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Friday, December 2nd, 2016
5:53 am
* "10 Ways to Tell if Your President Is a Dictator:" https://foreignpolicy.com/2016/11/23/ten-ways-to-tell-if-your-president-is-a-dictator/

* I have so many questions. "Senators seek to declassify info on Russia role in US election:"

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* "Sen. Sanders: Trump setting 'dangerous precedent':"

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* So it’s basically all a con. No surprise there, but of course people are ignoring that it’s a con. "Trump trades stick for carrots for jobs stunt:"

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* "ExxonMobil execs among Trump cabinet considerations:"

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* "White evangelicalism is white nationalism.:" http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2016/11/09/white-evangelicalism-is-white-nationalism/

* "A catastrophic climate feedback loop long feared by scientists is happening:" http://inhabitat.com/a-catastrophic-climate-feedback-loop-long-feared-by-scientists-is-happening/

* "India's Unpopular New Policies:"

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* "The Dakota Access Pipeline's Reservation Reroute:"

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* "Profiles in Tremendousness :"

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* The best Swan Fairytale: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153936387529/sweetlyfez-roachpatrol


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* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, December 1st, 2016
5:03 am
* "The hypocritical Jason Chaffetz:"

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* "Trump likes ex-Goldman Sachs 'foreclosure machine' for Treasury:"

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* "Trump taps health policy extremist for HHS:"

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* "Trump lays out pre-inauguration tour:"

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* "Pence makes Indiana taxpayers part of Trump Carrier jobs plan:"

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* "Donald Trump just hired "one of America's most notorious Islamophobes" :" https://mic.com/articles/159586/donald-trump-adds-notorious-islamophobe-to-his-transition-team?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.icqct92Wc

* "Trump has already defeated the news media. And it’s unclear what we can do about it.:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2016/11/28/trump-has-already-defeated-the-news-media-and-its-unclear-what-we-can-do-about-it/?utm_term=.e2a2d3e6bd95

* ""Coastal elites" are in a bubble. So are white working-class Americans.:" http://www.vox.com/identities/2016/11/11/13589118/trump-voters-media-bubble

* "Prospect of Trump presidency raises free speech concerns:"

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* "4 people have died since April in jail run by potential Trump...:"

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* "Mitt Romney Dines with President-Elect Trump:"

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* "Profiles in Tremendousness: Treasury Secretary Nominee Steven Mnuchin:"

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* "Adapting to Donald Trump's Lies:"

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* "Holocaust-Themed Ice Skating in Russia:"

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* All right, Incorporated. You caught me. I'm officially intrigued. Let's see if you can live up to it.

* "A woman makes a deal with the devil… but before signing, she actually reads the contract. She is the first to do so.:" http://caffeinewitchcraft.tumblr.com/post/151903308089/writing-prompt-s-a-woman-makes-a-deal-with-the

* Tony Stark and Steve Rogers discuss the "alt-right:" http://textsfromsuperheroes.com/image/153885834428

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* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
5:06 am
* "Trump makes dubious pick for deputy national security adviser:"

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* "Trump's opportunities for conflict of interest may be...:"

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* "A possible Trump kleptocracy?:"

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* "Trump's threat to democracy:"

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* "Trump stock stake in DAPL pipeline could guide decisions:"

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* "Trump picks Obamacare foe for HHS: NBC Source:"

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* Is Donald Trump holding some sort of secret betting pool on which of his advisors/cabinet members will be the most incompetent/first to be indited? Inquiring minds want to know.

* Every time I hear that audio clip of Donald Trump bragging about his Two Towers in Istanbul, this is what I picture in my head. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153807263617/every-time-i-hear-that-audio-clip-of-donald-trump

* I need to say something about the conversation around how to protest the proposed unconstitutional Muslim registry. I love the idea of people who are not Muslim registering. I love the idea of so many people registering that the list becomes meaningless. It is a good tactic and a brave tactic. It is incredibly valiant that so many Jews have stood up and said they would register. You know what's not okay though? Demanding Jews or Native Americans or trans people or black people or members of other groups that are the most in danger under a Neo-NAZi fascist regime register, which is something I'm seeing a lot of right now. There is a difference between volunteering and being pressured into it, most especially for people being directly targeted or likely to be targeted by Trump/Pence. For us, it needs to be an individual decision and no one is entitled to our sacrifice against our will. Yes, I'm thinking about it, just as I did when they were talking about re-instituting McCarthy era loyalty oaths for teachers after 9/11. (I decided then that I was okay losing my job over it, though it never came to it. I also decided to edit the pledge of allegiance for my self as I was required to say it every morning all eight years I taught. I went with "I pledge allegiance to the United States of America, and to the Republic, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Most people didn't notice, though I'd spot the occasional kid catching me at it. Not one ever asked, though they did look thoughtful.). I am leaning towards it, but I am not comfortable with lying or denying my own beliefs in any context, so it's hard for me, and I do not know if I will be able to deny my beliefs even on paper if it comes to the point. I am giving myself a little time to live with it, and there is time to decide. Given the literal years I suffered for the truth in some pretty horrible ways, I physically revolt when required to lie out of character. (I can be wrong. I often am, alas. I can misstate by accident, and even that makes me queasy and I have to explain immediately I notice it what I actually meant. I can deflect. I can stay tangential true things. I can say true things in a misleading way. I can act and say things that are not true while in character, but even on the rare occasions I want to lie in even the most trivial way, IE: So and so isn't home when they are, it's... not possible. It's very much a trauma thing, and not one I particularly mind in every day life, so not one I've bothered trying to take apart, they way I have with a whole host of triggers and behaviors specific to most of a decade of abuse. "Can't lie" sounds a trivial thing to get over, but it's really not, because it's a core identity trait thing. I think I've thought of a way around it depending on how the registry is done, but I literally can't guarantee that I can bring myself to do it, because I have choked before.

In any case, you know who should be the first people lining up to register? Straight white cisgendered able bodied Christians, because it's you folks who decided to do these terrible things in cold blood, knowing full well the sorts of things likely to result. If you didn't vote for him, odds are your friends or family or coworkers voted to literally kill as many of us as possible. This is very clearly a white people problem, and the people who are least in danger even if they put their names on a Muslim registry are the straight white cisgendered able bodied Christians. So you get in line first, and don't be hassling people who are liable to be on the front lines one way or another as we all individually make our decisions. I suspect a lot of us will sign up if it comes to it.

I hope I will, but bravery before the fact counts for nothing. I do the safety pin because that is exactly the sort of bravery I have. I do have a long ass history of confronting harassers in public. I do have a history of standing with someone being hassled and standing up to the harasser. I do have a history of physically interposing myself between a group of big scary threatening white men and someone they are trying to intimidate. I do have a history of giving no fucks if I get hurt. I can make the promise to keep doing that because a few decades of doing that under my own power including twice in the last few months tells me it is something I can do. I have no idea what I'll in the end be able to break or bend something integral to who I am even though I absolutely believe it is the right thing to do. I can't tell you if I can do it until it is done.

