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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
2:29 pm
The time has come, I fear. I'm not deleting, but I am turning off my cross posting after I post this. I'm Gwydion over on dreamwidth or GwydionMisha on tumblr if you want me.

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Monday, April 17th, 2017
2:54 pm
* "Trump strategy on N. Korea: 'Maximum pressure and engagement':" https://www.apnews.com/86626d21ea2b45c79457a873a747c452/Trump-strategy-on-NKorea:-'Maximum-pressure-and-engagement

* "Trump tweeting his way to WW III?:"

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* "Rep. Lee: ‘Congress is missing in action’ on AUMF:"

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* "Movies are Magic: Crash Course Film History #1:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159647796502/thecrashcourse-no-single-person-set-out-to-invent

* Today was a rough one. The construction downtown requires increasingly more byzantine routes to reach the library. I timed things beautifully so that the forage line wasn't to long and there was a spot or me right in front. Alas, I also arrived between an inciting incident involving line cutting which I just missed, and what very nearly escalated into a three way battle involving the aggrieved party, the line cutter and an extremely aggressive an inexplicably emotionally invested bystander. A worker seemed to sort things out between the initial near combatants and was trying to deal with Aggressive Bystander, when things started heating up again, so I ran to give the worker a heads up on that. It was eventually sorted, but I hate that kind of thing and two of the men were quite large and shouty and I was way closer than I like to be. This was my least favorite part of teaching, and middle school boys are not nearly the threat to every one around them that grown men are. Teaching I had authority and a reasonable chance of stopping things before anyone got hurt. Here, not so much. They ended up moving Line Cutter back next to me, and he would not shut the fuck up, insisting on conversing with me when I just wanted to read and calm down and not social until I got inside. Instead I was required to talk about "Space Opera" and explain my spinal damage. He kept trying to help in that clueless not helping way of able bodied people. I wanted to be left alone and not fussed at and not have to explain in detail why it was nice of him to offer, but none of these things are actually help or things I want. He meant well and it was likely his way of calming down after the near fight, but my whole back is in spasm now and I'm in overload. Inside it was crowds of slow moving people spread out to take up maximum space, thus preventing people like me who are quick and decisive, from darting in to get what we needed and get out. And there were workers trying to help in the least helpful ways possible, including grabbing my cart, grabbing my crutch, not letting me do things the most efficient way for my disability, etc.. I was there earlier than usual, which meant most the workers I had trained over time how to actually help with things like lifting but not "help" in ways that make things harder for me weren't there. I was borderline echolalic by the time I was done which is always fucking embarrassing and I still needed to go spend the last of my food allotment on two packets of frozen naan, as we are low on gas and coming back another day would be super wasteful. The parking lot there was ridiculously full, and when I did find a handicapped spot a good long gimp away there was an able bodied lady with children and a cart conversing in it, so I had to wait for them to clear off to their car. Could they not have done that on the sidewalk? Luckily no one touched me in the store, as I'm not sure I could have kept from sticking out in reflex, and I did get home safely and the food put away. I am trying not to cry at the thought of making dinner.

* National Poetry Month:

"Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159657010736/dulce-et-decorum-est-by-wilfred-owen

"Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie - ‘The Headmaster and the Pupil":" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159658856247/stephen-fry-hugh-laurie-the-headmaster-and

* I don't normally post dragon cave here, but I just had five eggs die, and I'd like these to live, so please click: Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

* TOS Rewatch, Season 1:

- "The Alternative factor:" This is the first one I didn't immediately recognize, to the point I'm wondering if this one wasn't popular in syndication for some reason, though it did come back to me with McCoy and the disappearing/reappearing head wound. They've already had the transporter accident that split kirk. Why is Schrodinger's alien so hard for them to figure out?

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Sunday, April 16th, 2017
10:41 am
* "Trump demands gold‑plated welcome:" https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/trump-demands-gold-plated-welcome-xjnffdq32

* "Supreme People's Assembly alludes to 'diplomacy' over 'nuclear weapons':" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14472&cataId=nk00400

* "‘Concrete and corroborative evidence’ of Russian collusion?:"

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* "Trump claims he can’t be sued for inciting rally violence:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/trump-inciting-violence-protest-rally-lawsuit-237249

* "Trump's reelection campaign raised $13.2 million in first quarter:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/trumps-reelection-campaign-raised-132-million-in-first-quarter-237250

* "Jeff Sessions says he admires Bannon and has received no pushback from Ivanka Trump or Jared Kushner:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/12/politics/kfile-jeff-sessions-on-bannon/index.html

* "Rep. Lieu: Jared Kushner lied:"

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* "Special elections set stage for 2018:"

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* "‘This is what I call the beginning of a police state’:"

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* "Apache Stronghold:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/apache-stronghold/5888c95de04dd90112c2893b

* "Chechen police 'have rounded up more than 100 suspected gay men':" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/02/chechen-police-rounded-up-100-gay-men-report-russian-newspaper-chechnya

* "Anti-LGBT Violence in Chechnya:" https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/04/04/anti-lgbt-violence-chechnya

* Remember when I predicted Melissa McCarthy would appear on SNL as Sean Spicer in an Easter Bunny outfit? "Easter Message from Sean Spicer - SNL :"

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* "Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie - 'The Headmaster and the Pupil":"

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* "Donald Trump Cold Open - SNL:"

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* "Celebrity Family Feud: Time Travel Edition - SNL:"

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* National Poetry Month:

"Break of Day in the Trenches, by Isaac Rosenberg:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159618716347/break-of-day-in-the-trenches-by-isaac-rosenberg

* I don't normally post dragon cave here, but I just had five eggs die, and I'd like these to live, so please click: Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!


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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

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

* 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, April 15th, 2017
11:04 am
* "U.S. may launch strike if North Korea reaches for nuclear trigger:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-may-launch-strike-if-north-korea-reaches-nuclear-n746366

* "North Korean official warns of preemptive strike of its own:" http://thehill.com/policy/international/328796-north-korean-official-warns-of-preemptive-strike-of-its-own

* According to 45, we have launched an "Armada" against North Korea, presumably because it's 1588 and we're Spain in this scenario. IDK.

* "Trump skimps on Syria, Afghanistan policy while blowing stuff up:"

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* "Trump North Korea brinkmanship puts millions of lives at risk:"

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* "As North Korea brews, Trump again in Mar-a-Lago:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/14/politics/donald-trump-north-korea-mar-a-lago/

* "White House says it won't make visitor logs public:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/white-house-says-it-wont-make-visitor-logs-public-237235

* "Trump puts a salesman in charge of the draft:"

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* She hates the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because it infringes on the right of businesses to discriminate and is virulently anti-feminist. "DeVos Pick to Head Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination for Being White:" https://www.propublica.org/article/devos-candice-jackson-civil-rights-office-education-department

* "Judge holds up Arkansas execution spree after drug company sues:"

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* "We Trans Peeps Are Not An Easy Right Wing Political Win:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/04/we-trans-peeps-are-not-easy-right-wing.html

* "The Power of Names in Fantasy:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/power-names-fantasy/

* Me watching Doom: They assembled a cast this good and then did...THIS with it? Why? Oh god, this is racist! White male hero who is too pure to be infected with a deadly pathogen and a PoC villain who isn't. Mmmm... hmmmm. And as someone alive and aware of events in the '80's the whole good people don't get it so anyone who get it deserves it argument is frankly something that makes me furious because I've seen where that sort of thinking leads in terms of death toll. Look, I went in expecting it to be mindless stupid zombie adjacent action, but I did not go in expecting it to be offensive and horrible on this level.

