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* "'Too fat to fly': Russian women fight back:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41254724

* "Myanmar: footage reveals scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya:" https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/sep/14/myanmar-new-footage-reveals-scorched-earth-campaign-against-rohingya

* "Philippines rights body gets $20 budget:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41244704

* "Clinton to Trump: Get over the Twitter stuff, get with diplomacy:"

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* "Clinton: Trump and some staff a clear and present danger to US:"

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* "Clinton: Putin wants to destabilize democracy worldwide:"

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* "Clinton: Trump led people to be more sexist and misogynistic:"

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* This just in: bribery of white house officials now legal. "Trump ethics watchdog moves to allow anonymous gifts to legal defense funds:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/13/trump-ethics-watchdog-legal-defense-242690

* "Treasury secretary requested government jet for European honeymoon:" http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/treasury-secretary-mnuchin-requested-government-jet-european-honeymoon/story?id=49777076

* "Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls for journalist to be fired:"

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* "Sanders: Medicare for all 'isn't a government takeover':"

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* "Martin Shkreli Sent to Jail After Threatening to Take Hillary Clinton’s Hair:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/martin-shkrelis-bail-revoked-taken-into-custody

* "Jill Soloway - Giving Otherness a Voice on "Transparent" - Extended Interview:"

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* "Scientists hope to restore extinct Galapagos tortoise:" http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/scientists-hope-restore-extinct-galapagos-turtle-species-49828649

* "Joe Arpaio: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:"

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* OMG! OMG! "Rebels on Pointe Official Film Trailer:"

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* "Life After Hate:"

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* "Violent Buddhists Target Muslims in Myanmar:"

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* "A Squeeze of the Hand:"

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* I was exhausted, so went to bed super early. Unfortunately, I forgot the cough, so I ended up spending my three hours of coughing in bed not sleeping instead of spending it doing something useful. Sleep, when I got it, was not good. Today's mission was to take Squirrel to get an elderly truck he'd been gifted, which needed a new battery, but otherwise works. It turned out the battery was too far gone for the truck to make it more than a block, so I drove to the battery place where I also got my tires. I'd noticed the passenger tire was low on Monday when I last took it out, and had added air to the to do list. we pulled in and the tire guys gave it a horrified look and asked if we were there for tires. "I hope you didn't buy tat here." "I did, a couple weeks ago. I have a receipt." The man helping us today was the one who looked rather like Tyr from Almighty Johnson's and remembered me and my battery from last Spring. He took the tire off, was horrified that they'd sold it to me and replaced it free. Squirrel's battery was about 30.00, so the trip was a win all around, although it did take all afternoon and more than a quarter tank of gas. Squirrel replaced his battery and followed me home so I could get him if there were problems.

In other news, assholes moved into the apartment we share space with. I say assholes advisedly as they know I am disabled, but are clearly shell gaming the spot, moving a different car in whenever they move the other car out, so we have no change at a turn, knowing full well I'm disabled and need a spot. I feel like this is cheating. It's one thing to come home and find the spot full as the luck of the draw, but I feel like going to those lengths to fuck us over knowing full well we were lied to also is super dickish. Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal, as I'd just park in the disabled spot, but someone with a temp tag good until February is perma parked there (as in, we don;t think they've moved in in the last month). I'm guessing they are really hurt or ill and just don't leave the house for non-doctor things, so I don't begrudge them. Someone is also perma parked in B disabled, which leaves me A on the far side of the complex or random street parking up to a block away. I know objectively, it's not a long distance, for me, walking to and from parking now eats a quarter to a third of the steps I have for a given trip this last couple of weeks and given how bad those two weeks have been physically while the able bodied people hog the shared parking.... I've only spoken to them on the phone, but I hate them now.

Tomorrow, I’m also short sleeped, this time to find out how much the check engine light is going to cost me.

* I've bailed out of AHS: Cult. It was a mix of problems. the first is that while it is important to do art about microaggressions, harassment, the terror that is the straight white conservative cis male, and the horror overtaking our country, this is too on the nose, and I spend my evenings documenting this stuff and have dealt with various versions of it all my life moving about in the world. The result is it's to preachy and preaching to the choir all at once. I might have been more receptive to watching this as entertainment in another year, but this is not the time to do it this way, or it is the time to do art about it, but a little more subtle. One or the other or both. Another problem has to do with some fundamental problems I tend to have with Ryan Murphy around race. Sometimes he does better than others, but it's an area where I don't trust him and nothing I've seen so far this season around race has made me happy. I am also really not trusting his handling of mental illness here. I am hoping it will get better, but I don't trust where this is going or that things will be handled well given past experience. (Look, I love his aesthetics and when he's on, he does some really interesting things. I have enjoyed a bunch of his other things, but he tends to be pretty problematic and sometimes the one balances the other out and sometimes it doesn't for me. YMMV).

