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* Another category 5 is likely to hit a bunch of places already ravaged by Irma. It's hitting the Leewards and the Virgin Islands again, which were the worst hit, as well as islands full of refugees from other islands. "Hurricane Maria is now a Category 5:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/americas/atlantic-storms-maria-jose-lee/index.html

* "Outrage as Mexican student killed after using ride-hailing service:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/18/mexico-woman-murder-student-ride-hailing-service-cabify

* "Monsoon rain adding to Rohingya camp misery:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/17/monsoon-rain-adding-to-rohingya-camp-misery

* "Trump opens week at UN by calling out 'mismanagement,' underperformance:" https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/18/trump-opens-week-at-un-by-calling-out-mismanagement-underperformance.html

* "Top US diplomat says closing embassy in Cuba 'under review':" https://apnews.com/98aaf30d47b8463688eb6974be2c3e76/Top-US-diplomat-says-closing-Embassy-in-Cuba-

* "Where did Trump’s leftover inauguration money go?:"

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* "Interior Report Recommends Cuts or Changes to Seven National Land Monuments:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/interior-report-recommends-cuts-or-changes-to-7-national-land-monuments-1505695948

* Looks like Mueller is going to indict Manafort. "Paul Manafort wiretapped and threatened with indictment: reports:"

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* "Mueller uses search warrant to get more on Russia from Facebook:"

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* "Latest GOP Obamacare repeal bill is worst yet: Schatz:"

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* The long intro freaked me out because it sounded a little too much like an obit, so I wanted to mention she's fine and there for an interview. "Democrats prep for another fight to defend Obamacare from GOP:"

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* The current plan is to vote on the ACA Repeal with 90 seconds of debate, no public hearings, and no CBO score. Please, please please, protest in person if you can. If you can't, call or use a service.

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* "Stalking, actually: why men who reject rejection are not romantic heroes:" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/12/stalking-men-rejection-romantic-sitcoms-films-creepy-women-boundaries

* "123 arrested in St. Louis in 3rd night of protests over ex-cop's acquittal:" http://abcnews.go.com/US/80-people-arrested-st-louis-3rd-night-protests/story?id=49922449

* TW: Suicide. Contains video of police killing a person, but does not autoplay. "Protests erupt on Georgia Tech campus after student is killed:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/us/georgia-tech-student-killed/index.html

* "Bigot Bob Marshall 'Scurred' To Debate Danica Roem In VA Legislative Race:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/09/bigot-bob-marshall-scurred-to-debate.html

* "That Viral Photo Of My Trans Son Crying? Here's What's Really Going On:" http://www.refinery29.com/2017/07/164897/viral-photo-trans-boy-crying-texas-capitol

* Why is is that lately whenever I start a thought with "What sort of monster would..." the answer is always "Republicans?"

* "Medicine's Women Problem:" https://thenib.com/medicine-s-women-problem?t=recent

* I'm linking tumblr instead of directly to the article as there are lots of lovely bone and wood examples in the comments that might be useful to writers. "2,000 year old warrior armour made of reindeer antlers found on the Arctic Circle:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/165195167262/2000-year-old-warrior-armour-made-of-reindeer

* "How the female Viking warrior was written out of history:" https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/15/how-the-female-viking-warrior-was-written-out-of-history

* "Diversity Wins Big at the 2017 Emmys:"

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* "Floridians Beware: A Hurricane Warning Gets Lost in Translation:"

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* "Profiles in Tremendousness - Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin:"

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* "Tom Smith, Hermione Granger the Pirate Queen:"

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* Monday was forage. I was shaky as fuck after, but I did manage to post an extra auction anyway after doing the basics around the house. Tuesday I go back down their even earlier for the engine valve. Mid-sleep cycle! Fun!

* The Eartha Kitt Cavett interview is fascinating. She picked cotton as a child and never saw an electric light, a television, a movie, nor knew what they were until her mother died and she was sent to New York. They didn't have books or magazines. It was the 20th Century, but.... Yeah. She also addresses the incident with President Johnson having her blacklisted and getting the FBI to dig up dirt to smear her, which is very relevant considering what 45 is trying to do to that ESPN Commentator right now.

* Fuck Marvel! "Marvel's Nazi Fascism Fixation, Part II: America Is A Lie:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/nazi-captain-america-never-again/

* "The Black Gate is Closed:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/black-gate-closed-two-towers/

* "Independence Day: A Star Wars Story:" http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2017/09/independence-day-star-wars-story.html

* ToS Rewatch, Season 2:

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* We need money for car repair and taxes, so ebay time again. These won't sell fast enough to solve this month, but can help with the mess this month leaves behind.: http://www.ebay.com/usr/lethran?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

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* "Congress Wants to Change the Americans with Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165470116342/congress-wants-to-change-the-americans-with

* How to help Flood victims in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165235609582/woke-up-on-derse-f-f-f-fight

* How to help Caribbean victims of Irma: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165240981876/hedaclara-hedaclara-hedaclara-guys-the

* "How to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims:" http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/08/27/how_to_help_hurricane_harvey_victims.html

* "Disaster Relief and Support for Libraries:" http://www.txla.org/news/2017/08/disaster-relief-and-support-for-libraries

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

* "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide:" https://www.splcenter.org/20170814/ten-ways-fight-hate-community-response-guide

* 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

* Red Cross is taking donations for Western Wildfire Relief: http://www.redcross.org/local/oregon/ways-to-donate/wildfires

* (This is here as a reminder to me for later). "Can you recommend me some good books, essays, etc. about witches, witchcraft, witch trials in England?:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/164664427028/dear-pauline-can-you-recommend-me-some-good

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* I have been disappointed by Aung San Suu Kyi's silence on this issue. now that she does speak, I am furious. "Rohingya crisis: Myanmar 'mining border' as refugees flee:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41176488

* "Hurricane Irma damage considerable:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41172726

* "Gauri Lankesh: Indian journalist shot dead in Bangalore:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41169817

* How is this not considered corrupt? "Trump gets millions from golf members. CEOs and lobbyists get access to president:" https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/09/06/trump-gets-millions-golf-members-ceos-and-lobbyists-get-access-president/632505001/

* "Facebook turns over info on Russian ads to Mueller: report:" http://thehill.com/news-by-subject/technology/349567-facebook-turns-over-info-on-russian-ads-to-mueller-report

* "Trump lawyer to reporter: 'Are you on drugs?':"

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* "Senate resolution to force Trump's hand on condemning Charlottesville hate groups:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/06/senate-charlottesville-trump-hate-groups-242361

* "Kentucky Could Become The Only State Without A Clinic That Performs Abortions:" http://www.npr.org/2017/09/06/548739211/kentucky-could-become-the-only-state-without-a-clinic-that-performs-abortions

* "In US, anti-immigrant policy has roots in racist eugenics:"

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* "States file lawsuit challenging Trump decision on Dreamers:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-ny/states-file-lawsuit-challenging-trump-decision-on-dreamers-idUSKCN1BH1HS

* "Admin memo: DACA recipients should prepare to leave:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/05/politics/white-house-memo-daca-recipients-leave/index.html

* Feeding Kids in the name of Philando Castille: https://www.youcaring.com/jjhillschoolandotherschools-914378

* "Number 18 - Rest In Power Kashmire Redd:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/09/number-18-rest-in-power-kashmire-redd.html

* How to be an ally, Catholic Priest edition: http://sora-power.tumblr.com/post/165062278467/fatedefied-romancingthebookworm

* "The EPA’s bizarre response to report on Houston contaminants:"

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* "Xiuhtezcatl Martinez - Taking On Climate Change with "We Rise":"

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* "New Roman tombs discovered in Egypt's Dakhla Oasis:" http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/275873/Heritage/GrecoRoman/New-Roman-tombs-discovered-in-Egypts-Dakhla-Oasis.aspx

* "Obama's Shade-Filled Letter to Trump:"

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* "Trump Puts Dreamers' Futures in Congress's Hands:"

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* I should likely warn people I am pretty heavily medicated tonight as my body is really not okay just now and the pain is pretty impressive on top of everything else that is going on with my respiratory system, etc.. Apologies if this effects quality of service. I simply need to be upright for hydration and that wasn't happening without a collection of PRNs on top of standard scheduled meds.

