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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Stephen Introduces His Anthony Scaramucci Impression:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Venezuela's currency value depends largely on one guy at an Alabama Home Depot:" https://www.pri.org/stories/2016-12-01/venezuelas-currency-value-depends-largely-one-guy-alabama-home-depot

* "Russia enjoying great success with Trump in White House:"

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* "Trump Jr collusion admission leaves Kushner exposed:"

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* "Trumpism: It’s Coming From the Suburbs:" https://www.thenation.com/article/trumpism-its-coming-from-the-suburbs/

* "Florida judge rules part of “Stand Your Ground” law unconstitutional:" https://mic.com/articles/181407/florida-judge-rules-part-of-stand-your-ground-law-unconstitutional?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.iulCayrf1

* "David O. Brown - Reexamining the Work of Police in "Called to Rise" - Extended Interview:"

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* "Kalief Browder's death reminds us of the link between depression and incarceration:" https://mic.com/articles/179150/kalief-browders-death-reminds-us-of-the-link-between-depression-and-incarceration?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=movement&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.mfzqpJZ3o

* "The EPA finally admitted that the world's most popular pesticide kills bees—20 years too late:" http://www.motherjones.com/food/2016/01/epa-finds-major-pesticide-toxic-bees/

* "Donald Trump Jr. Reminds Everyone How Incompetent His Dad's Administration Is:"

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* "The West Survives President Trump's Trip to Europe :"

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* "A Russian, an Email and an Idiot: Did Donald Trump Jr. Incriminate Himself? :"

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* "Kellyanne Conway Gives It To Stephen Straight (As In, Straight Up BS):"

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* "Stephen Stars As Donald Trump Jr. In 'Collusion':"

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* "Mr. President Wasn't Mr. Popular At The G20 Summit:"

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* "North Korea's Missiles Can Reach Alaska. Alaska Doesn't Care.:"

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* "More ‘Vanitas’ symbolism (”Black Sails”):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/161485049467/more-vanitas-symbolism-black-sails

* "28 Wild Signs From The Zoo:" http://pleated-jeans.com/2017/05/09/28-wild-signs-from-the-zoo/

* I just realized Rachael Ray and Paula Deen are not the same person. *facepalm*

* Me watching the start of Season 2 Sons of Anarchy for the first time: Don't pick the NAZIs, Hale. No matter how bad the other options are, siding with NAZIs is ALWAYS the wrong choice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Trump's use of private cellphone raises security concerns:" https://www.apnews.com/11a48fde81634789b1cc361696693b68

* "Trump expected to withdraw from Paris climate deal:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/31/trump-paris-climate-change-agreement-238974

* 45 is planning to reopen the Russian spy compounds President Obama closed to punish them for interfering in the 2016 election, clearly as a reward for the same.

* "How Jared Kushner built a luxury skyscraper using loans meant for job-starved areas:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/jared-kushner-and-his-partners-used-a-program-meant-for-job-starved-areas-to-build-a-luxury-skyscraper/2017/05/31/9c81b52c-4225-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html?utm_term=.43ccb78b84f6

* "Russia probe scares off potential appointees:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/31/russia-investigation-trump-appointees-238954

* "Ryan appoints controversial cancer doctor to HHS committee:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/30/paul-ryan-cancer-doctor-238961

* "Elizabeth Ford - Examining Mental Health and the Prison System in "Sometimes Amazing Things Happen":"

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* "Trevor Plays Catch-Up:"

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* Today was brutal.

Tavy woke me fifteen minutes before the alarm with a very concerned expression. My dream was one of those ones that is disturbing after, but not particularly upsetting while it was going on. (I was playing a character very different from myself, and the motion was more detached resignation at a sudden inevitable betrayal rather than some sort of acute distress). So it was plausible I could have made a sound that worried him. It turned out from his behavior that he was probably just bored and hoping if he checked to see if I was awake aggressively enough I might wake up and entertain him. Squirrel says these are not mutually exclusive impulses. In any case, I did get up, much to his delight, but alas, put my shoes on and left once I was together enough to do so.

There were lines everywhere and no parking. Of course. The lines was wrapped around the corner at forage, so I went on ahead to the pharmacy, since that also had to happen today, but there wa no parking there and I went on to the next block for the library, which also had to happen today. By the time i got out of there, I could get something within a block of the pharmacy and rescued my meds. There was still no parking at forage and the line was only a block long, and we were out of bread with no hope of food allotment until Friday, so I slogged from way far out and waited in the line without my chair (I can't carry a ox and a lawn chair two country length blocks by myself) for an hour and a half. Pickings were not good, but I do have sandwich bread and mushrooms, and I have been craving mushrooms. At least it rained yesterday, so the heat and allergens were at reasonable level and the lady in front of me was polite and went way out for her smoke, which is good since I'd nearly thrown up twice at that point and the anti-nausea drugs wouldn't mostly solve that for another hour. (The trick with anti-nausea drugs is keeping them down long enough for them to absorb. Today was just randomly bad, though dragging out of bed without waiting a full hour after taking the pills, may have contributed.) Anyway, if I'd started coughing I'd have been done for. There was still nowhere to park after I went to get my car and a long line of double parked people picking up. Breaking a traffic law like and being an asshole with my car that stresses me out, but I could see no options, and I had to load myself as there were no helpers for that either, but I managed reasonably fast and only inconvenienced one person who had the sense to go around

I did unload. I did water plants, feed fish, change a tank, all of which needed doing, but my stomach isn't really right, I hurt everywhere, and the crowding put me into mid over load.

