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* "Mexico mourns at least 67 dead after twin punch of magnitude 8.1 quake, Hurricane Katia:" http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-mexico-earthquake-hurricane-20170909-story.html

* "Republicans Will Let America Burn While Holding Out for Tax Cuts:" http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/gop-will-let-america-burn-while-holding-out-for-tax-cuts-w500163

* Guardian's live blog of Irma: https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2017/sep/10/hurricane-irma-millions-brace-for-impact-as-superstorm-reaches-florida-live

* "Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like:" http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/28/climate-change-hurricane-harvey-215547

* "The Hero's Journey and the Monomyth: Crash Course World Mythology #25:"

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* "Gilgamesh has almost all of the experiences described in Campbell’s monomyth, but does this make him a hero?:"

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* "The “return” of the 2,500-year-old Ballachulish Goddess:" http://www.scotsman.com/news/the-return-of-the-2-500-year-old-ballachulish-goddess-1-4542330

* I have used nearly all the spoons, as in, as I right this, I've been sitting here with the shakes for 15 mins, trying to get it together enough to but food in the preheated oven. I made it on time to my doctor's appointment, it being so early there was no point in going to bed. This was one of those massive ones, were they do all the periodic monitoring except labs, some minor treatment stuff, and... vaccinations. Y'all know how pro-vaccine I am, and vaccines are pretty much keeping me alive at this point. My lungs were judged recovered enough from last week's Smoke Monster for me to get my yearly influenza, which generally makes me mildly ill for a weekish in exchange for me not getting knocked out for a month with influenza plus secondary infections for every random exposure I get, so is hella worth it for me. Given my medical situation I have had all the fragile old people vaccinations they offer whenever they become available, which most of y'all won't be worrying about until you're old enough for AARP membership. Apparently a new pneumococcal is out, and mine, being a decadish old, stopped covering me last Spring, as these things evolve. Keep in mine that before vaccines I was getting it every year, sometimes twice. I repeat, vaccines are our friends. Vaccinate your kids for their safety and those around them! Anyway. This vaccine is comparatively brutal, being a two shot dealio, like the Hep B vaccination. I'll get another when I go for Winter Labs. I am Really Feeling this one though. Still better than the lung infections and lung scaring the infections would cause, but It felt like a wound before I was half way home and I can't sleep on that side. with my pain resistance and background pain level, it takes something serious to be something that my nervous system insists is a serious problem. The flu vaccination site is below average tender for a flu shot. The Pneumonia is warm and tender. It's not a big deal unless it swell to golf ball size or the fever goes to 103, so do not panic. I do have a fever, a bit higher than flu vaccine's tiny elevation, but not even close to worrisome. It's just knocking me over though. I also spent waaaay more money than I could afford on mostly assorted lung meds. I really really need to do ebay this month as I'm expecting to be something like a hundred or more down on bills the way things are going, and with things like dish detergent apt to be running out.

I did get some sleep lying on my other side, but I woke enough before the alarm to prep for Squirrel's thing, that when I realized there would be no more sleep, I pushed myself into clothes and out of the house for forage, which was not particularly successful, alas, all bread and vegetables and nothing much else. We brought the forage in and I took Squirrel on an all over town scavenger hunt, which actually was successful. We didn't get exactly what he wanted, but we got close enough. It was good I went, as I know way better how to find cheap and second hand stuff. I even had coupons. We need to glue some stuff together, but I own gorilla glue, so it should be fine.

I am having trouble with the basics. I did get the forage away and the plants watered, just barely before the shakes got too bad. I washed the patio curtain last night, though, and that is a pain to put back together and remount and requires a ladder, which is terrible idea even if I weren't in tears at the ridiculously easy task of walking to the oven and back.

I do not know how much posting I will manage tonight, for which I am sorry.

* "Sunday Sweets For International Chocolate Day:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/9/10/sunday-sweets-for-international-chocolate-day.html

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* Authorities in Antigua & Barbuda want people to go through the Red Cross right now, as what is needed is centralized relief through a legitimate charity. https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-irma-donations?scode=RSG00000E017&utm_campaign=irma&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwZr44KqX1gIVCIR-Ch0EXQQ0EAAYASAAEgJnBPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CJqzzvKql9YCFY2Tfgods-gBXQ

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

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

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

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

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

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

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

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* "Mattis warns of 'massive military response' if North Korea threatens attack:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/03/trump-north-korea-nuclear-242289

* "Justice Department: No evidence Obama wiretapped Trump Tower:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/02/obama-trump-tower-wiretap-no-evidence-242284

* "Trump Picks Oklahoma Congressman To Head NASA:" http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/04/548472775/trump-picks-oklahoma-congressman-to-head-nasa

* "Harvey victim funds may be delayed without debt limit increase: Mnuchin:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-harvey-mnuchin/harvey-victim-funds-may-be-delayed-without-debt-limit-increase-mnuchin-idUSKCN1BE0TP

* "FEMA Is Almost Out of Money and Hurricane Irma Is Approaching:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-05/fema-is-almost-out-of-money-as-hurricane-irma-threatens-florida

* "Trump has decided to end DACA, with 6-month delay:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/03/trump-dreamers-immigration-daca-immigrants-242301

* "Poll: Majority opposes deporting Dreamers:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/05/poll-trump-deporting-daca-dreamers-242343

* "The Trump Administration Now Has Tons Of DACA Data And Is Poised To Weaponize It:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-trump-administration-now-has-tons-of-daca-data-and-is-poised-to-weaponize-it

* "Obama: DACA decision 'wrong' and 'self-defeating':" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/05/obama-daca-decision-goes-against-common-sense-242335

* "CGI Animated Spot HD: "The Doll that Chose to Drive":"

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* "Peep Show star Robert Webb: don’t say ‘man up’:"

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* "8,600-year-old findings unearthed in western Turkey’s Ekşi Höyük:" https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/08/21/8600-year-old-findings-unearthed-in-western-turkeys-eksi-hoyuk

* "3,000 year-old female statue found at citadel gate complex in southeast Turkey:" http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2017/3000-year-old-female-statue-found-at-citadel-gate-complex-in-southeast-turkey

* "AP EXCLUSIVE: Toxic waste sites flooded in Houston area:" https://www.apnews.com/27796dd13b9549b0ac76aded58a15122/AP-EXCLUSIVE:-Toxic-waste-sites-flooded-in-Houston-area

* My thoughts are with the people of the Caribbean tonight as the hurricane coming there way is likely to be a bad one. Wherever you are, folks, stay safe, okay?

* "NW engulfed in flames: What we know about fires burning across Oregon and Washington:" http://www.kgw.com/news/local/nw-engulfed-in-flames-what-we-know-about-fires-burning-across-oregon-and-washington/471318324

* Daenerys in Slaver's Bay: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/164442170892/12-hey-ive-been-scrolling-through-your-tumblr

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

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

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

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

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

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

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

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* "Venezuela investigates sacked prosecutor Luisa Ortega:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41118163

* "What has Venezuela's constituent assembly achieved?:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41094889

* "U.S. retaliates against Russia, orders closure of consulate, annexes:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-diplomacy-idUSKCN1BB2CY

* "Mattis signs orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military-idUSKCN1BB2JC

* "Manafort's notes from Russian meeting refer to political contributions:" https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/manafort-notes-russian-meet-contain-cryptic-reference-donations-n797816

* "Trump treasury secretary won’t commit to putting Harriet Tubman on $20 bill:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/08/31/trump-treasury-secretary-wont-commit-to-put-harriet-tubman-on-20-bill/?utm_term=.23e7f2af5c1c

* "Tubman twenty not a priority of Jackson-loving Trump White House:"

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* "Trump nominates DeVry dean to Education Department post:"

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* "Selling access in Donald Trump’s Washington:"

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* "HHS cuts ACA advertising budget by 90%:" https://www.axios.com/hhs-cuts-aca-advertising-budget-by-90-percent-2480029656.html

* "It’s a Myth That Corporate Tax Cuts Mean More Jobs:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/30/opinion/corporate-tax-cuts-jobs.html

Protest the Republican Tax Plan.

