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* "Values Voter Summit: Trump first sitting president to address:"

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* "Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands: Part of U.S.:"

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* "Firm Behind 'Fearless Girl' Statue Underpaid Female, Black Execs, U.S. Says:" http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/06/556058808/firm-behind-fearless-girl-statue-underpaid-female-black-execs-u-s-says?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202706

* So when I was training to be a teacher, they told us never, ever take a student anywhere in your personal car, no matter what the emergency. If you are alone in a room with a student, leave the door open if there are no hallway windows to let random passersby peer in. (With some students with severe disabilities needing to be taken to the bathroom this isn't always possible, but more than one life skills department I know of used to do pottying in pairs or groups whenever they could. In our profession, even the appearance that something is slightly off is enough to ruin a career so the sensible thing is to make sure there is never any occasion that is even slightly ambiguous regardless of the gender or age of the student. It was geometrically more important for male teachers especially in elementary, given the assumptions people tend to make, but we were all trained that way regardless of our genders and the ages we were teaching. Transparency was safer for them and safer for us. There is reason this is standard in my state. We could still have private conversation about things they might not want generally known like bullying, eating disorders, cheating, drugs, etc. but any one wandering past could see us having a conversation. The newest schools have hallway windows, which I adore as you can watch your kids when they are spread out for projects and admins can check to see if everything is okay without coming in and disrupting things. It seems to me that this would be a much better practice in a variety of industries. Particularly Hollywood. Just saying.

* In case it's not incredibly clear from the way I post: I believe the women. that goes for Oliver Stone as well as Harvey Weinstein.

* "Harvey Weinstein: New allegations emerge:"

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* "Charlottesville attack: Rally leaders now face lawsuit:"

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* "Charlottesville sues “Unite the Right” rally organizers:" https://www.avclub.com/charlottesville-sues-unite-the-right-rally-organizers-1819449377

* "When 20,000 American Nazis Descended Upon New York City:" https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/542499/marshall-curry-nazi-rally-madison-square-garden-1939/

* "Fossil footprints challenge established theories of human evolution:" https://phys.org/news/2017-08-fossil-footprints-theories-human-evolution.html

* "How Neanderthals made the very first glue:" https://phys.org/news/2017-08-neanderthals.html

* "Ancient cemetery dating back 18th dynasty unearthed in Luxor:" http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/21778/Ancient-cemetery-dating-back-18th-dynasty-unearthed-in-Luxor

* "Ancient Egyptian records indicate Philistines weren't Aegean pirates after all:" https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.802928

* "The real Ark of the Covenant may have housed pagan gods:" https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.809233

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

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* "Weekend Update on Mike Ditka :"

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* "Weekend Update on Harvey Weinstein:"

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* "Kumail Nanjiani - SNL:"

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* "Kellywise - SNL:"

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* "Donal Trump Trucker Rally Cold Open - SNL:"

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* "Customer Service - SNL:"

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* Bwahaha! "Tearful Anthropologists Discover Dead Ancestor Of Humans 100,000 Years Too Late:" http://www.theonion.com/article/tearful-anthropologists-discover-dead-ancestor-hum-51286

* "Van Helsing, Season 2, Episode 2: In Redemption:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/10/van-helsing-season-2-episode-2-in.html

* On Davos Seaworth: http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/166396948233/care-to-give-your-thoughts-on-teh-last-davos

* This speaks for me. "If a teenager is at your door and they are wearing a costume:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/166411903977/lastoneout-archdemonblood-dewyntersisters

* Re: Romeo + Juliet: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/166411544992/thebibliosphere-heterofredburkle

* Next Saturday, 11pm
October 17, 2017, 10am
October 18 2017, 10:30am
October 19 2017, 10am
October 30 2017, 2am
October 31 2017, 3am
October 31 2017, 6pm
October 31 2017, 8pm
November 2 2017, 5pm
Next Saturday, 10:30am
Next Monday, 8:30pm
Next Tuesday, 12:30pm

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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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* This is a different earthquake. It is horrifying. "Central Mexico earthquake kills scores, topples buildings:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/19/americas/mexico-earthquake/index.html

* "Evacuate or die, Puerto Rico officials warn as Hurricane Maria bears down:" https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/catastrophic-category-5-maria-takes-aim-puerto-rico-virgin-islands-n802671

* "Hurricane Maria Does ‘Mind-Boggling’ Damage to Dominica, Leader Says:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/world/americas/hurricane-maria-caribbean.html?mcubz=3