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* 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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* "Trump risks emboldening despots with praise:"

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* "23 Environmental Rules Rolled Back in Trump’s First 100 Days:" https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/02/climate/environmental-rules-reversed-trump-100-days.html?_r=0

* "Trump Adviser Kushner’s Undisclosed Partners Include Goldman and Soros:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-adviser-jared-kushner-didnt-disclose-startup-stake-1493717405

* "The GOP has a pre-existing condition:"

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* "Rape victims often pay nearly $1,000 for medical treatment:" https://mic.com/articles/175011/rape-victims-often-pay-nearly-1-000-for-medical-treatment#.IQ1I7lB0O

* Want to resist the end of net neutrality?: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/160250205836/kedreeva-amy-reblogs-thistherapylife

* "Things People With Anxiety Are Afraid to Tell Their Friends:" http://www.teenvogue.com/story/things-people-with-anxiety-are-afraid-to-tell-their-friends?mbid=social_facebook

* "World's oldest dental fillings found in Italy:" http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/04/07/Worlds-oldest-dental-fillings-found-in-Italy/7301491595712/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=2

* "Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Details of His Son’s Birth & Heart Disease:"

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* "W. Kamau Bell - Tackling Tough Ideas in "The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell" :"

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* "Kim Jong-Un Fires A Promposal At Trump:"

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* "Stephen Colbert Goes One-On-One With Trump:"

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* "This Monologue Goes Out To You, Mr. President:"

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* "Trump On The Civil War: 'Why?':"

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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 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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* "Clearer picture of Russian 'active measures' takes shape:"

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* "Trump actions boosted Russian effectiveness:"

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* "White House role in leaks raises suspicion:"

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* "White House meddling threatens Trump Russia probe integrity:"

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* "Immunity in presidential scandals has complicated history:"

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* "Chicago: A City in Trauma:"

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* Do NOT celebrate the Carolina bathroom discrimination repeal, as they are replacing it with a different right to discrimination bill that is more draconian several other aspects, such as barring local governments from protecting trans folk and leaving the right to discriminate in place, but less flagrantly worded so harder to challenge. This isn't a win folks, it's just PR. "North Carolina 'repeals' 'bathroom bill':" http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/30/politics/north-carolina-hb2-agreement/

* "Transgender Day Of Visibility 2017:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/transgender-day-of-visibility-2017.html

* "Wanda Sykes Is Not A Trump Fan:" http://teamcoco.com/video/conan-highlight-wanda-sykes-is-not-a-trump-fan?playlist=x%3BeyJ0eXBlIjoidGFnIiwiaWQiOjQ2ODh9

* "Paul Ryan Laughs Through the Tears:"

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* "So Much News, So Little Time - Nepotism, Impeachment & the Freedom Caucus:"

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* "House Republicans' Internet Search History:"

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* "C-SPAN Can't Tell Which Russian Investigation Is Which:"

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* "Mike Pence: Wine, Dine And Reset Gender Norms To '69:"

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* "The Late Show's Presidential Leak-crets, Vol. 3:"

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* "Ballad of the Bastards Part 2: Why Did You Do it Jonny?:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/winterhell-s6-retrospective-part-2/

* "Legion's Resetting Finale Takes Little Shine Off an Incredible First Season:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/legion-finale-little-shine-first-season/

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* "Fearful of Trump policies, families risk frigid 3 a.m. hike into Canada:" http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/asylum-seekers-on-a-cold-journey-to-manitoba/article34126957/

* "Pieces of Trump dossier check out despite investigative dearth:"

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* "Hawaii first to sue over new Trump travel ban:"

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* "Trump administration oversteps in outreach to Justice Department:"

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* Republicans want to remind you that raising health care costs for Middle and Working Class Americans and the Elderly by about 1500.00 a year and kicking millions of the working poor off their health care while dramatically cutting Medicaid is absolutely necessary to give the extremely wealthy CEOs of insurance companies their massive tax breaks. They promise expected rise of 30% in what people will have to pay for health care next year under their plan will actually help the working poor and Middle Class by forcing them to pay money they don't have to not die.

* Jason Chaffitz is so rich and incredibly entitled he thinks people making minimum wage have a month's pay to waste on an iphone seven instead of spending that on NOT BEING HOMELESS. The choice he is asking people to make is not between a luxury and health care, but Rent and Healthcare. Yes, Mr. Chafitz, it is about choices. Choosing to pay rent IS the responsible choice for the working poor, but YOUR CHOICE to literally kill people by denying them health care to pay for yet another tax cut fior the very rich rich is cruel and evil.

* "House Republicans release long-awaited plan to replace Obamacare:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/new-details-emerge-on-gop-plans-to-repeal-and-replace-obamacare/2017/03/06/04751e3e-028f-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?utm_term=.77533545bdf7

* "Why Didn't Gay Rights Cure Gay Loneliness?:" http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/gay-loneliness/

* Bisexuals are the majority: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/158140596657/wanderlustexperience-bisexualsaregreat

* "Nigel Farage Gets Knighted (and Roasted) & Trump Rolls Out a New Travel Ban:"

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* "No, Ben Carson, Slaves Weren't "Immigrants":"

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* Tumblr autocorrected "Beautiful" to "David Cronenburg." O.o


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

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

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

* "Steve Bannon’s influence on Trump:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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* Chile is burning. The Embassy page has a list of charities if you are inclined to help: https://cl.usembassy.gov/u-s-government-assists-fight-chilean-forest-fires/

* The pressure is working. Keep applying it. "Trump, weak under pressure, caves; wall's future uncertain:"

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* "Trump ignores shameful holocaust lessons with refugee ban:"

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* "Trump sparks anger with misguided refugee ban:"

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* "Trump’s flashy executive actions could run aground:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trumps-flashy-executive-actions-could-run-aground-234200

* This only helps airport detainees and legal residents in transit. "Judge blocks deportation of detainees over Trump refugee order:" http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/316714-federal-judge-blocks-trump-immigration-ban-nationwide

* Tw: Rape. The judge insisted that raping a disabled child is not a sex crime in Idaho and the use of the n-word etc. means it's somehow not a hate crime. "No Jail Time for White High School Football Player Who Raped Black Mentally Disabled Teammate with Hanger:" http://www.complex.com/life/2016/12/white-teenager-walks-free-after-verbally-sexually-assaulting-black-mentally-challenged-teammate-with-hanger

* "Study: Bisexual and rural LGBTQ people face highest rates of depression:" http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/12/study-bisexual-rural-lgbtq-people-face-highest-rates-depression/

* "Why Texas' SB 6 Is An Unjust Law:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/01/why-texas-sb-6-is-unjust-law.html

* "“Remember Me as a Revolutionary Communist”:" https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/12/leslie-feinberg-as-a-revolutionary-communist/

* Is it just me, or were the 1830's the worst 19th century fashion decade in the west, sort of like the 1970's were for the 20th?

* I disagree on the costume point. I assumed the limited wardrobe was Zilpha and her waste of skin husband being not as well off as they pretend but trying to look respectable. Clothes are expensive. It makes sense to buy three good dresses to keep up appearances and rotate them. "Taboo Teaches us that Marriage is a Bad Idea:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/taboo-teaches-us-marriage-bad-idea/

* According to my Star Wars calendar, January was Stormtrooper mointh; February is Princess Leia saying "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope. It's like they knew.

