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* On The Resurgence of Bolivian Indigenous Culture. "Cholita Fashion in Bolivia:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/states-of-undress-cholita-fashion-in-bolivia/5963b75fc9dfdb891a719bc7

* "The Trump administration just pulled funding from a group that fights white extremism:" https://mic.com/articles/180733/the-trump-administration-just-pulled-funding-from-a-group-that-fights-white-extremism?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.6NHqDisbw

* We still need one more "no" on the tax bill designed to steal health care from the poor and middle class to give a massive tax break to the richest 1%. If one of these is your senator, please consider calling.

Senator Bob Corker - (202) 224-3344
Senator Lisa Murkowski - (202) 224-6665
Senator Rob Portman - (202) 224-3353
Senator Bill Cassidy - (202) 224-5824

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

* "Ronald Reagan stuck it to millennials: A college debt history lesson no one tells:" http://www.salon.com/2014/07/05/ronald_reagan_stuck_it_to_millennials_a_college_debt_history_lesson_no_one_tells/

* "California bans state-funded travel to Texas, 3 more states because of anti-LGBTQ laws:" https://mic.com/articles/180719/california-bans-state-funded-travel-to-texas-3-more-states-because-of-anti-lgbtq-laws?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.c28ECOBAz

* "Mercadera (c.1245-1300): the Farmer Who Caught a Knight:" http://rejectedprincesses.tumblr.com/post/162474730048/mercadera-c1245-1300-the-farmer-who-caught-a

* "Soldadera: The Tiny Things They Carried:" https://www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/soldadera-the-tiny-things-they-carried

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Donald Trump gets a royal snub:"

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* "Wheelchair users dragged away from McConnell’s office for protesting health care bill:" https://thinkprogress.org/wheelchair-protesters-arrested-ahca-dc-c7ecf4c94f59

Police brutalized peaceful protesters. " ADAPT’s D.C. area branch tweeted that officers were picking people up and dropping them, which video footage of the incident appears to corroborate. Several onlookers also reported seeing blood on the floor as activists were hauled away by police."

* This one has a bunch of footage, but less written inforamation. "Wheelchair-bound protesters removed from protest outside Mitch McConnell's office:" http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/wheelchair-bound-protesters-removed-from-protest-outside-mitch-mcconnells-office/article/2626808

* Please folks, they are voting next week to gut medicaid, return lifetime caps, bar coverage for pre-existing conditions so they can give the richest 1% massive tax cuts. They are going to kill a lot of us by denying us medication, chemotherapy, basic medical care. Please, please please. Now is when we really need phone calls, angry in person visits to offices, and die ins. Please, please, please, if you can protest, do.

* "The Senate health care bill is a blatant attack on America’s most vulnerable.:" https://newrepublic.com/minutes/143478/senate-health-care-bill-blatant-attack-americas-vulnerable

* "TransGriot Perv Watch- Guess Who Wasn't Caught In This Houston Area Child Predator Sting?:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/transgriot-perv-watch-guess-who-wasnt.html

* "Women in Canada have no legal recourse against pickup artists filming them:" https://mic.com/articles/180468/women-in-canada-have-no-legal-recourse-against-pickup-artists-filming-them?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.GGHsuY7jP

* "New Video Breaks Down Why Hollywood Needs Transgender Actors:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/transgender-hollywood-video_us_594964b8e4b08709c82fe34c?utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&utm_source=qv_fb&utm_medium=facebook&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000050

* "This Powerful Photo Series Shares People's Personal Stories Of The Pulse Nightclub Shooting:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/dear-world-series?utm_term=.oiYwr4GGX#.cqVdm233l

* "The Famous Speech Chief Seattle Never Made:" http://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/the-famous-speech-chief-seattle-never-made.htm

* I have lost track of how many days it's been since I had proper sleep. I'm thinking maybe a week ago? I am irritatingly struggling with the bare minimum as a result. This is likely negatively effecting my availability and quality. Apologies.

* 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
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* "Pentagon: US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time:" https://apnews.com/a770b34790584b62b46aa37eec843059/US-shoots-down-Syrian-Air-Force-fighter

* "Trump: 'I think we did a good job' on the Panama Canal:"

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* "Career criminal, mob ties, Trump associate:"

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* "RICO lawsuit exposes Trump Russia ties on another front:"

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* "White House plans to push House GOP for friendlier Russia sanctions deal:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/17/trump-white-house-russia-sanctions-deal-239636

* "FBI Director nominee removed reference to case involving Russian government from law firm bio:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/20/politics/kfile-fbi-nominee-law-firm-bio/index.html

* "Trump's FBI Pick Billed Taxpayers $2 Million As Christie's Bridgegate Lawyer:" https://www.wnyc.org/story/trumps-fbi-pick-bills-taxpayers-21-million-including-airfare-christies-bridgegate-lawyer/

* "Flynn didn’t disclose role in Saudi deal with Russians, congressional letter says:" http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article157014574.html

* "U.S. investigators in Russia probe look at role of Flynn partner:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-kian-idUSKBN19B0ZL

* "Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-lawyers-idUSKBN19A1CM

* "Six People Have Resigned From Trump's HIV/AIDS Advisory Council Because He "Doesn't Care":" https://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/trump-hiv-aids-pacha-resignations?utm_term=.am4olYNRD#.drPrP6o13

* "Pompeo still briefed Flynn on secrets as CIA knew concerns: NYT:"

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* "Computer-Security Firm Says Voter Data Set Left Unprotected Online:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/computer-security-firm-says-voter-data-set-left-unprotected-online-1497877200

* "Supreme Court takes partisan gerrymandering case:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/19/politics/supreme-court-partisan-gerrymandering/index.html

* "McConnell wants to force health care vote by July 4th:" https://www.axios.com/mcconnell-schedule-health-care-vote-2444017826.html

* "Gianforte calls for civil politics after assaulting reporter:" https://www.apnews.com/ae22cf2b02094a5fa283053d30267f2c

* The Republicans won in South Carolina and Georgia.

* "Body found in Virginia pond believed to be missing Muslim teen:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-charged-murder-muslim-teen-who-disappeared-way-mosque-n773986

* "Judge Dismisses Kendrick Johnson Wrongful Death Suit, Cites Negligence on Part of Teen's Parents:" http://atlantablackstar.com/2017/06/16/judge-dismisses-kendrick-johnson-wrongful-death-suit-cites-negligence-part-teens-parents/?utm_content=bufferda3e7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "Killing Black People Is As American As Apple Pie:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/killing-black-people-is-as-american-as.html

* "My grandfather is a residential school survivor.:" http://trulysophisticat.tumblr.com/post/162030622407/jadedfalling-unfriendlyindigenoushottie-my

* "Juneteenth 2017- Moni's Message To My Texas Black Trans Family:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/juneteenth-2017-monis-message-to-my.html

* It's even worse than initially thought. "Update: An Interview with the Transgender Patron Denied Access to the "Family" Bathroom at Seattle Public Library:" http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/06/09/25204540/transgender-patron-denied-access-to-family-bathroom-at-seattle-public-library

* Abortion Saved Her Life: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/162029847291

* My first two carnations ever, carnations being my second favorite flower.: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162062396687/my-first-two-carnations-ever-carnations-being-my

* "Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid #3) by Seanan McGuire:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/half-off-ragnarok-incryptid-3-by-seanan.html

* "Fear The Walking Dead, Season Three, Episode Three: TEOTWAWKI:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/fear-walking-dead-season-three-episode.html

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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)
* "North Korean authorities curtail public trials and executions:" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14508&cataId=nk01500

* "Aboriginal women slam ‘degrading’ treatment by property developer over sacred cave:" http://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/selling/aboriginal-women-slam-degrading-treatment-by-property-developer-over-sacred-cave/news-story/9e5bff3a76116c2c0618a5dd92a0f696

* "Hypocrisy of Trump’s Liberty University speech:"

