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* "Trump's planned state visit to UK delayed until next year: U.S. official:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-britain-idUSKBN19W28G

* "President Trump, the pageant, the pop star, and Putin:"

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* "Trump's election panel puts hold on voter data request:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-vote-idUSKBN19V29W

* So the plan is to let Eric Prince of Blackwater infamy set out Afghanistan policy along with a man still running DynCorp!!! "Trump Aides Recruited Businessmen to Devise Options for Afghanistan:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/world/asia/trump-afghanistan-policy-erik-prince-stephen-feinberg.html

* Things that make me go hmmmmm.... "Kushner Cos. Sought Qatar Funds as Jared Advised Trump:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-11/kushner-cos-sought-qatar-funds-as-jared-advised-trump

* "Trump Has Secretive Teams to Roll Back Regulations, Led by Hires With Deep Industry Ties:" https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-teams-rolling-back-regulations-led-by-hires-with-deep-industry-ties

* "Justice Dept. probe will look at Trump Jr.'s disclosed emails, meeting:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/11/politics/donald-trump-jr-emails-special-counsel/index.html

* "Donald Trump Jr. may have crossed the legal line on collusion:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/11/donald-trump-jr-may-have-just-crossed-the-legal-line-on-collusion/?utm_term=.ef4dfc00d9d2

* "NYT: E-mail told Trump Jr of Russian government campaign help:"

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* "Republicans trying to rush health care bill again:"

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* "Protests flare as GOP health care/tax bill stalls:"

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* Look, I know we are all tired and I keep saying this, but we need to keep up pressure on republicans for the next three weeks at least, possibly for all of August. We need Die Ins and phone calls and faxes and demonstrations at Congressional Offices and Town halls. We need to sustain this.

They have yet another ACA Repeal/Trumpcare attempt in process.

They are hoping we will give up and go away. We can't afford to. People will literally die so they can win the tax cut for the .1% this is in aid of.

This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/
Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* I am giving a tumblr link, as I want the commentary as well as the article: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/162850425571/former-dominatrix-fights-to-keep-job-as-sheriffs

* "TX Anti-Trans Hate Bills 46 and 50 Filed:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/tx-anti-trans-hate-bills-46-and-50-filed.html

* "Just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide:" https://mic.com/articles/181824/just-100-companies-are-responsible-for-71-of-greenhouse-gas-emissions-worldwide?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=future&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.VG2pBQdnO

* "My Mother Wasn't Trash:" https://www.thisappalachialife.com/single-post/2017/05/10/My-Mother-Wasnt-Trash

* I'm about 70.00 down for the month looks like when bills settled out. I'm also clearly ill, so can't handle oils for selling on the assumption of contagion. I'd had lung symptoms and extra quease for days, but it's also hot and the worst stretch for my allergies, so not definitive. Last night was absolutely definitive. Ugh. Still, I am already thinking about what to sacrifice this time.

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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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* "Stop Using Minimum Wage To Determine Who Is Beneath You:" http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/ward-anderson/minimum-wage-hating-the-poor_b_16922788.html

* "After A Year, Seattle’s New Minimum Wage Hasn’t Raised Retail Prices:" https://www.fastcompany.com/3059118/after-a-year-seattles-new-minimum-wage-hasnt-raised-retail-prices

* A Muslim man answers a white supremacist: http://the-alexandrian-alchemist.tumblr.com/post/161553244851/bellygangstaboo-standing-ovation

* "Colo. Woman Is Being Terrorized by Racist Notes Slipped Under Her Door, but Apartment Complex Refuses to Let Her Break Lease:" http://www.theroot.com/colo-woman-is-being-terrorized-by-racist-notes-slipped-1795821403

* "Number 12- Rest In Power And Peace, Kenne McFadden:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/number-12-rest-in-power-and-peace-kenne.html

* Today was disaster. Real, serious, I don't know what the fuck I'm going to do level disaster. This move has been incredibly rough on me physically, and I'm kind of at the end of my rope anyway on that. (The Wednesday allergen exposure was so bad I have a rash in patches all over my body and my eyes were so bad they woke me up. My meds schedule is disrupted which means the AS is kicking my ass, and apparently all the stress has revved up my auto-immune situation so that there was measurable new damage over the course of Thursday).

Today, though. I am so fucked. We take the first load over and get back in to drive back to the old house for another and the starter doesn't turn over. I correctly assume the battery is drained. A nice lady gives us directions to a cheap battery place and jump. This is an excellent place, cheap, friendly, honest, and full of locals. No frills and everything I want in a mechanic. They basically just do tires and batteries. There is an understandably long long line, but our guy is intelligent, charming and looks like a taller Ty from Almighty Johnsons. I am not panicked at this point. We do not need a new battery, just refurbishing on corroded wires. I give him my toilet paper money for the month, which is cheap for a thing that will fix my car. It turns out we need a new grounding wire, which is not a thing they do there, but he estimated we had about a year to raise the money before it failed, so the day is still going reasonably well, considering. We'd lost a couple hours and my toilet paper, we had plenty of time for moving everything they had packed already.

I try to start the car. It doesn't. He figures out it's a sticky...some word I'd never heard of for a part attached to the starter? Anyway, he showed us where to bang to get the car to start. We drive away.

I get pulled over for speeding leaving Ferndale, which is very much my fault. My instinct is to speed up once we are over the bridge and into the country straight away, so I tend to speed up about half a mile too soon. especially sleep deprived, exhausted, having only had a nasty granola bar too eat as I hadn't time to eat before I left, plus the whole long drive over back roads broken car stress. I am white and I wasn't going that far above the limit, and I do well with polite and contrite when confronted with cops. I know it's a white privilege thing and I feel terrible about this working for me when I know if I were Native or black the whole thing would have been potentially life threatening and at minimum expensive. It's also a class privilege thing, which I also feel shitty about. I am poor and have been my whole life, but I code switch like a champ thanks to my accent and schooling. I feel shitty about taking advantage of something that everyone should have, which is decent treatment by police, but we were looking at this month's car insurance money if I got a ticket, so... polite and contrite and code switched up the class scale and mention being stressed about car trouble and let him let me off.

The car doesn't start. I pop the hood and hobble 'round back and the cop watches me grab the tire ion and hobble it back to the front. I wang the thing. I start the car and close the hood and put the tire iron up front, knowing I'll need it later. I figure i nothing else, this vindicates in his head that my day really was made of shit before he stopped me. This is still not disastrous. I kept my car insurance money. I can live with wanging the car to start it every time.

We get back to the house. I top the car and realise I forgot to roll down the stupid power window. Car won't start. Pop hood, wang the thing, leaving the hood open as we'll need to wang it to leave. Car doesn't start.

Fuck. Fuckfuckfuckfuck.

Correctly reasoning that there is a chance that it worked at the mechanic because the super long wait with the hood popped let it cool down (parts expand in the heat. It is a hot day and driving long distances heats a car right up even on a cold one and it might be enough to through something already dicey enough off to bork it), I settled under a tree with my book for an hour or so. I weighed the advantage of going straight home vs stopping halfway for free fluid top off and waiting an hour or so for the car to cool down enough to start. I opted for the fluids. The distance being shorter the wait was shorter, but enough to alarm the fluid jockeys. I assured them it was fine and would start once it had cooled down a bit and that's why I'd stopped for fluids. (There were no warning lights and the temp gauge was low medium). I drove home.

I can't do things like forage or go for meds through stop and go traffic without scheduling in a couple extra hours for reading in allergen laden air with the hood open or every stop. It's not tenable.

I've no real idea what fixing it will cost. I suspect the part won't be too bad, but the part looks well embedded, which I bet means labor cost'll be in the 3-5 hundred range at honest downtown mechanic. I don't know, of course, but say, not paying rent and possibly bills for a month is not option.

