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Thursday, September 29th, 2016
4:51 am
* "Trump staff criminal accusations complicate 'law & order' message:"

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* "Bridgegate trial paints Christie in bad light, awkward for Trump:"

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* I am still trying to get my head around Donald Trump claiming Hillary Clinton is 28 in the debate. ("She's been fighting ISIS her whole adult life.") I honestly can't figure out a train of thought that ends up there. Why did he say it when there is no way he could not know it is nonsense?

* Skittles: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/150747404350#notes

* "Jesse Williams nails the importance of voting in the 2016 election in powerful PSA:" https://mic.com/articles/155332/jesse-williams-nails-the-importance-of-voting-in-the-2016-election-in-powerful-psa?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.qq97igef9

* "IMPORTANT - Save The Day:"

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* TW: Death Threats, Lynching. "Fans wanted me ‘hung before the anthem’: Emotional Nebraska football player reveals racist threats:" http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/fans-wanted-me-hung-before-the-anthem-emotional-nebraska-football-player-reveals-racist-threats/#.V-uIfOA7o4I.twitter

* "Fear and Loathing at Hofstra University:"

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* "Go Ahead, Make Her Day:"

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* "Advice She Didn't Ask For:"

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* "The First Presidential Debate Lives Up To the Hype:"

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* "After The First Debate, Trump Is Up 20 Points In Narnia:"

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* I've been a low grade exhausting sort of sick for a couple of weeks. I took a bad turn in my sleep this morning and woke up suffocating, which hasn't happened in a while. Luckily, it has happened often enough that I have the procedure down. Unfortunately once I got breathing going again I had one of those brutal hour long ravage the body hour long coughing fits where every breath is another cough. I used all my mother's tricks and my own, including the one of hers I loathe on every level and the two of mine she physically couldn't have done for medical reasons. I did finally manage to restore reasonable breathing and sleep, only to be awakened half an hour later by a debt collector to hassle me about $5.22 a doctor had sold on to them instead of sending a final notice. Really? Like, really? Five dollars and change? Me: send me a bill. I don't pay people anything over the phone because, no offense, I have no proof you are who you say you are. The whole rolling over to answer the phone thing started me coughing up lung chunks again, I lost another two hours of sleep and tore something (luckily small) in my back. For five dollars. *head desk* The fever's up this evening and my lungs are rotten. I need to start the talking them into antibiotics drama again.

* "Redshirts:" http://dorktowerfeed.livejournal.com/445512.html

* Someone really ought to make a quality series out of the lives of Marie and Hortense Mancini.

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* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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, September 28th, 2016
6:03 am
* TW: extreme misogyny, eating disorder. "Trump walks right into Clinton's debate trap:"

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* "NYC mayor responds to Trump's stop & frisk claims:"

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* "Trump brings distinct bizarreness to debate:"

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* "Trump fails crucial nuclear test (again):"

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* "The myth of Gary Johnson:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/150962720730/the-myth-of-gary-johnson

* "Look, I Do Understand. Really:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/150962674620/so-i-think-ill-blur-the-details-here-there

* "Ketchup sandwiches and other things stupid poor people eat:" https://thinkprogress.org/ketchup-sandwiches-and-other-things-stupid-poor-people-eat-41617483b497#.7wm9b16pk

* "Watch This Charlotte Protester’s Epic Response To A Reporter Asking, “Why Are You Here?”:" https://www.buzzfeed.com/tamerragriffin/watch-this-charlotte-protesters-epic-response-to-a-reporter?bftwnews&utm_term=.kvpPEP5Vj#.kqNnGndKa

* "Unarmed Black Man Shot By El Cajon Police Officer In San Diego:" https://blackmattersus.com/16844-unarmed-black-man-shot-by-el-cajon-police-officer-in-san-diego/

* "Black Crime Statistics Overestimated By Maine Governor:" https://blackmattersus.com/16828-black-crime-statistics-overestimated-by-maine-governor/

* TW: Rape, Pedophilia "In secretive marijuana industry, whispers of abuse and trafficking:" http://www.wptv.com/longform/in-secretive-marijuana-industry-whispers-of-abuse-and-trafficking

* "Keith Scott Shooting Case: Police Video Still Disproves Initial Claim:" https://blackmattersus.com/16632-keith-scott-shooting-case-police-video-still-disproves-initial-claim/

* Nudes, NWS. "France - GAYCATION:" https://video.vice.com/fr/video/France/57e0646fe56c8e239c7451bb

* "Kristen Bell Spoofs The Wage Gap In A Hilarious New Video:" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/09/123358/kristen-bell-wage-gap-video?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=end&utm_campaign=h2&utm_campaign=watch_end

* "Donald Trump's Post-Debate Spin:"

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* "What the Actual Fact? - The First Clinton-Trump Debate:"

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* "Sparks Fly at the First Trump-Clinton Presidential Debate:"

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* "Glenn Kessler on Fact-Checking the Presidential Debates:"

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* "Scandals: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver :"

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* "Charter Schools: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:"

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* Even in my extremely left little West Coast College Town this happened. Monday, I woke up exhausted, did a bunch of phone bureaucracy. Dragged myself out to forage where a large white supremacist was baffled that neither I nor the nice progressive Jewish lady in front of me were in agreement that to vote against Trump and his white power agenda was somehow "suicidal" on our part. Indeed, we asserted the opposite. He followed us ranting his disgusting nonsense all through the produce section. She and I quietly exchanged identity markers and stuck together until a worker turned up to shoo him off. I got lost in the shuffle at the doctor, so what should have been a 15 minute thing stretched to an hour.

* If Victor Hugo wrote Star Wars: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/151046187242/kaasknot-thleeny-kaasknot-someone-please

* "Hearing The Call to Adventure when you’re over 40.:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150995547152/hearing-the-call-to-adventure-when-youre-over-40

* Fear the Walking Dead: I have come to hate Madison. Her incredible selfishness and refusal to think of anyone else's welfare except Nick's has put everyone else in a shitastic position. Yes, it's nice Travis is back with the group, but it's at the expense of the long term viability of that refuge. The Chris situation was pretty clearly inevitable.

* TNG 4 Rewatch:

- Qpid. Worf has the best line in this one. "I am NOT a Merry Man!"

******

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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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Monday, September 26th, 2016
4:25 am
* "Police Brutality: Black Man Beaten To Death By Cops:" https://blackmattersus.com/16591-awful-police-brutality-black-man-calls-police-for-help-got-beaten-to-death/

* "Racism In American Schools: Video Shows White Kids Chant “N-Word” On School Bus:" https://blackmattersus.com/16579-racism-in-american-schools-video-shows-white-kids-chant-n-word-on-school-bus/

* "Not All Transgender People Have Dysphoria – And Here Are 6 Reasons Why That Matters:" http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/08/not-all-trans-folks-dysphoria/

* "DNA in London Grave May Help Solve Mysteries of the Great Plague:" http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/bubonic-plague-dna-found-london-black-death/

* "Deep in the Swamps, Archaeologists Are Finding How Fugitive Slaves Kept Their Freedom:" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/deep-swamps-archaeologists-fugitive-slaves-kept-freedom-180960122/?no-ist

* "Sunday Sweets: Flights of Fancy:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/9/25/sunday-sweets-flights-of-fancy.html

* TNG 4 Rewatch:

- Final Mission. The toxic waste ship is also all to relevant to my great distress. I am pretty sure radiation exposure sickness doesn't work that way. Wil Wheaton Acting the shit out of this one.

