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* It’s so good to see Vladimir Kara-Murz alive and reasonably healthy looking and still fighting. "Russian oligarchs, and what they may want from the U.S.:"

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* "Unpopular Senate healthcare bill lacks support from governors:"

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* Trumpcare Update: Looks like they are using McCain's illness as an excuse to delay the bill. We still need the third no, so please keep the pressure on.

* TW: Domestic Violence. "‘We didn’t recognise that he was dangerous’: our father killed our mother and sister:" https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/17/we-didnt-recognise-that-he-was-dangerous-our-father-killed-our-mother-and-sister

* "5 Realities About The World’s Scariest Police Department:" http://www.cracked.com/article_24806_why-nypd-weirdest-police-department-in-world.html

* "Quantifying the additional killings committed by cops when they get military weapons:" https://boingboing.net/2017/07/01/cops-are-civilians.html

* "You're In A Human Rights Fight Right Now:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/youre-in-human-rights-fight-right-now.html

* "Black Trans Advocacy Statement Concerning HB 46 and HB 50:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/black-trans-advocacy-statement.html

* "How Lesbians Cared For And Fought For Gay Men During the AIDS Crisis:" http://andymatic.com/how-lesbians-cared-for-and-fought-for-gay-men-during-the-aids-crisis/

* "This Mom’s Response To Her Daughter Calling Her Fat Was Pitch Perfect:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/alison-kimmey-body-positive-instagram-mom_us_5947fad9e4b0edb84c1472d6

* "Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem?:" https://www.fastcompany.com/40439316/are-you-ready-to-consider-that-capitalism-is-the-real-problem

* "My aunt had a dinner party, and then she took her guests to kill 180 Jews:" http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.798168

* More on the Indigenous Women Wrestlers of Bolivia: http://rejectedprincesses.tumblr.com/post/162045086043/the-top-of-this-post-is-a-25-minute-documentary-on#notes

* Knightriders will always be my very favorite of his, for all my fondness for his Zombies and the Crazies. "George A. Romero, 'Night of the Living Dead' creator, dies at 77:" http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-me-george-romero-20170716-story.html

* "Sunday Sweets: Drama Queens:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/7/16/sunday-sweets-drama-queens.html

* I stopped watching Doctor Who, which I'd been literally watching since infancy (with gaps when I hadn't access to TV or the show wasn't on local PBS, but I've seen all the surviving episodes up until I quit in season 8. Seriously, I can't remember before my Dad and I used to watch Baker and Pertwee episodes both of which broadcast in my area all through my child, plus the 5th Doctor ones once Tom baker retired from being the Doctor. I'm old school fandom.), because the relentless sexism and general lack of diversity rendered the Moffat Era ones unwatchable to the point I gave up early in Capaldi. I want to make super clear my dislike of the incredibly bad, steadily deteriorating, and -ism ridden writing is in no way a reflection on Mr. Smith or Mr. Capaldi, both of whom did fine work with what they had, or on the people playing the companions. I quit a fandom I'd loved for 40ish years because Moffat kept smuggly moffatting over it.

I have heard Moffat is out after this season in exchange for Chris Chibnall, and while in my heart of hearts I'd dreamcast Sophie Okonedo, I am incredibly happy for Jodie Whittaker and am looking forward to watching a show I used to love again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Trump Jr collusion admission leaves Kushner exposed:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "This Arkansas legislator was arrested for observing police — a right he already fought for:" https://mic.com/articles/155686/this-arkansas-legislator-was-arrested-for-observing-police-a-right-he-already-fought-for?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=movement&utm_campaign=social#.yMgbwreEA

* "Racist America: Bank Humiliates Black Architect After Depositing Paycheck:" https://blackmattersus.com/17661-racist-america-bank-humiliates-black-architect-after-depositing-paycheck-2/

* "Salt: Treasure of the Ancient World and Highly-Valued Currency of the Roman Empire:" http://www.ancient-origins.net/history/salt-treasure-ancient-world-and-highly-valued-currency-roman-empire-006794?nopaging=1

* "The Third Chapter of Roanoke Gives us Some Answers and More Questions:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/american-horror-story-roanoke-chapter-3-answers-questions-asks/

* Snerk: http://doonesbury.washingtonpost.com/strip/archive/2016/10/9

* Older Gentleman in an Insurance Commercial: It's a little thing I've done every night since I was a Kid.
Me: Masturbate?
Spoiler: Not the correct answer.

* "Sunday Sweets Takes A Liking For Vikings:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/10/9/sunday-sweets-takes-a-liking-for-vikings.html

* I think I may be too old for Ash vs. the Evil Dead.

* "Lothlórien, Tolkien, and Time:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/lothlorien-tolkien-time/

* ToS Rewatch:

- Dagger of the Mind. So there are no readings on that big old panel to let them know whether or not they are beaming up live things instead of just inert cargo. This episode is the earliest data point on our TNG era Federation brainwashes prisoners theory. Does Star Fleet not have an HR? Because a world of inappropriate seems to go on as implied by Kirk's history with the Psychiatrist in his own command. Has she ever heard of professionalism? Changing his memories to include extra sexual content starring her? EEEEEWWWWWW! And she's supposed to be a psychiatrist with ethics like that. She basically just raped him. Here is the first Vulcan Mind Meld.

- Corbomite Maneuver. I hate pretty much everything in this episode. It's pretty much a universal fort asshole situation.