Fuck. Fuckity fuck.

Why can't I take the bus? I don't have 50ish dollars a month to throw away and the bus doesn't let out anywhere close to where I need to go, which means every single trip to do anything involves literal miles of painful gimping to and fro, plus I can't buy more than a back pack full of groceries at a time, which means gimping these long distances over and over with weights. There is a special bus for disabled people that actually takes you where you want to go. I've waited close to a decade to hear back about my application, so I'm guessing that's a no and we're still talking a back pack plus whatever I can balance on my head while gimping. (I am not skilled on the level of the people who have to tote giant jugs of water, but If a thing is not too heavy, like a forage box or the water for my plants I put it on my head with a steadying hand in case my balance wavers and I can manage sort distances , which are longer than I can manage one handed without doing it that way.) So I can use the fix route bus at the price of not being able to do anything else that day and the next and possibly the one after (including things like making food and doing dishes) for things like the doctor and library, but not really for things like forage or grocery shopping. I become trapped in my house, as even small simple trips involve enough advanced planning for me to save up spoons for there and back again and to clear everything else until I recover enough to cope...

Fucked.

On the upside, they’ve got someone else with a car to help them next week, so all that was lost as far as getting them moved somewhere safe was a day of hauling.

* I finally finished Blacklist. You have to understand, I am 100% team Mr. Kaplan, and I stopped giving a fart about Red the second he put a bullet in her head. I actually guessed a big chuck of the season arc, though not all the twists, and I had hoped for a different ending. (The Dembe thing was so transparent as to not even count as a twist as I guessed how that would play out the moment I grasped the scenario basics, but I did not guess Wressler's old partner would turn up or the end of season stupidity, so not 100%, but I'd guess maybe 80%? Certainly I guessed who Red was under attack by and the broad outlines of where it would go). I did love the all Mr. Kaplan episode and pretty much all her things worked for me, except the very end which was clumsy. I did like how Samar and Aram resolved. (Earlier seasons it wouldn't have worked for me, but the power balance equalized and it works for me now). I am not sure if the show is worth watching another season without Mr. Kaplan, as I'm not convinced the other characters are enough to make me want to put up with Reddington. He was musing for a few seasons, but it's reached the point where I just want him dead now and Dembe and off with his family away from the creepy codependent life endangering bullshit. I want the team to go off and have careers that don't corrupt them the way this does. I want this show over and done the way I wish someone would put Supernatural out of it's misery. I only barely managed to get through Redemption, despite a lot of talented acting and eye candy. It just didn't gel for me and I'm struggling to remember how they left it.

Liz should have picked her. Task force should have switched. Kate Kaplan could do all Red can do plus more plus she still has resources, plus she’d be able to do it while giving up killing people which long term solves the whole supporting a criminal enterprise, plus why in hell would they want anything to do with a man who’ use Liz as bait? Not forgivable. A friend points out they could have switched up the sides and had Reddington be the villain for a season, which would have been a cool parallel and let them keep a one of a kind character in play while still keeping Reddington’s ratings. It would have let Liz have some basic principles inculcated early her nanny instead of Red being her “real” sperm donor over riding everything, which is better drama and more interesting anyway. “In fact, she could have considered it incumbent upon her //as his daughter// to put a stop to his antics.” Thank you friend for pointing it out.

I just... meh. They had one canonically queer character on the show and unless they find a way to resurrect her twice in two years.... I think I have to be done.

There has never been a character like Kate Kaplan on TV. Seriously, name me one other elderly dangerous principled queer woman mastermind on all of TV? She was the only one anywhere and they FRIDGED her.

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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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* "Zimbabwe widows fighting in-laws who leave them destitute:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38853602

* "Yemen Withdraws Permission for U.S. Antiterror Ground Missions:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/world/middleeast/yemen-special-operations-missions.html?smid=tw-share

* "Trump as Nero: Europe Must Defend Itself Against A Dangerous President:" http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/a-1133177-amp.html

* "Donald Trump will not be allowed to address Parliament on UK state visit, Speaker says:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/donald-trump-uk-state-visit-speaker-address-parliament-a7565651.html

* "Trump Gets Snubbed By British Parliament :" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/trump-gets-snubbed-by-british-parliament.html

* "A new poll shows a surprisingly big public swing against Trump’s travel ban:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/02/07/a-new-poll-shows-a-surprisingly-big-public-swing-against-trumps-muslim-ban/?utm_term=.9440d14d57ae

* "For Trump, it's nighttime in America:"

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* So Trump is literally in favor of abusing puppies and kittens. "Trump's USDA drops animal abuse reports, tries to blame Obama:"

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* I'm not a Hamiltonian, even though I do support his financial policies. (Look, my take on Founding fathers and the politics around the constitution are extremely complex, and we've no time for them here. My take on RL Hamilton as opposed to the musical have evolved over a lifetime, and ar of the same complexity as, say, my views on john Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin). Which is to say, I strongly suspect Mr. Yoo and I clearly have different 18th century politics and thus likely have pretty different views about modern American politics as a result, but he has a lot of really interesting things to say here. Why do I mention this? Because people assume I agree with every point of every article I post and occasionally demand I defend positions I don't hold. I am posting this because it makes a lot of interesting points, some of which I agree with and some other points I'd love to argue about at a dinner party with the author. "Executive Power Run Amok:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/06/opinion/executive-power-run-amok.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=1

* "President Trump is now speculating that the media is covering up terrorist attacks:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/02/06/president-trump-is-now-speculating-that-the-media-is-covering-up-terrorist-attacks/?utm_term=.e94a1019a838

* "It’s Not Just Rhetoric Anymore. Government by White Nationalism Is Upon Us.:" http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/cover_story/2017/02/government_by_white_nationalism_is_upon_us.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_ru

* O.o I hate the ableist title, but this is something people need to know that isn't getting coverage. "The craziest politician in Washington last week was not Donald Trump:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/02/06/the-craziest-politician-in-washington-last-week-was-not-donald-trump/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.ba9348527b83

* "Never Believe the Republicans’ B.S. Ever Again:" https://newrepublic.com/article/140430/never-believe-republicans-bs-ever

* Want to keep tabs on who's who and how far they are in the confirmation process on the Cabinet of Deplorables? "CHART: The Status Of Trump Administration's Key Members:" http://www.npr.org/2016/11/18/502575561/chart-whos-who-in-the-future-trump-administration

* "McConnell turns up heat on Sessions hearing with attack on Warren:"

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* "Senator Tester: 'Plenty of reasons to vote no' on Jeff Sessions:"

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* "What can Betsy DeVos do to American schools?:"

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* "Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump:" http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-airport-inhumanity-20170206-story.html

* This was really good and included things like the human rights abuses routinely perpetrated on intersex children, inter-generational differences, and interviews non-binary people, instead of just the usual binary 101 things. "Gender Revolution: Working For Change:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/gender-revolution-working-for-change.html

* "Somewhere in America:" https://www.amara.org/en/videos/1YqQLGggChbf/info/bnv14-finals-los-angeles-somewhere-in-america/

* "Trump Is Literally Keeping His Staffers In The Dark:"

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* "Stephen Colbert Is A Bowling Green Massacre Truther:"

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* "Trump Says Voter Fraud. Stephen Says Bull.:"

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* "Team Trump Lists "Underreported" Terror Attacks:"

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* "Emerald City, Season One, Episode Six: Beautiful Wickedness:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/emerald-city-season-one-episode-six.html

* Wait, is Emerald City about Trump?

* TNG Rewatch, Season 5/6:

- Time's Arrow. (I'm combining a two parter). So this is the one where Data goes back in time and an away team goes after him. I remember liking this one when it was new. I love Guinan's dress. I love Whoopi Goldberg's performance in the Twain intro scene even more. I was way more up on my Clemens when this first aired than I am now, but I do remember having serious issues with where this was on Clemens' real life history and thinking his reaction was not what one would expect this late in his life, given his depression and solipsism, but I'm honestly not up to doing the research it would take to see if this recollection is correct. Picard and Guinan have real chemistry in this one.