* Hurricane Maria live blog. Please stay safe, folks. "Hurricane Maria: category 5 storm lashes Virgin Islands:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2017/sep/19/hurricane-maria-category-5-caribbean-live-updates

* "If threatened, U.S. will 'totally destroy' North Korea, Trump vows:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-un-assembly-trump/if-threatened-u-s-will-totally-destroy-north-korea-trump-vows-idUSKCN1BU0B3

* Remember that when 45 accuses or attacks people for something it means that he's really talking about himself. "Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself." Well, we finally know what his political agenda is and his plan for the country. *shudder*

* "Trump joins history's list of unhinged speakers at UN:"

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* "Trump says U.S. prepared to take further action in Venezuela:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/18/trump-venezuela-latin-america-242867

* 45 is funding his legal defense out of Republican Party funds and his campaign funds for 2020, which he has already been raising.

* "US government wiretapped Trump campaign chair:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/politics/paul-manafort-government-wiretapped-fisa-russians/index.html

* "Trump lawyer violates deal with Senate Intelligence Committee:"

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* "The last stand for Obamacare - and what Dems can do about it:"

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* "Congressman arrested at Trump Tower DACA protest:"

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* "Jim's U.K. Police Ride-Along:"

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* "Donald Trump Jr. Heads Out on His Own:"

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* "A Trumpian Debut at the United Nations:"

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* "No Regrets: How a Trump Supporter May Have Voted to Destroy His Own Career:"

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* "Professor Tom Smith's Application to the Evil League of Evil:"

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* My lungs turned nasty some time after midnight and i have been feverish all day. They called me in the morning to tell me they don't make those valves anymore. Short of paying for custom machining (Might as well wish for another car), best to just drive it gently and hope. (I was given a number to call about used, but the man said it was a terrible idea to install a used one so they don't sell them. The result was I got to dream of fevers instead of dragging myself out to Honest Mechanic.

I got my first polling for the election this November, pretty clearly an attempt by the challenger to test out arguments against a City Councillor I rather like (strong environment and strong prison reform. IE: Mental health and drug diversion). I'll be fascinated to see what the focus grouped adds look like. Her arguments were pretty cleverly coded for our particular voting district. I enjoy dissecting these things.

Remember folks, please vote every legal chance you have. Vote in primaries. Vote in off year elections. Vote in every race, no matter how small and local. Unless you've got a special election, odds are where you live, the only things on your ballot this November will be small local races and ballot initiatives. Google is your friend. You may not know that candidate for treasurer or sheriff or school board, but you can generally find published opinions and which groups are endorsing them. Local election have a huge effect on your quality of life. Is the water safe to drink? How aggressive are the police? What sort of zoning regulations are there and are they building dangerous chemical plants next to elementary schools? Local elections can have a huge effect on how safe you are. If you vote every time you have a chance, you'll also have more warning when the Republicans try to take away your right to vote and more time to appeal and get your registration reinstated.

Register now, if you aren't registered already. Vote in November, even though voting for sheriff isn't as exciting as voting for president. Resist.

* "Will Has a Women Problem:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/wills-women-problem/

* Accurate and hilarious. "Mansfield Park:" http://the-toast.net/2015/05/06/mansfield-park/

* Want to donate to my property taxes? (170$ Needed). Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* We need money for taxes so ebay time again. These won't sell fast enough to solve this month, but can help with the mess this month leaves behind.: http://www.ebay.com/usr/lethran?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

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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 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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* "North Korea threatens nuclear strike on US:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/politics/north-korea-threatens-nuclear-strike-us/

* "House overwhelmingly passes Russia sanctions bill:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/politics/iran-sanctions-bill/index.html

* "Russia Warns of ‘Painful’ Response If Trump Backs U.S. Sanctions:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-26/russia-says-new-u-s-sanctions-killing-chances-for-improved-ties

* "White House: Trump wants Sessions to do his job:" http://www.politico.com/trump-twitter-attacks-jeff-sessions-240981

* The protests worked and 7 Republicans voted against today's ACA Repeal. This doesn't stop them from continuing to try, but it's progress.

If any of the following is your senator, please call to thank them for saying "No" to repeal: Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, Susan Collins, Dean Heller, Lisa Murkowski, John McCain, Rob Portman and Lamar Alexander. This is important as it makes them more likely to keep saying no, as Sen. Collins has made clear when referencing all the positive feedback she's been getting for protecting her constituents.

