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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
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* Trump's first major concession to Putin with nothing won back in return. "Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-ends-covert-cia-program-to-arm-anti-assad-rebels-in-syria-a-move-sought-by-moscow/2017/07/19/b6821a62-6beb-11e7-96ab-5f38140b38cc_story.html?utm_term=.10a8789f2757

* "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

* 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

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

* "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

* 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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* "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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* 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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* 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
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* "‘I was sold seven times': Yazidi women welcomed back into the faith:" https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jul/01/i-was-sold-seven-times-yazidi-women-welcomed-back-into-the-faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Donald Trump gets a royal snub:"

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* "Wheelchair users dragged away from McConnell’s office for protesting health care bill:" https://thinkprogress.org/wheelchair-protesters-arrested-ahca-dc-c7ecf4c94f59

Police brutalized peaceful protesters. " ADAPT’s D.C. area branch tweeted that officers were picking people up and dropping them, which video footage of the incident appears to corroborate. Several onlookers also reported seeing blood on the floor as activists were hauled away by police."

* This one has a bunch of footage, but less written inforamation. "Wheelchair-bound protesters removed from protest outside Mitch McConnell's office:" http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/wheelchair-bound-protesters-removed-from-protest-outside-mitch-mcconnells-office/article/2626808

* Please folks, they are voting next week to gut medicaid, return lifetime caps, bar coverage for pre-existing conditions so they can give the richest 1% massive tax cuts. They are going to kill a lot of us by denying us medication, chemotherapy, basic medical care. Please, please please. Now is when we really need phone calls, angry in person visits to offices, and die ins. Please, please, please, if you can protest, do.

* "The Senate health care bill is a blatant attack on America’s most vulnerable.:" https://newrepublic.com/minutes/143478/senate-health-care-bill-blatant-attack-americas-vulnerable

* "TransGriot Perv Watch- Guess Who Wasn't Caught In This Houston Area Child Predator Sting?:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/transgriot-perv-watch-guess-who-wasnt.html

* "Women in Canada have no legal recourse against pickup artists filming them:" https://mic.com/articles/180468/women-in-canada-have-no-legal-recourse-against-pickup-artists-filming-them?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.GGHsuY7jP

* "New Video Breaks Down Why Hollywood Needs Transgender Actors:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/transgender-hollywood-video_us_594964b8e4b08709c82fe34c?utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&utm_source=qv_fb&utm_medium=facebook&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000050

* "This Powerful Photo Series Shares People's Personal Stories Of The Pulse Nightclub Shooting:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/dear-world-series?utm_term=.oiYwr4GGX#.cqVdm233l

* "The Famous Speech Chief Seattle Never Made:" http://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/the-famous-speech-chief-seattle-never-made.htm

* I have lost track of how many days it's been since I had proper sleep. I'm thinking maybe a week ago? I am irritatingly struggling with the bare minimum as a result. This is likely negatively effecting my availability and quality. Apologies.

* 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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* 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

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* "The Observer view on the general election:" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/10/observer-view-general-election-theresa-may-debacle

* "UK election 2017: full results:" https://www.theguardian.com/politics/ng-interactive/2017/jun/08/live-uk-election-results-in-full-2017

* "Angry voters produce another surprising election result:"

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* "Sebastian Junger & Nick Quested - How Syria Became "Hell on Earth" - Extended Interview:"

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* "Rep. Ellison: Trump is ‘chief cheerleader’ of intolerance:"

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* "‘Donald Trump’s presidency is a cancer on this nation:"

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* "Trump lawyer bullying of Comey could backfire:"

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* "New here? Not so much.:"

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* "Lawrence Wilkerson: Trump admin. 'like a mafia family':"

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* "How Trump skimmed money meant for sick kids:"

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* "How Donald Trump Shifted Kids-Cancer Charity Money Into His Business:" https://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2017/06/06/how-donald-trump-shifted-kids-cancer-charity-money-into-his-business/#6d38fb796b4a

* "Sen. Mark Warner: More state election systems were targeted by Russians:" https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/06/mark-warner-more-state-election-systems-targeted-by-russians-nsa-senate-intelligence/102549928/

* "No hearings, no discussion on the Senate healthcare bill:"

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* "Senate GOP aims for June vote on Obamacare repeal:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/05/obamacare-repeal-june-vote-239154

* Colourism: http://butlerbookbinding.tumblr.com/post/161676192964/belligerentbagel-pilambdaod-xekstrin

