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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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* 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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* "Trump camp tries to turn narrative as Russia scrutiny intensifies:"

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* "Pence spokesman squirms on Russia question:"

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* They have yanked this from the schedule. Not ready my ambiguous ass! My bet is that there was anti-gay propaganda pressure from the Putin backed faction at the Bolshoi. This is stunning and best to see what we can of it. This is an excerpt from the Nureyev ballet: http://melmoth.blog/post/162923662333/an-excerpt-from-nureyev-vlad-lantratov

* "Andy Serkis Becomes Gollum To Read Trump's Tweets :"

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* ...And the car's dead. Squirrel foolishly stopped on the way to work and it's not starting. Odds are it's the wiring we couldn't afford to fix round the battery. There is a chance he can get a jump to get home in the morning.

If I’m remembering right the estimate was in the $150-200 range. I’ve next to nothing, bills having already gone out except the auto-withdraw for insurance I can’t mess with and I’m already floating a bill for this month. He’s not convinced he can squeeze that much out of his budget.

Fuck. I was hoping we had the summer to raise it and the tires felt more urgent, but those will for sure have to wait.

Want to help? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Of Dragon Princesses: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/160444297230/songsofthepen-floydllawtonarchive-dragons#notes

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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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* "Stop Using Minimum Wage To Determine Who Is Beneath You:" http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/ward-anderson/minimum-wage-hating-the-poor_b_16922788.html

* "After A Year, Seattle’s New Minimum Wage Hasn’t Raised Retail Prices:" https://www.fastcompany.com/3059118/after-a-year-seattles-new-minimum-wage-hasnt-raised-retail-prices

* A Muslim man answers a white supremacist: http://the-alexandrian-alchemist.tumblr.com/post/161553244851/bellygangstaboo-standing-ovation

* "Colo. Woman Is Being Terrorized by Racist Notes Slipped Under Her Door, but Apartment Complex Refuses to Let Her Break Lease:" http://www.theroot.com/colo-woman-is-being-terrorized-by-racist-notes-slipped-1795821403

* "Number 12- Rest In Power And Peace, Kenne McFadden:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/number-12-rest-in-power-and-peace-kenne.html

* Today was disaster. Real, serious, I don't know what the fuck I'm going to do level disaster. This move has been incredibly rough on me physically, and I'm kind of at the end of my rope anyway on that. (The Wednesday allergen exposure was so bad I have a rash in patches all over my body and my eyes were so bad they woke me up. My meds schedule is disrupted which means the AS is kicking my ass, and apparently all the stress has revved up my auto-immune situation so that there was measurable new damage over the course of Thursday).

Today, though. I am so fucked. We take the first load over and get back in to drive back to the old house for another and the starter doesn't turn over. I correctly assume the battery is drained. A nice lady gives us directions to a cheap battery place and jump. This is an excellent place, cheap, friendly, honest, and full of locals. No frills and everything I want in a mechanic. They basically just do tires and batteries. There is an understandably long long line, but our guy is intelligent, charming and looks like a taller Ty from Almighty Johnsons. I am not panicked at this point. We do not need a new battery, just refurbishing on corroded wires. I give him my toilet paper money for the month, which is cheap for a thing that will fix my car. It turns out we need a new grounding wire, which is not a thing they do there, but he estimated we had about a year to raise the money before it failed, so the day is still going reasonably well, considering. We'd lost a couple hours and my toilet paper, we had plenty of time for moving everything they had packed already.

I try to start the car. It doesn't. He figures out it's a sticky...some word I'd never heard of for a part attached to the starter? Anyway, he showed us where to bang to get the car to start. We drive away.

I get pulled over for speeding leaving Ferndale, which is very much my fault. My instinct is to speed up once we are over the bridge and into the country straight away, so I tend to speed up about half a mile too soon. especially sleep deprived, exhausted, having only had a nasty granola bar too eat as I hadn't time to eat before I left, plus the whole long drive over back roads broken car stress. I am white and I wasn't going that far above the limit, and I do well with polite and contrite when confronted with cops. I know it's a white privilege thing and I feel terrible about this working for me when I know if I were Native or black the whole thing would have been potentially life threatening and at minimum expensive. It's also a class privilege thing, which I also feel shitty about. I am poor and have been my whole life, but I code switch like a champ thanks to my accent and schooling. I feel shitty about taking advantage of something that everyone should have, which is decent treatment by police, but we were looking at this month's car insurance money if I got a ticket, so... polite and contrite and code switched up the class scale and mention being stressed about car trouble and let him let me off.

The car doesn't start. I pop the hood and hobble 'round back and the cop watches me grab the tire ion and hobble it back to the front. I wang the thing. I start the car and close the hood and put the tire iron up front, knowing I'll need it later. I figure i nothing else, this vindicates in his head that my day really was made of shit before he stopped me. This is still not disastrous. I kept my car insurance money. I can live with wanging the car to start it every time.

We get back to the house. I top the car and realise I forgot to roll down the stupid power window. Car won't start. Pop hood, wang the thing, leaving the hood open as we'll need to wang it to leave. Car doesn't start.

Fuck. Fuckfuckfuckfuck.

Correctly reasoning that there is a chance that it worked at the mechanic because the super long wait with the hood popped let it cool down (parts expand in the heat. It is a hot day and driving long distances heats a car right up even on a cold one and it might be enough to through something already dicey enough off to bork it), I settled under a tree with my book for an hour or so. I weighed the advantage of going straight home vs stopping halfway for free fluid top off and waiting an hour or so for the car to cool down enough to start. I opted for the fluids. The distance being shorter the wait was shorter, but enough to alarm the fluid jockeys. I assured them it was fine and would start once it had cooled down a bit and that's why I'd stopped for fluids. (There were no warning lights and the temp gauge was low medium). I drove home.

I can't do things like forage or go for meds through stop and go traffic without scheduling in a couple extra hours for reading in allergen laden air with the hood open or every stop. It's not tenable.

I've no real idea what fixing it will cost. I suspect the part won't be too bad, but the part looks well embedded, which I bet means labor cost'll be in the 3-5 hundred range at honest downtown mechanic. I don't know, of course, but say, not paying rent and possibly bills for a month is not option.

Fuck. Fuckity fuck.

Why can't I take the bus? I don't have 50ish dollars a month to throw away and the bus doesn't let out anywhere close to where I need to go, which means every single trip to do anything involves literal miles of painful gimping to and fro, plus I can't buy more than a back pack full of groceries at a time, which means gimping these long distances over and over with weights. There is a special bus for disabled people that actually takes you where you want to go. I've waited close to a decade to hear back about my application, so I'm guessing that's a no and we're still talking a back pack plus whatever I can balance on my head while gimping. (I am not skilled on the level of the people who have to tote giant jugs of water, but If a thing is not too heavy, like a forage box or the water for my plants I put it on my head with a steadying hand in case my balance wavers and I can manage sort distances , which are longer than I can manage one handed without doing it that way.) So I can use the fix route bus at the price of not being able to do anything else that day and the next and possibly the one after (including things like making food and doing dishes) for things like the doctor and library, but not really for things like forage or grocery shopping. I become trapped in my house, as even small simple trips involve enough advanced planning for me to save up spoons for there and back again and to clear everything else until I recover enough to cope...

Fucked.

On the upside, they’ve got someone else with a car to help them next week, so all that was lost as far as getting them moved somewhere safe was a day of hauling.

* I finally finished Blacklist. You have to understand, I am 100% team Mr. Kaplan, and I stopped giving a fart about Red the second he put a bullet in her head. I actually guessed a big chuck of the season arc, though not all the twists, and I had hoped for a different ending. (The Dembe thing was so transparent as to not even count as a twist as I guessed how that would play out the moment I grasped the scenario basics, but I did not guess Wressler's old partner would turn up or the end of season stupidity, so not 100%, but I'd guess maybe 80%? Certainly I guessed who Red was under attack by and the broad outlines of where it would go). I did love the all Mr. Kaplan episode and pretty much all her things worked for me, except the very end which was clumsy. I did like how Samar and Aram resolved. (Earlier seasons it wouldn't have worked for me, but the power balance equalized and it works for me now). I am not sure if the show is worth watching another season without Mr. Kaplan, as I'm not convinced the other characters are enough to make me want to put up with Reddington. He was musing for a few seasons, but it's reached the point where I just want him dead now and Dembe and off with his family away from the creepy codependent life endangering bullshit. I want the team to go off and have careers that don't corrupt them the way this does. I want this show over and done the way I wish someone would put Supernatural out of it's misery. I only barely managed to get through Redemption, despite a lot of talented acting and eye candy. It just didn't gel for me and I'm struggling to remember how they left it.

