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* "George Weah and Boakai ahead in Liberia election partial results:" https://guardian.ng/news/george-weah-and-boakai-ahead-in-liberia-election-partial-results/

* "Trump won't pull out of 'worst' Iran nuclear deal _ for now:" https://apnews.com/a660d3fd7e93484f82095122de8d4ff8/Trump-speech-to-vilify-Iran-over-nuke-deal,-non-nuke-issues

* This is fucking terrifying. "Trump deluded on missile defense accuracy:"

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* "Lacking policy vision, Trump attacks Obama accomplishments:"

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* "Trump will scrap critical Obamacare subsidies:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/12/trump-obamacare-subsidy-243736

* "Insurers push back against Trump's cuts to ObamaCare subsidies:" http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/health-insurance/355312-insurers-push-back-against-trumps-cuts-to-key-subsidies

* "New York, California threaten to sue over health-care subsidies:" http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/355262-ags-threaten-to-sue-over-health-care-subsidies

* "Trump: My presidency is 'substantially ahead of schedule':" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/13/trump-value-voters-summit-2017-243751

* 45 insists that spending 200 Billion dollars to make health coverage more expensive and to deprive working people of health coverage is a cornerstone of Republican policy an will somehow "Make America Great Again" as will dramatic tax cuts for the extremely rich. 1 million working people will lose their health insurance during the next year because 45 insists that taking away the subsidies that help working people pay their premiums and deductibles is really intended to help the people he's clearly trying to kill.

* "Twitter deleted data potentially crucial to Russia probes:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/13/twitter-russia-data-deleted-investigation-243730

* "This is How the Pentagon Spun Hurricane Maria:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-13/how-the-pentagon-spun-hurricane-maria

* "Trump taps climate skeptic to lead White House environment office:" http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/355281-trump-taps-climate-skeptic-to-lead-white-house-environment-office

* "Background check chief has 'never seen' mistakes like Kushner forms:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/12/politics/jared-kushner-background-check-form/

* "Another Trump campaign tie to Russia exposed:"

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* "We Don't Do That Here:" http://thagomizer.com/blog/2017/09/29/we-don-t-do-that-here.html

* "California fires: Almost 6,000 buildings destroyed:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/13/us/california-fires-updates/index.html

* Is it just me or is a lot of the BBC coverage of California burning weirdly obsessed with the wineries?

* "Real Paleo Diet: early hominids ate just about everything:" http://www.wtsp.com/news/nation-now/real-paleo-diet-early-hominids-ate-just-about-everything/458522081

* "An exciting archaeological breakthrough is helping researchers understand our ancient relatives:" http://www.gibraltarolivepress.com/2017/07/22/exciting-archaeological-breakthrough-helping-researchers-understand-ancient-relatives/

* "Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding:" https://phys.org/news/2017-10-prehistoric-humans-networks-inbreeding.html

* "Archaeologists finding out what life in Colombia was like 2400 years ago:" https://colombiareports.com/archaeologists-probing-life-colombia-2400-years-ago/

* I've seen the "King Tut's wife" coverage, but it looks entirely speculative. I'm going to wait for proof.

* "The town that gave Russia its name:" http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171002-the-town-that-gave-russia-its-name

* "Archaeologists Uncover Rare Artifacts Pointing to Role of Women in Peru's Largest pre-Columbian City:" https://perureports.com/2017/10/03/archaeologists-peru-women/

* So I've been trying to rest up the last few days. Tavy and I have been spending a lot of time with him napping on me while I read. I've been doing small things around the house. There will definitely be dinner and cake for my birthday and i need to do proper cleaning in advance of that this weekend, but it was nice having three relatively peaceful days to alternate decadence in the Court of James I and various Bujold things before coming out to cope with the firehouse of horror emanating from the White House.

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

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

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

* "Congress Wants to Change the Americans with Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165470116342/congress-wants-to-change-the-americans-with

* How to help Flood victims in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165235609582/woke-up-on-derse-f-f-f-fight

"How to Help Puerto Rico from the outside:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165733774359/how-to-help-puerto-rico-from-the-outside

* How to help Caribbean victims of Irma: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165240981876/hedaclara-hedaclara-hedaclara-guys-the

* "How to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims:" http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/08/27/how_to_help_hurricane_harvey_victims.html

* "Disaster Relief and Support for Libraries:" http://www.txla.org/news/2017/08/disaster-relief-and-support-for-libraries

* How to help the protesters and ordinary people in Venezuela: https://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/163738805241/softestjohn-fiftyeightminutes-softestjohn

* "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide:" https://www.splcenter.org/20170814/ten-ways-fight-hate-community-response-guide

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

* Red Cross is taking donations for Western Wildfire Relief: http://www.redcross.org/local/oregon/ways-to-donate/wildfires

* (This is here as a reminder to me for later). "Can you recommend me some good books, essays, etc. about witches, witchcraft, witch trials in England?:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/164664427028/dear-pauline-can-you-recommend-me-some-good

* 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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* "Sally Yates: Protect the Justice Department From President Trump:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/28/opinion/sally-yates-protect-the-justice-department-from-president-trump.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

* "McMaster: North Korean missiles a ‘grave threat’:"

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* "Maxine Waters on leaks: Start with the president:"

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* "Mexico-US illegal migration has been at zero for 8 years, and other eye-opening facts:" https://boingboing.net/2016/08/03/mexico-us-illegal-migration-ha.html

* "New sexual harassment allegations follow Bolling suspension:"

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* So remember when the police murdered Ismael Lopez because they didn't bother to check addresses and claimed that even though he was innocent and not holding a gun they used thee x-ray vision to see that he really was so them summarily executing him on a whim was completely justified?

They shot him in the back of the head.

The murderers claim they were such cowards that feared for their lives because an innocent unarmed man on the other side of the door was walking away from them that they had to murder him without warning or even checking to see if they had the right person.