* "Josh Duggar Suing For ‘Emotional Distress’ Of Everyone Finding Out He Was A Child Molester:" https://wonkette.com/618291/josh-duggar-suing-for-emotional-distress-of-everyone-finding-out-he-was-a-child-molester

* "The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death:" http://www.newyorker.com/culture/jia-tolentino/the-gig-economy-celebrates-working-yourself-to-death

* "Adam West obituary:" https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jun/11/adam-west-obituary

* "John Avlon - What "Washington's Farewell" Predicted About Politics - Extended Interview:"

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* "Comey Takes the Stand (But Leaves the Juicy Details Behind):"

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* "Why Is Eric Trump Like This?:"

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* "Londoners Carry On & The British Bernie :"

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* "Nobody Wants to Work in the Trump Administration:"

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* "Paris Agreement: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:"

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* "Trump's Dictator Pals:"

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* "Meet Black Pete:"

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* "Keep Calm and Ignore Trump's Tweets:"

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* "The War on Drugs Reboot:"

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* "Just Say No To Drug Test Kits:"

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* "American Gods, Season 1, Episode 6: A Murder of Gods:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/american-gods-season-1-episode-6-murder.html

* Contains Book Spoilers. "American Gods Proudly shows its Originality:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/american-gods-proudly-shows-originality/

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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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* 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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* "Trump tells confidants U.S. will quit Paris climate deal:" https://www.axios.com/scoop-trump-tells-confidants-he-plans-to-leave-paris-climate-deal-2424446776.html

* "Trump aides facing perilous stage of Russia probe:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/27/trump-russia-probe-risk-238878

* "Travel to the U.S. has dropped by 11 percent since Trump took office:" http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/tourism-u-s-has-been-decline-trump-took-office-n764206

* "Waters: ‘I believe it was collusion’:"

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* "Trumpcare called ‘cruel’ and ‘deadly’:"

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* "Man arrested for machete stabbing, hate crime following standoff:" http://www.lakeconews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51061:man-arrested-for-machete-stabbing-hate-crime-following-standoff&catid=1:latest&Itemid=197

* "Takei boldly silences ‘Star Trek’ diversity attacks:"

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* "Islamophobia Being Deployed Again In Another Pearland Political Race:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/islamophobia-being-deployed-again-in.html

* "Strength Through Unity: How To Spot Fascism Before It’s Too Late:" https://thenib.com/strength-through-unity

* I've discovered that the rerun channel is broadcasting Dick Cavett's of random eras on the regular. I grew up with these as Dick Cavett in whichever incarnation and on whichever channel he happened to be on that year was the one talk show that really interested my Mother. (I very much wish they would show the one with Robin Williams from his PBS Era, which we watched open mouthed as Robin William leapt about improving for the full half hour interview. No such luck yet). Some of these age better than others. There are plenty of celebrities I no longer remember or care about. Cavett is a little too focused on the beauty of certain women, such as Sofia Loren in ways that make me uncomfortable, though he is never anywhere near as gross as Lipton was to Brooke Shields on Actor's Studio. The episode with some gross sexist Frenchman harassing Sally Fields and some random lady from the audience was flat out unacceptable, but there are plenty of important and interesting interviews tucked in there, like the famous Katherine Hepburn one and the like.

Last night I watched the Ellsberg Pentagon Papers interview from 1971, and damn if it isn't intelligent and intensely relevant today, to the point I wish it were required watching for Congress Critters and anyone serving in the executive branch in any political capacity. The nuance with which they discuss his experiences in Vietnam and in government and the way he came to make the decision he did to leak the Pentagon Papers first to the Intelligence committee and the papers is just... something people ought to see. He had do decide which of several bad choices was the least terrible in the face of a Presidential Administration doing something harmful to the point of killing large numbers of people to no purpose, and the eloquence with which he explains how and why he got to that point is just something people faced with similar ethical choices ought to see.

I admit do fast forwarding over the bits of no interest and deleting whole episodes with no interest for me, but even this short taste has been worthwhile, if only for that.

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* "Donald Trump’s disastrous foreign policy trip:"

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* I honestly can't see a reputable reason to deliberately use Russian equipment for secret talks and then lying about it when there were legal normal channels they could have used. The only reason one would do that is criminal. We really are talking espionage and treason here.

