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* "Russian Kaspersky anti-virus software eyed in serious NSA breach:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/russian-kaspersky-anti-virus-software-eyed-in-serious-nsa-breach-1064019523796

* "Trump signed law to help mentally ill get guns:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trump-signed-law-to-help-mentally-ill-get-guns-1064009283995

* How much does 45 want to deprive ordinary working people of affordable health care? 45 personally intervened to stop Iowa from stabilizing their market. This will drive prices up on purpose, an important Republican goal.

* "US Intelligence Unit Accused Of “Domestic Spying” On Americans’ Finances:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/jasonleopold/us-intelligence-unit-accused-of-illegally-spying-on?utm_term=.eqQnDn2NN#.nkYqkqXoo

* "New charter jet scandals rock Trump's cabinet:" http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/new-charter-jet-scandals-rock-trump-s-cabinet-1064724547960

* "Manafort looked to capitalize on Trump camp role with oligarch:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/manafort-looked-to-capitalize-on-trump-camp-role-with-oligarch-1064858691543

* "Exorbitant jet travel at taxpayer expense a Trump admin hallmark:"http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/exorbitant-jet-travel-at-taxpayer-expense-a-trump-admin-hallmark-1064831043860

* "John Kelly's personal cellphone was compromised, White House believes:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/05/john-kelly-cell-phone-compromised-243514

* "Trump Nominates a Coal Lobbyist to Be No. 2 at E.P.A.:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/climate/trump-epa-andrew-wheeler.html

* "Scoop: CIA director Pompeo considered to replace Tillerson:" https://www.axios.com/cia-director-pompeo-considered-to-replace-tillerson-2493643532.html

* I just spotted someone calling the Tillerson/45 dust up "Morongate." should I be amused or horrified that this is where we are in our national discourse?

* Republicans insist that calling for common sense and extremely popular gun reforms like universal background checks is forbidden because it's "politicizing a tragedy", but that politicizing a mass shooting to shut down debate, demonize people protesting the murder of innocent people, and to rob woman of the right to make their own medical decisions is somehow not a political act. I call bullshit!

* "Pro-life Rep. resigns after asking mistress to have abortion:" http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/pro-life-rep-resigns-after-asking-mistress-to-have-abortion-1063901251514

* "House GOP says Las Vegas massacre inspired them to crack down on reproductive rights:" https://thinkprogress.org/house-gop-shooting-reproductive-rights-56aa970278a8/

* "Lin-Manuel: Trump response to Puerto Rico 'jaw-dropping':" http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/lin-manuel-trump-response-to-puerto-rico-jaw-dropping-1064747075653

* "Media accesses Puerto Rico roads FEMA won't drive with aid:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/media-accesses-puerto-rico-roads-fema-won-t-drive-with-aid-1064846915694

* "Ta-Nehisi Coates: The GOP 'has been playing with fire':" http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/ta-nehisi-coates-the-gop-1064735811636

* "Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/josephbernstein/heres-how-breitbart-and-milo-smuggled-white-nationalism?utm_term=.jcod4dlGG#.nfNbybmrr

* Inclusive Activism and Self Care: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/166109602475/elodieunderglass-in-reference-to-this-post-in#notes

* "The Triumvirate Of Stupidity: Tillerson, Mattis And Mnuchin:"

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* "A Gun Regulation Analogy For All You Stoners:"

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* One of the things about being "That House" is that neighbors on walks slow down to look at my decorations, nearly always smiling, and in that twilight period between me turning on the lights and the full dark setting in, I often find myself looking into their faces as the stare in my front window. The sensation is strangely intimate and more than a little peculiar, looking into the faces of strangers and seeing their enjoyment from so close and yet on the other side of a screen/glass. I wonder if this is how the chimpanzees feel in the zoo and delighted strangers wander pass their enclosure day after day.

