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* "Pattern of hacking preceded attendee of Trump camp Russia meeting:"

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* 45 has put Wilbur Ross in charge of the colonialist looting of Afghanistan's mineral resources he announced earlier this week.

* "A wounded Trump lashes out at Phoenix rally:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/22/trump-arizona-phoenix-rally-241923

* "Senate investigators interview dossier firm founder:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/22/politics/glenn-simpson-senate-judiciary-investigators/index.html

* "Exclusive: Top Trump aide's email draws new scrutiny in Russia inquiry:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/23/politics/donald-trump-rick-dearborn-email-russia-investigation/index.html

* "White House prepares for Joe Arpaio pardon:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/23/politics/joe-arpaio-pardon-white-house-paperwork/index.html

* "Napolitano: Arpaio pardon would be a 'dis' to Arizona:"

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* "Trump goes after Flake by name, after pledging not to:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/23/trump-jeff-flake-name-241941

* "Trump team escalates threats to shut down government:" https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-team-escalates-threats-shutdown-government-n795506

* "Web hosting company ordered to turn over information on anti-Trump website:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/24/trump-inauguration-protest-dreamhost-court-241973

* Like rats from a sinking ship. "Infrastructure Advisers Quit, Say Trump’s Actions Threaten Homeland Security:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/infrastructure-advisers-trump-homeland-security_us_599ddf67e4b0821444c07fb9?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

* "Former Trump adviser Icahn on NY AG Schneiderman's radar:"

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* "Another Republican stock photo fail:"

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* "Charlottesville: United Nations warns US over 'alarming' racism:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/23/charlottesville-un-committee-warns-us-over-rise-of-racism

* "Bryan Stevenson & Andra Day - The Ideology of White Supremacy in America - Extended Interview:"

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* "Nnamdi Asomugha & Colin Warner - From Friendship to Freedom in "Crown Heights" - Extended Interview :"

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* "Memo outlines Trump ban on transgender people in the US military:"

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* "White House gives Pentagon six months to create new trans military ban policy:" http://www.losangelesblade.com/2017/08/23/white-house-gives-pentagon-six-months-to-create-new-trans-military-ban-policy/

* "What trans soldier Albert Cashier can teach Trump about patriotism:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/22/donald-trump-transgender-military-ban-albert-cashier

* "I am holding hands with a girl at the pet store.:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/164547838865/ishipbadasschicks-nobodysflower-i-am-holding

* "Historic mystery at sea solved but stays a secret:"

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* "Dear Men:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164588080367/dear-men

* "Good Samaritan bit trying to leash roaming iguana Mr. Jingles:" http://www.unionleader.com/animals/good-samaritan-bit-trying-to-leash-roaming-iguana-mr-jingles--20170814

* "Nuclear Waste: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwY2E0hjGuU

* "Hillary Clinton Unloads on Trump:"

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* "Serious Trump vs. Somber Trump vs. Freestyle Trump:"

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* ""Michael the Black Man": President Trump's No. 1 Fan:"

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* I gave up trying to make sense of 45's word salad Arizona rant a little before midnight on the grounds that i was exhausted and all I was getting out of it was a headache instead of meaning. I did have a lovely dream about a modern AU where Steve Rogers (me in the dream. Don't judge.) woke from the ice with no real memories of what came before, bet with the same personality and super soldier upgrades. He ended up recruited by Amanda Waller (Yes, I know I'm crossing the Marvel/DC streams) instead of Nick Fury. Meanwhile, when Natasha Romanov defected, she took the Winter Soldier with her. Bucky was exactly as confused with only vague flashes of the Before time. Natasha was running her own ring for Nick Fury out of a garage, with Bucky as mechanic and husband. Steve Rogers was sent for a team up mission between the two agencies. So there is Natasha dressed rather like the matriarch in sons of Anarchy, one elbow on Bucky's shoulder looking me over.Cut for salaciousness: ) And off we went on a mission that was basically a large trapped enemy base infiltration, with bits of memory coming back to both Steve and Bucky. A++ would Steve/Bucky/Natasha base infiltrate again. That and the cuddling Tavy and reading Tanya Huff's Fire Stone were the only good things that happened today.

I did some calculations and determined that I could make the attempt on tires today. This was a terrible mistake. Internet directions looked straightforward. This was a lie. They had me get off in the next town up drive to the highschool make a couple turns and follow this big straight road until I saw it on my right. This was not how we got there last time, but that also involved lots of turns through back country, which is always a terrible fucking idea, as the street signs are seldom good, there are few places to turn around or ask directions, and the local teens have a habit of twisting street signs to lead strangers astray. Worse yet, the nice straight lines on maps are usually lying and things happen like if you go straight at the intersection you are on a different road and to go straight by the map you must go left or right, often with no street sign of the street sign twisted the wrong way and there is no next street sign for another ten miles to tell you you are on the wrong road. All of these things happened, of course, which was why I was dreading doing this, especially without a navigator. I burned a third of a tank of gas, pulled over in a bunch of church lots, a factory lot, and someones house to consult maps. The internet directions and the address I was aiming for did not match, as the streets did not connect....

Low on gas I hit the end of the road where it was meant to be where was a baptist church. I checked the doors on the grounds that even at a weird time on a Thursday afternoon in summer, you can sometimes catch altar guild ladies or bible study or what have you and the building was large and complicated and I couldn't tell if there was a rectory tucked away somewhere. I was exhausted hot, half panicked as I could not be sure where I was and was not all that clear where the Interstate was. I was not sanguine there was anyone there, as I didn't see cars out font, but the lot stretched behind so I gave it a shot anyway. This is the PNW, and I know full well if one looks distressed enough sometimes the act of looking obviously distressed will attract help. (This works particularly well when you are having car trouble and it is pissing down rain. Seriously folks, I live here for a Reason, and this is one of the benefits along with ideal climate until climate change started fucking with it, closeness to Canada, excellent laws, strong education system, social safety net, Queer friendliness, beauty of the landscape, access to civilized amenities....) The weather was hot and clear, but the hope was there. Doors were locked, but an elderly gentleman on a bike saw my distress an stopped. (Seriously. PNW). I braced myself for being evangelized, but I was happy to deal with that in exchange for him letting me follow him to the tires. He lived next door, so got his truck and took me there. (I didn't get the impression he was the preacher, though he may have been. He came off more like a true believer of the sort that hold those places together, especially in the middle of no where). I let him give me a new testament which he inscribed himself and let him evangelize me, and used proper church phrases. I am really good at this given my upbringing, even though obviously I did not have a baptist upbringing. I did my very best to give him all the gratefulness and interest i clearly owed him in exchange for his help. I did not tell him I had a much better translation of old and new testaments with apocrypha on my reference shelf which I keep handy for arguing with homophobes on the internet mostly. Episcopalian are hard core into Bible study, both my parents and my mother's mother were at various points vestry, mom and Grammy had both been church treasurers. My mom taught Sunday school, did bell choir, ran pageants, planning was a lector. Mom and Grammy were both on planning committees and the like at various times. All three of them were on various reverend searches. My Dad and I were in choir. I'd done Bible study pretty much since I was old enough for chapter books and went to a school with chapel three times a week where I had classes where we did things like comparative religion, bible study, history of monotheism, etc.. I was the only one in the Medieval Studies program in college who arrived with a working knowledge of Medieval heresy. My choice to break with monotheism was deeply considered and irrevocable, not out of bitterness and certainly not out of ignorance. Buddhism fit better for a host of reasons, and i am just not a theist.

