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

* ""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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* 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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* "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

* Want to help replace dangerously bald front tires and dead wipers? We need about $80.00 to be safe in the rain. Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* "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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* 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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* I am not and have never been a fan of the house of Hanover/Windsor, am no fan of monarchy, and I side eye modern royals just generally, but I do honestly appreciate Prince Harry talking about seeking psychiatric help for dealing with his grief at the loss of his mother, because any fucking thing we can do to destigmatize getting psychiatric help is important.

* "Scotland just generated enough renewable energy to power itself for six days:" http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/scotland-renewable-wind-energy-power-electricity-three-million-homes-118-per-cent-of-households-a7855846.html

* "'Unprecedented' outbreak of dengue fever plagues Sri Lanka:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/health/sri-lanka-dengue-fever/index.html

* "Rola Hallam - How CanDo Is Responding to the Health Care Crisis in Syria - Extended Interview:"

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* "Trump boy scout Jamboree speech angers parents:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40715185

* "The 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Donald Trump's hyper-political speech to the Boy Scouts:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/politics/donald-trump-boy-scouts-speech/index.html

* It’s not over and the ruling is not all bad. Do not deregister. We need to vote these people out. "U.S. judge allows Trump election commission to seek voting data:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-vote-idUSKBN1A92HX

* "Trump's faint praise for Sessions: 'Time will tell':" http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-rips-jeff-sessions-being-very-weak-clinton-leakers-n786211

* "AP sources: Trump speaks to advisers about firing Sessions:" https://www.apnews.com/966ae4f389064b2b90d84b03d260730e/AP-sources:-Trump-speaks-to-advisers-about-firing-Sessions

* "Jeff Sessions Is Growing ‘Pissed’ at Trump, His Allies Say. And He Doesn’t Plan to Quit.:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/jeff-sessions-is-growing-pissed-at-trump-his-allies-say-and-he-doesnt-plan-to-quit

* "Top Senate Democrat warns Trump over replacing Sessions to derail Russia probe:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-sessions-schumer-idUSKBN1AA25P

* "Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch's firm cited in money-laundering case:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/24/jared-kushner-new-york-russia-money-laundering

* "What's dangerous about a compromised person in public office:"

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* Contains Ableist and fat shaming language as well as the original death threat. "Sen. Reed on hot mic: I think Trump is crazy:"

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* "Warren: It's up to us to say 'no deal' on GOP health/tax plan:"

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* "Democrats fight for time and transparency on gop health/tax bill:"

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* John McCain's words were very pretty, but it's his actions that count.

* "What’s next for the Senate Republicans’ effort to repeal Obamacare, in one flowchart:" https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/24/16019984/obamacare-repeal-republican-flow-chart

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

* Police picked a random house and shot an innocent unarmed upstanding citizen through the door without warning, then lied that they could somehow see that he had a gun through the opaque closed door even though they didn't, then lied that they shouted warning that he should drop the gun they decided to pretend he was holding. The entirely innocent victim was Latino, so want to bet what's going to happen to the men who decided to assassinate him for no reason then lie on a police report? "Officers kill man with no active warrants at wrong house:" http://m.wmctv.com/wmctv/db_401748/contentdetail.htm?full=true&contentguid=AUdiWnEV&pn=&ps=#display

* The Dyke March is even more horrible than previously thought. Turns out they aren't just proudly antisemetic but they hate the very people the march is named after: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163447550187/brigdh-alogicals-so-let-me-get-this-straight

* "Senators Don't Know What's In The Healthcare Plan They Passed:"

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* "The GOP Brings the Dead Health Care Bill Back to Life:"

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* "Stephen Warns Trump About The Dangers Of Self-Pardoning:"

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* "Stephen Introduces His Anthony Scaramucci Impression:"

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* "Trump Really Puts The 'Fraud' In Voter Fraud Commission:"

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* "Donald Jr.'s Meeting Looked An Awful Lot Like 'Ocean's Eleven':"

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* "Weren't We Done With This? - Trump's Travel Ban & Another Bathroom Bill:"

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* When I went out before dawn to take back some library to the time traveling book drop, the breeze was so soft and fresh off the bay that it filled me with delight. As it turns out on returning, I discovered one can smell our lilies out in the hall, but I figure it's more pleasant than the usual mix of pot smoke and other people's nasty cooking.

* The first pinks opened yesterday, but it was one on each spray. Luckily the branch mates opened at dawn, so here are the first four. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163446414057/the-first-pinks-opened-yesterday-but-it-was-one

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

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

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

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

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

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here:
https://lgbtnet.org/en
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’d feel better knowing for sure they were okay, but I’m willing to bet they’re in contact with family and I completely understand the impulse to flee to Canada, regardless of home country. "Parents 'not concerned' that Burundi robotics team may have fled to Canada:" http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/parents-not-concerned-that-burundi-robotics-team-may-have-fled-to-canada-1.3516590

* "UN delegation visits Yemen amid cholera outbreak:" http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/delegation-visits-yemen-cholera-outbreak-170724155936265.html

* "Rome hit by water rationing as Italy struggles with drought:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40704408

* "Wind-driven fires hopscotch through south of France, Corsica:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/fires-hopscotch-through-touristic-southern-coast-of-france/2017/07/25/1ec6169c-711d-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html

* <.< >.> http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163427906482/for-some-reason-the-first-reminded-me-of-the

* "New facts uncovered about Trump FBI pick, confirmation vote looms:"

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* "Trump considering replacing Sessions: reports:"

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* "Senate Republicans heedless of Obamacare repeal consequences:"

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* Time to ramp protests up! "Republicans vote to move ahead on Obamacare repeal:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/25/obamacare-repeal-vote-senate-republicans-240926

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

* "Truck-driving is a modern form of indentured slavery:" https://boingboing.net/2017/06/21/pacific-9-transportation.html

* "In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds That Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law:" http://www.theindigenousamericans.com/2017/07/16/victory-standing-rock-sioux-tribe-court-finds-approval-dakota-access-pipeline-violated-law/

* "Chechnya: Dozens of men slaughtered and buried in one night as gay purge continues:" http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/07/11/chechnya-names-of-27-men-slaughtered-and-buried-in-bloody-night-revealed-as-gay-purge-continues/?utm_source=PNFB&utm_content=BB

Here is a petition: http://petitions.pinknews.co.uk/russian-authorities-stop-the-persecution-of-gay-men-in-chechnya

Places to Donate:
https://lgbtnet.org/en
https://help.lgbtnet.org/en
https://help.lgbtnet.org/chechnya-en

* The Evolution of Bipedalism: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/162901571500/basinke-jacquez45-sinesalvatorem

* It's not helping if you didn't ask first. This is true on the small, personal scale, on the activism scale, and the Geo-political scale. Questions like, "What do you need", "Would you like me to help with that?", "What would you like me to do?", "What would be most useful for me to do?", and "How can I help you?" are magically because they not only are a subset of consent, but also let you target help when and where it is actually needed instead of just making things worse by barging into a situation without listen to the person or people you are trying to help.

