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* I am not and have never been a fan of the house of Hanover/Windsor, am no fan of monarchy, and I side eye modern royals just generally, but I do honestly appreciate Prince Harry talking about seeking psychiatric help for dealing with his grief at the loss of his mother, because any fucking thing we can do to destigmatize getting psychiatric help is important.

* "Scotland just generated enough renewable energy to power itself for six days:" http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/scotland-renewable-wind-energy-power-electricity-three-million-homes-118-per-cent-of-households-a7855846.html

* "'Unprecedented' outbreak of dengue fever plagues Sri Lanka:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/health/sri-lanka-dengue-fever/index.html

* "Rola Hallam - How CanDo Is Responding to the Health Care Crisis in Syria - Extended Interview:"

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* "Trump boy scout Jamboree speech angers parents:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40715185

* "The 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Donald Trump's hyper-political speech to the Boy Scouts:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/politics/donald-trump-boy-scouts-speech/index.html

* It’s not over and the ruling is not all bad. Do not deregister. We need to vote these people out. "U.S. judge allows Trump election commission to seek voting data:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-vote-idUSKBN1A92HX

* "Trump's faint praise for Sessions: 'Time will tell':" http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-rips-jeff-sessions-being-very-weak-clinton-leakers-n786211

* "AP sources: Trump speaks to advisers about firing Sessions:" https://www.apnews.com/966ae4f389064b2b90d84b03d260730e/AP-sources:-Trump-speaks-to-advisers-about-firing-Sessions

* "Jeff Sessions Is Growing ‘Pissed’ at Trump, His Allies Say. And He Doesn’t Plan to Quit.:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/jeff-sessions-is-growing-pissed-at-trump-his-allies-say-and-he-doesnt-plan-to-quit

* "Top Senate Democrat warns Trump over replacing Sessions to derail Russia probe:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-sessions-schumer-idUSKBN1AA25P

* "Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch's firm cited in money-laundering case:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/24/jared-kushner-new-york-russia-money-laundering

* "What's dangerous about a compromised person in public office:"

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* Contains Ableist and fat shaming language as well as the original death threat. "Sen. Reed on hot mic: I think Trump is crazy:"

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* "Warren: It's up to us to say 'no deal' on GOP health/tax plan:"

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* "Democrats fight for time and transparency on gop health/tax bill:"

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* John McCain's words were very pretty, but it's his actions that count.

* "What’s next for the Senate Republicans’ effort to repeal Obamacare, in one flowchart:" https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/24/16019984/obamacare-repeal-republican-flow-chart

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

* Police picked a random house and shot an innocent unarmed upstanding citizen through the door without warning, then lied that they could somehow see that he had a gun through the opaque closed door even though they didn't, then lied that they shouted warning that he should drop the gun they decided to pretend he was holding. The entirely innocent victim was Latino, so want to bet what's going to happen to the men who decided to assassinate him for no reason then lie on a police report? "Officers kill man with no active warrants at wrong house:" http://m.wmctv.com/wmctv/db_401748/contentdetail.htm?full=true&contentguid=AUdiWnEV&pn=&ps=#display

* The Dyke March is even more horrible than previously thought. Turns out they aren't just proudly antisemetic but they hate the very people the march is named after: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163447550187/brigdh-alogicals-so-let-me-get-this-straight

* "Senators Don't Know What's In The Healthcare Plan They Passed:"

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* "The GOP Brings the Dead Health Care Bill Back to Life:"

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* "Stephen Warns Trump About The Dangers Of Self-Pardoning:"

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* "Stephen Introduces His Anthony Scaramucci Impression:"

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* "Trump Really Puts The 'Fraud' In Voter Fraud Commission:"

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* "Donald Jr.'s Meeting Looked An Awful Lot Like 'Ocean's Eleven':"

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* "Weren't We Done With This? - Trump's Travel Ban & Another Bathroom Bill:"

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* When I went out before dawn to take back some library to the time traveling book drop, the breeze was so soft and fresh off the bay that it filled me with delight. As it turns out on returning, I discovered one can smell our lilies out in the hall, but I figure it's more pleasant than the usual mix of pot smoke and other people's nasty cooking.

* The first pinks opened yesterday, but it was one on each spray. Luckily the branch mates opened at dawn, so here are the first four. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163446414057/the-first-pinks-opened-yesterday-but-it-was-one

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

* "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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* 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
gwydion: (Default)
* "At least 28 dead after brutal gang fight in Mexico prison:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/06/mexico-prison-riot-acapulco-deaths

* We would be pitching in too if we had an ounce of decency. "Europeans vow more help to stem Libya-Italy migrant flow:" http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/europeans-vow-stem-libya-italy-migrant-flow-48411150

* "After a Revolution:" http://uncannymagazine.com/article/after-a-revolution/

* "Trump and Chinese president discuss North Korea:"

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* "Maxine Waters: Keep eye on sanctions:"

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* "Trump meeting with Putin sparks controversy:"

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* "The ethics chief who took on the White House:"

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* "States reject White House demand for voter information:"

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* "Lawsuit demands election results thrown out for Georgia's 6th Congressional District:" http://www.cbs46.com/story/35812893/lawsuit-demands-election-results-thrown-out-for-georgias-6th-congressional-district

* "The Brown, Queer, And Poor Are Not The Ones Holding The Left Back:" https://theestablishment.co/the-brown-queer-and-poor-are-not-the-ones-holding-the-left-back-f727e7bf55ed

* "Texas Republican Blocks State's Bathroom Bill: "I Don’t Want The Suicide Of A Single Texan On My Hands":" http://www.newnownext.com/joe-straus-suicide-texas-bathroom-bill/07/2017/?xrs=synd_facebook_Name+of+Brand

* "The Bootlegger, the Wiretap, and the Beginning of Privacy:" http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-bootlegger-the-wiretap-and-the-beginning-of-privacy

* "Leah Gordon photographs the Freemasons of contemporary Haiti:" http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/leah-gordon-freemasons-in-haiti-photography-290617

* "Zoot Suits: A Fashion Movement that Sparked Mexican American Resistance:" http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/zoot-suits-a-fashion-movement-that-sparked-mexican-american-resistance-20170609

* "Sabotage Your Way to Success!:" https://www.calibrepress.com/2016/10/sabotage-way-success/

* "Oral sex spreading unstoppable bacteria:" http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40520125

* "Turns Out, Snakes Can Hunt in Packs, So Let's Just All Move to Antarctica:" https://www.sciencealert.com/researcher-discovers-that-snakes-work-together-to-trap-their-prey-in-pack-hunts

* "Canuck the crow's attacks halt Vancouver mail delivery:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40436177

* Tavy is officially wise to the medicine finger and fought hard for the first time today.