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* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help? https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Obama takes good economic news, popularity on trail for Clinton:"

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* "Barack Obama campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia, showing why he's her top asset:" https://mic.com/articles/154057/barack-obama-campaigns-for-hillary-clinton-in-philadelphia-showing-why-he-s-her-top-asset?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.Vxqq6bvHM

* "Trump facing cool reception on Flint visit:"

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* "Cost Of Mass Incarceration In Excess Of $1 Trillion:" https://blackmattersus.com/15834-cost-of-mass-incarceration-in-excess-of-1-trillion/

* "Cop Fired For Not Shooting Black Man:" https://blackmattersus.com/15776-cop-fired-for-not-shooting-black-man/

* "A Muslim Woman Set on Fire in a Possible Hate Crime:" http://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2016/09/muslim-woman-fifth-avenue-burned/499745/

* "Woman Faces Hate Crime Charges for Attack on 2 Muslim Moms:" http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Woman-Attacks-2-Muslim-Women-Tries-to-Rip-Their-Hijabs-off-393012361.html

* "The real effects of saying not everything has to be accessible:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/148381833111/the-real-effects-of-saying-not-everything-has-to

* "Joyful Disaster Relief in Japan:"

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* "Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem Protest:"

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* NWS. "Italy: Come Today... And Everyday!:"

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* "Alan Cumming: "I Googled You Naked":"

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* I laughed so hard. "The Great Flamingo Uprising:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/148380529121/the-great-flamingo-uprising#notes

* Bwahahaha! "TNG Season 8:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150396205247/ayellowbirds-grrrlaus-fancycake-i-hope

* It got better. "Famous Poems Rewritten as Limericks:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/148684698376/famous-poems-rewritten-as-limericks#notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
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* "Third Eye Blind Epically Trolled People At The Republican Convention:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/maryanngeorgantopoulos/third-eye-blind-epically-trolled-people-at-the-rnc?utm_term=.ihQ80mmq3#.uwNjnBB30

* This is a sentence I never thought I'd write, given the quality of the things usually being said by FOX presenters, but I absolutely believe Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson. It is no surprise to me at all that working conditions over there are terrible and that Roger Ailes is exactly as gross as I always assumed he was. I know some people are holding the positive things the women said in the press to protect their jobs about him against them, but it is very believable to me that they said those things to protect their jobs and to avoid getting fired and blackballed. You know, the thing that actually happened in this case. It's a legitimate fear because it has happened to so many people who've stood up when they were harassed at work.

So I'm going to say it again. I believe the women.

* "This Black Man Was Stopped by Police for Sitting in His Parked Car, Reading C.S. Lewis:" https://mic.com/articles/148519/this-black-man-was-stopped-by-police-for-sitting-in-his-car-reading-c-s-lewis?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.Vl7t5ur2N

* The first of this year’s pinks: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/147768485062/the-first-of-this-years-pinks

* There were a bunch of things I wanted to write about this week, but I've just not been up to it, particularly about the brilliant Rise. I'm hoping I'll feel better next week.

* "The Fallacy of GoT's 'Women on Top' Part 2: Characters:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/sexism-and-s6-part-2/

* "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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* "Nixon signs Missouri bill limiting access to police videos:" http://www.kctv5.com/story/32404207/nixon-signs-missouri-bill-limiting-access-to-police-videos

* "Muslim Woman Accuses Chicago Police Of Racial Profiling, Tackling Her:" http://chicagoist.com/2016/06/30/muslim_woman_accuses_chicago_police.php

* "How a blind astronomer found a way to hear the stars:" http://www.ted.com/talks/wanda_diaz_merced_how_a_blind_astronomer_found_a_way_to_hear_the_stars

* "5 Mind-Blowing Ways People Solved Unsolvable Cold Cases:" http://www.cracked.com/article_20523_5-mind-blowing-ways-people-solved-unsolvable-cold-cases.html?wa_user1=4&wa_user2=Weird%20World&wa_user3=article&wa_user4=companion

* "The Forgotten 'Girl Mayors' of the 1920s:" http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/in-the-1920s-the-nowforgotten-flood-of-girl-mayors-became-the-face-of-feminism?utm_source=Boomtrain&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20160707&bt_email=jporath%40gmail.com&bt_ts=1467902587164

* "Their Eyes Were Watching God: Crash Course Literature 301:"

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* I had totally forgotten that in From Beyond there is a wet underwear shot in which you can tell Ken Foree is circumcised. There is also way more nearly naked homoerotic wrestling than I remembered.

I could do without the kink shaming though.

* "We Need To Talk About Racism in Superhero Media, Part 2: Classism Boogaloo:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/need-talk-racism-superhero-media-part-2-classism-boogaloo/

* "Game of Nonsense, Week Ten: Nonsensical Ascensions:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/game-nonsense-week-ten-nonsensical-ascensions/

* TNG: 20 episodes in, Worf gets a backstory and the first bit o real character development. 21 episodes in, Beverly Crusher gets her first bit of backstory not revolving around a man. Jordie LaForge also gets his first real bit of character development not revolving around his blindness. I'm calling it progress, despite other problematic things going on.

* "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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* "Trump campaign a cover for moneymaking scheme:"

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* "Unpaid, stressed, and confused: patients are the health care system's free labor:" http://www.vox.com/2016/6/1/11712776/healthcare-footprint

* "All In Special Report: Smart Guns:"

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* "Scientists finally know what stopped Mongol hordes from conquering Europe:" http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-finally-know-what-stopped-mongol-hordes-from-conquering-europe

* "Narcissistic Apologies:" https://graceformyheart.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/narcissistic-apologies/

* "Police Crisis in Oakland, CA:"

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* "Donald Trump's Campaign Deficit:"

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Real Enough)
* "Just Before Giving Stanford Rapist 6 Months, Judge Dealt Another Light Sentence to Domestic Abuser:" http://m.democracynow.org/web_exclusives/2908

* "#NoWomanEver Takes On Aggressive Street Harassment By Men:" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/06/114299/no-woman-ever-street-harassment?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=h2&utm_campaign=read_more

* "How Lin-Manuel Miranda Could Transform the Supreme Court:" http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/lin-manuel-miranda-and-the-future-of-originalism/485651/

* "Sen. Cory Booker on guns, the GOP and the NRA:"

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* "Policing in America:"

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* "Feeling sad about tragedy:"

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* "How Bathroom Bills Undermine Child Protection:" http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.patheos.com%2Fblogs%2Funfundamentalistparenting%2F2016%2F05%2Fhow-bathroom-bills-undermine-child-protection%2F&t=OTdiNTY0YmJlMjI0YjY1Yzg2ZjMxZThkZDNhYzMwYzU2NzhlYWZmNSxDa0ZTa3dqaw%3D%3D

* "Congressman Andy Holt's AR-15 Gun Giveaway:"

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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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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* 3/17/16 Cumulative: R: Trump 673, Cruz 411, Kasich 143. 1237 needed. D: Clinton 1606, Sanders 851. 2383 needed.

