Transformers G1 - Found

Jul. 26th, 2017 07:02 pm
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Title: Found
Fandom: Transformers G1, AU
Rating: T/PG13
Notes: Part of my Badlands AU. Knowledge of the 'verse is helpful but not required. Find it on AO3

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Jul. 26th, 2017 05:07 pm
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Guess what? They did it! This time my second dose of Spinraza is swirling around in my spinal column. It was still pretty difficult this time although they did make some adjustments. I got a CT scan in addition to fluoroscope. I guess the CT gave them a little more information. Apparently I have a lot of bone in the way of some natural access points. The one place they’ve managed to be successful is a fairly small hole and they’ve got to approach it at just the right angle. They worked on me for about an hour. Having gone through this the day before, Tuesday’s hour was about my limit.

Another adjustment they made, was not putting me on the table until the doctors were ready to proceed. I still had to wait while they checked my spine out with the fluoroscope, but at least all the time I was on the table they were working towards the injection. I’m going to have a long conversation with the doctors in the near future. There must be some way they can make this process easier. I’m not so worried about getting my “loading” doses but I am concerned about the continuing process of getting these shots. I have a third dose in two weeks and then a fourth dose a month after that. Then I need to get a dose every four months for the rest of my life. I guess I will deal if I have to but it’s a discouraging prospect.

I’m going to try to respond to everyone individually, but if I don’t get to you, please know that all of your support with the support of my family makes it possible for me to go through this. I think I’ve noticed some improvements in my physical status, but I hesitate to talk about it much this early in the process. I will keep people informed.

Wednesday in July Is For Fiction

Jul. 26th, 2017 05:07 pm
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      . . . . I may have read more fiction this month of July than in all of 2015 - 2016 and the first half of 2017 put together. 

This means novels that I started and read straight through, completing them to the last page.  I pick up a lot of fiction and give up on the book by the end of the first chapters, as well as many others where I get about half or two thirds through and quit due to do not care, and also, why is this so much longer than it needed to be? 

So July's fiction reading is much more than usual, that’s for sure.  Staying home alone during the brutally hot, polluted and humid 8 days that el V was off to hot and humid Cuba, and feeling physically crummy is probably responsible -- that, and maybe some novels I wanted to read.  


Brookmyre, Christopher. (2016) Black Widow.


Right after finishing this novel, which I'd picked off the shelves without any prior knowledge of either the book or the author, I learned Black Widow was just award the UK's Crime Writers' Association Golden Dagger award for 2016.


Nerd pop culture references all the way through, which gets wearing and doesn't wear well for readers of the future. The investigator of the mystery, and primary narrator is really too old for this stuff, so it was annoying as hell.  But since many of the other  characters were nerds and young and live in that culture I kept page turning / reading, until fairly close to the end I got all too familiar sensation that comes with trying read fiction, which is "Isn't this over yet?????" -- "gads, this is at least 50 pages too long!" --  so skipped to the end to find out who did it and why. Spoiler alerts!   


SPOILER CONTENT HERE


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SPOILER CONTENT ENDS


Pop culture / nerd culture, you bet he does GOT too.  Feh.  He and his ending let me down, as endings so often do.


However the following books all have satisfying endings.


Cleeves, Ann (2016) Cold Earth.


The latest of her Jimmy Perez Shetland series.  It was slow-going, particularly in getting going, in an almost exact replication of the first Jimmy Perez - Shetland Islands book I read. In fact, the location is where the first one took place even. This in an on going problem in almost all of her Shetland books. though not in the television adaptations.


One of the many pleasures I receive from reading Cleeves (she's the author of Yorkshire's Vera Stanhope novels too -- the first one of which, The Crow Trap, originally published in 1999, I finally got to read last month!  And it was the very best of the Vera novels I've read so far), is how different the television series are from the books.  Both the Vera and Shetland tv series are among my big watching pleasures.  These provide good lessons in how to adapt successfully from print to screen. The first lesson, may well be the most important -- the casting makes all the difference, and when it's perfect, the visual adaptation may well be more compelling than the print, without being in the least faithful to the plots or even who the characters are -- but then television has its own rules, which may not be necessary for the page.  As said, an education in writing.