* "Marvel's Nazi Fascism Fixation: Real Life Doesn't Have Relaunches:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/nazi-captain-america-bombshells/

* National Poetry Month:

"You Can’t Have It All:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159584305670/cups-of-tea-and-history-you-cant-have-it

* I don't normally post dragon cave here, but I just had five eggs die, and I'd like these to live, so please click: Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

* TOS Rewatch, Season 1:

- "Devil in the Dark:" This one starts pretty well, actually. The set is above average, they quickly establish the terror of the miners and create suspense. The first death is before the credits. It's so weird when ToS is actually competently executed. Of course, it's an all human sausagefest in the mines because in the Federation only men mine as was established in the first Harvey Mudd episode, and ToS is extremely human centric even by later star Trek standards. I don't know how to feel about Kirk and Spock exchanging positions on the Horta. Nimoy's performance really is haunting. There is a reason this one is on most favorite episodes list, because this one really does work as an entertainment and a message.

- "Errand of Mercy:" A cold war episode. Prime Directive? What Prime Directive. Let's go introduce ourselves to a Medieval tech planet and damn the consequences. Yes, I know there is more going on than meets the eye, but the Feds and the Klingons don't know that. When the locals point out they are not really being given a choice they aren't wrong. For all the pretty talk from the Feds they are colonizers here, just politer ones than the Klingons. They consider themselves in a position to judge whether this culture is worthy. Kirk's fury at pacifism and his foolishness in somehow not being aware that bugs and hidden cameras are a thing even though that's old tech when these shows were made and I doubt the Federation has completely lost the skill to make and use surveillance tech. Why even would you send Kirk on this mission given how completely incapable of impulse control he is and how he doesn't do any diplomacy that doesn't involve sticking his Dick in something. I do get that they are poking at the idea of how similar or different Feds and Klingons are but it's just slow and clunky, especially compared to the much easier to watch horta episode right before it.


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

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

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Friday, April 14th, 2017
1:16 pm
* "Beslan school siege: Russia 'failed' in 2004 massacre:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39586814

* "18 Syrian Fighters Allied With U.S. Are Killed in Coalition Airstrike:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/13/world/middleeast/syrian-fighters-airstrike-american-military.html?_r=0

* "US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/afghanistan-isis-moab-bomb/

* "British spies were first to spot Trump team's links with Russia:" https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/13/british-spies-first-to-spot-trump-team-links-russia

* "British intel agency reported Trump campaign Russia ties: Report:"

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* 45 is holding the Health Care System hostage for Tax Cuts for the 2%. 45 hates working Americans so much, his current plan is to bankrupt hospitals and collapse the entire American health care system by cutting off all government health care payments until Trumpcare passes and 24 million people lose their insurance to pay for the tax cut for the richest 2% he is demanding.

Seriously folks. Congress is on recess. Not only are there the Saturday tax day protests all over, but now is an excellent time to turn up at town halls and Congress Critter's district offices, and/or call to insist health care should be a right. Do not forget to thank Congress critters who are displaying back bone on this topic as we know how apt their spines are to jellify if we don't keep on them.

* "Trump privately signs anti-Planned Parenthood law:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/donald-trump-planned-parenthood-money/

* "After Campaign Exit, Manafort Borrowed From Businesses With Trump Ties:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/us/politics/paul-manafort-donald-trump.html

* "Oppressor Kenneth Adkins Found Guilty Of Eight Child Molestation Counts:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/04/oppressor-kenneth-adkins-found-guilty.html

* "Rep. Lewis to Dems: 'Keep the faith':"

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* "Sanders: Dems win if we mobilize & educate:"

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* "ICE targets mother with no criminal record for deportation:"

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* "Arkansas plans blitz of eight prisoner executions over ten days:"

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* "Portland to sue Trump administration:"http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/04/portland_to_sue_trump_administ.html

* "What’s at Stake in Trump’s Proposed E.P.A. Cuts:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/climate/trump-epa-budget-cuts.html

* "First Judge Killed in Chicago History by Gun Violence He Fought" http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/10/first-judge-killed-in-chicago-history-by-gun-violence-he-fought.html

* Please signal boost latest out of Chechnya: http://butlerbookbinding.tumblr.com/post/159562062074/news-about-chechnya-0413

* "20 years to save the planet, carbon emission experts warn:" http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/world-zero-carbon-emissions-before-2040-two-decades-climate-change-global-warming-greenhouse-gases-a7682001.html

* Rest In Peace Charlie Murphy.

* ...And the foot thing is postponed til nearly the end of the month. It is nobody's fault. A family emergency on the part of my doctor requiring travel. I really wanted to get it over with and the reschedule doesn't give me the weekend to recover, but family absolutely does come first and it's better she go. I managed to resprain the ankle I mildly sprained... whichever day it was I scored the starts. It's bad enough I'm using the crutch around the houe and it's not the ankle attached to the foot I cut open, which means I'd likely have had to get the wheel chair out if they had been cutting my foot open in a few hours. It is very annoying that my ankles sprain themselves when I'm just shuffling around, but it's an ex athlete thing. That decade I spent distance running over rough terrain and concrete and endlessly injuring them when I was young, coming back to haunt me. I don't have a lot of cartilage and they are fragile. I'm lucky I never hurt myself dancing. That's a good way to take out a knee, for example. I knew athletes who started knees surgeries in high school. The running destroyed my ankles and the AS is gnawing my spine and hip joints, but my knees are doing pretty well given the pounding I gave them with the running and dancing and Wing Chun.

* National Poetry Month:

"Loreena McKennitt– The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159545273428/loreena-mckennitt-the-highwayman-by-alfred

TW: Mental Illness. "For John, Who Begs Me Not To Inquire Further by Anne Sexton:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159546997589/for-john-who-begs-me-not-to-enquire-further-by

* I don't normally post dragon cave here, but I just had five eggs die, and I'd like these to live, so please click: Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

* TOS Rewatch, Season 1:

- "Devil in the Dark:" This one starts pretty well, actually. The set is above average, they quickly establish the terror of the miners and create suspense. The first death is before the credits. It's so weird when ToS is actually competently executed. Of course, it's an all human sausagefest in the mines because in the Federation only men mine as was established in the first Harvey Mudd episode, and ToS is extremely human centric even by later star Trek standards. I don't know how to feel about Kirk and Spock exchanging positions on the Horta. Nimoy's performance really is haunting. There is a reason this one is on most favorite episodes list, because this one really does work as an entertainment and a message.

- "Errand of Mercy:" A cold war episode. Prime Directive? What Prime Directive. Let's go introduce ourselves to a Medieval tech planet and damn the consequences. Yes, I know there is more going on than meets the eye, but the Feds and the Klingons don't know that. When the locals point out they are not really being given a choice they aren't wrong. For all the pretty talk from the Feds they are colonizers here, just politer ones than the Klingons. They consider themselves in a position to judge whether this culture is worthy. Kirk's fury at pacifism and his foolishness in somehow not being aware that bugs and hidden cameras are a thing even though that's old tech when these shows were made and I doubt the Federation has completely lost the skill to make and use surveillance tech. Why even would you send Kirk on this mission given how completely incapable of impulse control he is and how he doesn't do any diplomacy that doesn't involve sticking his Dick in something. I do get that they are poking at the idea of how similar or different Feds and Klingons are but it's just slow and clunky, especially compared to the much easier to watch horta episode right before it.

* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

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* April 30 2017, 2pm
April 14 2017, 6pm
May 1 2017, 10am
June 1 2017, 12pm

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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

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

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Thursday, April 13th, 2017
8:27 am
* "Donald Trump says Syria airstrike ordered while eating ‘most beautiful piece of chocolate cake’:" http://globalnews.ca/news/3374365/donald-trump-syria-airstrike-chocolate-cake/

* "North Korea lashes out at US Navy strike group move:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39561410

* "Former Trump advisor Carter Page targeted by FISA warrant: WaPo:"

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* "Trump White House Syria policy rife with contradiction:"

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* "Trump's 'not going into Syria' vow ignores 1000+ US troops there:"

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* So it looks like Trump is so incompetent and willfully ignorant of even the minimum things a president needs to know, like which wars our troops are deployed to that he made the casual (over cake!) decision to launch his failed attack on a Syrian government air field without knowing we have troops in that country, let alone caring how that might effect them.

* "Trump's strong opinions on presidential golfing:"

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* "Trump on pace to surpass 8 years of Obama's travel spending in 1 year:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/10/politics/donald-trump-obama-travel-costs/

* "County considers special tax for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago visits:" http://www.twincities.com/2017/04/10/county-considers-special-tax-for-trumps-mar-a-lago-visits/

* "AP Exclusive: Manafort firm received Ukraine ledger payout:" https://apnews.com/20cfc75c82eb4a67b94e624e97207e23

* In clearly related news, Manafort just retroactively registered as a foreign agent.

* "Government Watchdog Is Investigating The Trump Transition:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gao-trump-transition_us_58ece162e4b0df7e20456632

* "Spicer: Hitler ‘didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,’ although he sent Jews to ‘the Holocaust center’:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/11/spicer-hitler-didnt-even-sink-to-using-chemical-weapons-although-he-sent-jews-to-the-holocaust-center/?utm_term=.066629f54d94

* "White House ineptitude represented in its spokesman Spicer:"

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* "Who is Trump aide Sebastian Gorka?:"

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* "Secretary Tillerson fails to defend US journalist in Russia:"

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* "Fmr Trump campaign manager Manafort registers as foreign agent:"

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* "Trump Budget Director Admits Their Goal Is High Inequality, Not Low Deficits:" http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/04/trump-budget-director-wants-high-inequality-not-low-deficit.html

* "DeVos Undoes Obama Student Loan Protections:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-11/devos-undoes-obama-student-loan-protections

* "Oppressor Kenneth Adkins Found Guilty Of Eight Child Molestation Counts:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/04/oppressor-kenneth-adkins-found-guilty.html

* "Rep. Lewis to Dems: 'Keep the faith':"

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* "Sanders: Dems win if we mobilize & educate:"

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* "Airline Customer Service Matters:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/04/airline-customer-service-matters.html

* "Report: Body of country's first female Muslim judge found in Hudson River:" http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/328591-report-body-of-countrys-first-female-muslim-judge-found-in

* "After transgender bathroom battle, North Carolina looks to ban same-sex marriage:" http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-north-carolina-same-sex-marriage-ban-20170412-story.html

* A petition against a non-compete agreement that has the potential to worsen the food desert situation: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/end-the-food-desert?source=email&

* "Donald Trump is Panicking About Russia:"

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* I am still sleep shifted into the least useful possible sleep cycle, hence my odd availability. I'm not even trying to fight it right now, as I'm having an out patient procedure Friday early morning that involves cutting open my foot, and at least this way, I'll likely be awake at the appropriate time without struggle. How ambulatory I'll be after and how soon depends on how deep they are forced to explore, so I can make zero guarantees about availability times until likely next week.

* This contains massive Black Sails finale spoilers. It is also hilarious: http://captain-flint.tumblr.com/post/159520863462/amuseoffyre-can-you-imagine-silver-trying-to

* On paper the Almighty Johnsons sounds up my alley. Norse Gods running around New Zealand has a lot of potential as an idea, but the execution? Not so much. It's so clearly written by and for straight men and is incredibly blokey. It literally features a montage of straight people fucking early in the first episode, the plot centers on a war between the sexes and a man's quest to find a woman and fuck her. Charming. Despite including about as much male nudity as female nudity, the women clothed or otherwise are mostly shot for straight male amusement while most of the male nudity is for humor. None of the five male leads is appealing or likeable as characters, though Olaf is at least vaguely amusing. I'm three episodes in and honestly not sure what the fuss is about and I'm having a hard time with the women are either villains or there to be treated like shit by the men ethos. The library bought these things because I asked to see them so I feel like I ought to soldier on. (I'd feel worse about them ordering the series, except there are eleven people in line for them already, so clearly a demand existed). The man character is boring, annoying, weak minded, etc.. Anders makes me want to stab him, being rapey and horrible. Mike rubs me the wrong way. Which leaves annoying, but vaguely amusing Olaf, and hod who so far is the least aweful? I guess. It's not much of an endorsement when one is saying things like "doesn't use the magical equivalent of roofies and hasn't fucked anyone too drunk to consent that we've seen" are about all one can think of praiseworthy to say. When the best one can say about a show is three out of five male leads haven't raped anyone after three episodes... Wait, is that even true? Mike has been lying to his wife their whole relationship about who he literally is. So two out of five possibly understand consent? Maybe? Except I'm doubting Olaf tells partner he's a nonagenarian, which I'm guessing they might object to, and hod isn't exactly coming clean on his T except that one time, so... It gets grosser the more one thinks about it really.

* National Poetry Month:

"Mad Girl’s Love Song - Sylvia Plath:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159509524462/mad-girls-love-song-sylvia-plath

"So We’ll Go No More a Roving By Lord Byron (George Gordon):" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159507820316/so-well-go-no-more-a-roving-by-lord-byron

* I don't normally post dragon cave here, but I just had five eggs die, and I'd like these to live, so please click: Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!


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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

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

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

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
6:08 am
* "Russian arrested in Spain 'over mass hacking':" http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39553250

* "Each Person Who Died in Syria Today Has a Story We’ll Never Know: I Don’t Know How to End the War, But We Must Accept More Refugees:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/159430046272/each-person-who-died-in-syria-today-has-a-story

* "Trump camp unclear on Syria mission's result:"

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* "Spammer's arrest eyed for Trump Russia ties:"

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* "Sen. Cory Booker: Trump 'playing footsie with Russia':"

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* "Not so easy: GOP frets over special elections:"

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* Sean Spicer claimed that Hitler didn't use sarin gas against "his own people," unlike when Assad used it against "innocent people." O.o

* "Mulvaney will order agencies to plan for big cuts:" https://www.axios.com/mulvaney-will-order-agencies-to-plan-for-big-cuts-2352708352.html

* "Trump Preparing Order to Expand Offshore Oil Drilling:" https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-06/trump-said-to-ready-order-to-expand-oil-drilling-in-u-s-waters

* "Trump seals deal on new Supreme Court confirmation standard:"

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* I decided I would likely never fly again after last time for health reasons. I simply am not well enough for 24-36 hour sagas involving long layovers requiring sleeping on airport floors and being jammed like a sardine into coach, not even for funerals for the last two family member i have left. Watching TSA intimately grope a twelve year old under the new extra intrusive guidelines confirmed this decision as I'm a member of two minorities that get extra scrutiny which makes every checkpoint an adventure. I worry some airline employee will have me no fly listed because they don't like which bathroom I use and I'll get stranded mid-country with no way home. I worry each time they will confiscate my meds instead of just interrogating me extensively about them while I get to stand there in pain explaining cf carrier and AS to them. I hated the old part downs as I don't like strangers touching me and I'm required to not hit these particular strangers. Watching the new more intrusive version I know I simply can't do it. Not even once, let alone the multiple times required for cross country travel.