- The Loss. I have always said Deanna is not a good counselor. she leans on her power to cover other deficiencies. While Riker saying what he said when he said it is assholish, he's not wrong. There is a lot to unpack here around the disability metaphor, but I'm frankly to tired to attempt it.

- Data's Day. His subroutines for dealing with common human emotional responses reminds me of me and my attempts to deal with other people who feel jealousy. I so sympathize with Worf on the human wedding thing. I do think this is another episode that has relevance to neurodivergance, in that it has relevance to difficulty reading emotional content in other people and predicting how they will react emotionally. I also do love an unreliable narrator. That tap dancing! I've taught people waltz and swing informally, and while steps themselves are easy to explain, I always struggled with explaining the signalling and the way of moving. I picked it all up instinctively and had no way to explain to someone who couldn't pick those things up through example and imitation. I'd occasionally come across someone so stiff that dancing with them hurt. this scene seemed pretty realistic to me. Here begins the Romulan sleeper agent arc, though there was some previous foreshadowing.

- The Wounded. The Cardassians are introduced. I have always disliked O'Brian and Keiko. The Apocalypse Now episode. I really like the ambiguity here. This is another episode that addresses war time trauma and difficulty adjusting to peace after.

- Devil's Due. Classic Debunking.

- Clues. This is a good little mystery.

- First contact. Alien groupies.... She just coerced Riker into sex, didn't she? Why doesn't Starfleet Print or DNA lock phasers? Why are nearly all the aliens races (except Klingons and that one horrible racial stereotype of a culture season one?) and colonists they meet played by white actors?

- Galaxy Child. Famous last words, Jordi, famous last words. This is so that thing most men do in my experience, where the guy makes this whole fantasy image of who a certain person is and how the story will unfold from there without, you know, checking who the person is and what they want first. Guinan really is calling this one accurately. I don't blame her for being grossed out. It as creepy as fuck. Jordi's "guilty of wanting to be your friend" thing is so classic nice guy syndrome.

- Night Terrors. An allergy to certain sedatives runs in my family. It causes extreme agitation, paranoia, and full spectrum hallucinations/break with reality in those it effects. That scene in the turbo lift with Picard? That was my Grandfather on haldol when he was dying. It is unnerving to watch. Picard speaking of his Grandfather's dementia? *shudder* to real.

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* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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, September 24th, 2016
4:42 am
* "Syria conflict: Aid convoy hit by 'air strike' near Aleppo:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37413411

* I love this fashion is coming back after so many centuries. "Mexican Pointy Boots:" http://www.vice.com/video/mexican-pointy-boots

* "Civil Rights Museum rejects Trump photo-op:"

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* "Obama speaks ahead of African-American history museum's opening:"

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* "Institutional Racism Shows Its Ugly Face Again: Cops Pepper-Spray Girl:" https://blackmattersus.com/16543-institutional-racism-shows-its-ugly-face-again-cops-pepper-spray-girl/

* "Latest Police Brutality Video: Cop Utters Death Threat To Black Men:" https://blackmattersus.com/16519-latest-police-brutality-video-cop-utters-death-threat-to-black-men/

* "Blackface is Ugly and I’m Being Harassed: A Tale of Cosplay & Cosplayers Gone Wrong:" https://dela-doll.com/2016/09/05/black-is-ugly-and-im-being-harassed-a-tale-of-cosplayand-cosplayers-gone-wrong/

* "How 'Sailor Moon' Fandom Became a Refuge for 90s Queer Kids:" http://www.vice.com/video/american-obsessions-sailor-moon-queer-indentity

* "California’s Sea Lion Die-Off:" https://news.vice.com/video/californias-sea-lion-die-off

* "Indigenous Australians most ancient civilization on Earth, DNA study confirms:" https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/sep/21/indigenous-australians-most-ancient-civilisation-on-earth-dna-study-confirms

* "3600-Year-old Swedish Axes Were Made With Copper from Cyprus:" http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.719125

* That takes serious guts. "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Hillary Clinton:" http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2016/09/between-two-ferns-with-zach.html

* "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets About Themselves #10:" http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2016/09/celebrities-read-mean-tweets-about.html

* "Stephen Colbert Reacts to the State of Emergency in Charlotte:"

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* "Anime Detour 2011 Legolas Dances to Single Ladies :"

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* "Moral Implications of Evil Races in Fantasy:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/evil-races-in-fantasy/

* "Winter Hits Caradhras and the Ring Goes South:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/winter-caradhras-ring-goes-south/

* TNG 4 Rewatch:

- Suddenly Human. Worf is a feminist! This one is complicated on a bunch of levels. Watching it, I am haunted by the excellent novel Warboy, that explores similar themes around cross cultural kidnap, what is and isn't child abuse, loyalties, agency etc.. This, being '90's network television can't go nearly as far. This is another episode that touches on PTSD.

They are always forcing Picard into fatherhood roles, aren't they? I wish they'd stop treating Picard's preference to be childfree as if it were pathological and funny. That may be the most annoying noise a non-baby/toddler aged human can make. Apparently Talurians love metal. Good to know. Do bedroom doors on a starship not lock?

- Remember Me. This one is hard for me to watch.

- Legacy. Ishara: How did Tasha die? Me: she was fridged because the writer's couldn't figure out what to do with her. Brent Spiner acted the shit out of this one.

- Reunion. More long arc crucial Klingon politics with associated Worf character development. Enter Worf's surprise illegitimate son and associated issues.

- Future Imperfect. I have always felt that it is a brutal incitement of Riker that the love of his life is a holodeck program.

******

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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, September 22nd, 2016
10:52 pm
* "What Chris Christie knew:"

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* Republicans, who deliberately chose to poison 100,000 people in Flint, including deliberately causing brain damage in 9000 children who live there at great expense for ideological reasons, voted in Congress not to give Flint a penny of government money to alleviate the crisis the state party caused on purpose.

* "Police shootings draw strong reaction:"

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* "A 6-Year-Old Girl Was Handcuffed At School For Taking Candy:" A 6-Year-Old Girl Was Handcuffed At School For Taking Candy

* "Police Fatal Killing: Officer Betty Shelby Is Known For Using Excessive Force:" https://blackmattersus.com/16388-police-fatal-killing-officer-betty-shelby-is-known-for-using-excessive-force/

* "St. Louis Killer Cop Caught In On Camera:" https://blackmattersus.com/16383-st-louis-killer-cop-caught-in-on-camera/

* In Tulsa, authorities have broken with the standard procedure of covering up murders and have chosen to actually arrest the white police officer who murdered Mr. Crutcher because his car broke down. She is charged with first degree manslaughter. Now let's see if they get a conviction.

* "Denmark will be the first country to no longer define being transgender as mental illness:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/denmark-will-be-the-first-country-to-no-longer-define-being-transgender-as-a-mental-illness-a7029151.html

* The Lady Chablis died on the 8th. Damn.