On the personal scale, it is things like asking a person in mourning what they actually need instead of drowning them in food they can't store for the first two days than disappearing. Maybe what they actually need is respite child care or help with the dishes. How will you know I you didn't ask? Similarly, just grabbing someone's arm or wheelchair handles without asking is invasive and the absolute opposite of helping. Odds are you are about to knock someone off balance, make them lose step count, impede rather than facilitate, etc.. Not asking means it's about your ego or how you feel or what you want. Asking if you can help sincerely and listening to the answer, including no, is actually helping. Odds are I do want help cleaning up after the wake or carrying that stack of packages, but you don't know if you didn't ask me.

It's the same with allyship. Educate yourself. Listen to the discourse. Interrogate your biases and privilege. Listen to the people in the community you are wanting to stand with, and pay attention to what they say they need from allies. Signal boost their messages. Give the help that is asked for instead of imposing your ideas of what is best, because the people in that community have thought longer and harder on what needs to happen than even the most well meaning person can.

It's the same on the big scale too. When we invaded Afghanistan there was all this high minded rhetoric about helping women. Government programs, NGOs, and private charities all turned up with big ideas about how to "help," but it's not helping if you don't ask. Very little attempt was made to ask Afghan women what they needed, or enlist them in planning and decision making. The women we claimed to want to help were infantilized by paternalistic outsiders who never once considered that the people they were pretending to help might have their own, superior ideas as to what would actually improve things. When Jenny Nordberg came through much later and actually *gasp* asked, women said that they wanted things like full scholarships for young women from rural areas to go to school to become doctors, nurses, teachers, etc., so they could afford to train and then return where they were most needed, but that wasn't the sort of thing westerners convinced they know best would think of, because they don't know conditions on the intimate level that the women born and raised there did. I use this example, because it is on my mond lately, but there are other things in the world news this applies to.

It's not helping if you didn't ask first and you didn't listen to the answers.

* "Treasury of historic clothing revealed at Westminster Abbey:" https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jun/27/treasury-of-historic-clothing-revealed-at-westminster-abbey#img-2

* "Profiles in Tremendousness - White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci:"

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* ...And I'm out. "The Mist, Season One, Episode Five: The Waiting Room:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/the-mist-season-one-episode-five.html

* "Mansplaining, Offensive Representation, and...a Well-Written Sex Scene! Thrones Does the Impossible! :" https://www.thefandomentals.com/mansplaining-offensive-representation-well-written-sex-scene-thrones-impossible/

* "32 Things We Learned from Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak Commentary
twh-news:" http://tumblr.tomhiddlestonnews.com/post/138621139036/32-things-we-learned-from-guillermo-del-toros

* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

- a Fist Full of Datas. So in the Scotty episode they used the holodeck without anything going wrong. I think that may be a record, one whole episode with holodeck bu no injuries or dangerous malfunctions. I've been recently rewatching the HBO Deadwood, which is rather a stark contrast, as you can imagine. This version ought to be cleaned up and a little silly, as it's a child's let's pretend. Of course, TOS Tombstone (and the Hartnell Doctor Who Tombstone) haven't that excuse. Anyway, Worf is bad at pretend and also still struggling with the parent thing, and very, very Worf. I am really uncomfortable with the cartoony Mexican bandito stereotype, and I could have done without the man in dress based punchline. has anything good ever come of tampering with Data's brain? Amusing call back to the infamous data cat poem. Brent Spiner is delightful in this and it is good to see them give Marina Sirtis something worth doing. I do enjoy the conflicting value systems here as Worf struggles to deal with something entirely alien. It was good Worf actually does the riht thing with Alexander for once. Is this episode the start of Diana/Worf?

- The Quality of Life. The Beard debate... I have no idea how to feel about it. The opposition set up between feminist discourse and self expression is messy in a very Star trek sort of way and does wend us back towards the personhood theme fundamental to Data in particular and Star trek as a whole. Even though Data isn't in this particular scene, this is a Data episode and does deal with artificial life and personhood. Seriously, the season six writing is noticeably better and I appreciate the little bits of continuity like Geordi's beard. The bickering is understandable given the stress, but exhausting to watch. This episode is full of big questions: What is life? What happens in the moment between being and not being? What constitutes slavery when it comes to AI? What are the ethics around testing for sapience? Is one intelligent lifeform more valuable than another?I do like that thesolution came dp

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

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

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

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

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

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here:
https://lgbtnet.org/en
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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* Protesters win! "Poland's President Duda vetoes judicial reforms after protests:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40703909

* Congratulations to all the protesters in Poland who saved the independent judiciary in their country by refusing to be silenced.

* They decided that even though it would be cheaper to give elderly citizens enough to live on, it makes better sense to force them into crime and imprison them at great expense. Sound at all familiar? "No country for old men: Japan’s elderly inmates prefer jail:" http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/862362/no-country-for-old-men-japans-elderly-inmates-prefer-jail

* "What Really Happened At That Robotics Competition You've Heard So Much About:" http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/07/22/538088825/what-really-happened-at-that-robotics-competition-youve-heard-so-much-about

* "Trump calls AG Sessions 'beleaguered' in tweet:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/24/politics/donald-trump-jeff-sessions-beleaguered/index.html

* "Trump ponders Rudy Giuliani for attorney general:" https://www.axios.com/exclusive-trump-ponders-rudy-giuliani-for-attorney-general-2464579234.html

* "A chill from the White House reaches State Department:" http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/23/politics/ip-forecast-white-house-shakeup-sec-of-state/index.html

* "Scaramucci: Trump still doesn't accept intelligence conclusion on Russia:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/23/politics/anthony-scaramucci-donald-trump/index.html

* "Scaramucci on WH leakers: "They're going to get fired":" http://www.cbsnews.com/news/scaramucci-on-white-house-leakers-theyre-going-to-get-fired/

* "Scaramucci to Sarah Sanders: Use Hair and Makeup Person From Friday’s Briefing—Seriously:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/scaramucci-to-sarah-sanders-use-hair-and-makeup-person-from-fridays-briefingseriously

* The latest attack on health care for working and middle class health care for the benefit of the rich is scheduled for Tuesday 7/25. If you have a Republican Senator, Please cal to complain.

