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Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
5:41 am
* Donald Trump invented a terror attack on Sweden Saturday in hopes of stirring up more Islamaphobic hatred to further damage our country.

* "Pursuit of shady oligarch a test of DoJ integrity under Trump:"

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* "New Trump NSA pick, McMaster, known for speaking truth to power:"

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* "Trump deportation memos show stripping of immigrant protections:"

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* "John McCain just systematically dismantled Donald Trump’s entire worldview:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/17/john-mccain-just-systematically-dismantled-donald-trumps-entire-worldview/?tid=pm_politics_pop&utm_term=.f0481f26f73e

* "This Is A Test Of The Emergency Broadcasting System:" http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2017/01/30/this-is-a-test-of-the-emergency-broadcasting-system/

* If their plan to literally kill people by denying them health care to pay for tax cuts to the rich is such a good idea, why are they too cowardly to face the people they are choosing to hurt and explain why their suffering is for the good of the .1% to their faces? Don't they at least owe it to the people they are choosing to harm to listen to them? If they are ashamed of their creulty and lack the courage to own up to iut, why can't they simply chose not to harm people? Not harming people in this case merely requires to them to do nothing. Just saying. "Many GOP lawmakers won't hold town halls:"

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* "Texas Orgs Launch 'I Pee With LGBT' Campaign:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/texas-orgs-launch-i-pee-with-lgbt.html

* "Karma Kicks Milo In The Rear:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/karma-kicks-milo-in-rear.html

* Improvement is slow, but ongoing. I am still trying to clear my lungs, but sleep is much easier. I am exhausted pretty much constantly, but I am well enough to read.

* "Beauty Battles Believability in Game of Thrones Costume Design for Margaery Tyrell Part 1:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/margaery-tyrell-costume-part-1/

* Legion has moved into some areas that are triggery for me, but I'm still hanging on. "Legion Sends David to His New Home:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/legion-sends-david-new-home/

* Black Sails XXXII: Fault Lines:

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Monday, February 20th, 2017
3:35 am
* "Manure brokers emerge, alleviate mobilization for a price:" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14317&cataId=nk01502

* TW: Pedophilia. "Alex Acosta and the Jeff Epstein controversy:"

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* "Voter fraud paranoia vs. voting rights protection:"

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* "Who will lead the DNC?:"

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* "The Handmaid’s Tale now Amazon bestseller:"

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* "With Pence gone, fellow Republicans undo his work in Indiana:" http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/09/pence-gone-fellow-republicans-undo-his-work/97699694/

* "While My Grandfather Fought in WWII, My Grandmother Was Locked in a U.S. Concentration Camp:"https://www.aclu.org/blog/while-my-grandfather-fought-wwii-my-grandmother-was-locked-us-concentration-camp

* "Sunday Sweets Goes FULL UNICORN:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/2/19/sunday-sweets-goes-full-unicorn.html

* "Supernatural, Season 12, Episode 12: Stuck in the Middle Of You:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/supernatural-season-12-episode-12-stuck.html

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Sunday, February 19th, 2017
4:37 am
* "Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 70 People At Sufi Shrine In Pakistan:" http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/16/515598245/suicide-bomber-kills-at-least-70-people-at-sufi-shrine-in-pakistan

* "U.S. allies also intercept Russia-Trump adviser communications:" http://www.newsweek.com/allies-intercept-russia-trump-adviser-communications-557283

* "Europe Must Defend Itself Against A Dangerous President:" http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/a-1133177.html

* "Watergate vs. Russiagate:"

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* "Don't Buy Mike Pence's Innocent Act:" http://www.shakesville.com/2017/02/dont-buy-mike-pences-innocent-act.html

* "Chaffetz, Goodlatte ask government watchdog to investigate leaks:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/15/politics/jason-chaffetz-inspector-general/index.html

* "The Trump White House Is Screwed, Big League:" https://newrepublic.com/article/140631/trump-white-house-screwed-big-league

* "Donald Trump Stunned To Learn Presidency Is An Actual Job, His First:" http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/donald-trump-stunned-to-learn-presidency-is-an-actual-j-1792215349

* "Reaching the Moral High Ground and Finding It Barren:" https://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/2017/02/10/reaching-the-moral-high-ground-and-finding-it-barren/

* "Congressman says constituents asking for a town hall are ‘enemies’ of democracy:" https://thinkprogress.org/congressman-says-constituents-asking-for-a-town-hall-are-enemies-of-democracy-a492ea1e3fa0#.wfgir85i3

* "GOP super PAC linked to Paul Ryan used illegally hacked material against Democratic House candidates:" http://www.salon.com/2016/12/14/gop-super-pac-linked-to-paul-ryan-used-illegally-hacked-material-against-democratic-house-candidates-report/

* Parenting and rape Culture. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/157432965382/evanescentanathema-yencid-ozziescribbler

* Props to Larry Wilmore. "Larry Wilmore Puts Milo On Blast:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/larry-wilmore-puts-milo-on-blast.html

* "How the Black Lives Matter movement is mobilizing against Trump:" http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/02/black-lives-matter-versus-trump

* "Flint Residents’ Choice: ‘Pay for Your Poison’ or Have Water Shut Off:" https://rewire.news/article/2017/02/14/flint-residents-choice-pay-for-poison-have-water-shut-off/

* "The Great Unchecked Legislative F*ckfest of 2017:"

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* "Paul Ryan: Portrait in Courage:"

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* "We're Still Not There: A Practical Guide to Resistance:"

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* This is awkward in spots, but mesmerizing. "Stephane Bullion - Florian Magnenet - Morel - Saint-Loup ou le combat des anges:"

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* "Taboo Presents, Oh my God the Delaneys need a Shrink!:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/taboo-presents-delaneys-need-shrink/

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Saturday, February 18th, 2017
5:11 am
* I don't blame him at all. "Exclusive: Trump presser convinced NSC candidate Harward to...:"

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* "JFK on the importance of the press to a free society:"

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* "Trump hits new low as war with press moves beyond just talk:"

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* Donald Trump has declared the free press as "the enemy of the American People."

* "Trump's 3 trips to Mar-A-Lago as president cost an estimated $10 million in federal funds:" https://mic.com/articles/168954/trump-s-3-trips-to-mar-a-lago-as-president-cost-an-estimated-10-million-in-federal-funds?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.X0V8HxIol

* "Trump is already detaining and trying to deport the "Dreamers" Obama said could stay in the country:" https://mic.com/articles/168727/trump-detaining-deport-dreamers-daca-not-criminals?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.7erezL136

* "Rep. Castro: Trump admin. coming for undocumented immigrants:"

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* Scott Pruitt is in as head of EPA, even though he's opposed to everything they stand for and has repeatedly sued them in favor of polluters, and has spent years illegally withholding FOIA documents.