* Marco Rubio has dropped out, to no one's surprise.

* Next Up:
Tue, Mar 22: American Samoa (R), Arizona, Idaho (D), Utah
Sat, Mar 26: Alaska (D), Hawaii (D), Washington State (D)

* "“Bimbo. Dog. Fat pig”: Women recite Donald Trump’s sexist comments aloud in devastating new attack ad:" http://www.salon.com/2016/03/14/bimbo_dog_fat_pig_women_recite_donald_trumps_sexist_comments_aloud_in_devastating_new_attack_ad/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

* "Dear Donald Trump, I'm Proud That My Parents Are Immigrants:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julia-t/dear-donald-trump-im-proud-that-my-parents-are-immigrants_b_9408948.html?

* "Political sorcerers battle in the dark art of GOP delegate math:"

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* "Obama calls GOP bluff with popular nominee:"

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* "Obama Chooses Merrick Garland for Supreme Court:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/17/us/politics/obama-supreme-court-nominee.html?_r=0

* "What happens to Marco Rubio's delegates?:"

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* "Political victories for Black Lives Matter movement:"

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Remember how I keep saying local elections matter? Seriously, vote every time, in every race you get a say on.

* "Ferguson Approves a Federal Plan to Overhaul Police and Courts:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/us/ferguson-approves-a-federal-plan-to-overhaul-police-and-courts.html?_r=2

* "How a Nearly Successful Slave Revolt Was Intentionally Lost to History:" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-anniversary-1811-louisiana-slave-revolt-180957760/?no-ist

* "Another Super Tuesday for Donald Trump:"

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* "Donald Trump's Latest Racial Attacks:"

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* "Lynching Photo at Joe's Crab Shack:"

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* I watched "And Then There Were None." It took longer than one might expect because I got so excited when I saw who all was in it all together in one place, I actually had to turn it off and go calm down so I could pay attention to the actual acting. Look, I never claimed not to be dorky about these things. It was just such an embarrassment of riches acting wise, and the set designs, costumes, and cinematography were brilliant.

I do have a confession to make before we continue: I've always been a Lord Peter Whimsey person instead of an Agatha Christie person. Mystery novels were everywhere when I was growing up. My Great Grand mother loved them; my Grandmother loved them, my mother's Aunts loved them. my Mother consumed them at an impressive rate. They would pass them back and forth in grocery bags since the women of my mother's family were all both clever and fast readers ans this was cheap and efficient. As a result I tried (often, so very often) with Christie over the years. She lead a fascinating life and was groundbreaking in a whole lot of ways. I want to like her, but the books have always left me some degree of cold. It's the same with Arthur Conan Doyle (who's stories I have literally taught to 8th graders, concealing all the while my lack of enthusiasm). In the case of both authors, I like them better in quality adaptation for the most part. There is a lot of interesting stuff embedded in Christie, by way of class commentary and the like, but I think the problem is I find her characters unappealing, even the ones I'm supposed to like, like Hercule Poirot. (With Doyle, it's generally the stiffness of the prose. No, it's not me disliking 19th century literature, because I love a lot of 19th century authors and am comfortable with he narrative flavour. Look, there is nothing wrong with people liking Doyle or Christie. It is flat out a matter of personal preference and taste, and as I've mentioned, I loved Gran and Grammy and the Aunts and rather wished I could take to Christie as I admired them. I would not have tried so often over the years if I didn't think the people who do like them had reason to feel that way).

I just want to be clear about my biases here. While on paper I look like part of the target audience, I'm not quite, while at the same time not being someone apt to reject it out of hand.

When I say this is not only by far the most fun I've ever had watching a Christie adaption, including the prestige "Orient Express" of my childhood (which I should probably watch again), but good compared to most of the things I've watched in the last year, it means something. I had trouble pulling myself off the sofa to do other necessary things like making food and sleeping. I love Vikings, but I still have no trouble pausing it for sleep. I'd not have traded this for Black sails, but it's close, quality wise. I admit, I came in part for Mr. Turner's abs, the cast list in general, and the haircuts, but I was mesmerized by the whole production. It was very tense and tightly put together for all the eye candy views of the island and the house and the people. The acting was spot on brilliant and brought life to characters I thought rather stock and wooden when I read this as a teen. The plot itself is beautifully twisted and I do love a mystery in which every one is guilty. (Is this the original Cardassian mystery novel?) I was nigh overwhelmed by how well this was done. It found the bones of the story and wedded them to an aesthetic that works and an impressive ensemble of skilled acting talents. It did not erase the incredibly ugly things the characters had done (TW: for graphic homophobic violence, domestic violence, racism), though I do find making the man who perpetrated a racist war crime into a romantic lead unpalatable on a number of levels. I think part of why it worked so well was the people making it knew we would be sitting there rather routing for the characters to be bumped off even as we invested in the whole wanting to solve it part. Everyone is a different flavour of horrible and it raises all sorts of questions about whether it is better to be a manster who openly admits to being a monster or a monster in denial, and whether or not people who commit crimes like these can be in any way redeemable. (Except for Mrs. Rogers, who struck me as a victim to her husband.

On a personal note, watching Burn Gorman's performance, I found myself thinking of the man who killed my Skye. It was unsettling for me, the way things overlapped towards the end and my rather complicated response to that.

So there are caveats you can likely guess from the trigger warning list, but this really was an amazing production, and I'd love to see more adaptations of her better books done on this level.

