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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Stephen Introduces His Anthony Scaramucci Impression:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "A Parable From Down Under for U.S. Climate Scientists:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/climate/a-parable-from-down-under-for-us-climate-scientists.html?mcubz=0

* "Theresa May orders contaminated blood scandal inquiry:" https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/11/contaminated-blood-scandal-theresa-may-orders-inquiry

* This is so gross. "Trump told the French First Lady that she was "in such good shape":" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-tells-french-first-lady-she-s-such-good-shape-n782696

* "State Department spent more than $15,000 for rooms at new Trump hotel in Vancouver:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/state-department-spent-more-than-15000-for-rooms-at-new-trump-hotel-in-vancouver/2017/07/12/5eba5d0c-61bf-11e7-84a1-a26b75ad39fe_story.html?utm_term=.f6729351feac

* "Judge: Grandparents count as close family for travel ban:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/14/politics/hawaii-travel-ban-bona-fide-relationships/index.html

* "Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger in Emails: ‘Watch Your Back , Bitch’:" https://www.propublica.org/article/marc-kasowitz-trump-lawyer-threat-emails-maddow

* "Russian-American lobbyist joined Trump's son's meeting, too:" https://apnews.com/dceed1008d8f45afb314aca65797762a

* Things that make me go Hmmmmm.... "Mike Pence's Press Secretary Won't Say If His Boss Met With Russians:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-pence-marc-lotter-fox-news-no-answer_us_5966f931e4b0a8d46d12100b

* "Conway uses flash cards to explain Russia controversy:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/13/politics/kellyanne-conway-flash-cards-donald-trump-jr/index.html

* "Trump-Russia investigators probe Jared Kushner-run digital operation:" http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article160803619.html

* "Trump Jr Russian meeting story unpacking like a nesting doll:"

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* "White House fails to protect personal data in voter feedback:"

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* "Health care protesters deploy 'flat Rob Portman':"

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* "Trump's budget would reduce deficit but wouldn't balance like White House promised, CBO says:" http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/13/cbo-releases-analysis-of-trumps-budget.html

* So steal things people literally need to survive to build a nonsensical wall we don’t need. "King: Use funding from food stamps, Planned Parenthood to pay for border wall:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/12/politics/steve-king-food-stamps-border-wall-cnntv/index.html

* "Graham introduces repeal back-up plan:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/13/lindsey-graham-health-care-proposal-240503

* So Republicans think their own health care bill is so terrible and potentially deadly they are thinking of exempting themselves from it. "Senate Republicans exempt own health coverage from part of latest proposal:" https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/13/15966034/senate-republicans-exemption

* "As White House election integrity panel begins work, civil rights watchdogs set up a hotline:" https://mic.com/articles/180997/as-white-house-election-integrity-panel-begins-work-civil-rights-watchdogs-set-up-a-hotline?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.Xjw3xWjGx

* "Y'all know that individual health behaviors - choices around nutrition, exercise, smoking, etc. - only account for about 25% of a person’s health status? :" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/162939757550/jhscdood-heavyweightheart-yall-know-that#notes

* "Typecast as a terrorist:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/15/riz-ahmed-typecast-as-a-terrorist?CMP=share_btn_fb

* "AG Sessions under fire for closed-door speech:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/12/politics/jeff-sessions-alliance-defending-freedom-summit/index.html

* "Chicago Dyke March Drops Pretense, Deploys Anti-Semitic Term Popularized by Neo-Nazis:" http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/240785/chicago-dyke-march-drops-pretense-deploys-anti-semitic-term-popularized-by-neo-nazis?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=post&utm_term=Chicago+Dyke+March+Drops+Pretense%2C+Deploys+Anti-Semitic+Term+Popularized+by+Neo-Nazis&utm_content=July2017

* "Liberty over safety is the Texas anti-vaxxer way:" https://news.vice.com/story/liberty-over-safety-is-the-texas-anti-vaxxer-way

* Every time BBC runs that past headlines thing with the guy breaking in to ask the Queen for a smoke, my brain does this. "The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (There is a Light that Never goes Out/Panic):"

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* "Trump Said More Than ‘Bonjour’ To France’s First Lady’ :"

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* "Stephen Recreates Kellyanne Conway's 'Fun With Words':"

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* "The Late Show's Teen Secrets: Snortable Chocolate Edition:"

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* "Stephen's Book Report On The New Steve Bannon Exposé:"

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* "Stephen Takes A Bite Out Of Jeff Sessions:"

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* "Coexisting With The Fair Folk Who Have Taken Up Residence In/Around/Beneath Your University: A How-To Guide:" http://charminglyantiquated.tumblr.com/post/157198258378/coexisting-with-the-fair-folk-who-have-taken-up

* "Poet reveals what it’s like to have sex when you have a disability:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/160155187875/micdotcom-watch-poet-reveals-what-its-like-to

* "The Paintings used in ‘Black Sails’ (Part 14):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/160132507312/the-paintings-used-in-black-sails-part-14

* "Jack Rackham and the bust in Boston (’Black Sails’):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/160675459172/jack-rackham-and-the-bust-in-boston-black

* Bullying or Media? http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/160208600200/naamahdarling-spiritscraft-werewolfetude

* "Does Fear The Walking Dead Have A Race Problem?:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/does-fear-walking-dead-have-race-problem.html

* "Foreshadowing with Maps (’Black Sails’):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/161107800922/foreshadowing-with-maps-black-sails

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "Yemen hospital battles world's worst cholera outbreak:" http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-40443989/yemen-hospital-battles-world-s-worst-cholera-outbreak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Dinosaur Decathalon - The Gong Show:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "Egypt: At least 28 dead as gunmen fire on bus carrying Coptic Christians:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/26/africa/egypt-shooting-coptic-christians/

* Yet more assholery during 45’s Bad Will Tour of Europe. " Trump in Brussels: 'The Germans Are Bad, Very Bad' :" http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spiegel.de%2Finternational%2Fworld%2Ftrump-in-brussels-the-germans-are-bad-very-bad-a-1149330.html&t=YmQxMWEzMDhlNzBhNGVhOWU2YjNjNTUyN2Y4NjI0Yjk2NTUzZTJkMixURjNlN3lmdA%3D%3D&b=t%3AGDjg2t7tT-TKY-uexqIT2g&p=http%3A%2F%2Fgwydionmisha.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F161115279202%2Ftrump-in-brussels-the-germans-are-bad-very-bad&m=1