* "Judge's e-mail order could move Pruitt from frying pan to fire:"

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* "The Most Quoted B.S. Myth Inside The Right's Media Bubble:" http://www.cracked.com/blog/a-sadly-necessary-primer-constitutional-rights/

* "Fracking And What New EPA Means For Your Health:" http://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2017/02/17/fracking-and-what-new-epa-means-for-your-health/#3c6d5fb01258

* "Barney Frank: Here's how to successfully lobby your congressperson:" https://mic.com/articles/167878/barney-frank-heres-how-to-not-waste-your-time-pressuring-lawmakers#.3s5dwWzMa

* "Trump At The Westminster Dog Show: Grab 'Em By The Puppy:"

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* I dreamed I'd ordered a Head Full of Bees from Think Geek. No really. It was an artificial hive in the shape of an oversized roman portrait bust. You pulled the trays in and out at the back.

* In other news, I woke in noticeably less terrible shape. I have hopes that antibiotic two will pull me out. I'm still crap, but it's a more functional variety of crap. I promptly burned most of the spoons changing the sheets and pillow cases.

* "Friday Discussion: Isolated Tokens: Being the Only One:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/friday-discussion-isolated-tokens-being.html

* I wish I could afford to have this done. "Crispin Young Wilson is a server hardware repairer from Hood River, Oregon, who also does some painting on the side. On Sunday, Crispin was getting ready for her latest project.:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/bradesposito/look-up-kiddo?utm_term=.kyEE1dQaY#.ktWndj3WZ

* "Six Swans:" https://mtfhod.tumblr.com/post/157390907770/the-six-swans

* "The Frustratingly Harmful LGBT+ Representation in Weiseroff's Westeros:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/frustratingly-harmful-lgbt-representation-weiseroffs-westeros/

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Friday, February 17th, 2017
3:47 am
* TW: Rape. The scare quotes are undeserved. "Theo rape case fuels clashes with police in Paris area:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38957953

* TW: Rape. More details explaining how egregious it was. "Frenchman describes brutal police rape:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38892302

* "Jakarta elections: Governor blasphemy trial overshadows vote:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38965757

* "France election: Fillon spokesman denies tax evasion:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38979894

* "Rep. Maxine Waters on Trump's 'Kremlin Clan':"

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* "Cummings on Trump claim he won't meet:"

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* "Dems shut out of immigration meeting:"

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* "WSJ: US intel officials withholding sensitive info from Trump:"

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* "Trump loses again as travel ban dies in court:"

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* "Trump in-laws' baseball deal stumbles on French ambassadorship:"

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* 45 is so incredibly out of touch with the chaos and incompetence of his own administration and is so unaware of ongoing events like the Flynn scandal and the pulling of the Puzder nomination that he announced today the "Administration is running like a fine tuned machine." O.o

* "Oprah abuse tape too much for White House to bear on Puzder:"

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* "Maddow: What it looks like when a president fails:"

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* "Teachers Caught on Camera Discussing Which Students They’d ‘F*ck, Marry, or Kill’:" http://allblackmedia.com/2017/02/teachers-caught-camera-discussing-students-theyd-fck-marry-kill/

* "The women's strike officially has a date — and it's March 8, International Women's Day:" https://mic.com/articles/168756/the-women-s-strike-officially-has-a-date-and-it-s-march-8-international-women-s-day?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.pMGpYsGAK


* "President Trump's Bats**t Press Conference:"

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* "Jordan Klepper Fingers the Pulse - Streets Named Dick Edition:"

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* "Ezra Edelman - Drawing Parallels Between Then & Now in "O.J.: Made in America":"

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* "The 2017 Remake Of 'The Usual Suspects':"

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* "So Much Russian Influence, So Little Time:"

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* "Donald Trump Wows At First Solo Stress Conference:"

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* I am finding this infection really exhausting and it feels pretty damned endless. I an feel things shifting with the new antibiotic, but I can't tell yet if I'm improving, or if the sinus infection is re-colonizing my lungs. I keep having to do things like take a half hour cough break.

* "The Expanse Brings Sacrifice And Harder Choices:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/the-expanse-s02-e04/


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Thursday, February 16th, 2017
12:04 am
* "Kim Jong-nam: Second woman arrested over airport poisoning:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38988981

* "Can Americans get an impartial Trump inquiry?:"

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* "‘Unbelievable Turmoil’: Trump’s First Month Leaves Washington Reeling:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/us/politics/trump-white-house.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

* "The Daily 202: Did Mike Pence get burned by Michael Flynn?:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/02/10/daily-202-did-mike-pence-get-burned-by-michael-flynn/589d13ffe9b69b1406c75ca2/?utm_term=.2b4e86c85965

* "Justice Department warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, officials say:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/world/national-security/justice-department-warned-white-house-that-flynn-could-be-vulnerable-to-russian-blackmail-officials-say/2017/02/13/fc5dab88-f228-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html

* Andy Puzder, the Hardees/Carl's Jr.'s guy who wants to replace worker's with Robots who was nominated for Secretary of Labor, has been pulled on account of extreme spousal abuse. Oddly enough, Steve Bannon, with a similar history is somehow still in the white House pulling strings.

* Fuck’s sake, Democrats get your asses in gear. "DCCC weak contesting Georgia district Trump barely won:"

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* "Rest In Power and Peace, Jo Jo Striker:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/rest-in-power-and-peace-jo-jo-striker.html

* "Laverne Cox Urges Grammy Audience To "Google Gavin Grimm"':" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/laverne-cox-urges-grammy-audience-to.html

* "Laverne Cox - Exploring All Sides of Justice on "Doubt":"

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* "Michael Flynn's White House Tenure: It's Funny 'Cause It's Treason:"

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* "Andrew Garfield And Idina Menzel Star In A Movie Written By Kids:"

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* "Ivanka Trump Hearts Justin Trudeau:"

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* "Michael Flynn Becomes the First Casualty of the Trump Administration:"

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* "The GOP Weasels Out of Questions About Michael Flynn-:"

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* "Toby Stephens: CBeebies Bedtime Stories - Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs Missing Treasure!:"

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* Things needed doing, so I masked up and dragged myself out to do them, despite getting out of breath on the walk to the bathroom. I needed to do a small thing for a neighborhood friend and go to the Doctor (of course), but also we were running out of key food items which meant forage and a grocery store not in my neighborhood.

