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* "A Parable From Down Under for U.S. Climate Scientists:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/climate/a-parable-from-down-under-for-us-climate-scientists.html?mcubz=0

* "Theresa May orders contaminated blood scandal inquiry:" https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/11/contaminated-blood-scandal-theresa-may-orders-inquiry

* This is so gross. "Trump told the French First Lady that she was "in such good shape":" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-tells-french-first-lady-she-s-such-good-shape-n782696

* "State Department spent more than $15,000 for rooms at new Trump hotel in Vancouver:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/state-department-spent-more-than-15000-for-rooms-at-new-trump-hotel-in-vancouver/2017/07/12/5eba5d0c-61bf-11e7-84a1-a26b75ad39fe_story.html?utm_term=.f6729351feac

* "Judge: Grandparents count as close family for travel ban:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/14/politics/hawaii-travel-ban-bona-fide-relationships/index.html

* "Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger in Emails: ‘Watch Your Back , Bitch’:" https://www.propublica.org/article/marc-kasowitz-trump-lawyer-threat-emails-maddow

* "Russian-American lobbyist joined Trump's son's meeting, too:" https://apnews.com/dceed1008d8f45afb314aca65797762a

* Things that make me go Hmmmmm.... "Mike Pence's Press Secretary Won't Say If His Boss Met With Russians:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-pence-marc-lotter-fox-news-no-answer_us_5966f931e4b0a8d46d12100b

* "Conway uses flash cards to explain Russia controversy:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/13/politics/kellyanne-conway-flash-cards-donald-trump-jr/index.html

* "Trump-Russia investigators probe Jared Kushner-run digital operation:" http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article160803619.html

* "Trump Jr Russian meeting story unpacking like a nesting doll:"

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* "White House fails to protect personal data in voter feedback:"

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* "Health care protesters deploy 'flat Rob Portman':"

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* "Trump's budget would reduce deficit but wouldn't balance like White House promised, CBO says:" http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/13/cbo-releases-analysis-of-trumps-budget.html

* So steal things people literally need to survive to build a nonsensical wall we don’t need. "King: Use funding from food stamps, Planned Parenthood to pay for border wall:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/12/politics/steve-king-food-stamps-border-wall-cnntv/index.html

* "Graham introduces repeal back-up plan:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/13/lindsey-graham-health-care-proposal-240503

* So Republicans think their own health care bill is so terrible and potentially deadly they are thinking of exempting themselves from it. "Senate Republicans exempt own health coverage from part of latest proposal:" https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/13/15966034/senate-republicans-exemption

* "As White House election integrity panel begins work, civil rights watchdogs set up a hotline:" https://mic.com/articles/180997/as-white-house-election-integrity-panel-begins-work-civil-rights-watchdogs-set-up-a-hotline?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.Xjw3xWjGx

* "Y'all know that individual health behaviors - choices around nutrition, exercise, smoking, etc. - only account for about 25% of a person’s health status? :" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/162939757550/jhscdood-heavyweightheart-yall-know-that#notes

* "Typecast as a terrorist:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/15/riz-ahmed-typecast-as-a-terrorist?CMP=share_btn_fb

* "AG Sessions under fire for closed-door speech:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/12/politics/jeff-sessions-alliance-defending-freedom-summit/index.html

* "Chicago Dyke March Drops Pretense, Deploys Anti-Semitic Term Popularized by Neo-Nazis:" http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/240785/chicago-dyke-march-drops-pretense-deploys-anti-semitic-term-popularized-by-neo-nazis?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=post&utm_term=Chicago+Dyke+March+Drops+Pretense%2C+Deploys+Anti-Semitic+Term+Popularized+by+Neo-Nazis&utm_content=July2017

* "Liberty over safety is the Texas anti-vaxxer way:" https://news.vice.com/story/liberty-over-safety-is-the-texas-anti-vaxxer-way

* Every time BBC runs that past headlines thing with the guy breaking in to ask the Queen for a smoke, my brain does this. "The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (There is a Light that Never goes Out/Panic):"

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* "Trump Said More Than ‘Bonjour’ To France’s First Lady’ :"

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* "Stephen Recreates Kellyanne Conway's 'Fun With Words':"

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* "The Late Show's Teen Secrets: Snortable Chocolate Edition:"

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* "Stephen's Book Report On The New Steve Bannon Exposé:"

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* "Stephen Takes A Bite Out Of Jeff Sessions:"

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* "Coexisting With The Fair Folk Who Have Taken Up Residence In/Around/Beneath Your University: A How-To Guide:" http://charminglyantiquated.tumblr.com/post/157198258378/coexisting-with-the-fair-folk-who-have-taken-up

* "Poet reveals what it’s like to have sex when you have a disability:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/160155187875/micdotcom-watch-poet-reveals-what-its-like-to

* "The Paintings used in ‘Black Sails’ (Part 14):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/160132507312/the-paintings-used-in-black-sails-part-14

* "Jack Rackham and the bust in Boston (’Black Sails’):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/160675459172/jack-rackham-and-the-bust-in-boston-black

* Bullying or Media? http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/160208600200/naamahdarling-spiritscraft-werewolfetude

* "Does Fear The Walking Dead Have A Race Problem?:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/does-fear-walking-dead-have-race-problem.html

* "Foreshadowing with Maps (’Black Sails’):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/161107800922/foreshadowing-with-maps-black-sails

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Trump's planned state visit to UK delayed until next year: U.S. official:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-britain-idUSKBN19W28G

* "President Trump, the pageant, the pop star, and Putin:"

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* "Trump's election panel puts hold on voter data request:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-vote-idUSKBN19V29W

* So the plan is to let Eric Prince of Blackwater infamy set out Afghanistan policy along with a man still running DynCorp!!! "Trump Aides Recruited Businessmen to Devise Options for Afghanistan:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/world/asia/trump-afghanistan-policy-erik-prince-stephen-feinberg.html

* Things that make me go hmmmmm.... "Kushner Cos. Sought Qatar Funds as Jared Advised Trump:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-11/kushner-cos-sought-qatar-funds-as-jared-advised-trump

* "Trump Has Secretive Teams to Roll Back Regulations, Led by Hires With Deep Industry Ties:" https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-teams-rolling-back-regulations-led-by-hires-with-deep-industry-ties

* "Justice Dept. probe will look at Trump Jr.'s disclosed emails, meeting:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/11/politics/donald-trump-jr-emails-special-counsel/index.html

* "Donald Trump Jr. may have crossed the legal line on collusion:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/11/donald-trump-jr-may-have-just-crossed-the-legal-line-on-collusion/?utm_term=.ef4dfc00d9d2

* "NYT: E-mail told Trump Jr of Russian government campaign help:"

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* "Republicans trying to rush health care bill again:"

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* "Protests flare as GOP health care/tax bill stalls:"

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* Look, I know we are all tired and I keep saying this, but we need to keep up pressure on republicans for the next three weeks at least, possibly for all of August. We need Die Ins and phone calls and faxes and demonstrations at Congressional Offices and Town halls. We need to sustain this.

