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* "'Too fat to fly': Russian women fight back:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41254724

* "Myanmar: footage reveals scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya:" https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/sep/14/myanmar-new-footage-reveals-scorched-earth-campaign-against-rohingya

* "Philippines rights body gets $20 budget:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41244704

* "Clinton to Trump: Get over the Twitter stuff, get with diplomacy:"

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* "Clinton: Trump and some staff a clear and present danger to US:"

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* "Clinton: Putin wants to destabilize democracy worldwide:"

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* "Clinton: Trump led people to be more sexist and misogynistic:"

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* This just in: bribery of white house officials now legal. "Trump ethics watchdog moves to allow anonymous gifts to legal defense funds:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/13/trump-ethics-watchdog-legal-defense-242690

* "Treasury secretary requested government jet for European honeymoon:" http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/treasury-secretary-mnuchin-requested-government-jet-european-honeymoon/story?id=49777076

* "Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls for journalist to be fired:"

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* "Sanders: Medicare for all 'isn't a government takeover':"

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* "Martin Shkreli Sent to Jail After Threatening to Take Hillary Clinton’s Hair:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/martin-shkrelis-bail-revoked-taken-into-custody

* "Jill Soloway - Giving Otherness a Voice on "Transparent" - Extended Interview:"

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* "Scientists hope to restore extinct Galapagos tortoise:" http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/scientists-hope-restore-extinct-galapagos-turtle-species-49828649

* "Joe Arpaio: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:"

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* OMG! OMG! "Rebels on Pointe Official Film Trailer:"

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* "Life After Hate:"

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* "Violent Buddhists Target Muslims in Myanmar:"

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* "A Squeeze of the Hand:"

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* I was exhausted, so went to bed super early. Unfortunately, I forgot the cough, so I ended up spending my three hours of coughing in bed not sleeping instead of spending it doing something useful. Sleep, when I got it, was not good. Today's mission was to take Squirrel to get an elderly truck he'd been gifted, which needed a new battery, but otherwise works. It turned out the battery was too far gone for the truck to make it more than a block, so I drove to the battery place where I also got my tires. I'd noticed the passenger tire was low on Monday when I last took it out, and had added air to the to do list. we pulled in and the tire guys gave it a horrified look and asked if we were there for tires. "I hope you didn't buy tat here." "I did, a couple weeks ago. I have a receipt." The man helping us today was the one who looked rather like Tyr from Almighty Johnson's and remembered me and my battery from last Spring. He took the tire off, was horrified that they'd sold it to me and replaced it free. Squirrel's battery was about 30.00, so the trip was a win all around, although it did take all afternoon and more than a quarter tank of gas. Squirrel replaced his battery and followed me home so I could get him if there were problems.

In other news, assholes moved into the apartment we share space with. I say assholes advisedly as they know I am disabled, but are clearly shell gaming the spot, moving a different car in whenever they move the other car out, so we have no change at a turn, knowing full well I'm disabled and need a spot. I feel like this is cheating. It's one thing to come home and find the spot full as the luck of the draw, but I feel like going to those lengths to fuck us over knowing full well we were lied to also is super dickish. Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal, as I'd just park in the disabled spot, but someone with a temp tag good until February is perma parked there (as in, we don;t think they've moved in in the last month). I'm guessing they are really hurt or ill and just don't leave the house for non-doctor things, so I don't begrudge them. Someone is also perma parked in B disabled, which leaves me A on the far side of the complex or random street parking up to a block away. I know objectively, it's not a long distance, for me, walking to and from parking now eats a quarter to a third of the steps I have for a given trip this last couple of weeks and given how bad those two weeks have been physically while the able bodied people hog the shared parking.... I've only spoken to them on the phone, but I hate them now.

Tomorrow, I’m also short sleeped, this time to find out how much the check engine light is going to cost me.