* "Cops Let Man Go After He Snaps & Knocks Out Valet—Because He’s Part of the Thin Blue Line:" http://thefreethoughtproject.com/blue-privilege-knocked-unconscious/

* An off duty police brother decided to hunt and lynch an innocent young man, permanently maiming him for the crime of being a black man out after dark in his own neighborhood. Two different police departments not only conspired to cover up the crime, but police on the scene arrested the victim rather and refused to arrest the attackers. "If Toronto police are serious about restoring our faith they need to root out the bad-apple cops:" https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/07/28/if-toronto-police-are-serious-about-restoring-our-faith-they-need-to-root-out-the-bad-apple-cops.html

* "Officer, brother must stay away from Dafonte Miller as part of bail conditions:" http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/theriault-brothers-bail-1.4232137

* "‘Flash drought’ could devastate half the High Plains wheat harvest:" http://grist.org/food/flash-drought-could-devastate-half-the-high-plains-wheat-harvest/

* "Libraries Are the Real Punk Rock:" http://therumpus.net/2017/07/libraries-are-the-real-punk-rock/

* "Take Your Gatekeeping and Shove It.:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/163794378035/take-your-gatekeeping-and-shove-it

* "Turkey’s underground cities:" http://the-earth-story.com/post/163591329655/turkeys-underground-cities-once-upon-a-time

* "How To Fly A Plane Full Of Bombs (If Your Name Is Steve):"

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* One of the truly disorienting things about the smoke blanket, is it has divorced my visual expectation from what the weather actually is. It can be baking hot, but look like sporadic showers. It is fundamentally confusing to my weather sense. That said, late this afternoon, there was a hint of blue to the inland sky, giving me hope that the lung choking pall may be lifting.

* "The Afterthought Starks:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/the-afterthought-starks/

* "Preacher, Season 2, Episode 7: Pig:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/08/preacher-season-2-episode-7-pig.html

* On Hothor Umber: http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/163873832968/wait-a-sec-so-whorsebane-is-suppose-to-be-an

* "Sunday Sweets For Book Lovers:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/8/6/sunday-sweets-for-book-lovers.html

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

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

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

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "In Poland, an Assault on the Courts Provokes Outrage:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/world/europe/poland-courts-law-and-justice-party.html?smid=tw-nytimesworld&smtyp=cur

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

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

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

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

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

* But can Scaramucci do the fandango?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Trump makes ethics office more accommodating:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Exclusive - Goodbye, Sean Spicer:"

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* "President Trump Casually Makes Another Damning Admission:"

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* "Toying with Russia :"

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* "The Don - The President Show:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "My Family’s Slave:" https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/06/lolas-story/524490/?utm_source=twb

* "Syria conflict: Turkey opens 'city' for orphans of the war:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39960471

* "Exclusive: Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians: sources:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-contacts-idUSKCN18E106

* Let's hope is passes with enough to over ride a veto.... "Congress Just Gave Trump Awful News About His Next Golf Trip:" http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/05/16/congress-just-gave-trump-awful-news-next-golf-trip/

* "Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says he's taking job in Department of Homeland Security:" http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2017/05/17/sheriff-david-clarke-accepts-job-department-homeland-security/328342001/

* "Stephen Miller Is Writing Trump's NATO Speech, Too:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/johnhudson/nato-skeptic-stephen-miller-is-writing-trumps-nato-speech?utm_term=.gh5MYZV0K#.ebo8vDpor

* "Flynn stopped military plan Turkey opposed – after being paid as its agent:" http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article151149647.html

* "Trump Team Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before He Came to White House:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/us/politics/michael-flynn-donald-trump-national-security-adviser.html

* Of course he does. *head desk* "Donald Trump Talked Michael Flynn Into White House Job—and Wants Him Back in the Administration:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/05/18/donald-trump-talked-michael-flynn-into-white-house-job

* "Senate intel chair backtracks on claim Flynn won't honor subpoena:" http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mike-flynns-lawyers-honor-subpoena-senate-intel-chair/story?id=47488145

* "Rosenstein knew Comey was going to be fired before writing his memo, senators say:" http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-rosenstein-knew-comey-was-going-to-be-1495136617-htmlstory.html

* "Trump weighs downsizing Spicer’s public role:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/will-sean-spicer-be-fired-238548

* "Sexism and Second Chances:" http://www.jimchines.com/2017/04/sexism-and-second-chances/

* "Beyond Alt: Understanding the New Far Right:" http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/04/beyond-alt-understanding-the-new-far-right.html

* "Betty Shelby was acquitted in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher:" http://circa.com/circa-now/happening/betty-shelby-was-acquitted-in-the-shooting-death-of-terrence-crutcher

* "Russian Activists Say They’ve Been Told US Visas Are Out Of Reach For Gay Chechens:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/us-denies-visas-to-gay-russians-fleeing-kidnapping-and?utm_term=.gp5YXALlg&bftb#.xpzvrGEpO

* "Monsantos manipulation on science attempts to silence scientists revealed:" http://english.astroawani.com/technology-news/monsantos-manipulation-science-attempts-silence-scientists-revealed-139997

* "Miles of Ice Collapsing Into the Sea:" https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/18/climate/antarctica-ice-melt-climate-change.html?_r=1

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

* "The Doomsday Glacier:" http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/the-doomsday-glacier-w481260

* Today I blew the last of the food allotment on Greek things I could make and eat easily, because I'm solidly booked until... Tuesday, with various commitments. The peak of the Lizard Lion festival is this weekend and I'm heavily committed there, plus the usual physically demanding stuff on Monday. I am still covered in bruises from Inspection and tank cleaning, and my muscles hate me. Easy foods are a must. My Thursday thing got cancelled, so I am picking at the kitchen, and doing small things needing doing, including brewing a fresh pitcher of sweet huckleberry tea. I think this will be the last summer for it, as the supply of leaves is fast dwindling, but I have hopes of it lasting through July at least.

* I am so burnt out on the destruction of my country that I spent over an hour today looking at beautifully shot nearly naked male dancers in dance poses instead of sensibly reading and clearing links.

* Ageism and Superheroines: http://butlerbookbinding.tumblr.com/post/160801212199/rainnecassidy-p1ratew3nch-wombatking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* Finally! The Justice Department (Rob Rosenstein, not Jeff Sessions) has appointed a Special Council. Let us see if Robert Mueller's properly independent in practice.

* For the record, I do think that the Comey firing is pretty clearly obstruction of justice, which ought to be an impeachable offense along with several other charges related to that, such as witness intimidation. At the same time, Comey has show that he is biased, and I do actually prefer Mueller as lead investigator. Ideally, I'd like to see all the currently in progress investigations proceed with vigor, but assuming Trump doesn't fire Mueller, my suspicion is that it's going to be him and/or possibly the FBI (if Trump doesn't get to put in a loyalist who will order a cover up) and/or the financial crimes guys most likely to actually DO something. Congressional Republicans have made it clear they have zero interest in national security or protecting the rule of law in this country by deciding to slow walk their investigations and doing everything in their power to aid in the cover up instead of acting in the best interests of the country and the world. The Mueller appointment is the first hopeful thing I've seen on the Trump/Russia/Espionage/treason/money laundering/multiple felonies front in...since the beginning maybe. I'm not holding my breath because too much can go wrong with an autocrat in power, but I do feel a tiny bit better.