Something happened at forage that I wanted to mention, particularly as a reminder to able bodied people. DO NOT GRAB SOMEONE'S CRUTCH or other mobility device away from them. Yes, even if you think you are helping. Look, I know she thought she was helping, but she really, really wasn't. The carts there have an open work design, that means I can't just toss the crutch into the basket and have it stay there, so I have this plastic flat that once held plant starts that I put on the lower racks, and I slide the crutch through the top slots, with the flat holding the bottom of the crutch to keep it falling through the grate. It frees up my hands, keeps the crutch out of everyone's way, and I can use the cart as a walker but still have the crutch for when I need it. Only, the flat got knocked askew, so I'm bent over coughing, trying to resettle the flat and the crutch on the bottom rack. I just get everything reseated and ready to go when the wel meaning white lady yanks the crutch from my hands and out of it's slot, knocking the rack out of place and endangering my balance, meaning I had to retrieve my crutch from her and bend over again to readjust the rack and make sure everything is properly put back together. It would have been half the time and half the coughing if she'd just LEFT THE CRUTCH ALONE. She thought she was helping, but she undid my work because she assumed incorrectly the point of the exercise, and it didn't occur to her to ask first. Look, it's rude anyway, as that is essentially a body part, even though it's detached, but the point I'm making here, is you can't read my mind. You see me doing something, it may or may not be what you think I'm doing. I've been dealing with my spinal damage a loooong time. I know the safest way to alight from a bus and how to shop with an inconvenient basket design. I literally brought a plastic plant flat in from my car to put in my cart because I knew in advance I would need one.

I am absolutely not saying you shouldn't ask if I need help carrying something or whatever, because I often really do need that sort of help, but the magic word here is ASK. Consent is magic. "Would you like a hand with that?" is polite. Grabbing my crutch isn't. Yes, even if you really do mean well.

In other adventures in disability, I was behind a nice Ukrainian couple in line. He was mostly collecting the food, going back and forth with her to consult, while she mostly managed the children. The boy was five or six and I'd guess the girl was maybe four. she needed a lot more monitoring , and was tired, I think. Th boy was quiet and well behaved, and so they were mostly just corralling him in when he started to drift out of orbit without really paying attention to him. He was staring at me wide eyed and silent. Look, I'm a middle aged, goth with long hair, ambiguous gender presentation, a crutch, and a surgical mask, gasping like a fish out of water because I am having to shuffle around with an infection because milk and bread do not spontaneously generate. I get it, I really do. The stares are significantly less flattering than the ones I got back when I was a high goth androgyny with a tiger striped Mohawk, but people have been staring at me for one reason or another since I was twelve and I am used to it. If it had been an adult gaping at me like that, I likely would have been shirty, but I have a policy with small children where I give a sound bite explanation of whatever is causing the curiosity/distress/whatever, because I can remember being three and wondering why the guy on the bus had a constellation drawn on his face and I feel like it's more normalizing to explain a disability to a small child than to let it be an object of unspeakable taboo curiosity. This kid was too old to shout loud qquestions, but too young to dissemble interest, which says teachable moment to me. I figure better I explain to some little kid that some people have spinal damage you can't see and need help walking than have them assume walking is all or nothing with disability; or as in this case that some people have sick lungs and need a mask to protect themselves and others. I don't have a lot of feelings to hurt and other people might, and this way next time the little guy sees someone with a mask, he'll likely think 'oh, someone with lung trouble' and not stare. I do not think the parents noticed. She was fussing with the little girl and he was getting bread,

Apparently the other antibiotic was good for lung infections, but not sinus ones, hence me seeming to improve and then reversing on it. I just started yet another antibiotic.


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Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
11:59 am
* "Indian Rocket Prepares to Launch 104 Satellites at Once:" http://www.seeker.com/india-rocket-launch-satellites-flock-dove-payload-record-2261546010.html

* "Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/14/politics/donald-trump-aides-russians-campaign/index.html

* "'That Makes No Sense': Matt Lauer Eviscerates Kellyanne Conway's Defense of Trump's Handling of Flynn Scandal:" http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/_that_makes_no_sense_matt_lauer_eviscerates_kellyanne_conway_s_defense_of_administration_handling_of_flynn_scandal

* "Stephen Miller is the latest liar and bigot on Team Trump:" http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-stephen-miller-latest-liar-bigot-team-trump-article-1.2971639

* "Pansy Division - Luv Luv Luv:"

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* "Bright Eyes - Lover I Don't Have to Love:"

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* "The Mountain Goats - No Children :"

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* "The Unpleasant Night:"

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* "Billy Bragg, "The Saturday Boy":"

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* NWS "George Hannah - The Boy In The Boat:"

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* "Soft Cell Tainted Love:"

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* I went out for another twenty dollars worth of meds I can't afford for the upper respiratory infection that is currently causing the problem, as I need those if I want to sleep instead of just coughing my lungs out. In the end the antibiotics cleared out the deep lung infection, fever, and the nasty one in my mouth, but It's looking like the sinus infection and half the cough are viral, which is a thing that happens with me. It's looking like I can tolerate short bursts of extremely low dose prednisone better than the normal dose which is super good to know. It's not something I'd do to myself voluntarily except as an extreme measure, but I wasn't trapped in bed like last time. In any case that is over with, today being final dose. I catch one thing and other things take advantage and move in. I can sleep if I prop and take the meds, so out I went. The short trip to the OTC drugs and book drop post rush hour was also a trial run to see if I am safe to drive, as the streets were lightly trafficked. I have doctor tomorrow again. We'll see how it goes.

* I've been craving Mountain Goats and Bright Eyes pretty much constantly since early January. It finally dawned on me that I am mourning. Oh, not the acute stage. I want things like Cohen's Hallelujah for the memorial service and things like the Pogues for the Wake. No one is as good for a wake as the Pogues, I've found. No, Bright Eyes and Mountain Goats are for the long slow moths of grieving. After my Soldier, I'd sometimes wake up to discover I'd put "Easy/Lucky/Free" on auto repeat at some point in the night and had curled up around the boom box like a fist, my ear pressed to the speaker. I'm not entirely sure why they suit that stage of grief so well, but this time I have a theory. Alexander Adams once said something in a concert song intro about working with At Risk Kids and how they liked the darkest songs the best. I think it's the same phenomenon. Songs like that aren't pretending everything is all right. As beautiful and intricate as the poetry is in "Tallahassee," it is in the service of describing in the most intimate of detail exactly how bad things are. The incredibly vulnerability in a lot of connor Oberst's work (I have often wondered what it must be like to sing over and over about a failed suicide attempt in concerts, for example. Is it torment or catharsis?), and the raw pain in his broken voice juxtaposed with often soothing melody line really does feel like working through some serious shit. This is the music of things gone terribly wrong, and yet, and yet it helps to have the pain and fucked upedness validated. It rather helps me get on with it anyway.

I've been morning my country instead of yet another dead lover, but it's the same principle, really. Of course "If you're still free start running away!" and "The Cellar Door is an Open throat." I wish my boom box still worked so I could curl up Around "Easy/Lucky/Free" again without the neighbors wanting to kill me.

* zeyr has be randomly all over what dreams I have. Opening a dojo. In the court of the fae. Everywhere.