* I am really angry about Alex. Also the cousin, but particularly Alex who deserved better than a fridging. you know, like an arc of her own and some agency. "The Strain, Season 4, Episode 8: Extraction:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/09/the-strain-season-4-episode-8-extraction.html

* Autocorrect changed "cruelty" to "ice cream" on tumblr. If only this alchemy worked in the real world.

* "What do you think are the worst five (or ten if you're feeling particularly salty) instances of the checklist effect?:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/164325260992/what-do-you-think-are-the-worst-five-or-ten-if

* "thoughts on tonight’s execution:" http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/165030107058/thoughts-on-tonights-execution

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* "How to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims:" http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/08/27/how_to_help_hurricane_harvey_victims.html

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

* "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide:" https://www.splcenter.org/20170814/ten-ways-fight-hate-community-response-guide

* 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

* Red Cross is taking donations for Western Wildfire Relief: http://www.redcross.org/local/oregon/ways-to-donate/wildfires

* (This is here as a reminder to me for later). "Can you recommend me some good books, essays, etc. about witches, witchcraft, witch trials in England?:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/164664427028/dear-pauline-can-you-recommend-me-some-good

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* "Typhoon Hato: Twelve killed as storm sweeps south China:" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-41033428

* "Hurricane Harvey strengthens to Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds:" http://abcnews.go.com/US/hurricane-harvey-strengthens-category-storm-130-mph-winds/story?id=49412285

* This is super late, as it got buried in the news firehouse the last couple weeks. "Indian and Chinese troops clash in disputed Himalayan border region:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/16/indian-chinese-troops-clash-disputed-himalayan-border-region

* "Trump Saves Citgo, Repped by His Ex-Aides, From New Sanctions:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-just-gave-a-big-carve-out-to-citgo-an-oil-giant-repped-by-his-ex-aides

* "Free advice for Trump: Be careful who you retweet:"

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* 45 took a strong stand against human rights and the Rule of law by pardoning Joe Arpaio. Some suspect it is also a practice attempt for his mass pardoning of his criminal associates.

Just a reminder, Joe Arpaio was going to jail for violating a court order to stop arresting and detaining American Citizens without proof of any crime on the basis of race. 45 did an end run around the usual pardon process to show that he will protect police who decide to arrest and hold people of colour for the crime of having melanin and last names racists don't like.

* "Trump flouts presidential pardon's intended healing purpose:"

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* "Rep Gallego: 'Trump is a racist and he's pardoning another...:"

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* "The Sam Clovis factor: Scientist? No. Skilled in the science of influencing Trump? Yes.:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/30/usda-sam-clovis-influence-trump-241114

* Literal NAZI Sebastian Gorka, who wore an Hungarian NAZI badge to the inauguration, has resigned or was fired from the Cabinet of Deplorables.

* "Court rules Texas state House maps intentionally discriminatory, orders Dallas and Tarrant remap:" https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2017/08/24/federal-court-rules-texas-statehouse-maps-intentionally-discriminatory-orders-districts-redrawn

* "Trump seriously considering ending DACA:" https://www.axios.com/trump-seriously-considering-ending-daca-2476724345.html

* "Boston activist uses poetry and protest in fight for equality:" https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/outfront-activist-uses-poetry-protest-equality-fight-n795536

* ""Pennies" by DiDi Delgado:"

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* I do not trust Mattis one centimeter, and even if he were to use maximum discretion to protect serving soldiers, it's still doing terrible things in the areas where there is zero discretion. My best hope is the SLDN law suit, but really, what is needed is a law protecting all service members from these sorts of attacks from bigots. I don't have a lot of hope for that, but we should protest and contact our Congress Critters. We need to make the injustice visible and make it harder for politicians to pretend this cruelty and damage isn't happening. All of you who showed up when it was your health care at risk need to stand up when it's the health care of active duty service members and veterans at risk. "Trump signs transgender military ban:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/25/trump-transgender-military-ban-242049

* "Justice Being Served In Keyonna Blakeney Case:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/08/justice-being-served-in-keyonna.html

* "We're racing towards another private debt crisis – so why did no one see it coming?:" http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/economy/2017/08/were-racing-towards-another-private-debt-crisis-so-why-did-no-one-see-it

* "Spectacular Roman discovery in Exeter wows experts:" http://www.devonlive.com/news/history/spectacular-roman-discovery-wows-experts-288536

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* So I'm half watching a mediocre archaeology documentary while I'm doing other things, and somehow, my ears hear "flint," but my brain pictures "felt." As in the fabric, so I'm confused for a moment, until I sort it out. Then I start picturing "Captain James Felt" of the Walrus, which quickly devolves into a series of terrible slashy puns. Of course. This really is a good week for imaginary porn parodies.

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* 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

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* "India court bans Islamic instant divorce in huge win for women's rights:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/22/india-supreme-court-bans-islamic-instant-divorce-triple-talaq

* "Can these super-crops feed Africa?:" http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-40998384/can-these-super-crops-feed-africa

* "Ischia earthquake: Three brothers freed from rubble:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41007613

* "Woman’s body found as Danish police search for missing journalist:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/21/missing-journalist-died-in-submarine-accident-inventor-tells-police

* I have so many questions. "Trump-shaped ecstasy pills seized by police:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/22/europe/germany-trump-ecstasy-pills/index.html

* "Trump risks obstruction charge pressuring McConnell on Russia...:"

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* "Trump attacked McConnell on Russia investigation: NYT:"

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* So it is looking an awful lot like Trump has decided to go to political war with Mitch McConnell because McConnell refused his demands to obstruct justice, according to Republican sources.