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* "Will Trump's lies cost lives? Can we break his spell? Killer cognitive bias.:"

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* "The Healthcare Bill Exposes Trump's Chilling Authoritarian Agenda:" http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/features/a27056/healthcare-bill-trump-authoritarian-regime/

* "In Donald Trump's America, the crackdown on protesters is the real free speech issue:" http://www.newstatesman.com/world/north-america/2017/05/donald-trumps-america-crackdown-protesters-real-free-speech-issue

* "It's payback time. And across the country, constituents are giving it to the 217 Republicans who voted TrumpCare.
These are their stories.:" https://www.paybackproject.org/

* "“There’s way worse videos”: Today’s students on Rodney King :" https://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2017/05/08/theres-way-worse-videos-todays-students-on-the-la-riots-and-rodney-king/

* "Chechen Authorities Tell Families: Kill Your Gay Sons or We Will:" http://www.advocate.com/world/2017/5/03/chechen-authorities-tell-families-kill-your-gay-sons-or-we-will

* "Allow Me, a Simple English Major, to Decode FBI Director Comey’s Goodbye Letter:" https://www.themarysue.com/comey-goodbye-letter/

* "Sean Spicer Returns - SNL :"

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* Tavy successfully borked the computer before bedtime Sunday, and I had to go to bed early with my whole routine disrupted. Squirrel sorted it when he got home, luckily. The Tiny Terror is talented with his feet.

* "Sign of the Times: City Ballet’s Ashly Isaacs Laces Up Her Sneakers:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/arts/dance/new-york-city-ballet-ashly-isaacs-laces-sneakers-for-the-times-are-racing.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

* A twitter horror story: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160648813307/malfvoys-this-is-the-best-twitter-story-ive

* Further ideas for the very Queer Cyrano vs. D'Artagnon show I wish STARZ would make: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160644330897/gwydionmisha-real-life-cyrano-and-real-life#notes

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

* 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
gwydion: (Default)
* "Trump demands gold‑plated welcome:" https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/trump-demands-gold-plated-welcome-xjnffdq32

* "Supreme People's Assembly alludes to 'diplomacy' over 'nuclear weapons':" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14472&cataId=nk00400

* "‘Concrete and corroborative evidence’ of Russian collusion?:"

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* "Trump claims he can’t be sued for inciting rally violence:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/trump-inciting-violence-protest-rally-lawsuit-237249

* "Trump's reelection campaign raised $13.2 million in first quarter:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/trumps-reelection-campaign-raised-132-million-in-first-quarter-237250

* "Jeff Sessions says he admires Bannon and has received no pushback from Ivanka Trump or Jared Kushner:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/12/politics/kfile-jeff-sessions-on-bannon/index.html

* "Rep. Lieu: Jared Kushner lied:"

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* "Special elections set stage for 2018:"

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* "‘This is what I call the beginning of a police state’:"

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* "Apache Stronghold:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/apache-stronghold/5888c95de04dd90112c2893b

* "Chechen police 'have rounded up more than 100 suspected gay men':" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/02/chechen-police-rounded-up-100-gay-men-report-russian-newspaper-chechnya

* "Anti-LGBT Violence in Chechnya:" https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/04/04/anti-lgbt-violence-chechnya

* Remember when I predicted Melissa McCarthy would appear on SNL as Sean Spicer in an Easter Bunny outfit? "Easter Message from Sean Spicer - SNL :"

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* "Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie - 'The Headmaster and the Pupil":"

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* "Donald Trump Cold Open - SNL:"

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* "Celebrity Family Feud: Time Travel Edition - SNL:"

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* National Poetry Month:

"Break of Day in the Trenches, by Isaac Rosenberg:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159618716347/break-of-day-in-the-trenches-by-isaac-rosenberg

* 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

* 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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* "Abortion in Ireland: The fight for choice - BBC News:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39183423

* "Northern Ireland Woman Sentenced Over Self-Induced Abortion:" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/04/107798/northern-irish-woman-self-induced-abortion-news?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post

* "Sexist MP argues women should "earn less” because they’re inferior — and gets shut down:" https://mic.com/articles/170234/watch-this-european-lawmaker-obliterate-another-who-said-women-must-earn-less?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.LrRVzz73H

* "Poisoned River:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/poisoned-river/5888ca17f46523d027f95e11

* "The Urban Rez:" https://video.vice.com/en_ca/video/the-urban-rez-1-349/5888c9b7f46523d027f95e10

* "Russian Hackers Said to Seek Hush Money From Liberal Groups:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-06/russian-hackers-said-to-seek-hush-money-from-liberal-u-s-groups

* "Trump has set the US up to botch a global health crisis:" http://www.vox.com/2017/3/4/14803596/trump-pandemic-response-global-health-cdc

* "Rep Swalwell makes case for independent Trump Russia inquiry:"

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* "Putin animosity for Clinton stems from role at State Department:"

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* "Trump, Tillerson weaken State Department as Putin would want:"

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* "Truth closer on Trump camp pro-Russia influence on GOP platform:"

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* "Signs of continuing Russia influence in US raise alarm:"

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* "Trump leaves State Department out of Mexico meeting:"

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* "Fmr Ambassador Fried: West at lowest we've seen since the 1930s:"

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* Is anyone surprised? "Flynn was a foreign agent during the campaign:"

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* So basically the government will have less revenue and there will be less enforcement against rich tax cheats like Trump and his friends. "Under Trump, an Already Depleted I.R.S. Could Face Deep Cuts:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/trump-mnuchin-irs.html?_r=0

* "New EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Is Balking at Trump’s Big Budget Cuts:" http://finance.yahoo.com/news/epa-chief-scott-pruitt-balking-124100391.html

* "Home Alone in the Trump Administration:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/opinion/home-alone-in-the-trump-administration.html?smid=tw-nytopinion&smtyp=cur

* "Interior secretary Ryan Zinke rides a horse to work:" http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/02/interior-secretary-ryan-zinke-rides-a-horse-to-work-.html

* "White House proposes steep budget cut to leading climate science agency:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/03/white-house-proposes-steep-budget-cut-to-leading-climate-science-agency/?utm_term=.659fd75332ab

* "Chaffetz 'cell phone or health care' remark boosts opponent:"

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* "Bernie Sanders sounds off on Trumpcare:"

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* "Carville: It won't be easy to sell 'Chumpcare':"

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* "No, Paul Ryan, there's no 'death spiral':"

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* "Poverty in the developed world doesn’t look like a refugee child with flies on their face.

It looks like a normal person in normal clothes, in a normal apartment, with their bills spread out on the kitchen table, crying."
http://sodiumflare.tumblr.com/post/158169945275/daftpunk-delorean-jumpingjacktrash

* "Some GOP lawmakers’ block-everything mentality could imperil big-picture plans:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/some-gop-lawmakers-block-everything-mentality-could-imperil-big-things/2017/03/04/ca60b436-005b-11e7-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.0c1800be5645

* "TSA's new "pat-downs" are so invasive, airports are pre-emptively warning cops to expect sexual assault claims:" http://boingboing.net/2017/03/06/a-date-with-doctor-jellyfinger.html

* "Hawaiian Sovereignty:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/hawaiian-sovereignty/5888c9e9617e8f2d5c71fae3

* "Deportation of grandmother leaves a San Diego military family reeling:" http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-grandmother-deportation-20170304-story.html

* "Happy International Women's Day 2017:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/happy-international-womens-day-2017.html

* "Moni's SB 6 Opposition Testimony:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/monis-sb-6-opposition-testimony.html

* "Sex Positions or CIA Code Names?:"

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* "The GOP Still Hasn't Figured Out Health Care:"

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* "Ivanka Trump's Fake Feminism:"

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* "That Was the Week that WTF:"

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* "Full Frontal Insta-vestigation: Scott Walker Is A Human Garbage Disposal:"

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* "Trumpcare Bill: Nasty, Brutish and Short:"

