-illegal

* "Sean Spicer Press Conference Cold Open - SNL :"

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* "Russell Stover - SNL:"

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* "Trump People's Court - SNL:"

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* The new meds regime bought me four hours of sleep. I woke to find I am already sick from my allergy to prednisone, which doesn't surprise me at all. I do not know how bad it's going to get, as this is a tiny dose and it's been over twenty years since the other time. It is bad enough I'm already having trouble with basic functioning. If I drop stitches as it were, it's because I'm having trouble with things like stringing sentences together, keeping the prednisone shakes from interfering with things like typing, and sitting up. Unfortunately, lying down isn't an option either with these lungs as I'm already having to take way more drugs than I'm comfortable with to win four hours of prone breathing and I'm not willing to do more than that in a 24 hour period.

They have postponed the dolphin festival until March for me, which is terribly sweet of them, especially as I didn't ask them to, having thought at the time (Friday evening) that I'd be together enough to run my first event today. They cleverly saw better than I. No way am I well enough for one on one, let along the mental and physical demands of events. It is taking a frustrating long time just putting this together.

I fucking hate prednisone. I took the second pill anyway. Two more days of this to go.

Anyway, I apologize in advance for the commitments online and off that I am likely about to blow off by accident and what is likely to be shitty service in my feed. I can't remember exactly how long it took me to recover last time. I think I missed a week or so of work, but different doses and a was still an athlete then.

* Tavy Button and I were watching Mandiba, with him draped across my leg for pettins after dinner. He was scared when the men with dogs came for Nelson Mandela, all wide eyed and poised for flight. I stroked his back and did blinky eyes at him, and he blinked back and relaxed. That is trust.

* The worst thing with prednisone for me is the combination of dizziness, heart palpitations, and extreme weakness. (I am not kidding when I say this is a drug i am really, really not supposed to be on and did not consent to lightly). There is a reason that even the very short trip to the bathroom is an exhausting ordeal when I am on it. A very kind Internet has sent me what looks like two or three days worth of Thai food via Vikingfoods, for which I am incredibly grateful. Thank you, my benefactor! It is a huge load off my mind that I won't have to cook like this.

* "Home and Home:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/157169421847/jemyoshioka-home-home-the-final-comic-in-my

* "Supernatural, Season 12, Episode 11: Regarding Dean:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/supernatural-season-12-episode-11.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.

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: 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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* "How Orlando’s Community Is Coping After the Pulse Tragedy:" http://www.vice.com/read/viceland-gaycation-orlando-full-episode

* "How the Most Hated Animal in America Outwitted Us All:" http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/coyote-america-dan-flores-history-science/

* "Hercules Mulligan, Spy on the Inside Pt. 1:" http://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/hercules-mulligan-spy-on-the-inside-pt-1.htm

* "Hercules Mulligan, Spy on the Inside Pt. 2:" http://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/hercules-mulligan-spy-on-the-inside-pt-2.htm

* "Mary Ann Shadd Cary:" http://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/mary-ann-shadd-cary.htm

* Today I managed errands, dishes, and the office tank. I also found a beautiful dark heirloom tomato slug spoiled. The twin of the one I ate yesterday is pale orange though, so that is something. I really need to shuffle the garden about, but not today.

* I've been rereading the biography of Catherine the Great that I am fond of, and am at the part where her alcoholic, abusive, childish husband ascends to the throne and starts undoing a couple generations worth of diplomacy and reform because he has a serious boner for Fredrick the Great and nostalgia for his boyhood in Holstein. It's this cascade of terrible decisions with long lasting effects both for Russia and Europe in general, and I'm just sitting there wincing, wishing they'd hurry up have the coup already, until finally it happens and I can heave a sigh of relief. It amazes me still how worked up I get over it, especially given how far out of my patch early modern Russia is.

* On Javert and his appearance in Les Miserables: http://the-alexandrian-alchemist.tumblr.com/post/149631189776/the-problem-that-i-have-with-the-way-victor-hugo

* "Sunday Sweets With Character:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/8/28/sunday-sweets-with-character.html

* "Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2011/12/review-my-life-as-white-trash-zombie-by.html

* "Review: Even White Trash Zombies Get The Blues, by Diana Rowland, Book 2 of the White Trash Zombie Series:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2012/07/review-even-white-trash-zombies-get.html

* "Kong: Skull Island and Diversifying Monster Movies:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/kong-skull-island-diversifying/

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since sandy. Want to help? http://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/148963870683/the-lonely-one96-almalexiaslouisiana-is

* California is now an official disaster due to out of control fire made worse by the drought. https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

* "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 "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.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
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* "Transgender: You're Part of the Story | Nicole Maines | TEDxSMCC :"

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* "Meet My Child: Parents of Transgender Kids Speak Out - Trans United Fund :"

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* "The man defying Obama on transgender rights:"

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* New Ableist TERF attack on Trans Men with Autism: http://seawallglen.tumblr.com/post/144428365844/now-i-cant-go-back-to-sleep

* "Two Arrests Made In Keyonna Blakeney Case:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/05/two-arrests-made-in-keyonna-blakeney.html

* "Pastor Anne Graham: God let 9/11 happen because of transgender people in bathrooms:" http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/05/13/pastor-anne-graham-god-let-911-happen-because-of-transgender-people-in-bathrooms/?utm_source=PNFB&utm_medium=SocialFB&utm_content=FBN&utm_campaign=PNFacebook

* "3 reasons conservative Christians will lose the transgender debate:" http://religionnews.com/2016/05/14/3-reasons-conservative-christians-will-lose-the-transgender-debate/

* "North Carolina Police Say They Can't Enforce Transgender Bathroom Law:" http://www.npr.org/2016/05/10/477529266/north-carolina-police-struggle-to-enforce-transgender-bathroom-law

* "Geraldine Roman Celebrates Her Historic Win!:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/05/geraldine-roman-celebrates-her-historic.html

* TW: Transphobic Language, Assault "Trans Woman Attacked on NYC Train for Riding While Trans:" http://mic.com/articles/142537/trans-woman-attacked-on-nyc-train-for-riding-while-trans?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.UsYGzvAmk