* Artist Modelling: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/166109351280/authorbettyadams-ravenstolethesun

* "Market Forces:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/166111174220/market-forces#notes

* On the scent of Faeries: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/166113283850/im-in-the-middle-of-a-toby-re-read-and-stopped-to

* On Libraries: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/166122507150/its-hard-for-me-to-even-remember-the-last-time-i

* More Cavett: Wow, Bob Fosse was a shitty human being. You DO NOT casually mention someone's partner has died just to get a reaction. I hate that this sort of abusive shit was/is considered acceptable in Hollywood.

* "Games for Three:" https://thegenealogyofstyle.wordpress.com/category/ballet/

* Birth of a Cryptid: http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/166112787980/caledoniaseries-gallusrostromegalus

* That thing towards the beginning of Gifted were the parents threaten to sue the school to the ground if they don't put a stop to the bullying right now? Those of you who are long time readers will know that is what I always advise parents do when there kid is being picked on. I know y'all are sick of hearing this, but it really is the best way to protect your kids, especially if you kid is LGBTQIA or another minority. Hand write a dated, contemporaneous log of all incidents. Threaten to sue. Get a lawyer if they don't step up. It is the fastest way to get a school culture to change not jut for your student, but for every student who comes after. take no shit. Accept no shared blame. Make yourself a thorn in their side, a potentially incredibly expensive thorn. Public Schools are by definition short of funds and it is cheaper to retrain staff and provide admin guidance than it is to fight and worse yet lose a law suit. Some will inevitably fight in red areas particularly, but most won't, and either way you win and so does your kid and all the ones coming up behind them.

* ToS Rewatch, Season 2:

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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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* "The Rohingya crisis: Why won't Aung San Suu Kyi act?:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41187517

* "Betsy DeVos wants to roll back protections for campus rape survivors:" https://news.vice.com/story/betsy-devos-wants-to-roll-back-protections-for-campus-rape-survivors

* The world is on fire, in some cases literally. Climate Denial needs to stop NOW.

* "Philly Police Union President Calls Black Lives Matter Activists 'A Pack Of Rabid Animals':" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/philly-police-union-president-calls-black-lives-matter-activists-a-pack-of-rabid-animals_us_59aacc02e4b0dfaafcf0bc55

* "‘Doctor Who’ writer makes fun of trans women’s names:" https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/09/doctor-writer-makes-fun-trans-womens-names/

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

* This is old, but applies to sociopathic economists applauding hurricane Price Gouging and to the heath care debate. "Do Economists Actually Know What Money Is?:" https://www.currentaffairs.org/2016/10/do-economists-actually-know-what-money-is

* "Ancient Troy: The City & the Legend:" https://www.livescience.com/38191-ancient-troy.html

* "How we lost the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World:" http://www.salon.com/2017/08/20/how-we-lost-the-seven-wonders-of-the-ancient-world/

* "Joaquin Phoenix played him in Gladiator - but what do you really know about Commodus?:" http://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/evenings/commodus/8840516

* "Archaeologists dig in to reveal Roman emporium:" http://www.kentonline.co.uk/faversham/news/archaeologists-dig-in-to-reveal-130738/

* On King Richard the Lionheart's sexuality: http://qqueenofhades.tumblr.com/post/71441456463/scholarly-saturday-richard-the-lionheart-and

* "Cirque Du Sewer – The Gong Show:"

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* "There's A Trump Protest For Everyone!:"

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* "The Worst Part Of Steve Bannon's First Interview: Steve Bannon:"

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* "Donald Trump Plays Nice with Democrats:"

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* An Excellent Dog Story: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/164972472430/mom-adopts-a-dog

* "The world’s tiniest dragon must defend his hoard, a single gold coin, from those who would steal it.:" https://wilwheaton.tumblr.com/post/165139435639/bdubs8807-mildswearingat4am

* I was amused by the Gong Show periodically getting fetish porn past the censors, but am deeply uncomfortable with them veering into public self harm. Fuckssake that kid was 16.

