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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:"

* "Hurricane Irma damage considerable:"

* "Gauri Lankesh: Indian journalist shot dead in Bangalore:"

* How is this not considered corrupt? "Trump gets millions from golf members. CEOs and lobbyists get access to president:"

* "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:"

* "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:"

* "Admin memo: DACA recipients should prepare to leave:"

* Feeding Kids in the name of Philando Castille:

* "Number 18 - Rest In Power Kashmire Redd:"

* How to be an ally, Catholic Priest edition:

* "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:"

* "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:"

* 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?:"

* "thoughts on tonight’s execution:"

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* "How to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims:"

* How to help the protesters and ordinary people in Venezuela:

* "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide:"

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you:

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness:

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers:

* Red Cross is taking donations for Western Wildfire Relief:

* (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?:"

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* "At least 28 dead after brutal gang fight in Mexico prison:"

* We would be pitching in too if we had an ounce of decency. "Europeans vow more help to stem Libya-Italy migrant flow:"

* "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:"

* "The Brown, Queer, And Poor Are Not The Ones Holding The Left Back:"

* "Texas Republican Blocks State's Bathroom Bill: "I Don’t Want The Suicide Of A Single Texan On My Hands":"

* "The Bootlegger, the Wiretap, and the Beginning of Privacy:"

* "Leah Gordon photographs the Freemasons of contemporary Haiti:"

* "Zoot Suits: A Fashion Movement that Sparked Mexican American Resistance:"

* "Sabotage Your Way to Success!:"

* "Oral sex spreading unstoppable bacteria:"

* "Turns Out, Snakes Can Hunt in Packs, So Let's Just All Move to Antarctica:"

* "Canuck the crow's attacks halt Vancouver mail delivery:"

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

* "Killjoys, Season 3, Episode 2: A Skinner Darkly:"

* "The Philosophy Force Five vs the Scientismists:"

* "The Dark Morality of Fairy-Tale Animal Brides:"

* 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?:"

* This App phones your rep for you:

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* "So, what can people do?*:"

* Want to fight Climate Change? "Ready to Mobilize? Start Here!:"

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* "Sri Lanka's flood survivors threatened by dengue, disease: aid workers:"

* "France's Macron holds 'frank exchange' with Putin:"

* "Morocco arrests leader of Rif protest movement:"

* "Merkel, After Discordant G-7 Meeting, Is Looking Past Trump:"

* "11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida:"

* "House-Passed Bill Would Devastate Health Care in Rural America:"

* "This Teen's Essay on Microaggressions Is Going VIRAL:"

* "7 Reasons We're Quietly Letting Racists Win:"

* "The brain starts to eat itself after chronic sleep deprivation:"

* "Traditional capitalism needs "extra" people, but managerial capitalism has no use for them:"

* "Carbon pollution is suffocating ocean life and speeding up the next mass extinction:"

* "How Big Money in Politics Blocked U.S. Action on Climate Change:"

* Thanks to a generous meds donation, we wormed Tavy Button today. It was his first pill and he's only had the medicine finger a couple of times. he still fought like a demon. I managed to pin him on the bed and Squirrel pilled the poor Puggle. I had just changed the sheets, so the bed was a large field of flat black on which a pill would be easy to spot and my floor is easy to sweep wood laminate. I held him and did the throat stroke for a couple of minutes and we played with him on the bed for another five, and no sign of him having pulled Mache's old trick of hiding it under her tongue and spitting it out when we weren't looking. hard as he fought the actual pilling, he took it really well. No sulking, no hiding after. Watched me make and eat dinner, had his shoulder pet. As I type this, he's asleep in his cat cage, snuggled up with my legs in characteristic fashion. We will do LM in a day or two as she is a tad under the weather and there is less urgency since they no longer share litter and only interact on goosh day.

I suspect he came with worms, as it's super common in rescues and we haven't had them since we rescued Hector and Mache at the turn of the century. In retrospect, he was periodically making the worm smell, but since it was over a decade and a half I'd forgotten that that was the worm smell. I'll change all his litters tonight, but I'm not wanting to disturb a sleeping Tiny Terror after his bad experience.

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* "Egypt: At least 28 dead as gunmen fire on bus carrying Coptic Christians:"

* Yet more assholery during 45’s Bad Will Tour of Europe. " Trump in Brussels: 'The Germans Are Bad, Very Bad' :"

* "Boehner chides Trump administration 'disaster':"

* "Jared Kushner Under Scrutiny in Russia Probe, Officials Say:"

* "Sources: Comey acted on Russian intelligence he knew was fake:"

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

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

* "When they knock on your front door: Preparing for Repression:"

* "United Airlines just apologized for accusing a gay father of groping his child:"

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

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* "Elementary Delivers A Whammy of a Season Finale:"

* "Star Trek Inclusion & the Presumed SJW Narrative:"

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* "Four killed by truck driven into crowd in Swedish capital:"

* French Neo-NAZI holocaust revisionism. "Marine Le Pen denies French role in wartime roundup of Paris Jews:"

* "Schiff says Russia is absolutely 'complicit' in Syrian chemical attack:"

* "Egypt Palm Sunday Church Blasts Kill at Least 38:"

* "U.S. Navy strike group to move toward Korean peninsula: U.S. official:"

* We have always been at war with Eastasia. "Trump Administration Is Contradicting Itself On Regime Change In Syria:"

* "Syria strikes: Site of chemical attack hit again:"

* "Obama aides push back against criticism of inaction on Syria:"

* "Rep. Khanna on Syria: “Nation hasn’t learned its lesson”:"

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* "Trump has no foreign policy doctrine:"

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* "Rallies ramp up to demand Trump taxes:"

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* "McFarland to Exit White House as McMaster Consolidates Power:"

* "Sheriff Clarke called 'all hat, no cattle'–but might win:"

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* "Are Historical Dramas a “Whitelash”Against Racial and Ethnic Representation in Media?:"

* Every time the commercial plays "Ne Regrette Rien" some part of me expects a kick.