* "The Paintings used in ‘Black Sails’ (Part 13) and Marcus Aurelius’ “Meditations” :" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/157000755717/the-paintings-used-in-black-sails-part-13-and


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5:58 am
* "Meet Aisha, a former antelope hunter who now tracks Boko Haram:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/08/antelope-hunter-boko-haram-nigeria

* "Turks and Caicos: Where women hold the top jobs:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38679913

* "Maddow: Careening Trump White House invites disaster:"

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* "Spousal abuse testimony on Oprah a factor in Puzder confirmation:"

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* The horrible Mnuchin is in. Flynn's out over the whole possible espionage, violation of the Logan Act/Russian Blackmail thing.

* I am not angry at people voting for Schulkin to pass through, though I am for those who voted for most of the rest of them. He's an Obama hold over and a reasonable choice. He's on the vert short list with Gen. Mattis and ... IDK, maybe Elaine Chao, of people who'd be acceptable in a year when Republicans weren't rubber stamping criminals and incompetents an actual vetting was going on.

* It's time for another round of "Who's in Donald Trump's Cabinet?:" https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/trump-cabinet-tracker/510527/

* "Donald Trump signs executive order giving police more authority:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-sign-executive-order-police-more-authority-murder-shooting-us-president-jeff-sessions-a7572001.html

* "Time to pull out again: The 14 Points of Fascism:" http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/11/20/1452457/-Time-to-pull-out-again-The-14-Points-of-Fascism

* "This is what Republicans try to demonize for political gain. Think about it.:" http://awkward0w1.tumblr.com/post/157223842323

* "What Steve Bannon Wants You to Read:" http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/02/steve-bannon-books-reading-list-214745

* "Danger of gutted spillway still looms over Oroville Dam:"

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* "The Troubling Resurgence of Racial Slurs Like ‘Shvartze’ and ‘Kushi:" http://forward.com/opinion/361625/michael-twitty-black-jewish-relations/?utm_content=buffer52cb7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "Elaine Welteroth & Phillip Picardi - How Teen Vogue Has Grown Up:"

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* "Phyllis Mae Dailey, The First Black Navy Nurse:" http://blackdoctor.org/483585/phyllis-mae-dailey/

* "10 Black women trailblazers who are overlooked during Black History Month:" http://www.revelist.com/race/black-women-trailblazers/6758

* Bruno Mars and Morris Day and the Time ripped it up at the Grammys in there Tribute to Prince. Seriously, this was brilliant and right.: https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/157223932408/agoraphobic-ecologist-prince-grammy-tribute

* This is cheesy, but it made me weep: http://sodiumflare.tumblr.com/post/157222892030/hogwartshiddenswimmingpool-a-glorious-dawn

* "Trump's Open-Air Situation Room:"

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* “Smeagol in a Suit” *snerk* "Profiles in Tremendousness - Senior Adviser Stephen Miller:"

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* "Stephen Miller, You're Invited To Tell Lies On The Late Show:"

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* "Laverne Cox Did Not Cry While Meeting Beyoncé:"

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* I found an angle that completely thrashes my torso muscles, but which allowed sleep. Tavy was pleased as he got on the human sleeps as is proper. I need to go out for supplementary meds tomorrow, which I do not want to do. I think the antibiotics are working after all, though I have doubts if it will be enough having just swallowed the last one. I'm at the sorting out how much of the crappiness is infection and how much is meds stage. I can make it to the bathroom without getting seriously winded, which is progress.

* This is brilliant and I'm now all for the Billy = Miranda+Thomas theory. "Parallels between Billy and Miranda & Musical Instruments on ‘Black Sails’:" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/157212001302/parallels-between-billy-and-miranda-musical

* I've been quietly loathing the giant Teddy bear add that is full of lines that make it clear the giant Teddy bear is meant to signal cock size and in the grossest possible way making it clear if a guy buys this bear he will somehow definately get laid, even though this is not consistent with the reaction of any woman I've ever met. I never actually looked up. Until tonight. Me: Where are they going to store that thing. It's huge! What adult woman would want a human sized bear... Oh! The guy is fucking the BEAR! He is pretending it's a romantic gift for her, but the commercial is clearly all about a socially acceptable excuse to buy a man sized sex toy and justify it.

You'd think given my sexual history, I would not be this naive, but there You have it. No wonder they are showing it late nights with the vibrator and boner pill ads.

* "The Walking Dead, Season Seven, Episode Seven: Rock In The Road:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/the-walking-dead-season-seven-episode.html

* "Emerald City, Season One, Episode Seven: They Came First:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/emerald-city-season-one-episode-seven.html

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Monday, February 13th, 2017
5:23 am - Black Sails XXXI: Tragedy, Oracles, and Adventures in Foreshadowing
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Sunday, February 12th, 2017
11:01 pm
* "New Zealand whales: Hundreds refloat on high tide at Farewell Spit:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38942763

* "Amnesty: Philippine police 'planned' drug war killings:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38823938

* "Philippines to suspend drug war to clean up 'corrupt' police:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38793008

* "Trump’s support of gays is right out of the European far-right playbook:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/02/01/trumps-support-of-gays-is-right-out-of-the-european-far-right-playbook/?postshare=4521485976048931&tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.ed3253368caf

* "Steve Bannon’s War with Islam: Trump May Not Even Understand His Adviser’s Apocalyptic Vision:" http://www.alternet.org/visions/steve-bannons-war-islam-trump-may-not-even-understand-his-advisers-apocalyptic-vision

* "Jeff Sessions and the Islamophobia Industry:" https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/02/jeff-sessions-attorney-general-trump-islamophobia-breitbart-horowitz/

* "Army veterans return to Standing Rock to form a human shield against police :" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/11/standing-rock-army-veterans-camp?CMP=fb_gu

* "The decision to finish the Dakota Access Pipeline may have been illegal:" https://news.vice.com/story/the-decision-to-finish-the-dakota-access-pipeline-may-have-been-illegal

* "Sean Spicer Press Conference Cold Open - SNL :"

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* "Russell Stover - SNL:"

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* "Trump People's Court - SNL:"

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* The new meds regime bought me four hours of sleep. I woke to find I am already sick from my allergy to prednisone, which doesn't surprise me at all. I do not know how bad it's going to get, as this is a tiny dose and it's been over twenty years since the other time. It is bad enough I'm already having trouble with basic functioning. If I drop stitches as it were, it's because I'm having trouble with things like stringing sentences together, keeping the prednisone shakes from interfering with things like typing, and sitting up. Unfortunately, lying down isn't an option either with these lungs as I'm already having to take way more drugs than I'm comfortable with to win four hours of prone breathing and I'm not willing to do more than that in a 24 hour period.

They have postponed the dolphin festival until March for me, which is terribly sweet of them, especially as I didn't ask them to, having thought at the time (Friday evening) that I'd be together enough to run my first event today. They cleverly saw better than I. No way am I well enough for one on one, let along the mental and physical demands of events. It is taking a frustrating long time just putting this together.

I fucking hate prednisone. I took the second pill anyway. Two more days of this to go.

Anyway, I apologize in advance for the commitments online and off that I am likely about to blow off by accident and what is likely to be shitty service in my feed. I can't remember exactly how long it took me to recover last time. I think I missed a week or so of work, but different doses and a was still an athlete then.