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* "TSA Airport Pat-Downs Are Getting WAY More Intimate:"

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* "Republicans Release New Health Plan, And We're All Going To Die:"

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* "Ben Carson Wants To Put Something Inside Your Head:"

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* "White People Are Having a Good Time in America:"

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* "Trump Doesn't Seem to Remember "The Forgotten Man":"

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* "TrumpCare, Russian Ambassadors And Other Things Bad For Your Health:"

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* "The Creators Of TrumpCare On TrumpCare: 'Don't Call It TrumpCare':"

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* I managed to sort out the garden as I was intending to do before the snows. I cleared out the dead foliage and shifted things around so pots with current plants get the best sun as I need to do periodically. Crocuses are up and it looks like hyacinths are on the way. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/158201603292/i-managed-to-sort-out-the-garden-as-i-was

* "Supernatural, Season 12, Episode 14: The Raid:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/03/supernatural-season-12-episode-14-raid.html

* "The Walking Dead Clears my Skin, Waters my Crops with a Richonne-centric Episode:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/walking-dead-clears-skin-waters-crops-richonne-centric-episode/

* "Depicting Child Characters:" http://mythcreants.com/blog/depicting-child-characters/

* "LGBT+ Representation Should Not be a Zero-Sum Game:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/lgbtq-representation-not-zero-sum-game/

* "Taboo Was Good But Not Up To My Expectations:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/taboo-good-not-expectations/

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* 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

* 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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* "Chief calls for action after 30 recent suicide attempts in Black Lake:" http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/chief-calls-for-action-after-30-recent-suicide-attempts-in-black-lake-1.3267320#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=6xc7pwI

* "Angela Merkel is now the leader of the free world, not Donald Trump:" http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/angela-merkel-donald-trump-democracy-freedom-of-press-a7556986.html

* "Bannon: War Between U.S. And China Is Inevitable, And That's Not The Only Conflict Coming:" http://reverbpress.com/world/war-u-s-china-way-says-bannon/

* "Steve Bannon’s influence on Trump:"

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* "Trump lashes out at judge who put his travel ban on ice:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-travel-ban-legal-win-234634

* "How to Respond to Donald Trump's Betrayal of American Values:" https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/a-clarifying-moment-in-american-history/514868/

* "Trump Just Removed White Supremacist Groups From Terror Watch Program:" http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/02/02/trump-just-removed-white-supremacist-groups-terror-watch-program/

* "Dear People Demanding to Know Why Hillary Clinton Isn't Doing Whatever It Is You Think She Needs to Be Doing in This Moment:" http://www.shakesville.com/2017/01/i-write-letters.html#disqus_thread

* "JCCs around the nation face third wave of bomb threats:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/jewish-community-centers-face-third-wave-bomb-threats-nationwide-n715086

* "It may only take 3.5% of the population to topple a dictator – with civil resistance :" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/01/worried-american-democracy-study-activist-techniques

* From GamerGate to Trump Voters: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/156831622621/robotlyra-jackscarab-x-this-is-important

* Trump's Neo-NAZIs using Transmysogny as a wedge: http://snakewife.tumblr.com/post/156727248147/queeranarchism-otabek-kz-screenshotted-this

* "The Black Witches Of Salem:" http://kentakepage.com/the-black-witches-of-salem/

* "Meet Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the black woman who invented that rock and roll sound:" http://fusion.net/story/107215/meet-sister-rosetta-tharpe-the-black-woman-who-invented-that-rock-and-roll-sound/

* "Hire John Malkovich For Your Child's Next Birthday Party! :"

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* "President Trump Prays For His Haters At National Prayer Breakfast:"

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* So not only did Rachel Maddow buy a President, but also Colbert! She even took a picture with Rachel Maddow's President! "Waxing Presidential With The Late Show Road Show:"

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* "Penny Dreadful, Season 3, Episode 1: The Day Tennyson Died:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/05/penny-dreadful-season-3-episode-1-day.html


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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

* 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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* "FBI had Trump-Russia report in summer 2016, Senate to investigate:"

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* "Congressman Lewis: I don't see Trump as a 'legitimate president':"

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* "Trump’s emoluments issue looms:"

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* "Trump tries to stick SC taxpayers with bill for Trump Jr's mess:"

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* My response is basically a string of expletives, so I'll let these commentators speak for me. "Trump rips 'all talk,' 'no action' civil rights icon Lewis:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/155878670337/trump-rips-all-talk-no-action-civil-rights

Bonus Points: It's MLK Day weekend.

* "Sen. Tammy Duckworth Slams Jeff Sessions’ Disability Rights Record:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tammy-duckworth-jeff-sessions_us_58740178e4b099cdb0fefcac

* "Ryan’s ACA replacement promises:"

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* "The arc of history is long, but how do we bend it?:" https://boingboing.net/2017/01/05/the-arc-of-history-is-long-bu.html

* "Meltdown of the Phantom Snowflakes:" http://thebaffler.com/blog/meltdown-phantom-snowflakes-penny

* "Mississippi town repeals anti-discrimination resolution in secret:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/mississippi-town-repeals-anti-discrimination-resolution-secret

* Straight washing and Academia: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/155884326487/breakfastautocrat-teddybearparker

* "Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine: Queens of the Sydney Underworld (1881-1964 and 1900-1970):" http://rejectedprincesses.tumblr.com/post/155776891753/kate-leigh-and-tilly-devine-queens-of-the-sydney

* "This 90-Year-Old Lady Seduced and Killed Nazis as a Teenager:" https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/teenager-nazi-armed-resistance-netherlands-876?utm_content=inf_4_3687_2&utm_source=wildhair&utm_campaign=fijifrost&tse_id=INF_bd63bce0c6fb11e686924f044efee13a

* "Navajo Nation Library Wants to Digitally Preserve Thousands of Hours of Oral Histories:" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navajo-nation-library-wants-digitally-preserve-thousands-hours-oral-histories-180961576/

* My credit card payment went through and so I headed out, coupon in hand to do some adulting. I save up hardware store run things until I have at the same time 1. A coupon. 2. 20-25 dollars worth of things needed for home and garden. I needed sluggo, fly strips, and good glue, and the coupon ends tomorrow, so out I went. I had to buy a small thing at check out extra to hit the minimum, so I tossed in a candy on top. As he was bagging them up I realized I had just "bought poison and candy!" The man said, "You are far from the first." so I am set with the basics for when the weather warms, which in my region is likely soonish. The bulbs are already quite leafy. I do need to do some cleaning and prep out there, but not today. Today I messed about with fish filters and changed out the fly strips. I need to do gluing, but also not today.

* I was describing Swan Lake to someone the other day. In the plot summary, I said something like, "And being a lunkhead, he doesn't notice the black swan is not his girlfriend, whom he supposedly loves." Today I was watching some Coppelia, and thinking, "Being a lunkhead, he decides to cheat on his lively and intelligent girlfriend with a manikin he saw in a window.... Are all ballet boyfriends idiots?”

* I finally got to see season three of Penny Dreadful. I have all sorts of problems with the North American section of the plot, none of which were the fault of the excellent actors, and I really didn't like much of anything about how the Vanessa plot ended, except for Dr. Seward and the glorious Cat. On paper one might think Vanessa's stuff would be triggering, but none of it was. I really enjoyed her acting and that of Mr. Claire and that episode with mostly just the two of them was well done, but I hated the end of the big arc plot so much it is hard to get past that.