Liz should have picked her. Task force should have switched. Kate Kaplan could do all Red can do plus more plus she still has resources, plus she’d be able to do it while giving up killing people which long term solves the whole supporting a criminal enterprise, plus why in hell would they want anything to do with a man who’ use Liz as bait? Not forgivable. A friend points out they could have switched up the sides and had Reddington be the villain for a season, which would have been a cool parallel and let them keep a one of a kind character in play while still keeping Reddington’s ratings. It would have let Liz have some basic principles inculcated early her nanny instead of Red being her “real” sperm donor over riding everything, which is better drama and more interesting anyway. “In fact, she could have considered it incumbent upon her //as his daughter// to put a stop to his antics.” Thank you friend for pointing it out.

I just... meh. They had one canonically queer character on the show and unless they find a way to resurrect her twice in two years.... I think I have to be done.

There has never been a character like Kate Kaplan on TV. Seriously, name me one other elderly dangerous principled queer woman mastermind on all of TV? She was the only one anywhere and they FRIDGED her.

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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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* "National security argument for Trump's travel ban falls apart:"

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* That thing where Trump posed in military attire on the most expensive military boondoggle in US history reminded me so much of W.'s Mission Accomplished" photo op in the flight suit.

* James Comey's FBI, not content with having interfered with the 2016 Presidential election with vague public insinuations against Hillary Clinton about what turned out to be nothing, and the NY Office coordinating with the Trump campaign to help him win, all while the FBI was deliberately hiding information about the Trump campaign also coordinating with Russia on the grounds that making Hillary look guilty when she had done nothing wrong was a matter of such national importance that violating rules requiring FBI neutrality in elections was essential for the good of the nation but letting voters know how deep in bed with the Russians the Trump camp was was not important enough for voters to know, they are now obstructing the Congressional investigation on Russian election interference. #$%^*$%&@$!

Jeff Sessions did finally recuse himself this afternoon. People are wondering if he ordered the obstruction before the recusal, or if significantly more alarmingly, the FBI is doing this on it's own behalf. Another key question is why did the FBI not disclose that Jeff Sessions was under investigation for his Russian contacts or his purgatory during his confirmation hearing during that confirmation hearing? Would not letting Congress know this be the correct thing to do?

* "FBI not cooperating with House on Trump Russia investigation:"

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* "Carter Page: ‘I don’t deny’ meeting with Russian ambassador:"

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* "Send a Potato to Senator Ron Johnson:" http://johnsonpotato.com/

* "DREAMer Arrested Moments After Speaking Out Against Deportations At A News Conference:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/adolfoflores/dreamer-arrested-moments-after-speaking-out?utm_term=.cjeJe9DPBx#.jwq23yLMk4

* "Thousands attend 'Stand Against Hate' rally against Jewish cemetery vandalism:" http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/real-time/Stand-Against-Hate-rally-Jewish-cemetery-vandalism-Mount-Carmel-March-2-2017.html

* "Jewish cemetery vandalized in New York, third case in 2 weeks:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/03/us/jewish-cemetery-vandalized-headstones-new-york/

* "Muslim group calls for FBI after Wash. teen hanging ruled suicide:" http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/muslim-group-calls-fbi-wash-teen-hanging-ruled-suicide-article-1.2985861

* TW: Hate Crimes described. "Do ALL Black Lives Matter?:"

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* "New York City school staff are now required to call trans students by preferred pronouns:" https://mic.com/articles/170163/new-york-city-school-staff-are-now-required-to-call-trans-students-by-preferred-pronouns?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.tcCsS6TEw

* "Evelyn Hooker’s groundbreaking research exploded the notion that homosexuality was a mental illness, ultimately removing it from the DSM.:" http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/02/myth-buster.aspx

* "Facial reconstruction made of 'brutally-killed' Pictish man:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-39002843

* "The environmental movement grapples with social justice in the age of Trump:" https://thinkprogress.org/the-environmental-movement-grapples-with-social-justice-in-the-age-of-trump-d0cb863c7996#.34vs4x623

* "Waiting For Godot’s Obamacare Replacement Starring Patrick Stewart :"

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* "Stephen On Trump's Speech: Just Because You Act Presidential, Doesn't Mean You Are:"

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* "After Well-Received Speech, Trump's Team Basks In The Afterglow:"

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* "Jeff Sessions Can't Recuse Himself From Stephen's Monologue:"

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* "Trump (Kind of) Responds to Jewish Attacks-The Daily Show with Trevor Noah:"

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* "Chris Colfer Wrote A Dark 'Candyland' Fan Fiction Musical:"

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* Our half year tax payment looks to be 160.00 this year. If you feel like chipping in: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Thursday night I had people over for dinner and then we all went grocery shopping. It was nice to well enough to people for the first time in a month or so.

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

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

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* They have just purged most of the higher echelon career diplomats in the State Department, including folks who've been there since I was a toddler, people who've served through Nixon until just now. I know I keep saying this, but this is all absolutely terrifying. They've basically summarily fired most of the people who simultaneously know what they are doing and had the power to effect things.

It looks like they are trying to get rid of them so no one knowledgeable who actually cares about the best interest of the United States will be in the way of Exxon and Putin's foreign policy directives in the wake of Rex Tillerson's arrival.

* "Did a dictionary diss Trump team's 'alternative facts'?:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/alternative-facts-dictionary-conway-234005

* If you've got time and spoons, now looks like a really good time to call the White House to object to us returning to a policy of torture, rendition, and black sites.

* Props to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for having the most spine amoung the senate Democrats. I am disappointed in all the rest of you. Be better. Your country needs you.

* "Donald Trump is now president — here are 8 guides to help you resist his agenda:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/156329735276/yourenotaloneinthis-the-movemnt-donald-trump

* NoDAPL. "It’s important that donations are made to a variety of these campaigns:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/156428233978/thepoliticsoffrybread-me-non-natives-esp

* People responding to yet another attack on using inclusive language in the queer community: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/156256903546/how-about-you-dont-use-the-word-queer-to-describe

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

* "Donald Trump is now president — here are 8 guides to help you resist his agenda:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/156329735276/yourenotaloneinthis-the-movemnt-donald-trump

* "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

* NoDAPL. "It’s important that donations are made to a variety of these campaigns:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/156428233978/thepoliticsoffrybread-me-non-natives-esp

* "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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* "NYT: Intercepts part of Trump-Russia investigation:"

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* "Sen. Sherrod Brown: White House starting to look like Goldman...:"

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* "Trump scrambling for crucial hires after weak preparation:"

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* "At last minute, Trump asks Obama appointees to stay:"

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* Everything since early November has felt like the montage explaining how the world ended.

* Don't Forget Mike Pence: https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/156112695818/cannibalcoalition-cannibalcoalition

* "Donald Trump is offering free tickets to his inauguration — and it's totally backfiring:" https://mic.com/articles/165707/donald-trump-is-offering-free-tickets-to-his-inauguration-and-it-s-totally-backfiring?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.UzIhCJz51

* "Obama leaves legacy of extraordinary accomplishments:"

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* So was Rick Perry flirting with Al Franken or what?