French, Tana; (2008) The Likeness.

 

I’ve read all of Irish writer French’s novels almost as soon as they were published in the US, except this, her second one.  It was involving, though the pretext, that divine, insulated group of college kids who are interested only in each other is rather more than tired. But so talented a writer as French (rather like the great talent that was Daphne Du Maurier for our age)  did something fresh with it. The problem, though, is is that they really aren’t kids, and don’t even feel in the early 20’s. So how does this undercover female detective protag manage, since, even though older than the 'kids', still her experience seems too deep for her early 30’s, as she says she is, even though she supposedly looks a lot younger.


But hey, it’s hot, I read in the bed, with the a/c cranked until deep into the night.  I turned the pages compulsively. This passed the hours most agreeably until I could relax enough and sleep while el V was in Cuba.


Leon, Donna (2016) The Waters of Eternal Youth: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery. 


Venice is drowning in tourists and their crap, immigrants, the mob and general corruption of everything.  But still, despite everything being online these days, the Commissario and his family continue to read the classics and eat the most wonderful meals at least three times a day.


Rankin, Ian. (2016) Rather Be The Devil.


Rankin's hard drinking, chain smoking, 60's rock and roller, rule breaking, ass kicking, Scott's cynic Rebus is retired from Edinburgh's police force. It's all caught up with him after many books in the Rebus series.  He's not smoking, but coughing disgusting crap with a shadow on his lung, trying to cut back on drinking.  But he’s still dueling with Big Ger, frustrating Siobhan Clarke and everyone who cares for him, but going to the center of what has happened in the past that has bled into the bloody present. Another change in Rebus --  the proverbial lone wolf detector, he's one of three -- and actually cooperating as much as Rebus can cooperate with them. This means the narrative provides additional povs beyond Rebus's in this convoluted case, which is about – what exactly? The disappearance of a banker, who seems to be connected to all sorts of nefarious financial deals, drugs, gambling, homicide – and, well, not Russians, but Ukrainians, laundering money in and through Scotland. But then Rankin's Rebus has never about the case, really, but about the wild ride he takes you on..


In the end, again, Rebus's nemesis, and in these later novels, now at least a frenemy, if not friend, Big Ger Cafferty’s back, old as he is -- as old as Rebus, but he's not over the hill yet, any more than is Rebus. But Rebus has learned to work with others, as much as Rebus can: Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke, and the male officer promoted and moved over her, to international crime, Malcolm Fox. They all get what they want. Further, Rebus still has his girlfriend from the previous book, Deborah Quant, who works post mortems for Edinburgh, has since the last book acquired a dog named Brillo – and he’s lost weight.  Neither Big Ger nor Rebus are anywhere near down for the count yet, and they glory in it -- and that they have both proved they are both still at the top of their intersecting game.


It was good reading for a hot and humid July weekend in NYC.


Today the weather is splendid, a perfect July summer day.  There's enough July left that I may be able to get in yet another novel. Tonight I begin an historical set colonial Manhattan of 1746. I've been looking forward to this one. 


Spufford, Francis (2017) Golden Hill.


 If I am able to finish this one (it's not long) it would make a grand total of six -- 6 -- novels, I read this month!

 

Returning after long absence

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:42 am
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Any Pride and Prejudice or Lost in Austen active communities?

Passing the hat

Jul. 26th, 2017 02:01 pm
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My vet has an interesting receptionist and so what I was told would be a sixty dollar trip for their shots is in fact a two hundred dollar trip. This is all part of the seemingly futile effort to find them new homes. If people could donate towards the trip, that would be great.
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How to Make a Clichéd High Fantasy Cover

I am reminded of the cover of a Joe Abercrombie novel where every time I took another look, I noticed yet another sword the character on the cover was carrying.

