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Friday, January 20th, 2017
5:10 am
* "NYT: Intercepts part of Trump-Russia investigation:"

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* "Sen. Sherrod Brown: White House starting to look like Goldman...:"

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* "Trump scrambling for crucial hires after weak preparation:"

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* "At last minute, Trump asks Obama appointees to stay:"

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* Everything since early November has felt like the montage explaining how the world ended.

* Don't Forget Mike Pence: https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/156112695818/cannibalcoalition-cannibalcoalition

* "Donald Trump is offering free tickets to his inauguration — and it's totally backfiring:" https://mic.com/articles/165707/donald-trump-is-offering-free-tickets-to-his-inauguration-and-it-s-totally-backfiring?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.UzIhCJz51

* "Obama leaves legacy of extraordinary accomplishments:"

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* So was Rick Perry flirting with Al Franken or what?

* " Montana Police Nail Mezuzah on Station Door, Defying Neo-Nazis:" http://forward.com/fast-forward/360481/photos-montana-police-nail-mezuzah-on-station-door-defying-neo-nazis/

* "I think the Fuck Not:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/156109193342

* "Things they don’t tell you about top surgery:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/156108905787/deducecanoe-lunapics-fonbella

* "Healthcare Resources:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/156106364557/healthcare-resources

* "free advice if you're going to any of the various protests, marches, etc. this week.:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/156113948218/free-advice-if-youre-going-to-any-of-the-various

* "A Topless Protester Grabs a Wax Donald Trump:"

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* "Profiles in Tremendousness - Secretary of Education Nominee Betsy DeVos:"

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* "President Obama Babyproofs America:"

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* "Back in Black - The Trump Inauguration's No-Star Lineup:"

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* "Swamp Dwellers:"

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* "The Great Feminists in Feminism Herstory Hall of Lady Fame :"

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* "Full Frontal Is Scared: Masha Gessen Edition:"

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* "Trump's Pre-Inauguration Photo Op:"

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* "Anxieties Over Russia Come to a Head:"

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* "How Donald Trump Spent His MLK Weekend:"

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* "The WERD: Repeal and Erase:"

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* "Trump Gets Ready For Day One-ish:"

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* "Obama's Final Message To The Press: Good luck!:"

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* "Trump's Inauguration: This Is Really Happening:"

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* "Grizzly Bears Are An Educational Menace:"

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* I wish there was some sort of simple way to tell whether one is tired or hungry.

* I went to get lung medicine today and as I pulled in, I saw the inevitable able bodied people blocking handicapped parking for a conversation, and was grumpily bracing to have to idle, burning gas and wasting time until they were done, as this is what usually happens in this scenario. Instead, get this, They moved out of the way. I've been handicapped for like a decade and they NEVER move out of the way. I thanked them on the way past and they were really nice and pleasant.

So get this. I'm leaving and there is a dad and two young sons blocking the exit to the handicapped lot and he sees me and the other car with a lady in wheelchair in it start to pull out of our parking spots, and he puts his arms around his kids and They moved out of the way! Twice in one day, polite able bodied people instead of passive aggressive assholes.

Bonus points? The four year old was dressed as superman and the 1-2nd grader was wearing an Obama tee shirt. Seems about right.

* My brain just parsed an Angie's List commercial as offering a Handy Man and not a handyman. *ahem*

* Some of you will remember the state of the apartment when I moved in, the Pigmen having pissed pretty much everywhere and the disgustingly grubby state of everything. My toilet was the worst. I suspect it hadn't been cleaned properly since they erected the building. I've been working on it, as bit at a time, but I assumed the rust streaks were as permanent as the damaged enamel. I started experimenting with those things you toss in the tank at some point in 2016 on the grounds it really couldn't make it worse and I'm buying them in packs at the dollar store, so it's not like the two dollars I spent so far was a huge investment. I was skeptical. My family never used them, we just cleaned the toilet regularly, and i figured it was a scam, but seriously two dollars in six months. I did see some mild improvement with the first set, so I invested in the second dollar's worth, only switched brands. I popped it after dinner. By 2AM, there was noticeable marked improvement. Dude! Really, I need all new plumbing what with the past it's sell by water heater, the crap water pressure for hot water, the pipes, and the wobbly toilet that I rigged back together after it broke and keep having to mess with, but no way is any of that happening. Right now, I'll settle for as toilet that works and is reasonable presentable to guests.

* I have reached season 5 of Shameless (I'm only 2/3 through so do not TELL me the rest). I think this is the first year I really liked Lip as a person. I really have appreciated his season 4-5 college arc which has been very much about culture shock and how hard it is for first generation college students. I don't always agree with his season 5 decitions, but oh, do I understand them. I am also really apreciating the writers making both Kevin AND Veronica clearly in the wrong for their marital troubles. It would have been so much easier to make one the put upon hero and one the villain. Instead they did something realer and more complex.

As always though, it is the Mickey and Ian plot that absolutely breaks me. Ian's stuff is so hard to watch and heartbreaking. Noel Fisher's performance though? Dayumn. His character has come so far from the guy who could only say "I love you" by committing hate crimes against Ian's other lovers. Watching his season four struggle to start owning his truth was beautiful. This season though, ouch. The performance is so fucking good. The tiny hesitation and the brave little lift of the chin every time he tells a new stranger/authority figure that he and Ian are together, lovers, boyfriends. The absolute devastation on his face and the love that is so clearly there as Ian spirals. This story is so important to me. Mickey Milkovich is so important to me. The Ian/Mickey relationship is really important to me.

* Dylan Thomas' " “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” has been bouncing around a lot in my head in the last year and especially since November. I know, I know. He wrote it when his dad was dying and there is an argument as to whether it is an admonition to his dying Father (harsh) or a description. It was my Father's favorite poem and I was exposed to it young.

I've thought about it an aweful lot over the years, and to me it has always been an exhortation to the living in the face of the reality of death. I'm okay with being wrong about intent, because the author is dead, after all, both metaphorically and physically. This is what it means, what it always means to me, a call to resist, a call for life and light to stand against in inevitability of entropy. I have lived that way personally. I sucked every morsel of delight and grief the world offered me. I fought for every step. Even as the lights go out all over the West, I will not go gentle and I will always rage, rage against the dying of the light. Fuck the academics who tell me different.

* "Emerald City, Season One, Episode Three: Mistress - New - Mistress:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/01/emerald-city-season-one-episode-three.html

* This was ages ago and the games has been dead a couple of years, but every now and then, I stop to appreciate that a literal Bear (Shifter) PC picked up a guy in a bath house in Early Medieval Spain and used him for the whole rest of the time in that city as a useful informational local contact, including getting him to get his cousin the guard to let him into a garden so they could have a tryst/infiltrate.