* Only 1057? Are they sure? "365 days of Trump’s claims:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-claims-database/?utm_term=.4bab9b0ca2b2

* "Trump aides plot a big immigration deal — that breaks a campaign promise:" http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article168425547.html

* "Senators Try to Force Trump Admin to Declare WikiLeaks a ‘Hostile’ Spy Service:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/senators-try-to-force-trump-admin-to-declare-wikileaks-a-hostile-spy-service

* "Pence on Confederate statue controversy: ‘I’m someone who believes in more monuments’:" http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/347444-pence-on-confederate-statue-controversy-im-someone-who-believes-in

* "Trump special adviser Carl Icahn mired in self-dealing scandal:"

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* "Louise Linton: 'Your life looks cute':"

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* "Breitbart editor pledges to do 'dirty work' for Bannon, smears Ivanka:" http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/22/media/breitbart-prank-emails/index.html

* "Amy Klobuchar - Fighting for an America that Leaves No One Behind - Extended Interview:"

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* TW: HateSpeech. "CEO critical of Trump responds to angry backlash:"

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* I have started hearing some things that suggest now would be a good time to remind folks that UVA and the City of Charlottesville were targeted by white supremacists because they were trying to do the right thing as far as taking down confederate monuments and taking steps to make things better and more inclusive. Charlottesville has a Democratic mayor. The businesses and people living in Charlottesville are not the enemies and many of the counter protesters live there. Boycotting Charlottesville and UVA is the opposite of standing up for decency and justice, just as boycotting and harassing Russian and Ukrainian immigrants who fled here was the exact wrong to protest Putin's anti-gay policies.

It is incredibly important that we support the victims rather than scapegoat them. I know our brains make associations that aren't entirely rational, but we can reign that shit in if we're aware of it.

* "India vs. China: Brawl on the Beach:"

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* "The Secret Service Is Strapped for Cash:"

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* 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

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* "Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif resigns after Panama Papers verdict :" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40750671

* "US hits Nicolás Maduro with sanctions after Venezuela's 'sham' election:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/31/us-venezuela-sanctions-nicolas-maduro

* "What's Happening in Venezuela:" http://s-leary.tumblr.com/post/163656197610/whats-happening-in-venezuela-long-post-but

* "Kenyan election official 'tortured and murdered' as fears of violence grow:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/31/kenyan-election-official-christopher-msando-dead-before-national-vote

* "Trump drafted Jr's misleading collusion e-mail statement: WaPo:"

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* You know what would be simpler than the fixes ACA they are planning? Let people and employers buy into medicare, thus solving the escalating premiums, shortage of insurance providers, etc. problems, and adding healthier people to the Medicare pool won't hurt it. We could remove the Bush Era cap on pay in that prevents the wealthy from paying in their share while we are at it.

Of course, Single payer would be dramatically simpler than all these things, but that is like hoping Republicans would suddenly wake up interested in doing what is best for human type people, the economy, the country, the world, etc.. Not happening.

* "Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt of court:" http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/07/31/maricopa-county-sheriff-joe-arpaio-found-guilty-criminal-contempt-court/486278001/

* "Teen Girls Stage Incredible Quinceañera Protest at Texas Capitol Against Vile Anti-Immigrant Law:" http://splinternews.com/teen-girls-stage-incredible-quinceanera-protest-at-texa-1797064966

* "Tennessee jails have been shortening sentences for inmates who get vasectomies or birth control implants:" http://www.businessinsider.com/tennessee-jails-offer-vasectomies-for-reduced-sentence-2017-7

* "The Veteran Who Created The Trans Pride Flag Reacts To Trump's Trans Military Ban:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/bransonlb/the-veteran-who-created-the-trans-pride-flag-reacts-to?utm_term=.jrrbW62Mp&bftw=lgbt#.dqjz4MoV5

* "Everything You Need to Know About Judaism’s Saddest Day of the Year:" http://forward.com/culture/jewishness/378359/everything-you-need-to-know-about-judaisms-saddest-day-of-the-year/

* "Noncompete Pacts, Under Siege, Find Haven in Idaho:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/14/business/economy/boise-idaho-noncompete-law.html

* "Nottingham archaeologist uncovers secrets of sunken 'pirate city' in Jamaica:" https://nottstv.com/nottingham-archaeologist-uncovers-secrets-sunken-pirate-city-jamaica/

* "Companies have forgotten how to pay workers fairly — and workers have forgotten what they deserve:" http://www.businessinsider.com/why-cant-americans-get-a-raise-2017-7

* "Scaramucci and Priebus Exit the White House as the Real Problem Remains:"

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* "Trump Thinks Police Brutality Is a Joking Matter:"

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* "Have I ever told the story of how my mom almost died because a giant Gene Simmons burned down her apartment building?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163673064792/smallswingshoes-butts-bouncing-on-the-beltway

* "GoT 7×03 The Queen's Justice Liveblog: Attack of the NaCl:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/got-7x03-liveblog/

* Wow, the Cavett interview with Richard Pryor was embarrassing for Dick Cavett. He's doing the classic well meaning white person with examined racial attitudes thinking he's the exception thing. Pryor is brilliant here, turning things back on Cavett. "I don't understand hat you mean," forcing Cavett to explain himself, and thus digging himself in deeper. It's sort of a master class in making the person examine what was wrong with what he just said.

*****
* 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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* "At least 28 dead after brutal gang fight in Mexico prison:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/06/mexico-prison-riot-acapulco-deaths

* We would be pitching in too if we had an ounce of decency. "Europeans vow more help to stem Libya-Italy migrant flow:" http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/europeans-vow-stem-libya-italy-migrant-flow-48411150

* "After a Revolution:" http://uncannymagazine.com/article/after-a-revolution/

* "Trump and Chinese president discuss North Korea:"

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* "Maxine Waters: Keep eye on sanctions:"

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* "Trump meeting with Putin sparks controversy:"

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* "The ethics chief who took on the White House:"

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* "States reject White House demand for voter information:"

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* "Lawsuit demands election results thrown out for Georgia's 6th Congressional District:" http://www.cbs46.com/story/35812893/lawsuit-demands-election-results-thrown-out-for-georgias-6th-congressional-district

* "The Brown, Queer, And Poor Are Not The Ones Holding The Left Back:" https://theestablishment.co/the-brown-queer-and-poor-are-not-the-ones-holding-the-left-back-f727e7bf55ed

* "Texas Republican Blocks State's Bathroom Bill: "I Don’t Want The Suicide Of A Single Texan On My Hands":" http://www.newnownext.com/joe-straus-suicide-texas-bathroom-bill/07/2017/?xrs=synd_facebook_Name+of+Brand

* "The Bootlegger, the Wiretap, and the Beginning of Privacy:" http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-bootlegger-the-wiretap-and-the-beginning-of-privacy

* "Leah Gordon photographs the Freemasons of contemporary Haiti:" http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/leah-gordon-freemasons-in-haiti-photography-290617

* "Zoot Suits: A Fashion Movement that Sparked Mexican American Resistance:" http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/zoot-suits-a-fashion-movement-that-sparked-mexican-american-resistance-20170609

* "Sabotage Your Way to Success!:" https://www.calibrepress.com/2016/10/sabotage-way-success/

* "Oral sex spreading unstoppable bacteria:" http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40520125

* "Turns Out, Snakes Can Hunt in Packs, So Let's Just All Move to Antarctica:" https://www.sciencealert.com/researcher-discovers-that-snakes-work-together-to-trap-their-prey-in-pack-hunts

* "Canuck the crow's attacks halt Vancouver mail delivery:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40436177

* Tavy is officially wise to the medicine finger and fought hard for the first time today.

