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* "Ron Perlman talks Trump speech patterns:"

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* "Trump’s voter fraud panel holds first public meeting:"

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* "Lee calls Ryan ‘autocratic’ over war authorization amendment...:"

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* This terrifies me. "When conservative news devolves into right-wing propaganda:"

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* "NRA ad suggests journalists are more dangerous than every NRA member combined:" https://mic.com/articles/182393/the-nra-releases-another-horrifying-ad-this-time-threatening-journalists-and-politicians#.WjGa0RaAB

* "IBM's Message To Its Employees:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/ibms-message-to-its-employees.html

* "Dee Whigham Killer Sentenced To 40 Years:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/dee-whigham-killer-sentenced-to-40-years.html

* "Cosplaying Sistahs Exist At Comic Con:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/cosplaying-sistahs-exist-at-comic-con.html

* They are planning to vote gender essentialism into Federal Law, stripping Trans People of Civil Rights protections in all jurisdictions throughout the country. "H.B. 2796:" https://genderidentitywatch.com/2017/07/17/h-b-2796-usa/

* "World Cinema - Part 1: Crash Course Film History #14:"

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* "How Norway Avoided Becoming a Fascist State:" http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/science/how-norway-avoided-becoming-a-fascist-state-20170216

* "Artifacts suggest humans arrived in Australia earlier than thought:" https://phys.org/news/2017-07-artifacts-humans-australia-earlier-thought.html

* "Zeidwig – The Gong Show:"

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* "Intrepid Dance – The Gong Show:"

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* Internet, multiple people have been asking me for book reccies and I am failing miserably at thinking of things they haven't already read. I'm looking for recommendations with either a strong woman protagonist with women friends (avoid not like other girls trope) and/or LGBTQIA protagonist in the fantasy and/or historical fiction genres, with no major character deaths an a happy ending. I am excellent at the first half, but my taste runs dark and I can't top of my head find sufficient happy endings. Diverse cast a plus.

Help me out folks! Help me find awesome new books to read and share!

* First full branch of white lilies harvested this season. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163353867412/first-full-branch-of-white-lilies-harvested-this

* "Aspic aspirations - is savoury jelly worth reviving?:" https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2010/apr/30/aspic

* "Superhero Sweets For SDCC:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/7/23/superhero-sweets-for-sdcc.html

* On Marvel Deciding to make Supergirl a NAZI: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163354710181/polymathic-polyphony-murdershegoat

* Kinky Medieval Art: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163324702127/wolvesdreamofnewdays-thoodleoo-this-is

* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

- Relics. The return of Montgomery Scott. This one was incredibly exciting when it was new, and at the same time as heartbreaking as Spock's father's dementia, though the ending is so much more upbeat.

- Schism. Data's infamous cat poem. I know the whole Riker can't sleep/sensor glitch thing is the main plot, but let's face it, Data's struggle with poetry is very relateable and the interesting bit of the episode, until it starts getting creepy round about Worf at the Barber. Side note: How can anyone sleep in that position? No wonder Riker is having trouble even absent the McGuffin. This episode really does an excellent job of creating a spooky atmosphere even with the way the enterprise looks and the holodeck scene is really effective.

- True Q. Environmental commentary is unfortunately completely on point here in the 21st century. Poor young Q. Horrible usual Q.

- Rascals. I have so many questions about how this transportaer accident worked. Why is Picard the oldest child when Guinan is the dramatically older adult, for example? Why did their clothes shrink? Like the people got younger, and smaller is a side effect of that, but why does making clothes younger make them child sized instead of, say reducing them to component parts? Look, this is a fun episode and I really enjoy this sort of character exploration, but I can't help pick at the illogic. How can I not enjoy Mini-Picard? The mini-Guinan/Ro interaction? The flagrant swashbuckling?