* "AG Loretta Lynch Drops The Legal Hammer On NC:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/05/ag-loretta-lynch-drops-legal-hammer-on.html

* "Our Trans Kids At Times Are Leading Us Trans Elders:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/05/our-trans-kids-at-times-are-leading-us.html

* "Luxury Cruise to Conquer Northwest Passage:" http://www.wsj.com/articles/luxury-cruise-to-conquer-northwest-passage-1462872605?mod=trending_now_5

* "World’s largest chimpanzee research facility to release its chimps:" http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/05/world-s-largest-chimpanzee-research-facility-release-its-chimps?rss=1

* "Donald Trump's PR Problems-The Daily Show with Trevor Noah :"

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* "Anthony Anderson - "Black-ish" and the Preeminent Voice of African American Families:"

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* "Blacklash 2016: The Unblackening - Women Speak Out Against Donald Trump:"

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* "National Landmark Status for the Stonewall Inn:"

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* So I come out to do lungs before a scheduled scene to discovered Tavy had smashed a glass jar and was playing with the contents and that the long twenty had a slow leak. Luckily I had a back up twenty for this sort of emergency. The cory I knew was alive earlier this evening looks fine. I have male and female guppies and platys. I likely lost a generation of fry in the emergency and I'm not sure if the whiptail made it. Things look to be okay otherwise after the tank emergency. I wish i had money to restart the corys breeding program. I do not. I didn't even raise fish food this month, nor have I rescued the meds currently in hock. sigh.

* Tavy is doing fine, BTW. his favorite toys are the long tailed mouse he came with, the green braided rope, and the knitted octopus on a string thing. he’s been sleeping part of the night with me most of the week and has learned soft paws and the teeth equivalent, though it hasn’t generalized to squirrel yet. I’ve started on conflict zone training and come when call training, but I’m not sure either will stick.

* New Tavy pics here: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/144494677417/tavy-is-doing-fine-btw-his-favorite-toys-are

* Bonus Little Miss: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/144498215447/bonus-little-miss

* "Woke Man Wears Girlfriend's Clothes To Tear Down Body-Shaming:" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/05/110760/facebook-post-body-shaming-size-shaming?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=direct

* "The SNL Church Lady Humorously LambasTED My Canadian Senator:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-snl-church-lady-humorously.html

* "Ant-Man: Oh Look, This is Also an MCU Movie!:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/ant-man/

* Someone figured out that a thing Tony Stark does in the Civil War movie doesn't make character sense based on his in movie motivations. Civil war Spoilers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/144500515587/big-wired-thefingerfuckingfemalefury

* "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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* "Before Her Murder, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Criticism:" http://www.thenation.com/article/chronicle-of-a-honduran-assassination-foretold/

* "Echoes of Goldwater in 1964 seen in Trump 2016 campaign:"

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* "94 Detroit Schools Closed Monday Due to Teacher 'Sickouts.' Here's Why:" https://mic.com/articles/142354/detroit-s-school-teachers-called-in-sick-on-teacher-appreciation-day-here-s-why?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.x5bWw0cpF

* "Men who are like “Oh I’d love to be *insert kind of sex worker here*” are so funny to me:" http://seawallglen.tumblr.com/post/143716523710/men-who-are-like-oh-id-love-to-be-insert-kind

* "This Slam Poet Has a Powerful Message for the People Who Protest at Planned Parenthood:" https://mic.com/articles/142454/this-slam-poet-has-a-powerful-message-for-the-people-who-protest-at-planned-parenthood?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.3sO5fNOTk

* "Risks of harm from spanking confirmed by analysis of 5 decades of research:" https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160425143106.htm?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

* "Rare N.Z. parrot not dead, just pining for fiords:" http://phys.org/news/2016-04-rare-nz-parrot-dead-fiords.html

* "Taxes: Crash Course Economics #31:"

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* Watching the Crash courses on Aquinas sure reminds me why I lost interest in him a couple weeks in when I was a Philosophy Monk.

* Jon Snow, Bowen Marsh, Cowardice, and Genocide: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/143527152407/i-always-liked-that-with-jons-lc-decisions-he-has

* Ebay time again:

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* 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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* "Richard Engel reflects on twenty years in the Middle East:"

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* "Hillary Clinton's NH loss softened by delegate math:"

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* "Ben Jealous draws distinctions in Democratic race:"

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* "History of dirty tricks puts candidates on guard in SC:"

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* "Why I Just Dropped The Harassment Charges The Man Who Started GamerGate.:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/139165061442/why-i-just-dropped-the-harassment-charges-the-man

* "Marley Dias Talks #1000BlackGirlBooks:"

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* "New plan to replace Flint's lead pipes awaits funding:"

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* "These frogs shoot venom straight from their heads:" http://www.cnet.com/news/these-frogs-shoot-poisonous-venom-from-their-heads/

* "Kanye West's Controversial Tweet About Bill Cosby:"

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* "Blacklash 2016: The Unblackening - GOP New Hampshire Primary:"

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* "Blacklash 2016: The Unblackening - Superdelegates Save Hillary Clinton:"

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* "Blacklash 2016: The Unblackening - Harsh Words from Hillary Clinton's Surrogates:"

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* I meant to be on GoB tonight, but there were a series of time consuming things needing sorting out, including going to pick up the meds that weren't at the Pharmacy Tuesday (One of the two I absolutely can't function even a little without). Lots of things needing doing got done, but not Ebays, alas, and there was definitely no time for GoB. This weekend starts a series of tight scheduled events leading up to and including the Dolphin Festival over at GoB, which may limit my availability for other online pursuits. I am still back in December on a number of things still from Dhrae's Wedding and aftermath. I've been making progress on weed wacking my way forward, but Dolphin festival is likely to slow or stop that progress. I am now suspecting I won't get back to archaeology round up until April (face palm).

