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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
7:34 pm
* Look, I found the NYC Parks Department tweet about erections, no matter how small being banned in New York Parks as funny as everyone else did, but then I looked at the statue. I'm deeply uncomfortable with it. I have never been fond of attacks on politicians that involve nudity. Y'all know how deeply I dislike Sarah Palin and everything she stood for, but I really didn't like the sexualized attacks on her and things like the porn parody her own side was wanking to. Trump's actions and opinions are absolutely odious and should be the subject of ridicule of all kinds, but I am wildly uncomfortable with the body shaming aspect of this prank and particularly the depiction of him as a trans man. Trust me, we don't want him any more than we want Anne Coulter, who has been frequently been the subject of transmisogynitic attacks from the left. I do not know that the Anarchist collective making these statues was consciously aware of the transphobic aspect of what they were doing. I strongly suspect they were not thinking of us transfolk at all, but I look at those pictures and footage and I see the fat shaming and mocking of genitalia on a body that looks like the body of an awful lot of transmen, and I get queasy.

We on the left need to be better than this, folks. Let’s try to be.

* That's not a knife! THIS is a knife! "Man tries to rob store with sword; finds clerk also has a sword:" http://globalnews.ca/news/2169438/watch-man-tries-to-rob-store-with-sword-finds-clerk-also-has-a-sword/

* We could have named Tavy after Sonny the bitey baby in a series of Unfortunate Events, or stitch as in "Lilo and" for the destructive potential in the cute, tiny, package.

* We've now reached 12,943 notes on "historically Accurate Sexism" and have wandered into cool primary sources and Early Modern Women. It delights me that this thing is still trundling along. Someone chimed in on Medieval Islamic Women: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/149309033042/historically-authentic-sexism-in-fantasy-lets

* "Sunday Sweets For Summer Weddings:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/8/21/sunday-sweets-for-summer-weddings.html

* "23 Things That Definitely Happened In The Harry Potter Universe:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/andyneuenschwander/things-that-definitely-happened-in-the-harry-potter-unive?utm_term=.cjMRJ1XWn9#.dqMnKrglXe

* I was rewatching Black Sails and got to the Season Two Finale and kept thinking, "Fun with Flint and Vane!"

* In related news, I spotted enough things, that I likely will be doing a 1-3 retrospective at some point this fall. I never did first season properly and I spotted lots of details and parallels I missed.

* Wow, NBC fucked up the Rhythmic gymnastics finals. They preempted individual for random highlights of boring things I wasn't interested in, so I didn't get to see it at all. Then for the team final they decided to deliberately pick a camera angle so high and far away that for the most part the apparatus was invisible. You could see the hoops occasionally when they threw them high enough and Ukraine was all in black so it was slightly better, but for most colour schemes it was people doing oddly choreographed ballet with really strange arm movements. One couldn't even properly see the dancing for teams like Russia with particularly pale colour schemes. How do I know it was deliberate? Because they would tease us with tiny clips properly shot from the other two cameras they had set up in instant replay for some groups while they were waiting for the scores and would occasionally cut to them for a couple seconds during the routine. That means someone in the booth looked at the three camera angles: two of which allowed you to see faces, costumes, and apparatus, and decided that five blurs with pale legs and arms against pale background and no visible apparatus was the way to go. Imagine if they deliberate broadcast a basketball game shot on a professional network where you couldn't see the ball and it was from so far away you couldn't tell what the players are doing or why. I can only assume NBC made this choice as a big fuck you to athletes who just spent the last four years of their lives polishing those routines and to the fans who waited four years to finally get to see them.

Fuck, you, NBC! Seriously, you had ONE JOB, and this Olympics you consistently fucked it up with racist and sexist commentary, refusal to properly show non American athletes in things like men's gymnastics, and now, deliberately throwing away footage allowing people to actually see the competition in favour of footage so bad it made frustrating nonsense out of the whole thing. Fuck you, NBC. If you can't do this competently, let someone else do it who can!

* I'm not Crying; you're crying. "I wonder if, in superhero universes, the villains ever get contacted by those “Make a Wish Foundation” and similar people.:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/149357159992/beka-tiddalik-brosequartz-fireandwonder

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since sandy. Want to help? http://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/148963870683/the-lonely-one96-almalexiaslouisiana-is

* California is now an official disaster due to out of control fire made worse by the drought. https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

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Sunday, August 21st, 2016
6:44 am
* This is exactly how scary I think it is. "Trump's Assassination Dog Whistle Was Even Scarier Than You Think:" http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/trumps-assassination-dog-whistle-was-scarier-than-you-think-w433615

* "Amandla Stenberg Drops One Truth Bomb After Another in Recent Video:" https://mic.com/articles/144942/amandla-stenberg-drops-one-truth-bomb-after-another-in-recent-video?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.jbCwFLaLv

* "100 Years of Beauty - Episode 23: Hawaii (Misty):"

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* "100 Years of Beauty - Episode 22: Puerto Rico (Alex):"

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* It is my belief that Punk, Goth, and Metal were at one point all Xer responses to us all believing we'd never see 30 between the Plague, Nuclear War, and Environmental Destruction. Punk is a raging against the dying of the light. Goth is "If we're going to live in the ruins, we might as well enjoy the aesthetics and have a good time with what's left." Metal is "If the Apocalypse is coming, might as well be horseman." Of course, back in the beginning they were all blurred lines.

* The Racism and Sexism has been a serious issue in the coverage o the Olympics this year. In my opinion it has always been a problem with the coverage and I've been complaining about things like body shaming female athletes and creepy racism in particularly opening ceremonies, but often just in general for as long as I can remember. I was really pleased that this year the rest of the country seems to finally be fed up with it.

One of the many reasons I've come to quietly loathe the male Equestrian commentator is that he is a man that looks at an athlete in her early thirty, clearly a grown woman, and calls her "girl." The thing is that I would be more more lenient with this sort of thing if they were talking about a fifteen year old gymnast, because that is a gray line, but you know what? I can't remember any of the Gymnastics commentators making that slip as they scrupulously called the women "athletes" on every occasion I can remember, which got me thinking about how much progress there has been in my lifetime in the area of Gymnastics commentators. See, it used to be gymnastics and figure skating commentators were the worst most sexist pieces of shit covering the Olympics. (I hated Dick Button with a passion over his cruel comments about the bodies of teenaged girls and was over joyed when he finally retired. Fuck you, Dick Button!) I still remember my fury listening to them relentlessly body shame Mary Lou Retton for having a muscular athletic body instead of looking skinny and pre-pubescent. A lot of world class gymnasts have developed dangerous eating disorders because of the pressure involved in trying to do one of the hardest sports in the world while under pressure to look delicate and frail. It has done irreparable harm to the athletes themselves and to all the little girls watching who wanted to be like Nadia or Mary Lou or Kerry or Gabby. It is already a cannibal sport that chews up bodies and spits them out damaged. We don't need adult men verbally obsessing over young girl's bodies and trying to make them feel like shit on top of that.

But this year was different. For all the shitty sexist things going on with the NBC commentary, gymnastics was... not perfect, but a damned sight better. There are still issues around age and weight, but every single comment I heard about the girl's bodies was either 1. The same sort of list of ACL injuries, illnesses, and the like they had for the male gymnasts, which is totally fair and pertinent to performance, or 2. Directly related to how some apparatus are a little easier or harder for people who are shorter or taller. They don't do this with the men, so I'd like to wave good bye to this, but I'm not sure I can convey to someone who can't remember how bad it was how much progress this represents.

There was horrible racist shit on the internet including from other gymnasts aimed at Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles,(I am really furious about the treatment of Ms. Douglas particularly), but not once did I catch the commentator's pulling out the racist unwoman meme or body shaming Simone the way they used to attack Mary Lou. I realize this is an incredibly low fucking bar, but it took most of my life time to get there and the rest of the NBC commentators don't seem to have gotten the memo, despite us being well into the twenty first century. Again, not perfect, especially around Gabby Douglas, Oksana Chusovitina, and a couple of the Chinese gymnasts, but I see a strong upward trend and I'd love the commentators in other sports to step up their game.