I continue to give no fucks about the O'Brien marriage. I also think it's way too early to have serious conversations about long term what to do if she's stuck twelve. Fuck's sake, give it a little time to figure out if it's temp or if it's longer term! Yes, figure out who is sleeping where tonight because otherwise eeeew; yes comfort because what happened is genuinely scary and pull the rug out from under you fuck with your head, but why invite pointless drama over long term results of something that could be fixable soon? Deal with now, now, and save long term planning for when you have a prognosis. Of course, this is why a lot of conventional relationships in media are boring and unpleasant. I am not conflict avoidant in real life, but my RL relationship style is to have serious conversations as needed but not to make drama for the fun of getting angry at each other. It always seemed to me that the O'Brian marriage is about escalating situations that call for calm discussion and negotiation. I just... ugh.

There are so many nice little moments in here, like mini-Picard enjoying his hair, Riker using technobabble as a weapon, and the bed Jumping. Seriously, season six is comparatively well written despite it's flaws. I love how good Guinan is at this and how clever. I love how Picard mini-Picard is. I love them using the appearance of childhood including the undignified Picard tantrum.

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* "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/

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

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

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* "Venezuela's currency value depends largely on one guy at an Alabama Home Depot:" https://www.pri.org/stories/2016-12-01/venezuelas-currency-value-depends-largely-one-guy-alabama-home-depot

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

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* "Trump Jr collusion admission leaves Kushner exposed:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "China is building an incredibly cool "forest city" that will combat pollution
China is building an incredibly cool "forest city" that will combat pollution:" http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F2s36Fw1&t=YzI2MzQxOWIxOTM2NzI5NzU3NmQyMjBlMjYzMGJjYTIyYjJkODdlMixHYnJ2eWZNVQ%3D%3D&b=t%3AlcQOOVLPUqU8b7tcAVYSvw&p=http%3A%2F%2Fbrigdh.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F162755800318%2Fthe-future-now-china-is-building-an-incredibly&m=1

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

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* "The rise to power of Vladimir Putin:"

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* "Putin regime marked by graft and corruption:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Trump tells confidants U.S. will quit Paris climate deal:" https://www.axios.com/scoop-trump-tells-confidants-he-plans-to-leave-paris-climate-deal-2424446776.html

* "Trump aides facing perilous stage of Russia probe:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/27/trump-russia-probe-risk-238878

* "Travel to the U.S. has dropped by 11 percent since Trump took office:" http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/tourism-u-s-has-been-decline-trump-took-office-n764206

* "Waters: ‘I believe it was collusion’:"

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* "Trumpcare called ‘cruel’ and ‘deadly’:"

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* "Man arrested for machete stabbing, hate crime following standoff:" http://www.lakeconews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51061:man-arrested-for-machete-stabbing-hate-crime-following-standoff&catid=1:latest&Itemid=197

* "Takei boldly silences ‘Star Trek’ diversity attacks:"

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* "Islamophobia Being Deployed Again In Another Pearland Political Race:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/islamophobia-being-deployed-again-in.html

* "Strength Through Unity: How To Spot Fascism Before It’s Too Late:" https://thenib.com/strength-through-unity

* I've discovered that the rerun channel is broadcasting Dick Cavett's of random eras on the regular. I grew up with these as Dick Cavett in whichever incarnation and on whichever channel he happened to be on that year was the one talk show that really interested my Mother. (I very much wish they would show the one with Robin Williams from his PBS Era, which we watched open mouthed as Robin William leapt about improving for the full half hour interview. No such luck yet). Some of these age better than others. There are plenty of celebrities I no longer remember or care about. Cavett is a little too focused on the beauty of certain women, such as Sofia Loren in ways that make me uncomfortable, though he is never anywhere near as gross as Lipton was to Brooke Shields on Actor's Studio. The episode with some gross sexist Frenchman harassing Sally Fields and some random lady from the audience was flat out unacceptable, but there are plenty of important and interesting interviews tucked in there, like the famous Katherine Hepburn one and the like.