In the mean time though, go ahead and pressure the fuck out of the folks with the most privilege, but can we stop being jerks in particular to Jews and trans folk and people of colour and people with serious mental and physical disabilities, etc. who are already under massive stress and possibly deadly threat from the incoming regime? Because it's not helping. Not every one can do all the things. It's like I said in my post election things about dividing up the work that needs to be done to resist: we need to divide things up according to our strengths, and have a realistic idea of what we can handle. A lot of people with disabilities can't do marching and shaming us because of our hard limits is a serious asshole maneuver. Demanding someone with social anxiety to do the safety pin thing is flat out cruel. Demanding trans people, particularly trans people of colour, take on even more risk on top of the danger of just existing while trans... yeah. Demanding Jews get in line first for the Muslim registries... yeah. You see what I mean. It is incredibly powerful when people DO volunteer, but there is volunteering and there is pushed. Let's try to be mindful of other people's limits and other people's risk. I know it's hard, especially when we are all scared we will literally be killed, but turning on each other isn't the answer. We DO need to stick together and support each other, and part of that is empathy.

* "The 'alt-right' is just white supremacy:"

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* "Dakota Access Pipeline protesters face deadline:"

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* How to Call the President to complain about the militarized reaction to the Water Protesters: http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153797241183/thepryncess-there-are-militarized-police-along

* "Roald Dahl Takes One for England:"

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* "The Election Divide Continues:"

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* "President-Elect Trump's Conflicts of Interest:"

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* I love the way the lights make the crystal glow. Ah, Gothmas. Solstice decoration pics: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153797432524/i-love-the-way-the-lights-make-the-crystal-glow

* Tavy only discovered the whole sitting on his human during lung time for pets and/or naps in the last month. He has already decided he likes it so much that he gets rather grumpy when I am on the sofa for any other reason (such as food or paperwork) and will poke at me in hopes that I will hurry up and do my lung treatment. When foiled, he crouches next to me and glares.

In other news: the office colony is now eating and behaving normally, so I have hopes of them surviving.

* Do people still use the phrase "So good looking I wouldn't kick her/him out of bed for eating crackers?”

* "The Ironboors are made of Salt and Snores - The Fandomentals:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/ironborn-s6-retrospective/

* The VVitch: This film is stunning. Visually, it just blows me away, from the painterly use of lighting and composition of so many shots; to the bleak, spare period accurate design; to the details of belts and stitching in the costume design. It is clear that everyone involved really cared about making this look as Right and period accurate as they possibly could and it really shows. The people making this clearly made it with both love and precision and it shows. This is likely as close as anyone can really get on film to that specific place and time. (The film maker owns up to a few things like the house being a bit too large, too many candles, and the goats being the wrong species in the extras and explains exactly why those changes were necessary. The fact that he is apologizing for not importing wild goats from New Zealand tells you how deep the research is and how hard he thought about the tiny handful of compromises he had to make in response to the reality of filming. Seriously, I may be in love. I want to see him make more films this way). I wish I'd had a chance to see it on the big screen, but even on the small it is gorgeous.

This doesn't even touch how alarmingly good the acting is, all realism and nuance in the quieter scenes, the excellent accent work, and the way they managed to shoot something this good with goats and child actors, both notoriously difficult, and them having to hide implications and subtext from the three younger cast members. One of the real strengths of the film is the willingness to allow silence and stillness and the slower pace of the character building scenes take the time they need to, to let the actors take the time they need to, in a way that fit the spare nature of the setting. Anya Taylor-Joy brought a beautiful complexity and ambiguity to Thomasin. Ralph Ineson's William is conveys so much in face and tone and stillness.
Kate Dickie brings to Catherine a naturalistic intensity that ratchets up and things unravel punctuated by moments of tenderness. I wish she'd been allowed to be this good as Lysa Arryn, but that script was nowhere close to this good.

Which brings us to the story itself. I love that the script plays fair with the religion and folk beliefs of the period. It doesn't trivialize what the characters think and feel. It doesn't try to modernize or lampshade the grimness of that particularly type of period Calvinism, nor does it dumb it down. The intellectual weight and the intensity of emotion were all pitch perfect. I kept thinking about Sarah Vowell's wordy Shipmates and both the seriousness of the theological arguments and the way those banishings were often a sort of passive death sentence. I like too that I could pick out the exact period accurate folkloric traditions the film was using. Look, I'm firmly in the Salem witches were innocent camp, but that doesn't stop me from recognizing the power of the archetype or the sincerity of period belief. I'd rather if someone makes a supernatural witch movie, they go with period accurate beliefs. It's a huge fucking problem with medieval witch movies too (I'm looking at you, Nicholas Cage).

I love the language of this movie as well, which in those accents range correct and natural in my ears. According to the extras, they lifted and modified a lot of it out of period sources, and it shows. The result is plain and poetic by turns as required and I was never once pulled out by it sounding wooden or odd.

It's politics fascinate me as well, but that needs more mulling. There are parts of this that are hard to watch, but it is utterly mesmerizing and worth chewing over at length.

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, November 27th, 2016
4:16 am
* Fidel Castro has died.

* "Wisconsin election recount spurs rumors of hacking:"

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* "Ringside With Steve Bannon at Trump Tower as the President-Elect's Strategist Plots "An Entirely New Political Movement":" http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/steve-bannon-trump-tower-interview-trumps-strategist-plots-new-political-movement-948747?utm_source=twitter

* "It wasn’t just “fake news” presenting a fake Hillary Clinton: She was held to impossible standards:" http://www.salon.com/2016/11/26/it-wasnt-just-fake-news-presenting-a-fake-hillary-clinton-she-was-held-to-impossible-standards_partner/

* A project to publicize innocent people who were sentenced to the death penalty. "Last Words:"

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* "6 Native American girls explain the tragic story behind Thanksgiving:" https://mic.com/articles/160287/6-native-american-girls-explain-the-tragic-story-behind-thanksgiving?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=movement&utm_campaign=social#.WMpNuazXt

* A Ballot Initiative intended to abolish slavery in Colorado failed.

* "Danielle Brooks' Emotional Keynote At R29's Every Beautiful Body Symposium:" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/10/127848/danielle-brooks-lane-bryant-plus-size-model-confidence-quotes?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=h3&utm_campaign=watch_embed&utm_campaign=watch_end&utm_campaign=end&utm_campaign=repost=2

* "Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry:" https://www.splcenter.org/20150126/speak-responding-everyday-bigotry

* This terrifies me. "The GOP’s Anti-LGBT, Anti-Women ‘Religious Freedom’ Law on Steroids:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/16/the-gop-s-anti-lgbt-anti-women-religious-freedom-law-on-steroids.html

* "The newly discovered tablet V of the Epic of Gilgamesh:" http://etc.ancient.eu/exhibitions/giglamesh-enkidu-humbaba-cedar-forest-newest-discovered-tablet-v-epic/

* "Why Caravaggio was as shocking as his paintings:" http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161010-why-caravaggio-was-a-shocking-as-his-paintings?ocid=fbcul

* "Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen: Read by Christopher Eccleston | Remembering World War 1:"

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* Fuck 2016. Fuck it so hard. "Ron Glass, Emmy-Nominated Actor Known for ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Firefly,’ Dies at 71:" http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/ron-glass-dead-barney-miller-firefly-dies-1201927179/

* "The Lion King Cast Apologizes To Mike Pence:"

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* "Trump vs. 'Hamilton' Inspires A Hip Hop Musical Spin-Off:"

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* "The Trump Train Is Already Off The Rails:"

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* TW: Pet Death. I am currently needing 10-14 hours of sleep a day, plus extra time to get all my limbs properly working, which really cuts into my ability to accomplish things. Fish News:Collapse )

* Sometimes I like to imagine Henry VI of England, Charles VI of France, Charles II of Spain, and Louis XVI of France living in a large rambling cottage in the country somewhere with someone to look after the cooking. They would each have their own room and space for their interests. Henry could herd a small flock of sheep and Louis could make keys. Every one would be careful not to touch Charles VI, and the cook could make soft foods for Charles II. Everyone would be kind to each other and none of them would be asked to deal with things like war and politics and they would be so much happier than they were in life.