* "Boehner chides Trump administration 'disaster':" http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2017%2F05%2F26%2Fpolitics%2Fboehner-trump-kpmg-event-disaster-tax-reform%2Findex.html&t=MDMzMzFlZGM4YWU1NDAwYzdkMTE5YzljNWM1YmYzNjRiZjhmNzFhYyxuQ1hsQVczbQ%3D%3D&b=t%3AGDjg2t7tT-TKY-uexqIT2g&p=http%3A%2F%2Fgwydionmisha.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F161118238622%2Fboehner-chides-trump-administration-disaster&m=1

* "Jared Kushner Under Scrutiny in Russia Probe, Officials Say:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/jared-kushner-now-under-fbi-scrutiny-russia-probe-say-officials-n764826

* "Sources: Comey acted on Russian intelligence he knew was fake:" http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2017%2F05%2F26%2Fpolitics%2Fjames-comey-fbi-investigation-fake-russian-intelligence%2F&t=ZWM4ZGM2ZDdlOWM1ODdiMzczNjdmZDVkNjFkMWUxYmJjZGU3NjQ2ZixtcWtNOXBFSw%3D%3D&b=t%3AGDjg2t7tT-TKY-uexqIT2g&p=http%3A%2F%2Fgwydionmisha.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F161115313062%2Fsources-comey-acted-on-russian-intelligence-he&m=1

* I had assumed Kushner was guilty of a variety of mostly corruption related crimes based on the previous reporting, It’s sure looking like treason as well with the new information about his brokering back channel collusion with the Russians during the election campaign. I had honestly assumed he was more competent than to do something so blatant.

* Montana Republicans are such terrible people that they decided to send a man to congress who violently assaulted a reporter for daring to politely ask him a question about the ACA Repeal and then lied about it being entirely the victim’s fault knowing full well that a recording and multiple witnesses all testify to it having been an entirely unprovoked attack. Congressional Republicans are such horrible people that they were out defending him after he chose to assault that reporter for no reason. They all did this on purpose, knowing what sort of person Gianforte is.

* "When they knock on your front door: Preparing for Repression:" https://antirepressionbayarea.com/when-they-knock-on-your-front-door/

* "United Airlines just apologized for accusing a gay father of groping his child:" https://mic.com/articles/178231/united-airlines-just-apologized-for-accusing-a-gay-father-of-groping-his-child?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.LWiRDMuAg

* "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged):"

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* "Elementary Delivers A Whammy of a Season Finale:" http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thefandomentals.com%2Felementary-delivers-whammy-season-finale%2F&t=NDUwY2U4ODc4ZWI0NDNhM2UxMjAxMDA3NmE1OWNlODI4YWQ2YzMzMixDSWxnOWl1Yw%3D%3D&b=t%3AGDjg2t7tT-TKY-uexqIT2g&p=http%3A%2F%2Fgwydionmisha.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F161113392362%2Felementary-delivers-a-whammy-of-a-season-finale&m=1

* "Star Trek Inclusion & the Presumed SJW Narrative:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/05/star-trek-inclusion-presumed-sjw.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "Indigenous people exposed to UK nuclear tests given healthcare aid:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-39777197

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

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

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* "US attorney scores settlement in Russia case:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* "Donny Goes to School:"

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

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

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

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

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* "What Ambulances Will Look Like Under Trumpcare:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* 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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* "Donald Trump says Syria airstrike ordered while eating ‘most beautiful piece of chocolate cake’:" http://globalnews.ca/news/3374365/donald-trump-syria-airstrike-chocolate-cake/

* "North Korea lashes out at US Navy strike group move:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39561410

* "Former Trump advisor Carter Page targeted by FISA warrant: WaPo:"

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* "Trump White House Syria policy rife with contradiction:"

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* "Trump's 'not going into Syria' vow ignores 1000+ US troops there:"

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* So it looks like Trump is so incompetent and willfully ignorant of even the minimum things a president needs to know, like which wars our troops are deployed to that he made the casual (over cake!) decision to launch his failed attack on a Syrian government air field without knowing we have troops in that country, let alone caring how that might effect them.

* "Trump's strong opinions on presidential golfing:"

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* "Trump on pace to surpass 8 years of Obama's travel spending in 1 year:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/10/politics/donald-trump-obama-travel-costs/

* "County considers special tax for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago visits:" http://www.twincities.com/2017/04/10/county-considers-special-tax-for-trumps-mar-a-lago-visits/

* "AP Exclusive: Manafort firm received Ukraine ledger payout:" https://apnews.com/20cfc75c82eb4a67b94e624e97207e23

* In clearly related news, Manafort just retroactively registered as a foreign agent.

* "Government Watchdog Is Investigating The Trump Transition:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gao-trump-transition_us_58ece162e4b0df7e20456632

* "Spicer: Hitler ‘didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,’ although he sent Jews to ‘the Holocaust center’:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/11/spicer-hitler-didnt-even-sink-to-using-chemical-weapons-although-he-sent-jews-to-the-holocaust-center/?utm_term=.066629f54d94

* "White House ineptitude represented in its spokesman Spicer:"

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* "Who is Trump aide Sebastian Gorka?:"

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* "Secretary Tillerson fails to defend US journalist in Russia:"

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* "Fmr Trump campaign manager Manafort registers as foreign agent:"

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* "Trump Budget Director Admits Their Goal Is High Inequality, Not Low Deficits:" http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/04/trump-budget-director-wants-high-inequality-not-low-deficit.html

* "DeVos Undoes Obama Student Loan Protections:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-11/devos-undoes-obama-student-loan-protections

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

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

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

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* "Airline Customer Service Matters:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/04/airline-customer-service-matters.html

* "Report: Body of country's first female Muslim judge found in Hudson River:" http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/328591-report-body-of-countrys-first-female-muslim-judge-found-in

* "After transgender bathroom battle, North Carolina looks to ban same-sex marriage:" http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-north-carolina-same-sex-marriage-ban-20170412-story.html

* A petition against a non-compete agreement that has the potential to worsen the food desert situation: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/end-the-food-desert?source=email&

* "Donald Trump is Panicking About Russia:"

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* I am still sleep shifted into the least useful possible sleep cycle, hence my odd availability. I'm not even trying to fight it right now, as I'm having an out patient procedure Friday early morning that involves cutting open my foot, and at least this way, I'll likely be awake at the appropriate time without struggle. How ambulatory I'll be after and how soon depends on how deep they are forced to explore, so I can make zero guarantees about availability times until likely next week.