* "Kushner may have sought Russian back channel for loans:"

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* "Gianforte and the thug politics of the GOP:"

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* "Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”:" https://theintercept.com/2017/05/27/leaked-documents-reveal-security-firms-counterterrorism-tactics-at-standing-rock-to-defeat-pipeline-insurgencies/

* "What you need to know about the Richard Collins murder investigation:" http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-richard-collins-murder-investigation/443038279

* "Richard W. Collins III Death, Hate Crimes Seen Differently.:" https://thyblackman.com/2017/05/25/richard-w-collins-iii-death-hate-crimes-seen-differently/

* "Islamophobia Being Deployed Again In Another Pearland Political Race:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/islamophobia-being-deployed-again-in.html

* On Alexander Hamilton and Abolitionism: http://allerasphinx.tumblr.com/post/134827050557/notquiteluke-as-someone-who-never-learned-the

* "A Tremendous Journey - The President Show:"

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* "Screaming at the TV - The Crooked Media Strikes Again:"

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* "Sunday Sweets: A Memorial Day Salute:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/5/28/sunday-sweets-a-memorial-day-salute.html

* Class: Charlie, Quill, and the Doctor

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* I've also been reading D'Artagnan: the Ultimate Musketeer by Geoffrey Hall and Joan Sanders. This book was clearly written for people of all ages who really love Dumas and wanted to know more about the real person behind the myth. It's very well researched, but a tad plodding, and with all the sex cut out. They really worked hard on the thankless task of untangling these incredibly complex Gascon and Béarnese bloodlines and figuring out where various people got confused for other people and which bits of which sources have proper corroboration, which may have been from eyewitnesses not cited, and which were ass pulling. I do admire the work, but it's a bit dull to read. I do wish I had a copy for my self, and I do recommend it, but I feel like what is needed is a revisit by someone this century with a broader focus that would give more context.

* So I've just finished Cyrano: The Life and Legend of Cyrano de Bergerac by Ishbel Addyman. The author clearly knows her period and places the life and works of Cyrano de Bergerac within the larger context of early modern thought and writing. She also does a first rate job of debuncking later accretions to his legend and unearthing what actually can be know of the real person, and supporting areas where some speculation is required with good evidence. The author is very clear about the difference between things that are known, things that are false or contradictory, and things that are likely. I very much appreciated the deep understanding of the background and period and the decision not to straight wash.

I do have one major quibble, which is that the book really needed an outline. It is very unfocused and tends to wander discursively, which on occasion can be really frustrating. We will just be getting to the point about something I am interested in and then it wanders away for half a chapter to something that would have better belonged with the chapter previous, then meanders back to something adjacent to the point without quite getting in waving distance, then veers off again. All of these bits are interesting, but I feel like if it were properly organized it would be a much more enjoyable and useful read. I do get that facts are sparse and there needs to be a lot of debunking of things people said centuries later that got treated as fact and context is important, but organize that please. Doing it this way makes me wonder if I am looking at padding or someone who can't focus her thoughts.

I do recommend the book. This Cyrano biography was clearly written for adults with a solid grounding in early modern intellectual history and an interest in queer history and early modern French history. (IE: Me) Just understand that it's going to be a bit of a mess as far as connection between chapter heading and contents.

* Another Feminist Swan Lake Fairy Tale: http://caffeinewitchcraft.tumblr.com/post/158831991364/your-swan-story-just-made-me-think-what-if-a-tiny

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* The number of dead in Manchester had risen to 22 last I checked. The Trump administration decided to release the name of a suspect Tuesday over the express wishes of the investigators in the UK.

* "The story of a homeless man who helped young victims of the Manchester bombing is going viral:" https://mic.com/articles/177888/manchester-bombing-homeless-man-interviewed-by-itv-news-recounts-story-of-bravery-during-attack?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.np7K5hsrH

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

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* "Watergate prosecutor: Trump actions are illegal:"

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

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* "First on CNN: Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him, source says:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/19/politics/james-comey-trump-influence/

* "Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-asked-intelligence-chiefs-to-push-back-against-fbi-collusion-probe-after-comey-revealed-its-existence/2017/05/22/394933bc-3f10-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html?utm_term=.ff93ee3546d4

* "Brennan: Russia may have successfully recruited Trump campaign aides:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/23/brennan-russia-tried-to-recruit-us-persons-to-influence-presidential-campaign-238719

* "White House seeks 90-day delay in Obamacare subsidy suit:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/22/white-house-to-seek-90-day-delay-in-obamacare-subsidy-suit-238674

* "Trump administration asks judge to lift sanctuary cities injunction:" http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/05/22/sanctuary-cities-sessions-238688

* "Sheriff David Clarke says he's unsure if Trump administration will still hire him after plagiarism report:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/23/politics/kfile-david-clarke-responds-plagiarism/index.html