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Why working-class actors are a disappearing breed:" http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/may/08/working-class-actors-disappearing-britain-class-privilege-access-posh?CMP=share_btn_tw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* The U S Embassy in Cuba opened yesterday.

* "MHP: Walker, not Trump, is 'most outrageous candidate':"

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* "Judge Sends Children to Detention Center for Refusing to Speak to Allegedly Abusive Father:" http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/07/09/judge_sends_children_to_detention_center_for_refusing_to_speak_to_allegedly.html

* "Where’s My Cut?: On Unpaid Emotional Labor:" http://www.metafilter.com/151267/Wheres-My-Cut-On-Unpaid-Emotional-Labor

* "East Lansing Is Getting a New Sex-Ed Curriculum :" http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2015/07/15/22551061/east-lansing-is-getting-a-new-sex-ed-curriculum

* Given my physical state, I haven't been up to doing a proper debunk of the latest attack on Planned Parenthood, but this says what I would likely have said and more, more elegantly than I would have: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/124697634377/mediamattersforamerica-dont-buy-into-the

* "Single mom arrested for ‘abandoning’ her kids at food court while interviewing for job 30 feet away:" http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/single-mom-arrested-for-abandoning-her-kids-at-food-court-while-interviewing-for-job-30-feet-away/

* "More questions than answers in Sandra Bland case:"

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* "Sure, Whites Are Privileged—but Not Me Personally!:" http://www.psmag.com/politics-and-law/sure-whites-are-privileged--but-not-me-personally

* "Eric Garner's family renews call for criminal charges against NYPD officer:" http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/7/14/eric-garners-family-wants-officer-charged.html?utm_content=nobylines&utm_campaign=ajam&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=SocialFlow

* "Clock has 'turned back' on voting rights:"

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* "Cara Delevingne: "My Sexuality Is Not A Phase":" http://www.advocate.com/bisexuality/2015/07/19/cara-delevinge-my-sexuality-not-phase

* "Indonesia's Transgender Muslims, Known As Waria, Celebrate Ramadan:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/indonesias-transgender-muslims-celebrate-ramadan-photos_55a53543e4b0ecec71bd0ced

* "AZ jails and prisons evaluating transgender policies:" http://www.kpho.com/story/29569709/az-jails-and-prisons-evaluating-transgender-policies

* "Ask a Mortician- Hair & Mourning Jewelry :"

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* "The Seldom-Seen Faces Of The 'Humans Of Kabul':" http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/07/18/419549880/the-seldom-seen-faces-of-the-humans-of-kabul

* Where have I been? The heat exhaustion pretty much laid me out. It was overcast today, which helps. I was well enough to bring in the lilies and rearrange the garden.

I finished Staying Power, which I’ve been reading off and on for something like two months. The research involved blows me away and I learned a lot, particularly about the late 19th and 20th Century stuff. It was just incredibly hard to read, For the same reason things about the colonization of the Americas and the resulting genocides are hard to read. For the same reason US History is hard to read. English Imperialism, slavery, racism, police violence, etc. so much like our own, but so much less talked about. These pages drip with the blood of real people, and no person with any decency can read them without feeling the unrelenting cruelty of it. A lot has happened since this was published as far as scholarship on people of African and Asian decent in Medieval England, and we are still trying to piece together that story, so that isn’t to be found in these pages. This book starts with Tudors and goes to the end of the ‘70’s. I am still stunned by the amount of material here organized and documented. It is a reference from which so much scholarship out to spring.

I have read “Black London,” one of these scholarly daughters, some months ago, well written and researched. It goes into depth about the lives of individual 17th and 18th century black Londoners. I hope more such jewels of scholarship will be written in future. These lives deserve to be studied and known. Where their voices survive, they ought to be heard. It’s time to stop whitewashing the past and to stop hiding the blood stains.

* The last of the lilies: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/124693900227/the-last-of-the-lilies

* How to make Spiderman relevant: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/124723030577/she-got-the-jazz-plintoon-reblogs

* Villains: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/124663857054/skarrin-thewightknight-thewightknight-tom

* "The Strain, Season 2, Episode 1: BK, NY :" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/07/the-strain-season-2-episode-1-bk-ny.html

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

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

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

* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (Pensive)
* "Robert Reich: Bernie Sanders could save higher education :" http://www.salon.com/2015/05/22/robert_reich_bernie_sanders_could_save_higher_education_partner/?utm_source=Tumblr&utm_medium=Tumblr%20Share&utm_campaign=Tumblr

* "Elizabeth Warren Gives Amazing Two-Minute Explanation of How Government Has Been Taken Over by the Rich:" http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/watch-elizabeth-warren-gives-amazing-two-minute-explanation-how-government-has#.VWaL6Zv6gKI.twitter

* "Peter Brimelow: States Like Texas Must Consider Secession To Protect ‘White Rights’:" http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/peter-brimelow-states-texas-must-consider-secession-protect-white-rights

* "Duke professor: Blacks riot because they’re lazier than Asians and have ‘strange’ un-American names:" http://www.rawstory.com/2015/05/duke-professor-blacks-riot-because-theyre-lazier-than-asians-and-have-strange-un-american-names/

* "Cleveland to face stringent policing standards:"

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* "On This Day: The icon of Joan of Arc:"

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* I found out WTF with my Bank account. Fuck AVG. They decided I needed a product I don't want for my dead computer so badly that they used old data from 2012 to charge me 60.00, which ended up costing me 200.00 approx between that and the over draft fees. Assholes. I can't afford this sort of thing.

* Class Privilege: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/120260203352/carlboygenius-class-privilege

* I've bailed out on iZombie. I liked it, but not enough to power through all the triggers.

* A completely fair criticism of Fury Road that I hope gets taken account of in any future sequels. Oddly, it leaves out Mad Max himself and his mental illness, which I would have liked to see analyzed in this context, but otherwise excellent. "The Pain of Special Needs in Mad Max: Fury Road (Some Spoilers):" http://johnwiswell.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-pain-of-special-needs-in-mad-max.html

* "On Captain America:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/120337559872/on-captain-america

* "Bucky Barnes and Cthulhu on the Chesapeake:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/120337632492/bucky-barnes-and-cthulhu-on-the-chesapeake

* "Joss Whedon vs. Russo Brothers vs. George Miller:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/120337741812/joss-whedon-vs-russo-brothers-vs-george-miller

* Don't mess with megafauna: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/119830559180/vaspider-redscudery-vaspider-tzun-by#notes

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

* Ebay Time: AUTUMN FANCIES 2013 (LE, Halloweenies): (Company says: Dry grasses bathed in amber light, muted by gentle shadows.) Top of label.: http://www.ebay.com/itm/301649341988?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

* Nepal Relief: http://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/117524778471/nepal-donations

* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (Jack)
* "Saudi Arabia launches air strikes in Yemen:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32061632

* "Convoluted US/Iran relationship seen in Middle East conflicts:"

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* I am watching the election in Nigeria with alarm and trepidation. My thoughts are with you all tomorrow.