* Synchronized swimming is beautiful an I love that it exists, but at the same time, it is a very weird activity if you think about it. I mean, imagine being the first one to think, "Hey, why don't you and I hold our breathes a really long time underwater upside down while frantically waving our legs about in unison. Then after a bit I will throw you through the air without touching bottom."

* I also love that rhythmic gymnastics is a Thing. If they broadcast it, I would watch it every year the way I do figure skating. I suppose it's no surprise to anyone that watching ballet with props is one one of my favorite things about summer Olympics.

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since sandy. Want to help? http://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/148963870683/the-lonely-one96-almalexiaslouisiana-is

* California is now an official disaster due to out of control fire made worse by the drought. https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

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Saturday, August 20th, 2016
4:46 am
* "So Much For Dog Whistles. Trump Has Now Fully Embraced White Nationalists.:" https://thinkprogress.org/trump-embraces-the-alt-right-cd91cc889154#.nb1x621as

* The police thugs murdered an unarmed teen as he was running from them in completely justified terror. They high fived each other in celebration of murdering Paul Oneal as can be seen from body cam footage, then lied that he was coming at them even though the autopsy agreed with eye witnesses he was shot in the back. They also lied that he had a gun even though there was no gun to be entered into evidence. They had turned off their body cameras during the murder, then turned them back on for the celebration, which also suggests the murder was premeditated.

* Yet not arrested either for perjury or the murder. "Laquan McDonald’s Case: 7 Chicago Cops To Be Fired For Perjury:" https://blackmattersus.com/14160-laquan-mcdonalds-case-7-chicago-cops-to-be-fired-for-perjury/

* You can’t tell me they’d use potentially deadly force against a white teen or charge a white teen for battery for asking why he was being arrested. "Cop Chokes Black High School Boy To The Ground For Jaywalking:" https://blackmattersus.com/14147-cop-chokes-black-high-school-boy-to-the-ground-for-jaywalking/

* "Unwarranted Force: The Prime Cause Of Police Brutality Cases In America:" https://blackmattersus.com/14142-unwarranted-force-the-prime-cause-of-police-brutality-cases-in-america/

* "Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/08/18/justice-department-says-it-will-end-use-of-private-prisons/?utm_term=.ee9557bdbe97

* I tend to subscribe strongly to the decomposition theory, BTW. "Vampire Legend -Secrets of the Dead:"

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* Today I actually managed to get out early enough to hit the free notary at the bank and pay taxes in person. I also went by the library. I'm calling today a win. I am flat broke, but housing is secure another six months.


* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since sandy. Want to help? http://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/148963870683/the-lonely-one96-almalexiaslouisiana-is

* California is now an official disaster due to out of control fire made worse by the drought. https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

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Thursday, August 18th, 2016
11:08 pm
* "'Junk medicine':"

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* "Racist red flags follow Trump Breitbart hire, Steve Bannon:"

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* LAPD summarily executed a black teen for running away in justified terror of them.

* "Louisiana struggles as historic, deadly flooding continues:"

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* "Uncovering Discrimination at the Baltimore Police Department:"

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* "Tampon Tuesday: Wednesday Edition - Period Talk at the Summer Games:"

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* "Yes, You, Motherf**kers - Bill Cosby & Roger Ailes:"

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* "Super Depressing Deep Dive - Opioid Epidemic in America:"

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* Apparently, everyone in town thought today was a good day to swim, so there was rather more gimping about than I like, but we had a cool, relaxing swim in the lake and then a potluck snack picnic. Delicious and fun. We are likely going twice next week, as it's a run off lake and those are really only good July-august.

* Last week I watched Brothers of the Head. There was something utterly haunting about the Treadaway twins' performances. There was a familiarity and an intensity to it, that grabbed hold of me and wouldn't let go. I did figure out eventually that one of them went on to play Penny Dreadful's Victor Frankenstein, but that clearly wasn't it. It wasn't just the looks, but the physicality that got me, something in the facial expressions and body language, something more visceral, something very different than the Frankenstein character body language. (The whatever it was was stronger in his twin, and a skim of his IMDB page suggests I am not aware of having seen any of Luke Treadaway's other work to notice). In any case, it seems a particular response to those particular performances and that particular movie.

Whatever it was, I kept picking at it. I'm like that. It has been one of my more useful survival traits over the years. I respond strongly and viscerally in that way to something, likely it connects to something running deep in my psyche. I trace such things to the roots in case it's a thing I need to process or take other action on.

And then I got it. I figured out who they resembled, and I shuddered. I've been unsettled by it ever since. It wasn't just physical resemblance, you see. Oh there are physical similarities about the eyes, brow, and chin, but barely there in the adult version of the actor. It was the mix of testosterone fueled aggressiveness mixed with vulnerability, the strange mix of the incestuous and self destructive drive to separate. It was the raw physicality of the performances. They moved right and the emotions were... a rocket sled back to high school. No wonder it haunted me. I can practically smell them.

I have a lot of complicated thoughts and feelings about the movie that I can't properly articulate. I can't even tell you if it's good or not, if I liked it or not. I had the usual fun spotting references to various punk bands and artists and the critique of the music industry seemed pretty spot on. It was problematic as hell and it was meant to be, i think. One of the central things about the movie was the question of what is and isn't exploitation, who is and isn't a victim. It was all worth mulling, but it's all overshadowed for me by the power of those two central performances and the way that echoed for me.

There were a lot of things I could say about then and have in various forms over the years about the geography of class, sex work, sexual coercion, addiction, internalized homophobia, honor, and the ridiculous high drama of my high school sex life. I thought about making another attempt, but I think I've poked those scars enough for tonight.

I just wish I'd seen it with someone else so we could mull it all together. It was that sort of film.

* Ryan Lochte, you asshole!

* "Magic and Many Meetings in Rivendell - Fandom Following:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/magic-meetings-rivendell/

* September 9 2016, 1pM

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since sandy. Want to help? http://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/148963870683/the-lonely-one96-almalexiaslouisiana-is

* California is now an official disaster due to out of control fire made worse by the drought. https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

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5:53 am
* "Trump appeals for the black vote in front of a bunch of white...:"

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* "Right-wing media stokes weird, fake Clinton conspiracy theory:"

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* "Trump embraces radical right fringe with new campaign hire:"

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* "This 19-Year-Old Could Face Up to a Year in Prison for 1 Gram of Marijuana:" https://mic.com/articles/150519/this-19-year-old-could-face-up-to-a-year-in-prison-for-1-gram-of-marijuana?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=movement&utm_campaign=social#.yRLduc0IO

* "Is God Transgender?:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/13/opinion/is-god-transgender.html?_r=1

* The lung machine came. OMG! It came with two full sets of mouth parts, a car charger option, and a spiffy carrying case. I no longer need to bungy it back together after washings! I can alternate mouth parts! The new nozzle is large enough to clean properly without a pipe cleaner!

I got crap for sleep, and ended up needing to stay in bed long enough that I could only get 4 out of 6 to do things under the wire, but the two I dropped have more time before they go critical. There is to be swimming tomorrow, sounds like.

* This year with the Oympics, I cut down to the bits I like watching the most. I cut all of track and field too, because I've decided I just don't want to do that to myself anymore.

Watching gymnastics this year, every time they pulled back the camera to show how much space there was in the arena, I thought about how ridiculously crowded and marginally supervised gymnastics was at my school. Like, literally we weren't allowed on the trampoline past a certain age for fear of head injury. Like the apparatus were so crowded, that they would have to shut down and move various stations to make way for others. (IE: you could do do rings and pommel horse OR you could do high bar. To open the vaulting station, they had to shut down balance beam and half of floor.) We had entirely the wrong mats. There was one coach for boys and one for girls, who did not practice at the same time because no space. The boy's coach was from our pool of general gym coaches. The girl's coach was god help us all, a volunteer Mother. I have no idea what qualifications either of them had to be doing something so dangerous and complex with too many kids in a small space. It was ridiculously dangerous, and in retrospect it was a miracle that more horrific injuries didn't occur. The only serious one besides the usual knees and ankles, was the older sister of a kid in my class getting a compound fracture on uneven bars.