They have yet another ACA Repeal/Trumpcare attempt in process.

They are hoping we will give up and go away. We can't afford to. People will literally die so they can win the tax cut for the .1% this is in aid of.

This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/
Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* I am giving a tumblr link, as I want the commentary as well as the article: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/162850425571/former-dominatrix-fights-to-keep-job-as-sheriffs

* "TX Anti-Trans Hate Bills 46 and 50 Filed:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/tx-anti-trans-hate-bills-46-and-50-filed.html

* "Just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide:" https://mic.com/articles/181824/just-100-companies-are-responsible-for-71-of-greenhouse-gas-emissions-worldwide?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=future&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.VG2pBQdnO

* "My Mother Wasn't Trash:" https://www.thisappalachialife.com/single-post/2017/05/10/My-Mother-Wasnt-Trash

* I'm about 70.00 down for the month looks like when bills settled out. I'm also clearly ill, so can't handle oils for selling on the assumption of contagion. I'd had lung symptoms and extra quease for days, but it's also hot and the worst stretch for my allergies, so not definitive. Last night was absolutely definitive. Ugh. Still, I am already thinking about what to sacrifice this time.

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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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* "Qatar row: Calls for diplomatic talks to end Gulf crisis:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40168856

* "The ‘dementia tax’ mess shows how little May thinks of disabled people:" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/25/dementia-tax-theresa-may-prime-minister-disabled-people

* "Trump rash behavior hurts US interests, alliances:"

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* "Leaked docs show new depth of US voting system hacking by Russia:"

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* "London mayor: Disinvite Trump from UK visit:"

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* "Earnest: Trump is 'intentionally sowing fear and chaos':"

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* It is looking like when Comey turned 45 down, 45 tried and failed to suborn the Director of the National Intelligence as part of his attempt to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation.

* "Texas Middle School Says Student Called 'Ape' And 'Slave' Wasn't Bullied:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/texas-middle-school-racist-bullying_us_5935ceeae4b0099e7fae816b

* "Why stuntwomen are in more danger than men:" https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jun/29/why-stuntwomen-are-in-more-danger-than-men?CMP=fb_gu

* "William J. Barber II - Shifting the Moral Conversation About the Poor :"

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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.me/Gwydion or Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "Sick, diabetic man says Greyhound bus driver left him stranded on highwa:" http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/greyhound-bus-stranded-diabetic-man-1.4136133

* "Clapper: Russia 'absolutely' meddled in the 2016 election:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/30/politics/clapper-russia-election-meddling-cnntv/index.html

* "US sidelined as Europe rebuffs Trump:"

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* "How President Trump consumes — or does not consume — top-secret intelligence:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-president-trump-consumes--or-does-not-consume--top-secret-intelligence/2017/05/29/1caaca3e-39ae-11e7-a058-ddbb23c75d82_story.html?utm_term=.afa7dd3a695f

* "Trump administration plans to minimize civil rights efforts in agencies:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-plans-to-minimize-civil-rights-efforts-in-agencies/2017/05/29/922fc1b2-39a7-11e7-a058-ddbb23c75d82_story.html?utm_term=.6356d065da38

* "Civil rights protections wither under Trump, Sessions:"

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* "Why Darrell Issa retreated to his office building roof:"

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* "Republicans want the poor to work for their government benefits:" http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/30/news/economy/republicans-work-requirements-poor-benefits/index.html

* "Texas Lawmakers Trade Assault Allegations After One Calls ICE On Protesters:" http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/29/530623562/texas-lawmakers-trade-assault-allegations-after-one-calls-ice-on-protesters

* "Prof gave 'F' to student because she's Muslim, lawsuit alleges:" http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2017/05/muslim_student_says_claims_prof_changed_grade_from.html

* "On Asian “accents” :" http://the-alexandrian-alchemist.tumblr.com/post/161266293556/on-asian-accents

* "Portland Republican says party should use militia groups after racial attack:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/29/portland-attack-republican-james-buchal-militia-groups?

* Cis white LG's Respectability Politics Erase the rest of us: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/161266132481/different-person-but-ive-seen-some-people-who

* "The Advantage Of Being A Little Underemployed:" http://www.collaborativefund.com/blog/the-advantage-of-being-a-little-bit-underemployed/

* "Abortion Is a Blessing:" https://mikethemadbiologist.com/2009/06/06/saturday_sermon_abortion_is_a/

* "Ancient Shrewsbury sacred site 'oldest of its kind':" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-39981488

* On the second pass on the tags I managed to reduce to 814. Progress!

* "American Gods, Season 1, Episode 5: Lemon Scented You:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/05/american-gods-season-1-episode-5-lemon.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.

* 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

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: paypal.me/Gwydion or 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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* "Sri Lanka's flood survivors threatened by dengue, disease: aid workers:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-disaster-diseases-idUSKBN18P1Q0?il=0

* "France's Macron holds 'frank exchange' with Putin:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40082346

* "Morocco arrests leader of Rif protest movement:" http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/morocco-arrests-leader-rif-protest-movement-170529120755386.html

* "Merkel, After Discordant G-7 Meeting, Is Looking Past Trump:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/28/world/europe/angela-merkel-trump-alliances-g7-leaders.html?_r=0

* "11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/opinion/sunday/it-was-forced-on-me-child-marriage-in-the-us.html?smid=fb-share

* "House-Passed Bill Would Devastate Health Care in Rural America:" http://www.cbpp.org/research/health/house-passed-bill-would-devastate-health-care-in-rural-america

* "This Teen's Essay on Microaggressions Is Going VIRAL:" http://www.teenvogue.com/story/teen-essay-microaggressions-viral?mbid=social_facebook

* "7 Reasons We're Quietly Letting Racists Win:" http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-were-quietly-letting-racists-win

* "The brain starts to eat itself after chronic sleep deprivation:" https://www.newscientist.com/article/2132258-the-brain-starts-to-eat-itself-after-chronic-sleep-deprivation/

* "Traditional capitalism needs "extra" people, but managerial capitalism has no use for them:" https://boingboing.net/2017/05/29/the-exterminative-impulse.html

* "Carbon pollution is suffocating ocean life and speeding up the next mass extinction:" https://thinkprogress.org/oxygen-levels-falling-2-to-3-times-faster-than-predicted-in-our-warming-oceans-7c1e9b48cd42

* "How Big Money in Politics Blocked U.S. Action on Climate Change:" http://e360.yale.edu/features/how-big-money-in-politics-blocked-u-s-action-on-climate-change

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

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

* "Y’know, if Merlin turned that squirrel into a human it would save Camelot a significant amount of problems down the road.:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161227592652/ayellowbirds-vo-kopen-tyrantisterror

