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* "Ron Perlman talks Trump speech patterns:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* "Zeidwig – The Gong Show:"

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* "Intrepid Dance – The Gong Show:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Venezuela's currency value depends largely on one guy at an Alabama Home Depot:" https://www.pri.org/stories/2016-12-01/venezuelas-currency-value-depends-largely-one-guy-alabama-home-depot

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

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* "Trump Jr collusion admission leaves Kushner exposed:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "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
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+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
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* "A short time line of events preceding the Grenfell Tower fire:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162076264067/a-short-time-line-of-events-preceding-the-grenfell

* "Charleena Lyles was shot dead by Seattle police — after calling 911 for help:" https://mic.com/articles/180263/charleena-lyles-was-shot-dead-by-seattle-police-after-dialing-911-for-help?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=movement&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.rvAIg2rBa

* "Janet Mock - Giving Women of Color a Voice in "Surpassing Certainty" - Extended Interview:"

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* "no but (among the 1424356 other things on my list) i so need to write a book about medieval history for a popular audience, just because the reality would blow people’s minds:" http://the-alexandrian-alchemist.tumblr.com/post/162068885971/qqueenofhades-no-but-among-the-1424356-other

* "Jamaica's Maroon Wars:" http://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/jamaica-maroon-wars.htm

* "MAD MAX JUNIOR :"

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* "A Shocking Stash in Argentina:"

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* "The Terrifying Tale of Trumpcare:"

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

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* "Is Trump Under Investigation? His Lawyer Says Yes, No, And More!:"

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* "So Much News, So Little Time - Canceling Cuba, a Possible Trump Investigation & NRA Silence:"

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

Details cut for your pleasure: )

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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

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* White Nationislist/Neo-NAZI UKIP lost all their seats in parliament, but Conservative Theresa May is still PM, so there is reason to think the Tories will go ahead with plans to speed up their murder of disabled people through things like literally starving them to death, etc. as they have promised to do if they won. Think I am exaggerating? Google it. A couple thousand people have died of starvation, suicide, etc. because of current Tory austerity measures targeting disabled people. They have also been insisting terminal patients with less than a month to live are "well enough to work" despite being bedridden and literally dying. Now google "dementia tax." Tories feel disabled people aren't dying fast enough so think rendering them homeless etc. to pay for corporate tax cuts should do the trick.

Anyway, they kept enough seats to forge ahead on the economically disastrous BREXIT. *facepalm* I’m too exhausted to properly delve into coverage out of the UK tonight to see just how bad things are apt to get even for myself, but I’ve been worrying about this for weeks, so looked up the important bits.

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

* "Man caught getting beat by N.J. cops in critical condition:" http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-caught-beat-n-cops-critical-condition-article-1.3231920

* "Chicago man spits, punches people during rant over spilled coffee:" http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/chicago-man-spits-punches-people-rant-spilled-coffee-article-1.3231544

* Today I exhausted myself doing fish things and playing garden tetris. It is the time of year when things are growing so fast every trip to water them is a game of limbo and things entwine inconveniently. I was forced to harm the asparagus freeing it from lilies, but I think it will be happier in it's new lodgings.

* Tavy and the thank you roses I got Thursday for helping with the move.: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161676650787/tavy-and-the-thank-you-roses-i-got-thursday-for

* For the record, I rather liked White Queen, despite the occasional problem and thing I disagreed with. White Princess has turned out to be rather a mess and has joined the Tudors in my too many things wrong with it to be good stack, which is a shame, as there are some talented people in the cast who I feel deserved better material. It's extra a shame as it's a really interesting period with a lot of real life people and politics that could have made great watching. The choice to show the York to Tudor transition had a lot of potential, and I've had a lot of thoughts I might not have otherwise had by looking at things from this angle in anticipation of the White Princess premiere, but the show didn't take me where I wanted to go that way. Instead it took me places I emphatically didn't want to got, and like the disappointing Tudors, they forgot that Henry VII was a real person with a personality and a lot of political acumen. His use of propaganda and pageantry to win hearts and minds, his subtlety... I do not recognize this lump of wood on the throne. I have long been of the opinion that Elizabeth I took strongly after her Grandfather personality wise. I can watch White Queen and clearly recognize Margaret Beaufort's personality, so they must know how to write characters, but it's like they did no research into Henry VII, and just dressed a manikin for Lizzie to act around. I accept a certain amount of change and telescoping and inaccuracy. I love both Vikings and the cheese that is the Borgias, even though I can give you a long list of things that are not true and people who are changed, displaced in time, etc..

I am way more forgiving of changes that increase representation. What little we know of RL Micheletto is nothing like show Micheletto, but you will pry my beloved show Micheletto from my cold dead hands. His arc is the most interesting thing in a show full of interesting things. Taking a very minor historical figure and doing this with him? Brilliant. Similarly Ivar likely wasn't "boneless" but a manuscript copying error gave them an excuse to add a character with a serious disability and who am I to argue with that even if sociopath paraplegic is not my idea of positive representation. And this doesn't get into things like messed up geography, Rollo and that siege where Katerina shows her genitals being misplaced in time, Cesaere's lack of disfigurement, etc.. Seriously, I'm not a purist if the art works as art and the characters, period, and events are...I don't know close enough? I will except wiggling around with period contemporary rumors, events in dispute, historical figures about which little is known, combining multiple RL people for obvious narrative reasons, interpretations I don't agree with but which are plausible. Tudors threw out Henry VIII's entire personality though which is a serious fucking problem, him being the main character. I admit to knowing not much about RL Lizzie, especially as compared to people like Margaret Beaufort, Richard III, Henry VII, Margaret of Anjou, Henry VI, etc.. I hadn't realized there WAS a gap there and that I would like to know more about her until I was thinking about White Princess before the premiere. (I DO intend to do something about that eventually, but not right now as I'm three or four years on a private project mostly about early modern France for my own amusement and I have stacks of entirely the wrong research materials stacked all over, many of which are ILL and have to be read before I do anything else.) So I can not state one way or another anything about this Elizabeth vs. the RL one. I can swallow them deciding to make the pretender real, but why can't they show not tell how Kingly he is meant to be instead of making him annoying and rather wooden. I had some serious issues with White Queen Costuming, but White Princess costuming is worse to the point of being constantly distracting instead of just being sporadically distracting. The characters were just frankly more interesting in Queen, whereas I don't really enjoy anyone much in Princess nor is there really anyone to like or root for except maybe the Grandmother hiding out in Burgundy? But she's hardly there. Or maybe the put upon cousin? And the politic are a complete mess. Not moving a few battles or an abbey around (I'm looking at you Borgias and Vikings) or simplifying enough so the viewers have a clue what's going on in a one hour show (ditto), which again, I'm cool with as long as you don't push it too far, but Princess needs an international context to make sense and it doesn't have enough of one to tell the political story they seem to be trying to tell. Yes, they go to Burgundy, and once to Spain (which I'd happily have forgiven for the reason I'm cool with Lion in Winter even though the family Christmas never happened. Lion in Winter gets the Characters right and includes enough politics to make sense, except that depiction of Spain is a complete stereotypey mess and that really didn't seem like Queen Isabella), but You need way more Scotland and France at minimum for the politics to make sense. You pretty much always need France and usually Scotland to make English medieval and Early Modern foreign policy and civil war type things make sense, just like France in that same stretch of about 1200 years needs England, Spain/HRE/various German states depending on period, the low countries, the bits that are often part of France or HRE/German state but sometimes independent, and often Italy. This stuff is entwined. Bits of France are England for a big chunk of time. English nobility was still speaking French centuries after that time a French invasion force conquered them back in 1066. French frequently sends support to Scotland and to various parties in English throne wars. They endlessly inter marry. Once you pull the focus out far enough to be talking about non-English alliances, you kind of need to at least properly sketch in the international context. They don't do it well or coherently in Princess. If they wanted to focus so heavily on the family drama, they needed to draw the characters better, the way they did in Queen. If they want to do politics, they needed to do the politics better. Instead it's all muddled and unfocused and messy in a way that has me glaring angrily at the costumes or wondering why scenes and whole subplots are their if they weren't going to do them properly.