* The increasingly Byzantine exegesis. "Black Sails Master Post:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/142320219370/black-sails-master-post

* Toby Schmitz wrote a comic about Anne and Jack's backstory! "Rackham's Razor: Read the New Black Sails Comic Book:" http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/01/24/see-the-new-black-sails-comic-book-rackhams-razor

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* Donald Trump continues to insist that the 17 intelligence agencies that say Russia interfered in our elections are all lying, presumably on the advice of his Russian handlers, who were proved to be in con tact with his campaign staff during the run up to the election. After all, who is he going to believe, people with actual facts or the foreign agents who got him elected as to whether foreign agents got him elected. He also insists that the evidence doesn't exist, while refusing to look at intelligence briefings containing the evidence. Since he believes if he does not look at something that doesn't exist, it begs the question: Has the President elect achieved the developmental stage of Object Permanence? Does he understand as most toddlers do that when someone plays peekaboo with him they are still there and not actually disappeared? Because the evidence exists whether he refuses to look at it or not.

* "Obama doles out punishment to Putin's Russia:"

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* "The Nixonian ways of Donald Trump:"

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* "Trump and the truth:"

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* "Trump advisor: The wealthy can't be corrupt because they're wealthy:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-advisor-the-wealthy-cant-be-corrupt-because-theyre-wealthy#break

* "The foolish farce surrounding 'food-stamp fraud':" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-foolish-farce-surrounding-food-stamp-fraud

* "Trump is moving forward with plans to privatize veterans' care:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-moving-forward-plans-privatize-veterans-care#break

* "In New York, Activists Prepare Bystanders To Take Action Against Harassment:" http://www.npr.org/2016/12/22/506583208/in-new-york-activists-prepare-bystanders-of-harassment-to-take-action?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2051

* "Democrats seek to reset Republican gerrymandering:"

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* "10 Times Carrie Fisher Helped Those With Mental Illness:" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/12/134173/carrie-fisher-twitter-fans-mental-illness?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=end&utm_campaign=h3

* "Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) Wrote Books and Had a Service Dog:" https://kpagination.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/carrie-fisher-princess-leia-wrote-books-and-had-a-service-dog/

* Today I my body was extra obnoxious. I did about half the paper bureaucracy stack The bits left are things like document hunts. It turns out my Mother's one obituary out of several that actually got uploaded is useless and my Father's never got transferred on line. I wasted more than an hour trying to find a way to get dates anyway not involving a pay wall or a fishing site. I'm pretty sure my Dad's clippings are upstairs in storage. They might as well be on the moon. My Mother's are around here somewhere. They were born in the same month and did a joint birthday so I never learned their birthdates, their birthday being celebrated as a moveable feast within the month of her birth. Apparently knowing mom's date of death and Dad's month and year of death is zero help on getting his exact death date or their birthdays. Fuck, fuck, fuck. I'm about to spend the weekend trying to figure out where her death folder is, aren't I? Which doesn't really help unless one of the documents lists his birth and death date too. Oh, and Pennsylvania's still sitting on my Birth certificate. It's well past a year now, fucking transphobes.

This on top of the usual periodic document hunt.

* I'm not 100% in agreement with all the points in here (Rogue One was less perfect and TFA less terrible than they paint them in my opinion), but I agree with a majority of it and they make some really good points. "Rogue One Succeeds Where The Force Awakens Fell Flat :" https://www.thefandomentals.com/rogue-one-succeeds-where-the-force-awakens-fell-flat/

* I fundamentally prefer characters who chose rather than are chosen. No wonder I took to Rogue One.

* TNG Rewatch, Season 5:

- The Outcast. I've talked and written about this episode a lot over the years, about how intensely it frustrated and infuriated and disappointed me, but this is the first time I've seen it since... I'm guessing in syndication at some point in the '90's so I'm tackling it again. This is the episode where they have an androgynous race, and instead of letting Riker date an Androgyne they have to make the character a woman so it can be safely heterosexual and not flip out the whiny fan boys. They could have had someone who represented people like me on TV and deliberately chickened out. They deliberately decided to make the only non-binary people I'd seen on TV transphobes, and thus oppressors while the cisfolk get to be the open minded good guys. (If you can see the problem here, you really aren't putting any thought into at all).

Fuck that. Fuck that so damned hard. I was sick of always being the villain in 1992. It is the 21st century and I am even more furious.

The thing is, it was so close to being good. There is the little scene where the character calls Riker on his pronoun use and he asks what pronoun to use. Riker mentions that "it" is rude. Unfortunately the character does not give him the gender neutral pronoun because, "it does not translate." So why not use the word from the native language? This is pretty damned good for 1992. I think this is part of why I felt so betrayed by how the episode plays out. There was the nice little scene with Riker and the pea soup and discussion of cultural differences, sex, gender, and social construction of gender roles, with the contrasting one on similar though non-soup related topics with Beverly Crusher. I actually think having the trans person asking the cis person uncomfortable questions about his personal genitals is a good way to make the awkwardness and inappropriateness weird for the cisfolk in the audience who might tend to do this to transfolk RL, again, especially in 1992 where pretty much all the real trans folk one saw on TV were sensationalized and frequently dehumanized on talk shows. I also appreciate Crusher and Troi calling Worf on his sexism and cultural chauvinism, and Worf eventually trying to make good even though Riker never knew what he had said. There was nothing wrong with the trans character coming out to Riker scene or the description of transphobic hate crimes, and Riker's clear condemnation of conversion therapy for trans folk as abusive and a violation of whatever you want to call the galactic equivalent of human rights is excellent. For the record, the person playing the trans woman acted the shit out of this and the plea for her humanity was a thing that needed saying. I just... the ending is so bad on so many levels.

Seriously, this could have been fucking brilliant (so many good things were in there), and they pissed all over it because the network was too timid to do this properly. I would have been happy with one character being trans (preferably a trans man so we still get a bi/pan Riker), but the non-binary characters not being villians, or with a non-binary love interest for an openly pansexual Riker and it being the inter species aspect creeping out the androgynes, but the way they picked to write it was right up there on worst ways to have the second half of the story run. To us back in 1992, it came off as managing to be biphobic (we didn't have the word "pansexual" yet, at least within my group of pre-world wide web friends, though that is the better word here, I think) and transphobic at the same time.