Henry VI in particular just breaks my heart every damned time.

* I really wanted this movie to be good, but the fundamental disrespect of the religion and cultural traditions is a deal breaker for me, so I won't be seeing it. "Moana Review:" https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CFsYotjdqPAAGHC5pE4U-tErzufwDSHCzy1lonRj_QE/edit

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
11:47 pm
* "The world leader who may be most like Donald Trump:"

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* "Trump declining daily intelligence briefs:"

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* "Trump risks violating Constitution with foreign business:"

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* "Rules for surviving a Trump autocracy:"

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* "Trump defiant on his conflicts of interest:"

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* "Trump foundation violations:"

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* "The problem with Trump's best people:"

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* "Trump infrastructure plan a tax cut trick?:"

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* "Long reach to find precedent for 2016 popular vote gap in US past:"

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* "Donald Trump is baiting the press with his tweets — and the media is falling for it:" https://mic.com/articles/160144/donald-trump-is-baiting-the-press-with-his-tweets-and-the-media-is-falling-for-it?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.hbtp1KvEj

* "How to call your reps when you have social anxiety:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153582308582/how-to-call-your-reps-when-you-have-social-anxiety

* "After:" https://medium.com/@ericajoy/after-87ce712b3645#.w4kko9e7v

* "Court slams Wisconsin GOP gerrymandering:"

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* On the attempt to kill Standing Rock Protestors and how to help: http://naptimelobotomy.tumblr.com/post/153573198152/on-thanksgiving

* "This Thanksgiving, SURJ is offering two ways to help support white folks in having tough conversations with other white folks – conversations that are necessary if we want to break silence about race in this country:" http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/thanksgiving

* "Why Caribbean History Matters:" https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/march-2014/why-caribbean-history-matters

* I started setting up solstice decoration stuff with the incidentals. A friend stopped by to drop a thing off and chat, during which I hung the rest of the balls on the Gothmas trees. I've got the extra lighting set up inside and out. I need to replace some bulbs, but that is for tomorrow. The nice thing about Gothmas as a season long event is it's all about layering instead of having to do the full process at once. Tavy helped. So much help. An exhausting amount of help.

* A while back, a friend described the theme of Blunt Talk as something like, "Everyone is weird, but that's okay." I think that's why I loved it.

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016818518/colinfirth-carecen-la-center-for-community

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* "Don't Be Passive Observers of Last Night's Terrorization in Standing Rock: Here's What You Can Do:" http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/38466-don-t-be-passive-observers-of-last-night-s-terrorization-in-standing-rock-here-s-what-you-can-do

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
11:03 pm
* "Phantasmagoria:" https://medium.com/@resnikoff/phantasmagoria-3beac7fe516d#.sb7zy0dhk

* "NC Governor not conceding:"

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* "Trump thin skin ill suited to presidency's spotlight:"

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* "Against Bargaining:" http://thebaffler.com/blog/against-bargaining-penny

* "Claiming an imaginary authority, Trump passes on pursuing Clinton:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/claiming-imaginary-authority-trump-passes-pursuing-clinton

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "White supremacists invigorated by Trump win:"

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* "Ban? Registry? What Trump means for Muslims:"

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* "Don't Be Passive Observers of Last Night's Terrorization in Standing Rock: Here's What You Can Do:" http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/38466-don-t-be-passive-observers-of-last-night-s-terrorization-in-standing-rock-here-s-what-you-can-do

* "Commentary: Celebrating Black Queer Women in History:" http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/lgbtq-women-color-history-n673521

* Having Turkey Trouble? http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/153524288340/why-are-kayaks-incredibly-rude-to-swans-im#notes

* "Seriously - This American Life, Sara Bareilles, and Leslie Odom, Jr.:"

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* So the crappiness I've been struggling with for a weekish? Today I have the spins, so I'm calling it in favour of a pathogen. The thing about my flavour of chronic illness is that most of the things people experience when they are sick are just Tuesday to me, including things like fever. My body does stuff, often really nasty stuff all on it's own. It has an upside. My roommate and I will get the same disease. He'll be knocked flat; I'll be shuffling around feeding animals and doing basic household tasks, just at a half to a quarter of the speed with longer rest breaks. This is because it's just not that much worse than what passes for normal, which is for sure the downside.

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016818518/colinfirth-carecen-la-center-for-community

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help?

Haitian local charities: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154561836757433&set=a.84340697432.97916.713622432&type=3&theater
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/haiti
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, November 21st, 2016
9:26 pm
* As of today, some Republicans are now openly saying "Heil Trump" and using the NAZI straight arm salute in their hate rallies. "Alt-Right" white nationalist speakers are getting full media coverage as part of the mainstream of the Republican Party. People keep insisting that somehow voting for a candidate enforced by Stormfront and the KKK with policies approved of by the American NAZI party does not make them racists. I do not see how they are not. Lie down with pigs, get covered in mud. Choose the openly white supremacist candidate knowing full well what his policies are and that he was literally so racist he would not let black people rent in his building, you are endorsing the KKK, the Alt-right movement, and the American NAZI party and all they stand for. We need to stop coddling their feelings: they voted to kill the rest of us. If they voted for Trump, they di it knowing full well what he stood for and who is allies are. By definition they are racists. By definition they are Anti-Semitic. By definition they are homophobic/transphobic/biohoibic to the point of endorsing Mike Pence's plan to literally torture our children. By definition they want us all dead, all the people who are not straight white cis folk. They are out right lying when they say they aren't. Otherwise, they would have voted against all these terrible things instead of for them.

* Re: Trump losing his shit over being mocked on Saturday Night Live and Mike Pence getting publicly booed at Hamilton. Let me tell you a story about King Louis Philippe of France. Most Americans know next to nothing about what happened in France between the French revolution and WWI as we leave it out of most school curriculae, so I will quick explain first who Louis Philippe was. There were a series of revolutionary governments followed by Napoleon. They then briefly restored the Bourbon monarchy (the mainline descended from Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette), but there was another little Revolution (19th century French history is punctuated by revolutions and attempts at revolutions with various types of government tried in between), and they decided to try the Orleanist line, descended from Louis XIV's gay brother, Phillipe Duc D'Orleans) which also married back and forth into the mainline. (How inbred were the French royal family? Louis XIV's wife was his mother's niece and both Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were descended from Phillipe. Just saying.) So anyway, they put Louis Philippe in power in 1830. He was put in by the rich and was super conservative and also invaded Algeria, something that still causes all sorts of problems for both countries here in the 21st century. Anyway, economic conditions in Europe deteriorated in the late 1840's and in 1848 there were a wave of Revolutions with varying success all over Europe. One of those was in France and bounced Louis Philippe, but the thing I want to tell you is the reason I'll never forget him.

So he started out popular, because he favoured liberal (European 19th century liberal, not modern American liberal) policies and adopted a more bourgeois style instead of a monarchical one, but gradually he got more monarchical and autocratic and started endorsing policies that harmed workers. (Sound familiar at all?) As his popularity declined, cartoonists started mocking him. There was a really famous one of his face slowly morphing into a pear. (Google Louis Philippe and poire and the image comes right up). Like a who lot of thinned skinned autocrats, he could not handle even a hint of ridicule, so he had a law passed outlawing the use of his image in a mocking way, lampoons, etc., so the cartoonists just started drawing pears to stand in for the king in their cartoons. So the king had images of pears outlawed. No really. Everyone back then thought it was ridiculous too. Outlawing free expression just pissed people off because they were already angry about the Pear's autocratic ways, so ll over Paris and other places angry workers were to be found, people started doing graffiti in the shape of a pear's outline.

