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* "A Parable From Down Under for U.S. Climate Scientists:"

* "Theresa May orders contaminated blood scandal inquiry:"

* This is so gross. "Trump told the French First Lady that she was "in such good shape":"

* "State Department spent more than $15,000 for rooms at new Trump hotel in Vancouver:"

* "Judge: Grandparents count as close family for travel ban:"

* "Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger in Emails: ‘Watch Your Back , Bitch’:"

* "Russian-American lobbyist joined Trump's son's meeting, too:"

* Things that make me go Hmmmmm.... "Mike Pence's Press Secretary Won't Say If His Boss Met With Russians:"

* "Conway uses flash cards to explain Russia controversy:"

* "Trump-Russia investigators probe Jared Kushner-run digital operation:"

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

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

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

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* "Trump's budget would reduce deficit but wouldn't balance like White House promised, CBO says:"

* So steal things people literally need to survive to build a nonsensical wall we don’t need. "King: Use funding from food stamps, Planned Parenthood to pay for border wall:"

* "Graham introduces repeal back-up plan:"

* So Republicans think their own health care bill is so terrible and potentially deadly they are thinking of exempting themselves from it. "Senate Republicans exempt own health coverage from part of latest proposal:"

* "As White House election integrity panel begins work, civil rights watchdogs set up a hotline:"

* "Y'all know that individual health behaviors - choices around nutrition, exercise, smoking, etc. - only account for about 25% of a person’s health status? :"

* "Typecast as a terrorist:"

* "AG Sessions under fire for closed-door speech:"

* "Chicago Dyke March Drops Pretense, Deploys Anti-Semitic Term Popularized by Neo-Nazis:"

* "Liberty over safety is the Texas anti-vaxxer way:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Coexisting With The Fair Folk Who Have Taken Up Residence In/Around/Beneath Your University: A How-To Guide:"

* "Poet reveals what it’s like to have sex when you have a disability:"

* "The Paintings used in ‘Black Sails’ (Part 14):"

* "Jack Rackham and the bust in Boston (’Black Sails’):"

* Bullying or Media?

* "Does Fear The Walking Dead Have A Race Problem?:"

* "Foreshadowing with Maps (’Black Sails’):"

* 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?:"

* This App phones your rep for you:

* Here is one that will send your reps a fax:

* Want to fight Climate Change? "Ready to Mobilize? Start Here!:"

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here:

* The Rainbow Road and other ways to help Gay Refugees:

* 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.:

* 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:

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:"
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* "Hobby Lobby Purchased Thousands of Ancient Artifacts Smuggled Out of Iraq:"

* "Maddow to news orgs: beware of forged Trump Russia documents!:"

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* "Trump Attacks U.S. Spies, Says ‘Other People’ Could’ve Hacked 2016:"

* "Trump wants to start charging stores to accept food stamps:"

* "18 states, consumer groups sue DeVos over delay of student loan protections:"

* "Ethics Office Director Walter Shaub Resigns, Saying Rules Need To Be Tougher:"

* "Voter fraud commission may have violated law:"

* TW: Anti-Semitic Death Threats and Hate Speech. Neo-NAZI Trump supporters are threatening to murder reporters children for reporting on this. "Trump’s trolls go on the attack:"

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* I remember Skye designing an economics Unit for First Graders explaining the concept Rick Perry didn’t understand. Just saying. "Rick Perry explains supply and demand, gets it wrong:"

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* "Indiana GOP call for Obamacare horror stories backfires:"

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* "Virginia executes man for killing guard, deputy in 2006:"

* "How are there so many shootings in Chicago?:"

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* "34 Fascinating Historical Fashion Facts:"

* 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?:"

* This App phones your rep for you:

* Here is one that will send your reps a fax:

* "So, what can people do?*:"

* Want to fight Climate Change? "Ready to Mobilize? Start Here!:"

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here:

* The Rainbow Road and other ways to help Gay Refugees:

* 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.:

* 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:

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:"
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* Donald Trump continues to insist that the 17 intelligence agencies that say Russia interfered in our elections are all lying, presumably on the advice of his Russian handlers, who were proved to be in con tact with his campaign staff during the run up to the election. After all, who is he going to believe, people with actual facts or the foreign agents who got him elected as to whether foreign agents got him elected. He also insists that the evidence doesn't exist, while refusing to look at intelligence briefings containing the evidence. Since he believes if he does not look at something that doesn't exist, it begs the question: Has the President elect achieved the developmental stage of Object Permanence? Does he understand as most toddlers do that when someone plays peekaboo with him they are still there and not actually disappeared? Because the evidence exists whether he refuses to look at it or not.