* Want to donate to the windshield wiper fund? (32$ Needed). Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

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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/

* Authorities in Antigua & Barbuda want people to go through the Red Cross right now, as what is needed is centralized relief through a legitimate charity. https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-irma-donations?scode=RSG00000E017&utm_campaign=irma&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwZr44KqX1gIVCIR-Ch0EXQQ0EAAYASAAEgJnBPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CJqzzvKql9YCFY2Tfgods-gBXQ

* "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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* "Yemen hospital battles world's worst cholera outbreak:" http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-40443989/yemen-hospital-battles-world-s-worst-cholera-outbreak

* "Cardinal Pell: Vatican treasurer denies Australia sex offences:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40439489

* "White House could offer to roll back sanctions in first Trump-Putin meeting:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/29/white-house-sanctions-first-trump-putin-meeting

* "Trump allies work to smear FBI, discredit Russia investigation:"

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* "Stepsister, Yes; Grandma, No: U.S. Sets Guidelines for Revised Travel Ban:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/28/us/politics/homeland-security-prepares-to-issue-travel-restrictions.html

* "Trump Attacks ‘Crazy’ Mika Brzezinski: She Was ‘Bleeding Badly From a Face-Lift’:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-tweets-mika-was-bleeding-badly-from-a-face-lift

* "CBO: Republican health care bill will get worse with age:"

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* O.o "House panel votes to force new debate on terror war:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/29/congress-vote-authorize-war-islamic-state-240095

* "We Are the Sum of Our Stories - Kameron Hurley:" http://www.kameronhurley.com/lita-talk-sum-stories/

* "Trolls, hypocrites and performance artists are trying to hack our lives. Don’t let them.:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2017/06/19/trolls-hypocrites-and-performance-artists-are-trying-to-hack-our-lives-dont-let-them/?utm_term=.ea194f94fdbe

* "Teaching The Camera To See My Skin:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/syreetamcfadden/teaching-the-camera-to-see-my-skin?utm_term=.ieaa46DJm2#.ouG6yxaYM9

* "Which jobs do economists say create the largest spillover benefits for society?:" https://80000hours.org/2017/06/which-jobs-do-economists-say-create-the-largest-spillover-benefits-for-society/

* "Some basic medieval fashion terms:" http://the-alexandrian-alchemist.tumblr.com/post/162422332481/some-basic-medieval-fashion-terms

* "Abraham Lincoln Doesn't Want Trump In The Hall Of Presidents:"

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* "Trump Thinks Healthcare Is Something You Can Win:"

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* "Yet Another Baker Who Won't Make Cakes For Same-Sex Weddings:"

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* "Dinosaur Decathalon - The Gong Show:"

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* I unironically adored this. "Zombie Ballet - The Gong Show:"

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* "What poet should I fight?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162424963292/what-poet-should-i-fight

* I really want a quality TV version of Bombshells on STARZ or Netflix.

* "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back with Superheroines:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/two-steps-forward-one-step-back-with-superheroines/

* "Salim the Cinnamon Roll and Gay Muslim Representation:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/salim-the-cinnamon-roll-and-gay-muslim-representation/

* "I actually think you’ve picked good examples to show that GRRM tries to minimise the role of coincidences (which do have their place) and move his plot along through plausible character action.:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/162420744802/maybe-its-presentism-influencing-me-but-dont

* Two Days left. One no bid. I'm a hundred down on bills, plus we haven't money for electricity and Internet as we had to pay for car repairs (four hundred), so clearly it's ebay time.: http://www.ebay.com/sch/lethran/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Hungary: NGO law a vicious and calculated assault on civil society:" https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/06/hungary-ngo-law-a-vicious-and-calculated-assault-on-civil-society/

* "Widespread protests against government corruption in Russia:"

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* 45 is now personally under investigation for Obstruction of Justice.