* This contains massive Black Sails finale spoilers. It is also hilarious: http://captain-flint.tumblr.com/post/159520863462/amuseoffyre-can-you-imagine-silver-trying-to

* On paper the Almighty Johnsons sounds up my alley. Norse Gods running around New Zealand has a lot of potential as an idea, but the execution? Not so much. It's so clearly written by and for straight men and is incredibly blokey. It literally features a montage of straight people fucking early in the first episode, the plot centers on a war between the sexes and a man's quest to find a woman and fuck her. Charming. Despite including about as much male nudity as female nudity, the women clothed or otherwise are mostly shot for straight male amusement while most of the male nudity is for humor. None of the five male leads is appealing or likeable as characters, though Olaf is at least vaguely amusing. I'm three episodes in and honestly not sure what the fuss is about and I'm having a hard time with the women are either villains or there to be treated like shit by the men ethos. The library bought these things because I asked to see them so I feel like I ought to soldier on. (I'd feel worse about them ordering the series, except there are eleven people in line for them already, so clearly a demand existed). The man character is boring, annoying, weak minded, etc.. Anders makes me want to stab him, being rapey and horrible. Mike rubs me the wrong way. Which leaves annoying, but vaguely amusing Olaf, and hod who so far is the least aweful? I guess. It's not much of an endorsement when one is saying things like "doesn't use the magical equivalent of roofies and hasn't fucked anyone too drunk to consent that we've seen" are about all one can think of praiseworthy to say. When the best one can say about a show is three out of five male leads haven't raped anyone after three episodes... Wait, is that even true? Mike has been lying to his wife their whole relationship about who he literally is. So two out of five possibly understand consent? Maybe? Except I'm doubting Olaf tells partner he's a nonagenarian, which I'm guessing they might object to, and hod isn't exactly coming clean on his T except that one time, so... It gets grosser the more one thinks about it really.

* National Poetry Month:

"Mad Girl’s Love Song - Sylvia Plath:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159509524462/mad-girls-love-song-sylvia-plath

"So We’ll Go No More a Roving By Lord Byron (George Gordon):" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159507820316/so-well-go-no-more-a-roving-by-lord-byron

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* National Poetry Month:

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

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

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

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

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

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* 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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* "Trump adviser eager to meet Turkey's demands:"

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* "Pence anti-gay extremism often overlooked on national stage:"

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* "How to spot signs of authoritarianism's creep:"

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* "Trump's words raise red flags for autocracy:"

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* Paul Ryan's plan to abolish Medicare will literally kill me and people like me. It's not exaggeration. People will die in the final, literal sense. "on the election:" http://feyandstrange.livejournal.com/1169699.html

* "Khizr Khan responds to Trump's win:"

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* "The Safety Pin:" http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111285784/geekdawson-a-thing-about-the-safety-pin-an

* "Dave Chappelle Stand-Up Monologue - SNL:"

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* Sometimes I wonder what Melville would make of Starbucks stores.

* "Sunday Sweets For American Education Week:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/11/13/sunday-sweets-for-american-education-week.html

* Wow, I have zero fucks to give about Alexandria except for Michonne. I also can't remember who half of them are/tell them apart. Too many generic white men, as if from a vat. Watching "Talking dead," I was thinking Lou Diamond Phillips is still terribly good looking after all these years, but he seems to radically underestimate the violence, danger, and determination of the female characters. He listed the dangerous people in the Alexandria group at start of season and left out Michonne, Maggie, and Rositia, all of whom are tougher, brighter, and angrier than Rick. Just saying. I do agree wit Mr. Phillips that this is the time for Carol style covert fight back clever instead of waving balls around sort of situation. That's what you do when you have few resources up against an overwhelming foe. You appear compliant and you plan and you bide your time. Being really smart about picking when and how to resist is everything in that sort of situation. The moment it's clear how bad it is, you give the impression you'd give in and only move when you know everything you can about the enemy and you've planned out everything. Never, ever move at the points they expect it. Lul them and move when they think you are broken. I figured this out at the age of eight. I doubt Rick is even close to clever enough to figure it out. Also, Ron Funches is adorable. Ron Funches is always adorable. I loved his bit towards the end where he talks about the "true strength in women" regarding Michonne and Rosita. "A lot of times as guys, we're very blustery, we're very like, 'I wanna fight,' but when the chips go down, we're like, 'No, never mind. We'll do what you say.' But ladies, they're like, 'Oh, what? a Dude in a leather jacket whistles at me that's a creep? I dealt with this before!'"


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

* 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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* "Trump's defense on not paying taxes:"

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* "Trump trade plan panned:"

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* "What you might not know about Gary Johnson:"

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* "Multi-million dollar charity pressures Trump to reveal taxes:"

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* "Ford's flub a lesson for gaffe-prone Trump:"

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* "Trump Cuba revelation could cost him Florida:"

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* "Trump Cuba connection gets close look from Cuban-Americans:"

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* TW: Rape. "Deep South - GAYCATION:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/Deep-South/57e37e78f84e2069dd35d5ab?latest=1

* "Governor Paul LePage's Binder Full of Drug Dealers:"

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* "Unpacking Stop-and-Frisk:"

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* "Putting North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law to the Test:"

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* "Elizabeth Warren Rips Wells Fargo's CEO A New One:"

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* "Hey White People! With Jon Batiste And Friends:"

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* TW: Rape. Cersei vs, Arianne: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/150675296862/do-you-think-theres-a-case-to-be-made-that

