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* "A Parable From Down Under for U.S. Climate Scientists:"

* "Theresa May orders contaminated blood scandal inquiry:"

* This is so gross. "Trump told the French First Lady that she was "in such good shape":"

* "State Department spent more than $15,000 for rooms at new Trump hotel in Vancouver:"

* "Judge: Grandparents count as close family for travel ban:"

* "Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger in Emails: ‘Watch Your Back , Bitch’:"

* "Russian-American lobbyist joined Trump's son's meeting, too:"

* Things that make me go Hmmmmm.... "Mike Pence's Press Secretary Won't Say If His Boss Met With Russians:"

* "Conway uses flash cards to explain Russia controversy:"

* "Trump-Russia investigators probe Jared Kushner-run digital operation:"

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

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

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

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* "Trump's budget would reduce deficit but wouldn't balance like White House promised, CBO says:"

* So steal things people literally need to survive to build a nonsensical wall we don’t need. "King: Use funding from food stamps, Planned Parenthood to pay for border wall:"

* "Graham introduces repeal back-up plan:"

* So Republicans think their own health care bill is so terrible and potentially deadly they are thinking of exempting themselves from it. "Senate Republicans exempt own health coverage from part of latest proposal:"

* "As White House election integrity panel begins work, civil rights watchdogs set up a hotline:"

* "Y'all know that individual health behaviors - choices around nutrition, exercise, smoking, etc. - only account for about 25% of a person’s health status? :"

* "Typecast as a terrorist:"

* "AG Sessions under fire for closed-door speech:"

* "Chicago Dyke March Drops Pretense, Deploys Anti-Semitic Term Popularized by Neo-Nazis:"

* "Liberty over safety is the Texas anti-vaxxer way:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Coexisting With The Fair Folk Who Have Taken Up Residence In/Around/Beneath Your University: A How-To Guide:"

* "Poet reveals what it’s like to have sex when you have a disability:"

* "The Paintings used in ‘Black Sails’ (Part 14):"

* "Jack Rackham and the bust in Boston (’Black Sails’):"

* Bullying or Media?

* "Does Fear The Walking Dead Have A Race Problem?:"

* "Foreshadowing with Maps (’Black Sails’):"

* 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?:"

* This App phones your rep for you:

* Here is one that will send your reps a fax:

* Want to fight Climate Change? "Ready to Mobilize? Start Here!:"

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here:

* The Rainbow Road and other ways to help Gay Refugees:

* 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.:

* 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:

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:"
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* The number of dead in Manchester had risen to 22 last I checked. The Trump administration decided to release the name of a suspect Tuesday over the express wishes of the investigators in the UK.

* "The story of a homeless man who helped young victims of the Manchester bombing is going viral:"

* "Rachel Maddow Wonders Why Bannon And Priebus Went Home Early:"

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* "Watergate prosecutor: Trump actions are illegal:"

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* "Intel officials may be accidental Trump-Russia probe witnesses:"

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* "First on CNN: Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him, source says:"

* "Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence:"

* "Brennan: Russia may have successfully recruited Trump campaign aides:"

* "White House seeks 90-day delay in Obamacare subsidy suit:"

* "Trump administration asks judge to lift sanctuary cities injunction:"

* "Sheriff David Clarke says he's unsure if Trump administration will still hire him after plagiarism report:"

* "Trump budget keeps pledges: Cuts for poor, more for military:"'s-%244T-budget-arrives-on-Capitol-Hill

* "Trump releases budget hitting his own voters hardest:"

* The proposed federal budget is dramatically cutting Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security/SSDI in hopes of killing the poor and disabled to give dramatic tax cuts to the richest 1%. It will be a killing field. People die without lung meds/heart meds/insulin etc.. Render sick, elderly people homeless and they die incredibly fast. Please. please, please lobby your congress critters about this.

