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* "‘I was sold seven times': Yazidi women welcomed back into the faith:" https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jul/01/i-was-sold-seven-times-yazidi-women-welcomed-back-into-the-faith

* No, Putin is not playing chess while Trump is playing checkers. In this metaphor, Trump is playing Tic Tac Toe and losing.

* "US, Russia announce Syria cease-fire after Trump-Putin talks:" https://apnews.com/eaa310ccb6e04e0580759d4ce36e778b/AP-sources:-US,-Russia-reach-deal-on-Syria-cease-fire

* "Russia steps up spying efforts after election:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/06/politics/russia-steps-up-spying-efforts-after-election/

* "The Latest: Russians ask for proof of election meddling:" https://apnews.com/7408be866dd646708913abbd581ada30

* "Federal judge denies Hawaii's motion challenging "travel ban":" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/federal-judge-denies-hawaii-s-motion-trump-s-travel-ban-n780366

* In things that will rob you of sleep tonight news: It looks like hackers are targeting our Nuclear Power plants.

* "Republican Lawmakers Buy Health Insurance Stocks as Repeal Effort Moves Forward:" https://theintercept.com/2017/07/06/republican-lawmakers-buy-health-insurance-stocks-as-repeal-effort-moves-forward/

* "ICE Officers Told to Take Action Against All Undocumented Immigrants Encountered While on Duty:" https://www.propublica.org/article/ice-officers-told-to-take-action-against-all-undocumented-immigrants

* "Black Lives Matter LA Claps Back Against Racist NRA Ad:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/black-lives-matter-la-claps-back.html

* "Anti-Trans I-1552 Initiative Fails!:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/anti-trans-i-1552-initiative-fails.html

* "We Wear Culture:" https://qz.com/1002651/google-has-built-a-stunning-searchable-archive-of-3000-years-of-world-fashion/

* Footage of Greenwood before white people burned everything and murdered more than 300 people in the Tulsa Riot. TW: contains Dead bodies. http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/162729567568/ilovemy4c-hair-bbcnyc-bellygangstaboo

* I know I keep posting goth lilies, but more keep blooming. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162727902557/i-know-i-keep-posting-goth-lilies-but-more-keep

* Snerk "Communicating:" http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/473997.html

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

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

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

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

* "So, what can people do?*:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/161640495373/so-what-can-people-do

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* Donald Trump is going all out on trying to counter and undermine President's foreign policy even though for the last two hundred plus years we've had a policy of one President at a time when it comes to this most delicate of things, and even though he is to lazy and willfully ignorant to take his daily foreign policy briefings and clearly knows nothing about all the diplomatic situations he's been stomping all over for his amusement. It's infuriating.

Seriously, Peter III of Russia all over again (only with a raging boner for Putin instead of Fredrick the Great of Prussia), only Peter waited for the previous Empress to die before completely borking several generations of diplomacy, treaties, and reforms. I keep thinking of all the damage he did in six months without access to modern things like telephones and twitter. I keep imagining what Trump will do with four years and all those things.

* I still don't understand Trump's reasoning behind wanting to restart the Nuclear arms race. I've lived the first 20ish years of my life expecting to die in a nuclear war at some point and most of my adult life not having that expectation. The latter is far better than the former. When he calls for a nuclear arms race is he wanting say, India, Pakistan, and China to be racing us by dramatically increasing their missile count, or is he wanting to encourage countries like north Korea and Iran to build and threaten us with bombs? Why would even a toddler think this is a good idea? Why did the Republican Party en masse decide in cold blood that a man with the self control of a two year old be allowed to have his finger on the button? I honestly don't understand the logic of any of this, and Trump's surrogates refusing to admit he said he wants to do this is not helping. If he's going to threaten us all with death by mushroom cloud, I think he needs to make a proper policy speech explaining the details.

* "Scandinavian Electronics Store's Trans Themed Holiday Commercial:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/12/scandinavian-electronics-stores-trans.html

* "2016 also took one of the greatest female scientists of all time:" http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/27/us/vera-rubin-dark-matter-astronomy-obit-trnd/index.html

* Debbie Reynolds has joined her daughter, Carrie Fisher.

* "Sweet Dreams. Split Enz 1976 :"

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* Today I picked up the glasses, burned the last of my money on meds, and foraged. I've been struggling with my legs the last few weeks and today was bad. I nearly fell a few times, saved only by the crutch and proximity to bench and wall. (A controlled fall onto a bench is better than a hard uncontrolled landing on pavement, embarrassing, but not apt to do real damage).

