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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Stephen Introduces His Anthony Scaramucci Impression:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* "Zeidwig – The Gong Show:"

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* "Intrepid Dance – The Gong Show:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* These things always remind me of King Louis Philippe of France banning pictures of Pears. "Why China censors banned Winnie the Pooh:" http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-40627855

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "A Parable From Down Under for U.S. Climate Scientists:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/climate/a-parable-from-down-under-for-us-climate-scientists.html?mcubz=0

* "Theresa May orders contaminated blood scandal inquiry:" https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/11/contaminated-blood-scandal-theresa-may-orders-inquiry

* This is so gross. "Trump told the French First Lady that she was "in such good shape":" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-tells-french-first-lady-she-s-such-good-shape-n782696

* "State Department spent more than $15,000 for rooms at new Trump hotel in Vancouver:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/state-department-spent-more-than-15000-for-rooms-at-new-trump-hotel-in-vancouver/2017/07/12/5eba5d0c-61bf-11e7-84a1-a26b75ad39fe_story.html?utm_term=.f6729351feac

* "Judge: Grandparents count as close family for travel ban:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/14/politics/hawaii-travel-ban-bona-fide-relationships/index.html

* "Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger in Emails: ‘Watch Your Back , Bitch’:" https://www.propublica.org/article/marc-kasowitz-trump-lawyer-threat-emails-maddow

* "Russian-American lobbyist joined Trump's son's meeting, too:" https://apnews.com/dceed1008d8f45afb314aca65797762a

* Things that make me go Hmmmmm.... "Mike Pence's Press Secretary Won't Say If His Boss Met With Russians:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-pence-marc-lotter-fox-news-no-answer_us_5966f931e4b0a8d46d12100b

* "Conway uses flash cards to explain Russia controversy:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/13/politics/kellyanne-conway-flash-cards-donald-trump-jr/index.html

* "Trump-Russia investigators probe Jared Kushner-run digital operation:" http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article160803619.html

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

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

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

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* "Trump's budget would reduce deficit but wouldn't balance like White House promised, CBO says:" http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/13/cbo-releases-analysis-of-trumps-budget.html

* So steal things people literally need to survive to build a nonsensical wall we don’t need. "King: Use funding from food stamps, Planned Parenthood to pay for border wall:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/12/politics/steve-king-food-stamps-border-wall-cnntv/index.html

* "Graham introduces repeal back-up plan:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/13/lindsey-graham-health-care-proposal-240503

* So Republicans think their own health care bill is so terrible and potentially deadly they are thinking of exempting themselves from it. "Senate Republicans exempt own health coverage from part of latest proposal:" https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/13/15966034/senate-republicans-exemption

* "As White House election integrity panel begins work, civil rights watchdogs set up a hotline:" https://mic.com/articles/180997/as-white-house-election-integrity-panel-begins-work-civil-rights-watchdogs-set-up-a-hotline?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.Xjw3xWjGx

* "Y'all know that individual health behaviors - choices around nutrition, exercise, smoking, etc. - only account for about 25% of a person’s health status? :" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/162939757550/jhscdood-heavyweightheart-yall-know-that#notes

* "Typecast as a terrorist:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/15/riz-ahmed-typecast-as-a-terrorist?CMP=share_btn_fb

* "AG Sessions under fire for closed-door speech:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/12/politics/jeff-sessions-alliance-defending-freedom-summit/index.html

* "Chicago Dyke March Drops Pretense, Deploys Anti-Semitic Term Popularized by Neo-Nazis:" http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/240785/chicago-dyke-march-drops-pretense-deploys-anti-semitic-term-popularized-by-neo-nazis?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=post&utm_term=Chicago+Dyke+March+Drops+Pretense%2C+Deploys+Anti-Semitic+Term+Popularized+by+Neo-Nazis&utm_content=July2017

* "Liberty over safety is the Texas anti-vaxxer way:" https://news.vice.com/story/liberty-over-safety-is-the-texas-anti-vaxxer-way

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Coexisting With The Fair Folk Who Have Taken Up Residence In/Around/Beneath Your University: A How-To Guide:" http://charminglyantiquated.tumblr.com/post/157198258378/coexisting-with-the-fair-folk-who-have-taken-up

* "Poet reveals what it’s like to have sex when you have a disability:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/160155187875/micdotcom-watch-poet-reveals-what-its-like-to

* "The Paintings used in ‘Black Sails’ (Part 14):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/160132507312/the-paintings-used-in-black-sails-part-14

* "Jack Rackham and the bust in Boston (’Black Sails’):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/160675459172/jack-rackham-and-the-bust-in-boston-black

* Bullying or Media? http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/160208600200/naamahdarling-spiritscraft-werewolfetude

* "Does Fear The Walking Dead Have A Race Problem?:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/does-fear-walking-dead-have-race-problem.html

* "Foreshadowing with Maps (’Black Sails’):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/161107800922/foreshadowing-with-maps-black-sails

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "Trump's planned state visit to UK delayed until next year: U.S. official:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-britain-idUSKBN19W28G

* "President Trump, the pageant, the pop star, and Putin:"

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* "Trump's election panel puts hold on voter data request:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-vote-idUSKBN19V29W

* So the plan is to let Eric Prince of Blackwater infamy set out Afghanistan policy along with a man still running DynCorp!!! "Trump Aides Recruited Businessmen to Devise Options for Afghanistan:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/world/asia/trump-afghanistan-policy-erik-prince-stephen-feinberg.html