* I am finding Wonder Woman heavy going. The Beauty contest made we furious at man involved from the writers on down. The two parter with Drusilla and paradise Island was a travesty. It was all male gazy and the Amazons are so excited by the "beauty" of the men they let NAZIs take their island without a fight, and are consistently ineffective against them. Why does Diana even like her stupid, sexist, obnoxious male side kick? She keeps telling us he's the opposite, but the show shows us how shitty he is and how poorly he treats her. I do appreciate the period appropriate sexist treatment of Drusilla in the first half as depiction without endorsement, but the systemic sexism in the design and execution of the show itself sure looks like endorsement to me or at least a complete lack of self awareness on the part of every man involved.

* I was thinking about a post on @poorquentyn​ about Arthur Dayne being dull, but enhanced in Ned and Jaime's eyes. I think this is analogous to Cersei's elevation of Rhaegor, including fan art. I kind of love the idea that they were all three of them basically teenaged fans who never saw through the hype because neither Rhaegor Targaryen nor Arthur Dayne lived long enough for the three to see them from an adult perspective.

* Oh man the Ladies Free skate at worlds was hard to watch. There were a few athletes who gave amazing performances, including the Candaians and Evgenia Medvedeva who broke two records, but most of the women were off and the competition was plagued with mistakes and falls. Look, i know some people watch skating for the falls, but I watch it the way I watch ballet. I watch it because it's beautiful and because it's uplifting to see human performing at the very edge of the physically possible. While several of the performances were heartbreaking, I don't think I've ever seen a skate as painful as Anna Pogorilaya's. She kept falling over and over. She started weeping; I started weeping. When she curled into herself on the ice at the end, I had reached the ugly crying phase and was still tearing up thinking of it all through the next performance. This is the most important skate in a non-Olympic year as it determines which teams get extra Olympic slots next year. There is so much pressure both from themselves and from their federations. The Russian team is so deep and wide when it comes to talent and they have the best women on ice right now all desperate for those slots. Everyone was watching. I am crying right now imagining what she must be feeling.

* "The Boy with Pink Eyes:"

* National Poetry Month:
"somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond:"

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

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* Sean Spicer wants Americans to know that their drastic cuts to Meals on Wheels and free and reduced school lunches is actually "the compassionate thing to do" as it will save the very rich money, and we should save our compassion for the very rich instead of the elderly people and children they are literally planning to starve who clearly do not deserve it.

* Dear Paul Ryan, this is how insurance works:

* "Pregnancy-Related Deaths Doubled in Texas After Abortion Clinics Closed:"

* Queer History: the Ponte Vecchio:

* "Health Care in America: Should We Just Let Poor People Die?:"

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* "Sam The Snowman Tells The Tale Of The Late Show And The Winter Storm :"

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* "A Monologue From Stephen Colbert As Rex Tillerson As Wayne Tracker:"

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* "Bassem Youssef Worries He's In The Middle Eastern Version Of 'Get Out':"

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* "Deepest State:"

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* "South Korea Targets Dissent:"

* "Dozens injured at South Korea anti-government protest:"

* There has been a 40% rise in homelessness since Cameron became Prime minister in the UK! O.o

* "Terror strike in Mali keeps attention on al Qaeda:"

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* "When George W. Bush went to an Islamic Center:"

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* Props to the folks in DC and Phlliy who protested the rising tide of Islamaphobia in this country today.

* "The context behind Trump's 'Muslim database':"

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* Marco Rubio is calling for a NAZI style large scale unconstitutional closing of all mosques and businesses owned by or frequented my American Muslims.

* "Police Investigate Vandalism on Portraits of Black Law Professors:"

* "Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015: Those We've Lost :"

* "Archaeologists discover Maya 'melting pot':"

* "Team underscores complexity of geopolitics in the age of the Aztec empire:"

* "Louisiana's Down-and-Dirty Gubernatorial Race:"

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* "Sri Lanka: five steps to vaccine success:"

* At least 34 people in one attack and 15 in another (with two bombers) are dead in Nigeria. Boka Haram, being cowards, has been turning little girls into suicide bombers, likely the ones they've been kidnapping, though it's not proved yet. Boko Haram has killed more civilians than any terrorist group, including ISIS.

* So a pretty alarming thing just happened in Mali. I'm going to give you a little background first. There's been long running trouble between the people in the North of Mali and the government in the South. Over time, people who got exiled or were wanted by the government, particularly Tariq people went north across the Algerian desert to Libya, where many of the men signed up to serve in the military. Remember that tank convoy and various military transports spotted going South during the overthrow of Kadafi? Those were deserters taking weapons an vehicles back to Mali, where they formed the core of a Tariq separatist uprising in northern Mali. The more secular wing of the uprising quickly got overwhelmed by the religious extremist wing and it became one of those monstrous extremist nightmares that goes around destroying cultural treasures, burning books, killing moderate Muslims, etc.. Some of you will remember the heroic efforts of the people of Timbuktu to hide and smuggle out irreplaceable and unique early Islamic manuscripts.

Mali's government wasn't up to a challenge of this magnitude and French and Pan-African forces have been helping them fight. The pro-government forces have been doing well. The French being there is a thing that is politically complicated because of their history of colonialism in Mali, which I'm not going to get into in depth, but their plan to pull out in the near future was a bit of a relief to pretty much everyone in the region, who given many of the neighboring countries' history with colonialism and French colonialism in particular, is not surprising.