* "Sen. Cory Booker condemns DHS for revoking global entry cards for Muslim travelers:" https://mic.com/articles/174210/sen-cory-booker-condemns-dhs-for-revoking-global-entry-cards-for-muslim-travelers?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=movement&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.H4SroZm1L

* "Ms Bostick Is Trans Feminine:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/ms-bostick-is-trans-feminine.html

* "Cary Grant: how 100 acid trips in Tinseltown 'changed my life':" https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/may/12/cary-grant-how-100-acid-trips-in-tinseltown-changed-my-life-lsd-documentary

* "Putting Confederate Statues Where They Belong:"

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* "Declassified: Did Trump Share Intel with Russian Officials?:"

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* "Moscow in the Meddle - President Trump Can't Be Trusted with Secrets:"

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* "The South Finally Gets Around to Removing Confederate Statues:"

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* "Ladies Who Book:"

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* "Miami Rights:"

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* "AHCA: Winners & Die-ers:"

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* "Here’s How Trump Could Already Be Prosecuted:"

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* "What Ambulances Will Look Like Under Trumpcare:"

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* "Bill Nye Explains Why The March For Science Was Necessary:"

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* "Jon Stewart Has A New Day Job:"

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* TW: Suicide "Stephen Talks To A Bill (Yes, The Healthcare One):"

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* "James Comey, You Just Got Trump'd!:"

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* I HATE inspection. The siren goes off at random intervals, so you have time to relax and forget and then you are jumping out of your skin. They found a leak in the laundry ceiling sprinkler but luckily it is building structure and not our expense. I hate everything about this process. The noise, the intrusion, and particularly the management lady staring at all our stuff. At least it's over and two hours later Tavy was out of the closet of solitude and having a lap nap in his cat cave.

* "When the faux oppressed whine, they look ridiculous:" https://cypheroftyr.com/2017/05/15/when-the-faux-oppressed-whine-they-look-ridiculous/

* "About Those Spinoffs:" http://grrm.livejournal.com/536859.html

* Class: I really like that Matteusz got a whole set of hero moments, and that ram got to talk about his relationship with his religion and his father. It was good seeing April really coming into her own as a character and that the family drama did not wrap up neatly and unrealistically the way most shows would have done. The Governors are terrifying and clearly will grow as antagonists, given enough space and episodes. I think the theme today was character and it was lovely how parallel April/Ram was with The Prince/Matteusz. The part where April's mom frames the healing as violent and a violation and affirms the value of her life the way it is. It was really affirming and the opposite of what most shows do.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Syria conflict: Aid convoy hit by 'air strike' near Aleppo:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37413411

* I love this fashion is coming back after so many centuries. "Mexican Pointy Boots:" http://www.vice.com/video/mexican-pointy-boots

* "Civil Rights Museum rejects Trump photo-op:"

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* "Obama speaks ahead of African-American history museum's opening:"

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* "Institutional Racism Shows Its Ugly Face Again: Cops Pepper-Spray Girl:" https://blackmattersus.com/16543-institutional-racism-shows-its-ugly-face-again-cops-pepper-spray-girl/

* "Latest Police Brutality Video: Cop Utters Death Threat To Black Men:" https://blackmattersus.com/16519-latest-police-brutality-video-cop-utters-death-threat-to-black-men/

* "Blackface is Ugly and I’m Being Harassed: A Tale of Cosplay & Cosplayers Gone Wrong:" https://dela-doll.com/2016/09/05/black-is-ugly-and-im-being-harassed-a-tale-of-cosplayand-cosplayers-gone-wrong/

* "How 'Sailor Moon' Fandom Became a Refuge for 90s Queer Kids:" http://www.vice.com/video/american-obsessions-sailor-moon-queer-indentity

* "California’s Sea Lion Die-Off:" https://news.vice.com/video/californias-sea-lion-die-off

* "Indigenous Australians most ancient civilization on Earth, DNA study confirms:" https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/sep/21/indigenous-australians-most-ancient-civilisation-on-earth-dna-study-confirms

* "3600-Year-old Swedish Axes Were Made With Copper from Cyprus:" http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.719125

* That takes serious guts. "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Hillary Clinton:" http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2016/09/between-two-ferns-with-zach.html

* "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets About Themselves #10:" http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2016/09/celebrities-read-mean-tweets-about.html

* "Stephen Colbert Reacts to the State of Emergency in Charlotte:"

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* "Anime Detour 2011 Legolas Dances to Single Ladies :"

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* "Moral Implications of Evil Races in Fantasy:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/evil-races-in-fantasy/

* "Winter Hits Caradhras and the Ring Goes South:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/winter-caradhras-ring-goes-south/

* TNG 4 Rewatch:

- Suddenly Human. Worf is a feminist! This one is complicated on a bunch of levels. Watching it, I am haunted by the excellent novel Warboy, that explores similar themes around cross cultural kidnap, what is and isn't child abuse, loyalties, agency etc.. This, being '90's network television can't go nearly as far. This is another episode that touches on PTSD.

They are always forcing Picard into fatherhood roles, aren't they? I wish they'd stop treating Picard's preference to be childfree as if it were pathological and funny. That may be the most annoying noise a non-baby/toddler aged human can make. Apparently Talurians love metal. Good to know. Do bedroom doors on a starship not lock?

- Remember Me. This one is hard for me to watch.

- Legacy. Ishara: How did Tasha die? Me: she was fridged because the writer's couldn't figure out what to do with her. Brent Spiner acted the shit out of this one.

- Reunion. More long arc crucial Klingon politics with associated Worf character development. Enter Worf's surprise illegitimate son and associated issues.

- Future Imperfect. I have always felt that it is a brutal incitement of Riker that the love of his life is a holodeck program.

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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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* There was an attack on a Police Officer and his wife near Versailles. The attacker was killed as well. A toddler survived.

* "Maddow: Gay community in US 'forged in fire:"

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* I am so fucking sick of you, Toddler Trump. First you claims Indiana is in Mexico. Now you claim a person born in Queens, NY is "born in Afghan." which I'm assuming you believes is what Afghanistan is called. Given you, Trump were also born in Queens, does that mean we can deport you back to Afghanistan? Also, you are a man who insisted Hawaii is in Kenya and thus President Obama is not really the President. If you are insisting that being born in Queens makes one a foreigner, doesn't that make you, Trump, a foreigner and not eligible to be President? Because you can't have it both ways. Either NYC is part of the USA or it isn't. So fucking pick.