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

* This 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

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: paypal.me/Gwydion or Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "Trump calls Kim Jong Un a ‘madman with nuclear weapons,’ according to transcript of Duterte call:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-calls-kim-jong-un-a-madman-with-nuclear-weapons-according-to-transcript-of-duterte-call/2017/05/23/211d1474-3fe8-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html?utm_term=.01bfb73f2e62

* "Trump Praises Duterte for Philippine Drug Crackdown in Call Transcript:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/us/politics/trump-duterte-phone-transcript-philippine-drug-crackdown.html?_r=0

* "Trump Called Duterte to Congratulate Him on His Murderous Drug War: “You Are Doing an Amazing Job”:" https://theintercept.com/2017/05/23/trump-called-rodrigo-duterte-to-congratulate-him-on-his-murderous-drug-war-you-are-doing-an-amazing-job/

* "The Pentagon Can't Believe Trump Told Another President About Nuclear Subs Near North Kore:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/nancyyoussef/the-pentagon-is-facepalming-hard-over-trumps-disclosure-of?utm_term=.uiP6EaYzd#.wdEqV5QdR

* So Trump decided to endanger out nuclear submarines and all the sailors aboard in an attempt to impress a mass murderer who likes to brag about his serial killing hobby.

* "Senate Intel briefed on cyber firm with odd Trump-Russia ties:"

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* "Trump loans, Russian money laundering eyed in Congressional query:"

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* "Trump failing to track foreign cash at his hotels:" http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-failing-track-foreign-cash-his-hotels-n764061

* "Republican Health Overhaul Would Leave Millions More Uninsured:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-24/cbo-says-gop-health-plan-will-cut-deficit-by-119-billion

* "Ben Carson calls poverty ‘a state of mind’ during interview:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/24/ben-carson-
calls-poverty-a-state-of-mind-during-interview/

* "Number 11- Rest In Power And Peace, Sherrell Faulkner:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/number-11-rest-in-power-and-peace.html

* "Texas Trans Kids, The Fight Ain't Over:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/texas-trans-kids-fight-aint-over.html

* My Passport and Birth certificate have returned. I exist again officially.

* Midnight Blue-light Special (Incryptid #2) by Seanan McGuire:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/05/midnight-blue-light-special-incryptid-2.html

* "Ents Take on Isengard and the Fellowship Reunites:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/ents-take-isengard-lotr-reread/

* "American Gods, Season 1, Episode 4: Git Gone:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/05/american-gods-season-1-episode-4-git.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.

* 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

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: paypal.me/Gwydion or 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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* "Manchester Arena blast: 19 dead and more than 50 hurt:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-40007886

* "Yemen war: Major cholera epidemic feared, says charity:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39996900

* TW: Rape, Pedophila "South African men march against abuse of women and children:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39988267

* "Trump does not say ‘radical Islamic terrorism’:"

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* "Sheriff Clarke: A ‘fraud’ with fake medals?:"

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* "Barber reignites King’s ‘Poor People's Campaign’:"

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* "Texas GOP Messes With Texas Trans Kids:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/texas-gop-messes-with-texas-trans-kids.html

* "African Pantheons and the Orishas: Crash Course Mythology #11:"

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* "This powerful Twitter account is sharing the names of Jewish refugees the US turned away in 1939:" https://mic.com/articles/166948/this-powerful-twitter-account-is-sharing-the-names-of-jewish-refugees-the-us-turned-away-in-1939?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.BJDKmJTlK

* To Tavy's great delight, the garden was full of butterflies to watch through the window today.

* The If Women Wrote Men post keeps getting better: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160953941842/if-women-wrote-men-the-way-men-write-women

* Star Trek Economics and Basic Income: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160953464237/mrbumblepants-actuallykylekallgren


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

* This 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

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: paypal.me/Gwydion or Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "Abortion in Ireland: The fight for choice - BBC News:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39183423

* "Northern Ireland Woman Sentenced Over Self-Induced Abortion:" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/04/107798/northern-irish-woman-self-induced-abortion-news?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post

* "Sexist MP argues women should "earn less” because they’re inferior — and gets shut down:" https://mic.com/articles/170234/watch-this-european-lawmaker-obliterate-another-who-said-women-must-earn-less?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.LrRVzz73H

* "Poisoned River:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/poisoned-river/5888ca17f46523d027f95e11

* "The Urban Rez:" https://video.vice.com/en_ca/video/the-urban-rez-1-349/5888c9b7f46523d027f95e10

* "Russian Hackers Said to Seek Hush Money From Liberal Groups:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-06/russian-hackers-said-to-seek-hush-money-from-liberal-u-s-groups

* "Trump has set the US up to botch a global health crisis:" http://www.vox.com/2017/3/4/14803596/trump-pandemic-response-global-health-cdc

* "Rep Swalwell makes case for independent Trump Russia inquiry:"

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* "Putin animosity for Clinton stems from role at State Department:"

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* "Trump, Tillerson weaken State Department as Putin would want:"

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* "Truth closer on Trump camp pro-Russia influence on GOP platform:"

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* "Signs of continuing Russia influence in US raise alarm:"

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* "Trump leaves State Department out of Mexico meeting:"

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* "Fmr Ambassador Fried: West at lowest we've seen since the 1930s:"

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* Is anyone surprised? "Flynn was a foreign agent during the campaign:"

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* So basically the government will have less revenue and there will be less enforcement against rich tax cheats like Trump and his friends. "Under Trump, an Already Depleted I.R.S. Could Face Deep Cuts:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/trump-mnuchin-irs.html?_r=0

* "New EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Is Balking at Trump’s Big Budget Cuts:" http://finance.yahoo.com/news/epa-chief-scott-pruitt-balking-124100391.html

* "Home Alone in the Trump Administration:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/opinion/home-alone-in-the-trump-administration.html?smid=tw-nytopinion&smtyp=cur

* "Interior secretary Ryan Zinke rides a horse to work:" http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/02/interior-secretary-ryan-zinke-rides-a-horse-to-work-.html

* "White House proposes steep budget cut to leading climate science agency:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/03/white-house-proposes-steep-budget-cut-to-leading-climate-science-agency/?utm_term=.659fd75332ab

* "Chaffetz 'cell phone or health care' remark boosts opponent:"

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* "Bernie Sanders sounds off on Trumpcare:"

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* "Carville: It won't be easy to sell 'Chumpcare':"

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* "No, Paul Ryan, there's no 'death spiral':"

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* "Poverty in the developed world doesn’t look like a refugee child with flies on their face.