On a personal note, I was fully out androgyne with partners before this point (only sporadically out in other contexts. In 1992, I had never met another out binary person, and there was zero in the media. Trying to explain it could get exhausting at a time where there was nothing much in the way of resources, cultural awareness, and no web to look things up on. I'd heard of other people in other cultural contexts, but I'm about as white as you can get and those weren't my words to use. I'd picked androgyne for myself more than a decade previous because it was and is the best description, but I was doing it in a vacuum that is hard to explain to people born after 1990 or so. As a result, I only got into it with people who either needed to know or were people who had a reasonable chance of getting it. The number of people worth explaining to got significantly larger when I went back to college, and fully out in all contexts made sense later, but that's a whole other story), and my gorgeous cis-male partner was right in there ranting to our friends as loudly and furiously as I was. It's on my top five list of his finest relationship moments. (Right up there with the time he turned down an invitation to a wedding I was specifically disinvited to, telling them he was not going anywhere I was welcome. he didn't tell me for fear my feelings might be hurt, but his mom told me because she was proud of him and thought he ought to get credit. His mom was A+). Anyway, he got it without me having to explain it as was as disappointed and angry as I was.

- Cause and Effect. Another Groundhog Day episode. I do like that they take Crusher seriously. I know I've said this before, but I really appreciate that when female crew notice weird shit happening Picard never poopoos or gaslights them as often happens in reality. I have noticed that just generally they've really improved on the sexism since season one despite the occasional issues. I am also still confused as to why Data is allowed to play poker, given his special skills. (Same for Geordi, who can see the other side of the cards, but isn't doing it in this episode). Do they blow up the enterprise then take it back every season, or does it just feel that way?

- The First Duty. Still a very hard one to watch. Nicholas is very surface polish, the way we all were at my school. That seems appropriate, considering. This was the point the first time through that I really started wishing they'd been giving Wil Wheaton meatier things to do with Wesley, because this is so well acted. Up until this point he'd had a few decent episodes, but most of it was a writing issue, as I've said like a million times over the last two and a half decades. I am pretty sure that it was after this episode my friends and I started brain storming interesting things they could do with Wesley instead of the usual boring things the writers gave him, al of which were better in my opinion that the things they actually gave poor Mr. Wheaton to do before he was written off entirely. Seriously, the waste of it, to hire someone so brilliant in Stand By Me, who demonstrated over and over his skill by doing his level best with the material he was given, and they only gave him a handful of good scenes and a few decent episodes in the course of half a decade. (I know I keep harping on this for Mr. Wheaton and Ms. Sirtis, but at the time people really did act as if it was their fault the scripts for him, particularly in the first season and for her pretty much six out of seven years, were uneven and made really poor use of of their skills).

I still love the grounds keeper in this. I think every school has at least one. At mine we had two, a dish washer and a wood shop teacher.

- Cost of Living. Ugh. Another Lwaxana Troi episode. This holo program is even more annoying than she is. Mrs. Troi's when you get old you compromise speech was well acted and ouch.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Newsweek: Trump business conflicts open US to foreign blackmail:"

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* "Energy Department balks at Team Trump's climate 'witch hunt':" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/energy-department-balks-team-trumps-climate-witch-hunt#break

* How to talk to white people about race: http://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/154304097405/youngbadmanbrown-brunetteclaire

* Tw: Suicidal ideation. "Sane Thinking About Mental Problems:" https://srconstantin.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/sane-thinking-about-mental-problems/

* "Ballet Evolved - The first four centuries :"

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* "Ballet Evolved: How ballet class has changed over the centuries :"

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* "Ballet Evolved: The Evolution of Pointe Work :"

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* "Congratulations To Russia On Winning The Cold War:"

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* "Diary of a Nobody:"

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* Today, I set the alarm as I needed to go get a mystery package from the down town post office. Squirrel heard the alarm and came to check if I was going out, as he was literally on the way to the door with his coat on. He was relieved to wait for me to dress as his glasses had deteriorated in the night and having a chauffeur was much safer. I paid for my glasses (They are still being made, but it was on the way and I feel safer knowing they are covered. Thanks again to the person who pitched in for that.), we got toilet paper and sandwiche fixings (for squirrel, also on the way), and Squirrel's new eye glasses. Swinging down town, I got my mystery package, which turned out to be so squished the bar code reader couldn't. Luckily, the contents were well packed and the Mozart balls were safe. They were sent anonymously, so I am not sure who to thank, but I have my guesses. We then hit the library (two blocks from PO), and the fish store, as squirrel had promised me fish for my birthday. They were out of the fish I was expecting, but the filter died on the small tank within the last week, so he got me a little biowheel, so I'm calling it a win. Bills are paid and I should have enough on my credit card by Monday to cover lung meds.

Thanks to the Glasses Faery and the Mozart Ball Faery. A present also came from my sister, but it is wrapped, so I am saving it.

* ASoIaF vs GoT "Who is the most ruined character the show?:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/154359632417/who-is-the-most-ruined-characther-the-show


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "What Donald Trump sees in Vladimir Putin:"

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* "'Don't lie about people who died on that day':"

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* "Trump's Last Ten:"

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* "History shows long evolution of interest in politicians' health:"

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* "How Breitbart Conquered the Media:" http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/they-are-all-breitbart-now/499511/

* "Hillary Clinton Is Right About Trump's Supporters And Prejudice:" http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/basket-of-deplorables/499493/

* "Actual racist support blunts Trump upset at 'deplorables' remark:"

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* "Ta-Nehisi Coates on Trump's 'Deplorables':"

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* "Pneumonia and the Clinton conspiracy complex:"

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* "3 Must-Read Pieces on the Massive Prison Strike Taking Place Right Now:" https://www.colorlines.com/articles/3-must-read-pieces-massive-prison-strike-taking-place-right-now

* "The Unbearable Asymmetry of Bullshit:" http://quillette.com/2016/02/15/the-unbearable-asymmetry-of-bullshit/

* "A 3.2-Million-Year-Old Mystery: Did Lucy Fall From a Tree?:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/science/lucy-hominid-fossils-fall.html?_r=1

* "How to Deal with Emotional Abuse:" https://mtfhod.tumblr.com/post/150336418700/how-to-deal-with-emotional-abuse

* "Earth Temperature Timeline:" http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/440397.html

* "Hillary Clinton's Campaign Missteps:"

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* "Native Americans Fight the Government's Big-Ass Pipeline:"

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* Fear the Walking Dead: I'm glad they showed strand grieving. I am not happy with Luciana/Nick despite it being inevitable because she deserves better. Also, still no withdraw on Nick from him mainlining morphine and too much time has passed for the Strand honeypot, so seriously, how did he just skip the withdraw on that one?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* "Trump vs. local paint store:"

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* "Trump's last ten:"

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* "The 2016 fever swamps:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Racism in the Baltimore Police Department:"

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* "Bad Optics on the Campaign Trail:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
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* "‘The lowest of the stack’: why black women are struggling with mental health:" https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/feb/08/black-women-mental-health-high-rates-depression-anxiety

* Add to Daesh's terrible cafe attack in Bagdad, several unclaimed attacks in Saudi Arabia including a particularly sacrilegious one on Medina, all in violation of the Koran and the traditional Ramadan peace.