Looking at Trump and Pence screaming about how free speech is only for them and not for people who they don't like and/or who have less power than they do, all I keep thinking of is pears on walls all over Paris and a King made ridiculous by trying to outlaw them.

* It was a bad day for lungs and legs. I think I will soon take a warm bath and go to bed.

* Help pay for soap, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Dhraegon's idea of heaven: http://the-toast.net/2015/02/11/happiest-woman-world-looks-like/

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016818518/colinfirth-carecen-la-center-for-community

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help?

Haitian local charities: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154561836757433&set=a.84340697432.97916.713622432&type=3&theater
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/haiti
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, November 20th, 2016
11:58 pm
* It is a shame American media ignored President Obama's speech in Greece beyond a few awkward sound bites in the preamble. It was a strong defense of democracy over autocracy and I wish more Americans had a chance to hear it in full.

* "This Is Not Normal:" http://joshuafoust.com/this-is-not-normal/

* "On the election of Donald J Trump:" http://www.newstatesman.com/world/north-america/2016/11/election-donald-j-trump-4

* "So let’s talk a little bit about the long con, and about the career of Real Estate Mogul Donald Trump ™. Let’s talk about how he actually makes his money.:" http://matociquala.tumblr.com/post/153319516926/so-lets-talk-a-little-bit-about-the-long-con-and

* "How to Start:" http://www.maxgladstone.com/2016/11/how-to-start/

* How to use Administrative Law to obstruct Trump: https://urihu.tumblr.com/post/153413461461/southernslytherin-ok-tumblr-you-seem-interested

* All of our dead for TDoR 2016: http://transrespect.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/TvT_TMM_TDoR2016_Namelist_EN.pdf

* "'Post-Truth' Is Just A Rip-Off Of 'Truthiness':"

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* I am haunted by the idea that when the hospital folks on Van Helsing took in that other group, it was what it feels like on Walking Dead when Rick's group shows up, only from the other side.

* I have a fundamental question about Stan Against Evil, besides the obvious one of why their town isn't in the history books, which is: Stan is incredibly unpleasant, dismissive, and misogynistic, so why the fuck did his wife work so hard to keep him alive?

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016818518/colinfirth-carecen-la-center-for-community

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help?

Haitian local charities: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154561836757433&set=a.84340697432.97916.713622432&type=3&theater
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/haiti
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, November 19th, 2016
4:43 am
* "History tells us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump:" https://medium.com/@theonlytoby/history-tells-us-what-will-happen-next-with-brexit-trump-a3fefd154714#.li5jz1r30

* "Racist segregationist politics not so far back in US history:"

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* "Trump makes extreme choice in Flynn for NSA:"

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* "Racism concerns surround Jeff Sessions as Trump's AG pick:"

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* "Pompeo likely to win approval from Congress as CIA chief:"

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* It's not just Steve Bannon. Trump is moving other old school white supremacist/autocrats into key administration roles.

* "Alternate Support Structures: What You Can Do Right Now:" https://medium.com/@oddletters/alternate-support-structures-what-you-can-do-right-now-732c1c7212#.g1rlu8kfz

* "What do we do now?:" https://medium.com/@twineapprised/what-do-we-do-now-94215298ae93#.4za8mic10

* "Exclusive - Wesley Lowery Extended Interview:"

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* "How South Africa Could Prepare the U.S. for President Trump:"

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* "President Obama's Worldwide Farewell Tour:"

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* "Trump Dumps the Press:"

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* "President-Elect Trump's Prospective Administration of Deplorables:"

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* "Ben Carson Rejects a Trump Cabinet Post:"

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* One of the weird things about the way the curriculum works in my state is that 8th graders get Anne Frank in their lit class, but they won't be studying the Great depression, WWII, and the Holocaust until late in High School. This doesn't mean that the kids have never heard of these things, but they don't really have much context for random stuff they've picked up from the culture at large.

So I'd start Anne Frank with them, but they'd invariably either in the first or second day of the unit, have all these questions that would boil down to "Why did the Germans let this happen?" or more simply "How Did Hitler Happen?" (I was a huge fan of letting them ask questions to "get me off topic" that actually led to them learning things, and some of my best lessons involved tying other subjects together with whatever I was meant to be teaching in ways that both got them thinking and answered real questions about the world). So having come to teach core from the History side instead of the lit side, I'd have answers. I would do this whole quick summary of how WWI led to the Weimer Republic lead to economic desperation lead to people being particularly vulnerable to a demagogue doing racist/anti-Semitic scapegoating. Thus to Hitler and the Holocaust about which I'd do my best to help them understand the horror of viscerally without actually going so far as to get fired, answering their questions as they came up along the way.

At the end of what was an invariably mindblowing and grim fucking 30-50 minutes, they would be staring at me open mouthed, an I would say something like, "Remember this when you are old enough to vote, that people will do terrible and irrational things if they are desperate enough. It can happen anywhere people are vigilant enough about stopping it." The whole rest of the unit there were no inappropriate giggles and next to no disruption, because they generally really got it.

I wonder how many of them still remember it, now they are all adults.

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016818518/colinfirth-carecen-la-center-for-community

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help?

Haitian local charities: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154561836757433&set=a.84340697432.97916.713622432&type=3&theater
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/haiti
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, November 18th, 2016
4:11 am
* "Trump makes 'servile puppy dog' of Ted Cruz:"

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* This is IMPORTANT, yo. We need to win this one. "Louisiana's last 2016 Senate race has national significance:"

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* "Bernie Sanders: The Democrats Have To Become A Grassroots Party:"

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* "Yes, Trump can boost deportations and gut the Dreamer program for young immigrants:" http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-trump-immigration-20161109-story.html

* Be prepared for a long propaganda message before voting. "Call Speaker Ryan About the ACA:" http://gairid.tumblr.com/post/153339198139/call-speaker-ryan-about-the-aca

* "George Takei on proposed Muslim registry:"

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* "Steve Bannon And Reince Priebus Are The New Odd Couple:"

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* "With President Obama Out Of The Country, Stephen Takes Charge:"

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* "Stephen Had A Star Wars Affair Too:"

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* "President-Elect Trump Is Tweeting To Relieve The Pressure:"

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* "Cartoon Trump And Cartoon Putin Make First Joint Public Appearance:"

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* Y'all have likely noticed I'm 1-2 weeks behind on everything. I am doing my best, but I'm flooded. Apologies.

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016818518/colinfirth-carecen-la-center-for-community

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help?

Haitian local charities: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154561836757433&set=a.84340697432.97916.713622432&type=3&theater
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/haiti
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, November 17th, 2016
11:23 pm - Where Do We Go From Here?
Mourning is a marathon, not a sprint. I've said this so often about individual deaths, but it is the same for a deep societal wound like this one. It is perfectly normal an healthy to mourn. Cry if you need to cry; rant if you need to rant. Take care of yourself. Do what you need to get through to do it, but also remember that the practical things need to be done as well. When someone dies at home, you clean. You weep, and you clean. You open the windows and wash all the soft furnishings that can be washed. You clean the floors. There are practical reasons you do this directly related to the smell and related mess, but there are spiritual and psychological reasons to this oldest of custom that tends to cross cultural lines, or did until death became medicalized and sanitized and pushed as far from us as or culture could make it. It feels right, to air out after something so heavy has happened. It feels good in a way to clean and sweep and mop, to make clean and fresh again, even as you weep for the one you've lost.