* Nail update in case people are interested in how they wear. We did these the evening of the 28th. I put clear nail polish as sealant the next day. It’s Feb. 12th and I’m still wearing them. I did retip them in a compatible blue and have started doing cuticles. I got compliments at the pharmacy today, so that suggests they were still looking good at the two week point. The index nails broke and in the process tore part of the stickers off. Today I did an acidic cooking task that tore the thumb applications in half and rumbled another finger. Both pinkies and one ring only started needing light retipping today after the lemon disaster, and look otherwise pristine. So five of them still look really good two weeks later. Four are damaged, but basically because I broke nails/wasn’t sensible enough to put on gloves. So with the espionage, two weeks of wear is not unreasonable. I’m going to reseal them and see how much more wear I can get out of them before they look too shabby to stand anymore.

* "A Defense of Tyrion’s ADWD Storyline, Part 6: Snarling in the Midst of All:" http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/136642624458/a-defense-of-tyrions-adwd-storyline-part-6

* "The Illegitimacy of Aragorn's Claim to the Throne :" http://the-toast.net/2016/01/19/the-illegitimacy-of-aragorn/

* "Lord of the Rings Re-Read: The Shadow of the Past :" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/lord-of-the-rings-re-read-the-shadow-of-the-past/

* 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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* "Sri Lanka: five steps to vaccine success:" http://www.vaccineswork.org/post/133290012222/sri-lanka-five-steps-to-vaccine-success

* At least 34 people in one attack and 15 in another (with two bombers) are dead in Nigeria. Boka Haram, being cowards, has been turning little girls into suicide bombers, likely the ones they've been kidnapping, though it's not proved yet. Boko Haram has killed more civilians than any terrorist group, including ISIS.

* So a pretty alarming thing just happened in Mali. I'm going to give you a little background first. There's been long running trouble between the people in the North of Mali and the government in the South. Over time, people who got exiled or were wanted by the government, particularly Tariq people went north across the Algerian desert to Libya, where many of the men signed up to serve in the military. Remember that tank convoy and various military transports spotted going South during the overthrow of Kadafi? Those were deserters taking weapons an vehicles back to Mali, where they formed the core of a Tariq separatist uprising in northern Mali. The more secular wing of the uprising quickly got overwhelmed by the religious extremist wing and it became one of those monstrous extremist nightmares that goes around destroying cultural treasures, burning books, killing moderate Muslims, etc.. Some of you will remember the heroic efforts of the people of Timbuktu to hide and smuggle out irreplaceable and unique early Islamic manuscripts.

Mali's government wasn't up to a challenge of this magnitude and French and Pan-African forces have been helping them fight. The pro-government forces have been doing well. The French being there is a thing that is politically complicated because of their history of colonialism in Mali, which I'm not going to get into in depth, but their plan to pull out in the near future was a bit of a relief to pretty much everyone in the region, who given many of the neighboring countries' history with colonialism and French colonialism in particular, is not surprising.

At 7AM local time (my last night), the extremists took a large hotel frequented by international travelers hostage. Government forces with help from french special forces were taking it back floor by floor when I went to bed. It is thought they had over a hundred hostages at one point. Reports continue to be a bit chaotic and contradictory. It is thought the attackers are dead. It is thought approximately 20 hostages were killed. The French withdraw has been cancelled.

* The UN approved a resolution calling on the world to unite against Islamic State.

* "Texas Women Are Inducing Their Own Abortions:" http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/11/texas-self-abort/416229/

* A response to the complaint "women don’t know how much rejection hurts:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/133523850002/inkskinned-women-dont-know-how-much-rejection

* Trump is calling for a Nazi-style mandatory National registry of Muslims with required religion specific identification they and only they would have to carry. O.o For pretty fucking obvious reasons, the Anti-Defamation League and several other Jewish groups are condemning this Trump policy.

* "More Universities Move To Include Gender-Neutral Pronouns:" http://www.npr.org/2015/11/08/455202525/more-universities-move-to-include-gender-neutral-pronouns

* Misleading headline alert. It's about adding genetic data to linguistic and archaeological data to try to figure out where the Indo-European language group likely originates. "DNA reveals the origins of modern Europeans:" http://phys.org/news/2015-03-dna-reveals-modern-europeans.html

* "How did the chicken cross the sea?:" http://phys.org/news/2015-03-chicken-sea.html

* In which I talk about the Wycliffe Bible and the backlash in the notes. "Society despairs of the Modern Woman, 1915 style:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/133587535367/questionableadvice-progress-1915

* "Victorian Nipple Rings:" https://www.bodyartforms.com/blog/victorian-nipple-rings-part-one/

* "The schoolboy sailors who died at Gallipoli:" http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31712158

* "Ponds and their toads cured of dreaded disease:" https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ponds-and-their-toads-cured-dreaded-disease?tgt=nr

* "Tragedy in Paris: The Three Stages of Political Grief:"

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* "Hey, Huddled Masses: Get Lost:"

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* "Sesame Street: Game of Chairs (Game of Thrones Parody):"

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* My scheduled thing got moved, so today was supposed to be a bureaucracy day, but Hector wouldn't stop hurting me when I was sleeping so I couldn't do it. He's pretty manicky today just generally but I got him to eat, so i attempted some experimental baking even though he was way too interested in what was going on. I put the experimental pie in the oven, cleaned up, and went to write up events in Africa. He WOULD NOT leave things in the kitchen alone. I kept having to go in there to do things like fish him out of the trash can. He knew I was making a bread smell in there and he wanted whatever I was making RIGHT NOW! He eventually flung a glass flour canister off a shelf, managing to break one of my Great grandmother's plates in the process. Glass everywhere. It's likely too damaged to glue together and I'm not up to trying tonight.

I want to make clear, I am not feeding this cat pie, but that doesn’t stop him throwing a tantrum on the off chance.

* I watched The Hollow Crown: Henry IV pt. 1. The Henry IV's are amoung my least favorite Shakespeare plays, but I was promised Hiddleston and they did such a brilliant job with the very difficult to do well Richard II, that I gave it a try. I am not sorry. My fundamental problem with IV pt.1 I it is full of pointless cruelty with a particularly nasty clsss based underpinning all framed as if it is funny. It's not something I find funny. Seriously, that thing where they torment the pot boy, who's poverty is extreme by offering him a huge sum of money then making him say anon... Incredibly, pointlessly cruel.

