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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:
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* 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

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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/
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* 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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* "Hood Adjacent with James Davis - Woke My Ride:"

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* "Donald Trump Had No Filter In His New York Times Interview:"

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* "Stephen Rents The 'Trump Pee Pee Tape' Hotel Room For A Night:"

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* Now would be an excellent time for a reboot of Blake 7 with a properly diverse cast.

Maybe this time they will let Vila weep! (My first ever convention was Star Trek/Blake 7, with Takei and Avon’s actor double billed, but Paul Darrow had a family emergency, so Vila’s actor came in his place which was just as good as it turned out).

Seriously, imagine how good this could be if they had, say the people who made BBC’s Class involved in rebooting Blake 7. Now is the time for a rag tag band of thieves and pirates turned freedom fighters to rise up against an Autocratic dystopia in space. Imagine it with modern effects and quality writing.

* "A Woman, Explaining Things:" https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/woman-explaining-things/


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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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* "In Poland, an Assault on the Courts Provokes Outrage:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/world/europe/poland-courts-law-and-justice-party.html?smid=tw-nytimesworld&smtyp=cur

* "'It absolutely works': Housing First marks 1 year in Regina:" http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/housing-first-regina-homelessness-one-year-1.4210744

* "Russia's Lavrov Says Trump May Have Met Putin More Times:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/trump-putin-may-have-met-more-times-says-russia-s-n785146

* "Trump's embrace of Russia making top advisers wary:" https://apnews.com/4b4b7e380f204b45a8c3055a5d45255e/Trump's-embrace-of-Russia-making-top-advisers-wary

* "How far can Trump take his pardon power?:"

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* "Trump especially upset after hearing Mueller would access tax returns: report:" http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/343081-trump-especially-upset-after-hearing-mueller-would-access-tax-returns

* But can Scaramucci do the fandango?

* "White House seeks to downplay discord at first briefing after shake-up:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/21/white-house-press-briefing-to-start-soon-240812

* "Spicer quits amid White House feud:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/21/sean-spicer-resigns-white-house-press-secretary-240802

* "Trump reshuffling legal team:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/20/politics/trump-corallo-resigns/index.html

* "Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-20/mueller-is-said-to-expand-probe-to-trump-business-transactions

* "Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort scheduled to testify July 26:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/19/politics/paul-manafort-donald-trump-jr-jared-kushner-testify/index.html

* "WaPo: Intel intercepts show Sessions, Kislyak talked Trump Russia:"

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* "Can Trump sabotage the Trump Russia probe?:"

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* "Trump makes ethics office more accommodating:"

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* And he a Birther, so you can imagine how bad at judging evidence he will be. "The Senate Is About To Confirm A Federal Judge Who Compared Abortion To Slavery:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/john-bush-judge-trump-abortion_us_596f960be4b01696c6a239f6

* "Team Trump Used Obamacare Money to Run PR Effort Against It:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/team-trump-used-obamacare-money-to-run-ads-against-it

* Republicans are threatening another secret rob people of health care to give tax cuts to the rich bill next week. They are hoping to tire us out. Stay strong.

* "The Civil-Rights Luminary You’ve Never Heard Of:" http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/17/the-many-lives-of-pauli-murray

* "‘I never wanted to be with a man’: escaping Russia for Canada:" http://www.prospektmag.com/2017/05/escaping-russia-canada-forbidden-love/

* "Home Video: Crash Course Film History #13:"

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* "Why Early Globalization Matters: Crash Course Big History #206:"

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* "Ravens have paranoid, abstract thoughts about other minds:" http://www.wired.co.uk/article/ravens-theory-of-mind

* "Black Agnes (c.1312-1369): the Wife Who Defended a Castle:" http://rejectedprincesses.tumblr.com/post/160837683718/black-agnes-c1312-1369-the-wife-who-defended-a#notes

* TW: Suicide. "How Faith Bacon, Inventor of the Fan Dance, Leaped to Her Death:" https://travsd.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/how-faith-bacon-inventor-of-the-fan-dance-leaped-to-her-death/

* "The schoolgirl thrash metal band smashing stereotypes in Indonesia:" https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jun/09/the-schoolgirl-thrash-metal-band-smashing-stereotypes-java-indonesia-voice-baceprot