At 7AM local time (my last night), the extremists took a large hotel frequented by international travelers hostage. Government forces with help from french special forces were taking it back floor by floor when I went to bed. It is thought they had over a hundred hostages at one point. Reports continue to be a bit chaotic and contradictory. It is thought the attackers are dead. It is thought approximately 20 hostages were killed. The French withdraw has been cancelled.

* The UN approved a resolution calling on the world to unite against Islamic State.

* "Texas Women Are Inducing Their Own Abortions:"

* A response to the complaint "women don’t know how much rejection hurts:"

* Trump is calling for a Nazi-style mandatory National registry of Muslims with required religion specific identification they and only they would have to carry. O.o For pretty fucking obvious reasons, the Anti-Defamation League and several other Jewish groups are condemning this Trump policy.

* "More Universities Move To Include Gender-Neutral Pronouns:"

* Misleading headline alert. It's about adding genetic data to linguistic and archaeological data to try to figure out where the Indo-European language group likely originates. "DNA reveals the origins of modern Europeans:"

* "How did the chicken cross the sea?:"

* In which I talk about the Wycliffe Bible and the backlash in the notes. "Society despairs of the Modern Woman, 1915 style:"

* "Victorian Nipple Rings:"

* "The schoolboy sailors who died at Gallipoli:"

* "Ponds and their toads cured of dreaded disease:"

* "Tragedy in Paris: The Three Stages of Political Grief:"

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* "Hey, Huddled Masses: Get Lost:"

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* "Sesame Street: Game of Chairs (Game of Thrones Parody):"

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* My scheduled thing got moved, so today was supposed to be a bureaucracy day, but Hector wouldn't stop hurting me when I was sleeping so I couldn't do it. He's pretty manicky today just generally but I got him to eat, so i attempted some experimental baking even though he was way too interested in what was going on. I put the experimental pie in the oven, cleaned up, and went to write up events in Africa. He WOULD NOT leave things in the kitchen alone. I kept having to go in there to do things like fish him out of the trash can. He knew I was making a bread smell in there and he wanted whatever I was making RIGHT NOW! He eventually flung a glass flour canister off a shelf, managing to break one of my Great grandmother's plates in the process. Glass everywhere. It's likely too damaged to glue together and I'm not up to trying tonight.

I want to make clear, I am not feeding this cat pie, but that doesn’t stop him throwing a tantrum on the off chance.

* I watched The Hollow Crown: Henry IV pt. 1. The Henry IV's are amoung my least favorite Shakespeare plays, but I was promised Hiddleston and they did such a brilliant job with the very difficult to do well Richard II, that I gave it a try. I am not sorry. My fundamental problem with IV pt.1 I it is full of pointless cruelty with a particularly nasty clsss based underpinning all framed as if it is funny. It's not something I find funny. Seriously, that thing where they torment the pot boy, who's poverty is extreme by offering him a huge sum of money then making him say anon... Incredibly, pointlessly cruel.

I think one of the reasons this adaptations works for me is that the people making it clearly get how appalling this is. Most Shakespeare adaptations re so full of reverence for the Author, that there is a portentousness and exaggeration to the acting. There is so often an air of trying a little too hard about the comedic bits and it's a little too easy to overact the dramatic bits. This production treats the dialog like dialog, if that makes sense. They speak the lines as if they were modern instead of as if they were poetry. This makes a huge difference in the feel of the thing.

What Hiddleston does with Prince Hal is kind of brilliant. Hiddleston's charisma really helps, but the genius is in the way he plays the horrible pranks. It's rather like the "Loki'd" short he did a few years ago. He plays his Hal a little bit dorky, as a likable, but awkward doofus who isn't quite sure how far is too far and keeps trying anyway to be the class clown so that the cool kids will like him. He plays his Hal in such a way that it's clear the jokes don't quite work because they are sort of childish and aweful and nearly always a little too much. The result is that instead of a callous brute, you get a significantly more subtle character study of a rich kid trying too hard to fit in with a rough crowd.

The performance also really invites you to think about what his childhood and relationship to his father must be for him to run around behaving like this. The little playlet section is pivotal for this. When Falstaff plays the King, he is playing A King. When Hiddleston's Hal plays the King, he is very distinctly playing Jeemy Irons playing Henry IV. It is unnerving and uncomfortable but it really sucks you into the psychology of it. The scene goes from a mocking jest to ouch rather quickly as a result, which is perfect.

There are lots of clever little moments in the acting all over the cast like that. Hotspur's much put upon wife repeatedly punching his arm in exasperation under witch there is an obvious affection. Little moments where Fallstaff's expression suggests that under the bluster there is both self awareness and a deep vulnerability. The moment where Hal and his brother simultaneously realize their father is mortal in an imminent rather than abstract sense.

Look, I'm never going to like watching either Henry IV, but this was riveting and the performances are brilliant, even though the battle scene suffered rather from budgettary limits. This interpretation really works for me in a way that no other version I've ever seen did. (Yes, that includes My Own Private Idaho. I love all the Rent Boy bits in it, but the explicitly Henry IV parts are excruciating, and I mostly skip those when I watch so as to get back to River Phoenix). This is the Henry IV made for people who don't like Henry IV. I am excite to see if they can manage to make pt. 2 interesting which would pretty much be a miracle).

* Mad Max is Not the hero:

* A good criticism of the star trek reboot:

* Marina Sirtis, Sexism, and TNG:

* "Photographer Unearths Vivid Images From 1980s NYC:"

* I want the real Sam back. "Book 2 vs. Season 2: Sam Tarly’s Love Life:"

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* There's been deadly back and forth for about a month between Israelis and Palestinians. People are dying in individual attacks on both sides. Honestly, it is depressing and heartbreaking that this is where we still are a decade and a half into the 21st century. I haven't the energy to detail the back and forth of this and there are plenty of places you can get the details. I just can't do it.