But polite is polite and he went waaaaaay out of his way to help me and I really was grateful. I paid my coin in attention and good manners and took my new testament meekly. I had burned so much gas, I wasn't sure there was enough to get home, so I bought the very cheapest tires instead of second cheapest, but they looked sound, and drove well at 70 on the long flat stretch of the highway in moderate wind, and breaking and lane changes were noticeably better, so I felt like they were a pretty good deal all things considered. The man who took my money, was very likely one of my students the last two years I taught. He had a distinctive face and went to the right middle school. I gassed up and had a ridiculously easy time getting home, as the highway was RIGHT there, but the gas station down the road. If I'd known, I could have just gone north to that exit, made a right off the ramp, and another right, driven a bit and there it would have been. Fucking A! I'd have had the better tires, not had to gas up, and not had a frustrating, exhausting, and occasionally dangerous all afternoon country drive in the heat.

At least we know where it is now.

* Tavy update: I think he's finally turning into a cat, for which I am greatful. I don't just mean that he's adult shape and weight, though that is true. I've noticed he's settled down a lot in the last two weeks or so. nHis sleep/cuddle/play balance is more young adult cat than kitten, which is dramatically easier on me, given how extra he was when he arrived even for a kitten. He's more willing to entertain himself in less destructive ways while I am asleep or out of the apartment with toys, busy box, busy bag, and contents himself with stealing the half piece of paper towel I use to keep my next to the desk coaster from being overwhelmed by ice water sweat, instead of stealing entire rolls of paper toweling, tp, and or books to shred. (He really likes shredding.) I will happily sacrifice half a paper towel segment a day not to wake up to things shredded and broken all over the apartment. He's also been dramatically less violent with me in that two week span, something I've been working on since we got him. He loves wrestling, which involves launching himself at my forearm, digging teeth and claws in hard as he can and attempting to disembowel it with his hind leg, which really fucking hurts and does real damage. I happily offer diversions, such as toys he can maul, string, cat in bag, etc.., but until recently we had a minimum of a half hour a day where he persistently tries and frequently really hurts me. We're down to one or two attempts every few days, and he's way easier to divert. He' still too violent with Squirrel and LM, hence the limited contact between the cats. (No one likes being bitten, no matter how much he likes biting. He genuinely thinks he's playing). Squirrel refuses to be strict with him as far as the mauling goes, so I'm not sure how well things will generalize, but I am really hopeful seeing how much he's improving. I've also noticed how much better he's gotten over the course of the summer at compensating for his disability. He's such a sweet, cuddly little guy, and I'm really enjoying who he's growing up to be.

* Want to donate to the windshield wiper fund? (32$) Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* So the town to the north of me has a road called "Dick Stone Lane." We assume it was named for some specific person, but Wednesday we decided "Dick Stone" ought to be the star in a noir porn parody. Dick Stone Private Dick! He should be based on Humphrey Bogart, obviously.

So this morning as I was getting dressed, I realized that it should clearly be based on the Maltese Falcon, because clearly Dick Stone needed to star in the Maltese Dildo as private dick, Hump Free Boggart. (I know backwards, but pun!) I can see the golden dildo being held aloft right now. Come on, you'd watch it. I could be hilarious and brilliant in the right hands! (Waggle brows).

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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/

* How to help the protesters and ordinary people in Venezuela: https://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/163738805241/softestjohn-fiftyeightminutes-softestjohn

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Trump supporters attack Russia story as hoax:"

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* I love that she wouldn’t let him get away with lies and logical inconsistencies. "Trump takes credit for economic growth:"

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* The Trump legal team is now arguing that it is inherently unfair to have a Grand Jury in D. C. because black people are allowed to serve on it.

* "Why Trumponomics cannot make America great again:" https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/aug/04/why-trumponomics-cannot-make-america-great-again

* "Women seeking abortions in Arkansas now need permission from men:" http://www.independent.co.uk/News/world/americas/women-arkansas-abortion-men-permission-male-us-pro-choice-life-planned-parenthood-termination-a7834861.html?amp

* "Ceasefire volunteers undeterred as calls for end to violence mix with familiar sound of gunfire:" http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-ceasefire-day-two-20170805-story.html

* "U.S. Citizen Who Was Held By ICE For 3 Years Denied Compensation By Appeals Court:" http://www.npr.org/2017/08/01/540903038/u-s-citizen-held-by-immigration-for-3-years-denied-compensation-by-appeals-court

* "5 big myths about affirmative action in colleges:" https://mic.com/articles/183223/5-big-myths-about-affirmative-action-in-colleges#.NozDUdnE1

* "The Men Who Never Have to Grow Up:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/20/opinion/sunday/donald-trump-jr-boys-sexism.html

* "NAACP Warns Black Travelers To Use 'Extreme Caution' When Visiting Missouri:" http://www.npr.org/2017/08/03/541382961/naacp-warns-black-travelers-to-use-extreme-caution-when-visiting-missouri?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170803

* "Tee Tee's Funeral Go Fund Me Page:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/08/tee-tees-funeral-go-fund-me-page.html

* "I Don’t Want to Watch Slavery Fan Fiction:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/opinion/hbo-confederate-slavery-civil-war.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-3&action=click&contentCollection=Opinion®ion=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=article

* "Ella Dawson has genital herpes, and she wants to tell you about it.:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/163851447093/lepetitenoirmarkie-ithotyouknew2-capacity

* "Bloody Death Skull – The Gong Show:"

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* "Balancing Family – The Gong Show:"

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* "Men’s Lives Have Meaning, Part 6: Father, Why?:" http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/163751458811/mens-lives-have-meaning-part-6-father-why

* "Uptight Ottawa Catholics outraged that Archbishop allowed giant robot spider on cathedral roof:" https://boingboing.net/2017/08/02/nation-of-scottish-bankers.html

* "How I Set About Queering Jane Austen:" https://www.themarysue.com/queering-jane-austen/

* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

- Chain of Command (parts 1 & 2 Combined). How to undermine crew morale and battle readiness. It is particularly hard watching TNG Ferengi in the current political climate. I had somehow misremembered this as being in season seven, so wasn't emotionally braced for it, Picard's torture and interrogation being strongly reminiscent of my childhood interrogations, because it was the first thing I ever saw that got that it is fundamentally about getting the victim to agree to the lie, a that is how they break us. At the same time this episode was much of the impetus for the rewatch, as a quarter of a century late it still haunts me. This time I am thinking about how this trauma interacts with his earlier violation at the hands of the Borg. I had honestly forgotten how philosophical this is. I do appreciate the ethical discussion. The mind games are always the hardest to watch for me. Picard's defiance and cleverness speaks to me on the deepest level. When this first aired, this was not a thought I was capable of having, but now I am pleased that he voluntarily went for therapy at the end.

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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/

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Grenfell Tower fire: Two more hospitals fail fire safety checks:" http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40525143

* "Grenfell Tower: A shadow over the capital:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40592626

* As a former History Teacher, this hurts my head. "Donald Trump knows what 'a lot of people don’t know':"

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* Donald Trump Jr. is no Culper Jr.. Just saying.

* "Trump’s Russia Lawyer Isn’t Seeking Security Clearance, And May Have Trouble Getting One:" https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-russia-lawyer-marc-kasowitz-alcohol-security-clearance

* "Chris Hayes: Why Kellyanne Conway said 'yet':"

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* "Ilhan Omar - Fighting for a Better Life for All Americans - Extended Interview:"

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* As of Thursday evening, we were still needing another Republican "No" vote (more would be better) on the latest attempt to rob the Poor and Middle Class of health care so the extremely rich can get yet another tax cut. If you have a Republican Senator, please keep the pressure on. If you have Susan Collins, please call and thank her for standing firm against the bill.