* "Pres. Obama campaigns for Hillary Clinton:"

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* Donald Trump posted an antisemitic image aimed at Hilary Clinton cribbed out of a white supremacist chat room.

* "The nasty online world of Donald Trump:"

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* "The sad saga of Trump's anti-Semitic tweet:"

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* I'm not holding my breath, as there have been a lot of vaccine trials that failed in the past, but fingers crossed. "End in sight for HIV?:" http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2016/05/19/End-in-sight-for-HIV

* "Donald Trump's Racist Tweet Problem:"

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* "Donald Trump's Anti-Semitism Controversy:"

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* "That Last Scene:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/146245537967/that-last-scene

* "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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* There was an attack on a Police Officer and his wife near Versailles. The attacker was killed as well. A toddler survived.

* "Maddow: Gay community in US 'forged in fire:"

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* I am so fucking sick of you, Toddler Trump. First you claims Indiana is in Mexico. Now you claim a person born in Queens, NY is "born in Afghan." which I'm assuming you believes is what Afghanistan is called. Given you, Trump were also born in Queens, does that mean we can deport you back to Afghanistan? Also, you are a man who insisted Hawaii is in Kenya and thus President Obama is not really the President. If you are insisting that being born in Queens makes one a foreigner, doesn't that make you, Trump, a foreigner and not eligible to be President? Because you can't have it both ways. Either NYC is part of the USA or it isn't. So fucking pick.

And stop using our dead for your hate mongering, while you're at it. There's been enough hate.

* "I've been drunk many times, even in the...:" https://www.facebook.com/matt.lang.524/posts/10156967377345032?pnref=story

* "Orlando attack victims: the lives cut short in America's deadliest shooting:" http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2016/jun/13/orlando-terror-attack-victims-pulse-nightclub?CMP=tmb_gu

* "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Debt Buyers:"

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* "Trevor Addresses the Orlando Shooting:"

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* "Mass Shooting in Orlando - Donald Trump Reacts:"

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* "Again? Again. | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee:"

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* "Florida's Mental Health | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee :"

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* "The Many Faces (and Crotches) of Libertarians:"

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* "Why we're terrified of fanfiction:" http://www.vox.com/2016/6/2/11531406/why-were-terrified-fanfiction-teen-girls

* I read Vintage today. All of it in one sitting, which is a compliment, though the book itself was short. It was beautiful both as a ghost story and a YA Gay romance.

* GoT: 1. Is it just me or is the Essie Davis as Lady Crane's Cersei way more compelling than the real show Cersei? 2. I've had abdominal wounds. How can she run like that with abdominal wounds? That involves a lot of torso muscle movements.

* "Game of Nonsense, Week Six: Tyrell Trouble:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/game-nonsense-week-six-tyrell-trouble/

* "Magneto should not be in 'X-Men Apocalypse':" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/magneto-x-men-apocalypse/

* More Captain America: Civil War Analysis: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/145907193482/robotmango-anmechokola

* Yes, I know this was 2015, but this was what I needed today. "Fun Home Performance Tony Awards 2015 :"

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

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

* 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)
* "After I Lived in Norway, America Felt Backward. Here’s Why.:" http://www.thenation.com/article/after-i-lived-in-norway-america-felt-backward-heres-why/

* "At Biotech Party, Gender Diversity Means Cocktail Waitresses:" http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-13/at-biotech-party-gender-diversity-means-cocktail-waitresses

* "A Black Woman Walks Into A Gun Show:" http://www.buzzfeed.com/kashanacauley/what-its-like-to-be-a-black-woman-at-a-gun-show#.rqL6gQZVV

* Racism Infographic: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/138721650597/america-wakiewakie-one-of-the-most-sinister

* "You Can Get PTSD From Staying In An Emotionally Abusive Relationship:" https://www.yahoo.com/health/you-can-get-ptsd-from-1332555794948150.html

* "Toronto constable guilty of attempted murder in 2013 streetcar shooting of teen:" http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/james-forcillo-verdict-1.3414974

* "Debunking the myths of OCD - Natascha M. Santos :"

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* "The contributions of female explorers - Courtney Stephens:"

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* "155-year old mouse trap claims its latest victim:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/138723507102/155-year-old-mouse-trap-claims-its-latest-victim

* Hector kept escalating until he had another small stroke. The second in the last week. He's been getting all the cuddles, and I'm making sure he has lots of tuna. We ended up not podcasting, though the visit was good.

...And vehicle renewal came today. It's gone up and I don't have the money for it. I know, I know. I need to do more ebay sales.

* "Shallow Descriptions of People of Colour:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/01/shallow-descriptions-of-people-of-colour.html

* Random thought: Were Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Betta fish?

* I keep poking at why I'm so angry about the loss of Mazikeen's mask in Lucifer. It's a little hard to put into words, but I'm going to give it a try. Mazikeen's feelings about her appearance are important to her character design in the graphic novels. She is very specifically furious about having her agency stolen in regards to how she presents herself and very specifically about being made symmetrical to conform to human standards of beauty. The fact that the person who did it was well meaning and had no way of knowing she was doing harm doesn't cut any ice with Mazikeen. For her it was a fundamental violation of Self. When the show creators decided to through that whole part of her identity as a demon and as a character out, they are fundamentally tossing out a big part of who she is and how she thinks and identifies. They are also violating her exactly the way she was violated in the books and presenting this as voluntary. A Mazikeen who chooses to walk around looking conventionally, symmetrically attractive in this particular way instead of choosing a mask so she can maintain a crucial part of who she is, isn't Mazikeen. Yes, I know they are solving mysteries instead of doing the comics plot, but calling her Mazikeen and changing something so fundamental to her character design and arc is creepy and terrible. The nuance of the parts of the story around appearance and identity were incredibly important to me as a reader. I am angry enough about it that I'm having trouble concentrating on anything else they are trying to do.