* "Vampire Math:" https://twitter.com/AChillGhost/status/621489056099086340/photo/1

* EBAYs, Relist:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Ted Cruz 'Enthusiastically' Backs Radical Anti-Abortion, Anti-Contraception Personhood Proposal:" http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-enthusiastically-backs-radical-anti-abortion-anti-contraception-personhood-proposal

* "Dallas Cop Stops Walmart Robbery:" http://cw33.com/2016/02/12/dallas-cop-stops-walmart-robbery/

* "Inaction on Flint sparks call for 'disruptive civil disobedience':"

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* "Flint mayor ready to replace pipes as state, governor delay:"

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* "Inmates Jailed in Flint Forced to Drink, Shower in Toxic Water:" http://mic.com/articles/134549/inmates-jailed-in-flint-forced-to-drink-shower-in-toxic-water?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.wk9bUEN5g

* So to recap, Rick Snyder overthrew the elected government of Flint so that they could poison the city including 9000 children and is now doing everything in his power to stop the elected officials from stopping the poisoning as he says there is no urgency to stop the ongoing brain damage and organ damage and it's much better to delay fixing it so they might do it at greater expense so as to help his political cronies. He is also insisting there is no ethical or legal reason not to charge people for the privilege of having toxic waste pumped into their homes instead of water, nor is there an ethical or legal reason to stop poisoning people in general. We are talking Batman villian evil here folks, and not even Penguin done for financial gain Batman evil as the cost of the damage is many times greater than the money they claim this saved. So clearly saving money is a flat out lie. No, this the the Joker just want to watch the world burn evil, done knowingly to a heavily black city just because they could and they wanted to. They did it for funsies. They gave thousands of children permanant brain damage just because they wanted to.

* "Plumbers From Across the United States Traveled to Flint to Fight the Water Crisis:" http://mic.com/articles/134044/plumbers-from-across-the-united-states-traveled-to-flint-to-fight-the-water-crisis?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.eyGREznAq

* "The story of how two young Irish men pulled off an audacious £7m art heist:" http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/we-didnt-really-think-wed-get-away-with-it-the-astonishing-story-of-how-two-young-irish-men-10270354.html

* It is very quiet here without him and it is so strange sleeping alone.

* Is Anyone traveling from Eugene, OR to Seattle or Bellingham, WA and willing to transport a rescue cat to a forever home? If this sounds like you or someone you know, contact me, please.

* Today I got a reasonable amount of sleep. I also cleaned my freezer, which needed doing. I failed to find the hoped for emergency fruit, but I did discover perogies.

* Black Sails XXII discussion in commentary: http://jonquility.tumblr.com/post/139531287768/black-sails-xxii

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* New Hampshire Primary results: Rep: Trump 10, Kasich 3, Cruz 2, Bush 2. Dem: Sanders 13, Clinton 9

* "FBI Arrests Every Corrupt Politician In Texas City:" http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/02/fbi-arrests-every-corrupt-politician-in-texas-city/

* "IOC Relaxes Rules For Trans Athletes Without GRS:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/02/ioc-relaxes-rules-for-trans-athletes.html

* "Flint Police Are Lying To People Saying They Are Bringing Water Filters Then Arresting Them:" http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/02/flint-police-water-filters/#

* "Satanists Have Trolled A Major City Into Submission:" http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/02/05/3746252/the-hilarious-story-of-how-satanists-trolled-a-major-city-into-submission/

* "Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Vie for the Torture Vote:"

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* "Sunday Sweets for J.R.R. Tolkien's Birthday:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/1/3/sunday-sweets-for-jrr-tolkiens-birthday.html

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

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

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

* Want to help finance 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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* Macedonian police have taken to routinely brutally beating North African refugees before returning them battered to Greece. They are now only taking people from Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, because they insist that people fleeing places like Eritrea are not legitimate refugees. They continue these human rights abuses and officially pretend it's not happening. After all, who are you going to believe the people with the broken bones or the people inflicting them? Fucking Macedonia.

* Meanwhile the BBC continues to insist the people fleeing Daesh are not refugees, but economic migrants.

* "Canada's refugee program draws praise around the world:" http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadas-refugee-program-draws-praise-around-the-globe/article27742254/

* "Dear Non-Muslim Allies,:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/135255559027/dear-non-muslim-allies

* "Is Poland being 'Putinised'?:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35362972

* "People can be convinced they committed a non-existant crime in just 3 hours:" http://www.sciencealert.com/people-can-be-convinced-they-committed-a-non-existant-crime-in-just-three-hours

* "Private Prison Exec Waves Off Criminal Justice Reform, Predicts More Profits:" https://theintercept.com/2015/12/22/geo-group-explains-crime/

* Bwahahaha! "Star Wars Episode III: Backstroke of the West - A Historical Preservation Post:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/137834864327/star-wars-episode-iii-backstroke-of-the-west-a

* Ebays, 2 days left:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* I fucking hate auto dialers. I particularly hate that I've lost three days of good sleep because weight loss and credit card scammers both decided to target me this week and scammers ignore the do not call list. Normally, unplugging the phone would be a choice, but I need the phone on for doctor and bureaucracy calls I expect this week.

I am so tired and I hurt so much. I wish the Do Not Call List had some sort of enforcement attached.

* "We Need to Talk About Media “Realism”:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/we-need-to-talk-about-media-realism/

* 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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* This is a massive relief. "French voters reject anti-Muslim, nativist National Front party:"

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* Storm Front and David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the KKK and former Republican presidential candidate are really excited about Donald Trumps candidacy as they now have a candidate that represents their views with a good chance of taking the Republican nomination. *shudder*

The KKK and Storm Front are the Republican Mainstream now.

* "Nazi salute heard at Trump rally:"

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* How can you tell Republicans are lying when they say they care about national Security and the rise of Daesh? This is how. "Shelby chooses partisan games over ISIS fight with nominee stall:"

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* Real people are dying in the Republican War on Women. "Shooting suspect: 'I am guilty' 'warrior for the babies':"

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* "Veteran trashed with ISIS taint:"

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* "Back to Baltimore: Seven months later:"

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* "Survivor tells her story about Holtzclaw:"

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* "Anti-Muslim attacks more than double typical US rate:"

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* "Mainly black prisoners are being forced to pick cotton in modern day slavery:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/135247336802/mainly-black-prisoners-are-being-forced-to-pick

* "Lead-poisoned children prompt emergency declaration from mayor:"

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* "Massive gas leak's toxic plumes visible with special camera:"

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* "A US town rejected solar panels because 'they'd suck up all the energy from the sun':" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-town-rejects-solar-panels-amid-fears-they-suck-up-all-the-energy-from-the-sun-a6771526.html

* Freecycle came through. It was hugely painful and exhausting and the situation is not long term viable, but I do have temporary TV access again. The TV is precariously balanced on two rickety folding tables. It is awkwardly narrowing access to the porch and the tank area, but it works well enough as a short term fix. The other option would have better picture, but is taller than me and at least two mes wide and would have required a road trip with a friend of a friend in their truck. If this is bad, imagine me trying to tend plants and fish with that in the way. It has no remote, but is old enough to have working buttons on the front. So thank you, nice elderly hippy couple I will likely see again for letting me scavenge your TV.

