Zombie Trumpcare goes down again

Sep. 26th, 2017 08:31 pm
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TPM: Senate GOP Aborts Vote On Last-Ditch Obamacare Repeal Bill

They don't have the votes (ah-ha-ha-ha), they don't have the votes.
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If your passport needs renewal, do it between now and the end of the year -- processing is much faster.

Slate calls Star Trek Discovery emotional, if not logical. I'm reserving judgment until I've seen it, but I like the cast line-up, so the only thing that could blow it is the script, since these actors are good enough to overcome possible poor direction. And a look at how franchises like Star Trek and Star Wars manage to keep track of series canon.

How everyone can resist white supremacy.

Why a bad mood can be a good thing.

Reddit limits noxious content by giving trolls fewer places to gather.

***

Football, respect and patriotism:

Villanueva stands, looking for middle ground.

Colin Kaepernick wakes and kneels. And Eric Reid talks about why he joins Colin.

All the Dallas Cowboys and the team owner kneel in solidarity.

***

Could clean energy survive hurricane blackouts? I am not sure. With high winds ripping off roofs -- and solar panels?

The loudmouthed teenager not in the history books except for one line, maybe: Lady Jane Grey.

Get the keg out of the frat house. It's about time. I recall frat parties that weren't considered successful unless they had 15 kegs. That's a heluva lot of beer, a lot of drinking, a lot of car accidents, and a lot of women attempting to avoid unwanted attention because the parties didn't stay in the frat house but spilled onto the street and down the block. And then there's rape and assault and other unpleasant side effects of so much beer acting to remove the inhibitions on late adolescent brains.

Get rid of the long-outdated law strangling Puerto Rico and hindering its rescue.

The ruination of Anthony Weiner. I cannot help thinking of a 18th-19th C. set of drawings, entitled "The Rake's Progress."

Another version of travel ban, this time including Chad.

The current attempt at Trumpuncare is dead. Long live the opposition!

We live under the tyranny of the minority.

Daily Happiness

Sep. 25th, 2017 11:44 pm
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1. I have to go in to jury duty again tomorrow. They didn't even do the juror selection process today, just picking people who might be selected, telling us about the case, and then telling us to come back tomorrow. D: But! Traffic wasn't bad getting down there or back, and I had a nice lunch while I was there (no thanks to the dire cafeteria in the courthouse, but there was a nice little restaurant in a neighboring building), and I read a lot. The book I'm reading went from 17% complete to 70%!

2. We were watchig youtube videos tonight and someone mentioned milkshakes, and I thought man, that sounds really good! And I actually had some cash, so when we took our walk tonight, we stopped in the former Foster Freeze around the corner and got shakes. :D

3. We use reusable shopping bags most of the time and so don't really have paper bags around much, so Jasper has never actually played in one until the other day, but he really loves it. (The girls seem happy to have a bag to play with, too, so I guess I'll be keeping one out all the time along with their assortment of cardboard boxes.)

Scanlations: MMK Girl

Sep. 25th, 2017 09:13 pm
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I know this month has been kind of slow with releases, but work is really kicking my butt. ;_; I've got at least one more after this for sure, but hopefully next month will be better!

Anyway, today's release is a one-shot by Mizusawa Megumi. It was included in volume three of Tera Girl, but is a total stand-alone and can be read without having read Tera Girl.



Title: MMK Girl
Original Title: MMKガール (MMK Girl)
Author: Mizusawa Megumi
Publisher: Ribon Mascot Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Status in Japan: One-shot
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Complete
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Rikako has boys falling over her left and right, but the only boy she has eyes for is so devoted to his girlfriend he won't even call Rika by her given name. Is there anything she can do to win his heart?



MMK Girl

Pyrrharctia Isabella

Sep. 25th, 2017 06:30 pm
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Pyrrharctia Isabella

Woolly bears everywhere today! You know, though, I have never seen them anywhere but on the ground, usually inching their way toward the nearest road. It's like they've got a death wish. I've actually turned my fair share of woolly bear around in the hopes of saving it from getting squished, but the fool things always seem to turn back around and head for the road. Anyway, I did a double-take when I saw this one and immediately thought it was trying to camouflage itself, haha. The further I walked, the more woolly bears I saw like this.

Hmmm. you know what they say about the woolly bear and its bands - I wonder if there's some folklore about them breaking pattern and perching well above ground. Maybe they're all getting ready to turn themselves into moths. Interesting.
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More by Lillian Ross:

Workouts -- her interview with Robin Williams (I think 1989).

The symbol of all we possess -- the Miss America pageant, 1949.

Come in, Lassie -- Hollywood and the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (1948)

The shit-kickers of Madison Avenue. (1995)

***

The strange techtonic coincidences of the recent Mexican earthquakes.

The closing of the Dictionary of American Regional English.