I am told these are adapted out of novels. I had intended to try them after seeing Queen, but now I'm suspecting they aren't worth my time.

* "Sins of the Father:" http://cmdr-zoom.dreamwidth.org/1010038.html

* "Eight Movies to Add to your Must Watch List for Pride Month:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/eight-movies-must-watch-list-pride-month/

* "Archer Is Reinvented Under The Murder Mystery Genre:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/archer-dreamland/

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* "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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* "Theresa May to shut down the internet as we know it:" http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/theresa-may-internet-conservatives-government-a7744176.html

* "B.C. school panned for having white people in headdresses tell indigenous stories:" http://globalnews.ca/news/3413893/fort-nelson-school-indigenous-performance/?utm_source=GlobalBC&utm_medium=Facebook

* "Trump interest in Russia sanctions alarmed outgoing State staff:"

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* "Report: From start, Trump pushed to lift Russia sanctions:"

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* "California set to leave Trump behind on climate policy:"

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* The Science of Weight Master Post: http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/160259214276/thats-it-im-pissed

* "How bad science misled chronic fatigue syndrome patients:" https://www.statnews.com/2016/09/21/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-pace-trial/

* ""Wonder Woman" Breaks the Invisible Ceiling:"

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* "Covfefe, Kushner & An Idiot Abroad:"

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* "Gianforte Body-Slammed the Vote:"

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* "Who Will Be Trump’s John Dean?:"

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* The Story of Granny Annette and Grandson Demon Todd got even better: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161336319737/paddlewaddle-venallie-purrfecktlysinful

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* "Manchester Arena blast: 19 dead and more than 50 hurt:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-40007886

* "Yemen war: Major cholera epidemic feared, says charity:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39996900

* TW: Rape, Pedophila "South African men march against abuse of women and children:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39988267

* "Trump does not say ‘radical Islamic terrorism’:"

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* "Sheriff Clarke: A ‘fraud’ with fake medals?:"

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* "Barber reignites King’s ‘Poor People's Campaign’:"

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* "Texas GOP Messes With Texas Trans Kids:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/texas-gop-messes-with-texas-trans-kids.html

* "African Pantheons and the Orishas: Crash Course Mythology #11:"

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* "This powerful Twitter account is sharing the names of Jewish refugees the US turned away in 1939:" https://mic.com/articles/166948/this-powerful-twitter-account-is-sharing-the-names-of-jewish-refugees-the-us-turned-away-in-1939?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.BJDKmJTlK

* To Tavy's great delight, the garden was full of butterflies to watch through the window today.

* The If Women Wrote Men post keeps getting better: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160953941842/if-women-wrote-men-the-way-men-write-women

* Star Trek Economics and Basic Income: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160953464237/mrbumblepants-actuallykylekallgren


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* "North Korea detains third U.S. citizen:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-detainee-idUSKBN17P038

* "'Outsider candidates' in spotlight for upcoming French election:"

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* "Guest: Most French see Trump as a flake:"

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* "Rep. Ted Lieu trolls Trump’s immigration policy:"

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* "Trump real estate a potential means to pay money to a president:"

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* "Sessions, unlike Trump, says DREAMers are 'subject to being deported':" http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/sessions-unlike-trump-dreamers-unauthorized-immigrants-subject-deported/story?id=46956350

* "New Trump hire resurrects corruption questions:"

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* "Dean on Jeff Sessions: I get the feeling it’s incompetence:"

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* "White House Still Pressing to Hold Obamacare Vote This Week:" https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-22/health-care-vote-likely-in-early-may-house-conservative-says

* "White House officials offer conflicting details of Trump tax plan:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/04/23/white-house-officials-offer-conflicting-details-of-trump-tax-plan/?utm_term=.3315575f659f

* "Thousands march for science!:"

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* "FOX boss made black workers arm wrestle for whites:"

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* "Marc Edwards - How to Address the U.S. Water Crisis in Flint and Beyond:"

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* "Dear parents, you are being lied to.:" https://violentmetaphors.com/2014/03/25/parents-you-are-being-lied-to/

* "Brown in Town - A West Texas Water Crisis:"

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* "French Elections: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:"

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* "A Farewell To Bill O'Reilly From Stephen Colbert And 'Stephen Colbert':"

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* "Bill O'Reilly's '98 Novel Is Rich With Foreshadowing:"

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* "The Steve Bannon Diaries:"

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* "Exclusive 'Alien' Trailer With Sigourney Weaver And Stephen Colbert:"

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* "Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog - 1965:"

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* "Nina Simone: Mississippi Goddam:"

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* I was watching part of the Yves Saint Laurent biopic from a couple of years ago over lunch. It got to the scene where they were negotiating with the Americans via interpreters, and I wandered off into the kitchen to clean up lunch and change out a fly strip. I had this strange feeling of rightness, and then it dawned on me, I was half half listening in two languages while tidying up bowls and such. My parents' bilingual dinner parties, when we had house guests from from France. Soft simultaneous polite conversation. Everything right with the world for a little while at least.

