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Mar. 25th, 2017 05:24 am
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"gender is just a social construct"
"so is language"
"what do you mean?"
"sorry, did you say something?"

  -- tja thurman, 2017-03-20

[31 March is the annual International Transgender Day of Visibility. The week's quotes will sortakinda have a theme.]

good morning, it's 25 march 2017

Mar. 25th, 2017 01:39 am
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I thought it would be a good day to checkout the channers. 4pol is full of interracial porn and it's driving the nazis crazy and they want to know where the hell the mods are. It's hilarious. Also, (probably) fake Christians are mocking the fascist atheists particularly hard. There are also a couple of old-fashioned women-hate posts, and they still very much believe in the child-molestation-ring-run-out-of-a-pizza-restaurant conspiracy theory. Insofar as they have a discussion on the ACA, it's that TRUMP IS STILL A GENIUS and this is genius at work. There's some dissent on that, but it appears to be the majority.

A set of them are scared about ISPs selling browser histories. Specifically about being outed as white supremacists and neofascists.

8pol is more organised and coherent. They hated the GOP bill, and like 4pol, they're in camp GOD EMPEROR TRUMP IS A GENIUS and it's part of a plan to force out Ryan. Though there is _some_ whistling past the graveyard in it. There is also some out-and-out pushback ("Muh 4D trans-dimensional chess!"), but not a lot.

Now, to the non-obvious news. (If you missed it: the GOP/Trumpcare bill was withdrawn when it was clear it would not pass. I'm skipping that; we all know.)

Let's start with Russia: "The plot to sell America's foreign policy for foreign oil _and_ steal an election in the bargain began at the Mayflower Hotel." This is _incredibly_ explosive. But it's also a bunch of connected dots. Worth looking at, but be careful. "Nunes gives away the game: The GOP will never exercise real oversight on Trump" is an opinion piece, but probably a good one. "Trump’s Terrifying Comey Tweet" is a little clickbaity but the article's okay.

"Partisan split at House intel committee over canceled open hearing" is a bigger deal. Why is this meeting suddenly closed-door? See previously: Nunes. And, off to the side, we have "Paul Manafort’s Business Partner Left Pro-Trump Group Because of Russia Ties, Sources Say" and "Marine Le Pen of France Meets With Vladimir Putin in Moscow."

"Ex-CIA Director: Mike Flynn and Turkish Officials Discussed Removal of Erdogan Foe From U.S." should cause the government to fall. In a normal circumstance - if the contents are confirmed, anyway. But that was also true of a torture programme, and that didn't happen. Regardless, it's bad. And we have "Bannon Tells Trump: ‘Keep a Shit List’ of Republicans Who Opposed You."

I'm not going to completely ignore heathcare: "‘Hello, Bob’: President Trump called my cellphone to say that the health-care bill was dead" is something I watched unfold live on twitter; it was pretty bizarre. "How disastrous for Trump is healthcare collapse?" asks the BBC - very.

In neofascists, we have the world's tiniest violin: "Neo-Nazi fears stabbing of black man may lead to ‘unfair’ discrimination against white supremacists." Nice and appropriate use of quotes there. "Donald Trump’s Rise Has Coincided With an Explosion of Hate Groups" - no kidding. Also, YouTube is in trouble due to ad placement beside all this fascist content on their service, with "More brands, Starbucks included, pull ads from YouTube in widening boycott."

Civil rights my shiny metal ass: "Trump’s civil rights division will be headed by staffer who railed against civil rights for trans people." Yeah. And locally, "Aerospace firm Electroimpact agrees to pay $485K after AG finds ‘shocking’ discrimination against Muslims."

Also locally, "Was KOMO just bullied into airing right-wing rhetoric?" Looks like it. Sinclair is terrible and leans on local stations for things like this a lot.

"Lamar Smith, unbound, lays out political strategy at climate doubters’ conference" talks about how they intend to discredit climate change research.

Our last two are tales of two billionaires: "The Billionaire on a Mission to Save the Planet From Trump" and "The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency." Because yeah, that's how it works, whether you like it or not.

Good luck out there.

It's March 25, 2017; this is the news )

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Mar. 25th, 2017 01:22 am
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* Trump called off the ACA Repeal.

* Someone wrote some lovely how to get started suggestions at the bottom of my post about people being intimidated by certain kinds of art. http://geekwithsandwich.tumblr.com/post/158751136306/i-feel-like-people-get-intimidated-by-elite

* Today was a total fail. I did manage fourish hours of sleep before getting up for the Doctor, but it was a molasses day. Uncooperative body. Cat clinging to my arm or trying to climb onto my chest or shoulder. everything taking subtley crucially longer than it needed too. traffic congestion. Slow pedestrians. The ticket machine freezing for two key minutes. It all added up to me missing my window by a literal two minutes. I am not convinced this is the right antibiotic, and my reschedule to find out if the lab results match my antibiotic isn't until April 3rd, so if the antibiotics don't kick in tomorrow, I will just have to learn to live with the pneumonia until sometime next month. Let's hope they kick in tomorrow, shall we.

