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Sep. 24th, 2017 10:56 pm
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* "Evacuate for hurricane, lose your job:" https://theoutline.com/post/2225/evacuate-for-hurricane-lose-your-job

* "To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/03/upshot/to-understand-rising-inequality-consider-the-janitors-at-two-top-companies-then-and-now.html?smid=pl-share

* "What dental remains from Homo naledi can tell us:" https://phys.org/news/2017-09-dental-homo-naledi.html

* "A rare discovery will shed new light on Mycenaean funerary practices :" http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/a-rare-discovery-will-shed-new-light-on-mycenaean-funerary-practices

* "Amateur Archaeologists Find ‘Most Exciting’ Roman Mosaic in Britain:" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-archaeologists-find-most-exciting-roman-mosaic-britain-180964828/

* "Earthquake faults may have played key role in shaping the culture of ancient Greece:" https://phys.org/news/2017-09-earthquake-faults-key-role-culture.html

* "2,000-year-old baby bottle unearthed in Turkey’s Çanakkale:" https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/12/2000-year-old-baby-bottle-unearthed-in-turkeys-canakkale

* "Skeletons found in ancient tomb in Turkey"s Çanakkale:" http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/skeletons-found-in-ancient-tomb.aspx?pageID=238&nid=118011&NewsCatID=375

* "Long-Term Site Excavated on Dalmatian Island:" https://www.archaeology.org/news/5921-170915-croatia-dugi-otok

* "Lost Languages Discovered in One of the World's Oldest Continuously Run Libraries:" Lost Languages Discovered in One of the World's Oldest Continuously Run Libraries

* "3 ancient statues of senior civil servants discovered in Turkey's Antalya:" https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/17/3-ancient-statues-of-senior-civil-servants-discovered-in-turkeys-antalya

* On the history of Bread: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165712312427/grocery-shopping-with-me-is-an-experience

* "The last surviving sea silk seamstress:" http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170906-the-last-surviving-sea-silk-seamstress

* On Tywin Lannister: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/165650949447/does-tywin-really-care-about-the-lannisters

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

* We need money for taxes so ebay time again. These won't sell fast enough to solve this month, but can help with the mess this month leaves behind. Fourish days left: https://www.ebay.com/sch/lethran/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

Details cut for your pleasure: )

* Next Sunday, 2am
Next Monday, 8:30pm
September 27 2017, 12pm
October 2 2017, 10am
October 9 2017, 10am
October 16, 2017, 5pm
October 19 2017, 10am
October 31 2017, 10am
Next Monday, 11:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep. 24th, 2017 03:59 am
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* I think the only voices that should matter in this discussion are those of Indigenous Australians. "Australia debates Cook 'discovery' statue:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-41020363

* "Latest figures reveal more than 40 million people are living in slavery:" https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/sep/19/latest-figures-reveal-more-than-40-million-people-are-living-in-slavery

* "Clinton on Trump: He’s ‘worse than I thought he would be’:"

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* "Hillary Clinton on the Russia investigation and Russian...:"

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* "Hillary Clinton on universal healthcare and Obamacare:"

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* "Ten Thoughtful Commandments of Caring for holocaust Survivors:" http://kaaramel.tumblr.com/post/165525431672/tatterdemalionamberite-ofools-as-some-of-you

* "Study Reveals Bronze Age Women Traveled Far While Men Stayed Home:" https://www.inverse.com/article/36114-study-reveals-bronze-age-women-traveled-far-while-men-stayed-home

* "Sago pudding on the 1900 college menu:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41036341

* "The Women Warriors of the Russian Revolution:" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-warriors-russian-revolution-180963067/

* "Stanislav Petrov, 'the man who saved the world' from nuclear war, dies at 77:" http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-stanislavsky-petrov-20170921-story.html

* Saturday there was proper sleep and I did a bunch of necessary things around the house. My goal is the same for Sunday.

* "Shortly before the End, Everything is Bad:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/shortly-before-end-everything-bad/

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

* We need money for taxes so ebay time again. These won't sell fast enough to solve this month, but can help with the mess this month leaves behind. Fourish days left: https://www.ebay.com/sch/lethran/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

Details cut for your pleasure: )

* Next Saturday, 9pm
Next Monday, 8:30pm
September 27 2017, 11am
October 2 2017, 10am
October 9 2017, 10am
October 16, 2017, 5pm
October 19 2017, 10am
October 31 2017, 10am
Next Monday, 11:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep. 23rd, 2017 06:15 am
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* "Trump versus North Korea:"

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* "DHS begins notifying states about 2016 Russian hack attempts:"

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* "Manafort role in 2006 attack on US Marines in Ukraine examined:"

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* "Trump campaign manager has history of working against US abroad:"

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* How opposed to the 1st Amendment is Trump? Glad you asked. "Trump to Turkish President: ‘It’s a great...:"

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* "Tom Price under investigation for charter jet scandal:"

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* "Could Father Mychal Judge Be the First Gay Saint?:" https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2017/09/father-mychal-judge-was-a-9-11-hero-could-he-also-become-the-first-gay-saint.html

* "How Narcissists Get Away With It:" https://pairedlife.com/etiquette/A-Narcissist-is-Capable-of-Great-Destruction

* "The Maya: History, Culture & Religion:" https://www.livescience.com/41781-the-maya.html

* "Peru: Chinese skeletons found in Lima archaeological site:" http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-chinese-skeletons-found-in-lima-archaeological-site-679681.aspx

* "Canoe Washed Ashore by Hurricane Irma Could Be Hundreds of Years Old:" http://mymodernmet.com/dugout-canoe-hurricane-irma/

* "Hill 70: Canada's forgotten WW1 victory:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41004040

* "The Corner of Lovecraft and Ballard:" https://placesjournal.org/article/the-corner-of-lovecraft-and-ballard/

* Want to donate to my property taxes to protect my housing another six months? (170$ Needed). Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* We need money for taxes so ebay time again. These won't sell fast enough to solve this month, but can help with the mess this month leaves behind.: https://www.ebay.com/sch/lethran/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

Details cut for your pleasure: )