Anniversary -- And, Now, Mexico

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:34 am
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      . . . . For an anniversary day that was as difficult and frustrating for us both -- involving computers of course! -- it ended special, so soft, tender, relaxing.

Ned's been working with the Adobe InDesign program, which he pays $30 a month for, to do his Cuban travel brochures.  As these digital / online brochures feature many photographs (he's not lost his terrific eye for taking pictures, that's for sure!) and InDesign doesn't bother to provide actual, you know, directions and instructions, just menus, when it comes to formatting for the vast variety of devices and platforms, this is very difficult.  That was his frustrations yesterday.  Mine was zotzing my Outlook Live.com contacts, etc.  Fortunately, we both basically prevailed.

We failed, however, at coming up with a plan for anything special by which to observe our anniversary.  The weather was lovely -- cool and not humid.  So we strolled about, stopping at two different tapas places.  So many really good ones, run by Spaniards, have opened in the last 10 years here. The walking smoothed out our jagged nerves. The tapas were delicious -- plus I had some of the best wine I've ever drunk, and most flavorful olive oil for dipping and saucing. We planned our fantasy trip to Spain while dipping, nibbling and sighing with pleasure.

We walked back in the dark to our own neighborhood, very mildly buzzing from the two glasses of wine we'd had.  We finished at the Bistro, with champagne and chocolate mousse.  The people were as welcoming and pleased to see us as ever.  Our amigo, the maître d, upon our entrance, immediately programmed Cuban musician Lecuona's magnificent piano on the music system.  The Bistro's front was open to the street and air. It was still too early for the riotous young to throng the sidewalks howling and yelling. Both the street front and the restaurant were quiet (unlike the cavernous tapas restaurants filled with shrieking females, yelling bombastic boys and thud thud thud syntho euro disco pop. We sat with our champers and gazed goofily into each others' eyes, holding hands and talking, talking, talking.

What did we talk about?  

We talked about October, which isn't far away at all.

     . . . . October is filled up, with the Cuba Rumbazo, Baranquilla's Jazz Festival (Colombia) -- and then, the second half, the Veracruz (state), Mexico American Slave Coast event.






We're the lead 'act' so to speak for Vera Cruz's (city) annual Jazz Festival and the accompanying academic symposium at the city's campus of Universidad Veracruzana (the home campus is in Xalapa.   

So, having to put away Far From Anywhere for now, it feels as though I'm working to write a whole new and different Slave Coast as I swot up the research on Mexico. 

Even most US historians do not yet know in their bones, just how different slavery was here, when compared with just about everywhere at every time. They do not understand how thoroughly our economic and social slavery system affected all the aspects of our national history, the consequences of which remain fundamental sources of national conflict today.

So Mexican historians won't know this either. Compared to the Caribbean and Brazil, Venezuela, etc. few Africans were brought to Mexico (the largest percentage to what is now the state of Veracruz), and most of those came in the 16th and 17th centuries. Slavery in Mexico was abolished already in 1829, just as the Cotton Kingdom in Dixie was ramping up and Indian Removal was Jackson's number one priority. 

We're doing the keynote address at the university track of the festival, so the focus has to be on how our slavery, its system and consequent slaveocracy affected Mexico, including the Texas "republic',  the Mexican-American War, the vast territory the US acquired that up to then had been Mexico - New Spain's -- and particularly what it meant that the US possessed previously Mexican California and the Southwest. 

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Emperor Maximilian of Mexico and wife Charlotte (Carlota) -- the world's most attractive couple -- not!