* "Trump’s Personal Lawyer Boasted That He Got Preet Bharara Fired:" https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-personal-lawyer-boasted-that-he-got-preet-bharara-fired

* "Jeff Sessions personally asked Congress to let him prosecute medical-marijuana providers:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/13/jeff-sessions-personally-asked-congress-to-let-him-prosecute-medical-marijuana-providers/?utm_term=.a0983597e368

* "Warren grills Republican on secret health care bill:"

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* "Senate Republicans crack down on press access:" http://thehill.com/homenews/media/337582-reporters-cant-film-hallway-interviews-with-senators-without-permission-report

* "Scalise remains in critical condition after shooting:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/14/politics/alexandria-virginia-shooting/index.html

* "Republican senators say their phones aren’t ringing to save the ACA, so here’s the contact list:" https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/12/1671161/-Republican-senators-say-their-phones-aren-t-ringing-to-save-the-ACA-so-here-s-the-contact-list

* "Senate strikes bipartisan deal to boost Russia sanctions:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/12/russia-sanctions-senate-deal-imminent-239451

* "When libraries close, timber counties face tough reality:" http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2017/04/when_libraries_close_timber_co.html

* "Criminal charges filed in Flint water crisis:"

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* "Call Me Ashley:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/call-me-ashley.html

* "Number 13- Rest In Peace Josie Berrios:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/number-13-rest-in-peace-josie-berrios.html

* "Yukon Territory Passes Trans Rights Law!:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/06/yukon-territory-passes-trans-rights-law.html

* "American Gods Provides Some Filler Before the Finale:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/american-gods-1x07/

* "The Voice of Saruman and the Terror of Control:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/saruman-voice-lotr-reread/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Default)
* "Iran attacks: 'IS' hits parliament and Khomeini mausoleum:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40184641

* Jose Alberto Gutierrez is a hero. "Dustbin man builds free library of thrown away books:" http://www.bbc.com/news/education-40173423

* UK General election, please VOTE: http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/161554773189/i-wear-the-cheese-hunterinabrowncoat

* Eric Trump, who stole money from St. Judes Children’s hospital (earmarked for a charity for children with cancer), wants to remind you that Democrats “aren’t even people.”

* "Pulse massacre survivor: 'Blood donations saved my life':" http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-40177691/pulse-massacre-survivor-blood-donations-saved-my-life

* Some friends are in the middle of a move that needs to happen super fast. I'm wheelman for a chunk of this. It's where I was Wednesday, and odds are it's going to eat most of my awake time and spoons between now and Sunday. Do not be alarmed if most of what you see of me is queued images. I ain'n't dead, though it feels that way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (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: (Etherite)
* 38 people were slaughtered on a Beach in Tunisia.

* "The real story behind Greece's debt crisis:"

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* We are officially normalizing diplomatic ties to Cuba.

* "'Stealthy' Giant Rhea Eludes Police In U.K.:" http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/06/25/417426469/stealthy-giant-rhea-eludes-police-in-u-k

* Monday Supreme Court Round up: The Supreme Court upheld Arizona's (and thus California's by extension) non-partisan anti-gerrymandering legislation. Hurray! The Supreme court blocked the Texas law intended to close nearly all the women's health clinics. Yay! They also blocked the EPA from limits on power plants. Boo! To my horror, they are allowing the states to continue using the drugs in three botched execution last year on the grounds that the death row inmates did not suggest an alternative, the fact that it is a slow "cruel and in human " way to kill people being immaterial.

* "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott picks homeschooler to chair State Board of Education:" http://www.rawstory.com/2015/06/texas-gov-greg-abbott-picks-homeschooler-to-chair-state-board-of-education/

* "Chris Christie political bridge burning haunts him for 2016:"

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* Bernie Sanders had an 800 person capacity room booked for an event in Maine, but they got 3000 people RSVP'd so they had to move it to a hockey rink. He has a 9000 person event in Wisconsin coming up today, which is significantly larger than non-announcement rally events by all the other candidates so far. Go Bernie!

* President Obama just gave five million people in poverty a right to paid overtime.