* "Trump budget keeps pledges: Cuts for poor, more for military:" https://apnews.com/377ac4dd4e224e308c0e070d5695a2aa/Trump's-%244T-budget-arrives-on-Capitol-Hill

* "Trump releases budget hitting his own voters hardest:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/22/trump-budget-cut-social-programs-238696

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

* "Trump to propose big cuts to safety net in new budget this week:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-to-propose-big-cuts-to-safety-net-in-new-budget-this-week/2017/05/21/62c01f44-3e34-11e7-adba-394ee67a7582_story.html?utm_term=.a327384c9563

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

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

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* "Transcript of New Orleans Mayor Landrieu’s address on Confederate monuments:" http://pulsegulfcoast.com/2017/05/transcript-of-new-orleans-mayor-landrieus-address-on-confederate-monuments

* "Protesting Students Walk Out On Pence's Address At Notre Dame:" http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/21/529415058/protesting-students-walk-out-on-pences-address-at-notre-dame

* "There’s no such thing as the Dark Ages, but OK:" http://the-alexandrian-alchemist.tumblr.com/post/160952907011/theres-no-such-thing-as-the-dark-ages-but-ok

* "Postcards From Trump:"

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

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

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* "Kylo Ren’s scary fixation on Finn:" http://lj-writes.tumblr.com/post/158287544143/kylo-rens-scary-fixation-on-finn

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

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* 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

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* "Trump risks emboldening despots with praise:"

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* "23 Environmental Rules Rolled Back in Trump’s First 100 Days:" https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/02/climate/environmental-rules-reversed-trump-100-days.html?_r=0

* "Trump Adviser Kushner’s Undisclosed Partners Include Goldman and Soros:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-adviser-jared-kushner-didnt-disclose-startup-stake-1493717405

* "The GOP has a pre-existing condition:"

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* "Rape victims often pay nearly $1,000 for medical treatment:" https://mic.com/articles/175011/rape-victims-often-pay-nearly-1-000-for-medical-treatment#.IQ1I7lB0O

* Want to resist the end of net neutrality?: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/160250205836/kedreeva-amy-reblogs-thistherapylife

* "Things People With Anxiety Are Afraid to Tell Their Friends:" http://www.teenvogue.com/story/things-people-with-anxiety-are-afraid-to-tell-their-friends?mbid=social_facebook

* "World's oldest dental fillings found in Italy:" http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/04/07/Worlds-oldest-dental-fillings-found-in-Italy/7301491595712/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=2

* "Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Details of His Son’s Birth & Heart Disease:"

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* "W. Kamau Bell - Tackling Tough Ideas in "The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell" :"

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* "Kim Jong-Un Fires A Promposal At Trump:"

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* "Stephen Colbert Goes One-On-One With Trump:"

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* "This Monologue Goes Out To You, Mr. President:"

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* "Trump On The Civil War: 'Why?':"

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* "Clearer picture of Russian 'active measures' takes shape:"

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* "Trump actions boosted Russian effectiveness:"

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* "White House role in leaks raises suspicion:"

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* "White House meddling threatens Trump Russia probe integrity:"

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* "Immunity in presidential scandals has complicated history:"

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* "Chicago: A City in Trauma:"

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* Do NOT celebrate the Carolina bathroom discrimination repeal, as they are replacing it with a different right to discrimination bill that is more draconian several other aspects, such as barring local governments from protecting trans folk and leaving the right to discriminate in place, but less flagrantly worded so harder to challenge. This isn't a win folks, it's just PR. "North Carolina 'repeals' 'bathroom bill':" http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/30/politics/north-carolina-hb2-agreement/

* "Transgender Day Of Visibility 2017:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/transgender-day-of-visibility-2017.html

* "Wanda Sykes Is Not A Trump Fan:" http://teamcoco.com/video/conan-highlight-wanda-sykes-is-not-a-trump-fan?playlist=x%3BeyJ0eXBlIjoidGFnIiwiaWQiOjQ2ODh9

* "Paul Ryan Laughs Through the Tears:"

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* "So Much News, So Little Time - Nepotism, Impeachment & the Freedom Caucus:"

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* "House Republicans' Internet Search History:"

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* "C-SPAN Can't Tell Which Russian Investigation Is Which:"

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* "Mike Pence: Wine, Dine And Reset Gender Norms To '69:"

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* "The Late Show's Presidential Leak-crets, Vol. 3:"

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* "Ballad of the Bastards Part 2: Why Did You Do it Jonny?:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/winterhell-s6-retrospective-part-2/