Thank you again, glasses Fairy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Trump can launch a nuclear weapon within four minutes:"

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* "Could Trump tweet us into nuclear war?:"

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* "Trump attempts to dissolve controversy by dissolving his...:"

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* "Black transgender man slashed by woman after offering his seat:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/black-transgender-man-slashed-in-suspected-hate-crime-new-york-city-a7496861.html

* "Seller-Financed Deals Are Putting Poor People in Lead-Tainted Homes:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/26/business/dealbook/seller-financed-home-sales-poor-people-lead-paint.html?_r=1

* "Richard Adams, Whose Novel ‘Watership Down’ Became a Phenomenon, Dies at 96:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/arts/richard-adams-author-of-watership-down-dies-at-96.html?_r=0

* Damn. Carrie Fisher. I loved her as a kid of course. I think we all did, but I loved the person she grew into being even more. She was so tough and snarky and kind as an adult. I really came to apreciate her on a whole other level in the last few years, for her honesty and strength and willingness to be vulnerable when often all the world has wanted to do was hurt her.

This year it has felt like all the best ones are leaving in advance of a cataclysm.

* "Remembering Space Mom:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/remembering-space-mom/

* "Sergei Polunin, "Take Me to Church" by Hozier, Directed by David LaChapelle:"

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* This is a modern reconstruction of a '30's era ballet about the French revolution and is stunning. I know most of you aren't into ballet, but it's got cool things like a woman dancing with a spear, a sword fight, and lots of attractive men leaping about in revolutionary era outfits. "Пламя Парижа / The Flames of Paris :"

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* I think that two decades later, someone has successfully sold me on the Bandaras Armand: http://gothiccharmschool.tumblr.com/post/155009401210/i-want-my-iwtv-monstersinthecosmos-vraik

* Okay, the commercial where grown men sing "The wheels on the truck" off key made me want to stab my ear drums the first time I hear it. At ten.... Someone needs to make it stop and take the off key repetitive chanting of "It's fun being weird" commercial with it.

* TNG Rewatch, Season 5:

- Power Play. Proof Marina Sirtis can act when they actually give her something to do.

- Ethics. Can you imagine a modern network show trying to tackle right to die issues? I remember preferring the version done on another show at about the same time and there are some things that make me cringe now in this one, but they really did try to talk about something important and heavily debated in the culture. So points for that, but I really don't like the show making the woman experimenting unethically on badly injured patients right, because we need to not encourage that. (Worf can give informed consent and volunteer. That other person who died couldn't). Why didn't they contact Worf's brother. Shouldn't he be there for this?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Who will help Myanmar's Rohingya?:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38168917

* The Rachel Maddow interview with Kellyanne Conway was a master class on how to do political interviews. Remember when journalists used to ask hard questions instead of it being all soft balls. I'd love to see more like this.

* "Trump tweet startles with apparent nuclear policy reversal:"

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* "How far will Trump take his war on the media?:"

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* "Ethics questions loom over Trump HHS pick, Rep. Tom Price:"

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* "Sen. Merkley: Trump 'has the maturity of a five-year-old':"

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* "Game developer and anti-harassment figure Brianna Wu will run for Congress:" http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/21/14041542/brianna-wu-congress-campaign-gamergate-harassment

* "Here's What Happened With Those Extremely Restrictive Ohio Abortion Bills:" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/12/132266/ohio-heartbeat-bill-early-abortion-ban-status?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=read_more_end&utm_campaign=h3&utm_campaign=end

* Anecdotally, this makes sense to me. Given my medical history, I've dealt with a ridiculous number of doctors. If you exclude surgeons, one occasionally gets a decent male specialist or gp, but usually one has to fight incredibly hard and waste a huge amount of energy to get them to take symptoms seriously or run even basic tests (like an AIDs test for a sexually adventurous college student, for example. It was the early '90's and I had listed eight partners on my form. he insisted we don't have HIV much at this college. O.o. Seriously O.o. Protease inhibitors weren't invented yet). With the women doctors one occasionally gets a bad one, but mostly, they take the symptoms seriously, run appropriate tests, and will actually treat life threatening illnesses instead of pretending they don't exist. "Don't want to die before your time? Get a female doctor:" http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/2016/12/19/women-doctors-hospital-patients/95531520/?hootPostID=c2cc7ddaae2a11b1e0ac63be0260aae2

* "How Journalists Covered the Rise of Mussolini and Hitler:" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-journalists-covered-rise-mussolini-hitler-180961407/

* "Poodle Science:"

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* I had a big long list of things I needed to do today before people came. I woke up from complex Edwardian dreams to discover I was exhausted and my legs were on strike. I crossed a bunch of things off today's to do list and took a nap. In the end it took three hours for me to dress. Nothing got done and I ended up making spaghetti after they got here. I'm suspecting I won't be able to pick up my glasses until next week, for example.