Last night I watched the Ellsberg Pentagon Papers interview from 1971, and damn if it isn't intelligent and intensely relevant today, to the point I wish it were required watching for Congress Critters and anyone serving in the executive branch in any political capacity. The nuance with which they discuss his experiences in Vietnam and in government and the way he came to make the decision he did to leak the Pentagon Papers first to the Intelligence committee and the papers is just... something people ought to see. He had do decide which of several bad choices was the least terrible in the face of a Presidential Administration doing something harmful to the point of killing large numbers of people to no purpose, and the eloquence with which he explains how and why he got to that point is just something people faced with similar ethical choices ought to see.

I admit do fast forwarding over the bits of no interest and deleting whole episodes with no interest for me, but even this short taste has been worthwhile, if only for that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "North Korea detains third U.S. citizen:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-detainee-idUSKBN17P038

* "'Outsider candidates' in spotlight for upcoming French election:"

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* "Guest: Most French see Trump as a flake:"

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* "Rep. Ted Lieu trolls Trump’s immigration policy:"

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* "Trump real estate a potential means to pay money to a president:"

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* "Sessions, unlike Trump, says DREAMers are 'subject to being deported':" http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/sessions-unlike-trump-dreamers-unauthorized-immigrants-subject-deported/story?id=46956350

* "New Trump hire resurrects corruption questions:"

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* "Dean on Jeff Sessions: I get the feeling it’s incompetence:"

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* "White House Still Pressing to Hold Obamacare Vote This Week:" https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-22/health-care-vote-likely-in-early-may-house-conservative-says

* "White House officials offer conflicting details of Trump tax plan:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/04/23/white-house-officials-offer-conflicting-details-of-trump-tax-plan/?utm_term=.3315575f659f

* "Thousands march for science!:"

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* "FOX boss made black workers arm wrestle for whites:"

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* "Marc Edwards - How to Address the U.S. Water Crisis in Flint and Beyond:"

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* "Dear parents, you are being lied to.:" https://violentmetaphors.com/2014/03/25/parents-you-are-being-lied-to/

* "Brown in Town - A West Texas Water Crisis:"

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* "French Elections: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:"

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* "A Farewell To Bill O'Reilly From Stephen Colbert And 'Stephen Colbert':"

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* "Bill O'Reilly's '98 Novel Is Rich With Foreshadowing:"

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* "The Steve Bannon Diaries:"

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* "Exclusive 'Alien' Trailer With Sigourney Weaver And Stephen Colbert:"

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* "Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog - 1965:"

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* "Nina Simone: Mississippi Goddam:"

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* I was watching part of the Yves Saint Laurent biopic from a couple of years ago over lunch. It got to the scene where they were negotiating with the Americans via interpreters, and I wandered off into the kitchen to clean up lunch and change out a fly strip. I had this strange feeling of rightness, and then it dawned on me, I was half half listening in two languages while tidying up bowls and such. My parents' bilingual dinner parties, when we had house guests from from France. Soft simultaneous polite conversation. Everything right with the world for a little while at least.

* I just had my first boca burger greens and salad out of my own garden earlier. I haven't enough yet to do it again for a bit, but the garden is going most excellently.

Reminder: I'm getting my foot out patient thing done Tuesday, which may effect availability and temper.

* "Already irked fans threaten boycott over Marvel’s new Hydra campaign:" https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/secret-empire-hydra-shirts-marvel/?tu=gav

* The theme of Social Contract theory in Black Sails: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159923124987/your-latest-black-sails-meta-made-me-realize-that

* Steve Rogers, the Warsaw Ghetto, and fuck Marvel: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159918198527/bluefall-returns-phinarei

* "Sunday Sweets For April (Baby) Showers:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/4/23/sunday-sweets-for-april-baby-showers.html

* NWS: nudes. "Normal Moments In Art History With No Murder" http://the-toast.net/2014/06/16/fine-normal-moments-art-history-one-get-murdered/

* "The Handmaid’s Tale Is a Warning to Conservative Women:" https://newrepublic.com/article/141674/handmaids-tale-hulu-warning-conservative-women

* National Poetry Month:

"Stolen Kisses: to Iuventius by Gaius Valerius Catullus:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159918785716/99-stolen-kisses-to-iuventius-by-gaius-valerius