* "The Shut-In Economy:" https://medium.com/matter/the-shut-in-economy-ec3ec1294816

* "Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem?" https://www.ted.com/talks/peter_attia_what_if_we_re_wrong_about_diabetes?language=en

* "Georgia Women Arrested Protesting Bill That Would Let Employers Fire Women Who've Had An Abortion:" http://www.alternet.org/gender/georgia-women-arrested-protesting-bill-would-let-employers-fire-women-whove-had-abortion

* "10 Words Every Girl Should Learn:" http://www.alternet.org/gender/10-words-every-girl-should-learn

* "New battles take shape in the 'war on voting':" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/new-battles-take-shape-the-war-voting

* "Detroit man beaten by police speaks out:"

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* "Indiana's Pence tries to defend new anti-gay measure:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/indianas-pence-tries-defend-new-anti-gay-measure

* "Blake Brockington Commits Suicide:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/03/blake-brockington-commits-suicide.html

* For LGBT Youth considering Suicide:
The Trevor Project Lifeline 1-866-488-7386
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

* House of Cards Season Two: Musings in no Particular Order

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* "More Black Sails Chat:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/114652016197/more-black-sails-chat

* Car insurance and property taxes are now a crisis. Our Financial Situation continues Scary: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (Disrupter)
* They are kidnapping disabled people to abuse and use as slaves in horrific conditions with government collusion. "'A living hell' for slaves on remote South Korean islands:" http://bigstory.ap.org/article/892b62b9c4284959a3e8b7a057427f0f/living-hell-slaves-remote-south-korean-islands

* Congressional Republicans have responded responded to three massive ongoing toxic spills in Montana and north Dakota including the biggest toxic brine spill in Montana history, two of which will likely take a decade or more to clean up as the previous biggest one is still not cleaned up after a decade, by trying to hurry the Keystone Pipeline, part of which will be along the same river and intended to carry oil sands, which we do not know how to clean up, through by cutting off debate. After all, even though the last two oil sands spills haven't been cleaned up, the chance of a spill along the Yellowstone and Mississippi that will destroy huge sections of midwest agricultural land is a small price to pay for a couple thousand temp jobs that will likely last less them a year. Remember, those are real jobs, unlike, teacher, police person, fire fighter, postal worker etc., according to Republican claims.

* "The Disneyland measles outbreak: “Dr. Bob” Sears says measles isn’t that bad, and an anti-vaccine activist invokes the Brady Bunch fallacy:" http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/appeal-to-brady-bunch-vaccine-fallacy/?utm_source=feedly&utm_reader=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=appeal-to-brady-bunch-vaccine-fallacy

Vaccinate your damned kids!

* "Class, race, and remedies for US inequality:"

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* "Sam Brownback’s plan to ‘fix’ state's finances hits education funding:"

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* "The brazen efforts to block a clinic:"

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* "Controversial Rep. Steve King relishes his moment in the sun:"

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* "Questionable characters to join Jindal for prayer rally:"

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* "Veteran suicide prevention poised to pass with Coburn out of the way:"

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* "Normalizing Relations with Cuba:"

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* I don't care about Football. I really resent that the patriots controversy has escaped ESPN and other sports news outlets to eat valuable air times from things that matter in the world, like Nigeria, the West African Ebola crisis, Yemen, Ukraine, Bahrain, Thailand, Pakistan, the Greek elections, etc. (This is not a full list, just things I came up with in a minute or so off the top of my head). I get that balls really matter to a lot of people, but they have multiple networks that just do sports and lots of sports shows exist on networks that do other things as well. Isn't that enough?

* The Librarians: I hate Flynn. I really hate Flynn. I am not sure it will be watchable with him in main cast. I really appreciated Ezekiel not being okay with the non-consensual body snatching. it is icky no one else sees this as a violation.

* I have come to hate "essurance" for their relentless ageism and cruel mocking of the Elderly.

* The surprise is not that Sky Mall went out of business, but that it lasted this long.

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

* Our Financial Situation continues Scary: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (Krampus)
* This is important context for those of you too young to remember 1989. "Americans reject foreign efforts at intimidation:" http://on.msnbc.com/1zGVIyG

* Update on the Lynching of Lennon Lacey. "Lennon Lacy’s family searching for answers:" http://on.msnbc.com/1Hg3vFj

* "KKK membership sinks 2 Florida cops:" http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/14/florid-police-kkk/12645555/

* "Your police raid outrage of the day:" http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/12/18/your-police-raid-outrage-of-the-day/

* "TX SWAT team beats, deafens nude man in his own home, lies about arrest; judge declines to punish cops or DA:" http://boingboing.net/2014/12/20/tx-swat-team-beats-deafens-nu.html

* "St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch breaks his silence:" http://on.msnbc.com/13L5xky

* "Andrew Cuomo: 'I'm not a scientist':" http://on.msnbc.com/1zxQwNG

* The Republicans are pushing the "legitimate rape" crap again, with an extra dollop of women don't have any right to make their own decisions. "Lawmaker Wants Women To Ask A Man's Permission To Have An Abortion:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/17/missouri-abortion-bill_n_6342282.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013

* Two NYPD officers of colour were shot at point blank range in Bedford–Stuyvesant by an African American who fled and shot himself shortly after. The killer wrote on social media that he wanted to retaliate for the police murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The shooter may have killed his girlfriend before leaving Baltimore.

* I've never seen Columbo, but the thoughts on class and Sherlock vs. Columbo are really interesting. "The Case For Columbo:" http://the-toast.net/2014/03/05/the-case-for-columbo/

* "American Horror Story, Season 4, Episode 10: Orphans:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2014/12/american-horror-story-season-4-episode_19.html

* "Virginal or Gently Used Heroines:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2014/12/virginal-or-gently-used-heroines.html

* Box of art for sale: http://djinni.livejournal.com/516287.html

* Katharine Kerr needs our help.: http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/604572.html

* Our Financial Situation continues Scary: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws
gwydion: (Default)
* Armed men attacked a bus in Kenya, killing 28 people.

* MrBumblepants found. "Emily Thornberry, White Van Man and Rochester: who lost the working class?:" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11245808/Emily-Thornberry-White-Van-Man-and-Rochester-who-lost-the-working-class.html

* So there will be no justice for Mike Brown.

* MrBumblepants found. "Man Stabbed For Asking Someone to Stop Catcalling His Girlfriend:" http://jezebel.com/man-stabbed-for-asking-someone-to-stop-catcalling-his-g-1661435738?utm_campaign=socialfow_jezebel_twitter&utm_source=jezebel_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

* MrBumblepants found. "In The Hospital, There's No Such Thing As A Lesbian Knee:" http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/11/21/365469968/in-the-hospital-theres-no-such-thing-as-a-lesbian-knee

* Today I couldn't sleep. The main problem was that I was itching again. This may seem like a small thing, but there is no scratching it. The problem is the itching is deep below the surface, caused by small clusters of nerves coming back to life years after the surgeries that wounded them. it's the thing that happens if you've had surgery as often as I have. The power drill, didn't help, but the itch had stolen three or four hours of sleep before they came to change the vents. I had six things on my to do list, but I accomplished only four. I still don't have lung meds, as apparently they sent them back. *facepalm* My plan was to go get meds as my paperwork went through, theoretically lowering the cost to something I could scrape together, but they were gone, gone, gone. I hit the library. I was meant to forage, but the line was literally around the block and i hadn't enough spoons left for sitting on cold wet pavement in the rain for a couple of hours followed by trying to inch through the standing up bit. I did two more minor things. I think there is still Wednesday foraging, but I know they are closed Friday. If i were a proper adult, I'd have tried to find parking somewhere and done it anyway, I know. I came home to try to sleep for a bit instead, which plan Hector objected to, so what sleep I had was short and low quality.