A friend has sent Tavy the Terror a purple baby sling. he gave it a good gnaw, but he hasn't tried it yet, as hiding from guests all evening tends to leave him wild. He even got his very own Christmas card.

* Seriously, that cat bite one. It happened to an acquaintance and he got a dangerous infection that landed him in the hospital. Cats and human bites ate right up there for nasty infections. "Things You Learn:" http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/451534.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Nuclear football never far from US president, even in Hiroshima:"

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* "Corey Pegues - Policing Law Enforcement From Within in "Once a Cop":"

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* "This 2,500-year-old corpse could change history:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/dna-sequencing-of-ancient-phoenician-remains-could-make-us-reconsider-the-history-of-human-movement-a7048046.html

* "Brazil in Chaos as the Rio de Janeiro Olympics Near:"

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* "Tales from the Trump Archive - Donald Trump Can't Help But Be a Chauvinist:"

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* "Panel - Looking Back on "Roots":"

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* "Larry Does Lines - VA Hospitals:"

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* "Jack Kirby spent the summer of 1941 being physically restrained from fighting Nazis in the timely building where he worked.:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/144996515197/swanjolras-jack-kirby-spent-the-summer-of-1941

* Marvel Deliberately breaking the hearts of children so they can be edgy. Fuck Marvel.: http://marsdaydream.tumblr.com/post/144995504902/boopboopbi-megawordstringer-my-kid-cousin

* Why it's not shocking, only infuriating, to pretty much anyone who isn't a straight white cis guy: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/144998070192/have-you-heard-about-hydra-steve-rogers

* The Boltons and Northern Politics: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/144474063737/do-you-think-that-if-book-ramsay-were-as-stupid

* "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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* "Sanders responds to Clinton health care attacks:"

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

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

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

* Alan Rickman too. Damn. Fuck cancer!

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

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* "Welcome to Texas, Refugees!:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Maddow: Pentagon's captured sailor story 'a pile of bull':"

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* "Sanders responds to Clinton health care attacks:"

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* "White nationalist robo-call: Vote Trump!:"

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* If a foreign power had unconstitutionally overthrown the democratically elected government of a state and destroyed the entire water distribution system for a city, poisoned the population of that city causing permanent damage to a generation of children there, and likely killed ten people with a biological weapon in the water supply for ideological reasons, we would call that terrorism and we'd very likely be at war, and yet not a single Republican responsible for doing this in Michigan has been arrested for the premeditated atrocity they perpetrated on Flint and democracy is still suspended there.

(Okay technically the Legionaire's outbreak was not premeditated though an outbreak or epidemic of water borne illness was easily predictable, but they knew knew full well that they were destroying every bit of pipe in Flint and lead poisoning the populace. They were warned repeatedly before hand and decided that poisoning all those people and rendering Flint unlivable was a perfectly fine thing to do, knew it was happening exactly as predicted and continued doing it while covering up evidence and discrediting whistle blowers. They did this on purpose for ideological reasons.)

* "Spike in cases of Legionnaires' eyed for tie to Flint toxic water:"

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* "Meager progress in Flint toxic water crisis by Michigan's Snyder:"

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* "As poison gas billows, profits take priority, residents suffer:"

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* "The Legend of Bernie Sanders:"

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* "Arizona Gives Native Americans the Shaft:"

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* "The Governor of Maine Gets a Little Racist, and North Korea Keeps People Guessing:"

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "North Korea nuclear claims doubted, alarming nonetheless:"

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* "Offensive Maine governor and bizarre New England politics:"

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* "Vincent Price On Racism And Religious Prejudice :"

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* "Alabama judge says no same-sex marriages:"

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* "Water donations run dry in Flint, no action from Governor Snyder:"