* Explaining Rape to men. "This Woman Has The Perfect Way To Explain Consent To Men Who Don't Understand It:" http://distractify.com/trending/2016/08/17/rape-and-consent-explained-with-money

* "What It Feels Like to Die:" http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/09/what-it-feels-like-to-die/499319/

* "5 Annoying Latin Errors from an Ancient List That Predicted Latin's Descendants:" http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/85758/5-annoying-latin-errors-ancient-list-predicted-latins-descendants

* ""Muslims Get Out" Sign in Minnesota:"

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* "Terence Crutcher's Police Shooting & Racial Bias in America:"

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* "Where Do You Get the Balls? - Wells Fargo's Banking Scandal:"

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* "Donald Trump Jr. Might Want To Check His Math:"

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* Gothmas Window display with Tavy cat. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150802036032/gothmas-window-display-with-tavy-cat

* The story behind the infamous Sandra Lee Kwanza cake: http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/150263156038/bombtraq-beezelbubbles-allisonpregler

* This is the main problem I had with season one. Y'all know I love this show, but this is one of two criticisms I have over all. (The other being inconsistency in Mr. Scott's arc, particularly with the slave ship). "Black Sails Begins in Choppy Waters:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/black-sails-season-1-max/

* "Messed up Tournaments, messed up Teachers, messed up Relationships:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/messed-tournaments-messed-teachers-messed-friendships/

* TNG 4 Rewatch:

- Brothers. I am deeply uncomfortable with unaccompanied minors on the Enterprise. Now imagine how I feel about unaccompanied minors on the enterprise literally months after the Borg wiped out most of Starfleet. Why is anyone surprised a small unaccompanied child has nearly killed his brother as a prank?

******

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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, September 21st, 2016
10:12 pm
* "These photos reveal just how bad Venezuela's food crisis actually is:" https://mic.com/articles/150996/in-venezuela-a-box-of-pasta-can-cost-300-and-that-s-not-even-the-worst-of-it#.9P2802lnf

* "Being Forced To Undress Is Not Exactly The Liberation I Have Longed For:" https://thebrownhijabi.com/2016/08/23/being-forced-to-undress-is-not-exactly-the-liberation-i-have-longed-for/

* "French High Court Rules Burkini Bans Are Unlawful:" http://www.snopes.com/2016/08/26/french-high-court-rules-burkini-bans-are-unlawful/

* "Unusual diversity seen in manufacture of bombs in NY/NJ case:"

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* "Senator Warren presses FBI on financial crisis accountability:"

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* "Senator Warren emphasizes importance of Democrats retaking Senate:"

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* Tonight was the second day of protests in Charlotte North Carolina against the police murder of Keith Lamont Scott. Police are insisting that he had a gun, which witnesses say wasn't there and of which there is no evidence. He was killed for reading a book while waiting in his car for his son to come out, which is apparently a capital crime in North Carolina, so dangerous as to require summary execution. Police have attacked the protesters. Someone has been shot though as of this writing there weren't a lot of details. The victim is in critical condition.

* Tulsa Police murdered an unarmed black man named Terrence Crutcher who was the father of four. His SUV broke down.

* "Trump: 'Nothing like doing things with other people's money':"

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* This terrifies me. "Appeals Court Won’t Hold Catholic Hospital Responsible for Denial of Care:" https://rewire.news/article/2016/09/09/appeals-court-wont-hold-catholic-hospital-responsible-denial-care/

* "Alarming Comments on LGBTQ Youth from the Woman Who Wants to Be Washington State’s Top Education Official:" http://www.thestranger.com/news/2016/08/31/24526591/alarming-comments-on-lgbtq-youth-from-the-woman-who-wants-to-be-washington-states-top-education-official

* "Too Close for Comfort:"

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* "A Match Made in Hell:"

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* "Chief Executive Fear Mongerer :"

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* "The Big Mad Wolf - Burkini Battle in France:"

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* "New Yorkers Are Used to Danger:"

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* "Did Trump End The Birther Controversy, Or Is That His Biggest Lie Yet?:"

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* "The Late Show Blanket Fort (with First Lady Michelle Obama):"

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* "First Lady Michelle Obama Does Her Best Barack Impression:"

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* "You Should Definitely Take the Donald Trump Debate Prep Survey:"

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* I went to bed ridiculously early Monday night with a stabbed in the stomach sort of feeling. It was all fever dreams and lost people, but the long sleep did me good, I think. I'm still achieving bare minimum, but it is an acceptable level of function. I discovered on waking that thanks to your kindness, we are sorted financially for the month if we just wait out money transfer times, which is good news as I ran out of the secondary lung meds last weekish. I informed squirrel we were rescued when he came out for his dinner. The Terror was very bored with me being in bed so much. I awoke to a living room strewn with shredded paper and to discover he'd kidnapped the Borg Cube from the Gothmas tree. All has been set to rights now though.

Thanks again, to our benefactors.

* I just spotted the first Christmas Ad of the season here. Ugh.

* "Au where none of the Weasleys are in Gryffindor:" https://lullabyknell.tumblr.com/post/148669383568/for-the-au-thing-if-you-have-enough-time-au-where

* Fear the Walking Dead: I loathe Madison and Nick. They are so annoying upper middle class white American bulldozing through endangering everyone else because they assume they know better than the people actually living there. I suppose this is the point, but I really wish the show focused on the rest of the cast instead of treating them like main characters.

* "Cheryl's Landing Part 3: Logic and Contrivances :" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/cheryls-landing-part-3/

* Gay couples in History: http://meteodesigns.deviantart.com/gallery/24266478/Feature

* TNG 4 Rewatch:

- The Best of Both Worlds. Ouch, the mirror scenes with Guinan and the Captain, each sitting before a battle. Honorius and Picard; Picard and Riker. Ouch, the graveyard of Federation ships. Watching Locutus is painful still. I kept thinking that data hacking Picard here made like 100x more sense than Independence Day.

- Family. I really do appreciate that they make clear that time has passed since the Borg battle and that captain Picard has PTSD symptoms. At the same time Deanna picking that way at him wanting to visit family on shore leave brings me close to violence. She seems to be pathologizing and deliberately undermining what I would consider a pretty understandable decision. You'd think she'd want him to take time off to rest after being violated on every level like that. From the dialog it's clear he's been undergoing intensive therapy for the PTSD, so it's not like he's running out on early recovery stages. He's improved enough to leave the ship and like a bunch of the rest of the crew, he wants to go home for a visit. Why would a competent psychiatrist be against a man trying to mend fences with his brother, especially at a time when that man might need a support network outside his command structure? Seems to me reaching out to family would be encouraged not discouraged. It seemed to me working through bits of trauma arguing with his brother sounds therapeutic to me, and yes, that includes them having it out after a lifetime of bottling it up. I think this is another instance of Deanna Troi bringing her issues to therapy instead of doing what's best for the patient. Seems to me Picard was doing exactly what was best for him as part of the healing.

I kind of love Worf's parents.

Add in the A, B, and C plot (Wesley's recording from his dead father), and this whole episode is about how men need family support in times of stress, which is a beautiful thing to see, especially as Worf is about as aggressively masculine as it is possible to be and Picard is the quintessential captain most of the time. It's good to see men like that shown dealing with trauma and being vulnerable with loved ones.

This is another one that is all too timely here in the 21st century with it's record high suicide rate for military veterans, and yes, that's a personal issue for me, given who I lost that way. It is so incredibly important that Picard cries, that Picard has nightmares, that Picard is getting help and not issolating himself. It's so important that Worf lets himself open up for the parents that clearly love him, and yes, it's important that coming to terms with his father's death is a process for Wesley. I have often said that grief is a marathon and not a sprint.