The person who was over a week late paying for four partials finally settled this evening, so I must go out and mail their stuff today, no matter how tired I am and how much i hurt. *Sigh*

* Eeeew! "Letter to the editor in Lois Lane #27 (1961) has idea for how Superman can "thrash"& "punish" Lois with impunity":" https://twitter.com/superdames/status/535812376063639552

* Signal Boost: http://www.gofundme.com/warmkitty

* 1ish day, no bids. Ebay: BPAL: FOOTWORN STEPS LEADING INTO A DANK, SUFFOCATING CRYPT 2013 ATMOSPHERESPRAY: http://www.ebay.ph/itm/301397632159?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

* The Financial Situation continues Scary: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws
gwydion: (No Angel)
* Just a reminder: 600 or so children are and have been in ICU with Enterovirus 68, with four children dead in this country, compared to literally one death due to ebola in the US. Absolutely, ebola is a deadly and terrible crisis in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Absolutely we ought to be sending supplies and trained personnel to help. However, the panic in this country is irrational. It's not currently the threat in North America that Entrovirus D68 currently is, or meningitis, or influenza, pneumonia, or any number of contagions people die of in a given year. If you are worried about ebola, the best thing we can do is help people fight it in West Africa. I know I keep repeating this, but they are now starting to panic on airplanes. https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/onetime.cfm?source=AZD140001D43&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=ppc&utm_term=brand_sitelink

* BTW, the first responder who was thought to have ebola in Dallas, didn't.

* The hospital in Dallas is claiming that a fever of 103 is considered a "low grade" fever, so denying Mr. Duncan treatment was appropriate, even with his travel history. *side eye*

* It's sounding like my questions about infection control protocols in Spain where justified. They had ill fitted suits, so that a Doctor's arms were exposed, for example. Also, the nurse was turned away from treatment by three different Doctors despite high fever and exposure risk. As they decided to deny her treatment for eight days it is not unexpected that her health is declining, since every day matters. I am as angry as I am about them denying the gentleman in Dallas treatment despite a fever 0f 103 and known exposure, likely because he had no insurance. I honestly don't blame the Spanish protesters, nor am I surprised the late Mr. Duncan's friends and family are furious. They should be. (I am using the name of the deceased patient, because the reasons I don't name live patients don't apply and because people deserve dignity in death.)

* 14 people have preemptively checked themselves into the hospital in Madrid who had close contact with the sick nurse.

* I'm having trouble finding up to date information on the dead British man in Macedonia, but I'll keep an eye out.

* An Australian nurse recently returned from Sierra Leone turned herself in for quarantine in Cairns at the first sign of fever. She has tested negative for ebola, but they are keeping her quarantined anyway. She was one of the brave volunteers who have been trying to help the sick.

* "Where is Kim Jong Un?"

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* St. Louis police shot another black man Wednesday. They say he had a gun, the locals say it was a sandwich. People were understandable upset and tried to protest, the police rioted attacking the crowd. Even though the courts have decently upheld the first amendment right of black people to protest, Missouri police refuse to obey they law.

* Remember that innocent man in Indiana assaulted by police when they were harassing his partner over seat belts? They are now digging up a seven year old marijuana misdemeanor charge to harass him further and justify the violence against him. Meanwhile, even though the officer has a history of randomly assaulting innocent black people in front of their children for no legitimate law enforcement reason, he is still on the force.

* "Officer accused of using excessive force:"

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* "Race and power at the center of a police interaction:" http://on.msnbc.com/1xvFxCM

* Police Criminals filmed robbing a citizen. "Cops caught on camera:" http://on.msnbc.com/1xvFSp4

* The Courts struck down voter suppression laws in Wisconsin and Texas.

* "Impact of GOP-led voting laws tantamount to cheating:" http://on.msnbc.com/1xvWYDg

* "40,000 voter registration forms gone missing in Georgia:" http://on.msnbc.com/10XWvz3

* "Tasteless GOP political ad still online, despite rebuke:" http://on.msnbc.com/10SyKIA

* TW: Rape. These boys were gang raped and people are angry there are consequences, rather than that rape rape was a part of the culture at the school. "High school football hazing halts games:" http://on.msnbc.com/10Shwej

* "Deficit defying conservative talking points:" http://on.msnbc.com/10SyHwq

* "An electronic revolution in the doctor's bag:" http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29376437

* "Piracy, a force that shaped the Eastern Mediterranean:" http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite4_1_04/10/2014_543428

* "How keep-fit gyms gripped Victorians:" http://www.bbc.com/news/health-28858090

* "'Lost' Sherlock film discovered:" http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29474334

* "Fangs For The Fantasy: American Horror Story: Season 4, Episode 1: Monsters Among Us:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2014/10/american-horror-story-season-4-episode.html

My one reservation about the above: My understanding is it's meant to be a Baltimore accent. If this is the case, it's a bad one. It seemed to slide about rather geographically and I was trying to figure out was it meant to be Maine? Minnesota? If it is really meant to be Baltimore, I'm guessing they were aiming for the particular one that the School principal has in the last two seasons of the Wire, and missed. Baltimore, live other large port cities, with historically large and diverse immigration (such as NYC, Philadelphia, New Orleans, etc.), hasn't one accent, but several different ones depending on where in the city people are from.

I really appreciate how this review talks about freak shows and complexities around employment vs. exploitation, because this is something I often find myself mulling in a variety of contexts.

* Greenwick Found. This is why I stopped caring about Batman too. "I Kind of Hate Batman:"

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* It is ebay time again. Oneish day. No bids:
BPAL: JOHNATHAN HARKER 2006 (LE, Halloweenie): http://www.ebay.com/itm/301337029112?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

* Fundraiser to Help Us Survive: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws
gwydion: (Krampus)
* Images from the disaster in the Philipines "In pictures: Tacloban in ruins:" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24887718

Want to help?

Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate
World Food Program: https://www.wfp.org/donate/typhoon
Doctors without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/donate/overview.cfm?ref=main-menu

* "Polls “well-administered despite challenges”: Transparency Maldives :" http://minivannews.com/politics/polls-well-administered-despite-challenges-transparency-maldives-71336

* A white man has shot dead yet another unarmed black teenager for trying to get help after her car broke down. Yes, again. This time it was a girl. After all her mere existence outside created an existential threat to man inside the house. After all, he was armed and she wasn't, so she was clearly the threat to life and limb here, not the man who murdered her without provocation. "I Don't Want to Stand Here Again."

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* "Detroit woman shot after apparently approaching home for help:" http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/07/us/michigan-woman-shot/

* Sarah Palin was out saying racist things again:

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* This is disgusting. "Something Really Insane Just Happened In Congress, And You Probably Haven't Heard A Word About It:" http://www.upworthy.com/something-really-insane-just-happened-in-congress-and-you-probably-havent-heard-a-word-about-it

* "Record High Warming Gases in Atmosphere: Earth Losing Race Against Time :" http://www.juancole.com/2013/11/atmosphere-against-mccauley.html

* "Confused Asteroid Sprouts Tails& Six of Them!:" http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/11/08/asteroid_tales_p_2013_p5_blows_out_six_tails.html

* "Giant Ball of Fungus Removed from Farmer's Lung:" http://news.discovery.com/human/health/giant-ball-of-fungus-removed-from-farmers-lung-131107.htm

* "Bilingual? Dementia May Be Delayed:" http://www.medpagetoday.com/neurology/dementia/42760

* "Pig-Like Beast Leads Way to Ancient Cave Drawings:" http://news.discovery.com/history/pig-like-beast-leads-way-to-ancient-cave-drawings-131108.htm

* "KKK Imperial Wizard Hates to See Kids in Klan Costumes: 'There's No Respect':" http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/11/kkk-imperial-wizard-says-kid-klan-costume-disrespectful/71268/

"A Ku Klux Klan leader told The Atlantic Wire that one racist Virginia mom and her 7-year-old son's Halloween costume has ruined the Klan's reputation. "There's no respect for the Klan," said Bradley Jenkins, the 40-year-old Imperial Wizard of the United Klans of America — a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated active hate group and chapter of the KKK."

They are also whining that they are treated as badly as what the KKK treated black people 30 years ago, with no sense of irony or proportion, or....