For me, the best thing in the season was Lily's plot. for all the ways this show has been problematic, particularly around race and LGBT things, they did get this particular passage about rape culture and patriarchy pretty much right. How often have I had men try to tame me or edit out or cut out bits of me they didn't like or found inexplicable? So many men do that: try to turn the person they think they want into some version of them that has nothing to do with who they actually are? Victor Frankenstein's sense of entitlement to Lily, is belief that he owns her and his declaring her having agency, past, and desires that have nothing to do with him is so very male and very relevant and part of a long ugly history of straight white men medicalizing protest. It was a beautiful example of depiction without endorsement. Lily's resistance, her insistence that her scars are part of who she is... How often have I said and written that I wouldn't go back in time and change anything about my childhood, as horrible as it was, because I like myself and to do that would be suicide, since I literally have no clue who I'd me now, but for sure that person would be nothing like this one. Vanessa's resistance in the Banning clinic (the strongest part of her season three arc), and Lily's resistance in Bedlam, these moved me and are things so familiar I have no words for it really. So for all my anger at season two, and my disgust at how the season three A plot turned out, I loved season three because pieces of it were true and powerful and all to real.

* I was watching a Bolshoi Corsair with Masha Alexandrova and Nikolai Tsiskaridze. She is exquisite, but he was a disappointment. I kept trying to put my finger on what was wrong. He is sloppy and a tad selfish. I can spot mistakes, I can see him waiting his turn when he should be supporting her. It's not that he's awful, but he's just not in her league at all. Finally, I put my finger on it: She dances like she loves dancing; he dances like he loves people watching him dance.

* "Trash:" http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/454216.html

* "Sunday Sweets: WINTER HAS COME:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/1/15/sunday-sweets-winter-has-come.html

*****

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* "Wisconsin election recount spurs rumors of hacking:"

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* "Ringside With Steve Bannon at Trump Tower as the President-Elect's Strategist Plots "An Entirely New Political Movement":" http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/steve-bannon-trump-tower-interview-trumps-strategist-plots-new-political-movement-948747?utm_source=twitter

* "It wasn’t just “fake news” presenting a fake Hillary Clinton: She was held to impossible standards:" http://www.salon.com/2016/11/26/it-wasnt-just-fake-news-presenting-a-fake-hillary-clinton-she-was-held-to-impossible-standards_partner/

* A project to publicize innocent people who were sentenced to the death penalty. "Last Words:"

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* "6 Native American girls explain the tragic story behind Thanksgiving:" https://mic.com/articles/160287/6-native-american-girls-explain-the-tragic-story-behind-thanksgiving?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=movement&utm_campaign=social#.WMpNuazXt

* A Ballot Initiative intended to abolish slavery in Colorado failed.

* "Danielle Brooks' Emotional Keynote At R29's Every Beautiful Body Symposium:" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/10/127848/danielle-brooks-lane-bryant-plus-size-model-confidence-quotes?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=h3&utm_campaign=watch_embed&utm_campaign=watch_end&utm_campaign=end&utm_campaign=repost=2

* "Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry:" https://www.splcenter.org/20150126/speak-responding-everyday-bigotry

* This terrifies me. "The GOP’s Anti-LGBT, Anti-Women ‘Religious Freedom’ Law on Steroids:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/16/the-gop-s-anti-lgbt-anti-women-religious-freedom-law-on-steroids.html

* "The newly discovered tablet V of the Epic of Gilgamesh:" http://etc.ancient.eu/exhibitions/giglamesh-enkidu-humbaba-cedar-forest-newest-discovered-tablet-v-epic/

* "Why Caravaggio was as shocking as his paintings:" http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161010-why-caravaggio-was-a-shocking-as-his-paintings?ocid=fbcul

* "Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen: Read by Christopher Eccleston | Remembering World War 1:"

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* Fuck 2016. Fuck it so hard. "Ron Glass, Emmy-Nominated Actor Known for ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Firefly,’ Dies at 71:" http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/ron-glass-dead-barney-miller-firefly-dies-1201927179/

* "The Lion King Cast Apologizes To Mike Pence:"

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* "Trump vs. 'Hamilton' Inspires A Hip Hop Musical Spin-Off:"

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* "The Trump Train Is Already Off The Rails:"

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* TW: Pet Death. I am currently needing 10-14 hours of sleep a day, plus extra time to get all my limbs properly working, which really cuts into my ability to accomplish things. Fish News: )

* Sometimes I like to imagine Henry VI of England, Charles VI of France, Charles II of Spain, and Louis XVI of France living in a large rambling cottage in the country somewhere with someone to look after the cooking. They would each have their own room and space for their interests. Henry could herd a small flock of sheep and Louis could make keys. Every one would be careful not to touch Charles VI, and the cook could make soft foods for Charles II. Everyone would be kind to each other and none of them would be asked to deal with things like war and politics and they would be so much happier than they were in life.

Henry VI in particular just breaks my heart every damned time.

* I really wanted this movie to be good, but the fundamental disrespect of the religion and cultural traditions is a deal breaker for me, so I won't be seeing it. "Moana Review:" https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CFsYotjdqPAAGHC5pE4U-tErzufwDSHCzy1lonRj_QE/edit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "RNC tries to wall off Trump on poll watching:"

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* Mike Pence is NOT a lesser evil. He’s just quieter about being horrible. "Trump: Women in the military is bedlam:"

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* "Donald Trump: Greatest baseball player in NY, just ask him:"

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* Sigh. "Sordid Weiner saga intersects 2016 presidential campaign:"

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* "An election all about sex and gender:"

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* "A Historian of Fascism on How Trump’s Rhetoric Will Permanently Affect American Politics:" http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/interrogation/2016/10/donald_trump_s_fascism_is_rooted_in_his_own_self_interest.html

* "What is the gender pay gap and is it real?: The complete guide to how women are paid less than men and why it can’t be explained away:" http://www.epi.org/publication/what-is-the-gender-pay-gap-and-is-it-real/

* "Why Doesn’t Spending Time With Women Make Men Less Sexist?:" http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/10/why-doesnt-spending-time-with-women-make-men-less-sexist.html

* "White armed occupiers were acquitted. Native American activists were tear gassed.:" https://thinkprogress.org/white-armed-occupiers-were-acquitted-native-american-activists-were-tear-gassed-a928ba6b7955#.qxh38pugh

* "The Agency Designed to Protect Civilians From the Police Actually Protects Police From Civilians:" https://www.thenation.com/article/the-agency-designed-to-protect-civilians-from-the-police-actually-protects-police-from-civilians/

* "Joe Biden Unloads On The Potential Groper-In-Chief :"

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* Attn: Greenwick. ":"

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* "Donald Trump's Star Attacked On Hollywood Walk Of Fame :"

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* NWS. "Stephen and Run the Jewels Present "The Halloween Wiggle" :"

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* "If Women Wrote Men the Way Men Write Women.:" https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/if-women-wrote-men-the-way-men-write-women

* I am disappointed in Dirk Gently. I adore Douglas Adams and I keep wanting someone to make a good adaptation of really any of his things. I love the Dirk Gently books and they seemed ideal to adapt. I thought they could start from the ones that exist, plus the fragment and spin out from there, once they'd established the world. Instead, they've put the books as back story and are doing Dirk Gently in Seattle. It's not terrible like the mess
Hollywood made out of Hitchhikkers, but it's not what I wanted. Dirk Gently is not the Dirk gently in my head. There are lines and elements I recognize, and it is clearly vaguely inspired by the books, but it's not Douglas Adams, just fragments of him embedded in something else.

I wrote that hours ago, but it is still astonishing me. The thought process had to have been: The main audience for a Dirk Gently TV Show is clearly people who want to see the books turned into a TV Show, so why don't we make a show called Dirk Gently, but refuse to adapt the books. Surely people tuning in specifically to watch an adaptation of the books would prefer we didn't.