* Resources explaining the Eritrean Refuggee Crisis:

* So far this campaign season Donald Trump has appropriated without consent music by Neil Young, REM, and Aerosmith. So symbolic, really. Refusal to understand consent, stealing from people, and absolute refusal to learn from mistakes and amend behavior accordingly. Add in his complete lack of reading comprehension because the lyrics in two of those songs have clear left wing messages but he didn't notice. He really is the perfect representation of what Republicans stand for in 2015.

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* "California's Golden Nuggets - "Redskins" Ban - Uncensored:"

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* "Brownface and Romani Persecution (by moonandthewitch):"

* "Step away from the "Indian" costume!:"

* "Things Madtom Doesn't Like About the Treatment of Eliza Hamilton:"

* "CNN: Loving Las Vegas:"

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* "Democalypse 2016 - The Democrats Take the Stage:"

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* TW: Rape. "X Marks the Racism:"

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* NWS. "California's Golden Nuggets - Guns on Campus & Solidarity Dildos:"

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* So as you may or may not remember, Misha is my real legal middle name, being a name used by both men and women. (My first name is also used by both men and women, but I never liked or identified with it at all. For a variety of reasons, keeping my legal signature was way less hassle, but I prefer people not use my legal first name.) Gwydion is my use name, which my friends use and have been using for a really long time. Seriously, if you are using Gwydion feel free to keep using it. I like it for a bunch of reasons. However, there are a bunch of contexts where using the Misha part of my legal name makes more sense instead of using my use name. Sometimes the long explanations involved are more effort than needs to happen for certain transactions and there are people outside of my sub-cultures who do not get the use name thing at all and it becomes this big drama. So in circumstances where it's apt to be major drama, I'm using Misha. You are welcome to call me either, and please, please don't correct folks for using either Gwydion or Misha( or Nec or NecHocNecIllud the last two are common social media handles for me). You are welcome to correct them for using my legal first name, because that is really just for banks and creditors, and I was well into my teens before I started answering to it semi-regularly and I frequently forget it is meant to refer to me. I've been going by use names pretty much my whole adult life. Feel free to keep using the use name. Feel free to switch to Misha if you are uncomfortable with use names or whatever. I just mention the Misha thing as it's come up enough in the last year, and the last month in particular, that an announcement is in order to avoid confusion.

* You may be wondering: whatever happened to Archaeology round up? A year ago, I ran a massive October long event on Game of Bones. It was so time consuming, I fell massively behind on everything Internetty. I did try to do archaeology round up periodically and gave up... I'm thinking last Spring? The links I post are the tip of the iceberg as far as the reading involved in keeping up with the archaeology press. Today I finally mostly caught up. O.o I still owe two Black Sails rewatch thingies. I also owe y'all about 2/3rds of a year of archaeology. Of course a lot of stuff in my "to read when I catch up" stash is gone by now, but I've hopes of starting to post catch up links soon. Tomorrow I have a party to go to and I absolutely can't promise dates on Black Sails or Archaeology Round up, but they are firmly on the to do list. If I am stubborn enough to spend a literal year catching up on my Internet reading, trust me, the other stuff will happen.

* So Hector is not doing too well. He's not quite as scary emaciated as last week when I thought he was dying in the immanent sense, but he's Disheveled and scary frail and having trouble making basic jumps. I keep checking him when he's asleep to make sure he's still breathing. He's doing that long fade elderly cats do. Last year he pulled out of it and there is always a chance he will again, but I'm not all that sanguine he will this time, so I'm giving him all the cuddles as this could easily be his last winter.

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis:

* 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.

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:"
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* "Swine flu: 100 deaths in 3 days take toll to 585, masks and medicines in short supply:"

* "MHP on Jeb Bush and his foreign policy team:"

* "The political battle over the American story:"

* "Bill O'Reilly and David Corn in the Media War Zone:"

* "‘He is not just the Prime Minister of straight people’:"

* "Transgender Albertans can more easily change birth records:"

* "North Van petition says deaf, disabled, transgender people would negatively affect neighbourhood:"

* "Win: HUD tells Homeless Shelters to Respect Self-Identified Gender:"

* "Leather bearing drawings discovered in Burnt City:"

* "Archaeologists make unique discoveries in Egypt:"

* Interesting. I wish the book was also in English. "The Hittites' thousand gods:"

* "The ancient Greeks knew it wasn't rude to be nude:"

* "Ancient golden artefacts found in Almaty.:"

* "Rome's military women have been hiding in plain sight:"|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|magcontents#.VOl3Ii58vb7

* "Alan Cumming's "Celibacy Challenge" Takes On the FDA's Absurd Ban on Gay Blood:"

* "Fresh Off the Boat Proves You Can Be Responsible About Sexual Assault and Still Be Funny:"

* The Musketeers: A get that Peter Capaldi is way too busy with Doctor Who to be playing Richlieu, which sucks. I do wish they'd gone with his RL/canonical successor instead of substituting Rochefort. Look, I love the Porthos replacement, turning a buffoon into a kick ass homage to General Dumas. I'm cool with the plot being completely different. I have written before about the ways the original text is problematic and how ambiguous the heroes actually are. The thing is though, that one of my favorite things from the later books is the Rochefort/D'Artagnon Arc. I'm going to talk about the book 20 years After and that means spoilers for that book. Reader beware.

See, in the Three Musketeers, De Rochefort and D'Artagnon are implacable enemies: D'Artagnon is on the side of Monsieur de Tréville and De Rochefort for the cardinal. The thing that becomes clear in Twenty Years after is that D'Artagnon and De Rochefort are basically the same dude. They both love France and will do morally iffy things for her. They share a code of honor. It just happened that as young men they picked different masters who happened to be in conflict. Both did often shitty things in what the truly believed was the best interest of France, but may or may not have been. So here they are in middle age, older, wiser, disillusioned about the gratitude that governments supposedly give to their patriots but rarely actually do. They respect and even come to like each other, though they still disagree about politics. It's beautiful and one of the more clever things in the series. And now it's gone and a mustache twirling villain in his place.