I think one of the reasons this adaptations works for me is that the people making it clearly get how appalling this is. Most Shakespeare adaptations re so full of reverence for the Author, that there is a portentousness and exaggeration to the acting. There is so often an air of trying a little too hard about the comedic bits and it's a little too easy to overact the dramatic bits. This production treats the dialog like dialog, if that makes sense. They speak the lines as if they were modern instead of as if they were poetry. This makes a huge difference in the feel of the thing.

What Hiddleston does with Prince Hal is kind of brilliant. Hiddleston's charisma really helps, but the genius is in the way he plays the horrible pranks. It's rather like the "Loki'd" short he did a few years ago. He plays his Hal a little bit dorky, as a likable, but awkward doofus who isn't quite sure how far is too far and keeps trying anyway to be the class clown so that the cool kids will like him. He plays his Hal in such a way that it's clear the jokes don't quite work because they are sort of childish and aweful and nearly always a little too much. The result is that instead of a callous brute, you get a significantly more subtle character study of a rich kid trying too hard to fit in with a rough crowd.

The performance also really invites you to think about what his childhood and relationship to his father must be for him to run around behaving like this. The little playlet section is pivotal for this. When Falstaff plays the King, he is playing A King. When Hiddleston's Hal plays the King, he is very distinctly playing Jeemy Irons playing Henry IV. It is unnerving and uncomfortable but it really sucks you into the psychology of it. The scene goes from a mocking jest to ouch rather quickly as a result, which is perfect.

There are lots of clever little moments in the acting all over the cast like that. Hotspur's much put upon wife repeatedly punching his arm in exasperation under witch there is an obvious affection. Little moments where Fallstaff's expression suggests that under the bluster there is both self awareness and a deep vulnerability. The moment where Hal and his brother simultaneously realize their father is mortal in an imminent rather than abstract sense.

Look, I'm never going to like watching either Henry IV, but this was riveting and the performances are brilliant, even though the battle scene suffered rather from budgettary limits. This interpretation really works for me in a way that no other version I've ever seen did. (Yes, that includes My Own Private Idaho. I love all the Rent Boy bits in it, but the explicitly Henry IV parts are excruciating, and I mostly skip those when I watch so as to get back to River Phoenix). This is the Henry IV made for people who don't like Henry IV. I am excite to see if they can manage to make pt. 2 interesting which would pretty much be a miracle).

* Mad Max is Not the hero: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/133584243892/potofsoup-bookshop

* A good criticism of the star trek reboot: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/133527809982/well-heres-the-thing-that-i-try-to-explain-to

* Marina Sirtis, Sexism, and TNG: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/133516791352/webgeekist-colonel-kira-nerys

* "Photographer Unearths Vivid Images From 1980s NYC:" http://gothamist.com/2015/11/05/revisit_1980s_nyc.php

* I want the real Sam back. "Book 2 vs. Season 2: Sam Tarly’s Love Life:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/133395490597/book-2-vs-season-2-sam-tarlys-love-life

* Story Dragon Store: http://thestorydragon.com/?product_cat=owens-art

* 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
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* My thoughts are with the brave women out protesting this murder and the previous ones. "Afghan woman accused of adultery is stoned to death "Afghan woman accused of adultery is stoned to death :" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34714205

* Best of luck to Jon Bell Edwards in Louisiana.

* TW: Pedophilia. "Christian ‘Family Values’ GOP Consultant Forced Children To Perform Sex Acts In Church:" http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/11/03/christian-family-values-gop-consultant-forced-children-to-perform-sex-acts-in-church-video/

* "‘Responsible Gun Owner’ Gives 5-Yr-Old A Loaded Gun To ‘Shoot Bad Guys’ And Goes Drinking :" http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/11/03/responsible-gun-owner-gives-5-yr-old-a-loaded-gun-to-shoot-bad-guys-and-goes-drinking-video/

* "Newly elected Kentucky governor may roll back ACA:"

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* "Why is drug addiction now a political issue?:"

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* "Oklahoma Mayor’s Husband Drank Too Much — Then Dressed Up As A KKK Member :" http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/11/03/oklahoma-mayors-husband-drank-too-much-then-dressed-up-as-a-kkk-member-video/

* "In Victory for Public Ed, Colorado Boots Koch-Backed School Board:" http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/11/04/victory-public-ed-colorado-boots-koch-backed-school-board

* "TransGriot: HERO Dies..And I'm Pissed About It:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/11/hero-diesand-im-pissed-about-it.html

* "Earliest humans had diverse range of body types, just as we do today:" http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150326204642.htm

* I have said before that cultural continuity on this scale fills me with awe. "Fayoum’s Valley of the Potters: Where Ancient Egypt Lives On:" http://egyptianstreets.com/2015/10/28/fayoums-valley-of-the-potters-where-ancient-egypt-lives-on/

* "Huge sharks love death metal, film crew finds out:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/death-metal-music-attracts-sharks-documentary-crew-finds-out-10381295.html

* Attn: MrBumblepants. "Extended - Panel - Science vs. Religion:"

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* I had this dream my friends for all over gathered to throw me a Birthday party. Some of them I hadn't seen since first or second college. This being my brain, they were all realistically aged up.

Readers, you should have seen this cake! This cake was glorious! It was the length of me full wingspan with arms outstretched. The bottom layer was beautifully done up to look like wood furniture, clearly hand painted, with real icing instead of fondant. The second layer had lines from Take Me to Church piped on the sides like beadwork. The base icing on the second and third layers were also proper icing instead of fondant and all three layers were different flavours. On top of the second and third layers were beautifully sculpted fondant figures of various book, movie, etc.. characters I like in a gothy cemetary setting with wee sculpted tomb stones.

Seriously, I wish this cake were real so I could show you pictures.