* Poldark: 2.1. I wrote before how Francis Poldark was the weakest link in the Poldark remake. It is easy for Francis to be contemptible and one dimensional. He is jealous, an alcoholic, a gambling addict, paternalistically sexist, and often an obstacle to the male protagonist (This last tends to bias an audience against a character). One of the things the original did incredibly well is to also make him likeable. That's why his story HURTS, you see. He is likeable, and well meaning, shares his cousin's strong sense of honor, and is painfully self aware of his own failings. He KNOWS what the right thing is to do, but so often can't manage to do it. He is forever in his cousin's shadow, a man who's legend he can't begin to live up to. It is a hard place to be and it preys on him, made worse by him marrying Ross' fiance while Ross was believed dead, thus setting himself up for comparison that way as well. His self awareness of all the ways he doesn't and never can measure up is his real tragedy, you see, and his prophecy is so often self fulfilling. His constant wondering if Elizabeth is measuring him against his cousin leads to jealous, assholish, and boorish treatment of Elizabeth, thus leading to more doubts and more acting out, etc.. This doesn't lead anywhere good. It makes it worse that Ross keeps reaching out a hand to rescue him (drowning, when he gambled away his mine, the card sharp) and genuinely behaving decently, and Demelza, being who she is risks her life and ends up paying a terrible cost to save both their lives. He knows the right thing is to be grateful, to behave well, and that just makes it worse. There is Ross with his strong marriage at a time when Elizabeth can't bear him to touch her anymore. Francis can see how he's behaving and hates himself for it.

The problem with Season One New Francis was that he got all the negative traits down pat, but couldn't bring the likeable. It meant that he was rather flat and to simplistic as a character. He couldn't live up to original Francis at all. He couldn't make me hurt for him.

This deficit is repaired in the season two premiere. The parting from Elizabeth before the assizes WORKS. The line, "Which one of us doesn't secretly adore him," was every bit as ouch as it needed to be, as was the "Had he never gone away in the first place." Ouch, ouch, ouch. I wish he'd brought this feel to first season, but better late than never, and his tragedy hung over all his scenes in this episode the way it should.

On a lighter note, it was weirdly mind bending to have original Ross Poldark judging new Poldark in the opening scene. I love that he's present and a piece of this remake, but at the same time, it's weird seeing two Ross Poldarks in one scene looking at each other. Trust me, I've scene the same actor in other things, such as playing Queen Elizabeth's last favorite in the brilliant Glenda Jackson Elizabeth R, and I know full well actors play other parts, but I watched the original two series so often that in a Poldark context, I'm always going to read that actor as Poldark on some level, if that makes sense. Watching them together my brain felt the way it does when I look at the vase/kiss illusion and see both pictures at once.

* TNG 4 Rewatch:

- The Drumhead. Picard actually notices that this is an unethical use of Betazoid powers, but his call out is countered by her pointing out his unethical use of Deanna's powers. Clearly someone in the writer's room finally noticed the creepy lack of ethics. The MacCarthyism and xenophobia here might be all to real here if November goes badly. I really like Worf's soul searching at the end.

- Half a Life. The Logan's Run Episode. There's a lot of meat on this one, prime directive, assisted suicide, etc.. It's also nice that for once Lwaxana Troi's sexuality is neither a joke nor centering around her sexually harassing people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
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* There have been a series of bomb and arson attacks on the tourist areas in Thailand. Yes, I've heard the speculation, and incline towards what local experts are saying over other theories, but I'd rather wait for confirmation before venturing an opinion. Here is BBC coverage if you want details: "Thailand tourism: Arrests made over bomb attacks in Hua Hin resort:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37063637

* "Trump vs. local paint store:"

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* "Trump's last ten:"

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* "The 2016 fever swamps:"

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* "Trump, losing in Pennsylvania, develops 'cheating' excuse:"

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* Donald Trump is now calling for mass intimidation of voters in Pennsylvania.

* "Anti-gay Evangelical leaders hear plea for support from Trump:"

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* "Daily Beast potentially outs LGBT athletes in controversial Olympic Grindr hook-up article:" http://attitude.co.uk/daily-beast-potentially-outs-lgbt-athletes-in-controversial-olympic-grindr-hook-up-article/

* "Killing Geppetto: 7 Widespread Myths about 18th-Century Shoemaking:" http://makinghistorynow.com/2016/07/killing-geppetto-7-widespread-myths-about-18th-century-shoemaking/

* "#HashItOut with Franchesca Ramsey - Gabby Douglas's National Anthem Backlash:"

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* "Racism in the Baltimore Police Department:"

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* "Bad Optics on the Campaign Trail:"

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* "A Suspicious Police Shooting in Chicago-The Daily Show with Trevor Noah:"

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* "Turkey's New Ally & the Actual Founder of ISIS:"

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* I completely borked my left hip and leg trying to sleep in the one position my back injury allowed and so got very little quality sleep. I was feeling better in Thursday afternoon and went to bed, expecting to sleep all evening. I did get a few good hours of sleep, but was wakened by the unexpected arrival of Tavy's rescue humans and long time friends stopping by. We had a good dinner at the Szechuan place Skye and I used to love, and hung out. They did get a look at Tavy, but he didn't remember them enough to want to interact, alas. It was a good evening.

* I have become weirdly attached to French Eventing Rider Lt. Col. Thibaut Vallette. Karim is prettier, but Monsieur Vallette rode well and seems like he ought to be a character in a George Sand novel.

* "Alice Isn't Dead, A review of Alice Isn't Dead and why it is such an empowering representation of mental illness.:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/alice-isnt-dead/

* Bring tissues. Ballet Boy and his Uncle? Father?: Pt. 1: http://zenpencils.com/comic/kenrobinson/ Pt. 2: http://zenpencils.com/comic/chuck/ Pt. 3: http://zenpencils.com/comic/world/

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
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* "The Deafening Public Silence Following The Shooting Of 3 Indiana Men:" http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/03/02/3754809/fort-wayne-shooting/

* "Mom Whose Daughter Was Killed by Police in Virginia Beach Posts Video Pleading for Justice:" http://mic.com/articles/135471/mom-whose-daughter-was-killed-by-police-in-virginia-beach-posts-video-pleading-for-justice?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.oVcfBVGCQ

* "'Still a city of slaves' – Selma, in the words of those who live there:" http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/04/still-a-city-of-slaves-selma-in-the-words-who-those-who-live-there

* "Anti-gay law could cost Mississippi billions in federal dollars:"

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* "Ancient Games: Crash Course Games #2 :"

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* "The Economics of Healthcare: Crash Course Econ #29:"

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* "Gamer Culture Toxicity :"

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* Two asparagus survived the disaster and I have hopes of two more.