* I just had my first boca burger greens and salad out of my own garden earlier. I haven't enough yet to do it again for a bit, but the garden is going most excellently.

Reminder: I'm getting my foot out patient thing done Tuesday, which may effect availability and temper.

* "Already irked fans threaten boycott over Marvel’s new Hydra campaign:" https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/secret-empire-hydra-shirts-marvel/?tu=gav

* The theme of Social Contract theory in Black Sails: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159923124987/your-latest-black-sails-meta-made-me-realize-that

* Steve Rogers, the Warsaw Ghetto, and fuck Marvel: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159918198527/bluefall-returns-phinarei

* "Sunday Sweets For April (Baby) Showers:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/4/23/sunday-sweets-for-april-baby-showers.html

* NWS: nudes. "Normal Moments In Art History With No Murder" http://the-toast.net/2014/06/16/fine-normal-moments-art-history-one-get-murdered/

* "The Handmaid’s Tale Is a Warning to Conservative Women:" https://newrepublic.com/article/141674/handmaids-tale-hulu-warning-conservative-women

* National Poetry Month:

"Stolen Kisses: to Iuventius by Gaius Valerius Catullus:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159918785716/99-stolen-kisses-to-iuventius-by-gaius-valerius

"Hummingbird Pauses at the Trumpet Vine by Mary Oliver:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159922506513/hummingbird-pauses-at-the-trumpet-vine-by-mary

* Dragon Cave: Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

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* I am confused as to why the Media is celebrating a failed attack on an airbase in Syria as if it were a victory. They were flying war planes out of it the same night, so why are they lying that the base is "destroyed."

* "Barber: Trump Syria strikes ‘antithesis of presidential’:"

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* "Trump to save Syrian babies, cut Meals on Wheels?:"

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* "Increased security for DeVos costing Ed Dept. nearly $8M for 8 months:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/stepped-security-devos-costing-education-dept-nearly-8m-8-months-n744101

* "Man sends over 2,000 potatoes to Wisconsin politician who refuses to hold a town hall:" https://mic.com/articles/173537/man-sends-over-2-000-potatoes-to-wisconsin-politician-who-refuses-to-hold-a-town-hall?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.PNDEjcZSF

* A Federal Judge has upheld the Consent Decree with the City of Baltimore, requiring Jeff Sessions to follow the law despite his biases and refusal to even look at the evidence. The fight is not over, but let us all hope and keep fighting.

* They are making moves in advance of another attempt to repeal the ACA. Please don't take the pressure off.

* "How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind: Self-Care Lessons for the Resistance:" https://thecoffeelicious.com/how-to-stayoutraged-without-losing-your-mind-fc0c41aa68f3

* Idea: Modern War of the Roses AU about the current Republicans with Jared Kushner as Warwick.

* Wonder Woman: I am trying to decide if the sexism in this show is depiction or endorsement.

* I'd watch it: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/159364666980/inspectormuffinthetimemuffin

* National Poetry Month:

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* Putin's spokesmen continue to lie that despite a large amount of evidence Assad's chemical attack on civilians is a hoax. Of course they are. They announced they are cutting off the deconfliction line that amoung there things helps prevent our pilots and theirs from literally crashing into each other, which seems a nose to spite the face solution. We are claiming the line is till open, so your guess is as good or better than mine.

* It says all you really need to know about 45's loyalties that he insists Susan Rice committed a crime by doing her job, following the law, and trying to defend this country against foreign espionage, but that actual literal treason is not a crime.

* It is always strange watching foreign press discussing U S Foreign Policy as if 45 is cognitively capable of forming long term plans and/o understanding the consequences of his actions. Have they not noticed, or are they in denial to protect themselves from the horror the full implications will induce?

* Republicans have killed the filibuster so as to steal Merrick Garland's seat on the ideological grounds that only Republicans have a right to choose Supreme Court justices forever and always, hence them refusing to allow Garland a hearing last year and to block all nominations for 4-8 years if Hillary Clinton had won. They are smugly proud of breaking something that had been in place since the constitution was ratified.

* Yesterday we had wind storm such as normally only occurs in Autumn. The Tiny terror does not approve. I had all this stuff I was supposed to do this afternoon, but I somehow made a mistake with my alarm, and did not wake until I was too late for one so put the rest off.

* I think it's so hard to let go of Black Sails because I've never had a show to watch that was so intensely, specifically for me. I am so used to media being made for everyone else, and having to find things to love in it. This one time, something was for me, and there are zero other shows like that, and I don't really expect it to happen again given how many decades I had to wait for it to happen once.

* "fantasy book with witches and wizards and magical people but all magic has a price, like:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/158529299726/the-knights-who-say-book-patrickwsawyer

* The lead Soprano of the church choir in my childhood used the phrase "Jesus wept" for certain completely FUBAR situations, including our early rehearsals for the much hated "Like as a Hart" (routinely referred to by snarkier choir members, such as my Father, the lead tenor, as "Beat a Dead Horse."). We all rather picked it up from her, and I frequently have found myself thinking it in her exact tone of voice in response to events since January 20th, despite not being Christian. I also picked up the exclamation "Jesus Fuck!" somewhere in the last twenty years. As I was following Syrian Civil War/Trump debate today, I caught my brain exclaiming, "Jesus Fuck...Jesus Wept!" which image kept me amused at least five minutes and distracted me momentarily from the horror.