* I've bailed out of AHS: Cult. It was a mix of problems. the first is that while it is important to do art about microaggressions, harassment, the terror that is the straight white conservative cis male, and the horror overtaking our country, this is too on the nose, and I spend my evenings documenting this stuff and have dealt with various versions of it all my life moving about in the world. The result is it's to preachy and preaching to the choir all at once. I might have been more receptive to watching this as entertainment in another year, but this is not the time to do it this way, or it is the time to do art about it, but a little more subtle. One or the other or both. Another problem has to do with some fundamental problems I tend to have with Ryan Murphy around race. Sometimes he does better than others, but it's an area where I don't trust him and nothing I've seen so far this season around race has made me happy. I am also really not trusting his handling of mental illness here. I am hoping it will get better, but I don't trust where this is going or that things will be handled well given past experience. (Look, I love his aesthetics and when he's on, he does some really interesting things. I have enjoyed a bunch of his other things, but he tends to be pretty problematic and sometimes the one balances the other out and sometimes it doesn't for me. YMMV).

Lastly, This whole thing is pretty triggery given my personal history, and with the first factor in play, this is not a good thing for me to be watching in combination. If I'm going to do something this rough to myself I'd rather take another crack at season two of Hannibal a that has a whole lot of things relative to my interests in exchange for a similar set of triggers. This is frankly not giving me anything back in exchange for dragging me through the worst of reddit while triggering me on my personal stuff. I had reached the bit when the cheeto brother was trying to get the woman with the phobias to let him in, doing all the horrible shit rapists and abusers do to women, playing on socialization, and I thought, "I would rather be scrubbing out the litter boxes. That at least results in clean litter boxes.

So I'm out. Maybe he'll do something amazing later, but I'm pretty sure this particular ride is not for me.

* I struggled with what to say about Will when it was on, my thoughts were complicated and not easy to put into words that would make good sense. I don't agree with everything in here, and I DID want a second season to explore the Will/Kit relationship. I also have a lot of thoughts about race in the show: the things they did well and the things I'm still really angry about. For the most part though, this did a better job than I could possibly do talking about the things I was struggling to put into words, and I'm very glad someone managed it. "The Punk-Rock Makeover Will, and Why It Sort of Works:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/will-tnt-review/

* On Catelyn Stark and Sacrifice: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/165169790792/to-expand-on-my-minimalistic-answer-just-then#notes

* Book vs. Show Olenna Tyrell: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/165176672777/what-do-you-think-of-showolenna-do-you-think-the#notes

* On Jamie Lannister's Arc: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/165183268532/does-the-sept-scene-ruin-jaimes-redemptiongrowth#notes

* Jamie Lannister isn't a feminist: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/165139180297/would-you-say-his-treatment-of-pia-and-his-concern

* On Cersei Lannister: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/165261638582/what-do-you-think-of-the-argument-that-cersei-in

* Want to donate to my property taxes? (170$ 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/

* 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

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* "Indigenous people exposed to UK nuclear tests given healthcare aid:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-39777197

* "North Korea’s 'jangmadang generation' questions the necessity of the Party Congress :" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=13890&cataId=nk01500

* "Trump: Go back to ‘goddamned steam':"

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* "US attorney scores settlement in Russia case:"

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* "Trump behavior toward Comey likely making his lawyers unhappy:"

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* Eeeeeew! "Trump asked Comey to pledge loyalty to him:"

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* "Rough welcomes for GOP Rep., Secy. DeVos:"

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* "Elizabeth Warren on Republicans and Trump’s 'nonsense':"

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* "Why I Had to Buy My Wife's Inhaler on the Dark Web:" https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/why-i-had-to-buy-my-wifes-inhaler-on-the-dark-web?utm_source=dmfb

* ""I'm facing jail time after laughing at Jeff Sessions. I regret nothing.":" https://www.vox.com/first-person/2017/5/8/15578850/sessions-confirmation-laugh-desiree-fairooz

* TW: Suicide. "8-year-old boy was bullied before committing suicide, attorneys say:" http://www.cbsnews.com/news/young-boy-bullied-by-classmates-suicide-cincinnati/