******

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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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Monday, September 19th, 2016
8:13 pm
* I have been following the forensics debate and bombing realated discussion, but given how terrible I feel physically, and my need to be lying down ASAP, I'm going to do the lazy thing and link to the most basic thing instead of trying to engage with the more complicated aspects. "N.Y., N.J. bombings suspect charged with 5 counts of attempted murder:" http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ny-nj-bombings/ahmad-rahami-identified-n-y-n-j-bombings-suspect-officials-n650306

* "One-on-one with Elizabeth Warren:"

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* What I want to know is more about his misappropriation of Sandy disaster funds. "Christie knew about lane closings?:"

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* Michael Steele is such a delight. "Priebus warns: Get on Trump train - or else:"

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* "Because Hillary Listens (And now I do too) :" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/150545693090/because-hillary-listens-and-now-i-do-too

* Michael J. Morell on National Security and Clinton vs. Trump: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150663030102/during-a-33-year-career-at-the-central

* It became clear yesterdayish, that the weekend sluggishness was me actually being sick. My body is continuing inconvenient and all around unpleasant. Apologies for where this likely shows in my writing.

* This ends up being a really good discussion of bias in archaeology, simplistic reporting, forensics, and the fashion industry. No really. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150660585307/elodieunderglass-clatterbane

* "Kafka’s Joke Book:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150662164412/kafkas-joke-book

* "Fashion Police and Grammar Police:" http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/441088.html

* Sex and Rape in ASoIaF vs. GoT: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/150616988747/in-your-numbers-post-up-through-season-3-you-note

* "Cheryl’s Landing Part 2: The Implications:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/cheryls-landing-part-2/

* "Sunday Sweets For Pirates:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/9/18/sunday-sweets-for-pirates.html

* TNG 3 Rewatch:
- Allegiance. I know this pre-dates Babylon 5, but I like the B5 version of the Picard half of this plot. I know this pre-dates Deep Space 9, but they did the paranoia in a way more interesting way in that first season plot where they get imprinted by an alien artifact. Patrick Stewart's acting is excellent, but the plot makes me itch for reasons I can't put my finger on. Also the Enterprise half really underlines the creepiness of Deanna using her powers to spy on the crew, which is somehow still not addressed.

- Captain's Holiday. My favorite Deanna Troi moment in the series so far is her threatening Picard with a visit from her mother.

- Tin Man. Wow, the unethical use of telepathy is Star Fleet really makes the horrors of the Babylon 5 Psy Corps look reasonable by comparison. *shudder*

-Hollow Pursuits. I feel like watching Barclay's personal fantasies is an invasion of privacy for a character already accorded so little dignity, especially as they seem to be played for laughs. I have a lot of questions as to why group bullying of someone clearly suffering from social anxiety is considered acceptable in Starfleet instead of compassion and treatment, as would seem a more appropriate response. I have a lot of feelings about this one, but not many words at the moment.

- The Most Toys. Another entry in the Data Personhood theme. Data is kidnapped by a collector and treated as an object d'art instead of a person. This plot has been done so often before and since, from Twilight Zone and old school Doctor Who to just this summer on Killjoys, I'm not sure how much one can say. Data's means of resistance reminds me very much of myself as a child. Data decided to kill, even if they prevented the actual killing. This has it's own implications even though it was the right choice. Data lied to Riker. This too has it's implications.

- Menage a Troi. Olympic Lwaxana Troi dodging and Ferengis being gross all in one episode. Lwaxana Troi pressuring Deanna to marry. Lwaxana Troi cock blocking Deanna while simultaneously pressuring her to marry. Even more Ferengi sexual harassment now with stalking and kidnapping. Ugh. This is one of two episodes I can think of (the other being DS9 season One) where Lwaxana actually displays good qualities. Of course she displays them in both cases after the worst of her qualities being on display. She's such a terrible stereotype of a smothering mother, who also uses her telepathy and other people's knowledge of her having telepathy to humiliate people for her own amusement, that those rare occasions when there is a point to her outside of being awful it's a startle.

- Sarek. Ah, the heartbreaking Vulcan Alzheimer's episode, played as Shakespearean tragedy.

- Transfigurations. Wait, Worf's been with one woman once, why is he the one coaching Jordi on dating? I am too tired to do the gender and command style analysis this deserves.

- The Best of Both Worlds. I love that Picard references the Emperor Honorius seeing the Goths coming up over the hill. I love Guinan's response about resilience and diaspora. Boy were the Borg creepy before repetition stole all the mystery. I remember how freaky this episode was when it was new.

******

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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, September 18th, 2016
4:53 am
* "Dear Fellow Guys….stop hitting on women at work. Let me explain.:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/150045471961/dear-fellow-guysstop-hitting-on-women-at-work#notes

* "Dr. Oz Asks Donald Trump to Diagnose Himself :"

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* "The Trump Foundation Needs Your Help:"

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* "A Polite Reminder From The Late Show About Polls:"

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* If you were wondering what happened with the car, it was going to be an 800.00-900.00 repair job. They do not take payment by installment, nor could they store the car until he could raise the money. As a result, he had to pay to have it towed home. We are out the money for that. I've been having to cover household and pet things alone and so have been hemorrhaging money on things like gas and cat food. He's now behind on the bills he covers in lieu of rent. So why did we move the car in the first place? They were repainting parking here and we had to move his brakeless car. It was a tow it or lose it situation, and it'd be 3000.00-4000.00 to get a used car, so as he was having to pay to tow it anyway, we gambled on towing it somewhere useful. We lost.

* "The Mysteries of V.F.D. Continue:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/mysteries-v-f-d-asoue-books-7-9/

* Queer Ancient Egypt and Archeologist Bias: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150568133047/aeacustero-samandriel-kendrajk

* "Russian Tsars as @dril tweets:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150567260352/russian-tsars-as-dril-tweets

* TNG 3 Rewatch:
- "The Offspring." No wonder I always loved Data. Picard: "I would like to have been consulted." Data: "I have not observed anyone else consulting you about their procreation, Captain." This is another episode centering around personhood and reproductive choice and as a result is another one if anything more relevant now than it was when it was filmed. I've talked about how relevant the data Personhood issue is to trans people in particular but also to every group that isn't a cis white straight man in this country. Check out this exchange. Deanna: "Why didn't you give it a more human look, Data?" Data: "I have decided to allow my child to choose its own sex and appearance." Pretty good for 1990. Unfortunately this is still TNG with it's generally fucked up gender issues, so of course Lal's forced into the gender binary. Sigh.

I think it's interesting that Picard, who had been a strong advocate for Data's personhood in season two is all male privilegy about Data's right to reproduce and the personhood of any offspring data might have. This is a really good critique of the way a lot of straight white cis liberal men will have a liberal stand on a particular issue or issues and even friends who are part of an effected minority, but never do the work to further examine their privilege, other less in the news issues or forms of oppression, or even extend their liberalism to people they don't know personally. Picard here is analogous to people who say something bigoted and then try to back pedal with the wincingly bigoted, "I didn't mean you; you're one of the good ones." *shudder* I've talked a lot about what was wrong with TNG, but one of the things I think they did right was making Picard likeable and well meaning, but flawed. It's one of the things I love about the Black Sail's version of Jack Rackham as well. It would be so much easier to make Picard always on the right side of an issue, and they periodically deliberately choose not to, showing the limitations people often have realistically.