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

* "The Entire Trump Agenda Is at a Tipping Point:" http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/the-entire-trump-agenda-is-at-a-tipping-point?mbid=nl__daily&CNDID=46214731&mbid=nl_TNY%20Template%20-%20With%20Photo%20(187)&CNDID=46214731&spMailingID=11363353&spUserID=MTY5MzU1ODQyMjU2S0&spJobID=1182466159&spReportId=MTE4MjQ2NjE1OQS2

* "Jurors often want to convict police of violent crimes. These Supreme Court rulings stand in the way.:" https://mic.com/articles/178629/jurors-often-want-to-convict-police-of-violent-crime-these-supreme-court-rulings-stand-in-the-way#.nePdNewtY

* "John Oliver: The Don Jr. Scandal Is Something (If Something Means Anything):"

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* "The German Teens Who Rebelled Against Hitler:" http://mentalfloss.com/article/73451/german-teens-who-rebelled-against-hitler#.WUGG8yXfwBA.facebook

* "President Trump's All-Purpose Anti-Hillary Defense:"

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* ASL translator FTW! "The Translators - Interpreting Donald Trump:"

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* "Doncathlon - Fox News Defends the Indefensible Donald Trump Jr.:"

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* "Donald Trump Jr. Is His Own 'Deepthroat':"

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* "Donald Jr.'s Best Defense? That He's An Idiot:"

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* Today I gimped all the way to the book drop and back. It infuriates be how painful and exhausting this is, as the distance would have meant nothing to me before I got sick. Books needed to go, so I went. I lunged when I got home, and my legs went out from under me when I got up to start dinner, but it was a short fall and the sofa was there to catch me so I'm not hurt. I did use up most of the pain resistance and spoons, but I expected that. Litter really needs changing, but it will have to wait and all the things needing feeding got fed before I left as I knew it would be bad.

We scored a car appointment for Monday, but Squirrel is bleeding money on ubers to work until then, and I am trapped here. The library will carry until then with what I dropped today.

Thanks to a kind donation, we will have enough cash by Monday to fix the battery wiring assuming nothing is dramatically more wrong than expected. I'm still down about 70.00 on bills, plus we need cat food and toilet paper, but we will survive the month, I think, assuming no more emergencies happen. I'll still need to catch up somehow, and we still need front tires before the rains come for sure, but given this car is just old enough to drink, these small things going wrong is understandable.

If you want to chip in kibble money for Little Miss and he Tiny Terror, paypal is here: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* I also voted today. Yes, it is July and no one is thinking about voting, but my state has a lot of primaries. I know, I know, it's an off year and no one is thinking about voting right now, and the only races on the ballet were Port and Council-at-Large. Not glamorous, I know, but important. It's in these little local elections republicans kick our asses because they vote in every single one. We NEED to vote in every single one. Every single primary. (In my state it's open primaries, with top two going on to the general. This means that you can get two Republicans in November or two Democrats, or a Democrat and a Green or Libertarian. Primary turn out can determine if it's a lose/lose election or a win/win. People of Washington? Let's always aim for the Win/Win). Every single race even if's it's just for dog catcher. Every single General election. Yes even in an off year.

Vote early if you can, because it's better to find out you've been summarily disenfranchised by some bullshit Republican algorithm that decides there can only be one registered Jane Smith or Maria Sanchez in the entire country and therefore all of them are voting illegally early. The earlier you find out, the more time you have to fight to get your citizen's rights back from the Autocrats. Voting in primaries does that too. Better to find out in July and have time to get it sorted for November.

If you have a chance to vote? Do it. Use it or lose it.

* I was reading Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by @Seanan McGuire today and Tavy the Tiny Terror got really excited about the book for some reason and was aggressively sniffing and cuddling and head rubbing it for about 75 pages, before lightly licking my ear on Important Cat Business. I decided this was just right given the number of elderly rescue cats inside the covers. After all, he does very much miss living in a large colony.

* I have so many concerns about this show's racial agenda. "Fear the Walking Dead, Season 3, Episode 7&8: The Unveiling/Children of Wrath:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/fear-walking-dead-season-3-episode-7.html

* This episode was beyond not okay. "Preacher, Season 2, Episode 4: Viktor:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/preacher-season-2-episode-4-viktor.html

* The Recipes thing Got Better: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162968659512/akasztofaviragpor-viking-badger

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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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* "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
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* "China nursery blast: Bomber died in explosion that killed eight:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-40300059

* There has been a terrorist attack on a Mosque in London. "Finsbury Park attack: What we know so far:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40323769

* "Trump’s new Cuba policy: strengthening oppression?:"

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* "More Russian election hacks on the horizon?:"

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* "Heroic Capitol Police Officer — and Her Wife — Get Presidential Visit:" https://www.advocate.com/crime/2017/6/15/heroic-capitol-police-officer-and-her-wife-get-presidential-visit

* "Voter suppression accusations against GOP persist:"

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* "Chances Senate healthcare bill will be ‘kind’? Small.:"

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* "Barber prays for Scalise, asks GOP not to ‘prey’ on poor:"

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* "Philando Castile mom: ‘This city killed my son, and the...:"

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* "Why America Keeps Criminalizing Autistic Children:" https://psmag.com/education/america-keeps-criminalizing-autistic-children

* "On Carrie Fisher’s Autopsy Report, Or What We Talk About When We Talk About Women’s Pain:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162034860327/on-carrie-fishers-autopsy-report-or-what-we-talk

* "Crisis in Qatar:"

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* "The Big-Picture Forecast:"

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* "Life in Melania Trump's Hometown:"

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* "Sessions’s Southern-Fried SnoozeFest:"

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* "Child Brides:"

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* I did manage to stay up all night and turned up as promised. While he crated his cats I carried the rest of the garden into the rear seating foot space and then finished reading Edward III (The maybe Shakespeare play, not one of the many biographies or studies). My body is officially done for the weak. we got pulled over again, as a tail light had gone out, but they were kind enough to replace it at the jiffy Lube, before I took a donation load to the value village. They had other people coming to help soonish and released me, which was lucky as I barely made it home, my body was so done. I had to get out the strongest (post-op grade) pain meds this evening and Trying to make simply Asian ready noodles had me in tears twice, once for the decision making and once for the actual moving around. I did a little restock early in the month, but I don't have many of these. It was that or cereal though, and I've been in and out of overload all month and can't cope with milk, and being out of veggie substitutes noodles it was. I'm going to be a serious mess all week. I am sorry.

Tavy has been soooo good during the move emergency generally, given his age and temperament. He's not an angel, but he's trying so hard not to maul me when he is in one of his intense moods. He's been trying to run it off and letting me use things like pharmacy bags and paper towel tubes as alternatives. Mostly. And has been super sweet and cuddly most of the time.

* "Election Map:" http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/471994.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)
* "Tories vote down law requiring landlords make their homes fit for human habitation:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tories-vote-down-law-requiring-landlords-make-their-homes-fit-for-human-habitation-a6809691.html#gallery

* "Rage bursts onto London streets after Grenfell Tower fire:" https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/44819/Rage+bursts+on+to+London+streets+after+Grenfell+Tower+fire

* "Theresa May's chief of staff 'sat on' report warning high-rise blocks like Grenfell Tower were vulnerable to fire:" http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-mays-chief-staff-sat-10620357

* "Just $3 extra per panel could have made the London Tower cladding fireproof:" http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/claims-spending-just-another-8000-would-have-ensured-the-grenfell-towers-cladding-was-fireproof/news-story/838d5bd32a820bd9b13b3eee97278ede

* I am so furious about the Grenfell Tower Fire that I've been unable to formulate a coherent posting about it. There needs to be a reckoning for everyone of the heartless fat cats who made the decisions that contributed to this. 10,000 pounds per victim should not be enough to buy off people who lost everything and many of whom were maimed or killed because of greed and cruelty and class warfare against the poor.

* Republicans want to remind you that bumping three million children off their health care is absolutely necessary to give the wealthiest people a tax cut which is why it is right and ethical to rush their Trumpcare bill through the senate without debate or deliberation. After all, killing innocent Americans by denying them healthcare for treatable illnesses so the .1% can get richer can't start soon enough in their opinion, so why wait?