Lastly, This whole thing is pretty triggery given my personal history, and with the first factor in play, this is not a good thing for me to be watching in combination. If I'm going to do something this rough to myself I'd rather take another crack at season two of Hannibal a that has a whole lot of things relative to my interests in exchange for a similar set of triggers. This is frankly not giving me anything back in exchange for dragging me through the worst of reddit while triggering me on my personal stuff. I had reached the bit when the cheeto brother was trying to get the woman with the phobias to let him in, doing all the horrible shit rapists and abusers do to women, playing on socialization, and I thought, "I would rather be scrubbing out the litter boxes. That at least results in clean litter boxes.

So I'm out. Maybe he'll do something amazing later, but I'm pretty sure this particular ride is not for me.

* I struggled with what to say about Will when it was on, my thoughts were complicated and not easy to put into words that would make good sense. I don't agree with everything in here, and I DID want a second season to explore the Will/Kit relationship. I also have a lot of thoughts about race in the show: the things they did well and the things I'm still really angry about. For the most part though, this did a better job than I could possibly do talking about the things I was struggling to put into words, and I'm very glad someone managed it. "The Punk-Rock Makeover Will, and Why It Sort of Works:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/will-tnt-review/

* On Catelyn Stark and Sacrifice: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/165169790792/to-expand-on-my-minimalistic-answer-just-then#notes

* Book vs. Show Olenna Tyrell: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/165176672777/what-do-you-think-of-showolenna-do-you-think-the#notes

* On Jamie Lannister's Arc: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/165183268532/does-the-sept-scene-ruin-jaimes-redemptiongrowth#notes

* Jamie Lannister isn't a feminist: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/165139180297/would-you-say-his-treatment-of-pia-and-his-concern

* On Cersei Lannister: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/165261638582/what-do-you-think-of-the-argument-that-cersei-in

* Want to donate to my property taxes? (170$ Needed). Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

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

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

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

* How to help Flood victims in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165235609582/woke-up-on-derse-f-f-f-fight

* How to help Caribbean victims of Irma: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165240981876/hedaclara-hedaclara-hedaclara-guys-the

* "How to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims:" http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/08/27/how_to_help_hurricane_harvey_victims.html

* "Disaster Relief and Support for Libraries:" http://www.txla.org/news/2017/08/disaster-relief-and-support-for-libraries

* How to help the protesters and ordinary people in Venezuela: https://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/163738805241/softestjohn-fiftyeightminutes-softestjohn

* "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide:" https://www.splcenter.org/20170814/ten-ways-fight-hate-community-response-guide

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

* Red Cross is taking donations for Western Wildfire Relief: http://www.redcross.org/local/oregon/ways-to-donate/wildfires

* (This is here as a reminder to me for later). "Can you recommend me some good books, essays, etc. about witches, witchcraft, witch trials in England?:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/164664427028/dear-pauline-can-you-recommend-me-some-good

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "The Rohingya crisis: Why won't Aung San Suu Kyi act?:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41187517

* "Betsy DeVos wants to roll back protections for campus rape survivors:" https://news.vice.com/story/betsy-devos-wants-to-roll-back-protections-for-campus-rape-survivors

* The world is on fire, in some cases literally. Climate Denial needs to stop NOW.

* "Philly Police Union President Calls Black Lives Matter Activists 'A Pack Of Rabid Animals':" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/philly-police-union-president-calls-black-lives-matter-activists-a-pack-of-rabid-animals_us_59aacc02e4b0dfaafcf0bc55

* "‘Doctor Who’ writer makes fun of trans women’s names:" https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/09/doctor-writer-makes-fun-trans-womens-names/

* "Disaster Relief and Support for Libraries:" http://www.txla.org/news/2017/08/disaster-relief-and-support-for-libraries

* This is old, but applies to sociopathic economists applauding hurricane Price Gouging and to the heath care debate. "Do Economists Actually Know What Money Is?:" https://www.currentaffairs.org/2016/10/do-economists-actually-know-what-money-is