Further, it has to include the takeover by France during the War of the Rebellion over US slavery, and the Union - US response. 
 In 1866 General Philip Sheridan was in charge of transferring supplies and weapons to the Mexican Liberal army ( by now, of which the Union had a huge surplus), including some 30,000 rifles directly from the Baton Rouge Arsenal in Louisiana. Long before that, while Buchanan was still in office, the Union was deeply concerned about French incursion into its hemisphere. There were desperate proposals from the foundering CSA at the hapless Hampton Roads Conference of 1865 that this terrible war could be over if the US joined forces with the CSA to take France out of Mexico. One can imagine how Lincoln -- and Grant -- snorted at that proposal for peace that would leave slavery intact -- Grant who always maintained that the only reason for the Mexican American War in the first place was to expand slavery.

By 1867, Seward shifted American policy from thinly veiled sympathy to the republican government of Juárez to open threat of war to induce a French withdrawal. Seward had invoked the Monroe Doctrine and later stated in 1868, "The Monroe Doctrine, which eight years ago was merely a theory, is now an irreversible fact."

None of this was the focus of The American Slave Coast. Of course it's reference, but not presented in granular detail, with facts, figures and other stats that are part of presenting and doing seminars with an international cast of Spanish speaking academics, scholars and intellectuals.

The art part, with the music for the Jazz Festival etc., that's all up to Ned and Donald Harrison.  But the academic track, for obvious reasons, is pretty much up to me. I have to research and write it. Then Ned has to translate it into Spanish. it's a lot to get ready in these few short weeks.

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Jul. 26th, 2017 08:27 am
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* I am not and have never been a fan of the house of Hanover/Windsor, am no fan of monarchy, and I side eye modern royals just generally, but I do honestly appreciate Prince Harry talking about seeking psychiatric help for dealing with his grief at the loss of his mother, because any fucking thing we can do to destigmatize getting psychiatric help is important.

* "Scotland just generated enough renewable energy to power itself for six days:" http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/scotland-renewable-wind-energy-power-electricity-three-million-homes-118-per-cent-of-households-a7855846.html

* "'Unprecedented' outbreak of dengue fever plagues Sri Lanka:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/health/sri-lanka-dengue-fever/index.html

* "Rola Hallam - How CanDo Is Responding to the Health Care Crisis in Syria - Extended Interview:"

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* "Trump boy scout Jamboree speech angers parents:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40715185

* "The 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Donald Trump's hyper-political speech to the Boy Scouts:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/politics/donald-trump-boy-scouts-speech/index.html

* It’s not over and the ruling is not all bad. Do not deregister. We need to vote these people out. "U.S. judge allows Trump election commission to seek voting data:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-vote-idUSKBN1A92HX

* "Trump's faint praise for Sessions: 'Time will tell':" http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-rips-jeff-sessions-being-very-weak-clinton-leakers-n786211

* "AP sources: Trump speaks to advisers about firing Sessions:" https://www.apnews.com/966ae4f389064b2b90d84b03d260730e/AP-sources:-Trump-speaks-to-advisers-about-firing-Sessions

* "Jeff Sessions Is Growing ‘Pissed’ at Trump, His Allies Say. And He Doesn’t Plan to Quit.:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/jeff-sessions-is-growing-pissed-at-trump-his-allies-say-and-he-doesnt-plan-to-quit

* "Top Senate Democrat warns Trump over replacing Sessions to derail Russia probe:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-sessions-schumer-idUSKBN1AA25P

* "Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch's firm cited in money-laundering case:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/24/jared-kushner-new-york-russia-money-laundering

* "What's dangerous about a compromised person in public office:"

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* Contains Ableist and fat shaming language as well as the original death threat. "Sen. Reed on hot mic: I think Trump is crazy:"

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* "Warren: It's up to us to say 'no deal' on GOP health/tax plan:"

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* "Democrats fight for time and transparency on gop health/tax bill:"

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* John McCain's words were very pretty, but it's his actions that count.