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

* Congressman Blake Farenthold literally wants to shoot Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Shelly Moore Capito because they aren’t willing to kill large numbers of constituents for the sake of a tax cut cut for the rich. Yet oddly enough he doesn’t say the same about male senators like Heller, Lee, or Paul. It’s almost as if he is singling out women for murder for some reason. "Republican blames women senators for 'repugnant' health bill woes:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40711882

* "Postmodern Jukebox - Black Hole Sun - Vintage Soundgarden Cover ft. Haley Reinhart:"

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* I did eventually get the lilies settled on the altar last night, despite tavy having broken the only vase heavy enough for my triffid lilies. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163365933077/i-did-eventually-get-the-lilies-settled-on-the

Today I discovered three more lily sprays ready for harvest, so I braved the step ladder in hopes of finding a vase I was pretty sure Tavy hadn't broken that I could modify for triffid lilies. I found it, but also a strange vase someone must have given me at some point and I promptly forgot that is of ideal size and weight for lilies! http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163386490977/today-i-discovered-three-more-lily-sprays-ready

* "Game of Thrones: Season 7 Episode 2:" http://imgur.com/a/mfCyy#Xe4UZGG

* GoT: I had this one weird moment where I was all Billy Bones is looking a lot bet... oh right, it's Game of Thrones, not Black Sails.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Trump’s voter fraud panel holds first public meeting:"

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* "Lee calls Ryan ‘autocratic’ over war authorization amendment...:"

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* This terrifies me. "When conservative news devolves into right-wing propaganda:"

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* "NRA ad suggests journalists are more dangerous than every NRA member combined:" https://mic.com/articles/182393/the-nra-releases-another-horrifying-ad-this-time-threatening-journalists-and-politicians#.WjGa0RaAB

* "IBM's Message To Its Employees:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/ibms-message-to-its-employees.html

* "Dee Whigham Killer Sentenced To 40 Years:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/dee-whigham-killer-sentenced-to-40-years.html

* "Cosplaying Sistahs Exist At Comic Con:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/cosplaying-sistahs-exist-at-comic-con.html

* They are planning to vote gender essentialism into Federal Law, stripping Trans People of Civil Rights protections in all jurisdictions throughout the country. "H.B. 2796:" https://genderidentitywatch.com/2017/07/17/h-b-2796-usa/

* "World Cinema - Part 1: Crash Course Film History #14:"

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* "How Norway Avoided Becoming a Fascist State:" http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/science/how-norway-avoided-becoming-a-fascist-state-20170216

* "Artifacts suggest humans arrived in Australia earlier than thought:" https://phys.org/news/2017-07-artifacts-humans-australia-earlier-thought.html

* "Zeidwig – The Gong Show:"

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* "Intrepid Dance – The Gong Show:"

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* Internet, multiple people have been asking me for book reccies and I am failing miserably at thinking of things they haven't already read. I'm looking for recommendations with either a strong woman protagonist with women friends (avoid not like other girls trope) and/or LGBTQIA protagonist in the fantasy and/or historical fiction genres, with no major character deaths an a happy ending. I am excellent at the first half, but my taste runs dark and I can't top of my head find sufficient happy endings. Diverse cast a plus.

Help me out folks! Help me find awesome new books to read and share!

* First full branch of white lilies harvested this season. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163353867412/first-full-branch-of-white-lilies-harvested-this

* "Aspic aspirations - is savoury jelly worth reviving?:" https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2010/apr/30/aspic

* "Superhero Sweets For SDCC:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/7/23/superhero-sweets-for-sdcc.html

* On Marvel Deciding to make Supergirl a NAZI: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163354710181/polymathic-polyphony-murdershegoat

* Kinky Medieval Art: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163324702127/wolvesdreamofnewdays-thoodleoo-this-is

* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

- Relics. The return of Montgomery Scott. This one was incredibly exciting when it was new, and at the same time as heartbreaking as Spock's father's dementia, though the ending is so much more upbeat.

- Schism. Data's infamous cat poem. I know the whole Riker can't sleep/sensor glitch thing is the main plot, but let's face it, Data's struggle with poetry is very relateable and the interesting bit of the episode, until it starts getting creepy round about Worf at the Barber. Side note: How can anyone sleep in that position? No wonder Riker is having trouble even absent the McGuffin. This episode really does an excellent job of creating a spooky atmosphere even with the way the enterprise looks and the holodeck scene is really effective.

- True Q. Environmental commentary is unfortunately completely on point here in the 21st century. Poor young Q. Horrible usual Q.

- Rascals. I have so many questions about how this transportaer accident worked. Why is Picard the oldest child when Guinan is the dramatically older adult, for example? Why did their clothes shrink? Like the people got younger, and smaller is a side effect of that, but why does making clothes younger make them child sized instead of, say reducing them to component parts? Look, this is a fun episode and I really enjoy this sort of character exploration, but I can't help pick at the illogic. How can I not enjoy Mini-Picard? The mini-Guinan/Ro interaction? The flagrant swashbuckling?

I continue to give no fucks about the O'Brien marriage. I also think it's way too early to have serious conversations about long term what to do if she's stuck twelve. Fuck's sake, give it a little time to figure out if it's temp or if it's longer term! Yes, figure out who is sleeping where tonight because otherwise eeeew; yes comfort because what happened is genuinely scary and pull the rug out from under you fuck with your head, but why invite pointless drama over long term results of something that could be fixable soon? Deal with now, now, and save long term planning for when you have a prognosis. Of course, this is why a lot of conventional relationships in media are boring and unpleasant. I am not conflict avoidant in real life, but my RL relationship style is to have serious conversations as needed but not to make drama for the fun of getting angry at each other. It always seemed to me that the O'Brian marriage is about escalating situations that call for calm discussion and negotiation. I just... ugh.

There are so many nice little moments in here, like mini-Picard enjoying his hair, Riker using technobabble as a weapon, and the bed Jumping. Seriously, season six is comparatively well written despite it's flaws. I love how good Guinan is at this and how clever. I love how Picard mini-Picard is. I love them using the appearance of childhood including the undignified Picard tantrum.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Grenfell Tower fire: Two more hospitals fail fire safety checks:" http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40525143

* "Grenfell Tower: A shadow over the capital:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40592626

* As a former History Teacher, this hurts my head. "Donald Trump knows what 'a lot of people don’t know':"

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* Donald Trump Jr. is no Culper Jr.. Just saying.

* "Trump’s Russia Lawyer Isn’t Seeking Security Clearance, And May Have Trouble Getting One:" https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-russia-lawyer-marc-kasowitz-alcohol-security-clearance

* "Chris Hayes: Why Kellyanne Conway said 'yet':"

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* "Ilhan Omar - Fighting for a Better Life for All Americans - Extended Interview:"

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* As of Thursday evening, we were still needing another Republican "No" vote (more would be better) on the latest attempt to rob the Poor and Middle Class of health care so the extremely rich can get yet another tax cut. If you have a Republican Senator, please keep the pressure on. If you have Susan Collins, please call and thank her for standing firm against the bill.

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

* "The Entire Trump Agenda Is at a Tipping Point:" http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/the-entire-trump-agenda-is-at-a-tipping-point?mbid=nl__daily&CNDID=46214731&mbid=nl_TNY%20Template%20-%20With%20Photo%20(187)&CNDID=46214731&spMailingID=11363353&spUserID=MTY5MzU1ODQyMjU2S0&spJobID=1182466159&spReportId=MTE4MjQ2NjE1OQS2

* "Jurors often want to convict police of violent crimes. These Supreme Court rulings stand in the way.:" https://mic.com/articles/178629/jurors-often-want-to-convict-police-of-violent-crime-these-supreme-court-rulings-stand-in-the-way#.nePdNewtY

* "John Oliver: The Don Jr. Scandal Is Something (If Something Means Anything):"

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* "The German Teens Who Rebelled Against Hitler:" http://mentalfloss.com/article/73451/german-teens-who-rebelled-against-hitler#.WUGG8yXfwBA.facebook

* "President Trump's All-Purpose Anti-Hillary Defense:"

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* ASL translator FTW! "The Translators - Interpreting Donald Trump:"

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* "Doncathlon - Fox News Defends the Indefensible Donald Trump Jr.:"

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* "Donald Trump Jr. Is His Own 'Deepthroat':"

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* "Donald Jr.'s Best Defense? That He's An Idiot:"

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* Today I gimped all the way to the book drop and back. It infuriates be how painful and exhausting this is, as the distance would have meant nothing to me before I got sick. Books needed to go, so I went. I lunged when I got home, and my legs went out from under me when I got up to start dinner, but it was a short fall and the sofa was there to catch me so I'm not hurt. I did use up most of the pain resistance and spoons, but I expected that. Litter really needs changing, but it will have to wait and all the things needing feeding got fed before I left as I knew it would be bad.