"Hummingbird Pauses at the Trumpet Vine by Mary Oliver:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159922506513/hummingbird-pauses-at-the-trumpet-vine-by-mary

* Dragon Cave: Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

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

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

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

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* There has been horrific, persistent, large scale, deadly flooding in Peru with displacement on a scale I honestly can't wrap my head around. Want to help? https://www.ammado.com/community/193613

* "London attack: Five dead in Westminster terror attack:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39359158

* "Dmitry Orlov: Social Collapse Best Practices:" http://longnow.org/seminars/02009/feb/13/social-collapse-best-practices/

* We appear to have bombed a refugee school in Raqqa.

* "Russian paid Manafort millions to help Putin influence US:"

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* "Trump case a lesson in intelligence gathering:"

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* "Nunes muddies Trump probe with abrupt claim of new evidence:"

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* All nominations still under discussion need to be haulted. People who have clearly committed felonies (Flynn and Manafort) need to be arrested right away, and there needs to be a full proper independent inquiry to see who else needs arresting. This isn't some piddly blow job situation; this is a safety and security of the Nation and the World situation.

* "Rep Schiff: Trump Russia case now 'more than circumstantial':"

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* "Russian info-war tactics in US election continue:"

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* "No, it Really is that Bad:" http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/02/no-is-really-is-that-bad

* "SCOTUS integrity damaged by GOP stolen seat:"

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* "Franken questions Trump & Gorsuch’s judgment:"

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* "Former GOP chairman charged with voter fraud:"

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* "Dahlia Lithwick - The Politicization of Neil Gorsuch's SCOTUS Confirmation - Extended Interview:"

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* "Sanders: AHCA is tax plan to help the wealthy:"

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* "The Barbarians Inside the Gates: Can the Center Hold?:" https://medium.com/bioneers/the-barbarians-inside-the-gates-can-the-center-hold-25ea6408bd5e#.i3b13f53n

* "Why Is A Hate Group Meddling In An Illinois School Board Race?:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/why-is-hate-group-meddling-in-illinois.html

* This has got to be the Alaska equivalent of Florida Man. "Snake found on a plane. Yes, really... snake on a plane:" http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39349326/snake-found-on-a-plane-yes-really-snake-on-a-plane

* "Africa's Sean Spicer & Not Coming to America:"

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* "So Much News, So Little Time:"

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* "Jordan Klepper Fingers the Pulse - Why Is President Trump Campaigning Again?:"

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* "Dalai Lama: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:"

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* "Trump's Hard Power Budget :"

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* "Steve Bannon's Bathtub Musings:"

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* "The WERD: Screw Unto Others:"

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* "Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka, Trump Whisperer:"

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* "Great Moments In Women's History:"

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* "Jeff Sessions Tackles Weed And The White House's (Unrelated) Paranoia:"

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* "Josh Lucas Had A Machine Gun Pointed At Him:"

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* "Ryan Reynolds & Jake Gyllenhaal Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions:"

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* "Ryan Reynolds: Big Questions With Even Bigger Stars :"

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* NWS Obviously. Wait past the credits. "Deadpool Musical - Beauty and the Beast "Gaston" Parody :"

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* I spent so many years trying to fight Doctors who were trying to gaslight me into agreeing that I wasn't sick, including that time I spent half a decade trying to convince someone to do something about Heberton, the tumor colony that was literally killing me, that even after years of dealing with a practice where the Doctor's are willing to actually treat me, it is always a huge relief that they do instead of making me waste huge amounts of energy I haven't got fighting for treatment. Decades of training has made me used to being told I am imaging whatever happens to be actively trying to kill me, which of course plays in "fun" ways with my childhood abuse. I really have no words for how I feel every time a Doctor just tries to fix what wrong instead of trying to retraumatize me out of laziness and/or prejudice.