* "What’s next for the Senate Republicans’ effort to repeal Obamacare, in one flowchart:" https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/24/16019984/obamacare-repeal-republican-flow-chart

This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/
Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* Police picked a random house and shot an innocent unarmed upstanding citizen through the door without warning, then lied that they could somehow see that he had a gun through the opaque closed door even though they didn't, then lied that they shouted warning that he should drop the gun they decided to pretend he was holding. The entirely innocent victim was Latino, so want to bet what's going to happen to the men who decided to assassinate him for no reason then lie on a police report? "Officers kill man with no active warrants at wrong house:" http://m.wmctv.com/wmctv/db_401748/contentdetail.htm?full=true&contentguid=AUdiWnEV&pn=&ps=#display

* The Dyke March is even more horrible than previously thought. Turns out they aren't just proudly antisemetic but they hate the very people the march is named after: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163447550187/brigdh-alogicals-so-let-me-get-this-straight

* "Senators Don't Know What's In The Healthcare Plan They Passed:"

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* "The GOP Brings the Dead Health Care Bill Back to Life:"

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* "Stephen Warns Trump About The Dangers Of Self-Pardoning:"

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* "Stephen Introduces His Anthony Scaramucci Impression:"

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* "Trump Really Puts The 'Fraud' In Voter Fraud Commission:"

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* "Donald Jr.'s Meeting Looked An Awful Lot Like 'Ocean's Eleven':"

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* "Weren't We Done With This? - Trump's Travel Ban & Another Bathroom Bill:"

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* When I went out before dawn to take back some library to the time traveling book drop, the breeze was so soft and fresh off the bay that it filled me with delight. As it turns out on returning, I discovered one can smell our lilies out in the hall, but I figure it's more pleasant than the usual mix of pot smoke and other people's nasty cooking.

* The first pinks opened yesterday, but it was one on each spray. Luckily the branch mates opened at dawn, so here are the first four. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163446414057/the-first-pinks-opened-yesterday-but-it-was-one

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

* "What can I do to help Syria?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161385222607/what-can-i-do-to-help-syria

* This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/

* Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* Want to fight Climate Change? "Ready to Mobilize? Start Here!:" http://www.theclimatemobilization.org/start_here

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here:
https://lgbtnet.org/en
https://help.lgbtnet.org/en
https://help.lgbtnet.org/chechnya-en

* The Rainbow Road and other ways to help Gay Refugees: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160470723507/the-rainbow-railroad-is-helping-gay-men-escape

* This is a Real Life friend of mine. They do very much need the money and a number of people and beasts depend on him and his husband. They have been incredibly helpful and supportive of me. If you can kick in, it is a kindness.: https://www.youcaring.com/tod-788345

* This is my oldest continuous Real Life friend. She is disabled and really needs the money for herself and beasts. To buy jewelry from her: https://www.etsy.com/shop/karjack

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

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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We rolled into Vilnius, Lithuania just before 10 pm last night after a four-hour long bus ride. It was pouring rain, which is typical for here (apparently the weather is awful in one way or another at least 60% of the time), and late, so we grabbed dinner at a vegetarian bar and crashed out at the hotel. Today, it was supposed to pour--our cab driver assured us that this time, the entire city would be flooded--but our luck held and we were able to do a walking tour of the Old Town and the Republic of Užupis.

Vilnius has a messy, dilapidated charm. I think, perhaps, my lack of bonding with Riga was due to the fact that it's kept in such good repair; letting a city crumble a bit is much more aesthetically pleasing. It's slightly less Westernized--people here speak Russian as much as they do English, though mainly Lithuanian--and just, well, weirder.