* " Montana Police Nail Mezuzah on Station Door, Defying Neo-Nazis:" http://forward.com/fast-forward/360481/photos-montana-police-nail-mezuzah-on-station-door-defying-neo-nazis/

* "I think the Fuck Not:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/156109193342

* "Things they don’t tell you about top surgery:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/156108905787/deducecanoe-lunapics-fonbella

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

* "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

* "A Topless Protester Grabs a Wax Donald Trump:"

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* "Profiles in Tremendousness - Secretary of Education Nominee Betsy DeVos:"

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* "President Obama Babyproofs America:"

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* "Back in Black - The Trump Inauguration's No-Star Lineup:"

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* "Swamp Dwellers:"

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* "The Great Feminists in Feminism Herstory Hall of Lady Fame :"

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* "Full Frontal Is Scared: Masha Gessen Edition:"

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* "Trump's Pre-Inauguration Photo Op:"

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* "Anxieties Over Russia Come to a Head:"

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* "How Donald Trump Spent His MLK Weekend:"

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* "The WERD: Repeal and Erase:"

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* "Trump Gets Ready For Day One-ish:"

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* "Obama's Final Message To The Press: Good luck!:"

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* "Trump's Inauguration: This Is Really Happening:"

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* "Grizzly Bears Are An Educational Menace:"

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* I wish there was some sort of simple way to tell whether one is tired or hungry.

* I went to get lung medicine today and as I pulled in, I saw the inevitable able bodied people blocking handicapped parking for a conversation, and was grumpily bracing to have to idle, burning gas and wasting time until they were done, as this is what usually happens in this scenario. Instead, get this, They moved out of the way. I've been handicapped for like a decade and they NEVER move out of the way. I thanked them on the way past and they were really nice and pleasant.

So get this. I'm leaving and there is a dad and two young sons blocking the exit to the handicapped lot and he sees me and the other car with a lady in wheelchair in it start to pull out of our parking spots, and he puts his arms around his kids and They moved out of the way! Twice in one day, polite able bodied people instead of passive aggressive assholes.

Bonus points? The four year old was dressed as superman and the 1-2nd grader was wearing an Obama tee shirt. Seems about right.

* My brain just parsed an Angie's List commercial as offering a Handy Man and not a handyman. *ahem*

* Some of you will remember the state of the apartment when I moved in, the Pigmen having pissed pretty much everywhere and the disgustingly grubby state of everything. My toilet was the worst. I suspect it hadn't been cleaned properly since they erected the building. I've been working on it, as bit at a time, but I assumed the rust streaks were as permanent as the damaged enamel. I started experimenting with those things you toss in the tank at some point in 2016 on the grounds it really couldn't make it worse and I'm buying them in packs at the dollar store, so it's not like the two dollars I spent so far was a huge investment. I was skeptical. My family never used them, we just cleaned the toilet regularly, and i figured it was a scam, but seriously two dollars in six months. I did see some mild improvement with the first set, so I invested in the second dollar's worth, only switched brands. I popped it after dinner. By 2AM, there was noticeable marked improvement. Dude! Really, I need all new plumbing what with the past it's sell by water heater, the crap water pressure for hot water, the pipes, and the wobbly toilet that I rigged back together after it broke and keep having to mess with, but no way is any of that happening. Right now, I'll settle for as toilet that works and is reasonable presentable to guests.

* I have reached season 5 of Shameless (I'm only 2/3 through so do not TELL me the rest). I think this is the first year I really liked Lip as a person. I really have appreciated his season 4-5 college arc which has been very much about culture shock and how hard it is for first generation college students. I don't always agree with his season 5 decitions, but oh, do I understand them. I am also really apreciating the writers making both Kevin AND Veronica clearly in the wrong for their marital troubles. It would have been so much easier to make one the put upon hero and one the villain. Instead they did something realer and more complex.

As always though, it is the Mickey and Ian plot that absolutely breaks me. Ian's stuff is so hard to watch and heartbreaking. Noel Fisher's performance though? Dayumn. His character has come so far from the guy who could only say "I love you" by committing hate crimes against Ian's other lovers. Watching his season four struggle to start owning his truth was beautiful. This season though, ouch. The performance is so fucking good. The tiny hesitation and the brave little lift of the chin every time he tells a new stranger/authority figure that he and Ian are together, lovers, boyfriends. The absolute devastation on his face and the love that is so clearly there as Ian spirals. This story is so important to me. Mickey Milkovich is so important to me. The Ian/Mickey relationship is really important to me.

* Dylan Thomas' " “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” has been bouncing around a lot in my head in the last year and especially since November. I know, I know. He wrote it when his dad was dying and there is an argument as to whether it is an admonition to his dying Father (harsh) or a description. It was my Father's favorite poem and I was exposed to it young.

I've thought about it an aweful lot over the years, and to me it has always been an exhortation to the living in the face of the reality of death. I'm okay with being wrong about intent, because the author is dead, after all, both metaphorically and physically. This is what it means, what it always means to me, a call to resist, a call for life and light to stand against in inevitability of entropy. I have lived that way personally. I sucked every morsel of delight and grief the world offered me. I fought for every step. Even as the lights go out all over the West, I will not go gentle and I will always rage, rage against the dying of the light. Fuck the academics who tell me different.

* "Emerald City, Season One, Episode Three: Mistress - New - Mistress:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/01/emerald-city-season-one-episode-three.html

* This was ages ago and the games has been dead a couple of years, but every now and then, I stop to appreciate that a literal Bear (Shifter) PC picked up a guy in a bath house in Early Medieval Spain and used him for the whole rest of the time in that city as a useful informational local contact, including getting him to get his cousin the guard to let him into a garden so they could have a tryst/infiltrate.

*****

* 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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* "How To Help Indonesia Earthquake Victims: Guide On Donating Money Or Blood After Aceh Province Disaster:" http://www.ibtimes.com/how-help-indonesia-earthquake-victims-guide-donating-money-or-blood-after-aceh-2456400

* "What happened to China's arrested rights lawyers?:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38250590

* "Fake US Embassy shut down after ten years in business:"

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* "Lobbyists boast of manipulating Trump:"

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* "Sanders: Trump is a 'pathological liar':"

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* "Trump intends to keep a stake in his company:"

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* "$500 billion opportunity for Exxon, Russia in Trump cabinet pick:"

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* "Trump to pick EPA antagonist to lead EPA:"

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* "Will Trump put eccentricity over expertise in choice for FDA?:"

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* "Past physical abuse accusation haunts Trump labor pick:"

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* "Poll shows Trump voter gap with facts, rest of Americans' views:"

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* "100 days to save the Republic:" http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/17/13626514/trump-systemic-corruption

* On the Comet Ping-Pong Attack: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/154220918230/obscuritory-im-not-in-the-mood-to-post-today

* "Remembering Normal:" http://blog.bl00cyb.org/2016/12/remembering-normal/

* "Pat McCrory concedes; Roy Cooper next NC governor:" http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article118942758.html

* "Don't mess with California (they're ready to resist Donald Trump):"

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* "Carrier union leader responds to Trump attack:"

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* "Fake news breaks through:"

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* "Ohio House passes legislation to block raising CLE minimum wage to $15:" http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/cleveland/ohio-house-passes-legislation-to-block-raising-cle-minimum-wage-to-15/365371079

* How to Defend Against Someone Grabbing Your hijab: https://www.facebook.com/zee.abdulla/videos/10210260835014799/

* "State rep endures anti-Muslim harassment on trip to White House:"

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* "John Glenn, First US Astronaut to Orbit Earth, Has Died at 95:" https://www.wired.com/2016/12/john-glenn-first-american-orbit-earth-died-95/

* "Big Furry Hat: Make iPhones That Don't Break:"

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* "Trump Gears Up to Dismantle the Government:"

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* "Trump Fakes a Deal:"

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* "Domino's Pizza Hires Delivery Reindeer:"

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* "Austria Votes Against Nationalism:"

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* "President-Elect Trump Talks to Taiwan:"

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* "The Navy Goes Green:"

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* "The Mall of America's First Black Santa:"

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* "Profiles in Tremendousness - HUD Secretary Nominee Ben Carson:"

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* "Jordan Klepper Fingers the Pulse - Trump's "Thank You" Victory Tour:"

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* "Donald Trump Already Touched China's Most Sensitive Spot:"

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* "Family Meeting With Vice President Joe Biden:"

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* "Nothing Makes Trump Happier Than Being Angry:"

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* "Sigourney Weaver: We Didn't Vote For Dirty Air And Dirty Water:"

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* Yesterday's adventure was long and complicated. I got out of the apartment on schedule and while putting the bags in my trunk I spotted a moving box from Sunday's move. Luckily the eye appointment was right where the box's owner now lives, as in dropping it off would be a three block detour. I went and got my eyes poked as planned and dropped the box off after. (She was luckily home, I almost never go up there since I stopped teaching and it's the far end of town). The directions to the place that sells Medicare covered glasses were an adventure. The assistant did sensibly start drawing a map without me asking. (One of my brain little glitches is that I have trouble translating verbal directions into a map. Show me a physical map and I do really well. Give me a landmark and no more than one or two verbal direction strings and I can generally find it, but I just lose long direction strings because I can't map them quickly onto the visual and kinesthetic schema).