* "Black Flight Attendant Saves Young Girl From Sex Trafficking:" http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2017/02/black-flight-attendant-saves-young-girl-from-sex-trafficking/

* "Valerie Castile Speaks In Wake Of Unjust Verdict:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/valerie-castile-speaks-in-wake-of.html

* "White Students Share Photoshopped Image of Black Classmate Being Lynched:" http://www.bet.com/news/national/2017/06/12/student-pictured-under-noose-posted-to-school-chat-room.html?cid=facebook&utm_content=buffer6eddf&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "Anxiety soaked instances of power:" https://mxbumblepants.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/anxiety-soaked-instances-of-power/

* "Where Do Ex-Evangelicals Come From?:" https://chrisstroop.com/2017/06/07/where-do-ex-evangelicals-come-from/?preview_id=6996&preview_nonce=a285655f92

* "Scientists say the rapid sinking of Louisiana’s coast already counts as a ‘worst case scenario’:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/06/15/scientists-say-the-rapid-sinking-of-louisianas-coast-already-counts-as-a-worst-case-scenario/?utm_term=.403056a7c04f&wpisrc=nl_most-draw14&wpmm=1

* "Hawaii Becomes the First State to Pass a Bill in Support of Universal Basic Income:" https://futurism.com/hawaii-becomes-the-first-state-to-pass-a-bill-in-support-of-universal-basic-income/

* "Clay pot fragments reveal early start to cheese-making, a marker for civilization:" https://phys.org/news/2013-01-clay-pot-fragments-reveal-early.html

* Damn. Vir Kotto was glorious. "Stephen Furst, 'Animal House' actor, dies:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/17/entertainment/stephen-furst-obit/index.html

* Oh Gods. I left the house around 11AM Saturday and was working on the move all day. I got home... 9:15? 9:30? We picked up a local load and two of us unpacked it at the new house. We went to the old house to switch people, then on to UHAUL, where it turned out THEY DIDN"T HAVE OUR TRUCK. It was up in Lynden. I refused to go search Lynden, burning a ton of gas and abandoning our car up there with no way to retrieve it as we would have to return the truck here. It was good I was stubborn. They drove all the way up there to get it only to find out the assholes had rented it out from under us. This took them an hour. They had no smaller vehicles I could take, and stuck us with a full sized moving van, which is twice the size of the largest thing I'd ever driven, too big for the job, and too big for residential roads. It was terrifying to drive and curves were nightmares. They must be out by Monday. We had to take it. The asshole new owners had cleverly parked so I could not maneuver the truck into a reasonable position, which meant anything larger or heavier than i could carry on my head or shoulder had to go two sides of a truck length triangle. Luckily, I could go the hypoteneuse, but still, if they hadn't had to have their three large vehicles in the way, I could have turned around and we could have had a straight line from house to truck. I carried everything I could, while the asshole new owners blasted music, used heavy equipment for which we were not issued ear protection, and allowed their fucking bark happy chihuahua to worry our legs as we were carrying heavy shit. I am, of course, not meant to be carrying anything, but we had four hours to load nearly everything they owned into a frigging moving van with two able bodied people, plus me. I did what I good, taking breaks when I had to. I feel really bad for having to take a whole hour off near the end, but I needed to be in some shape to drive a vehicle nearly the size of a bus. By that point my legs were barely working anyway. Anyway, I gave them the half hour warning, carried a few more things. They said they were doneish for the night anyway. It went against the grain to not fill the truck, but we needed to have had one more person to have made that happen. I went and asked the asshole new owners to move the truck making it impossible for me to leave, which they did do, plus restrained or had their kid restrain the dogs, which was a load of my mind as I was terrified of running one of them over. We were one the road on time and made it to the other place. I had had plenty of time to think about how the fuck we were getting a bus sized truck onto those back roads and park it without sutting off a road's worth of traffic for 3+ hours estimated unload time. My plan to go past the scary sharp turn on the main road and loop back via roads I'd scouted earlier proved excellent as we were able to slide into the lot of the apartment complex next door where there was actual room to park as long as I stayed close in case someone needed more back up room to leave, which didn't happen. (There was room for normal cars to get in and out fine, but if one of the pick ups or SUVs in one section of the complex needed to back out of a spot, I'd have had to pull forward. I was right there and luckily, no one needed to leave after 6:15 or so when we pulled in.) I carried a few things in, but mostly moved stuff from the back of the truck to the front for easy unloading. It only took 2 and a halfish hours to unload, in part because an extra person turned up half way through, so that meant we were out before dark and well ahead of having to turn the beast back in. We gassed up on the way to drop Monster truck off, and I managed it all with only one scary turn. The other moving buddy was kind enough to buy me pizza all day, which was lucky as no way could I cook in this condition and hadn't eaten all day. We did get the bulk of it out. They have other help tomorrow, so I can rest. Monday, I stay up all night and go get the animals out.

I am in a scary amount of pain, shaking, and likely these are all the spoons for the week for non-absolute subsistence tasks. My legs barely work. It had to be done. They must be out Monday.

If I suck or am missing in the near future from venues where I am expected, this is why.

* I got talked into trying Sons of Anarchy. It always surprises me how triggery Biker Gangs are for me. For example, I get sporked every time that post about that one club that does good charity goes across my tumblr dash, and my strong reaction startles me every fucking time. (There is nothing wrong with people reblogging that thing. This is the very definition of a personal problem) In between I forget though, I think because nothing in my west coast life has anything to do with bikers, and unlike with the large complex ball of things I short hand as "gaslighting," but which is actually a big ball of things entwined inextricably with gaslighting, my biker thing is super specific. I'm fine passing the Harley shop down by the Dairy Queen. I'm not even twinged by individual guys or even several guys on bikes. Warlocks are an East Coast club, and it's not like I'm going to see them around here, and the ones that knew my face were super local to that section of Philly and it's not like they'd remember or care after this many decades even if I were recognizable, which I am not. They stopped spotting me about three-four years after I went away to college, and I'm guessing I was well forgotten by then, the whole mess not having been one of their finest hours and embarrassing to all concerned.

It actually takes bikers in a group wearing the regalia, and usually prolonged exposure, modified by context. Five guys formation riding passing me on the highway is a twinge, not a problem. One guy in regalia minding his own business at a dinner is a twinge, not a problem. Since it takes a lot to set it off, and there isn't much that goes on since I moved to the PNW in '91, it's easy to forget in the long stretches between something happening, and it also means that unlike the Gaslighting tangle, I haven't spent literal decades on controlled desensitization. It's one of those things where I worked the important bulk of the trauma through ages ago. I've told the story of my senior year of high school more times than I can count, I believe most recently in a posting about how much Mickey Milkovich on Shameless matters to me and why he rips my heart out every damned time. It really is just this super specific reaction to some super specific input that happens hardly ever.

So of course I didn't think how I was going to feel when I popped the library DvD in... I'm thinking Friday. The acting is excellent. I am fond if several of the cast from other things. I spotted the Hamlet riff right off and am pleased by it, along with the complexity, but...? Yeah. It's not that bad, but it startled me how intense it was the first time it hit. It's not constant, or I wouldn't be doing this. I thought it over and decided it's a good desensitization tool and I should do this, so I've been doing it. My response to the art itself is complicated and not something I am even close to being able to word. It my never be. Was this the ideal weekend to start the project, what with the emergency Move final push? no, but I felt like if I didn't start it I might not, and I made a deal with myself way back in '86, when it became clear I'd never be able to make use of psychiatry, before this particular comparatively minor biker related trauma even happened, about how I was going to handle old scars and psych damage and I've kept that bargain. It's the only safe way to do it if I have to go solo. I am super strict. I have to be, and it serves me well.