* "Killjoys, Season 3, Episode 2: A Skinner Darkly:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/killjoys-season-3-episode-2-skinner.html

* "The Philosophy Force Five vs the Scientismists:" http://existentialcomics.com/comic/190

* "The Dark Morality of Fairy-Tale Animal Brides:" https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/03/marrying-a-monster-the-romantic-anxieties-of-fairy-tales/521319/

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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)
* "Yemen hospital battles world's worst cholera outbreak:" http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-40443989/yemen-hospital-battles-world-s-worst-cholera-outbreak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Dinosaur Decathalon - The Gong Show:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "Manchester Arena blast: 19 dead and more than 50 hurt:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-40007886

* "Yemen war: Major cholera epidemic feared, says charity:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39996900

* TW: Rape, Pedophila "South African men march against abuse of women and children:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39988267

* "Trump does not say ‘radical Islamic terrorism’:"

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* "Sheriff Clarke: A ‘fraud’ with fake medals?:"

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* "Barber reignites King’s ‘Poor People's Campaign’:"

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* "Texas GOP Messes With Texas Trans Kids:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/texas-gop-messes-with-texas-trans-kids.html

* "African Pantheons and the Orishas: Crash Course Mythology #11:"

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* "This powerful Twitter account is sharing the names of Jewish refugees the US turned away in 1939:" https://mic.com/articles/166948/this-powerful-twitter-account-is-sharing-the-names-of-jewish-refugees-the-us-turned-away-in-1939?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.BJDKmJTlK

* To Tavy's great delight, the garden was full of butterflies to watch through the window today.

* The If Women Wrote Men post keeps getting better: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160953941842/if-women-wrote-men-the-way-men-write-women

* Star Trek Economics and Basic Income: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160953464237/mrbumblepants-actuallykylekallgren


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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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* "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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* 45 Fucks Up Our Relationship with Great Brittan and Germany as Part of his Ten year Racist Vendetta against President Obama. Today 45 decided to not only create an international incident with GB by repeatedly lying that they gave him the information he made up when he decided to pretend that President Obama somehow personally wire tapped him even though President Obama clearly has not, but not content with that dragged Angela Merkle, current leader of the free world now that we've abdicated all attempts to play a responsible international role by putting a toddler in the oval office and firing all the upper career diplomats at the state Department who were competent and knew how to diplomat, into this persecution fantasy 45 had dreamed up and insists on clinging to as part of his decade of nonsense aimed at persecuting President Obama that started with his refusal to accept that President Obama's birth certificate wasn't valid on the grounds that Obama is black and therefore couldn't have a valid birth certificate or be a U S citizen.

Angela Merkle’s side eyes while 45 was using her as a prop for his nonsense were priceless though. Did I mention he also decided to start out by insulting her by refusing to shake her hand? Because that happened too.

* A third installment of things that make me go Hmmmm About the Preet Bahara firing. It turns out Mr. Bahara was investigating Trump's HHS Secretary, Tom Price, over fishy stock trades.

* "South LA man convicted of writing hate speech on LGBT Center:" http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20170316/south-la-man-convicted-of-writing-hate-speech-on-lgbt-center

* "TransGriot Perv Watch- Oklahoma TBLGQ Oppressor Busted For Child Prostitution:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/transgriot-perv-watch-oklahoma-tblgq.html

* "Tubercular Venus: When the Beauty Standard was Dying:" https://deadmaidens.com/2017/03/16/tubercular-venus-when-the-beauty-standard-was-dying/

* "A court's decision in a Maine labor dispute hinged on the absence of an Oxford comma:" https://qz.com/932004/the-oxford-comma-a-maine-court-settled-the-grammar-debate-over-serial-commas-with-a-ruling-on-overtime-pay-for-dairy-truck-drivers/

* So remember the horrible combination infection I had in February that recolonized my lungs? It has been getting gradually worse, to the point of it causing me rather extreme distress that woke me up at five this morning. I am suspecting they'll be wanting to sample it Monday, at which point we can use targeted antibiotics and probably solve it. I just need to hold on. Squirrel has been horribly sick all week, which turns out to be unrelated as he forgot his flu shot and I did not. His strain is very specifically still well covered by my shot. He's quarantined in his room and not going to work, obviously. The poor thing is basically living on Popsicles and crystal lite.

The fever, pain, and coughing not withstanding, I had to go out today, so I masked up. My keys are missing; I am suspecting Tavy dragged them off somewhere. I used the back ups, but the shapes are different and I can't get back into the building on my own easily. It was pouring down rain, because of course it was. There was no parking anywhere near where I had to go anywhere I had to go, which was extra ugly given my lungs are now lacy and making that annoying wheezy whine when I walk. Okay, technically there was a handy capped spot right where I needed to go, but the construction workers had "helpfully" filled it with their crap, because of course they did. I gave up after three passes of a several block radius as we were low on gas. I did manage to sort things out in under five minutes when I did find parking at the library (three passes. I was about to give up and go see if there was parking at the courthouse or my Doctor' as they called me specifically to get me to come down today over a mix up that somehow couldn't wait until Monday when there would be more parking an I'll like be down there with my sample anyway. Sigh). Having the wrong keys meant no self check out. Of course. I did manage to find parking a block away at the other minor errand on the way back, then went to use my ACE coupon for some ant traps, glue, and garden stuff I'm going to need shortly. Only the credit card was dead, because the replacement was delayed in the mail, because of course it was. (I called when I got home and it should be sorted). I got home, fever up and coughing chunks again to discover Tavy had puked my bed. Of course he had. I surprised him with the medicine finger and started clean up. (I'll have to change sheets but I needed food, rest, and a lung treatment, as a sheet change is a big exhausting project, since I'm no longer strong enough to lift the mattress properly.) There are things I've been doing bit by bit to sort out the garden for Spring. Today I had some prepping, and to sort out the strawberries before the Spring growth got much further along. Various other perennials needed some degree of the same, etc.. I did a little light weeding, during which I discovered more lettuce starts, so I had to do a little rearranging so they could get better light. (That's the third container with greens in it so far). Various sprouts and things needed checking, etc..