Unfortunately she didn't start by drawing in landmarks I knew except the name of one of the big important streets nearby. She's like, "It's right by the Burger King." Me: I've no idea where the Burger King is. Her: Do you know *Town I've lived in since '98* at all? Me: I don't eat fast food, so I don't generally know where they are. Is this near the Walgreens? Her: No. It's right by the Dennys. Me: I'm a vegetarian. I don't eat there either. Her: *makes a horribly exasperated face and draws in Home Depot* It's over here in a Mall like the one we're in. Me: I know where how Depot is. you mean the strip Mall with the good Thai Restaurant? Her: I don't eat Thai Food. *We stare at each other for several looooong moments* Her: *starts trying to sketch in more landmarks she knows* It's my the military recruiting center. Me: *gives a Gallic shrug worthy of my Dad's best French BFF* Her, now desperate: It's by the Pet ER. Me, wildly relieved: Oh! I know exactly where the Emergency Vet is!

So I dropped off the box and I knew exactly how to get to the glasses place, skipping most of the rush hour traffic. I got the stink eye from one of the recruiters who were leaving for the day. (I was in my Harkness coat, PRIDE buttons prominently displayed, and with my crutch). I was amused because the four of them looked like a perfect, diverse recruiting poster, so perfect that they could be clip art. The glasses people were delightful. I had, of course, forgotten that I can't get cheapy lenses because my eyes are so bad they won't fit them, which means I need to raise the $31.00 for the cheapest level of compressed on top of the hundredish I'm short on bills and will have to let ride. It's important to get the glasses before anyone changes my health plan on me, which happens periodically this time of year without my consent, and I've lost glasses coverage that way before.

Then there was stop and go rush hour traffic, a grocery run, and another attempt to track down my birth day present which my sister sent to two apartments ago. They were home, but they'd sent it back to the post office.

When I got up for the bathroom early in the day, Tavy was very agitated and kept going to look out the bedroom window. Snow! So much snow! I don't think we've had real snow here in half a decade what with global warning completely borking regional weather patterns. I thought we might have entirely lost Winter. While snow is aesthetically pleasing and environmentally important, it means I'm housebound until it melts. Given the noticeable melting by the time I got up for real, it likely won't be that long, which is normal for here. (The mountains protect us and the Sound keeps things warmer than they would otherwise be. That time we had two weeks of snow here in our little bay was also freakish. Normal snow here used to be a few days to a week at a time 1-3 times a Winter with cold-freezing rain in between. The snow in the mountains is absolutely crucial though for things like agriculture, so it's good to see some of that trying to rebuild, even though I doubt this year's normalish weather is anything more than a blip. The environment here is changing. Species migrating north as things heat up. It was good to get a normal year though. I missed normal). Anyway, I did not take a picture as the snow had meltd just enough to be less aesthetic.

Today I discovered one of you kind souls paid for the glasses and bills, so thank you.

*****

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

* 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
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* "Trump makes 'servile puppy dog' of Ted Cruz:"

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* This is IMPORTANT, yo. We need to win this one. "Louisiana's last 2016 Senate race has national significance:"

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* "Bernie Sanders: The Democrats Have To Become A Grassroots Party:"

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* "Yes, Trump can boost deportations and gut the Dreamer program for young immigrants:" http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-trump-immigration-20161109-story.html

* Be prepared for a long propaganda message before voting. "Call Speaker Ryan About the ACA:" http://gairid.tumblr.com/post/153339198139/call-speaker-ryan-about-the-aca

* "George Takei on proposed Muslim registry:"

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* "Steve Bannon And Reince Priebus Are The New Odd Couple:"

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* "With President Obama Out Of The Country, Stephen Takes Charge:"

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* "Stephen Had A Star Wars Affair Too:"

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* "President-Elect Trump Is Tweeting To Relieve The Pressure:"

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* "Cartoon Trump And Cartoon Putin Make First Joint Public Appearance:"

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* Y'all have likely noticed I'm 1-2 weeks behind on everything. I am doing my best, but I'm flooded. Apologies.

*****

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

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

* 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://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016818518/colinfirth-carecen-la-center-for-community

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

* 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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* "ISIS executes antiquities prof Khaled al-As'ad in Palmyra:" http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/18/middleeast/isis-executes-antiquities-expert/

* North Korea has started shelling the South. The South retaliated.

* The Macedonian authorities have brutally attacked Syrian refugees trying to cross out of Greece and are now refusing them passage through their country to Northern Europe.

* "Houston Texans' Arian Foster goes public about not believing in God:" http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/13369076/houston-texans-arian-foster-goes-public-not-believing-god

* TW: Rape, rape Culture. "It Was Easier to Give in Than Keep Running:"

* "'I Am Groot' Helped Teach A Young Boy With Dyspraxia How To Speak:" http://uproxx.com/movies/2015/08/groot-guardians-communicate/

* "#BlackLivesMatter Founder FB Statement On Trans Murders:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/08/blacklivesmatter-founder-fb-statement.html

* "August 14, 2015 Wasn't A Good Day For Black Trans Folks:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/08/august-14-2015-wasnt-good-day-for-black.html

* "TransGriot: The Black Trans Visibility Conundrum:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-black-trans-visibility-conundrum.html

* "TransGriot: Don't Even Dare Part Your Lips To Say 'All Trans Lives Matter'...:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/08/dont-even-dare-part-your-lips-to-say.html

* "Damn, Damn, Damn! Ashton Is Number 14:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/08/damn-damn-damn-ashton-is-number-14.html

* "KAnd Kandis Makes 15:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/08/and-kandis-makes-15.html

* "Missing NC Trans Woman Angel Elisha Walker's Remains Found:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/08/missing-nc-trans-woman-angel-elisha.html

* "Trans Woman Number 16 Has Been Murdered- RIP Tamara:" http://www.ustranssurvey.org/

* "We are trying to raise money for Tamara Dominguez funeral service here in Kansas City.:" http://www.gofundme.com/u4247w9k

* "Formally Investigate the Transphobic Violence Leading to the Rising Death Toll of Transgender Women of Color in the U.S. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government:" https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/formally-investigate-transphobic-violence-leading-rising-death-toll-transgender-women-color-us-0

* "Mia Henderson Case Update:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/08/mia-henderson-case-update.html

* "What Is Trans Activism?:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/08/what-is-trans-activism.html

* "U.S. Trans Survey:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/08/trans-woman-number-16-has-been-murdered.html

* "Curating for Transgender Customers: How 5 Retailers Size Up:" http://www.business2community.com/consumer-marketing/curating-transgender-customers-5-retailers-size-01299187

* "The transgender teddy bear teaching children about friendship and identity:" http://www.theguardian.com/books/shortcuts/2015/aug/11/trans-teddy-bear-gender-issues

* "Scientist of the Day - Thomas Sandby:" http://www.lindahall.org/thomas-sandby/

* This, this, this. "Fangs For The Fantasy: The Strain, Season 2, Episode 6: Identity:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/08/the-strain-season-2-episode-6-identity.html

* "Questions and answers, #7: Who gets your stuff?:" http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/636062.html

* Ebay:

Lindworm 2012 (LE, DragonCon, Event Exclusive): (Company says: Smoky green leather smeared with crushed grasses and wild herbs). 3/4 Full. http://www.ebay.com/itm/301718133830?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

* A list of LGBTQA Charities to donate money to instead of seeing the racist Stonewall Movie that decided to portray a black trans woman activist as a cis white man. 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

* Trying to stay afloat until September: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* This inappropriately focuses on the actor and not the horrific conditions for Syrian refugees in Greece, but the crisis he was trying to highlight is real and immediate. Greece can not afford to care for them properly alone. The International community needs to step the fuck up. Also, these are refugees from a horrific war who are fleeing for their lives, can we start calling them refugees in the press please? "Walking Dead actor rescues migrant children from boats in harrowing video:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/walking-dead-actor-david-morrissey-rescues-greek-migrant-children-from-boats-in-harrowing-video-highlighting-crisis-10394427.html

* Greece is having a serious AIDS crisis as prevention efforts were amoung the first things to be cut and people can't afford medication copays.