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* "Flint water concerns 'blown off' by state: Snyder staffer e-mail:"

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* "Flint water concerns 'blown off' by state: Snyder staffer e-mail:"

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* Flint, Michigan: Republican Paradise: You know what would have been way cheaper than destroying the entire water infrastructure, poisoning a city, and causing a generation of children serious developmental damage to save money? Not doing that. This is what unfettered Republican rule looks like folks: overthrowing democracy, doing massive damage to people, destroying a city physically and economically thus rendering it essentially unlivable all in the name of some negligible short term savings far out weighed by the expense of the damage they did. This is not “fiscally conservative.” This is a radical waste of money, destruction of businesses and property values, and long term permanent damage to people who will now require a lifetime of care at taxpayer expense done for no discernible reason except they had the power to do it and wanted to.

* "Why the Post Office Makes America Great:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/03/opinion/why-the-post-office-makes-america-great.html?_r=3

* "President Obama Targets Gun Violence:"

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* "President Obama Gets Serious About Gun Control:"

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* His description of his experience inventing his first language? That is so relatable. The language I invented in middle school was basically English vocab transcribed into new morphemes with Latinate grammar and a cuneiform inspired script. I abandoned it for pretty much the same reason he abandoned his. "David J. Peterson - Dothraki and "The Art of Language Invention":"

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* Wednesday I actually did all the needful things. Thursday was podcast and I got through what is very likely one of the hardest sessions we will ever do. (I can think of one other potential topic as tough). Next one I have a handful of things I’m responsible for, but most of it is in the wheelhouse of my collaborators, so I’m not nearly as responsible. The topic after is going to be fun as a sort of reward for all this grimness. Friday’s agenda is bureaucracy and cleaning. I did so much cleaning this week, but more appears while I sleep.

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Jack)
* "Are children crossing border refugees?:"

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* "Public health threat or refugees?:"

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* When I was a kid, there were lice epidemics all the time at the incredibly expensive private school to which I had a scholarship. Children get and spread lice regardless of class and cleanliness. Our pediatrician used to say, "A child who never gets lice, hasn't any friends." Can we stop pretending that this is a deadly disease now? Because that is some serious bullshit right there, FOX News.

* "Not all nuclear material created equal in terror alarm:"

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* "Hobby Lobby floodgates:"

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* "Congress leaves veterans health unaddressed despite ample lip service:"

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* "Why gun violence proliferates in Chicago:"

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* "'Treatment over imprisonment' for Tennessee moms:"

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* "Have tax cuts made us poorer?:"

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* "Court fight over North Carolina voter law heats up:"

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Republicans take strong action to harm teachers, working families, young children, women in general, and to deny African Americans the Right to Vote.

* "Dead men dodge no drafts:"

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* "Invisible Parents :"

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* "Pilot Diversity and Minority Decay:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2014/07/pilot-diversity-and-minority-decay.html
gwydion: (Etherite)
* At least twenty seven people are dead in a suicide bombing and gun battle in the capital of Yemen, Sanaa. It seems to have been an assault on the ministry of defense by men in army uniforms. This had just happened as I wrote this so details are tentative. As you likely remember there have been several years of unrest and government retaliations against protesters and they are working on trying to transition the government, so I'm seeing some speculations, but not much in the way of firm reports beyond the event itself.

* Things continue to deteriorate in the Central African Republic. The number of people who've fled their homes and who are hiding without much in the way of provisions keeps increasing. There are now reports of gun battles in the capitol. There have been calls for UN intervention and the Security Council is expected to look into it today.

* The Mexican Authorities report they have found all the stolen radioactive materials and that it really does look like a truck jacking gone wrong rather than terrorism, as they were saying on last night's Maddow Show.

* Best of luck to fast food workers striking for an increase in the minimum wage. $15.00 an hour would be a good start and a boon to the economy, but I think it's not nearly enough. What our economy needs is a raise of the minimum wage to 1968 standards adjusted for inflation. We need to peg it there with automatic Cost of Living increases. We also need to make sure tipped wait staff get raised to the same level as they've been stuck in place for a couple of decades now and if the tips aren't good they can end up working for free or owing money instead of making it in exchange for their labor. Our economy needs the boost, school children are going hungry which harms their ability to earn, and the current level of wealth inequality is unsustainable.