So given there was one coach in this overcrowded room, it should be no surprise that actual one on one coaching was only for important students. This is not a story about how I could have been a contender. I absolutely positively couldn't have been. I was a distance runner and a dancer, which meant my musculature was bottom heavy. I had the strength to lift ballerinas and heavy things about the house, but I hadn't anything like the sort of upper body strength I'd have needed to be even close to decent.

What I did have was a ridiculous amount of self discipline. I'd start stretching before they let us through the door. I worked my ass off every single practice. I pretty much taught myself the one apparatus I was actually decent at, based on instinct and things I half remembered from whenever the last Olympics was. I put together a surprisingly complex routine by myself and polished that thing to pieces with no coaching or adult supervision.

It was not a popular piece of apparatus. Various people rotated through there, but really, there were only two of us who worked that station. The other athlete who was decent on it, was not ideal either for it, I a different way, but was also self disciplined and hard working. We ended up paired up for most of the few years I worked at gymnastics, patiently spotting each other and doing our best to help the other one out, mostly because we were the two who cared about doing this one specific thing right. We were neither of us going to set the world on fire with our routines. We were neither of us Olympic material, but we loved what we were doing in our realistic sort of way.

So we were actually going to get to go to a meet with other gymnasts my last year doing it. This was literally our first chance to see where we were skill wise compared to other small schools with minimalist over crowded gymnastics programs, so the coach actually carved out a bit of time to one on one at least a couple people on ALL the apparatus, presumably to stop us being an embarrassment out in public.

Now, I was also in Track and Field from literally the first year we were old enough to have the option to sign up for it. Track and Field had a classroom teacher coach, the same one for Cross Country and High School Winter Track. Again, one dude, coaching all that equipment. I was not important, so coaching in Track and field for me consisted of getting to see all the stations demonstrated on the first day of every season and then getting told every Monday how many laps to run each day that week, plus the occasional speech to the group on things like shoes and nutrition. I went whole weeks in which one sentence was the only coaching I had. It was a disappointment, as I would have liked to try long jump, high jump, and pole vault, but I understood why no resources would be wasted on me. Coaching time was a very limited resource; I would never be a sprinter; therefore I could never be competitive at jumping. Again, it was disappointing, but I understood my limittions and the time constraints.

Gymnastics was different though. Here you have two athletes who are hard working, but with limited prospects, who are the only specialists on the team for that particular piece of apparatus. The Coach decided to teach a higher level skill, one that we absolutely couldn't safely teach ourselves without a bit of coaching an an adult spotter. The new skill looked pretty solidly within both our existing skill sets, by which I mean, it looked doable from the level we were already on, as opposed to the vast galaxy of things we likely could never learn to do no matter how hard we worked on it. Instead of training us both on it, the other athlete got all the training. The other athlete had more social importance, being from a moneyed family and popular, while I was a scholarship kid.

I never resented the other athlete, any more than I resented the folks who got to do the field part of track and field. Coaching in track and Field was logically allocated where it would do the most good. I had issues with the running coach for being an asshole in a variety of areas, but not this one. I resented the hell out of the coaching criteria here though, because it was pretty clearly class based.

We went. I was like a point or so below the other athlete in difficulty, because that is how much difference having that one skill made. I had way more things in my routine, but they were all the lower difficulty things I could teach myself. I cheered the other athlete on because it really was good work and they were a decent human being, rare enough in that place. At the same time, I knew damned well that I could have been just as good with the same coaching. No better. Neither of us ever would have gone much further than that. Neither of us DID go any further than that. Next year I switched to Winter track and we both drifted out of the sport.

Still, it is weirdly comforting to see bits and bobs of things I once did decades ago when my body worked and I was young. I pick them out now and then, not good enough to make a routine of, but here and there things someone good enough for the Olympics thinks worth doing, jammed in between the fancier stuff, a sign that I was completely off track despite no one giving a fuck as to what I was doing and no help figuring out what I ought to be doing.

Sometimes it feels like I hallucinated that last season of gymnastics, but seeing those little bits and bobs makes me feel a little proud of the stubborn, creative kid I was. I got that far with next to no help or guidance or even a crumb of encouragement except for that other athlete. I did my routine clean and perfect. I had the sense to quit when my head bonked the glass ceiling before I broke my heart trying to do the impossible for me.

Not bad, considering.

* "Sculpture used in ‘Black Sails’ (II):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/148612087312/sculpture-used-in-black-sails-ii

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since sandy. Want to help? http://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/148963870683/the-lonely-one96-almalexiaslouisiana-is

* California is now an official disaster due to out of control fire made worse by the drought. https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
3:01 am
* "Trump campaign chair's Russia ties raise important new questions:"

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* "Biden slams Trump qualifications, especially on foreign policy:"

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* "Trump campaign on proposed ideological test for immigrants:"

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* "Why candidates, including now Trump, get CIA briefings:"

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* "What goes into candidates' intelligence briefings?:"

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* "Growing discontent sparks Milwaukee protests:"

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* "Two Casualties Recorded On Day Two Of Milwaukee Riots:" https://blackmattersus.com/13822-two-casualties-recorded-on-day-two-of-milwaukee-riot/

* "Washington D.C. Officer Assaults Black Woman:" https://blackmattersus.com/13909-washington-d-c-officer-assaults-black-woman/

* "What the Actual Fact? - Donald Trump's Anti-Terrorism Policies:"

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* This may be the last installment of Time Traveling Obama news. "The Hardest Job in the World: Donald Trump's Campaign Surrogates:"

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* "The Art of the Donald Trump's Bad Business Deals:"

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* "Blacklash 2016: The Unblackening - Wild Claims from the Trump Campaign:"

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* "Pardon the Integration - Is It Ever OK to Say the N-Word?:"

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* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since sandy. Want to help? http://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/148963870683/the-lonely-one96-almalexiaslouisiana-is

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
8:37 pm
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* "Dance of the Vampires - 17 Total Eclipse (German with Subs & Translation):"

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* I needed to go into my room after dinner yesterday to do some small tasks best done on my bed. (My bed takes up most of my room and nearly everything is set up with the expectation of me being in bed when I need to access whatever.) Tavy was in there for his evening nap, and this is normally a situation wherein he'd be all, "Fight Me, Bro!" Instead, he looked me over with a serious expression and rolled over so I could get in without risking a mauling. We had a nice pettin, then he left me alone to do my pit of sorting and organizing. Our wee little Tavy is growing up.

Of course this is the same Tiny Terror who stole and savaged a library book two days ago, so...

* On the upside, we are rescued financially in the near term. Thank you, tax benefactor!

* I spent last night and this evening trying to sew the last decently textured fitted sheet back together of and on. I had planned more post engagement RP, but a few poses in, I started spasming, so I did the basic medical things and had a long bath. Foolishly, I thought, "I'm only two hours or so post lung dose, I can likely just go to bed. When i got up, i finished the hand sewing and remade the bed. Then there were rounds of laundry. I came out, made and ate a salad, planning to lung before making the rest of dinner and tackling dishes. It was at this point, I discovered the lung machine dead. There followed a big drama as I searched for the number for the lung machine people. They did call back as I was making the rest of dinner and rescue comes tomorrow, but I must paste myself together until then. Ugh. I'm not convinced I can handle dishes at this point as I'm already on the down slope of function.

* I was upset enough when we lost the Melissa Harris-Perry show. Now we are losing the Nightly Show. Damn. I really feel like we need Wilmore to help carry us through this nightmare election.

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster. Want to help? http://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/148963870683/the-lonely-one96-almalexiaslouisiana-is

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

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Monday, August 15th, 2016
6:14 am
* "The Political Process Isn’t Rigged — It Has Much Bigger Problems:" http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-political-process-isnt-rigged-it-has-much-bigger-problems/?ex_cid=538fb

* "The Abuse Of 'Feel-Good' Cop Videos - The Establishment:" http://www.theestablishment.co/2016/08/02/the-abuse-of-feel-good-cop-videos/

* "Prejudice at Pride:" http://empathizethis.com/stories/prejudice-pride/

* I was trying to explain this to various people recently, so I'm posting in case someone else was curious. Why everyone hates Jared Leto: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/148926863307/why-does-everyone-hate-jared-leto

* TW: Rape. More specific on the Rape allegations. I believe the women. "Another Cosby? A Reminder That Several Women Have Accused Jared Leto Of Sexual Assault:" http://contemptor.com/2015/07/28/another-cosby-a-reminder-that-several-women-have-accused-jared-leto-of-sexual-assault/

* Today I did get some hand mending done, but I didn't remake the bed or do up the BPAL sale I am hoping will pay for taxes. Gah.