* "Obama doles out punishment to Putin's Russia:"

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* "The Nixonian ways of Donald Trump:"

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* "Trump and the truth:"

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* "Trump advisor: The wealthy can't be corrupt because they're wealthy:"

* "The foolish farce surrounding 'food-stamp fraud':"

* "Trump is moving forward with plans to privatize veterans' care:"

* "In New York, Activists Prepare Bystanders To Take Action Against Harassment:"

* "Democrats seek to reset Republican gerrymandering:"

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* "10 Times Carrie Fisher Helped Those With Mental Illness:"

* "Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) Wrote Books and Had a Service Dog:"

* Today I my body was extra obnoxious. I did about half the paper bureaucracy stack The bits left are things like document hunts. It turns out my Mother's one obituary out of several that actually got uploaded is useless and my Father's never got transferred on line. I wasted more than an hour trying to find a way to get dates anyway not involving a pay wall or a fishing site. I'm pretty sure my Dad's clippings are upstairs in storage. They might as well be on the moon. My Mother's are around here somewhere. They were born in the same month and did a joint birthday so I never learned their birthdates, their birthday being celebrated as a moveable feast within the month of her birth. Apparently knowing mom's date of death and Dad's month and year of death is zero help on getting his exact death date or their birthdays. Fuck, fuck, fuck. I'm about to spend the weekend trying to figure out where her death folder is, aren't I? Which doesn't really help unless one of the documents lists his birth and death date too. Oh, and Pennsylvania's still sitting on my Birth certificate. It's well past a year now, fucking transphobes.

This on top of the usual periodic document hunt.

* I'm not 100% in agreement with all the points in here (Rogue One was less perfect and TFA less terrible than they paint them in my opinion), but I agree with a majority of it and they make some really good points. "Rogue One Succeeds Where The Force Awakens Fell Flat :"

* I fundamentally prefer characters who chose rather than are chosen. No wonder I took to Rogue One.

* TNG Rewatch, Season 5:

- The Outcast. I've talked and written about this episode a lot over the years, about how intensely it frustrated and infuriated and disappointed me, but this is the first time I've seen it since... I'm guessing in syndication at some point in the '90's so I'm tackling it again. This is the episode where they have an androgynous race, and instead of letting Riker date an Androgyne they have to make the character a woman so it can be safely heterosexual and not flip out the whiny fan boys. They could have had someone who represented people like me on TV and deliberately chickened out. They deliberately decided to make the only non-binary people I'd seen on TV transphobes, and thus oppressors while the cisfolk get to be the open minded good guys. (If you can see the problem here, you really aren't putting any thought into at all).

Fuck that. Fuck that so damned hard. I was sick of always being the villain in 1992. It is the 21st century and I am even more furious.

The thing is, it was so close to being good. There is the little scene where the character calls Riker on his pronoun use and he asks what pronoun to use. Riker mentions that "it" is rude. Unfortunately the character does not give him the gender neutral pronoun because, "it does not translate." So why not use the word from the native language? This is pretty damned good for 1992. I think this is part of why I felt so betrayed by how the episode plays out. There was the nice little scene with Riker and the pea soup and discussion of cultural differences, sex, gender, and social construction of gender roles, with the contrasting one on similar though non-soup related topics with Beverly Crusher. I actually think having the trans person asking the cis person uncomfortable questions about his personal genitals is a good way to make the awkwardness and inappropriateness weird for the cisfolk in the audience who might tend to do this to transfolk RL, again, especially in 1992 where pretty much all the real trans folk one saw on TV were sensationalized and frequently dehumanized on talk shows. I also appreciate Crusher and Troi calling Worf on his sexism and cultural chauvinism, and Worf eventually trying to make good even though Riker never knew what he had said. There was nothing wrong with the trans character coming out to Riker scene or the description of transphobic hate crimes, and Riker's clear condemnation of conversion therapy for trans folk as abusive and a violation of whatever you want to call the galactic equivalent of human rights is excellent. For the record, the person playing the trans woman acted the shit out of this and the plea for her humanity was a thing that needed saying. I just... the ending is so bad on so many levels.

Seriously, this could have been fucking brilliant (so many good things were in there), and they pissed all over it because the network was too timid to do this properly. I would have been happy with one character being trans (preferably a trans man so we still get a bi/pan Riker), but the non-binary characters not being villians, or with a non-binary love interest for an openly pansexual Riker and it being the inter species aspect creeping out the androgynes, but the way they picked to write it was right up there on worst ways to have the second half of the story run. To us back in 1992, it came off as managing to be biphobic (we didn't have the word "pansexual" yet, at least within my group of pre-world wide web friends, though that is the better word here, I think) and transphobic at the same time.