* "Trump to propose big cuts to safety net in new budget this week:"

* "Trump budget slashes billions from Medicaid, Social Security:"

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* "SCOTUS rejects gerrymandered districts, cites racial bias:"

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* "Transcript of New Orleans Mayor Landrieu’s address on Confederate monuments:"

* "Protesting Students Walk Out On Pence's Address At Notre Dame:"

* "There’s no such thing as the Dark Ages, but OK:"

* "Postcards From Trump:"

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* "Orbs And Swords: Trump's Weekend In Saudi Arabia:"

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* "Stupid Watergate: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:"

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* "Kylo Ren’s scary fixation on Finn:"

* I have been watching the Royal Ballet's Manon, which just makes me wish I were watching Ashton's far superior Marguerite and Armand. It is... exactly the sort of thing I expect from Kenneth Macmillan really. It's mostly mediocre choreography, indifferently danced. Normally, I adore Carlos Acosta, but the choreography does not play to his strengths. Ms. Rojo admittedly makes a far better Manon than she did a Marguerite, but honestly the fundamental misogyny of the piece makes it incredibly hard to watch even when the choreography and her dancing are working well together. There are moments where the dancing and choreography do combine to make something both visually stunning and prone to fill one with nausea at the same time, and experience I have come to think of as peak MacMillan. For example the Pas de trois toward the end of act one: beautifully danced but watching those men paw her... *shudder* I want a shower. Do people really watch these for fun? I am done. I was trying to get a proper sampling for the sake of my education, but he' so aggressively rapey, and worse, his best choreography is always about things that should never be made beautiful, like the gang rape in Judas Tree.

* 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:

* Here is one that will send your reps a fax:

Want to fight Climate Change? "Ready to Mobilize? Start Here!:"

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here:

* The Rainbow Road and other ways to help Gay Refugees:

* 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.:

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: or Paypal

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:"
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* "Finland Wants to Replace Welfare Programs With a Minimum Income for All Residents:"

* My invisible Disability rant is at the bottom of the thread, but the discussion is all worth it. "Spoon Theory & “Appropriation”:"

* Those of you who know me in person have likely heard my "Trying to buy condoms in Walla Walla" aka. "Why I've never given Albertson's another cent of my money even though it's been over twenty years" story. Yes, this is totally a thing and it shouldn't be. "Being Slut-Shamed for Buying Birth Control Is a Thing, and It Needs to End Now:"

* Washington Republicans are trying to pass a law to force people to show their genitals to use public rest rooms. There is a rally planned for February 15:

* "Say Hello To UK Judge Dr. Victoria McCloud:"

* "Our music will intensify our fight for equality: India’s first transgender band:"

* "How Lawmakers Candidly Justify The Anti-Transgender Bills They Support:"

* "To raise false hopes:"

* TW: Cannibalism. "The Amateur Anatomist and the Amputated Finger:"

* Today, Squirrel and I did errands and bureaucracy together, which took hours. I came home to find the TV down. It took an hour of the hour and a half I was on the phone with tech support to convince them I wasn't lying about the problem. People call tech support and lie to them for fun when there is no problem? Really? They did not fix it. Of course. The whole evening was like that, which is why I wasn't on GoB.

...And then my body threw a tantrum.

* Zimbabwe has joined Ethiopia in disaster level drought People and animals are dying. Want to help?

* Help the poisoned children of Flint Michigan. "Water Crisis:"

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:"

* Want to help finance Hector's cat food and my meds/medical co pays? Paypal

* Donate to help refugees "UN Refugee Agency:"

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis:

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:"
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* "After I Lived in Norway, America Felt Backward. Here’s Why.:"

* "At Biotech Party, Gender Diversity Means Cocktail Waitresses:"

* "A Black Woman Walks Into A Gun Show:"

* Racism Infographic:

* "You Can Get PTSD From Staying In An Emotionally Abusive Relationship:"

* "Toronto constable guilty of attempted murder in 2013 streetcar shooting of teen:"

* "Debunking the myths of OCD - Natascha M. Santos :"

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* "The contributions of female explorers - Courtney Stephens:"

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* "155-year old mouse trap claims its latest victim:"

* Hector kept escalating until he had another small stroke. The second in the last week. He's been getting all the cuddles, and I'm making sure he has lots of tuna. We ended up not podcasting, though the visit was good.