Then I started the lunch preheat, fended off Tavy's "help" which mostly consisted of climbing me like a jungle gym, prewashed dishes, and while lunch cooked set up four tins of aquarium soil to be ready to autoclave once lunch had vacated the oven. They are still in there as I simply hadn't the energy to decant them and do another round. I thought of a better arrangement for perennials while Tavy and I were watching ice skating during lung time, so I had to quick do that and wash up after for... I've lost count. At least the fever's a little lower and Tavy is napping as I type this.

* "Aubrey Plaza Shines as Legion's Amazing Villain Finally Reveals Itself :" https://www.thefandomentals.com/aubrey-plaza-shines-legions-villain/

* "Mortality Bites; or, You Think They’re Normal But Your Parents Could Be Hiring Hitmen Under Your VERY NOSE:" https://www.ofgeography.com/single-post/2017/03/07/Mortality-Bites-or-You-Think-They%E2%80%99re-Normal-But-Your-Parents-Could-Be-Hiring-Hitmen-Under-Your-VERY-NOSE

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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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* "How the US global gag rule threatens health clinics across Kenya and Uganda:" https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jan/24/how-the-us-trump-global-gag-rule-threatens-health-clinics-across-kenya-and-uganda

* "Trump Didn’t Just Reinstate the Global Gag Rule. He Massively Expanded It.:" http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/01/trump_s_global_gag_rule_is_even_worse_than_it_seemed.html

* I'm seeing some news organizations calling this "Reagan's gag rule" or some variation. This is a lie. The Trump version is exponentially more draconian and deliberately designed to kill people on a much larger scale by cutting prenatal care in hopes of driving up maternal and infant mortality rates like republicans have done in Texas, by getting rid of contraception in rural areas of many poor countries thus dramatically lowering life expediencies for young girls and their children. It will likely dramatically increase the number of abortions, raise poverty rates, and push girls out of school. It is also designed to reverse the 3/4 cut in global HIV infection rates in the last eight year in hopes of reigniting the global AIDs epidemic as happened under Mike Pence in Indiana as spreading AIDs us an important part of the Christian "pro-life agenda, apparently as is spreading Malaria and Zika as efforts at preventing those are going to be dramatically curtailed as part of the projected 9.5 billion dollars cut the gag order entails. So many people are going to die. So many people are going to get sick or have often permanent disabilities.

If you could legally vote, yet did not vote for Hillary and a Democratic Senator and/or congress person if they were up in your district, their blood is on your hands too, because you knew they were going to kill people, just not the scale of it, and you did it anyway.

* "Planned Parenthood responds to Trump:"

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* "Trump 'keep the oil' policy puts US troops at risk:"

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* "Trump lie latest:"

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* "Pompeo confirmed as CIA directo:"

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* "Trump actions affirm fears for environment:"

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* "As OK frackquakes spiked, Trump EPA pick fought the EPA:"

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* "Tip exposes Trump lockdown of EPA, also USDA, other US agencies:"

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* Trump has put a gag order on the Interior Department including the National Parks Service to prevent them saying anything true about climate change on social media or anything at all now, but it was in response specifically to them spreading climate change information.

* Look, while I have real concerns about suspending the rule that normally requires a seven year gap between military service and a cabinet post that is intended to maintain civilian control of our military, but given the preponderance of criminals, incompetents, and people with massive conflicts of interest etc. amoung Trump appointees I am not angry at Senators who voted to make Gen. Mattis Defense Secretary as he actual does appear to be competent, reality based, and have reasonable views on things like NATO. Having one person in the room when decisions get made with those qualities is better than, say, a second Flynn. It's a reasonable place to compromise with Republicans if that is your plan, and it doesn't stop you from standing up against the terrible ones.

I am furious at anyone voting yes on Pompeo because being pro-torture is disqualifying for any job, but especially for a CIA director. Fuck that. Relying on someone you is pro-torture along with a number of his other alarming as fuck opinions to follow the law is a terrible idea. That goes triple for Democratic Senators who were not literally born in the last eight years.

Grow some spines, Democrats! You are going to need them!

* I am so glad the Wayback machine is backing up to Canadian servers and that so many government scientists took the initiative to back up their data on non-government servers.

* Donald Trump is restarting the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone pipeline, so expect oil leaks to poison the whole length of the Mississippi and everything that connects with or depends on it's water at some point in the future.

* Repubicans want to remind you that a thousand or so temp jobs and 35 permanent ones is totally worth endangering the entire Mississippi watershed and the health and lives of any person, plant, or animal that lives near it and depends on it's water. I don't understand this argument at all, as they could fix a few bridges to create those temporary construction jobs and hire, say, another thirty five national parks employees and/or some more pipeline inspectors and that would create the same number of permanent jobs without potentially turning most of the breadbasket in the middle of our country into an oil poisoned wasteland.

I mean it’s not that many jobs they are and I’d rather hire people to do something constructive than deliberately do something that poses such an obvious and easily foreseeable threat to our country.

* I know I'm way behind on my ranting what with everything going on this week and this may feel like a small thing on the scale of terrible shit trump did this week, especially given how many of his decisions since Friday are going to literally kill people, but can we imagine for a minute what the response would be amoung the general public if he gave that weird rambling self aggrandizing speech with the announcement that our policy is now to invade places and deliberately loot them in Arlington cemetery, say, or the Vietnam memorial? I mention this as he and the cheering sycophants he brought with him were doing this in front of the CIA's memorial wall to agents who died in service to the shock of a lot of intelligence agents and former intelligence agents. It seems equivalent.

Again, not nearly on the scale of the speech itself putting troops in harms way; or the pipelines that are going to endanger our people, the environment, and our food supply; or all the people who are going to die in countries all over the world because the health clinic closed, but it’s still basically desecrating a memorial to dead Americans.