On a personal note, I was fully out androgyne with partners before this point (only sporadically out in other contexts. In 1992, I had never met another out binary person, and there was zero in the media. Trying to explain it could get exhausting at a time where there was nothing much in the way of resources, cultural awareness, and no web to look things up on. I'd heard of other people in other cultural contexts, but I'm about as white as you can get and those weren't my words to use. I'd picked androgyne for myself more than a decade previous because it was and is the best description, but I was doing it in a vacuum that is hard to explain to people born after 1990 or so. As a result, I only got into it with people who either needed to know or were people who had a reasonable chance of getting it. The number of people worth explaining to got significantly larger when I went back to college, and fully out in all contexts made sense later, but that's a whole other story), and my gorgeous cis-male partner was right in there ranting to our friends as loudly and furiously as I was. It's on my top five list of his finest relationship moments. (Right up there with the time he turned down an invitation to a wedding I was specifically disinvited to, telling them he was not going anywhere I was welcome. he didn't tell me for fear my feelings might be hurt, but his mom told me because she was proud of him and thought he ought to get credit. His mom was A+). Anyway, he got it without me having to explain it as was as disappointed and angry as I was.

- Cause and Effect. Another Groundhog Day episode. I do like that they take Crusher seriously. I know I've said this before, but I really appreciate that when female crew notice weird shit happening Picard never poopoos or gaslights them as often happens in reality. I have noticed that just generally they've really improved on the sexism since season one despite the occasional issues. I am also still confused as to why Data is allowed to play poker, given his special skills. (Same for Geordi, who can see the other side of the cards, but isn't doing it in this episode). Do they blow up the enterprise then take it back every season, or does it just feel that way?

- The First Duty. Still a very hard one to watch. Nicholas is very surface polish, the way we all were at my school. That seems appropriate, considering. This was the point the first time through that I really started wishing they'd been giving Wil Wheaton meatier things to do with Wesley, because this is so well acted. Up until this point he'd had a few decent episodes, but most of it was a writing issue, as I've said like a million times over the last two and a half decades. I am pretty sure that it was after this episode my friends and I started brain storming interesting things they could do with Wesley instead of the usual boring things the writers gave him, al of which were better in my opinion that the things they actually gave poor Mr. Wheaton to do before he was written off entirely. Seriously, the waste of it, to hire someone so brilliant in Stand By Me, who demonstrated over and over his skill by doing his level best with the material he was given, and they only gave him a handful of good scenes and a few decent episodes in the course of half a decade. (I know I keep harping on this for Mr. Wheaton and Ms. Sirtis, but at the time people really did act as if it was their fault the scripts for him, particularly in the first season and for her pretty much six out of seven years, were uneven and made really poor use of of their skills).

I still love the grounds keeper in this. I think every school has at least one. At mine we had two, a dish washer and a wood shop teacher.

- Cost of Living. Ugh. Another Lwaxana Troi episode. This holo program is even more annoying than she is. Mrs. Troi's when you get old you compromise speech was well acted and ouch.


* Suicide Crisis numbers:

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents:

* Trans Relief Project:

* "Donate to the SPLC:"

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:"

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America:

* Where to donate to help Immigrants:

* Ways to protest:

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:"

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:"

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:"

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:"

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis:

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:"
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* The invisible hand of the market is radioactive. "Oil companies dumping radioactive waste in ND:"

* "Cautious optimism on Duke coal ash clean-up:"

* "'Rape insurance' requirement stirs outrage:"

* "My Employer Shamed Me for Using Birth Control:"

* Watch Dr. Danielle Martin of Canada give a reality based smack down. "GOP senator deflated by facts from doctor:"

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* "Guns may soon be everywhere in Georgia:"

* The Republican War on Education continues. "Ohio State Rep: 'Public Education In America Is Socialism, What Is The Solution?':"

* "Oklahoma FOX Affiliate Edited Evolution Out of ‘Cosmos’ By Removing 15 SECONDS of Footage:"

* "Food stamps: Oregon becomes fourth state to avoid farm bill cuts:"

* Another reason to love Eric Holder. "It's Time to Let Felons Vote, Holder Says:"

* "Inmate wins fight tied to religion, unusual diet:"

* "New Jersey Bans Tesla to Ensure Buying a Car Will Always Suck:"

* "Patient has pioneering 3D face op:"

* "Cultural world heritage threatened by climate change:"

* "T. rex Had a Small, Cute Cousin:"