We scored a car appointment for Monday, but Squirrel is bleeding money on ubers to work until then, and I am trapped here. The library will carry until then with what I dropped today.

Thanks to a kind donation, we will have enough cash by Monday to fix the battery wiring assuming nothing is dramatically more wrong than expected. I'm still down about 70.00 on bills, plus we need cat food and toilet paper, but we will survive the month, I think, assuming no more emergencies happen. I'll still need to catch up somehow, and we still need front tires before the rains come for sure, but given this car is just old enough to drink, these small things going wrong is understandable.

If you want to chip in kibble money for Little Miss and he Tiny Terror, paypal is here: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* I also voted today. Yes, it is July and no one is thinking about voting, but my state has a lot of primaries. I know, I know, it's an off year and no one is thinking about voting right now, and the only races on the ballet were Port and Council-at-Large. Not glamorous, I know, but important. It's in these little local elections republicans kick our asses because they vote in every single one. We NEED to vote in every single one. Every single primary. (In my state it's open primaries, with top two going on to the general. This means that you can get two Republicans in November or two Democrats, or a Democrat and a Green or Libertarian. Primary turn out can determine if it's a lose/lose election or a win/win. People of Washington? Let's always aim for the Win/Win). Every single race even if's it's just for dog catcher. Every single General election. Yes even in an off year.

Vote early if you can, because it's better to find out you've been summarily disenfranchised by some bullshit Republican algorithm that decides there can only be one registered Jane Smith or Maria Sanchez in the entire country and therefore all of them are voting illegally early. The earlier you find out, the more time you have to fight to get your citizen's rights back from the Autocrats. Voting in primaries does that too. Better to find out in July and have time to get it sorted for November.

If you have a chance to vote? Do it. Use it or lose it.

* I was reading Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by @Seanan McGuire today and Tavy the Tiny Terror got really excited about the book for some reason and was aggressively sniffing and cuddling and head rubbing it for about 75 pages, before lightly licking my ear on Important Cat Business. I decided this was just right given the number of elderly rescue cats inside the covers. After all, he does very much miss living in a large colony.

* I have so many concerns about this show's racial agenda. "Fear the Walking Dead, Season 3, Episode 7&8: The Unveiling/Children of Wrath:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/fear-walking-dead-season-3-episode-7.html

* This episode was beyond not okay. "Preacher, Season 2, Episode 4: Viktor:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/preacher-season-2-episode-4-viktor.html

* The Recipes thing Got Better: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162968659512/akasztofaviragpor-viking-badger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "At least 28 dead after brutal gang fight in Mexico prison:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/06/mexico-prison-riot-acapulco-deaths

* We would be pitching in too if we had an ounce of decency. "Europeans vow more help to stem Libya-Italy migrant flow:" http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/europeans-vow-stem-libya-italy-migrant-flow-48411150

* "After a Revolution:" http://uncannymagazine.com/article/after-a-revolution/

* "Trump and Chinese president discuss North Korea:"

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* "Maxine Waters: Keep eye on sanctions:"

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* "Trump meeting with Putin sparks controversy:"

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* "The ethics chief who took on the White House:"

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* "States reject White House demand for voter information:"

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* "Lawsuit demands election results thrown out for Georgia's 6th Congressional District:" http://www.cbs46.com/story/35812893/lawsuit-demands-election-results-thrown-out-for-georgias-6th-congressional-district

* "The Brown, Queer, And Poor Are Not The Ones Holding The Left Back:" https://theestablishment.co/the-brown-queer-and-poor-are-not-the-ones-holding-the-left-back-f727e7bf55ed

* "Texas Republican Blocks State's Bathroom Bill: "I Don’t Want The Suicide Of A Single Texan On My Hands":" http://www.newnownext.com/joe-straus-suicide-texas-bathroom-bill/07/2017/?xrs=synd_facebook_Name+of+Brand

* "The Bootlegger, the Wiretap, and the Beginning of Privacy:" http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-bootlegger-the-wiretap-and-the-beginning-of-privacy

* "Leah Gordon photographs the Freemasons of contemporary Haiti:" http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/leah-gordon-freemasons-in-haiti-photography-290617

* "Zoot Suits: A Fashion Movement that Sparked Mexican American Resistance:" http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/zoot-suits-a-fashion-movement-that-sparked-mexican-american-resistance-20170609

* "Sabotage Your Way to Success!:" https://www.calibrepress.com/2016/10/sabotage-way-success/

* "Oral sex spreading unstoppable bacteria:" http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40520125

* "Turns Out, Snakes Can Hunt in Packs, So Let's Just All Move to Antarctica:" https://www.sciencealert.com/researcher-discovers-that-snakes-work-together-to-trap-their-prey-in-pack-hunts

* "Canuck the crow's attacks halt Vancouver mail delivery:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40436177

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

* "Killjoys, Season 3, Episode 2: A Skinner Darkly:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/killjoys-season-3-episode-2-skinner.html

* "The Philosophy Force Five vs the Scientismists:" http://existentialcomics.com/comic/190

* "The Dark Morality of Fairy-Tale Animal Brides:" https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/03/marrying-a-monster-the-romantic-anxieties-of-fairy-tales/521319/

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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
gwydion: (Default)
* "Beyond the Burkini in France - States of Undress:" https://video.vice.com/en_ca/video/beyond-the-burkini-in-france/5942f5662c541ff967c74988

* "44 states won't give some voter info to panel:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/03/politics/kris-kobach-letter-voter-fraud-commission-information/index.html

* "Packing Heat in Heels: STATES OF UNDRESS:"

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* "Who Is Causing All the Fires in San Francisco?:" http://www.gq.com/story/san-francisco-is-burning

* "Number 15 - Rest In Power and Peace, Ebony Morgan:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/number-15-rest-in-power-and-peace-ebony.html

* "RIP Aleshia Brevard:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/rip-aleshia-brevard.html

* "We are People:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/we-are-people.html

* "Thai Transgender Beauty Pageant - States of Undress:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/states-of-undress-thai-transgender-beauty-pageant/5942f88aa15cbf6c5254a241

* Hence my preference for small heirlooms over massive tasteless beefcakes. "The Quest to Return Tomatoes to Their Full-Flavored Glory:" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/geneticists-quest-return-tomatoes-full-flavored-glory-180961933/

* These are from Bright Stream, a Ballet Stalin banned for being "perverted." https://www.instagram.com/p/BWBZuVOFxQq/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BWBJcQ8BPWc/

* "Sinclair Broadcast Group: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:"

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* Monday we had a picnic at the lake. It had cooled off a little, so wasn't as crowded at all. We got close shade parking. I waded in up to my armpits and another person went with me, but it was slightly too chilly to actually swim. I was an excellent potluck picnic with fruit and snack and conversation. We saw an adolescent rabbit, an interesting bird, and lots of well behaved dogs. After, I dropped two people off, and two of us did some errands, including mailing out ebays, so that is a load off my mind. It was a good day.