* Next Friday, 5pm
Next Sunday, 8:30pm
September 26 2017, 12pm
October 1 2017, 12pm
October 9 2017, 10am
October 16, 2017, 5pm
October 19 2017, 10am
October 31 2017, 10am

Next Monday, 2:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 08:45 pm
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* "Duterte threatens to have son killed:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41352749

* "'A rogue' and a 'dotard': Kim Jong-un's statement on Trump in full:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/22/a-rogue-and-a-gangster-kim-jong-uns-statement-on-trump-in-full

* "Defying Trump, Iran says will boost missile capabilities:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-military-usa/defying-trump-iran-says-will-boost-missile-capabilities-idUSKCN1BX0J7

* "Trump mulls new order to replace travel ban, no decision yet:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-trump/trump-readies-new-order-to-replace-travel-ban-reports-idUSKCN1BX1VU

* "Facebook says it will hand Russian ads over to Congress:" http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/21/media/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-russian-ads/index.html

* "U.S. Monitored Manafort After He Left Trump Campaign:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-monitored-manafort-after-he-left-trump-campaign-1506034258

* "Price traveled by private plane at least 24 times:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/21/tom-price-private-charter-plane-flights-242989

* But the Donors support the destruction of medicaid and that's all Republicans care about. "Poll: only 24% of Americans approve of Graham-Cassidy:" https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/22/16349470/polling-graham-cassidy-not-good

* McCain has declared a no for the Graham-Cassidy Bill designed to destroy Medicaid, joining Rand Paul. Susan Collins is leaning no and Murkowski is undecided. If you have Collins or Murkowski for a Senator, please call, fax, or protest, to encourage a no. We are sooo close to defeating this thing. Please don't let us lose most of Medicaid in the next half decade for lack of trying.

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

* This is a little old, but good and relevant. "Richard Spencer Was My High-School Classmate:" https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/06/his-kampf/524505/

* "Puerto Rico dam: Evacuations begin along river:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/22/us/puerto-rico-guajataca-river-dam-evacuations/index.html

* "For Crop Harvests, Every Degree of Warming Counts:" https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/for-crop-harvests-every-degree-of-warming-counts/

* "Ghost Farming:" https://runesoup.com/2017/08/ghost-farming/

* "Debate Trolling and Predatory Delay:" https://medium.com/@AlexSteffen/debate-trolling-and-predatory-delay-47881ea6c6b7

* "Rama and the Ramayana: Crash Course World Mythology #27:"

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* On invisible disabilities in History: http://qqueenofhades.tumblr.com/post/165632245279/i-just-read-your-post-about-historical-ableism

* "The Time Abe Lincoln and a Rival Almost Dueled:" http://mentalfloss.com/article/12382/time-abraham-lincoln-and-political-rival-almost-dueled-island

* I lost nearly all my sleep for the day because an cancellation email got eaten by the sender's phone, so I'm apt to be out of it.

* Halloweentown by day.: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165632798502/halloweentown-by-day

* It is heartbreaking to see how much Mary Tyler Moore suffered from Imposter syndrome judging from her Cavett interview. She was so inspirational to so many women and still suffered from the bullshit society foists on women constantly. It was also encouraging to hear her talk about therapy and trying to get help for it.

* Varys vs. Littlefinger: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/165511664812/do-you-agree-with-the-notion-that-varys

* John Snow vs. Young Griff: http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/165594687513/hey-pq-so-ive-been-thinking-jon-definitely-has

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

* We need money for taxes so ebay time again. These won't sell fast enough to solve this month, but can help with the mess this month leaves behind.: https://www.ebay.com/sch/lethran/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

Details cut for your pleasure: )

* Next Friday, 5pm
Next Sunday, 1am
September 26 2017, 12pm

October 1 2017, 12pm
October 9 2017, 10am
October 16, 2017, 5pm
October 19 2017, 10am
October 31 2017, 10am

Next Monday, 2:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cool Stuff Friday

Sep. 22nd, 2017 11:41 am
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Friday has been having trouble keeping up on the blogging lately…

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 03:38 am
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* "Spain's civil CRISIS: Police boats BLOCKED by Catalan ports as unrest continues to grow:" http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/857208/Catalan-independence-crisis-military-police-boats-blocked

* "Nicaragua Joins Paris Accord, Leaving Trump Alone With Syria:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-20/as-nicaragua-joins-paris-accord-trump-left-alone-with-syria

* "Trump Boosts North Korea Sanctions, Adding Economic Pressure:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-21/trump-is-said-to-announce-north-korea-sanctions-at-meeting-today

* "Trump leaning toward decertifying Iran nuclear deal, sources say:" https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/trump-leaning-toward-decertifying-iran-nuclear-deal-say-sources-n803121

* "Trump finds others to pay family legal bills:"

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* "Manafort used Trump campaign account to email Ukrainian operative:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/20/paul-manafort-trump-campaign-email-ukrainian-operative-242949

* "Trump hires campaign workers instead of farm experts at USDA:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/21/trump-agriculture-department-usda-campaign-workers-242951

* "Chris Murphy: The GOP is buying votes:"

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* Spoiler: Yes, of course he will. "Will you vote to hurt your state, congressman?:"

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* "A gay Swedish antifascist spent a year undercover with white supremacists. Here’s what he found.:" https://thinkprogress.org/a-gay-sweedish-antifascist-spent-a-year-undercover-with-white-supremacists-heres-what-he-found-92d070611ed9/

* "My Houston Statue Replacement Suggestions:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/09/my-houston-statue-replacement.html

* "Teaching Sept. 11 To Students Who Were Born After The Attacks:" http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/09/11/549532978/teaching-sept-11-to-students-who-were-born-after-the-attacks-happened

* "BILL GATES - IMPROVING GLOBAL HEALTH WITH THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION - EXTENDED INTERVIEW:"

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* "Archaeology: Ancient seeds, pollen show Ohio’s ‘lost crops’:" http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170820/archaeology-ancient-seeds-pollen-show-ohios-lost-crops

* "Confederate submarine crew killed by their own weapon:" https://phys.org/news/2017-08-confederate-submarine-crew-weapon.html

* "Hurricane Mueller Storms the Trump Administration:"

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* Two days of proper sleep are helping, though I am still sporadically feverish and my lungs are still heavy. When I get the second half of the pneumococcal, I intend to plan for two weeks of ick. To reiterate? Still beyond worth it to avoid a likely 10+ cases of pneumonia.

