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

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

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

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

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

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* "Trump case a lesson in intelligence gathering:"

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

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

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

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

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

* "SCOTUS integrity damaged by GOP stolen seat:"

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

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* "Former GOP chairman charged with voter fraud:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "So Much News, So Little Time:"

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

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

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* "Trump's Hard Power Budget :"

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* "Steve Bannon's Bathtub Musings:"

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* "The WERD: Screw Unto Others:"

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

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* "Great Moments In Women's History:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* 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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Why I Don't Celebrate National Make Fun of the Irish Day.


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* Greenwick found. "Transgender welfare board coming up in West Bengal:" http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/transgender-welfare-board-coming-up-in-west-bengal-114071500941_1.html

* "10 Characters Who Ended Up With The Wrong People:" http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/10-characters-who-ended-up-with-the-wrong-people/

* This is problematic in a bunch of ways, but also interesting in a bunch of others. "Caftan Liberation: How an Ancient Fashion Set Modern Women Free:" www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/caftan-liberation/

* It’s kind of funny. For all that certain aspects of Conan the Barbarian are of their time, it holds up remarkably well. Sure, the spirit attack effects are cheesey as is the snake transformation generally, but most of the effects being analog, they really hold up. Sure the plot is cheese, but it’s good cheese. Some of the shots and visual textures are gorgeous, and they do such a good job of creating a sense that there is rich life going on in the world, even if what we are seeing is less than a minute of extras doing whatever. It is grotty in the way a New Hope is grotty. It’s a lived in sort of fantasy.

And yet the sequel is so bad, despite having Grace Jones being awesome all over the scenes she is in. It was incredibly disappointing to be as a child (Except Grace Jones. Seriously, I loved Grace Jones and would watch crap like the Merv Griffin Show if she was going to be on. I still remember her talking about answering the door to missionaries in the nude and taking off her breast plate… she was wearing this amazing deco breast plate in the interview which I coveted… She took off her breastplate to illustrate some point about it to the horror of the host. She was one of a kind amazing). It had this cool cast and this great Grace Jones character, and it was deadly dull and not visually interesting. watching it back to back with the original, the sparseness of it stands out. It’s too clean and glitzy. It lacks the medieval music that was so prominent in the original’s sound track. There’s long stretches of nothing with falls flat comic relief and boring action punctuating it. There is nothing in it that is really fun to watch except the scene with the Grace Jones character and the villagers.

I stand by my original opinion in the ‘80’s that they should have just made a character about the Grace Jones character having adventures and being awesome. hell, I’d pay theater prices to watch that if they made it right now with decades older Grace Jones.

* I periodically watch silent films. My interest is mostly historical/anthropological. Along with the early talkies, they are way problematic in a whole lot of ways as far as racial and gender politics, but they also often talk about class in ways we don't generally and you can watch them in the process of inventing all sorts of techniques and visual vocabulary we take for granted. One of the things I've noticed watching the current batch is the difference between movies they made about themselves vs. the movies we make about them. there is so much physical affection between the men, particularly in movies about the military. They hug, they cuddle, they touch each other casually. We erase that, because to modern eyes that is coded entirely homoerotic, while for them it could mean any kind of affection between men. Sometimes it is pretty clearly platonic. Sometimes, even though the script is hetero-normative, the male leads clearly have waaay more chemistry with each other than with the female leads. Either way, there is something beautiful about that, the affectionate rough housing, the joyful hugging, the casual affection of the men, the way one man might hold another in a death scene like the one in Wings. (Wings kind of blows me away just generally. They had to invent a lot of those camera and special effects techniques. In those pilot close ups? Those are the actual pilots flying real airplanes doing their own camera work. While flying an actual plane. I repeat, flying an actual plane, acting, and doing their own camera work. At once. None of them died, though a stunt pilot got really hurt in one of the crashes they filmed with actual planes. The whole film is like that. They did massive battle scenes with 2-3thousand real soldiers and real explosions. Before this film, aerial photography was barely a thing. They invented all but the most basic technique while trying to figure out how to film this.)

* True Blood Brace for Rant About Appropriation and AIDS and why this is toxic as fuck:

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* I have already lost patience with how stupid and annoying the people on Leftovers are.
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* I've been seeing a lot of this in the news lately, so I just wanted to remind people that:

1. Correlation does not prove causation. Sure, there is a chance A causes B,but B could also be causing A, or C could be causing both A and B, or C could be causing A while Dis is causing B, or C and D could be causing A and B, etc.. Seriously, there are a whole lot of things that could be happening, but people who are ignorant or have an agenda often report a correlation as if it proves anything other than two particular things turn up together more than one would expect to happen at random.

2. In social sciences, it's usually impossible to remove all the variables so studies are by nature flawed. You can't do pure science because ethics and because people are complicated things. How flawed depends a whole lot on experimental design. It is a good idea to bring skepticism to findings that can't possibly eliminate large numbers of variables. You can't ethically toss live humans into a skinner box. You can't absolutely be sure what is happening when they are at home or out in the world. If a whole lot of studies with solid experimental design from a whole lot of people with different backgrounds over a long period of time point to a particular result, it is more likely to be true than a single study funded by an institution with a particular axe to grind is.

3. Humans are flawed and they all make biases and assumptions. Sometimes it takes decades or even generations for people to spot assumptions and biases. Everybody (including me) has a hard time spotting unexamined biases and assumptions without outside help. Again, those biases can completely screw up studies bot only in fields like education and sociology, but has and likely always will, ruin studies in fields like biology in experiments involving observation. (What colour is that fish? How big is the interior of that skull?) Buyer beware, folks. Read the experimental design. (Did they match populations for things like income? Is the sample really random? What is the sample size? How exactly are they measuring whatever they are measuring?) Find out who paid for the study. Find out if the scientist(s) have a strong ideological axe to grind. (I'm looking at you white supremacist bell jar guy).

* "Court Reporter Causes Chaos By Repeatedly Writing ‘I Hate My Job’ On Trial Transcripts :" http://abovethelaw.com/2014/04/court-reporter-causes-chaos-by-repeatedly-writing-i-hate-my-job-on-trial-transcripts/

* It was not as expensive as it might easily have been, but the car repair expenditure is worrying. I need to do some calculations to figure out how fucked I am.

* I found the random shootout in this week's "Dusk to Dawn" so confusingly pointless that I not only rewound twice, but hurried to check fangs for the fantasy in the hopes their recap had an explanation I missed, but they also seem baffled. Seriously, WTF?

* I've got circular swaps with openings.
Hot drinks: http://www.bpal.org/topic/83154-spring-drink-swap-open/
Scented Products: http://www.bpal.org/topic/83239-spring-scented-products-kitchen-sink-circular-swap/

* The Clutch: Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!
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Why I Don't Celebrate National Make Fun of the Irish Day.


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* Yes, I'm aware of the latest maneuvers in Egyptian politics. I have no predictions and while I'm hearing a lot of opinions, I see nothing definitive. Obviously, I'm against Morsey's move. However, I'm aware of enough of the nuances to know I don't know enough to say how best things should be handled from here. Best to see if the negotiations work out.