I am approximately two weeks behind on everything between the extreme pain situation, various RL drama, and Dhraegon's wedding. I have a lot of wrap up stuff on GoB for the next week including running the other half of the tourney, so I doubt I'll be caught up until some time in January. If it is important I know something email or PM me.

* TW: Sexual Abuse, Violence Against Women. "Sansa Stark, Abuse, and the Treatment of Women in A Song of Ice and Fire Part Three: Reactions of a “Perfect Lady”:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/197-2/

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Republicans deploy the F-word on Donald Trump:"

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* "Ted Cruz Called A Hearing On The Mythical ‘War On Police’:" http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/11/18/3723447/ted-cruz-war-on-police/

* "Police department culture questioned where truth was elusive:"

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* "Cruz ducks questions about radical religious right endorsement:"

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* "Vietnam passes law protecting rights of transgender people:" http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/11/25/vietnam-passes-law-protecting-rights-of-transgender-people/?utm_source=PNFB&utm_medium=socialFB&utm_campaign=PNFacebook

* DO NOT GIVE THEM MONEY. "The Salvation Army's History of Anti-LGBT Discrimination:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zinnia-jones/the-salvation-armys-histo_b_4422938.html

* "Homo erectus footprints hint at ancient hunting party:" http://www.nature.com/news/homo-erectus-footprints-hint-at-ancient-hunting-party-1.17346

* "Why we have chins: Researchers contend chin comes from evolution, not mechanical forces:" http://phys.org/news/2015-04-chins-contend-chin-evolution-mechanical.html

* "Palaeolithic remains prove cannibalistic habits of human ancestors:" http://phys.org/news/2015-04-palaeolithic-cannibalistic-habits-human-ancestors.html

* "The Earliest Little Red Riding Hood Tale:" http://www.medievalists.net/2013/11/10/the-earliest-little-red-riding-hood-tale/

* "Rosa May Billinghurst: Suffragette on Three Wheels:" http://www.sheilahanlon.com/?page_id=1314

* I got black and purple striped fingerless gloves for Gothmas!

* So here's the thing with my mobility. I mostly don't use the crutches in my apartment. I do use one or both on a bad mobility day, but my floor is flat and I don't allow obstructions. I have things I can lean on or grab onto in if my legs lose power briefly. I go barefoot without socks, so I'm not going to slip. I have the crutches or the wheelchair as an option if the pain renders the legs too painful or prone to failing, but mostly, I'm okay. I often don't bother when I'm visiting someone else's place if there are no stairs or obstructions or small children running about. I pick a spot and sit in it, and if I need to move, I quickly find a place to sit. I do hang on to the crutch if it's a large party, as I'm more likely to need it for safety or getting around complicated moving clumps of people.

When I'm outside (curbs, stairs, uneven pavement, random obstructions), I always have at least a crutch, becaue even if I have above average standing leg control, I fall really easily. I absolutely use it inside places like shops or the library, where small unattended children or adult assholes can run into me and knock me down, or places like the post office, where I may have to stand in long lines, which is incredibly painful and burns my steps for the day.

Foraging is the worst of all worlds. You get up to a couple hours of line, most of it with nowhere to sit if I couldn't park close enough for a chair. I often end up sitting on cold wet pavement in the rain if the parking is bad. There are often people smoking in or next to the line, which my scarred up slowly degenerating lungs can't handle which means I may not be able to breathe well and start trying to cough up a lung, smokers generally being to lazy and inconsiderate to move a safe distance away. (I'm not coughing to be an asshole, Smokers. I am coughing because I have a genetic condition that will likely eventually kill me. I'm not the asshole in this situation.) Add to this, that inside is a chaotic environment where people and small minimally supervised children randomly run into you.

So as when I go shopping, I put the crutch in the cart and use the cart as a walker. For the time I'm there, just as at the supermarket, that cart is a mobility devise. The way you can tell is there is a crutch sticking out of the cart. Being me, I try not to be in the way. I do keep the cart really close because I do not like being separated from my crutch in public places, even though often, the thing I'm going to grab if my legs randomly give out or someone knocks into me is likely a counter, a bin, a bit of shelving. When I am public, that crutch is basically an extra, more reliable leg. Yes, even when I'm not using it, because I worry about getting stranded, which was a thing that used to happen towards the end of my teaching career and is a thing that can happen in a chaotic warehouse type environment if you pull my cart and thus crutch away out of reach while I'm grabbing oranges.

So when the man grabbed my cart and pulled it away, I instinctively pulled it back to my hip without turning around. People bump your cart all the time, so I do this all the time without thinking about it because that's my legs and I need them approximate to my hips. Only it wasn't someone carelessly bumping my cart, it was a guy who worked there taking the cart over to where they want able bodied people to put them for the bread section so they are out of the way. Normally they wait until you are ready to enter breads, at which time I say, "I'm using it as a walker," and everything is fine. The guy had jumped the gun. A small tug of war ensued with him talking over me, "I'm just moving it out of the way. I'm not stealing your stuff. You can let go of it. It will be fine over here," and me in my startlement trying to get my phrase out in the gaps about it being a walker. I could see the moment he finally figured out what he was doing (stealing someone's leg). I could tell they'd had sensitivity training for disabilities, as he apologized mentioning he hadn't seen the crutch in a way that suggested he really did get it. I wasn't angry or anything and it was all good.

I am mentioning it because this is a thing that happens. You are sitting somewhere and someone "helps" by moving your crutch somewhere further away. I want to go to the bathroom, and it's gone. Which is alarming. I wouldn't be sitting with it if I didn't need it. I try to prop or tuck it out of the way, but depending on the set up, sometimes it needs moving. It's totally fine to ask me to move the thing. I will happily move the thing, but if you move it for me? I may not know where it is when I needed it, and it's disconcerting. That crutch (or cane or wheelchair) may not be quite as intimate as a prosthesis, but it's still functionally a leg or legs and it is freaky to discover someone's trying to walk off with one of your legs, or worse yet taken it and hidden it, or worse still as happens to wheelchair users all too often, stolen by some asshole able bodied person because they've decided that that person doesn't need it because they had to pee or whatever and left it unattended a few moments.