* For the record the free Tom's of Maine Cinamint Myrrh and Propolis toothpaste is working out. It is the gentlest, smoothest toothpaste I've ever encountered. It is strongly cinnamon dominant and the mint component is safe. While I am not entirely fond of the way the mint and I'm thinking myrrh interact, it's mild annoyance compared to any flavour of Colgate or Sensadyne one can name, and I do enjoy cinnamon. It may still be worth checking out children's flavours, but if this is as good as it gets, I'm happy.

Just a reminder, if you contact Tom's with toothpaste questions, they will call you back to answer your question and send you a full sized tube to try. I know a lot of us are poor, so it might be worth checking if you want to sample one of their things before buying.

* The Goth lilies are blooming. For those of you who worry, those lilies are up on the altar. Tavy never goes up on the altar. I’m not convinced he could manage to even if he wanted, given his balance issues. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162605912752/the-goth-lilies-are-blooming-for-those-of-you

* I keep thinking about Every Heart a Doorway. I was, of course, one of those kids always looking for an exit one way or another. I kept looking long after I knew better. I tried everything kids in books tried. I keep thinking about Nancy's stillness and the way children can and can't disappear. I was a master at silence and stillness and making people forget I was there so I could disappear without being noticed, but my natural state was motion. Stillness and silence and motion were all tactics. Motion kept me safe at recess. You can't harm what you can't catch, but my ability to disappear was safety in so many other circumstances. I'd have hated Nancy's Underworld, for all I understand how it fit her.

Resonance wise? I am very clearly a Mortis sort of person, and belong to logic, though not high logic. I thought a long time about Wicked and Virtue and the thing in the book about Innocence. I think my resonance would have been virtue after all. Dark things can be virtuous for all people like to pretend they can't. I think about how I resisted and why I resisted and the way I resisted and and what I resisted and it was fundamentally about things like truth and integrity and honor on my side and Innocence died hard and early, what could Wickedness have wanted of me?

It was a brilliant book and the end was not what most people would have done, but it was the right thing. Props on representation as well.

* "Preacher, Season 2 Episode 2: Mumbai Spy Tower:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/preacher-season-2-episode-2-mumbai-spy.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
gwydion: (Default)
* "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
gwydion: (Default)
* "Yemen hospital battles world's worst cholera outbreak:" http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-40443989/yemen-hospital-battles-world-s-worst-cholera-outbreak

* "Cardinal Pell: Vatican treasurer denies Australia sex offences:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40439489

* "White House could offer to roll back sanctions in first Trump-Putin meeting:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/29/white-house-sanctions-first-trump-putin-meeting

* "Trump allies work to smear FBI, discredit Russia investigation:"

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* "Stepsister, Yes; Grandma, No: U.S. Sets Guidelines for Revised Travel Ban:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/28/us/politics/homeland-security-prepares-to-issue-travel-restrictions.html

* "Trump Attacks ‘Crazy’ Mika Brzezinski: She Was ‘Bleeding Badly From a Face-Lift’:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-tweets-mika-was-bleeding-badly-from-a-face-lift

* "CBO: Republican health care bill will get worse with age:"

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* O.o "House panel votes to force new debate on terror war:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/29/congress-vote-authorize-war-islamic-state-240095

* "We Are the Sum of Our Stories - Kameron Hurley:" http://www.kameronhurley.com/lita-talk-sum-stories/

* "Trolls, hypocrites and performance artists are trying to hack our lives. Don’t let them.:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2017/06/19/trolls-hypocrites-and-performance-artists-are-trying-to-hack-our-lives-dont-let-them/?utm_term=.ea194f94fdbe

* "Teaching The Camera To See My Skin:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/syreetamcfadden/teaching-the-camera-to-see-my-skin?utm_term=.ieaa46DJm2#.ouG6yxaYM9

* "Which jobs do economists say create the largest spillover benefits for society?:" https://80000hours.org/2017/06/which-jobs-do-economists-say-create-the-largest-spillover-benefits-for-society/

* "Some basic medieval fashion terms:" http://the-alexandrian-alchemist.tumblr.com/post/162422332481/some-basic-medieval-fashion-terms

* "Abraham Lincoln Doesn't Want Trump In The Hall Of Presidents:"

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* "Trump Thinks Healthcare Is Something You Can Win:"

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* "Yet Another Baker Who Won't Make Cakes For Same-Sex Weddings:"

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* "Dinosaur Decathalon - The Gong Show:"

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* I unironically adored this. "Zombie Ballet - The Gong Show:"

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* "What poet should I fight?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162424963292/what-poet-should-i-fight

* I really want a quality TV version of Bombshells on STARZ or Netflix.

* "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back with Superheroines:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/two-steps-forward-one-step-back-with-superheroines/

* "Salim the Cinnamon Roll and Gay Muslim Representation:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/salim-the-cinnamon-roll-and-gay-muslim-representation/

* "I actually think you’ve picked good examples to show that GRRM tries to minimise the role of coincidences (which do have their place) and move his plot along through plausible character action.:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/162420744802/maybe-its-presentism-influencing-me-but-dont

* Two Days left. One no bid. 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=

Details cut for your pleasure: )


*****
* 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
gwydion: (Default)
* "Tories vote down law requiring landlords make their homes fit for human habitation:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tories-vote-down-law-requiring-landlords-make-their-homes-fit-for-human-habitation-a6809691.html#gallery

* "Rage bursts onto London streets after Grenfell Tower fire:" https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/44819/Rage+bursts+on+to+London+streets+after+Grenfell+Tower+fire

* "Theresa May's chief of staff 'sat on' report warning high-rise blocks like Grenfell Tower were vulnerable to fire:" http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-mays-chief-staff-sat-10620357

* "Just $3 extra per panel could have made the London Tower cladding fireproof:" http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/claims-spending-just-another-8000-would-have-ensured-the-grenfell-towers-cladding-was-fireproof/news-story/838d5bd32a820bd9b13b3eee97278ede

* I am so furious about the Grenfell Tower Fire that I've been unable to formulate a coherent posting about it. There needs to be a reckoning for everyone of the heartless fat cats who made the decisions that contributed to this. 10,000 pounds per victim should not be enough to buy off people who lost everything and many of whom were maimed or killed because of greed and cruelty and class warfare against the poor.