* The next round of ACA repeal vote is to be a "Skinny Repeal" which will rob about 16 million working Americans and their children of health care and crash the insurance market creating massive chaos.

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

* Well this is terrifying. "Poll: 45% of Republicans Favor Shutting Down ‘Biased’ Media Outlets:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/poll-45-of-republicans-favor-shutting-down-biased-media-outlets

* "US creates stricter rules for sanctuary city grant money in crackdown:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/26/us-creates-stricter-rules-for-sanctuary-city-grant-money-in-crackdown

* "California police arrest black teen girl who they mistook for a large, bald black man:" https://mic.com/articles/182021/bakersfield-california-police-arrest-black-teen-girl-who-they-mistook-for-a-large-bald-black-man?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=movement&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.b5EuJXQgn

* It’s not official policy yet, so now is an excellent time to start protesting. "Trump Says Transgender People Can't Serve In Military:" http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/26/539470211/trump-says-transgender-people-cant-serve-in-military

* 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

* Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is doing an ACLU Trans Troops fundraiser: http://blackphoenixalchemylab.tumblr.com/post/163460177503/emergency-fundraiser-to-help-supporters-of-trans#notes

* 45 insists that this is a cost saving measure, even though total health care costs for every trans person in the military (including reserves) combines costs about 1/60th of what we are spending on 45's golf outings this year. here's an idea, rather than destabilize combat units by summarily discharging people for a bullshit reason over the objections of military commanders, Gen. Mattis, and the Pentagon, why don't we just cancel one or two of 45's golf outings? Or take it out of the military's viagra budget? McCain and even Orrin fucking Hatch are against this.

* "Trump Reinstates Trans Military Service Ban:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/trump-reinstates-trans-military-service.html

* "Black Trans Advocacy Statement Concerning The Senate Passage Of SB 3:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/black-trans-advocacy-statement_26.html

* "Our President Needs The Validation Of Boy Scouts:"

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* "Cookie Jeff Sessions Fires Back At President Trump:"

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* "Donald Trump Performs Shakespeare’s Soliloquies:" http://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/donald-trump-performs-shakespeares-soliloquies

* "Dunkirk is a Major Victory Adapting a Devastating Defeat:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/dunkirk-major-victory-adapting-devastating-defeat/

* :D http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp07252017.shtml

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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/

* 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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Egypt: At least 28 dead as gunmen fire on bus carrying Coptic Christians:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/26/africa/egypt-shooting-coptic-christians/

* Yet more assholery during 45’s Bad Will Tour of Europe. " Trump in Brussels: 'The Germans Are Bad, Very Bad' :" http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spiegel.de%2Finternational%2Fworld%2Ftrump-in-brussels-the-germans-are-bad-very-bad-a-1149330.html&t=YmQxMWEzMDhlNzBhNGVhOWU2YjNjNTUyN2Y4NjI0Yjk2NTUzZTJkMixURjNlN3lmdA%3D%3D&b=t%3AGDjg2t7tT-TKY-uexqIT2g&p=http%3A%2F%2Fgwydionmisha.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F161115279202%2Ftrump-in-brussels-the-germans-are-bad-very-bad&m=1

* "Boehner chides Trump administration 'disaster':" http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2017%2F05%2F26%2Fpolitics%2Fboehner-trump-kpmg-event-disaster-tax-reform%2Findex.html&t=MDMzMzFlZGM4YWU1NDAwYzdkMTE5YzljNWM1YmYzNjRiZjhmNzFhYyxuQ1hsQVczbQ%3D%3D&b=t%3AGDjg2t7tT-TKY-uexqIT2g&p=http%3A%2F%2Fgwydionmisha.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F161118238622%2Fboehner-chides-trump-administration-disaster&m=1

* "Jared Kushner Under Scrutiny in Russia Probe, Officials Say:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/jared-kushner-now-under-fbi-scrutiny-russia-probe-say-officials-n764826

* "Sources: Comey acted on Russian intelligence he knew was fake:" http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2017%2F05%2F26%2Fpolitics%2Fjames-comey-fbi-investigation-fake-russian-intelligence%2F&t=ZWM4ZGM2ZDdlOWM1ODdiMzczNjdmZDVkNjFkMWUxYmJjZGU3NjQ2ZixtcWtNOXBFSw%3D%3D&b=t%3AGDjg2t7tT-TKY-uexqIT2g&p=http%3A%2F%2Fgwydionmisha.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F161115313062%2Fsources-comey-acted-on-russian-intelligence-he&m=1

* I had assumed Kushner was guilty of a variety of mostly corruption related crimes based on the previous reporting, It’s sure looking like treason as well with the new information about his brokering back channel collusion with the Russians during the election campaign. I had honestly assumed he was more competent than to do something so blatant.