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* "98.5% of unique net neutrality comments oppose Ajit Pai’s anti-Title II plan:" https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/08/isp-funded-study-finds-huge-support-for-keeping-current-net-neutrality-rules/

* "Trump's expected repeal of Dreamer program draws fire from business:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-daca-idUSKCN1BB2PD

* "Australia same-sex marriage vote: 'No' advert draws criticism:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-41091583

* "Officials evasive on smoke threat from damaged chemical plant:"

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* "Another Awful Moment Caught on a Cop's Dashcam:"

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* "Australian Students Stick It to Martin Shkreli:"

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* This is exactly what Tavy does, right down to his preferred cuddle shoulder. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164821657597/hopeydopey526-thebestoftumbling-cub-loves-his

* "sup fanboys lemme explain this :" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/164678916555/sup-fanboys-lemme-explain-this#notes

* "Preacher, Season 2, Episode 11: Back Doors:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/08/preacher-season-2-episode-11-back-doors.html

* "Jon and Dany’s Tepid Boat Scene Sunk the Season:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/jon-dany-boat-scene/

* "Disappointing Boat Sex, Empty Shocks, and Bad Baby Names Prevail on Thrones Finale:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/disappointing-boat-sex-empty-shocks-bad-baby-names-prevail-thrones-finale/

* Want to donate to the windshield wiper fund? (32$ Needed). Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

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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/

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

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

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

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

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

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

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* "Trump administration's mixed North Korea signals raise questions about US strategy:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/30/politics/trump-talking-not-the-answer-north-korea/index.html

* "Mattis responds to Trump: US 'never out of diplomatic solutions' on North Korea:" http://thehill.com/policy/defense/348539-mattis-responds-to-trump-us-never-out-of-diplomatic-solutions-on-north-korea

* 45 is taking strong action to increase pay disparities based on their gender, race, and ethnicity by removing an Obama era policy that required transparency so people could tell when they were being screwed so they could sue for wage equality because that's just how much he and Ivanka hate workers and people who are not rich white men. (She made a statement endorsing the policy). Can we stop pretending she's a feminist now please? You can not be a feminist and be against equal pay for equal work.

* "Kremlin confirms Trump's lawyer reached out about deal:" https://apnews.com/b584e7f4fffe46f6ae4520727f117201

* "Trump makes policy pledge to senator investigating son's Russia meeting:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/30/trump-tower-russia-meeting-chuck-grassley

* "Trump Scraps Obama-Era Rule To Protect Infrastructure From Climate-Change Flooding:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-executive-order-flooding_us_599323d4e4b04b193360926b

* "Trump wants Alfa Bank Trump Tower clean-up lawyer in key DoJ role:"

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* "House GOP eyeing $1B disaster funds cut to finance wall:" https://www.apnews.com/9bff1e878fcb46f58f3f6a202984baad/House-GOP-eyeing-%241B-disaster-funds-cut-to-finance-wall

* "Georgia GOPer warns black attorney she ‘may go missing’ if she tries to remove Confederate monument:" http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/georgia-goper-warns-black-attorney-she-may-go-missing-if-she-tries-to-remove-confederate-monument/#.WaYXRH_kcvo.twitter

* "Federal judge blocks Texas anti-immigrant sanctuary cities law:"

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* Remember how I said Mattis wasn't the solution? "No, Mattis Did Not Freeze Trump’s Transgender Troops Ban:" http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2017/08/30/mattis_did_not_freeze_trump_s_transgender_troops_ban.html

* "How federal flood insurance made Harvey even worse:"

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* Deregulation is always about helping industry to harm people."Harvey-damaged Arkema chemical plant explosion expected:"

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* "The Further Tragedy of Hurricane Harvey:" http://www.ianwelsh.net/the-further-tragedy-of-hurricane-harvey/

* Let's talk about Coast Guard and FEMA funding. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164818954267/guardianofscrewingup-nuestroamoresunviaje

* "Killjoys, Season 3, Episode 9: Reckoning Ball:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/08/killjoys-season-3-episode-9-reckoning.html

* I am extra angry about Alex. "The Strain, Season 4, Episode 7: Ourobouros:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/08/the-strain-season-4-episode-7-ourobouros.html

* "Preacher, Season 2, Episode 10: Dirty Little Secret:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/08/preacher-season-2-episode-10-dirty.html

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

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

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

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

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

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

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

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* "Point About Racism, And Here’s The Result:" http://www.boredpanda.com/supermarket-removes-foreign-groceries-racism-problems-hamburg-germany/

* "Venezuela says US sanctions will lead to halt in oil exports:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41056804

* This is a special level of Republican cruel. "Republicans are forcing St. Louis to lower the minimum wage it just raised:" https://news.vice.com/story/republicans-forced-st-louis-to-lower-the-minimum-wage-it-just-raised

* "Judge Says Arizona Mexican-American Studies Ban Was Racist:" http://time.com/4911822/federal-judge-arizona-mexican-studies-racism/

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* Me watching a mediocre archaeology documentary: Well that's not true. I can think of half a dozen proofs this "expert" is wrong of the top of my head in seconds. Not only have I seen plenty of pictures, read a whole book about them once, but I have actually SEEN one in person in the University Museum multiple times both on family visits and periodically on class trips throughout my growing up. I took Skye to see it that time I took him east to meet my family in the mid-90's. If I, a random reasonably educated person with an interest in history, but no training at all in neolithic archaeology or history, know you are wrong about this big obvious common knowledge thing, how can I trust a single thing he is going to say in the approximately hour and a half left of this thing? Does it not caste a doubt on the whole rest of the information in this show?

Me: Spots other, smaller things I know contradict findings I've read about in archaeological press.

Me: That is a mighty big leap on such small evidence.

Me: This is no longer a mediocre Documentary; this is a bad documentary.

Me: Okay, now they are just making things up whole sale and not clearly separating things extremely likely from the evidence from shit they made up about specific circumstances and motives related to events for which we have no archeological evidence. They flat out can't know this because these folks didn't have writing and there was no associated contemporaneous nearby site that was destroyed in a way that would render this kind of information. It's not "re-enacting" if you are selling an historical fiction you made up as a thing that actually happened.

Me: Grinding teeth. This is no longer a documentary; this is bad historical fiction.

Me: Turns it off halfish way through.

...And this is why when I had to show students historical documentaries in class, at the end of period, I'd do corrections based on notes I'd made of inaccuracies I'd spotted or things more recent research had debunked. It was much easier on my nerves and I felt it instilled a healthy skepticism.

* TW: Rape. "Rotten Ingredients North of the Wall :" https://www.thefandomentals.com/character-gumbo-got-7x06-analysis/

* "This Lousy Game of Thrones Episode was Par for the Course:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/beyond-the-wall-typical-got/

* Apparently, I'm still angry about Penny Dreadful. I am such a sucker for that aesthetic and so much potential, but the racism poisoned it, and the shitty handling and murder of the trans character, and the crappy handling of bisexuality, and the way they basically pissed on everything Eva Green had done with Vanessa in the finale. It teased me with all this stuff I wanted, and did everything possible to make be feel gross for having been taken in and watched it.

* "Deadly Cat Fighting, Clunky Conversations, and Bro-Trips on Penultimate Thrones:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/deadly-cat-fighting-clunky-conversations-bro-trips-penultimate-thrones/

* "Killjoys, Season 3, Episode 8: Heist Heist Baby:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/08/killjoys-season-3-episode-8-heist-heist.html

*****
* 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/

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

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* ""Pennies" by DiDi Delgado:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

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* "Pattern of hacking preceded attendee of Trump camp Russia meeting:"

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* 45 has put Wilbur Ross in charge of the colonialist looting of Afghanistan's mineral resources he announced earlier this week.

* "A wounded Trump lashes out at Phoenix rally:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/22/trump-arizona-phoenix-rally-241923

* "Senate investigators interview dossier firm founder:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/22/politics/glenn-simpson-senate-judiciary-investigators/index.html

* "Exclusive: Top Trump aide's email draws new scrutiny in Russia inquiry:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/23/politics/donald-trump-rick-dearborn-email-russia-investigation/index.html

* "White House prepares for Joe Arpaio pardon:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/23/politics/joe-arpaio-pardon-white-house-paperwork/index.html

* "Napolitano: Arpaio pardon would be a 'dis' to Arizona:"

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* "Trump goes after Flake by name, after pledging not to:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/23/trump-jeff-flake-name-241941

* "Trump team escalates threats to shut down government:" https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-team-escalates-threats-shutdown-government-n795506

* "Web hosting company ordered to turn over information on anti-Trump website:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/24/trump-inauguration-protest-dreamhost-court-241973

* Like rats from a sinking ship. "Infrastructure Advisers Quit, Say Trump’s Actions Threaten Homeland Security:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/infrastructure-advisers-trump-homeland-security_us_599ddf67e4b0821444c07fb9?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

* "Former Trump adviser Icahn on NY AG Schneiderman's radar:"

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* "Another Republican stock photo fail:"

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* "Charlottesville: United Nations warns US over 'alarming' racism:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/23/charlottesville-un-committee-warns-us-over-rise-of-racism

* "Bryan Stevenson & Andra Day - The Ideology of White Supremacy in America - Extended Interview:"

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* "Nnamdi Asomugha & Colin Warner - From Friendship to Freedom in "Crown Heights" - Extended Interview :"

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* "Memo outlines Trump ban on transgender people in the US military:"

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* "White House gives Pentagon six months to create new trans military ban policy:" http://www.losangelesblade.com/2017/08/23/white-house-gives-pentagon-six-months-to-create-new-trans-military-ban-policy/

* "What trans soldier Albert Cashier can teach Trump about patriotism:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/22/donald-trump-transgender-military-ban-albert-cashier

* "I am holding hands with a girl at the pet store.:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/164547838865/ishipbadasschicks-nobodysflower-i-am-holding

* "Historic mystery at sea solved but stays a secret:"

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* "Dear Men:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164588080367/dear-men