The nuance is lost with Richelieu's exit. I liked that Richelieu and Treville could be absolute enemies and still both fundamentally serve France. I liked that you can take Three Musketeers and turn it backwards and Richelieu and Rochefort can be heroes while Treville and the Musketeers can be villains. (MiLady is pretty fucking evil, but Athos and Aramis are terrible people too, though it's not all that clear in Aramis' case until the third book.) Make De Rochefort a traitor and strip away everything that makes him complex and it sucks the shades of gray in the subtext right out and makes the whole thing less interesting.

I think that is part of why this season is so uneven. There have been episodes that gripped me: Particularly the one with the Moorish General and his glorious daughter and the Magnificent Seven episode, but this most recent one was so unengaging I kept forgetting to pay attention. I miss Richelieu, which I expected, but I simply don't enjoy the two dimensional De Rochefort and that sucks the fun out of things.

* The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour: This show is kind of legendary and has been endlessly talked up for a variety of reasons. It does have historical importance for the history of television. They pioneered political humor of network TV. Their huge ratings success led a rival network to greenlight Laugh-In. Without the Smothers Brothers and Pat Paulsen, you don't Get SNL, The Daily Show, or Steven Colbert. Their epic battle over network censorship ha all sorts of complex effects on the way television worked that still effect us today. There is also reason to think they had en effect on the 1968 election and that President Nixon's successful persecution of them led him o think that he could pretty much do anything he liked to the folks on his "enemies list,' and we all know how that turned out.

For most of my life these shows were completely unavailable to watch due to CBS blacklisting them. I was busy gestating towards the end of their run, and it wasn't until 2009 that "best of" DvDs came out for two of the three seasons. Season one isn't out at all and it's selections for the more controversial two years. I managed to get them through ILL and watch them. As I suspected, as with the Ernie Kovacs Shows, the complete unavailability for forty years led people to nostalgically inflate how good they are. This isn't to say they are bad, just wildly uneven. There are some beautifully iconic pieces in there. I wish I could show you the Smother's Poll with George Wallace (not the White Supremacist, but an African American character by the same name... It was a running joke) complaining about the lack of representation of African Americans on television. We are still endlessly fighting network erasure of various minorities today. A lot of the stuff that is sharpest you really need to know your late sixties political history for, which I do, but might not play for folks my age or younger with different backgrounds. There are also a lot of things that are heavy handed or clumsy. It also has the failing that a lot of '60's and '70's cis straight white male liberals had, which is that they were super sincere about fighting white on black racism, but completely blind to cringe worthy isms of other types. The Marco Polo sketch starts with orientalism, yellow face, and 1930's level racist caricatures and goes on from there. The red face and appropriation of native American culture was embarrassing on a similar scale. Typical period blind spots, but so, so hard to sit still for.

I'm not sorry I watched them. There was entertainment value to be had in between the boring and the outright terrible. They definitely stand as a fascinating historical text. Now if I could just get the library to order me some Laugh-In. (It was in syndication when I was a kid and I grew up with them, but I literally haven't seen them in decades, likely since the early to mid-80's).

* Walking Dead. Finally, Michonne stepping up as leader and Glen backing her up. I love the two of them being the voice of reason. Fuck the Ricktocracy. Also, it's nice to see them not straightwashing the canonically gay couple, complete with a proper kiss. By the time they got to that scene I was so sick of Rick's shit. yes, caution. Yes, they don't want to be cannibalized, but there are reasonable precautions and then there is illogic. Which Glenn points out. Yay, Glenn! Michonne finally starting to be comic book Michonne. Yay, Michonne!

* What do I have to do to make that horrible narwhal commercial go away?

* Ebay time, no bids on Brood XIX, 3ish Days:

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* "We're Jailing the Wrong People. We Need to Jail More of the Right Ones: Corporate Criminals:"

* "Jail Video Visits Are No Substitute for the Real Thing:"

* "GOP lawmaker condemns blacks on 'welfare crazy checks':"

* "Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History:"

* "This Week in God, 2.14.15:"

* "Pediatrician won't treat baby with 2 moms:"

What would Jesus do? Deny a baby medical care out of hate and bigotry?

Why won’t Christians ever think of the children?

* "Reports: Transgender Americans face staggering rates of poverty, violence:"

* "BU researchers find biological basis for transgender identity:"

* Is there some sort of award we can give Questionable Content for their sensitive and adult handling of a cis-trans mixed dating situation? Because It's beautiful.

* "Different Tastes: How Our Human Ancestors' Diets Evolved:"

* "Rock art draws scientists to ancient lakes:"

* "Ancient Trypillian Temple Discovered in Ukraine:"

* "Late Bronze Age treasure found in the field near Chojnice:",403257,late-bronze-age-treasure-found-in-the-field-near-chojnice.html

* "New research dishes the dirt on the demise of a civilization:"

* "DNA study: Vikings were plagued by intestinal parasites:"

* Djinni, do not click. Leather in medieval Norwich.

* "Renaissance-Era Italian Warlord Was Poisoned, Mummy Reveals:"

* Ebay time, no bids on Brood XIX:

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* Happy 150th Anniversary to the London Sewer System, an important public health measure designed to fight cholera and "The Great Stench" of the polluted Thames. I am a huge fan of separating drinking water and feces, and while such ideas were common in civilized places like China and Japan going way back, this was the first serious attempt to deal with the poop in the drinking water situation in the English Speaking world since Rome pulled out. Good on you, London sewer system, may you continue separating poop sand drinking water for centuries to come!