* Republicans want to remind you that bumping three million children off their health care is absolutely necessary to give the wealthiest people a tax cut which is why it is right and ethical to rush their Trumpcare bill through the senate without debate or deliberation. After all, killing innocent Americans by denying them healthcare for treatable illnesses so the .1% can get richer can't start soon enough in their opinion, so why wait?

* "Black Flight Attendant Saves Young Girl From Sex Trafficking:" http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2017/02/black-flight-attendant-saves-young-girl-from-sex-trafficking/

* "Valerie Castile Speaks In Wake Of Unjust Verdict:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/valerie-castile-speaks-in-wake-of.html

* "White Students Share Photoshopped Image of Black Classmate Being Lynched:" http://www.bet.com/news/national/2017/06/12/student-pictured-under-noose-posted-to-school-chat-room.html?cid=facebook&utm_content=buffer6eddf&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "Anxiety soaked instances of power:" https://mxbumblepants.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/anxiety-soaked-instances-of-power/

* "Where Do Ex-Evangelicals Come From?:" https://chrisstroop.com/2017/06/07/where-do-ex-evangelicals-come-from/?preview_id=6996&preview_nonce=a285655f92

* "Scientists say the rapid sinking of Louisiana’s coast already counts as a ‘worst case scenario’:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/06/15/scientists-say-the-rapid-sinking-of-louisianas-coast-already-counts-as-a-worst-case-scenario/?utm_term=.403056a7c04f&wpisrc=nl_most-draw14&wpmm=1

* "Hawaii Becomes the First State to Pass a Bill in Support of Universal Basic Income:" https://futurism.com/hawaii-becomes-the-first-state-to-pass-a-bill-in-support-of-universal-basic-income/

* "Clay pot fragments reveal early start to cheese-making, a marker for civilization:" https://phys.org/news/2013-01-clay-pot-fragments-reveal-early.html

* Damn. Vir Kotto was glorious. "Stephen Furst, 'Animal House' actor, dies:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/17/entertainment/stephen-furst-obit/index.html

* Oh Gods. I left the house around 11AM Saturday and was working on the move all day. I got home... 9:15? 9:30? We picked up a local load and two of us unpacked it at the new house. We went to the old house to switch people, then on to UHAUL, where it turned out THEY DIDN"T HAVE OUR TRUCK. It was up in Lynden. I refused to go search Lynden, burning a ton of gas and abandoning our car up there with no way to retrieve it as we would have to return the truck here. It was good I was stubborn. They drove all the way up there to get it only to find out the assholes had rented it out from under us. This took them an hour. They had no smaller vehicles I could take, and stuck us with a full sized moving van, which is twice the size of the largest thing I'd ever driven, too big for the job, and too big for residential roads. It was terrifying to drive and curves were nightmares. They must be out by Monday. We had to take it. The asshole new owners had cleverly parked so I could not maneuver the truck into a reasonable position, which meant anything larger or heavier than i could carry on my head or shoulder had to go two sides of a truck length triangle. Luckily, I could go the hypoteneuse, but still, if they hadn't had to have their three large vehicles in the way, I could have turned around and we could have had a straight line from house to truck. I carried everything I could, while the asshole new owners blasted music, used heavy equipment for which we were not issued ear protection, and allowed their fucking bark happy chihuahua to worry our legs as we were carrying heavy shit. I am, of course, not meant to be carrying anything, but we had four hours to load nearly everything they owned into a frigging moving van with two able bodied people, plus me. I did what I good, taking breaks when I had to. I feel really bad for having to take a whole hour off near the end, but I needed to be in some shape to drive a vehicle nearly the size of a bus. By that point my legs were barely working anyway. Anyway, I gave them the half hour warning, carried a few more things. They said they were doneish for the night anyway. It went against the grain to not fill the truck, but we needed to have had one more person to have made that happen. I went and asked the asshole new owners to move the truck making it impossible for me to leave, which they did do, plus restrained or had their kid restrain the dogs, which was a load of my mind as I was terrified of running one of them over. We were one the road on time and made it to the other place. I had had plenty of time to think about how the fuck we were getting a bus sized truck onto those back roads and park it without sutting off a road's worth of traffic for 3+ hours estimated unload time. My plan to go past the scary sharp turn on the main road and loop back via roads I'd scouted earlier proved excellent as we were able to slide into the lot of the apartment complex next door where there was actual room to park as long as I stayed close in case someone needed more back up room to leave, which didn't happen. (There was room for normal cars to get in and out fine, but if one of the pick ups or SUVs in one section of the complex needed to back out of a spot, I'd have had to pull forward. I was right there and luckily, no one needed to leave after 6:15 or so when we pulled in.) I carried a few things in, but mostly moved stuff from the back of the truck to the front for easy unloading. It only took 2 and a halfish hours to unload, in part because an extra person turned up half way through, so that meant we were out before dark and well ahead of having to turn the beast back in. We gassed up on the way to drop Monster truck off, and I managed it all with only one scary turn. The other moving buddy was kind enough to buy me pizza all day, which was lucky as no way could I cook in this condition and hadn't eaten all day. We did get the bulk of it out. They have other help tomorrow, so I can rest. Monday, I stay up all night and go get the animals out.

I am in a scary amount of pain, shaking, and likely these are all the spoons for the week for non-absolute subsistence tasks. My legs barely work. It had to be done. They must be out Monday.

If I suck or am missing in the near future from venues where I am expected, this is why.

* I got talked into trying Sons of Anarchy. It always surprises me how triggery Biker Gangs are for me. For example, I get sporked every time that post about that one club that does good charity goes across my tumblr dash, and my strong reaction startles me every fucking time. (There is nothing wrong with people reblogging that thing. This is the very definition of a personal problem) In between I forget though, I think because nothing in my west coast life has anything to do with bikers, and unlike with the large complex ball of things I short hand as "gaslighting," but which is actually a big ball of things entwined inextricably with gaslighting, my biker thing is super specific. I'm fine passing the Harley shop down by the Dairy Queen. I'm not even twinged by individual guys or even several guys on bikes. Warlocks are an East Coast club, and it's not like I'm going to see them around here, and the ones that knew my face were super local to that section of Philly and it's not like they'd remember or care after this many decades even if I were recognizable, which I am not. They stopped spotting me about three-four years after I went away to college, and I'm guessing I was well forgotten by then, the whole mess not having been one of their finest hours and embarrassing to all concerned.

It actually takes bikers in a group wearing the regalia, and usually prolonged exposure, modified by context. Five guys formation riding passing me on the highway is a twinge, not a problem. One guy in regalia minding his own business at a dinner is a twinge, not a problem. Since it takes a lot to set it off, and there isn't much that goes on since I moved to the PNW in '91, it's easy to forget in the long stretches between something happening, and it also means that unlike the Gaslighting tangle, I haven't spent literal decades on controlled desensitization. It's one of those things where I worked the important bulk of the trauma through ages ago. I've told the story of my senior year of high school more times than I can count, I believe most recently in a posting about how much Mickey Milkovich on Shameless matters to me and why he rips my heart out every damned time. It really is just this super specific reaction to some super specific input that happens hardly ever.