* EBAYs:

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* Zimbabwe has joined Ethiopia in disaster level drought People and animals are dying. Want to help? https://www.wfp.org/help

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

* Want to help finance my meds/medical co pays? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

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

* 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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* Nevada Republican Caucus: Trump 14, Rubio 7, Cruz 6, Carson 1, Kasich 1. Cum: Trump 82, Cruz 17, Rubio 16, Kasich 6, Caarson 4.

* "What If We Killed All the Mosquitoes?:"

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* "The GOP Rejects Unspecified SCOTUS Nominee:"

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* "Congress: The Home Game:"

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* "A Homophobic Church Falls on Hard Times:"

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* "Blaxploitation: A Democratic Party Joint:"

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* Is Anyone traveling from Eugene, OR to Seattle, Mount Vernon, or Bellingham, WA and willing to transport a rescue cat to a forever home? If this sounds like you or someone you know, contact me, please.

* Zimbabwe has joined Ethiopia in disaster level drought People and animals are dying. Want to help? https://www.wfp.org/help

* Help the poisoned children of Flint Michigan. "Water Crisis:&"; https://www.cfgf.org/cfgf/GoodWork/FlintArea/WaterCrisis/tabid/855/Default.aspx

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

* Want to help finance my meds/medical co pays? 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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* "Progressive:" http://sadydoyle.tumblr.com/post/138860699828/progressive

* "Watch Ohio Local News Debunk Allegations... :" https://www.facebook.com/Mediamatters/videos/10153428800021167/

* "Scalia passing 'as big a jolt as we can get':"

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* "Ted Cruz draws support from America's darkest fringe:"

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* "Dirty tricks in the South Carolina primary:"

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* "Sanders' record on civil rights:"

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* "Bisexual Invisibility: The LGBT Community’s Dirty Little Secret :" http://www.theestablishment.co/2016/02/03/bisexuality-invisibility-lgbtq/

* "Pansy Division - Luv Luv Luv :"

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* I officially love Samantha Bee's Full Frontal.

* I consider this film unwatchable. "Iron Man 2: The Legacy of a Jerk:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/iron-man-2-legacy-jerk/

* "A Defense of Tyrion’s ADWD Storyline, Part 7: Well Trained For Your Amusement:" http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/138134810513/a-defense-of-tyrions-adwd-storyline-part-7-well

* "Dear Broadway and Hollywood: I Want My Escapism In Color :" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/dear-broadway-hollywood-want-escapism-color/

* Zimbabwe has joined Ethiopia in disaster level drought People and animals are dying. Want to help? https://www.wfp.org/help

* Help the poisoned children of Flint Michigan. "Water Crisis:" https://www.cfgf.org/cfgf/GoodWork/FlintArea/WaterCrisis/tabid/855/Default.aspx

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

* Want to help finance Hector's cat food and my meds/medical co pays? 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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Pensive)
* There have been bombings in Istanbul, Turkey and Jakarta, Indonesia recently, likely both Daesh inspired. I'm not up to writing about either of them properly, but that does not mean I am not distressed for injured survivors and the families of the dead.

* They have arrested three people in connection to the attacks in Jakarta.

* They have found a new case of Ebola in Sierra Leone and are taking measures to trace his contacts.

* The Anglican Union is sanctioning the Episcopalian church for the US Church's insistent on doing same sex ceremonies. You know how I keep saying Episcopalians are way left of the communion as a whole? Yeah. So they are bared from leadership etc. for three years. I wonder what my mother would say if she were still alive. She was very involved in church politics in her area and was strongly in favour of moving with the times.

* "Burkina Faso security forces attack hotel:" http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/15/world/gunmen-attack-hotel-in-burkina-faso-capital/

* TW: Hate Speech, Calls for Genocide. "Radical pastor names GOP candidates as guests at political event:"

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* "Clinton draws distinction from Sanders:"

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* "The credibility of Mayor Rahm Emanuel:"

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* "Clinton chastises Snyder on Flint, state calls for federal help:"

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* "Michigan's Toxic Water Crisis:"

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* "A Methane Emergency in California:"

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* "Dildos for the Oregon Militia:"

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* The tea party was lovely and delicious and it is nice to see people, but I was too tired to stay as long as intended.

* Damn I'm going to miss Alan Rickman so much. "We Happy Few:" http://cmdr-zoom.livejournal.com/493582.html

* This makes a beautiful World. "What if Harry Potter, the chosen one, had turned out to be a squib?:" http://ink-splotch.tumblr.com/post/136242702639/what-if-harry-potter-the-chosen-one-had-turned

* Help the poisoned children of Flint Michigan. "Water Crisis:" https://www.cfgf.org/cfgf/GoodWork/FlintArea/WaterCrisis/tabid/855/Default.aspx

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

* Want to help finance Hector's cat food and my meds/medical co pays? 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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Pensive)
* "North Korea nuclear claims doubted, alarming nonetheless:"

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* "Offensive Maine governor and bizarre New England politics:"

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* "Vincent Price On Racism And Religious Prejudice :"

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* "Alabama judge says no same-sex marriages:"

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* "Water donations run dry in Flint, no action from Governor Snyder:"

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* "Flint water concerns 'blown off' by state: Snyder staffer e-mail:"

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* "Flint water concerns 'blown off' by state: Snyder staffer e-mail:"

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* Flint, Michigan: Republican Paradise: You know what would have been way cheaper than destroying the entire water infrastructure, poisoning a city, and causing a generation of children serious developmental damage to save money? Not doing that. This is what unfettered Republican rule looks like folks: overthrowing democracy, doing massive damage to people, destroying a city physically and economically thus rendering it essentially unlivable all in the name of some negligible short term savings far out weighed by the expense of the damage they did. This is not “fiscally conservative.” This is a radical waste of money, destruction of businesses and property values, and long term permanent damage to people who will now require a lifetime of care at taxpayer expense done for no discernible reason except they had the power to do it and wanted to.