*****

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

* "free advice if you're going to any of the various protests, marches, etc. this week.:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/156113948218/free-advice-if-youre-going-to-any-of-the-various

* "Healthcare Resources:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/156106364557/healthcare-resources

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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

* This is the patreon of an RL friend with etsy link: https://www.patreon.com/karjack

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
11:12 pm
* "Putin 'feels like he's been elected president':"

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* "Prostitutes, hidden hotel cameras familiar Putin tools:"

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* This is fucking terrifying. "Trump to enter office with gaping holes in major agencies:"

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* "Manning clemency closes complicated chapter in leak prosecutions:"

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* "Price grilled about questionable stock trades:"

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* "The problem with Trump's pick for Education Secy.:"

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* "Bernie Sanders confronts Trump nominee for Education Secy.:"

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* "Trump adds sixth Goldman Sachs hire - what's the word for that?:"

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* "Trump weak vetting of nominees a symptom of poor preparation:"

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* "Trump EPA nominee would oversee own lawsuit against the EPA:"

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* "Should Democrats treat Trump as 'legitimate'?:"

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* "Sen. Stabenow: Trump voters at Obamacare rally in Michigan:"

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* I thought I was nearly better, but last night, the fever dragged me under again.

* "Scotland vs. Drumph, round 2:" https://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/155930508879/scotland-vs-drumph-round-2

*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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

* This is the patreon of an RL friend with etsy link: https://www.patreon.com/karjack

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
6:11 am
* "A Runaway Child Bride Forges Her Own Path:" http://www.takepart.com/feature/2016/10/24/selvi-child-bride-turned-taxi-driver?cmpid=tp-fb

* Is anyone really surprised that the Muscovite Candidate is out making enemies in Western Europe and threatening to pull out of NATO? "Trump worries Nato with 'obsolete':" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38635181

* "Trump vs. the media:"

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* Republicans want to remind you that a loss of three million jobs, 3-4 million working people losing their health care, the cost of an estimated 1.5 trillion dollars, and all the people who will die because they will lose their insulin, chemotherapy for their cancer, etc., is a small price to pay for a tax cut for the richest 2%. After all who cares how expensive it is or how many people will literally die as long as they can pass a law that only helps the incredibly rich.

* "Protests off to early start ahead of Trump inauguration:"

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* The Real Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/155975190751/neurodiversitysci-alwaysbewoke-edwinizm

* "Donald Trump's Eventful Martin Luther King Day Weekend:"

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* "John Scalzi's 10-point plan for getting creative work done in the age of Trump:" http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-hollywood-values-updates-john-scalzi-s-10-point-plan-for-getting-1483653314-htmlstory.html

*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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

* This is the patreon of an RL friend with etsy link: https://www.patreon.com/karjack

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Monday, January 16th, 2017
5:55 am
* "FBI had Trump-Russia report in summer 2016, Senate to investigate:"

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* "Congressman Lewis: I don't see Trump as a 'legitimate president':"

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* "Trump’s emoluments issue looms:"

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* "Trump tries to stick SC taxpayers with bill for Trump Jr's mess:"

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* My response is basically a string of expletives, so I'll let these commentators speak for me. "Trump rips 'all talk,' 'no action' civil rights icon Lewis:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/155878670337/trump-rips-all-talk-no-action-civil-rights

Bonus Points: It's MLK Day weekend.

* "Sen. Tammy Duckworth Slams Jeff Sessions’ Disability Rights Record:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tammy-duckworth-jeff-sessions_us_58740178e4b099cdb0fefcac

* "Ryan’s ACA replacement promises:"

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* "The arc of history is long, but how do we bend it?:" https://boingboing.net/2017/01/05/the-arc-of-history-is-long-bu.html

* "Meltdown of the Phantom Snowflakes:" http://thebaffler.com/blog/meltdown-phantom-snowflakes-penny

* "Mississippi town repeals anti-discrimination resolution in secret:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/mississippi-town-repeals-anti-discrimination-resolution-secret

* Straight washing and Academia: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/155884326487/breakfastautocrat-teddybearparker

* "Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine: Queens of the Sydney Underworld (1881-1964 and 1900-1970):" http://rejectedprincesses.tumblr.com/post/155776891753/kate-leigh-and-tilly-devine-queens-of-the-sydney

* "This 90-Year-Old Lady Seduced and Killed Nazis as a Teenager:" https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/teenager-nazi-armed-resistance-netherlands-876?utm_content=inf_4_3687_2&utm_source=wildhair&utm_campaign=fijifrost&tse_id=INF_bd63bce0c6fb11e686924f044efee13a

* "Navajo Nation Library Wants to Digitally Preserve Thousands of Hours of Oral Histories:" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navajo-nation-library-wants-digitally-preserve-thousands-hours-oral-histories-180961576/

* My credit card payment went through and so I headed out, coupon in hand to do some adulting. I save up hardware store run things until I have at the same time 1. A coupon. 2. 20-25 dollars worth of things needed for home and garden. I needed sluggo, fly strips, and good glue, and the coupon ends tomorrow, so out I went. I had to buy a small thing at check out extra to hit the minimum, so I tossed in a candy on top. As he was bagging them up I realized I had just "bought poison and candy!" The man said, "You are far from the first." so I am set with the basics for when the weather warms, which in my region is likely soonish. The bulbs are already quite leafy. I do need to do some cleaning and prep out there, but not today. Today I messed about with fish filters and changed out the fly strips. I need to do gluing, but also not today.

* I was describing Swan Lake to someone the other day. In the plot summary, I said something like, "And being a lunkhead, he doesn't notice the black swan is not his girlfriend, whom he supposedly loves." Today I was watching some Coppelia, and thinking, "Being a lunkhead, he decides to cheat on his lively and intelligent girlfriend with a manikin he saw in a window.... Are all ballet boyfriends idiots?”

* I finally got to see season three of Penny Dreadful. I have all sorts of problems with the North American section of the plot, none of which were the fault of the excellent actors, and I really didn't like much of anything about how the Vanessa plot ended, except for Dr. Seward and the glorious Cat. On paper one might think Vanessa's stuff would be triggering, but none of it was. I really enjoyed her acting and that of Mr. Claire and that episode with mostly just the two of them was well done, but I hated the end of the big arc plot so much it is hard to get past that.

For me, the best thing in the season was Lily's plot. for all the ways this show has been problematic, particularly around race and LGBT things, they did get this particular passage about rape culture and patriarchy pretty much right. How often have I had men try to tame me or edit out or cut out bits of me they didn't like or found inexplicable? So many men do that: try to turn the person they think they want into some version of them that has nothing to do with who they actually are? Victor Frankenstein's sense of entitlement to Lily, is belief that he owns her and his declaring her having agency, past, and desires that have nothing to do with him is so very male and very relevant and part of a long ugly history of straight white men medicalizing protest. It was a beautiful example of depiction without endorsement. Lily's resistance, her insistence that her scars are part of who she is... How often have I said and written that I wouldn't go back in time and change anything about my childhood, as horrible as it was, because I like myself and to do that would be suicide, since I literally have no clue who I'd me now, but for sure that person would be nothing like this one. Vanessa's resistance in the Banning clinic (the strongest part of her season three arc), and Lily's resistance in Bedlam, these moved me and are things so familiar I have no words for it really. So for all my anger at season two, and my disgust at how the season three A plot turned out, I loved season three because pieces of it were true and powerful and all to real.

* I was watching a Bolshoi Corsair with Masha Alexandrova and Nikolai Tsiskaridze. She is exquisite, but he was a disappointment. I kept trying to put my finger on what was wrong. He is sloppy and a tad selfish. I can spot mistakes, I can see him waiting his turn when he should be supporting her. It's not that he's awful, but he's just not in her league at all. Finally, I put my finger on it: She dances like she loves dancing; he dances like he loves people watching him dance.