It looks like a normal person in normal clothes, in a normal apartment, with their bills spread out on the kitchen table, crying."
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* "Some GOP lawmakers’ block-everything mentality could imperil big-picture plans:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/some-gop-lawmakers-block-everything-mentality-could-imperil-big-things/2017/03/04/ca60b436-005b-11e7-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.0c1800be5645

* "TSA's new "pat-downs" are so invasive, airports are pre-emptively warning cops to expect sexual assault claims:" http://boingboing.net/2017/03/06/a-date-with-doctor-jellyfinger.html

* "Hawaiian Sovereignty:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/hawaiian-sovereignty/5888c9e9617e8f2d5c71fae3

* "Deportation of grandmother leaves a San Diego military family reeling:" http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-grandmother-deportation-20170304-story.html

* "Happy International Women's Day 2017:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/happy-international-womens-day-2017.html

* "Moni's SB 6 Opposition Testimony:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/monis-sb-6-opposition-testimony.html

* "Sex Positions or CIA Code Names?:"

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* "The GOP Still Hasn't Figured Out Health Care:"

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* "Ivanka Trump's Fake Feminism:"

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* "That Was the Week that WTF:"

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* "Full Frontal Insta-vestigation: Scott Walker Is A Human Garbage Disposal:"

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* "Trumpcare Bill: Nasty, Brutish and Short:"

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* "TSA Airport Pat-Downs Are Getting WAY More Intimate:"

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* "Republicans Release New Health Plan, And We're All Going To Die:"

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* "Ben Carson Wants To Put Something Inside Your Head:"

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* "White People Are Having a Good Time in America:"

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* "Trump Doesn't Seem to Remember "The Forgotten Man":"

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* "TrumpCare, Russian Ambassadors And Other Things Bad For Your Health:"

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* "The Creators Of TrumpCare On TrumpCare: 'Don't Call It TrumpCare':"

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* I managed to sort out the garden as I was intending to do before the snows. I cleared out the dead foliage and shifted things around so pots with current plants get the best sun as I need to do periodically. Crocuses are up and it looks like hyacinths are on the way. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/158201603292/i-managed-to-sort-out-the-garden-as-i-was

* "Supernatural, Season 12, Episode 14: The Raid:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/03/supernatural-season-12-episode-14-raid.html

* "The Walking Dead Clears my Skin, Waters my Crops with a Richonne-centric Episode:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/walking-dead-clears-skin-waters-crops-richonne-centric-episode/

* "Depicting Child Characters:" http://mythcreants.com/blog/depicting-child-characters/

* "LGBT+ Representation Should Not be a Zero-Sum Game:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/lgbtq-representation-not-zero-sum-game/

* "Taboo Was Good But Not Up To My Expectations:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/taboo-good-not-expectations/

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

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

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

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

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* "The Nixonian ways of Donald Trump:"

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* "Trump and the truth:"

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

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

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

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

* "Democrats seek to reset Republican gerrymandering:"

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

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

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

This on top of the usual periodic document hunt.

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

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

* TNG Rewatch, Season 5:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


*****

* 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
gwydion: (Default)
* "9 of Mike Pence’s most controversial stances regarding gay rights, abortion and smoking:" https://mic.com/articles/159373/8-of-mike-pence-s-most-controversial-stances-regarding-gay-rights-abortion-and-smoking#.EdvcNuN2O

* "Now Is the Time to Talk About What We Are Actually Talking About:" http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/now-is-the-time-to-talk-about-what-we-are-actually-talking-about

* "How long before the white working class realizes Trump was just scamming them?:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2016/11/23/how-long-before-the-white-working-class-realizes-trump-was-just-scamming-them/?utm_term=.b2b17623600c

* "History classes are our best hope for teaching Americans to question fake news and Donald Trump:" http://qz.com/849945/history-classes-are-our-best-hope-for-teaching-americans-to-question-fake-news-and-donald-trump/

* "Toni Morrison: Fear Of Losing White Privilege Led To Trump's Election:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/toni-morrison-fear-of-losing-white-privilege-led-to-trumps-election_us_58330ee2e4b058ce7aac0964

* "Geography of Poverty:" http://www.msnbc.com/interactives/geography-of-poverty/index.html

* "Ohio's 'heartbeat' abortion bill awaits Gov. Kasich's signature:" http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/07/politics/ohio-abortion-bill/

* "A State-by-State List of the Lies Abortion Doctors Are Forced to Tell Women:" https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/a-state-by-state-list-of-the-lies-abortion-doctors-are-forced-to-tell-women?utm_source=broadlytwitterus

* Squirrel broke the second of the chairs he borrowed from me as a temporary fix to the his computer chair broke problem, so I drove him to Value Village to find a cheap replacement for seven bucks instead of him continuing to destroy my guest chairs. Still no baby slings, but I found an arm sling for two dollars. It is less secure, but an improvement. Tavy's a cat sized cat and too heavy to hold against my chest for an hour long cat nap. He is right now in it as I type. The arm sling has the advantage of a big tail hole, but I think I'll keep looking, as I'd like the security of a baby sling for when he wants naps. He sat in it for about fifteen minutes while I scritched him earlier. I think he'd prefer my arm to the sling, but it does mean I can scritch him with what had been the support arm and I'm not quickly exhausted and in pain, and I can mouse when he's in full lounge mode, even though typing only works when he's in alert shoulder mode. My theory is his balance disorder makes it hard for him to feel secure and being held like that grounds him the way leaning against a wall or a friend does for a very drunk person, and he gets pettins and cuddles and a nice view from high up, which he likes. So the sling looks to be worth the two dollars, and is a good stop gap for training him to get used to being held in a sling.

* "Our House is on Fire:" http://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/153609030170/nickjbarlow-ithotyouknew2-hapaxlegomina

* So there's this whole set of films where there's an angry ghost murdering little kids in a rural town. (Ex: Lady in Black, Darkness falls). I get why the Lady in black folks don't leave: it's economic. Except for the Nobleman, who's a skeptic, they can't afford to leave their homes and businesses. No one is going to buy a pub or a haulage business in a literally dying village. Starting over from the bottom with no job or assets is hard. How much harder for middle aged and older folk? And the curse is fairly recent, so they are still trying to find precautions against it. It's a whole other thing with like, a hundred year old haunting/curse that is verifiable and deadly. Once it's clear that children are going to keep dying in numbers, any one who can afford to leave would. Those who couldn't would do the best they could to protect their children, but logically, when the surviving young people grew up they'd MOVE THE FUCK AWAY. That's what young people tend to do any way from small towns with limited prospects, and having grown up with so many dead class mates, they would be even more motivated to get the hell away the moment they were old enough to get a job, any job somewhere else if they couldn't afford college. You wouldn't want to start a family in a town where, say, one on four kids is murdered by a ghost in early puberty. Adults with families often have jobs, houses, businesses they can't afford to leave. Eighteen year olds though? So the generation after the curse starts will mostly go. Odds are there will stragglers who can't afford a bus ticket out, or who have sick parents or younger siblings they can't leave, or are ill in a way that makes leaving hard, but the odds are the numbers of people between eighteen and the increasingly higher age where people were too settled to go will stretch. The second post curse generation will likely be tiny, late in life babies for the aging population, and a handful of stragglers. The school district shrinks to the point they need to bus the handful left to the next town over. The dying off continues amoung that group, because children are not good at being careful and obedient one hundred percent of the time because, you know, kids. By the time the hand full of survivors are grown, it's a town of old people, being maintained by the remaining adult survivors of the first cursed generation. It's not sustainable. What are the odds of the handful of gen 2 kids staying to make a gen three? A hundred years later you have a creepy ass ghost town, not a thriving one that has adapted to the super high death rate of children. To be clear, first generation stories like Lady in black do make sense. So do ones where it's like 5 deaths every twenty years or more. That's enough time for skepticism and a belief that if it happens it'll be someone else again, and the numbers are large enough to be tragic, but not enough to ravage the town demographically. You look at something like Darkness Falls or Lesbian Vampire Killers though, and I just don't see how the town is still there. Darkness falls is clearly the above ghost town scenario in three generations. Lesbian Vampire Killers should be even faster as all of the women are cursed, so to reproduce you'd have to out breed every time, and who the fuck marries into a town where all the girl children turn? No way is a town cursed centuries ago like that still there. I had large, prosperous that weathered the Great Pestilence of 1348-50 just fine, that were completely gone, or in one case down to four inhabitants by the Victoria survey and that is without Vampires, ghosts, or curses slaughtering their children.