So I've been doing this. I'm watching the whole first season before sending it back. I'm okay. I'm likely never going to want to be around bikers voluntarily, but I do think I can desensitize so tumblr won't spork me any more, which is really all I want out of sons of anarchy at this point.

* "Fear The Walking Dead, Season Three, Episodes One and Two:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/fear-walking-dead-season-three-episodes.html

* I was watching a thing on pollution in Russia, which randomly used the opening bars of Spectre of the Rose as background music. Clueless use of random classical music or extremely snarky musical commentary?

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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)
* "Key questions about the Grenfell Tower fire:" https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/14/key-questions-about-the-grenfell-tower-fire

* "Trump officials considered 'ultimatum' to Cuba:" http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/338186-exclusive-trump-officials-considered-ultimatum-to-cuba

* "Pentagon to send 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/apnewsbreak-us-to-send-almost-4000-troops-to-afghanistan/2017/06/15/bfa6cb72-522f-11e7-b74e-0d2785d3083d_story.html?utm_term=.82842c7df19d

* "Special counsel is investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/special-counsel-is-investigating-jared-kushners-business-dealings/2017/06/15/5d9a32c6-51f2-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html?utm_term=.e2f5d8b00302

* "Lobbyist for Russian interests says he attended dinners hosted by Sessions:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/15/lobbyist-russian-interests-jeff-sessions-testimony

* "Hill GOP stunned, disappointed Trump called their bill "mean":" https://www.axios.com/hill-gop-stunned-disappointed-trump-called-their-bill-mean-2442335526.html

* "Trump chooses family event planner to run N.Y. housing programs:" http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-chooses-family-event-planner-run-n-y-housing-programs-article-1.3251314

* "Hundreds protest after Minnesota officer acquitted in death of Philando Castile:" http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-philando-castile-shooting-verdict-20170616-story.html

* "Five myths about anti-Semitism:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/157002405081/opinion-five-myths-about-anti-semitism#notes

* "World's Longest Trans Pride Flag Unfurled During LA Resist March:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/worlds-longest-trans-pride-flag.html

* "Classicist Receives Death Threats from Alt-Right over Art Historical Essay:" https://www.artforum.com/news/id=68963

* "Scientists stunned by Antarctic rainfall and a melt area bigger than Texas:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/06/15/scientists-just-documented-a-massive-melt-event-on-the-surface-of-antarctica/?utm_term=.1aa35fa7aaa1

* "Why global emissions must peak by 2020:" http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2017/06/why-global-emissions-must-peak-by-2020/comment-page-2/

* "Once Again, Climate Change Cited as Trigger for Conflict:" https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/once-again-climate-change-cited-as-trigger-for-war/

* "A Brief Account of Why Vampires Are Romanian (or Rather A Not-At-All Brief Account of How They Actually Aren’t):" http://gothiccharmschool.tumblr.com/post/161046422550/a-brief-account-of-why-vampires-are-romanian-or

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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)
* "Republican candidate 'body-slams' Guardian reporter in Montana:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/24/greg-gianforte-bodyslams-reporter-ben-jacobs-montana

* The Current Republican bill to kill working Americans off their health care to pay for tax cut for billionaires will kick 23 million people off their health care. This does not take into account the plan to refuse to pay the subsidies or the plan to drastically cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security as part of the Austerity budget that also is intended to kill the elderly and disabled to pay for even more tax cuts for the rich and the completely unnecessary military build up.

Please keep the pressure up to stop this.

* "Black man will spend six years in US prison despite jury finding him 'not guilty':" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/black-man-prison-serve-five-years-ramad-chatman-georgia-prison-not-guilty-probation-broke-terms-jail-a7744326.html

* "Chris Cornell "Nothing Compares 2 U":"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "My Family’s Slave:" https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/06/lolas-story/524490/?utm_source=twb

* "Syria conflict: Turkey opens 'city' for orphans of the war:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39960471

* "Exclusive: Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians: sources:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-contacts-idUSKCN18E106

* Let's hope is passes with enough to over ride a veto.... "Congress Just Gave Trump Awful News About His Next Golf Trip:" http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/05/16/congress-just-gave-trump-awful-news-next-golf-trip/

* "Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says he's taking job in Department of Homeland Security:" http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2017/05/17/sheriff-david-clarke-accepts-job-department-homeland-security/328342001/

* "Stephen Miller Is Writing Trump's NATO Speech, Too:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/johnhudson/nato-skeptic-stephen-miller-is-writing-trumps-nato-speech?utm_term=.gh5MYZV0K#.ebo8vDpor

* "Flynn stopped military plan Turkey opposed – after being paid as its agent:" http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article151149647.html

* "Trump Team Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before He Came to White House:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/us/politics/michael-flynn-donald-trump-national-security-adviser.html

* Of course he does. *head desk* "Donald Trump Talked Michael Flynn Into White House Job—and Wants Him Back in the Administration:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/05/18/donald-trump-talked-michael-flynn-into-white-house-job

* "Senate intel chair backtracks on claim Flynn won't honor subpoena:" http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mike-flynns-lawyers-honor-subpoena-senate-intel-chair/story?id=47488145

* "Rosenstein knew Comey was going to be fired before writing his memo, senators say:" http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-rosenstein-knew-comey-was-going-to-be-1495136617-htmlstory.html

* "Trump weighs downsizing Spicer’s public role:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/will-sean-spicer-be-fired-238548

* "Sexism and Second Chances:" http://www.jimchines.com/2017/04/sexism-and-second-chances/

* "Beyond Alt: Understanding the New Far Right:" http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/04/beyond-alt-understanding-the-new-far-right.html

* "Betty Shelby was acquitted in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher:" http://circa.com/circa-now/happening/betty-shelby-was-acquitted-in-the-shooting-death-of-terrence-crutcher

* "Russian Activists Say They’ve Been Told US Visas Are Out Of Reach For Gay Chechens:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/us-denies-visas-to-gay-russians-fleeing-kidnapping-and?utm_term=.gp5YXALlg&bftb#.xpzvrGEpO

* "Monsantos manipulation on science attempts to silence scientists revealed:" http://english.astroawani.com/technology-news/monsantos-manipulation-science-attempts-silence-scientists-revealed-139997

* "Miles of Ice Collapsing Into the Sea:" https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/18/climate/antarctica-ice-melt-climate-change.html?_r=1

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

* "The Doomsday Glacier:" http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/the-doomsday-glacier-w481260

* Today I blew the last of the food allotment on Greek things I could make and eat easily, because I'm solidly booked until... Tuesday, with various commitments. The peak of the Lizard Lion festival is this weekend and I'm heavily committed there, plus the usual physically demanding stuff on Monday. I am still covered in bruises from Inspection and tank cleaning, and my muscles hate me. Easy foods are a must. My Thursday thing got cancelled, so I am picking at the kitchen, and doing small things needing doing, including brewing a fresh pitcher of sweet huckleberry tea. I think this will be the last summer for it, as the supply of leaves is fast dwindling, but I have hopes of it lasting through July at least.

* I am so burnt out on the destruction of my country that I spent over an hour today looking at beautifully shot nearly naked male dancers in dance poses instead of sensibly reading and clearing links.

* Ageism and Superheroines: http://butlerbookbinding.tumblr.com/post/160801212199/rainnecassidy-p1ratew3nch-wombatking

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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

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* "Viral, Irish senator standing up to Trump:"

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* More things to make you go hmmmm about the Preet Bharara firing. Deutsche Bank is the single largest lender to Donald Trump. Preet Bharara was investigating Deutsche Bank for a massive money laundering scheme that aided the Russian oligarchs who benefit from Putin's Kleptocracy and have "business ties" with Donald Trump. Firing Mr. Bharara and replacing him with Roger Ailes' attorney is likely to end that investigation.