* "Killjoys, Season 3, Episode 2: A Skinner Darkly:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/killjoys-season-3-episode-2-skinner.html

* "The Philosophy Force Five vs the Scientismists:" http://existentialcomics.com/comic/190

* "The Dark Morality of Fairy-Tale Animal Brides:" https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/03/marrying-a-monster-the-romantic-anxieties-of-fairy-tales/521319/

*****
* 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)
* "Hobby Lobby Purchased Thousands of Ancient Artifacts Smuggled Out of Iraq:" https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/hobby-lobby-smuggled-thousands-of-ancient-artifacts-out-of-iraq/532743/

* "Maddow to news orgs: beware of forged Trump Russia documents!:"

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* "Trump Attacks U.S. Spies, Says ‘Other People’ Could’ve Hacked 2016:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-attacks-u-s-spies-says-other-people-could-have-hacked-2016

* "Trump wants to start charging stores to accept food stamps:" http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/07/trump-wants-to-start-charging-stores-to-accept-food-stamps.html

* "18 states, consumer groups sue DeVos over delay of student loan protections:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/06/18-states-sue-devos-over-delay-of-student-loan-protections-240260

* "Ethics Office Director Walter Shaub Resigns, Saying Rules Need To Be Tougher:" http://www.npr.org/2017/07/06/535781749/ethics-office-director-walter-shaub-resigns-saying-rules-need-to-be-tougher

* "Voter fraud commission may have violated law:" http://thehill.com/regulation/other/340738-voter-fraud-commission-may-have-violated-law?rnd=1499292453

* TW: Anti-Semitic Death Threats and Hate Speech. Neo-NAZI Trump supporters are threatening to murder reporters children for reporting on this. "Trump’s trolls go on the attack:"

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* I remember Skye designing an economics Unit for First Graders explaining the concept Rick Perry didn’t understand. Just saying. "Rick Perry explains supply and demand, gets it wrong:"

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* "Indiana GOP call for Obamacare horror stories backfires:"

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* "Virginia executes man for killing guard, deputy in 2006:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-virginia-execution-idUSKBN19R142

* "How are there so many shootings in Chicago?:"

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* "34 Fascinating Historical Fashion Facts:" http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2017/07/34-fascinating-historical-fashion-facts.html

*****
* 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)
* "Beslan school siege: Russia 'failed' in 2004 massacre:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39586814

* "18 Syrian Fighters Allied With U.S. Are Killed in Coalition Airstrike:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/13/world/middleeast/syrian-fighters-airstrike-american-military.html?_r=0

* "US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/afghanistan-isis-moab-bomb/

* "British spies were first to spot Trump team's links with Russia:" https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/13/british-spies-first-to-spot-trump-team-links-russia

* "British intel agency reported Trump campaign Russia ties: Report:"

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* 45 is holding the Health Care System hostage for Tax Cuts for the 2%. 45 hates working Americans so much, his current plan is to bankrupt hospitals and collapse the entire American health care system by cutting off all government health care payments until Trumpcare passes and 24 million people lose their insurance to pay for the tax cut for the richest 2% he is demanding.

Seriously folks. Congress is on recess. Not only are there the Saturday tax day protests all over, but now is an excellent time to turn up at town halls and Congress Critter's district offices, and/or call to insist health care should be a right. Do not forget to thank Congress critters who are displaying back bone on this topic as we know how apt their spines are to jellify if we don't keep on them.

* "Trump privately signs anti-Planned Parenthood law:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/donald-trump-planned-parenthood-money/

* "After Campaign Exit, Manafort Borrowed From Businesses With Trump Ties:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/us/politics/paul-manafort-donald-trump.html

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

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

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

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* "ICE targets mother with no criminal record for deportation:"

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* "Arkansas plans blitz of eight prisoner executions over ten days:"

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* "Portland to sue Trump administration:"http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/04/portland_to_sue_trump_administ.html

* "What’s at Stake in Trump’s Proposed E.P.A. Cuts:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/climate/trump-epa-budget-cuts.html

* "First Judge Killed in Chicago History by Gun Violence He Fought" http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/10/first-judge-killed-in-chicago-history-by-gun-violence-he-fought.html

* Please signal boost latest out of Chechnya: http://butlerbookbinding.tumblr.com/post/159562062074/news-about-chechnya-0413

* "20 years to save the planet, carbon emission experts warn:" http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/world-zero-carbon-emissions-before-2040-two-decades-climate-change-global-warming-greenhouse-gases-a7682001.html

* Rest In Peace Charlie Murphy.

* ...And the foot thing is postponed til nearly the end of the month. It is nobody's fault. A family emergency on the part of my doctor requiring travel. I really wanted to get it over with and the reschedule doesn't give me the weekend to recover, but family absolutely does come first and it's better she go. I managed to resprain the ankle I mildly sprained... whichever day it was I scored the starts. It's bad enough I'm using the crutch around the houe and it's not the ankle attached to the foot I cut open, which means I'd likely have had to get the wheel chair out if they had been cutting my foot open in a few hours. It is very annoying that my ankles sprain themselves when I'm just shuffling around, but it's an ex athlete thing. That decade I spent distance running over rough terrain and concrete and endlessly injuring them when I was young, coming back to haunt me. I don't have a lot of cartilage and they are fragile. I'm lucky I never hurt myself dancing. That's a good way to take out a knee, for example. I knew athletes who started knees surgeries in high school. The running destroyed my ankles and the AS is gnawing my spine and hip joints, but my knees are doing pretty well given the pounding I gave them with the running and dancing and Wing Chun.

* National Poetry Month:

"Loreena McKennitt– The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159545273428/loreena-mckennitt-the-highwayman-by-alfred

TW: Mental Illness. "For John, Who Begs Me Not To Inquire Further by Anne Sexton:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159546997589/for-john-who-begs-me-not-to-enquire-further-by

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

* TOS Rewatch, Season 1:

- "Devil in the Dark:" This one starts pretty well, actually. The set is above average, they quickly establish the terror of the miners and create suspense. The first death is before the credits. It's so weird when ToS is actually competently executed. Of course, it's an all human sausagefest in the mines because in the Federation only men mine as was established in the first Harvey Mudd episode, and ToS is extremely human centric even by later star Trek standards. I don't know how to feel about Kirk and Spock exchanging positions on the Horta. Nimoy's performance really is haunting. There is a reason this one is on most favorite episodes list, because this one really does work as an entertainment and a message.

- "Errand of Mercy:" A cold war episode. Prime Directive? What Prime Directive. Let's go introduce ourselves to a Medieval tech planet and damn the consequences. Yes, I know there is more going on than meets the eye, but the Feds and the Klingons don't know that. When the locals point out they are not really being given a choice they aren't wrong. For all the pretty talk from the Feds they are colonizers here, just politer ones than the Klingons. They consider themselves in a position to judge whether this culture is worthy. Kirk's fury at pacifism and his foolishness in somehow not being aware that bugs and hidden cameras are a thing even though that's old tech when these shows were made and I doubt the Federation has completely lost the skill to make and use surveillance tech. Why even would you send Kirk on this mission given how completely incapable of impulse control he is and how he doesn't do any diplomacy that doesn't involve sticking his Dick in something. I do get that they are poking at the idea of how similar or different Feds and Klingons are but it's just slow and clunky, especially compared to the much easier to watch horta episode right before it.

* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

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* April 30 2017, 2pm
April 14 2017, 6pm
May 1 2017, 10am
June 1 2017, 12pm

*****
* 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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* "Norway is going to make life a lot easier for people transitioning gender:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/norway-set-to-make-changing-gender-easier-with-breakthrough-bill-a7030181.html

* "New ACA rule bans anti-trans discrimination in health care! What does this mean for you?:" http://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/12908

* "Once Again, Trans Rights Are Human Rights:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/05/once-again-trans-rights-are-human-rights.html

* "The 5 Most Difficult Things About My Female To Male Transition:" http://www.bustle.com/articles/154902-the-5-most-difficult-things-about-my-female-to-male-transition

* "DC Security Guard Charged With Assault After Playing Potty Police:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/05/dc-security-guard-charged-with-assault.html

* "Rest In Power, Mercedes:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/05/rest-in-power-mercedes.html

* "The Anti-Trans Hate Speech Is Affecting Our Cis Sisters:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-anti-trans-hate-speech-is-affecting.html

* Tavy Update: He's not attacked me in my sleep in weeks and is doing fairly well with me on soft paws. (I get the occasional accidental clawing where he leaps to high chasing string or the like, but I don't count obvious accidents). He's not generalized this to Squirrel, alas and the poor man is getting mauled on the regular. With me, he comes to bed for cuddle naps and head scritches, for Squirrel, he comes to start trouble with him and LM. him getting much worse behaved with squirrel coincides loosely with my cracking down on extreme cat harassment in the rooms I control in the apartment. (I'm dominant in my bedroom, my bathroom, and the common areas, but I don't go into Squirrel's room and bathroom if I can at all help it, and am clowder dominant generally). I've been enforcing no conflict zones, right to eat, and no cornering cats where they can't escape, which are the rules LM learned to protect Hector and now is experiencing from the other end. These are more subtle rules and not easily piggy backed on instinct, so it's going to be a slow project. I do see progress and it's really helping LM's stress level, but my theory is he is going ape shit in Squirrel's room in response. Squirrel's mostly working on trying to get him to generalize soft paws and no biting at this point, as he should be at this stage, and just generally working on bonding.

This would be so much easier if he had another kitten his age to play with, but I really can see him settling into routines that work better in the configuration we have.

* This show would be so good if the conspiracy weren't real. "Containment, Season 1, Episode 5: Like a Sheep Among Wolves:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/05/containment-season-1-episode-5-like.html

* "The Man with the Golden Misogyny:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/the-man-with-the-golden-misogyny/

* "Game of Nonsense Week Four: What Kind of White Feminist Nonsense is This?:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/game-of-nonsense-week-four-what-kind-of-white-feminist-nonsense-is-this/

* "For the (Not)Watch: ‘Game of Thrones’ 6×04 Recap:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/for-the-notwatch-game-of-thrones-6x04-recap/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* Election Update: Clinton 1768/525 (2293); Sanders 1494/39 (1533)

* Final Elections:
Sat, Jun 4 Virgin Islands(D)
Sun, Jun 5 Puerto Rico (D)
Tue, Jun 7 California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota (D), South Dakota, District of Columbia (D)

* "Sen. Kaine exhorts Congress to do its job, questions GOP motives:"

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* "RIP Tyreece Walker:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/05/rip-tyreece-walker.html

* "One-on-one with Larry Wilmore:"

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* Symone Nicole Marshall, mother of three, was in a serious car accident in Texas. The police being racist, decided to deny her emergency medical treatment, preferring instead to kill her my locking her in a cell until she literally died of her injuries. The media is ignoring it, being also sexist and racist and the police are refusing to comment on their racism and the choice to kill the woman instead of acting like decent human beings with a modicum of conscience would. There is no plan at all to arrest or even investigate the dangerous perpetrators involved in the crime. These dangerous thugs are still at large, armed and dangerous.

* "RIP Tyreece Walker:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/05/rip-tyreece-walker.html

* The world's third penis transplant was successful. A previous recipient has fathered a child.

They are, of course, only mentioning veterans and cancer survivors in the coverage, but I’m sure we are all thinking of another obvious application.

* No, news media. When you let the debate over rest rooms be framed as the North Carolina law "prevents men from using the women's room," you are NOT being neutral. You are taking a side. You are siding with the transphobes. you are agreeing that transfolk don't exist.

What their law actually does is REQUIRE Men to use the women's room and forces a particularly vulnerable population of women to use the Men's Room knowing full well the history of violence and assault aimed at the women in our community and the ongoing threat to their safety. Media, when you let the transphobes set the terms of debate, you are cosigning their call to out our women and children and are endorsing the resulting violence against them. You are COMPLICIT in all the violence.

Please, news media, correctly gender us in all news items whether about bathroom discrimination or our obituaries after we are murdered.

* "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: 911 (HBO):"

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* "SCOTUS Avoids Ruling on a Contraception Case:"

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* Tiny Terror (Tavy) has been seriously stressing out LM this week. I'm having to get more aggressive about his social training for her well being. He's on his third time out since 11PM. I hate having to do it. To be fair the time out is in Squirrel's room. He has litter, water, and food, plus plenty of places he voluntarily likes to hang out. I am not a monster. Still, I hate doing it, but I will not punish her because he's not learning social boundaries fast enough, and she just wanted a pet and a nap on her spot on the sofa, Poor Thing. The irony is not lost on me that she used to be even worse with Hector when she was young and aggressive, but still it is pitiful watching her.

* In other news, Squirrel is back to work tonight for the first time. He's lost most of two month's pay, so is seriously fucked for money which means we are both fucked on things like the electrical bill, but he didn't die, which is a thing that could easily have happened, so we're calling it a win.

* "For the (Not)Watch: ‘Game of Thrones’ 6×03 Recap:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/for-the-notwatch-game-of-thrones-6x03-recap/

* People drag racist whining about the Hollow Crown: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/144589573897/deducecanoe-darthmelyanna-medievalpoc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Bangladesh student Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35983979

* "In historic move, the largest U.S. branch of Judaism backs transgender rights:" http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-reform-jews-transgender-20151105-story.html

* I have some issues with the conclusions as to meaning and purpose, but the observations about the clothing look sound. "World famous ancient Siberian Venus figurines 'are NOT Venuses after all':" http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0213-world-famous-ancient-siberian-venus-figurines-are-not-venuses-after-all/

* TW: Rape. "Tabletop Gaming has a White Male Terrorism Problem :" http://latining.tumblr.com/post/141567276944/tabletop-gaming-has-a-white-male-terrorism-problem

* "'I Grew Up In The Shadow Of This': Writer Reflects On His Brother's Murder:" http://www.npr.org/2016/03/19/470280320/i-grew-up-in-the-shadow-of-this-writer-reflects-on-his-brothers-murder?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=business&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20160321

* I am thirsty, but there is a kitten asleep on my thighs so I can't get up: A Story of Me.