So of course I didn't think how I was going to feel when I popped the library DvD in... I'm thinking Friday. The acting is excellent. I am fond if several of the cast from other things. I spotted the Hamlet riff right off and am pleased by it, along with the complexity, but...? Yeah. It's not that bad, but it startled me how intense it was the first time it hit. It's not constant, or I wouldn't be doing this. I thought it over and decided it's a good desensitization tool and I should do this, so I've been doing it. My response to the art itself is complicated and not something I am even close to being able to word. It my never be. Was this the ideal weekend to start the project, what with the emergency Move final push? no, but I felt like if I didn't start it I might not, and I made a deal with myself way back in '86, when it became clear I'd never be able to make use of psychiatry, before this particular comparatively minor biker related trauma even happened, about how I was going to handle old scars and psych damage and I've kept that bargain. It's the only safe way to do it if I have to go solo. I am super strict. I have to be, and it serves me well.

So I've been doing this. I'm watching the whole first season before sending it back. I'm okay. I'm likely never going to want to be around bikers voluntarily, but I do think I can desensitize so tumblr won't spork me any more, which is really all I want out of sons of anarchy at this point.

* "Fear The Walking Dead, Season Three, Episodes One and Two:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/fear-walking-dead-season-three-episodes.html

* I was watching a thing on pollution in Russia, which randomly used the opening bars of Spectre of the Rose as background music. Clueless use of random classical music or extremely snarky musical commentary?

*****
* 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
gwydion: (Default)
* "Syria's Saydnaya prison crematorium hid killings, says US:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39926914

* "Germany's vice chancellor gave the finger to neo-Nazi protesters. He regrets he wasn't ruder:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/germany-german-vice-chancellor-sigmar-gabriel-middle-finger-neo-nazi-protesters-a7214421.html?cmpid=facebook-post

* "Five key questions about the Trump-Russia special counsel:"

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* "Are We Monsters?:" http://billmoyers.com/story/are-we-monsters/#.WRoANZJvbsM.twitter

* "House majority leader to colleagues in 2016: ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-majority-leader-to-colleagues-in-2016-i-think-putin-pays-trump/2017/05/17/515f6f8a-3aff-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?utm_term=.d4fa2f5d3d2d

* "The Promise—and Perils—of the Fight Against Trump:" https://newrepublic.com/article/142425/path-resistance-promise-perils-democrats-fight-against-trump

* TW: Rape. He is doing a twenty year stretch for shooting his rapist during a sexual assault, as self defense is only for white people in this country. "Freeing Ky:" https://freeingky.com/

* "President Trump Gets a Very Special Prosecutor:"

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* "Fox News Didn't Get the Comey Memo:"

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* "Trump the Disruptor:"

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* "'Real News Tonight' Tackles James Comey:"

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* "Stephen's Monologue Gets Declassified:"

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* "Trump Uses A Commencement Speech To Congratulate... Himself!:"

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* "What we really need is an adaptation of the original 1740 The Beauty and the Beast:" http://emilysidhe.tumblr.com/post/159132596907/what-we-really-need-is-an-adaptation-of-the

* You know, I may not enjoy Gilbert Godfrey's stand up, but I admire the hell out of the way he delights in jokes at his expense. It's not many people who laugh that heartily at themselves and then join in.

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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/

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Trump demands gold‑plated welcome:" https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/trump-demands-gold-plated-welcome-xjnffdq32

* "Supreme People's Assembly alludes to 'diplomacy' over 'nuclear weapons':" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14472&cataId=nk00400

* "‘Concrete and corroborative evidence’ of Russian collusion?:"

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* "Trump claims he can’t be sued for inciting rally violence:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/trump-inciting-violence-protest-rally-lawsuit-237249

* "Trump's reelection campaign raised $13.2 million in first quarter:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/trumps-reelection-campaign-raised-132-million-in-first-quarter-237250

* "Jeff Sessions says he admires Bannon and has received no pushback from Ivanka Trump or Jared Kushner:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/12/politics/kfile-jeff-sessions-on-bannon/index.html

* "Rep. Lieu: Jared Kushner lied:"

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* "Special elections set stage for 2018:"

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* "‘This is what I call the beginning of a police state’:"

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* "Apache Stronghold:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/apache-stronghold/5888c95de04dd90112c2893b

* "Chechen police 'have rounded up more than 100 suspected gay men':" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/02/chechen-police-rounded-up-100-gay-men-report-russian-newspaper-chechnya

* "Anti-LGBT Violence in Chechnya:" https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/04/04/anti-lgbt-violence-chechnya

* Remember when I predicted Melissa McCarthy would appear on SNL as Sean Spicer in an Easter Bunny outfit? "Easter Message from Sean Spicer - SNL :"

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* "Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie - 'The Headmaster and the Pupil":"

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* "Donald Trump Cold Open - SNL:"

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* "Celebrity Family Feud: Time Travel Edition - SNL:"

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* National Poetry Month:

"Break of Day in the Trenches, by Isaac Rosenberg:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159618716347/break-of-day-in-the-trenches-by-isaac-rosenberg

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


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* "Will Russia meddle with French election next?:"

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* "Ivanka Trump’s new West Wing office raises ethics questions:"

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* "Rep. Denny Heck at House Intelligence Committee hearing:"

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* "Manafort’s growing connections with Russia:"

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* It's looking like Devin Nunes not only has Trump taint all over him but it's looking like he has financial ties to Putin. Also, lets look at an analogy for his behavior in a more familiar investigative realm. Imagine an investigation of an organized crime syndicate. Imagine the man in charge of the investigation was known to be a member of that alleged syndicate within the past year and routinely openly informs the important member of the syndicate what evidence they've found because the organized crime family is "getting beat up in the press" and so deserves to know the details of the investigation. Imagine the head of the investigation calls around to newspapers to use his power to suppress media reports of the crime syndicate's wrong doing and gives press conferences trying to vindicate the people he is supposedly investigating without talking to other case investigators, contradicting the other investigators findings in hopes of scuttling the investigation. Imagine he cancels public testimony unilateral and admits publicly he's never heard of five key figures they are investigating which means he's literally never looked at any of the evidence or is lying, but still insists he is competent to over rule the other investigators. Now add in that not only did he work openly for one of the people he is investigating but has direct financial ties to another.

What would happen? Think he'd still be lead investigator and not a suspect? how "unbiased" would the press and the FBI consider him? Just saying. I don't know for sure he's broken any laws, but shouldn't he be off the case given the weight of circumstantial here and how is it even vaguely acceptable that someone with direct financial ties to Putin has access to classified intelligence for all this time. Have Republicans no sense of patriotism left at all?

* "Dems plan filibuster to block Gorsuch:"

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* "Darrell Issa, Steve King running for reelection in 2018:"

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* "Sacred Water: Standing Rock, Part I - RISE:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/sacred-water-standing-rock-part-i/5888c90ae04dd90112c2893a

"Red Power: Standing Rock, Part II - RISE:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/red-power-standing-rock-part-ii/5888c9320c031d740d2a5145

* "So Much News, So Little Time - More Drama for the Trump Administration:"

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* "Australia Is Dangerous (If You're a Dumbass):"

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* They lung situation is worsening again. I took the last antibiotics Sunday morning, but I'm about as bad as I was just before I started them again. I know I should be more patient. I've not had this pneumonia for quite two months, but I am so exhausted by it and it is hard to accomplish anything if I'm in danger of throwing up or passing out from the coughing every time I bend over.