* "Halloween Through the Years:" https://weather.com/photos/news/vintage-halloween-costume-photos

* "Elephants Have a Blast Smashing Giant Pumpkins at Oregon Zoo's 2016 'Squishing of the Squash' Event:" http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2016/10/elephants-have-blast-smashing-giant.html

* Me watching this week's Blunt Talk: No Walter, no! D:

* "Interplanetary Experience:" http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/445540.html

* "Cap’n, Crunched:" http://dorktowerfeed.livejournal.com/448345.html

* 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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* "Ontario’s sickening mistreatment of Adam Capay :" http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/ontarios-sickening-mistreatment-of-adam-capay/article32498319/

* This terrifies me. "Meet the Alt-Right 'Spokesman' Who's Thrilled With Trump's Rise:" http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/meet-the-alt-right-spokesman-thrilled-by-trumps-rise-w443902

* "Attempting To Woo Latino Voters, Marco Rubio Gets Booed At Orlando Festival:" http://www.npr.org/2016/10/25/499302234/attempting-to-woo-latino-voters-marco-rubio-gets-booed-at-orlando-festival

* "It looks like Donald Trump tried to kiss a little girl on the mouth at his rally:" https://mic.com/articles/156970/this-donald-trump-rally-got-super-weird-super-quick?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=movement&utm_campaign=social#.U7dKaLDNE

* "5 Deeply Evil Corporations That Transcend Everyday Badness:" http://www.cracked.com/article_24308_5-unbelievably-evil-things-corporations-have-actually-done.html

* "History of Halloween:" http://www.livescience.com/40596-history-of-halloween.html

* "Melbourne Not Done Melbourning Yet, Adds ‘Human Art' To Its Gold Vroom:" https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/arts-and-culture/melbourne-not-done-melbourning-yet-adds-human-art-/60941cf4-dd39-45ab-ac38-42ac47803bb5.htm

* I have no idea how to feel about this. "The Gunfighter :"

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* Confession: Until very recently, I thought the Cheesecake Factory was a made up restaurant used as a running joke on TV Shows

* I like that the trans character is modelling asking a non-genital related personal question respectfully and that it's super clear that the other character asking the pubic question is being a complete asshole. http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3336

* "Sunday Sweets: 10 Halloween Cuties:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/10/23/sunday-sweets-10-halloween-cuties.html

* There is a lot of anti-asian racism racism in Hollywood, and Steven Yuen's had trouble getting more roles. He better be getting some good offers now, including leading man roles. Just saying. He deserves it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Trump appeals for the black vote in front of a bunch of white...:"

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* "Right-wing media stokes weird, fake Clinton conspiracy theory:"

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* "Trump embraces radical right fringe with new campaign hire:"

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* "This 19-Year-Old Could Face Up to a Year in Prison for 1 Gram of Marijuana:" https://mic.com/articles/150519/this-19-year-old-could-face-up-to-a-year-in-prison-for-1-gram-of-marijuana?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=movement&utm_campaign=social#.yRLduc0IO

* "Is God Transgender?:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/13/opinion/is-god-transgender.html?_r=1

* The lung machine came. OMG! It came with two full sets of mouth parts, a car charger option, and a spiffy carrying case. I no longer need to bungy it back together after washings! I can alternate mouth parts! The new nozzle is large enough to clean properly without a pipe cleaner!

I got crap for sleep, and ended up needing to stay in bed long enough that I could only get 4 out of 6 to do things under the wire, but the two I dropped have more time before they go critical. There is to be swimming tomorrow, sounds like.

* This year with the Oympics, I cut down to the bits I like watching the most. I cut all of track and field too, because I've decided I just don't want to do that to myself anymore.

Watching gymnastics this year, every time they pulled back the camera to show how much space there was in the arena, I thought about how ridiculously crowded and marginally supervised gymnastics was at my school. Like, literally we weren't allowed on the trampoline past a certain age for fear of head injury. Like the apparatus were so crowded, that they would have to shut down and move various stations to make way for others. (IE: you could do do rings and pommel horse OR you could do high bar. To open the vaulting station, they had to shut down balance beam and half of floor.) We had entirely the wrong mats. There was one coach for boys and one for girls, who did not practice at the same time because no space. The boy's coach was from our pool of general gym coaches. The girl's coach was god help us all, a volunteer Mother. I have no idea what qualifications either of them had to be doing something so dangerous and complex with too many kids in a small space. It was ridiculously dangerous, and in retrospect it was a miracle that more horrific injuries didn't occur. The only serious one besides the usual knees and ankles, was the older sister of a kid in my class getting a compound fracture on uneven bars.

So given there was one coach in this overcrowded room, it should be no surprise that actual one on one coaching was only for important students. This is not a story about how I could have been a contender. I absolutely positively couldn't have been. I was a distance runner and a dancer, which meant my musculature was bottom heavy. I had the strength to lift ballerinas and heavy things about the house, but I hadn't anything like the sort of upper body strength I'd have needed to be even close to decent.

What I did have was a ridiculous amount of self discipline. I'd start stretching before they let us through the door. I worked my ass off every single practice. I pretty much taught myself the one apparatus I was actually decent at, based on instinct and things I half remembered from whenever the last Olympics was. I put together a surprisingly complex routine by myself and polished that thing to pieces with no coaching or adult supervision.

It was not a popular piece of apparatus. Various people rotated through there, but really, there were only two of us who worked that station. The other athlete who was decent on it, was not ideal either for it, I a different way, but was also self disciplined and hard working. We ended up paired up for most of the few years I worked at gymnastics, patiently spotting each other and doing our best to help the other one out, mostly because we were the two who cared about doing this one specific thing right. We were neither of us going to set the world on fire with our routines. We were neither of us Olympic material, but we loved what we were doing in our realistic sort of way.

So we were actually going to get to go to a meet with other gymnasts my last year doing it. This was literally our first chance to see where we were skill wise compared to other small schools with minimalist over crowded gymnastics programs, so the coach actually carved out a bit of time to one on one at least a couple people on ALL the apparatus, presumably to stop us being an embarrassment out in public.

Now, I was also in Track and Field from literally the first year we were old enough to have the option to sign up for it. Track and Field had a classroom teacher coach, the same one for Cross Country and High School Winter Track. Again, one dude, coaching all that equipment. I was not important, so coaching in Track and field for me consisted of getting to see all the stations demonstrated on the first day of every season and then getting told every Monday how many laps to run each day that week, plus the occasional speech to the group on things like shoes and nutrition. I went whole weeks in which one sentence was the only coaching I had. It was a disappointment, as I would have liked to try long jump, high jump, and pole vault, but I understood why no resources would be wasted on me. Coaching time was a very limited resource; I would never be a sprinter; therefore I could never be competitive at jumping. Again, it was disappointing, but I understood my limittions and the time constraints.

Gymnastics was different though. Here you have two athletes who are hard working, but with limited prospects, who are the only specialists on the team for that particular piece of apparatus. The Coach decided to teach a higher level skill, one that we absolutely couldn't safely teach ourselves without a bit of coaching an an adult spotter. The new skill looked pretty solidly within both our existing skill sets, by which I mean, it looked doable from the level we were already on, as opposed to the vast galaxy of things we likely could never learn to do no matter how hard we worked on it. Instead of training us both on it, the other athlete got all the training. The other athlete had more social importance, being from a moneyed family and popular, while I was a scholarship kid.

I never resented the other athlete, any more than I resented the folks who got to do the field part of track and field. Coaching in track and Field was logically allocated where it would do the most good. I had issues with the running coach for being an asshole in a variety of areas, but not this one. I resented the hell out of the coaching criteria here though, because it was pretty clearly class based.

We went. I was like a point or so below the other athlete in difficulty, because that is how much difference having that one skill made. I had way more things in my routine, but they were all the lower difficulty things I could teach myself. I cheered the other athlete on because it really was good work and they were a decent human being, rare enough in that place. At the same time, I knew damned well that I could have been just as good with the same coaching. No better. Neither of us ever would have gone much further than that. Neither of us DID go any further than that. Next year I switched to Winter track and we both drifted out of the sport.

Still, it is weirdly comforting to see bits and bobs of things I once did decades ago when my body worked and I was young. I pick them out now and then, not good enough to make a routine of, but here and there things someone good enough for the Olympics thinks worth doing, jammed in between the fancier stuff, a sign that I was completely off track despite no one giving a fuck as to what I was doing and no help figuring out what I ought to be doing.