* "Legion's Resetting Finale Takes Little Shine Off an Incredible First Season:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/legion-finale-little-shine-first-season/

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* "Kim Jong-nam killing: 'VX nerve agent' found on his face:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39073389

* "Opponent of Duterte's drugs war arrested in Philippines on drug charges:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-drugs-senator-idUSKBN16301Z

* "Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media:" https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/26/robert-mercer-breitbart-war-on-media-steve-bannon-donald-trump-nigel-farage

* "Reality Check: Is Malmo the 'rape capital' of Europe?:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-39056786

* "Supreme Court Reprimands Anti-LGBTQ Groups for Misgendering Trans Student Gavin Grimm:" http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2017/02/24/supreme_court_reprimands_groups_for_misgendering_gavin_grimm.html

* "Rest In Power and Peace, Chyna Gibson:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/rest-in-power-and-peace-chyna-gibson.html

* "Search for Daisy Kwok uncovers Shanghai's lost history:" http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-21/daisy-kwok-and-lost-history-of-chinese-australians-in-china/7861214

* "The History of the KKK in American Politics:" https://daily.jstor.org/history-kkk-american-politics/

* "An app to help blind people to 'see':" http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-39056979

* "Pointe break: ballet's destructive power laid bare in Sergei Polunin documentary:" https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/feb/22/sergei-polunin-documentary-dancer-steven-cantor?CMP=share_btn_tw

* "Through Donald's Eyes - SNL :"

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* My router died Sunday night, seconds after I offered rp, for which I was heartily sorry, but had no means of conveying. The router had been limping on for years, and its final demise was inconvenient, but not entirely unexpected. I wrote up the latest Black Sails with no ability to check things on the Internet and while wrestling Tavy as I tried to transcribe quotes, for extra difficulty points.

I snagged a few hours sleep, then went out into snow flurries to be in line as soon as Xfinity opened. It took literal hours to get the new router working, so there went my day.

* "Let's talk about Nazis in Fiction:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/lets-talk-about-nazis-in-fiction/

* "Gandalf Leads the Way on a Journey in the Dark:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/gandalf-leads-way-journey-dark/

* "The Breaking of the Fellowship:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/breaking-fellowship-ring/

* "Orcs and Uruk-hai Bring Evil Closer to Home:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/orcs-uruk-hai-two-towers-re-read/

* "Treebeard, Ents, and Action in the Face of Uncertainty:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/treebeard-ents-action-uncertainty/

* "Penny Dreadful, Season 3, Episode 3: Good and Evil Braided Be:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/05/penny-dreadful-season-3-episode-3-good.html

* "Sansa, Smart:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/155894039887/sansa-smart

* "Arya Todd Drops Out of School:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/arya-season-6-retrospective/

* Black Sails XXXIII: Decisions, Decisions!

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* I don't blame him at all. "Exclusive: Trump presser convinced NSC candidate Harward to...:"

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* "JFK on the importance of the press to a free society:"

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* "Trump hits new low as war with press moves beyond just talk:"

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* Donald Trump has declared the free press as "the enemy of the American People."

* "Trump's 3 trips to Mar-A-Lago as president cost an estimated $10 million in federal funds:" https://mic.com/articles/168954/trump-s-3-trips-to-mar-a-lago-as-president-cost-an-estimated-10-million-in-federal-funds?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.X0V8HxIol

* "Trump is already detaining and trying to deport the "Dreamers" Obama said could stay in the country:" https://mic.com/articles/168727/trump-detaining-deport-dreamers-daca-not-criminals?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.7erezL136

* "Rep. Castro: Trump admin. coming for undocumented immigrants:"

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* Scott Pruitt is in as head of EPA, even though he's opposed to everything they stand for and has repeatedly sued them in favor of polluters, and has spent years illegally withholding FOIA documents.

* "Judge's e-mail order could move Pruitt from frying pan to fire:"

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* "The Most Quoted B.S. Myth Inside The Right's Media Bubble:" http://www.cracked.com/blog/a-sadly-necessary-primer-constitutional-rights/

* "Fracking And What New EPA Means For Your Health:" http://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2017/02/17/fracking-and-what-new-epa-means-for-your-health/#3c6d5fb01258

* "Barney Frank: Here's how to successfully lobby your congressperson:" https://mic.com/articles/167878/barney-frank-heres-how-to-not-waste-your-time-pressuring-lawmakers#.3s5dwWzMa

* "Trump At The Westminster Dog Show: Grab 'Em By The Puppy:"

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* I dreamed I'd ordered a Head Full of Bees from Think Geek. No really. It was an artificial hive in the shape of an oversized roman portrait bust. You pulled the trays in and out at the back.

