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* I’d feel better knowing for sure they were okay, but I’m willing to bet they’re in contact with family and I completely understand the impulse to flee to Canada, regardless of home country. "Parents 'not concerned' that Burundi robotics team may have fled to Canada:" http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/parents-not-concerned-that-burundi-robotics-team-may-have-fled-to-canada-1.3516590

* "UN delegation visits Yemen amid cholera outbreak:" http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/delegation-visits-yemen-cholera-outbreak-170724155936265.html

* "Rome hit by water rationing as Italy struggles with drought:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40704408

* "Wind-driven fires hopscotch through south of France, Corsica:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/fires-hopscotch-through-touristic-southern-coast-of-france/2017/07/25/1ec6169c-711d-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html

* <.< >.> http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163427906482/for-some-reason-the-first-reminded-me-of-the

* "New facts uncovered about Trump FBI pick, confirmation vote looms:"

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* "Trump considering replacing Sessions: reports:"

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* "Senate Republicans heedless of Obamacare repeal consequences:"

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* Time to ramp protests up! "Republicans vote to move ahead on Obamacare repeal:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/25/obamacare-repeal-vote-senate-republicans-240926

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

* "Truck-driving is a modern form of indentured slavery:" https://boingboing.net/2017/06/21/pacific-9-transportation.html

* "In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds That Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law:" http://www.theindigenousamericans.com/2017/07/16/victory-standing-rock-sioux-tribe-court-finds-approval-dakota-access-pipeline-violated-law/

* "Chechnya: Dozens of men slaughtered and buried in one night as gay purge continues:" http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/07/11/chechnya-names-of-27-men-slaughtered-and-buried-in-bloody-night-revealed-as-gay-purge-continues/?utm_source=PNFB&utm_content=BB

Here is a petition: http://petitions.pinknews.co.uk/russian-authorities-stop-the-persecution-of-gay-men-in-chechnya

Places to Donate:
https://lgbtnet.org/en
https://help.lgbtnet.org/en
https://help.lgbtnet.org/chechnya-en

* The Evolution of Bipedalism: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/162901571500/basinke-jacquez45-sinesalvatorem

* It's not helping if you didn't ask first. This is true on the small, personal scale, on the activism scale, and the Geo-political scale. Questions like, "What do you need", "Would you like me to help with that?", "What would you like me to do?", "What would be most useful for me to do?", and "How can I help you?" are magically because they not only are a subset of consent, but also let you target help when and where it is actually needed instead of just making things worse by barging into a situation without listen to the person or people you are trying to help.

On the personal scale, it is things like asking a person in mourning what they actually need instead of drowning them in food they can't store for the first two days than disappearing. Maybe what they actually need is respite child care or help with the dishes. How will you know I you didn't ask? Similarly, just grabbing someone's arm or wheelchair handles without asking is invasive and the absolute opposite of helping. Odds are you are about to knock someone off balance, make them lose step count, impede rather than facilitate, etc.. Not asking means it's about your ego or how you feel or what you want. Asking if you can help sincerely and listening to the answer, including no, is actually helping. Odds are I do want help cleaning up after the wake or carrying that stack of packages, but you don't know if you didn't ask me.

It's the same with allyship. Educate yourself. Listen to the discourse. Interrogate your biases and privilege. Listen to the people in the community you are wanting to stand with, and pay attention to what they say they need from allies. Signal boost their messages. Give the help that is asked for instead of imposing your ideas of what is best, because the people in that community have thought longer and harder on what needs to happen than even the most well meaning person can.

It's the same on the big scale too. When we invaded Afghanistan there was all this high minded rhetoric about helping women. Government programs, NGOs, and private charities all turned up with big ideas about how to "help," but it's not helping if you don't ask. Very little attempt was made to ask Afghan women what they needed, or enlist them in planning and decision making. The women we claimed to want to help were infantilized by paternalistic outsiders who never once considered that the people they were pretending to help might have their own, superior ideas as to what would actually improve things. When Jenny Nordberg came through much later and actually *gasp* asked, women said that they wanted things like full scholarships for young women from rural areas to go to school to become doctors, nurses, teachers, etc., so they could afford to train and then return where they were most needed, but that wasn't the sort of thing westerners convinced they know best would think of, because they don't know conditions on the intimate level that the women born and raised there did. I use this example, because it is on my mond lately, but there are other things in the world news this applies to.

It's not helping if you didn't ask first and you didn't listen to the answers.

* "Treasury of historic clothing revealed at Westminster Abbey:" https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jun/27/treasury-of-historic-clothing-revealed-at-westminster-abbey#img-2

* "Profiles in Tremendousness - White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci:"

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* ...And I'm out. "The Mist, Season One, Episode Five: The Waiting Room:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/the-mist-season-one-episode-five.html

* "Mansplaining, Offensive Representation, and...a Well-Written Sex Scene! Thrones Does the Impossible! :" https://www.thefandomentals.com/mansplaining-offensive-representation-well-written-sex-scene-thrones-impossible/

* "32 Things We Learned from Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak Commentary
twh-news:" http://tumblr.tomhiddlestonnews.com/post/138621139036/32-things-we-learned-from-guillermo-del-toros

* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

- a Fist Full of Datas. So in the Scotty episode they used the holodeck without anything going wrong. I think that may be a record, one whole episode with holodeck bu no injuries or dangerous malfunctions. I've been recently rewatching the HBO Deadwood, which is rather a stark contrast, as you can imagine. This version ought to be cleaned up and a little silly, as it's a child's let's pretend. Of course, TOS Tombstone (and the Hartnell Doctor Who Tombstone) haven't that excuse. Anyway, Worf is bad at pretend and also still struggling with the parent thing, and very, very Worf. I am really uncomfortable with the cartoony Mexican bandito stereotype, and I could have done without the man in dress based punchline. has anything good ever come of tampering with Data's brain? Amusing call back to the infamous data cat poem. Brent Spiner is delightful in this and it is good to see them give Marina Sirtis something worth doing. I do enjoy the conflicting value systems here as Worf struggles to deal with something entirely alien. It was good Worf actually does the riht thing with Alexander for once. Is this episode the start of Diana/Worf?

- The Quality of Life. The Beard debate... I have no idea how to feel about it. The opposition set up between feminist discourse and self expression is messy in a very Star trek sort of way and does wend us back towards the personhood theme fundamental to Data in particular and Star trek as a whole. Even though Data isn't in this particular scene, this is a Data episode and does deal with artificial life and personhood. Seriously, the season six writing is noticeably better and I appreciate the little bits of continuity like Geordi's beard. The bickering is understandable given the stress, but exhausting to watch. This episode is full of big questions: What is life? What happens in the moment between being and not being? What constitutes slavery when it comes to AI? What are the ethics around testing for sapience? Is one intelligent lifeform more valuable than another?I do like that thesolution came dp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* Things that make me go Hmmmmm..... "Trump campaign paid $50,000 to Trump Jr.'s attorney:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/15/trump-campaign-paid-jr-attorney-240592

* Lee and Moran have joined Collins and Paul in the "no" column on this iteration of ACA Repeal. Thanks to all of you who have made your voices heard. The protests worked. If these are your Congress Critters, consider calling them and thanking them, to encourage future spine in future iterations. If you have Republican Senators and/or Members of the House, please consider joining a Die In, Sit In, Town Hall Protest, one of those clever concrete things like the balloons or the paper chain things, Office protest, calling, or faxing now through end of August Recess. There is nothing stopping them from trying again except constituent anger.

* The only people benefiting from ACA repeal are the extremely rich. It's even bad for the Insurance industry. "'Simply Unworkable': Insurers Blast New Provision In Senate Health Bill:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/senate-health-bill-insurers-unworkable_us_59697eb7e4b0d6341fe9111c

* "The Fight Against the Dakota Access Pipeline Is Not Over. Here’s How You Can Join:" https://www.thenation.com/article/the-fight-against-the-dakota-access-pipeline-is-not-over-heres-how-you-can-join/

* "Recipe For A Shooting:" http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/06/13/recipe-for-a-shooting/

* TW: Rape. "She Told a Guy She Worked at an Abortion Clinic. On Their Next Date, He Raped Her.:" http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a10029357/calla-hales-abortion-clinic-rape-harassment/

* "The Uninhabitable Earth, Annotated Edition:" http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans-annotated.html

* Minimum wage: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163092032807/i-dont-believe-the-construction-of-minimum-wage

* "The Strange Story Of George Washington's Dentures & How They Ended Up In NYC:" http://gothamist.com/2017/07/07/george_washington_dentures_nyc.php

* The Car FUBAR Escalates, or what I did all afternoon while trying not to vomit: So apparently the alternator also went, but it looked like just a belt when the tow guy peered at it. This meant tow to honest Mechanic. If you are watching the expense of all this ratchet up in your head, you are experiencing my afternoon only without the heat, escalating stress and grim resignation.

