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* "China is building an incredibly cool "forest city" that will combat pollution
China is building an incredibly cool "forest city" that will combat pollution:" http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F2s36Fw1&t=YzI2MzQxOWIxOTM2NzI5NzU3NmQyMjBlMjYzMGJjYTIyYjJkODdlMixHYnJ2eWZNVQ%3D%3D&b=t%3AlcQOOVLPUqU8b7tcAVYSvw&p=http%3A%2F%2Fbrigdh.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F162755800318%2Fthe-future-now-china-is-building-an-incredibly&m=1

* "Trump meeting 'Everything Putin could have asked for':"

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* "The rise to power of Vladimir Putin:"

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* "Putin regime marked by graft and corruption:"

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* "Despite crackdowns, political resistance to Putin grows in Russia:"

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* "Russia makes inroads with American right via guns, religion:"

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* "Firm commissioned by Tillerson recommends that DHS issue U.S. visas:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-visas-idUSKBN19Q324

* "Fearing for her life, Iowa Democrat abandons race to unseat GOP Rep. Steve King:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/161476053600/fearing-for-her-life-iowa-democrat-abandons-race

* "Oregon’s passes bill protecting reproductive rights:" https://mic.com/articles/181634/oregons-legislators-just-passed-a-bill-protecting-womens-reproductive-rights?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.puqw9cw2a

* "A major asthma drugmaker has been quietly investing in coal on the side.:" https://newrepublic.com/minutes/143447/major-asthma-drugmaker-quietly-investing-coal-side

* "How to covertly toss an apartment, Stasi style:" https://boingboing.net/2017/07/01/witchhunting-in-the-gdr.html

* "‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis Dies at 39:" http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/nelsan-ellis-dies-dead-true-blood-1202490405/

* This was legitimately beautiful. "Uprooted - The Gong Show:"

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* "The Hollywood Bug Guys – The Gong Show:"

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* "On the Palantír and Meddling in the Affairs of Wizards:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/palantir-meddling-affairs-wizards/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Yemen hospital battles world's worst cholera outbreak:" http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-40443989/yemen-hospital-battles-world-s-worst-cholera-outbreak

* "Cardinal Pell: Vatican treasurer denies Australia sex offences:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40439489

* "White House could offer to roll back sanctions in first Trump-Putin meeting:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/29/white-house-sanctions-first-trump-putin-meeting

* "Trump allies work to smear FBI, discredit Russia investigation:"

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* "Stepsister, Yes; Grandma, No: U.S. Sets Guidelines for Revised Travel Ban:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/28/us/politics/homeland-security-prepares-to-issue-travel-restrictions.html

* "Trump Attacks ‘Crazy’ Mika Brzezinski: She Was ‘Bleeding Badly From a Face-Lift’:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-tweets-mika-was-bleeding-badly-from-a-face-lift

* "CBO: Republican health care bill will get worse with age:"

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* O.o "House panel votes to force new debate on terror war:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/29/congress-vote-authorize-war-islamic-state-240095

* "We Are the Sum of Our Stories - Kameron Hurley:" http://www.kameronhurley.com/lita-talk-sum-stories/

* "Trolls, hypocrites and performance artists are trying to hack our lives. Don’t let them.:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2017/06/19/trolls-hypocrites-and-performance-artists-are-trying-to-hack-our-lives-dont-let-them/?utm_term=.ea194f94fdbe

* "Teaching The Camera To See My Skin:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/syreetamcfadden/teaching-the-camera-to-see-my-skin?utm_term=.ieaa46DJm2#.ouG6yxaYM9

* "Which jobs do economists say create the largest spillover benefits for society?:" https://80000hours.org/2017/06/which-jobs-do-economists-say-create-the-largest-spillover-benefits-for-society/

* "Some basic medieval fashion terms:" http://the-alexandrian-alchemist.tumblr.com/post/162422332481/some-basic-medieval-fashion-terms

* "Abraham Lincoln Doesn't Want Trump In The Hall Of Presidents:"

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* "Trump Thinks Healthcare Is Something You Can Win:"

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* "Yet Another Baker Who Won't Make Cakes For Same-Sex Weddings:"

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* "Dinosaur Decathalon - The Gong Show:"

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* I unironically adored this. "Zombie Ballet - The Gong Show:"

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* "What poet should I fight?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162424963292/what-poet-should-i-fight

* I really want a quality TV version of Bombshells on STARZ or Netflix.

* "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back with Superheroines:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/two-steps-forward-one-step-back-with-superheroines/

* "Salim the Cinnamon Roll and Gay Muslim Representation:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/salim-the-cinnamon-roll-and-gay-muslim-representation/

* "I actually think you’ve picked good examples to show that GRRM tries to minimise the role of coincidences (which do have their place) and move his plot along through plausible character action.:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/162420744802/maybe-its-presentism-influencing-me-but-dont

* Two Days left. One no bid. I'm a hundred down on bills, plus we haven't money for electricity and Internet as we had to pay for car repairs (four hundred), so clearly it's ebay time.: http://www.ebay.com/sch/lethran/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* The number of dead in Manchester had risen to 22 last I checked. The Trump administration decided to release the name of a suspect Tuesday over the express wishes of the investigators in the UK.

* "The story of a homeless man who helped young victims of the Manchester bombing is going viral:" https://mic.com/articles/177888/manchester-bombing-homeless-man-interviewed-by-itv-news-recounts-story-of-bravery-during-attack?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.np7K5hsrH

* "Rachel Maddow Wonders Why Bannon And Priebus Went Home Early:"

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* "Watergate prosecutor: Trump actions are illegal:"

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* "Intel officials may be accidental Trump-Russia probe witnesses:"

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* "First on CNN: Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him, source says:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/19/politics/james-comey-trump-influence/

* "Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-asked-intelligence-chiefs-to-push-back-against-fbi-collusion-probe-after-comey-revealed-its-existence/2017/05/22/394933bc-3f10-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html?utm_term=.ff93ee3546d4

* "Brennan: Russia may have successfully recruited Trump campaign aides:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/23/brennan-russia-tried-to-recruit-us-persons-to-influence-presidential-campaign-238719

* "White House seeks 90-day delay in Obamacare subsidy suit:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/22/white-house-to-seek-90-day-delay-in-obamacare-subsidy-suit-238674

* "Trump administration asks judge to lift sanctuary cities injunction:" http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/05/22/sanctuary-cities-sessions-238688

* "Sheriff David Clarke says he's unsure if Trump administration will still hire him after plagiarism report:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/23/politics/kfile-david-clarke-responds-plagiarism/index.html

* "Trump budget keeps pledges: Cuts for poor, more for military:" https://apnews.com/377ac4dd4e224e308c0e070d5695a2aa/Trump's-%244T-budget-arrives-on-Capitol-Hill

* "Trump releases budget hitting his own voters hardest:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/22/trump-budget-cut-social-programs-238696

* The proposed federal budget is dramatically cutting Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security/SSDI in hopes of killing the poor and disabled to give dramatic tax cuts to the richest 1%. It will be a killing field. People die without lung meds/heart meds/insulin etc.. Render sick, elderly people homeless and they die incredibly fast. Please. please, please lobby your congress critters about this.