* "The Logic of Stupid Poor People:" http://tressiemc.com/2013/10/29/the-logic-of-stupid-poor-people/

* "Mannequins Give Shape to a Venezuelan Fantasy:" http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/world/americas/mannequins-give-shape-to-venezuelan-fantasy.html?_r=1&

Creepy Body Image Stuff Going on here.

* The Wrongest Yard:

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gwydion: (No Angel)
* Widespread mainstream republican Racism:

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* The number one Republican political goal remains stripping women's constitutional rights:

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* On the class system:

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* "The Cooch" is trying to outlaw cunnilingus in Virginia between consenting adults. I just thought you needed to know that.

* Wow, Seriously?:

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* How were you talking about the George Zimmerman Verdict?:

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* Yet another journalistic hate crime against a murdered trans woman: http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2013/07/nefertiti-read-your-ap-stylebook.html

* "Cameron's new internet filter:" http://www.sparkindarkness.com/2013/07/camerons-new-internet-filter.html

* Minimum Wage & McDonald's Spending Journal:

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* Yesterday I not only ate two cherry tomatoes grown in my garden, but there was a ginormous, strongly scented lily open. Seriously, we are talking a diameter longer than my hand long ways. There are lots of nearly mature buds on other plants. Lilies, y'all! In my garden!

Picture is posted here, if you are curious: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/56203943422/the-ginormous-lily-from-my-garden-are-we-sure

Are we sure this isn't a baby triffid?

* "Foodie Treats:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2013/7/21/sunday-sweets-foodie-treats.html

* I am haunted by this Owlbear (NWS): http://oglaf.com/owlbear/

* SDCC Loki'd:

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I suspect we know what Tom Hiddleston's "o" face look now.

* My Scented Home Products Circular Swap is looking for people to sign up: http://www.bpal.org/topic/81082-summer-scented-home-products-circular-swap/

* The Clutch: Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!
gwydion: (Etherite)
* "Siege by Taliban Strains Pakistani Girls’ Schools:" http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/world/asia/siege-by-taliban-strains-pakistani-girls-schools.html?_r=1&

* "The “Diaosi” social class: presage of impending social changes in China:" http://www.ministryoftofu.com/2013/06/the-diaosi-social-class-presage-of-impending-social-changes-in-china/

* The real history of Race Riots in America vs. Racist Fear mongering:

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* More on the ongoing human rights abuses in California:

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* "Murderers where the Victim was White are Far more Likely to be Punished in US (Graph):" http://www.juancole.com/2013/07/murderers-likely-punished.html

* "Racial Makeup of Red and Blue America:" http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/racial-makeup-of-red-and-blue-america/?emc=eta1

* "Why the City of Miami Is Doomed to Drown:" http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-the-city-of-miami-is-doomed-to-drown-20130620

* "All hail! Bacteria that control their squid overlords:" http://deepseanews.com/2013/06/all-hail-bacteria-that-control-their-squid-overlords/

* "Not yet gone, but effectively extinct:" http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/07/not-yet-gone-but-effectively-extinct/

* "Songs of Science:" http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy.html

* "Stop Frying Eggs on Roadside, Death Valley Officials Say:" http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/07/10/stop-frying-eggs-on-roadside-death-valley-officials-say/#ixzz2Yz5JdW89

* "My Mother's Abortion:" http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/08/opinion/my-mothers-abortion.html?_r=0

* "Texas state capitol confiscates woman's Maxi-Pad, but guns are okay:" http://americablog.com/2013/07/woman-in-tears-texas-trooper-confiscates-tampons-before-entering-senate-gallery-for-abortion-vote-video.html

* "Only a good guy with a tampon can stop a bad guy with a tampon:" http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/12/19441556-only-a-good-guy-with-a-tampon-can-stop-a-bad-guy-with-a-tampon?lite

* "North Carolina Abortion Bill Passes State House:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/11/north-carolina-motorcycle-abortion_n_3582006.html

* "The only good thing to come out of North Carolina’s abortion crusade:" http://www.salon.com/2013/07/11/the_only_good_thing_to_come_out_of_north_carolinas_abortion_crusade/

* "The solution to politics!" http://greenwick.livejournal.com/217909.html

* "Latest Turkish Trans Murder Fueling Protests:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2013/07/latest-turkish-trans-murder-fueling.html

* "Tolerance For Intolerance: Boycotting Ender's Game:" http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/07/09/tolerance-for-intolerance-boycotting-enders-game/

"That’s him doubling down and saying, “You need to tolerate my intolerance.” Which is a classic derailing tactic that smells so strongly of horseshit that when he says it I wonder if I’m actually living inside a horse’s ass. Just because we elected Obama president doesn’t mean I have to tolerate racism. Bigoted ignorant fuck-all is still bigoted ignorant fuck-all."

* "France in the year 2000:" http://publicdomainreview.org/2012/06/30/france-in-the-year-2000-1899-1910/

* The Clutch: Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!
gwydion: (Etherite)
* Melissa Harris-Perry addresses Gov McCrory on his Racism:

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* Rich white Republican wage brutal class warfare against everybody else in North Carolina. People refuse to give up their basic rights without a fight. Discussion starts here: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/46979745/vp/46419672#52143190

* Roundup of GOP Misogyny from the last week: http://americablog.com/2013/06/gopheartsladies-video.html

* "Light cast on lifestyle and diet of first New Zealanders:" http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago047189.html

* "Studies examine clues of transoceanic contact:" http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2013/05/19/studies-examine-clues-of-transoceanic-contact.html

* "Nearly 5,000 Pre-Hispanic Cave Paintings Found in Tamaulipas, Mexico:" http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/latino-daily-news/details/nearly-5000-pre-hispanic-cave-paintings-found-in-tamaulipas-mexico/24715/

* "A Visual Glossary of Greek Pottery:" http://www.ancient.eu.com/article/489/

* "2nd-century wooden mask unearthed in Nara, oldest yet found:" http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201305310073

* "Justinian's Plague Identified:" http://phys.org/news/2013-05-modern-lab-ages-plague-dna.html

* "The Kings of Kent:" http://www.archaeology.org/issues/89-1305/features/735-anglo-saxon-pagan-kings-lyminge-kent

* "Villagers discover ancient ball game statue in Mexico:" http://phys.org/news/2013-05-villagers-ancient-ball-game-statue.html

* "Bulgarian ‘vampire’ skeleton set to return home:" http://sofiaglobe.com/2013/05/31/bulgarian-vampire-skeleton-set-to-return-home/

I appreciate the article expressing the skepticism I feel about the vampire label and the particular archeologist. (It could be a vampire or werewolf, sure, but odds are so much higher for suspected warlock and one can't say positively what motivated the folks who pierced him).

* "Robert the Bruce Battle of Bannockburn letter discovered:" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-22734279

* "Cortés letter found:" http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Conquistador-letter-found/29424

* "Sexism, the current SFWA kerfuffle, and "lady authors.":" http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/513901.html

* "More marginalization of women in media." http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/514131.html

* Cleolinda live reads the first Game of Thrones book: http://cleolinda.livejournal.com/1048063.html

* The Clutch:
Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!
gwydion: (Lorne)
* Standing up to Terror:

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* US Failure to Maintain Infrastructure Betrays our National Legacy:

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* I have never liked Rahm Emmanuel. Apparently, my super low opinion isn't nearly low enough. Remember all those public schools he's closing, knowing full well that those kids are going to lose 6 months to a year of academic achievement due to being uprooted and that 91% of the kids being put into overcrowded classrooms instead of smaller clases in their neighborhoods are on free and reduced lunch? It turns out, while he somehow doesn't have enough money to keep neighborhood schools open, he has 55 million dollars to waste on building a stadium as a give away to a private business. After all, which is a better use for $55 million of taxpayer money than educating the children most in need of it or corporate welfare? Clearly, punishing the children of the poor by denying the education is a top government priority, since the families vigorously protesting the thing he's doing to them don't even register compared to his rich friends wanting a kick back. I have no words, really.