* Things that make me go hmmmmm.... "Kushner Cos. Sought Qatar Funds as Jared Advised Trump:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-11/kushner-cos-sought-qatar-funds-as-jared-advised-trump

* "Trump Has Secretive Teams to Roll Back Regulations, Led by Hires With Deep Industry Ties:" https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-teams-rolling-back-regulations-led-by-hires-with-deep-industry-ties

* "Justice Dept. probe will look at Trump Jr.'s disclosed emails, meeting:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/11/politics/donald-trump-jr-emails-special-counsel/index.html

* "Donald Trump Jr. may have crossed the legal line on collusion:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/11/donald-trump-jr-may-have-just-crossed-the-legal-line-on-collusion/?utm_term=.ef4dfc00d9d2

* "NYT: E-mail told Trump Jr of Russian government campaign help:"

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* "Republicans trying to rush health care bill again:"

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* "Protests flare as GOP health care/tax bill stalls:"

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* Look, I know we are all tired and I keep saying this, but we need to keep up pressure on republicans for the next three weeks at least, possibly for all of August. We need Die Ins and phone calls and faxes and demonstrations at Congressional Offices and Town halls. We need to sustain this.

They have yet another ACA Repeal/Trumpcare attempt in process.

They are hoping we will give up and go away. We can't afford to. People will literally die so they can win the tax cut for the .1% this is in aid of.

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

* I am giving a tumblr link, as I want the commentary as well as the article: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/162850425571/former-dominatrix-fights-to-keep-job-as-sheriffs

* "TX Anti-Trans Hate Bills 46 and 50 Filed:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/tx-anti-trans-hate-bills-46-and-50-filed.html

* "Just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide:" https://mic.com/articles/181824/just-100-companies-are-responsible-for-71-of-greenhouse-gas-emissions-worldwide?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=future&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.VG2pBQdnO

* "My Mother Wasn't Trash:" https://www.thisappalachialife.com/single-post/2017/05/10/My-Mother-Wasnt-Trash

* I'm about 70.00 down for the month looks like when bills settled out. I'm also clearly ill, so can't handle oils for selling on the assumption of contagion. I'd had lung symptoms and extra quease for days, but it's also hot and the worst stretch for my allergies, so not definitive. Last night was absolutely definitive. Ugh. Still, I am already thinking about what to sacrifice this time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* "Trump and Chinese president discuss North Korea:"

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* "Maxine Waters: Keep eye on sanctions:"

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* "Trump meeting with Putin sparks controversy:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "Hobby Lobby Purchased Thousands of Ancient Artifacts Smuggled Out of Iraq:" https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/hobby-lobby-smuggled-thousands-of-ancient-artifacts-out-of-iraq/532743/

* "Maddow to news orgs: beware of forged Trump Russia documents!:"

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* "Trump Attacks U.S. Spies, Says ‘Other People’ Could’ve Hacked 2016:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-attacks-u-s-spies-says-other-people-could-have-hacked-2016

* "Trump wants to start charging stores to accept food stamps:" http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/07/trump-wants-to-start-charging-stores-to-accept-food-stamps.html

* "18 states, consumer groups sue DeVos over delay of student loan protections:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/06/18-states-sue-devos-over-delay-of-student-loan-protections-240260

* "Ethics Office Director Walter Shaub Resigns, Saying Rules Need To Be Tougher:" http://www.npr.org/2017/07/06/535781749/ethics-office-director-walter-shaub-resigns-saying-rules-need-to-be-tougher

* "Voter fraud commission may have violated law:" http://thehill.com/regulation/other/340738-voter-fraud-commission-may-have-violated-law?rnd=1499292453

* TW: Anti-Semitic Death Threats and Hate Speech. Neo-NAZI Trump supporters are threatening to murder reporters children for reporting on this. "Trump’s trolls go on the attack:"

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* I remember Skye designing an economics Unit for First Graders explaining the concept Rick Perry didn’t understand. Just saying. "Rick Perry explains supply and demand, gets it wrong:"

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* "Indiana GOP call for Obamacare horror stories backfires:"

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* "Virginia executes man for killing guard, deputy in 2006:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-virginia-execution-idUSKBN19R142

* "How are there so many shootings in Chicago?:"

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* "34 Fascinating Historical Fashion Facts:" http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2017/07/34-fascinating-historical-fashion-facts.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)
* "Beyond the Burkini in France - States of Undress:" https://video.vice.com/en_ca/video/beyond-the-burkini-in-france/5942f5662c541ff967c74988

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* "Preacher, Season 2 Episode 2: Mumbai Spy Tower:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/preacher-season-2-episode-2-mumbai-spy.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Unipiper - The Gong Show:"

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

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

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

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* TOS Rewatch, Season 2:

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* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "China nursery blast: Bomber died in explosion that killed eight:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-40300059

* There has been a terrorist attack on a Mosque in London. "Finsbury Park attack: What we know so far:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40323769

* "Trump’s new Cuba policy: strengthening oppression?:"

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* "More Russian election hacks on the horizon?:"

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* "Heroic Capitol Police Officer — and Her Wife — Get Presidential Visit:" https://www.advocate.com/crime/2017/6/15/heroic-capitol-police-officer-and-her-wife-get-presidential-visit