* "Trump to propose big cuts to safety net in new budget this week:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-to-propose-big-cuts-to-safety-net-in-new-budget-this-week/2017/05/21/62c01f44-3e34-11e7-adba-394ee67a7582_story.html?utm_term=.a327384c9563

* "Trump budget slashes billions from Medicaid, Social Security:"

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* "SCOTUS rejects gerrymandered districts, cites racial bias:"

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* "Transcript of New Orleans Mayor Landrieu’s address on Confederate monuments:" http://pulsegulfcoast.com/2017/05/transcript-of-new-orleans-mayor-landrieus-address-on-confederate-monuments

* "Protesting Students Walk Out On Pence's Address At Notre Dame:" http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/21/529415058/protesting-students-walk-out-on-pences-address-at-notre-dame

* "There’s no such thing as the Dark Ages, but OK:" http://the-alexandrian-alchemist.tumblr.com/post/160952907011/theres-no-such-thing-as-the-dark-ages-but-ok

* "Postcards From Trump:"

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* "Orbs And Swords: Trump's Weekend In Saudi Arabia:"

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* "Stupid Watergate: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:"

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* "Kylo Ren’s scary fixation on Finn:" http://lj-writes.tumblr.com/post/158287544143/kylo-rens-scary-fixation-on-finn

* I have been watching the Royal Ballet's Manon, which just makes me wish I were watching Ashton's far superior Marguerite and Armand. It is... exactly the sort of thing I expect from Kenneth Macmillan really. It's mostly mediocre choreography, indifferently danced. Normally, I adore Carlos Acosta, but the choreography does not play to his strengths. Ms. Rojo admittedly makes a far better Manon than she did a Marguerite, but honestly the fundamental misogyny of the piece makes it incredibly hard to watch even when the choreography and her dancing are working well together. There are moments where the dancing and choreography do combine to make something both visually stunning and prone to fill one with nausea at the same time, and experience I have come to think of as peak MacMillan. For example the Pas de trois toward the end of act one: beautifully danced but watching those men paw her... *shudder* I want a shower. Do people really watch these for fun? I am done. I was trying to get a proper sampling for the sake of my education, but he' so aggressively rapey, and worse, his best choreography is always about things that should never be made beautiful, like the gang rape in Judas Tree.

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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/

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "Syria, Russia Criticize U.S.-Led Strikes Near Jordanian Border:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/syria-russia-criticize-u-s-led-strikes-near-jordanian-border-1495186222

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* TOS Rewatch, Season 1:

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

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* 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/

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "North Korean authorities curtail public trials and executions:" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14508&cataId=nk01500

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* "Sean Spicer Returns - SNL :"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* Flynn has offered to testify in exchange for personal immunity for his felonies, treason, espionage, etc..

* I meant to post this when it was new, but it got lost in the pile. "In bizarre first speech to HUD, Carson hints at skepticism on civil rights protections:" https://thinkprogress.org/in-bizarre-first-speech-to-hud-carson-hints-at-skepticism-on-civil-rights-protections-5a35208fb816

* Another thing I meant to post an lost in the shuffle. "Republicans Just Made It Easier For Companies To Exploit Workers:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/republicans-exploit-workers_us_58bdb96de4b0d8c45f4565f8?g6r5omcc54eyd5cdi

* Senate Republicans brought in Pence to break a tie so as to allow states to discriminate against Planned Parenthood, thus endangering health care access for low income women.

* It was a very lucky thing I finished tank sterilization yesterday, as I woke up with steroid shakes today and am useless.

* "The Expanse Slowly Turns Heroes Into Villains:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/the-expanse-s02-e10/

* The next piece in the MacMillian sampler was the Judas tree, which it turned out I HAD seen a production of before, likely at the turn of the century. The music is as aggressively modern as the ballet is aggressively misogynistic. The one woman in it is explicitly a Madonna/whore trope and they rape her death. The choreography is excellent and both the dancing and miming were first rate, which makes it wore in a way. I am not convinced that making gang rape/murder/suicide exquisitely beautiful is a thing we ought to be doing. It was sort of peak MacMilian in every sense, really both in his obsession with ritualized violence against women and the very best of his choreography. I have no idea how to feel about something so terrible in it's conception so well executed. The ancient Greeks had a word to express this exactly, but we don't.

The final piece was Concerto. This was sort of a cut rate Balanchine in my opinion. The simpler costumes were an improvement over Elite Syncopation, but there was nothing particularly interesting or moving going on, and it suffered from the same sloppiness of execution and unevenness of skill that the Elite Syncopation suffered from, only this time the problem was more general. The women in the four lead couples were so different in line and extension that the effect was very ragged. Everyone's turn speed, timing, and lines were subtly different in the group numbers, but not enough different to look deliberate. It was like everyone was dancing individually with no reference to what anyone else was doing even when they were doing obvious formations. It was all very raggedy ass and sloppy. There was maybe one good pas de deux in there and a reasonable solo, but the whole thing was very amateur hour, which is weird because the Judas Tree proved they could dance when they want to and the women at least were much better in ES.

Why even WAS Kenneth Macmillan when Ashton and Balanchine already were?

* Black Sails XXXVII: Training Nemesis and the Battle for Narrative Control

* The thing that really stood out for me this episode is how very much Flint and Silver care about each other and how much that hurts them both.

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* "Exclusive: Russian activist poisoned twice:"

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* "Political strains within Western powers serve Putin goals:"

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* "Trump talk provokes NATO self-reckoning:"

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* "Schiff: Questions about Nunes hurt investigation's credibility:"

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* Another thing to phone your rep to stop if you have time, energy, and are able. "Christie finally has a job in the Trump administration:"

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* 45 is so stupid he thinks the best way to deal with a prescription opioid addiction is "border enforcement" and taking away coverage for addiction treatment. O.o

* "The Merovingians in Paris – Ancient History et cetera:" http://etc.ancient.eu/interviews/the-merovingians-in-paris/

* Moments in Queer History: King Louis XIII, Anne of Austria, Louis’ “favorites.” http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/158987358437/king-louis-xiii-by-philippe-de-champaigne-c

* The History of the watermelon stereotype: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/158991060822/black-to-the-bones-i-feel-like-i-need-to-share

* "Trump Doesn't Know How to Throw a Baseball:"

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* "Trump Vows to End the Nonexistent War on Coal:"

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* "Governing Is Hard: Trumpcare Edition:"

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* "Someone Run Against Johnnie Caldwell:"

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* "Government Worked! Rape Kit Backlog Part 2:"

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* "The Trump Caddie Confessions:"

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* "Trump's Climate Change Rollback Reviewed By Woodsy The Owl:"

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* "Trump Addresses (And Is The Reason For) A Women's Empowerment Forum:"

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* "The Scrapping Of Internet Privacy: Something We Can All Hate Together:"

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* "'Circus 1903' Takes Us Back To Another Generation Of The Circus:"

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* My culture didn't grow well, which is a thing that happens. My Doctor has decided that a forth antibiotic so soon might endanger my system, so we are trying a low dose of steroids again in hopes that the problem is inflammation. I'll likely be steroid sick the rest of the week, but on the upside I got a free bottle of sudafed out of it which means rationing is over.

* Today I finally finished the autoclave and sterilization of the bathroom tank, as I am well enough to bend over. The cough is unpleasant, but manageable today, though I'm starting to get steroid sickness symptoms. I don't think Tavy has been here for a sterilization before and it was all very exciting to him. That is his favorite tank after all and he spent hours every day perched up there watching the fish. He was so sad when there were no more fish to watch and he'd stare balefully, hoping to see one. he's had a umber of accidents during the cleaning process that involved him getting his beans wet as he jumped or fell in the open tank. The last couple days, he's been hiding in there with the last of the dirt being dry. I had trouble keeping him out of it during scraping and cleaning and was riding around on my shoulder during sterilization and the evil human accidentally spit water on his but during rinse cycle syphoning. I need to finish resetting the tank and catch some test fish to put in to see if the cleaning of the new type of filter was successful, but not tonight as I'm now dizzy.