This is what my family does: we weep and we clean. We mourn in pieces over the long proccess of getting used to absence, and at the same time, we do what must be done: dishes and paperwork, feeding animals and children if we have them. We go about the business of living. We cry when we we need to. We speak of the dead and don't shy away from the pain or hide from it. We focus on what need to be done right now, and when we've felt enough to start looking ahead, we make plans. Above all we keep going, no matter how much it hurts.

People ask me what do we do in the face of this terrible thing, and this is how I answer: We mourn as we need to, but we keep doing what needs to be done.

Millenials are wonderful. I mean that. My Generation (X) and yours have lived our whole adult lives in the equivalent of the Great Depression, while all the economic benefits have been shifted up the economic scale and away from us. We have lived for decades in an economy where it doesn't matter how many jobs we work or how hard, we would always be poor. We are used to having to fight for everything and for even the smallest things to be a struggle. We are GOOD at this. We Xers are used to working without a net. We are used to finding ways to survive when noone would help us or even admit that we were drowning. Millenial? You are Barn Raisers, by which I mean, that when something needs doing you all come together, divide the work up according to individual skills an strengths and you work together to solve it as best you can with the piss poor resources you have. If that isn't beautiful, I do not know what is. We need to work together, all of us who are of good will. There are still left legacy organizers who didn't sell out their ideals like Congressman Lewis, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders et al., who can pitch in their experience. There are all these Xers with the stubbornness and adaptability to still be here and fighting. And most of all there are you, Millennials. There are enough of you to change the world, and you are so very, very good at working together to lift each other up. You've grown up with things like inter sectional feminism and cross organizing. You didn't make this mess anymore than we did, but there were never enough of us demographically to make much difference. There are enough of you, and together we still can fight this, each according to our strengths.

Long ago, in the early '90's a friend asked me why I fight so hard for causes that don't directly effect me. I summed it up this way, "They are trying to abridge the right to be different." The point of things like authoritarianism and fascism are to make everyone the same based on one particular set of ideals put forward by the head of the movement. We can not fight them by giving up who we are and all becoming some opposing form of the same. We DO need to work together, but the way Millenials work together. We divide things up based on who is good at what, on who has the spoons. We don't try to do all the jobs. We need a diversity of voices, a diversity of strategies. We need long term plans, sure. We also need as many short term plans as we can think of and those plans need to be inter-sectional. We can not leave anyone behind. Our strength is in our diversity. We need to have each other's backs.

In the short term that means organizing to get as many people as possible things like documents, surgery, and IUDs and the like before they become even harder to get. That means resisting where we can. That means things like socks to the DoDAPL folks or calling your Congress critters. There's a long list of things we need to do now. There's a whole long list of things we need to start doing when the new congress gets sworn in. We need to keep the fires burning for the mi-terms in two years. We need to keep eyes open for state and local offices. Those of us suited for office should run, and we need to vote for them. We need to turn out and vote in every primary and every election.

Find things you can do, that suit your skills and strength. As Tolstoy advised, "Add your light to the sum of light." It's all right that you can't lift the whole world by yourself. No one can. If you can only do one thing do it, even if it is small and not particularly glamorous. Understand your limits. Remember to eat and drink water. Remember to laugh. This is a marathon and not a sprint, and self care is essential if you still want to be fighting in two year or four or eight. Stay weird. I mean that. You'll have won nothing if you lose yourself. It's better to work steadily on smaller projects you can sustain than burning out on a big one and burning out. Not all of us can do all of the jobs, but most of us can do some of the jobs. Let's try to make that enough.

Plan for the worst, but focus on what needs doing today, or this week if that's all you can handle. The thing about mourning is, it gets better. Clean the bit you can clean, weep when you need to weep, but keep going. You aren't alone. None of us are alone.

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6:11 am
* "Trump transition clumsy with international outreach: reports:"

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* "'A crude sort of nationalism':"

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* "Trump cited Turkey 'conflict of interest' in Bannon interview:"

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* "More than peanuts at stake in Trump business interests:"

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* "DC hotel exemplifies Trump business conflicts:"

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* "Personal payback catches up with Christie under Trump:"

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* "Lobbying conflict complicates Trump transition:"

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* "Trumps using office to promote products:"

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* "Trump already hitting 'ethical brick wall':"

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* "Trump queries about top security clearance for his kids:"

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* Seriously, if they are this wildly corrupt a week after the Election, what will it be like when he is sworn in?

* "Donald Trump's big lie:"

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* "Keith Ellison: Why I should be DNC Chair:"

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* "SC Democratic Party leader enters DNC race:"

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* "Trump supporter punches woman in face for expressing political views to friend over dinner:" https://mic.com/articles/159417/trump-supporter-punches-woman-in-face-for-expressing-political-views-to-friend-over-dinner?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.quhZYP2ZZ

* I am not sure I can be clearer than this. The Trump-Ryan plan to abolish ACA and Medicare and dramatically cut Medicaid is designed to literally kill people. You take away things like oxygen tanks, Insulin, and life saving treatments for things like heart conditions and cancer, people will literally die. It's not cute. It's not an exaggeration. We are looking at a genocide against the elderly, the disabled, and the poor, all so we can afford bigger tax cuts for the rich.

* "'We're in for the fight of our lives': ACLU exec. dir.:"

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* "Sanctuary cities risk Trump confrontation:"

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* "Somali-American makes history with election:"

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* "Democrats demand Trump dump Bannon:"

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* "Dear Us: For Everyone Who Is Afraid of the Future:"

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* "12 powerful images from the Standing Rock protests:" https://mic.com/articles/159644/12-powerful-images-from-the-standing-rock-protests?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=movement&utm_campaign=social#.dTdcGJORk

* "Here’s Why Everyone Is Saying to Get an IUD Today:" http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/11/why-you-should-get-an-iud-before-trump-becomes-president.html

* "5 Revealing Things About the Alt Right:"

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* TDoR "Shot, beheaded, and killed by family: 295 trans people murdered this year:" http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/shot-beheaded-murdered-family-295-trans-people-murdered-year/#gs.FKJqTq0

* "Accent Expert Analyzes 32 Actors' Movie Accents:"

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* "Amber Invites White People to Join the Fun:"

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* "New Cabinet Installation::"

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* "Sore Winners:"

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* "The Election Is Over, Time To Choke It Down:"

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* "Trump And Obama, Sitting In DC, A-W-K-W-A-R-D:"

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* "Putin Sent President-Elect Trump A Large Wooden Horse:"

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* "Donald Trump Tells A Half-Troubled Nation: Don't Be Afraid:"

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*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016818518/colinfirth-carecen-la-center-for-community

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help?

Haitian local charities: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154561836757433&set=a.84340697432.97916.713622432&type=3&theater
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/haiti
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
11:28 pm
* It is already looking like the Trump administration will be so corrupt that it will make President Harding look like a saint by comparison.