* "Flint can be read as either gay or bi!:" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/141551757652/can-we-please-agree-that-flint-can-be-read-as

* I’m not big on the Freudian aspects here, nor an I in agreement about certain assertions about the unconscious in general, but the rest of this is spot on and dovetails with a lot of my thinking about Flint and Billy Bones’ psychology. "A Freudian finale:" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/142309987812/a-freudian-finale

* "The Paintings used in ‘Black Sails’ (Part 8) :" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/142458176357/the-paintings-used-in-black-sails-part-8

* EBAYs, 2 no Bid:

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

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

* We need $200.00 for Property Tax and Insurance by Months's end! 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)
* "It's time to talk about Kansas voting rights:" http://on.msnbc.com/1Na5DG2

* "Reporters are being charged in Ferguson—one year after their arrests:" http://on.msnbc.com/1Pfd6Bg

* "Protester: U.S. Marshal 'didn't tell me what she was doing:" http://on.msnbc.com/1Pfd24l

* "We Mourn A 13th Trans Woman's Murder This Year :" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/08/we-mourn-13th-trans-womans-murder-this.html

* "I Repeat: Transpeeps Wish To Pee In Peace:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/08/i-repeat-transpeeps-wish-to-pee-in-peace.html

* "Riveted (Iron Seas #3) by Meljean Brook:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2014/11/riveted-iron-seas-3-by-meljean-brook.html

* Ebays, 4ish Days, 2 No Bid:

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

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

* Trying to stay afloat until September: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (Krampus)
* "Inspiring Photos Capture Hong Kong Protesters' Perfect Parting Shot at the Government:" http://mic.com/articles/106268/inspiring-photos-capture-hong-kong-protesters-perfect-parting-shot-at-the-government?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social

* "Sex workers abused by men posing as gardai:" http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/sex-workers-abused-by-men-posing-as-gardai-30804939.html

* How cartoonishly evil are Congressional Republicans? They hid a clause in the Defense Authorization Bill taking a sacred burial ground from the Apache to give to a mining company to desecrate even though that company sold uranium to Iran and the whole stealing a sacred burial ground from Native Americans who have already have so much stolen from them is blatantly evil.

* Congressional Republicans want to remind you that the Bush financial crash and recession was such a good thing for the 1% that it is crucial to repeal the reform designed to prevent that happening again. It is so important that the taxpayers bail rich people out when they destroy the economy that they, and a handful of spineless house Democrats voted to keep that in the budget extension bill. Now it's on to the senate, where the incompetent and spineless Harry Reid is blocking a vote to yank the Citigroup written and funded repeal. Can we replace that Scrotum, Harry Reid, with Sherrod Brown in senate leadership? Because we need an intelligent grown up with a spine next time.

* Republican Senator Tom Coburn hates our troops so much that he is single handedly blocking the Clay hunt Suicide Prevention Bill. After all, it saves money if we deny or combat veterans psychiatric care so that they literally kill themselves. This is what the Republicans mean when they say they are "supporting the Troops:" they literally want to deny them life saving medical care because they love wars, but hate the women and men who fight them, considering them parasites for wanting us to keep our promises of benefits to them. Remember, contracts with the rich are sacred, but contracts with ordinary people are wasteful entitlements. It's part of a pattern of extreme cruelty and a national shame.

* "Senator Jay Rockefeller singlehandedly kills Freedom of Information Act reform:" http://boingboing.net/2014/12/06/senator-jay-rockefeller-single.html

* "Grand jury rejects criminal charges in death of Robert Saylor, man with Down syndrome:" http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/no-criminal-charges-in-death-of-robert-saylor-frederick-man-with-down-syndrome/2013/03/22/3a723b6c-932f-11e2-8ea1-956c94b6b5b9_story.html

* "No Charges for Cops Who Killed Darrien Hunt:" http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/05/1349651/-No-Charges-for-Cops-Who-Killed-Darrien-Hunt#

* "How Anonymous Cops Online Are Reacting to the Death of Eric Garner:" http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/07/cops-react-to-the-death-of-eric-garner.html?mid=outbrainrc

* "Frank Serpico on Eric Garner: Cops cry wolf all the time:" http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/serpico-wedge-driven-police-society-article-1.2034651?cid=bitly&utm_content=buffer0fd69&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=NYDailyNewsTw

* "Most White People in America Are Completely Oblivious:" http://www.alternet.org/most-white-people-america-are-completely-oblivious

* *Note: A description of a violent event follows.* "Metafoundry 17: Twenty-Five Years Later:" http://tinyletter.com/metafoundry/letters/metafoundry-17-twenty-five-years-later

* "My Career is not about Stopping Gamergate:" http://spacechannel6.com/post/104590363663/my-career-is-not-about-stopping-gamergate

* More on what Social Anxiety Feels like. http://mrbumblepants.livejournal.com/20102.html?

* J. Cole: "Be Free":

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* Yesterday I did a bunch of household things needing doing, had dinner with MrBumblepants, then set about packing up the ebays that sold for half of what they are worth, and the packages for what is left of my family. I need to do up another set of ebays including the exhausting task of making an imp packet up. I am not sanguine about the packages I'm sending out. Uncle John didn't answer my last letter. I am worried he moved again. No one from the family sent birthday stuff, except my sister who sent something I'd have liked if it wasn't half my size, so I could be spending money I need for gas and toilet paper on gifts to people who will send nothing back. I am being a grown up and doing it anyway. I'm something like $100.00 short on subsistence this month, which is an improvement, but next month will be terrible with the fees adding up due to the shortage and we haven't saved a dime for next property tax bill.

* Re: Supernatural: I'd watch a Jody and Donna monster hunters spin off in a heartbeat.

* "Roles Only Cis, Straight, White Men Can Get Away With:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2014/12/roles-only-cis-straight-white-men-can.html

* "Spam, self-promotion, and the thin, jellyfish-covered line between.:" http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/600634.html

* Internet friends who need to move fast: http://www.gofundme.com/ip2els

* Our Financial Situation continues Scary: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws
gwydion: (Krampus)
* Police Continue to take down the barricades in Hong Kong. As of today there is only one protest area left.

* The UK economy is 9% smaller than it otherwise would be of it's extreme wealth inequality and here in the US we are losing 7%. Don't worry, both the UK Conservative and the US Republican economy are planning to take strong action to further shrink the economy by taking even more from the poor to give to the rich. A cherry on top is that here in the US the Republicans wrote a repeal of a key part of the weak legislation passed to prevent another collapse like the one under Bush into the budget extension and Democrats were so spineless as to let them. After all, imagine how much more damage a second world economic crash would do to ordinary human type people while once again benefiting the wealthy.

* "Taking Responsibility for Torture:" http://www.newyorker.com/%E2%80%A6/n%E2%80%A6/taking-responsibility-torture

* TW: Rape. I wrote a rant about the CIA torture that got eaten. I can't come close to writing one as good, but here are the basics. The CIA systematic tortured people, some of them picked up for crimes such as trying to warn about terrorist threats for no good reason at all. Their own documents show they got no useful information, which is what interrogation experts were saying all along, but systematically lied about it. They anally raped people in our name with taxpayer money. They committed these horrendous crimes against humanity and there are still not going to be war crimes trials for those who tortured all these people including 26 completely innocent ones, nor for those who ordered it to be done.

* "Tamir Rice: The story behind the senseless killing, character assassination, and resulting cover-up:" http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/02/1348833/-Tamir-Rice-The-story-behind-the-execution-character-assassination-coverup-of-a-senseless-murder#

* To be honest I am still struggling to find ways to write about the police drive by hit on 12 year old Tamir Rice and the media claims that he deserved to be murdered because he was the victim of domestic violence that do not consist of long strings of expletives.