And stop using our dead for your hate mongering, while you're at it. There's been enough hate.

* "I've been drunk many times, even in the...:" https://www.facebook.com/matt.lang.524/posts/10156967377345032?pnref=story

* "Orlando attack victims: the lives cut short in America's deadliest shooting:" http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2016/jun/13/orlando-terror-attack-victims-pulse-nightclub?CMP=tmb_gu

* "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Debt Buyers:"

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* "Trevor Addresses the Orlando Shooting:"

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* "Mass Shooting in Orlando - Donald Trump Reacts:"

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* "Again? Again. | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee:"

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* "Florida's Mental Health | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee :"

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* "The Many Faces (and Crotches) of Libertarians:"

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* "Why we're terrified of fanfiction:" http://www.vox.com/2016/6/2/11531406/why-were-terrified-fanfiction-teen-girls

* I read Vintage today. All of it in one sitting, which is a compliment, though the book itself was short. It was beautiful both as a ghost story and a YA Gay romance.

* GoT: 1. Is it just me or is the Essie Davis as Lady Crane's Cersei way more compelling than the real show Cersei? 2. I've had abdominal wounds. How can she run like that with abdominal wounds? That involves a lot of torso muscle movements.

* "Game of Nonsense, Week Six: Tyrell Trouble:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/game-nonsense-week-six-tyrell-trouble/

* "Magneto should not be in 'X-Men Apocalypse':" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/magneto-x-men-apocalypse/

* More Captain America: Civil War Analysis: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/145907193482/robotmango-anmechokola

* Yes, I know this was 2015, but this was what I needed today. "Fun Home Performance Tony Awards 2015 :"

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* "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: http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* 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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* If you are living in one of the many places on the planet flooding or under flood watch, please, please, please follow safety and evacuation instructions where you are and just generally be careful out there, okay? People are dying. I hope you and your animals are safe.

* "Weak response from 'counterpuncher' Trump to Clinton offensive:"

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* "Just a few of the stories my great aunt told me about women in the 60s::" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/145448822397/acquaintedwithrask-morinover

* "Firefighters battle derailed oil train fire in Oregon:"

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* "Female Rage Doesn't Exist In A Vacuum:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kameron-hurley/female-rage-doesnt-exist-in-a-vacuum_b_10227368.html

* "The REAL Civil War Is Inside Marvel Studios:" https://creators.co/posts/3936108

* ASoIaF Characters not in Game of Thrones: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/143817290272/sorry-if-this-is-a-duplicate-ask-internets-been#notes

* Book vs. Show Jorah Mormont: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/143916111252/why-so-excruciatingly-delicious-characters-like

* Zimbabwe has joined Ethiopia in disaster level drought People and animals are dying. Want to help? https://www.wfp.org/help

* "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: http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* 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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* Election Update 5/4:
Rep: Trump 1047, Cruz 565, Kasich 153. 1237 needed, 520 Left.
Dem: Clinton 1682/520 (2202), Sanders 1361/39 (1400). 2383 needed, 1163 left.

* Next Up:
Sat, May 7 Guam (D)
Tue, May 10 Nebraska (R), West Virginia

* "We Have A Problem:" http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/04/27/we-have-a-problem/

* "Sexual Harassment Allegations Against DC Editor Eddie Berganza Become Public:" http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/sexual-harassment-allegations-against-dc-editor-eddie-berganza-become-public

* "The Hugo finalists: John Scalzi on why the sad puppies can't take credit for Neil Gaiman's success:" http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-john-scalzi-hugo-award-nominations-20160426-story.html

* Silly Screen caps for got 6.01: http://imgur.com/a/MSh3G#YYEV46A

* "So I watched 6.01…:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/143380260392/so-i-watched-601

* "…and 6.02 was a bit better.:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/143742303232/and-602-was-a-bit-better

* "Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 1: Schrodinger’s Crone:" http://chrysreviews.com/index.php/2016/04/25/game-of-thrones-season-6-episode-1-schrodingers-crone/#more-214

* "Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 2: R’hllor Bless us, One and All:" http://chrysreviews.com/index.php/2016/05/02/game-of-thrones-season-6-episode-2-rhllor-bless-us-one-and-all/

"Here’s as good a time as any to mention my ongoing gripe about the Sparrows, which will also serve as this week’s history note. The book Sparrows are fantasy Catholic, right? Right. The show Sparrows are fantasy Calvinists. The book Sparrows are concerned with class issues; the show Sparrows have everything to do with modern right-wing culture warriors (many of them influenced by Calvinist theology) and nothing to do with class. It’s a radical statement, I know, but not all religious denominations are the same - and if the showrunners miss the analogue, they’re going to miss the point. The origins of Calvinism were very middle class, their theology demanding education to justify their positions. It’s not a good fit for an uneducated medieval society sick of war started by uncaring nobles."

* I am having a fundamental problem watching Game of Thrones, which is the showrunners bizarre decision to spend seasons 4 and 5 systematically gutting story lines to replace them with complete nonsense and wildly inconsistent characterizations (The problem goes back further than that but the unraveling really accelerate with 4 and 5), leaves me staring at the screen going "Why are they...? Oh right, nothing makes sense any more and no one does things for actual reasons. It's dada, not connected narrative." This is a serious fucking problem. There are the occasional moments that do work, but they float in a sea of randomness and illogic. There is also the problem that because they decided to move things around the time line randomly, as a book reader, I have trouble figuring out WTF. Me: wait, why is Balon still alive? Oh right, because they decided to toss out all the Iron Islands bits and then jam them in here even though they would have made more sense back where George R. R. Martin put them, so now they are playing catch up even though the time lines no longer make any sense. *facepalm* I know i need to watch these things because of GoB and cultural literacy, but it's hard to make myself do it.

* Ebay, 4ish days, Three no bid at this writing:

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* Want to help Equador in the wake of their Earthquake? http://www.ifrc.org/en/news-and-media/news-stories/americas/ecuador/ecuador-red-cross-responds-to-deadly-earthquake-72129/

* Zimbabwe has joined Ethiopia in disaster level drought People and animals are dying. Want to help? https://www.wfp.org/help

* "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: http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* 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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* How evil do you have to be to make an argument that people should be denied a cheap, life saving emergency treatment on the grounds that eventually on some day in the future they will die of something or or other so it might as well be today? "Maine Gov. vetoes bill for overdose antidote:"

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* "UK Issues Travel Warning To NC and MS:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/04/uk-issues-travel-warning-to-nc-and-ms.html

* "Flint home posts highest lead reading ever:"

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* There was a problem with my meds today. I need to go back in tomorrow for antibiotics and it turns out a key PRN isn't even in partial coverage anymore, so is now $35.00. Squirrel did manage to raise his half of property tax, plus kibble and litter, so housing is at least is sorted until early fall, but my meds are still at the pharmacy, and antibiotics really need to be in full coverage or I'm kind of fucked lung wise. (This is why I haven't done the next ebay. I can get out mask and gloves to do them up, but I'd rather wait until it's safe to handle oil bottles if I can.). I ended up foraging because I was too sick to go last week and it fit perfectly into the gap. Tomorrow's appointment is in the worst time possible as they couldn't sort me when I had today's appointment. Sigh.