* "'Indivisible' movement presses legislators at home on Trump...:"

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

* "free advice if you're going to any of the various protests, marches, etc. this week.:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/156113948218/free-advice-if-youre-going-to-any-of-the-various

* "Healthcare Resources:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/156106364557/healthcare-resources

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* This is the patreon of an RL friend with etsy link: https://www.patreon.com/karjack
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* "Trump enters office with vow to end 'American carnage':"

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* "FEC case exposes paid actor Trump supporters:"

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* I keep having to ask, have Republicans no patriotism at all? Also, do they really want the world to end?

* Does anyone besides Donald Trump really think Rick Perry is qualified to do a job usually held by nuclear physicists and the like?

* "Let the Record Show:" http://johnpavlovitz.com/2017/01/19/let-the-record-show/

* "America Is Going To Miss You:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/01/america-is-going-to-miss-you.html

* "An Inaugural Celebration That Rings Hollow:" https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/an-inaugural-celebration-that-rings-hollow/513902/

* Watching Inaugural coverage, the phrase coming to mind was "American Horror Story: White House."

* "No One's Coming To Save Us, So We Have To Save Each Other:" http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2017/01/20/no-ones-coming-to-save-us-so-we-have-to-save-each-other/

* "Without a path from protest to power, the Women's March will end up like Occupy:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/19/womens-march-washington-occupy-protest

* "Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin, Cher and more speak at star-studded anti-Trump protest in NY:" https://mic.com/articles/166081/michael-moore-alec-baldwin-cher-and-more-speak-at-star-studded-anti-trump-protest-in-ny?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.jYytZ39dv

* Fuck! Fuckfuckfuckfuck! "Trump Justice Department moves to delay Texas voting rights case:"

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* "Michael Moore: 'Resist, stand up, fight back':"

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* "Joy Reid - How the Free Press Will Operate Under President Trump & "We Are the Change We Seek":"

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* "So You Want to Move to the European Union:" https://status451.com/2017/01/19/so-you-want-to-move-to-the-european-union/

* "Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked:" http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38669584

* "The WERD: Thanks, Obama:"

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* "The Inauguration of Donald Trump:"

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* "Bedtime in Donald Trump's America:"

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* Today was a really bad pain day. Tavy has recently rediscovered his toy box and while I was a sleep he completely thrashed it. I glued it back together today, and put the three toys I could find into it. By two AM we were down to one scrunchie that someone abandoned here a few years ago. I have no idea where he is hiding his toys.

* "Cake Wrecks The Star Trek Queen:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/1/19/the-star-trek-queen.html

* "Bran and the Amazing Exposition Trees:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/bran-retrospective-season-6/

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

* "free advice if you're going to any of the various protests, marches, etc. this week.:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/156113948218/free-advice-if-youre-going-to-any-of-the-various

* "Healthcare Resources:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/156106364557/healthcare-resources

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* This is the patreon of an RL friend with etsy link: https://www.patreon.com/karjack
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* "Pence makes ill-considered Reagan reference:"

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* This has a good list of why Trump is monstrous: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/151925092412/x-cetra-thewitchway

* "I don’t JUST want Donald Trump to lose.:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/151919510762/i-dont-just-want-donald-trump-to-lose

* "Newspaper speaks out on threats after Clinton endorsement:"

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* Adult Trump supporters in Arizona are so cowardly that they are spitting on and making death threats against children because that's how much they hate free speech. They are also phoning up women to threaten to kill them, but anonymously, because being Trump supporters they aren't brave enough to follow their leader in doing despicable things to women in person. I bet their mammas are proud of them. Really, this is a perfect symbol of what Donald Trump stands for, big talk, contempt to free speech, extreme cowardliness, and bullying. I'm surprised they didn't find a way to make it racist too. I suppose they were too lazy to dust off their hoods.

* "Reconstructing the sixth century plague from a victim:" http://phys.org/news/2016-08-reconstructing-sixth-century-plague-victim.html

* "Trauma As A Cheap Plot Device And Why It Sucks:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/trauma-cheap-plot-device-sucks/

* "Sunday Sweets Would Like A Word:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/10/16/sunday-sweets-would-like-a-word.html

* ToS Rewatch:

- The Galileo Seven. The are risking the lives of people dying of a plague to investigate a quasar. If people are dying right now, isn't even a small delay someone's life? They keep treating the High Commissioner who's worried about the plague as if he is the asshole here, but he's not wrong. How come Mr. Spock, the head SCIENCE Officer on a SPACE SHIP not know likely effects of a Quasar on a star ship's shuttle craft? Wouldn't the second shuttle craft have the same danger as the first one? What happened to the prime directive? We are sixteen episodes in and I have lost count of the number of hysterical male crewmen in high stress situation. What is going on at Starfleet Academy that the moment crew are in a stressful situation they go hysterical and borderline mutinous. It seems an endemic problem as it happened in TNG as well that time Data had command during the Romulan border incident in the Klingon Civil war. They also seem to be fine with bullying, as seen in the previous episode. "Seal the windows!" Are they saying the shuttle craft has windows you can open? Is that safe?

- The Squire of Gothos. I think I absorbed Spock's response to ill informed insults as a child and it has served me well. While I love the aesthetics of this one, y'all know how I feel about Godlike aliens, even if this one is faking rather. As a child I thought the Squire was Liberace.

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

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

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

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

* Donate to help refugees "UN Refugee Agency:" http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Trump brings chaos to typically staid intelligence briefings:"

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* "No, Putin did not mean Trump is that kind of 'brilliant':"

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* "Trump stumbles on veteran suicides answer:"

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* "Would Trump ensure the military is equal?:"

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* "Trump campaign elevates the absurd at expense of serious politics:"

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* It also turns out that Reince Prebius, head of the RNC, is so deeply sexist that he demands Hillary smile more.

* "Style versus substance:"

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* So it turns out that Donald Trump is so pathetic and desperate for Putin's approval that he's willing to become a puppet for Putin just because Putin called him "flashy" that one time.

* "Syria's New Tourism Campaign:"

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* "Congress's Standstill on Zika Funding:"

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* "Serena Williams Wins Big & North Korea Bans Sarcasm:"

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* "Matt Lauer Botches the Commander-In-Chief Forum:"

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* "What the Actual Fact - Donald Trump at the Commander-In-Chief Forum:"

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* "Donald Trump Tries to Woo Black Voters:"

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* I actually got a lot done today and the pizza we made was good. I did not pick up my gravy and soup flats because the Interstate was mostly closed going north and I had to take back roads to bypass three closed ramps, but I'm calling today a win anyway.