* "No, college isn’t the answer. Reparations are.:" http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/05/29/no-college-isnt-the-answer-reparations-are/

* "Federal Guidance on Single-Sex Classes Confirms Schools Must Respect Every Student's Gender Identity:" http://transgenderequality.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/federal-guidance-on-single-sex-classes-confirms-schools-must-respect-every-students-gender-identity/

* Smart commentary here. "Walking Dead, Season 5, Episode 8: Coda:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2014/12/walking-dead-season-5-episode-8-coda.html

* Internet friends who need to move fast: http://www.gofundme.com/ip2els

* Our Financial Situation continues Scary: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws
gwydion: (Krampus)
* "Tanzania's albino community: 'Killed like animals':" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30394260

* "Despite South Africa's successful black middle class, there's still incredible tension between police and poor black communities:" http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-12-04/despite-south-africas-successful-black-middle-class-theres-still-incredible

* "Did the NYPD Let Eric Garner Die? Video Shows Police Ignored Pleas to Help Him After Chokehold:" http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/5/did_the_nypd_let_eric_garner

* "Police think we’re the enemy: There will be more Fergusons if we keep militarizing local cops:" http://www.salon.com/2014/12/03/police_think_were_the_enemy_there_will_be_more_fergusons_if_we_keep_militarizing_local_cops/?source=newsletter

* "Shoot First: When cops’ first instinct is to use force, we shouldn’t be surprised that people will die.:" http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/12/eric_garner_daniel_pantaleo_and_cop_training_police_departments_must_explain.single.html

* "The Police in America Are Becoming Illegitimate:" http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-police-in-america-are-becoming-illegitimate-20141205

* "Police Kill Man at Crowded Hollywood Landmark:" http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/hollywood-highland-shooting-report-284945511.html

* As to policy approaches to the problem of police shooting whoever they like with no accountability I favor the following: 1. An independent special prosecutor's office that only handles shootings by police with solves the problem of expecting regular prosecutors to enthusiastically prosecute the very people they rely on to make their jobs work. 2. Require police to carry the equivalent of malpractice insurance. As with Doctors ones who are repeatedly getting sued for racial profiling, brutality, misconduct, etc., will eventually be unable to find ensurers. It's not perfect, but it's better than endlessly rehiring violent racists and/or sex offenders which is the current practice. (Obviously the current practice of police killing about as many unarmed black men a year as lynchings used to is a huge problem, but why not also work on the persistent under reported problem of police sexually harassing and abusing women they encounter while policing while we are at it). 3. Requiring police departments to have the same racial and gender makeup of the communities they serve.

I'm not holding my breath, so in the mean time, things like organizing cop watch programs is a good idea, as is funding mandatory body cameras. Again, it won't solve the underlying problems, but stop gaps are better than nothing.

* "Krampus!" http://thedevilspanties.com/archives/10341

* The ebays sold, but for not nearly enough. Fuck.

* Our Financial Situation continues Scary: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws
gwydion: (Krampus)
* Why have I been writing less about Liberia? Because they have reached the point where they are getting a handle on things. People are still getting sick, but they are about at the point where they can handle the number of sick people. Sierra Leone is currently in the most distress with Guinea emerging with problem areas not getting served. There are still not nearly enough Doctors on the ground in Sierra Leone and Guinea and the hospital bed shortage in Sierra Leone remains acute. Guinea is at the tipping point, where if things get worse there won't be enough personnel and supplies to handle things.

* Fishermen who lost their jobs because of the ebola crisis are now working as grave diggers in Freetown. The epidemic rages on, despite hopes things would be under control by now. There is still little help in the villages in all three countries where things are bad and the health systems in the cities are overwhelmed. Doctors without Borders has about a third of the staff they need. There are food shortages and massive economic disruption.

Want to help? https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/onetime.cfm?ref=monthly

* A 23 year old University student was murdered in Germany for trying to protect girls who were harassing two girls in the rest room. One of the men came back and attacked her. After two weeks, her parents have taken her off life support.

* Three men touched and harassed two University students on a bus in India. The sisters fought back, but the other passengers sided with the men and pushed the women off the bus and tried to keep them prisoner, but the women threatened them with police, they let them go. All three men were arrested.

* Even though the video of the police drive by hit on a sixth grader in Cleveland show that the child was alone, not threatening anyone and the drive by took a literal two seconds, the police are sticking with the lie that the child somehow looked twenty and that he had a huge posse of imaginary friends, that they stopped the car and ordered him three times to put down the toy pistol and that even though he didn't he pointed the toy gun at them. While there is no sound on the video, there is not enough time in two seconds for them to have ordered him to have put down the gun once, let alone for him to react or for them to have ordered him to do it three times. Go on, time it yourself, but the police insist that you should believe whatever lies they choose to make up about there cold blooded murder of a child instead of your own eyes.

* " World AIDS Day 2014:" http://www.transgriot.blogspot.com/2014/12/world-aids-day-2014.html

* "‘Extinct’ spectacled hare-wallaby spotted in Western Australia:" http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/23/extinct-spectacled-hare-wallaby-spotted-western-australia

* This warmed my shriveled little heart. (Attn: MrBumblepants). "Velveteen Presents The Princess vs. Public Relations.:" http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/597282.html

* 4 New Ebays Added: Cut for you pleasure: )


* Our Financial Situation continues Scary: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws
gwydion: (No Angel)
* "No, Seriously, How Contagious Is Ebola?:" http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/10/02/352983774/no-seriously-how-contagious-is-ebola

* This breaks my heart. "BMHP remembers a 'transformative thinker', outspoken education advocate:" http://on.msnbc.com/1DMrKej

* "The Paranoid Style in Gaming Misogyny:" https://medium.com/@handler/the-paranoid-style-in-gaming-misogyny-1d412f212bda

* Greenwick found. "Is GamerGate About Media Ethics or Harassing Women? Harassment, the Data Shows:" http://www.newsweek.com/gamergate-about-media-ethics-or-harassing-women-harassment-data-show-279736

* "World's Longest Snake Has Virgin Birth—First Recorded in Species:" http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141023-virgin-birth-pythons-snakes-animals-science/

* Interesting. "The First Mission to Mars Should Be Manned With All Women:" http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/space_20/2014/10/manned_mission_to_mars_female_astronauts_are_cheaper_to_launch_into_outer.html

* ""Columbusing" Perfectly Describes Something All White People Do:" http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6976820/columbusing-discovering-things-for-white-people

* "RISE: Comics Against Bullying:" https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zan/rise-comics-against-bullying

* "Sunday Sweets: Boo-tiful Treats!:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2014/10/26/sunday-sweets-boo-tiful-treats.html

* Trans Elder in distress because of transphobic relatives being assholes: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-trans-pioneer-needs-your-help

* The Financial Situation continues Scary: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws
gwydion: Vlad and Niran kissing (Kiss)
* Mali is reporting it's first case of ebola. A two year old girl who was recently back from a visit to relative in Guinea is sick. I wish her and her family the best.

* More than 4800 are dead in the West African outbreak. Want to help? https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/onetime.cfm?source=AZD140001D43&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=ppc&utm_term=brand_sitelink

* The Red Cross is recovering up to a hundred dead ebola victims a day in Sierra Leone.

* Remember the 43 disappeared student protesters in Mexico? They have issued a warrant for the arrest of the Mayor of that town.