I know, I know, for most people this is trivial. To me they have taken a character who is important to me and gutting her. It isn't just the loss of the mask, it's what it represents both for the story/character and for what it portends for the treatment of source elements in the series. I can only think they fundamentally misunderstand the text they are adapting from or they have no respect for it. Either way.... Yeah. I'm out.

* "Selznick and the Maxims of Adaptation:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/selznick-and-the-
* Help the poisoned children of Flint Michigan. "Water Crisis:" https://www.cfgf.org/cfgf/GoodWork/FlintArea/WaterCrisis/tabid/855/Default.aspx

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

* Want to help finance Hector's cat food and my meds/medical co pays? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Pensive)
* "Texas' state run psychiatric hospitals are now gun friendly:" http://boingboing.net/2016/01/08/texas-state-run-psychiatric.html

* "88 Detroit Public Schools Closed After Teachers Protest Conditions in 'Sickout':" http://mic.com/articles/133026/88-detroit-public-schools-closed-after-teachers-protest-conditions-in-sickout?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.rAtpAzx9D

* Re: the Bernie Sanders establishment thing. I do think it was ambiguous in its context and he did walk it back, but I think it was absolutely the wrong thing to say about NARAL in particular. My theory is he meant they are a well established group that's been working for a long time, it could easily mean what it sounds like in sound bite. Either way, it was the wrong thing to say and I'm not convinced his voting record or his apologies will fix it. They are already so under attack, that the last thing they need is someone on the left appearing to go after them whatever his intentions were.

I also think even in the worst construction he wasn't even a little wrong about the HRC and I was sad to see him walking that back. They are very much establishment. They deliberately only represent the interests of wealthy white gays and lesbians and ignore the needs of anyone else. For the most part they only want white gays and lesbians in leadership roles and the rare people ho are anything else don't last long. Oh, they are happy to ask the rest of us for money, but gleefully throw us under the bus, not even for concrete gains, but at the drop of the hat to show willing to rich white straight people. They care far more about cosying up to Congress critters than actually advocating for basic rights for the rest of us. The HRC is as establishment as a group that pretends to advocate for a minority can get.

* "What Sarah Palin gets wrong about PTSD:"

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* "White Debt:" http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/magazine/white-debt.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=1

* "There's a Big Issue Missing From How We Talk About Race — One New Study Proves It:" http://mic.com/articles/111578/there-s-a-big-issue-missing-from-how-we-talk-about-race-one-new-study-proves-it?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.1iy3luKEw

* "Snyder e-mails missing key year in Flint toxic water disaster:"

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* "Flint water tie eyed in outbreak of deadly Legionnaires' disease:"

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* "This 1,600-Year-Old Goblet Shows that the Romans Were Nanotechnology Pioneers:" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/this-1600-year-old-goblet-shows-that-the-romans-were-nanotechnology-pioneers-787224/?no-ist=

* I love Baron Von Steuban: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/137805814037/please-do-make-a-real-post-about-how-much-you-love

* "Keeping Up with Iran:"

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* "Wrestling with History in Upstate New York:"

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* "Sarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump:"

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* "The Legend of Sarah Palin:"

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* "The Larry People vs. Flint - Fallout From Toxic Tap Water in Michigan:"

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* I've been feeling above average crap for over a week, plus my lung machine started to die last Friday and the saga to get it sorted ate a ridiculous about of sleep and wasn't solved until Tuesday. Luckily, i only lost about twelve hours of coverage and my lungs have been doing comparatively well so it was the lost and disrupted sleep that was the more serious issue. I'm suspecting I've picked up a pathogen but my immune system being more focused on self destruction than repelling invaders, it's a slow symptom build up often. We'll see.

Wednesday was a terrible mobility day and forage wore me out well above average. I ended up going to bed ridiculously early. I woke up still tired which had the upside of me reading significantly more of the Night Vale book, which had to go back today. I still haven't finished, but I actually made it through the slow first 2/3rds and was actually starting to enjoy it. (I have a hard time processing poetry, and Night Vale is poetry. It's the same brain wiring glitch that makes my relationship to music complicated. I generally have to listen to night Vale episodes two or three times, and I'm better at processing poetry out loud than silently). There were days I was hard put to make two pages total. So add that nothing much happens for the first half to a third of the book and my struggling with the language, and you can see the problem right there. There were bits and bobs I liked in the slow bits, but I honestly came close to giving up in frustration, but once we ht the absolutely lovely Library section I was fine. I have hopes of finishing next iteration, whenever that is given the line length.

Anyway, the rest of the day was like being eaten very slowly by a python. I did many time consuming things that likely are unnoticeable to anyone else while feeling dizzy, achy and sluggish. So physically a vast improvement over yesterday, but still wildly unpleasant. The cats have already half undone the cleaning of my room. Of course they have. We didn't really have a winter, so half the garden never slept and the bulbs in one of the long tubs are well up, and ones in other containers starting, which meant moving everything around to get better sun for all the things growing. I really wanted the damaged tub to sleep so I could transfer the contents, but we've had lettuce trying to grow in there since about when the last tomato plant went and when I went to try to move the lettuce, there were a bunch of bulbs coming up, so I duct taped things back together as best I could to try to last another year. I sweep and sweep and still keep stepping on glass in unlikely places after Hector's glass breaking tantrums earlier in the week.

* Today I achieved next to nothing and didn't even make it to GoB due to a physical inconvenience that comes with my chronic illness and has nothing to do with pathogens.

* "Thoughts on Writing #49: Leave Reviewers Alone.:" http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/662129.html

* "Frozen: The Economics and Politics of Arendelle :" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/frozen-the-economics-and-politics-of-arendelle/

* "A Tale of Two Discworlds, Or, How I Expected Way Too Much From Obscure Animated Films :" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/a-tale-of-two-discs-or-how-i-expected-way-too-much-from-obscure-animated-films/

* NWS. I want that planter. *hangs head* http://oglaf.com/upcycling/

* Ebays:

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

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

* Want to help finance Hector's cat food and my meds/medical co pays? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* "Why are Chinese fishermen destroying coral reefs in the South China Sea?:" http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35106631

* "Snyder admin allowed Flint to drink toxic water despite warnings:"

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* "George Takei Blasts Donald Trump on MSNBC, Calling His Campaign "America Disgraced Again":" http://mic.com/articles/130035/george-takei-blasts-donald-trump-on-msnbc-calling-his-campaign-america-disgraced-again?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.nJcvAomBx

* I realize that this is entirely a personal gut reaction, but Ted Cruz creeps me out on a physical, lizard brain level. Remember the insect alien in an Egger suit from MIBS? Every time I see Ted Cruz smiling with those dead, dead eyes I think of some sociopathic alien wearing a rubber human mask, I think of Ed Geins and his dead skin masks, and I shudder. Again, It's nothing substantive though I have huge list of substantive complaints that creep me the fuck out, like his call to close all Mosques, all Muslim owned businesses and any business that Muslim citizens frequent. *shudder* Yes, Donald Trump is the obvious evil, but I do not see how Ted Cruz is any better and looking at him, I can believe he would do anything at all without a qualm for personal power.