* "Bethune-Cookman Students Are Part Of A Distinguished Heritage Of HBCU Protest:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/05/bethune-cookman-students-are-part-of.html

* Fuck D. L. Hugely. I remember when he went around insisting that LGBTQIA people didn't deserve even basic rights because not enough of us had been beaten and murdered yet. No word on how many more of us he wanted to be killed before he'd consider us worthy of being considered people, but I haven't heard an apology and I haven't forgotten how cruel, hateful, and dehumanizing that was. He is not an icon of the progressive left, he is a homophobe; just as Gloria Steinem isn’t a feminist, he is a Transmysognist.

* " What you will" The fluidity of gender is no 21st-century idea. In Twelfth Night, writes Dr Will Tosh, gender is what you make of it.:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/160602115847/what-you-will

* "The Trump administration deleted the EPA’s climate change website. So, Chicago published it instead.:" https://mic.com/articles/176472/chicago-adds-epa-climate-change-page-deleted-by-trump-administration-to-city-website?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=future&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.8mafEgxwO

* So affluent white people went to a community of colour to lie to them about vaccines in the middle of an epidemic in the hopes their children will be infected with a deadly disease. They don't frame it like that, but that sure is what it looks like to me. "Anti-vaccine groups blamed in Minnesota measles outbreak:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/08/health/measles-minnesota-somali-anti-vaccine-bn/

* Help save the National Parks from 45: http://fiftysevenacademics.tumblr.com/post/160610175875/public-comment-on-trumps-executive-order-to

* Tw: Dead Animals. "South Florida python hunters bag a ton of snakes — cost-effectively:" http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article149798804.html

* "This Is the Best Dinosaur Fossil of Its Kind Ever Found:" http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/06/dinosaur-nodosaur-fossil-discovery/

* "During the English Civil War, Lady Mary Bankes defended a castle from over 200 attackers with only five men under her initial command:" https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/08/14/priority-english-civil-war-lady-mary-bankes-defended-castle-200-attackers-five-men-initial-command/

* "Donny Goes to School:"

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* "Djimon Hounsou - Changing Up Well-Known Stories with "King Arthur"- Extended Interview:"

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* "Between the Scenes - Trump's Dictator Tendencies:"

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* "The All-Male Panel on Women's Health:"

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* "The Kentucky Derby Was Eerily Reminiscent Of The Election:"

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* "What Ambulances Will Look Like Under Trumpcare:"

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* "Good Omens aborts the Apocalypse :" https://www.thefandomentals.com/good-omens-apocalypse/

* "The Ballad Of Captain America’s Disapproving Face:" http://sodiumflare.tumblr.com/post/160601771130/daredevilmeme-scarletmemewitch

* "American Gods, Season One, Episode Two: The Secret of Spoon:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/05/american-gods-season-one-episode-two.html

* "American Gods Dials It Up for Episode 2:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/american-gods-1x02/

* "American Gods begins to show its subtle changes:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/american-gods-begins-show-subtle-changes/

* "Guardians 2 Is The Most Emotionally Deep Marvel Movie To Date:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/guardians-2-review/

* This is Brilliant. "The True Meaning of 42:" https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/160579237257/stripeycrayons-i-have-been-deeply-in-love-with

* "Torchwood Is Getting a Fifth Season—But Only in Audio Form:" http://io9.gizmodo.com/torchwood-is-getting-a-fifth-season-but-only-in-audio-f-1795014355

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "House Intel Committee looking at legality of Flynn Russia contact:"

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* "Magnitude of Trump adviser Flynn's Russia scandal gains clarity:"

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* If what they are doing isn't incredibly shameful, why are they lying about it. "Trump-era ICE raids begin nationwide, protest and panic ensue:"

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* "Chicagoan in town hall: 'We’re begging' for help:"