* No, I haven't forgotten Syria either. The genocide continues. Assad's latest "victory" involves slaughtering a playground full of unarmed children with cluster bombs in retaliation for the Opposition taking an airport. After all, unarmed children at play are a serious threat in Assad's mind, hence his history of having them tortured and mutilated. Hence in previous assaults on apartment blocks of civilians the murdering of infants along with their parents. Similarly, he prefers to destroy hospitals than people capable of fighting back. You know how I feel about armed men making war on children and the wounded and you know how I feel about Assad.

* "Enrico Dandolo and the way history overlooks disability:" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20415127

* "Greenland's viking settlers gorged on seals:" http://phys.org/news/2012-11-greenland-viking-settlers-gorged.html

This is a direct contradiction of the previous dominant theory of the Greenlander diet and the failure of the settlement.

* I know the History/Archeology round up has been sparse lately, but it's mostly an issue of the sort of items I'm interested in being sparse so there isn't much to distill.

* John Stewart does a surprisingly good job of talking about the Gaza Strip:

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* Stephen Colbert demonstrates why making all second hand selling illegal is a terrible idea:

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* "When right-wing blather killed:" http://www.salon.com/2012/11/26/when_right_wing_blather_killed/

* "Why Marco Rubio Needs To Know That The Earth Is Billions Of Years Old:" http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2012/11/19/why-marco-rubio-needs-to-know-that-the-earth-is-billions-of-years-old/

* What I wanted to do today: Slap on a mask and go see the Lincoln movie. (I've heard they are featuring my favorite all time Pennsylvania politician, My beloved Thaddeus Stevens. Seriously, growing up in Philly, one got used to being ashamed of our politicians. Having one character as glorious as him was a big deal, and or nation owes him a debt that can neve be paid. Bonus points, for the casting).

What I actually did: A couple medical things, library, Post office, and Skyfall. I was pretty clearly doomed today. It took ages to get going. The Doctor forgot to put diagnostic codes on my tests, so they had to wait for her to finish with a patient, look me up, look codes up, etc.. It added an extra fifteen minutes to the blood taking and as I was last that day held up the poor phlebotomist also. Then there was the super long wait for my appointment, as I lost my slot waiting for the blood taking. Then there was a glitch with my library account so I had to wait in a long line only to get THE WRONG LIBRARIAN. *sigh* I'll have to go back. So that added fifteen minutes to a five minute in and out. I did slide in at the last minute to my favorite post office and that went smoothly, but I needed to have been finished twenty minutes previously to go see Lincoln. Note that I could have easily made it if one or two things had gone a little more right. Sigh.

* I have thoughts about SkyFall. First though, I'd like to talk about Bond a little. I've never been much of a Bond fan. Like my parents, my taste runs more to LeCarre than to Flemming. My Mother's serious reading was mostly history, but her light reading ran to mysteries and periodically spy thrillers. Being born when I was, Bond movies came out regularly and the older ones played endlessly on TV. My parents watched them, so my sister and I absorbed them while playing in the living room. When I got older, I went to them with friend and lovers because one does, just like one goes to romantic comedies if that's what the boy is into. At some point I was with a lover ho was going through a Sean Connery phase, so I've actually seen those more recently than the Moores and Daltons. I've even seen that mess of movie they made with Peter Sellers. The ones past Moore, I've only seen once in theaters.

I want to be clear, I've seen all of them at least once, but they are pretty forgettable as a group in my opinion, a fantasy about as realistic as Spiderman and generally pretty fucking sexist and problematic in a wide variety of ways. I am that strange person who prefers Timothy Dalton's diamond hard beauty to Mr. Connery's furry silliness, though not enough to bother watching them again. Similarly, I felt like Peirce Pierce Brosnan was the best of the silly old campy Bonds, sort of the eidos of the type, the clear and natural end of an evolution. I liked the way during his set, they started to deconstruct it a little, to point out that Bond "is a cold war Dinosaur." I like Dame Judy Dench as M.. The plots were still silly and forgettable, but I found them more watchable than the old ones that never seemed to be aware of how stupid the whole thing was. This isn't a strong endorsement; Bond doesn't do that much for me and I didn't bother watching them again.

Daniel Craig's Bond, though, I like. I might like them enough to go back and watch the others now that I've seen this one. It's still action hero silly, but this Bond is more interesting and less two dimensional. It's still pervasively sexist and periodically racist as a franchise, but Craig and Dench together were doing some really interesting things together and I liked them stripping in all back to Flemming basics, then updating it and making it action movie silly instead of Adam West Batman silly. (I love me some Adam West Batman camp, don't get me wrong; but Bond villains were never as fun Eartha Kitt's Catwoman, Burgess Meredith's Penguin, or Cesar Romero's joker, and yet their plots were just as silly). The Craig incarnation is on the opposite end of the continuum you can be and still be Bond, if that makes sense, a different evolutionary branch with a common ancestor in Flemming, but going a whole different way. Am I ever going to love Bond like I love Smiley? I doubt it. Grey folk who fade into the background, have quiet conversation, and do research between sudden short, necessary bursts of violence simply make more sense to me than an operative telling people his real name and doing flashy stunts.

This is my caveat: that I'm knowledgeable of the genre, but not the target audience. My memory of the plot of even the previous Craigs is a touch hazy as I watch them and forget them almost immediately.

So Skyfall. I can' figure out how to do this without spoilers, so huge spoilers ahoy! I'm not kidding, I'm going to spoil the end.: )

* It makes me sad that the three hour commercial that is the Macy's parade gets broadcast every year, yet the wild homemade all day whatthefuckery that is the Mummer's New Years Parade is nigh impossible to see online and never on TV.

* George Lucas long ago murdered my childhood love of Star Wars, but I have to admit this is some genius merchandizing: https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ed08/

* Be a Doctor Who companion: http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/games/graske/geoip/host.shtml

* The Battle of Hastings/Sexyback:

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* FTW: http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/287117.html

* O.o http://www.etsy.com/shop/organbank?ref=top_trail
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* Yes, I'm aware of the latest maneuvers in Egyptian politics. I have no predictions and while I'm hearing a lot of opinions, I see nothing definitive. Obviously, I'm against Morsey's move. However, I'm aware of enough of the nuances to know I don't know enough to say how best things should be handled from here. Best to see if the negotiations work out.

* No, I haven't forgotten Syria either. The genocide continues. Assad's latest "victory" involves slaughtering a playground full of unarmed children with cluster bombs in retaliation for the Opposition taking an airport. After all, unarmed children at play are a serious threat in Assad's mind, hence his history of having them tortured and mutilated. Hence in previous assaults on apartment blocks of civilians the murdering of infants along with their parents. Similarly, he prefers to destroy hospitals than people capable of fighting back. You know how I feel about armed men making war on children and the wounded and you know how I feel about Assad.

* "Enrico Dandolo and the way history overlooks disability:" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20415127

* "Greenland's viking settlers gorged on seals:" http://phys.org/news/2012-11-greenland-viking-settlers-gorged.html

This is a direct contradiction of the previous dominant theory of the Greenlander diet and the failure of the settlement.

* I know the History/Archeology round up has been sparse lately, but it's mostly an issue of the sort of items I'm interested in being sparse so there isn't much to distill.