* "Trash:" http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/454216.html

* "Sunday Sweets: WINTER HAS COME:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/1/15/sunday-sweets-winter-has-come.html

*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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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Saturday, January 14th, 2017
4:32 am
* "Reporter Who Broke The Story Of Start Of WWII Dies At 105:" http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/10/509125437/reporter-who-broke-the-story-of-start-of-wwii-dies-at-105

* I am now forgetting which Trump surrogate it was that made the argument earlier in the week that we shouldn't do anything about Russia interfering in our elections because they been doing that since the start of the Cold War. It rather shocked me at the time because if that were true and not something she or he pulled out of their ass then it is an argument for doing something RIGHT NOW to fix it, because that would be absolutely terrifying if it were true, not an arguement for the Trump administration policy of ignoring it. Now Trump is out claiming that Russia is "an asset" in this context. WTF!!! Seriously, how is this not a five alarm fire? Normalizing this is not okay.

* "Carson: No 'extra rights' for gay Americans:" http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/313968-carson-no-extra-rights-for-gay-americans

* "Steve Harvey Cannot Believe Anyone Would Like Asian Men:" http://blog.angryasianman.com/2017/01/steve-harvey-cannot-believe-anyone.html

* NWS. "R. Kelly's "Piss on You" Video:"

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* The TV drama the last two weeks has really thrashed me. I damaged a big toe when we took out the monster TV. It spent most of the week nearly as purple as my toe polish. It is now a bright move and trhe bruising on the other toes has mostly faded. Yesterday the pain in the rest of my body was astonishing even by my standards and I've had to take rather strong measures as a result. I gave myself today off what with the exhaustion and the medication. It's more manageable today.

* "Does the Friendzone Need To Die?:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/does-friendzone-need-to-die/

* NOTE: In the original books the gender thing is cannon. "Emerald City, Season One, Episodes One and Two:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/01/emerald-city-season-one-episodes-one.html

* So I'm watching Fall figure skating because stuff happened and I did not get to it. I heard a commentator (I think Kurt Browning) call male figure skater, Shoma Uno, a "pocket rocket."

Me: "You keep using that word, but I don't think it means what you think it means." Either that or he just came out as bi. I'm not sure, but I'm guessing the former.

*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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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Friday, January 13th, 2017
3:43 am
* "ExxonMobil exploits poor nation's corruption for oil in Africa:"

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* "A Handy Guide To What The Hell Happened To The Affordable Care Act Last Night:" https://theestablishment.co/a-handy-guide-to-what-the-hell-happened-to-the-affordable-care-act-last-night-b31bff0e2427#.gg4or7m8x

* "Senate Democrats put up a fight on Obamacare vote:"

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* "Bernie Sanders explains the Republican plan to destroy Obamacare:"

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* "Justice Department lays out police reform in Baltimore in the wake of Freddie Gray's death:" https://mic.com/articles/165256/justice-department-lays-out-police-reform-in-baltimore-in-the-wake-of-freddie-gray-s-death?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=movement&utm_campaign=social#.Jkq3QMlwc

* "People Are Saying: Trump Likes Pee:"

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* "Jokes About This Story Present A Golden Opportunity:"

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* "A Session On Sessions:"

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* "Time For One Last (And First) Obama Hit Piece:"

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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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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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12:37 am
* "Iran's ex-president Hashemi Rafsanjani dies at 82:" http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/iran-president-hashemi-rafsanjani-dies-82-170108163407762.html

* "Read the letter Coretta Scott King wrote opposing Sessions’s 1986 federal nomination:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/01/10/read-the-letter-coretta-scott-king-wrote-opposing-sessionss-1986-federal-nomination/?utm_term=.bb6cf5e29ffd

* VICE has been running a series of clips where they do little interviews with families where the women voted Hillary and the men voted Trump. TW Sexual Assault:Collapse ) Her raw pain and bitterness at her father’s betrayal of her makes me want to weep every damned time.

* Today Squirrel and I went to get a TV. It is the largest TV I've ever owned, about two inches wider than the one that just died, with beautiful picture, but no remote or closed captioning, which is often the case with free second hand TV's. It used to be I'd post for a TV and I'd get five or six offers as all the middle class people were switching to flat screens, but loathe to throw out a perfectly good analog. This time, I got only the one offer, which suggests the boom is over. Let us hope these two last as there may not be more. I keep shaking and checking the sound only TV, but have not been able to shake whatever inside comes loose back into place.

The TV was on the second floor in a narrow corridor maze. It nearly killed us both handling it. As a result, Squirrel and I discovered a trick to moving TV's I wish I'd known 30 years ago, but better late than never. One can get a sturdy towel or small blanket. Put the TV on it and lift the towel. It evens out the weight and you aren't dealing with crappy handholds that are endlessly slipping. O.o So fucking simple. Why in hell haven't we been doing it this way all along?

* Vikings: Watching Sigurd and Ivar interact, I keep thinking, what are you both, five? Kidding aside, I really enjoy the way each of the Ragnarssons took a little piece of Travis Fimmal's performance and incorporated into into their distinct characterization. They are each very different, but all remind one of Ragnar as a result. It's really cleverly done.

* They were double billed with Carmina Burana of all things the one time I got to see professional ballet as a kid. The Philly audience did not get them at all. They were magic. "Les Ballets de Trockadero: much more than men in tutus:" http://edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/local-arts/les-ballets-de-trockadero-much-more-than-men-in-tutus

*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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, January 12th, 2017
4:01 am
* "India's first transgender school opens its doors:" http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/indias-first-transgender-school/#gs.xmADBvU

* "Donald Trump finally concedes that Russia was behind hacks:" https://mic.com/articles/165147/donald-trump-finally-concedes-that-russia-was-behind-hacks-but-minimizes-its-culpability?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.641aQUBLu

* "Exxon needs US policy change to cash in on big bet on Russia:"

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* "Unverified Trump, Russia blackmail allegations roil US politics:"

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* "Monica Crowley plagiarism scandal outpaces Trump camp denials:"

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* "Trump takes meeting with 'vaccine skeptic':"

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* I miss Coretta Scott King more every year. "Intense day of Senate hearings for Sessions:"

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* "Sen Booker: Jeff Sessions 'a clear threat' to many Americans:"

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* I am still mulling the fact that Donald Trump thinks the thing that was bad about NAZI Germany was that their news organizations dared to investigate Hitler instead of rubber stamping what Hitler said uncritically the way he thinks they should with him, and not, you know, the genocide. I am assuming he doesn't understand that in his analogy he cast himself as Hitler. O.o He just Godwined himself.