* "Voter suppression accusations against GOP persist:"

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* "Chances Senate healthcare bill will be ‘kind’? Small.:"

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* "Barber prays for Scalise, asks GOP not to ‘prey’ on poor:"

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* "Philando Castile mom: ‘This city killed my son, and the...:"

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* "Why America Keeps Criminalizing Autistic Children:" https://psmag.com/education/america-keeps-criminalizing-autistic-children

* "On Carrie Fisher’s Autopsy Report, Or What We Talk About When We Talk About Women’s Pain:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162034860327/on-carrie-fishers-autopsy-report-or-what-we-talk

* "Crisis in Qatar:"

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* "The Big-Picture Forecast:"

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* "Life in Melania Trump's Hometown:"

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* "Sessions’s Southern-Fried SnoozeFest:"

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* "Child Brides:"

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* I did manage to stay up all night and turned up as promised. While he crated his cats I carried the rest of the garden into the rear seating foot space and then finished reading Edward III (The maybe Shakespeare play, not one of the many biographies or studies). My body is officially done for the weak. we got pulled over again, as a tail light had gone out, but they were kind enough to replace it at the jiffy Lube, before I took a donation load to the value village. They had other people coming to help soonish and released me, which was lucky as I barely made it home, my body was so done. I had to get out the strongest (post-op grade) pain meds this evening and Trying to make simply Asian ready noodles had me in tears twice, once for the decision making and once for the actual moving around. I did a little restock early in the month, but I don't have many of these. It was that or cereal though, and I've been in and out of overload all month and can't cope with milk, and being out of veggie substitutes noodles it was. I'm going to be a serious mess all week. I am sorry.

Tavy has been soooo good during the move emergency generally, given his age and temperament. He's not an angel, but he's trying so hard not to maul me when he is in one of his intense moods. He's been trying to run it off and letting me use things like pharmacy bags and paper towel tubes as alternatives. Mostly. And has been super sweet and cuddly most of the time.

* "Election Map:" http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/471994.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)
* "Trump officials refuse to answer Senate questions about Trump:"

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* "Voter roll purges emerge as the latest way to suppress liberal turnout:" https://mic.com/articles/178587/voter-roll-purges-emerge-as-the-latest-way-to-suppress-liberal-turnout#.6OeBtzilT

* "Rep. Senfronia Thompson Calls Out The TX GOP Transphobic Discrimination:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/rep-senfronia-thompson-calls-out-tx-gop.html

* "I realize I’m maybe like, the Nichest of markets here, but I really really really desperately want to watch further adventures of Diana Prince, Curator of Antiquities™ …like, imagine the interdepartmental meetings:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161596167092/robotmango-darnianwayne

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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.me/Gwydion or Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "Syria, Russia Criticize U.S.-Led Strikes Near Jordanian Border:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/syria-russia-criticize-u-s-led-strikes-near-jordanian-border-1495186222

* "'Erdoğan's bodyguards' in violent clash with protesters in Washington DC:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/17/erdogans-bodyguards-in-violent-clash-with-protesters-in-washington-dc

* This was my private guess, which I did not want to voice. "Israel Provided Intelligence Trump Shared With Russia, Officials Say:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/intelligence-trump-shared-with-russia-was-from-israel-officials-say-1494960259

* "The Airport Lawyers Who Stood Up to Trump Are Under Attack:" https://www.thenation.com/article/the-airport-lawyers-who-stood-up-to-trump-are-under-attack/

* Please, please call you Congress Critters to complain. "Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trumps-first-full-education-budget-deep-cuts-to-public-school-programs-in-pursuit-of-school-choice/2017/05/17/2a25a2cc-3a41-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?utm_term=.df71b52a6508

* "Clapper: US govt 'under assault' by Trump after Comey firing:" https://apnews.com/cb66aa5a3a7c41a8952f19f41427d10c/Clapper:-US-govt-'under-assault'-by-Trump-after-Comey-firing

* "Senate Conservatives Look to Cut Medicaid:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/senate-conservatives-look-to-slash-medicaid-1494759603

* "Health insurers plan big Obamacare rate hikes — and they blame Trump:" http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-obamacare-trump-mismanagement-20170518-story.html

* "Supreme Court's Roberts: 'Uncertainty' sinks voter ID appeal:" https://apnews.com/14137a2d20cf4595a5121c9298b47c46/Supreme-Court-rejects-appeal-over-NC-voter-ID-law

* "Richard Spencer Leads Group Protesting Sale Of Confederate Statue:" http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/14/528363829/richard-spencer-leads-group-protesting-sale-of-confederate-statue

* "EPA allows mine company to pursue permits near Alaska bay:" https://apnews.com/47609e10bc3f473eb33b2302024ed1f4/EPA-may-allow-massive-mine-near-pristine-Alaskan-bay

* "Dakota Access pipeline has first leak before it's fully operational:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/10/dakota-access-pipeline-first-oil-leak

* "Nearly 700 vacancies at CDC because of Trump administration’s hiring freeze:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/19/nearly-700-vacancies-at-cdc-because-of-trump-administration-hiring-freeze/?utm_term=.41910cf5ad3b

* "Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever:" http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/taibbi-roger-ailes-was-one-of-the-worst-americans-ever-w483013

* "For the World’s Best Male Ballet Dancer, Injury Led to Artistic Rebirth:" http://www.vulture.com/2017/05/for-david-hallberg-injury-led-to-artistic-rebirth.html?mid=twitter_vulture

