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* "Donald Trump Jr. in legal danger for Russia meeting about Clinton dirt:"

* "Donald Trump Jr. just contradicted a whole bunch of White House denials of Russian contacts:"

* Paul Ryan is such a coward he refuses to look the people he has been planning to kill since college in the eye. "Paul Ryan tries to quell town hall controversy, but voters still want to talk:"

* "Columbus Police on the Attack Again: Disabled demonstrators arrested:"

* "why you should not dismiss research unless you rly truly mean it:"

* "Independent Cinema: Crash Course Film History #12:"

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* "American Floods: Crash Course World Mythology #18:"

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* "So about those space orcs...:"

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

* "What can I do to help Syria?:"

* This App phones your rep for you:

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

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

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

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

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

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

* This is my oldest continuous Real Life friend. She is disabled and really needs the money for herself and beasts. To buy jewelry from her:

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:"
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* "US military, State Dept key indicators of US world standing:"

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* "Comey politics undercuts confidence in Trump Russia investigation:"

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* "Senate Russia investigation 'flounders':"

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* "The government's Mar-a-Lago ad:"

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* Earlier today, I was watching footage of ordinary people doing ordinary people type things from before WWI. These images fascinate me. They are so clearly people just like us, but the world they lived in was so deeply and fundamentally different. There they are more than a century ago shopping for groceries, working, playing, but all dead now and our world unimaginable to them. Hell, their world in a decade from when the were filmed unimaginable to them. There is something fundamentally magic about film for all it is a gift of science. There is something endlessly amazing about watching individual faces in a crowd from so long ago. We take moving images for granted as this is all technologies so much older than any of us, but most of the people who've ever lived never saw an undistorted image of themselves, let alone had a clear idea of what ordinary people a hundred+ years previously looked like. Art is amazing, but portraiture only captured a tiny fraction of people's faces, and usually mostly the rich, powerful, and/or the conventionally beautiful. (There have been exceptions, like Hellenistic sculpture, Japanese paintings of people with deformities, early van Gogh, etc. but most art over the spans in which reasonably accurate portraiture was a thing is aiming for beauty or to flatter patrons). We have the ability to see a window into another time, albeit mostly in black and white. Still amazing to me every damned time.

* I've been pocking at why the new Colbert Alex Jones mock makes me uncomfortable. I was delighted by him mocking Bill O'Reilly for a decadish this way on the Colbert show. That time Jon Stewart did a hole show as Glen Beck was hilarious. Colbert's Alex Jones mock is spot on and given the damage he's done, he deserves what he gets, so why does it make me squirm? I finally figured it out. It's too real and I don't want anyone who behaves like that in my livingroom, even though I know it's just Colbert doing a brilliant job at taking down someone who deserves it.

* Sarah Palin Doll:

* National Poetry Month:

"Yesterday: to Licinius Calvus by Gaius Valerius Catullus:"

* Dragon Cave:
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* "Auschwitz survivors appeal to world:"

* "The Holocaust’s Forgotten Roma Victims:"

* "Recreating clothes from the Iron Age:"

* There has been a fifth major pipeline disaster this month, this time with an explosion followed by a leak. Republicans taking this as proof we need more pipelines, continue to rush Keystone Pipeline approval through in hopes of endangering the entire midwest.

* "Secrets of a Celtic princess:"

* "Study Shows You Can't Hate Fatties for Our Own Good:"

* "Democalypse 2016 - Fox News Correspondent Auditions:"

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* I know this sounds like concern trolling, but Sarah Palin's incoherent word salad really worries me on her behalf. I am hoping she was drunk, because it sounded a little like some people I've known with stroke aphasia. I don't like her, but I wouldn't wish serious brain damage on anyone. It gives me chills to watch her unable to put sentences together, stinging words together that make no sentence, over and over. Yes, some of her speech was the usual string of nonsense buzz words and lies that she and Michelle Bachman specialize in. That's not what I mean. I mean the sequence where she kept trying to make sentences and random ungrammatical words came out in the rhythm of speech but making no sense at all. It genuinely alarmed me. I hope she's okay. If she was just drunk or high as fuck, It's okay to laugh, but if it's brain damage we're all assholes, so I'm not sure how to react here.

* "Escape from Rich Mountain:"

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* Today was mostly cleaning.

* "Five ways an American changed how Sherlock Holmes looks and talks:"

* Help my friends adopt two cats:

* Our Financial Situation continues Scary: or
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* "Rare Incan 'Calculators' Found in Peru:"

* "Deadly Victorian fashions or "Don't lick the arsenic dress:""

* "Hundred-year Mafia murder 'solved':"

* "The Soapbox: Black Nerds, Escapism, & Why We Need More Diverse Books:"

* "Effortless Beauty: I Know You Didn't Really Eat That Pizza:"

* "Stopping James Crow III:"

* "Shut Up Fool Awards-Fourth Of July 2014 Edition:"

* How did I not know Douglas Addams wrote for Doctor Who?

* I wish I could see this. "This Beautiful Mourning Attire Is Coming To Met's Costume Institute:"

* "Josh Charles shares ‘Dead Poets Society’ memories, 25 years :"

Along with "Another Country," "Dead Poet's Society" is one of two films I have ever seen that really speaks to my experience of high School. It's hard to watch still. It was extra unnerving for me when it first came out, as the boy I was dating, and in fact watched the film in the theater with, looked eerily like Neil. His parents were a special class of horrible, seeing him not as a human being with needs and wants of his own, but their favorite pawn in a complex psycho-sexual game they played with each other. He went to a different prep school we used to run against. It was way to close and very dagger to the heart at the time. (This is the same boy who took me to see his psychiatrist to 1. prove I was not a particularly elaborate fantasy/symptom of a psychotic break and 2. So that I could validate his descriptions of his treatment at home.)

Anyway, it was an incredibly hard film to watch, but the thing that bothers me still is that I knew damned well that schools like mine loved teachers like Keating. No really. They were rare, but oh so cherished. I could list my Keatings here if I wanted. The thing about prep school is that there is massive pressure to conform, but there is this countervailing force to turn the exceptional into future leaders. Conformity was for the middle of the personality Bell Curve. At the ends were the rock stars and the monsters. The system reinforces the monsters into something out of "American Psycho;" you need Keatings to turn the eccentrics into leaders and writers and Great Men/Women.

* "The Famous Artworks That Inspired 15 Films:"

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