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* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

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

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

* Donate to help refugees "UN Refugee Agency:" http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
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* Looks like Assad is using chlorine gas against civilians again.

* Zika is now in more than 50 countries and territories, including Singapore and now Malaysia. It looks like it is way easier to sexually transmit than previously thought regardless of gender. They have found it in the semen of a man who never had symptoms six months after exposure. There is reason to think that it not only causes Microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, but also less easy to detect learning issues.

Zika continues to spread in Florida, but don't worry, Congressional Republicans are doing everything in their power to block all attempts to stop the spread, eradicate it, or even properly inform the public, while The Republican Governor is doing everything in his power to ensure the spread by blocking more local attempts to spread information and denying women in poverty access to birth control, prenatal care and screening etc., as part of the supposedly "pro-life" agenda. He has also come out strongly in favour of forcing women to have babies against their will in response to the zika outbreak. Paul Ryan is insisting that if we just dramatically cut funding to Planned Parenthood so as to deny women access to Birth control, Pre-natal health and screening it will contrary to evidence and logic stop the zika epidemic in it's tracks much faster than actually addressing the problem would. He is clearly too bright to believe this, so I can only assume that like the Governor of Michigan's decision to lead poison all the children in Flint Michigan thus giving a generation of children irreversible brain damage, infecting women with zika so as to give their children irreversible brain damage is a big part of the Republican Agenda going forward.

It's cruel and deliberate and unnecessary. Remember this is what you are voting for if you decide to stay home in November or don't bother to vote down ticket.

There is a scary ass global health crisis going on right now in the world and it is spreading. Now is the time to take action here and abroad to fight it, not use the epidemic as a lever to harm women for Jesus.

* "Paul Ryan's Zika Antics Prove He Deserves Trump:" http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/paul-ryans-zika-antics-prove-he-deserves-trump-w438448

* "white queen, red heart:" http://www.ofgeography.com/single-post/2016/08/28/white-queen-red-heart

* September 16 2016,10am

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* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

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

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

* Donate to help refugees "UN Refugee Agency:" http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
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* "Khan on 'dog whistle' remarks:"

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* "Khizr Khan responds to latest attacks:"

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* "Trump raises specter of assassination in 2nd Amendment remarks:"

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* "Another Republican congressman abandons Trump, backs Johnson:"

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* "Trump strains supporters' patience with another scandal:"

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* Donald Trump was out calling for "Second Amendment people" to do political assassinations if Hillary Clinton wins, though it's unclear if he wanted them to assassinate Hillary Clinton or her judicial nominees. This should be no surprise as they have had one of their surrogates out calling for her to be put in front of a firing squad, and rather than distancing themselves, they routinely praise him.

The head of the party of Lincoln in now calling for a president to be assassination.

* "Thinking About Hillary — A Plea for Reason:" https://thepolicy.us/thinking-about-hillary-a-plea-for-reason-308fce6d187c#.cryg6pxr4

* "Lying Liars Who Lie: 2016 Edition:" http://www.mormonpress.com/lying_liars_who_lie_2016_edition

* "How We Teach Our Kids That Women Are Liars:" http://www.rolereboot.org/culture-and-politics/details/2013-11-how-we-teach-our-kids-that-women-are-liars

* "Justice Department to Release Blistering Report of Racial Bias by Baltimore Police:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/10/us/justice-department-to-release-blistering-report-of-racial-bias-by-baltimore-police.html?_r=0

* TW: Hate Speech, Rape. "Watch This 'VICE' Episode About Uganda's Anti-Gay Leaders Teaching Intolerance to the Youth :" http://www.vice.com/video/watch-our-hbo-episode-about-ugandas-anti-gay-leaders-teaching-intolerance-to-the-youth

* A really good comic giving 101 on types of Ace by a Demiromantic. "Cake walk:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/148723476637/gckinsey-this

* "End the Ban on Surgery for Transgender Veterans!:" http://www.lambdalegal.org/petition/transgender-vets?utm_content=bufferce0d7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "The Rio Games Begin and Zika Hits the U.S.-The Daily Show with Trevor Noah:"

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* "What the Actual Fact? - Donald Trump Lays Out His Economic Plan:"

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* "The Larry People vs. Flint - Checking In on Michigan's Water Crisis:"

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* Today I got my flu shot for the year. It's a bad one, I can tell. I also ate my first tomato from the garden. It was a largish cherry sized tomato, perfectly ripe and warm from the sun. Tavy's on day three of a tear and has been banned from Squirrel's room for starting too many fights until he mellows out again.

* I wonder how many horses born in the next year or two will be named "Grace's Secret."

* I have still not recovered from that Irish horse somersaulting. Me screaming at the male announcer: Is the horse okay! Stop your jibber jabber and tell me if the horse is okay! (The horse was okay, but it was terrifying.) Luckily the other bad spill was time delayed and the nice female announcer said something like, "We are about to show a fall that just happened. They are BOTH OKAY!" It was still hard to watch, but much easier on my nerves. This is why I'm still watching the Cross country eventing and am not even up to jumping. I keep having to turn it off and go calm down. It's a beautiful sport, but this is a particularly tough course and there are an alarming number of falls and horses crashing into things. I'm a couple hours in and miraculously no people or horses have been hurt so far as the nice female announcer has just reassured me. No, don't tell me how it ended. It may take me a few days, but I'll get there.

Seriously, Equestrian announcers, lead with "They are both okay!"

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

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

* Donate to help refugees "UN Refugee Agency:" http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
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* "Poverty in Rio: Why Brazilians Can't Afford Tickets to Their Own Olympic Games:" https://mic.com/articles/150500/rio-olympics-summer-2016-poverty-tickets-brazilians-cant-afford-income-inequality-rio-de-janeiro?bt_email=victoria.olson9@gmail.com&bt_ts=1470263731095#.CfescSOfo

* At least 38 people are dead in mudslides in Mexico due to tropical storm Earl. My best wishes are with the survivors.