I think there is an element of Ableism in Picard's response to Data's choice to reproduce. Watching his one on one interview with Data in which Data kept being perfectly reasonable, and Picard sounded... well, a lot like I've seen neurotypical people behave around reproductive issues for people on the spectrum or the way I've seen able bodied people behave around people with various disabilities reproducing. It was hard to watch to be honest. Data has clearly taken Picard at his word that he believes data is a Person. Data is behaving like a person and as he points out has followed all Starfleet regulations. He also seems to have gone above and beyond what most organic type people bother to do as far as seriously considering parenting strategies before reproducing in a way that reminds me very much of my parents reading all those parenting books and having long discussions about discipline strategies and how they planned to raise me before they went about getting pregnant. Data is doing everything he possibly can to do this properly and has taken Picard at his word that Picard considers him a valuable member of the crew and not a tool or and object. Alas, Picard pretty clearly considers him less than a full human, and I think Picard's head in hands frustration is because in his heart of hearts he's a suspicion that he's in the wrong because of it. He can't clearly articulate his objection, because his objection boils down to a belief that Data is not fully human and that Picard believes that means someone more human should get veto power over Data's reproductive choices which is... eeew, and I think Picard knows how gross that is which is why he can't bring himself to say it to Data's face.

And, look, I get the untested technology aspect here. The thing is, I've had some at own risk, non-standard, gender related surgery that can best be described as botched. I live with experimental technology in the flesh every damned day. The risk was my choice and I own the results. I think Data's choice to reproduce falls into this category, just like the first in vitro fertilization, just like the first trans woman to try experimental hormones and surgery. Data may not be reproducing inside his body, but I'd argue the pattern transfer is analogous to parthenogenesis or perhaps the way betta fish reproduce outside their bodies, but the male tends and guards the eggs and fry until they are ready to swim free. I also feel that the choice to do with your body as you will, whether it be alteration or reproduction by any means needs to be a personal choice that doesn't involve Gatekeeping authorities.

I really like that Wesley Crusher is the advocate for sending Lal to school and normal socialization. The interaction is brief, but the way he talks to Data suggests that by this point, he does see Data as a full person and as Lal's father. It fits, and it's a nice little moment for Wesley. I honestly think most of the strong negative response people had was to the uneven and annoyingly written first season Wesley, and people didn't reassess over time based on character growth and less awkward writing. Maybe I had an advantage coming in during season three. Maybe this is why back in 1991, I was the one in the room arguing that it wasn't Wil Wheaton's fault they didn't like the character. The worst moments are mostly season One, so I saw them later. I looked at Wesley Crusher and saw that the acting was good and consistent, and my vocalized at the time suspicion was that Wil Wheaton was acting the part as written to the best of his and likely anyone's ability, and that perhaps this was the problem. I turned my glare entirely on Rodenberry and the the writers. I continue to think I like the character better this time around. Maybe eight years of teaching teenagers mellowed me.

It was nice to see Picard, for all his internalized whatever -ism best fits, came through when Starfleet called to take Lal away as an "it" to be experimented instead of a "she" best left in the custody of her father. The thing where Starfleet threatens to take Data's daughter from him because he is different before they even look at them together is and has been all to real for so many Indigenous, deaf, LGBTQIA people, and parents with autism. The brutality of those in authority to people who don't fit a particular norm is woven all through our culture and our history. Kidnapping children away from loving families to abusive white Boarding Schools where children were beaten for speaking their language, having their braids cut, being fed maggots and vomit and the like, and occasionally being tied to stakes on the beach so when the tide rose it would mostly cover them, is all living memory for the coastal tribes here. I still remember my Mom mediating in a custody case between a trans woman and her dangerously abusive ex back when I was a teen, where the legal inclination was to give the ex full custody despite her police record because of transphobia. I remember too many cases to list of nasty grandparents swooping in to steal children out of loving lesbian homes. I've seen friends on the spectrum parent beautifully despite the scecpticism and assholery of neurotypicals. I know this is a battle the deaf community had to fight for decades. As with the dehumanizing treatment of Data in Series 2, I'm finding all this a little too distressingly real. It was good to see that when faced with the Admiral's worse bigotry Picard backs Data and Lal and asks her what she wants instead of just assuming. Progress.

The accessibility issues around Lal's schooling sure remind me of a battle a friend of mine had with the school district over the treatment of her very intelligent child with autism. I'm not getting into details, but it makes me sad that even in Star Trek they are not set up to deal with an intelligent and academically advanced who has trouble understanding body language and the dynamics of social interaction. Shouldn't they be better than this? We sure should be. Why is it that teacher isn't trained to handle this sort of thing and especially given species and cultural diversity in the Federation, why don't they have curriculum structure for teaching social rules and helping to integrate people with varying social rules into one classroom? Shouldn't that be standard for children on a ship with a diplomatic/exploration mandate? The laughing with vs. laughing at conversation hurts my heart and is all to real. The Beverly Crusher/Data parenting conversation was beautiful and the sort of thing that makes me want to grab people dealing with children by the labels and beg them to watch.

I think the school situation and the stealing children away thing more proof that the Federation is a dystopia if you dig a past the shiny orderly supposedly tolerant surface.

- "Sins of the Father." Ah, the Klingon exchange officer. This episode inspired me to make a Klingon exchange officer in a TNG table top game. My character was the only one who came out of the resulting Court Martial with my career intact. Anyway, this episode is good on things like culture clash and command style which are and always have been relevant to my interests, though taken with the Riker exchange episode and that horrible first season planet of primative black people fighting over the white woman episode (*shudder*), I have a lot of qualms about the way he show depicts cultures of non-white people relative to the Federation. The Klingon politics set up here run all the way through the rest of TNG and DS9. The Sacrifice Worf makes here is beautiful, and cuts to the bone.

******

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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, September 17th, 2016
3:26 am
* "Trump employs symbols of America's racist fringe:"

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* "American white supremacists encouraged by Trump campaign:"

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* "Trump's clumsy birther lies trigger outrage:"

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* "One-on-one with Bernie Sanders:"

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* TW: Rape, Suicide. "Black Mom Files Lawsuit Against College After Daughter Commits Suicide:" https://blackmattersus.com/16070-black-mom-files-lawsuit-against-college-after-daughter-commits-suicide/

* "Ohio Policeman Murders Black Boy Carrying BB Gun:" https://blackmattersus.com/16063-ohio-policeman-murders-black-boy-carrying-bb-gun/

* "To the 4 white male policemen who beat me for checking the health of a sick black man in their…:" https://hdp.press/to-the-4-white-male-policemen-who-beat-me-for-checking-the-health-of-a-sick-black-man-in-their-8d77789fb24d#.o7b5hjl4d

* "India - GAYCATION:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/India/57d195bab1b55902a3905a47

* "'NeuroTribes' Examines The History — And Myths — Of The Autism Spectrum:" http://www.npr.org/2016/09/09/493148713/neurotribes-examines-the-history-and-myths-of-the-autism-spectrum

* Ants Invent Dystopia: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150491019317/bizarre-ant-colony-discovered-in-an-abandoned

* Today I was tired and took things super slow. I'm also having a texture day. Okay, every day is a texture day, but today was one of the turned up to twelve days, which made clothes and the kitchen a drama. I still need to finish the interior window display organization, but it needs to wait for a day when I can handle more than the essentials. Tavy's first accident in Halloweentown came just before bed yesterday and the noise obviously distressed him. Nothing was broken and I'm going to base the final set up around today's telemetry. He's clearly trying hard not to knock things over, but he has that serious balance issue that makes him extra clumsy even as young cats go. My worry was he'd immediately try to eat the trees and break all of Halloweentown in attempts to play with it, but he's being super careful, so it looks more like the occasional accident is the real risk and I'm used to that with Hector.