* Tavy Button and I were watching Mandiba, with him draped across my leg for pettins after dinner. He was scared when the men with dogs came for Nelson Mandela, all wide eyed and poised for flight. I stroked his back and did blinky eyes at him, and he blinked back and relaxed. That is trust.

* The worst thing with prednisone for me is the combination of dizziness, heart palpitations, and extreme weakness. (I am not kidding when I say this is a drug i am really, really not supposed to be on and did not consent to lightly). There is a reason that even the very short trip to the bathroom is an exhausting ordeal when I am on it. A very kind Internet has sent me what looks like two or three days worth of Thai food via Vikingfoods, for which I am incredibly grateful. Thank you, my benefactor! It is a huge load off my mind that I won't have to cook like this.

* "Home and Home:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/157169421847/jemyoshioka-home-home-the-final-comic-in-my

* "Supernatural, Season 12, Episode 11: Regarding Dean:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/supernatural-season-12-episode-11.html


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2:23 am
* "Trump's national security adviser under fire:"

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* He deliberately made them base there and is charging them money for it. "Thanks to the Pentagon, the American taxpayer may get a new landlord: Donald Trump:" https://mic.com/articles/168010/pentagon-trump-tower-taxpayer-donald-trump-landlord?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.cfBQ9ERvQ

* "Immigration crackdown under Trump?:"

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* "Trump threatens to defund California:"

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* The sleep attempt failed, as every time I started to drift off to sleep, it was like sand was filling my lungs. I managed to score an emergency Doctor appointment. they nearly forced me to go to the emergency room instead, but I pointed out that's an 8-12 hour wait on a Saturday with me coughing in the waiting room with no access to treatment, which would not be pleasant for anybody. They ended up adding a couple more meds, one of which I am allergic to, but she thinks we can get away with four days at a low dose. (Not anaphalactic, but the last time I took it I was still a healthy athlete and was bedridden for a week, barely able to make it to the bathroom). I did manage a couple of cough interrupted hours of sleep with the new meds. They kept me all afternoon because they were worried about oxygen levels.

Poor Tavy his having a really hard time with it. He just wants to curl up on his human for a cuddle nap, but the human is making terrible sounds and was gone for hours and is not following the schedule and is clearly sick and can't lie still. It's starting to freak him out, I can tell.

* A few of you have asked recently, and I suspect others of you are curious, so here is the basic FAQ on the main things wrong with me (there are others, but these two are why I'm Federally disabled).

I have Ankylosing Spondalytis (which is an autoimmune disease similar to lupus and rheumatoid arthritis) and cystic fibrosis carrier syndrome, which means my lungs are weak, prone to damage, gradually degenerating on their own, and I catch basically everything airborne I'm exposed to. AS and CF Carrier are a bad combination as the CF carrier rules out a lot of the meds that help slow AS degeneration, and the AS means that my immune system is way more interested in eating bits of me it doesn't approve of like the cartilage in my spine than in fighting off the invaders my genetically borked lungs let in. There is a particularly brutal bronchitis going around. They are dropping like flies at area nursing homes. Like nursing home residents and AIDS patients, people like me tend to get hit hard in epidemics like this. It's normal. One day, I will catch something like this, my lungs will collapse and i will die. This is how my Mother went and her Aunt Ruth. My mother's sister with full blown CF died in college of pneumonia. Before antibiotics, people with cf carrier tended to die young of things like pneumonia, bronchitis, etc.. The antibiotic revolution let folks live a lot longer. Aunt Ruth was in her 70's. My Mother was 70. Not a bad span, but the quality of life is a lot lower. It is in the nature of it.

This infection is very serious, even by my standards, and I had MRSA in my lungs for six months that one time, but this isn't the one that will kill me.

Side Note: this is why it's Ableist to mock people for doing activism at home, not that any of my followers are likely to do such a thing, but it might help you explain it to friends. Not only is it physically painful and exhausting to me to go to things like protests and rallies in person, jeopardizing my ability to, say, feed and bath myself that week, but it also exposes me to pathogens in quantity my body flat out can't handle, and the more damage serious infections do, the more scarring on my lungs, the more undermined what passes for my immune system is, the more years I lose not only off my life span, but the more years I lose off my doesn't need a portable oxygen tank time, etc.. Rev. Barber, for example, is already a fucking hero if you are only counting the work he's done with moral Mondays. When you consider he is doing it with AS, and likely his every step is agony... yeah. I honor those of us with disabilities who go out there at greater cost and risk, but not all of us can do it. And that's just me. Consider someone who is agoraphobic or has serious anxiety or whose autism or SID make being in crowds incredibly fucking difficult. (I also happen to have SID and I really don't deal well with Strangers touching me which happens at big protests and marches). It's ablest to treat folks with extra challenges like this as lazy and mock us for choosing the sort of activism that better suits our strengths and doesn't come with a massive extra cost other people don't have to consider. We aren't slacktavists, we are people who are trying our hardest and it's a shitty thing to attack us for wanting to be able to, say walk to the toilet under our own power tomorrow, or not deal with a week of serious sensory over load when the person doing the mocking never has to make that kind of choice, and it's not like there aren't a whole host of things, like phoning Congress critters to complain that are also effective.

* Legion has a really interesting aesthetic, but if you are planning on watching it and haven't yet it includes attempted rape, suicide, and a lot of things that might be triggering around gas lighting and institutionalization. I really liked the Aubry Plaza character, which I am told is a middle aged man in the comics (which I haven't read) and they deliberately didn't change anything else about the character except age and gender, which is rather brilliant. I am not sure how I feel about the way the Institution is depicted and I am generally wary of the trope where a person is not mentally ill but institutionalized for power. I do plan to stick with it, because it's well executed and they really have gotten me interested in the mauin character and the hell is going on.

* "Aragorn Questions, Boromir Departs, and the Two Towers Takes Off:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/aragorn-boromir-two-towers-takes-off/

* "The Riders of Rohan Bring The Two Towers into Focus:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/riders-rohan-two-towers/


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Saturday, February 11th, 2017
7:14 am
* "House Intel Committee looking at legality of Flynn Russia contact:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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2:50 am - It turns out I really should have let them take the chest x-ray.
I am exhausted because I'm too sick too get much sleep, so I thought, ill go to bed early. I took all the precautions. I did a lung treatment, I took a hot epsom bath, letting the steam loosen things up. Unfortunately there was a drama with Tavy that undid the bath, but I had reasonable expectation of sleep. I carefully eased my way down to sleep position so as to stress my lungs as little as possible. I did everything right, but my lungs kept doing this thing that sounded like sucking up the last of a milkshake through a straw which felt terrible and hurt like you wouldn't believe, but I tried the controlled breathing trick, because sometimes, if I hold it long enough I can sleep with my ribs expanded. It hurts, but I often get a few hours of sleep out of it when things are bad. I drifted off to sleep, but I'm apparently too ill to keep that kind of physical control while unconscious. I woke up suffocating. I sorted that out, tried again, woke up suffocating with the feeling like someone had taken knives to the inside of my lungs. I propped myself up into the safest lung position and was tired enough I managed to drift off sitting up. Woke up suffocating immediately. Tried a couple other angles of sitting up, woke up suffocating.