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Jul. 26th, 2017 03:17 am
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* I’d feel better knowing for sure they were okay, but I’m willing to bet they’re in contact with family and I completely understand the impulse to flee to Canada, regardless of home country. "Parents 'not concerned' that Burundi robotics team may have fled to Canada:" http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/parents-not-concerned-that-burundi-robotics-team-may-have-fled-to-canada-1.3516590

* "UN delegation visits Yemen amid cholera outbreak:" http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/delegation-visits-yemen-cholera-outbreak-170724155936265.html

* "Rome hit by water rationing as Italy struggles with drought:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40704408

* "Wind-driven fires hopscotch through south of France, Corsica:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/fires-hopscotch-through-touristic-southern-coast-of-france/2017/07/25/1ec6169c-711d-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html

* <.< >.> http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163427906482/for-some-reason-the-first-reminded-me-of-the

* "New facts uncovered about Trump FBI pick, confirmation vote looms:"

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* "Trump considering replacing Sessions: reports:"

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* "Senate Republicans heedless of Obamacare repeal consequences:"

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* Time to ramp protests up! "Republicans vote to move ahead on Obamacare repeal:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/25/obamacare-repeal-vote-senate-republicans-240926

This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/
Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* "Truck-driving is a modern form of indentured slavery:" https://boingboing.net/2017/06/21/pacific-9-transportation.html

* "In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds That Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law:" http://www.theindigenousamericans.com/2017/07/16/victory-standing-rock-sioux-tribe-court-finds-approval-dakota-access-pipeline-violated-law/

* "Chechnya: Dozens of men slaughtered and buried in one night as gay purge continues:" http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/07/11/chechnya-names-of-27-men-slaughtered-and-buried-in-bloody-night-revealed-as-gay-purge-continues/?utm_source=PNFB&utm_content=BB

Here is a petition: http://petitions.pinknews.co.uk/russian-authorities-stop-the-persecution-of-gay-men-in-chechnya

Places to Donate:
https://lgbtnet.org/en
https://help.lgbtnet.org/en
https://help.lgbtnet.org/chechnya-en

* The Evolution of Bipedalism: http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/162901571500/basinke-jacquez45-sinesalvatorem

* It's not helping if you didn't ask first. This is true on the small, personal scale, on the activism scale, and the Geo-political scale. Questions like, "What do you need", "Would you like me to help with that?", "What would you like me to do?", "What would be most useful for me to do?", and "How can I help you?" are magically because they not only are a subset of consent, but also let you target help when and where it is actually needed instead of just making things worse by barging into a situation without listen to the person or people you are trying to help.

On the personal scale, it is things like asking a person in mourning what they actually need instead of drowning them in food they can't store for the first two days than disappearing. Maybe what they actually need is respite child care or help with the dishes. How will you know I you didn't ask? Similarly, just grabbing someone's arm or wheelchair handles without asking is invasive and the absolute opposite of helping. Odds are you are about to knock someone off balance, make them lose step count, impede rather than facilitate, etc.. Not asking means it's about your ego or how you feel or what you want. Asking if you can help sincerely and listening to the answer, including no, is actually helping. Odds are I do want help cleaning up after the wake or carrying that stack of packages, but you don't know if you didn't ask me.

It's the same with allyship. Educate yourself. Listen to the discourse. Interrogate your biases and privilege. Listen to the people in the community you are wanting to stand with, and pay attention to what they say they need from allies. Signal boost their messages. Give the help that is asked for instead of imposing your ideas of what is best, because the people in that community have thought longer and harder on what needs to happen than even the most well meaning person can.

It's the same on the big scale too. When we invaded Afghanistan there was all this high minded rhetoric about helping women. Government programs, NGOs, and private charities all turned up with big ideas about how to "help," but it's not helping if you don't ask. Very little attempt was made to ask Afghan women what they needed, or enlist them in planning and decision making. The women we claimed to want to help were infantilized by paternalistic outsiders who never once considered that the people they were pretending to help might have their own, superior ideas as to what would actually improve things. When Jenny Nordberg came through much later and actually *gasp* asked, women said that they wanted things like full scholarships for young women from rural areas to go to school to become doctors, nurses, teachers, etc., so they could afford to train and then return where they were most needed, but that wasn't the sort of thing westerners convinced they know best would think of, because they don't know conditions on the intimate level that the women born and raised there did. I use this example, because it is on my mond lately, but there are other things in the world news this applies to.