Squirrel called me a Blue Cab home as I haven’t a cell phone, it was way too far to gimp even if I didn’t have an impressive amount of spinal damage, and I had the rest of the cash he’d handed me for repairs that I had not spent on the tow physically on my person. Blue cab is a glorious left wing alternative to Yellow Cab founded by ex-yellow cabbies that is cheaper and treats their employees well (Unlike Uber), and regulated (unlike Uber), and safe (unlike Uber). Today’s driver was a gorgeous larger woman with purple hair to match her clothes and some really cute arm tattoos. Seriously, I fricken love blue cab with the friendly counter culture drivers.

It turned out to be Customer Appreciation Day and the ride was free!

The rest though? Jesus fuck! So now we need to try to raise $4-500ish for this month’s car repairs as we are ALSO a month behind on Electricity because of last month’s car repairs. We can’t NOT fix it, as there is no Graveyard shift public transport for Squirrel and my disabilities make not having a car pretty much unlivable.

I hate that I keep having to beg for money, but I feel like I’m bailing a leaky boat with a sieve and we’re going to drown.

Want to help? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Oh Gods, I just realized I’m also out of B complex to go with my melitonin, and I have prescription meds waiting down town. Nothing can be done about the B Commplex, of course. *Mentally adds Pharmacy to list of places I need to call tomorrow to be for an extra week’s grace*

* I am going to be furious if the bullshit politicking at the Bolshoi robs us of a chance to see Maria Alexandrova dance as Margot Fonteyn to Vladislav Lantratov's Nureyev. She is absolutely the perfect person to embody Fonteyn, and he has really come into his own this Spring. He is ready to do it now, I think, and their dancing together is beautiful and so gloriously in sync just now. I want this Nureyev to happen so much, even if I never get to see it. Rudolph Nurayev is so important to dance and meant so much to me growing up. I want this art to exist in the world, especially right now in the era of Putin and the anti-LGBTQIA laws and persecution in Russia. It's so important that it exist, that it be done right, that it be filmed so people can see it.

* "Ed Sheeran, Bad Wigs, and Boredom! Game of Thrones is Back!:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/ed-sheeran-bad-wigs-boredom-game-thrones-back/

* Zing: http://www.twolumps.net/d/20170717.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Venezuela's currency value depends largely on one guy at an Alabama Home Depot:" https://www.pri.org/stories/2016-12-01/venezuelas-currency-value-depends-largely-one-guy-alabama-home-depot

* "Russia enjoying great success with Trump in White House:"

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* "Trump Jr collusion admission leaves Kushner exposed:"

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* "Trumpism: It’s Coming From the Suburbs:" https://www.thenation.com/article/trumpism-its-coming-from-the-suburbs/

* "Florida judge rules part of “Stand Your Ground” law unconstitutional:" https://mic.com/articles/181407/florida-judge-rules-part-of-stand-your-ground-law-unconstitutional?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.iulCayrf1

* "David O. Brown - Reexamining the Work of Police in "Called to Rise" - Extended Interview:"

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* "Kalief Browder's death reminds us of the link between depression and incarceration:" https://mic.com/articles/179150/kalief-browders-death-reminds-us-of-the-link-between-depression-and-incarceration?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=movement&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.mfzqpJZ3o

* "The EPA finally admitted that the world's most popular pesticide kills bees—20 years too late:" http://www.motherjones.com/food/2016/01/epa-finds-major-pesticide-toxic-bees/

* "Donald Trump Jr. Reminds Everyone How Incompetent His Dad's Administration Is:"

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* "The West Survives President Trump's Trip to Europe :"

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* "A Russian, an Email and an Idiot: Did Donald Trump Jr. Incriminate Himself? :"

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* "Kellyanne Conway Gives It To Stephen Straight (As In, Straight Up BS):"

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* "Stephen Stars As Donald Trump Jr. In 'Collusion':"

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* "Mr. President Wasn't Mr. Popular At The G20 Summit:"

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* "North Korea's Missiles Can Reach Alaska. Alaska Doesn't Care.:"

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* "More ‘Vanitas’ symbolism (”Black Sails”):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/161485049467/more-vanitas-symbolism-black-sails

* "28 Wild Signs From The Zoo:" http://pleated-jeans.com/2017/05/09/28-wild-signs-from-the-zoo/

* I just realized Rachael Ray and Paula Deen are not the same person. *facepalm*

* Me watching the start of Season 2 Sons of Anarchy for the first time: Don't pick the NAZIs, Hale. No matter how bad the other options are, siding with NAZIs is ALWAYS the wrong choice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "North Korea Says It Successfully Test-Fired an ICBM:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/north-korea-launches-missile-into-waters-between-korea-and-japan-1499131848

* "U.S., Russia Spar Over Approach to North Korea Threat:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-tells-north-korea-it-is-prepared-to-go-to-war-1499243864

* This is how cowardly we are in this country. It is cruel and heartbreaking and has nothing to do with real security. "Denied: Afghanistan's All-Girl Robotics Team Can't Get Visas To The US:" https://www.forbes.com/sites/hilarybrueck/2017/06/29/denied-afghanistans-all-girl-robotics-team-cant-get-visas-to-the-u-s/#3ab16187367f

* "Investigators explore if Russia colluded with pro-Trump sites during US election:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/05/donald-trump-russia-investigation-fake-news-hillary-clinton

* They thought the Declaration of Independence was Anti-Trump propaganda and thus unpatriotic. O.o "NPR Tweeted The Declaration Of Independence And Some Trump Supporters Were Offended:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/juliareinstein/we-hold-these-alternative-truths-to-be-self-evident?utm_term=.uqVqYMRxj#.dyG8emd2o

* "Court Blocks E.P.A. Effort to Suspend Obama-Era Methane Rule:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/03/climate/court-blocks-epa-effort-to-suspend-obama-era-methane-rule.html

* People love inspiration porn, but don’t like grappling with the activist. I fucking hate when people infantilize people with disabilities. "Three Big Ableist Myths About the Life of Helen Keller:" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-big-ableist-myths-about-life-helen-keller-180963793/

* "Your immigrant ancestors came here legally? Are you sure?:" http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/your-immigrant-ancestors-came-here-legally-are-you-sure-20170625.html

* "Meet the Most Feared Women in History:" http://www.messynessychic.com/2016/03/18/meet-the-amazonian-terminators-of-dahomey-the-most-feared-women-in-history/?utm_content=buffer3a0f4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "The Golden Age of Hollywood: Crash Course Film History #11:"

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* "Yu the Engineer and Flood Stories from China: Crash Course Mythology #17:"

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* Today I watched a C-SPAN recording of a Folger lecture on Shakespeare. I'll be mulling the lecture for a while, but given the location and subject matter, I couldn't help thinking of my time as a Philosophy monk. Winter's Tale, in particular always reminds me of the "Tutor" (Johnnie for Prof.) I had when we were studying it. Though I went to a number of productions in the Folgers Theater it is particularly Begger's Opera and As You Like It I associate with it, for a variety of reasons, as well as the Boy from Bethesda, who was my lover Spring of freshman year. All of this is a massive web of narrative, associations, and sense memory for me, too big and complex to get my head around at once.

I remembered so clearly the banister in front of the place we generally sat, and when they pulled back to show the audience, it was of the far side, not quite my angle, but very familiar. They did eventually pan the other way, and I could see my old seating section. The stage is so much smaller than I remember, though I was full grown when I sat in that room. In my head, the set for the Beggar's Opera seems massive and complex and exciting. I have read the play since, though never seen it. The starkness of the set behind the speaker and the smallness of the stage compared to my memory of it is such a strange thing when my scale and the design of the side seating is so spot on exact with my mental image.

Brains are weird.

* * "Killjoys, Season 3, Episode 1: Boondoggie:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/killjoys-season-3-episode-1-boondoggie.html

* All of this. "Fear The Walking Dead, Season Three, Episode Six: Red Dirt:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/fear-walking-dead-season-three-episode.html

* Snerk. Dick Cavett asked Micheal Caine about how he "lost his innocence." Michael Caine winged the question right back at him and leaned hard. Good for him. It was rude when he asked Betty Davis about losing her virginity too.

(Look, I will tell bits of the story when asked, but I also have no shame at all and I still obscure certain details even though no way does anyone I know know this guy, as the story does not reflect well on anyone involved. It's not funny or entertaining, so it rarely comes up. There is a difference between things one chooses to say in the context of friends discussing first times and aggressively questioning a stranger on National Television.)

In other news, wow, this interview is sexist and creepy on both sides.