* "Isn't it Byronic, don't you think:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159335363682/derplefurf-its-like-ten-thousand-poems-when

* National Poetry Month:

"If a man does not think of Death
Even if he is so clever,
He is like a fool in a sense."
— Lyric Poems of the Sixth Dalai Lama

"“Forgive Me My Salt,” Brenna Twohy.:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159318330896/brennatwohy-forgive-me-my-salt-brenna-twohy

"Asleep In The Valley - Arthur Rimbaud:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159319905186/asleep-in-the-valley-arthur-rimbaud

* "My Last Duchess by Robert Brownung:" https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/43768

* "The Walking Dead, Season Seven, Episode Sixteen: The First Day of the Rest of Your Life:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/04/the-walking-dead-season-seven-episode.html

* This person does beautiful Black Sails Art History analysis: http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/blacksailsmeta

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

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* There has been horrific, persistent, large scale, deadly flooding in Peru with displacement on a scale I honestly can't wrap my head around. Want to help? https://www.ammado.com/community/193613

* "London attack: Five dead in Westminster terror attack:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39359158

* "Dmitry Orlov: Social Collapse Best Practices:" http://longnow.org/seminars/02009/feb/13/social-collapse-best-practices/

* We appear to have bombed a refugee school in Raqqa.

* "Russian paid Manafort millions to help Putin influence US:"

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* "Trump case a lesson in intelligence gathering:"

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* "Nunes muddies Trump probe with abrupt claim of new evidence:"

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* All nominations still under discussion need to be haulted. People who have clearly committed felonies (Flynn and Manafort) need to be arrested right away, and there needs to be a full proper independent inquiry to see who else needs arresting. This isn't some piddly blow job situation; this is a safety and security of the Nation and the World situation.

* "Rep Schiff: Trump Russia case now 'more than circumstantial':"

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* "Russian info-war tactics in US election continue:"

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* "No, it Really is that Bad:" http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/02/no-is-really-is-that-bad

* "SCOTUS integrity damaged by GOP stolen seat:"

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* "Franken questions Trump & Gorsuch’s judgment:"

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* "Former GOP chairman charged with voter fraud:"

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* "Dahlia Lithwick - The Politicization of Neil Gorsuch's SCOTUS Confirmation - Extended Interview:"

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* "Sanders: AHCA is tax plan to help the wealthy:"

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* "The Barbarians Inside the Gates: Can the Center Hold?:" https://medium.com/bioneers/the-barbarians-inside-the-gates-can-the-center-hold-25ea6408bd5e#.i3b13f53n

* "Why Is A Hate Group Meddling In An Illinois School Board Race?:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/why-is-hate-group-meddling-in-illinois.html

* This has got to be the Alaska equivalent of Florida Man. "Snake found on a plane. Yes, really... snake on a plane:" http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39349326/snake-found-on-a-plane-yes-really-snake-on-a-plane

* "Africa's Sean Spicer & Not Coming to America:"

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* "So Much News, So Little Time:"

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* "Jordan Klepper Fingers the Pulse - Why Is President Trump Campaigning Again?:"

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* "Dalai Lama: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:"

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* "Trump's Hard Power Budget :"

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* "Steve Bannon's Bathtub Musings:"

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* "The WERD: Screw Unto Others:"

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* "Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka, Trump Whisperer:"

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* "Great Moments In Women's History:"

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* "Jeff Sessions Tackles Weed And The White House's (Unrelated) Paranoia:"

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* "Josh Lucas Had A Machine Gun Pointed At Him:"

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* "Ryan Reynolds & Jake Gyllenhaal Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions:"

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* "Ryan Reynolds: Big Questions With Even Bigger Stars :"

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* NWS Obviously. Wait past the credits. "Deadpool Musical - Beauty and the Beast "Gaston" Parody :"

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* I spent so many years trying to fight Doctors who were trying to gaslight me into agreeing that I wasn't sick, including that time I spent half a decade trying to convince someone to do something about Heberton, the tumor colony that was literally killing me, that even after years of dealing with a practice where the Doctor's are willing to actually treat me, it is always a huge relief that they do instead of making me waste huge amounts of energy I haven't got fighting for treatment. Decades of training has made me used to being told I am imaging whatever happens to be actively trying to kill me, which of course plays in "fun" ways with my childhood abuse. I really have no words for how I feel every time a Doctor just tries to fix what wrong instead of trying to retraumatize me out of laziness and/or prejudice.

The lab results weren't back yet, but the x-ray was definitive. This is the first pneumonia I've had in the half decade or so since I was vaccinated against it. I used to get it most years, so the vaccine was so worth it. I started antibiotic number three this morning, one of the alarmingly strong ones. At least it's only once a day, and I'm off my arthritis meds for the duration as I don't like making holes in my stomache. My body pulled one of it's little chronic illness rebellions this evening, though it is hard to tell if it's the pneumonia or the antibiotic or both or neither. They made need to change antibiotic depending on what strain it tuns out to be, but odds are I won't. This has been a bad one, acute more than half the time between the beginning of February and now. In it's own way it's been worse than the six months of lung MRSA.

In other news, Squirrel is recovering well from the influenza and Tavy has been trying terribly hard to be good, poor wee beastie.

* I feel like people get intimidated by "elite" culture. People with a lot of time and money to devote to things like studying Shakespeare or classical music or high end art have a very human interest in making these things into something only the very wealthy and highly educated have a right to enjoy because they are the ones who can tease out the nuance. The thing is though that music, art, dance, theater have mostly been available to everybody to some degree. Shakespeare was for the Groundlings as well as the toffs. Church music had to reach the peasant and the rag picker as well as the Queen, King, and the Princes of the church. Art had patrons and sure, the stuff in palaces were for the very rich, but the same painters put the art on public columns and in churches too where everyone saw it. Music and dance have always belonged to everyone even if certain types were more common in one setting or another. even opera had cheap seats when it was new. The barrier between the art of the rich and the art of the poor is a very modern thing, even though we all grew up thinking there was this line between popular and high art. It is bull shit. If you like something and enjoy it, there is nothing wrong with that. your tastes may change with age and exposure and/or study, but never let any one tell you that something that gives you pleasure isn't good enough, and a hundred times that never let anyone tell you you aren't good enough to understand and enjoy something. If it makes you feel something, than that bit of music/art/theater/dance/poetry/whatever worked on some level. That needs to be enough.

It is also absolutely valid NOT to like something, even when everyone seems to be telling you you should. Everyone has a right to their own taste and don’t like anyone tell you different.

* I despise everything about the commercial where the girl mocks her mother on line for #having a cold because #every one gets them so #shut up.