* "Ancient Troy: The City & the Legend:" https://www.livescience.com/38191-ancient-troy.html

* "How we lost the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World:" http://www.salon.com/2017/08/20/how-we-lost-the-seven-wonders-of-the-ancient-world/

* "Joaquin Phoenix played him in Gladiator - but what do you really know about Commodus?:" http://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/evenings/commodus/8840516

* "Archaeologists dig in to reveal Roman emporium:" http://www.kentonline.co.uk/faversham/news/archaeologists-dig-in-to-reveal-130738/

* On King Richard the Lionheart's sexuality: http://qqueenofhades.tumblr.com/post/71441456463/scholarly-saturday-richard-the-lionheart-and

* "Cirque Du Sewer – The Gong Show:"

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* "There's A Trump Protest For Everyone!:"

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* "The Worst Part Of Steve Bannon's First Interview: Steve Bannon:"

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* "Donald Trump Plays Nice with Democrats:"

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* An Excellent Dog Story: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/164972472430/mom-adopts-a-dog

* "The world’s tiniest dragon must defend his hoard, a single gold coin, from those who would steal it.:" https://wilwheaton.tumblr.com/post/165139435639/bdubs8807-mildswearingat4am

* I was amused by the Gong Show periodically getting fetish porn past the censors, but am deeply uncomfortable with them veering into public self harm. Fuckssake that kid was 16.

* Want to donate to the windshield wiper fund? (32$ Needed). Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

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

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

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

* Authorities in Antigua & Barbuda want people to go through the Red Cross right now, as what is needed is centralized relief through a legitimate charity. https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-irma-donations?scode=RSG00000E017&utm_campaign=irma&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwZr44KqX1gIVCIR-Ch0EXQQ0EAAYASAAEgJnBPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CJqzzvKql9YCFY2Tfgods-gBXQ

* "How to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims:" http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/08/27/how_to_help_hurricane_harvey_victims.html

* "Disaster Relief and Support for Libraries:" http://www.txla.org/news/2017/08/disaster-relief-and-support-for-libraries

* How to help the protesters and ordinary people in Venezuela: https://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/163738805241/softestjohn-fiftyeightminutes-softestjohn

* "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide:" https://www.splcenter.org/20170814/ten-ways-fight-hate-community-response-guide

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

* Red Cross is taking donations for Western Wildfire Relief: http://www.redcross.org/local/oregon/ways-to-donate/wildfires

* (This is here as a reminder to me for later). "Can you recommend me some good books, essays, etc. about witches, witchcraft, witch trials in England?:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/164664427028/dear-pauline-can-you-recommend-me-some-good

* 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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* "Pattern of hacking preceded attendee of Trump camp Russia meeting:"

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* 45 has put Wilbur Ross in charge of the colonialist looting of Afghanistan's mineral resources he announced earlier this week.

* "A wounded Trump lashes out at Phoenix rally:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/22/trump-arizona-phoenix-rally-241923

* "Senate investigators interview dossier firm founder:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/22/politics/glenn-simpson-senate-judiciary-investigators/index.html

* "Exclusive: Top Trump aide's email draws new scrutiny in Russia inquiry:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/23/politics/donald-trump-rick-dearborn-email-russia-investigation/index.html

* "White House prepares for Joe Arpaio pardon:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/23/politics/joe-arpaio-pardon-white-house-paperwork/index.html

* "Napolitano: Arpaio pardon would be a 'dis' to Arizona:"

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* "Trump goes after Flake by name, after pledging not to:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/23/trump-jeff-flake-name-241941

* "Trump team escalates threats to shut down government:" https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-team-escalates-threats-shutdown-government-n795506

* "Web hosting company ordered to turn over information on anti-Trump website:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/24/trump-inauguration-protest-dreamhost-court-241973

* Like rats from a sinking ship. "Infrastructure Advisers Quit, Say Trump’s Actions Threaten Homeland Security:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/infrastructure-advisers-trump-homeland-security_us_599ddf67e4b0821444c07fb9?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

* "Former Trump adviser Icahn on NY AG Schneiderman's radar:"

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* "Another Republican stock photo fail:"

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* "Charlottesville: United Nations warns US over 'alarming' racism:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/23/charlottesville-un-committee-warns-us-over-rise-of-racism

* "Bryan Stevenson & Andra Day - The Ideology of White Supremacy in America - Extended Interview:"