* Apparently, I can no longer tell Mike Meyers and Jimmy Fallon apart.

* The MacMillian sampler came. On paper, a ballet based on Scott Joplin is so up my alley it's like they were thinking of me. Alas, in execution Elite Syncopation proved hard to watch. The costumes were a real problem for me. That many bright colours and patterns all in motion is something I flat out don't do well with. I kept getting distracted by things like arrows on the butt cheeks of a lady's skin tight spandex unitard, or the star on that lady's pelvis to match her ass cheeks or wincing at a particularly nasty clash between horrible outfits. I get it, meant to be light and funny, but I kept thinking about how rapey/violnce against women the full length ballets are said to be. (I've seen parts of Manon and Meyerling, but not the whole, so grain of salt). Anyway, this felt like forced wackiness and my physical discomfort with the costume choices made that some how worse.

And it wasn't just the costumes that were the problem. The women in the featured roles seemed fine and worked well when I could notice the dancing despite the costumes. The men though? The skill level difference between the four male leads was so extreme it completely ruined the quatre. If you have one guy jumping about two feet higher than the worst of the four in a dance that demands unison, it stands out. Two of the guys danced crisply while the other two were noticeably more sloppy. It ruined the effect and the costumes being so complicated colour and pattern wise and different from each other only emphasized the differences in quality of the dancing. It just... never jelled, even though there were some lovely pas de deux, and bits of dancing singly and in groups by the women. I honestly can't comment on the choreography as I was so overwhelmed by the mess that I couldn't really find brain space for thinking properly about what they were trying to achieve.

* The Wing Chun dojo where I studied intensely while it lasted was descended from Bruce Lee's Seattle period, before he branched out to make his own style. (My Sifu's Sifu studied under Bruce Lee directly). I have seen his movies more times than I can count, but all I'd ever seen of the Green hornet were the clips. I was born too late and unlike Batman it never made it to syndication. I got really excited at the chance to finally see what they were like. I've been trying to watch the pilot and it's... not good. I know, blasphemy. it's not Bruce lee's fault, I want to make clear. I think I can see what went wrong. It's like no one involved in writing, directing, or editing this thing had any clue why A. the Adam West Batman worked, or B. why Bruce lee was good. The result is neither campy fun NOR martial arts fun. I'll take either, you see. I'd love both. Instead it's just boring white guys trying to say complicated exposition really, really fast, between fight scenes were only one participant actually knows how to fight and everyone else is going through the motions. I'm go to try one or two more to see if they improve, but so far it's unwatchable to the point I keep literally forgetting I'm watching and go do other things.

* "Ballad of the Bastards Part 1: The North Can’t Be Bothered:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/winterfell-s6-retrospective-part-1/

* "The Sword in the Stone Needs to Use its Head:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/the-sword-in-the-stone-needs-to-use-its-head/

* "The Ups and Downs of Harry's Fifth Year:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/ups-downs-harrys-fifth-year/

* The last of the hyacinths. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/158984668267/the-last-of-the-hyacinths


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* "New Development on the Michael Cohen 'Peace Plan' Meeting:" http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/new-development-on-the-michael-cohen-peace-plan-meeting

* "What is VOICE? Trump highlights crimes by undocumented immigrants:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/28/politics/donald-trump-voice-victim-reporting/

* "Trump administration considering separating women, children at Mexico border:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-children-idUSKBN16A2ES

* He’s clearly lying about President Obama, but if 45 is not lying about the wire tap it means a Federal Agency had probable cause to investigate him for things like being a foreign agent, espionage, other serious crime, etc.. O.o "Trump, Offering No Evidence, Says Obama Tapped His Phones:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/04/us/politics/trump-obama-tap-phones.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=3wire tap

* "Trump flashes anger over Sessions recusal, Russia stories in Oval Office meeting:" http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-flashes-anger-sessions-recusal-russia-stories-tense/story?id=45908106

* "It's literally pay to play at Mar-a-Lago:" http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/article/2616474

* So 35 permanent jobs and not using U S Steel at the price of endangering the entire Mississippi watershed and out bread basket. "Keystone pipeline won't use US steel despite Trump pledge:" http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/03/keystone-pipeline-wont-use-us-steel-despite-trump-pledge.html

* "Queer" and TERF Gaslihting: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/158059529347/diary-of-a-genderfluid-myfatfuckingface

* "Sunday Sweets: No More Tiers!:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/3/5/sunday-sweets-no-more-tiers.html

* I finished the Ashton Sampler. I had saved the Sergei Polunin/Tamara Rojo Marguerite and Armand for today as I wanted to watch fresh. OMG! wile there were some weak spots early on the whole piece was magical. I think this is the closest I've come as an adult to feeling the way I did when i first saw Baryshnikov dance Spectre as a child. Of course one can never quite capture the experience of being very young and seeing someone dance like that for the first time, but I think if I had been a child hen I saw this, it would have been just as life altering and haunting.

* "Black Sails Chat XXXI-XXXIII:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/158001448406/black-sails-chat-xxxi-xxxiii

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* "First Transgender Boarding School Opens In India:" http://www.newnownext.com/india-transgender-school/12/2016/?utm=share_twitter

* "Trump, Putin & journalists under attack:"

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* Refuting the lies about repeal. "Unpacking GOP promises on Obamacare repeal:"

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* 45 fantasized on twitter that President Obama personally had him wiretapped during the election even though the President doesn't have the power to do that. We know 45 always accuses others of doing whatever horrible thing he himself is doing or planning to do, so I am now wondering who he is trying to get wire tapped, presumable through Comey or Sessions. There is also the question of why so paranoid? What illegal, damning thing was he doing just before the election that has him so worried that he's inventing this story about Obama in the middle of the night?

Look, I am 100% against warrantless wiretapping, but I also know I've never done anything illegal on a phone and anyone tapping me would get me repeatedly telling phone beggars I'm on a fixed income don't call again, a bunch of pharmacy voicemails about boring prescription renewals, and a scattering of doctor appointment calls and people telling me they are running late or no coming. If they are tapping me, they are bored the fuck to tears. I don't lie awake at night terrorized over it, nor do I run around accusing innocent people of targeting me personally based on things I dreamed or made up.