* "Security authorities cite Trump danger in backing Clinton:"

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* Sexism, Ambition, and Hillary Clinton: http://fiftysevenacademics.tumblr.com/post/148407542445/giandujakiss-skywalkingintheair-its-hard

* TW: Eating Disorder. "Hunger Makes Me:" http://hazlitt.net/feature/hunger-makes-me

* "Common Cause sues over NC congressional districts:" http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article94050487.html

* Notice how the rich will totally still be able to afford it? "Texas Fetal Burial Proposal Would Add Thousands to the Cost of an Abortion:" http://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2016/08/05/texas-fetal-burial-proposal-would-add-thousands-to-the-cost-of-an-abortion

* "Mississippi Nurse Dee Whigham becomes 16th Trans Person Murdered in 2016:" http://www.advocate.com/transgender/2016/7/26/mississippi-nurse-dee-whigham-becomes-16th-trans-person-murdered-2016

* "Skye Mockabee Is 17th Trans Person Murdered in the U.S. This Year:" http://www.advocate.com/transgender/2016/8/02/skye-mockabee-17th-trans-person-murdered-us-year

* The Republican plan for dealing with zika is to deny funds for prevention, eradication, and research, while forcing women to bear babies with often short lifespans against their will. They insist this incredible cruelty is the pro-life" position, unlike actually stopping the disease. "Marco Rubio: No abortions for pregnant women infected with Zika virus:" http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/marco-rubio-no-abortions-for-pregnant-women-infected-with-zika-virus/

* "An Italian doctor explains “Syndrome K,” the fake disease he invented to save Jews from the Nazis:" http://qz.com/724169/an-italian-doctor-explains-syndrome-k-the-fake-disease-he-invented-to-save-jews-from-the-nazis/

* Jon Stewart on Trump:

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* Me every time “Uncle Pietro” appears in Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues:

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* TNG Season 2 Rewatch:
-I think "Pen Pals" is the first time I've actually liked Riker even a little on the rewatch. It's the scene where he mentors Wesley Crusher, of all things.

- I love that they keep seriously debating the ethics of the Prime Directive instead of just Kirking it. I love that Data is arguing on the side of humanitarian rescue. I love that Picard questions where the limits of intervention, something I wish our Congress would give a try once and a while.

- Each time Picard gives an inch, he gives the impression he is already picturing the Court Martial. he gives this wonderful long suffering sigh before he beams down to the planet.

-I stand by my belief that more than one Q per season is too much Q.

- Me watching "Up the Long Ladder:" Is Polaski initiating Klingon mating ritual by accident or on purpose?

- Did they steal the foot washing seduction from the leg washing seduction in the old Michael York Three Musketeers?

- The Irish Stereotypes here are as bad as Finnegan's Rainbow, possibly worse. Ugh.

- This is an interesting variation on the right to choose debate at least. When was the last time I saw a modern show that looked at the idea of bodily integrity and whether people get to decide if they reproduce themselves or if someone else gets to do it for the "greater good." Riker demands, "We certainly have the right to exercise control over our own bodies." Bonus points for Riker killing his own fetus with a phasor. I wonder if they could have gotten that past modern network censors?

- One of the things I find frustrating about TNG, is I can often see perfectly sensible and ethical compromises for problems that they don't bother to explore before giving the hard no. Riker has every right to say no and forcing people to reproduce against their will is always wrong, but couldn't they have put out a ship wide call for volunteers in the beginning? What are the chances everyone on board would have said no? I'm not saying the long term solution proposed isn't good, but wouldn't the extra genetic material help, while letting them to keep some of their customs?

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

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

* Donate to help refugees "UN Refugee Agency:" http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
gwydion: (Amused)
* One out of every 113 people in the world are displaced.

* "Team Refugee:"

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* "Questions raised over Melania Trump immigration:"

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* Pressure burdens Missouri's public defenders:"

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* "Florida Gov. Rick Scott's war on Planned Parenthood opens the door for a Zika emergency:" http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/8/5/1557094/-Florida-Gov-Rick-Scott-s-war-on-Planned-Parenthood-opens-the-door-for-a-Zika-emergency

* "These Designer Hospital Gowns For Sick Teens Will Give You All The Feels :" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/08/118636/starlight-canada-ward-robes-hospital-gowns?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=h2&utm_campaign=end

* "Samantha Bee Explains the Reason Hillary Clinton Must Win: She Isn’t Donald Trump:" https://mic.com/articles/150350/samantha-bee-explains-the-reason-hillary-clinton-must-win-she-isn-t-donald-trump?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.WgjDyDMMr

* I got real sleep today, despite the fever vividness of my dreams. I missed the Opening ceremonies amoung other things due to a power outage and related equipment trouble. I think I have everything stabilized as far as Internet, etc., but if I disappear this weekend, I ain'n't dead; it's likely either a power outage out a router failure or the like. *fingers crossed there isn't* Anyway, sorting it ate my evening.

* TNG Season 2 Rewatch: I managed to capture a few of the missing early episodes, only the process was interrupted by the outage, so I may have to wait for yet another iteration to fill all the gaps. Sigh.

-Still, I got to watch "Elementary, Dear Data," the infamous Moriarty Episode. Seriously, given the tendency of the technology to spawn self aware criminal mastermind AI, why is it still in service. This is also a missing piece in the Data Personhood arc, with Gordie and Polaski's argument over whether Data is capable of creative thought instead of only simple regurgitation of programmed information at the heart of the plot. The problem for me is that as important as it is for the argument that Data is a person, they miss the other implications Re: Moriarty and self awareness. He is a dangerous, possibly ship killing adversary, but at the same time, I think Moriarty's argument that he is a person is a sound one. So how many times all across Federation space are self aware AI being spawned and then saved and suspended as Moriarty was or out right deleted or enslaved? I've seen enough other Star Trek episodes across various of their shows to know it happens with reasonable frequency (The Emergency Medical Program on Voyager for example). While in this case Picard reasoned with Moriarty and the AI agreed to go into storage, I remember at least one other case on a future show where the AI ends up enslaved. (I also assume they are lying to Moriarty about building him a body, because of course they are). If Data is a person as is decided legally later in the season, aren't self aware AI generally? Why don't they have full rights then?