* "This Photo Does Not Show A Guy Who Died While Masturbating During The Volcanic Eruption At Pompeii:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/craigsilverman/this-viral-pompeii-masturbator-photo-is-a-lie?bftwnews&utm_term=.toDYp5adW#.gp1lvV6Ny

* Dick Cavett Observation: The ones I've seen before are all from earlier in his career ending in maybe the beginning of the '80's. The thing I am noticing when they show an occasional interview from the '90's is how much more he talks. He did tell the occasional story in the old ones and there are the classic opening monologues most talk show hosts do still, but the focus was more on the subject. The little stories were short and mostly designed to introduce the guest, briefly prime the guest, set up a story the guest was likely to tell, or involved some past interaction with the guest. Most of his half of the conversations were things that were prone to keep the guest talking or steer towards new areas of interest. I'm noticing he's much longer winded in the later ones, more prone to ramble, things are more about him than they used to be, though he never descends to James Lipton levels of self indulgence as far as I've noticed. It's a subtle thing. Likely a slow shift from being primarily a particular sort of setting for a gem to being a full conversational partner.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "Patriotism in the age of Donald Trump:"

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* "Who is Jay Sekulow?:"

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* "Healthcare: Repeal and delay?:"

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* Resist. "House Bill Axes Monument, Opens Public Lands To Logging:" https://gearjunkie.com/cascade-siskiyou-national-monument-public-lands-logging

* "Does the DNC overlook its most loyal voters?:"

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* "Newark Police Looking For Men Who Attacked Trans Woman:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/newark-police-looking-for-men-who.html

* "Clothing and Corruption in Liberia - States of Undress:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/states-of-undress-clothing-and-corruption-in-liberia/5936fe3346a8744e4af773b4

* Sunday was frustrating. I could not at first figure out how the fixtures worked, which meant I took apart way more than I needed too. For a brief, shiny moment I actually had a working light, but foolishly decided to use a bulb to test the third fixture. In the middle, Tavy attacked and in the resulting struggle a container of tiny screws when flying, I lost track of which bulb was which, and apparently, the bulb got damaged, which it took another half hour to figure out, which means I need another bulb I have no money for and a big pile of disassembled fish lights to show for three+ hour's work. I am pretty sure I won't have money for second bill when it comes, which means picking sacrifices and devoting a whole evening to eBay soon, but not today. I wrote this whole entry once, but Tavy deleted it with a single paw, because of course.

* "Catelyn, Smart:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/160827696482/catelyn-smart

* The Dragon at the Bridge: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162505872562/xain-russell-xain-russell-dragon-halt

* That was my question too. "The Mist: Season 1, Episode 2: Withdrawal:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/the-mist-season-1-episode-2-withdrawal.html

* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

- Realm of Fear. They invited Barkley on purpose. Barkley has what looks like a panic attack or something panic attack adjacent in the transport room. (It turn out to be a phobia). I keep thinking about this: that their original response to his mental illness was not kindness and therapy, as one would expect, but group bullying that eventually required command intervention. I have trouble believing that there has been zero improvement in treatment of mental illnesses in the intervening century, and one would think Starfleet officers and the civilians on their ship would have a high incidence of PTSD and trauma just based on things we've seen happen in the series, so how is there no policy, training, and support for crewman with mental illnesses? Yes, our military is shit at this, but one would think there would have been some improvement in societal attitudes and a more compassionate and rational approach generally, but I guess not. After all, they chose to write Diana Troi as terrible at her job for no obvious reason. I am thinking this says some terrible things about Star Fleet and the federation as a whole.

Anyway, I get that they are trying to show confidence in Barkley by including him, but they decide to ignore the whole obvious signs of impending panic attack. It would seem to be kinder and more tactful to read the body language and not push him. I mean, it's the same logic that one uses when picking kids to speak in class. You want everyone to participate and feel safe volunteering, so you let the kids who have more trouble answering for whatever reason (shyness, difficulty with English, difficulty with language processing, intellectual challenge, etc.) get first crack at a question if they raise your hang and you make sure there is enough time for people who take longer to process verbal questions to work out an answer. you always call on those kids first if they do volunteer, because YOU WANT THEM TO SUCCEED. They are more likely to participate in future if when they are called on it turns out well. The goal isn't to shame them in front of their peers and catch them out. The goal is to let them show off what they know. You do not surprise a kid with Autism, or Tourettes, or anxiety (especially if you are spotting tell tale physical signs that they are struggling) or who may not have the English vocabulary to know exactly what you asked with a question when the hand isn't up. It's cruel and traumatizing someone is going to mess up the rest of their day for sure and contributes to an aversion to school. There are plenty of ways to assess if they are actually learning the things, but calling on people really isn't about that. It's about getting them used to being involved in their own learning and in discussions. It's about getting them used to speaking in front of peers. At minimum it keeps them awake, but it's mostly about things like social learning and useful skills they need for the education. That hand up in class is a building block that things like debates, whole class discussion, small group discussion, speeches, oral reports, and group presentations are made of.

My point is, Geordi thinks he's helping, but he really, really isn't. It's pretty well established by this point that Barkley has serious anxiety and a bunch of other related issues. Including him is important, but it should be a setting him up to succeed situation. Instead of pushing him to panic attack in front of a coworker in a way that the whole bridge crew knows about, include him when he's not obviously struggling and in less high stakes situations. Give him support, effective management strategies, and safety net instead of making it super high stakes which is likely to make things worse. Work up to the bigger situations. Exercise some fucking tact. I feel like knowing the people under your command and learning to warning signs of stress etc ought to be a basic command skill thing the way it is in teaching. Read the room. Know the people you have direct charge of. WTF are they teaching them in Starfleet Command School? No wonder they mutiny at the drop of a hat.

Look, I know this is actually about the McGuffin, but that doesn't excuse the systemic problems with the Starfleet Command Training and Counseling system in both ToS and TNG. Barkley tells Troi that he is afraid to get help because having a phobia will kill his career, so at minimum he's internalized negative attitudes from the culture. You know, the same way soldiers are afraid to get help in our military because the stigma really can damage careers there. So the stigma is still a thing in Starfleet culture and presumably Federation culture at large. Good to know the memo about the brain being an organ somehow still hasn't penetrated. Not. It's nice to know they haven't lost 20thcentury desensitization tech somehow, but why doesn't she explain how desensitization works first. Not doing that looks like setting him up to fail.

I do appreciate that Geordi takes Barkley seriously instead of dismissing him, which is progress. Something weird happened with the transporter on the Mystery ship, so all telemetry is important, including observation. I do not want to give the impression tat I think Geordi is some sort of monster here. I'm just saying something is systemically wrong with Starfleet training and services, and that something crops up quite a bit in one for or another in ToS and TNG. The tendency to mutiny under stress or for racist reasons (when Spock or Data is put in charge of a crew), the crappy counseling services throughout TNG and the non-existent services in ToS, command behavior around Barkley in particular, but also some other situations in ToS start to feel like a pattern, the way the lack of barrier protection against unknown biological threats is a pattern. Seriously, how many times has the refusal to take basic chemical and biological contamination precautions bit them in the ass? It feels like a lot.

The psychology on hearing symptoms of a dread disease and believing one has it does seem spot on.

For once, they actually use level five containment and take other afety precautions when it makes sense.

I am glad it worked out in the end, and I do appreciate the way Barkley was shown to be brave and resourceful in the face of his phobia and a generally dangerous life or death situation, thus saving four lives, but the bigger questions about the world building.

- Man of the People. Captain Tallmadge of the Dorian. Snerk. So Captain spy of the Good ship Famous Ridiculously Sexy Bisexual who is eternally young and kills the occasional sexual partner. On purpose or not? You decide, but I think so. The Dorian Grey imagery is apt.

Yet another another abusive slime bucket pretending to be a nice guy targets Diana Troi.

I hate these one when someone is being manipulated this way and this one is extra hard to watch because Marina Sirtis' acting is so good. In fact, when this aired the first time in 1992 I used it to prove to my friends that she really was good and it was the writing that usually sucked when it came to her character. My memory is that next season was when she really got to shine, and yes, at the time we connected the improvement in the writing of her character and the improvement in season seven scripts to Roddenberry dying in '91. Look, ToS was amazing when it was new and so many groundbreaking things happened in it, but I am am aware of both the good things he did (fighting for the inclusion of two main caste characters paid by people of colour, fighting to keep it ensemble cast, making due with next to no budget, trying to do big ideas and social comentary in the face of suits who don't get it), and a whole lot of shitty things too (I've read all sorts of things including Nichelle Nichols' autobiography and there was backstage douchebaggery and some of the crappy things that happened to the women of TNG because of sexist backstage culture and I've a belief that it wouldn't have been so systemic over so long a stretch if Roddenberry had been a feminist ally instead of the way he actually was, his writing and both ToS and TNG are pretty sexist while trying to look feminist rather like a lot of Joss Whedon things are, a whole bunch of his stuff doesn't age well for one reason or another.). I and my friends were perfectly capable of keeping both the ground breaking bits and cool characters that we liked and rational criticisms of Star Trek and Roddenberry in our heads at the same time. The thing we felt was the greatest weakness of TNG (Yes including the huge wasted potential and mishandling of Tasha, and a host of other weaknesses I've written about during this project), was the way Roddenberry's some decisions, particularly his order that their not be conflict between the main characters hampered development and natural flow of story. I'm not saying I want irrational conflict for the sake of conflict, because I hate that most. I'm just saying that it renders TNG flat. The soda (or pop depending on your coast) still tastes fine, but the fizz has gone out of it. What few conflicts there are tend to get muted, or disappeared (whither ensign Ro?). There are debates, which I've written about, like the ones are Data's personhood, or prime directive, etc., but something is missing because emotions and stakes are not allowed to run too high. It's like driving with the parking brake on, a constant drag on acceleration. There are a lot of things we liked about TNG, but there is a reason we thought season seven was the strongest and season six the next strongest, and a reason DS9 is far and away my favorite star Trek.