* "Good Samaritan bit trying to leash roaming iguana Mr. Jingles:" http://www.unionleader.com/animals/good-samaritan-bit-trying-to-leash-roaming-iguana-mr-jingles--20170814

* "Nuclear Waste: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwY2E0hjGuU

* "Hillary Clinton Unloads on Trump:"

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* "Serious Trump vs. Somber Trump vs. Freestyle Trump:"

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* ""Michael the Black Man": President Trump's No. 1 Fan:"

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* I gave up trying to make sense of 45's word salad Arizona rant a little before midnight on the grounds that i was exhausted and all I was getting out of it was a headache instead of meaning. I did have a lovely dream about a modern AU where Steve Rogers (me in the dream. Don't judge.) woke from the ice with no real memories of what came before, bet with the same personality and super soldier upgrades. He ended up recruited by Amanda Waller (Yes, I know I'm crossing the Marvel/DC streams) instead of Nick Fury. Meanwhile, when Natasha Romanov defected, she took the Winter Soldier with her. Bucky was exactly as confused with only vague flashes of the Before time. Natasha was running her own ring for Nick Fury out of a garage, with Bucky as mechanic and husband. Steve Rogers was sent for a team up mission between the two agencies. So there is Natasha dressed rather like the matriarch in sons of Anarchy, one elbow on Bucky's shoulder looking me over.Cut for salaciousness: ) And off we went on a mission that was basically a large trapped enemy base infiltration, with bits of memory coming back to both Steve and Bucky. A++ would Steve/Bucky/Natasha base infiltrate again. That and the cuddling Tavy and reading Tanya Huff's Fire Stone were the only good things that happened today.

I did some calculations and determined that I could make the attempt on tires today. This was a terrible mistake. Internet directions looked straightforward. This was a lie. They had me get off in the next town up drive to the highschool make a couple turns and follow this big straight road until I saw it on my right. This was not how we got there last time, but that also involved lots of turns through back country, which is always a terrible fucking idea, as the street signs are seldom good, there are few places to turn around or ask directions, and the local teens have a habit of twisting street signs to lead strangers astray. Worse yet, the nice straight lines on maps are usually lying and things happen like if you go straight at the intersection you are on a different road and to go straight by the map you must go left or right, often with no street sign of the street sign twisted the wrong way and there is no next street sign for another ten miles to tell you you are on the wrong road. All of these things happened, of course, which was why I was dreading doing this, especially without a navigator. I burned a third of a tank of gas, pulled over in a bunch of church lots, a factory lot, and someones house to consult maps. The internet directions and the address I was aiming for did not match, as the streets did not connect....

Low on gas I hit the end of the road where it was meant to be where was a baptist church. I checked the doors on the grounds that even at a weird time on a Thursday afternoon in summer, you can sometimes catch altar guild ladies or bible study or what have you and the building was large and complicated and I couldn't tell if there was a rectory tucked away somewhere. I was exhausted hot, half panicked as I could not be sure where I was and was not all that clear where the Interstate was. I was not sanguine there was anyone there, as I didn't see cars out font, but the lot stretched behind so I gave it a shot anyway. This is the PNW, and I know full well if one looks distressed enough sometimes the act of looking obviously distressed will attract help. (This works particularly well when you are having car trouble and it is pissing down rain. Seriously folks, I live here for a Reason, and this is one of the benefits along with ideal climate until climate change started fucking with it, closeness to Canada, excellent laws, strong education system, social safety net, Queer friendliness, beauty of the landscape, access to civilized amenities....) The weather was hot and clear, but the hope was there. Doors were locked, but an elderly gentleman on a bike saw my distress an stopped. (Seriously. PNW). I braced myself for being evangelized, but I was happy to deal with that in exchange for him letting me follow him to the tires. He lived next door, so got his truck and took me there. (I didn't get the impression he was the preacher, though he may have been. He came off more like a true believer of the sort that hold those places together, especially in the middle of no where). I let him give me a new testament which he inscribed himself and let him evangelize me, and used proper church phrases. I am really good at this given my upbringing, even though obviously I did not have a baptist upbringing. I did my very best to give him all the gratefulness and interest i clearly owed him in exchange for his help. I did not tell him I had a much better translation of old and new testaments with apocrypha on my reference shelf which I keep handy for arguing with homophobes on the internet mostly. Episcopalian are hard core into Bible study, both my parents and my mother's mother were at various points vestry, mom and Grammy had both been church treasurers. My mom taught Sunday school, did bell choir, ran pageants, planning was a lector. Mom and Grammy were both on planning committees and the like at various times. All three of them were on various reverend searches. My Dad and I were in choir. I'd done Bible study pretty much since I was old enough for chapter books and went to a school with chapel three times a week where I had classes where we did things like comparative religion, bible study, history of monotheism, etc.. I was the only one in the Medieval Studies program in college who arrived with a working knowledge of Medieval heresy. My choice to break with monotheism was deeply considered and irrevocable, not out of bitterness and certainly not out of ignorance. Buddhism fit better for a host of reasons, and i am just not a theist.

But polite is polite and he went waaaaaay out of his way to help me and I really was grateful. I paid my coin in attention and good manners and took my new testament meekly. I had burned so much gas, I wasn't sure there was enough to get home, so I bought the very cheapest tires instead of second cheapest, but they looked sound, and drove well at 70 on the long flat stretch of the highway in moderate wind, and breaking and lane changes were noticeably better, so I felt like they were a pretty good deal all things considered. The man who took my money, was very likely one of my students the last two years I taught. He had a distinctive face and went to the right middle school. I gassed up and had a ridiculously easy time getting home, as the highway was RIGHT there, but the gas station down the road. If I'd known, I could have just gone north to that exit, made a right off the ramp, and another right, driven a bit and there it would have been. Fucking A! I'd have had the better tires, not had to gas up, and not had a frustrating, exhausting, and occasionally dangerous all afternoon country drive in the heat.

At least we know where it is now.

* Tavy update: I think he's finally turning into a cat, for which I am greatful. I don't just mean that he's adult shape and weight, though that is true. I've noticed he's settled down a lot in the last two weeks or so. nHis sleep/cuddle/play balance is more young adult cat than kitten, which is dramatically easier on me, given how extra he was when he arrived even for a kitten. He's more willing to entertain himself in less destructive ways while I am asleep or out of the apartment with toys, busy box, busy bag, and contents himself with stealing the half piece of paper towel I use to keep my next to the desk coaster from being overwhelmed by ice water sweat, instead of stealing entire rolls of paper toweling, tp, and or books to shred. (He really likes shredding.) I will happily sacrifice half a paper towel segment a day not to wake up to things shredded and broken all over the apartment. He's also been dramatically less violent with me in that two week span, something I've been working on since we got him. He loves wrestling, which involves launching himself at my forearm, digging teeth and claws in hard as he can and attempting to disembowel it with his hind leg, which really fucking hurts and does real damage. I happily offer diversions, such as toys he can maul, string, cat in bag, etc.., but until recently we had a minimum of a half hour a day where he persistently tries and frequently really hurts me. We're down to one or two attempts every few days, and he's way easier to divert. He' still too violent with Squirrel and LM, hence the limited contact between the cats. (No one likes being bitten, no matter how much he likes biting. He genuinely thinks he's playing). Squirrel refuses to be strict with him as far as the mauling goes, so I'm not sure how well things will generalize, but I am really hopeful seeing how much he's improving. I've also noticed how much better he's gotten over the course of the summer at compensating for his disability. He's such a sweet, cuddly little guy, and I'm really enjoying who he's growing up to be.

* Want to donate to the windshield wiper fund? (32$) Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* So the town to the north of me has a road called "Dick Stone Lane." We assume it was named for some specific person, but Wednesday we decided "Dick Stone" ought to be the star in a noir porn parody. Dick Stone Private Dick! He should be based on Humphrey Bogart, obviously.

So this morning as I was getting dressed, I realized that it should clearly be based on the Maltese Falcon, because clearly Dick Stone needed to star in the Maltese Dildo as private dick, Hump Free Boggart. (I know backwards, but pun!) I can see the golden dildo being held aloft right now. Come on, you'd watch it. I could be hilarious and brilliant in the right hands! (Waggle brows).

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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/

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

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

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* "U.S. Expands North Korea Sanctions, Seeks to Seize Millions:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-22/treasury-sanctions-russian-chinese-companies-over-north-korea

* "How Trump swallowed a bitter Afghanistan pill:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/22/trump-afghanistan-generals-241886

* "Trump cuts funding for Obama's teen pregnancy program:" https://www.axios.com/trump-teen-pregnancy-2473732671.html

* Nobody tell 45 about Oregon Republican Art Johnson, because a conspiracy theorist pretending to collect strangers' pee "for science" and who thinks radiation is good for you so we need to expose people to it is exactly the sort of person 45 would pick to replace Perry at the Department of Energy, just saying.