Sometimes it feels like I hallucinated that last season of gymnastics, but seeing those little bits and bobs makes me feel a little proud of the stubborn, creative kid I was. I got that far with next to no help or guidance or even a crumb of encouragement except for that other athlete. I did my routine clean and perfect. I had the sense to quit when my head bonked the glass ceiling before I broke my heart trying to do the impossible for me.

Not bad, considering.

* "Sculpture used in ‘Black Sails’ (II):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/148612087312/sculpture-used-in-black-sails-ii

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since sandy. Want to help? http://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/148963870683/the-lonely-one96-almalexiaslouisiana-is

* California is now an official disaster due to out of control fire made worse by the drought. https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
gwydion: (Amused)
* Cheese and colonialism: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/148345324987/omg-why-do-white-ppl-love-cheese-so-mu

* Baltimore police murdered Korryn Gaines at her house in vengence for a minor violation and were so terrified for their lives by the mere presence of her unarmed innocent five year old son that they tried to killed him too. The toddler is expected to survive. No word on why it was necessary to send an execution squad to her house over something that normally merits a fine.

* It says something fundamental about my life that I counted today a win because there was a sale so I could get both the dish detergent AND the laundry detergent even though I was too ill to do anything else today. The antibiotic helped, but it clearly didn't kill all the bacteria. The fever is back and my lungs are filling again. Ugh.

* I've been really missing my Dad this summer. No special reason, him being two decades or so dead, I just am. Hence all the French and Jersey shore things on my tumblr. It's a geographical trip through that bit of my relationship with him.

* I got lured into Shameless by promises of naked Zach McGowen. Look, I never claimed to be above that sort of thing. I accidentally watched the UK series first (MacAvoy is a way better Steve than the guy in the US version, I think because MacAvoy has the raw charm to make it understandable that Fiona would keep wanting his untrustworthy amoral ass, and I can't see the appeal at all of the US version. I think US Frank is a little too likeable, even though a lot of the things he does are worse, like killing that woman for her pension, undermining the mental health of Sheila and his wife, and like a million other unforgivable things. UK Frank is more raw and his shittiness is less forgiven in the narrative I that makes any sense. I ended up liking US Kev and Veronica better by a lot for a bunch of reasons, for all I thought they were a high point in the UK version. In both versions I spent the whole Frank/Sheila relationship thinking she deserved so much better. I love that in the US version, she actually got it, because I was shipping that from well before it started to happen). I think you could write a pretty amazing thesis about the issues around statutory rape and consent in general between the two versions. There is a lot to make me really uncomfortable in both versions and a lot for me to mull. I've only watched two seasons of the US version, and there is so much I could write about I've mostly given up trying to do it. It's overwhelming.

I did want to write about one thing that really hit me watching second season that is fairly personal, but which has just dovetailed with my season six Buffy rewatch today. I kept watching Lip, Ian, and Karen and finding so much there resonating with teen me, while at the same time, my inner teen was screaming at them both for being total idiots. I've been picking at that reaction for over a month now. I think the things that resonate with teen me are things like their intelligence, Karen's anger, and the premature maturity that most of the teen characters all share. Teen me was somewhere in the Karen/Ian zone sexually, but without the daddy issues when it came to sex. I kept sitting there thinking, "Why is this so simultaneously familiar and alien all at once?" Because I simply could not get my head around things like Lip dropping out of high school and pissing away a college scholarship and Karen marrying Jody. (Karen fucking Jody, I get, but I can't imagine teen me wanting to tie myself down that way. 40 something me would be all over Jody. Teen me had two lovers at once who together were my senior year Jody and I was clear from beginning to end that there was an expiration date when I left for college). I never wanted the military, but Ian's obsession with getting in made perfect fucking sense to me, but the things Lip and Karen kept doing in season two were utterly alien to me, even though their existential anger wasn't.

Then it hit me: Ian has an exit plan; Karen and Lip do not. No wonder Ian has always made more sense to me even if you leave out other similarities between him and teenage me. I always had an exit plan. I formulsted it at the age of eight, crouched in my favorite hidey hole all those afternoons after I slipped away from my teacher, while I wept in mourning for my lost childhood. I would count the years off, like a catholic with a rosary. At eight, a decade was an impossibly long time, nearly two years longer than I'd been alive, a horrific sentence to endure, but also a finite one. The fact there was a limit to the abuse, a number I could count down until freedom spelled out hope. For the next decade, my job was to endure with enough of what made me intact that I could still recognize myself. All that time I was counting down years until I could get out and away. It didn't mean I didn't love my family. It did mean that for all my anger and refusnik ways, I always did the minimum I needed to get through, because college was my ticket out. college was my exit plan, and by high school I'd worked out that I needed to find somewhere out of state, but close enough they'd let me go instead of letting my dad push me into his alma mater. Ian's balance of survival in the now while grabbing every bit of sex and intimacy he can get even as he's marking time til he's old enough to get out? That's me. On paper you'd think I was a Karen or a Lip, with all the anger and intelligence and acting out sometimes violently, but I can't get them at all because I can't imagine not having an exit plan.

And that freaks me out a little. It makes me feel trapped just watching them.

I should write about Buffy, but I think that's all I'm up to tonight.

* "Tricksy Bird:" http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/126859783958/tricksy-bird

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

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* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Amused)
* "Wurundjeri people 'shattered' after artwork they describe as their 'Bible' sells at auction:" http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2016/06/09/wurundjeri-people-shattered-after-artwork-they-describe-their-bible-sells-auction

* "Cory Booker - Achieving Equal Justice Under the Law:"

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* "Ancient bottom wipers yield evidence of diseases carried along the Silk Road:" https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/22/ancient-bottom-wipers-yield-evidence-of-diseases-silk-road-chinese-liver-fluke

* "Downing Street and British Foreign Office Do Battle, and the Fur Flies:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/23/world/europe/larry-the-cat-palmerston-fight.html?_r=0

* "Blacklash 2016: The Unblackening - Hillary Clinton's Historic Night at the DNC:"

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* NWS "Politics and Pole Dancing in Philadelphia-The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore:"

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* "The Billionaire Brawl: Michael Bloomberg vs. Donald Trump:"

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* "What the Actual Fact? - The DNC's Keynote Speeches:"

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* I don't think I've said this clearly, so I will now. The TV shoe Preacher is not Comic book Preacher; it is geometrically better. They were RIGHT to toss out the plot, which was very much a thing of it's time and wouldn't work well two decades later. They were right to correct a lot of the problematic shit that went on. The were very much right to make a dramatically better and more fleshed out Tulip. Seriously, I love Show Tulip so much! I love the gay angel/demon duo (I assume that's what's going on, though it's just hints at this point) so much more than the Adelphi they replace. Cassidy is Cassidy and horrible in all the right ways. This is not book Jesse at all, but I don't particularly mind at this point and I want to thump him with the clue stick and the grow the fuck up stick every bit as much as the original. The show isn't perfect and I give some things the side eye, but compared to the problematic (Racist, Sexist, Ablist, and Homophobic at minimum) in the original this is light years better, while keeping most of the tone and a similar sense of humor. I actively avoid most of Seth Rogan's body of work (not usually my type of humor and his laugh is like fingernails on a chalk board to me), but I am incredibly impressed that he turned the uneven and often dated comic book into something that I can love the way I loved the original when it was new. The reread of the comic book is like pulling teeth; I watch the show with pleasure.

* Austenesque response to modern pearl clutching: http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/148074022177/tom-does-not-respect-taylor-she-put-out-too-soon

* Lesbian Dalek Trolling: http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/148053333055/raptorific-aquiladafirenze

* Me watching BBC Newsnight: O.o Why did she just misgender President Hollande? <*several baffled seconds pass* Oooooh! She doesn't speak French and mispronounced his name!

Seriously, I get how it's an easy mistake to make for a non-french speaker, but it amuses me that it took me that long to figure out what went wrong.