* "Republican-led Senate takes first step to repeal Obamacare:" http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-senate-obamacare-20170111-story.html

* "A Time for Treason:" http://thenewinquiry.com/features/a-time-for-treason/

* "A thing about encouraging the media to do better:" https://lettersfromtitan.com/2017/01/11/a-thing-about-encouraging-the-media-to-do-better/#comments

* On what was lost when the NAZIs burned the trans research. "This photo is usually divorced from its specific content.:" https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/155744525101/han-koehle-this-photo-is-usually-divorced-from

* "Trump's Nuclear Plan: It's Funny Because Nothing Matters Anymore:"

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* Impromptu shots of Tavy standing on my shoulder. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/155702667182/impromptu-shots-of-tavy-standing-on-my-shoulder

* My plan last night was to stay up and do labs first thing in the morning. That meant water only after 11:45 PM. I turned out way too tired to do that.. I set an alarm and went to sleep after my rp commitments were done. I started my Wednesday with a half hour of phone bureaucracy. (Most of it on hold). The most important time dependent thing was solved to my satisfaction. I have a list of East coast business hours phone bureaucracy left, but I've achieved a ridiculous amount efficiently since the start of December. Then I went for my interview with the vampire. I know I keep saying this, but poverty clinic phlebotomists are the best because they routinely stick people with difficult veins. I have really hard to work with veins (tiny, deep, prone to wiggling and collapse). I've had serious trouble with hospitals, the Red Cross (back when I could legally give blood as a teen), normal lab techs over the years nailing them. My clinic nails the vein every time quickly. Five big vials generally leaves me ick the rest of the evening, so I moved the TV to the living room before I left. I still managed to do dishes, make diner, futz with the down TV (still can't get picture), sweep some key section of floors before lung time.

* Apparently to my ears, the BBC announcer saying "Motor industry" sounds remarkably like "murder industry." For a few brief moments I was paying waaaaay more attention to the business report than normal.

*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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, January 10th, 2017
5:05 am
* This is stunningly cruel. TW: Suicidal Ideation. "Trump ends inauguration tradition with firing, hires supporter:"

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* "Trump skimps on crucial vetting of nominees:"

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* If you are too lazy and/or dishonest to turn in your disclosure forms to the Congressional ethics Office, I think you are by definition unfit to be a cabinet member. Also, you probably need to be audited ASAP in case it is a matter of criminal instead of lazy. Just saying.

* "Fascism Watch, January 4:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/155501659362/fascism-watch-january-4

* "Sen. Schumer: GOP is 'like the dog who caught the bus':"

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* "In Tampa, Food Not Bombs activists arrested for feeding the homeless—again:" http://www.cltampa.com/news-views/local-news/article/20848403/tampa-activists-arrested-for-feeding-the-homeless

* "Women Who Found A Way Creating a Women's Language:" http://www.kersplebedeb.com/mystuff/feminist/nushu_oob.html

* "The Highs and Lows of the Golden Globe Awards:"

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* "Trump vs. the Truth: The Russian Hacking Report:"

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* "Lawyers Ride To The Rescue After Passage Of Utah Pornography Law:"

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* After forage, we dragged the dead TV out. Exhausted, I just wanted to lung and watch the rest of Vikings. Only the picture was out again on the TV. I tried shaking it, as it's sometimes a loose connection inside. I tried all the connections. Rinse and repeat several times. It seemed wildly unfair to wake Squirrel up again, so i had to drag the bedroom TV out again. Which means no bedroom TV. Again. Let's hope Freecycle comes through with a decent TV again, preferably quickly.

* Next time you hear someone belittling fanfic and fanart, remember there is ancient Greek and Roman fanfic and fan art, and most of medieval and early modern literature, including most of Shakespeare is fanfic. Humans make fanfic and/or if you hand them a stylus/pen and tell them a story. We have all these Greek pottery things where they have a race from the Iliad, and they would have different guys coming in different places so you could get the vase or drinking cup or whatever with your favorite guy winning. Back when the Iliad was an oral formulaic poem, the poets would travel around the Greek speaking world to different city states and they'd change bits around to give the local hero a nice part in it. Visual artists do the same. Seriously, fanfic is at least as old as civilization and if it was good enough for Chaucer and Shakespeare we should not as a culture piss on women in particular for creating and enjoying it. (Somehow it's totally okay when straight men do it, but illegitimate for everyone else). I shake my fist at the media every time someone turns up to poopoo it, because it's generally this transparent sexist/elitist bullshit. You can not tell me Romeo and Juliette isn't transformative art. He took it from a moralizing translation into English by a minor poet and made it his own so it wasn't even first hand fanfic. It's more like someone's Elementary fanfic, Elementary being Doyle fanfic. Don't ever let anyone make you feel like you are less for enjoying the things you enjoy that aren't hurting anyone. This is the most human of activities, going all the way back to when the first person changed up a fireside tale to better suit their interests and/or that of the audience.

* "'Captain America: Sam Wilson' comic writer under fire for mocking social justice activism:" http://www.dailydot.com/parsec/captain-america-sam-wilson-nick-spencer-controversy/?tu=gav

* TNG Rewatch, Season 5:

- The Next Phase. I like that Geordi holds up his hand and lets her meet it to test mutual solidity, letting her choose to meet him halfway. Geordi's response makes sense to me both from a character perspective and because he knows about that thing that happened to Doctor Crusher.

I am mulling Ensign Ro's response as both a contrast representing how a lot of people would respond in that circumstance and for her character personally. I'm not sure if I can word it, properly. I like the way she hints at the depth of religion and culture we're going to see later on Bajor in DS9. There is something fundamentally relatable about her complex relationship with her childhood religion and her horror at the thought of having to sit through hours of her own death chant. I like that even though we only have this one example of a Bajoran that we've looked at in any depth and she's only been in a few episodes we have a real sense that she's part of a culture with a long history and a huge range of opinion and degrees of engagement with elements in her culture. That feels realistic in a way a lot of Science fiction races aren't as they tend to be presented as monolithic, just as inhabited planets often inexplicable only have one climate. There feels like there's only really one right way to be a Klingon, a Vulcon, or a Romulan, even though politics can differ between individuals and factions. Even with the small glimpses the Bajorans we've gotten so far, Bajor feels more like a living culture with subcultures and more realistic variation.

I really do like the little Data/Worf scene about funeral planning and belief. It was good the way the trying to buy a wedding gift as outsiders scene was good, only deeper with actual exploration of Worf's character. I like the way this episode gets a little deeper into Trekverse religion, personal beliefs, and the way different people mourn. I've written before about the initial falure to properly mourn Tasha in first season and how they tried to fix that later. We've seen how the crew mourns. Now we see how they think about death and the afterlife if any.

I their place, I'd be tempted to write HELP over and over with the disruptor, or make disruptions in 3.14 intervals, or do circles, not that it matters, but if there was a pattern it might have gotten Data's attention sooner.

Is her dinner with Geordi her first crew friendship out side of when they all had amnesia?

- The Inner Light. This one is all to real, considering Trump and Republican climate denial. Wow, they really guessed wrong on how Patrick Stewart aged.

*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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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Monday, January 9th, 2017
6:09 am
* He is doing this to a woman with breast cancer for spite. "Unprecedented: Trump Gives Obama's Ambassadors Eviction Notice:" http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/06/unprecedented-trump-gives-obamas-ambassadors-eviction-notice

* "Diving into the unthinkable cold truths of a nuclear war:" http://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2016/12/diving-into-the-unthinkable-cold-truths-of-a-nuclear-war/

* Someone needs to explain to Donald Trump that there is a difference between complete capitulation to an enemy and becoming their puppet vs diplomacy that includes a better relationship with an enemy country. I know his instinct is towards the first, but it is disastrous.

* "Putin had ‘preference’ for Trump:"

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* "Planned Parenthood at risk amid ACA repeal threat:"

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* "Donald Trump vs. Nixon:"

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* The Republicans are so thrilled that they have doubled maternal mortality in Texas by denying women access to prenatal care that they are hoping to double the death rate for the rest of the country as part of their supposed "pro-life" agenda. Why does "pro-life" always seem to mean forcing women to die for someone else's religious beliefs? Real people are dying in the Republican War on women.