I think it's down to my corollary to Asimov's theory that you can only get away with one or two big suspensions of disbelief per story (It is the far future and space colonies are a thing. Vampires, zombies, etc. exist). My corollary is that it's easier to swallow one big thing that shifts the whole world than something small but part of your everyday experience of how people or biology or everyday life works. (Ex: Fear the walking dead: Big thing: The dead rise and attack and eat the living. Small things: 1. A serious narcotic addict who's been mainlining hospital grade morphine experiences no withdraw. 2. A big fucking boat like that doesn't ever need to refuel.) The big thing in movies like that is the ghost/curse/monster/whatever. The small thing is that people would still be living there a century or more later, because in real life they wouldn't.

* Me watching the Librarians when the chateau appears out of the Blizzard: There's a Light... Burning at the Frankenstein place. There's a Liiiiight....
Me when they are asking to use the phone: We'll just say where we are and get back to the car.
Me at the "Festivities:" Hey, does anybody know how to Madison?

* Being There stopped being funny the day George W. Bush was sworn in. It gets less funny by the second with Trump on the march to the White House.

*****

* 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 risks China rift with Taiwan call:"

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* "Bernie Sanders opens up about Trump's filthy-rich cabinet:"

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* "Trump voter lost her home, blames Trump's pick for Treasury...:"

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* "Trump vulnerable to lawsuits from competitors:"

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* "‘Don’t play identity politics!’ The primal scream of the straight white male:" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/02/identity-politics-donald-trump-white-men

* "The Curious Case Of The "Alt-White" Support For Trump:" http://modernliberals.com/the-curious-case-of-the-alt-white/

* "States with new voting restrictions flipped to Trump:" http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/states-new-voting-restrictions-flip-trump-article-1.2866395?utm_content=buffereb48e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=NYDailyNewsTw

* "Job Gap 2016:" https://jobgap2016.org/

* "What It’s Like to Be Named to a Watch List of ‘Anti-American’ Professors:" http://www.chronicle.com/article/What-It-s-Like-to-Be-Named/238486

* "At Dinner With Donald Trump, Mitt Romney Ate Crow"

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* "Trump Will Soon Acquire Mass Text Capability:"

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* I have no idea how to feel about this SNL Sketch. ":"

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* So Sunday we helped an acquaintance move. It very much needed doing. A friend financed it, and she and another friend did the carrying. I was signed up as wheel man. I guarded the truck and tetrised things in as they arrived, and on the other end pointed them all to the edge for easy carrying by the able bodied. I did this without my pain meds as I was too ill for the non-narcotics starting Thursdayish, and I don't take the emergency prescription narcotics if there is even a slight chance i might need to drive in the next eight hours. So picture a rusty tin man with every joint from mid spine down in excruciating pain carrying boxes and scooting furniture about. We did get the two loads across in the four hours we had, but there was a whole bunch of ferrying about in my car and putting furniture back together, so I was out of the house from about 11-7. Today was forage, Doctor, errands, etc. I also squeezed in another phone bureaucracy thing. I'm about half way through the phone bureaucracy list but also have a paper bureaucracy stack I've been too ill to touch.

I'm scheduled for GoB tomorrow and Doctor Thursday. Somewhere in here I also need to make and mail cookies to what little is left of my family. All I really want to do is go back to bed, but Monday is a heavy adulting day, and so onward.

* "Sunday Sweets: Hand in the Cookie Jar :" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/12/4/sunday-sweets-hand-in-the-cookie-jar.html

* "Baba Yaga's Guide To Feminism by Anne Thériault:" http://fairytalenewsblog.blogspot.com/2016/11/baba-yagas-guide-to-feminism-by-anne.html

*****

* 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

* 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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* Given some polls coming out, I should probably remind people that it's nearly impossible to accurately scientifically poll Alaska, for a bunch of reasons that should be obvious if one stops to think. I'd not want to put money on anyone really knowing what's going on until votes are counted.

* "Uber Really, Really Doesn’t Pay Very Well, According to a Lawsuit Filed in North Carolina:" http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/09/02/uber-really-really-doesnt-pay-very-well-according-to-a-lawsuit-filed-in-north-carolina

* It makes me happy this exists even though I'll never eat there. "This Restaurant Serves Food From All Over The World, Courtesy Of Grandmas:" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/10/126082/enoteca-maria-staten-island-grandma-restaurant?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=h3&utm_campaign=end&utm_campaign=watch_end&utm_campaign=watch_embed

* "White Privilege is Hard:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/151876384377/hustleinatrap-ghettablasta-swagintherain

* I had a fascinating time watching BBC News this evening on a meta level. One of the amusing moments included an interviewer trying desperately to lead a Nobel Prize winning physicist into giving her the sound bites she wanted about Brexit, which he stubbornly refused to make bold political statements outside his wheelhouse and was clearly frustrated she wouldn't let him properly talk about his actual work. It reminded me of that time... I'm thinking it was CNN's Wolf Blitzer, but don't quote me on that, tried to force the nice Atheist lady to thank god she survived the tornado and she wasn't having it, or the time James Lipton was confronted by Mr. Radcliffe refusing to play along on his Christian conceit. Another one was a reporter trying to talk to people about Trump at a High School "Football Derby." O.o He pretty clearly had no idea what was going on, but his bemused expressions and clueless side comments were pretty hilarious. (I'm sure an American reporter at a cricket match would be just as funny). The lady trying to explain our electoral college system was professional and sounded knowledgeable. I really don't want to sound like I'm attacking the BBC; it's just that I sort of collect these sorts of things as they are very human and both unconscious bias and culture without context interest me, and BBC contributors are human just like our own reporters and historians.