* "Trump transition team canceled plan for ethics training for staff: report:" http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/321946-trump-transition-team-canceled-plan-for-ethics-training-for-his-staff

* "One on one with Rep. Maxine Waters:"

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* "Selma anniversary marks new voting rights fight:"

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* He got nasty with children because they were more intelligent than him and better informed about the repercussions of education policy than he was. "Dallas senator gets salty with Richardson students during a school choice talk:" http://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-legislature/2017/02/27/sen-don-huffines-gets-salty-richardsonstudents-discussion-school-choice

* "GOP Rep Says Holding Town Halls Is Like Being Yelled At In A Ritual By 'Orientals':" http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mike-bost-town-halls-are-like-being-yelled-at-by-orientals?utm_content=bufferff515&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "The Many-Headed Hydra Of Republican Hypocrisy:" http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2017/02/23/the-many-headed-hydra-of-republican-hypocrisy/

* "Defense Against the Dark Arts: Networked Propaganda and Counter-Propaganda:" https://medium.com/tow-center/defense-against-the-dark-arts-networked-propaganda-and-counter-propaganda-deb7145aa76a#.11kzwqooi

* "Immigrants fear crackdown under Trump:"

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* He thinks a black man voluntarily wearing an earring is as bad as slavery. O.o "E.W. Jackson: Men Wearing Earrings Is A Plot By Racist White Liberals To Emasculate Black Men :" http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/e-w-jackson-men-wearing-earrings-is-a-plot-by-racist-white-liberals-to-emasculate-black-men/

* "Arrest Made In Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow Murder Case:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/arrest-made-in-jamie-lee-wounded-arrow.html

* "Girl at a Bar - SNL:"

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* "Jeff Sessions Gump Cold Open - SNL:"

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* "Republican Movie Trailer - SNL:"

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* I've said before that my ballet education is spotty. My ballet education growing up was how to dance and whatever happened to be in TV in my region in the 70's and '80's, plus one trip to see Carmina Burana and the Trocks in person. The tragedy of me watching ballet is I can never enjoy watching it the way I did dancing it, but I have been watching it this year. I'd never even heard of Ashton until 6 months ago, though I certainly knew who Pepita, Nijinsky, and Balanchine were. If Ashton was on TV when I was young, I never noticed. My first exposure was a few clips before Christmas. My first full ballet of his was La Fille Mal Gardée a month or two ago. It was fascinating in it's way (Dancing Chickens! Giant dancing cock!), but the costumes and set were rather busy, which I felt detracted from the dancing. The dancing was so hard I got exhausted just watching. Seriously, I could feel the ache of the choreography in my muscles. It's fast and complex and the sort of thing that takes a huge about of endurance. I could tell just watching it, that you needed a really strong grounding in the less glamorous bits of ballet, huge self discipline, and soooo much practice to make it work and look right. I am absolutely not saying the Royal ballet dancers made it look hard, because they didn't, they were trying to make it look light and fun the way one is meant to. I am saying that I may have forgotten a lot of the vocabulary, but my body remembers what dancing felt like watching that choreography I imagined the ache and burn in the legs after practice. I am a philistine, but I know enough to be impressed even when the aesthetics aren't to my taste.

Anyway, I spent the evening watching the Trocks, followed by an Ashton sampler that was recommended to me. The Trocks were the Trocks, fun and impressive the way Trocks are always fun and impressive. The Ashton Celebration... wow. I am watching these pieces with zero context, as I'm not seen the ballets they are from, have no idea what the plot is or why what is happening is happening. The set is a very simple backdrop, the costumes so far are lovely and elegant. (I did not quite finish before coming out to eat.) The much simpler setting and the easier to look at more harmonious costumes made it so much easier to focus properly on the dancing, which is excellent and impressive. The second piece, a pas de deux from Thaïs, was incredibly moving even though I had no information about what story in fit into, but really, the three I've watched so far were a joy to watch even if they did make my legs ache in sympathy.

* "Pig Person 6:" http://sinfest-mod.livejournal.com/1109711.html

* Cersei and Sex: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/157566048617/do-you-think-that-another-reason-why-cersei-has

* "Legion Moves Focus to Its Supporting Cast:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/legion-moves-focus-supporting-cast/

* The Expanse: I love the world building, the Complexity of the politics, the multiple viewpoints, but most especially Chrisjen Avasarala who appears to be the depiction of a woman in power i have been waiting for.

* "The Expanse Gives Us Zombie Terminators:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/the-expanse-s02-e06/


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* "Kim Jong-nam killing: 'VX nerve agent' found on his face:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39073389

* "Opponent of Duterte's drugs war arrested in Philippines on drug charges:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-drugs-senator-idUSKBN16301Z

* "Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media:" https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/26/robert-mercer-breitbart-war-on-media-steve-bannon-donald-trump-nigel-farage

* "Reality Check: Is Malmo the 'rape capital' of Europe?:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-39056786

* "Supreme Court Reprimands Anti-LGBTQ Groups for Misgendering Trans Student Gavin Grimm:" http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2017/02/24/supreme_court_reprimands_groups_for_misgendering_gavin_grimm.html

* "Rest In Power and Peace, Chyna Gibson:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/rest-in-power-and-peace-chyna-gibson.html

* "Search for Daisy Kwok uncovers Shanghai's lost history:" http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-21/daisy-kwok-and-lost-history-of-chinese-australians-in-china/7861214

* "The History of the KKK in American Politics:" https://daily.jstor.org/history-kkk-american-politics/

* "An app to help blind people to 'see':" http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-39056979

* "Pointe break: ballet's destructive power laid bare in Sergei Polunin documentary:" https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/feb/22/sergei-polunin-documentary-dancer-steven-cantor?CMP=share_btn_tw

* "Through Donald's Eyes - SNL :"

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* My router died Sunday night, seconds after I offered rp, for which I was heartily sorry, but had no means of conveying. The router had been limping on for years, and its final demise was inconvenient, but not entirely unexpected. I wrote up the latest Black Sails with no ability to check things on the Internet and while wrestling Tavy as I tried to transcribe quotes, for extra difficulty points.

I snagged a few hours sleep, then went out into snow flurries to be in line as soon as Xfinity opened. It took literal hours to get the new router working, so there went my day.

* "Let's talk about Nazis in Fiction:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/lets-talk-about-nazis-in-fiction/

* "Gandalf Leads the Way on a Journey in the Dark:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/gandalf-leads-way-journey-dark/

* "The Breaking of the Fellowship:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/breaking-fellowship-ring/

* "Orcs and Uruk-hai Bring Evil Closer to Home:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/orcs-uruk-hai-two-towers-re-read/

* "Treebeard, Ents, and Action in the Face of Uncertainty:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/treebeard-ents-action-uncertainty/

* "Penny Dreadful, Season 3, Episode 3: Good and Evil Braided Be:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/05/penny-dreadful-season-3-episode-3-good.html

* "Sansa, Smart:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/155894039887/sansa-smart

* "Arya Todd Drops Out of School:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/arya-season-6-retrospective/

* Black Sails XXXIII: Decisions, Decisions!

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* "Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 70 People At Sufi Shrine In Pakistan:" http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/16/515598245/suicide-bomber-kills-at-least-70-people-at-sufi-shrine-in-pakistan

* "U.S. allies also intercept Russia-Trump adviser communications:" http://www.newsweek.com/allies-intercept-russia-trump-adviser-communications-557283

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

* "Watergate vs. Russiagate:"

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* "Don't Buy Mike Pence's Innocent Act:" http://www.shakesville.com/2017/02/dont-buy-mike-pences-innocent-act.html

* "Chaffetz, Goodlatte ask government watchdog to investigate leaks:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/15/politics/jason-chaffetz-inspector-general/index.html

* "The Trump White House Is Screwed, Big League:" https://newrepublic.com/article/140631/trump-white-house-screwed-big-league

* "Donald Trump Stunned To Learn Presidency Is An Actual Job, His First:" http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/donald-trump-stunned-to-learn-presidency-is-an-actual-j-1792215349

* "Reaching the Moral High Ground and Finding It Barren:" https://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/2017/02/10/reaching-the-moral-high-ground-and-finding-it-barren/

* "Congressman says constituents asking for a town hall are ‘enemies’ of democracy:" https://thinkprogress.org/congressman-says-constituents-asking-for-a-town-hall-are-enemies-of-democracy-a492ea1e3fa0#.wfgir85i3

* "GOP super PAC linked to Paul Ryan used illegally hacked material against Democratic House candidates:" http://www.salon.com/2016/12/14/gop-super-pac-linked-to-paul-ryan-used-illegally-hacked-material-against-democratic-house-candidates-report/