If Chicago has a surplus of 55 million Dollars that they can afford to waste this way, why are they closing schools? Any one with even an unce of decency wouldn't hesitate to invest that money in children's education instead of just throwing it away on a give away to a sports team.

* Republicans Behaving Badly:

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Imagine how much these Republicans have to hate women to do these things. The racism, cruelty, and hypocrisy are also pretty appalling.

I have to admit, it's kind of nice to see John McCain still has a line, which when crossed still leads him to cry bullshit. I thought he'd sold out entirely. I'm glad to be wrong, though I wish he'd spoken up sooner.

* "New Terror Strategy Shifts C.I.A. Focus Back to Spying:" http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/us/politics/plan-would-orient-cia-back-toward-spying.html?google_editors_picks=true&_r=2&

Remember how I said I hoped that the choice of a CIA Head signaled that they were going to move the drones and other paramilitary activities back to the military and put the CIA back into the intelligence business? Yeah. There is more oversight with the military, and we very much need an intelligence service rather than an extra wing of the military.

* "Ken Cuccinelli Loses Petition To Uphold Anti-Sodomy Law:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/10/ken-cuccinelli-sodomy_n_3051758.html

* "How Van Halen explains Obamacare, salmon regulation and scientific grants:" http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/02/how-van-halen-explains-obamacare-salmon-regulation-and-scientific-grants/

* "Kicked out of the mall — for an anti-cancer hat:" http://www.salon.com/2013/05/22/kicked_out_of_the_mall_for_an_anti_cancer_hat/

"The most insensitive mall cops ever aggressively escort out two teens who just lost their mom."

* Helen Mirren FTW! Bring tissues: http://gawker.com/helen-mirren-has-tea-with-dying-boy-after-actual-queen-509157446

* "Pavlof Volcano, Alaska Peninsula:" http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=81205

* "Privilege Soup:" http://greenwick.livejournal.com/206122.html

* "The Only Unfair Thing Ever:"

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* "Rare color film shows what London looked like in 1927:" http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/198876/rare-color-film-shows-what-london-looked-like-in-1927/

* "The 5 Ugly Lessons Hiding in Every Superhero Movie:" http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-5-ugly-lessons-hiding-in-every-superhero-movie/#ixzz2UIuSGkt4

* "Watch a Supercut of Every Impression Bill Hader Did on SNL:" http://www.vulture.com/2013/05/supercut-every-impression-bill-hader-did-on-snl.html

* "Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘STID’ shower scene was deleted, but here it is:" http://www.celebitchy.com/299861/benedict_cumberbatchs_stid_shower_scene_was_deleted_but_you_can_see_it_here/

* Re: Into Darkness. I am about to ruin the ending pretty much. Stop reading if you plan on going and haven't yet.

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* I've been watching the Director's Cut of the original Alien. I was not allowed to see this in the theater, as my parents wanted to see it before letting me see it. I watched it the first time when it hit cable within a year or so of coming out. I loved how real it looked, the grittiness of the set design. I loved that Ms. Weaver looked like a particular girl in my neighborhood only grown up. I loved that she looked like she could really be an astronaut: athletic, intelligent, and mentally and emotionally tough. I'd never seen a lead character like that before and it was exciting. I was a kid raised on science fiction and monster movies and it was just so exciting to see her taking charge and fighting back. Ripley was real to me in a way most characters I saw on TV or in movies could never be. When I got older, there were other things I came to appreciate about the movie, but as a sprout, it was all about Ripley.

So here I am watching it again, amazed at how well it holds up. How many movies made in the last thirty three years have special effects that look as good even a year or two after release as the effects in this look right now? How many genre films have a real artist working out an unusual person vision in this detail and with such monumental feel? How many SF/horror genre movies made in the last year have a female lead at all, let alone one as tough and smart as Ripley? Not very many. (Off hand, I can only think of the lead in that hot mess Prometheus, though I must be missing something). See my rant about frat boydudebro leads in action/sf/superhero/etc. movies above. Ripley has no romantic plot in this first movie. She stands up for what is right in the face of the captain's direct order. She wants answers. She wants herself and the crew as a whole to survive. She is focused and professional and practical. 33 years later, and I still root for her. Would I like the crew to be more diverse? Yes. While the one character of color in the film comes off well, especially compared to pretty much everyone but Ripley, he's still a space janitor. This is a problem, like the token inclusion of the '70's so often was. Still, one roots for him, especially when no one is listening to him talk sense. (Contrast with Idris Elba's captain in Prometheus, though.) So yes, the movie isn't perfect, but hardly anything is, and it kicks Into Darknesses ass on so many levels, even watching it on my living room TV set. Seriously, watch the face hugger close up when they are poking it after it comes off the John Hurt character's face. Damn! So here's to you, Alien, for outlasting the decades with considerably more grace than I've managed.
gwydion: (Krampus)
* Sexual assaults skyrocket on military bases. Given that they reward rape and punish rape survivors as a matter of policy, I am not surprised.

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Honestly, I think they need to clean sweep all the rapists and pro-rape officers and NCOs out of the military, starting with the general who overturned that rape conviction, Ay minimum, they need to move rape investigations out of the chain of command, since asking rapists to police themselves isn't going to work.

* Politi"fact" lies about LGBT Issues:

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* "Evon Young Case Update:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2013/05/evon-young-case-update.html

* "Race And Class Still Matter In The Trans Community:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2013/05/race-and-class-still-matter-in-trans.html

* Jon Stewart on the Banks illegally foreclosing on four million homes:

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* "Is there a monastery in Greece that won't even allow female animals?" http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2383/is-there-a-monastery-in-greece-that-wont-even-allow-female-animals

* I am worried about the Butt. He's spent the last three days hiding in my closet. (They aren't allowed in there, but he's so skinny, I literally can't keep him out without making my room off limits to cats.) I have taken to pulling him out and hand feeding him when I feed Hector in there. He is so thin now that Hector looks fat by comparison. He clearly needs to go back to the vet, but Squirrel blew what savings he had the first time he went, and hasn't money for a second trip if it's that expensive. My guys are accepting of him when he's out, but LM is still brutally bullying him. He simply has no resources to deal with her. The bald patches are getting bigger rather than healing. He is still drinking and I can get him to eat periodically, but I think he is failing.

* The German Blue cichlids are doing fine, though I'm having trouble getting plants to live in their tank.

* I'm still processing Paris is Burning. I am very glad I got to listen to the commentary track which has a bunch of the survivors on it. Even with all the death between then and now and the penis story I wish I hadn't heard, I found it very comforting. Why, I can't quite put into words. Of course, I'm having trouble putting the experience into words just generally.

I was supposed to start another of the suggested gay sf/f genre reads, but was composting history mostly instead. Hence no reviews.

* Tonight I ran another scene from my little ghost plot on Granite Falls. I completely failed to figure out how to do a log or make a proper plot page for it on our wiki. Whoever did the character snapshots for the individual plot pages though? Wonderful!

* Spock vs. Spock:

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gwydion: (Creepy)
* The dying continues in Israel and the Gaza strip. Small missiles have been exchanged and Israel is deploying soldiers on the boarder. It's not officially a war yet, but it is looking more and more like one.

* So it turns out that while John McCain was complaining about not getting enough briefings about Bengasi, he was literally skipping out on the intelligence briefing he was demanding they hold and claiming didn't exist. It seems to me that if he actually wanted the information, he'd have simply gone to the briefing instead of whining to the press, so I can only assume he doesn't give a fuck about the facts, only personal political gain. Bonus points for incoherent ranting when a reporter called him on playing hooky from the intelligence briefing.