(I have not seen the new series coming out, but it looks good and I've great hopes for it reigniting my love for the franchise. Voyager got on my nerves for a long list of reasons I don't want to get into here, but which are definitely to do with the writing and the systematic sexism and not even a little the fault of the people doing the acting. Enterprise was so terrible I bailed very early in season one. I hate the reboots because the director fundamentally doesn't get what was good about Star Trek specifically and a long list of bad decisions that have everything to do with the script and nothing to do with the people doing an excellent job playing the characters. I really want to love this new show though and can't wait to see it. This is not an 'I hate everything new' problem. For me this is equivalent to me not liking the Star Wars Prequels, but being completely onboard with TFA and Rogue One. I want to be given something new, but that something new needs to be 1. Fundamentally Star Trek: debates and illustrations of big ideas/societal problems and grand vision for a better future with characters I really enjoy spending time with, and 2. reasonably well written and acted. The rebooted movies completely lack one, and the plots of the two I bothered with had problems so big I couldn't play along anymore).

Anyway, even though this episode is hard for me to watch and taking me places I didn't particularly want to go, they actually gave Ms. Sirtis something to do that she could really work with and I think it's the first episode where we can see the writing shaking free of the parking break. Slowly, tentatively, like the first crocus shoots poking up through melting snow. I say this even though we've had this basic plot twice before with Diana Troi (Empath man using power over people's minds unethically. In one case consensual love interest, in another a stalker/rapist obsessed with Diana, here sucking the life out of her and destabilizing her in the process. I sense a theme.), and ambassador in important negotiations covering up that he is deteriorating at least twice (Sarek and the ambassador in that extremely ableist one a season or two back). The plot is tired and predictable and thus annoying, with the bad psychiatry wandering into my triggery zone, but they are are finally giving Ms. Sirtis something to act. So mixed bag, but with a hope of something better. Something I remember very much enjoying in season seven when the writers let loose.

At least this episode is really clear on how horrible this douchebag is too (repellent and dangerous to women). He calls the women he uses non-consensually and kills "receptacles," realistically dehumanizing language who treats women as literally disposable. It was good to see Picard reacting with appropriate fury and disgust.

Is that crew woman Diana abused while under the asshole's influence okay? Is she afraid of therapy now? Is there a second counselor aboard? Trust me, even though Councillor Troi is in no way responsible for her actions while under the influence of the malevolent empathy, the trauma the Crew woman experienced is still real, and she absolutely would need a different therapist and even then building the trust would be difficult. They do not tell us.

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* "Pakistan inferno: Father's anguish as tanker dead buried:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40418969

* "Moscow Is Recalling Russia's Ambassador To The US Amid Election Controversy:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/johnhudson/moscow-is-finally-recalling-russian-ambassador-sergey?utm_term=.ejJ60VMAGk#.ioq1qlZP5L

* "US nuclear plant's computer system hacked:" http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/us-nuclear-plants-computer-system-hacked/story?id=48314345

* "Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary:" https://apnews.com/a39de0185d6844bfb0c4009b22791252

* "Trump blasts CNN as ‘fake news’ after it retracts story:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/27/trump-cnn-retracts-story-239988

* "Officials struggle to convince Trump that Russia remains a threat:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/28/politics/officials-struggle-convince-trump-russia-threat/index.html

* "Trump teases 'big surprise' on Senate Obamacare repeal effort:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/28/donald-trump-obamacare-repeal-240044

* "Manafort Discloses $17 Million in Payments for Ukrainian Work:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-28/manafort-discloses-17-million-in-payments-for-ukrainian-work

* "A Lawyer Who Helped Write The Patriot Act Is Trump’s Pick For A Top State Department Job:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/zoetillman/trump-picks-patriot-act-lawyer-for-top-state-depar?utm_term=.vxm1R6wWey#.hcGoO5dEPN

* "Trump lawyer's firm steered millions in donations to family members, files show:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/27/trump-lawyer-jay-sekulow-donations

* "Sarah Huckabee Sanders tangles with reporter at White House briefing:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/27/sarah-huckabee-sanders-brian-karem-media-attack-240016

* "Trump, EPA Move to Rescind Obama Administration’s Clean Water Rule:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-epa-move-to-rescind-obama-administrations-clean-water-rule-1498586400

* "Perry calls for climate change debate, says he doesn't know Trump's stance:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/27/rick-perry-climate-change-trump-stance-240012

* "Trump team declares all Russia stories fake news:"

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* "EPA sidelining science under Trump, Pruit:"

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* So he wants to get rid of Meals on Wheels, but thinks he deserves a 17% raise. "Chaffetz calls for $2,500 legislator housing stipend:" http://thehill.com/homenews/house/339570-chaffetz-calls-for-2500-legislator-housing-stipend

* Keep the Pressure on, Folks. "Republicans eye billions in side deals to win Obamacare repeal votes:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/26/republicans-obamacare-repeal-votes-239984

* "208,500 additional deaths could occur by 2026 under the Senate health plan:" https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/6/28/15881720/deaths-senate-health-care-bcra

* "Republicans in Missouri want to be able to keep women who use birth control from working:" https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/23/1674570/-Republicans-in-Missouri-want-to-be-able-to-keep-women-who-use-birth-control-from-working

* "Number 14- Rest In Power and Peace Ava Le'Ray Barrin:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/number-14-rest-in-power-and-peace-ava.html

* "Pro wrestling’s newest villain: 'The Progressive Liberal':"

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* "Medicaid's Last Stand:"

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* "ICE Unleashed:"

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* "The New Ground Rules At White House Press Briefings:"

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* "'Repeal And Replace' Is Being 'Delayed And Postponed':"

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* "Why Human Evolution Matters: Crash Course Big History 204:"

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* "Why Human Ancestry Matters: Crash Course Big History 205 :"

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* "Vaccines: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver :"

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* "Stephen Returns From Russia With An Apology For Trump:"

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* "Stephen Leaks Drawings Of Sean Spicer's No-Camera Press Briefing:"

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* "Stephen's Trip To Russia Was Supposed To Be Secret:"

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* Queer Dance Party:

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* "Fear The Walking Dead, Season Three, Episode Five: Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/fear-walking-dead-season-three-episode_20.html

* This was my one big problem with both versions of American Gods. (I have a handful of quibbles, but none of note). "Bilquis, Queen of Sheba, and American Gods:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/bilquis-american-gods/

* Two Days left. 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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* "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

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* "Sri Lanka's flood survivors threatened by dengue, disease: aid workers:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-disaster-diseases-idUSKBN18P1Q0?il=0

* "France's Macron holds 'frank exchange' with Putin:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40082346

* "Morocco arrests leader of Rif protest movement:" http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/morocco-arrests-leader-rif-protest-movement-170529120755386.html

* "Merkel, After Discordant G-7 Meeting, Is Looking Past Trump:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/28/world/europe/angela-merkel-trump-alliances-g7-leaders.html?_r=0

* "11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/opinion/sunday/it-was-forced-on-me-child-marriage-in-the-us.html?smid=fb-share

* "House-Passed Bill Would Devastate Health Care in Rural America:" http://www.cbpp.org/research/health/house-passed-bill-would-devastate-health-care-in-rural-america

* "This Teen's Essay on Microaggressions Is Going VIRAL:" http://www.teenvogue.com/story/teen-essay-microaggressions-viral?mbid=social_facebook

* "7 Reasons We're Quietly Letting Racists Win:" http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-were-quietly-letting-racists-win

* "The brain starts to eat itself after chronic sleep deprivation:" https://www.newscientist.com/article/2132258-the-brain-starts-to-eat-itself-after-chronic-sleep-deprivation/

* "Traditional capitalism needs "extra" people, but managerial capitalism has no use for them:" https://boingboing.net/2017/05/29/the-exterminative-impulse.html

* "Carbon pollution is suffocating ocean life and speeding up the next mass extinction:" https://thinkprogress.org/oxygen-levels-falling-2-to-3-times-faster-than-predicted-in-our-warming-oceans-7c1e9b48cd42

* "How Big Money in Politics Blocked U.S. Action on Climate Change:" http://e360.yale.edu/features/how-big-money-in-politics-blocked-u-s-action-on-climate-change

* Thanks to a generous meds donation, we wormed Tavy Button today. It was his first pill and he's only had the medicine finger a couple of times. he still fought like a demon. I managed to pin him on the bed and Squirrel pilled the poor Puggle. I had just changed the sheets, so the bed was a large field of flat black on which a pill would be easy to spot and my floor is easy to sweep wood laminate. I held him and did the throat stroke for a couple of minutes and we played with him on the bed for another five, and no sign of him having pulled Mache's old trick of hiding it under her tongue and spitting it out when we weren't looking. hard as he fought the actual pilling, he took it really well. No sulking, no hiding after. Watched me make and eat dinner, had his shoulder pet. As I type this, he's asleep in his cat cage, snuggled up with my legs in characteristic fashion. We will do LM in a day or two as she is a tad under the weather and there is less urgency since they no longer share litter and only interact on goosh day.