* "Meryl Streep Speech The Golden Globes 2017:"

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* "George Takei:'Welcome to the Resistance:" http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2016/12/21/george-takeiwelcome-resistance

* "How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail:" https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-convince-someone-when-facts-fail/

* "Rest In Power and Peace Jamie Lee:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/01/rest-in-power-and-peace-jamie-lee.html

* "Which Girl Do You Send To The Boys Bathroom?:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/01/which-girl-do-you-send-to-boys-bathroom.html

* "Queen Elizabeth I’s long-lost skirt to go on display after being found on a church altar in Herefordshire:" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/07/queen-elizabeth-long-lost-skirt-found-church-altar-herefordshire/

* "The Late Show Presents: Trump And Cover:"

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* I spent the weekend dealing with normal physical inconveniences related to being ill and sorting out the mess importing lj to Dreamwidth made of my tags. I got rid of nearly 2000 tags to come in under the 1000 limit. It was exhausting in itself.

* "Sunday Sweets Goes Geek - Again!:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/1/8/sunday-sweets-goes-geek-again.html

* It's not just me! "Sherlock Forgets What We Liked About It :" https://www.thefandomentals.com/sherlock-s04-e01/

* I wrote this elsewhere explaining why I didn't take to Downton Abbey and why Gosford park is world's better. I've said and written versions of this over the years, but I'm posting again, because seriously, go watch Gosford Park if you haven't. To be clear, acting, costumes, set design, attention to detail is brilliant for both, but Downton is fundamentally flawed on a writing level in my opinion.

Downton Abbey is fundamentally conservative. I did find the first season compelling anyway, but by second season it just made me want to go rewatch the brilliant Gosford Park instead. I think I bailed after three? Something like that, on the grounds that it was just a pretty soap opera with politics I didn't much like.

Julian Ffellows, the guy who made Downton was a consultant on Altman's Gosford, so the look and the period detail is similar, but Altman was deconstructing the country house murder story and the period stratified class system in a gay friendly, rooting for the downtrodden way. Mr. Ffellows is glamorizing the very class system Mr. Altman was tearing down with a tropey gay villain as the poison cherry on top.

*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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, January 8th, 2017
1:58 am
* "Putin resented Clinton for calling out his rigged election:"

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* "Trump lies about intelligence report on Russia easily spotted:"

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* "Trump vs. intelligence agencies:"

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* "Vetting Rex Tillerson:"

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* "Who's going to pay for the wall? You are.:"

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* Five were killed in a mass shooting in Fort Lauderdale airport on Friday. The shooter was an Iraq War veteran, likely with schizophrenia.

* "Trump’s alleged mob ties:"

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* "Sessions nomination faces resistance:"

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* "Michelle Obama Farewell Speech: First lady's message will help us survive the next 4 years:" https://mic.com/articles/164634/michelle-obama-farewell-speech-first-lady-s-message-will-help-us-survive-the-next-4-years?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.3d606zx2w

* "Rep. Keith Ellison talks DNC campaign:"

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* "Anti-Semitism Is Back? Those of Us in the Hasidic Community Know That It Never Went Away:" http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/218236/anti-semitism-is-back

* "Key & Peele - Obama and Luther's Farewell Address - Uncensored:"

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* Today's adulting: and mending and the horrible TV exchange. It was terrible, took over an hour, involved taking apart a DvD player/fixing it/closing it back up, but the bedroom is sorted out. I no longer have closed captioning or remote control for the TV, but I can actually see what is happening during night scenes, and the annoying buzzing is gone. Geoff Peterson Jr. and the Halloween tree are put away properly. The resulting mess is mostly cleaned up, though the old TV still needs to go out. Progress!

*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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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Saturday, January 7th, 2017
7:48 pm
* "Rest In Power and Peace Mesha!:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/01/rest-in-power-and-peace-mesha.html

* Adulting Success! Despite the alarm not going off, Friday I woke up at the right time from a dream that was an absolutely perfect horror movie (ghost type). Seriously, it was a gem. Slow build. Dramatic action sequence with excellent special effects, followed by the shocking reveal. It ended with my saying to the two guys who were my roommates in the dream, "That's it. Put our things back in the moving truck. We need to get the fuck out of here!" Not 1408 good, but better than 80-90% of what Hollywood has been putting out lately.

Anyway, perfect timing. I manage to drag myself out on time for the Doctor. I hit the library before going to do my bureaucracy, which went quicker than expected in part because I am organized and actually good at this and in part because the lines were fast. I stopped at the grocery on the way home and they did have apricot things in, so I blew the last of the food money on that, guestimating so well that I only have .82 left on the food card.

My head and lungs are already clearer. The headache is down to a dull thump with the very occasional brief stab, and I've barely a fever. I've a nice stack of phone bureaucracy next week, but this looks like success to me.

* Mr. MacAvoy is an excellent actor, but do we really need yet another movie sensationalizing DID and demonizing people with mental illnesses?

*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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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Friday, January 6th, 2017
2:32 am
* Apparently Russian cyber terrorists also went after the White House and the joint chiefs of staff as well as interfering with the election and advising the Trump campaign.

* "New details emerge of Russian cyber-aggression toward U.S.:"

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* "Trump tests media, burying controversy in tight schedule:"

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* "Honoring the Legacy of African-American Women:" http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2016/05/26/blogs/honoring-the-legacy-of-african-american-women/s/26-lens-ayanajackson-slide-AWZT.html?_r=0

* "Obama Urges Democrats To Call GOP Health Plan 'Trumpcare':"

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* "House Republicans Vote to Gut Ethics Committee:"

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* "House Republicans Grapple with Backlash After Ethics Vote:"

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* "The Congressional Swearing-In Ceremony Gets Weird:"

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* "Michigan's Abandoned Dinosaur Amusement Park Is Way Creepy:" http://io9.gizmodo.com/5525873/michigans-abandoned-dinosaur-amusement-park-is-way-creepy

*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
11:32 pm
* "Don't get snowed by Trump jobs claims:"

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* "Trump continues to heap indignity, humiliation on Chris Christie:"

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* "Trump AG pick Sessions called out for faking civil rights record:"

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I can think of nothing more Trumpian than being so racist that Congressional Republicans declared you unfit for the bench, so to fix it, you take credit for other lawyers' civil rights cases, which you opposed at the time.

* Monday I saw Kelly Anne Conway insist that Congressional Republicans had a strong mandate to get rid of bars to Congressional corruption. Which argument only makes sense if Republicans believe that every vote for a Republican is a vote in favour of unchecked corruption. O.o

* I send my best wishes to the NAACP members protesting Jeff sessions appointment to the Cabinet of Deplorables.

* Remember the Republicans are currently arguing that it is absolutely necessary to kick 3-4 million working people off their health care to pay for an all important tax cut for the very rich.