* John Stewart does a surprisingly good job of talking about the Gaza Strip:

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* Stephen Colbert demonstrates why making all second hand selling illegal is a terrible idea:

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* "When right-wing blather killed:" http://www.salon.com/2012/11/26/when_right_wing_blather_killed/

* "Why Marco Rubio Needs To Know That The Earth Is Billions Of Years Old:" http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2012/11/19/why-marco-rubio-needs-to-know-that-the-earth-is-billions-of-years-old/

* What I wanted to do to day: Slap on a mask and go see the Lincoln movie. (I've heard they are featuring my favorite all time Pennsylvania politician, My beloved Thaddeus Stevens. Seriously, growing up in Philly, one got used to being ashamed of our politicians. Having one character as glorious as him was a big deal, and or nation owes him a debt that can neve be paid. Bonus points, for the casting).

What I actually did: A couple medical things, library, Post office, and Skyfall. I was pretty clearly doomed today. It took ages to get going. The Doctor forgot to put diagnostic codes on my tests, so they had to wait for her to finish with a patient, look me up, look codes up, etc.. It added an extra fifteen minutes to the blood taking and as I was last that day held up the poor phlebotomist also. Then there was the super long wait for my appointment, as I lost my slot waiting for the blood taking. Then there was a glitch with my library account so I had to wait in a long line only to get THE WRONG LIBRARIAN. *sigh* I'll have to go back. So that added fifteen minutes to a five minute in and out. I did slide in at the last minute to my favorite post office and that went smoothly, but I needed to have been finished twenty minutes previously to go see Lincoln. Note that I could have easily made it if one or two things had gone a little more right. Sigh.

* I have thoughts about SkyFall. First though, I'd like to talk about Bond a little. I've never been much of a Bond fan. Like my parents, my taste runs more to LeCarre than to Flemming. My Mother's serious reading was mostly history, but her light reading ran to mysteries and periodically spy thrillers. Being born when I was, Bond movies came out regularly and the older ones played endlessly on TV. My parents watched them, so my sister and I absorbed them while playing in the living room. When I got older, I went to them with friend and lovers because one does, just like one goes to romantic comedies if that's what the boy is into. At some point I was with a lover ho was going through a Sean Connery phase, so I've actually seen those more recently than the Moores and Daltons. I've even seen that mess of movie they made with Peter Sellers. The ones past Moore, I've only seen once in theaters.

I want to be clear, I've seen all of them at least once, but they are pretty forgettable as a group in my opinion, a fantasy about as realistic as Spiderman and generally pretty fucking sexist and problematic in a wide variety of ways. I am that strange person who prefers Timothy Dalton's diamond hard beauty to Mr. Connery's furry silliness, though not enough to bother watching them again. Similarly, I felt like Peirce Pierce Brosnan was the best of the silly old campy Bonds, sort of the eidos of the type, the clear and natural end of an evolution. I liked the way during his set, they started to deconstruct it a little, to point out that Bond "is a cold war Dinosaur." I like Dame Judy Dench as M.. The plots were still silly and forgettable, but I found them more watchable than the old ones that never seemed to be aware of how stupid the whole thing was. This isn't a strong endorsement; Bond doesn't do that much for me and I didn't bother watching them again.

Daniel Craig's Bond, though, I like. I might like them enough to go back and watch the others now that I've seen this one. It's still action hero silly, but this Bond is more interesting and less two dimensional. It's still pervasively sexist and periodically racist as a franchise, but Craig and Dench together were doing some really interesting things together and I liked them stripping in all back to Flemming basics, then updating it and making it action movie silly instead of Adam West Batman silly. (I love me some Adam West Batman camp, don't get me wrong; but Bond villains were never as fun Eartha Kitt's Catwoman, Burgess Meredith's Penguin, or Cesar Romero's joker, and yet their plots were just as silly). The Craig incarnation is on the opposite end of the continuum you can be and still be Bond, if that makes sense, a different evolutionary branch with a common ancestor in Flemming, but going a whole different way. Am I ever going to love Bond like I love Smiley? I doubt it. Grey folk who fade into the background, have quiet conversation, and do research between sudden short, necessary bursts of violence simply make more sense to me than an operative telling people his real name and doing flashy stunts.

This is my caveat: that I'm knowledgeable of the genre, but not the target audience. My memory of the plot of even the previous Craigs is a touch hazy as I watch them and forget them almost immediately.

So Skyfall. I can' figure out how to do this without spoilers, so huge spoilers ahoy! I'm not kidding, I'm going to spoil the end.: )


* It makes me sad that the three hour commercial that is the Macy's parade gets broadcast every year, yet the wild homemade all day whatthefuckery that is the Mummer's New Years Parade is nigh impossible to see online and never on TV.

* George Lucas long ago murdered my childhood love of star Wars, but I have to admit this is some genius merchandizing: https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ed08/

* Be a Doctor Who companion: http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/games/graske/geoip/host.shtml

* The Battle of Hastings/Sexyback:

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* FTW: http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/287117.html

* O.o http://www.etsy.com/shop/organbank?ref=top_trail
http://pinterest.com/pin/37014028158769898/
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I know I should shut up about Chris Christie's claims that African Americans would have been so much better off if they had stayed quiet and waited for white Southerners to give them their rights, but it just bugs me on a fundamental level. The Republican argument is that all the violence white people inflicted on civil rights workers could have been avoided and lives saved. The only way this makes any sense is if folks like Chris Christie discount all the violence and misery that white people were already inflicting on people of colour. It ignores all the beatings and lynchings and the day to day cruelties. It ignores Sunset laws and the denial of education and opportunity. There was and still is a whole lot of violence aimed at innocent people. The difference is that the people who were injured and killed as part of the Civil Rights movement at least died FOR something. They died for the right to vote or to end segregation. They died fighting to make a better world for their children and grand children. Better not to be beaten or killed or imprisoned at all, but if those things were going to happen to people, better it happen to change the system than it just keep happening.

Chris Christie's argument also absolves the racist terrorists from the weight of their choices. Human beings made the decition to lynch a fourteen year old boy for saying goodbye to a white woman. Human beings chose to murder civil rights workers, blow up a church killing little girls, assassinate people. Human beings chose to deny people their basic rights, turn hoses on crowds, wade into a march of peaceful protesters with dogs and batons. Why are the victims of the violence the ones responsible for it and not the terrorists who made the decision to commit violence on unarmed, unresisting people for simply exercising their first amendment rights? It seems to me the bad guys here are the domestic terrorists, be they assassins, bombers, criminal police, people in crowds screaming death threats at children, or all the folks who one way or another supported the system that let so many of them get away with it.

It infuriates me when I see people rewriting history to erase the terrorism and make the people who perpetrated it the good guys. It infuriates my when the heroism and sacrifice of those who suffered and sometimes died standing up to the terrorist get erased to make their sacrifices worthless and foolish. Fuck Chris Christie and the revisionists who want to turn the clock back to a much worse and scarier time in the name of "taking our country back" and "real Americans." To my way of thinking, the real Americans were the ones risking everything to demand their constitutional rights.
gwydion: Vlad and Niran kissing (Kiss)
I know I should shut up about Chris Christie's claims that African Americans would have been so much better off if they had stayed quiet and waited for white Southerners to give them their rights, but it just bugs me on a fundamental level. The Republican argument is that all the violence white people inflicted on civil rights workers could have been avoided and lives saved. The only way this makes any sense is if folks like Chris Christie discount all the violence and misery that white people were already inflicting on people of colour. It ignores all the beatings and lynchings and the day to day cruelties. It ignores Sunset laws and the denial of education and opportunity. There was and still is a whole lot of violence aimed at innocent people. The difference is that the people who were injured and killed as part of the Civil Rights movement at least died FOR something. They died for the right to vote or to end segregation. They died fighting to make a better world for their children and grand children. Better not to be beaten or killed or imprisoned at all, but if those things were going to happen to people, better it happen to change the system than it just keep happening.