* "Rare confrontation on lethal injection surprises at Supreme Court:"

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* "Confederate flag fights still persist:"

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* "Who is burning black churches?:"

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* "Supervisor tried unsuccessfully to call off Detroit police chase that killed two kids:" http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2015/06/supervisor_tried_unsuccessfull.html

* "Why the Ugly Rhetoric Against Gay Marriage Is Familiar to this Historian of Miscegenation:" http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/4708

* "Turkish police clash with crowd at gay pride parade:" http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-29/turkish-police-clash-with-crowd-at-gay-pride-parade/6580134

* "NZ told to fund more transgender operations:" http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/277405/nz-told-to-fund-more-transgender-operations

* "Marriage equality fight lingers in some states and counties:"

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* So here is where I am on Marriage Equality:

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* "Denver jail transgender policy a national model:" http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28395500/denver-jail-transgender-policy-national-model

* "Ice Age art: The female gaze :"

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* "DEATH IS EVERYWHERE- The Secret Burials of London :"

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* "Thorne Miniature Rooms:" http://archatlas.tumblr.com/post/113883715803

* "'Patience And Fortitude' And The Fight To Save NYC's Storied Public Library:" http://www.npr.org/2015/06/24/416780087/patience-and-fortitude-and-the-fight-to-save-nycs-storied-public-library

* Arrow: At some point I started thinking of Roy's costume as his "Red Robin Suit."

* 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: (Books)
* "As Extremists Invaded, Timbuktu Hid Artifacts of a Golden Age:" http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/world/africa/saving-timbuktus-priceless-artifacts-from-militants-clutches.html?google_editors_picks=true&_r=1&

The rumors are true! I have no words for how happy I am. Those manuscripts were irreplaceable. It's terrible to have lost even 5%, but I had imagined so much worse.

* Looks like Marriage Equality is moving forward in England and maybe France! Yay progress! It's not for sure yet in either place. The house of Lords gets it next in the UK and the French thing is more a first step than a full push.

* Even though things like the Superdome power outage, the service outages after Sandy and other storms in the past few years are more evidence we need to upgrade to a 21st century infrastructure for basic utility services, Republicans continue to argue that a modern infrastructure is a waste of time and money because the jobs it would create are somehow not "real" even though the pay checks, the economic stimulus those paychecks would generate, and the hardened infrastructure all would be. Riiiiight.

* I am having trouble taking the skeet shooting tempest in a tea cup both because it's pointless, but also because I know what skeet means in slang. Every time I hear it mentioned on TV, I hear David Chapelle yelling "Skeet! Skeet! Skeet!" with the hand gesture....

* Re: Alabama kidnapping case. I am, of course glad the child is safe again. The thing I keep thinking is that the kidnapper has been allowed to go around threatening to kill his neighbors and their pets, killing people's pets, and shooting guns off indiscriminately in the middle of the night. His neighbors were terrified and had begged authorities to do something, but his second amendment right to be as violent as he wanted with his gun trumped the safety of everyone around him. As a white man in Alabama he literally had to murder someone and kidnap a child for the authorities to decide they should maybe consider intervening. Just saying.

I keep thinking of Victorian London, whether it's this case or the huge list of young men like Trayvon Martin hunted and killed by white men because of ALEC's "stand your ground" laws making it essentially legal for white men to murder unarmed black people, and all the women imprisoned for defending themselves from violent attackers. Part of what made it so hard to find Jack the Ripper was because there were so many violent men who had beaten and/or stabbed women in public places in the East End that they had a suspect pool of literally hundreds of proved to be violent misogynists in their suspect pool and no means to narrow that down. After all, the authorities didn't care if men went around stabbing women in pubs and the streets as long as it the women being hurt were working class. It took something as terrible and as flashy as the Ripper murders for people in charge to decide maybe the laws against assault and murder should protect to lower class women and not just the well off. Since they couldn't catch the Ripper specifically by name, the police went into the slums and simply collected all the men known to have seriously harmed women with knives, teeth, or fists and sent them either to prison or a sanitarium. It didn't do a thing about domestic violence, but it literally made the streets rather safer as assaulting a poor woman was now considered a crime for which you might be arrested rather than clapped on the back. It's too bad our country believes white men should be allowed to get away with this sort of violent and dangerous behavior.