* "As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500:" http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/health/as-hospital-costs-soar-single-stitch-tops-500.html?_r=2&

* "College Is Free After You Have A Baby, And Other Lies That ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ Tell Real Women:" http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/11/15/2948781/lies-cpc-week-action/

* Thanks to Swisstone for letting me know that I was taken in by craptastic reporting. (I mostly know UK news sources as they relate to archeology/history news, so am apt to have trouble remembering political biases of said news sources. I am much better at spotting hoaxes in US sources than I am at spotting UK ones). Apologies for posting a bad item. Here is a corrective with better information: http://pinktape.co.uk/cases/never-let-the-facts-get-in-the-way-of-a-good-story-eh/

* "Hubble Telescope finds signs of water on five alien planets:" http://www.nbcnews.com/science/hubble-telescope-finds-signs-water-five-alien-planets-2D11690147

* "Stone-Tipped Spears Pre-date the Human Race:" http://gizmodo.com/stone-tipped-spears-predate-the-human-race-1471057957?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* "Archaeologists Discover 6,400 Year-Old Human Remains in Barcelona Cave:" http://www.universityherald.com/articles/5871/20131128/archaeologists-6400-year-old-human-remains-barcelona-cave-university-of-barcelona-skeletal-remains.htm

* "Treasure trove reveals Iron Age town:" http://sciencenordic.com/treasure-trove-reveals-iron-age-town

* World War C:

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* Heavy Settle - Admissions of Non-Guilt:

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* I do love a scathing review. "After Dead (Sookie Stackhouse 13.5) by Charlaine Harris:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2013/12/after-dead-sookie-stackhouse-135-by.html
gwydion: (Krampus)
* Radioactive material mishandled in theft:

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* "America's inequality problem:" http://on.msnbc.com/1iB9Fc5

* "Since rich people don't create jobs, why are conservatives taken seriously on economics?:" http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/since-rich-people-dont-create-jobs-why.html

* "What Has The POTUS Done For My Community? More Than Your Party Has Lately:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2013/12/what-has-potus-done-for-my-community.html

* "Pheromone Signaling of Male C. elegans Worm Shortens Hermaphrodite Lifespan:" http://guardianlv.com/2013/11/pheromone-signaling-of-male-c-elegans-worm-shortens-hermaphrodite-lifespan/

* "Bones at El Sidron Give Glimpse Into Life of Neanderthals:" http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/science/21neanderthal.html?ref=science&_r=1&

* "A Real Letter from a Roman Soldier:" http://100falcons.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/a-real-letter-from-a-roman-soldier/

* "Was John Wayne a draft dodger?:" http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1055/was-john-wayne-a-draft-dodger

* "Joyous same-sex couples wed in Hawaii as gay marriage becomes legal:" http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/02/us-usa-gaymarriage-hawaii-idUSBRE9B10GA20131202

* "Naomi Testifies At Philippine Congress Hearing:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2013/12/naomi-testifies-at-philippine-congress.html

* "Transmisogyny Isn't Just Being Aimed At Black Trans Women Anymore:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2013/12/transmisogyny-isnt-just-being-aimed-at.html

* "Hope You Cali Peeps Are Coming Up With A Game Plan In Case The Repeal AB 1266 Referendum Gets Enough Signatures:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2013/12/hope-you-cali-peeps-are-coming-up-with.html

They are trying to make it legal to deny children the right to use the toilet when they are at school.

* I made progress on bureaucracy yesterday, but need to do driving bureaucracy, which I failed at today. I did several important errands including switching/renewing my driver's license to the new address, but failed at the two most important things. It's now Winter here and has been for several days. Winter here is more like late October-November where I grew up, but it means dangerous ice patches hidden under leaves to undermine my crutch, and each trip into the Big Blue (or more properly Gray) Room sucks away spoons at an alarming rate. I'm still getting crap for sleep and I don't get to see a doctor about Con Crud until the 13th. Tomorrow I go out again. Let's hope I can get further on bureaucracy when I'm out

* There are now a couple cats who stop by periodically to taunt LM through the patio window, which infuriates her. She runs back and forth, growling and pounding the window. At least she's getting exercise. Still it is really creepy to look over there and see a cat staring at me through the window like some sort of tiny fur covered voyeur, hoping for LM to turn up.

* Thank you, crotalus_atrox, for the lost Boys!

* "Mugshots from the 1920s:" http://cavemancircus.com/2013/08/20/mugshots-from-the-1920s-36-pics/

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