* Parenting and rape Culture. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/157432965382/evanescentanathema-yencid-ozziescribbler

* Props to Larry Wilmore. "Larry Wilmore Puts Milo On Blast:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/larry-wilmore-puts-milo-on-blast.html

* "How the Black Lives Matter movement is mobilizing against Trump:" http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/02/black-lives-matter-versus-trump

* "Flint Residents’ Choice: ‘Pay for Your Poison’ or Have Water Shut Off:" https://rewire.news/article/2017/02/14/flint-residents-choice-pay-for-poison-have-water-shut-off/

* "The Great Unchecked Legislative F*ckfest of 2017:"

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* "Paul Ryan: Portrait in Courage:"

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* "We're Still Not There: A Practical Guide to Resistance:"

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* This is awkward in spots, but mesmerizing. "Stephane Bullion - Florian Magnenet - Morel - Saint-Loup ou le combat des anges:"

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* "Taboo Presents, Oh my God the Delaneys need a Shrink!:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/taboo-presents-delaneys-need-shrink/

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* "FBI had Trump-Russia report in summer 2016, Senate to investigate:"

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* "Congressman Lewis: I don't see Trump as a 'legitimate president':"

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* "Trump’s emoluments issue looms:"

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* "Trump tries to stick SC taxpayers with bill for Trump Jr's mess:"

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* My response is basically a string of expletives, so I'll let these commentators speak for me. "Trump rips 'all talk,' 'no action' civil rights icon Lewis:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/155878670337/trump-rips-all-talk-no-action-civil-rights

Bonus Points: It's MLK Day weekend.

* "Sen. Tammy Duckworth Slams Jeff Sessions’ Disability Rights Record:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tammy-duckworth-jeff-sessions_us_58740178e4b099cdb0fefcac

* "Ryan’s ACA replacement promises:"

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* "The arc of history is long, but how do we bend it?:" https://boingboing.net/2017/01/05/the-arc-of-history-is-long-bu.html

* "Meltdown of the Phantom Snowflakes:" http://thebaffler.com/blog/meltdown-phantom-snowflakes-penny

* "Mississippi town repeals anti-discrimination resolution in secret:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/mississippi-town-repeals-anti-discrimination-resolution-secret

* Straight washing and Academia: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/155884326487/breakfastautocrat-teddybearparker

* "Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine: Queens of the Sydney Underworld (1881-1964 and 1900-1970):" http://rejectedprincesses.tumblr.com/post/155776891753/kate-leigh-and-tilly-devine-queens-of-the-sydney

* "This 90-Year-Old Lady Seduced and Killed Nazis as a Teenager:" https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/teenager-nazi-armed-resistance-netherlands-876?utm_content=inf_4_3687_2&utm_source=wildhair&utm_campaign=fijifrost&tse_id=INF_bd63bce0c6fb11e686924f044efee13a

* "Navajo Nation Library Wants to Digitally Preserve Thousands of Hours of Oral Histories:" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navajo-nation-library-wants-digitally-preserve-thousands-hours-oral-histories-180961576/

* My credit card payment went through and so I headed out, coupon in hand to do some adulting. I save up hardware store run things until I have at the same time 1. A coupon. 2. 20-25 dollars worth of things needed for home and garden. I needed sluggo, fly strips, and good glue, and the coupon ends tomorrow, so out I went. I had to buy a small thing at check out extra to hit the minimum, so I tossed in a candy on top. As he was bagging them up I realized I had just "bought poison and candy!" The man said, "You are far from the first." so I am set with the basics for when the weather warms, which in my region is likely soonish. The bulbs are already quite leafy. I do need to do some cleaning and prep out there, but not today. Today I messed about with fish filters and changed out the fly strips. I need to do gluing, but also not today.

* I was describing Swan Lake to someone the other day. In the plot summary, I said something like, "And being a lunkhead, he doesn't notice the black swan is not his girlfriend, whom he supposedly loves." Today I was watching some Coppelia, and thinking, "Being a lunkhead, he decides to cheat on his lively and intelligent girlfriend with a manikin he saw in a window.... Are all ballet boyfriends idiots?”

* I finally got to see season three of Penny Dreadful. I have all sorts of problems with the North American section of the plot, none of which were the fault of the excellent actors, and I really didn't like much of anything about how the Vanessa plot ended, except for Dr. Seward and the glorious Cat. On paper one might think Vanessa's stuff would be triggering, but none of it was. I really enjoyed her acting and that of Mr. Claire and that episode with mostly just the two of them was well done, but I hated the end of the big arc plot so much it is hard to get past that.

For me, the best thing in the season was Lily's plot. for all the ways this show has been problematic, particularly around race and LGBT things, they did get this particular passage about rape culture and patriarchy pretty much right. How often have I had men try to tame me or edit out or cut out bits of me they didn't like or found inexplicable? So many men do that: try to turn the person they think they want into some version of them that has nothing to do with who they actually are? Victor Frankenstein's sense of entitlement to Lily, is belief that he owns her and his declaring her having agency, past, and desires that have nothing to do with him is so very male and very relevant and part of a long ugly history of straight white men medicalizing protest. It was a beautiful example of depiction without endorsement. Lily's resistance, her insistence that her scars are part of who she is... How often have I said and written that I wouldn't go back in time and change anything about my childhood, as horrible as it was, because I like myself and to do that would be suicide, since I literally have no clue who I'd me now, but for sure that person would be nothing like this one. Vanessa's resistance in the Banning clinic (the strongest part of her season three arc), and Lily's resistance in Bedlam, these moved me and are things so familiar I have no words for it really. So for all my anger at season two, and my disgust at how the season three A plot turned out, I loved season three because pieces of it were true and powerful and all to real.

* I was watching a Bolshoi Corsair with Masha Alexandrova and Nikolai Tsiskaridze. She is exquisite, but he was a disappointment. I kept trying to put my finger on what was wrong. He is sloppy and a tad selfish. I can spot mistakes, I can see him waiting his turn when he should be supporting her. It's not that he's awful, but he's just not in her league at all. Finally, I put my finger on it: She dances like she loves dancing; he dances like he loves people watching him dance.

* "Trash:" http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/454216.html

* "Sunday Sweets: WINTER HAS COME:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/1/15/sunday-sweets-winter-has-come.html

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* "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

* 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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* "Iran's ex-president Hashemi Rafsanjani dies at 82:" http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/iran-president-hashemi-rafsanjani-dies-82-170108163407762.html

* "Read the letter Coretta Scott King wrote opposing Sessions’s 1986 federal nomination:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/01/10/read-the-letter-coretta-scott-king-wrote-opposing-sessionss-1986-federal-nomination/?utm_term=.bb6cf5e29ffd

* VICE has been running a series of clips where they do little interviews with families where the women voted Hillary and the men voted Trump. TW Sexual Assault: ) Her raw pain and bitterness at her father’s betrayal of her makes me want to weep every damned time.

* Today Squirrel and I went to get a TV. It is the largest TV I've ever owned, about two inches wider than the one that just died, with beautiful picture, but no remote or closed captioning, which is often the case with free second hand TV's. It used to be I'd post for a TV and I'd get five or six offers as all the middle class people were switching to flat screens, but loathe to throw out a perfectly good analog. This time, I got only the one offer, which suggests the boom is over. Let us hope these two last as there may not be more. I keep shaking and checking the sound only TV, but have not been able to shake whatever inside comes loose back into place.