* Stephen Colbert on the Skeet Shooting fracas:

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* Stephen Colbert on immigration reform:

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* "It's Trayvon Martin's 18th Birthday:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2013/02/its-trayvon-martins-18th-birthday.html

* "On Police Conduct & Collateral Damage:" http://yaseen101.livejournal.com/55690.html

* "What Will You Do In a Dystopia?" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2012/12/what-will-you-do-in-dystopian.html

* Yet another horrifying old timey medical idea you should not try at home. "The most uncanny look." http://thequackdoctor.com/index.php/the-most-uncanny-look/

* Brain Food - Episode 28: Robopocolapyse:

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* O.o: http://thedevilspanties.com/archives/8379

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* "As Extremists Invaded, Timbuktu Hid Artifacts of a Golden Age:" http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/world/africa/saving-timbuktus-priceless-artifacts-from-militants-clutches.html?google_editors_picks=true&_r=1&

The rumors are true! I have no words for how happy I am. Those manuscripts were irreplaceable. It's terrible to have lost even 5%, but I had imagined so much worse.

* Looks like Marriage Equality is moving forward in England and maybe France! Yay progress! It's not for sure yet in either place. The house of Lords gets it next in the UK and the French thing is more a first step than a full push.

* Even though things like the Superdome power outage, the service outages after Sandy and other storms in the past few years are more evidence we need to upgrade to a 21st century infrastructure for basic utility services, Republicans continue to argue that a modern infrastructure is a waste of time and money because the jobs it would create are somehow not "real" even though the pay checks, the economic stimulus those paychecks would generate, and the hardened infrastructure all would be. Riiiiight.

* I am having trouble taking the skeet shooting tempest in a tea cup both because it's pointless, but also because I know what skeet means in slang. Every time I hear it mentioned on TV, I hear David Chapelle yelling "Skeet! Skeet! Skeet!" with the hand gesture....

* Re: Alabama kidnapping case. I am, of course glad the child is safe again. The thing I keep thinking is that the kidnapper has been allowed to go around threatening to kill his neighbors and their pets, killing people's pets, and shooting guns off indiscriminately in the middle of the night. His neighbors were terrified and had begged authorities to do something, but his second amendment right to be as violent as he wanted with his gun trumped the safety of everyone around him. As a white man in Alabama he literally had to murder someone and kidnap a child for the authorities to decide they should maybe consider intervening. Just saying.

I keep thinking of Victorian London, whether it's this case or the huge list of young men like Trayvon Martin hunted and killed by white men because of ALEC's "stand your ground" laws making it essentially legal for white men to murder unarmed black people, and all the women imprisoned for defending themselves from violent attackers. Part of what made it so hard to find Jack the Ripper was because there were so many violent men who had beaten and/or stabbed women in public places in the East End that they had a suspect pool of literally hundreds of proved to be violent misogynists in their suspect pool and no means to narrow that down. After all, the authorities didn't care if men went around stabbing women in pubs and the streets as long as it the women being hurt were working class. It took something as terrible and as flashy as the Ripper murders for people in charge to decide maybe the laws against assault and murder should protect to lower class women and not just the well off. Since they couldn't catch the Ripper specifically by name, the police went into the slums and simply collected all the men known to have seriously harmed women with knives, teeth, or fists and sent them either to prison or a sanitarium. It didn't do a thing about domestic violence, but it literally made the streets rather safer as assaulting a poor woman was now considered a crime for which you might be arrested rather than clapped on the back. It's too bad our country believes white men should be allowed to get away with this sort of violent and dangerous behavior.

* Stephen Colbert on the Skeet Shooting fracas:

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* Stephen Colbert on immigration reform:

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* "It's Trayvon Martin's 18th Birthday:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2013/02/its-trayvon-martins-18th-birthday.html

* "On Police Conduct & Collateral Damage:" http://yaseen101.livejournal.com/55690.html

* "What Will You Do In a Dystopia?" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2012/12/what-will-you-do-in-dystopian.html

* Yet another horrifying old timey medical idea you should not try at home. "The most uncanny look." http://thequackdoctor.com/index.php/the-most-uncanny-look/

* Brain Food - Episode 28: Robopocolapyse:

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* O.o: http://thedevilspanties.com/archives/8379

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