* "The Walking Dead Gives Us a Tasty, Satisfying Filler Ep:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/the-walking-dead-7x14/

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* "Kim Jong-nam: Second woman arrested over airport poisoning:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38988981

* "Can Americans get an impartial Trump inquiry?:"

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* "‘Unbelievable Turmoil’: Trump’s First Month Leaves Washington Reeling:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/us/politics/trump-white-house.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

* "The Daily 202: Did Mike Pence get burned by Michael Flynn?:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/02/10/daily-202-did-mike-pence-get-burned-by-michael-flynn/589d13ffe9b69b1406c75ca2/?utm_term=.2b4e86c85965

* "Justice Department warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, officials say:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/world/national-security/justice-department-warned-white-house-that-flynn-could-be-vulnerable-to-russian-blackmail-officials-say/2017/02/13/fc5dab88-f228-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html

* Andy Puzder, the Hardees/Carl's Jr.'s guy who wants to replace worker's with Robots who was nominated for Secretary of Labor, has been pulled on account of extreme spousal abuse. Oddly enough, Steve Bannon, with a similar history is somehow still in the white House pulling strings.

* Fuck’s sake, Democrats get your asses in gear. "DCCC weak contesting Georgia district Trump barely won:"

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* "Rest In Power and Peace, Jo Jo Striker:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/rest-in-power-and-peace-jo-jo-striker.html

* "Laverne Cox Urges Grammy Audience To "Google Gavin Grimm"':" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/laverne-cox-urges-grammy-audience-to.html

* "Laverne Cox - Exploring All Sides of Justice on "Doubt":"

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* "Michael Flynn's White House Tenure: It's Funny 'Cause It's Treason:"

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* "Andrew Garfield And Idina Menzel Star In A Movie Written By Kids:"

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* "Ivanka Trump Hearts Justin Trudeau:"

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* "Michael Flynn Becomes the First Casualty of the Trump Administration:"

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* "The GOP Weasels Out of Questions About Michael Flynn-:"

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* "Toby Stephens: CBeebies Bedtime Stories - Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs Missing Treasure!:"

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* Things needed doing, so I masked up and dragged myself out to do them, despite getting out of breath on the walk to the bathroom. I needed to do a small thing for a neighborhood friend and go to the Doctor (of course), but also we were running out of key food items which meant forage and a grocery store not in my neighborhood.

Something happened at forage that I wanted to mention, particularly as a reminder to able bodied people. DO NOT GRAB SOMEONE'S CRUTCH or other mobility device away from them. Yes, even if you think you are helping. Look, I know she thought she was helping, but she really, really wasn't. The carts there have an open work design, that means I can't just toss the crutch into the basket and have it stay there, so I have this plastic flat that once held plant starts that I put on the lower racks, and I slide the crutch through the top slots, with the flat holding the bottom of the crutch to keep it falling through the grate. It frees up my hands, keeps the crutch out of everyone's way, and I can use the cart as a walker but still have the crutch for when I need it. Only, the flat got knocked askew, so I'm bent over coughing, trying to resettle the flat and the crutch on the bottom rack. I just get everything reseated and ready to go when the wel meaning white lady yanks the crutch from my hands and out of it's slot, knocking the rack out of place and endangering my balance, meaning I had to retrieve my crutch from her and bend over again to readjust the rack and make sure everything is properly put back together. It would have been half the time and half the coughing if she'd just LEFT THE CRUTCH ALONE. She thought she was helping, but she undid my work because she assumed incorrectly the point of the exercise, and it didn't occur to her to ask first. Look, it's rude anyway, as that is essentially a body part, even though it's detached, but the point I'm making here, is you can't read my mind. You see me doing something, it may or may not be what you think I'm doing. I've been dealing with my spinal damage a loooong time. I know the safest way to alight from a bus and how to shop with an inconvenient basket design. I literally brought a plastic plant flat in from my car to put in my cart because I knew in advance I would need one.

I am absolutely not saying you shouldn't ask if I need help carrying something or whatever, because I often really do need that sort of help, but the magic word here is ASK. Consent is magic. "Would you like a hand with that?" is polite. Grabbing my crutch isn't. Yes, even if you really do mean well.

In other adventures in disability, I was behind a nice Ukrainian couple in line. He was mostly collecting the food, going back and forth with her to consult, while she mostly managed the children. The boy was five or six and I'd guess the girl was maybe four. she needed a lot more monitoring , and was tired, I think. Th boy was quiet and well behaved, and so they were mostly just corralling him in when he started to drift out of orbit without really paying attention to him. He was staring at me wide eyed and silent. Look, I'm a middle aged, goth with long hair, ambiguous gender presentation, a crutch, and a surgical mask, gasping like a fish out of water because I am having to shuffle around with an infection because milk and bread do not spontaneously generate. I get it, I really do. The stares are significantly less flattering than the ones I got back when I was a high goth androgyny with a tiger striped Mohawk, but people have been staring at me for one reason or another since I was twelve and I am used to it. If it had been an adult gaping at me like that, I likely would have been shirty, but I have a policy with small children where I give a sound bite explanation of whatever is causing the curiosity/distress/whatever, because I can remember being three and wondering why the guy on the bus had a constellation drawn on his face and I feel like it's more normalizing to explain a disability to a small child than to let it be an object of unspeakable taboo curiosity. This kid was too old to shout loud qquestions, but too young to dissemble interest, which says teachable moment to me. I figure better I explain to some little kid that some people have spinal damage you can't see and need help walking than have them assume walking is all or nothing with disability; or as in this case that some people have sick lungs and need a mask to protect themselves and others. I don't have a lot of feelings to hurt and other people might, and this way next time the little guy sees someone with a mask, he'll likely think 'oh, someone with lung trouble' and not stare. I do not think the parents noticed. She was fussing with the little girl and he was getting bread,

Apparently the other antibiotic was good for lung infections, but not sinus ones, hence me seeming to improve and then reversing on it. I just started yet another antibiotic.


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* "Former US Attorney General Eric Holder burns Trump hard for threatening to jail Clinton:" https://mic.com/articles/156410/former-us-attorney-general-eric-holder-burns-trump-hard-for-threatening-to-jail-clinton?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.rX4bd2CA6

* Lest we forget Mike Pense wants to literally torture our children into suicide. He is NOT a better option. TW: Turture, child abuse, Suicide. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/151651288602/maudelebowski29-in-case-you-forgot-mike-pence

* "Lin’s SNL Opening Monologue:" http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/151638542347/dailylmm-lins-snl-opening-monologue

* A moment of heart wrenching beauty as a pallet cleanser to the week's horrors. "Ekaterina Krysanova "Le Corsaire":" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7do4YkJxC6g&feature=youtu.be&t=12m35s

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* I completely failed to bureaucracy today. I barely managed to drag myself out to my regular doctor appointment. I DID wear my spiffy new purple birthday socks with the Katniss inspired arrows on them out for the first time. When I got there, it was a strange nurse instead of one of my usuals, and she was training a new hire. I did tell her the amoxicillin hadn't worked and I had taken them all as of today, and she said she'd ask the doctor, but there was the thing with the trainee, who I let practice on my and I had to explain some surgery stuff and.... I walked out without a different family of antibiotic. Sigh.