* "Cooking with Chuthulu: http://lewisandquark.tumblr.com/post/141313469232/cooking-with-cthulhu

* TOS Rewatch, Season 1:

- "Operation--Annihilate!:" Ah, the mind control space pancakes. Once again, they go into a a situation with an unknown contagion with out ABC or space suits. So yes, it's space pancakes that mysteriously do not show up on tricorders, but 1. They don't know that, and 2. Might not an ABC Suit or a space suit make it harder space pancake tendrils to take over the nervous system? Would this peril not be a bit less perilous if they had taken basic 20th century tech level precautions? Just saying. I do like that everyone is actually listening to reason this time instead of just Kirking it, though they did seem rather slow to try the thing they knew worked once. Why didn't they test variables before moving to human trials, though? They had multiple hypotheses, why not catch more space pancakes and test each variable separately?

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "Harvard’s Laurence Tribe: Impeach Trump now:"

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* "Is a ‘cancer growing’ on Trump presidency?:"

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* I am honestly struggling with how to talk about Trump's treason in deliberately betraying top secret classified information to the Russians in order to betray the ally that gave us the information and undermine the fight against Russia, but it's hours later and I still can't find a calm and sufficiently detailed way to talk about it. Trying has given me a massive headache. It's like a nightmare from which I can never seem to wake.

The fact that he has not been impeached is proof the Republicans have no patriotism and all and give no fucks for the security of American citizens.

* "Sessions’ disastrous drug crime policy:"

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* "Black voter turnout fell for first time in 20 years:"

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* "A Health Benefit of Roller Coasters:" https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/09/for-kidney-health-roller-coaster-therapy/501278/?utm_content=bufferd6b7a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "Lester Holt Cold Open - SNL:"

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* "Film Panel - SNL:"

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* Scam alert: I was awakened about 20 infuriating minutes before the alarm by an obvious scammer. This ploy was only slightly less transparent than the folks that woke me up every hour to insist they were apple tech support with a security alert. I have never owned an apple product of any kind. My sister got a IIGS from Make a Wish in the '80's and before I got my first computer at some point during my second college (I think my last year undergrad?) I used school apples or the apples of friends on occasion, but I have literally never owned anything by apple personally. That was the day I learned to block numbers. I had to block four of them to put an end to it. Today's scam identified herself as some company I never heard of followed by, "This is not a sales call. We are contacting you because you expressed interest in weight loss..." I snapped, "No. I didn't. This is a sales call." I hung up and blocked her. Background noise suggested a call center, so i suspect a lot of people are getting them, and I can imagine someone being tricked into thinking they had contacted some company, likely online, or gave a number at some sales thing, or by phone at some point and forgotten. I know I haven't though. It's as out of character as me expressing and interest in pork products. Anyway, watch out for these folks and the apple tech support folks.

In other news: Monday was forage, plus helping a friend haul things, plus a couple errands, one of which failed miserably. I barely made it back in time to run the Search for dolphins on GoB, so I was taking care of plants, putting away groceries etc.between poses the first hour or so. the bread I had with emergency soup was too salty, and thus made me queasy as salt is apt to do when I'm not sodium deficient. (I know, I am a bad American. I think Mayonnaise is disgusting and salt, apple pie, and hot dogs make me literally ill in the may have to camp in the bathroom if I don't take the anti-nausea pills fast enough, and will be sick for two days in the case of pork poisoning.) I HATE throwing away perfectly good food, but I only ate half and even after the anti-nasea drug kicked in I couldn't bare the thought of eating any of it, say, tomorrow.

The dolphins went well though, even though there were only four of us and we did some more logger tool testing and we think the kinks are out of the system. This are progressing well and it's nice to see multiple plot threads playing off each other. We do the Fair Wednesday evening with the arts, crafts, and baking contests, which usually goes peculiar places.

We are getting inspected this week. Normally, I'd have been focusing on the kitchen, but I really needed to break down the 30 gallon and that is a major mutli-day project. The smell of a dead tank is not peasant and I'd rather have less work done in the kitchen and have the tank sorted than the opposite. I managed to squeeze in more of that after GoB and start on the area between my desk and squirrel's door where things get knocked off my work area or dragged out of squirrel's room. Call that 2/3 done, with the long term project still untouched. I really need to finish the tank and the little liminal area before Wednesday. They may not hit us 'til Thursday, in which case kitchen, but I can't with the bowls of dirt everywhere and the precariously balanced tank, so that has to get done.

* "Marvel's Cancelling Black Panther & The Crew, One of Its Most Important Comics Right Now:" http://io9.gizmodo.com/marvels-cancelling-black-panther-the-crew-one-of-its-1795200916?rev=1494770412207&utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "First Transgender Boarding School Opens In India:" http://www.newnownext.com/india-transgender-school/12/2016/?utm=share_twitter

* "Trump, Putin & journalists under attack:"

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* Refuting the lies about repeal. "Unpacking GOP promises on Obamacare repeal:"

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* 45 fantasized on twitter that President Obama personally had him wiretapped during the election even though the President doesn't have the power to do that. We know 45 always accuses others of doing whatever horrible thing he himself is doing or planning to do, so I am now wondering who he is trying to get wire tapped, presumable through Comey or Sessions. There is also the question of why so paranoid? What illegal, damning thing was he doing just before the election that has him so worried that he's inventing this story about Obama in the middle of the night?