* "The Dying God: Crash Course World Mythology #19 :"

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* "Exclusive - Goodbye, Sean Spicer:"

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* "President Trump Casually Makes Another Damning Admission:"

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* "Toying with Russia :"

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* "The Don - The President Show:"

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* "Bioshock Infinite Music - Shiny Happy People (1991) by R.E.M.:"

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* "All Star but it's Vintage Reggae Style - Smash Mouth Cover ft. Vonzell Solomon - Postmodern Jukebox :"

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* Rejoice, for the Car emergency is ended! I anal retentively ordered a Blue Cab for an hour before the appointment for fear of the cab coming late. I foraged, as it's just around the corner from Honest Mechanic (Alignment and Brakes Plus Bellingham). In the event things ran about a half hour later than projected with my car, but this was all to the good as it turned out that when they opened it up, the alternator was not fried as previously believed, but chock full of belt frags that had essentially frozen it in place, and labor at Honest Mechanic is much cheaper than a new alternator. The result is that there was enough left over that between us, we had enough money for the whole electric bill, plus meds for both of us and cat food.

If anyone donated and would like a refund for the meds money and kibbles, the fundraiser having only been for car repair and electric, PM me and I'll see what I can do next month. Thank you again donators. The lights will stay on at the cat asylum.

I went to pharmacy, library, and to get kibbles and spend the last of this month's food stamps on magic apricot straws. The car battery is fully charged. Squirrel got off to his game on time. As I wrote this, I was full, the forage put away, and Tavy was in his room playing with his new pharmacy bag. All is well with the world.

* "Preacher, Season 2, Episode 5: Dallas:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/preacher-season-2-episode-5-dallas.html

* "A Floor Map for Season Seven:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/a-floor-map-for-season-seven/

* "Five Ways To Ruin the Con Experience for Everyone Around You:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/five-ways-ruin-con-experience-for-everyone/

* Wow, whoever made Conjuring 2 had no idea why the first one was good.

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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)
* These things always remind me of King Louis Philippe of France banning pictures of Pears. "Why China censors banned Winnie the Pooh:" http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-40627855

* "I acted as a man to get work - until I was accused of rape:" http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-39705424

* Things that make me go hmmmm.... "Trump had a second undisclosed meeting with Putin:"

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* "Trump fights demand he testify in ejected protesters' suit:" http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/07/17/trump-fights-demand-he-testify-in-ejected-protesters-suit-240654

* "Donald Trump Jr. Met Russian Accused of Laundering $1.4 Billion:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-jr-met-russian-accused-of-laundering-14-billion-dollars

* The Trump/Kobach National Voter Intimidation is already working. "Trump panel prompts thousands of voters to unregister:" http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-panel-prompts-thousands-voters-unregister-n783891

* "Head Of Trump Voter Fraud Probe Wanted To Change Law To Make Registering More Difficult:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kris-kobach-nvra_us_59698037e4b017418627ac98?xpj

* "People Everywhere Are Trashing Trump’s “Election Integrity” Commission:" http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/people-everywhere-are-trashing-trumps-election-integrity-commission/

* Things that make me go hmmmm.... "NY subpoenas records on huge Manafort loans from small bank: WSJ:"

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* Republicans are now threatening to do a full repeal of the ACA without any replacement, presumably in hopes of creating maximum chaos in the health care and insurance industries and killing as many people as possible out of spite.

If Susan Collins, Shelley Moore Capito, or Lisa Murkowski, please call them to thank them for standing firm against repeal.

Keep protesting. Keep calling. Keep resisting. Nothing is stopping them from trying again if they think you've forgotten.

* "GOP Seeks to Close Federal Election Agency:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/gop-seeks-to-close-federal-election-agency-1500325218

* Replacing Medicare with a tiny coupon to buy crappy insurance that doesn't cover the things senior Citizens and disabled people meed will kill people like me. This Budget is incredibly deadly on that count alone. "House Republicans release 2018 budget blueprint, which would slash social programs:" http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/house-republicans-release-2018-budget-blueprint-targets-social/story?id=48697228

* Seriously, we need to protest this with the same persistence, energy, and ingenuity we've been putting into fighting ACA Repeal. "House GOP budget slashes billions in spending:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/18/politics/budget-billions-tax-cuts/index.html