He also tried to run off with one of the gift socks after the supplemental photoshoot I did today for the benefit of the knitter.

* "If you ever feel like a complete fuckup, take heart:" http://cmdr-zoom.livejournal.com/505689.html

* TNG 3 Rewatch:
- "Yesterday's Enterprise" was the first episode I saw with Tasha Yar in it, and I think it's the best with this character. it is also proof, along with the later Romulan character, that the problems with the character in Season One were the result of bad season one writing and not Denise Crosby's acting. The way she got referenced in season two and now here suggests that someone involved with writing and/or plotting understood they'd made a bit of a mess and left things feeling unfinished. This is a fitting send off, I think, and it gives closure to the audience, even if only Guinan ever knows of her sacrifice in verse.

******

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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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Friday, September 16th, 2016
6:15 am
* Hillary Clinton's speech today was so good, I wept a little.

* "Donald Trump's pastor disaster:"

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* "Trump does himself no favors with birtherism:"

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* "Cop Who Brutally Beat Drunk Teen, Used Excessive Force On 56 Other Counts:" https://blackmattersus.com/15909-cop-who-brutally-beat-drunk-teen-used-excessive-force-on-56-other-counts/

* "White Supremacist Involved In Black Teen’s Death Faces Hate Crime Charges:" https://blackmattersus.com/15998-white-supremacist-involved-in-black-teens-death-faces-hate-crime-charges/

* "The Police Shooting in Columbus, Ohio:" http://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2016/09/columbus-police-shooting/500120/

* This was written for a different police murder, but it applies. "Advice for White Folks in the Wake of the Police Murder of a Black Person:" http://www.justinccohen.com/blog/2016/7/6/advice-for-white-folks-in-the-wake-of-the-police-murder-of-a-black-person

* "Step in the Right Direction:" https://blackmattersus.com/15970-step-in-the-right-direction/

* "For black boys who ain't carefree:" http://blackmattersus.tumblr.com/post/150471498673/blackmattersus-we-didnt-start-this-fire

* "Were You Born Under The Gaslight?:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/150351373756/were-you-born-under-the-gaslight

* "Polar Bears Besiege Russian Scientists:"

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* "Missouri Proposes Loosening Its Gun Laws:"

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* NWS. "Texas Students Opt for C**ks Not Glocks:"

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* "Don't Put Trevor Noah in a Basket:"

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* "Trevor Noah Was 'Born a Crime' in South Africa:"

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* An early birthday prezzie came. A box of books with hand knitted, super soft,purple socks. The picture does not do justice. I will try again in better light: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150479527612/an-early-birthday-prezzie-came-a-box-of-books

* I have been slowly converting the apartment for Autumn. Today I made the burrito cup thingies and MrBumblepants and I decorated the Goythmas trees. The Halloweentown things are out, but I need to futz about with decorations some more tomorrow. The exterior display, is forbidden until the start of next month, so the phantoms, pumpkins, and exterior lighting aren't up. No pictures until things are a bit more sorted, but the trees fill me with delight.

* "webMD ancient rome:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/150328687366/webmd-ancient-rome

* TNG Season 3 Rewatch:
- The High Ground raises a lot of questions around oppression, terrorism, and resistance it can't possibly answer. I can't either. I've been mulling this stuff for most of my lives. In a lot of ways this episode introduces themes that will be explored in a lot more depth and often with a lot more nuance in DS9 and rightly so. Accidental foreshadowing.

******

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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, September 15th, 2016
4:51 am
* "What we don't know about Donald Trump:"

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* "How fair coverage gets Trumped:"

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* "Trump turns basic health report into circus:"

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* "I Don't See It As Voting for Hillary Clinton:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150441828962/darkmagyk-kyraneko-aimlessme-for-those

* "How Donald Trump could really help Flint: talk to GOP in Congress:"

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* "Trump scolded for trying to politicize Flint trip:"

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* "Researchers find mysterious 9,000 year old structures in Western Australia:" http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1113415743/structures-western-australia-090716/?

* "Archaeology of the Undead:" http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/05/zombie-archaeology/483195/

* "Excavation finds early Shakespeare theatre was rectangular:" https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/may/17/curtain-excavation-early-shakespeare-theatre-rectangular-shoreditch

* "A Rough Week for Hillary Clinton:"

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* This made me laugh: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150437645467/marauders4evr-people-always-joke-about-the

* A Trans Man Fairytale: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/150360515855/anotherwordformyth-inkskinned-before-he#notes

* NSFW "Pan-Demonium:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/9/14/pan-demonium.html

* TNG Season 3 Rewatch:
- The Price. Finally a debate on the dubious ethics of Star Fleet Telepathy. Unfortunately the person calling out Deanna for her horribly unethical behavior is just as bad with less cause. Also, Deanna Troi has the worst taste in men. First Riker, now this creepy dick measuring slime ball.

- The Defector. I really like this one, but then I also loved the DS9 season 1 war criminal one. There is something about an unreliable person in high stakes interrogation with culture clash that interests me every time. They are very different stories, but both tragedies.

- The Hunted is sadly very timely given the militaries continued refusal to help soldiers adjust to home, made worse in the face of our forever war in Afghanistan and the multiple tours people have done/keep doing in Iraq and Afghanistan leading to way higher levels of trauma for some soldiers and the ever higher suicide rate for veterans. This is, of course a Star trek style super soldier senario, but the point still stands, much the way the season 2 Data Personhood theme still stands in relation to the treatment of trans folk and Poc in this country. I wish this stuff wasn't timely. I really do. "We want our lives back. We want to come home." How many veterans have wanted the same? This one also, scratches at some of my personal doors, given the nature of my abuse. I had no memory of this episode analogous to my intense reaction to the Picard torture episode in the final season that spoke so directly to my personal experience, but damned if I didn't recognize the all too familiar flavour of that prisoner's anger and bitterness on meeting the Councillor. Ouch. Vintage me. "My battle is never over." You tell 'em, Roga Danar. You tell 'em.

Side note: Who was Jefferies and why did they name the tubes after him? Aren't they just crawlspaces with access panels?

* "Why Fiction and Representation Matter:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/fiction-matters/

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* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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, September 14th, 2016
5:51 am
* "Inquiry into Trump charity:"

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* "Obama takes good economic news, popularity on trail for Clinton:"

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* "Barack Obama campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia, showing why he's her top asset:" https://mic.com/articles/154057/barack-obama-campaigns-for-hillary-clinton-in-philadelphia-showing-why-he-s-her-top-asset?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.Vxqq6bvHM

* "Trump facing cool reception on Flint visit:"

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* "Cost Of Mass Incarceration In Excess Of $1 Trillion:" https://blackmattersus.com/15834-cost-of-mass-incarceration-in-excess-of-1-trillion/

* "Cop Fired For Not Shooting Black Man:" https://blackmattersus.com/15776-cop-fired-for-not-shooting-black-man/

* "A Muslim Woman Set on Fire in a Possible Hate Crime:" http://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2016/09/muslim-woman-fifth-avenue-burned/499745/

* "Woman Faces Hate Crime Charges for Attack on 2 Muslim Moms:" http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Woman-Attacks-2-Muslim-Women-Tries-to-Rip-Their-Hijabs-off-393012361.html