All I actually managed today was hanging the sheets a task always made more adventurous by Tavy, who button who gets as excited as a sugar high second grader on parachute day and expresses this by trying to maul one whenever one tries to do anything at all with the fitted sheet.

* Black Sails XXXVI:

* I think this was an episode is about the women: their power, their relationships with each other, their development moving alliances closer. Whereas most of the men's scenes were about the fragility of the men's alliances and widening fault lines.

Cut for length: )

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Mar. 24th, 2017 01:17 am
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* The Republicans have postponed the vote to take health care away from 24 million hard working Americans. It's not dead and we need to keep the pressure up.

Watching people in the town halls begging there Congressmen not to kill them, their wives, their parents, and/or children very specifically, naming the diseases that they have and that that vote will literally kill them without their cancer treatment, medications, etc., I started thinking of Die Ins. I know some of you are too young to remember these though you may have seen stills or the like. Back in the days when people were dying so incredibly fast, when the press was mostly ignoring or demonizing the dead and dying, when no one gave a fuck in Washington that we were losing a goodly chunk of two generations of our Queer community, when the President refused to even say the words HIV and AIDS, when the politicians were fighting hard against funding for research and prevention backed by the Christian Wrong, the literal dying used to go and protest in this way. I think that the heartless conscienceless monsters who want to kill so many of us (us being ordinary people) so the riches 2% and the insurance companies can get yet another tax cut. They preach about us not wanting to die as an evil undeserved entitlement, but what about the incredible entitlement of the very rich who want to take someone's cancer treatments or their insulin because as people who were born incredible wealthy they believe the whole of our government only exists to take away from the poor and middle class to give to them these undeserved and unneeded extras. This is blood money.

They should have to step over the bodies of the sick and the elderly and the injured every fucking place they go. The should have to step over us going into and out of their district offices and homes. They should have to step over us on the way to vote. They are their richest 2% donars should have to step over us going into and out of speeches and fundraisers. They have proved thy are incapable of decency, empathy, or shame, but they can be made personally uncomfortable and they are capable of noticing how the optics might effect their reputations.

We need to bring back the Die Ins because if we can not stop them the death toll will be terrible.

* "Attacker in Midtown stabbing admits he wanted to kill black men:" http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/suspect-midtown-knife-killing-surrenders-cops-article-1.3005263

* "Why Is A Hate Group Meddling In An Illinois School Board Race?:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/03/why-is-hate-group-meddling-in-illinois.html



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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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Die Hard. The original movie, John McClane at Nakatomi Plaza, dealing with terrorists, burglars, cops, the FBI and so on.

When John arrives at the big holiday party on the 30th floor, a small string ensemble is playing classical and seasonal music. They're located in a musicians' gallery, partway up a side wall, a kind of balcony, with a stairway for access from the main room, possibly a doorway to an upper hall behind them. Shots are fired, Hans and his merry men arrive, and the employees of Nakatomi Corp. are harried into the central room with the small fountains, stonework, pools, plants, etc. The musicians are seen once, running down the stairs or away from the situation, with their instruments.

What happens to them?

They can't get out; the building is locked down, the elevators (entrance in the room with the hostages) are stopped. They are not shot, harassed, or anything else onscreen. They are not among the group on the roof, later. Neither they nor their instruments are seen again for the entire movie.

I have a theoretical answer.

They are not human; they are fey musicians, arranged for by someone at Nakatomi who has connections to the Faerie world. When danger arises, they move down, huddle with the crowd and vanish, in such a way that they are not seen doing it -- and so many people are in shock at the terrorists' arrival that their leaving isn't noticed.

They make their way back to their homeland -- there is a gateway nearby, in the green area surrounding the building; the Los Angeles fey community has used it for centuries, and the modern era's takeover of the region with concrete and steel does not affect them; as long as the steel is not exposed and they are not forced into contact with it, it is not an issue. And they report what has happened to their region's queen.

The queen parts the gossamer curtains and scries in a pond in the mortal world. "It will be well. McClane is there." And she forbears to send elven troops to deal with the interlopers.

The magicians huddle and murmur. Who is this McClane? Ahh, *that* McClane, the reincarnation of one of their mightiest warriors, canny and powerful, who goes this time in the guise of a NY city cop, the better to fit into the culture. All will indeed be well.