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* "People with disabilities finally get a way to save money:" http://www.king5.com/ext/news/nation-now/people-with-disabilities-finally-get-a-way-to-save-money/281/nationnow/1NzAzNtw00co2QcMoU2QWC

* "California bill would add ‘nonbinary’ gender option on state identification :" http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article128960219.html

* Infrastructure is important. "Oroville Dam spillway: 'It's not supposed to do that':" http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article131592714.html

* "President Trump Has The Art World On Edge:"

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* "Betsy DeVos: Donating More So Our Schools Get Less:"

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* "President Trump Is Using His Office To Protect His Family's Businesses:"

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* "Long Ties, Big Lies And Made Up Crowd Size: The Sean Spicer Story:"

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* "Donald Trump Calls In To Ask A Few Basic Questions:"

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* Okay, my lungs seem more stable. I’m making another attempt.

* "Taboo starts to uncover the past:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/taboo-starts-to-uncover-the-past/

* "Black Sails XXX Chat: Mostly Anne Bonny, Woodes Rogers, and Eleanor Guthrie (Mildly Edited. Some bits moved for clarity.)" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/157087188817/black-sails-xxx-chat-mostly-anne-bonny-woodes

* "Both:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/157085685487/a-random-fandom-girl-koricomics-both-by


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

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* I am terribly sorry about the murder of Jo cox over in the UK by a right wing extremist.

* "Symbolism of Trump fundraiser sends wrong message:"

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* "GOP Senator David Perdue leads prayer for Obama's death:" https://boingboing.net/2016/06/10/gop-senator-david-perdue-leads.html

* Props to Senator Murphy for a fifteen hour filibuster and his success in getting them to schedule votes on reform measures. Seriously, hats off to you, Sir.

* "Brock Turner And The Whole Rotting Orchard:" https://medium.com/@dragana.kaurin/brock-turner-and-the-whole-rotting-orchard-f0851ca3bd30#.uyuwftnb2

* "When Peak White Privilege And Peak Rape Culture Create The Perfect Fuckshit Soufflé:" http://verysmartbrothas.com/when-peak-white-privilege-and-peak-rape-culture-create-a-fuckshit-souffle/

* Can we take a moment to grieve and rage for the mixed status families in Orlando who are being broken up right now because one of their family members were murdered at Pulse because our country has no compassion at all for Latinx immigrants? Because this is so incredibly cruel to do to people who are already going through so much.

* "After Orlando, undocumented family member risks everything:"

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* "The Shortest and Most Powerful Explanation of the Orlando Shooter I Have Ever Seen:" http://usuncut.com/politics/powerful-explanation-orlando-shooting/

* "Obama mourns for Orlando:"

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* "Self-hatred seen in some anti-gay hate crimes:"

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* "'Nonbinary' is now a legal gender, Oregon court rules:" http://www.dailydot.com/lifestyle/oregon-court-rules-non-binary-gender-legal/

* "On community fracturing:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/146098798862/on-community-fracturing

* "Prince: death by ignorance and fear:" https://boingboing.net/2016/06/05/prince-death-by-ignorance-and.html

* "Fibromyalgia now considered as a lifelong central nervous system disorder:" http://www.news-medical.net/news/20150518/Fibromyalgia-now-considered-as-a-lifelong-central-nervous-system-disorder.aspx

* "American Ninja Warrior - T. Rex on American Ninja Warrior :"

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* "The Tatooine Cycle:" https://headofdonnbo.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/the-tatooine-cycle/

* The first lilies of the season. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/146082605817/the-first-lilies-of-the-season

* Fantasy Prosthetics: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/146007891992/howlingguardian-talk-fantasy-prosthetics-to

* "We Need to Talk About Racism in Superhero Media:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/need-talk-racism-superhero-media/

* "Lord of the Rings Re-Read: Strider:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/lord-rings-re-read-strider/

* "Preacher, Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/05/preacher-season-1-episode-1-pilot.html

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

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

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

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

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* "Turkey says Istanbul suicide bomber was member of Islamic State:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-blast-idUSKCN0WM0I1

* "Brussels attacks: Zaventem and Maelbeek bombs kill many:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35869254

* Election update 3/22: Rep: Trump 739, Cruz 465, Kasich 143. 1237 needed; 944 available. Dem: Clinton 1681 (1214 pledged, 467 superdelegates); Sanders 927 (901 Pledged, 26 superdelegates). 2383 Needed.