* "How bosses are (literally) like dictators:" https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/7/17/15973478/bosses-dictators-workplace-rights-free-markets-unions

* "China Blacklists Winnie the Pooh - The Daily Show with Trevor Noah :"

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* "Even Republicans Hate the Republican Health Care Bill :"

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* "How the Republican Health Care Bill Came and Went:"

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* "When Did Believing in Science Become a Liberal Thing?:"

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* "Climate Change and Conspiracy Theories at the Great Barrier Reef:"

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* "The Opening Monologue Of 'Russia Week':"

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* "Stephen Makes His Debut On Russia's 'Evening Urgant':"

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* "Al Gore Received Illegal Campaign Materials In 2000 (And Reported It):"

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* Current car estimate is $530.00. It's too late to say no even if we could manage without a car as the mechanic is always super short on space and getting them to keep it until we can get it out of hock Friday too a lot of persuading. Squirrel thinks his pay check will cover it, but it means we are going to be two month's late on our electric bill, which we had to float to make the June Car repairs. (He's also going to lose his phone).

This is a real emergency. We lose electric we are fucked, especially in this heat in the middle of allergy season when my lung meds (requiring electricity) are pretty much all that keep me upright. Anything people can send will help, as offering electric a partial payment is better than nothing.

Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* "Killjoys, Season 3, Episode 3: The Hullen Have Eyes:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/killjoys-season-3-episode-3-hullen-have.html

* "Game Of Thrones Works Best When It Stays Small:" http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/game-of-thrones-works-best-when-it-stays-small-1796886192

* This is my very favorite InCryptid. "Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid #4) by Seanan McGuire:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/pocket-apocalypse-incryptid-4-by-seanan.html

* "Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 1: Guess Who’s Back:" http://chrysreviews.com/index.php/2017/07/17/game-of-thrones-season-7-episode-1-guess-whos-back/

* "What you missed on 7x01 of Game of Thrones:" http://bb8s.tumblr.com/post/163103532584/what-you-missed-on-7x01-of-game-of-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.

* "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)
* Things that make me go Hmmmmm..... "Trump campaign paid $50,000 to Trump Jr.'s attorney:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/15/trump-campaign-paid-jr-attorney-240592

* Lee and Moran have joined Collins and Paul in the "no" column on this iteration of ACA Repeal. Thanks to all of you who have made your voices heard. The protests worked. If these are your Congress Critters, consider calling them and thanking them, to encourage future spine in future iterations. If you have Republican Senators and/or Members of the House, please consider joining a Die In, Sit In, Town Hall Protest, one of those clever concrete things like the balloons or the paper chain things, Office protest, calling, or faxing now through end of August Recess. There is nothing stopping them from trying again except constituent anger.

* The only people benefiting from ACA repeal are the extremely rich. It's even bad for the Insurance industry. "'Simply Unworkable': Insurers Blast New Provision In Senate Health Bill:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/senate-health-bill-insurers-unworkable_us_59697eb7e4b0d6341fe9111c

* "The Fight Against the Dakota Access Pipeline Is Not Over. Here’s How You Can Join:" https://www.thenation.com/article/the-fight-against-the-dakota-access-pipeline-is-not-over-heres-how-you-can-join/

* "Recipe For A Shooting:" http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/06/13/recipe-for-a-shooting/

* TW: Rape. "She Told a Guy She Worked at an Abortion Clinic. On Their Next Date, He Raped Her.:" http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a10029357/calla-hales-abortion-clinic-rape-harassment/

* "The Uninhabitable Earth, Annotated Edition:" http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans-annotated.html

* Minimum wage: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163092032807/i-dont-believe-the-construction-of-minimum-wage

* "The Strange Story Of George Washington's Dentures & How They Ended Up In NYC:" http://gothamist.com/2017/07/07/george_washington_dentures_nyc.php

* The Car FUBAR Escalates, or what I did all afternoon while trying not to vomit: So apparently the alternator also went, but it looked like just a belt when the tow guy peered at it. This meant tow to honest Mechanic. If you are watching the expense of all this ratchet up in your head, you are experiencing my afternoon only without the heat, escalating stress and grim resignation.