* Montana Republicans are such terrible people that they decided to send a man to congress who violently assaulted a reporter for daring to politely ask him a question about the ACA Repeal and then lied about it being entirely the victim’s fault knowing full well that a recording and multiple witnesses all testify to it having been an entirely unprovoked attack. Congressional Republicans are such horrible people that they were out defending him after he chose to assault that reporter for no reason. They all did this on purpose, knowing what sort of person Gianforte is.

* "When they knock on your front door: Preparing for Repression:" https://antirepressionbayarea.com/when-they-knock-on-your-front-door/

* "United Airlines just apologized for accusing a gay father of groping his child:" https://mic.com/articles/178231/united-airlines-just-apologized-for-accusing-a-gay-father-of-groping-his-child?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.LWiRDMuAg

* "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged):"

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* "Elementary Delivers A Whammy of a Season Finale:" http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thefandomentals.com%2Felementary-delivers-whammy-season-finale%2F&t=NDUwY2U4ODc4ZWI0NDNhM2UxMjAxMDA3NmE1OWNlODI4YWQ2YzMzMixDSWxnOWl1Yw%3D%3D&b=t%3AGDjg2t7tT-TKY-uexqIT2g&p=http%3A%2F%2Fgwydionmisha.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F161113392362%2Felementary-delivers-a-whammy-of-a-season-finale&m=1

* "Star Trek Inclusion & the Presumed SJW Narrative:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/05/star-trek-inclusion-presumed-sjw.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/

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* I have been following the forensics debate and bombing realated discussion, but given how terrible I feel physically, and my need to be lying down ASAP, I'm going to do the lazy thing and link to the most basic thing instead of trying to engage with the more complicated aspects. "N.Y., N.J. bombings suspect charged with 5 counts of attempted murder:" http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ny-nj-bombings/ahmad-rahami-identified-n-y-n-j-bombings-suspect-officials-n650306

* "One-on-one with Elizabeth Warren:"

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* What I want to know is more about his misappropriation of Sandy disaster funds. "Christie knew about lane closings?:"

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* Michael Steele is such a delight. "Priebus warns: Get on Trump train - or else:"

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* "Because Hillary Listens (And now I do too) :" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/150545693090/because-hillary-listens-and-now-i-do-too

* Michael J. Morell on National Security and Clinton vs. Trump: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150663030102/during-a-33-year-career-at-the-central

* It became clear yesterdayish, that the weekend sluggishness was me actually being sick. My body is continuing inconvenient and all around unpleasant. Apologies for where this likely shows in my writing.

* This ends up being a really good discussion of bias in archaeology, simplistic reporting, forensics, and the fashion industry. No really. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150660585307/elodieunderglass-clatterbane

* "Kafka’s Joke Book:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150662164412/kafkas-joke-book

* "Fashion Police and Grammar Police:" http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/441088.html

* Sex and Rape in ASoIaF vs. GoT: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/150616988747/in-your-numbers-post-up-through-season-3-you-note

* "Cheryl’s Landing Part 2: The Implications:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/cheryls-landing-part-2/

* "Sunday Sweets For Pirates:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/9/18/sunday-sweets-for-pirates.html

* TNG 3 Rewatch:
- Allegiance. I know this pre-dates Babylon 5, but I like the B5 version of the Picard half of this plot. I know this pre-dates Deep Space 9, but they did the paranoia in a way more interesting way in that first season plot where they get imprinted by an alien artifact. Patrick Stewart's acting is excellent, but the plot makes me itch for reasons I can't put my finger on. Also the Enterprise half really underlines the creepiness of Deanna using her powers to spy on the crew, which is somehow still not addressed.

- Captain's Holiday. My favorite Deanna Troi moment in the series so far is her threatening Picard with a visit from her mother.