The lab results weren't back yet, but the x-ray was definitive. This is the first pneumonia I've had in the half decade or so since I was vaccinated against it. I used to get it most years, so the vaccine was so worth it. I started antibiotic number three this morning, one of the alarmingly strong ones. At least it's only once a day, and I'm off my arthritis meds for the duration as I don't like making holes in my stomache. My body pulled one of it's little chronic illness rebellions this evening, though it is hard to tell if it's the pneumonia or the antibiotic or both or neither. They made need to change antibiotic depending on what strain it tuns out to be, but odds are I won't. This has been a bad one, acute more than half the time between the beginning of February and now. In it's own way it's been worse than the six months of lung MRSA.

In other news, Squirrel is recovering well from the influenza and Tavy has been trying terribly hard to be good, poor wee beastie.

* I feel like people get intimidated by "elite" culture. People with a lot of time and money to devote to things like studying Shakespeare or classical music or high end art have a very human interest in making these things into something only the very wealthy and highly educated have a right to enjoy because they are the ones who can tease out the nuance. The thing is though that music, art, dance, theater have mostly been available to everybody to some degree. Shakespeare was for the Groundlings as well as the toffs. Church music had to reach the peasant and the rag picker as well as the Queen, King, and the Princes of the church. Art had patrons and sure, the stuff in palaces were for the very rich, but the same painters put the art on public columns and in churches too where everyone saw it. Music and dance have always belonged to everyone even if certain types were more common in one setting or another. even opera had cheap seats when it was new. The barrier between the art of the rich and the art of the poor is a very modern thing, even though we all grew up thinking there was this line between popular and high art. It is bull shit. If you like something and enjoy it, there is nothing wrong with that. your tastes may change with age and exposure and/or study, but never let any one tell you that something that gives you pleasure isn't good enough, and a hundred times that never let anyone tell you you aren't good enough to understand and enjoy something. If it makes you feel something, than that bit of music/art/theater/dance/poetry/whatever worked on some level. That needs to be enough.

It is also absolutely valid NOT to like something, even when everyone seems to be telling you you should. Everyone has a right to their own taste and don’t like anyone tell you different.

* I despise everything about the commercial where the girl mocks her mother on line for #having a cold because #every one gets them so #shut up.

* "The Walking Dead Gives Us a Tasty, Satisfying Filler Ep:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/the-walking-dead-7x14/

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* "Divisive political rhetoric a danger to the world, Amnesty says:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-39048293

* "Reince Priebus needs to step down:"

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* "Trump admin spikes intel report that undercuts travel ban:"

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* One month in and he's worse than W and Nixon put together. This is fucking terrifying. "GOP intel chairs push media on Russia story at Trump behest: WaPo:"

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* "Trump's loose talk becomes clean-up chore for staff:"

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* In other news Trump hallucinated lines going back six blocks of imaginary people he believes came to see him at CPAC. "Obama spotted in NYC and people lose it:"

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* "Laverne on 'Hardball':" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/laverne-on-hardball.html

* "Sit Your Azz Down, Caitlyn:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/sit-your-azz-down-caitlyn.html

* O.o "Location Reviews:" http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/459563.html

* "The Walking Dead: Rick and his Fan Club:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/the-walking-dead-rick-and-his-fan-club.html


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* Donald Trump invented a terror attack on Sweden Saturday in hopes of stirring up more Islamaphobic hatred to further damage our country.

* "Pursuit of shady oligarch a test of DoJ integrity under Trump:"

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* "New Trump NSA pick, McMaster, known for speaking truth to power:"

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* "Trump deportation memos show stripping of immigrant protections:"

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* "John McCain just systematically dismantled Donald Trump’s entire worldview:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/17/john-mccain-just-systematically-dismantled-donald-trumps-entire-worldview/?tid=pm_politics_pop&utm_term=.f0481f26f73e

* "This Is A Test Of The Emergency Broadcasting System:" http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2017/01/30/this-is-a-test-of-the-emergency-broadcasting-system/

* If their plan to literally kill people by denying them health care to pay for tax cuts to the rich is such a good idea, why are they too cowardly to face the people they are choosing to hurt and explain why their suffering is for the good of the .1% to their faces? Don't they at least owe it to the people they are choosing to harm to listen to them? If they are ashamed of their creulty and lack the courage to own up to iut, why can't they simply chose not to harm people? Not harming people in this case merely requires to them to do nothing. Just saying. "Many GOP lawmakers won't hold town halls:"

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* "Texas Orgs Launch 'I Pee With LGBT' Campaign:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/texas-orgs-launch-i-pee-with-lgbt.html

* "Karma Kicks Milo In The Rear:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/karma-kicks-milo-in-rear.html

* Improvement is slow, but ongoing. I am still trying to clear my lungs, but sleep is much easier. I am exhausted pretty much constantly, but I am well enough to read.