* "The shocking firing of Preet Bharara:"

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* "24 million would lose insurance under GOP health plan: CBO:"

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* Bernie Sanders is out still being Bernie! "How GOP health plan would affect poor in West Virginia:"

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* "Environmental activists slam Trump’s EPA:"

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* "Tragedy of ‘Time: The Kalief Browder Story’:"

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* "Muslim Marine Tayyib Rashid is offering to stand guard for Jewish cemeteries, synagogues in Chicago:" https://mic.com/articles/169952/this-muslim-marine-is-offering-to-stand-guard-for-jewish-cemeteries-synagogues-in-chicago?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=movement&utm_campaign=social#.fe6E8oDDw

* "The Existence Of Trans Women Is Not Up For Debate, Period:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-existence-of-trans-women-is-not-up.html

* "Casa Ruby Vandalized:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/casa-ruby-vandalized.html

* I said this would be a marathon and not a sprint, but it's always harder living it than imagining it. The dismantling of the already inadequate protections on our civil rights and liberties has been relentless as well as an incredible amount of basic institutions we need to function in a modern society all in under two months. It's depressing to see so much progress roll back so quickly and the constant effort and vigilance required to resist is exhausting. I said back in November that we need artists and comedians and musicians too. This is why. When it is darkest, we must find and savor our moments of delight. I know this is an old song, with a loooong history in the labour movement particularly, but the sentiment it expresses seems to fit this struggle as well as it has so many in the past. Hang in there folks. Keep resitsing, but never forget to feed your heart an spirit too. "Joan Baez- Bread and Roses:"

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* "Can we please let historical women be historical?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/158350364122/can-we-please-let-historical-women-be-historical

* "Fascinating Aida - The Market:"

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* "Fascinating Aïda's post-Brexit song - So Sorry Scotland:"

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* I'm likely a hundred under on bills this month, but housing is safe until Fall.

* Where was I Monday? Squirrel and I had a thing we needed to go too, and I was so tired when I got back, I just ate and went to bed. Apologies for the radio silence.

* "No Marvel, You Can't Retcon HYDRA from Nazism and Expect Us to Buy It:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/no-marvel-you-cant-retcon-hydra-from-nazism/

* "The Walking Dead, Season Seven, Episode Thirteen: Bury me Here:" www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/03/the-walking-dead-season-seven-episode_13.html

* This really appeals to my sense of camp. "Ken Day Come-Ons: The Squelching:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/3/13/ken-day-come-ons-the-squelching.html

* "Sunday Sweets: 10 Kids' Cakes The Adults Will Want, Too:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/3/12/sunday-sweets-10-kids-cakes-the-adults-will-want-too.html

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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? https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

There is a whole list of charities at the top of the page here: http://www.msnbc.com/maddowblog

* Imagine how racist you have to be to continue to believe this. "Trump still thinks 'Central Park Five' are guilty:"

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* TW: Sexual Assault, Rape Culture, Misogynistic Hate Speech "New Trump tape puts campaign into tailspin:"

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* TW: Sexual Assault, Rape Culture "Vulgar Trump tape lends credence to past claims:"

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* TW: Sexual Assault, Rape Culture, Misogynistic Hate Speech. "GOP frantic as Clinton uses Trump vulgarity in new ad:"

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* Listening to the Trump tape made me throw up a little. This on top of the habitual humiliation and sexual harassment of employees. In real life I don't stand still for that sort of concentrated misogyny. I've called people out socially and at work all the way back to my teens. I have quit jobs over it. I... honestly had no words for how gross all this is and how shitty it is that we have improved so little as a society in the course of my life that this is still considered completely acceptable behavior in the work place (the Apprentice thing) and that nearly half the people in this country consider that Presidential behavior involves sexually assaulting women because he can get away with it.

* "'I regret if anyone found offense':"

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* "Gael Garcia Bernal: We All Come From Migrants:"

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* "Donald Trump Asks The Terminally Ill For A Huge Favor:"

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* "Stephen Asks: Does Anyone Know Who The VP Candidates Are?:"

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* ""The O'Reilly Factor" Gets Racist in Chinatown:"

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* It is clear the antibiotic is the wrong one for this pathogen. I still haven't managed to handle the time sensitive bureaucracy I was supposed to do this week. I am too all around ick to handle legalize.

* "The Balrog, The Book, and the Bridge of Khazad-Dûm:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/balrog-book-bridge-khazad-dum/

* ToS Rewatch:

- Naked Time. See? In ToS they have hazmat suits. Why don't they still have that tech for ABC hazards when TNG rolls around? They are not GOOD suits, being not sealed at neck and clearly made of plastic tarp, but they are wearing gloves, Jordi LaForge. At least they are trying. So how did they lose the technology to make something as simple as gloves in the intervening time. So they have an unknown deadly hazard here. I don't care how awkward the equipment manipulation is, leave the damned gloves on and don't scratch your nose. Seriously have they no protocols for dealing with biological/chemical risks in Star Fleet at all? We have all these bodies who died behaving oddly, so lets ignore even the simplest precautions. At least they try to decontaminate, but still. Wait, the MASS of the planet is shifting? Why is no one calling security when things start to escalate? Definitely, one would think the other Starfleet personnel would call security once someone is threatening with a knife. WTF, Starfleet, are the characters passing the stupid ball around? I love Uhuru. Riley's rant about how women crew should dress including "Women should not look made up." Wow, sadly this brand of misogyny is all too real here in the twentieth century. Yeoman Rand is once again being followed around by sexual harassing male crewmen. I am sensing a theme. People on this ship really need to wash their hands more often. Just saying. Seriously, they know it's contagious, why aren't they all wearing gloves? I'd forgotten there was a time warp in this one.

- The Enemy Within. OMG! Dog in costume! Like the previous episode, this is another one that they recycle in TNG. Oh look! Now evil Kirk turns up in Yeoman Rand's Quarters to sexually assault her. For the record, we are now on episode 5 and this is the fifth episode in which Yeoman Rand is harassed and/or assaulted. Why is Kirk questioning Rand directly about his sexual assault of her? WTF, Starfleet! Why is her statement not being taken by a woman crewman and not her abuser? So the heaters they sent don't work, but what about blankets? They are much lower tech and Kirk's clothes seem to have held together fine. Why not send arctic rated cold weather gear and tents along with the blankets? So what if two functional copies appear for every one sent? That seems to me all to the good.


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

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

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* "Baltimore Cuts Ties With Neo-Nazi Lawyer Hired To Defend Police Department In Misconduct Case:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/baltimore-police-neo-nazi-lawyer_us_57b511e8e4b095b2f5427fa6?section=&

* I am terribly disappointed in Michael Che. "A Prominent Comedian Has Been Accused of Sexual Assault — and His Famous Friends Are Defending Him:" https://mic.com/articles/151826/comedian-aaron-glaser-has-been-accused-of-sexual-assault-and-women-are-speaking-out?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=style&utm_campaign=social#.XjWVaMRXh

* "Unsafe, damp and dirty: How unscrupulous landlords take advantage of domestic abuse victims:" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/unsafe-damp-and-dirty-how-unscrupulous-landlords-take-advantage/

* "DEA regularly mines Americans' travel records to seize millions in cash:" http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/08/10/dea-travel-record-airport-seizures/88474282/

* "How 2 Muslim Women Claimed Their Own Justice After A Man Asked If They Were ISIS:" http://aplus.com/a/muslim-women-got-a-man-fired-after-he-called-them-isis-brooklyn

* "Hamilton removes bus shelter ads about transgender people in public washrooms:" http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/transgender-washroom-debate-bus-ads-1.3715507

* Tavy plays with Geoff Peterson Jr. on my bed: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/149950089762

* "Sunday Sweets: Labors of Love:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/9/4/sunday-sweets-labors-of-love.html

* TNG Season 3 Rewatch:
-"Who watches the watchers:" I'm pretty sure starting a Fundamentalist religious revival with the Captain as a God violates the prime directive, or as Captain Kirk would call it: Thursday.