* On the way home I stopped at the discount grocery store across from the family planning clinic and the asshole protesters were out parading with a massive fake fetus picture. The store did not have the thing I wanted (discount off brand tofurkey loaf), but the same brand makes chick'n patties I decided to try. So I'm loading my car and the asshole misogynists start screaming filth at a 50ish lady on my side of the street who just fucking wanted to use the grocery store. She starts yelling back and I step up right next to her and start yelling my support for Planned Parenthood too in support of here. "Planned Parenthood saves lives! I'm alive because of Planned Parenthood!" Which is true. They are the ones who called nearly every surgeon in town to find one who'd take payment on installment to remove Herberton, my tumor colony the approximate size and shape of my brain. There's a good chance they saved me on an earlier occasion as well. I any case, I'd be dead about a decade if they weren't there. Seriously, fuck Right to Life and their poor people should be forced to die of cancer for Jesus agenda. We ended with a round of alternating "Fuck yous!" in response to theirs. I took my cart back and passed her on her way in, giving her a big smile and a hello on the way back, and she reciprocated. No one should have to face down misogynistic protesters alone.

Why were asshole Christians harassing Grocery Outlet Customers for Jesus and accusing them of being murderers? Only Right to Life knows. They do it a lot, and every time they try to set up their anti-choice protest on the Grocery Outlet property, the store calls the cops on them for trespassing, and they aren't allowed on Planned Parenthood property, so they are forced to harass people going into and out of both establishments from the side walk.


* "Prism:" http://kargashina.livejournal.com/73126.html

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* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help? https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

There is a whole list of charities at the top of the page here: http://www.msnbc.com/maddowblog

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* TW: extreme misogyny, eating disorder. "Trump walks right into Clinton's debate trap:"

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* "NYC mayor responds to Trump's stop & frisk claims:"

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* "Trump brings distinct bizarreness to debate:"

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* "Trump fails crucial nuclear test (again):"

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* "The myth of Gary Johnson:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/150962720730/the-myth-of-gary-johnson

* "Look, I Do Understand. Really:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/150962674620/so-i-think-ill-blur-the-details-here-there

* "Ketchup sandwiches and other things stupid poor people eat:" https://thinkprogress.org/ketchup-sandwiches-and-other-things-stupid-poor-people-eat-41617483b497#.7wm9b16pk

* "Watch This Charlotte Protester’s Epic Response To A Reporter Asking, “Why Are You Here?”:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/tamerragriffin/watch-this-charlotte-protesters-epic-response-to-a-reporter?bftwnews&utm_term=.kvpPEP5Vj#.kqNnGndKa

* "Unarmed Black Man Shot By El Cajon Police Officer In San Diego:" https://blackmattersus.com/16844-unarmed-black-man-shot-by-el-cajon-police-officer-in-san-diego/

* "Black Crime Statistics Overestimated By Maine Governor:" https://blackmattersus.com/16828-black-crime-statistics-overestimated-by-maine-governor/

* TW: Rape, Pedophilia "In secretive marijuana industry, whispers of abuse and trafficking:" http://www.wptv.com/longform/in-secretive-marijuana-industry-whispers-of-abuse-and-trafficking

* "Keith Scott Shooting Case: Police Video Still Disproves Initial Claim:" https://blackmattersus.com/16632-keith-scott-shooting-case-police-video-still-disproves-initial-claim/

* Nudes, NWS. "France - GAYCATION:" https://video.vice.com/fr/video/France/57e0646fe56c8e239c7451bb

* "Kristen Bell Spoofs The Wage Gap In A Hilarious New Video:" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/09/123358/kristen-bell-wage-gap-video?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=end&utm_campaign=h2&utm_campaign=watch_end

* "Donald Trump's Post-Debate Spin:"

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* "What the Actual Fact? - The First Clinton-Trump Debate:"

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* "Sparks Fly at the First Trump-Clinton Presidential Debate:"

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* "Glenn Kessler on Fact-Checking the Presidential Debates:"

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

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* "Charter Schools: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:"

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* Even in my extremely left little West Coast College Town this happened. Monday, I woke up exhausted, did a bunch of phone bureaucracy. Dragged myself out to forage where a large white supremacist was baffled that neither I nor the nice progressive Jewish lady in front of me were in agreement that to vote against Trump and his white power agenda was somehow "suicidal" on our part. Indeed, we asserted the opposite. He followed us ranting his disgusting nonsense all through the produce section. She and I quietly exchanged identity markers and stuck together until a worker turned up to shoo him off. I got lost in the shuffle at the doctor, so what should have been a 15 minute thing stretched to an hour.

* If Victor Hugo wrote Star Wars: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/151046187242/kaasknot-thleeny-kaasknot-someone-please

* "Hearing The Call to Adventure when you’re over 40.:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150995547152/hearing-the-call-to-adventure-when-youre-over-40

* Fear the Walking Dead: I have come to hate Madison. Her incredible selfishness and refusal to think of anyone else's welfare except Nick's has put everyone else in a shitastic position. Yes, it's nice Travis is back with the group, but it's at the expense of the long term viability of that refuge. The Chris situation was pretty clearly inevitable.

* TNG 4 Rewatch:

- Qpid. Worf has the best line in this one. "I am NOT a Merry Man!"