* Not content to simply commit us to forever war in Afghanistan and order increased deployments, 45 decided today to deliberately sew chaos and confusion amoung our troops by sending the order for the trans military ban in place, doing such a shitty job of it that no one knows how implantation will work and what will happen to active duty trans soldiers and their medical care. There is an absolute ban on recruitment, which is one of the few coherent things in the policy. Why does he hate our troops so? why does he work so hard to demoralize them and harm military readiness? I still need to do more reading, and I have a ton of things in my queue. I am exhausted, so likely, there will be more tomorrow.

In any case, we have six months to fight this with protests and lawsuits. Calling your Congress Critter can't hurt either, as they've started doing some end runs around 45's shittier foreign policy things.

* Giant Crocs: http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/164441116976/thesteveoprojekt-thecuckoohaslanded#notes

* "Kilroy was Here:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/164507282913/nicholassabalos-kilroy-was-here-hes-engraved

* "Trump's Troublesome Response to the Charlottesville Violence:"

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* My Thursday socializing got moved to Wednesday. I made rose (with a touch of lavender and coconut) cupcakes which we had with vanilla icing and assorted cake condiments, and served blackberry sage sweet tea and my tart lemonade. The wind started coming up around 8 so I took them to the store and home as the long flat stretch between my town and the next one north is not safe with bald tires at posted speed in high winds. I have hopes of wind shield wipers in the next couple of days. Which specific day depends on how I feel and the weather.

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* "Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 6:" http://imgur.com/gallery/W4LOw#Er2TZ2Y

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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/

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

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "The Secret Service Is Strapped for Cash:"

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* Want to donate to help make the car safe for rain? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

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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/

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

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

* 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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* 45, a man so stupid he decided to stare directly into the sun today, also decided to go back to W.'s policy in Afghanistan because he thinks that worked brilliantly and also directly poked at Pakistan in a way likely to stir up trouble between them and us and worsen the forever tense situation between Pakistan and India. Remember these are nuclear powers. *head desk*

* Republicans are unconscionably wasteful of tax payer funds. "Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds to pay agents because of Trump's frequent travel, large family:" https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/21/secret-service-cant-pay-agents-because-trumps-frequent-travel-large-family/529075001/

* "The Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/08/20/the-trump-administration-just-disbanded-a-federal-advisory-committee-on-climate-change/?utm_term=.1ba110700eae

* "Republican committees have paid nearly $1.3 million to Trump-owned entities this year:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/08/21/republican-committees-have-spent-nearly-1-3-million-at-trump-owned-properties-this-year/?utm_term=.932c27d9e682

* "McConnell undercuts Trump's claim: 'Most news is not fake':" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/21/mitch-mcconnell-trump-fake-news

* "Cat Stevens - Moon Shadow:"

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* "Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart:"

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* I am trying to figure out if I'm sick or if it's a matter of chronic pain and a bad allergy season teaming up. The result is crap for sleep and general ickiness. I know I need to sell off more of my collection for bills, but the task is daunting even without the fogginess in my head.

* Want to donate to help make the car safe for rain? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* "What you missed on 7x06 of Game of Thrones:" http://bb8s.tumblr.com/post/164459172784/what-you-missed-on-7x06-of-game-of-thrones

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

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

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* "Pauline Hanson wears burka in Australian Senate:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-40957255

* "Migrant crisis: Spain rescues 600 people in:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40957089

* A reminder about Colonialism, BP, the CIA, and the modern history of Iran: http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/164422885508/ithelpstodream

* "Is Russia using the Alt-Right to undermine U.S. democracy?:"

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* "Who’s the conspiracy theorist once retweeted by Trump?:"

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* "Outcry after Trump defends Confederate monuments:"

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* "Heather Heyer’s mom gives heartbreaking yet stirring funeral speech:" https://mic.com/articles/183859/heather-heyers-mom-gives-stirring-funeral-speech-this-is-just-the-beginning-of-heathers-legacy?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.XD1gQ6kXu

* "Illinois Senate passes measure calling for neo-Nazis to be classified as terror groups:" http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/346436-illinois-senate-calls-for-neo-nazis-to-be-classified-as-terror

* "Archaeologists find key to tracking ancient wheat in frozen Bronze Age box:" https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeologists-key-tracking-ancient-wheat.html

* "Iron Age settlement found on West End housing development:" http://www.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/regional/herefordshire/15449090.Dig_reveals_village_castle_was_left_unfinished/

* "Fort Built by Mysterious 'Painted People' Found in Scotland:" https://www.livescience.com/59990-pictish-fort-unearthed-in-scotland.html

* "Dig reveals village castle was left unfinished:" http://www.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/regional/herefordshire/15449090.Dig_reveals_village_castle_was_left_unfinished/

* "Dick Gregory's devastating, and funny, attack on racism:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/20/opinions/dick-gregory-model-opinion-obeidallah/index.html

* "You Bet Your Life - OUTTAKES (Complete!):"

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* "Eartha Kitt, I Want to be Evil:"

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* ""Infodump," "Mary Sue" And Other Words That Authors Are Sick Of Hearing:" http://io9.gizmodo.com/infodump-mary-sue-and-other-words-that-authors-are-1663345948

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

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

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

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* "Philippine police kill 32 in bloodiest night of Duterte’s war on drugs:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/16/philippines-police-bloodiest-night-duterte-war-drugs

* Fuck's sake, Republicans! 45's dad was in the KKK, as in arrested while rioting in his hood KKK. 45 himself has a looooong history of racism, including refusing to let Black people living in his buildings. He's said a ton of racist things including in the last year. He sided with violent literal NAZIs and literal KKK members and a terrorist against peaceful anti-racist protesters they attacked. This is who he is. We both know you are lying when you say this isn't the real Trump and he's totally going to change and suddenly stop being a racist. He's made clear who is. He's a 77 year old man who was raised to be racist and in 71 years hasn't made any effort to break with that. If you are allied with him, you are allied with an avowed and adjudicated racist who uses racist rhetoric, pushes racist policies, and who thinks NAZIs are the good guys. If you are standing with him, this is who you are too, and lying that he's going to magically have a change of heart is not going to change which side you are standing on here and how history will judge you.

* Republican Lawmakers are now trying to legalize terrorist attacks such as happened in Charlottesville and Barcelona last week. "These State Lawmakers Indulged the Violent Fantasy of Ramming Protesters With a Car:" http://usa.streetsblog.org/2017/08/14/these-state-lawmakers-tried-to-make-it-legal-to-run-over-protesters-with-a-car/

* "Translating the Boston counter-protest into policy:"

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* "White nationalists: Rebranding under ‘free speech’ flag?:"

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* "Dean Obeidallah suing The Daily Stormer for defamation:"

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* "Bishop Dr. Barber analyzes Confederate monument controversy:"

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* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* "Is It Health and Human Services Texas Policy To Harass Trans Texans?:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/08/is-it-health-and-human-services-texas.html

* "Happy Transgender Pride Flag Day!:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/08/happy-transgender-pride-flag-day.html

* "Coyote and Raven, American Tricksters: Crash Course World Mythology #22:"

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* "The Apocalyspe: Crash Course World Mythology #23:"

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* "Don't Give HBO's 'Confederate' the Benefit of the Doubt:" https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/08/no-confederate/535512/

* "Secrets of ancient Irish funeral practices revealed:" https://phys.org/news/2017-08-secrets-ancient-irish-funeral-revealed.html

* "Earliest Known Winery Found in Armenian Cave:" http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/01/110111-oldest-wine-press-making-winery-armenia-science-ucla/

* "Donald: The Musical (w/ Tim Minchin, Ben Platt & Abigail Spencer):"

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* "Inappropriate Musicals w/ Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Alan Cumming:"

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* "Inappropriate Musicals w/ Nathan Lane & Rachel Bloom:"

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* "Crosswalk the Musical: The Phantom of the Opera:"

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* "Crosswalk the Musical: Grease:"

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* "Crosswalk the Musical: Mary Poppins:"

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* "Despertares - Isaac Hernández:"

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* "TANGO BETWEEN MEN - WICKED!:"

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* "Homage To The Rabbits – The Gong Show:" Hhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbylWYHvgOI

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* "A Null Plot:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/a-null-plot/

* "Women Do Not Exist To Help Men Grow:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/women-die-men-grow/

* Is it just me, or are some of the gong show acts fetish porn in (thin) disguise. There was that vore scene a few weeks ago and I'm pretty sure that cupcake thing....

* "Names and naming:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164394238412/names-and-naming

* "The Strain, Season 3, Episode 5: Belly of the Beast:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/08/the-strain-season-3-episode-5-belly-of.html

* "Character Returns, Catty Women, and Dragon Petting Round Out This Week's Thrones:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/character-returns-catty-women-dragon-petting-round-weeks-thrones/

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

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

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* "Residents critical of missile and nuclear development program:" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14656&cataId=nk01500

* "Regime attempts to raise birthrate ignore new social reality:" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14655&cataId=nk01500

* "Browder: My lawyer Magnitsky was murdered by Putin:"

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* "North Korea, Venezuela, and Trump’s war of words:"

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* "Trump wants to defund PBS. ‘Sesame Street’ brutally parodied him for decades.:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/03/20/trump-wants-to-defund-pbs-sesame-street-brutally-parodied-him-for-decades/?utm_term=.b818e7d8c64f

* "Who is White House aide Sebastian Gorka?:"

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* "DOJ’s response to Charlottesville: Is it enough?:"

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* Just a reminder that Republicans in five states are trying to pass laws to make deadly terrorist acts like the one in Charlottesville Saturday legal.