And now the airlines have a policy of randomly selecting old men to be brutally beaten and dragged off planes, not for any crime, but to make room for last minute employee travel. United Airlines insists it was the old man’s fault they decided to have four thugs randomly beat him unconscious for their convenience and out of reflex the Chicago PD, which wasn’t even involved, is lying about what happened to blame the victim as well instead of arresting the thugs for their unprovoked assault, because the Chicago PD always backs thugs in authority over the rights of the victims. Fuck that! Fuck all of that. I love flying, but I want nothing to do with what it’s become.

* "Chechnya has opened concentration camps for gay men:" http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/04/10/chechnya-has-opened-concentration-camps-for-gay-men/

* Medieval hygiene: https://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/159447054813/torn-by-dreams-rosslynpaladin

* "Into the Badlands, Season Two, Episode Four: Palm of the Iron Fox:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/04/into-badlands-season-two-episode-four.html

* "Supernatural, Season 12, Episode 17: The British Invasion:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/04/supernatural-season-12-episode-17.html

* "Sunday Sweets BRINGS CAKE To The Library!:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/4/9/sunday-sweets-brings-cake-to-the-library.html

* National Poetry Month:

e.e.cummings: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159432504324/ee-cummings

"Charles Baudelaire’s The Abyss:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159434354580/charles-baudelaires-the-abyss

"Dylan Thomas reads “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159470306194/dylan-thomas-reads-do-not-go-gentle-into-that

"Destruction By Charles Baudelaire:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159472047430/destruction-by-charles-baudelaire

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Monday, April 10th, 2017
6:13 am
* "Four killed by truck driven into crowd in Swedish capital:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sweden-attack-idUSKBN179208

* French Neo-NAZI holocaust revisionism. "Marine Le Pen denies French role in wartime roundup of Paris Jews:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/09/marine-le-pen-denies-french-role-wartime-roundup-paris-jews

* "Schiff says Russia is absolutely 'complicit' in Syrian chemical attack:" http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/schiff-russia-absolutely-complicit-syrian-chemical-attack/story?id=46677669

* "Egypt Palm Sunday Church Blasts Kill at Least 38:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/egypt-palm-sunday-church-blasts-kill-least-37-n744296

* "U.S. Navy strike group to move toward Korean peninsula: U.S. official:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-navy-korea-idUSKBN17A0V5

* We have always been at war with Eastasia. "Trump Administration Is Contradicting Itself On Regime Change In Syria:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-regime-change-syria_us_58ea3b71e4b00de141040930

* "Syria strikes: Site of chemical attack hit again:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/08/middleeast/syria-strikes-russia-donald-trump/

* "Obama aides push back against criticism of inaction on Syria:" http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-aides-push-back-criticism-inaction-syria-46673923

* "Rep. Khanna on Syria: “Nation hasn’t learned its lesson”:"

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* "Trump has no foreign policy doctrine:"

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* "Rallies ramp up to demand Trump taxes:"

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* "McFarland to Exit White House as McMaster Consolidates Power:" https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-09/mcfarland-to-exit-white-house-as-mcmaster-consolidates-power

* "Sheriff Clarke called 'all hat, no cattle'–but might win:"

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* "Are Historical Dramas a “Whitelash”Against Racial and Ethnic Representation in Media?:" https://diversityinfilmtv.tumblr.com/post/159151368267/are-historical-dramas-a-whitelashagainst-racial

* Every time the commercial plays "Ne Regrette Rien" some part of me expects a kick.

* I am finding Wonder Woman heavy going. The Beauty contest made we furious at man involved from the writers on down. The two parter with Drusilla and paradise Island was a travesty. It was all male gazy and the Amazons are so excited by the "beauty" of the men they let NAZIs take their island without a fight, and are consistently ineffective against them. Why does Diana even like her stupid, sexist, obnoxious male side kick? She keeps telling us he's the opposite, but the show shows us how shitty he is and how poorly he treats her. I do appreciate the period appropriate sexist treatment of Drusilla in the first half as depiction without endorsement, but the systemic sexism in the design and execution of the show itself sure looks like endorsement to me or at least a complete lack of self awareness on the part of every man involved.

* I was thinking about a post on @poorquentyn​ about Arthur Dayne being dull, but enhanced in Ned and Jaime's eyes. I think this is analogous to Cersei's elevation of Rhaegor, including fan art. I kind of love the idea that they were all three of them basically teenaged fans who never saw through the hype because neither Rhaegor Targaryen nor Arthur Dayne lived long enough for the three to see them from an adult perspective.

* Oh man the Ladies Free skate at worlds was hard to watch. There were a few athletes who gave amazing performances, including the Candaians and Evgenia Medvedeva who broke two records, but most of the women were off and the competition was plagued with mistakes and falls. Look, i know some people watch skating for the falls, but I watch it the way I watch ballet. I watch it because it's beautiful and because it's uplifting to see human performing at the very edge of the physically possible. While several of the performances were heartbreaking, I don't think I've ever seen a skate as painful as Anna Pogorilaya's. She kept falling over and over. She started weeping; I started weeping. When she curled into herself on the ice at the end, I had reached the ugly crying phase and was still tearing up thinking of it all through the next performance. This is the most important skate in a non-Olympic year as it determines which teams get extra Olympic slots next year. There is so much pressure both from themselves and from their federations. The Russian team is so deep and wide when it comes to talent and they have the best women on ice right now all desperate for those slots. Everyone was watching. I am crying right now imagining what she must be feeling.

* "The Boy with Pink Eyes:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159402391867/allylaughsrainbows-hamotzi-this-is-my

* National Poetry Month:
"somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159393746199/somewhere-i-have-never-travelledgladly-beyond

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Sunday, April 9th, 2017
4:14 am
* I am confused as to why the Media is celebrating a failed attack on an airbase in Syria as if it were a victory. They were flying war planes out of it the same night, so why are they lying that the base is "destroyed."

* "Barber: Trump Syria strikes ‘antithesis of presidential’:"

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* "Trump to save Syrian babies, cut Meals on Wheels?:"

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* "Increased security for DeVos costing Ed Dept. nearly $8M for 8 months:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/stepped-security-devos-costing-education-dept-nearly-8m-8-months-n744101

* "Man sends over 2,000 potatoes to Wisconsin politician who refuses to hold a town hall:" https://mic.com/articles/173537/man-sends-over-2-000-potatoes-to-wisconsin-politician-who-refuses-to-hold-a-town-hall?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.PNDEjcZSF

* A Federal Judge has upheld the Consent Decree with the City of Baltimore, requiring Jeff Sessions to follow the law despite his biases and refusal to even look at the evidence. The fight is not over, but let us all hope and keep fighting.

* They are making moves in advance of another attempt to repeal the ACA. Please don't take the pressure off.

* "How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind: Self-Care Lessons for the Resistance:" https://thecoffeelicious.com/how-to-stayoutraged-without-losing-your-mind-fc0c41aa68f3

* Idea: Modern War of the Roses AU about the current Republicans with Jared Kushner as Warwick.

* Wonder Woman: I am trying to decide if the sexism in this show is depiction or endorsement.

