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Sep. 22nd, 2017 05:24 am
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"This is a time for action -- not for war, but for mobilization of every bit of peace machinery. It is also a time for facing the fact that you cannot use a weapon, even though it is the weapon that gives you greater strength than other nations, if it is so destructive that it practically wipes out large areas of land and great numbers of innocent people. " -- Eleanor Roosevelt (b. 1884-10-11, d. 1962-11-07), My Day (newspaper column) 1954-04-16

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It's the fourth Friday in September. The last Friday that I will be my current age. September, that blesséd month, which brings us extraordinary babies.

I'm not sure whether we haven't quite recovered from last week's illnesses, or if all the rain has made plants go extra crazy with the pollen and just making my hay fever worse, but we have both been a bit out of it all week.

Anyway, here are the links I gathered this week, sorted into categories as accurately as I could.

Links of the Week



Jimmy Kimmel vs. Graham-Cassidy, Lying Liars, and the "Death to America" Crowd (That Would Be Today's GOP. And Yesterday's GOP. And Tomorrow's GOP.).

MY YEAR INSIDE THE INTERNATIONAL ALT-RIGHT.

This Teenager Saved Numerous People During Hurricane Harvey Using An Air Mattress.

The Week in Bisexual Awareness



7 Ridiculous Things NOT to Say to Bisexual Folks.

Science!



Celebrating and Mourning Cassini in Its Finale at Saturn.

Cassini’s own discoveries were its demise.

Glowing Red Eye: Cosmic Bubble Surrounds Odd 'Carbon Star'.

Archaeologists Discover Something Truly Bizarre in an Isolated Medieval Graveyard.

Hubble discovers a unique type of object in the Solar System.

Glowing slinky-like 'creature' is actually a mass of eggs.

This Extinct Frog Probably Ate Crocodiles and Dinosaurs.

Narcissistic Parents Are Literally Incapable Of Loving Their Children.

Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses .

This Week in Natural Disaster



Mexico Earthquake: More Than 200 Dead as Buildings Collapse.

Nancy Reagan Visited Mexico After the Earthquake of 1985, and She Brought a Check.

Puerto Rico entirely without power as Hurricane Maria hammers island with force not seen in ‘modern history’.

Death toll climbs as volunteers join search for Mexico earthquake survivors.

Maria kills 15 in Dominica, leaves Puerto Rico dark for months.

Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico powerless, at least 15 dead on Dominica.

This week in awful news



Male entitlement in action: Why the Texas shooting is a gender issue: Our culture still teaches men that women owe them affection — and that can have deadly consequences.

This week in awful people



White Campus Security Guard Shoots Himself, Then Blames Black Man Who Doesn’t Exist to Cover It Up.

News for queers and our allies:



Students Stage Mass Protest After High School Fails to Punish Transphobic Football Players.

This week in Writing



A Writing Punch List Can Keep You Focused as You Edit Your Manuscript.

This Week in Tech



World Wide Web Consortium abandons consensus, standardizes DRM with 58.4% support, EFF resigns.

YouTube has “no idea” why queer gaming videos are being barred from monetisation.

Culture war news:



Episode of an Animated Children's Show Gets Pulled From Netflix For Dick Drawing.

This week in the Resistance:



Pepe the Frog’s Creator Goes Legally Nuclear Against the Alt-Right.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:



Angry Right-Wingers Turn On Trump, Burn Their ‘Make America Great Again’ Hats.

Still no charity money from leftover Trump inaugural funds.

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: Trump wants crude anti-LGBTQ activist as pick for federal judge.

News about the Fascist Regime:



Border Patrol Arrests Near Safe Zones Worry Immigrant Advocates.

This week in Politics:



Republican Leaders Defy Bipartisan Opposition to Health Law Repeal.

Republicans' new repeal bill would probably leave millions more uninsured, new analyses suggest.

Democrats' Unsolvable Media Problem.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables:



Undercover With the Alt-Right.

‘It’s gonna end with concentration camps’: Alt-right executive boasts of a future Europe with Hitler on their money.

Milo Yiannopoulos’ “censored” Berkeley event smells like a massive troll .