* "The real effects of saying not everything has to be accessible:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/148381833111/the-real-effects-of-saying-not-everything-has-to

* "Joyful Disaster Relief in Japan:"

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* "Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem Protest:"

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* NWS. "Italy: Come Today... And Everyday!:"

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* "Alan Cumming: "I Googled You Naked":"

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* I laughed so hard. "The Great Flamingo Uprising:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/148380529121/the-great-flamingo-uprising#notes

* Bwahahaha! "TNG Season 8:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150396205247/ayellowbirds-grrrlaus-fancycake-i-hope

* It got better. "Famous Poems Rewritten as Limericks:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/148684698376/famous-poems-rewritten-as-limericks#notes

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* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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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Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
3:20 am
* "What Donald Trump sees in Vladimir Putin:"

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* "'Don't lie about people who died on that day':"

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* "Trump's Last Ten:"

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* "History shows long evolution of interest in politicians' health:"

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* "How Breitbart Conquered the Media:" http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/they-are-all-breitbart-now/499511/

* "Hillary Clinton Is Right About Trump's Supporters And Prejudice:" http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/basket-of-deplorables/499493/

* "Actual racist support blunts Trump upset at 'deplorables' remark:"

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* "Ta-Nehisi Coates on Trump's 'Deplorables':"

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* "Pneumonia and the Clinton conspiracy complex:"

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* "3 Must-Read Pieces on the Massive Prison Strike Taking Place Right Now:" https://www.colorlines.com/articles/3-must-read-pieces-massive-prison-strike-taking-place-right-now

* "The Unbearable Asymmetry of Bullshit:" http://quillette.com/2016/02/15/the-unbearable-asymmetry-of-bullshit/

* "A 3.2-Million-Year-Old Mystery: Did Lucy Fall From a Tree?:" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/science/lucy-hominid-fossils-fall.html?_r=1

* "How to Deal with Emotional Abuse:" https://mtfhod.tumblr.com/post/150336418700/how-to-deal-with-emotional-abuse

* "Earth Temperature Timeline:" http://xkcd-rss.livejournal.com/440397.html

* "Hillary Clinton's Campaign Missteps:"

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* "Native Americans Fight the Government's Big-Ass Pipeline:"

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* Fear the Walking Dead: I'm glad they showed strand grieving. I am not happy with Luciana/Nick despite it being inevitable because she deserves better. Also, still no withdraw on Nick from him mainlining morphine and too much time has passed for the Strand honeypot, so seriously, how did he just skip the withdraw on that one?

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* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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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Monday, September 12th, 2016
10:16 pm
* It reminds me of the famine Stalin created by taking everything including the seed corn. "North Korea's distribution system takes from poor, gives to elite:" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14031&cataId=nk01500

* "Mob attacks on vehicles breed anxiety among drivers:" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14041&cataId=nk01500

* "Low foreign demand for idolization art prompts workers to doubt regime:" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14037&cataId=nk01500

* TW: Rape, Pedophilia. "The Little Girl Who Grew Up to Become a Cop and Catch the Man Who Sexually Abused Her :" http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/09/06/the-little-girl-who-grew-up-to-become-a-cop-and-catch-the-man-who-sexually-abused-her.html

* "Researchers name a new species of reptile from 212 million years ago:" http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-09/vt-rna090816.php

* "The Hidden History of Recycling in Medieval Art:" http://hyperallergic.com/319094/the-hidden-history-of-recycling-in-medieval-art/

* "Matt Lauer: A Complete Disgrace to Journalism :"

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* "North Korean Leader Nukes Sarcasm :"

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* "Did Donald Trump Bribe the Florida Attorney General? :"

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* "Unlike the French, Stephen Supports the Beach Burkini :"

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* Isabella has always been right up their with Eleanor of Aquitaine for favorite Medieval Queens. Don't start me on Braveheart either. I guessed this one right away.: http://www.rejectedprincesses.com/princesses/isabella-of-france

* "Sunday Sweets Sings the Blues:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/9/11/sunday-sweets-sings-the-blues.html

* The Blood of Enemies Post got better: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150296338862/themarysue-hedwig-dordt-optimysticals

* "The Quidditch World Cup and the Mistreatment of Muggles:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/quidditch-world-cup-mistreatment-of-muggles/

* "Boromir Takes Center Stage at the Council of Elrond :" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/boromir-council-elrond/

* I heartily endorse Elizabeth R, BTW. The Edward VII one is beautifully done and acted, but I always found it hard to watch because I dislike Queen Victoria. "Top 10 Television Dramas about Dead Royal Nitwits:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/top-10-television-dramas-dead-royal-nitwits/

* TNG rewatch, Season 2 pick ups.

- "Loud as a Whisper" is clearly well meaning (as can be seen in Mr. LaForge and the deaf Ambassador comparing assistive technologies, and having a famous diplomat be deaf), but also wincingly, horribly, embarrassingly Ableist at times. Picard yelling at the deaf character made me cringe, etc.. Yeah. So much no.

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* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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, September 10th, 2016
1:13 am
* "How to Organize the Largest US Prison Strike Ever … From Inside Prison:" https://www.wired.com/2016/09/endprisonslavery/

* "Sweden’s liberal image is a mirage that hides a very ugly problem:" http://qz.com/516017/sweden-is-not-the-tolerant-raceless-paradise-it-claims-to-be/?utm_source=YPL

* Contains artistic nude images of a trans man, so NWS. TW: Footage of gay bashing. "Ukraine - GAYCATION:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/Ukraine/57c5eb293b9a31982c8b08eb

* "The Obama administration just made a major announcement on the Dakota Access Pipeline:" http://usuncut.com/news/obama-pipeline-announcement/

* Do not read if eating, planing to eat, or are a germaphobe. "5 Horrifying Realities Behind The Scenes Of An Airport:" http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2375-smoking-meth-tarmac-behind-scenes-at-airports.html

* I have no idea how to feel about this. "ROCK SUGAR-Don't Stop The Sandman:"

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* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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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Friday, September 9th, 2016
3:28 am
* "Trump brings chaos to typically staid intelligence briefings:"

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* "No, Putin did not mean Trump is that kind of 'brilliant':"

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* "Trump stumbles on veteran suicides answer:"

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* "Would Trump ensure the military is equal?:"

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* "Trump campaign elevates the absurd at expense of serious politics:"

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* It also turns out that Reince Prebius, head of the RNC, is so deeply sexist that he demands Hillary smile more.

* "Style versus substance:"

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* So it turns out that Donald Trump is so pathetic and desperate for Putin's approval that he's willing to become a puppet for Putin just because Putin called him "flashy" that one time.

* "Syria's New Tourism Campaign:"

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* "Congress's Standstill on Zika Funding:"

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* "Serena Williams Wins Big & North Korea Bans Sarcasm:"

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* "Matt Lauer Botches the Commander-In-Chief Forum:"

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* "What the Actual Fact - Donald Trump at the Commander-In-Chief Forum:"

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* "Donald Trump Tries to Woo Black Voters:"

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* I actually got a lot done today and the pizza we made was good. I did not pick up my gravy and soup flats because the Interstate was mostly closed going north and I had to take back roads to bypass three closed ramps, but I'm calling today a win anyway.

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* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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, September 7th, 2016
11:07 pm
* Looks like Assad is using chlorine gas against civilians again.

* Zika is now in more than 50 countries and territories, including Singapore and now Malaysia. It looks like it is way easier to sexually transmit than previously thought regardless of gender. They have found it in the semen of a man who never had symptoms six months after exposure. There is reason to think that it not only causes Microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, but also less easy to detect learning issues.