* I'd watch it: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/159364666980/inspectormuffinthetimemuffin

* National Poetry Month:

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Saturday, April 8th, 2017
9:35 pm
* Putin's spokesmen continue to lie that despite a large amount of evidence Assad's chemical attack on civilians is a hoax. Of course they are. They announced they are cutting off the deconfliction line that amoung there things helps prevent our pilots and theirs from literally crashing into each other, which seems a nose to spite the face solution. We are claiming the line is till open, so your guess is as good or better than mine.

* It says all you really need to know about 45's loyalties that he insists Susan Rice committed a crime by doing her job, following the law, and trying to defend this country against foreign espionage, but that actual literal treason is not a crime.

* It is always strange watching foreign press discussing U S Foreign Policy as if 45 is cognitively capable of forming long term plans and/o understanding the consequences of his actions. Have they not noticed, or are they in denial to protect themselves from the horror the full implications will induce?

* Republicans have killed the filibuster so as to steal Merrick Garland's seat on the ideological grounds that only Republicans have a right to choose Supreme Court justices forever and always, hence them refusing to allow Garland a hearing last year and to block all nominations for 4-8 years if Hillary Clinton had won. They are smugly proud of breaking something that had been in place since the constitution was ratified.

* Yesterday we had wind storm such as normally only occurs in Autumn. The Tiny terror does not approve. I had all this stuff I was supposed to do this afternoon, but I somehow made a mistake with my alarm, and did not wake until I was too late for one so put the rest off.

* I think it's so hard to let go of Black Sails because I've never had a show to watch that was so intensely, specifically for me. I am so used to media being made for everyone else, and having to find things to love in it. This one time, something was for me, and there are zero other shows like that, and I don't really expect it to happen again given how many decades I had to wait for it to happen once.

* "fantasy book with witches and wizards and magical people but all magic has a price, like:" http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/158529299726/the-knights-who-say-book-patrickwsawyer

* The lead Soprano of the church choir in my childhood used the phrase "Jesus wept" for certain completely FUBAR situations, including our early rehearsals for the much hated "Like as a Hart" (routinely referred to by snarkier choir members, such as my Father, the lead tenor, as "Beat a Dead Horse."). We all rather picked it up from her, and I frequently have found myself thinking it in her exact tone of voice in response to events since January 20th, despite not being Christian. I also picked up the exclamation "Jesus Fuck!" somewhere in the last twenty years. As I was following Syrian Civil War/Trump debate today, I caught my brain exclaiming, "Jesus Fuck...Jesus Wept!" which image kept me amused at least five minutes and distracted me momentarily from the horror.

* "Isn't it Byronic, don't you think:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159335363682/derplefurf-its-like-ten-thousand-poems-when

* National Poetry Month:

"If a man does not think of Death
Even if he is so clever,
He is like a fool in a sense."
— Lyric Poems of the Sixth Dalai Lama

"“Forgive Me My Salt,” Brenna Twohy.:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159318330896/brennatwohy-forgive-me-my-salt-brenna-twohy

"Asleep In The Valley - Arthur Rimbaud:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159319905186/asleep-in-the-valley-arthur-rimbaud

* "My Last Duchess by Robert Brownung:" https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/43768

* "The Walking Dead, Season Seven, Episode Sixteen: The First Day of the Rest of Your Life:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/04/the-walking-dead-season-seven-episode.html

* This person does beautiful Black Sails Art History analysis: http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/blacksailsmeta

* I don't normally post dragon cave here, but I just had five eggs die, and I'd like these to live, so please click: Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

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Friday, April 7th, 2017
4:32 am
* We have launched 59 Tomahawk Missiles at a Syrian Government air base near Homs.

* "Is Russia clamping down on Jehovah Witnesses?:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39508555

* Devin Nunes has recused himself in the Russia/Treason investigation in the House. The ethics committee is investigating him for obvious reasons.

* We need to be better than this. "This Sunday's Parade Showed The Less Tolerant Side of Pride:" http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/immigrant-rights-activists-attacked-while-protesting-at-phoenix-pride-9215919

* "US Seventh Circuit Court Of Appeals Full Panel Rules You Can't Be Fired For Being Gay:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/04/us-seventh-circuit-court-of-appeals.html

* "Big Trans Rights Win In Illinois D211!:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/04/big-trans-rights-win-in-illinois-d211.html

* "It's About Our Kids:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/04/its-about-our-kids.html

* "The White House Correspondents' Dinner As Imagined By Trump:"

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* "Finally, The Muppets Collaborate With Sean Spicer:"

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* "Susan Rice's 'Unmasking' Allegations Explained By Scooby Doo:"

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* "The Late Show's Celebrity Pet Peeves, Vol. 2:"

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* Tavy woke up entirely recovered, much to my relief. I spent the evening taking a friend around on errands. I acquired the tomato starts and a rather iffy basil start. I may need to find another basil later in season, but all my bases are covered. While I was watering, I found a bunch more green starts, so did a massive rearrange, which lead me to discover the asparagus is already producing! I missed the first crop, which is fine. I will have to check regularly. I'm not used to them producing so soon in season, as my experience with them is all from Pennsylvania.

* National Poetry Month: "City That Does Not Sleep by Federico García Lorca:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159283976905/city-that-does-not-sleep-by-federico-garc%C3%ADa-lorca

"I Will Wade Out - e.e. cummings:"

* If you were wondering how the baby sling we were gifted is working for Tavy, it was a hug help during this emergency for naps. He likes being pressed against my chest and encircled securely. He's not a fan of riding around in it, but he tolerates it and it makes it easier to say, go get water.

In related news, Tavy has learned to reboot the computer. Cats.

* "Billy, make it so.:" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/139512558337/billy-make-it-so

* "Eleanor’s storyline foreshadowed:" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/158248948442/eleanors-storyline-foreshadowed

* "Is Billy Bones a virgin?:" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/137492198162/is-billy-bones-a-virgin

* The Real Superman: http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/158913213723/one-thing-that-amazes-me-is-the-rightwingers-like

* "The Expanse Moves Forward In Leaps:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/the-expanse-s02-e11/

* "Thomas Hamilton as Ariadne & Multiple layers of mythology:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159265343257/thomas-hamilton-as-ariadne-multiple-layers-of

* "Into the Badlands, Season 2, Episode 3: Red Sun, Silver Moon:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/04/into-badlands-season-2-episode-3-red.html

* "The Walking Dead Brings us 'Tigris ex Machina' in a Wild Season 7 Finale:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/walking-dead-tigris-ex-machina-season-7-finale/


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Thursday, April 6th, 2017
7:01 am
* "'Careening incompetence' of Trump administration risks crisis:"

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* "White House story on Bannon NSC move perplexes:"

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* "Senators demand answers on new EPA policy:"

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* So not only is Gorsuch out right lying in his commercials that he is backing the poor and minorities against corporations when the exact opposite is true, but he's a literal plagarist on a fairly large scale hich rather undermines his intellectual claims.

For serious, call your Senators and encourage them to block or stand firm if they are already blocking this nomination if you are able to. (I know some people can't for a variety of reasons). Remember, he believes that corporations have first amendment rights that Trump those of mere human employees. He is worse than Scalia and will likely live a very long time. Remember that if Democrats cave now, it will enshrine the idea that it is completely acceptable to refuse to even consider nominee by an opposing party so as to steal a nomination, as the Republicans have done in this case. If they kill the filibuster, they kill it. Better to fight and die on the moral high ground than roll over in expectation that they will keep using the threat every single time. Rolling over now for a vague promise we know Republicans won't keep next time is only making things worse.