It's not helping if you didn't ask first and you didn't listen to the answers.

* "Treasury of historic clothing revealed at Westminster Abbey:" https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jun/27/treasury-of-historic-clothing-revealed-at-westminster-abbey#img-2

* "Profiles in Tremendousness - White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci:"

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* ...And I'm out. "The Mist, Season One, Episode Five: The Waiting Room:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/the-mist-season-one-episode-five.html

* "Mansplaining, Offensive Representation, and...a Well-Written Sex Scene! Thrones Does the Impossible! :" https://www.thefandomentals.com/mansplaining-offensive-representation-well-written-sex-scene-thrones-impossible/

* "32 Things We Learned from Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak Commentary
twh-news:" http://tumblr.tomhiddlestonnews.com/post/138621139036/32-things-we-learned-from-guillermo-del-toros

* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

- a Fist Full of Datas. So in the Scotty episode they used the holodeck without anything going wrong. I think that may be a record, one whole episode with holodeck bu no injuries or dangerous malfunctions. I've been recently rewatching the HBO Deadwood, which is rather a stark contrast, as you can imagine. This version ought to be cleaned up and a little silly, as it's a child's let's pretend. Of course, TOS Tombstone (and the Hartnell Doctor Who Tombstone) haven't that excuse. Anyway, Worf is bad at pretend and also still struggling with the parent thing, and very, very Worf. I am really uncomfortable with the cartoony Mexican bandito stereotype, and I could have done without the man in dress based punchline. has anything good ever come of tampering with Data's brain? Amusing call back to the infamous data cat poem. Brent Spiner is delightful in this and it is good to see them give Marina Sirtis something worth doing. I do enjoy the conflicting value systems here as Worf struggles to deal with something entirely alien. It was good Worf actually does the riht thing with Alexander for once. Is this episode the start of Diana/Worf?

- The Quality of Life. The Beard debate... I have no idea how to feel about it. The opposition set up between feminist discourse and self expression is messy in a very Star trek sort of way and does wend us back towards the personhood theme fundamental to Data in particular and Star trek as a whole. Even though Data isn't in this particular scene, this is a Data episode and does deal with artificial life and personhood. Seriously, the season six writing is noticeably better and I appreciate the little bits of continuity like Geordi's beard. The bickering is understandable given the stress, but exhausting to watch. This episode is full of big questions: What is life? What happens in the moment between being and not being? What constitutes slavery when it comes to AI? What are the ethics around testing for sapience? Is one intelligent lifeform more valuable than another?I do like that thesolution came dp

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

* "What can I do to help Syria?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161385222607/what-can-i-do-to-help-syria

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* This is my oldest continuous Real Life friend. She is disabled and really needs the money for herself and beasts. To buy jewelry from her: https://www.etsy.com/shop/karjack

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

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Greetings

Jul. 26th, 2017 01:18 am
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Name: Zhelana
Age: 35
Location: Atlanta
Gender: Female
Languages: English and a little Spanish

Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I'm a writer and a photographer living in a small house with a husband, two dogs and two cats. I collect things like tshirts and stuffed animals. I like audiobooks while I drive, which I do a lot because I'm in the SCA. I have a youtube channel unboxing lootcrates. I have schizoaffective disorder, but the mood symptoms are largely dealt with with meds and it's mostly just psychotic symptoms now.

Top 5 Fandoms:
seaQuest DSV, Firefly, MCU, HP, Star Trek


I mostly post about: Day to day life which currently includes a partial hospitalization program, writing, volunteering at an aquarium and zoo, as well as volunteering reading to a 3rd grade boy at his school. I'm learning to play golf, and learning to play the recorder. You may eventually get youtubes of me playing the recorder. But first I need to learn how to read music. lol. I go swimming fairly often. I'm in the SCA. Occasionally I get off my but and go to Synagogue. I'm a photographer. I also talk about what I'm reading, which at the moment and for the foreseeable future, includes reading the entire Bible one chapter a night and summing it up in a few sentences of "WTF?" once a week on my Wednesday reading meme. I also post music every Monday, and writing every Tuesday, and unboxing videos every Saturday. I'm also in the middle of a 365 day meme, which will not actually take me 365 days because I keep skipping questions for being too stupid to bother with.