* The pro-Rape Republicans are at it again, "Georgia GOPer blocks rape kit bill: We don’t need law ‘just because it makes you feel good’:" http://www.rawstory.com/2016/03/georgia-goper-blocks-rape-kit-bill-we-dont-need-law-just-because-it-makes-you-feel-good/

* "There wasn't a single day in January that police didn't kill anyone:" http://www.vox.com/a/police-shootings-calendar-2016

* Androgynous dressing for people with wide hips: http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/141258461795/do-you-have-any-advice-for-baby-genderqueers-on#notes

* "The 'Obamacare Kid' Is Now Part Of Our Trans Family:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-obamacare-kid-is-now-part-of-our.html

* "G Yamazawa - "The Bridge":"

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* The lung infection I've had since the turning of the year is ramping up on me, an expected result of the infection I've had all month. Tavy spent at least a couple of hours exploring and playing this afternoon, though he went back in his hide when I finished my book and started moving about. I've made some progress on the Great reorganization. Phase one is now complete.

* I tried watching Hap and Leonard, but it was sloooow, and I kept forgetting I was watching which made it hard to follow. (I'd start reading, look up, and suddenly remember I was meant to be watching.) I wanted to like it. I love Michael Kenneth Williams' acting. his character intrigued me, but Hap and his ex were boring and I just can't force myself to stick with it.

* "The Walking Dead, Season Six, Episode Fourteen: Twice as Far:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/03/the-walking-dead-season-six-episode_21.html

* EBAYs, One day more, no bids:

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Brazilians get that sinking feeling as crisis deepens:" http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-35837876

* "Tricks and triangulation not new to GOP delegate process:"

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* Apparently Ted Cruz loved the deregulation and resulting world wide financial crash under W. so much, that he has picked one of the major architects of that disaster as his financial adviser, presumably because Republicans have not done enough damage to the economy and the middle class in particular in my life time to suit his purposes.

* "Snyder called out in Congressional hearing despite GOP cover:"

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* "Students Are Being Rejected From The Polls Because Of North Carolina’s Voter ID Law:" http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/03/15/3760266/north-carolina-voter-id/

* "Gen Z Doesn't Really Believe in Gender:" http://reason.com/blog/2016/03/15/gen-z-doesnt-believe-in-gender

* "Women's products cost more. Here's how to avoid the "pink tax.":" http://www.vox.com/2016/3/1/11139280/avoid-pink-tax-women

* "Do Your Job, Congress:"

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* Tavy spent the morning hiding in plain sight on the fireplace ledge, alternately napping and watching me type. Once the guests left I retired to my room, in the firm belief that he was waiting to have the room to himself to explore properly and have a nosh. My original plan involved geographic separation of the cats until the smells got familiar, but she's lazy, in late middle age, and not fond of jumping, whereas he's tiny, fast, and loves heights. As more than half of his observed hiding places in the first twelve hours were places she either couldn't fit or wouldn't go, I decided it was safe to let them overlap. LM is quite excited every time she smells him, but has not tried to get close yet and he's staying out of her way. When I woke up, he was perched on my window sill, hiding behind the fan, where he stayed to watch me finish the riveting Chaos Choreography. (I'd love to see the In Cryptid books done as a quality TV series). I left him some treats and left him to it. After dinner, I spotted LM going in to check out the stranger and followed. She got close enough for them to look at each other properly, but she opted to go back to her territory, what with me there watching them.