* "President Obama: Anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in US:"

* This one is really important. "Why is Bill O'Reilly talking about 'holy war'?:"

* "Scott Walker makes latest GOP flub in London:"

* Jeb Bush has picked 21 out of 22 people on his foreign policy team who served under his father and or brother as proof he is his "own man" and not going to do exactly what his father and brother did as elected. *side eye*

* "Democrats see advantage in running on Obama economic record in 2016:"

* "ND oil train safeguards too little, too late:"

* "Oil accidents cause another day of distress:"

* "Public sector unions dealt huge blow in Illinois:"

* "Gov. Scott Walker vs. Higher Ed:"

* "Suit alleges jails operate as debtors prisons:"

* This is really about punishing poverty, also racism and classism. "Chicago little league team stripped of title:"

* "'The Washington Generals of activism':"

* "At Least 6 Trans Women Murdered in the U.S. in 2015:"

* "Another Week, Another Trans Homicide - RIP Kristina Gomez Reinwald:"

* "Vast 5,000 year-old underground city discovered in Turkey's Cappadocia region:"

* "Van’s Iron age castle new ancient discovery:"

* "Osiris tomb discovered in Luxor:"

* "Parasite eggs from the Celtic period found:"

* Ebay time, no bids on Brood XIX:

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* The fighting during the "Ceasefire" in Ukraine is particularly deadly to civilians. Putin is refusing to withdraw the regular army units he sent to invade on the grounds that "they are volunteered" and it's not like he can just order his troops to withdraw. he says that instead the Ukrainians should simply surrender. Riiiiight.

* "John Oliver Highlights The Ridiculousness Of Corporate Sovereignty Provisions:"

* "Can John Oliver Make “Jeff, The Diseased Lung In A Cowboy Hat” Big Tobacco’s New Mascot?:"

* "Why in 2015 would the New York Times want to recycle Paul Bowles’ racist fantasies of Morocco?:"

* The Oklahoma GOP is trying to abolish AP US History on the grounds that accurately depicting US History in an inclusive way instead of having a narrative that rich white men find comfortable is inherently unpatriotic. After all, things like saying slavery is bad disrespects the Founding Fathers and evidence based Critical Thinking is universally bad. Also, they want to include the Ten Commandments and other Religious indoctrination as otherwise it's biased. Sigh.

* "Bi Community Not Shown Any Love In #ThisIsLuv Campaign:"

* "How a Start-Up is Working to Close the Transgender Employment Gap:"

* I am about to have a fascinating time making two days of food for Hector last until Sunday.

* "Hyperbole and a Half: Menace:"

* Ebay time:

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* It's nice to see someone sharing my skepticism. "ISIS liars lack credibility on hostage death:"

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* What a shitty human being. "Christian Missionary Disappointed That Africa Isn’t the Hellhole She Was Hoping For:"

* "Federal criminal probe of Chris Christie not definite:"

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* "Analyses of glass beads found in Denmark give us new knowledge of Bronze Age trade routes.:"

* "Viking families traveled together, research shows:"

* They are doing a big DNA study of Inuit Greenlanders to find out if there was paleo-Greenlander and/or Scandanavian admixture. Unfortunately, there is weird racism in the popular press versions I saw, so I'm going to wait for results to link. It'll be a really useful bit of data, given the controversies over Greenland's history, so I thought I'd mention it anyway.

* "Les Measlesrables:"

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* "Amender's Game & Southern Slam:"

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* "Adventures in Previously Routine Military Bookkeeping & Bassist's Instinct:"

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* Grim: I hate the trope where a woman gets power and instead of embracing it and learning to use it like every male character ever, immediately wants to get rid of it so she can just be normal. Fuck you, Grimm!

* I really fucked up this month. The fundamental problem is that I need about a hundred dollars to life on after essential bills are paid. (Most of this is food/litter for cats and meds for me.) Instead I start out about negative $30.00, and there is nothing to cut. So I'm already going to not pay all of a bill, thus falling behind and owing fees because I can't not feed the cats, change litter, and take lung meds in particular. Then I fucked up twice. 1. I miscounted cat food so had to dip into car insurance money. I was supposed to pay a bill off the credit card I just paid, only fucked up with online payment and it came out of the bank account. There goes the whole car insurance payment. Plus my car renewal came and there is no money for it. So now I'm about $150.00 negative for the month, and it's only getting worse, since the car insurance will auto-withdraw, meaning escalating overdraw fees, plus Hector will need more food and i will need more meds at some point. I need to throw together an ebay and hope it will cover postage plus car insurance at least. Gah! (This is the difference between the $265.00 rent a month and the $486.00 they surprised me with without telling me of the change. It seems a small difference, but it was literally a matter of survival to me. We can't save anything for the tax payments either, but that's a whole separate panic.).

Lest you think I am extravagant, remember SSI is $695.00 a month, an amount Republicans insist is "lavish."

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* ISIL has executed the two Japanese AID workers an the Jordanian pilot. There is debate as to whether the pilot was executed not long after he was captured and they were negotiating in bad faith or not. I find the argument that they killed him not long after capture compelling, but it's not proven. I am watching the political situation in Jordan; it remains to be seen how the public at large reacts as things are dicey just now.

* "Northern Ireland abortion laws case granted judicial review:"

* "How Did Obama Play In India? We Ask 4 Villagers To Weigh In:"

* Both Chris Christie and Rand Paul have walked back their anti-Vax stance, Rand claiming that the extended clip of his anti-Vaccination rant is a lie somehow and he didn't say any of the things the clip showed. Establishment Republicans are coming down against people murdering other peoples babies and children by exposing them to measles for no good reason.