* "Malala Turned 18 Yesterday and Opened a School for Syrian Refugee Girls:" http://rejectedprincesses.tumblr.com/post/124163073528/malala-turned-18-yesterday-and-opened-a-school-for#notes

* Prime Minister Abe took a step towards turning Japan's Peace constitution into a dead letter by getting the lower house to pass a bill letting their defense force to fight on foreign soil. We'll see what happens in the upper house.

* "How Malevolent Buffoonery Became The New Normal Of Australian Leadership
Read more at http://junkee.com/how-malevolent-buffoonery-became-the-new-normal-of-australian-leadership/59037#g63AsXLO3XjKPgVJ.99:" http://junkee.com/how-malevolent-buffoonery-became-the-new-normal-of-australian-leadership/59037

* Mike Huckabee is out claiming Palestinians don't exist and therefore ought to be forcibly relocated. O.o

* Four service men and the gunmen are dead in an attack in Chattanooga.

* "NYC Doesn't Fly Confederate Flags, But It's Still A Shrine To Slaveowners & Slave Profiteers:" http://gothamist.com/2015/07/06/nyc_slave_history.php

* Today during early lung treatment, I spotted not only a live bee in the garden (Yay, bees!), but two white butterflies. Signs of life!

* One of my long term complaints about US movies and TV is that so much takes place in California or New york. Yes those are important places. Yes, that is where the big name actors are. It is also sort of boring both narratively and visually. Yes, there are plenty of good stories that are specific to New York and LA, and that is fine, but specific is the key here. By making nearly everything about these two places they become vague and generic. Sure, the boom in shooting in Vancouver and Toronto added some slightly different vegetation and the idea of mists, but really, because everything is shot in a few places often pretending to be others, you lose specificity. A generic California Park looks nothing like anything actually in Annapolis, Maryland. I was bored in Annapolis a little over two years, trust me, I know. (I'm looking at you CriminalMinds). Reusing the same New York Street soundstage in California over and over makes it into Wallpaper. Each city has it's own look and feel and voices. Each city has stories and visuals and accents that can make a thing look specific, feel specific, and be more interesting instead of bland to the eye, the ear, the mind. What do I mean? Things like the Wire, where it really is Baltimore and a lot of the talent is from there so you get a variety of real Baltimore accents mixed with the more generic north east ones. Things like The Only Lovers Left Alive and It Follows using the unique look of Detroit's ruins and lost in time neighborhoods. Things like the Killing being so very PNW. Things like the Six Sense being a very, very Philly movie in look and feel and accent. Imagine if we shot more movies and TV in New Orleans, or Chicago, or Charleston! Imagine if we really spread out and told stories about all sorts of places around this country.

I think there is a similar problem with most of the stuff coming out of England when I was growing up. It was all shot at Shepperton, or a handful of same locations. (Look! Another seen at that quarry! Look, that same forest they shoot all the forest scenes!) The voices and faces were more diverse than Hollywood was shooting, and there'd be the occasional more lavish production, but there was often a sameness about things, and certain accents were waaaay more common than others. I love that that's been changing, that shooting in Cardiff became a thing, that shows and movies are getting shot in more cities and on different bits of landscape, that I seem more lead actors with regional accents in stories not specifically making a big deal about so and so being Welsh or Scots or whatever.

Which brings me to the Revenger's Tragedy. (I'm on a 17th and 18th Century UK kick just now. I'd read the play before, at some point, though the sense memories of things like sitting on fairly generic PNW apartment stairs reading it are not helping me pin it down further.) It's a Jacobean tragedy, a strange transitional thing both in language and style of drama, full of fury and deep class based anger. Imagine my delight on discovering they made a Dystopian future version shot in Liverpool with Eccleston, Izzard, and Jacobi, and a mostly Liverpudlian and northern cast and crew. All those rich northern accents that are closer to period pronunciation anyway! All those fascinating specific to Liverpool instead of generic looking locations! Absolutely wild Repo Man the Genetic Opera adjacent costumes! ILL delivered a copy into my sweaty little hands this week and I have been enthralled.

I am not at all surprised they had trouble getting backing, because it is not an idea that plays to generic "things we know worked already" studio head thinking, but wow, does this work! The class tension, the North vs. South tension, the raw old school punk style fury echoed in the costuming and sets work brilliantly together. This is a violent, angry play, with some stunningly beautiful language tucked in between the macabre bits and the ultra violence. This is a visually arresting movie and the visuals work beautifully with the theme. The Northern voices flinging and winging that dialog are just perfect. I am now having trouble imagining how any conventional staging could compete with this. The specificity of setting it apologetically in Liverpool made this film and made clear the way a 400ish year old revenge play still pretty damned relevant. Bravo! This was such a brilliant idea for a film, and not one I would have thought of in a million years.

* "Sea Bunnies: Japan Is Going Crazy About These Furry Sea Slugs:" http://www.boredpanda.com/cute-bunny-sea-slug-jorunna-parva/

* "Torchwood: 6 Years on and Ianto's shrine is still going strong:" http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/film-news/torchwood-6-years-iantos-shrine-9624425#ICID=sharebar_facebook

* "(SPOILERS) SOME DUDELY RAMBLINGS ON THE FEMINISM OF MAD MAX: FURY ROAD AND THE CYBER WARS OF DEFINING WHAT IS AND ISN'T FEMINIST:" http://verysharpteeth.tumblr.com/post/119984813436/spoilers-some-dudely-ramblings-on-the-feminism

* "Fangs For The Fantasy: Killjoys, Season 1, Episode 4: Vessel:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/07/killjoys-season-1-episode-4-vessel.html

* Ebay Time:
AUTUMN FANCIES 2013 (LE, Halloweenies): (Company says: Dry grasses bathed in amber light, muted by gentle shadows.) Top of label.:http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301667294922?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

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

* My RL oldest continuous friend is doing a fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/x9g7q2k

* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* "Long walk to justice: Transgender voices from across India:" http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1507/S00069/long-walk-to-justice-transgender-voices-from-across-india.htm

* The deal for humanitarian relief and an end to extreme sanctions in exchange for Iran dismantling their nuclear program actually went through!

* "Historic Iran deal puts US on path to peace:"

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* Have I mentioned Donald Trump is calling for us to randomly invade Mexico?

* "Brother: Trump is sensationalizing sister's death:" http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2015/07/15/kate-steinle-killed-trump-response-steinle-intv-ac.cnn

* "Michigan cancer doctor gets 45 years in prison:" http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/10/us/michigan-cancer-doctor-sentenced/index.html

* "Pentagon orders new plan toward ending US military transgender ban:"

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* "New rules allow US transgender inmates to pick housing, clothing, pronoun they prefer:" http://www.christiantoday.com/article/new.rules.allow.us.transgender.inmates.to.pick.housing.clothing.pronoun.they.prefer/58548.htm

* "Why Gay Movie Stars Are Staying Locked in the Closet:" https://variety.com/2015/film/news/gay-lgbt-movie-stars-staying-locked-in-the-closet-1201529581/

* "The White Protestant Roots of American Racism:" http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121901/white-protestant-roots-american-racism

* "Scientists learn how to record your dreams and play them back to you:" http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/stories/scientists-learn-how-to-record-your-dreams-and-play-them

* "The bizarre history of our obsession with unicorns:" http://io9.com/the-bizarre-history-of-our-obsession-with-unicorns-1466476905

* Attn: MrBumblepants. "The Bread We Eat in Dreams:" http://www.apex-magazine.com/the-bread-we-eat-in-dreams/

* "Superhero Sweets For SDCC:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2015/7/12/superhero-sweets-for-sdcc.html

* Ebay Time:
AUTUMN FANCIES 2013 (LE, Halloweenies): (Company says: Dry grasses bathed in amber light, muted by gentle shadows.) Top of label.:http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301667294922?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

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

* My RL oldest continuous friend is doing a fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/x9g7q2k

* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* I am increasingly of the opinion that Donald Trump represents the absolutely worst things about America, much as Rupert Murdoch does of his country.