I'm giving the little guy lots of space on purpose. This doesn't mean I'm not excited he's here, it's that I'm trying to minimize stress on a small animal that has been through a lot in the last 8-9 months he's been alive, and has just taken an all day road trip from an environment with a lot of cats and two humans he knows and likes to a strange place with one other cat and two strange, possibly dangerous humans and all sorts of unfamiliar smells. I am establishing that I'm calm and friendly, and not prone to attacks or sudden lunges. I figure when he's more comfortable I'll start working on being friends. My hope is that he'll home base in my room as it's a place LM goes for naps, but has always been Elder kitty and my turf primarily, just as Squirrel's room has always belonged to him and the junior beasties primarily, with the common areas overlapping ground mostly under my jurisdiction. (Elder beasties used to go into Squirrel's room and the Butt used to pile into bed with me and the Elder Beasties often as not, but there's a difference between home turf other people have visiting rights on, shared turf, and someone else's you have visiting and sometimes napping rights in.) Anyway, my hope is he'll move into a lot of Hector's spaces since they have similar taste in perches and mests. I was in no shape for dealing with getting him registered as cat in residence. I've hope's of doing it Monday, though there is a chance of later in the week.

* Read at your own risk. "crucifix nail nipples:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/141299729132/zoinomiko-thebibliosphere-hadanelith

* "Black Sails XXVI: Flint, Vane, and the Teacup of Empire:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/141277956714/black-sails-xxvi-flint-vane-and-the-teacup-of

* "Black Sails XXVI: Eleanor Guthrie, Woodes Rogers, Charles Vane, and Flint:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/141280655979/black-sails-xxvi-eleanor-guthrie-woodes-rogers

* "Sunday Sweets To MARVEL Over:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/2/21/sunday-sweets-to-marvel-over.html

* "Sunday Sweet Gets Flowery:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/2/28/sunday-sweet-gets-flowery.html

* EBAYs, 4ish days, no bid:

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
gwydion: (Pensive)
* "Sri Lanka: five steps to vaccine success:" http://www.vaccineswork.org/post/133290012222/sri-lanka-five-steps-to-vaccine-success

* At least 34 people in one attack and 15 in another (with two bombers) are dead in Nigeria. Boka Haram, being cowards, has been turning little girls into suicide bombers, likely the ones they've been kidnapping, though it's not proved yet. Boko Haram has killed more civilians than any terrorist group, including ISIS.

* So a pretty alarming thing just happened in Mali. I'm going to give you a little background first. There's been long running trouble between the people in the North of Mali and the government in the South. Over time, people who got exiled or were wanted by the government, particularly Tariq people went north across the Algerian desert to Libya, where many of the men signed up to serve in the military. Remember that tank convoy and various military transports spotted going South during the overthrow of Kadafi? Those were deserters taking weapons an vehicles back to Mali, where they formed the core of a Tariq separatist uprising in northern Mali. The more secular wing of the uprising quickly got overwhelmed by the religious extremist wing and it became one of those monstrous extremist nightmares that goes around destroying cultural treasures, burning books, killing moderate Muslims, etc.. Some of you will remember the heroic efforts of the people of Timbuktu to hide and smuggle out irreplaceable and unique early Islamic manuscripts.

Mali's government wasn't up to a challenge of this magnitude and French and Pan-African forces have been helping them fight. The pro-government forces have been doing well. The French being there is a thing that is politically complicated because of their history of colonialism in Mali, which I'm not going to get into in depth, but their plan to pull out in the near future was a bit of a relief to pretty much everyone in the region, who given many of the neighboring countries' history with colonialism and French colonialism in particular, is not surprising.

At 7AM local time (my last night), the extremists took a large hotel frequented by international travelers hostage. Government forces with help from french special forces were taking it back floor by floor when I went to bed. It is thought they had over a hundred hostages at one point. Reports continue to be a bit chaotic and contradictory. It is thought the attackers are dead. It is thought approximately 20 hostages were killed. The French withdraw has been cancelled.

* The UN approved a resolution calling on the world to unite against Islamic State.