Chris Christie's argument also absolves the racist terrorists from the weight of their choices. Human beings made the decision to lynch a fourteen year old boy for saying goodbye to a white woman. Human beings chose to murder civil rights workers, blow up a church killing little girls, assassinate people. Human beings chose to deny people their basic rights, turn hoses on crowds, wade into a march of peaceful protesters with dogs and batons. Why are the victims of the violence the ones responsible for it and not the terrorists who made the decision to commit violence on unarmed, unresisting people for simply exercising their first amendment rights? It seems to me the bad guys here are the domestic terrorists, be they assassins, bombers, criminal police, people in crowds screaming death threats at children, or all the folks who one way or another supported the system that let so many of them get away with it.

It infuriates me when I see people rewriting history to erase the terrorism and make the people who perpetrated it the good guys. It infuriates my when the heroism and sacrifice of those who suffered and sometimes died standing up to the terrorist get erased to make their sacrifices worthless and foolish. Fuck Chris Christie and the revisionists who want to turn the clock back to a much worse and scarier time in the name of "taking our country back" and "real Americans." To my way of thinking, the real Americans were the ones risking everything to demand their constitutional rights.
gwydion: (Angel)
* Syria is claiming credit for having shot down a Turkish plane.

* Yes, I've seen the video of the horrible 7th grade boys bullying, threatening to harm, and telling a 68 year old grandmother she should kill herself. It's a terrible thing and I hope the parents and school come down on them like a ton of bricks. (The victim has declined to press criminal charges, though it sounds like the police would have been willing to arrest them.) Y'all know I'm no coddler of bullies,. At the same time? If you are a grown person sending graphic death threats to a seventh grader, you are a bully and a shitty human being. What sort of person does that? Its absolutely not okay for a pack of middle schoolers to bully an elderly woman, but it's not okay for a whole bunch of adults to do the same thing to children. I have a lot more respect for the folks chipping in money and gifts for the woman who was harassed. I think it's better to do something positive with one's anger than to continue the cycle of bullying and behave as bad or worse that the original bullies.

Let's all try to be decent to each other instead. From what I've heard the victim say, I'm pretty sure that she'd agree.

* Toby's Act passed in Ontario! http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2012/06/tobys-act-granted-royal-assent.html

* Colbert does a good job of mocking the Republican mainstream conspiracy theory that Senator Obama hypnotized President Bush back in 2006 to get him to authorize "Fast and furious" in order to get rid of the 2nd Amendment. http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/415620/june-20-2012/unraveling-the--fast---furious--scandal

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* "Daenerys Targaryen: Wrong For Dragons, Wrong For The Realm:"

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* Joffrey Baratheon: Where Is The Birth Certificate?

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* Silly hats at the Royal Ascot: http://gofugyourself.com/well-played-royal-ascot-06-2012/royal-ascot-2012-day-1-13
gwydion: (No Angel)
* Syria is claiming credit for having shot down a Turkish plane.

* Yes, I've seen the video of the horrible 7th grade boys bullying, threatening to harm, and telling a 68 year old grandmother she should kill herself. It's a terrible thing and I hope the parents and school come down on them like a ton of bricks. (The victim has declined to press criminal charges, though it sounds like the police would have been willing to arrest them.) Y'all know I'm no coddler of bullies,. At the same time? If you are a grown person sending graphic death threats to a seventh grader, you are a bully and a shitty human being. What sort of person does that? Its absolutely not okay for a pack of middle schoolers to bully an elderly woman, but it's not okay for a whole bunch of adults to do the same thing to children. I have a lot more respect for the folks chipping in money and gifts for the woman who was harassed. I think it's better to do something positive with one's anger than to continue the cycle of bullying and behave as bad or worse that the original bullies.

Let's all try to be decent to each other instead. From what I've heard the victim say, I'm pretty sure that she'd agree.

* Toby's Act passed in Ontario! http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2012/06/tobys-act-granted-royal-assent.html

* Colbert does a good job of mocking the Republican mainstream conspiracy theory that Senator Obama hypnotized President Bush back in 2006 to get him to authorize "Fast and furious" in order to get rid of the 2nd Amendment. http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/415620/june-20-2012/unraveling-the--fast---furious--scandal

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* "Daenerys Targaryen: Wrong For Dragons, Wrong For The Realm:"

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* Joffrey Baratheon: Where Is The Birth Certificate?

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* Silly hats at the Royal Ascot: http://gofugyourself.com/well-played-royal-ascot-06-2012/royal-ascot-2012-day-1-13
gwydion: (Real Enough)
* I lost yet another post. I haven't the energy to fully reconstitute it. Appologies.

* 93 people in Syria were massacred today in a government assault on more civilian neighborhoods.

* Argentine Gender Identity Law Takes Effect: http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2012/06/argentinas-gender-identity-law-takes.html

* There was Progress in Alberta, Canada, as Well: http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2012/06/alberta-renstates-srs-funds.html

Now if they’d move their incredibly out dated gatekeeper system into the 21st century, or at least into the 190’s instead of inflicting Disco Era gender policing and stereotyping on vulnerable people who just want their damned letter.

*Remember that poor woman who's baby was eaten by dingoes? She was mocked and imprisoned because of it. Then they found the baby's remains in a dingo cave. She has since labored to clear her name in the face of continuing suspicion. The Northwestern Territories Judicial system just finally issued an official finding that the dingoes killed and ate the little girl. Can we all stop making fun of this woman's grief at the gruesome death of her child now? Her baby died and her whole adult life was ruined, so can we stop laughing at the mauling death of her daughter?

* While we're at it if you are "treyvoning" you are a shitty human being and a waste of skin. If you don't understand why this shit is unacceptable, you are reading the wrong blog. I fundamentally believe that mocking murder victims and rubbing salt in the wounds of the family is a cruel and generally crappy thing to do.

* In other racist news, a Southern, white Preacher decided it would be a good idea to lynch the president in effigy in front of his Florida Church. He has changed the display around after the Secret Service turned up to ask pointed questions. He is claiming that a white Southerner lynching a black man in effigy for being uppity is not a racist act. Riiiiight.

* The late Pat Morita talks about his experiences in an Internment Camp (this is already the most popular thing I've posted on tumblr):

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* Remember how when the NAACP stepped up to support marriage equality, how I said I hoped the LGBT organizations would do the same to civil rights issues? I just spotted the first sign of it in LGBT organizations pitching in to help with a march against Stop and Frisk. Let’s hope this is the start of a long and beautiful collaboration.


* I nearly finished the horrible hand made soap. (The texture was so unpleasant I didn't want to bath). I'm now trying the first of the gift soaps my sister sent. It is a pretty teal with a darker blue pattern. The corrugations are unfortunate, but should improve with wear. It is sadly eucalyptus scented. This likely is not an issue for someone with normal sensory wiring, but I approached the soap with trepidation. Luckily, the scent was much softer and therefore tolerable when wet. Texture wise it was blessedly soft and silky on my skin. You can really see why it's so expensive. (In my head, I was thinking of fight Club. *ahem*) Anyway, it's Zumi's goat milk Eucalyptus soap, if you are curious.