* "Researchers gain new insights into ancient Pacific settlers' diet:"

* "Archaeologists find new artifacts at Pachacamac sanctuary near Lima, Peru:"

* "Crossbow with bowstring discovered in terracotta army site's excavation:"

* "Native American city on the Mississippi was America's first 'melting pot':"

* "Shamanic figurine guarding shaft tomb discovered in Colima:"

* "Fur flies over 16th century 'rocket cats' warfare manual:"

* "The 'Fierce Black Woman' Inside You Doesn't Exis:"

* All the muppet arm waving about "Between Two Ferns" had me thinking of Nixon's "Sock it to me" too. "Debunktion Junction: Lighten up edition:"

* "22-Pound Housecat Who Trapped Owners After Attacking Baby To Get Therapy:"

* What is up with all the archaeology link spam? I finally caught up instead of running like three weeks behind.

* "The Paintings of Jason DeGraaf:"

* Come make my ex suffer for a good cause. ;) Seriously, he's a good guy and it's a good cause. "Click here to support Pushups to Benefit HERO Housing by Jason Brick:"
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* Something like 2.5-3 Million survivors need immediate help in the wake of the Typhoon, if you count all the places hit. Something like 4 million have been effected in some significant way.

Want to help?

Red Cross:
World Food Program:
Doctors without Borders:

* The super typhoon that has been so devastating to the Philippines is yet another example of what weather is like as climate change accelerates:

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* It's sounding like nothing was concluded in the talks with Iran, but they are meeting again later in the month. I'm not holding my breath.

* Is it just me or does "Morgan Jones"'s made up story about how he single handedly stormed the embassy at Benghazi to fight El Quaeda sound exactly like "The Red Rascal" on Doonesbury?

* In related news, Lindsey Graham has only released two hostages of all those appointees he's refusing to let fill important posts on the strength of "Morgan Jones"' lies, even though he claimed the only reason he was holding them up was his belief in the false testimony. Because reasons.

* Republicans continue to argue that the cost of 2.1 million per year per soldier in Afghanistan is a reasonable expense but feeding those soldier's families while they are away or the veterans when they get home is a waste of money better spent on corporate welfare to line congressional pockets. This is because Republicans believe military veterans are "takers" and lazy while millionaires should be rewarded for the hard work of being born rich as should the richest corporations and Congress people. Because reasons.

They call this "supporting the troops."

* "Wendy's OFFICIALLY Running For Texas Governor!:"

* "Americans already think a third of the budget goes to foreign aid. What if it did?:"

* "Parking dispute sparks shooting at Home Depot:"

* "Infant immune systems set on low to encourage microbiome growth:"

* "So your friend dressed up as an Indian. Now what?:"

* "Rasheen Everett Convicted In Amanda Gonzalez Andujar Murder:"

* "These Are the Next Gay-Marriage Battlegrounds:"

* "The Portrayal of Carol on The Walking Dead:"

* Attn: il_volpe:

* Ouch:
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* (TW) In Pakistan, in response to a variety of outrages against young girls, including a gang rape of a five year old, they held a day in which Imams will preach "My daughter is a blessing not a curse."

* 68 people from the town that was hit by a mudslide are still missing in Mexico. That's on top of the 97 confirmed dead from storms and flooding yesterday.

* There has been another mass shooting in a basketball court in Chicago with an assault rifle. Amoung the 13 shot is a toddler with serious head injuries and some young teens. Why didn’t you hear about it? Because the news seldom reports the mass shooting of black children, only white ones. Don't worry, Republicans continue to block background checks and all other reasonable measures to prevent slaughters of children, because they believe the right to randomly kill other people's children trumps the right of those children to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

* Food Stamps: Rhetoric vs. Reality:

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* "Woman Charged with Stabbing Roommate Who Won’t Stop Listening to The Eagles:"

* "Hawaii Molasses Spill: Better or Worse Than Oil?:"

* Janet Mock beautifully puts into words how I feel also about Chelsea Manning as well:

* "Visibility Matters: Why POC In Books Must Be *Described* As POC:"

* Housing Update: The person at Bank of Evil we were negotiating with was doing such a crap job that they replaced him. The Realtor thought we were going to sign today, but no dice again.

* Cat Milestone: LM decided she liked the heat exhaust from the lap top so much she sat on my desk for the longest pet I've ever seen her take, then fell asleep with her head on my hand the way Mache likes to. By sleep, I mean paw twitching, nose wiggling dreams.

* "Important Middle Earth Questions: Is There Chocolate In Middle Earth? :"

* The Clutch: Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

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