* "Call your congressperson. Here’s a script.:" http://matociquala.tumblr.com/post/153192981361/call-your-congressperson-heres-a-script

* "Autocracy: Rules for Survival:" http://www2.nybooks.com/daily/s3/nov/10/trump-election-autocracy-rules-for-survival.html

* A balanced budget isn't all that important. What's important is what you spend the money on. If you invest the money in things like Infrastructure, education, an things that boost the economy like higher social security, Unemployment benefits etc (which were worth 1.45-1.50 in economic activity for every dollar spent last I checked, up from 1.35-1.40 where it was before the Republicans crashed the economy eight years ago) instead of blowing it on wars and things or worse yet, tax cuts for the rich (which are worth .30 in economic activity for every dollar of tax revenue lost that way). Things like roads, bridges, hardened utilities networks, etc create jobs in the immediate and long term help business. Investing in education is a long term investment in the tech sector, etc.. Raising income on the bottom end of the economic bell curve dramatically increases economic activity as people go out and buy things they need like food, medicine, school supplies for their kids, which tends to boost the economy for the ground up, creating more private sector jobs and increasing tax revenue. Supply side and austerity have been thoroughly debunked as ways to improve an economy and/or tax revenue. The only people they help are the .01%. We have literally centuries of economic data supporting the Keynesian model.

And no, Trump’s promise to default and thus destroy full faith and credit will not help “create jobs.” It will devastate our economy and do generations worth of damage. Tanking our currency, starting a trade war, and all these other terrible things he’s promised. will dramatically raise prices on imports. To see what this might look like google “Brexit” and ”Marmite” or food prices.

* I'm pretty sure if they do what they say they will do: Repel ACA (thus meaning no insurance coverage on the private market for pre-existing conditions), Abolish Medicare (forcing people who by definition have pre-existing, often you die if they take away your meds, oxegen tank, etc type conditions), block grant and dramatically defund Medicaid together, and get rid of medical confidentiality it's going to be a full blown millions of people dying disaster for elderly, poor, and disabled citizens. In the UK thousands of people have directly died from the austerity that cut food, medicine, and mental health services, as in them finding people literally starved to death, died because they had their meds taken away, and suicides.

So many people are going to die from this, which is absolutely what Paul Ryan's Atlas Shrugged ass wants.

* "I was born in New York City in 1972, and it rained a lot.:" https://lettersfromtitan.com/2016/11/15/i-was-born-in-new-york-city-in-1972-and-it-rained-a-lot/

* "Wave of hate crimes against Muslims, Hispanics and black people reported since Donald Trump’s win:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/donald-trump-president-supporters-attack-muslims-hijab-hispanics-lgbt-hate-crime-wave-us-election-a7410166.html

* "The Supreme Court Took on 1950s Gender Roles on the Day After Donald Trump’s Election:" http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/supreme_court_dispatches/2016/11/the_supreme_court_took_on_1950s_gender_roles_the_day_after_donald_trump.html

* They are lying when they call themselves "pro-life." They want people to die from miscarriages. They advocate murder of doctors and nurses. They are against pre-natal care funding and zika eradication. If they were pro-life, they would not be trying to deny women in poverty access to breast and cervical cancer screening. Any organization that is in favor of millions of women dying of cancer is pro-death, not pro-life.

* A reminder why not to give the Salvation Army money: https://mouthbeef.tumblr.com/post/103998994177/the-salvation-army-militant-evangelicals-with-a

* "Our Four-Year Mission: Make America Smart Again:"

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* "John Oliver - The Most Defiant Nation:"

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* It is incredibly hard to get through to the Bureau of Records and Vital statistics, as their "call volume is unusually high." Ya think? I'll lay odds a lot of it is other transfolk trying to find up what is holding up their birth certificates. (Answer: One specific transphobic bureaucrat who makes her own rules and sets a really high bar on documentation not required by law and has made up her own transphobic wording that you need to get inserted in your surgery letters.) I've been at this about a year what with the name change and gender marker switch, long enough to have had to send a second check as the price for birth certificates went up during the back and forth. I did manage to get through today to the automated system. I sent the last packed of revised documents towards the end of August and they cashed the check before the end of month. They are up to August 20th on birth certificates, so it may be they haven't added the extra documents to my file and made up whatever new hoop to make me jump through to punish me for being "a transgender." Sigh. I'll try again next week.

If you are trying to do a document change in Pennsylvania, best of luck. Seriously. I know the law makes it look easy, but the law isn't being followed. Scratch blue you get red.

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016818518/colinfirth-carecen-la-center-for-community

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help?

Haitian local charities: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154561836757433&set=a.84340697432.97916.713622432&type=3&theater
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/haiti
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, November 14th, 2016
6:17 am - Veteran's Day
* "Trump adviser eager to meet Turkey's demands:"

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* "Pence anti-gay extremism often overlooked on national stage:"

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* "How to spot signs of authoritarianism's creep:"

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* "Trump's words raise red flags for autocracy:"

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* Paul Ryan's plan to abolish Medicare will literally kill me and people like me. It's not exaggeration. People will die in the final, literal sense. "on the election:" http://feyandstrange.livejournal.com/1169699.html

* "Khizr Khan responds to Trump's win:"

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* "The Safety Pin:" http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111285784/geekdawson-a-thing-about-the-safety-pin-an

* "Dave Chappelle Stand-Up Monologue - SNL:"

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* Sometimes I wonder what Melville would make of Starbucks stores.

* "Sunday Sweets For American Education Week:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/11/13/sunday-sweets-for-american-education-week.html

* Wow, I have zero fucks to give about Alexandria except for Michonne. I also can't remember who half of them are/tell them apart. Too many generic white men, as if from a vat. Watching "Talking dead," I was thinking Lou Diamond Phillips is still terribly good looking after all these years, but he seems to radically underestimate the violence, danger, and determination of the female characters. He listed the dangerous people in the Alexandria group at start of season and left out Michonne, Maggie, and Rositia, all of whom are tougher, brighter, and angrier than Rick. Just saying. I do agree wit Mr. Phillips that this is the time for Carol style covert fight back clever instead of waving balls around sort of situation. That's what you do when you have few resources up against an overwhelming foe. You appear compliant and you plan and you bide your time. Being really smart about picking when and how to resist is everything in that sort of situation. The moment it's clear how bad it is, you give the impression you'd give in and only move when you know everything you can about the enemy and you've planned out everything. Never, ever move at the points they expect it. Lul them and move when they think you are broken. I figured this out at the age of eight. I doubt Rick is even close to clever enough to figure it out. Also, Ron Funches is adorable. Ron Funches is always adorable. I loved his bit towards the end where he talks about the "true strength in women" regarding Michonne and Rosita. "A lot of times as guys, we're very blustery, we're very like, 'I wanna fight,' but when the chips go down, we're like, 'No, never mind. We'll do what you say.' But ladies, they're like, 'Oh, what? a Dude in a leather jacket whistles at me that's a creep? I dealt with this before!'"


*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016818518/colinfirth-carecen-la-center-for-community

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help?

Haitian local charities: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154561836757433&set=a.84340697432.97916.713622432&type=3&theater
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/haiti
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, November 13th, 2016
5:21 am
* "A letter to America from Leslie Knope, regarding Donald Trump:" http://www.vox.com/first-person/2016/11/10/13580582/leslie-knope-donald-trump

* I know the safety pin thing is mostly a UK thing, but we need to bring it here. A simple safety pin to signal that you are a safe person to sit next to on public transit or in other public spaces for Muslims in fear of harassment. The wave of hate crimes has already started against all groups not white cis straight male, and given the threats by the President elect, now in particular it's important to step up to protect anyone under particular threat.