Look, I am 100% against warrantless wiretapping, but I also know I've never done anything illegal on a phone and anyone tapping me would get me repeatedly telling phone beggars I'm on a fixed income don't call again, a bunch of pharmacy voicemails about boring prescription renewals, and a scattering of doctor appointment calls and people telling me they are running late or no coming. If they are tapping me, they are bored the fuck to tears. I don't lie awake at night terrorized over it, nor do I run around accusing innocent people of targeting me personally based on things I dreamed or made up.

* "Trump transition team canceled plan for ethics training for staff: report:" http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/321946-trump-transition-team-canceled-plan-for-ethics-training-for-his-staff

* "One on one with Rep. Maxine Waters:"

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* "Selma anniversary marks new voting rights fight:"

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* He got nasty with children because they were more intelligent than him and better informed about the repercussions of education policy than he was. "Dallas senator gets salty with Richardson students during a school choice talk:" http://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-legislature/2017/02/27/sen-don-huffines-gets-salty-richardsonstudents-discussion-school-choice

* "GOP Rep Says Holding Town Halls Is Like Being Yelled At In A Ritual By 'Orientals':" http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mike-bost-town-halls-are-like-being-yelled-at-by-orientals?utm_content=bufferff515&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "The Many-Headed Hydra Of Republican Hypocrisy:" http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2017/02/23/the-many-headed-hydra-of-republican-hypocrisy/

* "Defense Against the Dark Arts: Networked Propaganda and Counter-Propaganda:" https://medium.com/tow-center/defense-against-the-dark-arts-networked-propaganda-and-counter-propaganda-deb7145aa76a#.11kzwqooi

* "Immigrants fear crackdown under Trump:"

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* He thinks a black man voluntarily wearing an earring is as bad as slavery. O.o "E.W. Jackson: Men Wearing Earrings Is A Plot By Racist White Liberals To Emasculate Black Men :" http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/e-w-jackson-men-wearing-earrings-is-a-plot-by-racist-white-liberals-to-emasculate-black-men/

* "Arrest Made In Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow Murder Case:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/arrest-made-in-jamie-lee-wounded-arrow.html

* "Girl at a Bar - SNL:"

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* "Jeff Sessions Gump Cold Open - SNL:"

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* "Republican Movie Trailer - SNL:"

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* I've said before that my ballet education is spotty. My ballet education growing up was how to dance and whatever happened to be in TV in my region in the 70's and '80's, plus one trip to see Carmina Burana and the Trocks in person. The tragedy of me watching ballet is I can never enjoy watching it the way I did dancing it, but I have been watching it this year. I'd never even heard of Ashton until 6 months ago, though I certainly knew who Pepita, Nijinsky, and Balanchine were. If Ashton was on TV when I was young, I never noticed. My first exposure was a few clips before Christmas. My first full ballet of his was La Fille Mal Gardée a month or two ago. It was fascinating in it's way (Dancing Chickens! Giant dancing cock!), but the costumes and set were rather busy, which I felt detracted from the dancing. The dancing was so hard I got exhausted just watching. Seriously, I could feel the ache of the choreography in my muscles. It's fast and complex and the sort of thing that takes a huge about of endurance. I could tell just watching it, that you needed a really strong grounding in the less glamorous bits of ballet, huge self discipline, and soooo much practice to make it work and look right. I am absolutely not saying the Royal ballet dancers made it look hard, because they didn't, they were trying to make it look light and fun the way one is meant to. I am saying that I may have forgotten a lot of the vocabulary, but my body remembers what dancing felt like watching that choreography I imagined the ache and burn in the legs after practice. I am a philistine, but I know enough to be impressed even when the aesthetics aren't to my taste.

Anyway, I spent the evening watching the Trocks, followed by an Ashton sampler that was recommended to me. The Trocks were the Trocks, fun and impressive the way Trocks are always fun and impressive. The Ashton Celebration... wow. I am watching these pieces with zero context, as I'm not seen the ballets they are from, have no idea what the plot is or why what is happening is happening. The set is a very simple backdrop, the costumes so far are lovely and elegant. (I did not quite finish before coming out to eat.) The much simpler setting and the easier to look at more harmonious costumes made it so much easier to focus properly on the dancing, which is excellent and impressive. The second piece, a pas de deux from Thaïs, was incredibly moving even though I had no information about what story in fit into, but really, the three I've watched so far were a joy to watch even if they did make my legs ache in sympathy.

* "Pig Person 6:" http://sinfest-mod.livejournal.com/1109711.html

* Cersei and Sex: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/157566048617/do-you-think-that-another-reason-why-cersei-has

* "Legion Moves Focus to Its Supporting Cast:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/legion-moves-focus-supporting-cast/

* The Expanse: I love the world building, the Complexity of the politics, the multiple viewpoints, but most especially Chrisjen Avasarala who appears to be the depiction of a woman in power i have been waiting for.