- Tin Man. Wow, the unethical use of telepathy is Star Fleet really makes the horrors of the Babylon 5 Psy Corps look reasonable by comparison. *shudder*

-Hollow Pursuits. I feel like watching Barclay's personal fantasies is an invasion of privacy for a character already accorded so little dignity, especially as they seem to be played for laughs. I have a lot of questions as to why group bullying of someone clearly suffering from social anxiety is considered acceptable in Starfleet instead of compassion and treatment, as would seem a more appropriate response. I have a lot of feelings about this one, but not many words at the moment.

- The Most Toys. Another entry in the Data Personhood theme. Data is kidnapped by a collector and treated as an object d'art instead of a person. This plot has been done so often before and since, from Twilight Zone and old school Doctor Who to just this summer on Killjoys, I'm not sure how much one can say. Data's means of resistance reminds me very much of myself as a child. Data decided to kill, even if they prevented the actual killing. This has it's own implications even though it was the right choice. Data lied to Riker. This too has it's implications.

- Menage a Troi. Olympic Lwaxana Troi dodging and Ferengis being gross all in one episode. Lwaxana Troi pressuring Deanna to marry. Lwaxana Troi cock blocking Deanna while simultaneously pressuring her to marry. Even more Ferengi sexual harassment now with stalking and kidnapping. Ugh. This is one of two episodes I can think of (the other being DS9 season One) where Lwaxana actually displays good qualities. Of course she displays them in both cases after the worst of her qualities being on display. She's such a terrible stereotype of a smothering mother, who also uses her telepathy and other people's knowledge of her having telepathy to humiliate people for her own amusement, that those rare occasions when there is a point to her outside of being awful it's a startle.

- Sarek. Ah, the heartbreaking Vulcan Alzheimer's episode, played as Shakespearean tragedy.

- Transfigurations. Wait, Worf's been with one woman once, why is he the one coaching Jordi on dating? I am too tired to do the gender and command style analysis this deserves.

- The Best of Both Worlds. I love that Picard references the Emperor Honorius seeing the Goths coming up over the hill. I love Guinan's response about resilience and diaspora. Boy were the Borg creepy before repetition stole all the mystery. I remember how freaky this episode was when it was new.

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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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* How shitty a human being is Mitch McConell? He is using health care for 9/11 first responders as a political bargaining chip? how shitty a human being is Paul Ryan? He's trying to drain money that should be used for their health care away even though they are literally dying because of their heroism and patriotism. They are happy to pay lip service to them and to wave the bloody shirt come election time, but they will not put their money where their mouths are. Tell Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to stop blocking the Zadroga Act!

* "GOP Lawmaker: They Shouldn’t Have Gone To Planned Parenthood If They Didn’t Want To Be Shot:" http://freakoutnation.com/2015/12/gop-lawmaker-they-shouldnt-have-gone-to-planned-parenthood-if-they-didnt-want-to-be-shot/

* "Sandy Hook Senator Slams Gun-loving GOP: It’s Not Congress’ Job To Pray:" http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/12/05/sandy-hook-senator-slams-gun-loving-gop-its-not-congress-job-to-pray-image/

* "Wisconsin Begins Drug Testing For Unemployment And Food Stamp Applicants, Which May Be Illegal:" http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/11/09/3720495/wisconsin-begin-drug-tests/

* "Man Accused Of Trashing Florida Mosque Has History Of Anti-Islam Social Media Posts:" http://www.buzzfeed.com/leticiamiranda/man-accused-of-trashing-florida-mosque-has-history-of-anti-i#.dfaLRkYKZ

* "Fox pundit says ‘white privilege is racist’: I confront my whiteness by ‘going to the tanning salon’:" http://www.rawstory.com/2015/12/fox-pundit-says-white-privilege-is-racist-i-confront-my-whiteness-by-going-to-the-tanning-salon/

* "Why So Many U.S. Students Are Learning Lies About America’s Racial Past:" http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/10/the-history-class-dilemma/411601/?utm_source=SFTwitter

* Outside of the obvious issue with Christian Extremists and pro-Confederacy White Supremacists (I have had friends who were fired from Texas or Deep South districts for teaching about things like the north winning the Civil War, Slavery being bad, or Buffalo Soldiers) getting to pick the textbooks for the entire nation, there is the problem that many and in some places most school districts prefer to hire English teachers to teach both English and Social studies instead of hiring English teachers to teach English and Social studies teachers to teach social studies. This has to do with Educational "Reform" incentives that punish schools for "wasting time" on educating Social Studies and Science when the so-called Reformers want them to be teaching to the math and Reading tests. A lot of this has to do with the Republican anti-education agenda. Students who understand science won't go along with Science Denial. Students who understand history and our government are statistically way more likely to vote and the last thing Republicans want is an educate electorate, particularly one of a Socio-Economic status that would have them going to public and private school.