* "Judge orders door-to-door water delivery for Flint residents:" http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2016/11/judge_orders_door-to-door_wate.html

* Brooklyn Nine Nine and the difference between Gay jokes for straights and Gay jokes for an LGBTQIA audience. This is why I watch this show even though sit coms aren't my thing: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/153115029830/fenrisesque-sophrosynic-polarbarbarian

* "Misuse of the Word “Medieval”: Women:" http://madeofwynn.net/2012/05/21/misuse-of-the-word-medieval-part-4-women/

* "Kate McKinnon Hillary Clinton Sings Hallelujah On Snl Cold Open:"

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* I missed Dave Chapelle so much. It's good to see him working again. My Mom saw him long ago on actor's studio, not having seen any of his actual work, and asked me who he was. I said, "He's my generation's Richard Pryor." I stand by that. It's good to see him break his silence even if SNL did not make best use of his talents. Let's hope we see a lot more of him, because I think we're going to need him given what's coming.

* Many of you likely saw the homoerotic stills of Oberon and Robin Goodfellow from that recent Midsummer Night's Dream stage production that was filmed. I finally got to see play. I admit, I came for bisexual fairy kisses, but it was the Pyramis and Thisbe related hijinx that were the best part. Often Shakespeare productions suffer from being too solemn and from the people involved failing to grasp (as it were) the dick jokes etc. across the span of centuries worth of slang and idiom evolution and thus the humor tends to fall flat. My friends, the humor did not fall flat on this one. Oh my stars, this was the most delightfully wicked version of Dream I can remember seeing. It was properly, legitimately funny the way it likely was to it's original audience, and that is as it should be. I had a marvelous time.

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016818518/colinfirth-carecen-la-center-for-community

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help?

Haitian local charities: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154561836757433&set=a.84340697432.97916.713622432&type=3&theater
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/haiti
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, November 11th, 2016
5:21 pm - Veteran's Day
To me supporting the troops means only putting them in harms way when the cause is worthy and the mission clear. It means not starting random wars for no real reason except the ego of the President. It means giving them body armour, and well armored transports, and sufficient supplies. It means a good support system, access to quality medical and care when they come home, and real help adjusting and dealing with all the crap they have suffered in our name. It means psychiatric help where needed. It means prosecuting the people who rape their fellow soldiers instead of punishing the rape survivors as is the current policy. It means the GI Bill. It means excellent health benefits, job placement help, and COL increases for disabled vets and the families of our dead. It means not taking away the free medical care we promised them when they agreed to serve and kicking them out into the for profit insurance market as is the current Republican plan. It means fixing the wait times for health care and disability processing. It means considering every drop of blood valuable and every person who has served, will serve, and/or is serving now as people deserving of the best we can offer them in exchange for the sacrifices they make.

I think about WWI a lot on Veteran's Day. It's the war most people forget. It's the war that took my mother's Uncle Billy's leg and ruined his lungs. Such horrific carnage and sacrifice to no good purpose really. Rich old men of power sat far back from the lines and ordered wave after wave of young men to die horribly, and those men went. A generation of young men were ground to hamburger because the men making the decisions were using a hundred year old+ tactics in an era of machine guns, poison gas, and flame throwers.

People liken Iraq and Afghanistan to Vietnam, and I think of that too, but I also think of WWI. It seems like we've learned nothing from either one and I suspect we're going to learn nothing from these either. We send young women and men off to horror, and we still really can't say what it's for and the rich men in power begrudge the survivors every penny.

I honor those who've sacrificed, and at the same time I wish we'd stop demanding it frivolously and honor our debt to those who've served.

As always, on these occasions, I give you And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPFjToKuZQM



* My Grandfather's Service: http://gwyd.livejournal.com/903361.html

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5:29 am
* "Sen. Merkley: SCOTUS seat 'is being stolen':"

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* "Can US intelligence trust President-elect Trump?:"

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* I am mot surprised the Russian government was in touch with the Trump campaign from early on to help them win and we already knew they were using hacks to help him. The surprise for me is that Russian officials are bragging openly about their work to get Trump into power as a puppet.

This of course means that Russian Intelligence will likely have full access to US Presidential Intelligence briefings.

This is the man the FBI was willing to break the law to get elected. Seriously, WTF. They HAD to know.

* If they do this, I will die. A whole lot of people will die. "After GOP wins, Paul Ryan puts Medicare in the crosshairs:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/after-gop-wins-paul-ryan-puts-medicare-the-crosshairs

If they were actually worried about the long term financial viability of the program they would not be taking action to deliberately make it insolvent. Instead they would repeal the Bush Era tax cut for the rich that capped their contributions so they pay a smaller share of their income in than everyone else.

* Tw: Hate Crime. "Last Night, I Was Five Seconds Away from Being the Victim of a Hate Crime.:" https://www.facebook.com/notes/kacy-howe/last-night-i-was-five-seconds-away-from-being-the-victim-of-a-hate-crime/10154730021618824

* Not sure why the electoral college is a bad idea? http://trulysophisticat.tumblr.com/post/153028206287/rootqueen-shocktease-my-name-is-long

* "Forget “Why?”, it’s time to get to work.:" https://medium.com/@anildash/forget-why-its-time-to-get-to-work-c49ac5f0da20#.bdradmc2c

* "a Letter to My Fellow Americans:" http://trulysophisticat.tumblr.com/post/153028469422/aphtoncorbin-i-made-a-comic-to-express-some-of

* An important message from George Takei: https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/153029011438/an-earth-witch-an-important-message-from-george

* "Warren on Trump: We've got some places where we could overlap:"

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* "Senator Warren: 'We stand up and we fight back':"

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* RIP Leonard Cohen. "Hallelujah:"

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* ""Democracy" by Leonard Cohen:"

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* And because I'm still grieving that other thing:

* "Dylan Thomas reads "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night":"

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* "Momus - What Will Death Be Like? :"

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* "Common, John Legend - Glory:"

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* "Hello Birmingham:"

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* "Bright Eyes - Easy / Lucky / Free:"

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* My slow paperwork war with that transphobe in Harrisburg sitting on my birth certificate just suddenly stopped being cute. no, I don't have a passport. I can't afford one, and being a hassle, it was the last phase of my document update journey. I do have friends looking into it anyway.

* In other news, someone gave friends these big tubs of used Halloween costumes and decorations. They let me pick stuff out, so I have a bunch of new (to me) decorations for next year, including these amazing bone lights and a tiny tesla coil ball thingie that now decorates my room.

* It comes up periodically, and it has a few times lately, so I will mention that no one has to follow me. I don't mind if it's not your cup of tea. There is also no reason to follow my lj and tumblr both if you don't want to. The Lj/dreamwidth version is condensed. It comes with the best of the links, including the best of things I see on tumblr. It has the Personal stuff. It has the news summaries, reviews, and commentary. If you want way more reblogs of quotes, political stuff, humor, and images that suit my aesthetic interests, the tumblr version may be your thing. I know I'm spammy and tumblr wears people out. Never feel guilty for not being up to it even if we are rl friends.

Live journal version: http://gwyd.livejournal.com/
Dreamwidth version: http://gwydion.dreamwidth.org/
Tumblr Version: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/

Tumblr is catch as catch can with images tending to be most of what happens by day.
The Dreamwidth/livejournal is deliberately organized with charity links at the bottom below the line. If you are an anxious reader, generally the lighter stuff is at the bottom and the more serious stuff at the top, so one can read bottom up if one isn't sure how much one is up to on a given day.

Again, seriously, I do not track who and who isn't reading me and there is no need to worry about offending me if you unfollow. Do what you need to do. Be gentle to yourselves out there.

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* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016818518/colinfirth-carecen-la-center-for-community

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help?

Haitian local charities: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154561836757433&set=a.84340697432.97916.713622432&type=3&theater
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/haiti
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, November 10th, 2016
4:06 am
* "Women's reproductive rights brace for fight under Trump:"

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* "Trump threat to American foundations best met with civic activism:"

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* Well, that's it then. A majority of Americans would prefer a dystopian police state run by the KKK and Putin to a Democracy with a reasonable chance of a living wage.