* In other news, I woke in noticeably less terrible shape. I have hopes that antibiotic two will pull me out. I'm still crap, but it's a more functional variety of crap. I promptly burned most of the spoons changing the sheets and pillow cases.

* "Friday Discussion: Isolated Tokens: Being the Only One:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/friday-discussion-isolated-tokens-being.html

* I wish I could afford to have this done. "Crispin Young Wilson is a server hardware repairer from Hood River, Oregon, who also does some painting on the side. On Sunday, Crispin was getting ready for her latest project.:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/bradesposito/look-up-kiddo?utm_term=.kyEE1dQaY#.ktWndj3WZ

* "Six Swans:" https://mtfhod.tumblr.com/post/157390907770/the-six-swans

* "The Frustratingly Harmful LGBT+ Representation in Weiseroff's Westeros:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/frustratingly-harmful-lgbt-representation-weiseroffs-westeros/

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* "Chief calls for action after 30 recent suicide attempts in Black Lake:" http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/chief-calls-for-action-after-30-recent-suicide-attempts-in-black-lake-1.3267320#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=6xc7pwI

* "Angela Merkel is now the leader of the free world, not Donald Trump:" http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/angela-merkel-donald-trump-democracy-freedom-of-press-a7556986.html

* "Bannon: War Between U.S. And China Is Inevitable, And That's Not The Only Conflict Coming:" http://reverbpress.com/world/war-u-s-china-way-says-bannon/

* "Steve Bannon’s influence on Trump:"

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* "Trump lashes out at judge who put his travel ban on ice:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-travel-ban-legal-win-234634

* "How to Respond to Donald Trump's Betrayal of American Values:" https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/a-clarifying-moment-in-american-history/514868/

* "Trump Just Removed White Supremacist Groups From Terror Watch Program:" http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/02/02/trump-just-removed-white-supremacist-groups-terror-watch-program/

* "Dear People Demanding to Know Why Hillary Clinton Isn't Doing Whatever It Is You Think She Needs to Be Doing in This Moment:" http://www.shakesville.com/2017/01/i-write-letters.html#disqus_thread

* "JCCs around the nation face third wave of bomb threats:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/jewish-community-centers-face-third-wave-bomb-threats-nationwide-n715086

* "It may only take 3.5% of the population to topple a dictator – with civil resistance :" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/01/worried-american-democracy-study-activist-techniques

* From GamerGate to Trump Voters: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/156831622621/robotlyra-jackscarab-x-this-is-important

* Trump's Neo-NAZIs using Transmysogny as a wedge: http://snakewife.tumblr.com/post/156727248147/queeranarchism-otabek-kz-screenshotted-this

* "The Black Witches Of Salem:" http://kentakepage.com/the-black-witches-of-salem/

* "Meet Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the black woman who invented that rock and roll sound:" http://fusion.net/story/107215/meet-sister-rosetta-tharpe-the-black-woman-who-invented-that-rock-and-roll-sound/

* "Hire John Malkovich For Your Child's Next Birthday Party! :"

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* "President Trump Prays For His Haters At National Prayer Breakfast:"

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* So not only did Rachel Maddow buy a President, but also Colbert! She even took a picture with Rachel Maddow's President! "Waxing Presidential With The Late Show Road Show:"

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* "Penny Dreadful, Season 3, Episode 1: The Day Tennyson Died:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/05/penny-dreadful-season-3-episode-1-day.html


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* An actual NAZI is on our National Security council. "Steve Bannon: from Breitbart to the National Security Council:"

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* "Trump AG firing recalls Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre:"

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* "Trump threatens independence of Justice Department with firing:"

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* "Trump DoJ firing a dangerous politicization:"

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* "Yates in 2015 on saying no an unlawful order from the president:"

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* Donald Trump has fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to defend the travel and refugee bans on the grounds they are unconstitutional.

* My State, Washington, is suing the Federal Government for a Nation Wide restraining order on the Muslim Ban.