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* "Nnamdi Asomugha & Colin Warner - From Friendship to Freedom in "Crown Heights" - Extended Interview :"

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* "Memo outlines Trump ban on transgender people in the US military:"

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* "White House gives Pentagon six months to create new trans military ban policy:" http://www.losangelesblade.com/2017/08/23/white-house-gives-pentagon-six-months-to-create-new-trans-military-ban-policy/

* "What trans soldier Albert Cashier can teach Trump about patriotism:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/22/donald-trump-transgender-military-ban-albert-cashier

* "I am holding hands with a girl at the pet store.:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/164547838865/ishipbadasschicks-nobodysflower-i-am-holding

* "Historic mystery at sea solved but stays a secret:"

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* "Dear Men:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164588080367/dear-men

* "Good Samaritan bit trying to leash roaming iguana Mr. Jingles:" http://www.unionleader.com/animals/good-samaritan-bit-trying-to-leash-roaming-iguana-mr-jingles--20170814

* "Nuclear Waste: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwY2E0hjGuU

* "Hillary Clinton Unloads on Trump:"

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* "Serious Trump vs. Somber Trump vs. Freestyle Trump:"

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* ""Michael the Black Man": President Trump's No. 1 Fan:"

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* I gave up trying to make sense of 45's word salad Arizona rant a little before midnight on the grounds that i was exhausted and all I was getting out of it was a headache instead of meaning. I did have a lovely dream about a modern AU where Steve Rogers (me in the dream. Don't judge.) woke from the ice with no real memories of what came before, bet with the same personality and super soldier upgrades. He ended up recruited by Amanda Waller (Yes, I know I'm crossing the Marvel/DC streams) instead of Nick Fury. Meanwhile, when Natasha Romanov defected, she took the Winter Soldier with her. Bucky was exactly as confused with only vague flashes of the Before time. Natasha was running her own ring for Nick Fury out of a garage, with Bucky as mechanic and husband. Steve Rogers was sent for a team up mission between the two agencies. So there is Natasha dressed rather like the matriarch in sons of Anarchy, one elbow on Bucky's shoulder looking me over.Cut for salaciousness: ) And off we went on a mission that was basically a large trapped enemy base infiltration, with bits of memory coming back to both Steve and Bucky. A++ would Steve/Bucky/Natasha base infiltrate again. That and the cuddling Tavy and reading Tanya Huff's Fire Stone were the only good things that happened today.

I did some calculations and determined that I could make the attempt on tires today. This was a terrible mistake. Internet directions looked straightforward. This was a lie. They had me get off in the next town up drive to the highschool make a couple turns and follow this big straight road until I saw it on my right. This was not how we got there last time, but that also involved lots of turns through back country, which is always a terrible fucking idea, as the street signs are seldom good, there are few places to turn around or ask directions, and the local teens have a habit of twisting street signs to lead strangers astray. Worse yet, the nice straight lines on maps are usually lying and things happen like if you go straight at the intersection you are on a different road and to go straight by the map you must go left or right, often with no street sign of the street sign twisted the wrong way and there is no next street sign for another ten miles to tell you you are on the wrong road. All of these things happened, of course, which was why I was dreading doing this, especially without a navigator. I burned a third of a tank of gas, pulled over in a bunch of church lots, a factory lot, and someones house to consult maps. The internet directions and the address I was aiming for did not match, as the streets did not connect....