The TV was on the second floor in a narrow corridor maze. It nearly killed us both handling it. As a result, Squirrel and I discovered a trick to moving TV's I wish I'd known 30 years ago, but better late than never. One can get a sturdy towel or small blanket. Put the TV on it and lift the towel. It evens out the weight and you aren't dealing with crappy handholds that are endlessly slipping. O.o So fucking simple. Why in hell haven't we been doing it this way all along?

* Vikings: Watching Sigurd and Ivar interact, I keep thinking, what are you both, five? Kidding aside, I really enjoy the way each of the Ragnarssons took a little piece of Travis Fimmal's performance and incorporated into into their distinct characterization. They are each very different, but all remind one of Ragnar as a result. It's really cleverly done.

* They were double billed with Carmina Burana of all things the one time I got to see professional ballet as a kid. The Philly audience did not get them at all. They were magic. "Les Ballets de Trockadero: much more than men in tutus:" http://edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/local-arts/les-ballets-de-trockadero-much-more-than-men-in-tutus

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* "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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Trump can launch a nuclear weapon within four minutes:"

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* "Could Trump tweet us into nuclear war?:"

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* "Trump attempts to dissolve controversy by dissolving his...:"

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* "Black transgender man slashed by woman after offering his seat:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/black-transgender-man-slashed-in-suspected-hate-crime-new-york-city-a7496861.html

* "Seller-Financed Deals Are Putting Poor People in Lead-Tainted Homes:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/26/business/dealbook/seller-financed-home-sales-poor-people-lead-paint.html?_r=1

* "Richard Adams, Whose Novel ‘Watership Down’ Became a Phenomenon, Dies at 96:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/arts/richard-adams-author-of-watership-down-dies-at-96.html?_r=0

* Damn. Carrie Fisher. I loved her as a kid of course. I think we all did, but I loved the person she grew into being even more. She was so tough and snarky and kind as an adult. I really came to apreciate her on a whole other level in the last few years, for her honesty and strength and willingness to be vulnerable when often all the world has wanted to do was hurt her.

This year it has felt like all the best ones are leaving in advance of a cataclysm.

* "Remembering Space Mom:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/remembering-space-mom/

* "Sergei Polunin, "Take Me to Church" by Hozier, Directed by David LaChapelle:"

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* This is a modern reconstruction of a '30's era ballet about the French revolution and is stunning. I know most of you aren't into ballet, but it's got cool things like a woman dancing with a spear, a sword fight, and lots of attractive men leaping about in revolutionary era outfits. "Пламя Парижа / The Flames of Paris :"

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* I think that two decades later, someone has successfully sold me on the Bandaras Armand: http://gothiccharmschool.tumblr.com/post/155009401210/i-want-my-iwtv-monstersinthecosmos-vraik

* Okay, the commercial where grown men sing "The wheels on the truck" off key made me want to stab my ear drums the first time I hear it. At ten.... Someone needs to make it stop and take the off key repetitive chanting of "It's fun being weird" commercial with it.

* TNG Rewatch, Season 5:

- Power Play. Proof Marina Sirtis can act when they actually give her something to do.

- Ethics. Can you imagine a modern network show trying to tackle right to die issues? I remember preferring the version done on another show at about the same time and there are some things that make me cringe now in this one, but they really did try to talk about something important and heavily debated in the culture. So points for that, but I really don't like the show making the woman experimenting unethically on badly injured patients right, because we need to not encourage that. (Worf can give informed consent and volunteer. That other person who died couldn't). Why didn't they contact Worf's brother. Shouldn't he be there for this?

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* "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

* 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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* "That thing the Standing Rock protesters were afraid of just happened :" http://www.sciencealert.com/that-thing-the-standing-rock-protesters-were-afraid-of-just-happened#.WFJQgDeuv98.twitter

* "Racism is Alive and Well in the Gay Community:"

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* "India Forced Marriages LGBT Community Nazariya:" http://www.refinery29.com/2015/10/95774/india-forced-marriages-lgbt-community-nazariya?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post

* When I saw the 1820′s style of Ballet, I could see exactly how early modern dances like the Galliard evolved through Louis XIV’s court into the Ballet I was learning in the '70's and '80's, but I didn’t think of the influence fencing might have, but of course it did. I swear these videos are mesmerizing.

* "Ballet Evolved - At the court of Louis XIV :"

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* "Ballet Evolved - Auguste Vestris 1760-1842:"

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* "Ballet Evolved - Marius Petipa 1818-1910:"

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* The suicide prevention commercials are powerful and important, but one of them is incredibly triggery and I never notice it until it is too late. The other two I've spotted so far are fine, but that one? Fuck! Fuckfuckfuck. Thrice in one night.

* It is still snowy outside. It's fine by day, but unsafe at night so I can't go out lest I break a leg. This whole year has had normal weather instead of the horrible new normal climate change weather we've had since '08 or so. As much as I hate being confined, it is comforting that we are still capable of having Winter here, though I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.

* So what's with all the Ballet stuff all of a sudden? After all, I rather lost interest in ballet about the time I realized I'd never do any kind of dancing or martial arts again. I watch ballet or movies about ballet now and then in a bittersweet way, but I've lost most of the vocabulary from disuse. It was a thing I was good at and loved intensely the way I loved the martial arts practice that ended up replacing it.

But I've been chatting with a friend who loves it, and the conversations have reminded me why I loved it so. I can't remember the name of my favorite spin, but I can spot it when I see it.

I was a poor kid who loved to dance, but was realistic enough to know I didn't have the intensity to do it for a living. Professional ballet was a rare and treasured thing I would hunt for in the TV listings. The time I got to see it for real on stage as a kid blew me away, but mostly, the dancing I saw was the dancing I or people I knew were doing. I still remember the first time I saw Rite of Spring, La Spectre de la Rose, and the Faun, broadcast on A&E when it was brand new and I would watch them over and over (A&E had very little programing the first year or two, and they'd show the same plays and ballets a lot), fascinated. My ballet education is hit and miss. What I've seen is pretty random, and often fragmentary. I am not an educated viewer, and what I do know is tied up in my memories of first seeing a thing, or in the sensation of doing individual sequences of movements, in the feel of practicing a thing over and over, the look of our old practice floor, in the books I read and the homework I did waiting until the floor was clear to stretch.

Talking ballet like this reminded me of my friends I used to dance with. (I was not friends with a lot of the corps girls because they were dilettantes and many of them were assholes). I was part of a group of six or seven who were serious as anything about it. We were the work horses who would dance anything we were offered, who never complained, and so we got most of the solos, the pas de deux, the featured bits. It broke my heart when we moved and there was no where good to dance.

* I had forgotten how good and perfect House of Flying daggers was until I watched it again the other day.

* Tumblr Linguistics: http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/153792838001/rileyjaydennis-obaewankenope#notes

* Incorporated seems to be the child of Rollerball and Gattaca I was looking for.