* "Online guide helps focus anti-Trump movement:"

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* "What is the 'Indivisible' guide?:"

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* "Sen Chuck Schumer on Trump: 'I think we can really nail him':"

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* "Schumer: Hard right's embrace of Trump 'will make him a failure':"

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* "Schumer predicts 'chaos' from GOP Obamacare repeal:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/schumer-predicts-chaos-from-gop-obamacare-repeal-847032899540

* "Dems tell GOP: Don't 'Make America Sick Again':" http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/dems-tell-gop-don-t-make-america-sick-again-847882819758

* "Sanders: Republicans wrong to claim mandate:"

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* "Democrats plan nationwide mobilization against Trump agenda:"

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* Notice they are singling out the women for attack. "Texas, learning nothing, may be the next state to pass an anti-trans bathroom bill:" https://mic.com/articles/164046/texas-eyes-north-carolina-inspired-bathroom-bill-seems-cool-with-losing-millions?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.qeeo9m49T

* I failed at bureaucracy, and plan to try again Friday after yet another Doctor's appointment. Sigh. Forage, Doctor, and meds are accomplished.

* "hour come round at last:" http://cmdr-zoom.livejournal.com/511049.html

*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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, January 3rd, 2017
9:15 pm
* I have just added Chuck Schumer to my list of Senators likely to fight for every inch. Since he has Harry Reid's old job, this is a bigger relief than I can express.

* "Rebecca Ferguson says she will play Trump inauguration if she can sing Strange Fruit:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/02/rebecca-ferguson-says-she-will-play-trump-inauguration-if-she-can-sing-strange-fruit?CMP=share_btn_tw

* "75 Years Later: How the World Shrugged Off Kristallnacht:" http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/berlin-exhibit-gathers-1938-diplomatic-accounts-of-nazi-kristallnacht-a-931733.html

* Adulting Win! Despite feeling a special brand of crap and a truly astonishing amount of pain, I achieved quite a bit yesterday and today. Yesterday, i managed to get the boxes out and start the Gothmas breakdown. Halloweentown, Ornaments, and sundries got carefully picked apart and sorted into boxes for next year before bedtime. Today, despite short sleep, a massive headache, and increasingly uncooperative legs, I made it out in time to do two in person bureaucracies, hitting the library and three grocery stores on the way home. I got Squirrel to print documents out while I put things away. After dinner and mid level meds, I sorted the paperwork out for tomorrow, carefully unpicked the lighting display, corralled lost ornaments, cleaned and swept, made a mini display out of the surviving gourds, cards, and the sundries that stay out all year, rewired the alter, and put everything away for the year.

Remember how I made all that extra room in the closet reorg? Remember how I was also gifted a massive amount of second hand decorations and moved the spare TV in there? There is now no room for the big Halloween Tree. The bedroom television is dying and pulling it is a two person job, so I haven't been able to sort it. Once I've pulled and replaced it with the spare, the tree should be able to go back into it's old home. I am going to miss the bedroom TV massively as it has closed captioning and a remote and the spare came without it's remote and does not have closed captioning, but with second hand TVs one takes what one gets. (The TVs in question are all pre-flat screen tech, so huge and heavy. It's a two person job because the TV fits exactly in the space provided, so someone has to hold the monster while someone else undoes all the wiring). Still the hum is getting hard to hear dialog over and this week the picture degenerated to fuzz and lines, so it must go while i can still make out faces through the snow.

Tavy, of course, lost his mind the last two days. He's never had trauma (just health problems), and has literally never been in a human move, so to him, closet boxes are a place he likes to nap/hide. He's very easily overstimulated though and things are happening in his house and there are interesting sounds and the human is doing things and he has spent the last two days "helping," climbing all over us, and randomly mauling us in his great excitement. He's an active little guy and not yert two. This is perfectly reasonable developmentally, but it is exhausting and painful.

Squirrel is bummed out. If he had his way, I'd leave the whole Gothmas display up all year round, instead of just Septemberish to beginningish of January. I reassured him that the fairy light ring and altar/mantle lights would be staying as they always do.

Anyway, adulting accomplished. Tomorrow is going to be nightmarish, as it's got more in person bureaucracy, foraging, Doctor, and groceries in it, all on a second day in a row with short sleep, an infection, and likely minimal spoons. Witness me!

* Wow, my fever is really high. I'm putting myself to bed.

*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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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3:08 am
* "Nixon betrayal of Vietnam peace talks confirmed by aide's notes:"

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* "Trump business entanglements survive Indonesian mining scandal:"

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* "Why is Trump so pro-Russia?:"

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* "Trump sells access on NYE at $500 per ticket:"

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* "House GOP moves to end independent ethics oversight of Congress:"

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* It's official, the House Republicans are planning to be so corrupt for the next two years they are getting rid of the Independent Ethics Office on the grounds that it's "unfair to Republicans" to have non partisan ethics investigations, and they prefer to self police in secret proceedings. After all, look how well self policing works for Wall street and the oil industry.

* "Yes, Donald Trump ‘lies.’ A lot. And news organizations should say so.:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/01/02/yes-donald-trump-lies-a-lot-and-news-organizations-should-say-so/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-e%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.dd1b2c347291

* "Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources deletes accurate climate science from agency webpage:" https://thinkprogress.org/wisconsin-dnr-climate-change-information-purge-d9ac20755540#.kv8uph3mx

* "Rev. Barber: We are witnessing the birth pangs of a Third Reconstruction:" https://thinkprogress.org/rev-barber-moral-change-1ad2776df7c#.c2mvy77cy

* "Faith leaders urge Trump to reject extremism:"

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* "Michelle Obama’s legacy as First Lady:"

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* "Just A Couple of Victorian Ladies…:" http://sodiumflare.tumblr.com/post/155285059200/just-a-couple-of-victorian-ladies

* Yep, I'm sick. I'd suspected it from the particular quality of the headache I've had off and on all weekend, but my lungs went and confirmed it today. Now to wait for things to degenerate enough to talk a Doctor into treating them. Sigh.

* I am furious they are using Schoolhouse Rock to sell cars. Those were meant to educate, damnit, the last gasp of a law that mandated a certain amount of educational programming as a public service in exchange for use of the airways.

*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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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Saturday, December 31st, 2016
7:54 pm
* "Outrage and calls for Paladino to resign grow over Obama comments:" http://buffalonews.com/2016/12/23/carl-paladinos-harsh-2017-wish-list-causes-firestorm-social-media/

* This article contains inaccurate information. Pennsylvania requires not only hormones, top, and bottom surgery for both trans men and trans women, it requires very specific transphobic wording on post surgical letters. What the law says is irrelevant, as the people in the bureau of vital statistics in Harrisburg require these things. "8-year-old transgender boy barred from Cub Scouts:" http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2016/12/27/8-year-old-transgender-boy-barred-cub-scouts/95518824/

* TNG Rewatch, Season 5:

- I, Borg. This revisits both Picard and Guinan's trauma and the theme of personhood and associated rights that in previous seasons centered on the much more sympathetic Data. The debate as to whether the Borg is a person or a weapon is an important one. I think it's interesting that Deanna Troi and Beverly Crusher are on opposite sides on this one. I can't help but notice Picard's use of "it" vs. Crusher's use of "he," and all that implies. It is harder to kill someone you call by name. This is the other side of the coin in things like "Measure of a Man." The thing is that the ethics here are so much muddier. Picard's interrogation of Hue while pretending to be Locutus is creepy and beautifully designed. I think it's important not to forget that Picard remembers all of his abuse. Doesn't the knowledge of self briefly exist in the Collective every time anyone is assimilated? Why would this be different?