* I am a little over halfway through Blackout. I was tempted to just stay in bed to finish it. I am suspecting I may not be able to say much about it that would be of help to anyone besides myself, except that it's more like Deadline than feed plotwise, which is logical given the nature of the series arc.

* Metalopolypse: I love it when Nathan Explosion, despite the band rule never to show caring or affection, still shows he loves Toki.
gwydion: Vlad and Niran kissing (Kiss)
* I lost yet another post. I haven't the energy to fully reconstitute it. Appologies.

* 93 people in Syria were massacred today in a government assault on more civilian neighborhoods.

* Argentine Gender Identity Law Takes Effect: http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2012/06/argentinas-gender-identity-law-takes.html

* There was Progress in Alberta, Canada, as Well: http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2012/06/alberta-renstates-srs-funds.html

Now if they’d move their incredibly out dated gatekeeper system into the 21st century, or at least into the 190’s instead of inflicting Disco Era gender policing and stereotyping on vulnerable people who just want their damned letter.

*Remember that poor woman who's baby was eaten by dingoes? She was mocked and imprisoned because of it. Then they found the baby's remains in a dingo cave. She has since labored to clear her name in the face of continuing suspicion. The Northwestern Territories Judicial system just finally issued an official finding that the dingoes killed and ate the little girl. Can we all stop making fun of this woman's grief at the gruesome death of her child now? Her baby died and her whole adult life was ruined, so can we stop laughing at the mauling death of her daughter?

* While we're at it if you are "treyvoning" you are a shitty human being and a waste of skin. If you don't understand why this shit is unacceptable, you are reading the wrong blog. I fundamentally believe that mocking murder victims and rubbing salt in the wounds of the family is a cruel and generally crappy thing to do.

* In other racist news, a Southern, white Preacher decided it would be a good idea to lynch the president in effigy in front of his Florida Church. He has changed the display around after the Secret Service turned up to ask pointed questions. He is claiming that a white Southerner lynching a black man in effigy for being uppity is not a racist act. Riiiiight.

* The late Pat Morita talks about his experiences in an Internment Camp (this is already the most popular thing I've posted on tumblr):

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* Remember how when the NAACP stepped up to support marriage equality, how I said I hoped the LGBT organizations would do the same to civil rights issues? I just spotted the first sign of it in LGBT organizations pitching in to help with a march against Stop and Frisk. Let’s hope this is the start of a long and beautiful collaboration.

* I nearly finished the horrible hand made soap. (The texture was so unpleasant I didn't want to bath). I'm now trying the first of the gift soaps my sister sent. It is a pretty teal with a darker blue pattern. The corrugations are unfortunate, but should improve with wear. It is sadly eucalyptus scented. This likely is not an issue for someone with normal sensory wiring, but I approached the soap with trepidation. Luckily, the scent was much softer and therefore tolerable when wet. Texture wise it was blessedly soft and silky on my skin. You can really see why it's so expensive. (In my head, I was thinking of fight Club. *ahem*) Anyway, it's Zumi's goat milk Eucalyptus soap, if you are curious.

* I am a little over halfway through Blackout. I was tempted to just stay in bed to finish it. I am suspecting I may not be able to say much about it that would be of help to anyone besides myself, except that it's more like Deadline than feed plotwise, which is logical given the nature of the series arc.

* Metalopolypse: I love it when Nathan Explosion, despite the band rule never to show caring or affection, still shows he loves Toki.
gwydion: (Religion)
* Syria is refusing to allow UN monitors any where near Homs, what with the government committing genocide there. The last thing they want is outside observers.

* India just tested a long range missile successfully.

* It's sounding like Spain is in need of bail out.

* No, Anders Breivik did not murder 77 people, most of them teenagers, because he played World of Warcraft. He did it because he is a NAZI with Islamaphobia. (It's not a Godwin's Law thing. He's an actual NAZI complete with doing Hail Hitler salutes at his trial).

* To no one's surprise they aren't arresting Ted Nugent. After all, he's all hatk and no cattle just generally. It's not that I think he's a credible threat, but I think giving a speech likening the President to a coyote that shit on the sofa and needs to be shot plus threatening to kill him oneself to an NRA convention is pretty much daring the less grounded members to make their own attempts. Imagine if a rapper had said those things about W.. Think that FOX news would be poopooing it? Or do you think they would be using it to beat up the Left. I really do think that calling for the assassination/threatening to assassinate political figures is a bad fucking idea, whether it's Sharon Engle, Sarah Palin, or Ted Nugent. I'd list a Democrat, if I could think of one, but this seems to be a disease of the Right lately. I think we'd be better off if there wasn't a mainstream party endorsing this sort of thing. Nugent is a washed up rock musician, but Palin and Engle had the full force and funding of the Republican Party behind them when they were calling for the assassinations of opponents, and the right in general lines up to defend them when they do it. It's dangerous and toxic for the process of Democracy, just like other mainstream republican ideas like voter suppression, refusing to allow the opposition's votes to be counted in state legislatures, and financial martial law. I think we need the rule of law, not force.

* A Catholic Bishop compared President Obama to Hitler and Stalin, on the grounds that getting women access to health care is exactly the moral equivalent of deliberately starving the whole of Ukraine or rounding up Jews, Roma, LGBT folk, communists, and Catholics for extermination. Do I need to point out how disgusting that is? Meanwhile, the Vatican has admonished American nuns to stop wasting so much time on helping the poor and more on their proper mission of fighting marriage equality and women's access to health care. The Catholic League is calling for a boycott of John Stewart. Seattle parishes are in serious trouble with the Churc Hierarchy for supporting marriage equality.

* RIP: Johnathan Frid, the much beloved original Barnabas Collins is dead. He was classically trained and the best actor in the Dark Shadows cast, the heart and soul of the show. I was lucky enough to see him in Arsenic and Old Lace playing Jonathan Brewster beautifully. He could do menacing, but it was his gentle soulful out of his time quality that made his so compelling, I think. Damn!

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/04/19/jonathan-frid-original-dark-shadows-star-dies-at-87/

* I've not been following this closely, as there's hardly any coverage over here, but I absolutely agree with Sparkindarkness. Yes, I feel the same way about our own torturing of suspects: http://www.sparkindarkness.com/2012/04/on-abu-qatada-drama-llama.html

* On voter ID laws and trans folk (Best to click through to the article first): http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/21424545538/dorkilybeautiful-decidedlydapper

"But if they want to vote in certain places, they may have to do it. Such surgery typically costs between $40,000 and $50,000—that’s probably the largest poll tax ever. And when the percentage of transgender citizens most likely to lack proper identity documents are those who make below $10,000 a year, for many it’s plain impossible."

* Today's the last on the antibiotic. Eating is challenging, but I know things will soon improve.

* I know it's trendy, but I really dislike Greek yogurt. Yogurt in general is something I'm really picky about. (Some of it is flavour and some of it is texture. Basically, some of it tastes a little too rotten to me, and yoghurt is mayonnaise adjacent texturally and I despise mayonnaise on all levels. Might as well spread semen on sandwiches as mayonnaise, et al). I won't eat Dannon at all, for example. So keep in mind, that I'm someone who will only eat a limited set of brands and flavours. I have discovered that I can actually eat Chobani's Passionfruit. It does not remind me of lumpy expired milk. It's not a warm endorsement, I know, but I think I might actually be willing to try other flavours.