Low on gas I hit the end of the road where it was meant to be where was a baptist church. I checked the doors on the grounds that even at a weird time on a Thursday afternoon in summer, you can sometimes catch altar guild ladies or bible study or what have you and the building was large and complicated and I couldn't tell if there was a rectory tucked away somewhere. I was exhausted hot, half panicked as I could not be sure where I was and was not all that clear where the Interstate was. I was not sanguine there was anyone there, as I didn't see cars out font, but the lot stretched behind so I gave it a shot anyway. This is the PNW, and I know full well if one looks distressed enough sometimes the act of looking obviously distressed will attract help. (This works particularly well when you are having car trouble and it is pissing down rain. Seriously folks, I live here for a Reason, and this is one of the benefits along with ideal climate until climate change started fucking with it, closeness to Canada, excellent laws, strong education system, social safety net, Queer friendliness, beauty of the landscape, access to civilized amenities....) The weather was hot and clear, but the hope was there. Doors were locked, but an elderly gentleman on a bike saw my distress an stopped. (Seriously. PNW). I braced myself for being evangelized, but I was happy to deal with that in exchange for him letting me follow him to the tires. He lived next door, so got his truck and took me there. (I didn't get the impression he was the preacher, though he may have been. He came off more like a true believer of the sort that hold those places together, especially in the middle of no where). I let him give me a new testament which he inscribed himself and let him evangelize me, and used proper church phrases. I am really good at this given my upbringing, even though obviously I did not have a baptist upbringing. I did my very best to give him all the gratefulness and interest i clearly owed him in exchange for his help. I did not tell him I had a much better translation of old and new testaments with apocrypha on my reference shelf which I keep handy for arguing with homophobes on the internet mostly. Episcopalian are hard core into Bible study, both my parents and my mother's mother were at various points vestry, mom and Grammy had both been church treasurers. My mom taught Sunday school, did bell choir, ran pageants, planning was a lector. Mom and Grammy were both on planning committees and the like at various times. All three of them were on various reverend searches. My Dad and I were in choir. I'd done Bible study pretty much since I was old enough for chapter books and went to a school with chapel three times a week where I had classes where we did things like comparative religion, bible study, history of monotheism, etc.. I was the only one in the Medieval Studies program in college who arrived with a working knowledge of Medieval heresy. My choice to break with monotheism was deeply considered and irrevocable, not out of bitterness and certainly not out of ignorance. Buddhism fit better for a host of reasons, and i am just not a theist.

But polite is polite and he went waaaaaay out of his way to help me and I really was grateful. I paid my coin in attention and good manners and took my new testament meekly. I had burned so much gas, I wasn't sure there was enough to get home, so I bought the very cheapest tires instead of second cheapest, but they looked sound, and drove well at 70 on the long flat stretch of the highway in moderate wind, and breaking and lane changes were noticeably better, so I felt like they were a pretty good deal all things considered. The man who took my money, was very likely one of my students the last two years I taught. He had a distinctive face and went to the right middle school. I gassed up and had a ridiculously easy time getting home, as the highway was RIGHT there, but the gas station down the road. If I'd known, I could have just gone north to that exit, made a right off the ramp, and another right, driven a bit and there it would have been. Fucking A! I'd have had the better tires, not had to gas up, and not had a frustrating, exhausting, and occasionally dangerous all afternoon country drive in the heat.

At least we know where it is now.

* Tavy update: I think he's finally turning into a cat, for which I am greatful. I don't just mean that he's adult shape and weight, though that is true. I've noticed he's settled down a lot in the last two weeks or so. nHis sleep/cuddle/play balance is more young adult cat than kitten, which is dramatically easier on me, given how extra he was when he arrived even for a kitten. He's more willing to entertain himself in less destructive ways while I am asleep or out of the apartment with toys, busy box, busy bag, and contents himself with stealing the half piece of paper towel I use to keep my next to the desk coaster from being overwhelmed by ice water sweat, instead of stealing entire rolls of paper toweling, tp, and or books to shred. (He really likes shredding.) I will happily sacrifice half a paper towel segment a day not to wake up to things shredded and broken all over the apartment. He's also been dramatically less violent with me in that two week span, something I've been working on since we got him. He loves wrestling, which involves launching himself at my forearm, digging teeth and claws in hard as he can and attempting to disembowel it with his hind leg, which really fucking hurts and does real damage. I happily offer diversions, such as toys he can maul, string, cat in bag, etc.., but until recently we had a minimum of a half hour a day where he persistently tries and frequently really hurts me. We're down to one or two attempts every few days, and he's way easier to divert. He' still too violent with Squirrel and LM, hence the limited contact between the cats. (No one likes being bitten, no matter how much he likes biting. He genuinely thinks he's playing). Squirrel refuses to be strict with him as far as the mauling goes, so I'm not sure how well things will generalize, but I am really hopeful seeing how much he's improving. I've also noticed how much better he's gotten over the course of the summer at compensating for his disability. He's such a sweet, cuddly little guy, and I'm really enjoying who he's growing up to be.

* Want to donate to the windshield wiper fund? (32$) Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* So the town to the north of me has a road called "Dick Stone Lane." We assume it was named for some specific person, but Wednesday we decided "Dick Stone" ought to be the star in a noir porn parody. Dick Stone Private Dick! He should be based on Humphrey Bogart, obviously.