* First stage Gothmas decorations. I may be covered in fever sweat but I have pretty lights.: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165598649826/first-stage-gothmas-decorations-i-may-be-covered

* How many years/decades will it be before they make a lego movie with a female lead?

* Jamie Lannister and Aerys Targaryen: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/165507146137/was-jaime-justified-in-killing-aerys-he-had

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

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

Details cut for your pleasure: )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In case you forgot, I’ll be at Borderlands Books (my favorite place in SF) at 3:00 pm this Saturday to read to you from my new book The Uploaded, sign whatever you put in front of me, and to, as usual, go out for hamburgers afterwards.

(And if you’re extra-special-good, I may do a super-secret advance MEGA-preview reading of The Book That Does Not Yet Have A Name. Not that, you know, you shouldn’t be rushing out to your stores to buy The Uploaded right now.)

I will, of course, bring donuts after my massive DONUT FAIL in Massachusetts, which I still wake up in cold sweats about. I will bring you donuts or die.

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.

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Sep. 21st, 2017 05:30 am
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* "Over 230 dead in Mexico quake as rescuers desperately search for survivors:" http://abcnews.go.com/International/200-dead-magnitude-71-earthquake-strikes-mexico/story?id=49958650

* "Myanmar bars UN from investigating Rohingya atrocities in Rakhine:" http://www.smh.com.au/world/myanmar-bars-un-from-investigating-rohingya-atrocities-in-rakhine-20170920-gyl0i7.html

* "Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar does not fear scrutiny over Rohingya crisis:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/19/aung-san-suu-kyi-myanmar-rohingya-crisis-concerned

* "Trump urges 'strong and swift' UN action for Rohingya:" http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/trump-urges-strong-swift-action-rohingya-170921013304717.html

* "Donald Trump's comments on Africa at the UN were, um, odd:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/20/politics/donald-trump-africa/index.html

* "Turkish president: Trump apologized for indictment of security staff in brawl:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/19/turkey-trump-erdogan-apology-washington

* "Maduro Calls Trump ‘Hitler’ After U.S. President Slams Venezuela at UN:" https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/maduro-calls-trump-hitler-after-u-s-president-slams-venezuela-n802766

* "Trump Embarrasses Himself At UN :" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/09/trump-embarrasses-himself-at-un.html

* "Hillary Rodham Clinton Experienced Putin's Sexism Firsthand:"

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* "Hillary Clinton: Nobody's Talking About Contesting The Election:"

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* "Exclusive: Trump administration prepares to ease export rules for U.S. guns:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-weapons-exclusive/exclusive-trump-administration-prepares-to-ease-export-rules-for-u-s-guns-idUSKCN1BU2N8

* I love the list of ways he could have gone for a fraction of the Price and the way they underline Price's hypocrisy on cost saving measures. "Price’s private-jet travel breaks precedent:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/19/tom-price-chartered-planes-flights-242908

* "Following the path from Manafort to Mueller's investigation:"

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* "Brokaw: Price's jet is 'outrageous example of arrogance':"

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* "Kaine: GOP Obamacare repeal plan is a 'big smokescreen':"

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* "Senate likely to start voting on GOP health plan next Wednesday:" https://www.axios.com/senate-looks-to-start-voting-on-gop-health-plan-next-wednesday-2487208910.html

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

* So if a person is deaf and therefore can't respond instantly to verbal commands it is justified for police to shoot him on sight, but if police "can't hear" because they aren't listening to neighbors yelling that "he can't hear," it is a valid excuse for murdering an innocent person. "Captain: Oklahoma City man killed by police was deaf:" http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/police-man-holding-stick-shot-officer-oklahoma-city-49969676

* Look, Insane Clown Posse isn't my type of music, but I stand with them when the government is literally taking their kids away from their fans for attending a concert and criminalizing them over their tattoos. It's scary as fuck and a terrible precedent. I'm old enough to remember the PMRC and congressional hearings and lawsuits over rap and metal. It's an injustice that it's happening at all, which needs to stop, but I can easily foresee 45 having his minions criminalize listening to all sorts of music he personally doesn't like, and I know that hip hop and metal are definitely next on the list. Anything Goth, anything subculture, anything rebellious. We'll be stuck with Christian rocks and country and people will be doing jail time and losing custody etc. for stupid band tattoos they got in college.

I remember after Columbine having to defend my goth students in the Faculty Room, because there was a push to come down on them and treat them like dangerous criminals for liking Marilyn Manson music and black clothes. (I'd been Goth since '88, but one doesn't dress that way to teach). The first time I heard of ICP was in the oughts when two of my guys were getting hassled by admin over writing the logos on their notebook covers, so I went home and researched it, so I would know what I was talking about so I could advocate for them. Yes, there are drugs at the gatherings. There are drugs at music festivals and concerts and raves. It doesn't mean that anyone who liked the Grateful Dead or went to a Rave once is a dangerous gang member. It seems to me the FBI is going after the Juggaloes because they are poor, so don't have money for expensive legal defense, and they dress in a way that makes it hard for people, particularly in the media, to take their complaints seriously. They are easy to mock and ignore and belittle. hur, hur, people are having their lives ruined because they like to weir make up and listen to music on their days off.

Fuck that! I don't have to like the music or want to be part of their subculture to see them as human beings who need their human rights and fair treatment under the law.

This is a canary in the coal mine, and I refuse to mock people who are in danger of losing everything because the ruling party wants a police state.