* Hector is holding a one cat protest in favour of a daily goosh ration. He's SOL. It's hard enough to buy enough for twice a week.

* Chimpanzee opens today. Remember first week profits go to Jane Goodall's foundation. It's a good cause and an interesting topic.

* Q found, Bouncy Stonehenge: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17777997

* This is still one of my favorite bits of musical theater and now it's stuck in my head so I'm linking it: http://youtu.be/gdjeO7jh8e0

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One Orycon, a bit of programing was late and jrtom and I sang this, grabbing opposing parts as we went along. I love having friends with my level of musical theater geekery....
gwydion: (Etherite)
* Syria is refusing to allow UN monitors any where near Homs, what with the government committing genocide there. The last thing they want is outside observers.

* India just tested a long range missile successfully.

* It's sounding like Spain is in need of bail out.

* No, Anders Breivik did not murder 77 people, most of them teenagers, because he played World of Warcraft. He did it because he is a NAZI with Islamaphobia. (It's not a Godwin's Law thing. He's an actual NAZI complete with doing Hail Hitler salutes at his trial).

* To no one's surprise they aren't arresting Ted Nugent. After all, he's all hatk and no cattle just generally. It's not that I think he's a credible threat, but I think giving a speech likening the President to a coyote that shit on the sofa and needs to be shot plus threatening to kill him oneself to an NRA convention is pretty much daring the less grounded members to make their own attempts. Imagine if a rapper had said those things about W.. Think that FOX news would be poopooing it? Or do you think they would be using it to beat up the Left. I really do think that calling for the assassination/threatening to assassinate political figures is a bad fucking idea, whether it's Sharon Engle, Sarah Palin, or Ted Nugent. I'd list a Democrat, if I could think of one, but this seems to be a disease of the Right lately. I think we'd be better off if there wasn't a mainstream party endorsing this sort of thing. Nugent is a washed up rock musician, but Palin and Engle had the full force and funding of the Republican Party behind them when they were calling for the assassinations of opponents, and the right in general lines up to defend them when they do it. It's dangerous and toxic for the process of Democracy, just like other mainstream republican ideas like voter suppression, refusing to allow the opposition's votes to be counted in state legislatures, and financial martial law. I think we need the rule of law, not force.

* A Catholic Bishop compared President Obama to Hitler and Stalin, on the grounds that getting women access to health care is exactly the moral equivalent of deliberately starving the whole of Ukraine or rounding up Jews, Roma, LGBT folk, communists, and Catholics for extermination. Do I need to point out how disgusting that is? Meanwhile, the Vatican has admonished American nuns to stop wasting so much time on helping the poor and more on their proper mission of fighting marriage equality and women's access to health care. The Catholic League is calling for a boycott of John Stewart. Seattle parishes are in serious trouble with the Churc Hierarchy for supporting marriage equality.

* RIP: Johnathan Frid, the much beloved original Barnabas Collins is dead. He was classically trained and the best actor in the Dark Shadows cast, the heart and soul of the show. I was lucky enough to see him in Arsenic and Old Lace playing Jonathan Brewster beautifully. He could do menacing, but it was his gentle soulful out of his time quality that made his so compelling, I think. Damn!

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/04/19/jonathan-frid-original-dark-shadows-star-dies-at-87/

* I've not been following this closely, as there's hardly any coverage over here, but I absolutely agree with Sparkindarkness. Yes, I feel the same way about our own torturing of suspects: http://www.sparkindarkness.com/2012/04/on-abu-qatada-drama-llama.html

* On voter ID laws and trans folk (Best to click through to the article first): http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/21424545538/dorkilybeautiful-decidedlydapper

"But if they want to vote in certain places, they may have to do it. Such surgery typically costs between $40,000 and $50,000—that’s probably the largest poll tax ever. And when the percentage of transgender citizens most likely to lack proper identity documents are those who make below $10,000 a year, for many it’s plain impossible."

* Today's the last on the antibiotic. Eating is challenging, but I know things will soon improve.

* I know it's trendy, but I really dislike Greek yogurt. Yogurt in general is something I'm really picky about. (Some of it is flavour and some of it is texture. Basically, some of it tastes a little too rotten to me, and yoghurt is mayonnaise adjacent texturally and I despise mayonnaise on all levels. Might as well spread semen on sandwiches as mayonnaise, et al). I won't eat Dannon at all, for example. So keep in mind, that I'm someone who will only eat a limited set of brands and flavours. I have discovered that I can actually eat Chobani's Passionfruit. It does not remind me of lumpy expired milk. It's not a warm endorsement, I know, but I think I might actually be willing to try other flavours.

* Hector is holding a one cat protest in favour of a daily goosh ration. He's SOL. It's hard enough to buy enough for twice a week.

* Chimpanzee opens today. Remember first week profits go to Jane Goodall's foundation. It's a good cause and an interesting topic.

* Q found, Bouncy Stonehenge: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17777997

* This is still one of my favorite bits of musical theater and now it's stuck in my head so I'm linking it: http://youtu.be/gdjeO7jh8e0

Embed: )

One Orycon, a bit of programing was late and jrtom and I sang this, grabbing opposing parts as we went along. I love having friends with my level of musical theater geekery....
gwydion: (Idiots)
* Remember the Mumbai bombings? So we put a price on the head of the leader of the organization that did that about two weeks ago. Today he held a press conference in front of the Pakistani equivalent of the Pentagon, telling us where he's going to be tomorrow and promising to keep us informed by phone if we give him the money for information leading to... etc.. The attacks were horrible and I have no sympathy whatever with terrorism or murder of civilians. Still, it was very Bugs Bunny of him and rather funny in a dark sort of way, a sort of perfect taunt. I suspect it will be a red flag to a bull as far as the US intelligence service is concerned.

* Honestly, the whole Pakistan/India thing terrifies me and has ever since I was little and my Dad explained who currently had the bomb after playing "Who's next." To me, the constant India/Pakistan ugliness is and was scarier than the old Soviet Union or Chinese nukes, I think because with Russia and china, I had an underlying belief that generally cooler heads might prevail. If WWIII happened with the three of us, it would be more likely accidental than deliberate. As scary paranoid as McCarthy Era politics were, I honestly figured if we all blew up it would be an electronic failure, computer failure, radar artifact, a lone gunman type further down the chain of command, or some hot head losing it and shooting without orders during posturing. The people making the decisions at the top might posture, thump shoes on tables, make threats, but there isn't the kind of gut deep hatred that comes from decade after decade of border raiding involving systematic rape as a tactic. It scares me because some day, someone with the right access might decide they hated the other side enough that it's worth everyone on their own side dieing if they could take the other side with them. It's scary the way a rogue power with a nuke or a terrorist with a suitcase bomb is scary. They might not do it; I hope they don't do it; they haven't done it yet. Maybe when it comes down to it cooler heads will prevail. Maybe the Pakistani or Indian equivalent of the hero Stanislav Petrov will bravely decide to disobey orders like Petrov did in '83. We can always hope.