* "Richard Painter: ‘This is the face of Fascism in the U.S.’:"

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* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* As a member of one of the other two minorities deemed not human enough to receive guaranteed emergency medical care in this country when we are dying, this is terrifying. "One way to end the opioid epidemic. Let them die:" http://www.newsweek.com/one-way-end-opioid-epidemic-let-them-die-639272

* "Eric Bolling sues reporter Yashar Ali for defamation:"

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* "The Power Of Inclusive Sex Education:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-power-of-inclusive-sex-education_us_59821b59e4b0b35d274c5f64?section=us_queer-voices

* "Origin of human genus may have occurred by chance:" https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170804100410.htm

* "On the early human's menu: Mammoth and plenty of raw vegetables:" https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170804082912.htm

* "46 Prehistoric Sites with Paleolakes Discovered in 'Green Arabia':" https://www.livescience.com/59998-46-prehistoric-sites-saudi-arabia.html

* "Fit for a King: Tut's Camping Bed Was an Ancient Marvel:" https://www.livescience.com/59999-king-tut-camping-bed-ancient-marvel.html

* "Contents of 2,500-year-old sarcophagus discovered in Turkey's Balıkesir revealed:" https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/07/31/contents-of-2500-year-old-sarcophagus-discovered-in-turkeys-balikesir-revealed

* "Can we hope to understand how the Greeks saw their world?:" https://aeon.co/essays/can-we-hope-to-understand-how-the-greeks-saw-their-world

* The title is silly, but it's a nice little summary of what we know and don't know about the Colossus of Rhodes. "How The Colossus of Rhodes Inspired ‘Game of Thrones’:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/how-the-colossus-of-rhodes-inspired-game-of-thrones

* "A Kerfuffle About Diversity in the Roman Empire:" https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/dna-romans/535701/

* "Alt-right commentator gets 'schooled' by historian over diversity in Roman Britain:" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/alt-right-commentator-gets-schooled-historian-diversity-roman/

* "This Ancient Mosaic Depicts a Thrilling Chariot Race:" http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/ancient-mosaic-cyprus-roman-chariot-race-archaeology-spd/

* "Archaeologists unearth 'little Pompeii' in southeast France:" http://www.france24.com/en/20170802-archaeologists-unearth-little-pompeii-southeast-france

* "Traces of ancient earthquake in Assos:" http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/traces-of-ancient-earthquake-in-assos-.aspx?pageID=238&nid=116328&NewsCatID=375

* "Great Ryburgh dig finds 81 'rare' Anglo-Saxon coffins:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-37940012

* "Kenya: Team Excavates Remains of People of Chinese Descent:" http://allafrica.com/stories/201707310840.html

* "Rich SF residents get a shock: Someone bought their street:" http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Rich-SF-residents-get-a-shock-Someone-bought-11738236.php

* "You Need to See These Hooded Grebes Perform Their Bonkers Mating Display:" http://www.audubon.org/news/you-need-see-these-hooded-grebes-perform-their-bonkers-mating-display

* Want to help replace dangerously bald front tires and dead wipers? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* It finally rained last night. Today I woke up to normal skies and a reasonable air temperature.

* Me watching Pompeii: That's not how it works. That's not how any of this works. the people who made it are at least as confused and flat out wrong as the ones that made Braveheart. It was too much of a mess historically to ignore the problems and take as cheese.

* I am finding The Great Wall visually gorgeous, but incredibly frustrating as whoever picked the subtitle font decided to make the lettering so tiny that I literally cant read it without pressing my face up against the screen. I can make out the capital letters and the 't's', so can generally guess single words like "wait" or attack", but I have to guess all the sentences from context. Why would they do this? Most people are not going to be watching this on a massive, super expensive wall sized widescreen TV. There was no descriptive video option and no option to go fullscreen so no way to recover the Chinese dialog. (I prefer widescreen as a rule, but I also prefer having visible subtitles). I know they know how to do visible captioning, as the English for hearing impaired is in huge, easily visible letters, mostly printed on the black background under the picture. why couldn't they do that with the translated dialog as well? Accessibility is a thing, people. It's 2017.

* Leto vs. Clowns: https://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/164136602812/whats-your-favorite-obscure-greek-myth-fact-i

* "Killjoys, Season 3 Episode 7: The Wolf You Feed:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/08/killjoys-season-3-episode-7-wolf-you.html

* "The Paintings used in ‘Black Sails’ (Part 16):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/164032511222/the-paintings-used-in-black-sails-part-16

* "Sunday Sweets: Art Deco:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/8/13/sunday-sweets-art-deco.html

* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

- Ship in a Bottle. Moriarty is back and grumpy about them dropping that plot thread for four years. I still have lots of questions about how people can be in multiple locations inside the same holodeck. I do like the using the simulation to steal command codes trick. I've seen it done clumsily in lots of shows since, but it is lovely in it's simplicity here. I do like the ethically quandaries around Moriarity and the Countess' personhood and what to do with them. I also think this is the first time they have had Barkley appear in which it hasn't been about his psychiatric issues. He's just there doing his job, which is kind of nice.

- Aquiel. A Mystery, an unreliable narrator, Klingon social friction, and Geordi's creepy thing where he builds an imaginary relationship with a woman he's never met and acts accordingly, brain sex, and the Star Trek version of The Thing.

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

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

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* "Trump: 'Fire and fury' warning to North Korea 'wasn't tough enough':" http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-fire-fury-warning-north-korea-wasnt-tough/story?id=49140874

* "A bunch of North Korea-related posts in the Trump administration are still empty:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/10/politics/north-korea-trump-nominations-vacancies/index.html

* 45 thanked Putin for the sanctions against us.

* "Trump North Korea frenzy curiously timed:"

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* "Trump hits a major milestone…his 50th day at golf club:"

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* "Vacationing Trump tweets “get back to work” to Mitch McConnell:" https://www.axios.com/vacationing-trump-tweets-get-back-to-work-to-mitch-mcconnell-2471435950.html

* "Study says Trump moves trigger health premium jumps for 2018:" https://apnews.com/cc6b335865e24a4b843dc0e2c4cc6c7a

* "Trump Admin Abandons Latino Outreach For Obamacare Sign-Ups:" http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/trump-hhs-abandons-latino-outreach-on-obamacare

* "EPA head casts doubt on ‘supposed’ threat from climate change:" http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/345937-epa-head-casts-doubt-on-supposed-threat-from-climate-change

* "every goddamn time you think you are beyond shock or outrage… or, a quick peek at GOP-backed proposed guidelines for u.s. citizenship:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/163961323852/every-goddamn-time-you-think-you-are-beyond-shock

* "Tracking a Warming Arctic – From Underground to High in the Sky:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/163951277121/tracking-a-warming-arctic-from-underground-to

* "Hood Adjacent with James Davis - Unhidden Figures:"

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* "Ladies Who Book: Steve Bannon:"

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* "Trump's Terrifying Judicial Appointments:"

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* Today the sky is actually mostly blue. (More blue inland, fading to gray over the bay, but much improved. There was a pall of matte grey smoke over eveything still, making the sky look painted and flat. It is better for breathing than it was, but still not great.

We went swimming anyway, and the temperature was perfect for that, the cool of the lake the perfect antidote for the muggy heat. All this was a lot of driving. I am slightly more hopeful it is belts and not breaks due to the subtleties of how it drives. My hope is to take it in Monday and talk them into checking their work. Tires and wipers are likely to be 80ish and absolutel need doing this month and i am slowly bleeding money. I'm rather scared to check, but i will have to before monday. I suspect I won't be servicing the medical debt this month which will put me further behind, but at least the lights are staying on.

Want to help replace bald front tires and dead wipers? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* "How different is show Davos from book Davos?:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/163868227892/how-diffrent-is-show-davos-from-book-davos

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* "Montrealers rally outside Olympic Stadium to welcome asylum seekers from U.S. :" https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/08/06/montrealers-rally-outside-olympic-stadium-to-welcome-asylum-seekers-from-us.html

* "B-1 bombers key to a U.S. plan to strike North Korean missile sites:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/north-korea/b-1-bombers-key-u-s-plan-strike-north-korean-n791221

* "Mattis to North Korea: Stop actions that could lead to 'destruction of its people':" http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/09/politics/mattis-pentagon-north-korea/index.html

* Fuck's sake. "First Baptist's Robert Jeffress: ‘God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un’:" https://www.dallasnews.com/life/faith/2017/08/08/first-baptists-robert-jeffress-god-given-trump-authority-take-kim-jong-un

* Headdesk. "Trump was improvising his North Korea statement:"

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* Remember how Jeff session's idea for drug policy was to dramatically increase mass incarceration for tiny amounts of pot? It turns out 45's plan is basically "Just Say No?" I feel like we've all traveled back in time, especially with Republican tax policy being designed to rob from the poor and middle class to give to the rich and Republican foreign policy being "attempt to proke a nuclear war for funsies* and the whole President unable to understand written policy briefs thing.