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* "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

* 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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* "Newsweek: Trump business conflicts open US to foreign blackmail:"

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* "Energy Department balks at Team Trump's climate 'witch hunt':" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/energy-department-balks-team-trumps-climate-witch-hunt#break

* How to talk to white people about race: http://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/154304097405/youngbadmanbrown-brunetteclaire

* Tw: Suicidal ideation. "Sane Thinking About Mental Problems:" https://srconstantin.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/sane-thinking-about-mental-problems/

* "Ballet Evolved - The first four centuries :"

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* "Ballet Evolved: How ballet class has changed over the centuries :"

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* "Ballet Evolved: The Evolution of Pointe Work :"

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* "Congratulations To Russia On Winning The Cold War:"

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* "Diary of a Nobody:"

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* Today, I set the alarm as I needed to go get a mystery package from the down town post office. Squirrel heard the alarm and came to check if I was going out, as he was literally on the way to the door with his coat on. He was relieved to wait for me to dress as his glasses had deteriorated in the night and having a chauffeur was much safer. I paid for my glasses (They are still being made, but it was on the way and I feel safer knowing they are covered. Thanks again to the person who pitched in for that.), we got toilet paper and sandwiche fixings (for squirrel, also on the way), and Squirrel's new eye glasses. Swinging down town, I got my mystery package, which turned out to be so squished the bar code reader couldn't. Luckily, the contents were well packed and the Mozart balls were safe. They were sent anonymously, so I am not sure who to thank, but I have my guesses. We then hit the library (two blocks from PO), and the fish store, as squirrel had promised me fish for my birthday. They were out of the fish I was expecting, but the filter died on the small tank within the last week, so he got me a little biowheel, so I'm calling it a win. Bills are paid and I should have enough on my credit card by Monday to cover lung meds.

Thanks to the Glasses Faery and the Mozart Ball Faery. A present also came from my sister, but it is wrapped, so I am saving it.

* ASoIaF vs GoT "Who is the most ruined character the show?:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/154359632417/who-is-the-most-ruined-characther-the-show


*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* "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

* 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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* "Let me tell you a story about Hillary Clinton.:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/152855655477/so-if-i-understand-these-presidential-elections

* "US court rules that asylum seeker can’t be bisexual because he married a woman:" http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/08/20/us-court-rules-that-asylum-seeker-cant-be-bisexual-because-he-married-a-woman/?utm_source=PNFB&utm_medium=SocialFB&utm_content=FBJM&utm_campaign=PNFacebook

* The Hollow Crown, Season 2:
Like pretty much anyone with any kind of background in late Medieval English History, I have Feelings about the War of the Roses. Yes, I was a 14th century specialist, but frankly the 14th and 15th Century political and social history are particularly logical to clump together because of the way events fell out and long term stuff like Recurrent plague's effects on demographic trends and thus society, economics, art, the legal status of peasants, etc; the Hundred Years War (which was longer than that and more lots of little connected wars); and the whole complicated situation set up by Edward III having so many wives and descendants and the subsequent long term dynastic in fighting. (I used to occasionally be asked to explain the War of the Roses.
I could generally give a satisfying answer in about an hour, but I required paper, a writing utensil, and to start with Edward III and his children. I'd sketch out the family tree and with that as a visual aid could get us all the way to Henry VII in a coherent narrative that skipped details like battles, but explained the whys and the major players which is what most casual questioners want anyway).

Anyway, I've seen people descend to name calling and the occasional fist fights over the board game, Kingmaker. Emotions run high over York vs. Lancaster and nearly everyone who cares even a little bit about this stuff takes sides. You can generally tell which side a historian is on pretty easily, because Historians especially have Feelings about this. I have Feelings too. It's just mine are a bit above average complicated. I'm that weirdo who can simultaneously adore Eleanor of Aquitaine and be terribly fond of Henry II. I'm that oddball who has massive sympathy for Edward II AND Isabella of France. I am all about the open eyed embracing of problematic fave going way the hell back into my childhood, and I happen to be the sort of person who loves the historical Margaret of Anjou and Richard III both. No really. Because the historical personages are both pretty fucking amazing.

Which brings us to Shakespeare, who is writing these three plays under a Tudor sovereign. He is not writing about the historical Richard III who's fall was really mostly about him being a reformer who championed Justice and rights of ordinary people in a way that pissed of nobles who were used to riding rough shod over the land rights in particular of commoners. No, Shakespeare's Richard is based off some Tudor propaganda written long after the fact to justify their overthrow of a King who was at the time fairly popular with ordinary people. They had to blacken his image as part of the attempt to solidify their rule after literally decades of extreme turmoil that had killed off a lot of people, and because it was well above average deadly for nobles created a lot of political disruption on top of the usual economic and human misery levels. When I say based off the work of a Tudor apologist, I mean a specific dude writing on the payroll of a Tudor King as part of a very well designed propaganda campaign that also employed visual symbolism and pageantry. Tudors were very modern when it came to full scale multiple medium propaganda commissioned and designed to create and reinforce legitimacy, much as Louis XIV was to do later in 17th century France in response to a whole lot of problems and disruptions. This is one of the reasons why the accession of Henry VII makes a good place to put the start of the early Modern era in England, if one is assigning them. (Periodization is an arbitrary thing, but that's a whole other long discussion).

So what we have is not an Historical Richard III, but one designed to please the Tudor monarch who's good graces were required if Shakespeare wanted to keep writing and acting in plays, and the Henry VI (pt 1 & 2) plays need to both work as plays, but lead to a place where Henry VII was a good and necessary end to all these troubles under the Houses of Lancaster and York. The dissonance between the people I know from history and the characters in the play can make these a little hard for me to watch.

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* Stalin thought this was perverted. I think it is marvelous: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWR0awymyY8
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* "Sunday Sweets: Light & Airy Wedding Cakes:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/11/6/sunday-sweets-light-airy-wedding-cakes.html

* Doctor Who Hartnell rewatch: The Keys of Marinus: The Velvet Web" is actually rather good,I've started enjoying this, to my surprise.

* Walking Dead (Spoilers, Abuse, Torture):
I've written before about Carol and Darryl as abuse survivors and how that informs their responses and survival strategies in the post apocalyptic world. There are a whole lot of things the walking dead fucks up, particularly lately. I think their abuse survivors isn't one of those. I looked at Carol in Alexandria wearing her Junior League Homemaker Mask and I saw resilience and a re-purposed survival skill. My skill set is rather different given the nature of my abuse and the way so much of it was interrogation and psychologically based, but I look at that sort of adaptation and deliberate and intelligent use of survival techniques and I admire the hell out of it. It's why Carol is one of the few threads still holding me to the show after the latest debacles.

I think it's time to talk about it again in the case of Daryl in light of this week's episode. TW Discussion of Torture and Abuse: )

Darryl is a Survivor and one I can believe in, the way Carol is a survivor and one I can believe in, and I think it is with these characters that some of their strongest writing and characterization lie. So I think I'll stick with it a little longer even though I have no fucks to give for Rick Grimes and I'm still pissed at the twin botches at the end of last season and start of this.

*****

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help?

Haitian local charities: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154561836757433&set=a.84340697432.97916.713622432&type=3&theater
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/haiti
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

* "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.com
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* "Former US Attorney General Eric Holder burns Trump hard for threatening to jail Clinton:" https://mic.com/articles/156410/former-us-attorney-general-eric-holder-burns-trump-hard-for-threatening-to-jail-clinton?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.rX4bd2CA6

* Lest we forget Mike Pense wants to literally torture our children into suicide. He is NOT a better option. TW: Turture, child abuse, Suicide. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/151651288602/maudelebowski29-in-case-you-forgot-mike-pence

* "Lin’s SNL Opening Monologue:" http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/151638542347/dailylmm-lins-snl-opening-monologue

* A moment of heart wrenching beauty as a pallet cleanser to the week's horrors. "Ekaterina Krysanova "Le Corsaire":" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7do4YkJxC6g&feature=youtu.be&t=12m35s

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* I completely failed to bureaucracy today. I barely managed to drag myself out to my regular doctor appointment. I DID wear my spiffy new purple birthday socks with the Katniss inspired arrows on them out for the first time. When I got there, it was a strange nurse instead of one of my usuals, and she was training a new hire. I did tell her the amoxicillin hadn't worked and I had taken them all as of today, and she said she'd ask the doctor, but there was the thing with the trainee, who I let practice on my and I had to explain some surgery stuff and.... I walked out without a different family of antibiotic. Sigh.