* "Supernatural, Season 11, Episode 5: Thin Lizzie:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/11/supernatural-season-11-episode-5-thin.html

* "Ash vs Evil Dead:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/11/ash-vs-evil-dead.html

* Scream Queens Question: Where was Zayday this episode? Did I forget an important plot point from the previous week? My brain is not anywhere near it's best right now.

* 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: (Pensive)
* I am long on record with my opposition to Angela Merkle's financial policies, but I'd like to say I admire the hell out her for standing firm on helping refugees during the crisis and now for her remarks about the Holocaust. I wish the leaders of my own country were as honest and forthright about our own history of genocide. So I will likely never agree with her on economics, but I do applaud her grit and political courage.

* The Freedom Caucus (These are the Tea Party just want to watch the world burn members of the Repulican Party) say they will not endorse Ryan for Speaker despite some of them supporting him. This was one of Paul Ryan's conditions. There are enough votes to be Speaker though if he wants it. They all have 'til Friday to change their minds.

We’ll see how it falls out in the end.

* "New information in VA scandal:" http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2015/10/20/veterans-affairs-update-griffin-donut-ac.cnn

* "Sick Of You Washington Media Peeps Disrespecting My Departed Sister Zella:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/10/sick-of-you-washington-media-peeps.html

* "Arrest Made In Zella Ziona Smith Case:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/10/arrest-made-in-zella-ziona-smith-case.html

* "London rail work unearths thousands of skeletons from Bedlam:" http://phys.org/news/2015-03-london-rail-unearths-thousands-skeletons.html

* Look, we knew there was plenty of contact, but more evidence is always good, especially with all the idiots claiming against evidence that it’s not “historically accurate” to have contact between Vikings and the Islamic world as part of their white supremacist agenda. "Viking Age ring produces exciting new evidence about Scandinavian and Islamic civilisations:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/engraved-ring-found-in-sweden-suggests-contact-between-viking-age-scandinavians-and-islamic-10118283.html

* "Mass grave unearthed beneath Paris supermarket:" http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/20fa8752692bb2996ac2870ed75535cd.htm

* "Lincoln Castle revamp work adapted after bat discovery:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-31920440

* "Solar eclipses and the middle ages:" http://phys.org/news/2015-03-solar-eclipses-middle-ages.html

* "Archaeologists unearth centuries-old pretzels in Bavaria:" http://phys.org/news/2015-03-archaeologists-unearth-centuries-old-pretzels-bavaria.html

* "'Dirty Old London': A History Of The Victorians' Infamous Filth:" http://www.npr.org/2015/03/12/392332431/dirty-old-london-a-history-of-the-victorians-infamous-filth?sc=17?f=1032

* Climate change has fucked up the weather so much here that I'm still needing the air conditioner full time to sleep and a second crop of lettuce and tomato plants are growing. As much as I like more lettuce and tomatoes, I'd rather have the cold windy season back that we should be in the middle of now, and I miss our short, crucial Winter which we haven't had in about half a decade even though it used to trap me in my apartment. It fundamentally freaks me out that we are on track to not having any seasons this year.

* I am trying not to freak out about the cat situation. Hector is not doing well. Cut for sick animal: )

* GoT Season 3 Rewatch: I'm not saying there weren't problems in the first two seasons, because there were so, so, so many problems, but I think Season Three is the point where all their random and/or not getting the point in the novels and/or misogynist changes reached the snow ball to avalanche proportions, by which I mean the first two episodes make noticeably less sense than previously. I know I've been saying since the start of five that the shark has been jumped, but I'm now wondering if this is the moment. Of course it could just be that it is an issue of a whole string of dog fish being jumped one after another instead of a Great White. I told myself I'd try to rewatch through four because there were things that would be useful for research and or critical purposes, but these first two episodes were ashes and teeth pulling and I may give up. Either way, it goes back tomorrow as there were things I was let foot draggy about watching so it's now due.

* Walking Dead: I think the last year or so Carl looks more and more like Carol. Especially last Sunday. I know they are not blood relatives. I don't mean it like that. I was uncomfortable with the image of a white person with a black one on a lead for all the obvious reasons. I'd already been thinking about the racial narrative what with Carol and Morgan's dynamic and that... made it pretty explicit even though I understand the plot reasons for doing it. I do not trust their racial agenda at all, and I can't not read RL history and racial dynamics into the narrative, especially right now. I do not trust their racial agenda at all, and I can't not read RL history and racial dynamics into the narrative, especially right now. Otherwise, I do think this was a particularly strong episode.

* Is it just me or did the Jack the Ripper sleepy Hollow episode make no sense at all?

* EBAY: TARANTULA FASCINATOR 2013 (LE, Liliths): (Company says:Done and done: fuzzy cacao-drenched hazelnut with hay absolute, black pepper, and nutmeg, laced with stripes of wild plum and white sandalwood.). 3/4 Full. http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301775349204?

* 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)
* 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: (Pensive)
* "The Shoreditch Cereal Café Was Attacked By Anti-Gentrification Protesters:" http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/anti-gentrification-protesters-attacked-the-cereal-cafe-in-s

* "Sweden experiments with six-hour workday, finds people enjoy having lives:" http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/263503/sweden-six-hour-workday-labor-awesome/

* You'd think it would make more sense to print the names of corporate welfare recipients and people in the top 1% paying a lower tax rate of all their income than the lowest rates available for everyone else, given that that is an actual national shame and way more expensive to the taxpayer, if we're going to be doing this to anyone. "Republican Mayor: Let's Shame Food Stamp Recipients By Publishing Their Addresses:" http://www.occupydemocrats.com/republican-mayor-lets-shame-food-stamp-recipients-by-publishing-their-addresses-2/

* "San Jose: Cop charged with on-duty rape fired from police department:" http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_28871980/san-jose-cop-charged-duty-rape-fired-from

* Crash Course explains Affirmative Action: http://thecrashcourse.tumblr.com/post/129985965204/so-weve-been-talking-about-civil-rights-for-the