* "Texas Women Are Inducing Their Own Abortions:" http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/11/texas-self-abort/416229/

* A response to the complaint "women don’t know how much rejection hurts:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/133523850002/inkskinned-women-dont-know-how-much-rejection

* Trump is calling for a Nazi-style mandatory National registry of Muslims with required religion specific identification they and only they would have to carry. O.o For pretty fucking obvious reasons, the Anti-Defamation League and several other Jewish groups are condemning this Trump policy.

* "More Universities Move To Include Gender-Neutral Pronouns:" http://www.npr.org/2015/11/08/455202525/more-universities-move-to-include-gender-neutral-pronouns

* Misleading headline alert. It's about adding genetic data to linguistic and archaeological data to try to figure out where the Indo-European language group likely originates. "DNA reveals the origins of modern Europeans:" http://phys.org/news/2015-03-dna-reveals-modern-europeans.html

* "How did the chicken cross the sea?:" http://phys.org/news/2015-03-chicken-sea.html

* In which I talk about the Wycliffe Bible and the backlash in the notes. "Society despairs of the Modern Woman, 1915 style:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/133587535367/questionableadvice-progress-1915

* "Victorian Nipple Rings:" https://www.bodyartforms.com/blog/victorian-nipple-rings-part-one/

* "The schoolboy sailors who died at Gallipoli:" http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31712158

* "Ponds and their toads cured of dreaded disease:" https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ponds-and-their-toads-cured-dreaded-disease?tgt=nr

* "Tragedy in Paris: The Three Stages of Political Grief:"

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* "Hey, Huddled Masses: Get Lost:"

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* "Sesame Street: Game of Chairs (Game of Thrones Parody):"

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* My scheduled thing got moved, so today was supposed to be a bureaucracy day, but Hector wouldn't stop hurting me when I was sleeping so I couldn't do it. He's pretty manicky today just generally but I got him to eat, so i attempted some experimental baking even though he was way too interested in what was going on. I put the experimental pie in the oven, cleaned up, and went to write up events in Africa. He WOULD NOT leave things in the kitchen alone. I kept having to go in there to do things like fish him out of the trash can. He knew I was making a bread smell in there and he wanted whatever I was making RIGHT NOW! He eventually flung a glass flour canister off a shelf, managing to break one of my Great grandmother's plates in the process. Glass everywhere. It's likely too damaged to glue together and I'm not up to trying tonight.

I want to make clear, I am not feeding this cat pie, but that doesn’t stop him throwing a tantrum on the off chance.

* I watched The Hollow Crown: Henry IV pt. 1. The Henry IV's are amoung my least favorite Shakespeare plays, but I was promised Hiddleston and they did such a brilliant job with the very difficult to do well Richard II, that I gave it a try. I am not sorry. My fundamental problem with IV pt.1 I it is full of pointless cruelty with a particularly nasty clsss based underpinning all framed as if it is funny. It's not something I find funny. Seriously, that thing where they torment the pot boy, who's poverty is extreme by offering him a huge sum of money then making him say anon... Incredibly, pointlessly cruel.

I think one of the reasons this adaptations works for me is that the people making it clearly get how appalling this is. Most Shakespeare adaptations re so full of reverence for the Author, that there is a portentousness and exaggeration to the acting. There is so often an air of trying a little too hard about the comedic bits and it's a little too easy to overact the dramatic bits. This production treats the dialog like dialog, if that makes sense. They speak the lines as if they were modern instead of as if they were poetry. This makes a huge difference in the feel of the thing.

What Hiddleston does with Prince Hal is kind of brilliant. Hiddleston's charisma really helps, but the genius is in the way he plays the horrible pranks. It's rather like the "Loki'd" short he did a few years ago. He plays his Hal a little bit dorky, as a likable, but awkward doofus who isn't quite sure how far is too far and keeps trying anyway to be the class clown so that the cool kids will like him. He plays his Hal in such a way that it's clear the jokes don't quite work because they are sort of childish and aweful and nearly always a little too much. The result is that instead of a callous brute, you get a significantly more subtle character study of a rich kid trying too hard to fit in with a rough crowd.