* "Sunday Sweets For Harley Quinn:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/8/14/sunday-sweets-for-harley-quinn.html

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster. Want to help? http://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/148963870683/the-lonely-one96-almalexiaslouisiana-is

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

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Sunday, August 14th, 2016
12:10 am
* There have been a series of bomb and arson attacks on the tourist areas in Thailand. Yes, I've heard the speculation, and incline towards what local experts are saying over other theories, but I'd rather wait for confirmation before venturing an opinion. Here is BBC coverage if you want details: "Thailand tourism: Arrests made over bomb attacks in Hua Hin resort:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37063637

* "Trump vs. local paint store:"

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* "Trump's last ten:"

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* "The 2016 fever swamps:"

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* "Trump, losing in Pennsylvania, develops 'cheating' excuse:"

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* Donald Trump is now calling for mass intimidation of voters in Pennsylvania.

* "Anti-gay Evangelical leaders hear plea for support from Trump:"

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* "Daily Beast potentially outs LGBT athletes in controversial Olympic Grindr hook-up article:" http://attitude.co.uk/daily-beast-potentially-outs-lgbt-athletes-in-controversial-olympic-grindr-hook-up-article/

* "Killing Geppetto: 7 Widespread Myths about 18th-Century Shoemaking:" http://makinghistorynow.com/2016/07/killing-geppetto-7-widespread-myths-about-18th-century-shoemaking/

* "#HashItOut with Franchesca Ramsey - Gabby Douglas's National Anthem Backlash:"

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* "Racism in the Baltimore Police Department:"

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* "Bad Optics on the Campaign Trail:"

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* "A Suspicious Police Shooting in Chicago-The Daily Show with Trevor Noah:"

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* "Turkey's New Ally & the Actual Founder of ISIS:"

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* I completely borked my left hip and leg trying to sleep in the one position my back injury allowed and so got very little quality sleep. I was feeling better in Thursday afternoon and went to bed, expecting to sleep all evening. I did get a few good hours of sleep, but was wakened by the unexpected arrival of Tavy's rescue humans and long time friends stopping by. We had a good dinner at the Szechuan place Skye and I used to love, and hung out. They did get a look at Tavy, but he didn't remember them enough to want to interact, alas. It was a good evening.

* I have become weirdly attached to French Eventing Rider Lt. Col. Thibaut Vallette. Karim is prettier, but Monsieur Vallette rode well and seems like he ought to be a character in a George Sand novel.

* "Alice Isn't Dead, A review of Alice Isn't Dead and why it is such an empowering representation of mental illness.:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/alice-isnt-dead/

* Bring tissues. Ballet Boy and his Uncle? Father?: Pt. 1: http://zenpencils.com/comic/kenrobinson/ Pt. 2: http://zenpencils.com/comic/chuck/ Pt. 3: http://zenpencils.com/comic/world/

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

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Thursday, August 11th, 2016
4:32 pm
* "No place like home for the “go-home blacks”:" http://africasacountry.com/2016/05/no-place-like-home-for-the-go-home-blacks/

* "Temperament matters to voters, history shows:"

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* "Trump calls Obama 'the founder of ISIS':"

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* "Trump rally gets rowdy in Ft. Lauderdale:"

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* "Words matter for presidents:"

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* I've been watching the Trump surrogates defending Trump's call for political assassination of either Hillary Clinton or her judicial nominees if she wins the election. They basically boil down to either 1. Trump is too incompetent to know what he is doing or be held responsible for his actions, or 2. Trump is so lacking in judgement it wouldn't occur to him that it is a dangerous and terrible idea to make a "joke" that sounds exactly like a call to assassinate his opponent in a room full of riled up followers who have on previous occasions acted on his call to beat up protestors. O.o Shouldn't either be disqualifying traits to be President of the United States? Just saying.

* "Clinton and the Convention and Where We Go From Here:" http://whatever.scalzi.com/2016/07/29/clinton-and-the-convention-and-where-we-go-from-here/

* "Trump could win this election and we need to understand the data in order to stop him:" http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/147949363540/trump-could-win-this-election-and-we-need-to#notes

* "DOJ issues scathing report on Baltimore police practices:"

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* "Scans reveal autistic brains contain unique, and highly idiosyncratic connections:" http://www.sciencealert.com/in-people-with-autism-no-two-brains-are-alike-new-study-reveals

* "Did Donald Trump Call for Hillary Clinton's Assassination?:"

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* "Blacklash 2016: The Unblackening - Donald Trump's Dangerous Second Amendment Talk:"

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* Props to the Brazilian rider who got thrown over a jump, did a somersault, and coolly walked over to put the jump back together. He was eliminated, but it was very BAMF.

I have come to loathe that male commentator. His mocking of the Japanese rider during cross country did not endear him to me, and the veiled racist comment about delays in the jumping was the final nail in the coffin a far as I am concerned. Yes, it's mild compared to the racism and sexism from other commentators in other events, but one would think that would make him more careful, not less. Eeew.

* Proof I’m not a proper adult #12: My brain quietly substitutes "Quarter Quell" for "Quarter final."

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

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Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
9:00 pm
* "Forced Out of the Forest: The Lost Tribe of Uganda:" https://news.vice.com/video/forced-out-of-the-forest-the-lost-tribe-of-uganda

* "Uganda Is Using Adult Circumcision Rituals to Attract Tourism:" http://www.vice.com/read/uganda-is-using-adult-circumcision-rituals-to-attract-tourism-1024

* Donald Trump is outright lying that President Obama and Hillary Clinton are the co founders of Daesh. He said it repeatedly and clearly with no ambiguity at all.

* This morning, I sprained a lot of the muscles in my back coughing. I keep thinking of the first time my Mother cracked a rib coughing. It was when I was three and a half, and she was bed ridden in her grueling final trimester with my sister. She was dangerously ill. I was in the room taking care of her when it happened. I keep thinking about that, being that ill and miserable with an endangered pregnancy and how much the rib must have hurt on top of all that. She must have been terrified, but she never let me know. Because of the imperiled fetus, she couldn't really be medicated for the pneumonia or the rib. I used to rub topical on her back and service the humidifier and dehumidifier, depending. I'd make her peanut butter or cheese crackers, brought her water or juice, and shadowed her to the bathroom in case she fell. This is why I was drilled so strenuously on when to call 911. This is why I spent my days playing silently on the floor in a darkened room. (My father had to work to cover the medical bills, especially as we'd lost the income from both her jobs. This was the only option we had. He'd come home at night with fruit and bring up dinner and we'd have a bed picnic. I want to be clear I was not traumatized. A little bored from no television and not being able to go out to play with the neighborhood kids, but I was a responsible kid raised in a family where everyone pitched in. This was a thing that needed to be done if I wanted a little brother or sister, and in my family, we always did our part. At the age of three and a half, I didn't understand that pregnancy didn't always work like this; I accepted it as entirely normal).

After that, she cracked a rib or several most years coughing. The last decade, she always had a damaged rib or two as they couldn't heal properly anymore what with the frequency of breakage and the endless cough and battle for air. I am a decade older than she was that first time, and this is not the first time I've hurt myself badly, though my ribs are still intact.

I am lucky. CF killed my Aunt when she was in college. My lungs are way less damaged than my Mother's were at this age, and I am world's ahead of my Mother's Aunts when they were this age. CF carrier sucks. It killed all three of them slowly. It will likely take me. My hope is that I can hold off on the worst of the lung scarring and the broken ribs as long as possible.

I was hoping to GoB tonight, but I had to forage and between the heat and the pain, I think I'm no good company.