* I am seeing people objecting to Hep B vaccines because "It is a sexually transmitted disease." Yes, you can get hep B from sex, but you can get it from all sorts of fluid transfer. It is recommended for all school district employees, for example, not because they are expected to be molesting children, but because children bleed. They get nose bleeds, they scrape knees etc.. Children also vomit, sometimes with no warning. Children need Hep B shots because they play in playgrounds and go to day care/school. Is your child likely to ever be anywhere another person might be ill or injured, like the while world for example? Then it is a good idea to get that kid vaccinated.

Vaccinate your damned kids!

* Let us never forget all the lesbians who stepped up like superheroes even though they got none of the glory to to do some of the worse work a person can do often for free. They get forgotten in so many official histories. "Survivors of 1980s AIDS crisis reveal what happened to them:"

* "Israeli cave offers clues about when humans mastered fire:"

* "Underwater excavation reveals lost Levantine village:"

* "Chicago museum lifts lid on Egyptian mummy coffin:"

* "Ancient Egyptian Coffin's Odd Art Hints at Brain Drain:"

* "‘Eat! Eat! Eat!’ Those notorious tapeworm diet pills:"

* Seriously? "Fourth Grader In Texas Was Suspended For Threatening To Turn Another Student Invisible With His One Ring:"

* "Cub Scouts' hike ends up at local nude beach:"

* Tibicina and her gentlemen came up to visit. Tea and good conversation were had and they brought me prezzies! Glorious BPAL type prezzies!

* I finished the first season of House of Cards. On top of all the ways it is obviously brilliant, it happens to be sureal for me because of some personal history stuff.

1. I'm from Pennsylvania. My dad was from the other side of the bridge from Philly in new Jersey, a rough and tumble greaser kid who ended up in politics. He was that kind of bald and named Peter, though his personal life was absolutely exemplary. He was local though and fought tooth and nail for his people. He literally shipped chemo repeatedly when he was dying to nail a guy who embezzled from the local fire department, only winning a couple weeks before his death. He spent most of the last year of his life fighting a big developer who was always getting zoning variances so he could build firetrap houses that burned families. It was weird watching a through the looking version go through all that.

2. At my first college I dated a boy from Bethesda for a while. His father was a big deal in the Democratic Party, but no one you've likely heard of unless you were a Beltway Insider in the right eras. He was a back room kingmaker sort, very, very Congressman Underwood, only preferring the power to the position, if that makes sense. I got to watch and listen to him and is very clever wife discuss politics at dinner. It was dark as fuck. (Neither of his sons nor I were people and only existed in so far as we were props or audience for his ego as far as he was concerned). In his personal life, he was a monster. Congressman Underwood is a fictional character, but I'm glad he is adamantly child free in the show, because I've seen what a real life version did to his kids. I listen, crouched in the basement bathroom. My boy was a beautiful person and his life worked out, but given what he had to survive until he was old enough to leave.... yeah. Congressman Underwood definitely shouldn't have kids.

3. I knew a guy at my first college used to bar tend for congressional parties. He was also a rent boy. He never named names, but yes, DC really is exactly like you'd imagine behind closed doors, or at least it was in the late '80's.

4. Seriously, that looks and sounds so much like the D.C. I remember with only the obvious tech upgrades, that it was like traveling to my own past.

* Help my friends adopt two cats:

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* There is fighting on the Lebanon/Israeli border after someone fired an anti-tank shell blowing up an Israeli vehicle.

* I am aware of the Jordon/ISIL prisoner exchange negotiation, but I am not up to writing anything subtle and cogent enough about it.

* Fighting in Tripoli has caused the recognized government of Libya to flee Tripoli, with a coalition of militias taking over.

* How bad is John Boehner at his job? John Boehner had enough votes lined up to pass a bill preventing President Obama from negotiating with Iran about stopping their nuclear program in exchange for lifting some of the particularly inhumane sanctions preventing civilians from getting medical treatments and the like. That is, until he invited Benjamin Netanyahu to come to the States to personally lobby congress folk for his bill. Inviting a foreign head of state over here as a lobbyist to undermine US foreign policy rubbed some people the wrong way and he lost key Democratic votes as a result.

* "Will Life Get Better for the Poor? :"

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* "No snow days for low-wage workers:"

* Denver Police Murder an Unarmed Girl and handcuff her corpse rather than provide Medical Aid:

* "Alexander: I went to prison for firing a warning shot:"

* "Alexander: I believed in my innocence:"

* "New evidence of ancient rock art across Southeast Asia:"

* "Limestone 'Venus' 23,000 years old dug up in France:"

* "Stone Age Axe Found Deliberately Stuck Into Earth:"

* "Ancient avian bones found in China may be oldest example of chicken domestication:"

* "New discovery at ancient Chinese kiln ruins site:"

I read that headline as if the discovery was ruining the site.

* "The call of the Sun:"

* "Post-medieval Polish buried as potential 'vampires' were likely local:"

* "Six unexpected WW1 battlegrounds:"

* "Unchecked Anti-Trans Hate Speech Kills:"

* "Another African-American Trans Woman Killed In Kentucky:"

* "Monica Jones' Walking While Black Trans Conviction In AZ Overturned!:"

* Help my friends adopt two cats:

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* The Chinese government is threatening violent crack down on the democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

* Greenwick found. "5 Awful Things I Learned as a Child Laborer (in the USA):"

* Can we get them officially labelled a hate group yet? Greenwick found. "Todd Kincannon is a former executive director and general counsel of the South Carolina Republican Party."

* "Your Consent is Not Being Violated by Accident:"

* "Çatalhöyük excavations reveal gender equality in ancient settled life:"

* "Egyptian Mummy's Brain Imprint Preserved in 'Peculiar' Case:"

* "Skeletons Shed Light on Ancient Earthquake in Israel:"

* "Take Back Halloween!"