The performance also really invites you to think about what his childhood and relationship to his father must be for him to run around behaving like this. The little playlet section is pivotal for this. When Falstaff plays the King, he is playing A King. When Hiddleston's Hal plays the King, he is very distinctly playing Jeemy Irons playing Henry IV. It is unnerving and uncomfortable but it really sucks you into the psychology of it. The scene goes from a mocking jest to ouch rather quickly as a result, which is perfect.

There are lots of clever little moments in the acting all over the cast like that. Hotspur's much put upon wife repeatedly punching his arm in exasperation under witch there is an obvious affection. Little moments where Fallstaff's expression suggests that under the bluster there is both self awareness and a deep vulnerability. The moment where Hal and his brother simultaneously realize their father is mortal in an imminent rather than abstract sense.

Look, I'm never going to like watching either Henry IV, but this was riveting and the performances are brilliant, even though the battle scene suffered rather from budgettary limits. This interpretation really works for me in a way that no other version I've ever seen did. (Yes, that includes My Own Private Idaho. I love all the Rent Boy bits in it, but the explicitly Henry IV parts are excruciating, and I mostly skip those when I watch so as to get back to River Phoenix). This is the Henry IV made for people who don't like Henry IV. I am excite to see if they can manage to make pt. 2 interesting which would pretty much be a miracle).

* Mad Max is Not the hero: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/133584243892/potofsoup-bookshop

* A good criticism of the star trek reboot: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/133527809982/well-heres-the-thing-that-i-try-to-explain-to

* Marina Sirtis, Sexism, and TNG: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/133516791352/webgeekist-colonel-kira-nerys

* "Photographer Unearths Vivid Images From 1980s NYC:" http://gothamist.com/2015/11/05/revisit_1980s_nyc.php

* I want the real Sam back. "Book 2 vs. Season 2: Sam Tarly’s Love Life:" http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/133395490597/book-2-vs-season-2-sam-tarlys-love-life

* Story Dragon Store: http://thestorydragon.com/?product_cat=owens-art

* 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
gwydion: (No Angel)
* Paris Update: As of Sunday morning 129 dead 352 wounded, 99 seriously. Seven of the attackers are dead, another seven detained. France is considering it an act of war and is stepping up bombings in Syria. Arrests and interrogations are also ongoing in Belgium and Germany.

* "John Oliver’s best piece ever: This brilliant expose on our endless prison cycle is an absolute must:" http://www.salon.com/2015/11/09/john_oliver_does_it_again_this_brilliant_expose_on_our_endless_prison_cycle_might_be_his_most_important_piece_ever/?utm_source=Tumblr&utm_medium=Tumblr%20Share&utm_campaign=Tumblr

* "15 people with Down syndrome tell a mom what kind of life her child will have:" http://www.upworthy.com/15-people-with-down-syndrome-tell-a-mom-what-kind-of-life-her-child-will-have?c=tbn

* "Your identity is a slur:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/133260104722/your-identity-is-a-slur

* "Tom Hiddleston & Jessica Chastain Throw the Worst Party Ever :"

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* Diverse comic with non-binary main character. "Eth's Skin:" http://www.eths-skin.com/post/71812472945

* I am old enough and my family was geeky enough that most of Tom Baker and all of Peter Davidson's era Who were

* "Tam Lin: A Summary:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/133042466045/tam-lin-a-summary

* "The Failure of Female Leadership In the Walking Dead World :" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/11/the-failure-of-female-leadership-in.html

* "Supernatural, Season 11, Episode 6: Our Little World:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/11/supernatural-season-11-episode-6-our.html

* This rather reminds me of Dhrae and Marsei: http://butlerbookbinding.tumblr.com/post/133248796399/theasexualityblog-sexyaussiekirkland

* 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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