* "Why the Post Office Makes America Great:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/03/opinion/why-the-post-office-makes-america-great.html?_r=3

* "President Obama Targets Gun Violence:"

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* "President Obama Gets Serious About Gun Control:"

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* His description of his experience inventing his first language? That is so relatable. The language I invented in middle school was basically English vocab transcribed into new morphemes with Latinate grammar and a cuneiform inspired script. I abandoned it for pretty much the same reason he abandoned his. "David J. Peterson - Dothraki and "The Art of Language Invention":"

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* Wednesday I actually did all the needful things. Thursday was podcast and I got through what is very likely one of the hardest sessions we will ever do. (I can think of one other potential topic as tough). Next one I have a handful of things I’m responsible for, but most of it is in the wheelhouse of my collaborators, so I’m not nearly as responsible. The topic after is going to be fun as a sort of reward for all this grimness. Friday’s agenda is bureaucracy and cleaning. I did so much cleaning this week, but more appears while I sleep.

* Want to help finance Hector's cat food and my meds/medical co pays? 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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Pensive)
* "My Position On the Syrian Refugees:" http://grrm.livejournal.com/455639.html

* Turkey has shot down a Russian fighter plane in their air space after ten warnings to return to Syrian air space. There is a strong suspicion the plane was hunting Turkmin minorites for Assad, and the plane crashed into the Turkmin refugee camp in Turkey. The Russians are denying everything, of course, including Turkish radar images of their plane in their airspace.

* Re Syrian Refugees: I know victim blaming, immediate capitulation to the whims of religious extremists, and tossing out the Constitution in favor of an oppressive distopian police state in the knee jerk Republican reaction to any stimuli at all, but just this once can we please, please, please do the right thing as a country?

* "Trump stands by 9/11 lie as campaign takes dark turn:"

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* "Laquan McDonald shooting video to be released:"

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* "Minoru Yasui, hero, to receive timely honor from White House:"

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* 5 protesters were shot at a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis by three white men.

* 13 months ago, police murdered Laquan McDonald. The police officer emptied his clip into the child's back 30 seconds after arriving on the scene. 14 of the bullets were after the child was down on the ground. Chicago Police immediately sprung into action to cover up the crime, systematically erasing video surveillance tapes at a nearby Burger King, disbursing horrified witnesses to the execution, and taking a witness who insisted on giving a statement to a holding cell where they intimidated and threatened her because she wanted to tell the truth about what she saw. The police declined to investigate the murder as a white police man murdering a black child and destruction of evidence to cover up said murder are not considered a crime in this country, but protesters and repeated FOA requests for dash cam footage finally forced them to arrest the murderer because the dash cam footage was released today.

I am choosing not to link footage of the policeman murdering the child in cold blood at this time, as the family did not want the press to show their child being murdered over and over on TV, but you can certainly go look it up if you need to see it.

* "What I Wish Everyone Knew When They Talked About Abortion:" http://www.buzzfeed.com/kayetoal/what-i-wish-everyone-knew-when-they-talked-about-abortion#.ad0D7p7jw

* "Meet the drama teacher who had the best response to a homophobic text:" http://www.mic.com/articles/129006/meet-the-gay-drama-teacher-who-responded-to-one-mom-s-homophobic-comment-perfectly?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.WTbR2a80N

* "John Oliver rips Huckabee over refugee fear-mongering: ‘More men named Mike have killed people’:"

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* The Hollow Crown: Henry V. Caveat: this is not a play I know well. I read it a couple times back in the day, and I've seen the Olivier and Branaugh versions back in the mid-90's. (I remember preferring Branaugh), but it's never made a strong impression on me. I mean, sure, everyone remembers the famous St. Crispin day's Speech, but do you remember much of it besides that? I mostly didn't. This is a yet another time the continuity of casting between the plays really helped them out. In so many ways, this play finishes off a bunch of people's arcs from the previous two. Henry is coming to his own as King, and that is the central thrust of the play. You also get to find out what happens to Fallstaff, Bardolph, and Pistol, plus bonus Llewellen, York, etc., but the play really doesn't stand on it's own character wise, and plotwise is basically a play about a battle, what led to it, and the immediate aftermath. Having the same actors playing all the recurring parts and watching them all together really helps with the emotional resonance as what we are seeing is not character arcs within the play for anyone except possibly Henry, who does mature a bit in the course of the play, but not much as most of the growth was back in Henry IV pt. 2., but rather the end of arcs previously established. This has been a serious problem for stand alone productions, and a fundamental weakness of the play for modern audiences who generally weren't clamoring for the sequel to come out so they could see what happens to the characters, the way the original audience was. This production does include a short flashback montage of Bardolph to help out the students who likely will be watching this in either isolation or with a long separation between plays. It's manipulative and unsubtle thing to do, but I really do think it's there for the students of the future and not for people like me watching it as a miniseries and odds are students are going to be the largest audience for this production as for pretty much any filmed production of Shakespeare. As with the Henry IV pt.1 battle sequence, the Agincourt battle sequence is harmed by the lack of budget to do it properly, but I think this director did a much better job of making it work, though it still was a weakness. This is just somewhere you need to have money to really pull it off. The acting was solid all around, and as with the other three installments, the use of real locations, quality costuming, and natural sounding delivery of dialog was a strength. They made good work of one of the more uneven Shakespeare plays on a limited budget, but odds are, I'll have forgotten most of it again by the end of the week.

IMDB tells me they have a second season coming up in 2016, which I await with some excitement. They are doing the War of the Roses next. My feelings about the RL people and the plays are complicated, but I am fascinated to see what they do with them.

* "Z Nation, Season Two, Episode Eleven: Corporate Retreat:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/11/z-nation-season-two-episode-eleven.html

* "Sunday Sweets: Doctor Who Day...ish:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2015/11/22/sunday-sweets-doctor-who-dayish.html

* EBAY:

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* Story Dragon Store: http://thestorydragon.com/?product_cat=owens-art

* 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
gwydion: (Coyote)
* "Drought takes terrible toll in Ethiopia:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34770831

* Donald Trump is claiming that Starbucks having read and green Christmas coloured cups proves they somehow hate Christmas. No really. Look it up. He also says he will force people to say "Merry Christmas" if he is elected. Somehow? There is no War on Christmas.