Me: So if I fall asleep, I get knives in my lungs. Isn't this basically the plot of Nightmare on Elm Street?

I spent a couple of hours with the disciplined breathing trick, came out for some magic soup and Popsicle because I forgot and chewed a bite with the wrong teeth. I can manage as long as I stay awake, but how long can that last? I have to make it to Wednesday for a Doctor, or alternately if the antibiotics kick in for the lungs, I'll be fine. How bad does it have to get to constitute an ER grade Emergency? Squirrel's at work, so I couldn't go now even if I wanted to. If one goes and it isn't what insurance calls an Emergency, then they don't cover and I can't afford that. I am so fucking tired and i haven't had proper sleep in a week.

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Friday, February 10th, 2017
5:53 pm
* "13,000 people hanged in secret at Syrian prison, Amnesty says:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/07/middleeast/syria-executions-amnesty-international-report/

* "In call with Putin, Trump denounced Obama-era nuclear arms treaty:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-putin-idUSKBN15O2A5

* "National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/national-security-adviser-flynn-discussed-sanctions-with-russian-ambassador-despite-denials-officials-say/2017/02/09/f85b29d6-ee11-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_usrussia-%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.07f8756a3677

* "Court hands Trump a loss and a civics lesson in ban ruling:"

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* "Poll shows worldview gap between Trump voters, Americans broadly:"

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* "Trump a one-man constitutional crisis: ACLU executive director:"

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* "The March To Impeachment:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/march-to-impeachment_us_5897b401e4b0406131376a32

* "U.S. appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump's travel ban:" http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/world/trump-travel-ban-decision-us-appeals-court-1.3974941

* "Congress has the power to obtain and release Trump’s tax returns:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/congress-has-the-power-to-obtain-and-release-trumps-tax-returns/2017/02/07/aa53254c-ea63-11e6-80c2-30e57e57e05d_story.html?postshare=5731486486568446&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.48b5b77660c2

* "White House says Conway has been ‘counseled’ after touting Ivanka Trump’s products:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/conway-may-have-broken-key-ethics-rule-by-touting-ivanka-trumps-products-experts-say/2017/02/09/fd1cc64a-eeda-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?utm_term=.16f97a9beb59

* "GOP lawmaker proposes abolishing Department of Education:" http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/318310-gop-lawmaker-proposes-abolishing-department-of-education#.WJo5NvmB2Lo.twitter

* "Republican congressman says white terrorists are different:" https://thinkprogress.org/republican-congressman-says-white-terrorists-are-different-24c7fc75e255#.q8of5iy2f

* "Sex scandalized Alabama gov appointment sparks corruption outcry:"

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* Proof I'm not a Proper Adult #15: The name "Luther Strange" sounds like a cut rate super villain to me.

* Notes from the resistance. Don't give up. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/157082408247/foxnewsfuckfest-invisiblelad-shanoniusrex

* "Laura Jane Grace - Discovering Gender Identity in "Tranny":"

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* "South Africa Shows the U.S. Senate How to Duke It Out:"

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* "The Trump Family's White House Hustle:"

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* Bronchitis/Sinus infection/Mouth Infection update: It rained and I was able to score emergency cancellation doctor appointment Thursday. I had next to no sleep, but it was clear I'd be in the emergency room if I didn't grab my window. I had to lie down all evening to recover. Squirrel drove me, but it was still a lot of shuffling about while coughing. Thanks to donations the car tabs are covered and I'm only projected to be about 80 under on my bills this month.

Today a friend dropped off some magic soup. I managed about a third of it, and will be eating it all weekend, which is normal for me. (Magic soup is a last resort and thus something I only do once every few years when it gets really bad. I think last time was during the MRSA). My mouth had healed enough overnight for me to chew a little, though I had to take a pain pill after.

The antibiotics are starting to work, but it'll be a couple of days before I know if these are the right ones for this infection set. However, I can't hear my lungs growling, etc when I am still, so that is real progress. I am pretty sure this antibiotic is working for the sinus infection and the sores in my mouth. The small ones have healed over night, the medium ones are down to nuisance and the really bad one is no longer very hot and tasting of serious infection, though it is still swollen and a bit mauled. It's the lungs I'm not sure of. I'm okay if I stay completely still except for my arms, but that is hard to do.

Tavy figured out with previous infections the difference between a normal cough and serious problem losing control of my limbs cough and also the sound I make when I am suffocating. Being a clever little button, he is up and off right away and when it's really bad he waits it out in another room. This is incredibly helpful as there is a lot of uncoordinated flailing and I could kick or fall on him if he clung. He sensibly waits until I quiet to come hang out. When I do get up, I make sure he gets lots of wild rumpus time with the strings to make up for all the still and quiet he's having to be. I'm still to sick to sleep properly, but overall, progress.

* Black Sails XXX:

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Thursday, February 9th, 2017
5:40 am
* "The village aiming to create a white utopia:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38881349

* "Israel passes controversial law on West Bank settlements:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38888649

* "Trump loses case to cover Jr's failure, lawyer lies to TRMS:"

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* Jeff Sessions is in. The KKK is now in charge of the Justice Department.

I bet Thaddeus Stevens and Charles Sumner are rolling in their graves.

* "Sessions confirmed: 'Republicans are scared of Trump':"

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* "Senator Schumer: Sessions 'doesn't belong there' in AG office:"

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* "Republican actions on race are no accident:"

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* I am in the habit of "correcting" in my head words I hear that are the wrong ones on news programs. I routinely correct mistaken country pronunciations and the word "nuclear" when it's pronounced "Nukyoular" because I don't want to mispronounce things myself from hearing them mispronounced often. I also change words in my head as a gloss when the wrong one is used to push a political agenda. For example, when the BBC calls people fleeing the violence in Syria "migrants" when those are clearly refugees under international law, my brain auto corrects as it were, or when a Republican deliberately mispronounces "Democratic" as I micro-agression, or when Republicans try to dehumanize undocumented people as "illegals". I do this with slurs too. I do it because I never want to get in the habit of lazily treating the mislabeling people for political and/or bigoted reasons as normal. I feel that if I do the corrective in my head it keeps me from falling into those ways of thinking. This is also why in my journal, when I see police attacking unarmed protesters, I say the "police rioted." It's a correct use of the word "riot," unlike the way the media unthinkingly labels the people being attacked as rioters if the people being attacked aren't white. Similarly, I see the police killing unarmed innocent children, I call that murder, because that clearly is. I use the words this way because the media doesn't. For example, they say "a child was killed." No, two grown men chose to do a drive by on a child playing in the snow, murdering him, then lied to cover it up. Because pretending humans didn't do it on purpose makes it an unpreventable disaster, when clearly that murder was preventable.