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* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
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* "These photos reveal just how bad Venezuela's food crisis actually is:" https://mic.com/articles/150996/in-venezuela-a-box-of-pasta-can-cost-300-and-that-s-not-even-the-worst-of-it#.9P2802lnf

* "Being Forced To Undress Is Not Exactly The Liberation I Have Longed For:" https://thebrownhijabi.com/2016/08/23/being-forced-to-undress-is-not-exactly-the-liberation-i-have-longed-for/

* "French High Court Rules Burkini Bans Are Unlawful:" http://www.snopes.com/2016/08/26/french-high-court-rules-burkini-bans-are-unlawful/

* "Unusual diversity seen in manufacture of bombs in NY/NJ case:"

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* "Senator Warren presses FBI on financial crisis accountability:"

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* "Senator Warren emphasizes importance of Democrats retaking Senate:"

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* Tonight was the second day of protests in Charlotte North Carolina against the police murder of Keith Lamont Scott. Police are insisting that he had a gun, which witnesses say wasn't there and of which there is no evidence. He was killed for reading a book while waiting in his car for his son to come out, which is apparently a capital crime in North Carolina, so dangerous as to require summary execution. Police have attacked the protesters. Someone has been shot though as of this writing there weren't a lot of details. The victim is in critical condition.

* Tulsa Police murdered an unarmed black man named Terrence Crutcher who was the father of four. His SUV broke down.

* "Trump: 'Nothing like doing things with other people's money':"

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* This terrifies me. "Appeals Court Won’t Hold Catholic Hospital Responsible for Denial of Care:" https://rewire.news/article/2016/09/09/appeals-court-wont-hold-catholic-hospital-responsible-denial-care/

* "Alarming Comments on LGBTQ Youth from the Woman Who Wants to Be Washington State’s Top Education Official:" http://www.thestranger.com/news/2016/08/31/24526591/alarming-comments-on-lgbtq-youth-from-the-woman-who-wants-to-be-washington-states-top-education-official

* "Too Close for Comfort:"

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* "A Match Made in Hell:"

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* "Chief Executive Fear Mongerer :"

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* "The Big Mad Wolf - Burkini Battle in France:"

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* "New Yorkers Are Used to Danger:"

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* "Did Trump End The Birther Controversy, Or Is That His Biggest Lie Yet?:"

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* "The Late Show Blanket Fort (with First Lady Michelle Obama):"

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* "First Lady Michelle Obama Does Her Best Barack Impression:"

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* "You Should Definitely Take the Donald Trump Debate Prep Survey:"

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* I went to bed ridiculously early Monday night with a stabbed in the stomach sort of feeling. It was all fever dreams and lost people, but the long sleep did me good, I think. I'm still achieving bare minimum, but it is an acceptable level of function. I discovered on waking that thanks to your kindness, we are sorted financially for the month if we just wait out money transfer times, which is good news as I ran out of the secondary lung meds last weekish. I informed squirrel we were rescued when he came out for his dinner. The Terror was very bored with me being in bed so much. I awoke to a living room strewn with shredded paper and to discover he'd kidnapped the Borg Cube from the Gothmas tree. All has been set to rights now though.

Thanks again, to our benefactors.

* I just spotted the first Christmas Ad of the season here. Ugh.

* "Au where none of the Weasleys are in Gryffindor:" https://lullabyknell.tumblr.com/post/148669383568/for-the-au-thing-if-you-have-enough-time-au-where

* Fear the Walking Dead: I loathe Madison and Nick. They are so annoying upper middle class white American bulldozing through endangering everyone else because they assume they know better than the people actually living there. I suppose this is the point, but I really wish the show focused on the rest of the cast instead of treating them like main characters.

* "Cheryl's Landing Part 3: Logic and Contrivances :" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/cheryls-landing-part-3/

* Gay couples in History: http://meteodesigns.deviantart.com/gallery/24266478/Feature

* TNG 4 Rewatch:

- The Best of Both Worlds. Ouch, the mirror scenes with Guinan and the Captain, each sitting before a battle. Honorius and Picard; Picard and Riker. Ouch, the graveyard of Federation ships. Watching Locutus is painful still. I kept thinking that data hacking Picard here made like 100x more sense than Independence Day.

- Family. I really do appreciate that they make clear that time has passed since the Borg battle and that captain Picard has PTSD symptoms. At the same time Deanna picking that way at him wanting to visit family on shore leave brings me close to violence. She seems to be pathologizing and deliberately undermining what I would consider a pretty understandable decision. You'd think she'd want him to take time off to rest after being violated on every level like that. From the dialog it's clear he's been undergoing intensive therapy for the PTSD, so it's not like he's running out on early recovery stages. He's improved enough to leave the ship and like a bunch of the rest of the crew, he wants to go home for a visit. Why would a competent psychiatrist be against a man trying to mend fences with his brother, especially at a time when that man might need a support network outside his command structure? Seems to me reaching out to family would be encouraged not discouraged. It seemed to me working through bits of trauma arguing with his brother sounds therapeutic to me, and yes, that includes them having it out after a lifetime of bottling it up. I think this is another instance of Deanna Troi bringing her issues to therapy instead of doing what's best for the patient. Seems to me Picard was doing exactly what was best for him as part of the healing.

I kind of love Worf's parents.

Add in the A, B, and C plot (Wesley's recording from his dead father), and this whole episode is about how men need family support in times of stress, which is a beautiful thing to see, especially as Worf is about as aggressively masculine as it is possible to be and Picard is the quintessential captain most of the time. It's good to see men like that shown dealing with trauma and being vulnerable with loved ones.

This is another one that is all too timely here in the 21st century with it's record high suicide rate for military veterans, and yes, that's a personal issue for me, given who I lost that way. It is so incredibly important that Picard cries, that Picard has nightmares, that Picard is getting help and not issolating himself. It's so important that Worf lets himself open up for the parents that clearly love him, and yes, it's important that coming to terms with his father's death is a process for Wesley. I have often said that grief is a marathon and not a sprint.