* "Yarn Bombs: In the ’70s, Knitting Was Totally Far Out:"

* It is ebay time again:
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* "As it happened: Hong Kong protests:"

* My heart goes out to the protesters in Hong Kong. I am old enough to remember Tienanmen Square and my worry on behalf these brave protesters is more than I can bear. As of this writing it's mostly been tear gas and the like, but I see the drone footage and I think of tanks and air strikes and the fragility of humans armed only with umbrellas and their convictions. I want them to win so badly; I want them to survive. I have no faith that that will happen. I know my wishing them well does nothing and that all I can do is be a witness.

* They think the death toll for the Japanese volcano eruption is more like 45, but recovery efforts are suspended for fear of more eruptions.

* ISIL Shells have started landing in Turkey.

* Meanwhile, we are signing up for another ten years of War in Afghanistan without any debate.

* "Brazil's silent abortion dilemma:"

* I am aware of the absolutely devastating world wildlife projections, but honestly haven't the heart to write about them. Apologies.

* "Faience figurines from Middle Kingdom Egypt:"

* "Amazon Warriors' Names Revealed Amid "Gibberish" on Ancient Greek Vases:"

* "Rich archaeological finds in Burdąg:",401877,rich-archaeological-finds-in-burdag.html

* "Barney, STFU:"

* "When Will Transpeople Be Able To Openly Serve Our Country?"

* It is ebay time again, A day, three no bid: Cut for your pleasure: )

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* Turkey is closing most of it's border crossings to keep Kurds fleeing ISIL out, and to keep Kurdish freedom fighters crossing back over to try to protect Kurdish civilians from genocide. Charming.

* There are a whole lot of complicated things going on in China, but I'm not up to explaining either the Uighur situation or the protests in Hong Kong just now. Apologies.

* "New branch added to European family tree: Europeans descended from at least 3, not 2, groups of ancient humans:"

* "Massive 5,000-Year-Old Stone Monument Revealed in Israel:"

* "Ancient Egyptian Woman with 70 Hair Extensions Discovered:"

* "Pharaoh-Branded Amulet Found at Ancient Copper Mine in Jordan:"

* "Labyrinth-shaped burial place discovered in Azerbaijan:"

* "Tlatilco burial artefacts reveal Olmec connection:"

* "Pottery shards offer evidence of pulque production in prehispanic Mesoamerica:"

* "Obesity in Pacific islands 'a colonial legacy' of settlers trying to civilize the locals:"

* "History, Hashtags, and the Truth About Slavery:"

* "Waging Two Wars: ‘Harlem Hellfighters,’ by J. Patrick Lewis and Gary Kelley:"

* Yesterday was for doing another ebay batch. Today was the doctor, the library, and another tarot reading for the fund raiser.

It was at this point, I realized it's time to start building a new deck. *facepalm* It makes sense: One deck for what passed for childhood. One deck for youth. One deck for my prime. Now a deck for my fading.

After I finished, I threw a reading for myself, for the first time in about half a decade. It was by far the darkest reading I've ever done for anybody, all sharp edges and drawn blood, mostly swords and pentacles. I liked it better when it was always some combination of The Hanged Man, The Fool, Death, and the Lightening Struck Tower, but those days are gone and the circle closes. Time to get out the knives and start stripping down to survive the way they do to a racing bike. Coyote has always been easier than the Wolf, for all the prat falls and self mockery and lack of dignity, but it is now the Season of the Wolf for me, all tooth and claw and hunger. I suppose I knew it was coming. My dream map shifts again.

* I'm finally reaching the other side on my ruined voice, I think. There's all sorts of things I still can't sing, but I'm finding a coherent singing voice at least.

* "Medieval Weapon Finds Modern Appeal:"

* Most people are aware of the racism inherent in Othello and Merchant of Venice, but people generally forget how racist the Tempest is. Modern productions generally lampshade the racism, cutting key lines and making casting and costuming choices intended to deemphasize how deeply problematic it is. The Tempest ha never been a favorite of mine. I've read it and seen several productions, mostly when I was in school, but so not my favorite, despite their being a number of truly lovely passages. (Still one of the most beautiful passages from Shakespeare:

"Full fathom five thy Father lies,
Of his bones are Corrall made:
Those are pearles that were his eies,
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a Sea-change
Into something rich & strange
Sea-Nymphs hourly ring his knell.
Harke now I heare them, ding-dong, bell.")

Anyway, I tend to avoid the Tempest itself, as I generally do with Othello and the Merchant of Venice, now that I'm not obliged to watch, read, or teach it. I was persuaded to watch the Helen Miran version recently, in part because of the quality of the cast. I admit, I was fascinated by the way changing Prospero to Prospera changed all sorts of dynamics in the film, but this wasn't the most interesting choice they made. They decided to engage with the racial implications of the text instead of hiding them. It was a bold choice. I'm not convinced it was entirely successful, but I think if I were to have to teach the Tempest, this is the version I'd likely choose to show at the end, because I think this could be the basis of a really interesting discussion about race, gender, and power in Shakespeare. It would get messy, no doubt, but I saw this a month or so ago and I still wish I could sit in a large group of people who've seen it and have a really good debate.

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* ISIL has beheaded British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines.

* TW: Rape. "NAACP calls for hate crimes charges against Oklahoma cop:"

* "Family pushes for release of surveillance video of Walmart shooting:"

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* "The struggle for meaningful police reform continues:"

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* "Kirsten Gillibrand Extended Interview:"

* "A PSA About Nude Photos:"

* "Examining the Lives of Ancient Egyptian Women:"

* "2014 finds in Bulgaria include Roman statues, pottery workshop, child's toy:"

* "The Obamacare Apocalypse:"

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* "Obama's ISIS Speech:"

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* "Hometown Hero Town - Detroit:"

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