-"The Bonding:" I love how Buddhist Data sounds here. I love the way each of the characters has a different reaction to loss, but I wish they'd done this for Tasha Yarr first season instead. I just want to say how excellent the acting of the main cast is in this episode, particularly Wil Wheaton and Michael Dorn, but really all them.

I am someone who often dreams of my dead. When the dream is framed as alternate history or where the dead person isn't pretending to be anything other than dead, I don't mind. When something turns up pretending to be alive when I KNOW that person is dead it creeps me the hell out in the dream. I have always preferred the often grim or dark truth to the fiction. I am like that with grief too. It's not that I don't miss my dead; I miss them constantly. It's just that i do not take comfort from ersatz people, if that makes sense. I have always felt that way about this episode. What the aliens are doing here makes my skin crawl.

* "Things Keep Getting Worse in A Series of Unfortunate Events:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/things-keep-getting-worse-series-unfortunate-events/

* "Looking Back at Preacher Season 1:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/looking-back-preacher-season-1/

* "Suicide Squad Squanders its Cast:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/suicide-squad-squanders-cast/

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

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

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* 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

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* Turkey invaded Syria last week, as in tanks and ground troupes.

* Every time I hear Donald Trump's blood work had "only positive results," I wonder, "Positive for what?"

* "Indiana Jury Gives Black Man $1 Compensation After Unlawful Arrest:" https://blackmattersus.com/14744-indiana-jury-gives-black-man-1-compensation-after-unlawful-arrest/

* "People Of Color Are ‘The Enemy’: Maine Governor Says:" https://blackmattersus.com/14738-people-of-color-are-the-enemy-maine-governor-says/

* "Law Enforcement And The Scourge Of Paid Vacations:" https://blackmattersus.com/14700-law-enforcement-and-the-scourge-of-paid-vacations/

* "High school athlete charged with 2 counts of rape will get no prison time:" https://mic.com/articles/152250/david-becker-charged-with-sexually-assaulting-2-women-only-gets-2-years-probation?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.5BajHdBeU

* 2016 killed another one. Damn. I loved his Fox, I don't care what anyone says. "Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ Star and Comedic Icon, Dies at 83:" http://variety.com/2016/film/news/gene-wilder-dead-dies-willie-wonka-young-frankenstein-1201846745/

* I loved his Fox, I don't care what anyone says:

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* I have been robo polled three times in the last week. Two were identical. The middle call was identical except it left off the Senate question. O.o.

* Someone should make a movie with Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, and Maggie Smith along the line of Red. (Yes, I know Helen Mirren is in that), but imagine a spin off with three tough spy ladies having adventures.

* I am still trying to catch up on about a month of television that got pushed aside for the Olympics. As a result, I am still catching up on Killjoys. Me watching "Heartshaped Box:" Double Tap! Double Tap, damn you!

* The thing I find the most frustrating about Fear the Walking Dead is most of the characters have the common sense and survival instinct of the average carnival goldfish, and yet, somehow we are meant to care if they live or die.

* 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

* 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

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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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
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* One out of every 113 people in the world are displaced.

* "Team Refugee:"

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* "Questions raised over Melania Trump immigration:"

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* Pressure burdens Missouri's public defenders:"

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* "Florida Gov. Rick Scott's war on Planned Parenthood opens the door for a Zika emergency:" http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/8/5/1557094/-Florida-Gov-Rick-Scott-s-war-on-Planned-Parenthood-opens-the-door-for-a-Zika-emergency

* "These Designer Hospital Gowns For Sick Teens Will Give You All The Feels :" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/08/118636/starlight-canada-ward-robes-hospital-gowns?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=h2&utm_campaign=end

* "Samantha Bee Explains the Reason Hillary Clinton Must Win: She Isn’t Donald Trump:" https://mic.com/articles/150350/samantha-bee-explains-the-reason-hillary-clinton-must-win-she-isn-t-donald-trump?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.WgjDyDMMr

* I got real sleep today, despite the fever vividness of my dreams. I missed the Opening ceremonies amoung other things due to a power outage and related equipment trouble. I think I have everything stabilized as far as Internet, etc., but if I disappear this weekend, I ain'n't dead; it's likely either a power outage out a router failure or the like. *fingers crossed there isn't* Anyway, sorting it ate my evening.

* TNG Season 2 Rewatch: I managed to capture a few of the missing early episodes, only the process was interrupted by the outage, so I may have to wait for yet another iteration to fill all the gaps. Sigh.

-Still, I got to watch "Elementary, Dear Data," the infamous Moriarty Episode. Seriously, given the tendency of the technology to spawn self aware criminal mastermind AI, why is it still in service. This is also a missing piece in the Data Personhood arc, with Gordie and Polaski's argument over whether Data is capable of creative thought instead of only simple regurgitation of programmed information at the heart of the plot. The problem for me is that as important as it is for the argument that Data is a person, they miss the other implications Re: Moriarty and self awareness. He is a dangerous, possibly ship killing adversary, but at the same time, I think Moriarty's argument that he is a person is a sound one. So how many times all across Federation space are self aware AI being spawned and then saved and suspended as Moriarty was or out right deleted or enslaved? I've seen enough other Star Trek episodes across various of their shows to know it happens with reasonable frequency (The Emergency Medical Program on Voyager for example). While in this case Picard reasoned with Moriarty and the AI agreed to go into storage, I remember at least one other case on a future show where the AI ends up enslaved. (I also assume they are lying to Moriarty about building him a body, because of course they are). If Data is a person as is decided legally later in the season, aren't self aware AI generally? Why don't they have full rights then?

There is more of Data's arc in The Outrageous Okona and Schitzoid Man. Both touch on Data's quest to understand humor. The talk about humor in Okona was weirdly speciest in the way things are worded and would have worked better if any of the non-Data humor had been funny, but does touch on the what makes a person theme. I wrote elsewhere about the way various people dehumanize Data in other parts of this arc. Watching these two episodes I thought a lot about ableism and the way people who are not neurotypical are often treated. I also thought about the ways privileged people will try to silence people who call them out on shitty behavior with claims that there is something wrong with those complaining for failing to find whatever offensive or cliched crap they just said funny. People with privilege will often use claims that people don't have a sense of humor as ways to dehumanize them and often use claims that something is meant to be funny as cover for creulty. I think these two episodes are exploring this in a way that ties into the personhood argument. It is also really scary in a subtle way and in much the same way the treatment of data in the trial one later this season is scary. People get bullied, horrifically abused, and occasional killed over this sort of thing. Deciding someone is less human because they don't find something funny is a slippery slope to scary shit in Real life. It is used to excuse things like rape threats and death threats against female bloggers. People on the spectrum my age and older were ripped away from families that loved them in favor of incredibly abusive institutionalization by people who believed that different automatically is the same as wrong. The Okona episode is strangely equivocal. In Schitzoid Man uses it as an excuse to steal Data's body and attempt to kill him. That Dr. Graves is a misogynist I think is telling. "Women aren't people - they're women." A man who doesn't see women as human and doesn't believe that Kareen has a right to determine what happens to her own body can just as easily dehumanize anyone even a little different than himself. There is a line in Okona that equates humor to humanity Graves and data discuss humor in a way that suggests Graves finds him lesser because he doesn't understand it. In SM, Graves' argument for killing Data is, "I have every right, Captain! I am man, he is machine; there is no question who must live and... what must die...[elipses cuts out brief intervening dialog] Before me, he was nothing. Just a walking tin can with circuits for intestines. Pathetic! Without heart, a man is meaningless." Picard's counter arguement is "He's not simply an android - he's a life form, entirely unique.... [Elipses mine] He is different, yes! But that does not make him expendable or any less significant. No being is so important that he can usurp the rights of another! Now set him free!" I think this stuff is important, as I said in the piece on Data's trial and I think the practical philosophical argument over what makes a person is maybe the best thing about season two.