* "Malala's Statement About Trump's Racist Muslim Ban:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/01/malalas-statement-about-trumps-racist.html

* Re: Mike Pence and Trump: https://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/156621016289/pervocracy-figsandnewtons-the-number-of

* Bring Tissues. Iraq Qar Veteran tells his Refugee Story: http://glassphemy.tumblr.com/post/156620672294/cinematicnomad-dollyp-shared-a-story-on-twitter

* "As of today, according to the Whitehouse.gov website, the Judicial Branch no longer exists.:" http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/1/20/1622847/-According-to-the-Whitehouse-gov-website-the-Judicial-Branch-no-longer-exists

* "Democrats will filibuster Trump’s SCOTUS pick:"

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* "Virginia Mom Furious After Teacher Defends Decision to Cast Black Students as Slaves In History Skit:" http://atlantablackstar.com/2017/01/27/virginia-mom-furious-teacher-defends-decision-cast-black-students-slaves-history-skit/?utm_content=buffer60218&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin - Honoring Trayvon Martin with "Rest in Power":"

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* Looks like the pressure is working. “The Boy Scouts Just Announced They Will Allow Transgender Boys To Join:” https://www.buzzfeed.com/dominicholden/the-boy-scouts-just-announced-they-will-allow-transgender-bo?utm_term=.sub9yoBON#.bdXKD2aMk

* "President Trump's Muslim-Targeted Travel Ban:"

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* "Emerald City, Season One, Episode Five: Everybody Lies:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/01/emerald-city-season-one-episode-five.html

* I have watched the Black Sails Season 4 premiere, but it will likely be a few days until I can do a proper analysis, given it's an 8-12 hour time commitment and I'm wrestling with RL today.

In related news, there was a passport hitch, which we hope to sort out later in the week.

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* He is doing this to a woman with breast cancer for spite. "Unprecedented: Trump Gives Obama's Ambassadors Eviction Notice:" http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/06/unprecedented-trump-gives-obamas-ambassadors-eviction-notice

* "Diving into the unthinkable cold truths of a nuclear war:" http://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2016/12/diving-into-the-unthinkable-cold-truths-of-a-nuclear-war/

* Someone needs to explain to Donald Trump that there is a difference between complete capitulation to an enemy and becoming their puppet vs diplomacy that includes a better relationship with an enemy country. I know his instinct is towards the first, but it is disastrous.

* "Putin had ‘preference’ for Trump:"

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* "Planned Parenthood at risk amid ACA repeal threat:"

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* "Donald Trump vs. Nixon:"

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* The Republicans are so thrilled that they have doubled maternal mortality in Texas by denying women access to prenatal care that they are hoping to double the death rate for the rest of the country as part of their supposed "pro-life" agenda. Why does "pro-life" always seem to mean forcing women to die for someone else's religious beliefs? Real people are dying in the Republican War on women.

* "Meryl Streep Speech The Golden Globes 2017:"

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* "George Takei:'Welcome to the Resistance:" http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2016/12/21/george-takeiwelcome-resistance

* "How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail:" https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-convince-someone-when-facts-fail/

* "Rest In Power and Peace Jamie Lee:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/01/rest-in-power-and-peace-jamie-lee.html

* "Which Girl Do You Send To The Boys Bathroom?:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/01/which-girl-do-you-send-to-boys-bathroom.html

* "Queen Elizabeth I’s long-lost skirt to go on display after being found on a church altar in Herefordshire:" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/07/queen-elizabeth-long-lost-skirt-found-church-altar-herefordshire/

* "The Late Show Presents: Trump And Cover:"

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* I spent the weekend dealing with normal physical inconveniences related to being ill and sorting out the mess importing lj to Dreamwidth made of my tags. I got rid of nearly 2000 tags to come in under the 1000 limit. It was exhausting in itself.

* "Sunday Sweets Goes Geek - Again!:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/1/8/sunday-sweets-goes-geek-again.html

* It's not just me! "Sherlock Forgets What We Liked About It :" https://www.thefandomentals.com/sherlock-s04-e01/

* I wrote this elsewhere explaining why I didn't take to Downton Abbey and why Gosford park is world's better. I've said and written versions of this over the years, but I'm posting again, because seriously, go watch Gosford Park if you haven't. To be clear, acting, costumes, set design, attention to detail is brilliant for both, but Downton is fundamentally flawed on a writing level in my opinion.

Downton Abbey is fundamentally conservative. I did find the first season compelling anyway, but by second season it just made me want to go rewatch the brilliant Gosford Park instead. I think I bailed after three? Something like that, on the grounds that it was just a pretty soap opera with politics I didn't much like.

Julian Ffellows, the guy who made Downton was a consultant on Altman's Gosford, so the look and the period detail is similar, but Altman was deconstructing the country house murder story and the period stratified class system in a gay friendly, rooting for the downtrodden way. Mr. Ffellows is glamorizing the very class system Mr. Altman was tearing down with a tropey gay villain as the poison cherry on top.