* Was it just me, or did the flags behind Hilary Clinton at her speech look like ties?

* The Secretary of Defense is planning to let Trans people serve openly next year. The Boy Scouts have finally agreed to stop discriminating against gay people.

* "Survivors of infamous 1921 Tulsa race riot still hope for justice:" http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/7/19/survivors-of-infamous1921tulsaraceriotstillhopeforjustice.html

* Today I used all the spoons and literally every penny I have except the insurance money, so I'm going to bed. I know I should stay up and try to do ebays for sale, but I just have nothing left.

* Bloom county is back!!! https://www.facebook.com/berkeleybreathed/photos/a.114529165244512.10815.108793262484769/1004028256294594/?type=1&theater

* Another lily shot: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/123973645027/another-lily-shot

* Ebay Time:
AUTUMN FANCIES 2013 (LE, Halloweenies): (Company says: Dry grasses bathed in amber light, muted by gentle shadows.) Top of label.:http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301667294922?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

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

* My RL oldest continuous friend is doing a fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/x9g7q2k

* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* "#SelfieWithDaughter Campaign In India Aims To Fight Stigma That Girls Don't Have Value:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/01/selfie-with-daughter-india_n_7699554.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

* "Women Are Sharing the Incredible Ways Birth Control Has Helped Them:" http://mic.com/articles/121217/women-are-sharing-the-incredible-ways-birth-control-has-helped-them?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social

* "5 Body-Shaming Comments That Everyone Should Quit Saying This Summer:" http://mic.com/articles/120676/5-body-shaming-comments-that-we-need-to-stop-saying-this-summer?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social

* "Meet the judge who assigns essays in court:"

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* "Redlining 'never went away,' but could it?:"

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* "Imagining a United States with fair housing:"

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* "Did paying people not to kill bring down murder numbers?:"

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* "Key voting rights trial set to begin:"

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* Can we take a moment to appreciate the Rev. Barber? He's been tireless in his organization of opposition to the stripping away of Voting and human rights by republicans in north Carolina. By choosing to organize the NAACP in his his area to defend the basic Rights of LGBTQA people of colour he shamed the national Organization into starting to look out for the welfare of all members of the community instead of just the straight cis ones. he is a man of great grit and character. He is also doing all this with Ankylosing Spondalytis which means he is in constant, often excruciating pain. Each second he is standing or walking, he is doing it in constant searing pain. her is standing up for all of us to make a better world at great personal cost. How can I do other than admire him.

* "Famous films re-edited to highlight Hollywood's race problem:" http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jul/08/person-of-colour-hollywood-films-diversity?CMP=edit_2221

* "The Real Reason Why Conservatives Like Ross Douthat Oppose The Gay Marriage Ruling:" http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/gay-marriage-scotus-ross-douthat-oppression-vs-love

* "Gay marriage is still illegal for the Navajo. This man is trying to change that.:" http://fusion.net/story/161887/gay-marriage-is-still-illegal-for-the-navajo-this-man-is-trying-to-change-that/

* "Oregon lawmakers vote to aid gay veterans:" http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2015/07/07/oregon-lawmakers-vote-to-aid-gay-veterans/29806407/

* "Op-ed: I'm a Lesbian Targeted by the Bathroom Police:" https://www.advocate.com/commentary/2015/07/07/op-ed-im-lesbian-targeted-bathroom-police

* "The solar boom:"

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* Ebay Time:
AUTUMN FANCIES 2013 (LE, Halloweenies): (Company says: Dry grasses bathed in amber light, muted by gentle shadows.) Top of label.:http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301667294922?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

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

* My RL oldest continuous friend is doing a fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/x9g7q2k

* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* "#SelfieWithDaughter Campaign In India Aims To Fight Stigma That Girls Don't Have Value:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/01/selfie-with-daughter-india_n_7699554.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

* "Famous films re-edited to highlight Hollywood's race problem:" http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jul/08/person-of-colour-hollywood-films-diversity?CMP=edit_2221

* "Gay marriage is still illegal for the Navajo. This man is trying to change that.:" http://fusion.net/story/161887/gay-marriage-is-still-illegal-for-the-navajo-this-man-is-trying-to-change-that/

* "Oregon lawmakers vote to aid gay veterans:" http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2015/07/07/oregon-lawmakers-vote-to-aid-gay-veterans/29806407/

* "Op-ed: I'm a Lesbian Targeted by the Bathroom Police:" https://www.advocate.com/commentary/2015/07/07/op-ed-im-lesbian-targeted-bathroom-police

* Omar Sharif died yesterday of a heart attack. damn! he will be missed.

* Today I stayed up to do phone bureaucracy. Saturday and Sunday, I'm running battles for GoB, which as worrying, given how nonfunctional my body is being. At least today was overcast. Let's hope for rain tomorrow. Two lilies are open outside, but it's a huge stalk, so I want the other buds to have more time to mature.

* Ebay Time:
AUTUMN FANCIES 2013 (LE, Halloweenies): (Company says: Dry grasses bathed in amber light, muted by gentle shadows.) Top of label.:http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301667294922?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

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

* My RL oldest continuous friend is doing a fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/x9g7q2k

* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* House Republicans are so attached to the Confederate Flag as a symbol of bigotry, lynching, segregation and a commitment to denying African Americans the right to vote, that they tried to float an amendment to force the Federal Government to fly it in National Parks and Cemeteries. Luckily, Nancy Polosi led the Democrats in a strong fight against this amendment and John Boehner was forced to withdraw it. I bet Thaddeus Stevens is spinning in his grave to see his party embrace evils he fought so hard against in his lifetime.

* Jeb Bush wants you to know that people working two or three jobs only to live in poverty are poor because they aren't working hard enough and that it has nothing to do with wage stagnation for the middle class or the fact that minimum wage is so low it leaves people with no choice but to go on public assistance despite working 70-80 hours a week. He insists that if they just worked harder at even more jobs, presumably foregoing all sleep they could magically turn the economic reality around.

* "25 African-Americans Thrown out of South Carolina Restaurant after a White Woman Complained of Feeling ‘Threatened’ - How Africa:" http://howafrica.com/25-african-americans-thrown-out-of-south-carolina-restaurant-after-a-white-woman-complained-of-feeling-threatened/

* "15 Things Your City Can Do Right Now to End Police Brutality:" http://mic.com/articles/121572/15-things-your-city-can-do-right-now-to-end-police-brutality?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social

* "Coping While Black: A Season Of Traumatic News Takes A Psychological Toll:" http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/07/02/419462959/coping-while-black-a-season-of-traumatic-news-takes-a-psychological-toll?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150702

* "Back in the Day, Lesbian Drag Kings Worked for the Mafia:" http://www.vice.com/read/when-drag-kings-ruled-alongside-the-mafia-235

* Attn: il_volpe. Poison Wallpaper Book: http://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/123324182851/rachelfershleiser-msuprovenance-what-is-the

* "Lilies from the garden in front of the office 30 gallon tank:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/123729230517/lilies-from-the-garden-in-front-of-the-office-30

* Ebay Time:
AUTUMN FANCIES 2013 (LE, Halloweenies): (Company says: Dry grasses bathed in amber light, muted by gentle shadows.) Top of label.:http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301667294922?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

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

* My RL oldest continuous friend is doing a fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/x9g7q2k

* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* "Russia vetoes UN genocide resolution on Srebrenica:" http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/russia-vetoes-genocide-resolution-srebrenica-150708150057291.html

* I understand people being alarmed by the NYSE outage, but honestly, China suspending 70% of trading during a massive sell off is just way bigger news. It's a global economy.

* Modern Greek History and the Economic crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/123160091932/you-want-to-know-why-greece-is-currently-balancing

* They voted to take the damned flag down in South Carolina. In truth, some of the speeches had me in tears.