-I already have a lot of issues with the ethics of Deanna Troi routinely scanning people without permission. While ethically still dubious, I don't mind the search and rescue usages as much. (For example, when Riker's away team loses contact when they enter the alien casino and Deanna checks to see if they are all right). It gets a lot dicier when they are using it to cheat at negotiations, and it's outright creepy that she routinely violates the minds of the crew to tell what the mood is aboard ship or reads strangers who have no expectation of their minds being violated, as happens with Okona. She's supposed to me a Councillor, right? If she told Picard things patients said in sessions it would be a massive violation of Doctor patient privilege. How much worse when she is basically mind raping the crew on the regular and telling Picard about it. (I want to reiterate that this is not Marina Sirtis' fault. The writers CHOSE to make her ethically monstrous and terrible at her job; Marina Sirtis was a working actor and needed to eat, pay rent, etc.. She did the best she could with the roll they gave her). Every time Picard asks her to mind rape his crew and she complies I get seriously queasy. I have to ask what sort of person does that and what sort of person follows an order like that. I know full well Babylon 5 is later, but they actually deal with the ethics of telepathy. Characters actually mull and occasionally argue over what is and isn't an ethical use. The Trek verse doesn't seem to acknowledge there are any ethical issues at all.

There's a reason my friends and I used to posit that underneath the Federation's friendly face were creepy dystopian aspects.

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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/
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* "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

* 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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* "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

* 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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* Proof I am not a proper adult #10: I hear "hostile actors" and I picture a troop of really angry improve players or possibly murderous mimes instead of hackers sponsored by enemy countries.

* In Baton Rouge, white policemen held down and executed an African American man in front of a convenience store. There are two camera angles on the murder. As is my practice, I do not post footage of murders in this space, but footage of the murder with the shots at the end excised are easily available from news outlets if you feel you need to see it. Alton Sterling was 37 and had a 5 children. Local officials have ceded jurisdiction to the feds. Protests have been ongoing today and yesterday.

Police are claiming that the body cameras of both murderers were "dislodged." Riiiiight.

By the way, there is footage of the murder available to prosecutors because two citizens filmed the murder. If you see something and have a phone, please film it.

* "Alton Sterling didn't have to die. It's time to address police violence:" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/06/alton-sterling-address-police-violence

* Watch This Please. "Alton Sterling's Death & The Black Lives Matter Outrage:"

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* "How African-American Kids Are Treated By America’s Criminal Justice System:" https://blackmattersus.com/3208-how-african-american-kids-are-treated-by-americas-criminal-justice-system/

* "Isa Noyola, the Translatina Activist Fighting for Immigrant Rights:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/translatina-activist-isa-noyola-translatina-activist-fighting-immigrant-rights-n601641

* Typical Gay Inc transmysogynist shit basically drove away their Trans Pride liaison. The accessibility fail is heartbreaking. "My Open Letter of Resignation from Pride Toronto:" http://chrismilloy.ca/2015/07/my-open-letter-of-resignation-from-pride-toronto/

* Liberal Redneck Bathroom Discrimination rant: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/143683486925/tygermama-tis-superfruit-im-a#notes

* "The Rio de Janeiro Olympics: Welcome to Hell:"

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* "Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump: The Sophie's Choice of Candidates:"

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* I spent the rest of the discretionary money on small toys for Tavy's puzzle box. He's been happily fishing his new donkey and small mice out to play with off and on since. The other items have been less successful. I'll likely need to save up for another toy run next moth. Update: In the wee hours of the morning he figured out how to liberate the springy toys. That just leaves the dental treats. I'm so proud of him learning a new skill in about 10 hours.

I got confused and missed the Doctor yesterday, so it's another week of struggling for breath, and a month and a half of walking on the foot splinter. One of the lilies that is larger than I am has started blooming, but it's only two of them, so I can't do cuttings.

* Watching American hustle is so weird for me. What memories of Abscam I have are all tied up in weird ways with my memories of abuse.

* On Bigwig's Character arc in Watership Down: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/143685853810/bbc-stellar-cast-announced-as-classic-novel

* I was in tears by the end of this. "But what if the princess was in the tower because she was the dragon?:"

* "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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* "The rise and fall of Trump University:"

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* "Veteran: I am not Donald Trump's prop:"

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* "In weird twist, Clinton features pranksters in new ad:"

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* "Father who had daughter marry her rapist sentenced to jail:" http://bigstory.ap.org/article/4fe38d09aaad4a8c98f73b3d4af9a5f2/idaho-father-takes-pregnant-teen-daughter-marry-rapist

* "Machine Bias: There’s Software Used Across the Country to Predict Future Criminals. And it’s Biased Against Blacks.:" https://www.propublica.org/article/machine-bias-risk-assessments-in-criminal-sentencing

* "Buying Coffee Every Day Isn’t Why You’re in Debt:" http://www.slate.com/articles/business/the_united_states_of_debt/2016/05/the_latte_is_a_lie_and_buying_coffee_has_nothing_to_do_with_debt_an_excerpt.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_bot

* "How Tuberculosis Shaped Victorian Fashion:" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-tuberculosis-shaped-victorian-fashion-180959029/?no-ist

* Time is funny when one ages. Tonight, I was watching a film I saw only one other time. The tape was rented from a video store that has gone the way of video rental places generally. The tape itself is likely in a land fill. The bed we were lying in still exists. Squirrel sleeps in it now. The building his tiny apartment was in has been demolished. The man that was beside me is now ashes. I can still remember the scent of the apartment and the chill over that winter break, and the video game we took turns playing on his computer that month, and the plot I was running in my table top game as a vacation filler for the half of the party still in town.... At least the film aged well.

* "The problem with the MCU’s Wanda Maximoff:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/145295617042/queerhawkeye-the-problem-with-the-mcus-wanda

* "Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 6: Where are they now:" http://imgur.com/a/9DahP

* "Guy with Tape on His Face Performs Hilariously Odd Mime Act on 'America's Got Talent':" http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2016/06/guy-with-tape-on-his-face-performs.html

* 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
gwydion: (Pensive)
* "NYC teacher fired for lessons about Central Park Five:" http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-teacher-fired-lessons-central-park-article-1.2489687

* "5 Pieces of Bad Advice from Victorian Women's Magazines:" http://historybuff.com/5-pieces-of-bad-advice-from-victorian-womens-magazines/?utm_content=inf_10_3107_3&utm_source=se_fb&utm_medium=social_fb_cpc&utm_campaign=social_e_fb&tse_id=INF_c08a849cb9c94f548e131db4ed7ce243

* Rescue Kitty arrived safely. We are likely calling him Tavy for Octavian, his original name being Gus for Augustus. He's an 8-9 month old smoke. I need to take his stuff in to the management company so he can be an official beast in residence. Ninjakitten and her boy have retired for the evening after hours of conversation. The beastie hid uder my desk for a bit, then went and took a nap under the gargoyle fountain. A while before dawn, he started exploring. So far he likes the front window and the fireplace, which has a perch inside he can hide in and a nice view of the living room and the tall 20. He's not sure about me yet. I am giving him space to get used to the new smells and geography.

* "Sunday Sweets For Makeup Lovers:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/3/6/sunday-sweets-for-makeup-lovers.html

* EBAYs, 5ish days, no bid:

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* Help pay for gas to get a rescue kitty safe to his new forever home. paypal@ninjakitten.com


* Want to help the people of Fiji in the wake of Cyclone Winston?: http://www.redcross.com.fj/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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