Squirrel called me a Blue Cab home as I haven’t a cell phone, it was way too far to gimp even if I didn’t have an impressive amount of spinal damage, and I had the rest of the cash he’d handed me for repairs that I had not spent on the tow physically on my person. Blue cab is a glorious left wing alternative to Yellow Cab founded by ex-yellow cabbies that is cheaper and treats their employees well (Unlike Uber), and regulated (unlike Uber), and safe (unlike Uber). Today’s driver was a gorgeous larger woman with purple hair to match her clothes and some really cute arm tattoos. Seriously, I fricken love blue cab with the friendly counter culture drivers.

It turned out to be Customer Appreciation Day and the ride was free!

The rest though? Jesus fuck! So now we need to try to raise $4-500ish for this month’s car repairs as we are ALSO a month behind on Electricity because of last month’s car repairs. We can’t NOT fix it, as there is no Graveyard shift public transport for Squirrel and my disabilities make not having a car pretty much unlivable.

I hate that I keep having to beg for money, but I feel like I’m bailing a leaky boat with a sieve and we’re going to drown.

Want to help? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Oh Gods, I just realized I’m also out of B complex to go with my melitonin, and I have prescription meds waiting down town. Nothing can be done about the B Commplex, of course. *Mentally adds Pharmacy to list of places I need to call tomorrow to be for an extra week’s grace*

* I am going to be furious if the bullshit politicking at the Bolshoi robs us of a chance to see Maria Alexandrova dance as Margot Fonteyn to Vladislav Lantratov's Nureyev. She is absolutely the perfect person to embody Fonteyn, and he has really come into his own this Spring. He is ready to do it now, I think, and their dancing together is beautiful and so gloriously in sync just now. I want this Nureyev to happen so much, even if I never get to see it. Rudolph Nurayev is so important to dance and meant so much to me growing up. I want this art to exist in the world, especially right now in the era of Putin and the anti-LGBTQIA laws and persecution in Russia. It's so important that it exist, that it be done right, that it be filmed so people can see it.

* "Ed Sheeran, Bad Wigs, and Boredom! Game of Thrones is Back!:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/ed-sheeran-bad-wigs-boredom-game-thrones-back/

* Zing: http://www.twolumps.net/d/20170717.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/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*****
* 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)
* "Venezuela's currency value depends largely on one guy at an Alabama Home Depot:" https://www.pri.org/stories/2016-12-01/venezuelas-currency-value-depends-largely-one-guy-alabama-home-depot

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

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* "Trump Jr collusion admission leaves Kushner exposed:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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)
* "North Korea Says It Successfully Test-Fired an ICBM:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/north-korea-launches-missile-into-waters-between-korea-and-japan-1499131848

* "U.S., Russia Spar Over Approach to North Korea Threat:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-tells-north-korea-it-is-prepared-to-go-to-war-1499243864

* This is how cowardly we are in this country. It is cruel and heartbreaking and has nothing to do with real security. "Denied: Afghanistan's All-Girl Robotics Team Can't Get Visas To The US:" https://www.forbes.com/sites/hilarybrueck/2017/06/29/denied-afghanistans-all-girl-robotics-team-cant-get-visas-to-the-u-s/#3ab16187367f

* "Investigators explore if Russia colluded with pro-Trump sites during US election:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/05/donald-trump-russia-investigation-fake-news-hillary-clinton

* They thought the Declaration of Independence was Anti-Trump propaganda and thus unpatriotic. O.o "NPR Tweeted The Declaration Of Independence And Some Trump Supporters Were Offended:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/juliareinstein/we-hold-these-alternative-truths-to-be-self-evident?utm_term=.uqVqYMRxj#.dyG8emd2o

* "Court Blocks E.P.A. Effort to Suspend Obama-Era Methane Rule:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/03/climate/court-blocks-epa-effort-to-suspend-obama-era-methane-rule.html

* People love inspiration porn, but don’t like grappling with the activist. I fucking hate when people infantilize people with disabilities. "Three Big Ableist Myths About the Life of Helen Keller:" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-big-ableist-myths-about-life-helen-keller-180963793/

* "Your immigrant ancestors came here legally? Are you sure?:" http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/your-immigrant-ancestors-came-here-legally-are-you-sure-20170625.html