There is more of Data's arc in The Outrageous Okona and Schitzoid Man. Both touch on Data's quest to understand humor. The talk about humor in Okona was weirdly speciest in the way things are worded and would have worked better if any of the non-Data humor had been funny, but does touch on the what makes a person theme. I wrote elsewhere about the way various people dehumanize Data in other parts of this arc. Watching these two episodes I thought a lot about ableism and the way people who are not neurotypical are often treated. I also thought about the ways privileged people will try to silence people who call them out on shitty behavior with claims that there is something wrong with those complaining for failing to find whatever offensive or cliched crap they just said funny. People with privilege will often use claims that people don't have a sense of humor as ways to dehumanize them and often use claims that something is meant to be funny as cover for creulty. I think these two episodes are exploring this in a way that ties into the personhood argument. It is also really scary in a subtle way and in much the same way the treatment of data in the trial one later this season is scary. People get bullied, horrifically abused, and occasional killed over this sort of thing. Deciding someone is less human because they don't find something funny is a slippery slope to scary shit in Real life. It is used to excuse things like rape threats and death threats against female bloggers. People on the spectrum my age and older were ripped away from families that loved them in favor of incredibly abusive institutionalization by people who believed that different automatically is the same as wrong. The Okona episode is strangely equivocal. In Schitzoid Man uses it as an excuse to steal Data's body and attempt to kill him. That Dr. Graves is a misogynist I think is telling. "Women aren't people - they're women." A man who doesn't see women as human and doesn't believe that Kareen has a right to determine what happens to her own body can just as easily dehumanize anyone even a little different than himself. There is a line in Okona that equates humor to humanity Graves and data discuss humor in a way that suggests Graves finds him lesser because he doesn't understand it. In SM, Graves' argument for killing Data is, "I have every right, Captain! I am man, he is machine; there is no question who must live and... what must die...[elipses cuts out brief intervening dialog] Before me, he was nothing. Just a walking tin can with circuits for intestines. Pathetic! Without heart, a man is meaningless." Picard's counter arguement is "He's not simply an android - he's a life form, entirely unique.... [Elipses mine] He is different, yes! But that does not make him expendable or any less significant. No being is so important that he can usurp the rights of another! Now set him free!" I think this stuff is important, as I said in the piece on Data's trial and I think the practical philosophical argument over what makes a person is maybe the best thing about season two.

-I already have a lot of issues with the ethics of Deanna Troi routinely scanning people without permission. While ethically still dubious, I don't mind the search and rescue usages as much. (For example, when Riker's away team loses contact when they enter the alien casino and Deanna checks to see if they are all right). It gets a lot dicier when they are using it to cheat at negotiations, and it's outright creepy that she routinely violates the minds of the crew to tell what the mood is aboard ship or reads strangers who have no expectation of their minds being violated, as happens with Okona. She's supposed to me a Councillor, right? If she told Picard things patients said in sessions it would be a massive violation of Doctor patient privilege. How much worse when she is basically mind raping the crew on the regular and telling Picard about it. (I want to reiterate that this is not Marina Sirtis' fault. The writers CHOSE to make her ethically monstrous and terrible at her job; Marina Sirtis was a working actor and needed to eat, pay rent, etc.. She did the best she could with the roll they gave her). Every time Picard asks her to mind rape his crew and she complies I get seriously queasy. I have to ask what sort of person does that and what sort of person follows an order like that. I know full well Babylon 5 is later, but they actually deal with the ethics of telepathy. Characters actually mull and occasionally argue over what is and isn't an ethical use. The Trek verse doesn't seem to acknowledge there are any ethical issues at all.

There's a reason my friends and I used to posit that underneath the Federation's friendly face were creepy dystopian aspects.

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
gwydion: (Amused)
* "Indonesia executes four convicted drug offenders:" http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

* "Where are the tax returns?:"

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* "Will Donald Trump chicken out of debating Hillary Clinton?:"

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* "Trump camp denies GOP platform Russia favor:"

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* "Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau saw Donald Trump coming:"

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* "Obama: Trump 'unfit to serve as president':"

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* "Trump disrespect of Gold Star family enrages veterans:"

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* "Khan to Trump: 'Put that Purple Heart back':" http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/02/politics/khizr-khan-donald-trump-purple-heart/index.html

* I know I haven't commented directly on Trump's character assassination of Khizr Khan and his wife. Frankly, it's taken this long to work out how to comment without it being a string of expletives and anatomically impossible suggestions. Look, I've never been in the military, but I've had family, friends, and lovers who were. Trump's claim that the Khans don't know anything about sacrifice because they merely lot a beloved son while Trump has known real sacrifice by being born incredibly rich and living his life in extreme luxury leaves me torn between the urge to puke and want to hit something. That' he and his surrogates and right wing conspiracy outlets like Brightbart are attacking a grieving family who son made the ultimate fucking sacrifice... I am honestly struggling to find words for my fury and disgust. Then to add insult to all this, he awarded himself a purple heart in a smug, self congratulatory manner in a speech because he's "always wanted one," crowing about how easy it is to get one. Fuck that! Seriously fuck that! You earn those medals with pain and blood and possibly loss of limb. He's never known any of that. You do not wear someone else's medals. You don't brandish them about as absolution for your deliberate cruelty to a military family. You might keep them in remembrance for your dead, but you never claim them as if you earned them just because you decide to fantasize yourself a hero for engaging incredible cruelty against people who have lost a son in war.

I... how do you even begin to address how soulless and cruel someone would have to be to do that?

* "Obama Goes Nuclear on Trump: "The Republican Nominee Is Unfit to Serve as President":" https://mic.com/articles/150392/obama-goes-nuclear-on-trump-the-republican-nominee-is-unfit-to-serve-as-president?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.aus7KoAN6

* I see Trump and his son have been out victim blaming the 20+ women Roger Ailes harassed and/or psychologically and/or sexual abused. I've written before and recently about this. I repeat, I believe the women, and I don't blame them at all for the various ways they responded to being coerced and threatened with recrimination. I don't blame them for being afraid to come forward given the real world consequences of coming forward. Fuck Trump! Fuck Trump's son! You aren't feminists and putting Ivanka out there to lie that you are doesn't fix it.

* Zikka is now in the Miami area mosquito population. Sixteen are confirmed infected by bites there. Republicans still insist zikka irradiation is a waste of money as it only would prevent massive brain damage and so are foot dragging on funding. It's going to get worse and if nothing is done soon, it will be endemic.