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

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6:18 am
* "Khan on 'dog whistle' remarks:"

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* "Khizr Khan responds to latest attacks:"

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* "Trump raises specter of assassination in 2nd Amendment remarks:"

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* "Another Republican congressman abandons Trump, backs Johnson:"

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* "Trump strains supporters' patience with another scandal:"

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* Donald Trump was out calling for "Second Amendment people" to do political assassinations if Hillary Clinton wins, though it's unclear if he wanted them to assassinate Hillary Clinton or her judicial nominees. This should be no surprise as they have had one of their surrogates out calling for her to be put in front of a firing squad, and rather than distancing themselves, they routinely praise him.

The head of the party of Lincoln in now calling for a president to be assassination.

* "Thinking About Hillary — A Plea for Reason:" https://thepolicy.us/thinking-about-hillary-a-plea-for-reason-308fce6d187c#.cryg6pxr4

* "Lying Liars Who Lie: 2016 Edition:" http://www.mormonpress.com/lying_liars_who_lie_2016_edition

* "How We Teach Our Kids That Women Are Liars:" http://www.rolereboot.org/culture-and-politics/details/2013-11-how-we-teach-our-kids-that-women-are-liars

* "Justice Department to Release Blistering Report of Racial Bias by Baltimore Police:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/10/us/justice-department-to-release-blistering-report-of-racial-bias-by-baltimore-police.html?_r=0

* TW: Hate Speech, Rape. "Watch This 'VICE' Episode About Uganda's Anti-Gay Leaders Teaching Intolerance to the Youth :" http://www.vice.com/video/watch-our-hbo-episode-about-ugandas-anti-gay-leaders-teaching-intolerance-to-the-youth

* A really good comic giving 101 on types of Ace by a Demiromantic. "Cake walk:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/148723476637/gckinsey-this

* "End the Ban on Surgery for Transgender Veterans!:" http://www.lambdalegal.org/petition/transgender-vets?utm_content=bufferce0d7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "The Rio Games Begin and Zika Hits the U.S.-The Daily Show with Trevor Noah:"

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* "What the Actual Fact? - Donald Trump Lays Out His Economic Plan:"

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* "The Larry People vs. Flint - Checking In on Michigan's Water Crisis:"

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* Today I got my flu shot for the year. It's a bad one, I can tell. I also ate my first tomato from the garden. It was a largish cherry sized tomato, perfectly ripe and warm from the sun. Tavy's on day three of a tear and has been banned from Squirrel's room for starting too many fights until he mellows out again.

* I wonder how many horses born in the next year or two will be named "Grace's Secret."

* I have still not recovered from that Irish horse somersaulting. Me screaming at the male announcer: Is the horse okay! Stop your jibber jabber and tell me if the horse is okay! (The horse was okay, but it was terrifying.) Luckily the other bad spill was time delayed and the nice female announcer said something like, "We are about to show a fall that just happened. They are BOTH OKAY!" It was still hard to watch, but much easier on my nerves. This is why I'm still watching the Cross country eventing and am not even up to jumping. I keep having to turn it off and go calm down. It's a beautiful sport, but this is a particularly tough course and there are an alarming number of falls and horses crashing into things. I'm a couple hours in and miraculously no people or horses have been hurt so far as the nice female announcer has just reassured me. No, don't tell me how it ended. It may take me a few days, but I'll get there.

Seriously, Equestrian announcers, lead with "They are both okay!"

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

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Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
8:20 pm
* "Meet the Woman Risking Everything to Become Somalia's First Female President:" https://mic.com/articles/149725/meet-fadumo-dayib-the-woman-risking-everything-to-become-somalia-s-first-female-president#.xQBzoHitJ

* To this I want to add, I'd have liked subtitles for the lyrics by the rappers. Also, could we go ONE year without commentators giggling like 6th graders over the name of a certain country? Otherwise this is a much more eloquent version of what i tried to figure out how to stay and couldn't quite frame. "NBC’s Rio Olympics Opening-Ceremony Coverage Was Clueless and Counterintuitive at Best:" http://www.vulture.com/2016/08/review-nbcs-olympics-opening-ceremony-coverage.html

* "The Media Village at the Rio Olympics Is Built on a Mass Grave of Slaves:" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/media-village-rio-olympics-built-mass-grave-slaves-180959873/?no-ist

* "Police Scrutiny in China Hinders Condom Use Among Prostitutes, Study Says:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/28/world/asia/china-sex-workers-condoms-police.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1

* "Trump economics dissected:"

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* "The deep red state that could turn blue:"

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* Trump had the gall to go to Detroit and tell them that the cure for all that ails them is a massive tax cut for estates over $5 million in value and corporate welfare.

* "Oh, For Fuck’s Sake: A Gentle Talk With My Republican, Democrat, And Undecided Friends :" http://www.theferrett.com/ferrettworks/2016/07/oh-for-fucks-sake-in-which-i-gently-talk-to-my-friends-who-are-republicans-democrats-and-the-undecided/

* "I Know Why Poor Whites Chant Trump, Trump, Trump:" http://www.theestablishment.co/2016/05/24/i-know-why-poor-whites-chant-trump-trump-trump/

* "Exclusive - John Lewis Extended Interview:"

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* "How climate change is rapidly taking the planet apart:" http://www.flassbeck-economics.com/how-climate-change-is-rapidly-taking-the-planet-apart/

* "'Witch' Prison Revealed in 15th-Century Scottish Chapel:" http://www.livescience.com/55452-witch-prison-revealed-in-scottish-chapel.html?

* "Donald Trump Predicts a Rigged Election:"

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* "Blacklash 2016: The Unblackening - Trump Dump:"

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* Y'all know I'm in the DS9 is the best Star Trek camp. "Deep Space Nine was the Best Star Trek (And the Roddenberry Box was Made to be Broken):" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/deep-space-nine-best-star-trek-roddenberry-box-made-broken/

* TNG Rewatch:

I missed one first Season Episode, "Too Short a Season." It has terrible age makeup, but setting it aside, it's a good explanation for why the Prime Directive needs to be a thing and why Kirk riding rough shod over nearly every episode likely left planets in chaos and mass death in his wake even though we don't get to see it in ToS.

* "Sunday Sweets: Modern Geometry:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/8/7/sunday-sweets-modern-geometry.html

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

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

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Monday, August 8th, 2016
7:09 am
* "Poverty in Rio: Why Brazilians Can't Afford Tickets to Their Own Olympic Games:" https://mic.com/articles/150500/rio-olympics-summer-2016-poverty-tickets-brazilians-cant-afford-income-inequality-rio-de-janeiro?bt_email=victoria.olson9@gmail.com&bt_ts=1470263731095#.CfescSOfo

* At least 38 people are dead in mudslides in Mexico due to tropical storm Earl. My best wishes are with the survivors.

* "Security authorities cite Trump danger in backing Clinton:"

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* Sexism, Ambition, and Hillary Clinton: http://fiftysevenacademics.tumblr.com/post/148407542445/giandujakiss-skywalkingintheair-its-hard

* TW: Eating Disorder. "Hunger Makes Me:" http://hazlitt.net/feature/hunger-makes-me

* "Common Cause sues over NC congressional districts:" http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article94050487.html

* Notice how the rich will totally still be able to afford it? "Texas Fetal Burial Proposal Would Add Thousands to the Cost of an Abortion:" http://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2016/08/05/texas-fetal-burial-proposal-would-add-thousands-to-the-cost-of-an-abortion

* "Mississippi Nurse Dee Whigham becomes 16th Trans Person Murdered in 2016:" http://www.advocate.com/transgender/2016/7/26/mississippi-nurse-dee-whigham-becomes-16th-trans-person-murdered-2016

* "Skye Mockabee Is 17th Trans Person Murdered in the U.S. This Year:" http://www.advocate.com/transgender/2016/8/02/skye-mockabee-17th-trans-person-murdered-us-year

* The Republican plan for dealing with zika is to deny funds for prevention, eradication, and research, while forcing women to bear babies with often short lifespans against their will. They insist this incredible cruelty is the pro-life" position, unlike actually stopping the disease. "Marco Rubio: No abortions for pregnant women infected with Zika virus:" http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/marco-rubio-no-abortions-for-pregnant-women-infected-with-zika-virus/

* "An Italian doctor explains “Syndrome K,” the fake disease he invented to save Jews from the Nazis:" http://qz.com/724169/an-italian-doctor-explains-syndrome-k-the-fake-disease-he-invented-to-save-jews-from-the-nazis/

* Jon Stewart on Trump:

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* Me every time “Uncle Pietro” appears in Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues:

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* TNG Season 2 Rewatch:
-I think "Pen Pals" is the first time I've actually liked Riker even a little on the rewatch. It's the scene where he mentors Wesley Crusher, of all things.