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* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
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* "Trump employs symbols of America's racist fringe:"

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* "American white supremacists encouraged by Trump campaign:"

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* "Trump's clumsy birther lies trigger outrage:"

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* "One-on-one with Bernie Sanders:"

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* TW: Rape, Suicide. "Black Mom Files Lawsuit Against College After Daughter Commits Suicide:" https://blackmattersus.com/16070-black-mom-files-lawsuit-against-college-after-daughter-commits-suicide/

* "Ohio Policeman Murders Black Boy Carrying BB Gun:" https://blackmattersus.com/16063-ohio-policeman-murders-black-boy-carrying-bb-gun/

* "To the 4 white male policemen who beat me for checking the health of a sick black man in their…:" https://hdp.press/to-the-4-white-male-policemen-who-beat-me-for-checking-the-health-of-a-sick-black-man-in-their-8d77789fb24d#.o7b5hjl4d

* "India - GAYCATION:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/India/57d195bab1b55902a3905a47

* "'NeuroTribes' Examines The History — And Myths — Of The Autism Spectrum:" http://www.npr.org/2016/09/09/493148713/neurotribes-examines-the-history-and-myths-of-the-autism-spectrum

* Ants Invent Dystopia: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150491019317/bizarre-ant-colony-discovered-in-an-abandoned

* Today I was tired and took things super slow. I'm also having a texture day. Okay, every day is a texture day, but today was one of the turned up to twelve days, which made clothes and the kitchen a drama. I still need to finish the interior window display organization, but it needs to wait for a day when I can handle more than the essentials. Tavy's first accident in Halloweentown came just before bed yesterday and the noise obviously distressed him. Nothing was broken and I'm going to base the final set up around today's telemetry. He's clearly trying hard not to knock things over, but he has that serious balance issue that makes him extra clumsy even as young cats go. My worry was he'd immediately try to eat the trees and break all of Halloweentown in attempts to play with it, but he's being super careful, so it looks more like the occasional accident is the real risk and I'm used to that with Hector.

He also tried to run off with one of the gift socks after the supplemental photoshoot I did today for the benefit of the knitter.

* "If you ever feel like a complete fuckup, take heart:" http://cmdr-zoom.livejournal.com/505689.html

* TNG 3 Rewatch:
- "Yesterday's Enterprise" was the first episode I saw with Tasha Yar in it, and I think it's the best with this character. it is also proof, along with the later Romulan character, that the problems with the character in Season One were the result of bad season one writing and not Denise Crosby's acting. The way she got referenced in season two and now here suggests that someone involved with writing and/or plotting understood they'd made a bit of a mess and left things feeling unfinished. This is a fitting send off, I think, and it gives closure to the audience, even if only Guinan ever knows of her sacrifice in verse.

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* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
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* "Inquiry into Trump charity:"

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* "Obama takes good economic news, popularity on trail for Clinton:"

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* "Barack Obama campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia, showing why he's her top asset:" https://mic.com/articles/154057/barack-obama-campaigns-for-hillary-clinton-in-philadelphia-showing-why-he-s-her-top-asset?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.Vxqq6bvHM

* "Trump facing cool reception on Flint visit:"

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* "Cost Of Mass Incarceration In Excess Of $1 Trillion:" https://blackmattersus.com/15834-cost-of-mass-incarceration-in-excess-of-1-trillion/

* "Cop Fired For Not Shooting Black Man:" https://blackmattersus.com/15776-cop-fired-for-not-shooting-black-man/

* "A Muslim Woman Set on Fire in a Possible Hate Crime:" http://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2016/09/muslim-woman-fifth-avenue-burned/499745/

* "Woman Faces Hate Crime Charges for Attack on 2 Muslim Moms:" http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Woman-Attacks-2-Muslim-Women-Tries-to-Rip-Their-Hijabs-off-393012361.html

* "The real effects of saying not everything has to be accessible:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/148381833111/the-real-effects-of-saying-not-everything-has-to

* "Joyful Disaster Relief in Japan:"

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* "Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem Protest:"

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* NWS. "Italy: Come Today... And Everyday!:"

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* "Alan Cumming: "I Googled You Naked":"

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* I laughed so hard. "The Great Flamingo Uprising:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/148380529121/the-great-flamingo-uprising#notes

* Bwahahaha! "TNG Season 8:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150396205247/ayellowbirds-grrrlaus-fancycake-i-hope

* It got better. "Famous Poems Rewritten as Limericks:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/148684698376/famous-poems-rewritten-as-limericks#notes

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* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/
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* "Baltimore Cuts Ties With Neo-Nazi Lawyer Hired To Defend Police Department In Misconduct Case:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/baltimore-police-neo-nazi-lawyer_us_57b511e8e4b095b2f5427fa6?section=&

* I am terribly disappointed in Michael Che. "A Prominent Comedian Has Been Accused of Sexual Assault — and His Famous Friends Are Defending Him:" https://mic.com/articles/151826/comedian-aaron-glaser-has-been-accused-of-sexual-assault-and-women-are-speaking-out?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=style&utm_campaign=social#.XjWVaMRXh

* "Unsafe, damp and dirty: How unscrupulous landlords take advantage of domestic abuse victims:" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/unsafe-damp-and-dirty-how-unscrupulous-landlords-take-advantage/

* "DEA regularly mines Americans' travel records to seize millions in cash:" http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/08/10/dea-travel-record-airport-seizures/88474282/

* "How 2 Muslim Women Claimed Their Own Justice After A Man Asked If They Were ISIS:" http://aplus.com/a/muslim-women-got-a-man-fired-after-he-called-them-isis-brooklyn

* "Hamilton removes bus shelter ads about transgender people in public washrooms:" http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/transgender-washroom-debate-bus-ads-1.3715507

* Tavy plays with Geoff Peterson Jr. on my bed: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/149950089762

* "Sunday Sweets: Labors of Love:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/9/4/sunday-sweets-labors-of-love.html

* TNG Season 3 Rewatch:
-"Who watches the watchers:" I'm pretty sure starting a Fundamentalist religious revival with the Captain as a God violates the prime directive, or as Captain Kirk would call it: Thursday.

-"The Bonding:" I love how Buddhist Data sounds here. I love the way each of the characters has a different reaction to loss, but I wish they'd done this for Tasha Yarr first season instead. I just want to say how excellent the acting of the main cast is in this episode, particularly Wil Wheaton and Michael Dorn, but really all them.

I am someone who often dreams of my dead. When the dream is framed as alternate history or where the dead person isn't pretending to be anything other than dead, I don't mind. When something turns up pretending to be alive when I KNOW that person is dead it creeps me the hell out in the dream. I have always preferred the often grim or dark truth to the fiction. I am like that with grief too. It's not that I don't miss my dead; I miss them constantly. It's just that i do not take comfort from ersatz people, if that makes sense. I have always felt that way about this episode. What the aliens are doing here makes my skin crawl.

* "Things Keep Getting Worse in A Series of Unfortunate Events:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/things-keep-getting-worse-series-unfortunate-events/

* "Looking Back at Preacher Season 1:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/looking-back-preacher-season-1/

* "Suicide Squad Squanders its Cast:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/suicide-squad-squanders-cast/

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

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