* "Meet the Most Feared Women in History:" http://www.messynessychic.com/2016/03/18/meet-the-amazonian-terminators-of-dahomey-the-most-feared-women-in-history/?utm_content=buffer3a0f4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "The Golden Age of Hollywood: Crash Course Film History #11:"

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* "Yu the Engineer and Flood Stories from China: Crash Course Mythology #17:"

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* Today I watched a C-SPAN recording of a Folger lecture on Shakespeare. I'll be mulling the lecture for a while, but given the location and subject matter, I couldn't help thinking of my time as a Philosophy monk. Winter's Tale, in particular always reminds me of the "Tutor" (Johnnie for Prof.) I had when we were studying it. Though I went to a number of productions in the Folgers Theater it is particularly Begger's Opera and As You Like It I associate with it, for a variety of reasons, as well as the Boy from Bethesda, who was my lover Spring of freshman year. All of this is a massive web of narrative, associations, and sense memory for me, too big and complex to get my head around at once.

I remembered so clearly the banister in front of the place we generally sat, and when they pulled back to show the audience, it was of the far side, not quite my angle, but very familiar. They did eventually pan the other way, and I could see my old seating section. The stage is so much smaller than I remember, though I was full grown when I sat in that room. In my head, the set for the Beggar's Opera seems massive and complex and exciting. I have read the play since, though never seen it. The starkness of the set behind the speaker and the smallness of the stage compared to my memory of it is such a strange thing when my scale and the design of the side seating is so spot on exact with my mental image.

Brains are weird.

* * "Killjoys, Season 3, Episode 1: Boondoggie:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/killjoys-season-3-episode-1-boondoggie.html

* All of this. "Fear The Walking Dead, Season Three, Episode Six: Red Dirt:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/fear-walking-dead-season-three-episode.html

* Snerk. Dick Cavett asked Micheal Caine about how he "lost his innocence." Michael Caine winged the question right back at him and leaned hard. Good for him. It was rude when he asked Betty Davis about losing her virginity too.

(Look, I will tell bits of the story when asked, but I also have no shame at all and I still obscure certain details even though no way does anyone I know know this guy, as the story does not reflect well on anyone involved. It's not funny or entertaining, so it rarely comes up. There is a difference between things one chooses to say in the context of friends discussing first times and aggressively questioning a stranger on National Television.)

In other news, wow, this interview is sexist and creepy on both sides.

* "This Photo Does Not Show A Guy Who Died While Masturbating During The Volcanic Eruption At Pompeii:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/craigsilverman/this-viral-pompeii-masturbator-photo-is-a-lie?bftwnews&utm_term=.toDYp5adW#.gp1lvV6Ny

* Dick Cavett Observation: The ones I've seen before are all from earlier in his career ending in maybe the beginning of the '80's. The thing I am noticing when they show an occasional interview from the '90's is how much more he talks. He did tell the occasional story in the old ones and there are the classic opening monologues most talk show hosts do still, but the focus was more on the subject. The little stories were short and mostly designed to introduce the guest, briefly prime the guest, set up a story the guest was likely to tell, or involved some past interaction with the guest. Most of his half of the conversations were things that were prone to keep the guest talking or steer towards new areas of interest. I'm noticing he's much longer winded in the later ones, more prone to ramble, things are more about him than they used to be, though he never descends to James Lipton levels of self indulgence as far as I've noticed. It's a subtle thing. Likely a slow shift from being primarily a particular sort of setting for a gem to being a full conversational partner.

*****
* 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)
* "Patriotism in the age of Donald Trump:"

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* "Who is Jay Sekulow?:"

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* "Healthcare: Repeal and delay?:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "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

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* Photographs of the Grandmothers Trump has cruelly banned from entering the country: https://www.instagram.com/bannedgrandmas/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "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=

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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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* 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

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* "Pakistan inferno: Father's anguish as tanker dead buried:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40418969

* "Moscow Is Recalling Russia's Ambassador To The US Amid Election Controversy:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/johnhudson/moscow-is-finally-recalling-russian-ambassador-sergey?utm_term=.ejJ60VMAGk#.ioq1qlZP5L

* "US nuclear plant's computer system hacked:" http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/us-nuclear-plants-computer-system-hacked/story?id=48314345

* "Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary:" https://apnews.com/a39de0185d6844bfb0c4009b22791252

* "Trump blasts CNN as ‘fake news’ after it retracts story:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/27/trump-cnn-retracts-story-239988