* "The Expanse Gives Us Zombie Terminators:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/the-expanse-s02-e06/


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

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

* 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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* "Manure brokers emerge, alleviate mobilization for a price:" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14317&cataId=nk01502

* TW: Pedophilia. "Alex Acosta and the Jeff Epstein controversy:"

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* "Voter fraud paranoia vs. voting rights protection:"

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* "Who will lead the DNC?:"

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* "The Handmaid’s Tale now Amazon bestseller:"

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* "With Pence gone, fellow Republicans undo his work in Indiana:" http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/09/pence-gone-fellow-republicans-undo-his-work/97699694/

* "While My Grandfather Fought in WWII, My Grandmother Was Locked in a U.S. Concentration Camp:"https://www.aclu.org/blog/while-my-grandfather-fought-wwii-my-grandmother-was-locked-us-concentration-camp

* "Sunday Sweets Goes FULL UNICORN:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/2/19/sunday-sweets-goes-full-unicorn.html

* "Supernatural, Season 12, Episode 12: Stuck in the Middle Of You:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/supernatural-season-12-episode-12-stuck.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.

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

* 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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* "Gold Star father Khizr Khan condemns Muslim ban:"

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* "Immigrants left in limbo after Trump order:"

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* "Outcry over Trump’s Muslim ban continues:"

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* "What should the Democrats do next?:"

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* "GOP leaders won’t back Trump on voter fraud:"

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* "DAPL: What you need to know now:"

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* "States propose bills to penalize protests:"

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* "Federal agencies resist science deniers:"

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* "Sunday Sweets For Puzzle Lovers:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/1/29/sunday-sweets-for-puzzle-lovers.html

* "Writing With Color Top Posts + Other Useful Ones:" https://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/156526846573/writingwithcolor-writing-with-color-top-posts


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

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

* 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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* "North Korea Defector Says Elite Turning Their Backs On Kim Jong Un:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/north-korea-defector-says-elite-turning-their-backs-kim-jong-n711936

* "Russia treason arrest seen as tacit corroboration of US intel:"

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* "Trump favor for unpopular Russia raises questions of influence:"

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* "Mayor de Blasio welcomes a fight with Trump over 'sanctuary...:"

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* @&%$#! "Is Trump using an insecure phone?:"

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* "Rep. Elijah Cummings wants to talk to the President:"

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* "Sen. Booker: Trump is 'a repeated liar and propagandist':"

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* "Trump's flawed executive orders:"

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* "PPP poll: Trump base deluded by false facts:"

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* Is this what the Romans felt when Caligula woke from his fever and started using the full power of the Empire in service of his whims and delusions?

* "Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest:" https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jan/24/journalists-charged-felonies-trump-inauguration-unrest

* "Sen Franken on resisting Trump: 'We have a strategy':"

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* "Heather Ann Thompson - The Truth About Attica Prison in "Blood in the Water" - Extended Interview:"

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* BTW, when Trevor Noah suggested doing Trump's intelligence briefings in the form of simple personalized video's? That's pretty close to what they had to do for Reagan as he had dementia.

* Now that Trevor Noah has informed us that 45 is slang for Penis in South Africa, I can't hear news reports about 45 (Donald Trump) the same way.

* "Have You Seen This Pizza Thief Dressed As A Beer Bottle?:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pizza-thief-beer-bottle-costume_us_58825ee9e4b0e3a73568c665

* "Coronation Street:"

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* "Who March the World? Girls.:"

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* "President Trump Takes (Executive) Action:"

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* "Profiles in Tremendousness - White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer:"

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* "Get Your Gloat On:"

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* "Welcome to President Trump's Reality:"

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* "The Daily Show Takes the #TrumpCake:"

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* "President Trump Wants to Send "the Feds" to Chicago:"

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* "Capturing the Essence of President Trump's Tweets:"

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* I spent 20 hoursish of Thursday in bed with a severe chronic pain incident. It's been bad this week generally. Luckily the guests showed up in the most functional window I've had in about all week. If I forget a thing I promised, if I make a serious mistake, I apologize. My head feels like a rotting cabbage on the inside without the meds and with them, I'm still in a really distracting amount of pain, plus drugged.

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

* "Donald Trump is now president — here are 8 guides to help you resist his agenda:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/156329735276/yourenotaloneinthis-the-movemnt-donald-trump

* "free advice if you're going to any of the various protests, marches, etc. this week.:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/156113948218/free-advice-if-youre-going-to-any-of-the-various

* "Healthcare Resources:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/156106364557/healthcare-resources

* 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

* NoDAPL. "It’s important that donations are made to a variety of these campaigns:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/156428233978/thepoliticsoffrybread-me-non-natives-esp

* "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

* This is the patreon of an RL friend with etsy link: https://www.patreon.com/karjack
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* "Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call:"

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* "Bernie Sanders opens up about Trump's filthy-rich cabinet:"

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* "Trump voter lost her home, blames Trump's pick for Treasury...:"

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* "Trump vulnerable to lawsuits from competitors:"

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* "‘Don’t play identity politics!’ The primal scream of the straight white male:" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/02/identity-politics-donald-trump-white-men

* "The Curious Case Of The "Alt-White" Support For Trump:" http://modernliberals.com/the-curious-case-of-the-alt-white/

* "States with new voting restrictions flipped to Trump:" http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/states-new-voting-restrictions-flip-trump-article-1.2866395?utm_content=buffereb48e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=NYDailyNewsTw

* "Job Gap 2016:" https://jobgap2016.org/

* "What It’s Like to Be Named to a Watch List of ‘Anti-American’ Professors:" http://www.chronicle.com/article/What-It-s-Like-to-Be-Named/238486

* "At Dinner With Donald Trump, Mitt Romney Ate Crow"