* WTF! "Chicago TV Station Wishes Jews A Happy Yom Kippur With Nazi Emblem:" http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/wgn-yom-kippur-nazi-badge

* In case you missed the Viola Davis speech: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/129981910007/mattsmcgorry-viola-davis-acceptance-speech-for

* "Why one gay Catholic is still fighting for equality in the church:" http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2015/9/24/why-one-gay-catholic-is-still-fighting-for-equality-in-the-church.html?utm_campaign=americatonight

* I am not afraid of flying. I am afraid of the TSA trapping me in the wrong part of the country and me having no way home. "Transgender woman says TSA detained, humiliated her over body 'anomaly':" http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-tsa-transgender-20150921-story.html

* "New Satellite Images Show Just How Parched the Ground Is:" http://gizmodo.com/new-satellite-images-show-just-how-parched-the-ground-i-1731878514

* "Michigan doctors issue dire warning about lead levels in water, tell residents to stop drinking ASAP:" http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/25/1424875/-Michigan-doctors-issue-dire-warning-about-lead-levels-in-water-tell-residents-to-stop-drinking-ASAP?detail=tumblr#

* "FOUND: An Extremely Rare Andean Cat:" http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-an-extremely-rare-andean-cat-and-her-kitten

* "John Waters: my family values:" http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/sep/18/my-family-values-john-waters-film-director-hairspray-serial-mom

* "Pride and Prejudice at 20: The scene that changed everything:" http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150922-pride-and-prejudice-at-20-the-scene-that-changed-everything

* "Eight things Hamilton taught us about writing romance:" http://avian30.com/2015/09/24/eight-things-hamilton-taught-us-about-writing-romance/

* I watched House of Cards Season 3 this weekend and was having a hard time figuring out how to explain my response. I am going to link rm's response instead because seriously, no words here. The thing I've been particularly poking at are 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 14. I have also become fascinated by the Jackie Sharp character design in ways I simply can't word yet. For me the turning point in the season was the gay activist in Russia with Claire episode. http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/115635114575/random-things-about-s3-of-house-of-cards

* Ebay:

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/301748365881?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)
* "Families of 9-11 Victims Slam Jeb Bush for Saying his Brother Kept America Safe:" http://ringoffireradio.com/2015/09/families-of-9-11-victims-slam-jeb-bush-for-saying-his-brother-kept-america-safe/

* "Obama administration charts a new course on incarceration:" http://on.msnbc.com/1Lpcs5o

* "Who bears the cost of incarceration?:" http://on.msnbc.com/1Kt1t5E

* "Ta-Nehisi Coates takes on mass incarceration:" http://on.msnbc.com/1KtfVL3

* "Who Should Pay for Prison Beds?" http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/09/should-states-charge-for-prison-beds/405778/

* "Congratulations Landon!:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/09/congratulations-landon.html

* "A Man With Paralysis Was Given a Prosthetic Hand So Advanced It Can Actually "Feel":" http://mic.com/articles/125267/a-man-with-paralysis-was-given-a-prosthetic-hand-so-advanced-it-can-actually-feel?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social

* "FOUND: Australia's Newest Death Adder:" http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-australias-newest-death-adder

* I am pretty sure I had a pathogen this week, which I am still wrestling with. It was astonishingly painful and exhausting. I am sorry about the delay in Black sails posting this has caused.

* He was so damned good and it's a tragedy he's gone. "Kyle Jean- Baptiste - Bring Him Home :"

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* Ebay: 6 Lots, 3 Days, one no bid: Cut for your pleasure: )

* 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)
* "In Cambodia, Rats Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Land Mines And Save Lives:" http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/07/31/427112786/in-cambodia-rats-are-being-trained-to-sniff-out-land-mines-and-save-lives?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150731

* "State repeals almost 6,000 obsolete laws:" http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/state-repeals-almost-6-000-obsolete-laws-1.2282480

* "U.S. Maternal Death Rate Now Highest In The Western World, Thanks To GOP War On Women:" http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/06/08/u-s-maternal-death-rate-now-highest-in-the-western-world-thanks-to-gop-war-on-women/

* "Presidential hopefuls make a pitch for racial justice:"

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* "'Black Lives Matter' cultivates political potency:"

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* The Fraternal Order of Police has filed a grievane in the firing of Mr. Debose's murder on the grounds that randomly shooting innocent black men in the head is no cause for being fired from a job as a policeman.

* "Cleveland transit police suspend officer who pepper-sprayed Black Lives crowd:" http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/28/cleveland-transit-police-suspend-officer-who-pepper-sprayed-black-lives-crowd?CMP=share_btn_tw

* Hispanic vs. Latino: http://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/125574035273/terryblas-apologies-i-dont-know-how-to-put

* "Unabashed Book Snobbery: GoT's 10 Worst Adaptational Decisions:" http://gotgifsandmusings.tumblr.com/post/115991793402/unabashed-book-snobbery-gots-10-worst

* "What the fuck is “empowerment”? : Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken:" http://theonlyoneofherkind.tumblr.com/post/124731112465/what-the-fuck-is-empowerment

* Attn: MrBumblepants: Abarnathy Square has started: http://abernathycomic.com/comic/victor-meets-ferris-1/

* Ebays, Less than a day, 3 no bids:

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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: (No Angel)
* This inappropriately focuses on the actor and not the horrific conditions for Syrian refugees in Greece, but the crisis he was trying to highlight is real and immediate. Greece can not afford to care for them properly alone. The International community needs to step the fuck up. Also, these are refugees from a horrific war who are fleeing for their lives, can we start calling them refugees in the press please? "Walking Dead actor rescues migrant children from boats in harrowing video:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/walking-dead-actor-david-morrissey-rescues-greek-migrant-children-from-boats-in-harrowing-video-highlighting-crisis-10394427.html

* Greece is having a serious AIDS crisis as prevention efforts were amoung the first things to be cut and people can't afford medication copays.