* "Trump on opioid crisis: Just tell kids not to do drugs:"

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* "Trump looks to friends to fill important US prosecutor positions:"

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* I thought we were forever done with time traveling Obama news, but 45 is claiming that some how President Obama's 30 year plan to refurbish our nuclear arsenal is somehow already completed and really Trump's idea. Somehow?

* "Monumental ‘Trump Chicken’ Roosts Near The White House:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/someone-put-a-giant-inflatable-trump-chicken-outside-the-white-house_us_598bc01ee4b0449ed507cf99

* "FBI conducted predawn raid of former Trump campaign chairman Manafort’s home:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/fbi-conducted-predawn-raid-of-former-trump-campaign-chairman-manaforts-home/2017/08/09/5879fa9c-7c45-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?utm_term=.2d0d3e96e472

* "FBI Manafort raid seen as 'shock and awe' moment in Trump-Russia:"

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* "Judge greenlights lawsuit against two psychologists responsible for CIA’s use of waterboarding:" https://mic.com/articles/183453/judge-greenlights-lawsuit-against-two-psychologists-responsible-for-cias-use-of-waterboarding?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.5BjFnEHIc

* "A Minnesota mosque was bombed — and America’s failed anti-extremism policies are to blame:" https://mic.com/articles/183426/a-minnesota-mosque-was-bombed-and-americas-failed-anti-extremism-policies-are-to-blame?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=movement&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.3bD6dd8j6

* "27 Scottish Words And Phrases To Describe The Weather:" https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/scotland/articles/27-scottish-words-and-phrases-to-describe-the-weather/

* "Kim Jong-Un Responds To Donald Trump:"

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* "North Korea, The U.S. Just Isn't That Into You:"

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* "Trump's Team Bans The Term 'Climate Change':"

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* A am convinced that unearthly chittering squeal ins the front driver's side brake dying, as that's what a dying break normally sounds like. Squirrel's "friend who knows cars" insists it's to do with the new belt. I need to see about getting them to check the belts, as we do not have 350.00 for a brake job. Sigh. I expect tires and wipers which must be done this month to be 80.00 we can't afford also. Ugh.

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

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

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

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

* 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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* "US aid cuts could be a 'death sentence' to women in Malawi:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/27/health/malawi-us-foreign-aid-cuts/index.html

There is still time to protest or call your Congress Critter. So many women will die if they do this.

* "Senate slaps new sanctions on Russia, putting Trump in corner:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-sanctions-idUSKBN1AC1U8

* "Masha Gessen - How Russia Established an Autocracy in "The Future Is History" - Extended Interview:"

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* "Top Republican Says He’s Writing Bill to Protect Special Counsel Probe:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/top-republican-says-hes-writing-bill-to-protect-special-counsel-probe-1501174871

* Skinny repeal failed.

If you have Susan Collins, John McCain, or Lisa Murkowski for a Senator, please call to thank them as they were all they saved health care for 16 million working Americans and their children.

* Notice 45 deliberately waited until Mattis was on vacation to attack military readiness and throw active duty units in war zones into chaos as mart of his illogical transphobic psychological warfare attack on our own military. I mean, we knew he hated soldiers and soldier's families when he personally went after the Gold star family during the campaign and pissed on their loss, but attempting to damage morale in the middle of a war.... Yeah.

* "Pentagon takes no steps to enforce Trump's transgender ban:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/27/trump-transgender-military-ban-no-modification-241029?lo=ap_a1

* "The 'Game Of Thrones' Spoil-Proof Bucket:"

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* "Trump Claims His Ohio Rally Broke All Records. Every. Single. One.:"

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* "Stephen Helps 'The Mooch' Scaramucci Find 'The Leaks':"

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* "Trump employs Christie-style bully politics in health bill push:"

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* "Adam Ruins Everything - The Real Reason Hospitals Are So Expensive:"

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* "The Mooch Will Set Trump Free:"

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* "When Michael Met Arthur:"

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* "The Mooch Drags His New Coworkers:"

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* "Trump Takes On His Own Attorney General :"

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* "Back in Black - American Infrastructure at Its Worst:"

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* Lilies together. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163483996457/lilies-together

A ridiculous number of new lilies opened during the day. O.o: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163510309907/a-ridiculous-number-of-new-lilies-opened-during

* Can Ghosts be in a minyan? http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/163084786071/animatedamerican-janothar-keshetchai#notes

* "Good Omens TV nightmare scenarios:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163521691837/good-omens-tv-nightmare-scenarios

* Snerk. "Problems with Millennials:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163519960752/problems-with-millennials

* Cryptids: Regional Difference: http://sodiumflare.tumblr.com/post/163509870930/regional-differences

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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/

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "‘I was sold seven times': Yazidi women welcomed back into the faith:" https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jul/01/i-was-sold-seven-times-yazidi-women-welcomed-back-into-the-faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Who is Jay Sekulow?:"

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* "Healthcare: Repeal and delay?:"

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* Resist. "House Bill Axes Monument, Opens Public Lands To Logging:" https://gearjunkie.com/cascade-siskiyou-national-monument-public-lands-logging

* "Does the DNC overlook its most loyal voters?:"

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* "Newark Police Looking For Men Who Attacked Trans Woman:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/newark-police-looking-for-men-who.html

* "Clothing and Corruption in Liberia - States of Undress:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/states-of-undress-clothing-and-corruption-in-liberia/5936fe3346a8744e4af773b4

* Sunday was frustrating. I could not at first figure out how the fixtures worked, which meant I took apart way more than I needed too. For a brief, shiny moment I actually had a working light, but foolishly decided to use a bulb to test the third fixture. In the middle, Tavy attacked and in the resulting struggle a container of tiny screws when flying, I lost track of which bulb was which, and apparently, the bulb got damaged, which it took another half hour to figure out, which means I need another bulb I have no money for and a big pile of disassembled fish lights to show for three+ hour's work. I am pretty sure I won't have money for second bill when it comes, which means picking sacrifices and devoting a whole evening to eBay soon, but not today. I wrote this whole entry once, but Tavy deleted it with a single paw, because of course.

* "Catelyn, Smart:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/160827696482/catelyn-smart

* The Dragon at the Bridge: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162505872562/xain-russell-xain-russell-dragon-halt

* That was my question too. "The Mist: Season 1, Episode 2: Withdrawal:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/the-mist-season-1-episode-2-withdrawal.html

* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

- Realm of Fear. They invited Barkley on purpose. Barkley has what looks like a panic attack or something panic attack adjacent in the transport room. (It turn out to be a phobia). I keep thinking about this: that their original response to his mental illness was not kindness and therapy, as one would expect, but group bullying that eventually required command intervention. I have trouble believing that there has been zero improvement in treatment of mental illnesses in the intervening century, and one would think Starfleet officers and the civilians on their ship would have a high incidence of PTSD and trauma just based on things we've seen happen in the series, so how is there no policy, training, and support for crewman with mental illnesses? Yes, our military is shit at this, but one would think there would have been some improvement in societal attitudes and a more compassionate and rational approach generally, but I guess not. After all, they chose to write Diana Troi as terrible at her job for no obvious reason. I am thinking this says some terrible things about Star Fleet and the federation as a whole.

Anyway, I get that they are trying to show confidence in Barkley by including him, but they decide to ignore the whole obvious signs of impending panic attack. It would seem to be kinder and more tactful to read the body language and not push him. I mean, it's the same logic that one uses when picking kids to speak in class. You want everyone to participate and feel safe volunteering, so you let the kids who have more trouble answering for whatever reason (shyness, difficulty with English, difficulty with language processing, intellectual challenge, etc.) get first crack at a question if they raise your hang and you make sure there is enough time for people who take longer to process verbal questions to work out an answer. you always call on those kids first if they do volunteer, because YOU WANT THEM TO SUCCEED. They are more likely to participate in future if when they are called on it turns out well. The goal isn't to shame them in front of their peers and catch them out. The goal is to let them show off what they know. You do not surprise a kid with Autism, or Tourettes, or anxiety (especially if you are spotting tell tale physical signs that they are struggling) or who may not have the English vocabulary to know exactly what you asked with a question when the hand isn't up. It's cruel and traumatizing someone is going to mess up the rest of their day for sure and contributes to an aversion to school. There are plenty of ways to assess if they are actually learning the things, but calling on people really isn't about that. It's about getting them used to being involved in their own learning and in discussions. It's about getting them used to speaking in front of peers. At minimum it keeps them awake, but it's mostly about things like social learning and useful skills they need for the education. That hand up in class is a building block that things like debates, whole class discussion, small group discussion, speeches, oral reports, and group presentations are made of.