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* "Trump Will Soon Acquire Mass Text Capability:"

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* I have no idea how to feel about this SNL Sketch. ":"

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* So Sunday we helped an acquaintance move. It very much needed doing. A friend financed it, and she and another friend did the carrying. I was signed up as wheel man. I guarded the truck and tetrised things in as they arrived, and on the other end pointed them all to the edge for easy carrying by the able bodied. I did this without my pain meds as I was too ill for the non-narcotics starting Thursdayish, and I don't take the emergency prescription narcotics if there is even a slight chance i might need to drive in the next eight hours. So picture a rusty tin man with every joint from mid spine down in excruciating pain carrying boxes and scooting furniture about. We did get the two loads across in the four hours we had, but there was a whole bunch of ferrying about in my car and putting furniture back together, so I was out of the house from about 11-7. Today was forage, Doctor, errands, etc. I also squeezed in another phone bureaucracy thing. I'm about half way through the phone bureaucracy list but also have a paper bureaucracy stack I've been too ill to touch.

I'm scheduled for GoB tomorrow and Doctor Thursday. Somewhere in here I also need to make and mail cookies to what little is left of my family. All I really want to do is go back to bed, but Monday is a heavy adulting day, and so onward.

* "Sunday Sweets: Hand in the Cookie Jar :" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/12/4/sunday-sweets-hand-in-the-cookie-jar.html

* "Baba Yaga's Guide To Feminism by Anne Thériault:" http://fairytalenewsblog.blogspot.com/2016/11/baba-yagas-guide-to-feminism-by-anne.html

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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

* 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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* "Trump makes dubious pick for deputy national security adviser:"

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* "Trump's opportunities for conflict of interest may be...:"

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* "A possible Trump kleptocracy?:"

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* "Trump's threat to democracy:"

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* "Trump stock stake in DAPL pipeline could guide decisions:"

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* "Trump picks Obamacare foe for HHS: NBC Source:"

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* Is Donald Trump holding some sort of secret betting pool on which of his advisors/cabinet members will be the most incompetent/first to be indited? Inquiring minds want to know.

* Every time I hear that audio clip of Donald Trump bragging about his Two Towers in Istanbul, this is what I picture in my head. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153807263617/every-time-i-hear-that-audio-clip-of-donald-trump

* I need to say something about the conversation around how to protest the proposed unconstitutional Muslim registry. I love the idea of people who are not Muslim registering. I love the idea of so many people registering that the list becomes meaningless. It is a good tactic and a brave tactic. It is incredibly valiant that so many Jews have stood up and said they would register. You know what's not okay though? Demanding Jews or Native Americans or trans people or black people or members of other groups that are the most in danger under a Neo-NAZi fascist regime register, which is something I'm seeing a lot of right now. There is a difference between volunteering and being pressured into it, most especially for people being directly targeted or likely to be targeted by Trump/Pence. For us, it needs to be an individual decision and no one is entitled to our sacrifice against our will. Yes, I'm thinking about it, just as I did when they were talking about re-instituting McCarthy era loyalty oaths for teachers after 9/11. (I decided then that I was okay losing my job over it, though it never came to it. I also decided to edit the pledge of allegiance for my self as I was required to say it every morning all eight years I taught. I went with "I pledge allegiance to the United States of America, and to the Republic, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Most people didn't notice, though I'd spot the occasional kid catching me at it. Not one ever asked, though they did look thoughtful.). I am leaning towards it, but I am not comfortable with lying or denying my own beliefs in any context, so it's hard for me, and I do not know if I will be able to deny my beliefs even on paper if it comes to the point. I am giving myself a little time to live with it, and there is time to decide. Given the literal years I suffered for the truth in some pretty horrible ways, I physically revolt when required to lie out of character. (I can be wrong. I often am, alas. I can misstate by accident, and even that makes me queasy and I have to explain immediately I notice it what I actually meant. I can deflect. I can stay tangential true things. I can say true things in a misleading way. I can act and say things that are not true while in character, but even on the rare occasions I want to lie in even the most trivial way, IE: So and so isn't home when they are, it's... not possible. It's very much a trauma thing, and not one I particularly mind in every day life, so not one I've bothered trying to take apart, they way I have with a whole host of triggers and behaviors specific to most of a decade of abuse. "Can't lie" sounds a trivial thing to get over, but it's really not, because it's a core identity trait thing. I think I've thought of a way around it depending on how the registry is done, but I literally can't guarantee that I can bring myself to do it, because I have choked before.

In any case, you know who should be the first people lining up to register? Straight white cisgendered able bodied Christians, because it's you folks who decided to do these terrible things in cold blood, knowing full well the sorts of things likely to result. If you didn't vote for him, odds are your friends or family or coworkers voted to literally kill as many of us as possible. This is very clearly a white people problem, and the people who are least in danger even if they put their names on a Muslim registry are the straight white cisgendered able bodied Christians. So you get in line first, and don't be hassling people who are liable to be on the front lines one way or another as we all individually make our decisions. I suspect a lot of us will sign up if it comes to it.

I hope I will, but bravery before the fact counts for nothing. I do the safety pin because that is exactly the sort of bravery I have. I do have a long ass history of confronting harassers in public. I do have a history of standing with someone being hassled and standing up to the harasser. I do have a history of physically interposing myself between a group of big scary threatening white men and someone they are trying to intimidate. I do have a history of giving no fucks if I get hurt. I can make the promise to keep doing that because a few decades of doing that under my own power including twice in the last few months tells me it is something I can do. I have no idea what I'll in the end be able to break or bend something integral to who I am even though I absolutely believe it is the right thing to do. I can't tell you if I can do it until it is done.