When I taught social studies, I tied what they were learning into current events. I made it about how various events and factors influenced other events and factors. Good history teaching is about teaching students to evaluate evidence and analyze biases. Teaching history well requires not just a knowledge of the material, but a knowledge of historiography and teaching methods, but we've decided as a country that rather than have expert social studies teachers teaching social studies, we should have non-experts make children memorize names and dates. Oh course the children are bored. Sure real historians know key anchor dates, but actual historians look the dates up for the smaller stuff, because what is way more important is to know the relationship between things. The Story matters in History, just like who is telling the story matters. Because we've decided to not hire actual history teachers to teach Social Studies, you lose the Stories. You lose the way the politics and the economics and the social history all effect each other. You lose the nuance and the interesting anecdotes and the way history is a thing that is created out of primary sources and the rule interpretation has in the way we look at both past and current events. You also lose the moments where the students ask really good questions about the material and get answers that aren't in the text book. Some of my best days as a teacher were like that, like the time we were discussing 19th Century reform movements and the kids put that together with things they were learning in science class to ask questions about historical disease epidemics, that time they asked about Anthrax during current events and we talked about rational risk assessments using stuff they knew from math class, that time we were doing Anne Frank in English and they wanted to know about the rise of Hitler and the NAZI party in Germany. (8th grade history ends around the start of the 20th Century and they don't get the 1930's until high school). Because I was Social Studies/English duel certified, with most of my training in history, I could improvise when faced with student curiosity in ways someone relying on the text book likely couldn't. (My policy was I was willing to let student questions "distract me" from the scheduled lesson as long as it was educational. They thought they were winning; I knew they were learning. For example, "Why do we have to learn about the supreme court? I bet you can't even list the members without looking!" Led to me explaining that the Supreme Court was the last defense for their Civil Rights, including who was appointed by whom and why that mattered, topped with several interesting and alarming stories about the Supreme Court Justices and some key cases. It was a very productive ten minute discussion, I thought, and I can only hope it made them more thoughtful voters. Most teachers brush off "Why do we have to learn this" questions. I loved them, because I always had a really good answer tying in what we were learning to things happening in the world right then. My experience was that most middle and high schoolers get why they have to learn math and reading, but don't intuitively grasp why Social studies matter and how it is very relevant to them as citizens. They just think we are torturing them or no good reason. I always had answers that made them think and they were so much less hostile about the whole process when they could see the purpose. Good teaching of social studies is not an impossible goal if you have teachers that love what they are doing; it;s nearly impossible if you hire people to teach it who don't like or understand what they are doing.

* Today the stolen sleep was not Hector's fault, as he was being very good. Instead it was multiple phone calls waking me and a whole hour of surprise emergency phone bureaucracy mid sleep cycle. Fun! So in person bureaucracy has been added to my Wednesday to do list and I get to do a document hunt in the mean time. Extra fun! I was meant to do a cat supply and lightbulb run today, but the pain was terrible, so I just got toothpaste and a half off string of light for the livingroom from a shop a couple blocks away. (The lighting design in the apartment is terrible. There is enough light for the kitchen and my office area, but the livingroom requires supplemental light and the standing lamp is dead. Replacing it is on the list with supplemental shelving as long term goals requiring both money and multiple trips to good will to find the right object for the space, so waaaaay long term at this point. Half off emergency lighting is an attractive stop gap at this point, this being the season for it). Anyway, I then spent a couple hours doing various things around the house in between long rests.

Tomorrow I'm short sleeped for a scheduled scene and Dhraegon's Stag Party. Wednesday is bureaucracy, forage, cat supplies, and present making, so no proper sleep then. There are people Thurday, and friday starts the wedding stuff for my character. So next proper sleep is a whole week away! *headdesk*

* Happy Chanukkah to those of you celebrating!