So this morning as I was getting dressed, I realized that it should clearly be based on the Maltese Falcon, because clearly Dick Stone needed to star in the Maltese Dildo as private dick, Hump Free Boggart. (I know backwards, but pun!) I can see the golden dildo being held aloft right now. Come on, you'd watch it. I could be hilarious and brilliant in the right hands! (Waggle brows).

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

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

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

* How to help the protesters and ordinary people in Venezuela: https://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/163738805241/softestjohn-fiftyeightminutes-softestjohn

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

* 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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* "U.S. Expands North Korea Sanctions, Seeks to Seize Millions:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-22/treasury-sanctions-russian-chinese-companies-over-north-korea

* "How Trump swallowed a bitter Afghanistan pill:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/22/trump-afghanistan-generals-241886

* "Trump cuts funding for Obama's teen pregnancy program:" https://www.axios.com/trump-teen-pregnancy-2473732671.html

* Nobody tell 45 about Oregon Republican Art Johnson, because a conspiracy theorist pretending to collect strangers' pee "for science" and who thinks radiation is good for you so we need to expose people to it is exactly the sort of person 45 would pick to replace Perry at the Department of Energy, just saying.

* Not content to simply commit us to forever war in Afghanistan and order increased deployments, 45 decided today to deliberately sew chaos and confusion amoung our troops by sending the order for the trans military ban in place, doing such a shitty job of it that no one knows how implantation will work and what will happen to active duty trans soldiers and their medical care. There is an absolute ban on recruitment, which is one of the few coherent things in the policy. Why does he hate our troops so? why does he work so hard to demoralize them and harm military readiness? I still need to do more reading, and I have a ton of things in my queue. I am exhausted, so likely, there will be more tomorrow.

In any case, we have six months to fight this with protests and lawsuits. Calling your Congress Critter can't hurt either, as they've started doing some end runs around 45's shittier foreign policy things.

* Giant Crocs: http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/164441116976/thesteveoprojekt-thecuckoohaslanded#notes

* "Kilroy was Here:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/164507282913/nicholassabalos-kilroy-was-here-hes-engraved

* "Trump's Troublesome Response to the Charlottesville Violence:"

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* My Thursday socializing got moved to Wednesday. I made rose (with a touch of lavender and coconut) cupcakes which we had with vanilla icing and assorted cake condiments, and served blackberry sage sweet tea and my tart lemonade. The wind started coming up around 8 so I took them to the store and home as the long flat stretch between my town and the next one north is not safe with bald tires at posted speed in high winds. I have hopes of wind shield wipers in the next couple of days. Which specific day depends on how I feel and the weather.

* Want to donate to help make the car safe for rain? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* "Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 6:" http://imgur.com/gallery/W4LOw#Er2TZ2Y

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

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

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

* How to help the protesters and ordinary people in Venezuela: https://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/163738805241/softestjohn-fiftyeightminutes-softestjohn

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

* 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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* "Residents critical of missile and nuclear development program:" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14656&cataId=nk01500

* "Regime attempts to raise birthrate ignore new social reality:" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14655&cataId=nk01500

* "Browder: My lawyer Magnitsky was murdered by Putin:"

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* "North Korea, Venezuela, and Trump’s war of words:"

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* "Trump wants to defund PBS. ‘Sesame Street’ brutally parodied him for decades.:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/03/20/trump-wants-to-defund-pbs-sesame-street-brutally-parodied-him-for-decades/?utm_term=.b818e7d8c64f

* "Who is White House aide Sebastian Gorka?:"

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* "DOJ’s response to Charlottesville: Is it enough?:"

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* Just a reminder that Republicans in five states are trying to pass laws to make deadly terrorist acts like the one in Charlottesville Saturday legal.

* "Richard Painter: ‘This is the face of Fascism in the U.S.’:"

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* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* As a member of one of the other two minorities deemed not human enough to receive guaranteed emergency medical care in this country when we are dying, this is terrifying. "One way to end the opioid epidemic. Let them die:" http://www.newsweek.com/one-way-end-opioid-epidemic-let-them-die-639272

* "Eric Bolling sues reporter Yashar Ali for defamation:"

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* "The Power Of Inclusive Sex Education:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-power-of-inclusive-sex-education_us_59821b59e4b0b35d274c5f64?section=us_queer-voices

* "Origin of human genus may have occurred by chance:" https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170804100410.htm

* "On the early human's menu: Mammoth and plenty of raw vegetables:" https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170804082912.htm

* "46 Prehistoric Sites with Paleolakes Discovered in 'Green Arabia':" https://www.livescience.com/59998-46-prehistoric-sites-saudi-arabia.html