I suspect he came with worms, as it's super common in rescues and we haven't had them since we rescued Hector and Mache at the turn of the century. In retrospect, he was periodically making the worm smell, but since it was over a decade and a half I'd forgotten that that was the worm smell. I'll change all his litters tonight, but I'm not wanting to disturb a sleeping Tiny Terror after his bad experience.

* "Y’know, if Merlin turned that squirrel into a human it would save Camelot a significant amount of problems down the road.:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161227592652/ayellowbirds-vo-kopen-tyrantisterror

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* "Republicans Are as Tainted by the Russia Scandal as Trump Is:" https://newrepublic.com/article/142761/republicans-tainted-russia-scandal-trump

* "Oklahoma Republican Suggests Turning Kids Over to ICE If They Don't Speak English:" http://time.com/4778082/oklahoma-republican-ice-students-mike-ritze/

* Call your Congress critters if you can. "An unlikely resistance surges against Trump’s clean water threats:" http://grist.org/politics/an-unlikely-resistance-surges-against-trumps-clean-water-threats/?utm_campaign=daily&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=daily-static

* "Put Down the Pink Dumbbell:" https://medium.com/message/put-down-the-pink-dumbbell-1049400ede28

* "Against Willpower:" http://nautil.us/issue/45/power/against-willpower

* "Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts:" https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/19/arctic-stronghold-of-worlds-seeds-flooded-after-permafrost-melts

* "Florence Finch, Unsung War Hero Who Took On Japanese, Dies at 101:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/28/us/florence-finch-dead-coast-guard-war-hero.html?_r=0

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* "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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* "WaPo: Trump shares highly classified info with Russian officials:"

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* "Scarce precedent for Trump's reported leak to Russians:"

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* "Comey memo habit raises Trump obstruction questions: NYT:"

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* "Comey memo: Trump asked for end of Flynn investigation: NYT:"

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* "Exclusive: New subpoena issued in Trump associate investigation:"

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* "Trump leak to Russians violates protocol:"

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* "Swalwell: Trump can't be allowed to risk lives:"

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* "Trump EPA rejects ban on dangerous pesticide:"

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* "Screaming overheard in Cabinet Room meeting between Spicer, Bannon and Sanders after Russia intel revelation:" http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/screaming-overheard-in-cabinet-room-meeting-between-spicer-bannon-and-sanders-after-russia-intel-revelation/

* "Ex-Cop Who Refused To Shoot Young Black Man Sues City Over His Firing:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stephen-mader-police-lawsuit_us_59134b3fe4b050bdca61b335

* "The University of New Hampshire has seen a wave of racist incidents:" https://thetab.com/us/2017/05/15/unh-racism-blackface-67993

* "TSA Still Has A Problem With Trans Travelers:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/tsa-still-has-problem-with-trans.html

* A thing about two Opera fanatic ladies using their Opera obsession to save Jewish people from Hitler.: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160726222367/teashoesandhair-pageoflore

* "An Open Letter from Millennials to Rich Guys with Opinions About Avocado Toast:" http://www.gq.com/story/cado-toast-open-letter?mbid=social_facebook

* I have spent all of today trying to get the 30 finished and doing related cleaning in between rests. I did clear the area in front of Squirrel's door and since Squirrel emptied the washer, dealt with dishes. Every thing hurts and I am exhausted. I really needed an extra day for the tank as it’s actually better to do a two day process on the tank itself, but it is in place and I’ll have everything put back together by bedtime. Tomorrow I am running a Lizard Lion event, so I need to keep working. I really hope they don't inspect until Thursday, since there is no chance of me sorting the kitchen out before bed.

* "Anne Bonny is Tragic Backstories Done Right:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/anne-bonny-black-sails/

* "American Gods, Season 1, Episode 3: Head Full of Snow:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/05/american-gods-season-1-episode-3-head.html

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* "Indigenous people exposed to UK nuclear tests given healthcare aid:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-39777197

* "North Korea’s 'jangmadang generation' questions the necessity of the Party Congress :" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=13890&cataId=nk01500

* "Trump: Go back to ‘goddamned steam':"

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* "US attorney scores settlement in Russia case:"

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* "Trump behavior toward Comey likely making his lawyers unhappy:"

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* Eeeeeew! "Trump asked Comey to pledge loyalty to him:"

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* "Rough welcomes for GOP Rep., Secy. DeVos:"

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* "Elizabeth Warren on Republicans and Trump’s 'nonsense':"

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* "Why I Had to Buy My Wife's Inhaler on the Dark Web:" https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/why-i-had-to-buy-my-wifes-inhaler-on-the-dark-web?utm_source=dmfb

* ""I'm facing jail time after laughing at Jeff Sessions. I regret nothing.":" https://www.vox.com/first-person/2017/5/8/15578850/sessions-confirmation-laugh-desiree-fairooz

* TW: Suicide. "8-year-old boy was bullied before committing suicide, attorneys say:" http://www.cbsnews.com/news/young-boy-bullied-by-classmates-suicide-cincinnati/

* "Bethune-Cookman Students Are Part Of A Distinguished Heritage Of HBCU Protest:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/bethune-cookman-students-are-part-of.html

* Fuck D. L. Hugely. I remember when he went around insisting that LGBTQIA people didn't deserve even basic rights because not enough of us had been beaten and murdered yet. No word on how many more of us he wanted to be killed before he'd consider us worthy of being considered people, but I haven't heard an apology and I haven't forgotten how cruel, hateful, and dehumanizing that was. He is not an icon of the progressive left, he is a homophobe; just as Gloria Steinem isn’t a feminist, he is a Transmysognist.

* " What you will" The fluidity of gender is no 21st-century idea. In Twelfth Night, writes Dr Will Tosh, gender is what you make of it.:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/160602115847/what-you-will

* "The Trump administration deleted the EPA’s climate change website. So, Chicago published it instead.:" https://mic.com/articles/176472/chicago-adds-epa-climate-change-page-deleted-by-trump-administration-to-city-website?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=future&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.8mafEgxwO

* So affluent white people went to a community of colour to lie to them about vaccines in the middle of an epidemic in the hopes their children will be infected with a deadly disease. They don't frame it like that, but that sure is what it looks like to me. "Anti-vaccine groups blamed in Minnesota measles outbreak:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/08/health/measles-minnesota-somali-anti-vaccine-bn/

* Help save the National Parks from 45: http://fiftysevenacademics.tumblr.com/post/160610175875/public-comment-on-trumps-executive-order-to

* Tw: Dead Animals. "South Florida python hunters bag a ton of snakes — cost-effectively:" http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article149798804.html

* "This Is the Best Dinosaur Fossil of Its Kind Ever Found:" http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/06/dinosaur-nodosaur-fossil-discovery/

* "During the English Civil War, Lady Mary Bankes defended a castle from over 200 attackers with only five men under her initial command:" https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/08/14/priority-english-civil-war-lady-mary-bankes-defended-castle-200-attackers-five-men-initial-command/

* "Donny Goes to School:"

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* "Djimon Hounsou - Changing Up Well-Known Stories with "King Arthur"- Extended Interview:"

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* "Between the Scenes - Trump's Dictator Tendencies:"

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* "The All-Male Panel on Women's Health:"

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* "The Kentucky Derby Was Eerily Reminiscent Of The Election:"

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* "What Ambulances Will Look Like Under Trumpcare:"

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* "Good Omens aborts the Apocalypse :" https://www.thefandomentals.com/good-omens-apocalypse/

* "The Ballad Of Captain America’s Disapproving Face:" http://sodiumflare.tumblr.com/post/160601771130/daredevilmeme-scarletmemewitch

* "American Gods, Season One, Episode Two: The Secret of Spoon:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/05/american-gods-season-one-episode-two.html

* "American Gods Dials It Up for Episode 2:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/american-gods-1x02/

* "American Gods begins to show its subtle changes:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/american-gods-begins-show-subtle-changes/

* "Guardians 2 Is The Most Emotionally Deep Marvel Movie To Date:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/guardians-2-review/

* This is Brilliant. "The True Meaning of 42:" https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/160579237257/stripeycrayons-i-have-been-deeply-in-love-with

* "Torchwood Is Getting a Fifth Season—But Only in Audio Form:" http://io9.gizmodo.com/torchwood-is-getting-a-fifth-season-but-only-in-audio-f-1795014355

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* "Trump risks emboldening despots with praise:"

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* "23 Environmental Rules Rolled Back in Trump’s First 100 Days:" https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/02/climate/environmental-rules-reversed-trump-100-days.html?_r=0

* "Trump Adviser Kushner’s Undisclosed Partners Include Goldman and Soros:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-adviser-jared-kushner-didnt-disclose-startup-stake-1493717405

* "The GOP has a pre-existing condition:"

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* "Rape victims often pay nearly $1,000 for medical treatment:" https://mic.com/articles/175011/rape-victims-often-pay-nearly-1-000-for-medical-treatment#.IQ1I7lB0O