Anyway, I just caught my brain auto correcting "Sean Spicer said" to "Sean Spicer lied."

* "Schumer slams Gorsuch condemnation of Trump as weak:"

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* Republicans are so in favour of Russia being able to hack our elections that they are planning to abolish the Election Assistance Commission on the because they claim that assuring fair elections is "fluff." Call your Congress Critter now to save the one body in our government that works to protect voting machines and related infrastructure from tampering.


* "Ted Cruz vs. Bernie Sanders: An Obamacare Debate:"

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* "President Trump Takes on Nordstrom:"

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* "Elizabeth Warren Reacts to Being Silenced:"

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
6:11 am
* "Zimbabwe widows fighting in-laws who leave them destitute:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38853602

* "Yemen Withdraws Permission for U.S. Antiterror Ground Missions:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/world/middleeast/yemen-special-operations-missions.html?smid=tw-share

* "Trump as Nero: Europe Must Defend Itself Against A Dangerous President:" http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/a-1133177-amp.html

* "Donald Trump will not be allowed to address Parliament on UK state visit, Speaker says:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/donald-trump-uk-state-visit-speaker-address-parliament-a7565651.html

* "Trump Gets Snubbed By British Parliament :" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/trump-gets-snubbed-by-british-parliament.html

* "A new poll shows a surprisingly big public swing against Trump’s travel ban:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/02/07/a-new-poll-shows-a-surprisingly-big-public-swing-against-trumps-muslim-ban/?utm_term=.9440d14d57ae

* "For Trump, it's nighttime in America:"

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* So Trump is literally in favor of abusing puppies and kittens. "Trump's USDA drops animal abuse reports, tries to blame Obama:"

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* I'm not a Hamiltonian, even though I do support his financial policies. (Look, my take on Founding fathers and the politics around the constitution are extremely complex, and we've no time for them here. My take on RL Hamilton as opposed to the musical have evolved over a lifetime, and ar of the same complexity as, say, my views on john Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin). Which is to say, I strongly suspect Mr. Yoo and I clearly have different 18th century politics and thus likely have pretty different views about modern American politics as a result, but he has a lot of really interesting things to say here. Why do I mention this? Because people assume I agree with every point of every article I post and occasionally demand I defend positions I don't hold. I am posting this because it makes a lot of interesting points, some of which I agree with and some other points I'd love to argue about at a dinner party with the author. "Executive Power Run Amok:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/06/opinion/executive-power-run-amok.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=1

* "President Trump is now speculating that the media is covering up terrorist attacks:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/02/06/president-trump-is-now-speculating-that-the-media-is-covering-up-terrorist-attacks/?utm_term=.e94a1019a838

* "It’s Not Just Rhetoric Anymore. Government by White Nationalism Is Upon Us.:" http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/cover_story/2017/02/government_by_white_nationalism_is_upon_us.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_ru

* O.o I hate the ableist title, but this is something people need to know that isn't getting coverage. "The craziest politician in Washington last week was not Donald Trump:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/02/06/the-craziest-politician-in-washington-last-week-was-not-donald-trump/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.ba9348527b83

* "Never Believe the Republicans’ B.S. Ever Again:" https://newrepublic.com/article/140430/never-believe-republicans-bs-ever

* Want to keep tabs on who's who and how far they are in the confirmation process on the Cabinet of Deplorables? "CHART: The Status Of Trump Administration's Key Members:" http://www.npr.org/2016/11/18/502575561/chart-whos-who-in-the-future-trump-administration

* "McConnell turns up heat on Sessions hearing with attack on Warren:"

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* "Senator Tester: 'Plenty of reasons to vote no' on Jeff Sessions:"

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* "What can Betsy DeVos do to American schools?:"

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* "Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump:" http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-airport-inhumanity-20170206-story.html

* This was really good and included things like the human rights abuses routinely perpetrated on intersex children, inter-generational differences, and interviews non-binary people, instead of just the usual binary 101 things. "Gender Revolution: Working For Change:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/gender-revolution-working-for-change.html

* "Somewhere in America:" https://www.amara.org/en/videos/1YqQLGggChbf/info/bnv14-finals-los-angeles-somewhere-in-america/

* "Trump Is Literally Keeping His Staffers In The Dark:"

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* "Stephen Colbert Is A Bowling Green Massacre Truther:"

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* "Trump Says Voter Fraud. Stephen Says Bull.:"

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* "Team Trump Lists "Underreported" Terror Attacks:"

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* "Emerald City, Season One, Episode Six: Beautiful Wickedness:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/emerald-city-season-one-episode-six.html

* Wait, is Emerald City about Trump?

* TNG Rewatch, Season 5/6:

- Time's Arrow. (I'm combining a two parter). So this is the one where Data goes back in time and an away team goes after him. I remember liking this one when it was new. I love Guinan's dress. I love Whoopi Goldberg's performance in the Twain intro scene even more. I was way more up on my Clemens when this first aired than I am now, but I do remember having serious issues with where this was on Clemens' real life history and thinking his reaction was not what one would expect this late in his life, given his depression and solipsism, but I'm honestly not up to doing the research it would take to see if this recollection is correct. Picard and Guinan have real chemistry in this one.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
10:47 pm
* Betsy DeVos is in, despite being impressively ignorant and being in favour of destroying Public Schools.

* They are censuring Elizabeth Warren for impugning Jeff Sessions by reading Coretta Scott King's letter from his last confirmation hearing in which Republicans found him too racist for the Federal judiciary into the current congressional record as part of his confirmation hearing for Attorney General. True things that are pertinent to his fitness to serve are being considered a slur, basically. If the truth is an insult, isn't that rather disqualifying? How can they hold fair hearings if evidence is barred on the grounds that it that shows he is unfit? How does this make any sense at all?

A white man silenced Coretta Scott King and censored her words during Black History Month.

Mitch McConnell, a white male Republican, wants to remind you that accurately pointing out evidence that someone is a racist is way more offensive than being one and taking away the right to vote from citizens of colour because of that racism.

* I am posting this again as Elizabeth Warren just got silenced for trying to read it into the Congressional record. "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=.0dfc79385b6e

* "There's A Reason I Wasn't Feeling Gaga's Show Last Night:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/theres-reason-i-wasnt-feeling-gagas.html

* I am now too sick to sleep longer than 10 minutes or so at a stretch. As a result my mental acuity in not what it ought to be. I apologize for the ways this is likely to effect postings, but there is nothing much to be done about it. I can't afford to be sick, as I need to raising about $70.00 for annual car registration, plus I'm about $150.00 behind on other bills, which means I ought to be selling off more BPALs, but I am a germ factory right now and no way am I handling oils like this. Grrr.