* A man attacked two NYC police officers with a hatchet. The police killed the assailant and shot an innocent bystander who was injured.

* "Why early humans reshaped their children’s skulls:" http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141013-why-we-reshape-childrens-skulls

* "Archaeologists found traces of 2,500-year-old chocolate in the Yucatan Peninsula:" http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2014/09/archaeologists-found-traces-of-2500-year-old-chocolate-in-the-yucatan-peninsula/


* "1934 drought was worst of the last millennium, study finds:" http://phys.org/news/2014-10-drought-worst-millennium.html

* "How the bicycle got its spokes:" http://phys.org/news/2014-10-bicycle-spokes.html

* "Robertson: You can get AIDS from towels:"

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* The Financial Situation continues Scary: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws
gwydion: (No Angel)
* We are evacuating our embassy in Libya due to renewed fighting in the area around it.

Fuck!

* This is the best epidemic coverage I saw this week. "Death toll for Ebola outbreak growing:"

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* At least 660 are confirmed dead in the West Africa Ebloa update out of at least 1093. About a hundred health care workers have caught it, with about half already dead. Those stricken include the top ebola specialist in Liberia and one of the American specialists in Africa to fight the disease. It has now reached Nigeria, where a plane traveler brought it before he died.

* On Internment Camps. "George Takei:"

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* "Why the 'magical black father' is a myth:"

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* "A look at policing tactics:"

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* "Rand Paul caught lying about past Civil Rights Act objections:"

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* How to tell Republicans are lying when they say they care about the Refugee crisis on our Southern Border: 1. They refuse to fund expedited processing of child refugees. 2. They refuse to confirm an ambassador to Guatemala.

* Republicans are blocking all attempts to get veterans the health care they need. Again. Why do Republicans hate our troops so much? "Will do-nothing Congress do nothing on VA?"

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* "Race Wasn't Involved In NYPD Garner Killing? Yeah, Right:" http://www.transgriot.blogspot.com/2014/07/race-wasnt-involved-in-nypd-garner.html

* "Breaking out of traditional family models:"

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* "Highway-Robbing Highway Patrolmen:"

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* "We May Have Problems, But at Least We're Not Jailing Artists for 3-D Printing Their Vaginas:"

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* "Rep. Steve Pearce's Fact-Finding Mission in Central America:"

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* "Lowe's vs. Veterans Affairs:"

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* "Tip/Wag - "True Blood" & Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals:"

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* Tell me that Hep-V isn't about AIDS after tonight's True Blood episode. Go on. Tonight's episode was all about AIDS and why Marriage Equality became a big deal in the wake of the Plague.

* "The Strain, Season 1, Episode 1: Night Zero:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2014/07/the-strain-season-1-episode-1-night-zero.html

* "Ten Things About Boromir the Bold That Never Made It Into the Red Book of Westmarch:" http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/92963985339/talk-to-me-about-boromir

* I really dislike Whitney Cummings. It's because her stand up is deeply misogynistic in a way that reinforces ugly stereotypes about women as she tries to ingratiate herself with the misogynists. It's like most of her "jokes" are saying, "Women are materialistic and terrible, aren't I right, Guys?" Eeeew!

* "Would You Wear A Dress Made Of Condoms?:" http://www.thefrisky.com/2014-07-23/would-you-wear-a-dress-made-of-condoms/
gwydion: (No Angel)
I am someone who's been followed at night by creepy white men who mean me harm. I've been trailed for a couple miles in the dark by a guy who kept trying to get into my blind spot. (I kept adjusting my position to keep my eye on him. We got to a populated area, and he gave up and peeled off). I have been followed by packs of scary ass white men screaming at me. I've been chased by packs of construction workers. I've been followed by men in cars when I was on foot, both lone men and packs. I've had a guy try to grab me into his car in broad daylight on my way to work. (It was rush hour and I was deliberately walking on the sidewalk opposite to the direction of traffic. I sped up, and he couldn't chase me properly because the cars behind were honking).

Zimmerman's attorney told the lie that if George Zimmerman was black, he wouldn't have been arrested. I call bullshit. If he'd been black, he'd have been arrested on the spot; he'd have been drug tested; the police would have investigated properly instead of just letting him go. If George Zimmerman were black, it wouldn't have taken massive protests to get even a half assed response from authorities to the murder.

The question we should be asking is what would have happened if Trayvon Martin was a white girl. Picture the set up again: a white teenaged girl in sweatshirt and jeans is walking home from the store with skittles and tea. A grown ass man is following her in his car. She gets scared and cuts away to a foot path. The man is armed with a gun and gets out and follows her on foot. Think how fucking terrified she would be. Now imagine that there is a scuffle and he shoots the unarmed 17 year-old girl. Would there even be a question that she had a right and a need to defend herself and the man who stalked and killed her is a dangerous offender? No, of course their wouldn't.

I am white, but I've walked alone in the dark with men and groups of men following me, and I think it must have been fucking terrifying for Trayvon Martin. I was someone who studied martial arts seriously and was prepared to go down fighting and I am pretty sure that being white if I had been murdered in Annapolis, Corvallis, Eugene, or Philadelphia, they'd have arrested the person who stalked and killed me, investigated the crime, and made a serious effort to put my murderer away no matter how hard I defended myself as an unarmed person. Similarly, there was a guy in my dorm at my second college who got a lot of street harassment and who had been violently assaulted by frat boys previously. I'm pretty fucking sure that those of us who took turns escorting him places at night wold have been treated as people acting in self defense if we'd had to fight off more assailants trying to hurt him.

Part of the dehuminizing of African American men is the way we as a society disregard Trayvon Martin's right to be afraid. Trayvon's right to defend himself from a dangerous predator following him home at night is valued less than the fear a man with a gun in a car felt on seeing a teenager walking him from a store with candy. It is clear to me, as someone who's both walked in the dark with predators following and who's driven a car at night, the George Zimmerman posed and existential threat to the boy he murdered, whereas an unarmed pedestrian poses zero threat to a man in a car who can just drive the fuck away.

Trayvon Martin was a human being who had a right to fear the man who murdered him. Trayvon Martin was a human being who had the right to defend himself. Trayvon Martin was a citizen who deserved law enforcement taking his murder seriously and the same quality of investigation and prosecution of his murder that a white classmate would have had. Trayvon Martin both alive and dead deserved equal treatment under the law as any other citizen. Trayvon Martin was a human being with feelings and the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit f happiness. The fact that he (and so, so many others) was denied all these things that should be everyone's birth right here in the 21st century is a travesty and an indictment of our whole system.

I am not Trayvon, but I empathize with him. I am not Trayvon Martin's mother, but I've seen a murdered love tried in the press as if he were the criminal and not his murderer, and I sure as hell empathize with her. I honestly don't understand how their can be so much empathy for a man who stalked and killed an innocent child and none for the murdered child's pain and fear. It seems to me that we really need to take a good hard look at the kind of racism that makes it possible for people to argue that it's okay to get out of your car and track down and shoot people whether it's Trayvon or that boy in the back of the SUV listening to music or hundreds of other unarmed teenagers that have been killed since Trayvon on the grounds that them minding their own existence is so terrifying that pre-emptively shooting them to death counts as self defense.

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