* Want to resist the end of net neutrality?: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/160250205836/kedreeva-amy-reblogs-thistherapylife

* "Things People With Anxiety Are Afraid to Tell Their Friends:" http://www.teenvogue.com/story/things-people-with-anxiety-are-afraid-to-tell-their-friends?mbid=social_facebook

* "World's oldest dental fillings found in Italy:" http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/04/07/Worlds-oldest-dental-fillings-found-in-Italy/7301491595712/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=2

* "Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Details of His Son’s Birth & Heart Disease:"

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* "W. Kamau Bell - Tackling Tough Ideas in "The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell" :"

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* "Kim Jong-Un Fires A Promposal At Trump:"

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* "Stephen Colbert Goes One-On-One With Trump:"

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* "This Monologue Goes Out To You, Mr. President:"

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* "Trump On The Civil War: 'Why?':"

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* "Beslan school siege: Russia 'failed' in 2004 massacre:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39586814

* "18 Syrian Fighters Allied With U.S. Are Killed in Coalition Airstrike:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/13/world/middleeast/syrian-fighters-airstrike-american-military.html?_r=0

* "US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/afghanistan-isis-moab-bomb/

* "British spies were first to spot Trump team's links with Russia:" https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/13/british-spies-first-to-spot-trump-team-links-russia

* "British intel agency reported Trump campaign Russia ties: Report:"

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* 45 is holding the Health Care System hostage for Tax Cuts for the 2%. 45 hates working Americans so much, his current plan is to bankrupt hospitals and collapse the entire American health care system by cutting off all government health care payments until Trumpcare passes and 24 million people lose their insurance to pay for the tax cut for the richest 2% he is demanding.

Seriously folks. Congress is on recess. Not only are there the Saturday tax day protests all over, but now is an excellent time to turn up at town halls and Congress Critter's district offices, and/or call to insist health care should be a right. Do not forget to thank Congress critters who are displaying back bone on this topic as we know how apt their spines are to jellify if we don't keep on them.

* "Trump privately signs anti-Planned Parenthood law:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/donald-trump-planned-parenthood-money/

* "After Campaign Exit, Manafort Borrowed From Businesses With Trump Ties:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/us/politics/paul-manafort-donald-trump.html

* "Oppressor Kenneth Adkins Found Guilty Of Eight Child Molestation Counts:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/04/oppressor-kenneth-adkins-found-guilty.html

* "Rep. Lewis to Dems: 'Keep the faith':"

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* "Sanders: Dems win if we mobilize & educate:"

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* "ICE targets mother with no criminal record for deportation:"

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* "Arkansas plans blitz of eight prisoner executions over ten days:"

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* "Portland to sue Trump administration:"http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/04/portland_to_sue_trump_administ.html

* "What’s at Stake in Trump’s Proposed E.P.A. Cuts:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/climate/trump-epa-budget-cuts.html

* "First Judge Killed in Chicago History by Gun Violence He Fought" http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/10/first-judge-killed-in-chicago-history-by-gun-violence-he-fought.html

* Please signal boost latest out of Chechnya: http://butlerbookbinding.tumblr.com/post/159562062074/news-about-chechnya-0413

* "20 years to save the planet, carbon emission experts warn:" http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/world-zero-carbon-emissions-before-2040-two-decades-climate-change-global-warming-greenhouse-gases-a7682001.html

* Rest In Peace Charlie Murphy.

* ...And the foot thing is postponed til nearly the end of the month. It is nobody's fault. A family emergency on the part of my doctor requiring travel. I really wanted to get it over with and the reschedule doesn't give me the weekend to recover, but family absolutely does come first and it's better she go. I managed to resprain the ankle I mildly sprained... whichever day it was I scored the starts. It's bad enough I'm using the crutch around the houe and it's not the ankle attached to the foot I cut open, which means I'd likely have had to get the wheel chair out if they had been cutting my foot open in a few hours. It is very annoying that my ankles sprain themselves when I'm just shuffling around, but it's an ex athlete thing. That decade I spent distance running over rough terrain and concrete and endlessly injuring them when I was young, coming back to haunt me. I don't have a lot of cartilage and they are fragile. I'm lucky I never hurt myself dancing. That's a good way to take out a knee, for example. I knew athletes who started knees surgeries in high school. The running destroyed my ankles and the AS is gnawing my spine and hip joints, but my knees are doing pretty well given the pounding I gave them with the running and dancing and Wing Chun.

* National Poetry Month:

"Loreena McKennitt– The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159545273428/loreena-mckennitt-the-highwayman-by-alfred

TW: Mental Illness. "For John, Who Begs Me Not To Inquire Further by Anne Sexton:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159546997589/for-john-who-begs-me-not-to-enquire-further-by

* I don't normally post dragon cave here, but I just had five eggs die, and I'd like these to live, so please click: Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

* TOS Rewatch, Season 1:

- "Devil in the Dark:" This one starts pretty well, actually. The set is above average, they quickly establish the terror of the miners and create suspense. The first death is before the credits. It's so weird when ToS is actually competently executed. Of course, it's an all human sausagefest in the mines because in the Federation only men mine as was established in the first Harvey Mudd episode, and ToS is extremely human centric even by later star Trek standards. I don't know how to feel about Kirk and Spock exchanging positions on the Horta. Nimoy's performance really is haunting. There is a reason this one is on most favorite episodes list, because this one really does work as an entertainment and a message.

- "Errand of Mercy:" A cold war episode. Prime Directive? What Prime Directive. Let's go introduce ourselves to a Medieval tech planet and damn the consequences. Yes, I know there is more going on than meets the eye, but the Feds and the Klingons don't know that. When the locals point out they are not really being given a choice they aren't wrong. For all the pretty talk from the Feds they are colonizers here, just politer ones than the Klingons. They consider themselves in a position to judge whether this culture is worthy. Kirk's fury at pacifism and his foolishness in somehow not being aware that bugs and hidden cameras are a thing even though that's old tech when these shows were made and I doubt the Federation has completely lost the skill to make and use surveillance tech. Why even would you send Kirk on this mission given how completely incapable of impulse control he is and how he doesn't do any diplomacy that doesn't involve sticking his Dick in something. I do get that they are poking at the idea of how similar or different Feds and Klingons are but it's just slow and clunky, especially compared to the much easier to watch horta episode right before it.

* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

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* April 30 2017, 2pm
April 14 2017, 6pm
May 1 2017, 10am
June 1 2017, 12pm

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* "Russian arrested in Spain 'over mass hacking':" http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39553250

* "Each Person Who Died in Syria Today Has a Story We’ll Never Know: I Don’t Know How to End the War, But We Must Accept More Refugees:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/159430046272/each-person-who-died-in-syria-today-has-a-story

* "Trump camp unclear on Syria mission's result:"

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* "Spammer's arrest eyed for Trump Russia ties:"

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* "Sen. Cory Booker: Trump 'playing footsie with Russia':"

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* "Not so easy: GOP frets over special elections:"

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* Sean Spicer claimed that Hitler didn't use sarin gas against "his own people," unlike when Assad used it against "innocent people." O.o

* "Mulvaney will order agencies to plan for big cuts:" https://www.axios.com/mulvaney-will-order-agencies-to-plan-for-big-cuts-2352708352.html

* "Trump Preparing Order to Expand Offshore Oil Drilling:" https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-06/trump-said-to-ready-order-to-expand-oil-drilling-in-u-s-waters

* "Trump seals deal on new Supreme Court confirmation standard:"

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* I decided I would likely never fly again after last time for health reasons. I simply am not well enough for 24-36 hour sagas involving long layovers requiring sleeping on airport floors and being jammed like a sardine into coach, not even for funerals for the last two family member i have left. Watching TSA intimately grope a twelve year old under the new extra intrusive guidelines confirmed this decision as I'm a member of two minorities that get extra scrutiny which makes every checkpoint an adventure. I worry some airline employee will have me no fly listed because they don't like which bathroom I use and I'll get stranded mid-country with no way home. I worry each time they will confiscate my meds instead of just interrogating me extensively about them while I get to stand there in pain explaining cf carrier and AS to them. I hated the old part downs as I don't like strangers touching me and I'm required to not hit these particular strangers. Watching the new more intrusive version I know I simply can't do it. Not even once, let alone the multiple times required for cross country travel.

And now the airlines have a policy of randomly selecting old men to be brutally beaten and dragged off planes, not for any crime, but to make room for last minute employee travel. United Airlines insists it was the old man’s fault they decided to have four thugs randomly beat him unconscious for their convenience and out of reflex the Chicago PD, which wasn’t even involved, is lying about what happened to blame the victim as well instead of arresting the thugs for their unprovoked assault, because the Chicago PD always backs thugs in authority over the rights of the victims. Fuck that! Fuck all of that. I love flying, but I want nothing to do with what it’s become.