* "The Untold Story of the Badass First Female Tattoo Artist In the United States:" https://mic.com/articles/145315/the-untold-story-of-the-badass-first-female-tattoo-artist-in-the-united-states#.ZuKmxzJIQ

* "Rep. Lewis teaches the civil rights movement in graphic novel:"

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* "Preacher Season 1 Episodes 7 and 8 - He Gone and El Valero:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/preacher-reviews-season-1-episodes-7-8-gone-el-valero/


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

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

* Donate to help refugees "UN Refugee Agency:" http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
gwydion: (Amused)
* "Kentucky Jail Sends Black Woman To Court With No Pants:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kentucky-jail-woman-no-pants_us_579cf681e4b0e2e15eb61eec?

* "STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF ABDIRAHMAN ABDI:" https://www.facebook.com/blacklivesmatterTO/posts/529887240540104

* "First of Its Kind Study Shows 55,400 People Hospitalized or Killed by US Cops in a Single Year:" http://thefreethoughtproject.com/landmark-study-police-brutality-problem/

* "Anthrax sickens 13 in western Siberia, and a thawed-out reindeer corpse may be to blame:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/28/anthrax-sickens-13-in-western-siberia-and-a-thawed-out-reindeer-corpse-may-be-to-blame/

* The last of the large pinks. ( I see a few small stragglers, but this is it for the big my heightist plants with big sprays.): http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/148298989557/the-last-of-the-large-pinks-i-see-a-few-small

* "‘Stand by Me’ Oral History: Rob Reiner and Cast on River Phoenix and How Coming-of-Age Classic Almost Didn’t Happen:" https://variety.com/2016/film/news/stand-by-me-30th-anniversary-oral-history-corey-feldman-1201824490/

I saw it the first time when it was brand new in a theater on a double date, sandwiched between the guy I was dating and the guy i had been dating a week or two before. (My history of staying friends after where possible goes waaaay back). I remember the surprisingly loud rustle of fabric as every guy in the theater crossed their legs at once during the leech scene. (In retrospect, worst date movie ever). Most of all, I was haunted and remain haunted by River Phoenix' performance in the bit about the milk money. Oh, the details were different, but that mix of scapegoating, gas lighting, betrayal, hypocrisy, and cruelty was the story of my childhood. I was sixteen and still relearning how to be human. You might have thought looking at me from the outside at the age the character were, that I was some sort of Gordie/Teddy Jekyll and Hyde, but I was always and likely always be a Chris Chambers on the inside. I think that scene was the first time outside of Harold and Maude that I'd seen anything even remotely relevant to my childhood represented. (I know, Another Country had been out twoish years at this point, but I didn't see it until I discovered it in a video store the next year, and Dead Poet's came out end of senior year). I don't often mourn celebrities, but between his performance in this nd Private Idaho River Phoenix broke my heart twice with his acting and a third time for all that lost potential, for all the things he might have done and been if his life hadn't spiraled like that. It still makes me ache that someone who likely would have been the among the greatest actors of my generation died in such a stupid, wasteful way.

* I am significantly more critical of the original, but agree with the main points. "Preacher: A Comic Fan's Perspective:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/preacher-comic-fans-perspective/

* TNG Rewatch, Season 2: The season 2 Rewatch is turning out rather a shambles as a bunch of episodes are missing and I need to press on to clear space for the Olympics, so I'm watching what I have and making note of what's missing. As a result, it's more random thoughts than proper analysis so far. Things like: Wow, Pulaski really is the female Bones!

What's interesting, is that the random selection that I happen to have for early season 2 still manages to have two through lines. The first is the Picard/Polaski struggle to learn to deal with each other, of which I got enough snap shots for the arc to work. The second is the issue of the personhood of Data. The underlying issues are surprisingly well seeded, with incidents like Polaski mispronouncing his name and when politely corrected saying something like "What does it matter!" and the various ways outsiders will call him "it" or talk about him like he's not there or ask humans questions in front of him that should be addressed to him. As a person who is both trans and disabled it simultaneously gives me the shivers and want to hit people. These are the real life ways we are frequently dehumanized, in some cases in preparation for killing us or after the fact as reasons our murders shouldn't count. It's very realistic when it comes to the way cis and able bodied people try to deny us out humanity to justify the horrific things they do. The Measure of Man hurts to watch because it is fundamentally about whether Starfleet can legally do what ever they want with Data including kill him or if he is indeed a person with a right to make his own decisions and have bodily autonomy. If that doesn't strike you as incredibly relevant to American politics in 2016 across multiple modalities, then you aren't paying attention. The villain side of this enlargement is closing clinics in states all across the country on the grounds that elderly white evangelical politicians should make medical decisions for women they've never met because fetuses are fully human, but women aren't. The murders of Poc, Disabled people, Transfolk, and particularly trans women of colour are routinely not investigated, or if investigated, not brought to court, and murders let go or given slaps on the wrist based on arguments made in the same dehumanizing terms. Guinan directly references slavery in response to data's position. I honestly don't know how to feel about this particular fictionalized version. I do think this is sure as fuck the way RL humans behave on the regular, and it's well executed within the idiom of the Trekverse, but at the same time...? Yeah. The big issue of appropriation of rl persecution of all these groups, and this is a show that erased LGB folk and completely botched trans issues. It's hard to watch, that's for sure, maybe on more levels than it's meant to be.

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

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* "‘The lowest of the stack’: why black women are struggling with mental health:" https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/feb/08/black-women-mental-health-high-rates-depression-anxiety

* Add to Daesh's terrible cafe attack in Bagdad, several unclaimed attacks in Saudi Arabia including a particularly sacrilegious one on Medina, all in violation of the Koran and the traditional Ramadan peace.

* "Pres. Obama campaigns for Hillary Clinton:"

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* Donald Trump posted an antisemitic image aimed at Hilary Clinton cribbed out of a white supremacist chat room.

* "The nasty online world of Donald Trump:"

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* "The sad saga of Trump's anti-Semitic tweet:"

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* I'm not holding my breath, as there have been a lot of vaccine trials that failed in the past, but fingers crossed. "End in sight for HIV?:" http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2016/05/19/End-in-sight-for-HIV

* "Donald Trump's Racist Tweet Problem:"

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* "Donald Trump's Anti-Semitism Controversy:"

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* "That Last Scene:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/146245537967/that-last-scene

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

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

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

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* 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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