* "Puerto Rico governor: Power could be out for months:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/20/americas/hurricane-maria-caribbean-islands/index.html

* "'Total monster': fatberg blocks London sewage system:" https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/12/total-monster-concrete-fatberg-blocks-london-sewage-system

* "400-year-old Korean mummy shows why eating crab sushi is a stupid idea:" http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.808565

* "Guntur: 16th century Ganesh found:" http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/250817/guntur-16th-century-ganesh-found.html

* "Milton burial project 'a work in progress' to reveal the lives and deaths of early pioneers:" https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/95863669/milton-burial-project-a-work-in-progress-to-reveal-the-lives-and-deaths-of-early-pioneerss

* "REPUBLICANS TARGET OBAMACARE (AGAIN):"

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* "Freedom(ish) Of Speech:"

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* "Kim Jong-Un Responds To Trump's 'Rocket Man' Nickname:"

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* "Trump's UN Speech Advocates For Both Peace And Nuclear War:"

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* "Law & Order: Robert Mueller Unit:"

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* "Tom Smith, A Boy And His Frog / Rainbow Connection:"

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* "When did Bran and Varamyr duel?" http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/165441709933/when-did-bran-and-varamyr-duel

* Of Stannis Baratheon and Jon Snow: http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/165481727878/thank-you-for-answering-my-ask-reading-some-parts

* Phantom of the Opera with David S. Pumpkins: https://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/165401057477/wheel-of-fish-somebody-please-take-my-computer

* "Kilt Bowing.:" https://www.flickr.com/photos/ashuraleingod/sets/72157688226259306/

* "Men’s Lives Have Meaning, Part 7: Conclusion:" http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/165336737093/mens-lives-have-meaning-part-7-conclusion

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

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

Details cut for your pleasure: )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week in Nazi-Punching

Sep. 20th, 2017 04:15 pm
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[personal profile] jimhines

A video of a Nazi in Seattle getting punched and knocked out has been making the rounds. Responses range from satisfaction and celebration to the predictable cries of “So much for the tolerant left” and the related “Violence makes us as bad as them and plays right into their hands.”

A few things to consider…

1. According to one witness, the punch happened after the Nazi called a man an “ape” and threw a banana at him. With the disclaimer that I’m not a lawyer, that sounds like assault to me. I’m guessing Assault in the Fourth Degree. In other words, the punching was a response to an assault by the Nazi.

The witness who talks about the banana-throwing also says he was high on THC. I haven’t seen anyone disputing his account, but I haven’t seen corroboration, either.

2.Remember when George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin, and people like Geraldo Rivera said it was because Martin was wearing a hoodie, and that made Martin a potentially dangerous “suspicious character”? Utter bullshit, I know. But if our legal system let Zimmerman plead self-defense, saying he was afraid because Martin was wearing a hoodie, doesn’t that same argument apply against someone wearing a fucking swastika?

We’re talking about a symbol that announces, “I support genocide of those who aren’t white, aren’t straight, aren’t able-bodied…”

3. Buzzfeed presents this as anti-fascists tracking a Neo-Nazi to beat him up. While antifa Twitter appears to have been talking about this guy, there’s no evidence that the punch was thrown by someone who’s part of that movement. And even if he was, the guy didn’t throw a punch until after the Nazi committed assault (see point #1).

Those Tweets quoted on Buzzfeed also suggest the Nazi was armed, which could add to the self-defense argument in point #2.

Is Nazi-punching right? Is it legal? As any role-player will tell you, there’s a difference between whether something is lawful and whether it’s good.

The “victim” has every right to press charges. But for some reason, he didn’t want to talk to police about the incident.

Was punching this guy a good thing? I mean, there’s a difference between comic books and real life. The Nazi was standing in front of some sort of tile wall. He could have struck his head on the corner after being punched, or when he fell to the ground. In other words, there’s a chance–albeit probably a slim one–that this could have killed him.

My country and culture glorify violence. I’d much rather avoid violence when possible. I think most rational people would. But there are times it’s necessary to fight, to choose to defend yourself and others. I think it’s important to understand the potential consequences of that choice.

Multiple accounts agree this man was harassing people on the bus, and later on the street. He was a self-proclaimed Nazi. Police say they received calls that he was instigating fights, and it sounds like he escalated from verbal harassment to physical assault … at which point another man put him down, halting any further escalation.

I don’t know exactly what I would have done in that situation, but I see nothing to make me condemn or second-guess this man’s choice in the face of a dangerous Nazi.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Let Life Happen.

Sep. 20th, 2017 10:13 am
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[personal profile] theferrett

“I’m not up for sex,” she told me. “I’ve had a lot of medical issues lately. It’s more painful than not to even try.”

“Cool,” I said, and we spent the day going to a street festival.

I woulda liked sex. But life happens.


“I’m in the middle of my seasonal affective disorder,” I told her. “You show up, I might not be able to leave the house. I might just curl up and cry all day.”

“Cool,” she said, and I was pretty morose but we cuddled a lot and eventually managed to go out to dinner.

I woulda liked to have a working brain. But life happens.


“I’m not sure I can make it through this convention,” they told me. “My flare-ups have been really bad this season. I might not be able to go out with you in the evenings.”

“Cool,” I said, and I went out for little hour-long jaunts before heading back to the room to cuddle them, then charging out again to circulate.

I woulda liked to have them by my side when I hit the room parties. But life happens.


I’m a massively flawed human with a mental illness. I need to have poly relationships that include for the possibility of breakdowns. Because if I need to have a perfect day before I allow anyone to see me, I might wait for weeks. Months. Years. And then what the fuck is left by the time I get to see them?

I know there are people who need perfect visits. They have to have the makeup on when you visit them, and they’ll never fall asleep when they had a night of Big Sexy planned, and if they get out the toys there’s gonna be a scene no matter how raw anyone’s feeling.

But I can’t do that.

My relationships aren’t, can’t be, some idealized projection of who I want to be. If I’m not feeling secure that day, I can’t be with a partner who needs me to be their rock so the weekend proceeds unabated. And if they’re feeling broken, I can’t be with someone who needs to pretend everything is fine because their time with me is their way of proving what a good life they have.

Sometimes, me and my lovers hoped for a weekend retreat of pure passion and what we get is curling up with someone under tear-stained covers, holding them and letting them know they will not be alone come the darkness.

We cry. We collapse. We stumble. We don’t always get what we want, not immediately.

But we also heal. We nurture. We accept.

And in the long run, God, we get so much more.

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.