* "Officials struggle to convince Trump that Russia remains a threat:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/28/politics/officials-struggle-convince-trump-russia-threat/index.html

* "Trump teases 'big surprise' on Senate Obamacare repeal effort:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/28/donald-trump-obamacare-repeal-240044

* "Manafort Discloses $17 Million in Payments for Ukrainian Work:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-28/manafort-discloses-17-million-in-payments-for-ukrainian-work

* "A Lawyer Who Helped Write The Patriot Act Is Trump’s Pick For A Top State Department Job:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/zoetillman/trump-picks-patriot-act-lawyer-for-top-state-depar?utm_term=.vxm1R6wWey#.hcGoO5dEPN

* "Trump lawyer's firm steered millions in donations to family members, files show:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/27/trump-lawyer-jay-sekulow-donations

* "Sarah Huckabee Sanders tangles with reporter at White House briefing:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/27/sarah-huckabee-sanders-brian-karem-media-attack-240016

* "Trump, EPA Move to Rescind Obama Administration’s Clean Water Rule:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-epa-move-to-rescind-obama-administrations-clean-water-rule-1498586400

* "Perry calls for climate change debate, says he doesn't know Trump's stance:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/27/rick-perry-climate-change-trump-stance-240012

* "Trump team declares all Russia stories fake news:"

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* "EPA sidelining science under Trump, Pruit:"

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* So he wants to get rid of Meals on Wheels, but thinks he deserves a 17% raise. "Chaffetz calls for $2,500 legislator housing stipend:" http://thehill.com/homenews/house/339570-chaffetz-calls-for-2500-legislator-housing-stipend

* Keep the Pressure on, Folks. "Republicans eye billions in side deals to win Obamacare repeal votes:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/26/republicans-obamacare-repeal-votes-239984

* "208,500 additional deaths could occur by 2026 under the Senate health plan:" https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/6/28/15881720/deaths-senate-health-care-bcra

* "Republicans in Missouri want to be able to keep women who use birth control from working:" https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/23/1674570/-Republicans-in-Missouri-want-to-be-able-to-keep-women-who-use-birth-control-from-working

* "Number 14- Rest In Power and Peace Ava Le'Ray Barrin:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/number-14-rest-in-power-and-peace-ava.html

* "Pro wrestling’s newest villain: 'The Progressive Liberal':"

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* "Medicaid's Last Stand:"

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* "ICE Unleashed:"

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* "The New Ground Rules At White House Press Briefings:"

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* "'Repeal And Replace' Is Being 'Delayed And Postponed':"

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* "Why Human Evolution Matters: Crash Course Big History 204:"

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* "Why Human Ancestry Matters: Crash Course Big History 205 :"

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

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* "Stephen Returns From Russia With An Apology For Trump:"

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* "Stephen Leaks Drawings Of Sean Spicer's No-Camera Press Briefing:"

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* "Stephen's Trip To Russia Was Supposed To Be Secret:"

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* Queer Dance Party:

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* "Fear The Walking Dead, Season Three, Episode Five: Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/fear-walking-dead-season-three-episode_20.html

* This was my one big problem with both versions of American Gods. (I have a handful of quibbles, but none of note). "Bilquis, Queen of Sheba, and American Gods:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/bilquis-american-gods/

* Two Days left. 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)
* "Kushner hires prominent lawyer with extensive scandal experience:"

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* "Supreme Court keeps block on key parts of Trump Muslim ban:"

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* "Sen. Brown: Senate health care bill "morally reprehensible":"

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* Susan Collins has joined Dean Heller on the no side. If these are your Congress Critters, DO call and thank them for their pledge and urge them to stand firm against pressure from Republican colleagues. It really does help them retain spine in the face of what they are likely dealing with behind close doors.

If you have any Republican senators, please, please call them between now and the vote. We need to flip one more minimum, though more would make it much safer as betting on spine from politicians of any stripe is a recipe for disaster.

That goes 100x more if you have Capito, Lee, Murkowski, Portman, Cruz, or Paul for a senator. Please, please, please put the pressure on this week. Some of these folks are more likely to tip for right wing reasons than progressive ones, but they are on the short list for getting to the third no.