In the mean time though, go ahead and pressure the fuck out of the folks with the most privilege, but can we stop being jerks in particular to Jews and trans folk and people of colour and people with serious mental and physical disabilities, etc. who are already under massive stress and possibly deadly threat from the incoming regime? Because it's not helping. Not every one can do all the things. It's like I said in my post election things about dividing up the work that needs to be done to resist: we need to divide things up according to our strengths, and have a realistic idea of what we can handle. A lot of people with disabilities can't do marching and shaming us because of our hard limits is a serious asshole maneuver. Demanding someone with social anxiety to do the safety pin thing is flat out cruel. Demanding trans people, particularly trans people of colour, take on even more risk on top of the danger of just existing while trans... yeah. Demanding Jews get in line first for the Muslim registries... yeah. You see what I mean. It is incredibly powerful when people DO volunteer, but there is volunteering and there is pushed. Let's try to be mindful of other people's limits and other people's risk. I know it's hard, especially when we are all scared we will literally be killed, but turning on each other isn't the answer. We DO need to stick together and support each other, and part of that is empathy.

* "The 'alt-right' is just white supremacy:"

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* "Dakota Access Pipeline protesters face deadline:"

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* How to Call the President to complain about the militarized reaction to the Water Protesters: http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153797241183/thepryncess-there-are-militarized-police-along

* "Roald Dahl Takes One for England:"

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* "The Election Divide Continues:"

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* "President-Elect Trump's Conflicts of Interest:"

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* I love the way the lights make the crystal glow. Ah, Gothmas. Solstice decoration pics: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153797432524/i-love-the-way-the-lights-make-the-crystal-glow

* Tavy only discovered the whole sitting on his human during lung time for pets and/or naps in the last month. He has already decided he likes it so much that he gets rather grumpy when I am on the sofa for any other reason (such as food or paperwork) and will poke at me in hopes that I will hurry up and do my lung treatment. When foiled, he crouches next to me and glares.

In other news: the office colony is now eating and behaving normally, so I have hopes of them surviving.

* Do people still use the phrase "So good looking I wouldn't kick her/him out of bed for eating crackers?”

* "The Ironboors are made of Salt and Snores - The Fandomentals:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/ironborn-s6-retrospective/

* The VVitch: This film is stunning. Visually, it just blows me away, from the painterly use of lighting and composition of so many shots; to the bleak, spare period accurate design; to the details of belts and stitching in the costume design. It is clear that everyone involved really cared about making this look as Right and period accurate as they possibly could and it really shows. The people making this clearly made it with both love and precision and it shows. This is likely as close as anyone can really get on film to that specific place and time. (The film maker owns up to a few things like the house being a bit too large, too many candles, and the goats being the wrong species in the extras and explains exactly why those changes were necessary. The fact that he is apologizing for not importing wild goats from New Zealand tells you how deep the research is and how hard he thought about the tiny handful of compromises he had to make in response to the reality of filming. Seriously, I may be in love. I want to see him make more films this way). I wish I'd had a chance to see it on the big screen, but even on the small it is gorgeous.

This doesn't even touch how alarmingly good the acting is, all realism and nuance in the quieter scenes, the excellent accent work, and the way they managed to shoot something this good with goats and child actors, both notoriously difficult, and them having to hide implications and subtext from the three younger cast members. One of the real strengths of the film is the willingness to allow silence and stillness and the slower pace of the character building scenes take the time they need to, to let the actors take the time they need to, in a way that fit the spare nature of the setting. Anya Taylor-Joy brought a beautiful complexity and ambiguity to Thomasin. Ralph Ineson's William is conveys so much in face and tone and stillness.
Kate Dickie brings to Catherine a naturalistic intensity that ratchets up and things unravel punctuated by moments of tenderness. I wish she'd been allowed to be this good as Lysa Arryn, but that script was nowhere close to this good.

Which brings us to the story itself. I love that the script plays fair with the religion and folk beliefs of the period. It doesn't trivialize what the characters think and feel. It doesn't try to modernize or lampshade the grimness of that particularly type of period Calvinism, nor does it dumb it down. The intellectual weight and the intensity of emotion were all pitch perfect. I kept thinking about Sarah Vowell's wordy Shipmates and both the seriousness of the theological arguments and the way those banishings were often a sort of passive death sentence. I like too that I could pick out the exact period accurate folkloric traditions the film was using. Look, I'm firmly in the Salem witches were innocent camp, but that doesn't stop me from recognizing the power of the archetype or the sincerity of period belief. I'd rather if someone makes a supernatural witch movie, they go with period accurate beliefs. It's a huge fucking problem with medieval witch movies too (I'm looking at you, Nicholas Cage).

I love the language of this movie as well, which in those accents range correct and natural in my ears. According to the extras, they lifted and modified a lot of it out of period sources, and it shows. The result is plain and poetic by turns as required and I was never once pulled out by it sounding wooden or odd.

It's politics fascinate me as well, but that needs more mulling. There are parts of this that are hard to watch, but it is utterly mesmerizing and worth chewing over at length.

*****

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