* In honor of the New Year Random Cheerfulness:

ACDC-Big Balls:


Craig Ferguson - Scotland Week Musical Opener:


Craig Ferguson - Doctor Who Opener


Craig Ferguson - Plastic Bertrand - Ça plane pour moi


Stephen Colbert I don't feel like dancin



*

*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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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6:15 am
* "East Bay neighborhood has higher lead exposure rate than Flint, Michigan:" http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2016/12/28/east-bay-lead-exposure-fruitvale-oakland.html

* "Secret Words and Codes - Nazi-Speech and Numeric Combinations:" http://german.about.com/od/culture/fl/Secret-Words-and-Codes.htm

* "Someone twisted a Jewish family's menorah into the shape of a swastika:" https://mic.com/articles/163894/someone-twisted-this-jewish-family-s-menorah-into-the-shape-of-a-swastika?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.hGA26ncF8

* "This Lebanese Band Confronts Sexual And Political Oppression Through Their Music:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lebanese-band-mashrou-leila-us-canada-tour_us_562f66ade4b0c66bae595107?

* "Texas Just Topped Itself With Pure Misogynistic, Transphobic Insanity:" http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2016/12/21/texas-just-topped-itself-pure-misogynistic-transphobic-insanity

* For all it's physical difficulties, today was productive. Apparently I'd sensibly stored the death certificate with the essential housing papers. I finished all the paper bureaucracy except for going through a stack where I know three papers I need are and talking Squirrel into printing something out. Next week I'll do the drive around town in person bureaucracy, as all of that's liable to be closed until Tuesday.

There is no money for the traditional New ears Eve pizza anymore than there was for the traditional Christmas Eve Chinese food, but the nausea and lung meds were worth it, as I stop functioning without either.

* Vikings this week left me with many questions, but chief of them are the snakes.
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* Is it just me or is the plot for nearly every episode of the Last Kingdom until Iseult shows up: Someone gives Uhtred good and sensible political/diplomatic advice. Uhtred pig headedly not merely ignores the advice, but does the opposite as obnoxiously as he can possibly manage and then is sullen and rebellious because he is predictably punished for doing whatever stupid thing he did to spite the people trying to help him?

* A way better plot for the Passangers than the one on the screen: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/155122795405/meredithmcclaren-someone-else-on-tumblr-pointed

* Guillermo Del Toro is seconded. "The Fellowship of the Ring Fifteen Years Later:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/fellowship-ring-movie-fifteen-years/

* TNG Rewatch, Season 5:

- The Perfect Mate. Ferengi being horrible and sexist. Creepy humans. A woman treated as an object who only exist to pleasure men. Eeeeew. Who's personality shifts dramatically depending on the men around her. Eeeeeeeeeew! Serious questions about consent going in multiple directions. Props to Beverly Crusher on her feminist saltiness. Seriously this episode is fucking creepy both from the Watsonian and Doylist perspective. Judging from what I've seen of the Ambassador, I think they should have sent a male meta-morph, which would also be creepy, mind. I'm just saying they should have queried about sexual preferences before sending someone. Why weren't the Ferengi arrested after the first breaking and entering and attempted kidnap? They wouldn't be assaulting diplomats if they'd been locked up for attempted kidnap.

- Imaginary Friend. Mostly a plot retread only with girls, and borderline triggery for me.

*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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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Friday, December 30th, 2016
5:43 am
* Donald Trump continues to insist that the 17 intelligence agencies that say Russia interfered in our elections are all lying, presumably on the advice of his Russian handlers, who were proved to be in con tact with his campaign staff during the run up to the election. After all, who is he going to believe, people with actual facts or the foreign agents who got him elected as to whether foreign agents got him elected. He also insists that the evidence doesn't exist, while refusing to look at intelligence briefings containing the evidence. Since he believes if he does not look at something that doesn't exist, it begs the question: Has the President elect achieved the developmental stage of Object Permanence? Does he understand as most toddlers do that when someone plays peekaboo with him they are still there and not actually disappeared? Because the evidence exists whether he refuses to look at it or not.

* "Obama doles out punishment to Putin's Russia:"

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* "The Nixonian ways of Donald Trump:"

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* "Trump and the truth:"

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* "Trump advisor: The wealthy can't be corrupt because they're wealthy:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-advisor-the-wealthy-cant-be-corrupt-because-theyre-wealthy#break

* "The foolish farce surrounding 'food-stamp fraud':" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-foolish-farce-surrounding-food-stamp-fraud

* "Trump is moving forward with plans to privatize veterans' care:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-moving-forward-plans-privatize-veterans-care#break

* "In New York, Activists Prepare Bystanders To Take Action Against Harassment:" http://www.npr.org/2016/12/22/506583208/in-new-york-activists-prepare-bystanders-of-harassment-to-take-action?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2051

* "Democrats seek to reset Republican gerrymandering:"

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* "10 Times Carrie Fisher Helped Those With Mental Illness:" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/12/134173/carrie-fisher-twitter-fans-mental-illness?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=end&utm_campaign=h3

* "Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) Wrote Books and Had a Service Dog:" https://kpagination.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/carrie-fisher-princess-leia-wrote-books-and-had-a-service-dog/

* Today I my body was extra obnoxious. I did about half the paper bureaucracy stack The bits left are things like document hunts. It turns out my Mother's one obituary out of several that actually got uploaded is useless and my Father's never got transferred on line. I wasted more than an hour trying to find a way to get dates anyway not involving a pay wall or a fishing site. I'm pretty sure my Dad's clippings are upstairs in storage. They might as well be on the moon. My Mother's are around here somewhere. They were born in the same month and did a joint birthday so I never learned their birthdates, their birthday being celebrated as a moveable feast within the month of her birth. Apparently knowing mom's date of death and Dad's month and year of death is zero help on getting his exact death date or their birthdays. Fuck, fuck, fuck. I'm about to spend the weekend trying to figure out where her death folder is, aren't I? Which doesn't really help unless one of the documents lists his birth and death date too. Oh, and Pennsylvania's still sitting on my Birth certificate. It's well past a year now, fucking transphobes.

This on top of the usual periodic document hunt.

* I'm not 100% in agreement with all the points in here (Rogue One was less perfect and TFA less terrible than they paint them in my opinion), but I agree with a majority of it and they make some really good points. "Rogue One Succeeds Where The Force Awakens Fell Flat :" https://www.thefandomentals.com/rogue-one-succeeds-where-the-force-awakens-fell-flat/

* I fundamentally prefer characters who chose rather than are chosen. No wonder I took to Rogue One.

* TNG Rewatch, Season 5:

- The Outcast. I've talked and written about this episode a lot over the years, about how intensely it frustrated and infuriated and disappointed me, but this is the first time I've seen it since... I'm guessing in syndication at some point in the '90's so I'm tackling it again. This is the episode where they have an androgynous race, and instead of letting Riker date an Androgyne they have to make the character a woman so it can be safely heterosexual and not flip out the whiny fan boys. They could have had someone who represented people like me on TV and deliberately chickened out. They deliberately decided to make the only non-binary people I'd seen on TV transphobes, and thus oppressors while the cisfolk get to be the open minded good guys. (If you can see the problem here, you really aren't putting any thought into at all).