KUOW Interviewed That Nazi Who Got Punched and People Hate It.

This Week in Foreign Enemies



Facebook’s Heading Toward a Bruising Run-In With the Russia Probe.

Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’: After being contacted by ProPublica, Facebook removed several anti-Semitic ad categories and promised to improve monitoring.

Facebook to Share 3,000+ Russian-linked Ads with Congress.

Farewells:



The Tao of Harry Dean Stanton: Alcohol, Cigarettes, and Knowing “You’re Nothing”.

Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91.

Bernie Casey (1939 – 2017), artist, actor, and athlete.

Boxing Legend Jake LaMotta, Real-Life ‘Raging Bull,’ Dead At 95.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 9/17/2017: Juggalos, Hillary book signing both outnumber Trump “mother of all rallies”.

A writer writes!

Angry men on buses — not all violence is equal.

Don’t try to obscure hate and violence with your false equivalence.

Defining one’s self vs being defined — adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!



Wonder Woman - Etta Candy Reminisces About Diana:



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White Wedding (metal cover by Leo Moracchioli):



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Toto - Africa (metal cover by Leo Moracchioli feat. Rabea & Hannah):



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Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes (Official Video):



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watercolour experiments: Splashy!

Sep. 22nd, 2017 01:46 pm
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The coming Tuesday will not be any class - it's break time! So I can do a few little sketches while i have a break.

I saw on the youtubes that i could use a background splatter/wash effect sketch over it and paint OVER it, and it would have a very cohesive, randomised looser look. I quite liked it, so I tried it out.

peach & yellow background with ink & wash flower

Also figured out how to do a rainbow/watercolour splashy effect so that would be awesome for my First Only commission lol

Rainbow splatter Thinking of You

What The Incredi-Fuck?

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:04 am
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On multiple occasions over the span of weeks, the official Twitter account for Equifax responded to customer inquiries by apparently directing them to a fake phishing site.

This is from NPR. After a cyberattack that potentially exposed the personal information of 143 million people, the credit reporting agency Equifax set up www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, a website to help people determine whether they had been affected.

However, on multiple occasions over the span of weeks, the company's official Twitter account responded to customer inquiries by apparently directing them to a fake phishing site called www.securityequifax2017.com.


Luckily, the fake site — blocked or flagged by many Internet browsers, was taken down Wednesday afternoon.

Now there's this tidbit:
"The site was build by Nick Sweeting to educate people rather than steal their information. A banner on the top read: "Cybersecurity Incident & Important Consumer Information Which Is Totally Fake, Why Did Equifax Use A Domain That's So Easily Impersonated By Phishing Sites?""



This is a huge article.
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It is Bisexual Visibility Week, but this post shouldn’t be about me. Because I’m not bisexual. But I happen to be married to a bisexual man and our social circle includes a lot of bisexual people. Bi-erasure is a real thing that I am at least adjacent to (and sometimes find myself really irritated about). But it is also something which I am guilty of contributing to...

(The rest of the Bi Visibility Week post is at FontFolly.Net.)
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Since I wrote about the Nazi getting punched yesterday, I thought I was through, but a lot of people have been sharing a tweet that says, “I want to live in a world where people wearing Nazi symbols and people wearing rainbows can do so without being attacked.” And oh, I have so many responses to this. The first is that this is the mother of all false equivalents. When queer people and their allies where rainbows, they are saying “everyone deserves to live free of unfair discrimination no matter their sexual orientation and gender identity.” That is it. When a person wears a swastika...

(The rest of this post is at FontFolly.Net.)
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In case you forgot, I’ll be at Borderlands Books (my favorite place in SF) at 3:00 pm this Saturday to read to you from my new book The Uploaded, sign whatever you put in front of me, and to, as usual, go out for hamburgers afterwards.

(And if you’re extra-special-good, I may do a super-secret advance MEGA-preview reading of The Book That Does Not Yet Have A Name. Not that, you know, you shouldn’t be rushing out to your stores to buy The Uploaded right now.)

I will, of course, bring donuts after my massive DONUT FAIL in Massachusetts, which I still wake up in cold sweats about. I will bring you donuts or die.