* "Chechnya has opened concentration camps for gay men:" http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/04/10/chechnya-has-opened-concentration-camps-for-gay-men/

* Medieval hygiene: https://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/159447054813/torn-by-dreams-rosslynpaladin

* "Into the Badlands, Season Two, Episode Four: Palm of the Iron Fox:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/04/into-badlands-season-two-episode-four.html

* "Supernatural, Season 12, Episode 17: The British Invasion:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/04/supernatural-season-12-episode-17.html

* "Sunday Sweets BRINGS CAKE To The Library!:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/4/9/sunday-sweets-brings-cake-to-the-library.html

* National Poetry Month:

e.e.cummings: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159432504324/ee-cummings

"Charles Baudelaire’s The Abyss:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159434354580/charles-baudelaires-the-abyss

"Dylan Thomas reads “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159470306194/dylan-thomas-reads-do-not-go-gentle-into-that

"Destruction By Charles Baudelaire:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159472047430/destruction-by-charles-baudelaire

* I don't normally post dragon cave here, but I just had five eggs die, and I'd like these to live, so please click: Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

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* "'Careening incompetence' of Trump administration risks crisis:"

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* "White House story on Bannon NSC move perplexes:"

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* "Senators demand answers on new EPA policy:"

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* So not only is Gorsuch out right lying in his commercials that he is backing the poor and minorities against corporations when the exact opposite is true, but he's a literal plagarist on a fairly large scale hich rather undermines his intellectual claims.

For serious, call your Senators and encourage them to block or stand firm if they are already blocking this nomination if you are able to. (I know some people can't for a variety of reasons). Remember, he believes that corporations have first amendment rights that Trump those of mere human employees. He is worse than Scalia and will likely live a very long time. Remember that if Democrats cave now, it will enshrine the idea that it is completely acceptable to refuse to even consider nominee by an opposing party so as to steal a nomination, as the Republicans have done in this case. If they kill the filibuster, they kill it. Better to fight and die on the moral high ground than roll over in expectation that they will keep using the threat every single time. Rolling over now for a vague promise we know Republicans won't keep next time is only making things worse.

* "Black activists warned us that Sessions would launch an assault on civil rights. That moment looks like it’s here.:" https://mic.com/articles/173086/jeff-sessions-is-doing-exactly-what-we-thought-he-would?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.oi8AYMxes

* Need I mention that the Susan Rice distraction is nonsense from a conspiracy theorist who made his living slandering Hillary Clinton in the '90's. He's literally known for making things up to attack women. Everybody with a clue how things work is not surprisingly calling the accusations nonsense. I'm unlikely to say more than it's a deliberate distraction to distract from literal treason in the White House. Keep your eyes on the ball folks.

* 45 is backing Bill O'Reilly on his serial sexual depredation on female employees. Is anyone surprised? No word on what Bill Cosby thinks. For the record: I believe the women in both the O'Reilly and Trump cases.

* "Coat Hangers And ODs: Life Before Abortion Was Legal:" http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2477-pe-illegal-abortion-life-as-woman-before-roe-vs.-wade.html

* I love this protest. "Dutch men hold hands to protest against homophobia:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39505692

* Contains an interview about Dr. Willie Parker about access to abortion in the South. "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah :" http://www.cc.com/episodes/1h3yqu/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-april-3--2017---willie-parker-season-22-ep-22088

* "Sean Spicer: Kindergarten Press Secretary:"

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* "Trump Shirks His Commander-in-Chief Duties:"

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* "Like America, Turkey Is Also Burning:"

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* "Is Jared Kushner the Real President?:"

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* "Marijuana: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:"

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* "You're! Not! Helping!:"

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* "Heir to the White House Throne:"

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* "We Told You So: Russian Hacking:"

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* The cherry blossoms are out. They always remind me of My Soldier. We fell in love in Winter. We were young and he had not enlisted yet. He had long dark hair, and though his mother was white, he looked Native like his father. He wore a long grey coat and a fedora. I know, I know, fedoras are now a universal sign of assholery, but in 1990, the hat was unusual and quirky. With his long coat and his ling hair, the hat gave him a unique, vaguely 19th century look. He hated shoes even mor that I do, and had these huge feet with long toes he used like extra fingers. I picture him in Winter dressed like that, barefoot in the snow for the dash from his house to his mother's car, unwilling to put on shoes for the brief trip, as he always drove barefoot.

The street where he lived in 1991 was lined on both sides with cherry trees. They were intriguing shapes in Winter, lichen covered and Gothic. In spring they would burst forth into pink glory and the petals would rain down slowly, and cling to his feet, half crushed. The symbolism is not lost on me. He died in full flower, beautiful, and far too young.

Cherry blossoms forever remind me of him. Barefoot. Beloved. Missed.

* Corrected Headlines: http://butlerbookbinding.tumblr.com/post/159223256249


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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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* "Helene Cooper - How Liberia Got a Woman in Office in "Madame President":"

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* "Fired US attorney at nexus of multiple Trump scandals:"

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* "Cyprus helping US in Manafort finances investigations:"

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* "Trump aide Manafort's money trail traced through Cyprus accounts:"

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* "Trump aide Manafort's real estate deals raise suspicion:"

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* "Sen. Ed Markey: Trump is attacking science:"

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* If you have time, energy, and ability, now is a good time to call your congress critter or turn up at a town hall to protest the draconian budget designed to literally starve children and the elderly while granting yet moe tax cuts for the 2%, the Gorsuch nomination (Senate only), and Republican all out assault on the environment. If your critters are on the right side of history, thank them and ask them to stand firm.

* "Trump Determined to Destroy More Than Just America:"

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* "MEAL Team Six: How to Save Meals on Wheels:"

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* "Blacklight on American Democracy - Devin Nunes's Shady-But-Legal Activities:"

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* "Coach Paul Ryan Explains His March Madness Loss:"

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* "Trump On American Healthcare: When You Love Something, Let It Explode:"

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* "Jared Kushner, Chief White House Nepotism Beneficiary:"

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* "This Diagram Shows Nunes' Conflict Of Interests In Investigating Trump:"

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* "Théoden Makes a Choice and Éowyn is Chosen as The Two Towers Returns to Rohan:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/theoden-choice-eowyn-chosen-lotr-reread/

* "Into the Badlands: Season 2, Episode 2: Force of Eagle's Claw:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/03/into-badlands-season-2-episode-2-force.html

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* "Viral, Irish senator standing up to Trump:"

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* More things to make you go hmmmm about the Preet Bharara firing. Deutsche Bank is the single largest lender to Donald Trump. Preet Bharara was investigating Deutsche Bank for a massive money laundering scheme that aided the Russian oligarchs who benefit from Putin's Kleptocracy and have "business ties" with Donald Trump. Firing Mr. Bharara and replacing him with Roger Ailes' attorney is likely to end that investigation.

* "The shocking firing of Preet Bharara:"

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* "24 million would lose insurance under GOP health plan: CBO:"

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* Bernie Sanders is out still being Bernie! "How GOP health plan would affect poor in West Virginia:"

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* "Environmental activists slam Trump’s EPA:"

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* "Tragedy of ‘Time: The Kalief Browder Story’:"

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* "Muslim Marine Tayyib Rashid is offering to stand guard for Jewish cemeteries, synagogues in Chicago:" https://mic.com/articles/169952/this-muslim-marine-is-offering-to-stand-guard-for-jewish-cemeteries-synagogues-in-chicago?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=movement&utm_campaign=social#.fe6E8oDDw

* "The Existence Of Trans Women Is Not Up For Debate, Period:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-existence-of-trans-women-is-not-up.html

* "Casa Ruby Vandalized:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/casa-ruby-vandalized.html

* I said this would be a marathon and not a sprint, but it's always harder living it than imagining it. The dismantling of the already inadequate protections on our civil rights and liberties has been relentless as well as an incredible amount of basic institutions we need to function in a modern society all in under two months. It's depressing to see so much progress roll back so quickly and the constant effort and vigilance required to resist is exhausting. I said back in November that we need artists and comedians and musicians too. This is why. When it is darkest, we must find and savor our moments of delight. I know this is an old song, with a loooong history in the labour movement particularly, but the sentiment it expresses seems to fit this struggle as well as it has so many in the past. Hang in there folks. Keep resitsing, but never forget to feed your heart an spirit too. "Joan Baez- Bread and Roses:"

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* "Can we please let historical women be historical?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/158350364122/can-we-please-let-historical-women-be-historical

* "Fascinating Aida - The Market:"

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* "Fascinating Aïda's post-Brexit song - So Sorry Scotland:"

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* I'm likely a hundred under on bills this month, but housing is safe until Fall.

* Where was I Monday? Squirrel and I had a thing we needed to go too, and I was so tired when I got back, I just ate and went to bed. Apologies for the radio silence.