I rarely post about: politics (although every once in awhile it comes up), my husband's dysfunctional family,

My last three posts were about: Weekly reading meme, my partial hospitalization program, taking the dog to the vet, and writing, considering starting a 101 in 1001 list.

How often do you post?: Daily

How about commenting?: I read every day, multiple times a day, but I'm not always the best about commenting. I'll comment if I have something to add, but I won't comment just to comment on every single entry (and tend to get annoyed with people who do that),

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Jul. 25th, 2017 10:20 pm
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 The cat is getting increasingly irritated I am up past my bedtime (i.e. her getting pets while sitting next to my pillow time) and now I am doing this complex guessing game of how far I get get assembling this album before she gets annoyed enough to jump up on it and damage it. (it has to be overnighted to Boston tomorrow, so that would be REALLY BAD. Also not getting it ready in time would be really bad, so....)

She may be old (18, we think) and grumpy and possibly losing object permanence, but she's still a good jumper.

Poem for Wednesday and NYBG Wildlife

Jul. 26th, 2017 12:44 am
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The Coal Picker )

I spent a part of Tuesday morning organizing the Tarot decks that were bursting out of the bookcase where I keep Tarot decks. Then I got a message from MoCoPoGo on GroupMe about an Articuno raid at the Twinbrook Metro station, and since I was about to go right near there anyway to get bagels at Bagel City's 14-for-12 Tuesday deal, I met up with a lot of the same people I'd gone on a raid with at Cabin John Park the day before. We won and I caught the Articuno, then we went to another raid at the Rollins post office and I caught the Articuno there too! I am really not sorry I missed all the Sunday craziness while I was out of town.

My afternoon involved getting done all the things I missed doing during the lunchtime gaming. Then Paul came home and we were about to go to Not Your Average Joe's for the lobster rolls he missed out on last time -- Adam was out with Emiliano, one of his oldest friends, who moved back to Venezuela while they were in elementary school and they stayed in touch -- but once again they weren't sure they had them! So instead we went shopping at Giant, had deli for dinner, watched the Orioles fail to come back against the Rays, and caught up on Still Star-Crossed since it ends forever this week. Flowers and animals at the New York Botanical Garden:

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NYBG Summer )
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Oh, yes, indeedy. I was faced with those cold, cruel digits staring at me with a veneer of impertinence to boot. So I reached for the iPad and continued reading my Trek novel. Luckily, the pain managed to stay in the background for a while. I finally finished it only to find that it was the MIDDLE book of a trilogy. So I borrowed the other two books.

Once again, citing nausea, sleeplessness, and pain, I talked myself out of doing household chores. Instead I managed to snatch another two hours of sleep just before 2. And woke up in the middle of more vivid dreams. Hmm, I wasn't aware that gastric upsets and sleep deprivation when combined were dream catalysts.

I ventured into SuM's living room after watching the news and my game shows. We watched "The Diaries of Ann Lister" - a fascinating true account of a woman who'd defied the constraints of polite British society to carve out a life for herself on her own terms: refusing to marry, studying a vast array of subjects, hiring men to mine her land, and - oh yes - living with a woman and adopting the role of "husband". She used to write love letters in a special code which was decrypted only after 150 years. SuM wondered whether it might have been solved by a woman!

SuM also graciously made supper: big meatballs (we joked about those), boiled potatoes, and the snappiest crispy peas. Luckily, I managed to overcome the lingering nausea and enjoyed my meal. ::breathes a sigh of relief:: Right now, I think I'm going to drink some soothing ginger pineapple juice and then read for just a titch. I have to wake up early to book my rides for next week's pub night. Yay!
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