Fuck that. Fuck that so damned hard. I was sick of always being the villain in 1992. It is the 21st century and I am even more furious.

The thing is, it was so close to being good. There is the little scene where the character calls Riker on his pronoun use and he asks what pronoun to use. Riker mentions that "it" is rude. Unfortunately the character does not give him the gender neutral pronoun because, "it does not translate." So why not use the word from the native language? This is pretty damned good for 1992. I think this is part of why I felt so betrayed by how the episode plays out. There was the nice little scene with Riker and the pea soup and discussion of cultural differences, sex, gender, and social construction of gender roles, with the contrasting one on similar though non-soup related topics with Beverly Crusher. I actually think having the trans person asking the cis person uncomfortable questions about his personal genitals is a good way to make the awkwardness and inappropriateness weird for the cisfolk in the audience who might tend to do this to transfolk RL, again, especially in 1992 where pretty much all the real trans folk one saw on TV were sensationalized and frequently dehumanized on talk shows. I also appreciate Crusher and Troi calling Worf on his sexism and cultural chauvinism, and Worf eventually trying to make good even though Riker never knew what he had said. There was nothing wrong with the trans character coming out to Riker scene or the description of transphobic hate crimes, and Riker's clear condemnation of conversion therapy for trans folk as abusive and a violation of whatever you want to call the galactic equivalent of human rights is excellent. For the record, the person playing the trans woman acted the shit out of this and the plea for her humanity was a thing that needed saying. I just... the ending is so bad on so many levels.

Seriously, this could have been fucking brilliant (so many good things were in there), and they pissed all over it because the network was too timid to do this properly. I would have been happy with one character being trans (preferably a trans man so we still get a bi/pan Riker), but the non-binary characters not being villians, or with a non-binary love interest for an openly pansexual Riker and it being the inter species aspect creeping out the androgynes, but the way they picked to write it was right up there on worst ways to have the second half of the story run. To us back in 1992, it came off as managing to be biphobic (we didn't have the word "pansexual" yet, at least within my group of pre-world wide web friends, though that is the better word here, I think) and transphobic at the same time.

On a personal note, I was fully out androgyne with partners before this point (only sporadically out in other contexts. In 1992, I had never met another out binary person, and there was zero in the media. Trying to explain it could get exhausting at a time where there was nothing much in the way of resources, cultural awareness, and no web to look things up on. I'd heard of other people in other cultural contexts, but I'm about as white as you can get and those weren't my words to use. I'd picked androgyne for myself more than a decade previous because it was and is the best description, but I was doing it in a vacuum that is hard to explain to people born after 1990 or so. As a result, I only got into it with people who either needed to know or were people who had a reasonable chance of getting it. The number of people worth explaining to got significantly larger when I went back to college, and fully out in all contexts made sense later, but that's a whole other story), and my gorgeous cis-male partner was right in there ranting to our friends as loudly and furiously as I was. It's on my top five list of his finest relationship moments. (Right up there with the time he turned down an invitation to a wedding I was specifically disinvited to, telling them he was not going anywhere I was welcome. he didn't tell me for fear my feelings might be hurt, but his mom told me because she was proud of him and thought he ought to get credit. His mom was A+). Anyway, he got it without me having to explain it as was as disappointed and angry as I was.

- Cause and Effect. Another Groundhog Day episode. I do like that they take Crusher seriously. I know I've said this before, but I really appreciate that when female crew notice weird shit happening Picard never poopoos or gaslights them as often happens in reality. I have noticed that just generally they've really improved on the sexism since season one despite the occasional issues. I am also still confused as to why Data is allowed to play poker, given his special skills. (Same for Geordi, who can see the other side of the cards, but isn't doing it in this episode). Do they blow up the enterprise then take it back every season, or does it just feel that way?

- The First Duty. Still a very hard one to watch. Nicholas is very surface polish, the way we all were at my school. That seems appropriate, considering. This was the point the first time through that I really started wishing they'd been giving Wil Wheaton meatier things to do with Wesley, because this is so well acted. Up until this point he'd had a few decent episodes, but most of it was a writing issue, as I've said like a million times over the last two and a half decades. I am pretty sure that it was after this episode my friends and I started brain storming interesting things they could do with Wesley instead of the usual boring things the writers gave him, al of which were better in my opinion that the things they actually gave poor Mr. Wheaton to do before he was written off entirely. Seriously, the waste of it, to hire someone so brilliant in Stand By Me, who demonstrated over and over his skill by doing his level best with the material he was given, and they only gave him a handful of good scenes and a few decent episodes in the course of half a decade. (I know I keep harping on this for Mr. Wheaton and Ms. Sirtis, but at the time people really did act as if it was their fault the scripts for him, particularly in the first season and for her pretty much six out of seven years, were uneven and made really poor use of of their skills).

I still love the grounds keeper in this. I think every school has at least one. At mine we had two, a dish washer and a wood shop teacher.

- Cost of Living. Ugh. Another Lwaxana Troi episode. This holo program is even more annoying than she is. Mrs. Troi's when you get old you compromise speech was well acted and ouch.


*****

* 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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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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Wednesday, December 28th, 2016
11:11 pm
* Donald Trump is going all out on trying to counter and undermine President's foreign policy even though for the last two hundred plus years we've had a policy of one President at a time when it comes to this most delicate of things, and even though he is to lazy and willfully ignorant to take his daily foreign policy briefings and clearly knows nothing about all the diplomatic situations he's been stomping all over for his amusement. It's infuriating.

Seriously, Peter III of Russia all over again (only with a raging boner for Putin instead of Fredrick the Great of Prussia), only Peter waited for the previous Empress to die before completely borking several generations of diplomacy, treaties, and reforms. I keep thinking of all the damage he did in six months without access to modern things like telephones and twitter. I keep imagining what Trump will do with four years and all those things.

* I still don't understand Trump's reasoning behind wanting to restart the Nuclear arms race. I've lived the first 20ish years of my life expecting to die in a nuclear war at some point and most of my adult life not having that expectation. The latter is far better than the former. When he calls for a nuclear arms race is he wanting say, India, Pakistan, and China to be racing us by dramatically increasing their missile count, or is he wanting to encourage countries like north Korea and Iran to build and threaten us with bombs? Why would even a toddler think this is a good idea? Why did the Republican Party en masse decide in cold blood that a man with the self control of a two year old be allowed to have his finger on the button? I honestly don't understand the logic of any of this, and Trump's surrogates refusing to admit he said he wants to do this is not helping. If he's going to threaten us all with death by mushroom cloud, I think he needs to make a proper policy speech explaining the details.

* "Scandinavian Electronics Store's Trans Themed Holiday Commercial:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/12/scandinavian-electronics-stores-trans.html

* "2016 also took one of the greatest female scientists of all time:" http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/27/us/vera-rubin-dark-matter-astronomy-obit-trnd/index.html

* Debbie Reynolds has joined her daughter, Carrie Fisher.

* "Sweet Dreams. Split Enz 1976 :"

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* Today I picked up the glasses, burned the last of my money on meds, and foraged. I've been struggling with my legs the last few weeks and today was bad. I nearly fell a few times, saved only by the crutch and proximity to bench and wall. (A controlled fall onto a bench is better than a hard uncontrolled landing on pavement, embarrassing, but not apt to do real damage).

Thank you again, glasses Fairy.

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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

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* 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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