* "STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: Why we Must Support our Trans Brothers & Sisters:" http://ashtonpwoods.strengthinnumbershouston.com/2015/06/why-we-must-support-our-trans-brothers.html

* "US Navy And Marines Adopt Trans Policy Changes:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/07/us-navy-and-marines-adopt-trans-policy.html

* "Artemisia Gentileschi:" http://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/artemisia-gentileschi/

* I did get some proper sleep last night between birmin attacks. I kept dreaming of lost things: friends I will never see again, a Convention, a PH.d program, My Dead soldier and I sitting with a strat game board stretched between us, his long hair loose. My Loki beat his Raven....

In the night another white lily bloomed.

* Poldark: the folks making this really understand the importance of shirtless Aidan Turner to their viewer base. Yum. I'm still not entirely sold on this Demelza, though there was more development in episode four and I do like the way the writing gave her clear agency in the relationship in away the original'70's version didn't. I like how the women in general are generally written as full people, instead of often being objects the way the original.

* Ebay Time:
AUTUMN FANCIES 2013 (LE, Halloweenies): (Company says: Dry grasses bathed in amber light, muted by gentle shadows.) Top of label.:http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301667294922?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

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

* My RL oldest continuous friend is doing a fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/x9g7q2k

* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* "Consequences of the Greek OXI (No) Vote:" http://www.ianwelsh.net/consequences-of-the-greek-oxi-no-vote/

* "Hole in Shell vessel threatens drilling plan:"

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* "SC Senate votes to remove Confederate flag:"

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Alas the State House Republicans are larding on poison pill amendments in the hopes of preserving the racist traitor flag for ideological reasons.

* "Back Up Off Jennicet, And Do Something About Trans ICE Detainees:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/07/back-up-off-jennicet-and-do-something.html

* "The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten:" http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/05/opinion/sunday/the-myth-of-big-bad-gluten.html?_r=0

* "A mystery unfolds in a Florida beach town:"

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* "Africans in Tudor and Stuart Britain:" http://www.mirandakaufmann.com/bbc-history-magazine.html

* "Black Woman Artist Poses Nude at Former New York City Slave Trading Sites, Including Wall Street:" http://blackgirllonghair.com/2015/07/black-woman-artist-poses-nude-at-former-new-york-slave-trade-sites-including-wall-street-and-city-hall/

* The first two white lilies bloomed yesterday. They are massive and smell amazing. The lobelias have been joined by a bunch of the salad greens and herbs that are flowering just now. The result is rather lovely in a wildflower sort of way. I went on grocery run not long after dawn, while it was still cool out. I bought about 40.00 more than I should have. There will be no fixing my shoes unless I sell more ebay after all. After I put everything away, ate, and did lungs, I did a bit of work in the garden, re-potting some things and shuffling some others as various things need more or less light. I might reshuffle again a bit tomorrow as I'm not entirely satisfied. My fever is much lower today, but I'm still sleeping in random five hour shifts, headachey and generally crap. I wish it would rain.

* "Killjoys, Season 1, Episode 3: The Harvest:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/07/killjoys-season-1-episode-3-harvest.html

* Ebay Time:
AUTUMN FANCIES 2013 (LE, Halloweenies): (Company says: Dry grasses bathed in amber light, muted by gentle shadows.) Top of label.:http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301667294922?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

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

* My RL oldest continuous friend is doing a fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/x9g7q2k

* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* My thoughts are with the people of England, on this the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on British soil.

* A big chunk of Canadian forest burned Sunday. It was so bad our sky looked overcast and everything smelled of burning. I was having trouble breathing and am still recovering. Folks, I live in the lower forty eight. O.o Apparently there were big evacuations and a lot of hospitalizations. Given how bad it was here, I can only imagine how bad it was closer to the burns. Stay safe folks.

* Donald Trump doubled down on his Mexacans are rapists racists comments and has attacked Jeb Bush for marrying a Latina. Ted Cruz is backing Trump on the anti-Mexican racism thing.

* I think FOX news getting to arbitrarily decide who gets to run for President on the Republican side is a terrible idea. Look, the currect primary system is a mess. caucuses are terrible for reasons I've written about elsewhere and Iowa and New Hampshire are not representative of the country as a whole. (I think we should have five states, one in each of six regions, be first on a rotating basis. it would be a lot fairer and make more sense). Letting Roger Ayles personally pick between candidates with significantly smaller poll gaps than the margin of error is vastly worst.

Here is what I think they should do, and I'd be suggesting the same it it were the Democrats with a field of 20+. It would both be fairer and make for pretty amazing television. Take the whole field of vaguely credible candidates. Figure out what a manageable number per heat would be. I'm going to say six here, but someone better at this might adjust that. Assign a number from most popular to least. Pair them up so that the say, top three and the lowest three are in the last heat together. The next highest and lowest are together in the second to last heat and so on. Run a couple of heats a night until you run out. Everybody gets a chance to have their say and a little spot light time. Everyone gets a chance to be brilliant or terrible or whatever. The people get a good look at what they are like under pressure. The mid-level candidates get a chance when eyes are fresh. Odds are the last debate will be _fascinating_ and get lots of attention. It's fair, it's democratic, and it's likely going to make great sound bites to please the network and the pundits. Can we do that please?

* Yep. Cosby used Quaaludes on a woman to rape her. He swore he did in court despite his more recent denials.

* "Chris Christie: Media owes me apology:"

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* "Girls who have sex are like tape that loses its stickiness. Seriously?:" http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/03/girls-who-have-sex-are-like-tape-that-loses-its-stickiness-seriously

* "President Obama commutes non-violent drug sentences in move to reduce mass incarceration:" http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/president-obama-commutes-non-violent-drug-sentences-in-move-to-reduce-mass-incarceration/

* "Teenager’s Jailing Brings a Call to Fix Sex Offender Registries:" http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/05/us/teenagers-jailing-brings-a-call-to-fix-sex-offender-registries.html?_r=0

* "San Francisco high school to offer LGBT studies class:" http://college.usatoday.com/2015/07/04/san-francisco-high-school-lgbt-class/

* Hijras voice anger at gender test failures: http://www.gulf-times.com/mobile//bangladesh/245/details/445746/transgenders-voice-anger-at-gender-test-failures

* "Recognize us as women, transgender group tells govt:" http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/recognise-us-women-transgender-group-tells-govt

* "Happening Now--#BlackOutPride Action Disrupts Chicago Pride Parade:" https://radfag.wordpress.com/2015/06/28/happening-now-blackoutpride-action-disrupts-chicago-pride-parade/

* Facebook continues to bully trans people to "keep people safe." No word from Mark Zuckerberg explaining how letting individual transphobes lock transfolk out of their account makes those trans folk safer. "How Facebook Taught One Transgender Man What It Feels Like To Be Totally Cut Off:" http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2015/07/03/3676827/facebook-transgender-real-name-policy/

* Petition: "Light the White House in the transgender pride flag colors on November 20th, the Transgender Day of Remembrance.:" https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/light-white-house-transgender-pride-flag-colors-november-20th-transgender-day-remembrance

* The crop of maroon lilies was huge this year and they looked glorious backlit by sunlight. the last of them is dying now, but the white and pinks are in various stages of getting ready to bloom.

* I've been of the opinion for a number of years that Spiderman and Superman need a ten year moratorium on reboots. They are boring. No one has thought of anything new or clever to do with them in movies. I would make an exception for a Poc Spiderman that weaves in new themes that could go with that, but yet another Straight is WASP Spiderman is dead dull. The other day I thought of a thing they could do to make Superman interesting to me again. Hear me out.

The answer is not to make Spiderman gritty and assholish, which was what DC was doing last I checked early in the comic book (New 52 Reboot). No, the answer is right there in the origin of the character himself. Two Jewish teenagers living in a mostly immigrant community in the 1930's came up with him. 1. They were worried about the rise of Hitler in Germany. They were worried about bullies on both an individual and an institutional scale. Later, Superman fought the KKK. Seriously, they used actual KKK passwords and ritual to mock the real KKK and by fictional Superman fighting them, correctly depicted the Real world KKK as the villains they were and are. Bullies, ant-Semites, segregationists, lynch mobs. Superman at is best has always been standing up for people who have less power against those with more power and privilege trying to use that against people. Superman at his best is about justice. 2. Superman is an undocumented immigrant, who came to this country fleeing a cataclysm that destroyed nearly his whole race, something of very immediate and personal importance to those writers. Superman in his origin is both a refugee and an immigrant. He came to this country, worked hard, and attempted to fit in. DC's ideal super heroic American is a working class immigrant who loves this country and fights constantly to make it better. By fighting bullies.