- I love that they keep seriously debating the ethics of the Prime Directive instead of just Kirking it. I love that Data is arguing on the side of humanitarian rescue. I love that Picard questions where the limits of intervention, something I wish our Congress would give a try once and a while.

- Each time Picard gives an inch, he gives the impression he is already picturing the Court Martial. he gives this wonderful long suffering sigh before he beams down to the planet.

-I stand by my belief that more than one Q per season is too much Q.

- Me watching "Up the Long Ladder:" Is Polaski initiating Klingon mating ritual by accident or on purpose?

- Did they steal the foot washing seduction from the leg washing seduction in the old Michael York Three Musketeers?

- The Irish Stereotypes here are as bad as Finnegan's Rainbow, possibly worse. Ugh.

- This is an interesting variation on the right to choose debate at least. When was the last time I saw a modern show that looked at the idea of bodily integrity and whether people get to decide if they reproduce themselves or if someone else gets to do it for the "greater good." Riker demands, "We certainly have the right to exercise control over our own bodies." Bonus points for Riker killing his own fetus with a phasor. I wonder if they could have gotten that past modern network censors?

- One of the things I find frustrating about TNG, is I can often see perfectly sensible and ethical compromises for problems that they don't bother to explore before giving the hard no. Riker has every right to say no and forcing people to reproduce against their will is always wrong, but couldn't they have put out a ship wide call for volunteers in the beginning? What are the chances everyone on board would have said no? I'm not saying the long term solution proposed isn't good, but wouldn't the extra genetic material help, while letting them to keep some of their customs?

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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

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Saturday, August 6th, 2016
3:25 am
* One out of every 113 people in the world are displaced.

* "Team Refugee:"

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* "Questions raised over Melania Trump immigration:"

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* Pressure burdens Missouri's public defenders:"

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* "Florida Gov. Rick Scott's war on Planned Parenthood opens the door for a Zika emergency:" http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/8/5/1557094/-Florida-Gov-Rick-Scott-s-war-on-Planned-Parenthood-opens-the-door-for-a-Zika-emergency

* "These Designer Hospital Gowns For Sick Teens Will Give You All The Feels :" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/08/118636/starlight-canada-ward-robes-hospital-gowns?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=h2&utm_campaign=end

* "Samantha Bee Explains the Reason Hillary Clinton Must Win: She Isn’t Donald Trump:" https://mic.com/articles/150350/samantha-bee-explains-the-reason-hillary-clinton-must-win-she-isn-t-donald-trump?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.WgjDyDMMr

* I got real sleep today, despite the fever vividness of my dreams. I missed the Opening ceremonies amoung other things due to a power outage and related equipment trouble. I think I have everything stabilized as far as Internet, etc., but if I disappear this weekend, I ain'n't dead; it's likely either a power outage out a router failure or the like. *fingers crossed there isn't* Anyway, sorting it ate my evening.

* TNG Season 2 Rewatch: I managed to capture a few of the missing early episodes, only the process was interrupted by the outage, so I may have to wait for yet another iteration to fill all the gaps. Sigh.

-Still, I got to watch "Elementary, Dear Data," the infamous Moriarty Episode. Seriously, given the tendency of the technology to spawn self aware criminal mastermind AI, why is it still in service. This is also a missing piece in the Data Personhood arc, with Gordie and Polaski's argument over whether Data is capable of creative thought instead of only simple regurgitation of programmed information at the heart of the plot. The problem for me is that as important as it is for the argument that Data is a person, they miss the other implications Re: Moriarty and self awareness. He is a dangerous, possibly ship killing adversary, but at the same time, I think Moriarty's argument that he is a person is a sound one. So how many times all across Federation space are self aware AI being spawned and then saved and suspended as Moriarty was or out right deleted or enslaved? I've seen enough other Star Trek episodes across various of their shows to know it happens with reasonable frequency (The Emergency Medical Program on Voyager for example). While in this case Picard reasoned with Moriarty and the AI agreed to go into storage, I remember at least one other case on a future show where the AI ends up enslaved. (I also assume they are lying to Moriarty about building him a body, because of course they are). If Data is a person as is decided legally later in the season, aren't self aware AI generally? Why don't they have full rights then?

There is more of Data's arc in The Outrageous Okona and Schitzoid Man. Both touch on Data's quest to understand humor. The talk about humor in Okona was weirdly speciest in the way things are worded and would have worked better if any of the non-Data humor had been funny, but does touch on the what makes a person theme. I wrote elsewhere about the way various people dehumanize Data in other parts of this arc. Watching these two episodes I thought a lot about ableism and the way people who are not neurotypical are often treated. I also thought about the ways privileged people will try to silence people who call them out on shitty behavior with claims that there is something wrong with those complaining for failing to find whatever offensive or cliched crap they just said funny. People with privilege will often use claims that people don't have a sense of humor as ways to dehumanize them and often use claims that something is meant to be funny as cover for creulty. I think these two episodes are exploring this in a way that ties into the personhood argument. It is also really scary in a subtle way and in much the same way the treatment of data in the trial one later this season is scary. People get bullied, horrifically abused, and occasional killed over this sort of thing. Deciding someone is less human because they don't find something funny is a slippery slope to scary shit in Real life. It is used to excuse things like rape threats and death threats against female bloggers. People on the spectrum my age and older were ripped away from families that loved them in favor of incredibly abusive institutionalization by people who believed that different automatically is the same as wrong. The Okona episode is strangely equivocal. In Schitzoid Man uses it as an excuse to steal Data's body and attempt to kill him. That Dr. Graves is a misogynist I think is telling. "Women aren't people - they're women." A man who doesn't see women as human and doesn't believe that Kareen has a right to determine what happens to her own body can just as easily dehumanize anyone even a little different than himself. There is a line in Okona that equates humor to humanity Graves and data discuss humor in a way that suggests Graves finds him lesser because he doesn't understand it. In SM, Graves' argument for killing Data is, "I have every right, Captain! I am man, he is machine; there is no question who must live and... what must die...[elipses cuts out brief intervening dialog] Before me, he was nothing. Just a walking tin can with circuits for intestines. Pathetic! Without heart, a man is meaningless." Picard's counter arguement is "He's not simply an android - he's a life form, entirely unique.... [Elipses mine] He is different, yes! But that does not make him expendable or any less significant. No being is so important that he can usurp the rights of another! Now set him free!" I think this stuff is important, as I said in the piece on Data's trial and I think the practical philosophical argument over what makes a person is maybe the best thing about season two.

-I already have a lot of issues with the ethics of Deanna Troi routinely scanning people without permission. While ethically still dubious, I don't mind the search and rescue usages as much. (For example, when Riker's away team loses contact when they enter the alien casino and Deanna checks to see if they are all right). It gets a lot dicier when they are using it to cheat at negotiations, and it's outright creepy that she routinely violates the minds of the crew to tell what the mood is aboard ship or reads strangers who have no expectation of their minds being violated, as happens with Okona. She's supposed to me a Councillor, right? If she told Picard things patients said in sessions it would be a massive violation of Doctor patient privilege. How much worse when she is basically mind raping the crew on the regular and telling Picard about it. (I want to reiterate that this is not Marina Sirtis' fault. The writers CHOSE to make her ethically monstrous and terrible at her job; Marina Sirtis was a working actor and needed to eat, pay rent, etc.. She did the best she could with the roll they gave her). Every time Picard asks her to mind rape his crew and she complies I get seriously queasy. I have to ask what sort of person does that and what sort of person follows an order like that. I know full well Babylon 5 is later, but they actually deal with the ethics of telepathy. Characters actually mull and occasionally argue over what is and isn't an ethical use. The Trek verse doesn't seem to acknowledge there are any ethical issues at all.

There's a reason my friends and I used to posit that underneath the Federation's friendly face were creepy dystopian aspects.