* So Mitt Romney's been out saying incredibly offensive things about Democratic voters:

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* "Diversity is about Representation, not just votes:"

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* FOX news is claiming that rather than Sandy destroying or closing a large quantity of small businesses in the devastated areas, some still without power, that those businesses are still in business all evidence to the contrary and that the BSI and the Obama administration are lying about the effect of Sandy on jobs figures. After all, which is more likely, that Hurricane Sandy destroyed all that property and all those buildings or that a non-partisan static gathering organization is suddenly corrupt despite all evidence to the contrary? I mean it's not like the folks at the FOX new York office could just go see the damage in Rockaway or Queens or Staten Island for themselves. That would like take an hour or two an a minimum amount of effort.

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* "Why I am not a conservative:" http://jaylake.livejournal.com/3003476.html

* Thomas Jefferson and Slavery:

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* "Sorry But Uplifting Black Women =/= Misogyny:" http://neo-prodigy.livejournal.com/1100274.html

* "Alice Robb, Why You Tripping About The POTUS Calling His Daughters Beautiful?" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2012/11/alice-robb-why-you-tripping-about-potus.html

* "Look Who's Still Talking" John Stewart on Mitt Romney's condescending and belittling comments about voters:

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* "You Were Right: You ARE Just A Bunch Of Racist, Pathetic Sore Losers:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2012/11/you-were-right-you-are-just-bunch-of.html

* It's been a bad week for Amber alerts. I wish they had pictures and clearer descriptions as I'm bad enough with pictures, but useless for face spotting with no visuals at all. I'm betting that I'm not the only one who simply can't connect the word picture to real people. However it is good to know that we get Canadian ones when it's close to the boarder. I'm all for international cooperation if it gets abducted children home alive.

* I think I've finished all the solstice readings. If I missed you, let me know.

* Fire inspection is tomorrow, so the wee beasties are going to have to go into lock up in the bathrooms. None of us are looking forward to it and I know it's going to be miserable and traumatic. It does not help that the window is sometime after noon. We can't lock them in bathrooms for up to five hours, at least not in bathrooms this small.
gwydion: (Jack)
* The dying continues in Israel and the Gaza strip. Small missiles have been exchanged and Israel is deploying soldiers on the boarder. It's not officially a war yet, but it is looking more and more like one.

* So it turns out that while John McCain was complaining about not getting enough briefings about Bengasi, he was literally skipping out on the intelligence briefing he was demanding they hold and claiming didn't exist. It seems to me that if he actually wanted the information, he'd have simply gone to the briefing instead of whining to the press, so I can only assume he doesn't give a fuck about the facts, only personal political gain. Bonus points for incoherent ranting when a reporter called him on playing hooky from the intelligence briefing.

* So Mitt Romney's been out saying incredibly offensive things about Democratic voters:

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* "Diversity is about Representation, not just votes:"

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* FOX news is claiming that rather than Sandy destroying or closing a large quantity of small businesses in the devastated areas, some still without power, that those businesses are still in business all evidence to the contrary and that the BSI and the Obama administration are lying about the effect of Sandy on jobs figures. After all, which is more likely, that Hurricane Sandy destroyed all that property and all those buildings or that a non-partisan static gathering organization is suddenly corrupt despite all evidence to the contrary? I mean it's not like the folks at the FOX new York office could just go see the damage in Rockaway or Queens or Staten Island for themselves. That would like take an hour or two an a minimum amount of effort.

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* "Why I am not a conservative:" http://jaylake.livejournal.com/3003476.html

* Thomas Jefferson and Slavery:

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* "Sorry But Uplifting Black Women =/= Misogyny:" http://neo-prodigy.livejournal.com/1100274.html

* "Alice Robb, Why You Tripping About The POTUS Calling His Daughters Beautiful?" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2012/11/alice-robb-why-you-tripping-about-potus.html

* "Look Who's Still Talking" John Stewart on Mitt Romney's condescending and belittling comments about voters:

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* "You Were Right: You ARE Just A Bunch Of Racist, Pathetic Sore Losers:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2012/11/you-were-right-you-are-just-bunch-of.html

* It's been a bad week for Amber alerts. I wish they had pictures and clearer descriptions as I'm bad enough with pictures, but useless for face spotting with no visuals at all. I'm betting that I'm not the only one who simply can't connect the word picture to real people. However it is good to know that we get Canadian ones when it's close to the boarder. I'm all for international cooperation if it gets abducted children home alive.

* I think I've finished all the solstice readings. If I missed you, let me know.

* Fire inspection is tomorrow, so the wee beasties are going to have to go into lock up in the bathrooms. None of us are looking forward to it and I know it's going to be miserable and traumatic. It does not help that the window is sometime after noon. We can't lock them in bathrooms for up to five hours, at least not in bathrooms this small.
gwydion: (Angel)
* Mitt Romney wants to remind you how much better off the east Coast would be right now if instead of the Federal government evacuating all those people a coordinated disaster response before and after Sandy, if we just left that up to private business. I mean sure, there's no profit in generously shipping the poor to shelters, rescuing the stranded, or rebuilding all the destroyed infrastructure (without a government contract) for a private business, but he insists we should privatize disaster response or at least return it to the States. I mean, the states are closing libraries and firing teachers for lack of funds, but surely they can coordinate multiple state disaster recovery all by themselves, right? I mean doing it less efficiently and maybe not doing it at all is way better than actually saving lives, draining and rebuilding the subway system, and helping the people who lost everything. I mean, which would you rather have, FEMA and the National Weather Service, or even more tax cuts for the super rich?

* BTW, the Romney/Ryan budget's planned cut of 40% the FEMA budget would pretty much make it impossible to respond to disasters like this.

* Mitt Romney decides to do the opposite of helping because a photo op of pretending to help disaster victims is more valuable than actually helping to his campaign. After all, looking like you give a shit about other people is way better than actually giving a shit about them.

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* While Mitt Romney was holding his fake hurricane help campaign event/photo op, his surrogate John McCain was out attacking the President on Libya. After all, it's not like the president was helping to coordinate a massive evacuation and Rescue operation in light of a major disaster, right? Except he was. This doesn't look like "suspending the campaign to me:

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* "A Tale Of Two Responses To Hurricane Sandy:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-tale-of-two-responses-to-hurricane.html

* Greenwick found Snopes debunking claims that people are abusing their EBT cards: http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/grapes.asp

I know that when I had cash assistance, I took it in Cash back while grocery shopping if possible because my ATM fee came out of it. Reading the story I actually assumed that it was a matter of ATM fees on Cash assistance rather than fraud as with the cards they take out the exact amount and you do not get change. In other words, I completely agree with the folks at Snopes on this one. BTW, when food stamps were actual paper money type coupons, they gave you change to the nearest dollar and the rest came back in smaller denomination stamps. I am having trouble guessing where one would find a .99 bottle of vodka. Just saying.

* Flying Penises among the antiquities found in 2011: http://www.livescience.com/24298-roman-artifacts-penis-bone-lovers-bust.html

* Hindu Temple Find in Bali: http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=58575#.UJB_t4ayOSo

* "Dysentery epidemic killed many in the 1700s-1800s:" http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-10-dysentery-epidemic-1700s-1800s.html

* "Samoya and the Bear:" http://neo-prodigy.livejournal.com/1098258.html

* Yes I heard about Disney's plan to make Star Wars: Episode 7. I figure that given how hard Lucas pissed on his own legacy with the prequels, Disney can't really do much more damage. Do I intend to see it? Probably not. Episode 1 pretty much ruined Star wars for me and I'm pretty much done.

* Hey, did anyone else see the Venture Bros Halloween special? Are they making more?

* The Last Trick or treaters 20: http://www.rhymes-with-witch.com/rww10302012a.shtml

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