...And vehicle renewal came today. It's gone up and I don't have the money for it. I know, I know. I need to do more ebay sales.

* "Shallow Descriptions of People of Colour:"

* Random thought: Were Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Betta fish?

* I keep poking at why I'm so angry about the loss of Mazikeen's mask in Lucifer. It's a little hard to put into words, but I'm going to give it a try. Mazikeen's feelings about her appearance are important to her character design in the graphic novels. She is very specifically furious about having her agency stolen in regards to how she presents herself and very specifically about being made symmetrical to conform to human standards of beauty. The fact that the person who did it was well meaning and had no way of knowing she was doing harm doesn't cut any ice with Mazikeen. For her it was a fundamental violation of Self. When the show creators decided to through that whole part of her identity as a demon and as a character out, they are fundamentally tossing out a big part of who she is and how she thinks and identifies. They are also violating her exactly the way she was violated in the books and presenting this as voluntary. A Mazikeen who chooses to walk around looking conventionally, symmetrically attractive in this particular way instead of choosing a mask so she can maintain a crucial part of who she is, isn't Mazikeen. Yes, I know they are solving mysteries instead of doing the comics plot, but calling her Mazikeen and changing something so fundamental to her character design and arc is creepy and terrible. The nuance of the parts of the story around appearance and identity were incredibly important to me as a reader. I am angry enough about it that I'm having trouble concentrating on anything else they are trying to do.

I know, I know, for most people this is trivial. To me they have taken a character who is important to me and gutting her. It isn't just the loss of the mask, it's what it represents both for the story/character and for what it portends for the treatment of source elements in the series. I can only think they fundamentally misunderstand the text they are adapting from or they have no respect for it. Either way.... Yeah. I'm out.

* "Selznick and the Maxims of Adaptation:"
* Help the poisoned children of Flint Michigan. "Water Crisis:"

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:"

* Want to help finance Hector's cat food and my meds/medical co pays? Paypal

* Donate to help refugees "UN Refugee Agency:"

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis:

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:"
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* "John Kasich tells audience member they'd 'get over' his Social Security plan:"

* "America wants you to suffer: The staggering ways we punish our college graduates:"

* I just saw another pundit out stigmatizing folks on psyche meds which is cruel, inaccurate, and dangerous, because way more people die or get way sicker than they otherwise would be because of the stigma discouraging them from seeking help. The brain is an organ. Needing to take meds to function normally shouldn't be stigmatized whether that med is insulin, welbutrin, prozac, or the celebrex that let's me walk around my apartment most days instead of being pretty much a wheelchair user which is the alternative given the level of spinal damage I have.

When it comes to medication for minors, I am a moderate because I was a teacher. Let me explain what that means. 1. Medications are mostly tested on adult white cis men. This is a huge fucking problem, because bodies vary wildly. If you do all your testing on a narrow, homogeneous population you do not get an accurate picture of what that drug will do at that dosage when released into the wild. Adult cis white men are not the default body. There have been huge problems with overdoses caused by the average woman or child being smaller than the average adult man. There have been issues caused by hormones, body fat, and structural differences interacting with medications differently. There have been problems because the developing brains and bodies of adolescents interact with meds differently, and overdoses caused because they are basically guessing at what the dose of something ought to be for a nine year old girl based on dosage for a forty year old man. People are horribly injured, sometimes permanently, and people die. There is pretty much no testing on what medications I in trans bodies, which means often deadly surprises for trans folk and doctors innocently following dosage directions that have zero data on what they will do to our bodies. I have a list of meds issues related to my transness that are as we speak word of mouthing between GPs who treat trans people because there is nothing in the text books they studied in college about a potentially deadly thing that happened to me and some other trans people in my region that likely happens to a significant percentage of us all over the world but isn't in any of the literature. The reason we know it's an issue is because trans folk do a lot of medical word of mouth. If that doesn't scare you it should. I think that the FDA should not clear any drug for use in the general population without a good sample size of both men and women with diverse racial and body types. No drug should be given to children or teens without having been tested and normed on a good sample size of people of more than one gender and a variety of body types in that age range. So that's a real problem and it needs to have changed like decades ago and there is no sign of it changing now.