* The Republican Agenda Includes Literal Death Camps for LGBTQ People: Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, and Ted Cruise were speakers at an anti-gay event hosted by a man known for explicitly calling for death camps for homosexuals, an activity he did at length. The main thrust of the event was in fact demands to round us all up and kill us, and as they spoke after this torrent of hate instead of leaving the hate rally, they clearly all three endorse killing us all in the Christian theocracy death camps.

* "GOP on wrong side of veterans with VA privatization plan:"

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* The child is white so they are treating it as a murder, unlike in the Tamir Rice murder where there are still no arrests. "$1 million bond set in death of 6-year-old Louisiana boy:" http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/09/us/louisiana-child-shooting/index.html

* "McCaskill proud of Missouri University activists:"

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* "Tona's Trans Awareness Month Truth Telling:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/11/tonas-trans-awareness-month-truth.html

* "This trans woman wants to ‘widen the bandwidth of gender’ by keeping her beard:" https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/07/19/this-trans-woman-wants-to-widen-the-bandwidth-of-gender-by-keeping-her-beard/

* Do not be taken in by the news from Seaworld. It's pure PR. They are shutting down the current whale show with tricks in one of the three parks, but rather than release the prisoners, they are still planning to keep them imprisoned in small tanks and are claiming this will be "more like their natural environment" which is the open see where they swim a hundred milews or more a day. Riiiiiight. Exactly the same.

* "Racism in the WWE - Ricky Velez:"

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* "Missouri Racism: The College Years:"

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* "A Pricey Oversight in Afghanistan:"

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* "It's Time to Free Jeb Bush:"

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* "The War on Christmas Continues: Donald Trumps vs. Starbucks:"

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* Hector Update: He's still a little clumsy and occasionally falls in a fish tank. He's still less clumsy than squirrel's lump, who has not had a stroke, so it's clear improvement. Today he relearned how to howl, which is exhausting for me, but a sign of improved health. After the stroke he was reduced to very soft sounds in very limited range. Today he reached full volume and I thing he has most or all of his vocalizations back. He's still way too thin, barely grooming and so dirty and bedraggled, and scary fragile, but no longer looks like he's on death's door. Normally, I would bathe him, but I don't want the stress of it to give him another stroke.

* I'd like to thank whichever of you it was that recommended Havemercy. It was delightful and gripping, despite my dislike of Rook and his homophobia. I really liked the M/M romance and the way it was full of little Checkov's guns that were nigh invisible until the last fifth or so which I mostly spent impressed by how much crucial information was slipped in without looking like it had anything to do with the central mystery. All four PoVs wove together really well in the final half, and the long interpersonal build really meant that loses meant something. This book was put together beautifully and even though I guessed the interpersonal twist very early, I admit to missing the big twist and solution despite all the clues until it was right on top of me, which is a rare and beautiful thing. the book plays fair with both the mystery and it's solution, but the wealth of naturally flowing detail meant the clues did not stand out. I want more of these to read right away, hopefully fleshing out and centering on some of the other tantalizingly interesting characters that were not PoV this time, because I want to know more about the secondary characters and more about the world.

Did I mention there were steampunk dragons? There were totally steampunk dragons.

* 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
gwydion: (Coyote)
* "'Intellectuals will be silenced': historians express fears of Indian government:" http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/30/indian-historians-romila-thapar-irfan-habib-protest-government?CMP=twt_gu?CMP=twt_gu

* Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, and Ted Cruise were speakers at an anti-gay event hosted by a man known for explicitly calling for death camps for homosexuals, an activity he did at length. The main thrust of the event was in fact demands to round us all up and kill us, and as they spoke after this torrent of hate instead of leaving, they clearly all three endorse killing us all in the Christian theocracy death camps.

* TW: extreme hate speech. Also do not listen if you are planning to eat, eating, or have eaten recently. "Three Republican candidates speak at anti-gay pastor's rally:"

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* The child is white so they are treating it as a murder, unlike in the Tamir Rice murder where there are still no arrests. "$1 million bond set in death of 6-year-old Louisiana boy:" http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/09/us/louisiana-child-shooting/index.html

* "McCaskill proud of Missouri University activists:"

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* "Tona's Trans Awareness Month Truth Telling:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/11/tonas-trans-awareness-month-truth.html

* "This trans woman wants to ‘widen the bandwidth of gender’ by keeping her beard:" https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/07/19/this-trans-woman-wants-to-widen-the-bandwidth-of-gender-by-keeping-her-beard/

* "America's Voting Machines Are F**ked:"

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* "Ben Carson Defends His Street Cred:"

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* Every time they run the "Ask the governor" commercial there are several seconds when I think it's a weird Walking Dead promo before I remember it is Public Television and our real Governor.

* "Carol’s Landing:" http://gotgifsandmusings.tumblr.com/post/132671572780/carols-landing

* "GoT Re-Watch: Fine-Toothed Comb Edition:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/132600008187/got-re-watch-fine-toothed-comb-edition

"The book scene also provides a crucial thematic defense of knighthood. Even if Sansa didn’t fully realise the implications of what she said, what “he was no true knight” argues is that knights are made by deeds and not by princes. In context, Sansa is saying that Gregor did not deserve social sanction and it doesn’t matter what Rhaegar Targaryen thought, it matters about defending the weak et cetera. The problem is therefore not with knights per se, it’s with Gregor - a personally validating statement for Sandor to hear. And this “true knights” argument is, in turn, a part of the idealism present throughout A Song of Ice and Fire but largely absent in Game of Thrones. ASOIAF agrees with Sansa and Brienne (there are true knights, and being a true knight is a matter of choosing to uphold the ideal - though it’s not an easy thing to do), and they convince others of the merits of their position. GoT agrees with pre-character development Sandor and Jaime, and everyone just spirals ever further into nihilistic cynicism until the plot demands that they don’t."

* "Read Me! Please!: Book Titles Rewritten to Get More Clicks:" http://www.themillions.com/2014/01/read-me-please-book-titles-rewritten-to-get-more-clicks.html

* 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
gwydion: (No Angel)
* I'm seeing lots of speculation about the Russian plane that went down in Sinai, but very little in the way of facts beyond the death toll. I refuse to speculate or embrace conspiracy theories and plan to wait for expert investigator reports before forming an opinion.