* "Introducing Stannis: Book 1 vs. Season 1:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/126247067372/introducing-stannis-book-1-vs-season-1

* "Famous Poems Rewritten as Limericks:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/134667752325/famous-poems-rewritten-as-limericks#notes

* EBAY:

NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY 2010 (LE, Halloweenie): (Company says: Dewy green leaves colored by Moroccan amber, ginseng, and rooibos.) Just Below Label. http://www.ebay.com/itm/301814539367?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

* 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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* Yes, I know the election is over, but this does a good job of explaining why they are appalling. "#ToriesOutNow, May 2015:" http://urihu.tumblr.com/post/118682472953/toriesoutnow-may-2015

* TW: Suicide. "UK Welfare Reform Deaths ~ Updated List ~ October 21st 2014:" http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2014/10/21/uk-welfare-reform-deaths-updated-list-october-21st-2014/

* There was a massive gun battle between biker gangs against each other and the police in Waco. Nine are dead and 170 were arrested for organized crime related to capital murder. It is expected there will be revenge killings, particularly between the Banditos and Cossacks.

* "Anti-Vaxxer Bets Scientists $100,000 They Can't Prove Measles Exists; Anti-Vaxxer Loses $100,000:" http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/03/13/anti-vaxxer-bets-scientists-100000-they-cant-prove-measles-exists-anti-vaxxer-loses-100000/

* "John Oliver rips America’s disgraceful maternity leave policy: Thanks for giving us life — “now get the f*ck back to work”:" http://www.salon.com/2015/05/11/john_oliver_rips_americas_disgraceful_maternity_leave_policy_thanks_for_giving_us_life_now_get_the_fck_back_to_work%E2%80%9D/

* I am deeply furious about two things from the last episode of Game of Throne. These are far from my only issues with the show, but I'm angry enough that just putting this together took time. I thing both these things are about a deep seated misogyny, though I expect there is quite a bit of Racism involved in the first one as well. TW: Rape

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* We were talking about old fashioned musical instruments over on GoBMUSH, and we got on the topic of harpsichords, spinets, etc.. I mentioned that I heard a lot of this sort of music growing up, including the priest who used to play the virginal, which we all thought was hilarious when I was a kid. It still cracks me up remembering him.

* Game of Bones Mush: gobmush.wikidot.com/

* "Hello, Tailor: What was up with that Black Widow scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron?:" http://hellotailor.blogspot.com/2015/04/what-was-up-with-that-black-widow-scene.html

* "Where Did You Sleep Last Night by LEADBELLY:"

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* "Nirvana - Where did you sleep last night - Unplugged in new york:"

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* Trying to stay afloat until August: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com
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* "Women’s clinic vandalized in Mississippi:"

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* "Mike Pence authorizes needle exchange program to stop HIV:"

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* "Working Mom On Food Stamps Hits Back At Scott Walker’s Plan To Drug Test Her:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/115020719967/shihtzuman-1trapolitics-tp-working-mom-on-food

* "Deadline article challenges diversity on TV:"

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* "Historical dig reveals humans lived in Ashby as early as 10,000BC:" http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/Historical-dig-reveals-humans-lived-Ashby-early/story-26125732-detail/story.html

* "Iron Age brain was preserved in mud:" http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/education/news/11839094.Iron_Age_brain_was_preserved_in_mud/

* "200 bodies found in mass grave beneath Paris supermarket:" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11442043/200-bodies-found-in-mass-grave-beneath-Paris-supermarket.html

* "Medieval monastic bones in Ipswich could aid arthritis research:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-31772744

* "Grave uncovered at cathedral may have been a medieval knight:" http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/local/11829944.Grave_uncovered_at_cathedral_may_have_been_a_medieval_knight/

* "Richard III buried among women who ate lots of sea fish, archaeologist finds:" http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/mar/02/richard-iii-buried-among-women-sea-fish-archaeologist-mathew-morris-leicester

* "Body of young woman who had Charles I shilling placed over eye found in shallow Oxford grave:" http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art519781-body-of-young-woman-found-with-charles-first-shilling-over-eye-in-shallow-oxford-grave

* "This is what Disney princesses would look like with realistic waists:" http://hellogiggles.com/disney-princesses-look-like-realistic-waistlines/

* Boardwalk Empire, Season 4. I think the theme this season is people taking people for granted, failing to respect those who are loyal. I think the other theme is the toxicity of racism and segregation. It runs through everything, and rightly so.

For the record, I am team Chalky White. I’ve alwayts been team Chalky White.

* "if ancient roman authors had tumblr:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/114975489841/if-ancient-roman-authors-had-tumblr

* Car insurance and property taxes are now a crisis. Our Financial Situation continues Scary: http://www.gofundme.com/cuovws or Lethran@gmail.com

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