* "Black activists warned us that Sessions would launch an assault on civil rights. That moment looks like it’s here.:" https://mic.com/articles/173086/jeff-sessions-is-doing-exactly-what-we-thought-he-would?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.oi8AYMxes

* Need I mention that the Susan Rice distraction is nonsense from a conspiracy theorist who made his living slandering Hillary Clinton in the '90's. He's literally known for making things up to attack women. Everybody with a clue how things work is not surprisingly calling the accusations nonsense. I'm unlikely to say more than it's a deliberate distraction to distract from literal treason in the White House. Keep your eyes on the ball folks.

* 45 is backing Bill O'Reilly on his serial sexual depredation on female employees. Is anyone surprised? No word on what Bill Cosby thinks. For the record: I believe the women in both the O'Reilly and Trump cases.

* "Coat Hangers And ODs: Life Before Abortion Was Legal:" http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2477-pe-illegal-abortion-life-as-woman-before-roe-vs.-wade.html

* I love this protest. "Dutch men hold hands to protest against homophobia:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39505692

* Contains an interview about Dr. Willie Parker about access to abortion in the South. "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah :" http://www.cc.com/episodes/1h3yqu/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-april-3--2017---willie-parker-season-22-ep-22088

* "Sean Spicer: Kindergarten Press Secretary:"

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* "Trump Shirks His Commander-in-Chief Duties:"

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* "Like America, Turkey Is Also Burning:"

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* "Is Jared Kushner the Real President?:"

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

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* "You're! Not! Helping!:"

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* "Heir to the White House Throne:"

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* "We Told You So: Russian Hacking:"

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* The cherry blossoms are out. They always remind me of My Soldier. We fell in love in Winter. We were young and he had not enlisted yet. He had long dark hair, and though his mother was white, he looked Native like his father. He wore a long grey coat and a fedora. I know, I know, fedoras are now a universal sign of assholery, but in 1990, the hat was unusual and quirky. With his long coat and his ling hair, the hat gave him a unique, vaguely 19th century look. He hated shoes even mor that I do, and had these huge feet with long toes he used like extra fingers. I picture him in Winter dressed like that, barefoot in the snow for the dash from his house to his mother's car, unwilling to put on shoes for the brief trip, as he always drove barefoot.

The street where he lived in 1991 was lined on both sides with cherry trees. They were intriguing shapes in Winter, lichen covered and Gothic. In spring they would burst forth into pink glory and the petals would rain down slowly, and cling to his feet, half crushed. The symbolism is not lost on me. He died in full flower, beautiful, and far too young.

Cherry blossoms forever remind me of him. Barefoot. Beloved. Missed.

* Corrected Headlines: http://butlerbookbinding.tumblr.com/post/159223256249


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Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
11:22 pm
* Tavy's been ill the last few days. Monday, he was clinging and grumpy, which was in character, as I'd been out all afternoon for Doctor and forage, so his routine was disrupted and he gets bored and lonely when I'm out. I also plunged into a 13 hour marathon write up of the Black Sails series finale, an activity he hates. Except a bit before dawn he started sneezing, poor wee thing. He's almost two and has had excellent health the whole time he's lived with me. I've lived with cats my whole life. I've seen lots of colds. Mache was very prone to them, likely as a result of her abandonment. She was sick with a vet and medication required lung thing when we rescued her, and had multiple colds a year over a long, happy life. I want to emphasize that I do not panic over a sneeze, but also know what is normal and what isn't.

By the time I had wrapped up my posting, it was clear to me this was a bad cold. I'd seen him eat not long before the sneezing started, and I know how dangerous not eating is for cats, so throughout, this is a thing I've been monitoring. When I woke up in the evening, he was feverish and miserable and I was worried enough to decide if he wasn't better by morning, I'd call Mache's vet for an appointment, and all this month's bills except housing be damned. I stayed in bed and read as long as I possibly could with him, and after I migrated out he was on me pretty much the whole night. All he really wanted to do was cling to me and huddle for warmth and comfort, so I could close monitor his breathing all night while coddling and reassuring. A little before damn, his fever broke. He started taking an interest in the sort of things he usually is interested in, and he had a little snack. He was still sneezing by bed time, so I decided we could manage without the vet. He's much better this evening. Long intervals between sneezes, breathing and temperature normal, still clingy and not in the mood to play, but interested in watching small things move erratically, checking out sounds, pettins, etc.. There was an hourish between sneezes just now, so I think it's okay, and he did eat something round about when I ate, and he just used the litter after a long shoulder cuddle.

This is why my availability has been terrible. I am generally working with only one hand and when he wants both, he gets them. I've been periodically trapped in bed or on the sofa, unwilling to disturb him when he manages to sleep. He is on the mend and Thursday ought to be better.

* I was awakened this morning at 9AM by a fucking real estate agent calling to try to convince me to sell my place and move. Fucking hell! Does this ever work? Does cold calling people, waking them up to harass them about neighborhood home prices really make people with no interest in moving suddenly want to do business with you instead of wishing they had the means to punch you in the nose through the phone? I do not want to move until I am forced into a nursing home. I have strong hopes of dying first given the cf carrier. I have a ground floor apartment that is 100% ADA complaint, with floors I can mop instead of vacuum which is good for my lungs, in a pet friendly building, with a patio I can grow a ridiculous profusion of plants on. Is it perfect? No. I worry constantly about the water heater, I can not afford to fix the door knobs and garbage disposal, and the plumbing needs an overhaul, but it all works well enough and it is safer and healthier than anything I could afford to move in if I sold out. Also, my property taxes are frozen due to the whole permanently disabled thing if I stay here, no matter how high they go for my neighbors. It would be a ridiculous waste of money and energy when I know that the monthly housing cost will drop dramatically once the building renovation is paid off, at which point I can start paying down the medical debt and start saving for when the water heater goes. Moving would dramatically worsen my situation in the long run, and even if I did want to move? No fucking way would I want to do business with some asshole phoning my to wake me up at too early in the morning with housing price figures. I'd likely just call the guy who sold me this place, who I already have a business relationship with.

Bonus points? An hour and a half later a scam charity called to solicit. Assholes.

* Someone just won national Poetry month: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159255373512/ozymandias

* National Poetry Month: "On the Stairs - Constantine P. Cavafy:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159245076324/constantine-p-cavafy

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Monday, April 3rd, 2017
3:01 am
* Exeunt, Pursued by a Bear: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159145711537/sandovers-prokopetz-prokopetz-i-am-100

* It is so WEIRD to me that critics hated Velvet Goldmine. It's on my short list of my favorite films and is on of the most important movies I've ever seen.

* "Ballad of the Bastards Part 3: Sansa, Interrupted:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/winterhell-s6-retrospective-part-3/

* 2016 as a horror movie: http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/158840868966/localstarboy-nahhh-they-actually-made-2016-into

* "Sunday Sweets Gets Suspended!:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/4/2/sunday-sweets-gets-suspended.html

* "The Women of Penny Dreadful:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/06/the-women-of-penny-dreadful.html

* "Penny Dreadful, Season 3, Episode 8: Perpetual Night:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/06/penny-dreadful-season-3-episode-8.html

* "Penny Dreadful, Season 3, Episode 9: The Blessed Dark:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/06/penny-dreadful-season-3-episode-9.html

* Some of you may have noticed I'm doing National Poetry month. I am not at all an arbiter of taste here, as being a philistine, my taste in poetry was formed in high school. Feel free to scoff.