My point is, Geordi thinks he's helping, but he really, really isn't. It's pretty well established by this point that Barkley has serious anxiety and a bunch of other related issues. Including him is important, but it should be a setting him up to succeed situation. Instead of pushing him to panic attack in front of a coworker in a way that the whole bridge crew knows about, include him when he's not obviously struggling and in less high stakes situations. Give him support, effective management strategies, and safety net instead of making it super high stakes which is likely to make things worse. Work up to the bigger situations. Exercise some fucking tact. I feel like knowing the people under your command and learning to warning signs of stress etc ought to be a basic command skill thing the way it is in teaching. Read the room. Know the people you have direct charge of. WTF are they teaching them in Starfleet Command School? No wonder they mutiny at the drop of a hat.

Look, I know this is actually about the McGuffin, but that doesn't excuse the systemic problems with the Starfleet Command Training and Counseling system in both ToS and TNG. Barkley tells Troi that he is afraid to get help because having a phobia will kill his career, so at minimum he's internalized negative attitudes from the culture. You know, the same way soldiers are afraid to get help in our military because the stigma really can damage careers there. So the stigma is still a thing in Starfleet culture and presumably Federation culture at large. Good to know the memo about the brain being an organ somehow still hasn't penetrated. Not. It's nice to know they haven't lost 20thcentury desensitization tech somehow, but why doesn't she explain how desensitization works first. Not doing that looks like setting him up to fail.

I do appreciate that Geordi takes Barkley seriously instead of dismissing him, which is progress. Something weird happened with the transporter on the Mystery ship, so all telemetry is important, including observation. I do not want to give the impression tat I think Geordi is some sort of monster here. I'm just saying something is systemically wrong with Starfleet training and services, and that something crops up quite a bit in one for or another in ToS and TNG. The tendency to mutiny under stress or for racist reasons (when Spock or Data is put in charge of a crew), the crappy counseling services throughout TNG and the non-existent services in ToS, command behavior around Barkley in particular, but also some other situations in ToS start to feel like a pattern, the way the lack of barrier protection against unknown biological threats is a pattern. Seriously, how many times has the refusal to take basic chemical and biological contamination precautions bit them in the ass? It feels like a lot.

The psychology on hearing symptoms of a dread disease and believing one has it does seem spot on.

For once, they actually use level five containment and take other afety precautions when it makes sense.

I am glad it worked out in the end, and I do appreciate the way Barkley was shown to be brave and resourceful in the face of his phobia and a generally dangerous life or death situation, thus saving four lives, but the bigger questions about the world building.

- Man of the People. Captain Tallmadge of the Dorian. Snerk. So Captain spy of the Good ship Famous Ridiculously Sexy Bisexual who is eternally young and kills the occasional sexual partner. On purpose or not? You decide, but I think so. The Dorian Grey imagery is apt.

Yet another another abusive slime bucket pretending to be a nice guy targets Diana Troi.

I hate these one when someone is being manipulated this way and this one is extra hard to watch because Marina Sirtis' acting is so good. In fact, when this aired the first time in 1992 I used it to prove to my friends that she really was good and it was the writing that usually sucked when it came to her character. My memory is that next season was when she really got to shine, and yes, at the time we connected the improvement in the writing of her character and the improvement in season seven scripts to Roddenberry dying in '91. Look, ToS was amazing when it was new and so many groundbreaking things happened in it, but I am am aware of both the good things he did (fighting for the inclusion of two main caste characters paid by people of colour, fighting to keep it ensemble cast, making due with next to no budget, trying to do big ideas and social comentary in the face of suits who don't get it), and a whole lot of shitty things too (I've read all sorts of things including Nichelle Nichols' autobiography and there was backstage douchebaggery and some of the crappy things that happened to the women of TNG because of sexist backstage culture and I've a belief that it wouldn't have been so systemic over so long a stretch if Roddenberry had been a feminist ally instead of the way he actually was, his writing and both ToS and TNG are pretty sexist while trying to look feminist rather like a lot of Joss Whedon things are, a whole bunch of his stuff doesn't age well for one reason or another.). I and my friends were perfectly capable of keeping both the ground breaking bits and cool characters that we liked and rational criticisms of Star Trek and Roddenberry in our heads at the same time. The thing we felt was the greatest weakness of TNG (Yes including the huge wasted potential and mishandling of Tasha, and a host of other weaknesses I've written about during this project), was the way Roddenberry's some decisions, particularly his order that their not be conflict between the main characters hampered development and natural flow of story. I'm not saying I want irrational conflict for the sake of conflict, because I hate that most. I'm just saying that it renders TNG flat. The soda (or pop depending on your coast) still tastes fine, but the fizz has gone out of it. What few conflicts there are tend to get muted, or disappeared (whither ensign Ro?). There are debates, which I've written about, like the ones are Data's personhood, or prime directive, etc., but something is missing because emotions and stakes are not allowed to run too high. It's like driving with the parking brake on, a constant drag on acceleration. There are a lot of things we liked about TNG, but there is a reason we thought season seven was the strongest and season six the next strongest, and a reason DS9 is far and away my favorite star Trek.

(I have not seen the new series coming out, but it looks good and I've great hopes for it reigniting my love for the franchise. Voyager got on my nerves for a long list of reasons I don't want to get into here, but which are definitely to do with the writing and the systematic sexism and not even a little the fault of the people doing the acting. Enterprise was so terrible I bailed very early in season one. I hate the reboots because the director fundamentally doesn't get what was good about Star Trek specifically and a long list of bad decisions that have everything to do with the script and nothing to do with the people doing an excellent job playing the characters. I really want to love this new show though and can't wait to see it. This is not an 'I hate everything new' problem. For me this is equivalent to me not liking the Star Wars Prequels, but being completely onboard with TFA and Rogue One. I want to be given something new, but that something new needs to be 1. Fundamentally Star Trek: debates and illustrations of big ideas/societal problems and grand vision for a better future with characters I really enjoy spending time with, and 2. reasonably well written and acted. The rebooted movies completely lack one, and the plots of the two I bothered with had problems so big I couldn't play along anymore).

Anyway, even though this episode is hard for me to watch and taking me places I didn't particularly want to go, they actually gave Ms. Sirtis something to do that she could really work with and I think it's the first episode where we can see the writing shaking free of the parking break. Slowly, tentatively, like the first crocus shoots poking up through melting snow. I say this even though we've had this basic plot twice before with Diana Troi (Empath man using power over people's minds unethically. In one case consensual love interest, in another a stalker/rapist obsessed with Diana, here sucking the life out of her and destabilizing her in the process. I sense a theme.), and ambassador in important negotiations covering up that he is deteriorating at least twice (Sarek and the ambassador in that extremely ableist one a season or two back). The plot is tired and predictable and thus annoying, with the bad psychiatry wandering into my triggery zone, but they are are finally giving Ms. Sirtis something to act. So mixed bag, but with a hope of something better. Something I remember very much enjoying in season seven when the writers let loose.

At least this episode is really clear on how horrible this douchebag is too (repellent and dangerous to women). He calls the women he uses non-consensually and kills "receptacles," realistically dehumanizing language who treats women as literally disposable. It was good to see Picard reacting with appropriate fury and disgust.

Is that crew woman Diana abused while under the asshole's influence okay? Is she afraid of therapy now? Is there a second counselor aboard? Trust me, even though Councillor Troi is in no way responsible for her actions while under the influence of the malevolent empathy, the trauma the Crew woman experienced is still real, and she absolutely would need a different therapist and even then building the trust would be difficult. They do not tell us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* Photographs of the Grandmothers Trump has cruelly banned from entering the country: https://www.instagram.com/bannedgrandmas/

* "Why we should be very afraid of Trump’s vote suppression commission:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/06/30/why-we-should-be-very-afraid-of-trumps-vote-suppression-commission/?utm_term=.95de37a5d89d

* This article explains why I'm so freaked out more clearly than I am able to do just now. "The Trump administration's massive request for voter data is raising fears of suppression:" http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/06/trump-administrations-request-for-extensive-voter-data-raises-fears-of-suppression/

* "Jewish people form protective barrier around Muslims as they protest Trump:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/jewish-people-form-protective-barrier-around-muslims-as-they-protest-trump-a7769086.html

* It's just a study, but it's a start. "Hawaii just became the first US state to pass a bill supporting basic income:" http://www.businessinsider.com/hawaii-basic-income-bill-2017-6

* No, Service Dogs are not bullshit. Yes, people do need them for things other than blindness. I had an ex who had no hands and only part of one arm total. His service dog had saddle bags as acted as his hands. He still got constantly hassled by cops because they refused to believe that was a Thing. Also, a lot of people have invisible disabilities. Just because you can't see someone has a serious seizure disorder for example, doesn't mean they don't need the dog.

Invisible disabilities are still disabilities. The Brain is an Organ. Don't be a dick!