* Apparently the closed captioning thinks "Mike Pence" is "My Pants."

* They are using Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" to sell crap. This makes me terribly sad.

* One of the problems I'm noticed with modern horror movie remakes is, they decide to take sympathetic characters from the original and "Improve" them by making them bicker constantly and have no real redeeming characteristics. An example of this is the Fright Night remake. They sucked out the snarky humor and replaced it with pointless bickering.

I think it's even worse in a lot of new 21st century horror films, where the main characters are so unpleasant one is already rooting for them to quickly die horrible deaths so that they can be replaced by a new, more pleasant cast of characters at least some of whom one can root for to survive. Instead they like to waste the first fifteen minutes or more on "character development" that is all pointless bickering and them being all around shitty human beings. These are not people I'd spend time around in real life and as movie characters, I just want them to hurry up and die. I'm not saying that one needs to like all the characters. The Dawn of the Dead remake did pretty well with one designated asshole, but mostly the other characters being people one can reasonably care about. The problem is with things like the Ruins or the Cabin Fever prequel I am sort of watching as I type this. (I never saw Cabin Fever, but I am easily lured by outbreak movies on late night TV.) I hate these people except the one Latina Doctor who has been a minor character to this point. Everyone else is shitty and the villains motivation and behavior make no sense. I'd be happier if they'd just nuked the island with everyone on it at the outset. Instead it goes on and on and on.... I've seen so many post apocalyptic and survival horror things like this in the last decade and a half that they blur together: The assholes in a global pandemic road trip with that guy who was on SVU in a small role, Dairy of the Dead, a bunch of B and Z zombie films, the one where they kidnap horror fans and slowly kill them in genre savvy ways, a bunch of plague ones, the really racist one with Romani villains I only managed fifteen minutes of because racism.... Seriously, it's looking like a trend to me. Deaths in these thing have no emotional impact because it’s impossible to care about the characters and survival means as little or less I'm watching this trash for free while I work on stuff, and I don't finish a lot of them. I can't imagine spending actual money and trying to sit through them in a theater with nothing better to do.

Not even shirtless David Tennent in leather pants could fix the Fright Night remake, which also had another major problem that I also noticed in the whole endless Neegan intro scene in Walking Dead (besides the insulting cliff hanger which better minds than mine have discussed ad nauseum): They do not know when to end a scene. There is a scene in the Fright night remake where Colin Farrell's villain comes over to borrow beer and is clearly hoping the kid will invite them in. Both actors actually do a great job in the scene. Farrell is truly unnerving and menacing while not quite crossing the line and the late Anton Yelchin acted the shit out of his end. The first portion of the scene makes one's skin crawl, but the vampire/serial killer lingers and lingers and lingers and menaces and menaces and it gets... boring. The scene goes flat. if they ruthlessly cut 2/3 of the screen time it would have had 10x the impact. It's the same thing with the endless Neegan menacing scene in the walking dead cliff hanger. I love me some Jeffery Dean Morgan and the first few minutes were excellent, but it when on and on and on and my attention wandered and it was still going on and on and on and then cheated the ending. They'd have been better served with 1/4 the menacing and the reveal just before credits. Maximum impact instead of numbing me and then asking me to care about the scene end I had to wait all summer for.

* Oh God, Kyle Kinane's cheese steak rant from his new special? I think everyone from Philly makes that rant. I know I do every time cheese steaks or trips to Philly come up. We all have a Pizza rant too.

*****

* 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

* "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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* "Pres. Obama ties Donald Trump to Republicans:"

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* "Cecile Richards reacts to Michelle Obama speech:"

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* "Trump threatens President Obama with scandal:"

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* "Trump accuser story proceeded with careful vetting:"

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* "A Republican intellectual explains why the Republican Party is going to die:" http://www.vox.com/2016/7/25/12256510/republican-party-trump-avik-roy

* "The pay gap between black and white Americans is now worse than it was in the '70s:" https://mic.com/articles/154642/the-wage-gap-between-black-and-white-americans-is-at-a-40-year-high?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=movement&utm_campaign=social?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=movement&utm_campaign=social#.g8nEp6yc3

* TW: Hate Speech, Hate crimes, Rape. "Jamaica - GAYCATION:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/jamaica/56a92970188d460f15d3505b

* "Trigger Warnings: On Suicide in the New Belle Époque:" http://www.thorncoyle.com/blog/2016/10/13/trigger-warnings-suicide-in-the-new-belle-epoque/

* "A Medieval Gay Brawl in the Synagogue On Yom Kippur:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/151831335022/queerkeitcoven-a-medieval-gay-brawl-in-the

* There's a main cast non binary person in feedback!

* ToS Rewatch:

- Shore Leave. Why are they having shore leave on a planet they haven't tested thoroughly? That fake English accent is nearly as bad as Scottie's fake Scittish one. Why is the woman in command yellow pressing against the science blue guy's chest thus making it hard for either of them to fight or run if that tiger attacks? This isn't a romance novel cover.

*****

* 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

* "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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* "Rumor mill spreads awareness of individual rights:" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14072&cataId=nk01500

* "Indians Staged One of the Largest Strikes in History, But No One on U.S. Cable News Covered It:" https://theintercept.com/2016/09/06/indians-staged-one-of-the-largest-strikes-in-history-but-no-one-on-u-s-cable-news-covered-it/

* "Why So Many Poor Americans Don’t Get Help Paying For Housing:" http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-so-many-poor-americans-dont-get-help-paying-for-housing/

* "6,000-year-old fabric reveals Peruvians were dyeing textiles with indigo long before Egyptians:" http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-oldest-indigo-dye-20160915-snap-story.html

* On Tailoring. From Elsewhere.

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* I started the paper bureaucracy today. Next comes the great document treasure hunt. If it fails, I get to spend a lot of my sleep cycle Monday on hold with social security. Then I discovered a crash ate my lj entry, so I've been having an adventure reconstituting.

* "The Baudelaires’ Misery Continues with Mysteries and Mushrooms:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/baudelaires-slip-secrets-v-f-d/

* "That Was Season Six:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/147029444372/that-was-season-six

* Re: the Fey/Fallon bit on SNL. They nailed the costumes, but whiffed the accents. His sounded... like bad Southern? Vaguely? Like WTF was that accent? Hers was closer, close enough I could tell which Philly accent she was trying for, but she'd slip and it would throw me off. I think if his hadn't been so distractedly bad, hers wouldn't have been a problem for me. As it was I was so busy parcing his accent debacle, that I have no idea what the content was like, and can't comment.

* "Loras Tyrell Deserved Better:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/loras-tyrell-deserved-better/

* ToS Rewatch:

- We Need to Talk About the Sexual Assault of Yeoman Rand.