* "Muslim deputy under scrutiny:" http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2015/12/22/muslim-deputy-hamze-florida-dnt-kaye-ac.cnn

* "Help, not handcuffs for addicts:" http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2015/12/23/heroin-in-america-new-hampshire-dnt-gupta-ac-part-2.cnn/video/playlists/sanjay-gupta-health/

* "Friday Discussion: Trigger Warnings:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/12/friday-discussion-trigger-warnings.html

* Today was meant to be a rest day with Must do's around the house +a library drop trip. But Hector and an autodialer made the sleep part not work out. I did get the most important thing done, the book drop, and some small stuff, but a bureaucracy packet arrived and I started on that. I should have done the next two important things on the list too, but I made cookies instead. I know, not a good grown up. Those were the best of these cookies I'd made in literally years. I think I finally figured out how to proportion it right to compensate for how low and wet it is here.

* "American Horror Story, Season 5 (Hotel), Episode 8: The Ten Commandment Killer:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/12/american-horror-story-season-5-hotel.html

* "Supernatural, Season 11, Episode 8: Just My Imagination :" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/12/supernatural-season-11-episode-8-just.html

* "Into the Badlands, Season One, Episode Three: White Stork Spreads Wings:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/12/into-badlands-season-one-episode-three.html

* Supernatural, Oh Brother, Where Are Thou? : 1. I think it is telling that Dean can't imagine drama between siblings without daddy issues in the mix. 2. Where the fuck is Adam? no really. He's meant to be in the cage. So where is he? Given the shit continuity on this show I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, but the Season five finale was a big deal and the end of the five year arc that mattered. you'd think if they were going to go reference that finale this heavily they might have rewatched it or something?

* "Fangs For The Fantasy: It's All Mommy and Daddy's Fault:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/12/its-all-mommy-and-daddys-fault.html

* "Top 10 Favorite Awesome Old Ladies in Media:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/top-10-favorite-awesome-old-ladies-in-media/

* "Should we be pissed off about The Force Awakens?:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/should-we-be-pissed-off-about-the-force-awakens/

* Penny Dreadful Season 2 (Spoilers):

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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

* 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)
* Attn: MrBumblepants. Cheerful Canadian Election Stuff: http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/132633485325/doctornerdington-becausedragonage-can-i

* "What is your Hope For Our Daughters?"

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* "Compton students, teachers file suit for 'complex trauma':"

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* " Cis Woman Misgendered In Detroit Restaurant Suing:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/11/cis-woman-misgendered-in-detroit.html

* "Slavery Did Not Die Honestly:" http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/10/slavery-did-not-die-honestly/411487/?utm_source=SFTwitter

* Here is an rp horror story: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/26565579/

"What do we do now?" "We train, Squid, we train."

* Summing up how D&D ruined GoT: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/132789836027/hyrkoon-thank-you-david-benioff-and-db-weiss

* "American Horror Story Season 5 (Hotel), Episode: 5: Room Service:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/11/american-horror-story-season-5-hotel.html

* "What If 80′s Horror Movies Were Children’s Books?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/132782923257/robotcosmonaut-what-if-80s-horror-movies-were

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* "John Kasich tells audience member they'd 'get over' his Social Security plan:" http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/09/politics/john-kasich-get-over-it-social-security/

* "America wants you to suffer: The staggering ways we punish our college graduates:" http://www.salon.com/2015/10/10/14131480_partner/?utm_source=Tumblr&utm_medium=Tumblr%20Share&utm_campaign=Tumblr

* I just saw another pundit out stigmatizing folks on psyche meds which is cruel, inaccurate, and dangerous, because way more people die or get way sicker than they otherwise would be because of the stigma discouraging them from seeking help. The brain is an organ. Needing to take meds to function normally shouldn't be stigmatized whether that med is insulin, welbutrin, prozac, or the celebrex that let's me walk around my apartment most days instead of being pretty much a wheelchair user which is the alternative given the level of spinal damage I have.

When it comes to medication for minors, I am a moderate because I was a teacher. Let me explain what that means. 1. Medications are mostly tested on adult white cis men. This is a huge fucking problem, because bodies vary wildly. If you do all your testing on a narrow, homogeneous population you do not get an accurate picture of what that drug will do at that dosage when released into the wild. Adult cis white men are not the default body. There have been huge problems with overdoses caused by the average woman or child being smaller than the average adult man. There have been issues caused by hormones, body fat, and structural differences interacting with medications differently. There have been problems because the developing brains and bodies of adolescents interact with meds differently, and overdoses caused because they are basically guessing at what the dose of something ought to be for a nine year old girl based on dosage for a forty year old man. People are horribly injured, sometimes permanently, and people die. There is pretty much no testing on what medications I in trans bodies, which means often deadly surprises for trans folk and doctors innocently following dosage directions that have zero data on what they will do to our bodies. I have a list of meds issues related to my transness that are as we speak word of mouthing between GPs who treat trans people because there is nothing in the text books they studied in college about a potentially deadly thing that happened to me and some other trans people in my region that likely happens to a significant percentage of us all over the world but isn't in any of the literature. The reason we know it's an issue is because trans folk do a lot of medical word of mouth. If that doesn't scare you it should. I think that the FDA should not clear any drug for use in the general population without a good sample size of both men and women with diverse racial and body types. No drug should be given to children or teens without having been tested and normed on a good sample size of people of more than one gender and a variety of body types in that age range. So that's a real problem and it needs to have changed like decades ago and there is no sign of it changing now.