2. One of the standard "educational reforms" mostly intended to save money is to cut out recess, phys ed., art, and music classes. This is done supposedly to make more time for "the basics." The problem is that if you cut those things you dramatically decrease the effectiveness of the academic class time. No really. I mean, yes, it's anecdotally obvious if you spend any time at all teaching K-12, particularly the 1-8 range, but there are lots of scientific studies backing up what any teacher can tell you. It turns out that retention is dramatically increased if you go out and do something physical after studying. Going out and running around or shooting hoops or whatever at regular intervals not only burns off energy and is healthier for your body, but it gives your brain important time to process whatever it is you just learned. It turns out that varying activity generally is good for you, and music and art are particularly helpful to certain types of learners. There are good, sound brain sience reasons that private schools leave in all the enrichment activities rather than cutting them for academics: that time spent oing other things enhances student learning and people who can afford to buy the best education for their children side with science over sentiment. Education reformers cut things we know are objectively good for the students because of unconscious classism: they don't want the children of the poor to ever have nice things. They consider what turns out to be fairly essential to the children's ability to focus in class and retain what they learned as frivolous. These are often the same people wanting to starve children to punish them for bad grades when we know that objectively, hungry children have a hard time focusing on tasks or retaining knowledge and that hungry children are more likely to act out in class. Feeding them three nutritious meals a day would be a much better way to improve student learning than starving them, but rich people love punishing poverty instead of giving people a ladder to climb out of it, so that's how policy is set.

What does this have to do with meds? In schools where I was allowed to hand a child a pass and send zim out to do a lap or two around the school in exchange for the child then sitting down and working hard the rest of the period, I had a lot more compliance from kids who really did want to work, but couldn't. It was much more effective and humane than a discipline referral. Would more recess and options to let kids run around a little more magically remove the need for meds? Hell no. I've seen kids with real dangerous depression. I've seen kids with ADHD who absolutely needed their meds to have a prayer of accomplishing anything that day. I've seen kids with less common issues who needed one type of medication or another. I absolutely think that there are children who need pharmaceutical help of one sort or another. That help was generally most effective when mixed with other sorts of help and support. Sometimes that help would be from a psychiatric professional, or a special ed teacher, or an occupational therapist, because often serious need for meds also comes with a need for coping strategies or other issues needing addressing. In pretty much all cases the children do better with a flexible and compassionate classroom teacher interested in partnering with the kid to find things that will help them deal with right now and getting through today productively and with a minimum of embarrassment.

So call me a moderate. Stigmatizing these children as lazy or violent or just needing to pull up their pants and get to work is the opposite of helping. It is in fact a lie that really can hurt people. I do favour a more global approach to the well being of each child. It shouldn't just be medicate them and forget them. It should be the right dose, combined with a variety of non-pharmaceutical help, tailored for what is best for the child and the room full of children as a whole. When I walked into that room every morning, my goal was for every one of the people under my care to have a pleasant and productive day. That went the same for the kid on insulin as it went for the kid on Ritalin or prozac or the kid who's english reading skills were still developing or the kid who was scared because ze didn't know where ze was going to be sleeping tonight. I couldn't fix all the problems, but I could sure try to make sure everyone felt safe in my room and had the best chance I could give them of learning something today whatever the hell else was going on in their lives.

So fuck you, Bill Maher!