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* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

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

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* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

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* "Nixon betrayal of Vietnam peace talks confirmed by aide's notes:"

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* "Trump business entanglements survive Indonesian mining scandal:"

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* "Why is Trump so pro-Russia?:"

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* "Trump sells access on NYE at $500 per ticket:"

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* "House GOP moves to end independent ethics oversight of Congress:"

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* It's official, the House Republicans are planning to be so corrupt for the next two years they are getting rid of the Independent Ethics Office on the grounds that it's "unfair to Republicans" to have non partisan ethics investigations, and they prefer to self police in secret proceedings. After all, look how well self policing works for Wall street and the oil industry.

* "Yes, Donald Trump ‘lies.’ A lot. And news organizations should say so.:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/01/02/yes-donald-trump-lies-a-lot-and-news-organizations-should-say-so/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-e%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.dd1b2c347291

* "Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources deletes accurate climate science from agency webpage:" https://thinkprogress.org/wisconsin-dnr-climate-change-information-purge-d9ac20755540#.kv8uph3mx

* "Rev. Barber: We are witnessing the birth pangs of a Third Reconstruction:" https://thinkprogress.org/rev-barber-moral-change-1ad2776df7c#.c2mvy77cy

* "Faith leaders urge Trump to reject extremism:"

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* "Michelle Obama’s legacy as First Lady:"

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* "Just A Couple of Victorian Ladies…:" http://sodiumflare.tumblr.com/post/155285059200/just-a-couple-of-victorian-ladies

* Yep, I'm sick. I'd suspected it from the particular quality of the headache I've had off and on all weekend, but my lungs went and confirmed it today. Now to wait for things to degenerate enough to talk a Doctor into treating them. Sigh.

* I am furious they are using Schoolhouse Rock to sell cars. Those were meant to educate, damnit, the last gasp of a law that mandated a certain amount of educational programming as a public service in exchange for use of the airways.

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* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

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

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

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

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

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

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* "The Nixonian ways of Donald Trump:"

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* "Trump and the truth:"

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

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

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

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

* "Democrats seek to reset Republican gerrymandering:"

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

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

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

This on top of the usual periodic document hunt.

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

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

* TNG Rewatch, Season 5:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

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

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

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "The world leader who may be most like Donald Trump:"

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* "Trump declining daily intelligence briefs:"

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* "Trump risks violating Constitution with foreign business:"

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* "Rules for surviving a Trump autocracy:"

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* "Trump defiant on his conflicts of interest:"

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* "Trump foundation violations:"

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* "The problem with Trump's best people:"

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* "Trump infrastructure plan a tax cut trick?:"

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* "Long reach to find precedent for 2016 popular vote gap in US past:"

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* "Donald Trump is baiting the press with his tweets — and the media is falling for it:" https://mic.com/articles/160144/donald-trump-is-baiting-the-press-with-his-tweets-and-the-media-is-falling-for-it?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.hbtp1KvEj

* "How to call your reps when you have social anxiety:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153582308582/how-to-call-your-reps-when-you-have-social-anxiety

* "After:" https://medium.com/@ericajoy/after-87ce712b3645#.w4kko9e7v

* "Court slams Wisconsin GOP gerrymandering:"

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* On the attempt to kill Standing Rock Protestors and how to help: http://naptimelobotomy.tumblr.com/post/153573198152/on-thanksgiving

* "This Thanksgiving, SURJ is offering two ways to help support white folks in having tough conversations with other white folks – conversations that are necessary if we want to break silence about race in this country:" http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/thanksgiving

* "Why Caribbean History Matters:" https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/march-2014/why-caribbean-history-matters

* I started setting up solstice decoration stuff with the incidentals. A friend stopped by to drop a thing off and chat, during which I hung the rest of the balls on the Gothmas trees. I've got the extra lighting set up inside and out. I need to replace some bulbs, but that is for tomorrow. The nice thing about Gothmas as a season long event is it's all about layering instead of having to do the full process at once. Tavy helped. So much help. An exhausting amount of help.

* A while back, a friend described the theme of Blunt Talk as something like, "Everyone is weird, but that's okay." I think that's why I loved it.

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016818518/colinfirth-carecen-la-center-for-community

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* "Don't Be Passive Observers of Last Night's Terrorization in Standing Rock: Here's What You Can Do:" http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/38466-don-t-be-passive-observers-of-last-night-s-terrorization-in-standing-rock-here-s-what-you-can-do

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

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

* Donate to help refugees "UN Refugee Agency:" http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

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

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

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