I am a couple hours in on the Black Sails Commentary, but I can't guarantee speed with my head the way it is.

I am officially sick enough that medicinal tea tastes really good, and I am longing for magic soup because the queasy would be worth it to be able to lie down and breath without interruption.



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3:55 am
* I honestly don't understand how Republicans don't find this terrifying. "Russia propaganda turns up in US foreign policy query:"

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* "Gen. McCaffrey: Trump is 'betraying the people who voted for him':"

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* "For Trump, it's not bad news. It's fake news.:"

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* "Trump loses first legal round on travel ban, next steps announced:"

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* I keep thinking about Naomi Kritzer’s Libertarian Seastead Dystopia stories as I listen to him rant. Seriously, he thinks instead of proper clinical testing, we should just put new drugs on the market and see how many people die. "Trump FDA pick a 'seasteading' advocate, no medical background:"

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* "Trump’s EPA Pick Appears to Have Made a False Statement Under Oath in Senate Hearing; He Denies:" http://fusion.net/story/384755/pruitt-false-statement-under-oath-epa-hearing/

* "U.S. House passes bill requiring warrants to search old emails:" http://www.reuters.com/article/usa-congress-emails-idUSL1N1FS01E

* "D.C. police demand Facebook hand over data on Trump protesters:" http://mashable.com/2017/02/06/dc-police-subpoena-facebook-inauguration-protests/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link#G3DkOLK3iaqD

* Not even close to work safe. Seriously. NWS. Uses slurs in a reclaiming, defiant way. "Pansy Division Smells Like Queer Spirit:"

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* TW: Rape. "The Importance of Acknowledging Male Victimhood:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/acknowledging-male-victimhood/

* My lungs are at the full blown infection needs antibiotic stage. I HAD a Doctor's appointment tomorrow, but we had snow. So much snow. Leaving the house is out of the question dangerous for me given the physical realities, so I'm just going to have to hang on until Wednesday a week. Which is not good, given the Dolphin Festival where I have commitments. *facepalm*

* Me watching Father Brown: Ah. First episode and we have a predatory bisexual rapist trope.
Several episodes later: Father Brown sure is on site for a lot of murders. Are we sure he's not a serial killer? How big is this town anyway.? I mean that is a lot of murders for a small community isn't it? Are we absolutely sure Father Brown isn't a serial killer? How about Lady Felicia? I mean, she finds a LOT of bodies.

* "Supernatural, Season 12, Episode 10: Lily Sunder has Some Regrets:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/supernatural-season-12-episode-10-lily.html

* "Penny Dreadful, Season 3, Episode 2: Predators Far and Near:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/05/penny-dreadful-season-3-episode-2.html

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Monday, February 6th, 2017
3:56 am
* "24 Things You Have To Stop Saying To Dark-Skinned Women:" http://www.huffingtonpost.co.za/2017/01/25/24-things-you-have-to-stop-saying-to-dark-skinned-women/

* Donald Trump is claiming we have no right to criticize Russia for murdering opposition politicians because we routinely murder our own dissidents too. O.o

* "Refugees are already vigorously vetted. I know because I vetted them.:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/02/01/refugees-are-already-vigorously-vetted-i-know-because-i-vetted-them/?utm_term=.98c19b451d73

* "Trump on Putin: ‘There are a lot of killers’:"

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* "Donald Trump's foreign policy backlash:"

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* "Trump rolls back financial regulations:"

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* Someone really needs to show Donald Trump the Schoolhouse Rock Government clips.

* "Trump and media “at war”:"

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* "Latina journalist Maria Hinojosa shuts down Trump adviser on "illegals":" https://mic.com/articles/158011/latina-journalist-maria-hinojosa-shuts-down-trump-adviser-on-illegals?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.yFF4ZKxf8

* "The noble tradition of the plastic Vuvuzela to be Really Fucking Disrupting of, well, anything, really:" http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/156697416220/the-noble-tradition-of-the-plastic-vuvuzela-to-be#notes

* "Canadian Scientists Explain Exactly How Their Government Silenced Science:" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/canadian-scientists-open-about-how-their-government-silenced-science-180961942/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

* "Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer:"

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* "Oval Office Cold Open - SNL:"

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* "Welcome Video - SNL:"

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* "DOWNLOAD NOW: REDACTED IN THE BUTT BY REDACTED UNDER THE TROMP ADMINISTRATION:" https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYCTU75/

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Sunday, February 5th, 2017
4:38 am
* "Chief calls for action after 30 recent suicide attempts in Black Lake:" http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/chief-calls-for-action-after-30-recent-suicide-attempts-in-black-lake-1.3267320#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=6xc7pwI

* "Angela Merkel is now the leader of the free world, not Donald Trump:" http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/angela-merkel-donald-trump-democracy-freedom-of-press-a7556986.html

* "Bannon: War Between U.S. And China Is Inevitable, And That's Not The Only Conflict Coming:" http://reverbpress.com/world/war-u-s-china-way-says-bannon/

* "Steve Bannon’s influence on Trump:"

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* "Trump lashes out at judge who put his travel ban on ice:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-travel-ban-legal-win-234634

* "How to Respond to Donald Trump's Betrayal of American Values:" https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/a-clarifying-moment-in-american-history/514868/

* "Trump Just Removed White Supremacist Groups From Terror Watch Program:" http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/02/02/trump-just-removed-white-supremacist-groups-terror-watch-program/

* "Dear People Demanding to Know Why Hillary Clinton Isn't Doing Whatever It Is You Think She Needs to Be Doing in This Moment:" http://www.shakesville.com/2017/01/i-write-letters.html#disqus_thread

* "JCCs around the nation face third wave of bomb threats:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/jewish-community-centers-face-third-wave-bomb-threats-nationwide-n715086

* "It may only take 3.5% of the population to topple a dictator – with civil resistance :" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/01/worried-american-democracy-study-activist-techniques

* From GamerGate to Trump Voters: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/156831622621/robotlyra-jackscarab-x-this-is-important

* Trump's Neo-NAZIs using Transmysogny as a wedge: http://snakewife.tumblr.com/post/156727248147/queeranarchism-otabek-kz-screenshotted-this

* "The Black Witches Of Salem:" http://kentakepage.com/the-black-witches-of-salem/

* "Meet Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the black woman who invented that rock and roll sound:" http://fusion.net/story/107215/meet-sister-rosetta-tharpe-the-black-woman-who-invented-that-rock-and-roll-sound/

* "Hire John Malkovich For Your Child's Next Birthday Party! :"

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* "President Trump Prays For His Haters At National Prayer Breakfast:"

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* So not only did Rachel Maddow buy a President, but also Colbert! She even took a picture with Rachel Maddow's President! "Waxing Presidential With The Late Show Road Show:"

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* "Penny Dreadful, Season 3, Episode 1: The Day Tennyson Died:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/05/penny-dreadful-season-3-episode-1-day.html


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