Zika continues to spread in Florida, but don't worry, Congressional Republicans are doing everything in their power to block all attempts to stop the spread, eradicate it, or even properly inform the public, while The Republican Governor is doing everything in his power to ensure the spread by blocking more local attempts to spread information and denying women in poverty access to birth control, prenatal care and screening etc., as part of the supposedly "pro-life" agenda. He has also come out strongly in favour of forcing women to have babies against their will in response to the zika outbreak. Paul Ryan is insisting that if we just dramatically cut funding to Planned Parenthood so as to deny women access to Birth control, Pre-natal health and screening it will contrary to evidence and logic stop the zika epidemic in it's tracks much faster than actually addressing the problem would. He is clearly too bright to believe this, so I can only assume that like the Governor of Michigan's decision to lead poison all the children in Flint Michigan thus giving a generation of children irreversible brain damage, infecting women with zika so as to give their children irreversible brain damage is a big part of the Republican Agenda going forward.

It's cruel and deliberate and unnecessary. Remember this is what you are voting for if you decide to stay home in November or don't bother to vote down ticket.

There is a scary ass global health crisis going on right now in the world and it is spreading. Now is the time to take action here and abroad to fight it, not use the epidemic as a lever to harm women for Jesus.

* "Paul Ryan's Zika Antics Prove He Deserves Trump:" http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/paul-ryans-zika-antics-prove-he-deserves-trump-w438448

* "white queen, red heart:" http://www.ofgeography.com/single-post/2016/08/28/white-queen-red-heart

* September 16 2016,10am

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* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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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5:30 am
* "Trump Florida AG donation timing raises pay-to-play questions:"

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* You know that robo poll I keep getting? The latest version added several extra state offices, including the Lt. Governor race I am particularly keen on. I am just weirdly excited about Mr. Habib maybe moving up. I suspect I get polled so much because odds are most of the people in my section of town don't have a land line, this being where a lot of college students, proffs, and affluent types cluster, all good demographics for smart phones.

Look a land line costs $5.00 a month, plus when a phone breaks it costs less than $10.00 to get a replacement at Value Village or goodwill. It also has nice big buttons I can manage despite my issue with fine muscle control. No, I'm not a luddite, and I'm happy for all y'all for whom smart phones work, but I doubt I'd buy one even if I could afford it as I simply haven't the fine muscle control in my hands for things like texting and trying to dial with tiny buttons and I drop things. Like a lot. Odds are good I'd break a phone and since I can't afford AAA any longer, I literally have no need for a mobile phone. Again, I know lots of people for whom mobile phones are a huge help and they do have a lot of accessibility for people with a different set of disabilities, they are just barely useful, too expensive, and super frustrating for me as I generally end up pounding multiple keys at once and dialing is an asshole.

* "Look at me. Look me in the eye.:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/149114780826/fandomshatepeopleofcolor-lydiagalaxy#notes

* "Watch Terry Crews Send a Powerful Message on What It Means to Be a Man in 2014:" https://mic.com/articles/105474/terry-crews-just-delivered-the-year-s-most-powerful-message-on-modern-manhood?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.msRDS9mcf

* "What You Need To Know About The Protests At The Dakota Access Pipeline:" http://www.refinery29.com/2016/09/122245/dakota-access-pipeline?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=h1&utm_campaign=end

* "The Paintings used in ‘Black Sails’ (Part 10):" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/149952616607/the-paintings-used-in-black-sails-part-10

* I am apparently still furious about the Nightly Show being gone.

* The really gross things that lead to Terry Farrell leaving DS9.: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/150066513927/frontier001-when-jadzia-was-killed-off-i-was

* I'm going to need to think about this one. "A Tale of Two Howards:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/tale-two-howards/

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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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Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
3:58 am
* "Congressman John Lewis: "Get in Trouble. Good Trouble":"

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* "Bunnies helped a great civilization in ancient Mexico thrive:" https://www.newscientist.com/article/2101551-bunnies-helped-a-great-civilisation-in-ancient-mexico-thrive/

* "Checking In With North Carolina's Bathroom Junk Checker:"

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* I made it all the way to the "Shoes on phase" before realizing it was Labour Day and going back to bed. I was exhausted anyway and it was clearly just as well. I've spent the weekend doing bits of cleaning, shorting, and the putting of small things to rights. I need to sweep one more time before tackling the Gothmas boxes.

* I know I just said this, but seriously, Killjoys, Double Tap!

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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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Monday, September 5th, 2016
4:16 am
* "Baltimore Cuts Ties With Neo-Nazi Lawyer Hired To Defend Police Department In Misconduct Case:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/baltimore-police-neo-nazi-lawyer_us_57b511e8e4b095b2f5427fa6?section=&

* I am terribly disappointed in Michael Che. "A Prominent Comedian Has Been Accused of Sexual Assault — and His Famous Friends Are Defending Him:" https://mic.com/articles/151826/comedian-aaron-glaser-has-been-accused-of-sexual-assault-and-women-are-speaking-out?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=style&utm_campaign=social#.XjWVaMRXh

* "Unsafe, damp and dirty: How unscrupulous landlords take advantage of domestic abuse victims:" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/unsafe-damp-and-dirty-how-unscrupulous-landlords-take-advantage/

* "DEA regularly mines Americans' travel records to seize millions in cash:" http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/08/10/dea-travel-record-airport-seizures/88474282/

* "How 2 Muslim Women Claimed Their Own Justice After A Man Asked If They Were ISIS:" http://aplus.com/a/muslim-women-got-a-man-fired-after-he-called-them-isis-brooklyn

* "Hamilton removes bus shelter ads about transgender people in public washrooms:" http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/transgender-washroom-debate-bus-ads-1.3715507

* Tavy plays with Geoff Peterson Jr. on my bed: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/149950089762

* "Sunday Sweets: Labors of Love:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2016/9/4/sunday-sweets-labors-of-love.html

* TNG Season 3 Rewatch:
-"Who watches the watchers:" I'm pretty sure starting a Fundamentalist religious revival with the Captain as a God violates the prime directive, or as Captain Kirk would call it: Thursday.

-"The Bonding:" I love how Buddhist Data sounds here. I love the way each of the characters has a different reaction to loss, but I wish they'd done this for Tasha Yarr first season instead. I just want to say how excellent the acting of the main cast is in this episode, particularly Wil Wheaton and Michael Dorn, but really all them.

I am someone who often dreams of my dead. When the dream is framed as alternate history or where the dead person isn't pretending to be anything other than dead, I don't mind. When something turns up pretending to be alive when I KNOW that person is dead it creeps me the hell out in the dream. I have always preferred the often grim or dark truth to the fiction. I am like that with grief too. It's not that I don't miss my dead; I miss them constantly. It's just that i do not take comfort from ersatz people, if that makes sense. I have always felt that way about this episode. What the aliens are doing here makes my skin crawl.

* "Things Keep Getting Worse in A Series of Unfortunate Events:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/things-keep-getting-worse-series-unfortunate-events/

* "Looking Back at Preacher Season 1:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/looking-back-preacher-season-1/

* "Suicide Squad Squanders its Cast:" http://www.fandomfollowing.com/suicide-squad-squanders-cast/

* Louisiana is having a major flooding disaster, the worst disaster in this country since Sandy. Want to help? 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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