* Someone should do a montage of news casters and pundits complaining about the Democratic presidential candidates being decent human beings capable of policy discussion without name calling and thus bad for ratings.

* "Ben Carson comments, favorability misaligned:"

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* "The super wealthy's impact on the presidential campaign:"

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* "Facts dispute 'Ferguson effect' on crime rate:"

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* "By the numbers: US police kill more in days than other countries do in years:"

* Reality vs. fantasy in an active shooter situation:

* NWS "Students Plan To Open-Carry Dildos Over Controversial Texas Campus Gun Law:"

* "National Coming Out Day 2015:"

* "Sunday Sweets Welcomes A Slice Of Fall:"

* Yes, I watched it, but I really can’t seem to process it properly, so I’m linking you the fangs review. "American Horror Story (Hotel): Season 5, Episode 1: Checking In:"

* "How to Dance Goth:"

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* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis:

* A list of LGBTQA Charities to donate money to instead of seeing the racist Stonewall Movie that decided to portray a black trans woman activist as a cis white man.

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:"
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* The Crime of Being Young, Black, and Male:

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* The 1% want to cut social Security for people who worked for a living:

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* "In Miami Gardens, store video catches cops in the act:"

"Tired of seeing his customers and employees harassed by police, a Miami Gardens storekeeper installed video cameras — and captured disturbing footage of police activity."

* "State Rep. Drew Darby charged with taking weapon to Austin Airport:"

* "In Manhattan Alleys, Dogs on Rat Hunts Find Bags of Fun:"

* It's tumblr, so unverified, but this explanation of the "lost train" makes sense:

* "Comment: Justice elusive for female victims of violence:"

* "Petition For SPLC To Monitor Gender Identity Watch As A Hate Group:"

* I was not able to sleep and I had to pick up meds and perishables, so I gave in and went to see an early showing of Catching Fire. It was objectively long, but subjectively exactly the length it needed to be. The bits that were cut were reasonable choices and the bits that needed to be there all were. Yes, I cried: Copiously for District 11, a tear or three in a couple spots later on. The film does everything I wanted it to do.

However, the theater experience was not what it ought to have been. No, I'm not talking about the teenaged girls. It's their movie and their space, so their rules. You know what though? Every single girl I saw in that theater complex was well behaved and I saw groups of them being textbook polite to staff.

No, the asshole was the father of the able bodied family that insisted on sitting next to me in the handicapped row. He didn't have to be there: His wife and his oldest daughter were perfectly capable of guarding the tween. It's a lot of money to spend on a movie you are going to be an asshole through because you don't want to be there. He wouldn't sit the fuck still. He was up and down constantly the first third, passing back and forth in front of me each time so as to block my view. Then he took a nap, which was less irritating, even though the occasional snores and startling awake startled me each time. Then he got out his phone to text through the last third, which meant not only changing coloured light out of the corner of my eye being distracting, but the constant bloops from incoming texts. There are benches outside. He could have gone out into to the corridor to sit on them instead of distracting me and generally being a dick. Yes, I get it was likely family movie night, but in his wife's place, I'd rather he not be poking me to look at his texts and generally disrespecting a movie that the daughters clearly wanted to see. Just saying.

Also, when will we decide as a culture that phones should be off in movie theaters? Because that needs to happen, like twenty years ago.

* Why am I commenting on shows from two weeks ago? Because I've been behind on TV since late October, so I'm still trying to catch up.

* Re: Lucy/Mina: When I first read the original Dracula novel as a young teen, I was aware of "Romantic Friendship" as a thing, but in my head, I still liked to think of them as rather more than friends. The text really can be read both ways, as people used Romantic Friendship as a cover for a deeper love than friendship back then. It could be both, and so I happily tucked away that bit of subtext in my head cannon. For all the hot mess of the Dracula show, this is something I'm really comfortable with and it does make me happy.

Also, is it just me, or is Renfield kind of hot? (Mmmmm, menswear). Especially when he's putting assholes in their place.

* Doctor Who Cakes:

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