* Yes I made myself watch the GoT premiere. Eventually. It was nearly all depressingly nonsensical. I just don't know if I can even hate watch it anymore.

* "Time Stood Still, Part 2: Those Fingers Do Not Lie :" http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/142399300283/time-stood-still-part-2-those-fingers-do-not-lie

* "GAMER GUYS (Jimquisition) :"

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* "Prince & The Revolution - Raspberry Beret 1985:"

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* Want to help Equador in the wake of their Earthquake? http://www.ifrc.org/en/news-and-media/news-stories/americas/ecuador/ecuador-red-cross-responds-to-deadly-earthquake-72129/

* Zimbabwe has joined Ethiopia in disaster level drought People and animals are dying. Want to help? https://www.wfp.org/help

* "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: http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* 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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* "The Deafening Public Silence Following The Shooting Of 3 Indiana Men:" http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/03/02/3754809/fort-wayne-shooting/

* "Mom Whose Daughter Was Killed by Police in Virginia Beach Posts Video Pleading for Justice:" http://mic.com/articles/135471/mom-whose-daughter-was-killed-by-police-in-virginia-beach-posts-video-pleading-for-justice?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.oVcfBVGCQ

* "'Still a city of slaves' – Selma, in the words of those who live there:" http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/04/still-a-city-of-slaves-selma-in-the-words-who-those-who-live-there

* "Anti-gay law could cost Mississippi billions in federal dollars:"

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* "Ancient Games: Crash Course Games #2 :"

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* "The Economics of Healthcare: Crash Course Econ #29:"

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* "Gamer Culture Toxicity :"

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* Two asparagus survived the disaster and I have hopes of two more.

* EBAYs:

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* Zimbabwe has joined Ethiopia in disaster level drought People and animals are dying. Want to help? https://www.wfp.org/help

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

* Want to help finance my meds/medical co pays? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Donate to help refugees: http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* 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
gwydion: (Default)
* This contains a list of links regarding the ruling conservative party in the UK literally killing disabled people by starving them to death, etc.  https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/141296070033/sacculetta-eggheadcheesybird-physicist-pi

* "At least 48 transgender women killed in Brazil in January:" http://feministing.com/2016/02/03/at-least-48-transgender-women-killed-in-brazil-in-january/

* "Alleged Islan Nettles Killer Rejects Plea Deal, Going To March 30 Trial:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/03/alleged-islan-nettles-killer-rejects.html

* "Unjust SB 180 Passes KY Senate:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/03/unjust-sb-180-passes-ky-senate.html

*  "Caitlyn Wants To Be A Trans Ambassador For Trans Oppressor Ted Cruz:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/03/caitlyn-wants-to-be-trans-ambassador.html

* "Say Hello To Lilly:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/03/say-hello-to-lillly.html

* I surprised Tavy napping on the bed when I went in to bring him goosh, poor little guy, and he fled back to his bunker.

* "On Creating an Inclusive Fandom:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/02/on-creating-inclusive-fandom.html

* "Marginalized Characters: Banished to the Plot Box:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/03/marginalised-characters-banished-to.html

* EBAYs, 4ish days, no bid:

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* Zimbabwe has joined Ethiopia in disaster level drought People and animals are dying. Want to help? https://www.wfp.org/help

* Help the poisoned children of Flint Michigan. "Water Crisis:&"; https://www.cfgf.org/cfgf/GoodWork/FlintArea/WaterCrisis/tabid/855/Default.aspx

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

* Want to help finance my meds/medical co pays? 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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Pensive)
* "Zika and Ebola: A taste of things to come?:" http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35614569

* "Ebola 'devastates long-term health':" http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35652095

* "Study shows Zika 'might cause' Guillain-Barré syndrome:" http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35689738

* "Trump campaign co-chair arrested for conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States:" http://www.rawstory.com/2016/03/trump-campaign-co-chair-arrested-for-conspiracy-to-commit-an-offense-against-the-united-states/

* "In the age of Trump, grim warnings from Holocaust survivors:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/in-the-age-of-trump-grim-warnings-from-holocaust-survivors/2016/01/27/c65ea38c-c549-11e5-8965-0607e0e265ce_story.html

* Ben Carson is out of the presidential race to no one's surprise.

* "Chicago Police Have Been Sabotaging Their Own Dashboard Cameras on Purpose:" http://mic.com/articles/133735/chicago-police-have-been-sabotaging-their-own-dashboard-cameras-on-purpose?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.uwSIwjush

* At the perpetual Friday protest in front of the Post Office down town, there were more Bernie signs than there were anti-war ones. O.o There was actually a "Trekkies for Bernie" and several people discussing how Bernie's platform did or didn't line up with Trekverse ideals. This seemed somehow quintessentially PNW. I didn't see signs for any other candidates. The peace protest had taken two corners, Elect Bernie had one. No one was in front of the Rite Aid, which is weird. That's usually Peace or misc political.

* "Getting Clean, the Tudor Way:" https://newrepublic.com/article/129828/getting-clean-tudor-way

* I had a fascinating time watching "Ghosts of Amistad" where they went to the villages in the region the Amistad Africans were kidnapped from and asked village elders about them. Sembe's village was destroyed, so they had to go to villages in the area, but some of the other villages are actually still there. It was good to hear the Sierra Leonian perspective. The things about leadership and their rebellion at Lomboke didn't make it into Western histories. They showed the descendants a portrait of one of them. There was something delightful about knowing at least one of them had a full life after this terrible thing was done to him and is still remembered.

* I had all sorts of things to do online Friday, but we had a massive outage. I did do some necessary errands, as there is literally one day in which my credit card payment would be spendable credit this month, so I did buy some filters with the sliver of leeway. Not enough. We still are desperately short on biofilters, but I changed out the three in the worst shape. (Green filters come in packs of two, blue in packs of one). When I got home I did some more organizing to maximize sun, not that we had much today. I did dishes, filled buckets, and even managed to make a nutritious dinner, all this despite the ongoing extreme pain situation. I did NOT need the rest of my evening disrupted.