* NWS. "Nzingha Prescod: 'Yes, there are black fencers':" http://espn.go.com/espnw/sports/article/16744543/fencer-nzingha-prescod-sport-curves-namesake-espn-body-issue

* "Apparently this is a Reboot of Something from the 80s?: A Review of Ghostbusters:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/apparently-this-is-a-reboot-of-something-from-the-80s-a-review-of-ghostbusters/

* "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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Roma family facing deportation to Hungary fears for its future:" http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/roma-family-to-be-deported-to-hungary-fears-for-their-future?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

* "How SFU and First Nations Keep Endangered Languages Alive:" http://thetyee.ca/Presents/2016/07/13/Keeping-Endangered-Languages-Alive/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=071316-5&utm_campaign=editorial-0716

* "Donald Trump, Jr. makes curious campaign detour:"

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* "Is this Tim Kaine?:"

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* "Parents of Muslim US soldier move Americans, rebuke Trump:"

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* "Federal Court overturns NC voting restrictions:"

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* "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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Amused)
* "Why Men In Iran Are Taking Selfies Wearing Hijabs:" http://www.refinery29.uk/2016/07/118238/men-iran-hijab-campaign?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=h1&utm_campaign=end&utm_campaign

* "Forced Out of the Forest: The Lost Tribe of Uganda:" https://news.vice.com/video/forced-out-of-the-forest-the-lost-tribe-of-uganda

* TW: Rape, Rape Culture. "'We're a statistic,' says Indigenous mother who lost 2 daughters in 1 year:" http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/indigenous-mother-lost-two-daughters-1.3694314

* What's Wrong with Gandhi: http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/148018784791/whats-wrong-with-gandhi

* "Tamir Rice’s Mother Voices Utter Disappointment in Obama’s Stance on Police Brutality: I Don’t Know How He Sleeps at Night:" http://atlantablackstar.com/2016/07/18/tamir-rices-mother-voices-utter-disappointment-in-obamas-stance-on-police-brutality-i-dont-know-how-he-sleeps-at-night/

* "Lesbians, Raunchy Lyrics, and Harlem's Golden Jazz Age:" http://lesbianpulp.blogspot.com/2012/02/lesbians-raunchy-lyrics-and-harlems.html

* "Hillary Clinton's Acceptance Speech and Fear of Donald Trump at the DNC:"

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* "Meet the Newest Hillary Clinton:"

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* "Blacklash 2016: The Unblackening - Protests and Praise at the Democratic National Convention:"

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* "Outrage over Tim Kaine's Spanish-Laden DNC Speech-The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore:"

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* "The Last O'Malley Supporter:"

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* "Clinton Overcomes Insurgent "Fart-In," Accepts Democratic Nomination:"

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* "An 'Herstoric' Achievement 240 Years In The Making:"

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* Contains RL Trans and Non-binary people. ":"

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* Mrbumplepants brought a friend over, so we hung out a bit. Tavy did not flee immediately and actually let Mrbumblepants get a good look at him. he's not ready for touching and went to my room eventually to wait it out. After she left, we made pizza and blackberry crumble pie with fresh blackberries MrBumplepants brought. There was a bad wreck with two cars blocking the whole North bound Meridian, so going home was more than expected drama. Mrbumblepants bought Tavy some jingle balls, and he had the best time chasing them.

* New Pinks: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/148141347872/new-pinks

* NWS. "My boyfriend told me over text that he didn't know the Minotaur story:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/148142546197/my-boyfriend-told-me-over-text-that-he-didnt-know

* "Fascinating Photos from the Secret Trash Collection in a New York Sanitation Garage:" http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/fascinating-photos-from-the-secret-trash-collection-in-a-new-york-sanitation-garage

* "Acedia Revisited: GOT, The 100, and the Spring Slaughter:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/acedia-revisited/

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* TW: Disturbing Images. "Bodies pile up in Philippines President Duterte's 'war on drugs':" http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-18/president-dutertes-war-on-drugs-reaping-lethal-results/7636324

* In my opinion, it is obscene for Donald Trump to appropriate Freddy Mercury's voice for his disgusting agenda.

* "Community Post: Trump Supporters Flooded Me With Anti-Semitic Taunts & Death Threats Yesterday:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/ljsilverman/trump-supporters-flooded-me-with-anti-semitic-taun-2amsu

* TW: Rape. "Read the Powerful Letter the Vanderbilt Gang Rape Survivor Wrote to One of Her Rapists:" https://mic.com/articles/149084/read-the-powerful-letter-the-vanderbilt-gang-rape-survivor-wrote-to-one-of-her-rapists?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.yDaK4NT0r

* "The Second Amendment Was Ratified to Preserve Slavery:" http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/thom-hartmann-second-amendment-was-ratified-preserve-slavery

* "Letter to President Lincoln from the Father of a Shomer Shabbat Soldier (December 4, 1862):" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/147635645832/letter-to-president-lincoln-from-the-father-of-a

* "Why Modern America Scares Me: By An Internment Camp Survivor:" http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2276-it-could-happen-again-my-time-in-u.s.-internment-camp.html

* "From Japan, a ‘Chicago’ You Probably Haven’t Seen:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/17/theater/from-japan-a-chicago-you-probably-havent-seen.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftheater&action=click&contentCollection=theater®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=1

* Tavy Button has a little "Play with me" Meep he uses to tell me it is time to waggle the string. Lately, I've caught him using it right before he goes digging in the puzzle box. So cute!

* "Dear JK Rowling: We're Still Here:" http://nativesinamerica.com/2016/07/dear-jk-rowling-were-still-here/

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

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* "A Child Bride At 13, She's Turned Herself Into A Prize-Winning Wrestler:" http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/04/23/475167250/a-child-bride-at-13-shes-turned-herself-into-a-prize-winning-wrestler

* "Poll: Trump less popular than lice, still backed by GOP voters:"

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* "All three branches of Alabama government in turmoil:"

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* "Judge's bridge case ruling awkward for Christie, Trump:"

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* "Republican resistance to Trump fails to materialize:"

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* Election update: Clinton 1716/523 (2239); Sanders 1430/39 (1469)

* Next Up:
Tue, May 17 Kentucky (D), Oregon
Tue, May 24 Washington (R) (Mail in. Check your mailbox, we already got ours).

* "Exclusive - Sherman Alexie Extended:"

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* "North Carolina's bathroom bill brings dueling lawsuits:"

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* "A Fire Has Forced The Only Clinic In Canada Performing Gender-Affirming Surgery To Cancel Some Procedures:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurenstrapagiel/montreal-trans-clinic?utm_term=.mxg3GpVloq&bftw=lgbt#.dw3ZYW5bgk

* "Big Oil dumps Arctic drilling plans, kayactivists vindicated:"

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* "The First Woman To Put Her Face On Packaging Got Trolled Like Crazy:" http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-first-woman-to-put-her-face-on-packaging-got-trolled-like-crazy?mc_cid=0b17f49564&mc_eid=f6f2fed14f

* "The Federal Government Sues North Carolina:"

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* "American Airlines Passenger Questioned for Doing Math:"

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* "Blacklash 2016: The Unblackening - Donald Trump Bashes Hillary Clinton for Her Husband's Affairs:"

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* I had four things on my Monday errand list, but dropped one due to tired. I did (just) make my doctor appointment, switched books at the library, and (just) hit the post office on time to mail the ebays. All of them! Yay fast payers. I'm down forty dollars this month as the government chose to deposit a day last again, but I've hopes of things working out with the ebays. I played plant tetris again, but I still don't like the access/safety ratio. It's not a big deal yet, but I'll likely need to rearrange again soon. Still, it's closer and I'm making best use of available light, I think. I really do need more starts, but one can still hope that the seeds or the winter compost will take. Still, I've sluggoed everything, the lilies are really tall and healthy looking this year and the asparagus look to have survived the great accident. *fingers crossed*