* "Malala Turned 18 Yesterday and Opened a School for Syrian Refugee Girls:" http://rejectedprincesses.tumblr.com/post/124163073528/malala-turned-18-yesterday-and-opened-a-school-for#notes

* Prime Minister Abe took a step towards turning Japan's Peace constitution into a dead letter by getting the lower house to pass a bill letting their defense force to fight on foreign soil. We'll see what happens in the upper house.

* "How Malevolent Buffoonery Became The New Normal Of Australian Leadership
Read more at http://junkee.com/how-malevolent-buffoonery-became-the-new-normal-of-australian-leadership/59037#g63AsXLO3XjKPgVJ.99:" http://junkee.com/how-malevolent-buffoonery-became-the-new-normal-of-australian-leadership/59037

* Mike Huckabee is out claiming Palestinians don't exist and therefore ought to be forcibly relocated. O.o

* Four service men and the gunmen are dead in an attack in Chattanooga.

* "NYC Doesn't Fly Confederate Flags, But It's Still A Shrine To Slaveowners & Slave Profiteers:" http://gothamist.com/2015/07/06/nyc_slave_history.php

* Today during early lung treatment, I spotted not only a live bee in the garden (Yay, bees!), but two white butterflies. Signs of life!

* One of my long term complaints about US movies and TV is that so much takes place in California or New york. Yes those are important places. Yes, that is where the big name actors are. It is also sort of boring both narratively and visually. Yes, there are plenty of good stories that are specific to New York and LA, and that is fine, but specific is the key here. By making nearly everything about these two places they become vague and generic. Sure, the boom in shooting in Vancouver and Toronto added some slightly different vegetation and the idea of mists, but really, because everything is shot in a few places often pretending to be others, you lose specificity. A generic California Park looks nothing like anything actually in Annapolis, Maryland. I was bored in Annapolis a little over two years, trust me, I know. (I'm looking at you CriminalMinds). Reusing the same New York Street soundstage in California over and over makes it into Wallpaper. Each city has it's own look and feel and voices. Each city has stories and visuals and accents that can make a thing look specific, feel specific, and be more interesting instead of bland to the eye, the ear, the mind. What do I mean? Things like the Wire, where it really is Baltimore and a lot of the talent is from there so you get a variety of real Baltimore accents mixed with the more generic north east ones. Things like The Only Lovers Left Alive and It Follows using the unique look of Detroit's ruins and lost in time neighborhoods. Things like the Killing being so very PNW. Things like the Six Sense being a very, very Philly movie in look and feel and accent. Imagine if we shot more movies and TV in New Orleans, or Chicago, or Charleston! Imagine if we really spread out and told stories about all sorts of places around this country.

I think there is a similar problem with most of the stuff coming out of England when I was growing up. It was all shot at Shepperton, or a handful of same locations. (Look! Another seen at that quarry! Look, that same forest they shoot all the forest scenes!) The voices and faces were more diverse than Hollywood was shooting, and there'd be the occasional more lavish production, but there was often a sameness about things, and certain accents were waaaay more common than others. I love that that's been changing, that shooting in Cardiff became a thing, that shows and movies are getting shot in more cities and on different bits of landscape, that I seem more lead actors with regional accents in stories not specifically making a big deal about so and so being Welsh or Scots or whatever.

Which brings me to the Revenger's Tragedy. (I'm on a 17th and 18th Century UK kick just now. I'd read the play before, at some point, though the sense memories of things like sitting on fairly generic PNW apartment stairs reading it are not helping me pin it down further.) It's a Jacobean tragedy, a strange transitional thing both in language and style of drama, full of fury and deep class based anger. Imagine my delight on discovering they made a Dystopian future version shot in Liverpool with Eccleston, Izzard, and Jacobi, and a mostly Liverpudlian and northern cast and crew. All those rich northern accents that are closer to period pronunciation anyway! All those fascinating specific to Liverpool instead of generic looking locations! Absolutely wild Repo Man the Genetic Opera adjacent costumes! ILL delivered a copy into my sweaty little hands this week and I have been enthralled.

I am not at all surprised they had trouble getting backing, because it is not an idea that plays to generic "things we know worked already" studio head thinking, but wow, does this work! The class tension, the North vs. South tension, the raw old school punk style fury echoed in the costuming and sets work brilliantly together. This is a violent, angry play, with some stunningly beautiful language tucked in between the macabre bits and the ultra violence. This is a visually arresting movie and the visuals work beautifully with the theme. The Northern voices flinging and winging that dialog are just perfect. I am now having trouble imagining how any conventional staging could compete with this. The specificity of setting it apologetically in Liverpool made this film and made clear the way a 400ish year old revenge play still pretty damned relevant. Bravo! This was such a brilliant idea for a film, and not one I would have thought of in a million years.

* "Sea Bunnies: Japan Is Going Crazy About These Furry Sea Slugs:" http://www.boredpanda.com/cute-bunny-sea-slug-jorunna-parva/

* "Torchwood: 6 Years on and Ianto's shrine is still going strong:" http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/film-news/torchwood-6-years-iantos-shrine-9624425#ICID=sharebar_facebook

* "(SPOILERS) SOME DUDELY RAMBLINGS ON THE FEMINISM OF MAD MAX: FURY ROAD AND THE CYBER WARS OF DEFINING WHAT IS AND ISN'T FEMINIST:" http://verysharpteeth.tumblr.com/post/119984813436/spoilers-some-dudely-ramblings-on-the-feminism

* "Fangs For The Fantasy: Killjoys, Season 1, Episode 4: Vessel:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/07/killjoys-season-1-episode-4-vessel.html

* 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: (Dance)
* There have been a particularly brutal series of IS attacks on Egyptian forces in Sinai. There was also a particularly bad bombing in Yemen earlier this week.

* Two are dead of ebola in Liberia. Thirty neighbors have been quarantined.

* Re: Carolina Shark attacks. Global warming means more sharks are in the area than usual. If you chum the water for fishing right next to where people are flailing about in the water like tasty seals, the occasional shark will get confused and accidentally attack a significantly less delicious human. Killing the sharks is terrible for the environment and it is cruel to invite them with lots of bloody bait and flailing and then murder them for following their instincts.