* "No Marvel, You Can't Retcon HYDRA from Nazism and Expect Us to Buy It:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/no-marvel-you-cant-retcon-hydra-from-nazism/

* "The Walking Dead, Season Seven, Episode Thirteen: Bury me Here:" www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/03/the-walking-dead-season-seven-episode_13.html

* This really appeals to my sense of camp. "Ken Day Come-Ons: The Squelching:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/3/13/ken-day-come-ons-the-squelching.html

* "Sunday Sweets: 10 Kids' Cakes The Adults Will Want, Too:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/3/12/sunday-sweets-10-kids-cakes-the-adults-will-want-too.html

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* "Montenegro: Russia involved in attempted coup:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/21/europe/montenegro-attempted-coup-accusation/

* Daesh burnt the museum in Mosul including the rare books room. "Rubble and ash in Mosul museum retaken from Islamic State:" http://www.ocregister.com/articles/islamic-746015-state-mosul.html

* "Revised executive order bans travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from getting new visas:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/new-executive-order-bans-travelers-from-six-muslim-majority-countries-applying-for-visas/2017/03/06/3012a42a-0277-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_trumpban-1017a-tabphonenews%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.bd6249b4a0ac

* "Businessman with links to Russia and Donald Trump dies in unexplained circumstances:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/ukranian-businesman-russia-and-donald-trump-dies-michael-cohen-michael-flynn-donald-trump-vladimir-a7612866.html

* "Pence story on Flynn impossible to believe:"

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* "50 days of 'facts':"

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* "Abrupt Trump purge of US attorneys raises questions:"

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* "Former Reagan Aide: “Trump is decimating State Dept…to force military solutions”:" http://shareblue.com/former-reagan-aide-trump-is-decimating-state-dept-to-force-military-solutions/#.WL3B8OmNUtY.twitter

* "Donald Trump’s Worst Deal:" http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/13/donald-trumps-worst-deal

* Someone really ought to read 45 "The Boy who Cried Wolf."

* Looks like the targeted reprisals are starting. "Khizr Khan cancels Toronto trip after being told his travel privileges are being ‘reviewed’: reports:" http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/khizr-khan-forced-to-cancel-toronto-trip-after-being-told-his-travel-privileges-are-being-reviewed/

* "In Trump’s ‘Maternity Leave’ Plan, The Devil — and the Stereotypes — Are In the Details:" https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/trumps-maternity-leave-plan-devil-and-stereotypes-are-details

* "Leashes Come Off Wall Street, Gun Sellers, Polluters and More:" https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/us/politics/trump-deregulation-guns-wall-st-climate.html?_r=0&referer

* "Privately run immigration detention is so violent that prisoners beg to be kept in solitary:" https://boingboing.net/2017/03/11/captive-audience.html

* "‘Economic terrorism’ bill would toughen penalties on protesters who block roads, damage property:" http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article136241788.html

* "After Decades In The U.S., NY Immigrant With Years-Old Pot Conviction Faces Deportation:" http://gothamist.com/2017/03/03/trump_deportation_ice.php

* "The Creators Of TrumpCare On TrumpCare: 'Don't Call It TrumpCare':"

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* "Maz Jobrani Has Been Directly Impacted By Trump's Travel Ban:"

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* "China's Trump-Branded Massage Parlours Rub Stephen The Wrong Way:"

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* "ASoIaF Re-Read: The Princess in the Tower, AFFC:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/157527809417/asoiaf-re-read-the-princess-in-the-tower-affc

* "The Expanse Escalates Even Further:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/the-expanse-s02-e07/

* "Penny Dreadful, Season 3, Episode 4: A Blade of Grass:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/05/penny-dreadful-season-3-episode-4-blade.html

* "Themes Urban Fantasy Needs to Explore:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/03/themes-urban-fantasy-needs-to-explore.html

* "Storytelling Through Costume: The Badass Black Tank Top Walks the Line:" http://www.tor.com/2017/03/08/storytelling-through-costume-the-badass-black-tank-top-walks-the-line/

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* "Abortion in Ireland: The fight for choice - BBC News:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39183423

* "Northern Ireland Woman Sentenced Over Self-Induced Abortion:" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/04/107798/northern-irish-woman-self-induced-abortion-news?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post

* "Sexist MP argues women should "earn less” because they’re inferior — and gets shut down:" https://mic.com/articles/170234/watch-this-european-lawmaker-obliterate-another-who-said-women-must-earn-less?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.LrRVzz73H

* "Poisoned River:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/poisoned-river/5888ca17f46523d027f95e11

* "The Urban Rez:" https://video.vice.com/en_ca/video/the-urban-rez-1-349/5888c9b7f46523d027f95e10

* "Russian Hackers Said to Seek Hush Money From Liberal Groups:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-06/russian-hackers-said-to-seek-hush-money-from-liberal-u-s-groups

* "Trump has set the US up to botch a global health crisis:" http://www.vox.com/2017/3/4/14803596/trump-pandemic-response-global-health-cdc

* "Rep Swalwell makes case for independent Trump Russia inquiry:"

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* "Putin animosity for Clinton stems from role at State Department:"

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* "Trump, Tillerson weaken State Department as Putin would want:"

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* "Truth closer on Trump camp pro-Russia influence on GOP platform:"

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* "Signs of continuing Russia influence in US raise alarm:"

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* "Trump leaves State Department out of Mexico meeting:"

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* "Fmr Ambassador Fried: West at lowest we've seen since the 1930s:"

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* Is anyone surprised? "Flynn was a foreign agent during the campaign:"

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* So basically the government will have less revenue and there will be less enforcement against rich tax cheats like Trump and his friends. "Under Trump, an Already Depleted I.R.S. Could Face Deep Cuts:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/trump-mnuchin-irs.html?_r=0

* "New EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Is Balking at Trump’s Big Budget Cuts:" http://finance.yahoo.com/news/epa-chief-scott-pruitt-balking-124100391.html

* "Home Alone in the Trump Administration:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/opinion/home-alone-in-the-trump-administration.html?smid=tw-nytopinion&smtyp=cur

* "Interior secretary Ryan Zinke rides a horse to work:" http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/02/interior-secretary-ryan-zinke-rides-a-horse-to-work-.html

* "White House proposes steep budget cut to leading climate science agency:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/03/white-house-proposes-steep-budget-cut-to-leading-climate-science-agency/?utm_term=.659fd75332ab

* "Chaffetz 'cell phone or health care' remark boosts opponent:"

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* "Bernie Sanders sounds off on Trumpcare:"

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* "Carville: It won't be easy to sell 'Chumpcare':"

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* "No, Paul Ryan, there's no 'death spiral':"

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* "Poverty in the developed world doesn’t look like a refugee child with flies on their face.

It looks like a normal person in normal clothes, in a normal apartment, with their bills spread out on the kitchen table, crying."
http://sodiumflare.tumblr.com/post/158169945275/daftpunk-delorean-jumpingjacktrash

* "Some GOP lawmakers’ block-everything mentality could imperil big-picture plans:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/some-gop-lawmakers-block-everything-mentality-could-imperil-big-things/2017/03/04/ca60b436-005b-11e7-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.0c1800be5645

* "TSA's new "pat-downs" are so invasive, airports are pre-emptively warning cops to expect sexual assault claims:" http://boingboing.net/2017/03/06/a-date-with-doctor-jellyfinger.html

* "Hawaiian Sovereignty:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/hawaiian-sovereignty/5888c9e9617e8f2d5c71fae3

* "Deportation of grandmother leaves a San Diego military family reeling:" http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-grandmother-deportation-20170304-story.html

* "Happy International Women's Day 2017:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/happy-international-womens-day-2017.html

* "Moni's SB 6 Opposition Testimony:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/monis-sb-6-opposition-testimony.html

* "Sex Positions or CIA Code Names?:"

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* "The GOP Still Hasn't Figured Out Health Care:"

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* "Ivanka Trump's Fake Feminism:"

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* "That Was the Week that WTF:"

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* "Full Frontal Insta-vestigation: Scott Walker Is A Human Garbage Disposal:"

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* "Trumpcare Bill: Nasty, Brutish and Short:"

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* "TSA Airport Pat-Downs Are Getting WAY More Intimate:"

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* "Republicans Release New Health Plan, And We're All Going To Die:"

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* "Ben Carson Wants To Put Something Inside Your Head:"

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* "White People Are Having a Good Time in America:"

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* "Trump Doesn't Seem to Remember "The Forgotten Man":"

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* "TrumpCare, Russian Ambassadors And Other Things Bad For Your Health:"

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* "The Creators Of TrumpCare On TrumpCare: 'Don't Call It TrumpCare':"

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* I managed to sort out the garden as I was intending to do before the snows. I cleared out the dead foliage and shifted things around so pots with current plants get the best sun as I need to do periodically. Crocuses are up and it looks like hyacinths are on the way. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/158201603292/i-managed-to-sort-out-the-garden-as-i-was

* "Supernatural, Season 12, Episode 14: The Raid:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/03/supernatural-season-12-episode-14-raid.html

* "The Walking Dead Clears my Skin, Waters my Crops with a Richonne-centric Episode:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/walking-dead-clears-skin-waters-crops-richonne-centric-episode/

* "Depicting Child Characters:" http://mythcreants.com/blog/depicting-child-characters/

* "LGBT+ Representation Should Not be a Zero-Sum Game:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/lgbtq-representation-not-zero-sum-game/

* "Taboo Was Good But Not Up To My Expectations:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/taboo-good-not-expectations/

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

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

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

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