* "Fit for a King: Tut's Camping Bed Was an Ancient Marvel:" https://www.livescience.com/59999-king-tut-camping-bed-ancient-marvel.html

* "Contents of 2,500-year-old sarcophagus discovered in Turkey's Balıkesir revealed:" https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/31/contents-of-2500-year-old-sarcophagus-discovered-in-turkeys-balikesir-revealed

* "Can we hope to understand how the Greeks saw their world?:" https://aeon.co/essays/can-we-hope-to-understand-how-the-greeks-saw-their-world

* The title is silly, but it's a nice little summary of what we know and don't know about the Colossus of Rhodes. "How The Colossus of Rhodes Inspired ‘Game of Thrones’:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/how-the-colossus-of-rhodes-inspired-game-of-thrones

* "A Kerfuffle About Diversity in the Roman Empire:" https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/dna-romans/535701/

* "Alt-right commentator gets 'schooled' by historian over diversity in Roman Britain:" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/alt-right-commentator-gets-schooled-historian-diversity-roman/

* "This Ancient Mosaic Depicts a Thrilling Chariot Race:" http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/ancient-mosaic-cyprus-roman-chariot-race-archaeology-spd/

* "Archaeologists unearth 'little Pompeii' in southeast France:" http://www.france24.com/en/20170802-archaeologists-unearth-little-pompeii-southeast-france

* "Traces of ancient earthquake in Assos:" http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/traces-of-ancient-earthquake-in-assos-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116328&NewsCatID=375

* "Great Ryburgh dig finds 81 'rare' Anglo-Saxon coffins:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-37940012

* "Kenya: Team Excavates Remains of People of Chinese Descent:" http://allafrica.com/stories/201707310840.html

* "Rich SF residents get a shock: Someone bought their street:" http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Rich-SF-residents-get-a-shock-Someone-bought-11738236.php

* "You Need to See These Hooded Grebes Perform Their Bonkers Mating Display:" http://www.audubon.org/news/you-need-see-these-hooded-grebes-perform-their-bonkers-mating-display

* Want to help replace dangerously bald front tires and dead wipers? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* It finally rained last night. Today I woke up to normal skies and a reasonable air temperature.

* Me watching Pompeii: That's not how it works. That's not how any of this works. the people who made it are at least as confused and flat out wrong as the ones that made Braveheart. It was too much of a mess historically to ignore the problems and take as cheese.

* I am finding The Great Wall visually gorgeous, but incredibly frustrating as whoever picked the subtitle font decided to make the lettering so tiny that I literally cant read it without pressing my face up against the screen. I can make out the capital letters and the 't's', so can generally guess single words like "wait" or attack", but I have to guess all the sentences from context. Why would they do this? Most people are not going to be watching this on a massive, super expensive wall sized widescreen TV. There was no descriptive video option and no option to go fullscreen so no way to recover the Chinese dialog. (I prefer widescreen as a rule, but I also prefer having visible subtitles). I know they know how to do visible captioning, as the English for hearing impaired is in huge, easily visible letters, mostly printed on the black background under the picture. why couldn't they do that with the translated dialog as well? Accessibility is a thing, people. It's 2017.

* Leto vs. Clowns: https://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/164136602812/whats-your-favorite-obscure-greek-myth-fact-i

* "Killjoys, Season 3 Episode 7: The Wolf You Feed:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/08/killjoys-season-3-episode-7-wolf-you.html

* "The Paintings used in ‘Black Sails’ (Part 16):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/164032511222/the-paintings-used-in-black-sails-part-16

* "Sunday Sweets: Art Deco:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/8/13/sunday-sweets-art-deco.html

* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

- Ship in a Bottle. Moriarty is back and grumpy about them dropping that plot thread for four years. I still have lots of questions about how people can be in multiple locations inside the same holodeck. I do like the using the simulation to steal command codes trick. I've seen it done clumsily in lots of shows since, but it is lovely in it's simplicity here. I do like the ethically quandaries around Moriarity and the Countess' personhood and what to do with them. I also think this is the first time they have had Barkley appear in which it hasn't been about his psychiatric issues. He's just there doing his job, which is kind of nice.

- Aquiel. A Mystery, an unreliable narrator, Klingon social friction, and Geordi's creepy thing where he builds an imaginary relationship with a woman he's never met and acts accordingly, brain sex, and the Star Trek version of The Thing.