* "Beauty Battles Believability in Game of Thrones Costume Design for Margaery Tyrell Part 1:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/margaery-tyrell-costume-part-1/

* Legion has moved into some areas that are triggery for me, but I'm still hanging on. "Legion Sends David to His New Home:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/legion-sends-david-new-home/

* Black Sails XXXII: Fault Lines:

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* "Meet Aisha, a former antelope hunter who now tracks Boko Haram:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/08/antelope-hunter-boko-haram-nigeria

* "Turks and Caicos: Where women hold the top jobs:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38679913

* "Maddow: Careening Trump White House invites disaster:"

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* "Spousal abuse testimony on Oprah a factor in Puzder confirmation:"

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* The horrible Mnuchin is in. Flynn's out over the whole possible espionage, violation of the Logan Act/Russian Blackmail thing.

* I am not angry at people voting for Schulkin to pass through, though I am for those who voted for most of the rest of them. He's an Obama hold over and a reasonable choice. He's on the vert short list with Gen. Mattis and ... IDK, maybe Elaine Chao, of people who'd be acceptable in a year when Republicans weren't rubber stamping criminals and incompetents an actual vetting was going on.

* It's time for another round of "Who's in Donald Trump's Cabinet?:" https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/trump-cabinet-tracker/510527/

* "Donald Trump signs executive order giving police more authority:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-sign-executive-order-police-more-authority-murder-shooting-us-president-jeff-sessions-a7572001.html

* "Time to pull out again: The 14 Points of Fascism:" http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/11/20/1452457/-Time-to-pull-out-again-The-14-Points-of-Fascism

* "This is what Republicans try to demonize for political gain. Think about it.:" http://awkward0w1.tumblr.com/post/157223842323

* "What Steve Bannon Wants You to Read:" http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/02/steve-bannon-books-reading-list-214745

* "Danger of gutted spillway still looms over Oroville Dam:"

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* "The Troubling Resurgence of Racial Slurs Like ‘Shvartze’ and ‘Kushi:" http://forward.com/opinion/361625/michael-twitty-black-jewish-relations/?utm_content=buffer52cb7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "Elaine Welteroth & Phillip Picardi - How Teen Vogue Has Grown Up:"

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* "Phyllis Mae Dailey, The First Black Navy Nurse:" http://blackdoctor.org/483585/phyllis-mae-dailey/

* "10 Black women trailblazers who are overlooked during Black History Month:" http://www.revelist.com/race/black-women-trailblazers/6758

* Bruno Mars and Morris Day and the Time ripped it up at the Grammys in there Tribute to Prince. Seriously, this was brilliant and right.: https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/157223932408/agoraphobic-ecologist-prince-grammy-tribute

* This is cheesy, but it made me weep: http://sodiumflare.tumblr.com/post/157222892030/hogwartshiddenswimmingpool-a-glorious-dawn

* "Trump's Open-Air Situation Room:"

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* “Smeagol in a Suit” *snerk* "Profiles in Tremendousness - Senior Adviser Stephen Miller:"

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* "Stephen Miller, You're Invited To Tell Lies On The Late Show:"

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* "Laverne Cox Did Not Cry While Meeting Beyoncé:"

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* I found an angle that completely thrashes my torso muscles, but which allowed sleep. Tavy was pleased as he got on the human sleeps as is proper. I need to go out for supplementary meds tomorrow, which I do not want to do. I think the antibiotics are working after all, though I have doubts if it will be enough having just swallowed the last one. I'm at the sorting out how much of the crappiness is infection and how much is meds stage. I can make it to the bathroom without getting seriously winded, which is progress.