* On the way home I stopped at the discount grocery store across from the family planning clinic and the asshole protesters were out parading with a massive fake fetus picture. The store did not have the thing I wanted (discount off brand tofurkey loaf), but the same brand makes chick'n patties I decided to try. So I'm loading my car and the asshole misogynists start screaming filth at a 50ish lady on my side of the street who just fucking wanted to use the grocery store. She starts yelling back and I step up right next to her and start yelling my support for Planned Parenthood too in support of here. "Planned Parenthood saves lives! I'm alive because of Planned Parenthood!" Which is true. They are the ones who called nearly every surgeon in town to find one who'd take payment on installment to remove Herberton, my tumor colony the approximate size and shape of my brain. There's a good chance they saved me on an earlier occasion as well. I any case, I'd be dead about a decade if they weren't there. Seriously, fuck Right to Life and their poor people should be forced to die of cancer for Jesus agenda. We ended with a round of alternating "Fuck yous!" in response to theirs. I took my cart back and passed her on her way in, giving her a big smile and a hello on the way back, and she reciprocated. No one should have to face down misogynistic protesters alone.

Why were asshole Christians harassing Grocery Outlet Customers for Jesus and accusing them of being murderers? Only Right to Life knows. They do it a lot, and every time they try to set up their anti-choice protest on the Grocery Outlet property, the store calls the cops on them for trespassing, and they aren't allowed on Planned Parenthood property, so they are forced to harass people going into and out of both establishments from the side walk.


* "Prism:" http://kargashina.livejournal.com/73126.html

*****

* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help? https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

There is a whole list of charities at the top of the page here: http://www.msnbc.com/maddowblog

* "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.com
gwydion: (Amused)
* There have been a series of bomb and arson attacks on the tourist areas in Thailand. Yes, I've heard the speculation, and incline towards what local experts are saying over other theories, but I'd rather wait for confirmation before venturing an opinion. Here is BBC coverage if you want details: "Thailand tourism: Arrests made over bomb attacks in Hua Hin resort:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37063637

* "Trump vs. local paint store:"

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* "Trump's last ten:"

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* "The 2016 fever swamps:"

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* "Trump, losing in Pennsylvania, develops 'cheating' excuse:"

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* Donald Trump is now calling for mass intimidation of voters in Pennsylvania.

* "Anti-gay Evangelical leaders hear plea for support from Trump:"

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* "Daily Beast potentially outs LGBT athletes in controversial Olympic Grindr hook-up article:" http://attitude.co.uk/daily-beast-potentially-outs-lgbt-athletes-in-controversial-olympic-grindr-hook-up-article/

* "Killing Geppetto: 7 Widespread Myths about 18th-Century Shoemaking:" http://makinghistorynow.com/2016/07/killing-geppetto-7-widespread-myths-about-18th-century-shoemaking/

* "#HashItOut with Franchesca Ramsey - Gabby Douglas's National Anthem Backlash:"

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* "Racism in the Baltimore Police Department:"

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* "Bad Optics on the Campaign Trail:"

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* "A Suspicious Police Shooting in Chicago-The Daily Show with Trevor Noah:"

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* "Turkey's New Ally & the Actual Founder of ISIS:"

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* I completely borked my left hip and leg trying to sleep in the one position my back injury allowed and so got very little quality sleep. I was feeling better in Thursday afternoon and went to bed, expecting to sleep all evening. I did get a few good hours of sleep, but was wakened by the unexpected arrival of Tavy's rescue humans and long time friends stopping by. We had a good dinner at the Szechuan place Skye and I used to love, and hung out. They did get a look at Tavy, but he didn't remember them enough to want to interact, alas. It was a good evening.

* I have become weirdly attached to French Eventing Rider Lt. Col. Thibaut Vallette. Karim is prettier, but Monsieur Vallette rode well and seems like he ought to be a character in a George Sand novel.

* "Alice Isn't Dead, A review of Alice Isn't Dead and why it is such an empowering representation of mental illness.:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/alice-isnt-dead/

* Bring tissues. Ballet Boy and his Uncle? Father?: Pt. 1: http://zenpencils.com/comic/kenrobinson/ Pt. 2: http://zenpencils.com/comic/chuck/ Pt. 3: http://zenpencils.com/comic/world/

* "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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* "A Child Bride At 13, She's Turned Herself Into A Prize-Winning Wrestler:" http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/04/23/475167250/a-child-bride-at-13-shes-turned-herself-into-a-prize-winning-wrestler

* "Poll: Trump less popular than lice, still backed by GOP voters:"

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* "All three branches of Alabama government in turmoil:"

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* "Judge's bridge case ruling awkward for Christie, Trump:"

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* "Republican resistance to Trump fails to materialize:"

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* Election update: Clinton 1716/523 (2239); Sanders 1430/39 (1469)

* Next Up:
Tue, May 17 Kentucky (D), Oregon
Tue, May 24 Washington (R) (Mail in. Check your mailbox, we already got ours).

* "Exclusive - Sherman Alexie Extended:"

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* "North Carolina's bathroom bill brings dueling lawsuits:"

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* "A Fire Has Forced The Only Clinic In Canada Performing Gender-Affirming Surgery To Cancel Some Procedures:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurenstrapagiel/montreal-trans-clinic?utm_term=.mxg3GpVloq&bftw=lgbt#.dw3ZYW5bgk

* "Big Oil dumps Arctic drilling plans, kayactivists vindicated:"

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* "The First Woman To Put Her Face On Packaging Got Trolled Like Crazy:" http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-first-woman-to-put-her-face-on-packaging-got-trolled-like-crazy?mc_cid=0b17f49564&mc_eid=f6f2fed14f

* "The Federal Government Sues North Carolina:"

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* "American Airlines Passenger Questioned for Doing Math:"

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* "Blacklash 2016: The Unblackening - Donald Trump Bashes Hillary Clinton for Her Husband's Affairs:"

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* I had four things on my Monday errand list, but dropped one due to tired. I did (just) make my doctor appointment, switched books at the library, and (just) hit the post office on time to mail the ebays. All of them! Yay fast payers. I'm down forty dollars this month as the government chose to deposit a day last again, but I've hopes of things working out with the ebays. I played plant tetris again, but I still don't like the access/safety ratio. It's not a big deal yet, but I'll likely need to rearrange again soon. Still, it's closer and I'm making best use of available light, I think. I really do need more starts, but one can still hope that the seeds or the winter compost will take. Still, I've sluggoed everything, the lilies are really tall and healthy looking this year and the asparagus look to have survived the great accident. *fingers crossed*

* "Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 3: The Continued Adventures of Special Little Snowflake:" http://chrysreviews.com/index.php/2016/05/09/game-of-thrones-season-6-episode-3-the-continued-adventures-of-special-little-snowflake/

* "Lord of the Rings Re-Read: In the House of Tom Bombadil:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/lord-of-the-rings-re-read-in-the-house-of-tom-bombadil/

* Probably NWS, as the male dancer is mostly wearing tassels and gold paint. "La Bayadere Golden Idol :"

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* "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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