* Velveteen now has a non binary character! "Velveteen Presents Action Dude vs. Doing the Right Thing.:" http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/665073.html

* "Captain America: The First (decent) Avenger:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/captain-america-the-first-avenger/

* "City of Light (Outcast #1) By Keri Arthur:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/12/city-of-light-outcast-1-by-keri-arthur.html

* April 2 2016, 10am

* Black Sails XXV

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* EBAYs:

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* Help pay for gas to get a rescue kitty safe to his new forever home. paypal@ninjakitten.com

* Want to help the people of Fiji in the wake of Cyclone Winston?: http://www.redcross.com.fj/

* Zimbabwe has joined Ethiopia in disaster level drought People and animals are dying. Want to help? https://www.wfp.org/help

* Help the poisoned children of Flint Michigan. "Water Crisis:&"; https://www.cfgf.org/cfgf/GoodWork/FlintArea/WaterCrisis/tabid/855/Default.aspx

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

* Want to help finance my meds/medical co pays? 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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* Several others including Jeb Bush are also promising to start World War III if elected. "Chris Christie Calls Obama A ‘Weakling,’ Literally Promises To Start World War III:" http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/10/13/chris-christie-calls-obama-a-weakling-literally-promises-to-start-world-war-iii/

* "US, Russia overlap in Syria risks escalation:"

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* "ACLU Sues Benton County, Wash., For Operating 'Modern-Day Debtors Prison':" http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/10/07/446681086/aclu-sues-benton-county-wash-for-operating-modern-day-debtors-prison?utm_source=facebook.com

* The driver was not literally rabid. I checked. "Rabid Driver Shoots Georgia Woman In Back For Driving Too Slow (VIDEO):" http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/10/13/rabid-driver-shoots-georgia-woman-in-back-for-driving-too-slow-video/

* California banned the use of the R*****ns racial slur for Sports Team names.

* "Arrest Made In Keisha Jenkins Murder:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/10/arrest-made-in-keisha-jenkins-murder.html

* "Lafayette, Les Mis, and the July Revolution of 1830:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/131148891577/lafayette-les-mis-and-the-july-revolution-of

* "Dr. Nerdlove Nerds and Male Privilege:" http://www.doctornerdlove.com/2011/11/nerds-and-male-privilege/

* "Dr. Nerdlove Nerds and Male Privilege Part 2:" http://www.doctornerdlove.com/2012/01/nerds-and-male-privilege-part-2/all/1/

* "Don't Be A Creeper:" http://www.doctornerdlove.com/2011/12/dont-be-a-creeper/

I can guarantee if you just pinned her to a wall or display rack, she is not listening to you. All she is thinking about is how to get away from you. rapping a woman like that is frigging terrifying. Ought she yell for help? Is anyone likely to help nearby? Will she have to knee your crotch? Take out your knee? Can she dart under your arm and what happens if you grab her and won’t let go? Seriously, she’s gaming out survival strategies and does not give a shit about how much you love Wolverine or your 35th level ranger. You’ve just signaled you are about to attack her. Don’t be this guy.

* 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 to donate money to instead of seeing the racist Stonewall Movie that decided to portray a black trans woman activist as a cis white man. 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
gwydion: (No Angel)
* Slovakia wants their share of the refugees only be Christian.

* "LeBron James' Latest Slam Dunk Actually Took Place off the Court:" http://mic.com/articles/123940/le-bron-james-is-sending-1-100-kids-from-his-hometown-to-college-for-free?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social

* The Republican Party truly is the Know Nothing Party now. I feel like the Whiggish worm is eating it's tail.

* "Why Christie needs to clean up the Hudson tunnel mess:" http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/08/why_christie_needs_to_clean_up_the_hudson_tunnel_m.html

* Re: Ashley Madison. I don't have any skin in this game. I have never cheated, not have I been cheated on, though I have been in a lot of relationships with negotiated openness of one type or another. I am a believer in ethical polyamory, not cheating. In a Modern American context, there are very few circumstances that excuse it. We no longer have arranged marriages. no fault divorce is the law of the land. People whom can not split up for reasons such as finances, children, serious medical issues, etc. can use their damned words and work out an open marriage arrangement like sensible adults. I do think that in times, countries, and circumstances that are coercive, where people really don't have options, cheating, while not ideal is acceptable. I think those conditions apply rarely in this country now. It is completely unacceptable to subject a partner to risk without consent, with the obvious exception of a situation where a person is being coerced to stay and they that isn't a partner, that is a rapist. Otherwise, leave or use your words. Like a grown up.

That said, I am also a huge fan of privacy. Showing Jennifer Lawrence's genitals to people without her consent is not okay. Showing anyone's genitals to people without their consent is never okay regardless of gender and celebrity status. Warrantless collection of email by governments is not okay. Warrantless wiretaps are not okay. Publishing someones name and address and urging people to kill them because you don't like what she said about gaming on the Internet or what he does for a living or who they sleep with is not okay. And on and on.

Publishing the names and financials etc. of people registered on Ashley Madison is not okay. Privacy trumps the fact that cheating is a shitty thing to do. Publishing someone's personal details and fucking up their whole family's lives is way shittier, especial as the financials mean you are stealing not just from the cheater but that person's spouse and children if any. You are punishing the whole family for something that is not illegal and is incredibly common. What you are doing is way shittier than whatever that cheating spouse did, it truly is.

* "New hypothesis: Jeb Bush is bad at his job of running for president:"

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* "O'Malley makes smart move with union at Las Vegas Trump protest:"

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* "Maine governor offers to resign if enough people ask. Asking commences.:"

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* On Antisemitism, race, ethnicity, and Othering: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/127074325117/hey-im-black-and-not-jewish-and-am-struggling

* "The B Word:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/125762297115/i-kiss-the-pretty-boy-in-black-semi-sheer-thigh#notes

* Three More Trans Women of Colour Murdered: Last year there was one trans woman murdered in this country for every month in the year. As of this week sixteen trans women have been murdered, most of them women of colour, most of those of African decent. Can we please all agree that Black Trans Lives Matter and do something about this?

* This was the hottest July in the history of recordable temperature keeping on Earth.

* Today there was pie and pizza and podcast. We did episode 2 of Slavery and Slavery like structures, and I had to stop just before the Great Peasant Revolt, which is unfortunate. I'd hoped to finish off serfdom today and start fresh with the return to chattel slavery next week.