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

* "How America Used Highways To Destroy Black Neighborhoods:" https://thinkprogress.org/top-infrastructure-official-explains-how-america-used-highways-to-destroy-black-neighborhoods-96c1460d1962

* "Stunning 700-year-old giant cave used by Knights Templar found behind a rabbit hole in the British countryside:" http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gallery/stunning-700-year-old-giant-9981913#ICID=sharebar_facebook

* I’ve been trying to get pictures of Tavy sniffing carnations since they started blooming. I have failed miserably. These are terrible, but it’s the best I could do.: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162299497797/ive-been-trying-to-get-pictures-of-tavy-sniffing

* "Fear The Walking Dead, Season Three, Episode Four: 100:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/fear-walking-dead-season-three-episode_26.html

* 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: )

* TOS Rewatch, Season 2:

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* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

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* July 4 2017, 1pm
June 27 2017, 4AM
June 30 2017, 3am
June 29 2017, 4:30 pm

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


*****
* 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)
* "Time to revitalize the anti-war movement:" http://www.cupw.ca/en/campaign/resources/time-revitalize-anti-war-movement#.WURGMTttz1w.facebook

* "Trump’s major foreign policy challenges heat up:"

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* "Media clamp down at White House press briefings:"

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* "Why are Democrats attacking Nancy Pelosi?:"

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* "Sen. Sherrod Brown decries GOP healthcare bill:"

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* Dean Heller appears to have flipped. (It is never good to bet on spine in these cases, but it is progress). If you have Lee, Murkowski, Portman, Collins, or Paul for a senator, please, please, please put the pressure on this week.

* "The Senate GOP just released a draft of their Obamacare repeal bill:" https://mic.com/articles/180599/health-care-bill-senate-gop-unveils-long-awaited-ahca-draft#.Kwq8SglrX

* "Watch Elizabeth Warren school lawmakers on what Planned Parenthood actually does:" https://mic.com/articles/180626/watch-elizabeth-warren-nail-exactly-what-planned-parenthood-does-and-why-we-need-it#.hp5mWvarz

* "Domestic Violence Offenders Abusers Frequently Get to Keep Their Guns. Here Are the Big Reasons Why.:" https://www.thetrace.org/2015/10/domestic-abuse-guns-boyfriend-loophole/

* "The Pentagon Admits It Used Race-Based Chemical Weapons Testing on Humans in WWII:" https://mic.com/articles/121207/the-pentagon-admits-it-used-race-based-chemical-weapons-testing-on-humans-in-wwii?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.0baQvCzAb

* "We Need to Talk About Racism in the LGBTQ Community:" http://www.teenvogue.com/story/philadelphia-pride-flag-opposition-racism-lgbtq-community?mbid=social_facebook

* "A buried box of photos reveals a Jewish photographer's chronicle of life in the Lodz Ghetto:" http://mashable.com/2017/04/02/inside-the-lodz-ghetto/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link#vdQ4oYIdoZqc

* "This artist put Donald Trump quotes on sexist 1950s ads to send a sharp message:" https://mic.com/articles/170666/this-syrian-artist-took-misogynistic-1950s-ads-and-added-sexist-quotes-from-donald-trump?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.FxhgdobpZ

* More Carnations from my garden: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162265216402/more-carnations-from-my-garden

* "Sunday Sweets: Wedding Wonders:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/6/25/sunday-sweets-wedding-wonders.html

* "American Gods, Season 1, Episode 8: Come to Jesus:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/american-gods-season-1-episode-8-come.html

* I do so enjoy watching Lauren Bacall not having any patience with Dick Cavett's nonsense.

* The Lena Horne Cavett interviews are fascinating and important. She saw so much and experienced so much and was so outspoken about the racist crap she had to deal with and the particular pressures she was under in her career.