In other news I actually figured out where locally I could get the sandwich I've been fantasizing about for a few weeks. Of course it's not something I have money for. everything I have left with auto-withdraw in the next week, but it's nice to know there is a source closer than, say, Philadelphia. I've been reduced to digging forlornly in the freezer for lost Mexican Popsicles for my throat.

* "Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future:" https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/25/dystopian-dreams-how-feminist-science-fiction-predicted-the-future#img-1

* "Beauty Battles Believability in Costume Design for Margaery Tyrell, Part 2:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/beauty-battles-believability-game-thrones-costume-design-margaery-tyrell-part-2/

* "Death Eaters Suck at Family Planning:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/death-eaters-family-planning/

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* "Viral, Irish senator standing up to Trump:"

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* More things to make you go hmmmm about the Preet Bharara firing. Deutsche Bank is the single largest lender to Donald Trump. Preet Bharara was investigating Deutsche Bank for a massive money laundering scheme that aided the Russian oligarchs who benefit from Putin's Kleptocracy and have "business ties" with Donald Trump. Firing Mr. Bharara and replacing him with Roger Ailes' attorney is likely to end that investigation.

* "The shocking firing of Preet Bharara:"

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* "24 million would lose insurance under GOP health plan: CBO:"

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* Bernie Sanders is out still being Bernie! "How GOP health plan would affect poor in West Virginia:"

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* "Environmental activists slam Trump’s EPA:"

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* "Tragedy of ‘Time: The Kalief Browder Story’:"

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* "Muslim Marine Tayyib Rashid is offering to stand guard for Jewish cemeteries, synagogues in Chicago:" https://mic.com/articles/169952/this-muslim-marine-is-offering-to-stand-guard-for-jewish-cemeteries-synagogues-in-chicago?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=movement&utm_campaign=social#.fe6E8oDDw

* "The Existence Of Trans Women Is Not Up For Debate, Period:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-existence-of-trans-women-is-not-up.html

* "Casa Ruby Vandalized:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/casa-ruby-vandalized.html

* I said this would be a marathon and not a sprint, but it's always harder living it than imagining it. The dismantling of the already inadequate protections on our civil rights and liberties has been relentless as well as an incredible amount of basic institutions we need to function in a modern society all in under two months. It's depressing to see so much progress roll back so quickly and the constant effort and vigilance required to resist is exhausting. I said back in November that we need artists and comedians and musicians too. This is why. When it is darkest, we must find and savor our moments of delight. I know this is an old song, with a loooong history in the labour movement particularly, but the sentiment it expresses seems to fit this struggle as well as it has so many in the past. Hang in there folks. Keep resitsing, but never forget to feed your heart an spirit too. "Joan Baez- Bread and Roses:"

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* "Can we please let historical women be historical?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/158350364122/can-we-please-let-historical-women-be-historical

* "Fascinating Aida - The Market:"

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* "Fascinating Aïda's post-Brexit song - So Sorry Scotland:"

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* I'm likely a hundred under on bills this month, but housing is safe until Fall.

* Where was I Monday? Squirrel and I had a thing we needed to go too, and I was so tired when I got back, I just ate and went to bed. Apologies for the radio silence.

* "No Marvel, You Can't Retcon HYDRA from Nazism and Expect Us to Buy It:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/no-marvel-you-cant-retcon-hydra-from-nazism/

* "The Walking Dead, Season Seven, Episode Thirteen: Bury me Here:" www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/03/the-walking-dead-season-seven-episode_13.html

* This really appeals to my sense of camp. "Ken Day Come-Ons: The Squelching:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/3/13/ken-day-come-ons-the-squelching.html

* "Sunday Sweets: 10 Kids' Cakes The Adults Will Want, Too:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/3/12/sunday-sweets-10-kids-cakes-the-adults-will-want-too.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.

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* TW: Rape "Hounded and ridiculed for complaining of rape :" http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-39204086

* "Don Meredith Urged To Resign Over Inappropriate Relationship With 'Vulnerable Teenager':" http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/03/10/don-meredith-senator-resign-senate-mccoy-harder-wells_n_15285384.html

* Makes one really wish someone bright enough to read and understand the intelligence briefs was in the White House, doesn’t it? "China Warns of Arms Race After U.S. Deploys Missile Defense in South Korea:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/world/asia/thaad-missile-defense-us-south-korea-china.html?_r=0

* "‘Don’t Be So Desperate to Rub up Against Russia’:" http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/03/diplomats-foreign-policy-experts-trump-state-department-dan-fried-214873

* "Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories:"

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* "Donald Trump's White House 'targeting US journalists with help from Russian intelligence':" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-white-house-us-journalists-russian-intelligence-nsa-analyst-john-schindler-targets-a7615381.html

* "“Purge leftists”: Trump supporter Rep. Steve King wants the president to root out those who oppose him:" http://www.salon.com/2017/03/06/purge-leftists-trump-supporter-rep-steve-king-wants-the-president-to-root-out-those-who-oppose-him/

* Things that make you go hmmmm. It turns out Preet Bharara was investigating FOX News. FOX News started calling for a purge of all pre-Trump political appointees and had received a letter four days before the firing asking him to look into Trump's flagrant breaking of the emoluments clause, so Trump reversed his decision to keep on Preet Bharara, bipartisan anti-corruption crusader, and plans replace him with Roger Ailes lawyer, someone with ties to FOX and Trump who assuredly will kill both investigations. <.< >.>

* "Longtime Trump Adviser Calls Critic a “Stupid Ignorant Ugly B----”:" http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/03/05/longtime_trump_adviser_roger_stone_calls_critic_a_stupid_ignorant_ugly_bitch.html?utm_content=inf_534_2641_2&wpsrc=socialedge&tse_id=INF_ae3d5d2001f211e7a22fa5876bd4fd44

* "Missouri is the only state not tracking prescription drug use. Here's why:" https://www.statnews.com/2017/03/07/missouri-prescription-drug-database/

* "‘Top Chef’ host talks Trump Resistance:"

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* "What Abortion Looks Like in America Right Now:" http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/01/seven-real-stories-about-the-state-of-abortion-in-america.html

* Defense Against the dark Arts: TERF edition: http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/158302571066/dykejedi-lrresistibie-protect-young-lesbians

* "Deenequia Dodds Case Update:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/deenequia-dodds-case-update.html

* "Wife Discovered With Husband’s Heart, Centuries After Death:" http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/02/france-embalmed-heart-rennes-quengo-perrien-archaeology/

* "Complicit - SNL:"

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* I’m old enough that real Al Franken was on SNL in real time when I was a kid. This is incredibly surreal for me that SNL now has a Franken impersonator. "Weekend Update: Al Franken and Jeff Sessions - SNL:"

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