* "These 4 Charts Reveal Exactly How Terrible Hollywood's Diversity Problem Really Is:" http://mic.com/articles/123731/4-charts-reveal-exactly-how-terrible-hollywoods-diversity-problem-is?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social

* "The Beauty and the Sadness of Geek Culture:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/08/the-beauty-and-sadness-of-geek-culture.html

* "Questions and answers, #6: Just kidding around.:" http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/635569.html

* "‘Sesame Street’ to Air First on HBO for Next 5 Seasons:" http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/14/business/media/sesame-street-heading-to-hbo-in-fall.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=2

* Leather Bear: http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp07222015.shtml

* "With great power comes...:" http://cmdr-zoom.livejournal.com/490959.html

* Ebay:

Lindworm 2012 (LE, DragonCon, Event Exclusive): (Company says: Smoky green leather smeared with crushed grasses and wild herbs). 3/4 Full. http://www.ebay.com/itm/301718133830?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

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

* Trying to stay afloat until September: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (Pensive)
* Tianjin Disaster Update: 3 and a half thousand people are homeless in the blasts in China. The extent of the toxic contamination, the composition of the chemicals released, and the ongoing danger to humans is unknown.

* "Say goodbye to the weirdest border dispute in the world:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/08/01/say-goodbye-to-the-weirdest-border-dispute-in-the-world/?tid=sm_tw

* "11-year-old rape victim who was denied an abortion gives birth in Paraguay:" http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-11-year-old-baby-paraguay-20150814-story.html

* "13 Photos Capture How Exhausting It Is to Deal With Daily Discrimination:" http://mic.com/articles/122928/13-stunning-photos-capture-how-exhausting-it-is-dealing-with-micro-aggression?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social

* "Reminder that journalists know exactly what they’re doing:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/126741446992/reminder-that-journalists-know-exactly-what

* "Animas River: EPA's Colorado mine disaster plume flows west toward Grand Canyon:" http://www.denverpost.com/environment/ci_28608746/epas-colorado-mine-disaster-plume-flows-west-toward

* "Why Are Hundreds Of Thousands Of Salmon Dying In The Northwest?" http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/07/29/3685149/dead-salmon-pacific-northwest/

* My body was being incredibly inconvenient on top of Hector stealing sleep.

* Rosewater is so good, it breaks my heart hardly anyone saw it. The story is important. What happened in Iran in 2009 is important and what is continuing to go on is something we should be paying attention to especially with the bombardment of commercials lying about the Iran Deal and intended to demonize the Iranian people, turning them into a cartoonish monolith, instead of a country full of human beings with different opinions and motivations. What happened to Maziar Bahari is important, as is the oplight of journalists held and often tortured in countries all over the world. It is incredibly important that we talk about torture and detainment, as a country that still has people in Gitmo. It's a world wide problem, but we are assuredly part of it. I think as a country we need to look at torture with open eyes and remember that torture is flat out wrong and why.

You would think it would be triggery, given my long history with interrogation, but I am actually grateful for media that does it well. Ordinary Americans have so little experience of it. As stupid as it sounds, it was a huge help to me when TNG did the Captain Picard being tortured episode. It finally gave me some common ground, some common language with regular people. I am absolutely not saying what happened to me was as bad as what is done to adults. They were not allowed to touch me. They did not have complete physical control of me and I could go home every day after it was done, and the multiple times a day intensive interrogation designed to break me only went on for four years. After that it was sporadic, and the sexual threat ended. At thirteen being interrogated only a few times a week was no big deal (although there were periods when it was intensive again through out my teens), and again, what was done to me for most of a decade was nowhere near as intense as what is done to adults in prisons all over the world. Still though, it is oddly validating to see the same techniques used against me are condemned elsewhere as human rights violations. It is strangely validating to see other people's resistance techniques. Just as it was validating as a an adult to see techniques for both interrogation and resistance to interrogation laid out by actual interrogation and resistance professionals who went public once my country started torturing prisoners. I have always been proud of my nearly a decade of resistance, of my survival, of not having been broken. It was amazing to see that at eight I was able to derive for myself so many of the rules professionals suggest for surviving such a thing. i know none of this will mean anything to any of you. I know from long experience that no story can make ordinary people understand what it feels like to have so many people with so much power over you set on breaking you down, what it feels like to live that truth, that there is no rescue coming and that the only control you have is to not give them any handles to use to lever you open. The only control you have is over what reactions you show. How can I possibly make that real to someone who's never spent few months being endlessly interrogated over stupid felt tip pen marks on a calendar? How can I explain that I was thirty before I could make myself write anything on a calendar even though I knew no one was going to do that to me again in a way that is real and visceral to a listener? I was a child who invented my own language in middle school so i could write fiction without fear of anyone using my words against me, because any open expression of thought or feeling could be used by interrogators. even when I started writing English again, I deliberately fictionalized everything and always made true things look like fiction. It was safer. Still, all these decades later, each true thing I say about myself in livejournal is a quiet act of defiance, a survival rule broken on purpose. I am what my resistance made me, and I can not imagine the person I would have been without it. But no matter how often I tell this story, I know that it will mean nothing. It will sound like lies and exaggeration, so seeing something I can identify with on screen that can speak to people, can be listened to and on some level understood, is as much validation as I will ever get in this life for the strange shape of my childhood.

* Big Eden turned out to be delightful. It's a gentle Romantic comedy that happens to have gay protagonists and takes place in a small town with a northern Exposurish feel. I think my mother would have loved this. I was not sanguine, but the tumblr review is glowing and by the time I was done sewing my sheets back together I was in utterly charmed. This isn't my genre, but it made me happy. Every time there was an opportunity to make the movie worse and less interesting, they did something else. I know that this sounds like faint praise, but it's not. I really sat there thinking, oh no! This next moment is when they will ruin it! And then they didn't! This film had a light touch I wasn't expecting. I came because I was promised a gay Native American amoung the main characters and some Tim DeKay, I stayed for a movie that was way more nuanced than I was expecting from something that looked to be standard. Eric Schweig's performance was quietly seductive. Why have I never heard of him?