2. One of the standard "educational reforms" mostly intended to save money is to cut out recess, phys ed., art, and music classes. This is done supposedly to make more time for "the basics." The problem is that if you cut those things you dramatically decrease the effectiveness of the academic class time. No really. I mean, yes, it's anecdotally obvious if you spend any time at all teaching K-12, particularly the 1-8 range, but there are lots of scientific studies backing up what any teacher can tell you. It turns out that retention is dramatically increased if you go out and do something physical after studying. Going out and running around or shooting hoops or whatever at regular intervals not only burns off energy and is healthier for your body, but it gives your brain important time to process whatever it is you just learned. It turns out that varying activity generally is good for you, and music and art are particularly helpful to certain types of learners. There are good, sound brain sience reasons that private schools leave in all the enrichment activities rather than cutting them for academics: that time spent oing other things enhances student learning and people who can afford to buy the best education for their children side with science over sentiment. Education reformers cut things we know are objectively good for the students because of unconscious classism: they don't want the children of the poor to ever have nice things. They consider what turns out to be fairly essential to the children's ability to focus in class and retain what they learned as frivolous. These are often the same people wanting to starve children to punish them for bad grades when we know that objectively, hungry children have a hard time focusing on tasks or retaining knowledge and that hungry children are more likely to act out in class. Feeding them three nutritious meals a day would be a much better way to improve student learning than starving them, but rich people love punishing poverty instead of giving people a ladder to climb out of it, so that's how policy is set.

What does this have to do with meds? In schools where I was allowed to hand a child a pass and send zim out to do a lap or two around the school in exchange for the child then sitting down and working hard the rest of the period, I had a lot more compliance from kids who really did want to work, but couldn't. It was much more effective and humane than a discipline referral. Would more recess and options to let kids run around a little more magically remove the need for meds? Hell no. I've seen kids with real dangerous depression. I've seen kids with ADHD who absolutely needed their meds to have a prayer of accomplishing anything that day. I've seen kids with less common issues who needed one type of medication or another. I absolutely think that there are children who need pharmaceutical help of one sort or another. That help was generally most effective when mixed with other sorts of help and support. Sometimes that help would be from a psychiatric professional, or a special ed teacher, or an occupational therapist, because often serious need for meds also comes with a need for coping strategies or other issues needing addressing. In pretty much all cases the children do better with a flexible and compassionate classroom teacher interested in partnering with the kid to find things that will help them deal with right now and getting through today productively and with a minimum of embarrassment.

So call me a moderate. Stigmatizing these children as lazy or violent or just needing to pull up their pants and get to work is the opposite of helping. It is in fact a lie that really can hurt people. I do favour a more global approach to the well being of each child. It shouldn't just be medicate them and forget them. It should be the right dose, combined with a variety of non-pharmaceutical help, tailored for what is best for the child and the room full of children as a whole. When I walked into that room every morning, my goal was for every one of the people under my care to have a pleasant and productive day. That went the same for the kid on insulin as it went for the kid on Ritalin or prozac or the kid who's english reading skills were still developing or the kid who was scared because ze didn't know where ze was going to be sleeping tonight. I couldn't fix all the problems, but I could sure try to make sure everyone felt safe in my room and had the best chance I could give them of learning something today whatever the hell else was going on in their lives.

So fuck you, Bill Maher!

* Someone should do a montage of news casters and pundits complaining about the Democratic presidential candidates being decent human beings capable of policy discussion without name calling and thus bad for ratings.

* "Ben Carson comments, favorability misaligned:"

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* "The super wealthy's impact on the presidential campaign:"

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* "Facts dispute 'Ferguson effect' on crime rate:"

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* "By the numbers: US police kill more in days than other countries do in years:" http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/09/the-counted-police-killings-us-vs-other-countries

* Reality vs. fantasy in an active shooter situation: http://big-wired.tumblr.com/post/130838296818/anyanka-eg-daji-ruhu-that-whole-schtick

* NWS "Students Plan To Open-Carry Dildos Over Controversial Texas Campus Gun Law:" http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/10/10/ut-gun-carry-protest/

* "National Coming Out Day 2015:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/10/national-coming-out-day-2015.html

* "Sunday Sweets Welcomes A Slice Of Fall:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2015/10/11/sunday-sweets-welcomes-a-slice-of-fall.html

* Yes, I watched it, but I really can’t seem to process it properly, so I’m linking you the fangs review. "American Horror Story (Hotel): Season 5, Episode 1: Checking In:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/10/american-horror-story-hotel-season-5.html

* "How to Dance Goth:"

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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

* A list of LGBTQA Charities to donate money to instead of seeing the racist Stonewall Movie that decided to portray a black trans woman activist as a cis white man. http://awkward0w1.tumblr.com/post/126399233673

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* Wow! The President's speech in Kenya really blew me away. His plea for LGBTQA rights in Africa was so important. It’s a shame President Kenyatta wasn’t supportive of that.

* "President Obama visits Kenya without inciting birther freakout:"

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* "Maddow, Santorum go head to head on SCOTUS, gay marriage:"

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* "Woman kills attacker with his gun, unknowingly takes out a serial killer:" http://www.dailydot.com/lifestyle/serial-killer-attack-killed-virginia/?tw=dd

* "8 months later, the Cleveland PD admits it was wrong to ever hire the officer who killed Tamir Rice:" http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/20/1404016/-8-months-later-the-Cleveland-PD-admits-it-was-wrong-to-ever-hire-the-officer-who-killed-Tamir-Rice?detail=email#

* "Ta-Nehisi Coates:"

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* This explains this better than anything else I've seen. "All Words Matter - Felonious Munk:"

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* "In most states you can be fired for being gay:"

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* "On This Day: Actor Rock Hudson shifted AIDS conversation:"

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* "Transgender life in Ukraine officially labeled as 'disorder':" http://www.kyivpost.com/guide/people/transgender-life-in-ukraine-officially-labeled-as-disorder-394156.html

* "How Ritual Baths Present Obstacles Of Inclusion For Transgender Jews:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/transgender-jews-mikvah_55b171eee4b0a13f9d17f78a

* "Snake fossil with four legs just wants a hug :" http://www.cnet.com/au/news/snake-fossil-with-four-legs-just-wants-a-hug/

* "Manhattan Slave Market - Mike Yard:"

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* "Terms of Enrichment:"

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* "Mess Within Texas - Sandra Bland's Arrest:"

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* "Rant-Man:"

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* "When You Oppose Trigger Warnings, You're Really Saying These 8 Things:" http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/07/opposing-trigger-warnings/

* If I owe you money, speak now or forever hold your peace.

* New Ebays:

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

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

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

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