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.

Also dead

Sep. 21st, 2017 08:44 am
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Harry Dean Stanton: the life of a Repo Man (or an apostle) is intense

Lotfi Zadeh: Fuzzy Wuzzy wuz a logic.

Len Wein: beloved comics guy

Jake LaMotta: lasted remarkably long, for a boxer

Lillian Ross: wrote a fascinating peek into that great big wonderful dysfunctional family known as
The New Yorker. (She did a deliberate Good Grief, It’s Daddy)

Stanislav Petrov: saved the world

(no subject)

Sep. 21st, 2017 05:30 am
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* "Over 230 dead in Mexico quake as rescuers desperately search for survivors:" http://abcnews.go.com/International/200-dead-magnitude-71-earthquake-strikes-mexico/story?id=49958650

* "Myanmar bars UN from investigating Rohingya atrocities in Rakhine:" http://www.smh.com.au/world/myanmar-bars-un-from-investigating-rohingya-atrocities-in-rakhine-20170920-gyl0i7.html

* "Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar does not fear scrutiny over Rohingya crisis:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/19/aung-san-suu-kyi-myanmar-rohingya-crisis-concerned

* "Trump urges 'strong and swift' UN action for Rohingya:" http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/trump-urges-strong-swift-action-rohingya-170921013304717.html

* "Donald Trump's comments on Africa at the UN were, um, odd:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/20/politics/donald-trump-africa/index.html

* "Turkish president: Trump apologized for indictment of security staff in brawl:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/19/turkey-trump-erdogan-apology-washington

* "Maduro Calls Trump ‘Hitler’ After U.S. President Slams Venezuela at UN:" https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/maduro-calls-trump-hitler-after-u-s-president-slams-venezuela-n802766

* "Trump Embarrasses Himself At UN :" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/09/trump-embarrasses-himself-at-un.html

* "Hillary Rodham Clinton Experienced Putin's Sexism Firsthand:"

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* "Hillary Clinton: Nobody's Talking About Contesting The Election:"

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* "Exclusive: Trump administration prepares to ease export rules for U.S. guns:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-weapons-exclusive/exclusive-trump-administration-prepares-to-ease-export-rules-for-u-s-guns-idUSKCN1BU2N8

* I love the list of ways he could have gone for a fraction of the Price and the way they underline Price's hypocrisy on cost saving measures. "Price’s private-jet travel breaks precedent:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/19/tom-price-chartered-planes-flights-242908

* "Following the path from Manafort to Mueller's investigation:"

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* "Brokaw: Price's jet is 'outrageous example of arrogance':"

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* "Kaine: GOP Obamacare repeal plan is a 'big smokescreen':"

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* "Senate likely to start voting on GOP health plan next Wednesday:" https://www.axios.com/senate-looks-to-start-voting-on-gop-health-plan-next-wednesday-2487208910.html

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

* So if a person is deaf and therefore can't respond instantly to verbal commands it is justified for police to shoot him on sight, but if police "can't hear" because they aren't listening to neighbors yelling that "he can't hear," it is a valid excuse for murdering an innocent person. "Captain: Oklahoma City man killed by police was deaf:" http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/police-man-holding-stick-shot-officer-oklahoma-city-49969676

* Look, Insane Clown Posse isn't my type of music, but I stand with them when the government is literally taking their kids away from their fans for attending a concert and criminalizing them over their tattoos. It's scary as fuck and a terrible precedent. I'm old enough to remember the PMRC and congressional hearings and lawsuits over rap and metal. It's an injustice that it's happening at all, which needs to stop, but I can easily foresee 45 having his minions criminalize listening to all sorts of music he personally doesn't like, and I know that hip hop and metal are definitely next on the list. Anything Goth, anything subculture, anything rebellious. We'll be stuck with Christian rocks and country and people will be doing jail time and losing custody etc. for stupid band tattoos they got in college.