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

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Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
5:53 am
* "Indonesia executes four convicted drug offenders:" http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

* "Where are the tax returns?:"

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* "Will Donald Trump chicken out of debating Hillary Clinton?:"

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* "Trump camp denies GOP platform Russia favor:"

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* "Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau saw Donald Trump coming:"

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* "Obama: Trump 'unfit to serve as president':"

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* "Trump disrespect of Gold Star family enrages veterans:"

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* "Khan to Trump: 'Put that Purple Heart back':" http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/02/politics/khizr-khan-donald-trump-purple-heart/index.html

* I know I haven't commented directly on Trump's character assassination of Khizr Khan and his wife. Frankly, it's taken this long to work out how to comment without it being a string of expletives and anatomically impossible suggestions. Look, I've never been in the military, but I've had family, friends, and lovers who were. Trump's claim that the Khans don't know anything about sacrifice because they merely lot a beloved son while Trump has known real sacrifice by being born incredibly rich and living his life in extreme luxury leaves me torn between the urge to puke and want to hit something. That' he and his surrogates and right wing conspiracy outlets like Brightbart are attacking a grieving family who son made the ultimate fucking sacrifice... I am honestly struggling to find words for my fury and disgust. Then to add insult to all this, he awarded himself a purple heart in a smug, self congratulatory manner in a speech because he's "always wanted one," crowing about how easy it is to get one. Fuck that! Seriously fuck that! You earn those medals with pain and blood and possibly loss of limb. He's never known any of that. You do not wear someone else's medals. You don't brandish them about as absolution for your deliberate cruelty to a military family. You might keep them in remembrance for your dead, but you never claim them as if you earned them just because you decide to fantasize yourself a hero for engaging incredible cruelty against people who have lost a son in war.

I... how do you even begin to address how soulless and cruel someone would have to be to do that?

* "Obama Goes Nuclear on Trump: "The Republican Nominee Is Unfit to Serve as President":" https://mic.com/articles/150392/obama-goes-nuclear-on-trump-the-republican-nominee-is-unfit-to-serve-as-president?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.aus7KoAN6

* I see Trump and his son have been out victim blaming the 20+ women Roger Ailes harassed and/or psychologically and/or sexual abused. I've written before and recently about this. I repeat, I believe the women, and I don't blame them at all for the various ways they responded to being coerced and threatened with recrimination. I don't blame them for being afraid to come forward given the real world consequences of coming forward. Fuck Trump! Fuck Trump's son! You aren't feminists and putting Ivanka out there to lie that you are doesn't fix it.

* Zikka is now in the Miami area mosquito population. Sixteen are confirmed infected by bites there. Republicans still insist zikka irradiation is a waste of money as it only would prevent massive brain damage and so are foot dragging on funding. It's going to get worse and if nothing is done soon, it will be endemic.

* "The Untold Story of the Badass First Female Tattoo Artist In the United States:" https://mic.com/articles/145315/the-untold-story-of-the-badass-first-female-tattoo-artist-in-the-united-states#.ZuKmxzJIQ

* "Rep. Lewis teaches the civil rights movement in graphic novel:"

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* "Preacher Season 1 Episodes 7 and 8 - He Gone and El Valero:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/preacher-reviews-season-1-episodes-7-8-gone-el-valero/


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

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

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

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.comhttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/indonesia-drug-executions/

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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
6:49 am
* Cheese and colonialism: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/148345324987/omg-why-do-white-ppl-love-cheese-so-mu

* Baltimore police murdered Korryn Gaines at her house in vengence for a minor violation and were so terrified for their lives by the mere presence of her unarmed innocent five year old son that they tried to killed him too. The toddler is expected to survive. No word on why it was necessary to send an execution squad to her house over something that normally merits a fine.

* It says something fundamental about my life that I counted today a win because there was a sale so I could get both the dish detergent AND the laundry detergent even though I was too ill to do anything else today. The antibiotic helped, but it clearly didn't kill all the bacteria. The fever is back and my lungs are filling again. Ugh.

* I've been really missing my Dad this summer. No special reason, him being two decades or so dead, I just am. Hence all the French and Jersey shore things on my tumblr. It's a geographical trip through that bit of my relationship with him.

* I got lured into Shameless by promises of naked Zach McGowen. Look, I never claimed to be above that sort of thing. I accidentally watched the UK series first (MacAvoy is a way better Steve than the guy in the US version, I think because MacAvoy has the raw charm to make it understandable that Fiona would keep wanting his untrustworthy amoral ass, and I can't see the appeal at all of the US version. I think US Frank is a little too likeable, even though a lot of the things he does are worse, like killing that woman for her pension, undermining the mental health of Sheila and his wife, and like a million other unforgivable things. UK Frank is more raw and his shittiness is less forgiven in the narrative I that makes any sense. I ended up liking US Kev and Veronica better by a lot for a bunch of reasons, for all I thought they were a high point in the UK version. In both versions I spent the whole Frank/Sheila relationship thinking she deserved so much better. I love that in the US version, she actually got it, because I was shipping that from well before it started to happen). I think you could write a pretty amazing thesis about the issues around statutory rape and consent in general between the two versions. There is a lot to make me really uncomfortable in both versions and a lot for me to mull. I've only watched two seasons of the US version, and there is so much I could write about I've mostly given up trying to do it. It's overwhelming.

I did want to write about one thing that really hit me watching second season that is fairly personal, but which has just dovetailed with my season six Buffy rewatch today. I kept watching Lip, Ian, and Karen and finding so much there resonating with teen me, while at the same time, my inner teen was screaming at them both for being total idiots. I've been picking at that reaction for over a month now. I think the things that resonate with teen me are things like their intelligence, Karen's anger, and the premature maturity that most of the teen characters all share. Teen me was somewhere in the Karen/Ian zone sexually, but without the daddy issues when it came to sex. I kept sitting there thinking, "Why is this so simultaneously familiar and alien all at once?" Because I simply could not get my head around things like Lip dropping out of high school and pissing away a college scholarship and Karen marrying Jody. (Karen fucking Jody, I get, but I can't imagine teen me wanting to tie myself down that way. 40 something me would be all over Jody. Teen me had two lovers at once who together were my senior year Jody and I was clear from beginning to end that there was an expiration date when I left for college). I never wanted the military, but Ian's obsession with getting in made perfect fucking sense to me, but the things Lip and Karen kept doing in season two were utterly alien to me, even though their existential anger wasn't.

Then it hit me: Ian has an exit plan; Karen and Lip do not. No wonder Ian has always made more sense to me even if you leave out other similarities between him and teenage me. I always had an exit plan. I formulsted it at the age of eight, crouched in my favorite hidey hole all those afternoons after I slipped away from my teacher, while I wept in mourning for my lost childhood. I would count the years off, like a catholic with a rosary. At eight, a decade was an impossibly long time, nearly two years longer than I'd been alive, a horrific sentence to endure, but also a finite one. The fact there was a limit to the abuse, a number I could count down until freedom spelled out hope. For the next decade, my job was to endure with enough of what made me intact that I could still recognize myself. All that time I was counting down years until I could get out and away. It didn't mean I didn't love my family. It did mean that for all my anger and refusnik ways, I always did the minimum I needed to get through, because college was my ticket out. college was my exit plan, and by high school I'd worked out that I needed to find somewhere out of state, but close enough they'd let me go instead of letting my dad push me into his alma mater. Ian's balance of survival in the now while grabbing every bit of sex and intimacy he can get even as he's marking time til he's old enough to get out? That's me. On paper you'd think I was a Karen or a Lip, with all the anger and intelligence and acting out sometimes violently, but I can't get them at all because I can't imagine not having an exit plan.

And that freaks me out a little. It makes me feel trapped just watching them.

I should write about Buffy, but I think that's all I'm up to tonight.

* "Tricksy Bird:" http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/126859783958/tricksy-bird

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

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Monday, August 1st, 2016
11:07 am
* "Kentucky Jail Sends Black Woman To Court With No Pants:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kentucky-jail-woman-no-pants_us_579cf681e4b0e2e15eb61eec?