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Sep. 20th, 2017 03:48 am
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[personal profile] gwydion
* This is a different earthquake. It is horrifying. "Central Mexico earthquake kills scores, topples buildings:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/19/americas/mexico-earthquake/index.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* "Congressman arrested at Trump Tower DACA protest:"

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

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

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* "A Trumpian Debut at the United Nations:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details cut for your pleasure: )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(no subject)

Sep. 19th, 2017 04:57 am
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[personal profile] gwydion
* Another category 5 is likely to hit a bunch of places already ravaged by Irma. It's hitting the Leewards and the Virgin Islands again, which were the worst hit, as well as islands full of refugees from other islands. "Hurricane Maria is now a Category 5:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/americas/atlantic-storms-maria-jose-lee/index.html

* "Outrage as Mexican student killed after using ride-hailing service:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/18/mexico-woman-murder-student-ride-hailing-service-cabify

* "Monsoon rain adding to Rohingya camp misery:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/17/monsoon-rain-adding-to-rohingya-camp-misery

* "Trump opens week at UN by calling out 'mismanagement,' underperformance:" https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/18/trump-opens-week-at-un-by-calling-out-mismanagement-underperformance.html

* "Top US diplomat says closing embassy in Cuba 'under review':" https://apnews.com/98aaf30d47b8463688eb6974be2c3e76/Top-US-diplomat-says-closing-Embassy-in-Cuba-

* "Where did Trump’s leftover inauguration money go?:"

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* "Interior Report Recommends Cuts or Changes to Seven National Land Monuments:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/interior-report-recommends-cuts-or-changes-to-7-national-land-monuments-1505695948

* Looks like Mueller is going to indict Manafort. "Paul Manafort wiretapped and threatened with indictment: reports:"

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* "Mueller uses search warrant to get more on Russia from Facebook:"

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* "Latest GOP Obamacare repeal bill is worst yet: Schatz:"

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* The long intro freaked me out because it sounded a little too much like an obit, so I wanted to mention she's fine and there for an interview. "Democrats prep for another fight to defend Obamacare from GOP:"

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* The current plan is to vote on the ACA Repeal with 90 seconds of debate, no public hearings, and no CBO score. Please, please please, protest in person if you can. If you can't, call or use a service.

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

* "Stalking, actually: why men who reject rejection are not romantic heroes:" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/12/stalking-men-rejection-romantic-sitcoms-films-creepy-women-boundaries

* "123 arrested in St. Louis in 3rd night of protests over ex-cop's acquittal:" http://abcnews.go.com/US/80-people-arrested-st-louis-3rd-night-protests/story?id=49922449

* TW: Suicide. Contains video of police killing a person, but does not autoplay. "Protests erupt on Georgia Tech campus after student is killed:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/us/georgia-tech-student-killed/index.html

* "Bigot Bob Marshall 'Scurred' To Debate Danica Roem In VA Legislative Race:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/09/bigot-bob-marshall-scurred-to-debate.html

* "That Viral Photo Of My Trans Son Crying? Here's What's Really Going On:" http://www.refinery29.com/2017/07/164897/viral-photo-trans-boy-crying-texas-capitol

* Why is is that lately whenever I start a thought with "What sort of monster would..." the answer is always "Republicans?"

* "Medicine's Women Problem:" https://thenib.com/medicine-s-women-problem?t=recent

* I'm linking tumblr instead of directly to the article as there are lots of lovely bone and wood examples in the comments that might be useful to writers. "2,000 year old warrior armour made of reindeer antlers found on the Arctic Circle:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/165195167262/2000-year-old-warrior-armour-made-of-reindeer

* "How the female Viking warrior was written out of history:" https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/15/how-the-female-viking-warrior-was-written-out-of-history

* "Diversity Wins Big at the 2017 Emmys:"

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* "Floridians Beware: A Hurricane Warning Gets Lost in Translation:"

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* "Profiles in Tremendousness - Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin:"

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* "Tom Smith, Hermione Granger the Pirate Queen:"

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* Monday was forage. I was shaky as fuck after, but I did manage to post an extra auction anyway after doing the basics around the house. Tuesday I go back down their even earlier for the engine valve. Mid-sleep cycle! Fun!

* The Eartha Kitt Cavett interview is fascinating. She picked cotton as a child and never saw an electric light, a television, a movie, nor knew what they were until her mother died and she was sent to New York. They didn't have books or magazines. It was the 20th Century, but.... Yeah. She also addresses the incident with President Johnson having her blacklisted and getting the FBI to dig up dirt to smear her, which is very relevant considering what 45 is trying to do to that ESPN Commentator right now.

* Fuck Marvel! "Marvel's Nazi Fascism Fixation, Part II: America Is A Lie:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/nazi-captain-america-never-again/

* "The Black Gate is Closed:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/black-gate-closed-two-towers/

* "Independence Day: A Star Wars Story:" http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2017/09/independence-day-star-wars-story.html

* ToS Rewatch, Season 2:

Cut for your pleasure: )

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

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

Details cut for your pleasure: )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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I knew musicals could cheer me up, but I’d never heard of one that gave me new tools to deal with chronic illness and depression. Yet when I saw Groundhog Day last Wednesday, I was so stunned by what a perfect, joyous metaphor it was for battling mental illness that I immediately bought tickets to see it again that Saturday.

I would have told you about this before, but it was too late. The show closed on Sunday. A musical that should have run, well, for as long as Phil Connors was trapped in his endless time loop only got a five-month run.

But I can tell you about it.

I can tell you why this musical made me a stronger, better person.

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So let’s discuss the original Groundhog Day movie, which is pretty well-known at this point: Bill Murray is an asshole weatherman named Phil who shows up under protest to do a report from Punxatawney, Philadelphia on Groundhog Day. He’s trapped in town overnight thanks to a blizzard. When Phil wakes up the next morning, it’s Groundhog Day again. And again. And again.

Phil goes through several phases:

  • Incredulous as he can’t believe what’s happening to him;
  • Gleefully naughty as he uses his knowledge of people’s future actions to indulge all his greatest fantasies;
  • Frustrated as he tries to romance Rita, his producer, but he’s too cynical for her and nothing convinces her to hop in bed with him unless everyone else in town;
  • Depressed as he realizes that his life is shallow and there’s no way he can escape;
  • Perplexed as he tries to rescue a dying homeless man but realizes that nothing he can do on this day will save this poor guy;
  • And, finally, beatific as he uses his intense knowledge of everything that will happen in town today to run around doing good for people.