My little tug of war yesterday was not a big deal, but I thought it would be a good time to remind people to ask before you move a mobility devise. Use your words, or at least a polite gesture and let the person move it themselves. Keep in mind that it's not always obvious that you are looking at a mobility devise. When we took my Gran shopping, I'd go grab her a cart and bring it to the car, so she didn't need to get her walker out. Her being past 90 and not liking to let go the cart was a hint, but a fairly subtle one. Keep in mind that just because someone is not using a mobility devise right this second, doesn't mean they don't really need it. There are all sorts of reasons someone might not be in their chair. They may be able to stand and walk short distances, but have very little safe mobility. (Being able to walk the distance to use a non-wheelchair accessible rest room, doesn't mean they can safely walk to their car.) They may have a condition where every step is agony, but the office or person they need to visit is not wheelchair accessible. They might have crawled off to sit on the grass in the park, which is something wheelchairs are not good at. Those things are expensive. Stealing them is not cool or clever or teaching that person a lesson. It's a serious theft that they may not be able to afford to replace and you could strand someone. DON'T DO IT. If you see any mobility devise? Leave it alone unless you have permission to move it.

Yes, accidents happen, like the thing with my cart and crutch the other day, and if you make a mistake like that, apologize and try to be more careful. That's all I ask.

* EBAY:

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* Story Dragon Store: http://thestorydragon.com/?product_cat=owens-art

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

* A list of LGBTQA Charities: 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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* "Drought takes terrible toll in Ethiopia:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34770831

* Donald Trump is claiming that Starbucks having read and green Christmas coloured cups proves they somehow hate Christmas. No really. Look it up. He also says he will force people to say "Merry Christmas" if he is elected. Somehow? There is no War on Christmas.

* The Republican Agenda Includes Literal Death Camps for LGBTQ People: Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, and Ted Cruise were speakers at an anti-gay event hosted by a man known for explicitly calling for death camps for homosexuals, an activity he did at length. The main thrust of the event was in fact demands to round us all up and kill us, and as they spoke after this torrent of hate instead of leaving the hate rally, they clearly all three endorse killing us all in the Christian theocracy death camps.

* "GOP on wrong side of veterans with VA privatization plan:"

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* The child is white so they are treating it as a murder, unlike in the Tamir Rice murder where there are still no arrests. "$1 million bond set in death of 6-year-old Louisiana boy:" http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/09/us/louisiana-child-shooting/index.html

* "McCaskill proud of Missouri University activists:"

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* "Tona's Trans Awareness Month Truth Telling:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/11/tonas-trans-awareness-month-truth.html

* "This trans woman wants to ‘widen the bandwidth of gender’ by keeping her beard:" https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/07/19/this-trans-woman-wants-to-widen-the-bandwidth-of-gender-by-keeping-her-beard/

* Do not be taken in by the news from Seaworld. It's pure PR. They are shutting down the current whale show with tricks in one of the three parks, but rather than release the prisoners, they are still planning to keep them imprisoned in small tanks and are claiming this will be "more like their natural environment" which is the open see where they swim a hundred milews or more a day. Riiiiiight. Exactly the same.

* "Racism in the WWE - Ricky Velez:"

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* "Missouri Racism: The College Years:"

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* "A Pricey Oversight in Afghanistan:"

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* "It's Time to Free Jeb Bush:"

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* "The War on Christmas Continues: Donald Trumps vs. Starbucks:"

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* Hector Update: He's still a little clumsy and occasionally falls in a fish tank. He's still less clumsy than squirrel's lump, who has not had a stroke, so it's clear improvement. Today he relearned how to howl, which is exhausting for me, but a sign of improved health. After the stroke he was reduced to very soft sounds in very limited range. Today he reached full volume and I thing he has most or all of his vocalizations back. He's still way too thin, barely grooming and so dirty and bedraggled, and scary fragile, but no longer looks like he's on death's door. Normally, I would bathe him, but I don't want the stress of it to give him another stroke.

* I'd like to thank whichever of you it was that recommended Havemercy. It was delightful and gripping, despite my dislike of Rook and his homophobia. I really liked the M/M romance and the way it was full of little Checkov's guns that were nigh invisible until the last fifth or so which I mostly spent impressed by how much crucial information was slipped in without looking like it had anything to do with the central mystery. All four PoVs wove together really well in the final half, and the long interpersonal build really meant that loses meant something. This book was put together beautifully and even though I guessed the interpersonal twist very early, I admit to missing the big twist and solution despite all the clues until it was right on top of me, which is a rare and beautiful thing. the book plays fair with both the mystery and it's solution, but the wealth of naturally flowing detail meant the clues did not stand out. I want more of these to read right away, hopefully fleshing out and centering on some of the other tantalizingly interesting characters that were not PoV this time, because I want to know more about the secondary characters and more about the world.

Did I mention there were steampunk dragons? There were totally steampunk dragons.

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* "Crisis pregnancy centers get millions in taxpayer funding:" http://on.msnbc.com/1LNwe78

* "Are crisis pregnancy centers misleading?:" http://on.msnbc.com/1LNyHym

* Radical thought: Maybe people who don’t understand cause and effect shouldn’t have jobs at any level of law enforcement. "FBI director connects police scrutiny to crime rates:" http://on.msnbc.com/1LPc0tC

* "'Peace Rooms' a safe space for Chicago students:" http://on.msnbc.com/1kD3abE

* "The most complete ancient crossbow unearthed with terracotta army:" http://www.ecns.cn/2015/03-20/158884.shtml

* "Pre-Angkorian archaeological treasure sees light in southern Laos:" http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-03/18/c_134077262.htm

* "Watch This Artist Recreate Makeup Looks From the Past 2,000 Years:" http://mic.com/articles/127108/this-makeup-artist-recreated-the-best-makeup-looks-from-the-past-2-000-years?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=style&utm_campaign=social

* "How Drake's 'Hotline Bling' makes it OK to be dorky:" http://on.msnbc.com/1LPfOuP

* EBAY: TARANTULA FASCINATOR 2013 (LE, Liliths): (Company says:Done and done: fuzzy cacao-drenched hazelnut with hay absolute, black pepper, and nutmeg, laced with stripes of wild plum and white sandalwood.). 3/4 Full. http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301775349204?