* "If you want to know what climate change feels like, you’re going to find out this summer:" https://thinkprogress.org/heat-wave-delivers-record-breaking-highs-8640ec9dc2a

* "Small Change in Average, Big Change in Extremes:" http://www.climatecentral.org/gallery/graphics/small-change-in-average-big-change-in-extremes

* "Europe's extreme June heat clearly linked to climate change, research shows:" https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/30/europes-extreme-june-heat-clearly-linked-to-climate-change-research-shows

* "Vulnerable ‘chokepoints’ threaten global food supply, warns report:" https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/27/vulnerable-chokepoints-threaten-global-food-supply-warns-report

* "Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/happy-150th-birthday-canada.html

* Yesterday was incredibly frustrating with lots of reboots and general computer fuckery and me having to constantly get up to solve problems around the apartment. I did finally achieve stability and was getting real work done, when Tavy ran over and flopped onto the keyboard before I could stop him, turning it off. I extracted him from the lap top and went off to try to salvage a light bulb from a dead fish light in hopes the light was dead for electricals and the bulb was good (fish grow lights are very expensive), as one of the bulbs went out on the twenty that both twenty tanks are now sharing. I usually get the fish store guys to do the big lights as it's tools and tiny fiddly bits that my hands can't really do properly anymore. Extracting the bulb from the dead light was reasonably easy as I own screwdrivers, and I trapped all the small parts in the body of the light just in case. I start to take the second light apart and the fixture flew apart when I loosened the second screw with an alarming ting. Like all of it came apart and not just the bit I wanted, because of course. I can't examine the assembled fixture properly as doing so might endanger a light I knew worked and couldn't afford to loose. I did manage to proof of concept well enough to prove the bulb was still good, but I could not for the life of me get it to match and the thing wasn't stable. Then I realized... missing part. no sign of the thing anywhere. I take the equivalent missing bit from the dead light, construct a prop, start to put it together, discover the screw driver also missing. Because of course. Also, Tavy keeps trying to help. because small loose fiddly bits are his favorite toys. I finger tighten and figure I'll improvise with scissors as they are closer to the right size for the philips head later. I get it assembled and test. Light works as is so bright and beautiful. (Yes, you are supposed to replace both bulbs at once, but unless you are buying me a big ass aquabulb, don't complain.) I take the sofa apart and find the screw driver, tighten, secure and close. It took an hour and a half what with all the help and missing things. The missing piece turned out to be literally under the light, which I discover when I put it back. Fun. next on the list it seeing if I can get one working light out of the 30 light Tavy toasted and a dead supplemental. These, of course are a different shape bulb with different fixtures. Sigh. Not tonight.

* So it turns out that if you email Tom's of Maine to ask them specific questions about their toothpaste, they call you up and talk to you about toothpaste preferences, and they mail you a free full sized tube to try!

I adored Tom's of Maine as they made non-mint flavours, but I was warned off by my Dentist in the mid-90's because of my genetically fragile teeth. (Not a problem for normal people, and said friend says their toothpaste is smooth instead of gritty, so they may have entirely changed formulations in the intervening two decades.) I was advising a friend recently and discovered they'd dramatically expanded their product line and contacted them on the off. I'll test out the taste and texture and see how it goes, since I'd love to be able to switch back. I hate Colgate and Sensadyne flavourwise, and I react badly to peppermint because of my sensory difference. (Spearmint and Wintergreen are fine, but most other mints not so much).

I admit to hoping they might send me a small travel sized tube for testing, I was not expecting a full sized one. Good on you Tom's of Maine. I adore your deodorant, and your mouthwash is entirely inoffensive and does not send me into sensory overload. I am so hoping the propolis and myrrh is safe and pleasant. I'm not a fan of myrrh as a scent, but I admit to curiousity. My hope is if the texture is right and the flavour wrong, I might try the children's flavours. Anyway, fingers crossed.

In other mint news, they had discontinued my tummy tea, hence my inability to find it since I started looking 'round the turn of the year. I was forced to search out a new brand with May's food allotment. I tested it on a queasiness mid-month, and turns out that Numi Moroccan Mint is "sweet spearmint" like as promised, richly flavoured and inoffensive, butter tasting than the old brand.

* There was a last minute bidding flurry, for which I am grateful, but the most valuable thing on there went for about half of what it would have made if I'd waited until Fall. Sigh. The bill I floated last month got paid this afternoon out of my government money. I can for sure pay the bill coming due end of next week. I am suspecting I haven't enough for 2nd bill when it hits mid month, but I won't know how short I am until we get there. Clearly I am not getting paper towels this month as I'd hoped and I may have to do another auction. Which means picking sacrifices. Worse, I may do an imp lot which is waaaaay harder without Main computer's database, but the immediate emergency is solved.

* This gave me a lot to think about. "American Gods: The Good, The Bad and the Awesome:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/american-gods-good-bad-and-awesome.html

* "The Mist, Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/the-mist-season-1-episode-1-pilot.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Maddow: Trump behavior hurts the presidency, but he doesn't care:"

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* "Trump further disrupts Obamacare repeal efforts:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/30/trump-obamacare-repeal-replace-tweet-240132

* Look, I despise Joe Scarborough and "Morning Joe," but this sort of Autocratic tactic from the White House is fucking terrifying. "Scarborough, Brzezinski say White House used National Enquirer as threat:" http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/30/media/national-enquirer-donald-trump-joe-scarborough/index.html

* "GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/gop-operative-sought-clinton-emails-from-hackers-implied-a-connection-to-flynn-1498770851

* "White House council for women and girls goes dark under Trump:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/30/donald-trump-white-house-council-for-women-and-girls-239979

* "Presidential Commission Demands Massive Amounts of State Voter Data:" https://www.propublica.org/article/presidential-commission-demands-massive-amounts-of-state-voter-data

* "24 states refusing to provide voter data to Trump election panel:" http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/340289-19-states-refusing-to-provide-voter-data-to-trump-panel

* "Pruitt will launch program to 'critique' climate science:" https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060056858

* "Trump seen hatching voter suppression plan with new fraud group:"

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* 32 million people who currently have insurance will lose it is the Senate version of Trumpcare is passed in order to give a massive tax cut to the richest 1%.

If you can go to an in person protest in the next week, please try. If you can't, here are some other options:

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

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

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

* The House has voted to completely defund the Election Assistance Commission presumably in response to reporting that the Russians have compromised election databases in 39 states and have interfered with the 2016 elections on all levels, since the Election Assistance Commission exists to fight exactly this sort of tampering. It is looking like Republicans feel that letting Putin delete eligible voters from the rolls and pick winners in our elections is way more important than patriotism, Democracy, etc.. I can't think of a single other reason they would take such strong steps to render our elections easier to hack instead of taking the logical step of dramatically increasing funding for the sake of National Security in the face of evidence that our system is vulnerable. Party before Country seems to once again be the motivating principle for this decision. Every single person who voted for this is complicit. Every single one of them decided they would rather be in power in a Russian client state than take the chance of a fair election in a free country.

* "The Federal Voting Agency Republicans Want to Kill:" https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/election-assistance-commission-republicans-congress/516462/

* They are targeting people who work for a living on behalf of those with Trust Funds. "Senate Health Bill Could Hit Employer-Sponsored Plans:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/senate-health-bill-could-hit-employer-sponsored-plans-1498764574

* "The 'Handmaid's Tale'-inspired protests are now a movement unto themselves:" https://mic.com/articles/181101/the-handmaids-tale-inspired-protests-are-now-a-movement-unto-themselves?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.2kLLYF8W2

* TW: Pedophilia. "NASA Denies That It’s Running a Child Slave Colony on Mars:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/nasa-denies-that-its-running-a-child-slave-colony-on-mars

* "Doctor kills 1, wounds 6 at NYC hospital before killing himself:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/30/us/new-york-hospital-shooting/index.html

* "German parliament votes to legalize same-sex marriage:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/30/germany-poised-legalise-same-sex-marriage-bill-law

* "Trump Administration Appoints Anti-Transgender Activist To Gender Equality Post" https://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/trump-administration-appoints-anti-transgender-activist-to?utm_term=.ctkQpNyj2#.kjRzaPmkZ

* "GOP Congesswoman compares transgender soldiers to North Korea, Putin, and ISIS:" https://thinkprogress.org/hartzler-transgender-military-threat-e6c2bb61475f

* I first saw a man dance on pointe on TV in the '70's when I was a child. It was so exciting, and the announcer made what I felt was an appropriate level of fuss. Now imagine how I felt when I got to see the Trocks. I'm glad Bottom is en pointe, but I which there were more of it in the ballet repertoire. "Men on pointe? First Soloist Bennet Gartside shares his tips (The Royal Ballet):"

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* "Unipiper - The Gong Show:"

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* "Stephen: 'This Is What's Wrong With The American President':"

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* "What Is A 'Bona Fide Relationship,' Anyway?:"

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* These end between 7-8PM Saturday. I'm a hundred down on bills, plus we haven't money for electricity and Internet as we had to pay for car repairs (four hundred), so clearly it's ebay time.: http://www.ebay.com/sch/lethran/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

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* TOS Rewatch, Season 2:

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* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

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* July 4 2017, 2pm
July 6 2017, 12pm

+news +log @recycle Enter Seal Lord Sail water l/out


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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