Naturally, that’s a great emotional journey. It’s no wonder that’s a story that’s resonated with people.

Yet Groundhog Day changes just one slight emotional tenor about this – and that change is massive.

Because when Bill Murray’s character gets to the end of his journey, he’s actually content. He’s achieved enlightenment where he enjoys everything he does, toodling around on the piano because he’s formed Punxatawney into his paradise. He laughs at people who ignore him. He’s satisfied.

And when Rita, who senses this change even though she doesn’t understand why, bids everything in her wallet to dance with him at the Groundhog Dance, the Bill Murray Phil is touched but also, on some level, serene.

Andy Karl’s Phil is not happy.

We spend a lot more time in Andy’s Phil’s headspace, and at one point he breaks down because of all the things he’ll never get to do – he’ll never grow a beard, he’ll never see the dawn again, he’ll never have another birthday. Anything he does is wiped away the next morning.

Bill Murray’s Phil gets so much satisfaction out of his constantly improving the town that his daily circuit has become a reward for him.

Andy Karl’s Phil is, on some level, fundamentally isolated. People will never know him – at least not without hours of proving to them that yes, he is trapped in this time loop, he does know everything about them.  No matter what relationships he forms, he’ll have  to start all over again in a matter of hours. There’s no bond he can create that this loop won’t erase.

And so when Rita finally dances with Bill Murray, it’s shown as a big romantic moment. And in the musical –

In the musical, Rita moves towards Phil and everything freezes in a harsh blue light except for Phil.

This is everything Phil has ever wanted in years, maybe decades, of being in this loop – and instead of being presented as triumphant, everything goes quiet and Phil sings a tiny, mournful song:

But I’m here
And I’m fine
And I’m seeing you for the first time

And the reason that brings tears to my eyes every fucking time is because this Phil is not fine – he repeats the lie in the next verse when he says he’s all right. Yet this is the happiest moment he’s had in years, finally understanding what Rita has wanted all along, and this moment too will be swept away in an endless series of morning wakeups and lumpy beds and people forgetting what he is.

Yet that mournful tune is also defiant, and more defiant when the townspeople pick it up and start singing it in a rising chorus:

I’m here
And I’m fine

Phil knows his future is nothing.

Yet that will not stop him from appreciating this small beauty even if he knows it will not stay with him. Trapped in the groundhog loop, appreciating the tiny moments becomes an act of rebellion, a way of affirming life even when you know this moment too will vanish.

Can you understand that this is depression incarnate?

Which is the other thing that marks this musical. Because I said there was joy, and there is. Because when Andy Karl’s Phil enters the “Philanthropy” section of the musical (get it?), he may not be entirely happy but he is content.

Because he knows that he may not necessarily feel joy at all times, but he has mastered the art of maintenance.

Because tending to the town of Punxatawney is a lot of work. He has to run around changing flat tires, rescuing cats, getting Rita the chili she wanted to try, helping people’s marriages. (And as he notes, “My cardio never seems to stick.”)

When Bill Murray’s Phil helps people, it seems to well up from personal satisfaction. Whereas Andy’s Phil is thrilled helping people, yes, but his kindness means more because it costs him. On some level he is, and will forever be, fundamentally numb.

This isn’t where he wanted to be.

Yet he has vowed to do the best with what he can. He helps the townspeople of Punxatawney because even though it is a constant drain, it makes him feel better than drinking himself senseless in his room. He doesn’t get to have everything he wanted – also see: depression and chronic illness – and it sure would be nice if he could take a few days off, but those days off will make him feel worse.

He’s resigned himself to a lifetime of working harder than he should for results that aren’t as joyous as he wanted.

And that’s okay. Not ideal, but…. okay.

Andy’s okay.

And I think the closest I can replicate that in a non-musical context is another unlikely source – Rick and Morty, where Rick is a suicidal hypergenius scientist who’s basically the Doctor if the Doctor’s psychological ramifications were taken seriously. And he goes to therapy, where a therapist so smart that she’s the only person Rick’s never been able to refute says this to him:

“Rick, the only connection between your unquestionable intelligence and the sickness destroying your family is that everyone in your family, you included, use intelligence to justify sickness.

“You seem to alternate between viewing your own mind as an unstoppable force and as an inescapable curse. And I think it’s because the only truly unapproachable concept for you is that it’s your mind within your control.
You chose to come here, you chose to talk to belittle my vocation, just as you chose to become a pickle. You are the master of your universe, and yet you are dripping with rat blood and feces, your enormous mind literally vegetating by your own hand.

“I have no doubt that you would be bored senseless by therapy, the same way I’m bored when I brush my teeth and wipe my ass. Because the thing about repairing, maintaining, and cleaning is it’s not an adventure. There’s no way to do it so wrong you might die.

“It’s just work.

“And the bottom line is, some people are okay going to work, and some people well, some people would rather die.

“Each of us gets to choose.

“That’s our time.”

And yes, Groundhog Day the musical is – was – about that lesson of maintenance, as Andy comes to realize that “feeling good” isn’t a necessary component for self-improvement, and works hard to make the best of a situation where, like my depression, even the best and most perfect day will be reset come the next morning.

And yes. There is a dawn for Andy’s Phil, of course, and he does wake up with Rita, and you get to exit the theater knowing that no matter how bad it gets there will come a joyous dawn and you get to walk out onto Broadway and so does Phil.

But you don’t get to that joy without maintenance.

And you might get trapped again some day. That, too, is depression. That, too, is chronic illness. We don’t know that Phil doesn’t get trapped on February 3rd, or March 10th, or maybe his whole December starts repeating.

But he has the tools now. He knows how to survive until the next dawn.

Maybe you can too.

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Anyway. There’s talk that Groundhog Day will go on tour, maybe even with Andy Karl doing the performances. He’s brilliant. Go see him.

The rest of you, man, I hope you find your own Groundhog Day. I saw mine. Twice.

Perhaps it’s fitting that it’s vanished.

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.