Can you think of any hard working immigrants being bullied who are in need of protection from modern racists and modern Lex Luthors trying to exploit and harm people who work for a living? Because I an think of a whole lot of groups that could use super man right now. I can think of a whole lot of working people, both immigrant and born here who could use justice right now. So why not do that? Put the justice back into the Justice League. Make Superman relevant again. Cast someone with a Latino, a South Asian, South West Asian, or North African ethnic background. Have him stand up for ordinary folk: for voting rights, for people striking for a living wage, for people being attacked for how they look or what they wear or what sort of accent they have. We have plenty of real life 1% super villains out there. Why not spin a little of that evil in to modernize Superman's enemies. I think it could work, and it would actually get me to shell out scarce coin to see a Superman movie.

* Ebay Time:
AUTUMN FANCIES 2013 (LE, Halloweenies): (Company says: Dry grasses bathed in amber light, muted by gentle shadows.) Top of label.:http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301667294922?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

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

* My RL oldest continuous friend is doing a fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/x9g7q2k

* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* "Girl Scouts Return Transphobe`s Donation, Get Paid:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/07/girl-scouts-return-transphobes-donation.html

* I am having a little trouble connecting to this season of True Dectective, but it is growing on me, mostly because I was right about the CHiP guy and the woman cop is growing on me. I thing the first one was so visually intense for me and both the language and the images were so poetic that it is hard for the more sprawling and less poetic sequel to compete as far as initial impact. That doesn't mean it' not interesting, just that it's not talking to my hindbrain the way something with the right sort of visual textures does. Could someone with better eyes and/or a larger television tell me what that guy's teeth said? I couldn't read them.

* I tried to watch the Canal, but was thwarted by the shit quality of the sound recording and editing. The child was entirely incomprehensible and the adults were so soft and mumbly compared with the background that it took huge concentration to try to work out what they were saying. Given the extremely poor sound quality, the artistic choice to forgo subtitles of the spoken dialog in favor of rapidly scrolling, but admittedly creepy mildly tangential ghost dialog was an unfortunate one. If seen creepy whispered ghostly commentary on the main action work before in film to good effect, but it would have worked better if they had fitted it in the gasps in main dialog instead of running in in competition with it. I could not process both at once. Really they needed 1. Way better sound quality. 2. Proper captioning. 3. Way less ghost dialog, preferably in the main dialog gaps and with clear delineation of speaker also in the subtitles. As it was it was wildly disorienting and exhausting to try to follow and I simply gave up about when they showed the first ghost film fragments. I am not sure if the sound in the screen version was so badly done, but the DvD is outright impossible and I suspect serious flaws in the manufacturing process.

* I finished Point of Dreams today. If Knives was the weakest of the books, this is by far the strongest. I loved Hopes, as you will remember, but Dreams had the advantage of not having to carry the weight of nearly as miuch world building. Hopes had to slide a whole incredibly rich culture and unusual magic design in, along with character development, politics, and a really complex mystery. Hopes managed it deftly, but Dreams was able to elaborate on that firm foundation without having to carry nearly as much weight and as a result could focus more on another complex mystery and solid character development. Dreams also had the advantage of taking placer in a 17th-18th century style theater environment which is inherently fun. I love how the magic system works and we get to learn more about it here, along with more about the way the politics and society work. There was one flaw, which was several passages were repeated in different chapters, which irritated me both times I caught it. Likely it needed another editing pass with fresh eyes. There was also a continuity issue with Mirremay and the Court of Knives, which couldn't really be helped as Point of Knives was written later than Dreams, but took place before it. Otherwise, this was brilliant, and mostly took two days to read because I had things like needed to spend all afternoon and early evening today on foraging and the Doctor.

* I'm pretty sure I have heat exhaustion again. Ugh. And I couldn't sleep at all this morning.

I was on time for the appointment. It took an hour and a half to get me to a purgatorial exam room with a broken exam chair. I ended up spending most of my hour wait on the floor as it hurt to much to sit in the thing even if I could spin in it. they were actually genuinely sorry about the wait, which was a surprise. I'm not used to Doctors caring how late they keep you. Anyway, my hearing's still not quite right in that ear, but the drum healed clean. I have the usual outer ear infection which he actually insisted on treating and even gave me free medicine for. I nearly always have an outer ear infection and generally only bother with meds if I have a middle ear infection or serious sinus infection as I pretty much always have a sinus infection anyway. I consider them minor inconveniences I have to put up with like random fevers, constant pain or limbs randomly not working. Still a hundred dollars of free ear meds is free ear meds so I am taking them. Apparently I need to get my head examined. In this case he is trying to get pre-authorization for a head CT scan as I haven't had one in ages and they might actually be able to do something about the chronic sinusitis. CT is so much nicer than MRI. I get a lot of MRIs, which are loud and terribly boring. CT is nothing.

The hives are so bad and widespread it is hard to find skin in the correct areas for the electrodes. There is no undamaged skin at all in the target area on the upper left, so I have to put the new applications on top of rash, and soon I will be out of areas with plain rash instead of hives. Right side is doing better. the worst hives are lower left, but are more localized. The rash is turning up on random bits of left arm, though I put no adhesive there, which is worrisome.

* Ebay Time:
AUTUMN FANCIES 2013 (LE, Halloweenies): (Company says: Dry grasses bathed in amber light, muted by gentle shadows.) Top of label.:http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301667294922?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

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

* My RL oldest continuous friend is doing a fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/x9g7q2k

* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* "MLK Statue Will Replace White Supremacist On Georgia Capitol Grounds:" http://newsone.com/3145156/mlk-statue-will-replace-white-supremacist-on-georgia-capitol-grounds/

* "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro:" http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h2927t.html

* I had no interest in seeing Gravity when it was in theaters. It looked like all special effects and cheesiness from the commercials, but having a chance to watch free a few weeks ago, I gave it a shot. It was better than I expected. They didn't do either of the two extremely boring things I expected. Sandra Bullock definitely had the acting chops for this sort of demanding performance. It gave me the good bits of what I was expecting and hardly any of the bad. Was it great art? No, but it was beautiful and one of the better disaster movies I've seen. Gravities commercials mildly misrepresented it in hopes of tricking a general audience in. It clearly succeeded admirably at that.

I mention this, because I watched Interstellar this weekend, and their commercials clearly misrepresented the film to a huge extent. We are talking Lady in the Water level of commercial completely failing to convey the sort of film actually in the theater. To me, the commercials were a bit boring and were a strong disincentive to spend money on a movie when I was scrambling for ever penny just to feed my elderly birmin. The commercials said: here is a nothing special space movie.

The commercials lied. This is surprisingly complex and suspenseful, despite me guessing the two big plot twists well in advance. This is a movie with a great deal of heart and a lot to say. This movie was both way more thoughtful and a way better action movie than I expected. I love that it took time with character and world building in the fitrst third so that we actually give a shit about what happens in the other two thirds. Thank you, Tibicina and her gentleman friend for convincing me that this was worth while, as I would have missed a real gem otherwise.

* Mad Max: Fury Road: Character Arc, Plot, and the Hero's journey: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/123353998167/redshoesnblueskies-malibujojo

* "General Gary Stu: Righteously Commanding His Lessers:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/07/general-gary-stu-righteously-commanding.html

* "Sunday Sweets: Summer Fun:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2015/7/5/sunday-sweets-summer-fun.html

* Ebay Time:
AUTUMN FANCIES 2013 (LE, Halloweenies): (Company says: Dry grasses bathed in amber light, muted by gentle shadows.) Top of label.:http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301667294922?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

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

* My RL oldest continuous friend is doing a fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/x9g7q2k

* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com

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