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

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

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

* How to help the protesters and ordinary people in Venezuela: https://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/163738805241/softestjohn-fiftyeightminutes-softestjohn

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

* 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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* "Couture and Conflict in Lebanon - States of Undress:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/states-of-undress-couture-and-conflict-in-lebanon/596cf57d43ec1aac57fd22ba

* "Royal-turned-warlord and opium pioneer of the Golden Triangle: Olive Yang dies aged 90 :" https://coconuts.co/yangon/features/royal-turned-warlord-opium-pioneer-golden-triangle-olive-yang-dies-aged-90/

* "Ivory Coast seizes record haul of pangolin scales:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ivorycoast-wildlife-pangolins-idUSKBN1AD1SA

* "Venezuela crisis: Deadly clashes amid tense election for assembly:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40769737

* "Trump threatens to end ObamaCare payments unless repeal passes:" http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/344463-trump-threatens-to-end-csr-payments-if-healthcare-reform-isnt-passed

* "Kelly sworn in as Trump's second chief of staff:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/31/politics/john-kelly-chief-of-staff/index.html

* "Kelly called Comey to express anger over firing, sources say:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/31/politics/kelly-comey-phone-call-angry/index.html

* 45 fired Scaramucci. O.o

* "Sam Brownback: 3 things to know about Trump’s nominee for ambassador-at-large for religious freedom:" https://mic.com/articles/182942/sam-brownback-3-things-to-know-about-trumps-nominee-for-ambassador-at-large-for-religious-freedom?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.EQIFEOEOm

* "Centrist lawmakers plot bipartisan health care stabilization bill:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/30/obamacare-health-care-stabilization-241151

* "Collins: Trump's threat to end ObamaCare payments won't change my vote:" http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/344549-collins-trumps-threat-to-end-obamacare-payments-wont-change-my-vote

* "Republicans Face Tough Choice: Repeal Obamacare or Cut Taxes:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-31/republicans-face-tough-choice-repeal-obamacare-or-cut-taxes

* "Hackers breach dozens of voting machines brought to conference:" http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/344488-hackers-break-into-voting-machines-in-minutes-at-hacking-competition

* "Trump's vote fraud commission couldn't be more divided:" http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-vote-fraud-commission-hopelessly-divided-n785461

* "Sen. Jeff Flake says Republican Party has "lost its way":" http://www.cbsnews.com/news/senator-jeff-flake-republican-party-lost-its-way/

* "KING: Black victims should get the same justice as Justine Damond:" http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-black-victims-justice-justine-damond-article-1.3354520

* "Trump appears to advocate rough police treatment of suspects:" https://apnews.com/64169ad2576b4fc98ae8febc3554155d/Trump-appears-to-advocate-rough-police-treatment-of-suspects

* "Why capitalism clings to fossil fuels:" https://socialistworker.org/2017/04/20/why-capitalism-clings-to-fossil-fuels

* "These wondrous sea wolves swim for miles and live off the watery wilds:" https://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/animals/these-wondrous-sea-wolves-swim-miles-and-live-watery-wilds/

* "Octopus And Squid Evolution Is Officially Weirder Than We Could Have Ever Imagined:" http://www.sciencealert.com/octopus-and-squid-evolution-is-officially-weirder-than-we-could-have-ever-imagined

* "Stephen Takes A Front-Stab At Scaramucci's Phone Interview:"

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* "Samantha Bee Could Leap Into Justin Trudeau's Arms At Any Moment:"

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* "Samantha Bee's Homage To Jared Kushner's Iraq Photo:"

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* Snerk. "Game of Thrones: Season 7 Episode 3:" http://imgur.com/a/CrxVK#2qXsjk0

* "What you missed on 7x02 of Game of Thrones:" http://bb8s.tumblr.com/post/163379120284/what-you-missed-on-7x02-of-game-of-thrones

* "Divide and Fail to Conquer:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/divide-fail-conquer/

* "Sunday Sweets: Ombre Treats:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/7/30/sunday-sweets-ombre-treats.html

* "Killjoys, Season 3, Episode 5: Attack on the Rack:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/killjoys-season-3-episode-5-attack-on.html

*****
* 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/

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

* 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
https://help.lgbtnet.org/en
https://help.lgbtnet.org/chechnya-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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* "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.

*****
* 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/

*****
* 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

*****
* 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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* "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


*****
* 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
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* 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
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* 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

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