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Sep. 18th, 2017 03:56 am
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* Why DOES he still have a security clearance? "Jared Kushner financials vs. his foreign policy role:"

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* In my opinion, having a weapon to plant implies pre-meditation. "Violence again roils St. Louis after ex-officer acquitted:" https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/second-day-protests-st-louis-after-former-officer-acquitted-n802016

* I am linking to tumblr instead of directly to the article as resistance actions are in the tumblr version. "Congress Wants to Change the Americans with Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165470116342/congress-wants-to-change-the-americans-with

* "Game of Thrones star talks climate change and activism:"

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* "Sentence Sneak with Benedict Cumberbatch:"

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* Sunday I did yet more Gothmas prep, and did up some ebays, which ate the evening. They go up Monday evening. Unfortunately, the spending the first half of the month one kind of sick or another means they won't be fast enough to save this month's finances. Realistically, I still need to pick more sacrifices so I can add more tomorrow, but I'm also meant to be foraging etc.. tomorrow, and I'm not convinced I'll be able to pick fast enough anyway, so we'll see.

* "In Defense of Bran Stark Part 1: Home is where the Heart is:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/defense-bran-stark-part-1/

* "Sunday Sweets: Fraggles and Dragons and Groot, Oh My!:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/9/17/sunday-sweets-fraggles-and-dragons-and-groot-oh-my.html

* ToS Rewatch, Season 2:

Cut for your pleasure: )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep. 17th, 2017 04:10 am
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* "Mysterious attack on US diplomats in Cuba confounds:"

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* This is a long read, but incredibly important. "The First White President:" https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/the-first-white-president-ta-nehisi-coates/537909/

* "Ta-Nehisi Coates: 'You might be a white supremacist':"

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* "Coates: In 100 years, people will say we lost our minds:"

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* "Sessions, McCabe call Nunes' bluff on threatening letter:"

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* "Pence, up to his neck in Russia scandal, losing press secretary:"

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* "Trump voter fraud commission draws controversy:"

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* The Republicans have until the end of the month to steal your health care and there is a good chance of them succeeding, as the current bill robs blue states that took Medicare expansion to give block grant bribes to red states like alaska in hopes of flipping the votes of wobbly Republicans. It also robs 30 million people of their health care, dramatically cuts Medicaid generally, and is designed to dramatically jack up prices for pre existing conditions and copays just generally.

Look, I know we are all tired, but we need to come out and fight one last time. We need the in person protests at town halls and district offices as well as in Washington. We need faxes and phone calls. We need to hold them off just a few weeks longer. Bombard your Republican Congress Critters wit personal stories. Make them listen to the people they are planning to kill. This is geometrically more important if you have Senators like Collins, Murkowski, McCain, etc., who were against or soft on previous rounds.

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

* "Appropriate collusion (organizing the weaker side):" http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2017/09/appropriate-collusion-organizing-the-other-side.html

* "Juggalos marched on Washington and it got emotional:" https://news.vice.com/story/juggalo-march-on-washington-insane-clown-posse

* "Trump deal with Democrats: Why protect Dreamers with Pelosi...:"

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* I got proper sleep today and I made a huge dent in the Autumn cleaning/organizing needed in advance of putting up the Gothmas stuff, including a massive library shift in the livingroom. Which likely means there is room to collect the stacks of history books sitting in my bedroom to put away properly.

I've had the microwave fan running for about half an hour as I wrote this.
My plan is to leave the fan on all evening just in case.

Addendum: It can run about an hour without screaming. Sigh.

* "It’s About What You Believe: Thoughts on Wonder Woman and How to Be a Hero:" http://the-alexandrian-alchemist.tumblr.com/post/165423234731/its-about-what-you-believe-thoughts-on-wonder

* "The Strain, Season 4, Episode 9: The Traitor:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/09/the-strain-season-4-episode-9-traitor.html

* "Impostor Syndrome vs Exceptionalism in Alanna the First Adventure:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/impostor-syndrome-vs-exceptionalism-alanna-first-adventure/

* I think I found the best book: https://www.tumblr.com/reblog/165159284744/BYp79ce5/?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Flettersfromtitan.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F165159284744%2Fsorcyress-punkfaery-captoring-punkfaery

* Are in person flashers still a thing, or have they all moved to the Internet? (I was watching TV from the ‘70′s).

* ToS Rewatch, Season 2:

Cut for your pleasure: )

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

*****
* 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

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

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

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Sep. 15th, 2017 11:35 pm
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* "Trump to Push Other Leaders on North Korea as UN Assembly Meets:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-14/north-korea-launched-missile-over-japan-toward-pacific-ocean

* "Tube blast is terror incident, say police:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41278545

* "Trump's tweet on London attack draws ire from U.K. officials:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/15/trump-london-bombing-terrorists-scotland-yard-242761

* Someone needs to explain to Devin Nunes what "recused" means.

* The Republican War on Rule of Law and Corruption Over Site continues. "Trump administration withholds almost all Mar-a-Lago visitor logs:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/15/politics/secret-service-maralago-logs/index.html

* "California legislature passes bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns:" http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/350789-california-legislature-passes-bill-requiring-presidential-candidates-to

* "Senate panel eyes new bills to protect Mueller:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/14/politics/robert-mueller-protection-bills-senate/index.html

* "Anjali Ameer Makes Indian Movie History:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/09/anjali-ameer-makes-indian-movie-history.html

* "A Christian Group Is Paying For Transgender People's Surgeries To Atone For The Church's Discrimination:" http://www.refinery29.com/2017/09/171280/christian-group-transgender-surgery?utm_content=buffer3f97

* "age & queerness in fandom:" http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/165244337200/age-queerness-in-fandom

* Bring tissues. "Curmudgeons:" https://vimeo.com/159449591

* I know I haven't written about the people who died in a nursing home literally across the street from a working hospital with power, basically because the idea of it is so distressing and horrible and able bodied person lazy and pointless, because how fucking much effort would i have taken to move vulnerable people literally across the street to safety? I bet a lot less than setting up fans that weren't enough, and why the fuck wasn't the AC hooked up to the back up generator? They had power to run fans. That has me furious about asshole penny pinching nursing home admin who gave no fucks for vulnerable elders in their care. The place my Mom chose for herself not only had a back up generator, but a system where if the back up fucking failed in a major storm or flood there was a third emergency system where she could hook up her oxygen machine and survive like that for days. how do I know this? Because we talked over her contingency plans in advance of a big storm their the last winter before she died. (She liked to talk these sorts of things over with another competent adult, and my father being dead, and me sharing the trait of having multiple contingency plans being a comfort, she was apt to do this with me). They had a bus evacuation system if they needed to move everyone with special transport for the full nursing care building and designated evacuation locations depending on the disaster. It is possible to plan this shit out in advance if the people running a place are ethical. Those deaths didn't have to happen if anyone at all with a smidgen of authority gave too shits about the people in that facility, both as far as planning for predicable disaster (It's Florida. Hurricanes are seasonal and flooding a predictable thing that happens often enough to plan for.), and in the immediate "This isn't safe! We need to evacuate the medically fragile across the street" sense.