* 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)
* "Chinese City With a Russian Past Struggles to Preserve Its Legacy:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/04/world/asia/harbin-china-russia-architecture.html?_r=0

* "Thousands warned their blocks clad with same panelling as Grenfell Tower:" https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/22/tower-block-cladding-posing-danger-to-thousands-of-residents

* "Dozens of furious residents refusing to leave Camden estate evacuated over cladding fire fears:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/grenfell-tower-camden-estate-evacuation-chalcots-estate-refuse-a7805946.html

* "Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/world/national-security/obama-putin-election-hacking/?utm_term=.6121416c840d

* "Russian election hacks took US to brink of cyberwar: Report:"

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* "Rep. Ted Lieu: Trump witness tampering on TV:"

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* Imagine if instead of wasting 7 million dollars of taxpayer money on a bribe to Carrier, we had spent that on infrastructure instead, which would have created jobs and given us things like safer bridges or upgraded water and sewer system to show for it. "Trump's Carrier deal is not living up to the hype — jobs still going to Mexico:" http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/22/trumps-carrier-jobs-deal-is-just-not-living-up-to-the-hype.html

* "Senate Judiciary questions Kushner clearance:"

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* "Trump hotel employee hired as White House...:"

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* Dean Heller appears to have flipped. (It is never good to bet on spine in these cases, but it is progress). If you have Lee, Murkowski, Portman, Collins, or Paul for a senator, please, please, please put the pressure on this week.

* "The Senate GOP just released a draft of their Obamacare repeal bill:" https://mic.com/articles/180599/health-care-bill-senate-gop-unveils-long-awaited-ahca-draft#.Kwq8SglrX

* "Watch Elizabeth Warren school lawmakers on what Planned Parenthood actually does:" https://mic.com/articles/180626/watch-elizabeth-warren-nail-exactly-what-planned-parenthood-does-and-why-we-need-it#.hp5mWvarz

* "The Pentagon Admits It Used Race-Based Chemical Weapons Testing on Humans in WWII:" https://mic.com/articles/121207/the-pentagon-admits-it-used-race-based-chemical-weapons-testing-on-humans-in-wwii?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.0baQvCzAb

* "We Need to Talk About Racism in the LGBTQ Community:" http://www.teenvogue.com/story/philadelphia-pride-flag-opposition-racism-lgbtq-community?mbid=social_facebook

* "Georgia, Healthcare, and All The Other Bad Things:"

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* "The Child Victims Act:"

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* "Fantastic Words and Where Not To Find Them:"

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* "Only Cat’s Costumes Convey Wonderful Watsonian and Dutiful Doylist Explanations in Game of Thrones:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/only-cats-costumes-convey-wonderful-watsonian-and-dutiful-doylist-explanations-in-game-of-thrones/

* "Why Torchwood Should Be Your Next Summer Binge:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/torchwood-next-summer-binge/

* I'm still poking at Dick Cavett. One of those things that comes of having been friends with my Mother my whole adult life is that I know my taste in men and my late mother's was a sort of venn diagram situation. Because the overlap was large enough for her to aesthetically enjoy most of my long line of good looking gentlemen starting in my teens and ending in Skye, and we could enjoy about half the same actors, I always food the areas of divergence baffling. Robert Mitchem was always puzzling to me. She considered him the epitome of sexy manliness. I just... never got it.

I've seen the 1972 Cavett/Mitchem interview a number of times over the years, but I think this time I'm old enough to get it. Still so not my type, but I can finally see what she saw in him, and it rather explains my father too, another source of honest bafflement to me throughout my life. (I loved them both dearly and they were one of those rare 'til death do they part couples. I could get why he chose her, but never could fathom why she chose him). The thing I'm really noticing about Robert Mitchem this time is, he's got that thick tough guy working class accent and genuine shit kicker manly man credentials, but he really loves his family and is faithful to his wife. He drinks too much and goes off and has adventures, but he doesn't fool around with other women and he always comes home. He's funny in a low key, often self depreciating way, and clearly smarter than the image he projects. My dad was a genuine motorcycle riding greaser with a thick working class accent turned beatnik who wanted nothing more than the picked fence life and never cheated on her once and who could keep up with her intellectually. Not the same, but in the ballpark, if you see what I mean.

* ...And the Vincent Price Dick Cavett is all about Vincent Price's one man show as OSCAR WILDE. The clip they have of him telling of a boy who loved him in school gave me shivers. Why did they not film the whole thing so we could watch it now? It must have been brilliant from the little sample preserved here.

* "Rivers of London Opens Up a New World:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/rivers-of-london-opens-new-world/

* "A Woman in No Man's Land:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/a-woman-in-no-mans-land/

* "Wonder Woman Knows the Definition of Strong:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/wonder-woman-knows-the-definition-of-strong/

* 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

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