* "Aboard the Ship - Constantine P. Cavafy:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159130928171/gwydionmisha-constantine-p-cavafy

* "Penny Dreadful and Race:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/06/penny-dreadful-and-race.html

* Me watching series finale of Black Sails last night: Well...Fuck.


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Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
5:57 am
* "Senate Intelligence Committee hearing probes Russia:"

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* "Police: No increase in number of missing persons in DC:"

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* "Researchers have found strong evidence that racism helps the GOP win:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/03/03/researchers-have-found-strong-evidence-that-racism-helps-the-gop-win/?postshare=6051488776139591&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.dc5e1fbb9d34

* "2012 Sage Smith Case Is Now A Murder Investigation:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/04/2012-sage-smith-case-is-now-murder.html

* Small children and their conception of Furby death: http://surreal.tumblr.com/post/158518046950

* A brief History of Racist Anti-Black Advertising: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159102001777/this-thread

* "Alexander Adams - Faerie Queen/He of the Sidhe:"

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* Note: Clip dead names him. " Alexander Adams Trilogy (Tomorrow I Leave For Battle, March Of Cambreadth, Courage Knows No Bounds):"

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* "Creature of the Wood - Alexander James Adams:"

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* The clip is 7 years old and dead names him, but the music is good. "Alexander Adams - Bedlam Boys:"

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* "Penny Dreadful, Season 3, Episode 5: This World is Our Hell:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/06/penny-dreadful-season-3-episode-5-this.html

* "Penny Dreadful, Season 3, Episode 6: No Beast So Fierce:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/06/penny-dreadful-season-3-episode-6-no.html

* "Penny Dreadful, Season 3, Episode 7: Ebb Tide :" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2016/06/penny-dreadful-season-3-episode-7-ebb.html

* That commercial where the elephant fucks those two squirrel sex workers is so gross, and worse yet, every time it shows I end up trying to figure out HOW, and the answers are... not images I wanted in my head.

* "Elementary Strikes Gold With Betrayal and Buried Treasure:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/elementary-strikes-gold-betrayal-buried-treasure/

* National Poetry Month "The Eternal Wager by Odysseus Elytis:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159091604360/odysseus-elytis

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Saturday, April 1st, 2017
5:40 am
* "Clearer picture of Russian 'active measures' takes shape:"

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* "Trump actions boosted Russian effectiveness:"

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* "White House role in leaks raises suspicion:"

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* "White House meddling threatens Trump Russia probe integrity:"

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* "Immunity in presidential scandals has complicated history:"

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* "Chicago: A City in Trauma:"

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* Do NOT celebrate the Carolina bathroom discrimination repeal, as they are replacing it with a different right to discrimination bill that is more draconian several other aspects, such as barring local governments from protecting trans folk and leaving the right to discriminate in place, but less flagrantly worded so harder to challenge. This isn't a win folks, it's just PR. "North Carolina 'repeals' 'bathroom bill':" http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/30/politics/north-carolina-hb2-agreement/

* "Transgender Day Of Visibility 2017:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/transgender-day-of-visibility-2017.html

* "Wanda Sykes Is Not A Trump Fan:" http://teamcoco.com/video/conan-highlight-wanda-sykes-is-not-a-trump-fan?playlist=x%3BeyJ0eXBlIjoidGFnIiwiaWQiOjQ2ODh9

* "Paul Ryan Laughs Through the Tears:"

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* "So Much News, So Little Time - Nepotism, Impeachment & the Freedom Caucus:"

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* "House Republicans' Internet Search History:"

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* "C-SPAN Can't Tell Which Russian Investigation Is Which:"

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* "Mike Pence: Wine, Dine And Reset Gender Norms To '69:"

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* "The Late Show's Presidential Leak-crets, Vol. 3:"

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* "Ballad of the Bastards Part 2: Why Did You Do it Jonny?:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/winterhell-s6-retrospective-part-2/

* "Legion's Resetting Finale Takes Little Shine Off an Incredible First Season:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/legion-finale-little-shine-first-season/

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Friday, March 31st, 2017
5:59 am
* Flynn has offered to testify in exchange for personal immunity for his felonies, treason, espionage, etc..

* I meant to post this when it was new, but it got lost in the pile. "In bizarre first speech to HUD, Carson hints at skepticism on civil rights protections:" https://thinkprogress.org/in-bizarre-first-speech-to-hud-carson-hints-at-skepticism-on-civil-rights-protections-5a35208fb816

* Another thing I meant to post an lost in the shuffle. "Republicans Just Made It Easier For Companies To Exploit Workers:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/republicans-exploit-workers_us_58bdb96de4b0d8c45f4565f8?g6r5omcc54eyd5cdi

* Senate Republicans brought in Pence to break a tie so as to allow states to discriminate against Planned Parenthood, thus endangering health care access for low income women.

* It was a very lucky thing I finished tank sterilization yesterday, as I woke up with steroid shakes today and am useless.

* "The Expanse Slowly Turns Heroes Into Villains:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/the-expanse-s02-e10/

* The next piece in the MacMillian sampler was the Judas tree, which it turned out I HAD seen a production of before, likely at the turn of the century. The music is as aggressively modern as the ballet is aggressively misogynistic. The one woman in it is explicitly a Madonna/whore trope and they rape her death. The choreography is excellent and both the dancing and miming were first rate, which makes it wore in a way. I am not convinced that making gang rape/murder/suicide exquisitely beautiful is a thing we ought to be doing. It was sort of peak MacMilian in every sense, really both in his obsession with ritualized violence against women and the very best of his choreography. I have no idea how to feel about something so terrible in it's conception so well executed. The ancient Greeks had a word to express this exactly, but we don't.

The final piece was Concerto. This was sort of a cut rate Balanchine in my opinion. The simpler costumes were an improvement over Elite Syncopation, but there was nothing particularly interesting or moving going on, and it suffered from the same sloppiness of execution and unevenness of skill that the Elite Syncopation suffered from, only this time the problem was more general. The women in the four lead couples were so different in line and extension that the effect was very ragged. Everyone's turn speed, timing, and lines were subtly different in the group numbers, but not enough different to look deliberate. It was like everyone was dancing individually with no reference to what anyone else was doing even when they were doing obvious formations. It was all very raggedy ass and sloppy. There was maybe one good pas de deux in there and a reasonable solo, but the whole thing was very amateur hour, which is weird because the Judas Tree proved they could dance when they want to and the women at least were much better in ES.

Why even WAS Kenneth Macmillan when Ashton and Balanchine already were?

* Black Sails XXXVII: Training Nemesis and the Battle for Narrative Control

* The thing that really stood out for me this episode is how very much Flint and Silver care about each other and how much that hurts them both.