Anyway, it's so fucking delicate and dangerous. I think and have always thought it's a terrible idea for us to be stomping around the region like a monstrous bull with Creutzfeldt–Jakob's disease. We have and have had some excellent diplomats over the years, but we also sent John R. Bolton to the UN. (Go on, look it up. I'll wait). I have way more faith in President Obamas ability to be subtle and nuanced, listen to experts, and generally dance through foreign policy mine fields, than I do in most American politicians. I do not trust lightly, and while I don't agree with everything he's done foreign policy wise, I agree with a vast majority of decisions and when I don't, I can see how much research and thought when into them. I don't have the same faith in, say rogue congress folk, who are known to do things like go to Africa to urge governments to slaughter all their GLBT folk. (Remember that Ugandan kill the gays law? Yeah, it's back.) Also, while I have foreign policy faith in the current president, I had the opposite in the last one, and the current field of republican candidates are fricking scary when it comes to foreign policy positions. They are advocating more random invasions of countries with no particular provocation, goal, or exit strategy. Romney is apparently unaware that the Soviet Union broke up and that Geo-politics have changed in all sorts of complex ways since Reagan was president. I would much rather my government back the fuck away from snake nests and avoid chainsaw juggling unless we have clear positive contributions to make, because who knows what will happen if a sane, calm, intelligent hand isn't at the helm. Remember, "Man on Dog" Santorum as created a diplomatic incident with the Netherlands for no other reason that he "felt it in his heart." The Dutch are furious, but they don't have nukes and are generally a pretty chill country. What if he decided to slander a country that is heavily armed and on a hair trigger? Yeah. What if one of our more militant and reality challenged D=Senator showed up over their to systematically insult one or both governments because she or he felt like those things were true. Yeah. There are so many ways we can make things worse. Indeed, we already have, thanks to the afghan war and the ways that has influenced our relationship to Pakistan. I think having a grown up like Obama backing us the fuck out is a lot better than having someone who is of the stompy throw our weight around school of foreign policy wandering over there in the hopes of maybe bringing on the rapture.

I do not think we are bright enough, or educated enough, or stable enough as a country to be juggling nitroglycerine and sweaty dynamite. At least with the middle east, we have a deep and wide pool of experts and and expert diplomats who've been dealing with war after war for lnger than I've been alive. Because our attention has mostly been focused elsewhere, the pool is not nearly as deep and wide for experts in India and Pakistan. I understand it's improving thanks to the Afghan war, but we are decades behind on getting our shit together. this is not a diss against the folks who have and do specialize on this. It's a numbers game. More money and more people being paid to focus on the Middle east, means more ideas, more opinions, more skilled chainsaw jugglers. I know if things go dramatically sidewise in the Middle east, we have an army of folks who have a decent chance of talking folks down. We even have two ex-Presidents who are really good at this stuff we can send, one of whom brokered peace between Egypt and Israel and the other of whom is also married to our secretary of state. I suspect there would be a lot more floundering with Pakistan and India, especially as long as we are paying Pakistan all this money and need them because of the Afghan war, even though our interests traditionally tend to be much more with India.

I'm not sure if any of this is even making sense any more. Sorry.
gwydion: (Pensive)
* Remember the Mumbai bombings? So we put a price on the head of the leader of the organization that did that about two weeks ago. Today he held a press conference in front of the Pakistani equivalent of the Pentagon, telling us where he's going to be tomorrow and promising to keep us informed by phone if we give him the money for information leading to... etc.. The attacks were horrible and I have no sympathy whatever with terrorism or murder of civilians. Still, it was very Bugs Bunny of him and rather funny in a dark sort of way, a sort of perfect taunt. I suspect it will be a red flag to a bull as far as the US intelligence service is concerned.

* Honestly, the whole Pakistan/India thing terrifies me and has ever since I was little and my Dad explained who currently had the bomb after playing "Who's next." To me, the constant India/Pakistan ugliness is and was scarier than the old Soviet Union or Chinese nukes, I think because with Russia and china, I had an underlying belief that generally cooler heads might prevail. If WWIII happened with the three of us, it would be more likely accidental than deliberate. As scary paranoid as McCarthy Era politics were, I honestly figured if we all blew up it would be an electronic failure, computer failure, radar artifact, a lone gunman type further down the chain of command, or some hot head losing it and shooting without orders during posturing. The people making the decisions at the top might posture, thump shoes on tables, make threats, but there isn't the kind of gut deep hatred that comes from decade after decade of border raiding involving systematic rape as a tactic. It scares me because some day, someone with the right access might decide they hated the other side enough that it's worth everyone on their own side dieing if they could take the other side with them. It's scary the way a rogue power with a nuke or a terrorist with a suitcase bomb is scary. They might not do it; I hope they don't do it; they haven't done it yet. Maybe when it comes down to it cooler heads will prevail. Maybe the Pakistani or Indian equivalent of the hero Stanislav Petrov will bravely decide to disobey orders like Petrov did in '83. We can always hope.

Anyway, it's so fucking delicate and dangerous. I think and have always thought it's a terrible idea for us to be stomping around the region like a monstrous bull with Creutzfeldt–Jakob's disease. We have and have had some excellent diplomats over the years, but we also sent John R. Bolton to the UN. (Go on, look it up. I'll wait). I have way more faith in President Obamas ability to be subtle and nuanced, listen to experts, and generally dance through foreign policy mine fields, than I do in most American politicians. I do not trust lightly, and while I don't agree with everything he's done foreign policy wise, I agree with a vast majority of decisions and when I don't, I can see how much research and thought when into them. I don't have the same faith in, say rogue congress folk, who are known to do things like go to Africa to urge governments to slaughter all their GLBT folk. (Remember that Ugandan kill the gays law? Yeah, it's back.) Also, while I have foreign policy faith in the current president, I had the opposite in the last one, and the current field of republican candidates are fricking scary when it comes to foreign policy positions. They are advocating more random invasions of countries with no particular provocation, goal, or exit strategy. Romney is apparently unaware that the Soviet Union broke up and that Geo-politics have changed in all sorts of complex ways since Reagan was president. I would much rather my government back the fuck away from snake nests and avoid chainsaw juggling unless we have clear positive contributions to make, because who knows what will happen if a sane, calm, intelligent hand isn't at the helm. Remember, "Man on Dog" Santorum as created a diplomatic incident with the Netherlands for no other reason that he "felt it in his heart." The Dutch are furious, but they don't have nukes and are generally a pretty chill country. What if he decided to slander a country that is heavily armed and on a hair trigger? Yeah. What if one of our more militant and reality challenged D=Senator showed up over their to systematically insult one or both governments because she or he felt like those things were true. Yeah. There are so many ways we can make things worse. Indeed, we already have, thanks to the afghan war and the ways that has influenced our relationship to Pakistan. I think having a grown up like Obama backing us the fuck out is a lot better than having someone who is of the stompy throw our weight around school of foreign policy wandering over there in the hopes of maybe bringing on the rapture.

I do not think we are bright enough, or educated enough, or stable enough as a country to be juggling nitroglycerine and sweaty dynamite. At least with the middle east, we have a deep and wide pool of experts and and expert diplomats who've been dealing with war after war for lnger than I've been alive. Because our attention has mostly been focused elsewhere, the pool is not nearly as deep and wide for experts in India and Pakistan. I understand it's improving thanks to the Afghan war, but we are decades behind on getting our shit together. this is not a diss against the folks who have and do specialize on this. It's a numbers game. More money and more people being paid to focus on the Middle east, means more ideas, more opinions, more skilled chainsaw jugglers. I know if things go dramatically sidewise in the Middle east, we have an army of folks who have a decent chance of talking folks down. We even have two ex-Presidents who are really good at this stuff we can send, one of whom brokered peace between Egypt and Israel and the other of whom is also married to our secretary of state. I suspect there would be a lot more floundering with Pakistan and India, especially as long as we are paying Pakistan all this money and need them because of the Afghan war, even though our interests traditionally tend to be much more with India.