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- Mudd's Women. As the GROWN MEN can't think for all the blood rushing for the big head to the little one, why don't they just staff the Bridge with straight women and gay men? They could do that also for interrogation and medical examination of the four. Just saying. This is the first episode in which yeoman Rand is not sexually harassed in ToS so far, probably because all the straight men are too busy ogling the passengers. As to the rest... this episode makes me want to hit someone, but I've not the eloquence to unpack that.

- What Are Little Girls Made of. Ah, Robot Lurch. Ruk no! Ruk YES! That is so not how you make an android. Just saying. Kirk breaks his first computer by being Kirk. Take one drink. In this case, by sexually harassing her.

- Miri. I know what it looked like to them, but all I can think of is, they are beating up a dying child, and calling zim "it." So seriously, how is there another earth here with humans and continents identical to ours? Why are the 300 year old clothes intact? How is there still edible food after 300 years. I have so many questions. Kirk is so creepy here. There is no way Miri and the onlies leader are "just starting puberty." The homicidal female jealousy thing is an ugly sexist trope and I quietly loathe it. Where did the two red shirts go who were on planet at episode start? Why weren't they guarding the lab or doing the chasing about? Why are they not there for the middle scenes up until they randomly appear for Bones' collapse.

- 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.

*****

* 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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* TW: extreme misogyny, eating disorder. "Trump walks right into Clinton's debate trap:"

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* "NYC mayor responds to Trump's stop & frisk claims:"

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* "Trump brings distinct bizarreness to debate:"

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* "Trump fails crucial nuclear test (again):"

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* "The myth of Gary Johnson:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/150962720730/the-myth-of-gary-johnson

* "Look, I Do Understand. Really:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/150962674620/so-i-think-ill-blur-the-details-here-there

* "Ketchup sandwiches and other things stupid poor people eat:" https://thinkprogress.org/ketchup-sandwiches-and-other-things-stupid-poor-people-eat-41617483b497#.7wm9b16pk

* "Watch This Charlotte Protester’s Epic Response To A Reporter Asking, “Why Are You Here?”:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/tamerragriffin/watch-this-charlotte-protesters-epic-response-to-a-reporter?bftwnews&utm_term=.kvpPEP5Vj#.kqNnGndKa

* "Unarmed Black Man Shot By El Cajon Police Officer In San Diego:" https://blackmattersus.com/16844-unarmed-black-man-shot-by-el-cajon-police-officer-in-san-diego/

* "Black Crime Statistics Overestimated By Maine Governor:" https://blackmattersus.com/16828-black-crime-statistics-overestimated-by-maine-governor/

* TW: Rape, Pedophilia "In secretive marijuana industry, whispers of abuse and trafficking:" http://www.wptv.com/longform/in-secretive-marijuana-industry-whispers-of-abuse-and-trafficking

* "Keith Scott Shooting Case: Police Video Still Disproves Initial Claim:" https://blackmattersus.com/16632-keith-scott-shooting-case-police-video-still-disproves-initial-claim/

* Nudes, NWS. "France - GAYCATION:" https://video.vice.com/fr/video/France/57e0646fe56c8e239c7451bb

* "Kristen Bell Spoofs The Wage Gap In A Hilarious New Video:" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/09/123358/kristen-bell-wage-gap-video?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=end&utm_campaign=h2&utm_campaign=watch_end

* "Donald Trump's Post-Debate Spin:"

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* "What the Actual Fact? - The First Clinton-Trump Debate:"

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* "Sparks Fly at the First Trump-Clinton Presidential Debate:"

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* "Glenn Kessler on Fact-Checking the Presidential Debates:"

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* "Scandals: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver :"

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* "Charter Schools: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:"

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* Even in my extremely left little West Coast College Town this happened. Monday, I woke up exhausted, did a bunch of phone bureaucracy. Dragged myself out to forage where a large white supremacist was baffled that neither I nor the nice progressive Jewish lady in front of me were in agreement that to vote against Trump and his white power agenda was somehow "suicidal" on our part. Indeed, we asserted the opposite. He followed us ranting his disgusting nonsense all through the produce section. She and I quietly exchanged identity markers and stuck together until a worker turned up to shoo him off. I got lost in the shuffle at the doctor, so what should have been a 15 minute thing stretched to an hour.

* If Victor Hugo wrote Star Wars: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/151046187242/kaasknot-thleeny-kaasknot-someone-please

* "Hearing The Call to Adventure when you’re over 40.:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150995547152/hearing-the-call-to-adventure-when-youre-over-40

* Fear the Walking Dead: I have come to hate Madison. Her incredible selfishness and refusal to think of anyone else's welfare except Nick's has put everyone else in a shitastic position. Yes, it's nice Travis is back with the group, but it's at the expense of the long term viability of that refuge. The Chris situation was pretty clearly inevitable.

* TNG 4 Rewatch:

- Qpid. Worf has the best line in this one. "I am NOT a Merry Man!"

******

* 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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* "5 Liberating Things About Women's Equality :"

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* "The History of Horror :"

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* "The Glass Ceiling: A Game for Girls:"

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* I am struggling with the heat rather, but yesterday there was an "ice cream social" on the lawn so I went out to be briefly charming to the neighbors. Today I sorted out floors and refrigerator, but alas not dishes or fish. I also had my first full sized tomato out of the garden this year. It was very nearly the eidos of tomatoes, being a fist sized, ideally ripe, picture perfect heirloom. It was the best tomato I have ever grown by myself.

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since sandy. Want to help? http://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/148963870683/the-lonely-one96-almalexiaslouisiana-is

* California is now an official disaster due to out of control fire made worse by the drought. 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/
gwydion: (Amused)
* "Poverty in Rio: Why Brazilians Can't Afford Tickets to Their Own Olympic Games:" https://mic.com/articles/150500/rio-olympics-summer-2016-poverty-tickets-brazilians-cant-afford-income-inequality-rio-de-janeiro?bt_email=victoria.olson9@gmail.com&bt_ts=1470263731095#.CfescSOfo

* At least 38 people are dead in mudslides in Mexico due to tropical storm Earl. My best wishes are with the survivors.