* This is brilliant and I'm now all for the Billy = Miranda+Thomas theory. "Parallels between Billy and Miranda & Musical Instruments on ‘Black Sails’:" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/157212001302/parallels-between-billy-and-miranda-musical

* I've been quietly loathing the giant Teddy bear add that is full of lines that make it clear the giant Teddy bear is meant to signal cock size and in the grossest possible way making it clear if a guy buys this bear he will somehow definately get laid, even though this is not consistent with the reaction of any woman I've ever met. I never actually looked up. Until tonight. Me: Where are they going to store that thing. It's huge! What adult woman would want a human sized bear... Oh! The guy is fucking the BEAR! He is pretending it's a romantic gift for her, but the commercial is clearly all about a socially acceptable excuse to buy a man sized sex toy and justify it.

You'd think given my sexual history, I would not be this naive, but there You have it. No wonder they are showing it late nights with the vibrator and boner pill ads.

* "The Walking Dead, Season Seven, Episode Seven: Rock In The Road:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/the-walking-dead-season-seven-episode.html

* "Emerald City, Season One, Episode Seven: They Came First:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/emerald-city-season-one-episode-seven.html

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* Trump is such a coward he is keeping out a one year old with cancer for fear that ze's a terrorist.

* Trump threatened to invade Mexico when on the phone to their President. Flynn also openly threatening to invade Iran. And did I mention Trump threw a tantrum then hung up on Australia’s Turnbull?

* So 45 is trying to burden the country with another Scalia for the next 40-50 years in the slot they stole from Obama/Garland.

* In case it's not clear, I do have substantive complaints about Gorsuch around things like Hobby Lobby, Extreme religious over reach, the whole citizens have no right to sue cops for murdering their relatives thing, worker's and women's rights generally, etc..

* Given the republicans made up a brand new rule that the President is suddenly only allowed to nominate for the Supreme court in the first three years of his term regardless of what the Constitution says, lied that it was not a brand new thing they made up specifically because they believe that only republican presidents have the right to pick supreme court nominees, and vowed to hold it open another four years if Hillary won, I am having a hard time taking them seriously when they exhort Democrats to "rise above politics" and vote on Neil Gorsuch when they wouldn't "rise above politics" themselves to even give Merrick Garland a hearing. Fuck that! They broke it, they bought it.

They need to nominate Merrick Garland or some other person with bipartisan support. If not, Democrats need to display spine.

* "US Holocaust Museum's "early warning signs of fascism" sign is going viral:" https://mic.com/articles/167188/us-holocaust-museums-early-warning-signs-of-fascism-sign-is-going-viral?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.yh2pULSB3

* So Trump ordered customs agents to ignore judicial rulings blocking parts of his executive order attacking vetted refugees and lawful permanent residents on the basic of religion and country of origin. Customs agents broke the law to obey the president. The rule of law is failing under the agenda of the executive branch.

* I am impressed as hell with the AARP ad targeting Trump voters to get them to call Congress Critters to save Social Security from Ryan's congress. It's deceptive as Hell, but very well played.

* "If You Know A Lawyer, Hug Them:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/01/if-you-know-lawyer-hug-them.html

* They are trying to make life legally begin at conception: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/586

* "A Vision of Liberation: Raquel Willis at National Women's March :"

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* "Black Trans People Are STILL Making Black History:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/black-trans-people-are-still-making.html

* I am wildly uncomfortable with them using Dylan Thomas in a commercial.

* I have taken to thinking of the way I rp three scenes at once as "strafing."

In related news, Tuesday was day two of a marathon rp thing so we might wrap up Braavos before the Dolphin festival on Game of Bones, hence me not having started the Black sails premiere post.

* Young Pope: I suppose it is the Medievalist in me, but I am honestly surprise Lenny hasn't been poisoned yet. I keep waiting for an anti-christ reveal. I can not tell if I like it or not, but I can not look away.

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