* "STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF ABDIRAHMAN ABDI:" https://www.facebook.com/blacklivesmatterTO/posts/529887240540104

* "First of Its Kind Study Shows 55,400 People Hospitalized or Killed by US Cops in a Single Year:" http://thefreethoughtproject.com/landmark-study-police-brutality-problem/

* "Anthrax sickens 13 in western Siberia, and a thawed-out reindeer corpse may be to blame:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/28/anthrax-sickens-13-in-western-siberia-and-a-thawed-out-reindeer-corpse-may-be-to-blame/

* The last of the large pinks. ( I see a few small stragglers, but this is it for the big my heightist plants with big sprays.): http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/148298989557/the-last-of-the-large-pinks-i-see-a-few-small

* "‘Stand by Me’ Oral History: Rob Reiner and Cast on River Phoenix and How Coming-of-Age Classic Almost Didn’t Happen:" https://variety.com/2016/film/news/stand-by-me-30th-anniversary-oral-history-corey-feldman-1201824490/

I saw it the first time when it was brand new in a theater on a double date, sandwiched between the guy I was dating and the guy i had been dating a week or two before. (My history of staying friends after where possible goes waaaay back). I remember the surprisingly loud rustle of fabric as every guy in the theater crossed their legs at once during the leech scene. (In retrospect, worst date movie ever). Most of all, I was haunted and remain haunted by River Phoenix' performance in the bit about the milk money. Oh, the details were different, but that mix of scapegoating, gas lighting, betrayal, hypocrisy, and cruelty was the story of my childhood. I was sixteen and still relearning how to be human. You might have thought looking at me from the outside at the age the character were, that I was some sort of Gordie/Teddy Jekyll and Hyde, but I was always and likely always be a Chris Chambers on the inside. I think that scene was the first time outside of Harold and Maude that I'd seen anything even remotely relevant to my childhood represented. (I know, Another Country had been out twoish years at this point, but I didn't see it until I discovered it in a video store the next year, and Dead Poet's came out end of senior year). I don't often mourn celebrities, but between his performance in this nd Private Idaho River Phoenix broke my heart twice with his acting and a third time for all that lost potential, for all the things he might have done and been if his life hadn't spiraled like that. It still makes me ache that someone who likely would have been the among the greatest actors of my generation died in such a stupid, wasteful way.

* I am significantly more critical of the original, but agree with the main points. "Preacher: A Comic Fan's Perspective:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/preacher-comic-fans-perspective/

* TNG Rewatch, Season 2: The season 2 Rewatch is turning out rather a shambles as a bunch of episodes are missing and I need to press on to clear space for the Olympics, so I'm watching what I have and making note of what's missing. As a result, it's more random thoughts than proper analysis so far. Things like: Wow, Pulaski really is the female Bones!

What's interesting, is that the random selection that I happen to have for early season 2 still manages to have two through lines. The first is the Picard/Polaski struggle to learn to deal with each other, of which I got enough snap shots for the arc to work. The second is the issue of the personhood of Data. The underlying issues are surprisingly well seeded, with incidents like Polaski mispronouncing his name and when politely corrected saying something like "What does it matter!" and the various ways outsiders will call him "it" or talk about him like he's not there or ask humans questions in front of him that should be addressed to him. As a person who is both trans and disabled it simultaneously gives me the shivers and want to hit people. These are the real life ways we are frequently dehumanized, in some cases in preparation for killing us or after the fact as reasons our murders shouldn't count. It's very realistic when it comes to the way cis and able bodied people try to deny us out humanity to justify the horrific things they do. The Measure of Man hurts to watch because it is fundamentally about whether Starfleet can legally do what ever they want with Data including kill him or if he is indeed a person with a right to make his own decisions and have bodily autonomy. If that doesn't strike you as incredibly relevant to American politics in 2016 across multiple modalities, then you aren't paying attention. The villain side of this enlargement is closing clinics in states all across the country on the grounds that elderly white evangelical politicians should make medical decisions for women they've never met because fetuses are fully human, but women aren't. The murders of Poc, Disabled people, Transfolk, and particularly trans women of colour are routinely not investigated, or if investigated, not brought to court, and murders let go or given slaps on the wrist based on arguments made in the same dehumanizing terms. Guinan directly references slavery in response to data's position. I honestly don't know how to feel about this particular fictionalized version. I do think this is sure as fuck the way RL humans behave on the regular, and it's well executed within the idiom of the Trekverse, but at the same time...? Yeah. The big issue of appropriation of rl persecution of all these groups, and this is a show that erased LGB folk and completely botched trans issues. It's hard to watch, that's for sure, maybe on more levels than it's meant to be.

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

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

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Sunday, July 31st, 2016
3:36 am
* "Wurundjeri people 'shattered' after artwork they describe as their 'Bible' sells at auction:" http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2016/06/09/wurundjeri-people-shattered-after-artwork-they-describe-their-bible-sells-auction

* "Cory Booker - Achieving Equal Justice Under the Law:"

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* "Ancient bottom wipers yield evidence of diseases carried along the Silk Road:" https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/22/ancient-bottom-wipers-yield-evidence-of-diseases-silk-road-chinese-liver-fluke

* "Downing Street and British Foreign Office Do Battle, and the Fur Flies:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/23/world/europe/larry-the-cat-palmerston-fight.html?_r=0

* "Blacklash 2016: The Unblackening - Hillary Clinton's Historic Night at the DNC:"

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* NWS "Politics and Pole Dancing in Philadelphia-The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore:"

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* "The Billionaire Brawl: Michael Bloomberg vs. Donald Trump:"

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* "What the Actual Fact? - The DNC's Keynote Speeches:"

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* I don't think I've said this clearly, so I will now. The TV shoe Preacher is not Comic book Preacher; it is geometrically better. They were RIGHT to toss out the plot, which was very much a thing of it's time and wouldn't work well two decades later. They were right to correct a lot of the problematic shit that went on. The were very much right to make a dramatically better and more fleshed out Tulip. Seriously, I love Show Tulip so much! I love the gay angel/demon duo (I assume that's what's going on, though it's just hints at this point) so much more than the Adelphi they replace. Cassidy is Cassidy and horrible in all the right ways. This is not book Jesse at all, but I don't particularly mind at this point and I want to thump him with the clue stick and the grow the fuck up stick every bit as much as the original. The show isn't perfect and I give some things the side eye, but compared to the problematic (Racist, Sexist, Ablist, and Homophobic at minimum) in the original this is light years better, while keeping most of the tone and a similar sense of humor. I actively avoid most of Seth Rogan's body of work (not usually my type of humor and his laugh is like fingernails on a chalk board to me), but I am incredibly impressed that he turned the uneven and often dated comic book into something that I can love the way I loved the original when it was new. The reread of the comic book is like pulling teeth; I watch the show with pleasure.

* Austenesque response to modern pearl clutching: http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/148074022177/tom-does-not-respect-taylor-she-put-out-too-soon

* Lesbian Dalek Trolling: http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/148053333055/raptorific-aquiladafirenze

* Me watching BBC Newsnight: O.o Why did she just misgender President Hollande? <*several baffled seconds pass* Oooooh! She doesn't speak French and mispronounced his name!

Seriously, I get how it's an easy mistake to make for a non-french speaker, but it amuses me that it took me that long to figure out what went wrong.

* NWS. "Nzingha Prescod: 'Yes, there are black fencers':" http://espn.go.com/espnw/sports/article/16744543/fencer-nzingha-prescod-sport-curves-namesake-espn-body-issue

* "Apparently this is a Reboot of Something from the 80s?: A Review of Ghostbusters:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/apparently-this-is-a-reboot-of-something-from-the-80s-a-review-of-ghostbusters/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, July 30th, 2016
3:22 am
* "Roma family facing deportation to Hungary fears for its future:" http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/roma-family-to-be-deported-to-hungary-fears-for-their-future?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

* "How SFU and First Nations Keep Endangered Languages Alive:" http://thetyee.ca/Presents/2016/07/13/Keeping-Endangered-Languages-Alive/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=071316-5&utm_campaign=editorial-0716

* "Donald Trump, Jr. makes curious campaign detour:"

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* "Is this Tim Kaine?:"

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* "Parents of Muslim US soldier move Americans, rebuke Trump:"

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* "Federal Court overturns NC voting restrictions:"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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