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Thursday, March 30th, 2017
6:12 am
* "Exclusive: Russian activist poisoned twice:"

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* "Political strains within Western powers serve Putin goals:"

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* "Trump talk provokes NATO self-reckoning:"

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* "Schiff: Questions about Nunes hurt investigation's credibility:"

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* Another thing to phone your rep to stop if you have time, energy, and are able. "Christie finally has a job in the Trump administration:"

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* 45 is so stupid he thinks the best way to deal with a prescription opioid addiction is "border enforcement" and taking away coverage for addiction treatment. O.o

* "The Merovingians in Paris – Ancient History et cetera:" http://etc.ancient.eu/interviews/the-merovingians-in-paris/

* Moments in Queer History: King Louis XIII, Anne of Austria, Louis’ “favorites.” http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/158987358437/king-louis-xiii-by-philippe-de-champaigne-c

* The History of the watermelon stereotype: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/158991060822/black-to-the-bones-i-feel-like-i-need-to-share

* "Trump Doesn't Know How to Throw a Baseball:"

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* "Trump Vows to End the Nonexistent War on Coal:"

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* "Governing Is Hard: Trumpcare Edition:"

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* "Someone Run Against Johnnie Caldwell:"

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* "Government Worked! Rape Kit Backlog Part 2:"

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* "The Trump Caddie Confessions:"

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* "Trump's Climate Change Rollback Reviewed By Woodsy The Owl:"

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* "Trump Addresses (And Is The Reason For) A Women's Empowerment Forum:"

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* "The Scrapping Of Internet Privacy: Something We Can All Hate Together:"

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* "'Circus 1903' Takes Us Back To Another Generation Of The Circus:"

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* My culture didn't grow well, which is a thing that happens. My Doctor has decided that a forth antibiotic so soon might endanger my system, so we are trying a low dose of steroids again in hopes that the problem is inflammation. I'll likely be steroid sick the rest of the week, but on the upside I got a free bottle of sudafed out of it which means rationing is over.

* Today I finally finished the autoclave and sterilization of the bathroom tank, as I am well enough to bend over. The cough is unpleasant, but manageable today, though I'm starting to get steroid sickness symptoms. I don't think Tavy has been here for a sterilization before and it was all very exciting to him. That is his favorite tank after all and he spent hours every day perched up there watching the fish. He was so sad when there were no more fish to watch and he'd stare balefully, hoping to see one. he's had a umber of accidents during the cleaning process that involved him getting his beans wet as he jumped or fell in the open tank. The last couple days, he's been hiding in there with the last of the dirt being dry. I had trouble keeping him out of it during scraping and cleaning and was riding around on my shoulder during sterilization and the evil human accidentally spit water on his but during rinse cycle syphoning. I need to finish resetting the tank and catch some test fish to put in to see if the cleaning of the new type of filter was successful, but not tonight as I'm now dizzy.

* Apparently, I can no longer tell Mike Meyers and Jimmy Fallon apart.

* The MacMillian sampler came. On paper, a ballet based on Scott Joplin is so up my alley it's like they were thinking of me. Alas, in execution Elite Syncopation proved hard to watch. The costumes were a real problem for me. That many bright colours and patterns all in motion is something I flat out don't do well with. I kept getting distracted by things like arrows on the butt cheeks of a lady's skin tight spandex unitard, or the star on that lady's pelvis to match her ass cheeks or wincing at a particularly nasty clash between horrible outfits. I get it, meant to be light and funny, but I kept thinking about how rapey/violnce against women the full length ballets are said to be. (I've seen parts of Manon and Meyerling, but not the whole, so grain of salt). Anyway, this felt like forced wackiness and my physical discomfort with the costume choices made that some how worse.

And it wasn't just the costumes that were the problem. The women in the featured roles seemed fine and worked well when I could notice the dancing despite the costumes. The men though? The skill level difference between the four male leads was so extreme it completely ruined the quatre. If you have one guy jumping about two feet higher than the worst of the four in a dance that demands unison, it stands out. Two of the guys danced crisply while the other two were noticeably more sloppy. It ruined the effect and the costumes being so complicated colour and pattern wise and different from each other only emphasized the differences in quality of the dancing. It just... never jelled, even though there were some lovely pas de deux, and bits of dancing singly and in groups by the women. I honestly can't comment on the choreography as I was so overwhelmed by the mess that I couldn't really find brain space for thinking properly about what they were trying to achieve.

* The Wing Chun dojo where I studied intensely while it lasted was descended from Bruce Lee's Seattle period, before he branched out to make his own style. (My Sifu's Sifu studied under Bruce Lee directly). I have seen his movies more times than I can count, but all I'd ever seen of the Green hornet were the clips. I was born too late and unlike Batman it never made it to syndication. I got really excited at the chance to finally see what they were like. I've been trying to watch the pilot and it's... not good. I know, blasphemy. it's not Bruce lee's fault, I want to make clear. I think I can see what went wrong. It's like no one involved in writing, directing, or editing this thing had any clue why A. the Adam West Batman worked, or B. why Bruce lee was good. The result is neither campy fun NOR martial arts fun. I'll take either, you see. I'd love both. Instead it's just boring white guys trying to say complicated exposition really, really fast, between fight scenes were only one participant actually knows how to fight and everyone else is going through the motions. I'm go to try one or two more to see if they improve, but so far it's unwatchable to the point I keep literally forgetting I'm watching and go do other things.

* "Ballad of the Bastards Part 1: The North Can’t Be Bothered:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/winterfell-s6-retrospective-part-1/

* "The Sword in the Stone Needs to Use its Head:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/the-sword-in-the-stone-needs-to-use-its-head/

* "The Ups and Downs of Harry's Fifth Year:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/ups-downs-harrys-fifth-year/

* The last of the hyacinths. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/158984668267/the-last-of-the-hyacinths


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Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
5:49 am
* "Helene Cooper - How Liberia Got a Woman in Office in "Madame President":"

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* "Fired US attorney at nexus of multiple Trump scandals:"

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* "Cyprus helping US in Manafort finances investigations:"

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* "Trump aide Manafort's money trail traced through Cyprus accounts:"

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* "Trump aide Manafort's real estate deals raise suspicion:"

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* "Sen. Ed Markey: Trump is attacking science:"

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* If you have time, energy, and ability, now is a good time to call your congress critter or turn up at a town hall to protest the draconian budget designed to literally starve children and the elderly while granting yet moe tax cuts for the 2%, the Gorsuch nomination (Senate only), and Republican all out assault on the environment. If your critters are on the right side of history, thank them and ask them to stand firm.

* "Trump Determined to Destroy More Than Just America:"

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* "MEAL Team Six: How to Save Meals on Wheels:"

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* "Blacklight on American Democracy - Devin Nunes's Shady-But-Legal Activities:"

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* "Coach Paul Ryan Explains His March Madness Loss:"

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* "Trump On American Healthcare: When You Love Something, Let It Explode:"

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* "Jared Kushner, Chief White House Nepotism Beneficiary:"

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* "This Diagram Shows Nunes' Conflict Of Interests In Investigating Trump:"

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* "Théoden Makes a Choice and Éowyn is Chosen as The Two Towers Returns to Rohan:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/theoden-choice-eowyn-chosen-lotr-reread/

* "Into the Badlands: Season 2, Episode 2: Force of Eagle's Claw:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/03/into-badlands-season-2-episode-2-force.html

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Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
4:01 am
* "Trump son-in-law sought for Russia questions:"

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* "Embattled Nunes paralyzes House Intelligence Committee:"

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* "Top Democrat calls for House Intel Chair to recuse himself:"

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* "Icahn, as Trump advisor, aims to help himself to millions:"

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* "The Playa-Hater Phenomenon:"

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* "The Liar on the Links:"

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* "Princess Mononoke Told a Story Without Villains:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/princess-mononoke-story-without-villains/

* I think they did the two scenes with gay characters in the last couple eps because they are planning to kill one. "The Walking Dead, Season Seven, Episode Fifteen: Something They Need:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/03/the-walking-dead-season-seven-episode_27.html


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