* "Security authorities cite Trump danger in backing Clinton:"

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* Sexism, Ambition, and Hillary Clinton: http://fiftysevenacademics.tumblr.com/post/148407542445/giandujakiss-skywalkingintheair-its-hard

* TW: Eating Disorder. "Hunger Makes Me:" http://hazlitt.net/feature/hunger-makes-me

* "Common Cause sues over NC congressional districts:" http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article94050487.html

* Notice how the rich will totally still be able to afford it? "Texas Fetal Burial Proposal Would Add Thousands to the Cost of an Abortion:" http://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2016/08/05/texas-fetal-burial-proposal-would-add-thousands-to-the-cost-of-an-abortion

* "Mississippi Nurse Dee Whigham becomes 16th Trans Person Murdered in 2016:" http://www.advocate.com/transgender/2016/7/26/mississippi-nurse-dee-whigham-becomes-16th-trans-person-murdered-2016

* "Skye Mockabee Is 17th Trans Person Murdered in the U.S. This Year:" http://www.advocate.com/transgender/2016/8/02/skye-mockabee-17th-trans-person-murdered-us-year

* The Republican plan for dealing with zika is to deny funds for prevention, eradication, and research, while forcing women to bear babies with often short lifespans against their will. They insist this incredible cruelty is the pro-life" position, unlike actually stopping the disease. "Marco Rubio: No abortions for pregnant women infected with Zika virus:" http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/marco-rubio-no-abortions-for-pregnant-women-infected-with-zika-virus/

* "An Italian doctor explains “Syndrome K,” the fake disease he invented to save Jews from the Nazis:" http://qz.com/724169/an-italian-doctor-explains-syndrome-k-the-fake-disease-he-invented-to-save-jews-from-the-nazis/

* Jon Stewart on Trump:

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* Me every time “Uncle Pietro” appears in Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues:

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* TNG Season 2 Rewatch:
-I think "Pen Pals" is the first time I've actually liked Riker even a little on the rewatch. It's the scene where he mentors Wesley Crusher, of all things.

- I love that they keep seriously debating the ethics of the Prime Directive instead of just Kirking it. I love that Data is arguing on the side of humanitarian rescue. I love that Picard questions where the limits of intervention, something I wish our Congress would give a try once and a while.

- Each time Picard gives an inch, he gives the impression he is already picturing the Court Martial. he gives this wonderful long suffering sigh before he beams down to the planet.

-I stand by my belief that more than one Q per season is too much Q.

- Me watching "Up the Long Ladder:" Is Polaski initiating Klingon mating ritual by accident or on purpose?

- Did they steal the foot washing seduction from the leg washing seduction in the old Michael York Three Musketeers?

- The Irish Stereotypes here are as bad as Finnegan's Rainbow, possibly worse. Ugh.

- This is an interesting variation on the right to choose debate at least. When was the last time I saw a modern show that looked at the idea of bodily integrity and whether people get to decide if they reproduce themselves or if someone else gets to do it for the "greater good." Riker demands, "We certainly have the right to exercise control over our own bodies." Bonus points for Riker killing his own fetus with a phasor. I wonder if they could have gotten that past modern network censors?

- One of the things I find frustrating about TNG, is I can often see perfectly sensible and ethical compromises for problems that they don't bother to explore before giving the hard no. Riker has every right to say no and forcing people to reproduce against their will is always wrong, but couldn't they have put out a ship wide call for volunteers in the beginning? What are the chances everyone on board would have said no? I'm not saying the long term solution proposed isn't good, but wouldn't the extra genetic material help, while letting them to keep some of their customs?

* "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/
gwydion: (Default)
* "Brexit: David Cameron to quit after UK votes to leave EU:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-36615028

* Well fuck. The human rights situation is bad enough in the UK. I am horrified as to what will happen with the EU human rights standards lifted.

* "The 'Avon ladies' of Pakistan selling contraception door to door:" http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/jun/01/the-avon-ladies-of-pakistan-selling-contraception-door-to-door

* "Trump skips politics on Scotland trip (probably a good idea):"

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* "Bundy militia bro charged with trying to detonate a bomb at a government facility in Arizona:" http://www.rawstory.com/2016/06/bundy-militia-bro-charged-with-trying-to-detonate-a-bomb-at-a-government-facility-in-arizona/

* "Short-handed Supreme Court dysfunction deepens:"

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* So unreasonable search and leisure is no longer barred by the Constitution because conservatives don't believe in the forth Amendment. "Supreme Court Says Police May Use Evidence Found After Illegal Stops:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/21/us/supreme-court-says-police-may-use-evidence-found-after-illegal-stops.html?_r=1

* It looks like the driver in the Freddie Gray case just got away with murder.

* "#BlackLivesMatter Activist: Oakland Needs to Name the "Predatory" Cops Who Raped & Trafficked Girl:" http://www.democracynow.org/2016/6/21/blacklivesmatter_activist_oakland_needs_to_name

* "What We've Failed To Learn About Mass Shootings Fueled By Hate:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-weve-failed-to-learn-about-mass-shootings-fueled-by-hate_us_5762b890e4b09c926cfe5e59

* "House Dems vow to keep fighting for gun vote:"

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* "This Is the Transgender Bathroom Ad Campaign America's Been Waiting For:" https://mic.com/articles/146955/this-is-the-transgender-bathroom-ad-camapign-america-s-been-waiting-for?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.4Wet9xdfC

* "'Suited' Takes You Into the World of LGBTQ-Friendly Bespoke Suits:" https://mic.com/articles/146454/new-hbo-documentary-suited-takes-viewers-into-the-world-of-lgbtq-friendly-bespoke-suits?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=style&utm_campaign=social?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=style&utm_campaign=social#.LPjZ3BvhP

* "Poverty Is Literally Making People Sick Because They Can't Afford Food:" http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/01/poverty-is-literally-making-people-sick-because-they-cant-afford-food/283032/

* "Art Collector: The Hampton Court Beauties are a series of 8 portraits by Sir Godfrey Kneller, depicting the most glamorous ladies from the court of William III.:" http://myartblogcollection.blogspot.de/2015/08/the-hampton-court-beauties-are-series.html

* "House passes Civil Rights Act, June 18, 1957:" http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/this-day-in-politics-june-18-224190

* "Who Dis? - Rep. Steve King Opposes the Harriet Tubman $20 Bill:"

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* "We Talked to a Psychologist About How to Explain Donald Trump to Your Kids:" https://mic.com/articles/146830/this-hilarious-children-s-book-perfectly-illustrates-how-to-explain-trump-to-kids?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.9TV4Y3hJW

* 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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Real Enough)
* "Orlando killer's gun popular through marketing and ease of use:"

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* "Anderson Cooper grills Bondi on LGBT support:" http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/06/14/florida-attorney-general-bondi-orlando-shooting-nr.cnn

* "Biphobia and the Pulse Massacre:" https://medium.com/@elledowd/biphobia-and-the-pulse-massacre-add1dd9b27be#.rjeytlahf

* "5 Important Things About Basic Income :"

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* "Brock Turner Gets Off Easy for Sexual Assault:"

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* "Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump React to the Orlando Shootings:"

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* "Happy Birthday, Donald Trump!:"

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* "Containment, Season 1, Episode 7: Inferno:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/06/containment-season-1-episode-7-inferno.html

* "For the (Not)Watch: ‘Game of Thrones’ 6×07 Recap:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/notwatch-game-thrones-6x07-recap/

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Real Enough)
* There was an attack on a Police Officer and his wife near Versailles. The attacker was killed as well. A toddler survived.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Trevor Addresses the Orlando Shooting:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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