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* So it looks like a Liberal Party landslide in yesterday's election. Canada is pulling out of the bombing campaign in Syria. Apparently the disastrous Keystone pipeline is still on, but Justin Trudeau does believe Science and thus Global warming is a thing, so we'll have to see how their environmental policy plays out.

* I think "Kept us safe" should count for the whole Presidency, not 9/11 and is therefore bullshit, but even if you take Jeb Bush's conceit that W's responsibility for National security as President somehow only started on 9/12 and not with his swearing in, Jeb is still lying. Remember those anthrax attacks that happened after 9/11? I do. I had a special lesson plan about risk assessment I used to calm down panicky middle schoolers. George W. bush did not by any measure "keep us safe" in any objective sense. More people died under his presidency from terrorism than under any other president since the civil rights era (when domestic terrorism was widespread particularly in the South, but happened nearly everywhere). In any case, Jeb Bush is out lying that the Anthrax attacks didn't happen and the people who died on 9/11 don't count and somehow his brother's presidency wasn't disastrous on pretty much every level.

* Paul Ryan is now in negotiations with various Republican Cauci about conditions for him agreeing to run for Speaker. He wants a whole bunch of rules changes designed to make the job less horrible and there is no guarantee it's going to work.

* "Source of illegal death penalty drugs exposed:"

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* "An unintended consequence of police body cameras:"

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* "After his car broke down, Florida church drummer shot and killed by plainclothes officer:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/10/19/after-his-car-broke-down-florida-church-drummer-shot-and-killed-by-plainclothes-officer/

* "NYPD officer indicted for allegedly stealing home ownership from dead woman’s family:" http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/nypd-officer-indicted-for-allegedly-stealing-home-ownership-from-dead-womans-family/#.ViWVEZnzMZs.reddit

* "Japanese Depictions of North Americans (1860s):" http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/japanese-depictions-of-north-americans-1860s/

* "Canada's Hot New Prime Minister:"

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* "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Racism Awakens:"

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* "Bullying 101 with Wolf Blitzer:"

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* "Nationally Conversatin' About Guns:"

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* I am so angry about the racist depiction of Cassandra and that there is now no chance of something to counteract it, that it's honestly hard to comment on anything else, but I do want to talk about my reading of 10K. I read him differently than this reviewer did, though my reading is also that the character has a lot of creepy misogyny in him. (Remember his fascinated reaction to the disgusting misogynistic zombie poll dancer show Murphy did first episode this season? I call it foreshadowing.) I think he had a crush on Cassandra. I do think her being reduced to a bestial shell of herself and a slave has had him furious all season, but not for the feminist and anti-racist reasons most of us have been horrified by. I think his motives are impure and creepy in that I think there was a strong element of if I can't have her no one will, and I also think that in previous episodes he kept hoping that somewhere under what Murphy did to her there was some part of her that loved him and he could play on that to bring her back. Only it failed. There was a moment.. last episode? the one before? I'm forgetting, where he tried to get her to respond to him and she rebuffed him. You could see him harden. I think it's the old awkward male teenager believing he is entitled to the body of a woman rape culture thing that often leads to mass shootings and other violence against women. you can not tell me 10K doesn't fit the profile. He likely thinks he is a nice guy and that he should get the girl as a result and I think the circumstances of what Murphy did to her lets him justify his killing of her and still tell himself he is a nice guy. I also think that his lack of affect has more to do with denial, PTSD (remember his history? It would be strange if he didn't have issues after having killed his father as a young boy and then surviving mostly alone and semi feral for a few years. you can't tell me Addie's the only one with PTSD here), dissociation, and his desperate need to fulfill the strong silent manly stereotype that had him picking 10k to replace his name in the first place. Look at him. He is trying so desperately hard to be the protagonist in a first person shooter. Remember his age when the apocalypse started and that he is literally too young to have seen porn (about which he expressed curiosity). He is assuredly a virgin. (I am not trying to imply that porn would provide a better archetype, just that he was pre-pubescent when the world basically ended and his idea of what a man is likely derives from media popular with boys that age. I also mean that we know he has a lot of curiosity about sex and sexual relationships, but no experience. We also know that he was fascinated rather than disgusted by the zombie sex slave strippers, all of which plays into the sort of profile you get for men who murder women because they completely understandably don't want to go out with let alone fuck creepy potentially violent misogynists).

I bet his archetypal image of what a man is comes from video games. He's adopted a first person shooter style ultra masculine persona because those games are about survival. Those games are generally laced pretty heavy with women as prizes and misogyny and general. So finally he meets a woman with no partner close to his own age and there was a certain element of rescue involved, so he thought, likely unconsciously: here is my prize. She did seem to like him. Then from his perspective Murphy snatches the prize away.

Except she is a human being and not a prize. Murphy stole her autonomy and reduced her to a barely sentient slave, but I think 10K has been objectifying and dehumanizing her in a more ordinary way. As far as I'm concerned I loathe them both thoroughly and I'm not sure my fondness for Warren and Addie and that impulse to stare at a bad car wreck can carry me past how much I loathe Murphy and now 10K. Because I'm pretty sure no one is going to call 10K on how fucked up it all is.

BTW, having Vasquez be undercover DEA with a family to avenge was a bit of a relief to me given that we are down to two Poc characters in the main cast. If it was going to be just Warren and an obvious villain on top of the catastropfuck with Cassandra.... yeah.