* There is catastrophic flooding in Yemen after they were hit by a tropical cyclone. Since this was not a thing that happens in Yemen and is likely yet another climate change effect, they had no counter measures or appropriate architectural modifications. All this on top of their brutal civil war and damaged infrastructure from aerial bombings and drone strikes.... It looks bad for ordinary people caught up in it.

* "We’re destroying our kids — for nothing: Too much homework, too many tests, too much needless pressure :" http://www.salon.com/2015/10/31/were_destroying_our_kids_for_nothing_too_much_homework_too_many_tests_too_much_needless_pressure/?utm_source=Tumblr&utm_medium=Tumblr%20Share&utm_campaign=Tumblr

* "This Woman's Response to a Perv Who Filmed Her on the Street Has to Be Seen to Be Believed:" http://mic.com/articles/127766/this-woman-s-response-to-a-perv-who-filmed-her-on-the-street-has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social

* "Same-Sex Couple Allegedly Jailed For Holding Hands In Grocery Store:" http://www.refinery29.com/2015/10/96652/same-sex-couple-jail-hawaii?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post

* "Police shootings won't stop unless we address this problem no one is talking about:" http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/police-shootings-traffic-stops-excessive-fines

* "Tea Tuesdays: The Scottish Spy Who Stole China's Tea Empire:" http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/10/392116370/tea-tuesdays-the-scottish-spy-who-stole-chinas-tea-empire?sc=17&f=1032

* I just managed to injure myself eating toast!

* Re: Bones/Sleepy Hollow Crossover. I used to watch Bones. I bailed out just after the babies were born because I don't enjoy on the run because falsely accused plots. I still love the characters and am glad the show exists. One of the many things I have always liked about the show is that it is a rare example of a positive portrayal of an atheist in popular culture. Given the depth of the prejudice against atheist in our culture and the rarity of atheist characters in general, let alone show leads, representation is a big deal.

This crossover fucks that up royally. By putting Bones in the same universe as Sleepy hollow it makes Brennan objectively wrong in her atheism, rather than theism vs atheism being a matter of opinion as it is in the real world. Sleepy Hollow takes place in a world where demons and therefore god are objectively real. By crossing the streams, we are invited to laugh at Brennan's skepticism because in a Sleepy hollow universe atheism is not only wrong, it is dangerous.

Eeeew!

It was bad enough when they took back Brennan's childfree stance and gave her babies, since posative portrayals of childfree women are nearly non-existent, but they retconned that when the actor got pregnant. Now they are making Brennan flat out wrong in service of a crossover I'm doubting the fans of either show wanted, that fundamentally damages the barely science fictional setting of the Bones world. Bones takes place in an alternate universe where facial reconstruction is a reliable science instead of irreproducable art masquerading as science and one in which the FBI would for some reason allow a forensic tech with no law enforcement training into the field to partner with an agent chasing suspects and the like. These are the only science fictional elements in Bones and there were no supernatural element until this crossover. Bones up to this point was pretty good as far as realism. Now it takes place in a world of demons and monsters and Bones is deluded for believing only in things that are provable.

I am not an atheist, but as a Buddhist I benefit from society being more secular and as a queer person and a trans person, I have legitimate worry about the constant attempts by Christians to take away my civil rights and those of women on religious grounds. I want to live in a country where atheists aren't legally barred from office (as they are in a shocking number of states). I want to live in a country with freedom from religion. I am not a theist, and I support the atheist cause even though they generally do not approve of my belief system anymore than they do of theistic religions. I am furious that the one show I can think of that had a strongly atheist lead character now exists in a canonically theistic world in which god and the devil objectively exist.

* "A Girl, A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella:" http://www.npr.org/sections/monkeysee/2015/03/13/392358854/a-girl-a-shoe-a-prince-the-endlessly-evolving-cinderella

* "Sunday Sweets Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2015/11/1/sunday-sweets-celebrates-dia-de-los-muertos.html

* 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 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
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* Trans Canada is giving up on Keystone XL! Keystone XL is dead! (Although they may revive it if Republicans take the White House Next year).

* "13 Ridiculous Things Ben Carson Actually Believes:" http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2015/10/26/3715969/ben-carson-ridiculousness-continues/

* Republicans are refusing to let the bill continuing health benefits for 9/11 first responders on the grounds that it has broad bipartisan support and would surely pass, and the Republican leadership believes that the 9/11 first responders are takers who deserve to die for being foolish enough to selflessly rush to help instead of running away when their country needed them and that keeping them alive is a waste of money wwhen we could save that mony to use for give aways to corporations and the 1% who are the only ones deserving of government entitlements.

Republicans are happy to wave the Bloody shirt, but won’t put their money where their mouths are.

* Remember to vote!

* "Neighbors upset over church’s homeless family program:" http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/neighbors-upset-over-churchs-homeless-family-progr/npBz8/

* "From Columbus to celebrity chefs: How food helped shape history:" http://news.yale.edu/2015/03/04/columbus-celebrity-chefs-how-food-helped-shape-history

* Words matter: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/132212449005/robothugscomic-new-comic-link-its-just-a#notes

* Paypal was uncharacteristically quick, so I mailed my ebay today, then did some food shopping. When I got home, I converted the tree lights to the pattern for the back half of the season, which ended up taking a couple of hours due to a key mistake back in September. The string of white lights I hang the SF ornaments from is showing signs of aging, which means I should likely add a replacement to the list of things I need to raise money for. Sigh. It looks lovely though. I have a whole other box to sort and set up, which ought to wait for late November but which I will likely do soon out of anal retentiveness, plus rigging supplementary lighting in the dark corner. Annoyingly, I have had a package waiting downtown since the 30th I didn't know about and could have picked up while mailing today, so I guess I'm going to have to do that, likely Wednesday.

It is so pretty, the current display, and I end up smiling every time I look up. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/132456576417

* "The Ballad of Joe Yogurtsack: A True Story of Fear, Friendship, Theft, and the Worst Roommate I Ever Had:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/132460801567/the-ballad-of-joe-yogurtsack-a-true-story-of

* "The Ballad of Joe Yogurtsack, Continued:" http://jessetcetera.tumblr.com/post/126564392871/the-ballad-of-joe-yogurtsack-continued

* 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 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

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