I remember after Columbine having to defend my goth students in the Faculty Room, because there was a push to come down on them and treat them like dangerous criminals for liking Marilyn Manson music and black clothes. (I'd been Goth since '88, but one doesn't dress that way to teach). The first time I heard of ICP was in the oughts when two of my guys were getting hassled by admin over writing the logos on their notebook covers, so I went home and researched it, so I would know what I was talking about so I could advocate for them. Yes, there are drugs at the gatherings. There are drugs at music festivals and concerts and raves. It doesn't mean that anyone who liked the Grateful Dead or went to a Rave once is a dangerous gang member. It seems to me the FBI is going after the Juggaloes because they are poor, so don't have money for expensive legal defense, and they dress in a way that makes it hard for people, particularly in the media, to take their complaints seriously. They are easy to mock and ignore and belittle. hur, hur, people are having their lives ruined because they like to weir make up and listen to music on their days off.

Fuck that! I don't have to like the music or want to be part of their subculture to see them as human beings who need their human rights and fair treatment under the law.

This is a canary in the coal mine, and I refuse to mock people who are in danger of losing everything because the ruling party wants a police state.

* "Puerto Rico governor: Power could be out for months:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/20/americas/hurricane-maria-caribbean-islands/index.html

* "'Total monster': fatberg blocks London sewage system:" https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/12/total-monster-concrete-fatberg-blocks-london-sewage-system

* "400-year-old Korean mummy shows why eating crab sushi is a stupid idea:" http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.808565

* "Guntur: 16th century Ganesh found:" http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/250817/guntur-16th-century-ganesh-found.html

* "Milton burial project 'a work in progress' to reveal the lives and deaths of early pioneers:" https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/95863669/milton-burial-project-a-work-in-progress-to-reveal-the-lives-and-deaths-of-early-pioneerss

* "REPUBLICANS TARGET OBAMACARE (AGAIN):"

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* "Freedom(ish) Of Speech:"

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* "Kim Jong-Un Responds To Trump's 'Rocket Man' Nickname:"

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* "Trump's UN Speech Advocates For Both Peace And Nuclear War:"

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* "Law & Order: Robert Mueller Unit:"

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* "Tom Smith, A Boy And His Frog / Rainbow Connection:"

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* "When did Bran and Varamyr duel?" http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/165441709933/when-did-bran-and-varamyr-duel

* Of Stannis Baratheon and Jon Snow: http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/165481727878/thank-you-for-answering-my-ask-reading-some-parts

* Phantom of the Opera with David S. Pumpkins: https://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/165401057477/wheel-of-fish-somebody-please-take-my-computer

* "Kilt Bowing.:" https://www.flickr.com/photos/ashuraleingod/sets/72157688226259306/

* "Men’s Lives Have Meaning, Part 7: Conclusion:" http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/165336737093/mens-lives-have-meaning-part-7-conclusion

* Want to donate to my property taxes? (170$ Needed). Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* We need money for taxes so ebay time again. These won't sell fast enough to solve this month, but can help with the mess this month leaves behind.: http://www.ebay.com/usr/lethran?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

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

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

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

* "Congress Wants to Change the Americans with Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165470116342/congress-wants-to-change-the-americans-with

* How to help Flood victims in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165235609582/woke-up-on-derse-f-f-f-fight

* How to help Caribbean victims of Irma: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165240981876/hedaclara-hedaclara-hedaclara-guys-the

* "How to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims:" http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/08/27/how_to_help_hurricane_harvey_victims.html

* "Disaster Relief and Support for Libraries:" http://www.txla.org/news/2017/08/disaster-relief-and-support-for-libraries

* How to help the protesters and ordinary people in Venezuela: https://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/163738805241/softestjohn-fiftyeightminutes-softestjohn

* "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide:" https://www.splcenter.org/20170814/ten-ways-fight-hate-community-response-guide

* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/status/896260623905861633

* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/164390645622/alvaroarbeloa-vaspider-okay-friends-lets

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

* Red Cross is taking donations for Western Wildfire Relief: http://www.redcross.org/local/oregon/ways-to-donate/wildfires

* (This is here as a reminder to me for later). "Can you recommend me some good books, essays, etc. about witches, witchcraft, witch trials in England?:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/164664427028/dear-pauline-can-you-recommend-me-some-good

* 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