"Fangs For The Fantasy: Z Nation, Season Two, Episode Six: Zombie Baby Daddy:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/10/z-nation-season-two-episode-six-zombie.html

* "Gothic Literature That Inspired Crimson Peak:" http://geekandsundry.com/8-gothic-literary-inspirations-for-crimson-peak/

* Is it weird that my response to the Hotel back story reveal is: Oh! It's the devil in the White City! And the cop being an alcoholic combined with the creepy children makes me wonder how they are going to squeeze in a snowy hedge maze. "American Horror Story Season 5 (Hotel), Episode 2: Chutes and Ladders:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/10/american-horror-story-season-5-hotel.html

* Happy Back to the Future Day!

* "Sundays Sweets: Tim Burton Treats!:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2015/10/18/sundays-sweets-tim-burton-treats.html

* "Coins carved to reveal skulls under the faces:" http://boingboing.net/2015/10/16/coins-carved-to-reveal-skulls.html

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Etherite)
* "Trump blames Bush for 9/11, triggers establishment Republican outrage:"

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* A Christian Church congregation beat a teen and his brother for fourteen hours, killing the older teen for allegedly wanting to leave the church. No word on why they tried to murder the five year old. "Witness describes fatal church beating:" http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2015/10/16/teen-killed-in-church-carroll-pkg-ac.cnn

* "Kids Who Wear Turbans Are Being Bullied, Here's How To Stop It:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kids-who-wear-turbans-are-being-bullied-heres-how-to-stop-it_561fc406e4b028dd7ea6d8ec

* "Argentine Trans Activist Diana Sacayan Murdered:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/10/argentine-trans-activist-diana-sacayan.html

* Mansplaining, Sexism, and the Trans experience: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/131334106947/robothugscomic-new-comic-link-this-week-i

* "Could ExxonMobil go the way of Big Tobacco?:"

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* "New alarm over fracking-related earthquake threat to oil storage:"

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* President Obama is not going to sell any new leases for Arctic drilling, nor will they renew current licenses. Shell is giving up on their current exploration because it's too hard.

Now to make sure the next President doesn’t over turn it.

* "Ancient fossils reveal diversity in the body structure of human ancestors:" http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-03/uom-afr030915.php

* "Neanderthals shape up as globe's first jewellers:" http://phys.org/news/2015-03-neanderthals-globe-jewellers.html

* "Prehistoric stone tools bear 500,000-year-old animal residue:" http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-03/afot-pst031915.php

* The lead researcher is named Borgia an they got control samples fro the Poison garden in Northumberland! yes, the Alnick Garden! A place I wish I could visit! "Poisons, plants and Palaeolithic hunters:" http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/poisons-plants-and-palaeolithic-hunters

* "Ancient Africans used 'no fly zones' to bring herds south:" http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-03/wuis-aau030615.php

* "Ancient artifacts found on Ashkelon beach:" http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4635226,00.html

* "People Ate Pork in the Middle East Until 1,000 B.C.—What Changed?:" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-ate-pork-middle-east-until-1000-bcwhat-changed-180954614/?no-ist

* "Ancient Receipt Proves Egyptian Taxes Were Worse Than Yours:" http://www.livescience.com/50139-ancient-egyptian-tax-receipt.html

* "The largest known bronze mask of Pan uncovered by researchers:" http://phys.org/news/2015-03-largest-bronze-mask-pan-uncovered.html

* "Clay tablet with oldest recorded customer-service complaint on display at the British Museum:" https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-buzz/at-the-british-museum-oldest-recorded-184633671.html

* "COPS & VLOGGERS - THE YOUTUBE EFFECT:"

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* "Throwback Thursday - Lincoln-Douglas Debates:"

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* "An Illinois Mayor Gets Parodied on Twitter:"

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* I know, I know. I shouldn't be spending money on things that are not cat food, but Sunday is my birthday and my present for myself this year was one matinee ticket to see Crimson Peak today. Afterwards, I voted. Yes it's an off year election, but local elections are important. This year the ballot was massive, with not only the usual slate of local and county officials, but a large collection of measures to do with taxation, redistricting, and rules for what the city council can and can't do. I know this sort of thing is technical and unromantic, but look at what gerrymandering has done to the Congress and tell me again having fairly drawn voting districts isn't important. Things like clean water and mental health diversion instead of warehousing the mentally ill in prison are incredibly important issues. Again, not glamorous, but I want my city to stay on the right track. I keep a close eye on school boards because that's one of the places people who want to gut history and science education tend to try to get in to destroy local schools. I live somewhere pretty safe that way, but I still like to keep an eye open. (My candidate made it into the run off!)

Seriously folks, pay attention to local elections to things like Sheriff, city council, school board, and port authority. They have a huge impact on your local quality of life. It's a really good idea to keep a look out for targeted right wing tax measures designed to strip funding for schools and/or infrastructure or to constitutionally tie the hands of the legislature to fund key parts of government. I don't know what issues are going on where you live, but please check out your voter guide and research measures and candidates online.

Also, if you live somewhere with early voting, I urge you to take advantage of it. This is especially important if you live under Republican rule as their aggressive war on the right to vote continues. It is better to vote early so you have plenty of time to fight to get your rights reinstated if you've been unconstitutionally stripped of your right for being trans or poor or a person of color.

Please, please, please vote.

* Crimson Peak (I'm going to be as general as I can manage for the spoiler adverse):

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I suspect there is going to be a massive gulf between people who pay attention to the spoken text only and those reading the visual language as well, likely even worse than with Pacific Rim, because it's a similar issue: very simple plot with this massive amout of meaning layered into the visual language.

* I honestly can't tell you if Scream Queens is any good or not, despite all my watching of it. It is very pretty and I am amused by the music cues, but the Slasher genre isn't my genre and I really, really never liked the Sorority/Fraternity system and I would like it to go away forever, which makes it hard for me to connect with. I like Zayday? I like the aesthetics? I think beyond my disconnection from the subject matter, it is too exaggerated even for me and my fondness for stylized film and parody. I just can't suspend disbelief and am always being pulled out of it as a result. It likely does not help that this is the third Ryan Murphy thing I've seen Emma Roberts play this character in and I didn't particularly like this character the other two times either. It's just boring to watch and there is nothing new to say about her.

* People are still reblogging "Historically Authentic Sexism." O.o I have an anniversary reblog scheduled in... I'm thinking early December? But it's blowing up my feed again the last couple days.

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

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

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

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