* "Right Court:"

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* "Fifty States of Gay:"

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* "The Human Dissentipede:"

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* I'm really struggling physically, and can't leave my room until the evening cool. On the upside, we captured another incident on the monitor. I'd prefer we caught at least one more between now and the fifteenth, which sounds terrible, but they can't address problems they can't see and there is a threat of another forty days and I'm raising new welts every day now from the adhesive.

* During my heat confinement, I read Point of Knives and watched the Theory of Everything. Point of Knives is a novella bridging point of Hopes and Point of dreams. It has a neat little mystery in it and has a nicely handled gay romance element showing how we get from "too bad he's straight" in the first novel and what I am told will be a full relationship in Dreams. The book is spare as the heavy world building was deftly folded into the first one and the mystery is less epic, but I liked it well enough to read in two sittings.

Theory of Everything was quite good and I appreciated it addressing agency for people with disabilities and the issue of sexuality. So often our culture desexualizes people with disability and this doesn't. It was also beautifully shot and acted. Still, Imitation Game spoke to me more intensely. It had a much tighter plot and theme. Not inappropriately, the "Theory of everything" was a bit unfocused and sprawling. I suspect it is a matter of taste, and I honestly think they were both very good.

* It likely says something fundamental about me that I recently posed my character having body lice in a Game of Bones RP.

* "36 Stunning Vintage Wedding Dresses From Yesteryear:" http://www.buzzfeed.com/gabrielsanchez/vintage-wedding-dresses-from-yesteryear#.xs03gR74Q

* 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: (Pensive)
* "The Wildly Different Ways One Senator Responds To Terrorism: Boston Versus Charleston:" http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/06/18/3671525/wildly-different-ways-one-senator-responds-terrorism-boston-versus-charleston/

* "Fire at Black Church in Ga. Ruled Arson:" http://www.theroot.com/articles/news/2015/06/fire_at_black_church_in_georgia_ruled_arson.html?utm_content=buffer572d7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "Stop hauling transgenders to court, gov't told:" http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/302684

* "Transgenders search for identity and a bank account in India:" http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2015/06/22/transgenders-search-for-identity-and-a-bank-account-in-india/

* "Hate crime is everyday reality for rural LGBT people, study says:" http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/23/hate-crime-rural-lgbt-people-study

* Look at Ireland setting the new Gold standard! "Ireland’s transgender revolution: winning the right to recognition:" http://www.euronews.com/2015/06/26/ireland-s-transgender-revolution-winning-the-right-to-recognition/

* "Norway proposes extending transgender rights to children:" http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/norway-proposes-extending-transgender-rights-to-children/article25109468/

* "TransCuba: Photographer Mariette Pathy Allen Explores a Hidden Havana Subculture:" http://www.out.com/art-books/2015/6/22/transcuba-photographer-mariette-pathy-allen-explores-hidden-havana-subculture

* TW: Sexual Assault. "Democrats ask Homeland Security to change policy on detaining gay, transgender immigrants:" http://www.ocregister.com/articles/immigrants-668248-detention-transgender.html

* "Transgender inmate's rights violated through surgery denial, US court says:" http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/26/california-transgender-inmate-violated-rights-surgery

* "It's incredibly scary to be a transgender woman of color right now:" http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/transgender-women-disproportionately-targeted-violent-hate-crimes

* "Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought:" http://qz.com/107970/scientists-discover-whats-killing-the-bees-and-its-worse-than-you-thought/

* "Venomous fuzzy caterpillar spotted in downtown Ottawa:" http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/venomous-fuzzy-caterpillar-spotted-in-downtown-ottawa-1.3128708

* I remember when that mural program started in Philly. It was so _exciting! I had friends in some of the neighborhoods where they were putting them up. You'd be going through an area that looked like archival footage of post bombing WWII ruins, and you'd turn a corner and there would be all this sudden beauty on a wall. It was stunning. They kept spreading all over the city. I went away to college and moved far away, but every time I came home I'd spot more. I never got to see the whales in person, or many of the ones after the turn of the century, but to me they always felt like something beautiful and important, a sign that something good could come out of the pain and despair and violence and ashes of the Philly of my childhood, that the city could heal someday, even if I never got to see what that would look like. Those murals felt like a little bit of magic. "What Right Do Muralists Have To The Buildings They Paint On?:" http://www.npr.org/2015/06/27/417204222/what-right-do-muralists-have-to-the-buildings-they-paint-on

* 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: (No Angel)
* "Finance Is to Blame for Rise in Inequality:" http://time.com/3760439/finance-is-to-blame-for-rise-in-inequality/

* "Senator Warren cites 'rigged' process in concerns on trade deal:"

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* "Nebraska man asks oil commission: Would you drink water contaminated by fracking?:" http://www.salon.com/2015/03/30/nebraska_man_asks_oil_commission_if_it_would_drink_fracking_contaminated_water/

* "Death penalty chaos likely to deepen with GOP social issue politics:"

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* "The Anatomy of Rage:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/115618460635/the-anatomy-of-rage

* "The Invitation Game:"

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* "A New and Different Police Video:"

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* "WUUUUUUUUUUUT?! - Everyday Low Ethics & The Water - Black Ice:"

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* "What makes a baby crocodile smile?:"

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* I have a massive stack of multiple bureaucracy things needing doing. I need a few days of no drama for getting them done. I haven't much hope of that. On the upside, Monday I did all the things needing doing. The ebays all got mailed, and as of today, I have insurance money and a shelf full of Hector goosh. Are the money problems solved? Not really, but I had a day left of food for my boy when I woke up and now I have lots.

* I've been watching the UK House of Cards trilogy. Deliberately vague to limit spoilers: )

* "Game of Thrones S5, Ep02:" http://chrysreviews.tumblr.com/post/117037457485/game-of-thrones-s5-ep02

* Supernatural: Really? REALLY?!?! Crowley would be a bad, but understandable idea given his interest in Dean. Rowena flatly wants y'all dead and makes no sense at all.

* We need $700.00 for Property taxes this month. Our Financial Situation continues Scary: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com

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