* "Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 3: The Continued Adventures of Special Little Snowflake:" http://chrysreviews.com/index.php/2016/05/09/game-of-thrones-season-6-episode-3-the-continued-adventures-of-special-little-snowflake/

* "Lord of the Rings Re-Read: In the House of Tom Bombadil:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/lord-of-the-rings-re-read-in-the-house-of-tom-bombadil/

* Probably NWS, as the male dancer is mostly wearing tassels and gold paint. "La Bayadere Golden Idol :"

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* "Here Are All The Ways You Can Help Fort McMurray:" http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/05/04/fort-mcmurray-how-to-help_n_9843774.html?ncid=tweetlnkcahpmg00000002

* Want to help Equador in the wake of their Earthquake? http://www.ifrc.org/en/news-and-media/news-stories/americas/ecuador/ecuador-red-cross-responds-to-deadly-earthquake-72129/

* 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

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: 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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* Human Trafficking Survivor Speaks Out: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/143454661152/marcela-loaiza-was-21-when-she-was-lured-from

* "A Malala Fund Co-Founder Wants to Bring Attention to Native American Teen Suicide:" http://www.teenvogue.com/story/shiza-shahid-aspireist-pine-ridge-reservation-suicide-epidemic

* "Founder of Bangladesh's first and only LGBT magazine killed:" http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/25/editor-bangladesh-first-lgbt-magazine-killed-reports-say-roopbaan?CMP=fb_gu

* "Transgender New Zealanders face 30-year wait for surgery after only specialist retires:" http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/22/new-zealand-transgender-waitlist-surgery-30-years?utm_content=buffer0bfbd&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "Mona Hanna-Attisha Sheds Light on the Michigan Water Crisis:"

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* "Whether Or Not Prince Knew It, He Was A Disability Icon To Me:" http://www.blackgirldangerous.org/2016/04/whether-or-not-prince-knew-it/

* "Confused Islamophobes Target American Sikhs:"

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* "The Larry People vs. Flint - Rick Snyder Taps Out:"

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* So not only was I up at entirely the wrong time of morning for an extra Doctor appointment, but I had an extra adventurous drive with a car that kept stalling out as it was running on fumes. All to see the wrong Doctor, one who is not familiar with my multiple filing cabinets worth of medical history. So I'm shaved to the bone financially with a wait and see on my lungs. I came home, ate, then coughed 'til I threw up, and now can't get enough air. At least the window washers were hot men, one of whom was willing to pull our screens for the procedure instead of skipping us.

* "Not With Flowers by Deepthi Gopal :" http://wordsofastory.livejournal.com/548694.html

* Plus Sized Star wars Fashion! http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/143450659317/jarofbees-heatherleigh02

* "Lord of the Rings Re-Read: The Old Forest:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/lord-of-the-rings-re-read-the-old-forest/

* How to feel old: Purple Rain was 30 years ago.

* Fear the Walking Dead: Look, I know it sounds stupid to quibble about unrealistic things in a zombie show, but there's a difference between asking me to accept one big premise (zombies) in an otherwise fairly realistic setting. It's another thing to throw in lots of little details that are not related to that big fictional premise which I know contradict reality. Skye's father had a yacht. Not one as big as the one in the show, but large enough. Those things are gas guzzlers. You need to refuel them, like, a lot. It's not like my soldier's dad's sailboat with a back up motor where you don't need that much fuel with friendly winds. With a boat like they have on the show you basically have to fuel up every day or two depending on how far and fast you are going, currents, and electricity use. Again, I don't know that model, but I haven't seen them fuel up or plug in when they were docked and they are meant to be going fast and pretty much constantly. I'm assuming this boat has way bigger fuel tanks, but it also clearly has a much larger motor. I've no clue the specs on a big yacht like that, but I've been worrying constantly about fuel every episode waiting for it to run low, and it bugs me that they didn't seem to fuel up in episode 2. Skye's dad fueled up every time they docked, just in case, because you are pretty much fucked if you run out of fuel on a large body of water like the Columbia or the Puget Sound, or all Deities help you on the Ocean. I rather assume this is what did the folks in on the Dawn of the Dead reboot. Run out of gas, you have options. Run out in the Ocean when there is no coast guard anymore to rescue you? *shudder* The fact that no one's even mentioned fuel nags at me constantly while watching it.

Similarly, what's up with Nick's addiction? Is Strand feeding him rationed pills off camera? Because otherwise, the fuck happened to his withdraw? I wish they'd clarify this, because I am constantly staring at nick when he's on screen and thinking about RL addicts I've known. Admittedly, I've never been there for acute withdraw, but I remember the way D's hands would shake her first week or two out of heroin detox back when we were both 15. (we used to play a lot of cards. Helped take her mind off it. I didn't use and was restful company back then, willing to listen and talk about anything, but not a use trigger, so I was a good person to be around for where she was right then). I remember how generally shaky various of by friends have been after we got them back from a bad one.

Look, I love character based ambiguity, and am cool with endings of books and movies that can be read more than one way, but with these real world details, I desperately need some disambiguation, because it's messing with my suspension of disbelief. I can suspend for zombies OR I can suspend for magically refilling fuel tanks OR I can suspend for some sort of weird withdraw situation, though the withdraw is actually harder to suspend for than the zombies, because no one is really pretending zombies aren't absurd. (Mutated rabies in a live host that burns the host out is less absurd. Walking Dead infectious zombies are in the realm of right out). So I really need to know what the fuel situation is and a shot explaining Nick's drug situation. I can see Strand having drugs on hand as I rather assumed his lack of sleep was cocaine related, but I shouldn't have to work to honey pot this when they could spend like thirty seconds showing us WTF.

I am also finding the characters frustrating. How hard is it to grasp at this point with previous near death experiences behind them, that wandering away from the group without saying where you are going is a bad idea? The ep.2 family TOLD them about noise. Do they have any survival instincts at all? At least Carl and Sophia had the excuse of ages in single digits, and I was impatient with it then. No one has an excuse like that here and the wait for the teens to get their heads out their asses is making me cranky.

* GoT Fume: That was such a ridiculous waste of Alexander Siddig.

* On GoT 6.1: http://gotgifsandmusings.tumblr.com/post/143443231522/kylie-sorry-about-all-the-hate-filled-messages

* At some point recently, my brain has quietly started autocorrecting Tom Hiddleston to Tom Cuddleston. *facepalm*

* "Women on 20s:" http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/425078.html

* I looked up at just the right moment to think, "What a delightful lesbian couple nuzzling each other. I wonder what they are selling?" I still don't know, but it turned out to be a Mother's Day commercial. O.o

* Want to help Equador in the wake of their Earthquake? http://www.ifrc.org/en/news-and-media/news-stories/americas/ecuador/ecuador-red-cross-responds-to-deadly-earthquake-72129/

* 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

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: 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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* "Sanders responds to Clinton health care attacks:"

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* It will cost 1.5 billion dollars approximately to fix the damage to the pipes in Flint, not counting the cost of bringing in water etc., and the massive unconscionable human cost in literal brain damage the lead has likely done to a generation of children there. The Republicans did this terrible thing to save $100.00 a day. The cost to special ed and disability payments for a whole city is drastically higher. I do not understand how this counts as "saving money" but Republicans insist it is so.

* A Soldier who Lost his leg in the war talks about Islamaphobia: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/137275808907/finzione712-respect-to-this-soldier-hes

* "Fiendish Falcons Keep Birds Prisoner Before Eating Them:" http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/fiendish-falcons-keep-other-birds-prisoners-eating-them

* Alan Rickman too. Damn. Fuck cancer!

* "The Larry People vs. Flint - Toxic Water Crisis in Michigan:"

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* "Welcome to Texas, Refugees!:"

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* "Well, This Is Weird - Sean Penn Sits Down With El Chapo:"

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* As it turns out I have a tea party to go to tomorrow, so I will be Thursday level absent Friday.

* "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

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