This film was made in 2000, and I had never heard of it, despite my keeping an out for LGBTQA stories in TV and movies my whole life. I wish that there were more movies like this, films where the gayness and in one case Nativeness of the characters are important to who they are, but not the most important things about them. Pike is shy, generous, kind, thoughtful, quietly clever and observant, an amazing cook. He also happens to be gay and native. All of those things happen to matter in this story. We need stories about our history and about coming out, sure, but so often that's all there is as far as movies, if you exclude gay best friends and desexualized comic relief. It's been getting gradually better over the course of my life, but I still say we need more variety and more kinds of stories. how is it 2015 and the only movie we can give our transmasculine teens to watch is "Boys Don't Cry?" Again, our history is incredibly important, but where is the transmasculine rom com, the transmasculine action hero, the transmasculine police procedural detective, the trans masculine superhero? Where is the transfeminine spy thriller, the transfeminine hospital Drama, the transfeminine romantic lead in a fluffy rom com where no one dies? Where are the bi characters doing anything but being unreliable seducers? Why do they take the few canonical asexual and hyposexual fictional and real life historical characters and insist on making them sexual and giving them love interests? Why the fuck can't we have some stories with no fucking so asexuals can see themselves on the screen for once? Things are getting better for Gay and Lesbian characters, but there are still relatively few stories that end happily with the queer characters still all alive at the end. Things like Big Eden are important because they are ordinary, and there is still so little ordinary for our kids to see on TV and in the movies.

* "At Times, It is Almost Hard to Believe That Women Still Feel Unwelcome in Geek Spaces:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/125985058230/at-times-it-is-almost-hard-to-believe-that-women#notes

* On Gender Bias and Pen Names: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/125972703630/thank-you-for-your-thoughtful-answer-i-was-going#notes

* "Some Things Your Local Librarians Would Like You To Know:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/125985640725/some-things-your-local-librarians-would-like-you

* Ebays, 5 auctions, 2 No Bid:

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

* Trying to stay afloat until September: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (Default)
* Greece appears to be literally on fire. Also parts of California.

* "Writing sex work in your romantic and erotic fiction:" http://avian30.com/2015/06/30/writing-sex-work-in-your-romantic-and-erotic-fiction/

* "Sigh-Inducing Study Shows Guy Gamers Can’t Stand Losing to Women:" http://www.themarysue.com/guy-gamers-hate-losing-to-women/

* "This Haunting Animation Maps the Journeys of 15,790 Slave Ships in Two Minutes:" http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_history_of_american_slavery/2015/06/animated_interactive_of_the_history_of_the_atlantic_slave_trade.html

* "The Federal Government Just Took a Huge Step to End Job Discrimination for LGBT Americans:" http://mic.com/articles/122468/eeoc-says-law-covers-lgbt-americans-against-job-discrimination?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social

* I'm posting it late, but it has some important things to say. "Today's Court Ruling, Though Expected, is Still Shocking -- Especially for Those Who Grew Up LGBT in the U.S.:" https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/06/26/todays-supreme-court-ruling-though-expected-still-shocking

* "Miss Major Talks Stonewall:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/07/miss-major-talks-stonewall.html

* "What's the Definition of "Traditional Marriage"? :"

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* I love it when I am voting in a local election and there are actually clear stand out candidates in all categories. There is City council candidate campaigning for mental health diversion and more humane treatment of prisoners, and this math teacher running for school board who says all the right things and has the best math teacher mustache ever in his official photos. It is long and slender and waxed into a big curl at the ends. Delightful!

* "Portraying Prejudice Well - Avoiding the Perils and Pitfalls:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/07/portraying-prejudice-well-avoiding.html

* Buffy Rewatch thought: Wesley Wyndam-Pryce's tragedy is that he is consistently wrong with such conviction.

* I think this is relevant to many of your interests: http://i.imgur.com/Ly57o.jpg

* Ebay Time:
AUTUMN FANCIES 2013 (LE, Halloweenies): (Company says: Dry grasses bathed in amber light, muted by gentle shadows.) Top of label.:http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/301667294922?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

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

* My RL oldest continuous friend is doing a fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/x9g7q2k

* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
gwydion: (No Angel)
* We have evacuated non-essential staff from our Embassy in Lahore in response to a specific threat.

* The Cooch is refusing to return his illegal campaign contributions:

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* The last women's clinic legislated out of existence in Toledo:

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* John Oliver expresses appropriate outrage at claims that President Obama saying military rape should be punished is unfair to the rapists:

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* The Ronald Wilson Reagan Economic Breathing Zone:

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* This may not look look interesting to folks not wealthy enough to attend the Hugos, but it's actually pretty important, because it's nuts and bolts having to do with the direction of Geek Culture and inclusion vs. exclusion. "Gatekeeping and the Hugo Awards, and why we all need to attend the Business Meeting this year." http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/525855.html

* "More boycotts - why they matter:" http://www.sparkindarkness.com/2013/08/more-boycotts-why-they-matter.html

* Housing Update: The inspection turned up a small repair, but the plumbing and appliances were fine. We've requested they fix the small thing and professionally clean after the college student moves out. (He seems like a nice guy and a good renter, but it's nice to start with things really clean). The seem inclined to sort it and have released the legally required two years of HOA minutes. Alas, still no rules for living there.

* Icon Day! This helps RL friends of mine: http://djinni.livejournal.com/493701.html

* Abstinence: https://sphotos-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/992816_404054879714799_248185750_n.jpg

* Dragon Cave: Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!
gwydion: Vlad and Niran kissing (Kiss)
Why do I link so many things about unwelcoming elements of Geek Culture?

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It’s us or it’s them, folks. Who would you rather hang out with, a bunch of privilege soaked bullying douchebags endlessly quizzing people to make them prove they have the right to be there who fling around homophobic and racial insults, or you know, the rest of us? Because it’s one or the other really. We let the assholes chase away the decent people, our culture will die.

We need to take our damned culture back. Bullies take silence for consent. We need to get each other's backs. We need to say something if we see or hear something. We need to intervene if someone is being creepy, or racist, or quizzing people, or generally being a jerk. We need to decide as a culture that this shit shall not stand. We need to push back on the privileged bullshit and take our spaces back.

* Nothing to Prove - Geek Girls & The Doubleclicks:

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gwydion: (Jack)
* "Yale Officially Declares 'Nonconsensual Sex' Not That Big of a Deal:" http://jezebel.com/yale-officially-declares-nonconsensual-sex-not-that-b-988475927

* "Black Is The New Black:" http://dennisupkins.com/2013/07/26/black-is-the-new-black/

* "Diamond Stylz-Am I A Dick?:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2013/08/diamond-stylz-am-i-dick.html

* Misogyny and Geek Culture: http://www.fanboynewsnetwork.com/misogyny-in-geek-culture/

* The thing I am most looking forward to with the move is never having to deal with the horrible stairway again.

* Despite it being frustratingly heteronormative, I'm still finding The Wise Man's Fear fascinating.

* Greenwick found, "Talkative porcupine eats banana in his tree fort.:" http://www.wimp.com/talkativeporcupine/

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