I'm not sure if any of this is even making sense any more. Sorry.
gwydion: (Angel)
* Tornadoes did a lot of damage in the Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington area, but no one was killed. The footage is pretty scary, so it's a bit miraculous everyone survived.

* They are letting the Trans beauty queen compete in Miss Universe after all. Y'all know I haven't much patience with beauty pageants, but I believe if we're having them they shouldn't discriminate. She's beautiful and she won her title in BC through merit; she shouldn't be arbitrarily barred from competing because pageant officials *cough* Trump *cough* are bigots.

* DC: Romney 70%, Paul 12%, Gingrich 11%; Maryland: Romney 49%, Santorum 29%, Gingrich 11%, Paul 10%; Wisconsin: Romney 43%, Santorum 38%, Paul 12%, Gingrich 6%.

* For the record, I am deeply uncomfortable with the networks calling elections with 0-10% of the vote counted. Yes, even when they are right. Yes, even with Santorum not on the DC ballot, though I am more sympathetic with that.

* Mitt Romney want to remind you that he thinks the Ryan "budget is "marvelous." After all it abolishes medicare and slashes programs like Medicaid and Head Start in order to pay for even more huge tax cuts to rich. Presumably on the theory that demolishing the Middle Class and permanently damaging the economy is good for the top 1% who will reap all the benefits of that and they are the only folks who matter to him. I do not understand why he thinks this is a populist message, but he and Ryan have been campaigning hard together with this message.

* The French Intelligence service is on it's second round of sweeps since those killings in Toulouse.

* Thank you Jon Stewart: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-april-3-2012/courtcenter

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* Hector decided it would be a good idea to wake me up every time I drifted off. I forget when I last had even three hours of uninterrupted sleep in a row. The physical pain is impressive even by my standard, and I'm at the can barely walk/can't bend over stage. Some groceries didn't get bought because they were on lower shelves. I'm barely functional and there is no sign of Hector stopping.

* Tomorrow's the big gay potluck and I don't see how I can make anything, let alone actually go. There's also the slow payer's package to get out somehow. Sigh.

* This has come up in different forms in at least three places recently, so I'm saying it here. 1. Everyone is weird. Trust me. 2. If normal existed it would likely be boring and a little creepy. 3. I am a connoisseur of spicy brains, by which I mean I like people who are interesting and have cool stuff in their brains to share. Having interesting stuff to say usually comes with quirks. Quirks can be fun too. 4. I'm weird and I'm fine with it. I own my quirks. I think it's much more happy making to relax and go with it as long as you aren't hurting people in a non-consensual sort of way. 5. Trust me, eccentricity can be a selling point and not a flaw.

* Does the world really need a modern Three Stooges movie?

* I miss Bai Ling.

* Why must homophobes write my beloved Midnighter? http://arsmarginal.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/review-grifter-midnighter/

"Also Dixon, pro-tip. There are just some things you will never hear a badass like Midnighter utter, the word “fabulous” is one of them. Would you write Batman or Punisher uttering that word? Thought not."
gwydion: (No Angel)
* Tornadoes did a lot of damage in the Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington area, but no one was killed. The footage is pretty scary, so it's a bit miraculous everyone survived.

* They are letting the Trans beauty queen compete in Miss Universe after all. Y'all know I haven't much patience with beauty pageants, but I believe if we're having them they shouldn't discriminate. She's beautiful and she won her title in BC through merit; she shouldn't be arbitrarily barred from competing because pageant officials *cough* Trump *cough* are bigots.

* DC: Romney 70%, Paul 12%, Gingrich 11%; Maryland: Romney 49%, Santorum 29%, Gingrich 11%, Paul 10%; Wisconsin: Romney 43%, Santorum 38%, Paul 12%, Gingrich 6%.

* For the record, I am deeply uncomfortable with the networks calling elections with 0-10% of the vote counted. Yes, even when they are right. Yes, even with Santorum not on the DC ballot, though I am more sympathetic with that.

* Mitt Romney want to remind you that he thinks the Ryan "budget is "marvelous." After all it abolishes medicare and slashes programs like Medicaid and Head Start in order to pay for even more huge tax cuts to rich. Presumably on the theory that demolishing the Middle Class and permanently damaging the economy is good for the top 1% who will reap all the benefits of that and they are the only folks who matter to him. I do not understand why he thinks this is a populist message, but he and Ryan have been campaigning hard together with this message.

* The French Intelligence service is on it's second round of sweeps since those killings in Toulouse.

* Thank you Jon Stewart: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-april-3-2012/courtcenter

Embed: )

* Hector decided it would be a good idea to wake me up every time I drifted off. I forget when I last had even three hours of uninterrupted sleep in a row. The physical pain is impressive even by my standard, and I'm at the can barely walk/can't bend over stage. Some groceries didn't get bought because they were on lower shelves. I'm barely functional and there is no sign of Hector stopping.

* Tomorrow's the big gay potluck and I don't see how I can make anything, let alone actually go. There's also the slow payer's package to get out somehow. Sigh.

* This has come up in different forms in at least three places recently, so I'm saying it here. 1. Everyone is weird. Trust me. 2. If normal existed it would likely be boring and a little creepy. 3. I am a connoisseur of spicy brains, by which I mean I like people who are interesting and have cool stuff in their brains to share. Having interesting stuff to say usually comes with quirks. Quirks can be fun too. 4. I'm weird and I'm fine with it. I own my quirks. I think it's much more happy making to relax and go with it as long as you aren't hurting people in a non-consensual sort of way. 5. Trust me, eccentricity can be a selling point and not a flaw.

* Does the world really need a modern Three Stooges movie?

* I miss Bai Ling.

* Why must homophobes write my beloved Midnighter? http://arsmarginal.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/review-grifter-midnighter/

"Also Dixon, pro-tip. There are just some things you will never hear a badass like Midnighter utter, the word “fabulous” is one of them. Would you write Batman or Punisher uttering that word? Thought not."
gwydion: (Idiots)
Long time readers will know I have a thing about the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. PBS ran an excellent documentary on it this week. I wept for the long dead women trapped in flames and falling from the sky, as I always do really.

I also kept thinking that this is the America the republicans are trying to drag us back to. After all they are campaigning on abolishing Unions, the EPA, Health and Safety standards, the minimum wage, child labor laws, and public education. I think of those long dead martyrs who struck for better conditions and died horribly because they failed so that the owners wouldn't hav to share their milion dollar a year income or treat them decently like humans and not cogs.

It horrifies me that we've learned nothing, that we're told repeating these tragedies is better than a living wage and safe conditions, that a fourteen hour day for two dollars a day is so much better than what have now. I hate this nostalgia that has no understanding of just how terrible things were in those "good old days." For women, for children, for POC, for LGBT folk, for anyone not lucky enough to be born rich.

The men who fled cowardly over the roofs without unlocking the exit doors or even warning the women and children they left to die got a nice juicy insurance settlement and were acquitted of any wrong doing. After all, how can they know the door was locked even though they ordered it to be that way during working hours and made sure it was done?

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