Well, it looks like a lot of people feel that way. The facility is closed as a crime scene, and there are likely to be a variety of criminal charges. Some of the likely charges have sentences of up to 30 years. Good. Lock the bastards up. Eight people died because of their callousness.

Well, it looks like a lot of people feel that way. The facility is closed as a crime scene, and there are likely to be a variety of criminal charges. Some of the likely charges have sentences of up to 30 years. Good. Lock the bastards up. Eight people died because of their callousness.

* "Harry Dean Stanton, Quintessential American Actor, Dies at 91:" http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/harry-dean-stanton-dead-paris-texas-star-91-766020

* "Extreme Amazing Super-Chess! (Chess.):"

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* I got crap sleep again as I'm still recovering from the pneumococcal vaccine. There's a steady upward trend, and again, I'll happily trade a week or so of this for 10 or more times when I don't get pneumonia. I woke with the shakes, so gave myself an extra half hour nap, as often the reset helps. It did in this case, though I'm sluggish. I managed to get out at a reasonable time to Honest Mechanic. It's looking like a $60.00 valve job. I have strong hopes of this being the last of the car things needing doing. This is taking everything I have left for the month except car insurance, so I'm completely fucked for other bills, but engine health is important. I go back Tuesday.

When I got home, the B Disabled parking was open, and that's not much further than my actual stolen spot and has the added benefit of being right by B recycling. All I had to carry was the empty disposable tea cup from the mechanics, so I tossed it in the trash and checked the cardboard recycling. Thee was not only an ideal bottom pad shape, but also a flower box in the perfect shape to hold the thing open. It will lose shape as it soaks, but I left the car with the seating propped open to air and dry in the sun. This process has been slow, but there has been noticeable improvement. Squirrel has been changing the cardboard as he has access to it at work, and I'd guess there is about half as much water in there as there was the day I bailed, maybe less, as it's hard to tell how much is in the seats, but when I opened it, it's more a drip than a waterfall.

I came home to have the toilet paper holder fall off. I was expecting it as I had to epoxy the other end last week. There is no permanent solution as the guy who built this place was terrible, so I periodically have to reattach them. I ended up making a mess as my hands are shaky, but I've hopes of another 6-8 months till the next incident. Then I got to sweep and mop the kitchen floor as Squirrel lost a piece of the blender when he unloaded the dish washer. (He did search last night). I am happy it was on the floor as the next step was going to involve taking that whole side of the kitchen apart. Still, the shakes are well back.

Squirrels project we were doing the scavenger hunt earlier in the week to get low cost ingredients for went off beautifully by the way.

Want to donate to my property taxes (170$ Needed) and car repair ($60). Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* ...And I think I just killed the microwave by forgetting to turn the fan on before starting pasta on the stove top. I know better, but I'm exhausted and shaky so forgot. The fix for it is heartbreakingly easy according to the internet, The problem is, the asshole who built this place mounted things wrong. I can see half of the two screws I would need to unscrew to get the access panel open, but to unscrew them, I would have to dismount the entirety of the kitchen cabinets, which is absolutely out of the question physically. I am not tall enough with the ladder even if I did have several people to help me and somewhere to put everything in the fucking cabinets. Because the asshole who built my kitchen didn't measure anything correctly. I have unplugged it to make the screaming stop. There is a chance it will dry on it's own, as it did the other time I forgot to turn on the fan, but that time the alarm stopped in about half an hour and it's now been an hourish. Fuck. Fuck, fuck, fuck. A field trip into Squirrel's cave suggests he's broken the other micro wave. No fucking way can I afford a new one and where would I put it?

Addendum: 9:50. I plugged it in to see if I could reheat the tisane, and it is working again. Fuck, that was scary.

Addendum 9:58. Microwave starts screaming again. I'll try it again tomorrow.

* "On balloons.:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165362192867/on-balloons

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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/

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* 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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Sep. 15th, 2017 04:06 am
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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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Links, Reminders, and Misc

Sep. 14th, 2017 01:51 pm
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Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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Sep. 13th, 2017 11:54 pm
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* "Bangladesh calls on Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/12/bangladesh-sheikh-hasina-calls-on-myanmar-to-take-back-rohingya-refugees

* "Dems say Flynn broke law on security forms:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/13/politics/democrats-mueller-flynn-middle-east-trip-disclosure/index.html

* "Mike Flynn's son is subject of federal Russia investigation:" https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/mike-flynn-s-son-subject-federal-russia-probe-n800741

* "DOJ declines Senate request to interview FBI officials:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/13/politics/fbi-official-interview-request-denied-justice-department/index.html

* "Supreme Court blocks rulings forcing Texas to redraw districts:" http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/350390-supreme-court-blocks-rulings-forcing-texas-to-redraw-districts

* "US Justice Department won't charge Baltimore police officers:" https://apnews.com/8bb9b0fb460746dc87a53ba416789269

* "Taika Waititi speaks out against racism:"

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* "Burials uncovered at Swords Castle dig:" https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/burials-uncovered-at-swords-castle-dig-1.3196904

* "Sex With Ducks: the Music Video by Garfunkel and Oates:"

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* "Musical Instruments as Metaphors (’Black Sails’) :" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/165118450907/musical-instruments-as-metaphors-black-sails

* It turned out the Burton interview was a four parter of which a savoured every bit.

* Reading this, I kept thinking how much better Archer, for all it's faults, handles the same dynamic. "Valerian Doesn't Acknowledge Its Own Protagonist:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/valerian-protagonist-flawed/

* 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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