* I am too old an ill to start over in a refugee camp south of Vancouver.

* Has any one checked to see if Thaddeus Stevens is spinning in his grave?

* "Woman who accused Donald Trump of raping her at 13 drops lawsuit:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/04/donald-trump-teenage-rape-accusations-lawsuit-dropped

* "Fault Lines - The Lives of Black Women:"

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* "The problem with saying "All Lives Matter":"

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* "The wrong side of Donald Trump’s America:"

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* Add to the list of "crimes" police have decided deserve summary execution: mourning murdered relative. "Joshua Beal shot by Chicago police just after leaving funeral procession:" https://mic.com/articles/158687/joshua-beal-shooting-in-chicago-draws-sharp-black-lives-matter-pro-police-reactions?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=movement&utm_campaign=social#.azMwaKPUT

* "Slavery Myths Debunked:" http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history/2015/09/slavery_myths_seven_lies_half_truths_and_irrelevancies_people_trot_out_about.html

* "Ana Marie Cox - Coming to Terms with a Donald Trump Presidency:"

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* "Why Wasn't Donald Trump's Bigotry a Deal-Breaker?:"

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* "Women in President Trump's America:"

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* "The 2016 Election Wrap-Up:"

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* "Something That Actually "Existed": Trump Policy Shop:"

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* "The Morning After:"

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* USA Series Finale Dance Party starts here:

* "Tom Lehrer - We Will All Go Together When We Go:"

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* "The Postal Service - We Will Become Silhouettes :"

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* "The Mountain Goats - This Year :"

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* "XTC - Dear God:"

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* "The Doors - The End:"

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* "Conspiracy - Jazz Butcher:"

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* Someone needs to film a production of Antigone with Amandla Stenberg in the starring role.

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* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help?

Haitian local charities: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154561836757433&set=a.84340697432.97916.713622432&type=3&theater
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/haiti
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
6:24 am
* "Don't Fuck This Up:"

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* "The Fascinating Emails of a Sixty-Something:"

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* "Let Hillary Be Hillary:"

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* "The Final Days of the 2016 Election:"

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* "Trevor Gets Out the Vote:"

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Monday, November 7th, 2016
10:43 pm
* "Let me tell you a story about Hillary Clinton.:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/152855655477/so-if-i-understand-these-presidential-elections

* "US court rules that asylum seeker can’t be bisexual because he married a woman:" http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/08/20/us-court-rules-that-asylum-seeker-cant-be-bisexual-because-he-married-a-woman/?utm_source=PNFB&utm_medium=SocialFB&utm_content=FBJM&utm_campaign=PNFacebook

* The Hollow Crown, Season 2:
Like pretty much anyone with any kind of background in late Medieval English History, I have Feelings about the War of the Roses. Yes, I was a 14th century specialist, but frankly the 14th and 15th Century political and social history are particularly logical to clump together because of the way events fell out and long term stuff like Recurrent plague's effects on demographic trends and thus society, economics, art, the legal status of peasants, etc; the Hundred Years War (which was longer than that and more lots of little connected wars); and the whole complicated situation set up by Edward III having so many wives and descendants and the subsequent long term dynastic in fighting. (I used to occasionally be asked to explain the War of the Roses.
I could generally give a satisfying answer in about an hour, but I required paper, a writing utensil, and to start with Edward III and his children. I'd sketch out the family tree and with that as a visual aid could get us all the way to Henry VII in a coherent narrative that skipped details like battles, but explained the whys and the major players which is what most casual questioners want anyway).

Anyway, I've seen people descend to name calling and the occasional fist fights over the board game, Kingmaker. Emotions run high over York vs. Lancaster and nearly everyone who cares even a little bit about this stuff takes sides. You can generally tell which side a historian is on pretty easily, because Historians especially have Feelings about this. I have Feelings too. It's just mine are a bit above average complicated. I'm that weirdo who can simultaneously adore Eleanor of Aquitaine and be terribly fond of Henry II. I'm that oddball who has massive sympathy for Edward II AND Isabella of France. I am all about the open eyed embracing of problematic fave going way the hell back into my childhood, and I happen to be the sort of person who loves the historical Margaret of Anjou and Richard III both. No really. Because the historical personages are both pretty fucking amazing.

Which brings us to Shakespeare, who is writing these three plays under a Tudor sovereign. He is not writing about the historical Richard III who's fall was really mostly about him being a reformer who championed Justice and rights of ordinary people in a way that pissed of nobles who were used to riding rough shod over the land rights in particular of commoners. No, Shakespeare's Richard is based off some Tudor propaganda written long after the fact to justify their overthrow of a King who was at the time fairly popular with ordinary people. They had to blacken his image as part of the attempt to solidify their rule after literally decades of extreme turmoil that had killed off a lot of people, and because it was well above average deadly for nobles created a lot of political disruption on top of the usual economic and human misery levels. When I say based off the work of a Tudor apologist, I mean a specific dude writing on the payroll of a Tudor King as part of a very well designed propaganda campaign that also employed visual symbolism and pageantry. Tudors were very modern when it came to full scale multiple medium propaganda commissioned and designed to create and reinforce legitimacy, much as Louis XIV was to do later in 17th century France in response to a whole lot of problems and disruptions. This is one of the reasons why the accession of Henry VII makes a good place to put the start of the early Modern era in England, if one is assigning them. (Periodization is an arbitrary thing, but that's a whole other long discussion).

So what we have is not an Historical Richard III, but one designed to please the Tudor monarch who's good graces were required if Shakespeare wanted to keep writing and acting in plays, and the Henry VI (pt 1 & 2) plays need to both work as plays, but lead to a place where Henry VII was a good and necessary end to all these troubles under the Houses of Lancaster and York. The dissonance between the people I know from history and the characters in the play can make these a little hard for me to watch.

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* Stalin thought this was perverted. I think it is marvelous: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWR0awymyY8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMs1EHYTWN4

* "Sunday Sweets: Light & Airy Wedding Cakes:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/11/6/sunday-sweets-light-airy-wedding-cakes.html

* Doctor Who Hartnell rewatch: The Keys of Marinus: The Velvet Web" is actually rather good,I've started enjoying this, to my surprise.

* Walking Dead (Spoilers, Abuse, Torture):
I've written before about Carol and Darryl as abuse survivors and how that informs their responses and survival strategies in the post apocalyptic world. There are a whole lot of things the walking dead fucks up, particularly lately. I think their abuse survivors isn't one of those. I looked at Carol in Alexandria wearing her Junior League Homemaker Mask and I saw resilience and a re-purposed survival skill. My skill set is rather different given the nature of my abuse and the way so much of it was interrogation and psychologically based, but I look at that sort of adaptation and deliberate and intelligent use of survival techniques and I admire the hell out of it. It's why Carol is one of the few threads still holding me to the show after the latest debacles.

I think it's time to talk about it again in the case of Daryl in light of this week's episode. TW Discussion of Torture and Abuse:Collapse )

Darryl is a Survivor and one I can believe in, the way Carol is a survivor and one I can believe in, and I think it is with these characters that some of their strongest writing and characterization lie. So I think I'll stick with it a little longer even though I have no fucks to give for Rick Grimes and I'm still pissed at the twin botches at the end of last season and start of this.

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* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help?

Haitian local charities: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154561836757433&set=a.84340697432.97916.713622432&type=3&theater
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/haiti
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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