The dying art of disagreement.

How many times does it need to be said? Puerto Rico is American. Now can we get going and fix things up for six million Americans dealing with water, low on food and without electricity for the foreseeable future? And here's how you can help. If you need to explain how badly the island was hit by Hurricane Maria, quote from this.

Lessons from Rolling Stone.

Throw the little old lady down the stairs! An interview with John Huston. (1952)

How did women fare in China's Communist revolution?

Will Mark Zuckerberg 'like' this column? Facebook, social media, Russians and the election.

How did marriage become a mark of privilege?

3 ways the Republican anti-health bill differs from previous anti-health efforts.

Remember Anthony Weiner, who not only couldn't keep it in his pants but felt he *had* to send phone photos of it to underage girls? He's going to prison for 21 months. An ignoble end to what once was a very promising political career.

Women need to rewrite/update the New York state constitution. Were women involved in writing the state constitution in your state? Or wherever you are?

[in the highway, in the hedges]

Sep. 25th, 2017 03:37 pm
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[insert groveling for not being interesting for like a month]

The world is on fire; Endellion was good-but-not-great; autumn in New York is almost as good as spring in New York; Chuck Schumer and his staff ignore their phones 100% of the time (Kirsten Gillibrand's staff is at least available sometimes, and my representative's staff ALWAYS talks to me); I made apple hand pies this weekend; the seminar I am taking is not as interesting as I was hoping but I will soldier on; the fact that no one has cut together the Elizabeth-Swann-relevant scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is an abomination; my office moved across campus and while there are some serious downsides, the fact that I no longer work in a dungeon is a net positive.

I cannot believe it is already almost Yom Kippur.

Sucks getting old

Sep. 25th, 2017 10:17 am
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Our hearing checks out, and yet...

Him: no gut...asses...morning
Me: 🤔You have no gut classes?
Him: Yoga, but that works.

Sorry to keep beating this dead horse

Sep. 25th, 2017 08:45 am
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Except the horse isn't dead and I truly believe the nation's entire healthcare system is at risk. Graham-Cassidy 2.0 is out, with increases tailored to win the votes of specific holdout Republican Senators, while punishing Blue states, basically, by withdrawing their funding. Please call your senators. And while you're at it, your governor.

And while you have the senators' office on the phone maybe mention that over 3 million Americans are drowning in Puerto Rico and our president is more worried about football.

Fly like a bird!

Sep. 25th, 2017 07:13 am
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Had a great time on Friday with another trip through the park district. We went zip-lining! While this was very tame in comparison to the zip-lining I did on the top of Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, I still had a good time. I’d been wanting to check this place out for awhile, so when this opportunity came along I jumped on it. I think I’d like to go back, because we didn’t do the full 8-line course. All of the women I was with were fantastic! Did I mention their average age was 62? :-) None of them had ever done zip-lining before and they loved it! Another thing checked off their bucket list, they told me. I want to be like them when I’m a senior citizen! LOL!







Daily Happiness

Sep. 25th, 2017 12:53 am
torachan: charlotte from bad machinery saying "oh the mysteries of the moth farm" (oh the mysteries of the moth farm)
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1. I actually got to sleep in this morning and didn't have to go in to work until around noon! I was so worried I was going to get called in for something or other, but thankfully no.

2. I have jury duty tomorrow. Bleh. But on the plus side, I did the online orientation, so I don't have to be there until 9:30am instead of the usual 7:30 or something ridiculous.

3. It was supposed to get hot again this weekend and into the week, but although it did get a little warmer, it's not really hot, and the humidity is low, so it's pretty nice.

4. Such a pretty kitty!

Just Breathe

Sep. 24th, 2017 10:49 pm
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The last few days we've had a record-setting heat wave, with temps in the high 80s and low 90s (right now it's 25 C/ 77 F AT NIGHT). My asthma is acting up and I have been feeling more sad than usual. I get this burning pain in my ribs and sternum and mouth. I've been napping during the day and staying up late, but I haven't been doing much with my time.

To get some good AC I went to the cheap seat movie theater tonight and saw "Step." This is a documentary about a Step dance team at a girls' high school in Baltimore. The film focuses entirely on black girls and women. Recommended.

Fanfics about Nuclear Waste Storage

Sep. 24th, 2017 06:55 pm
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This is a 10,000-year rabbit hole!

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) was designed to store radioactive waste in Nevada. The storage area would not be safe to enter until 10,000 years had passed. Several groups of smart people came together to design warning messages that could outlive our civilization and protect future explorers. These designers knew they couldn't rely on any current language surviving that long, so they worked on landscape designs that project "this is toxic waste, don't mess!" audio/text background and four fanfics )

One of the forbidding-landscape proposals is incorporated into California, a meh dystopian novel published by a non-genre writer in 2014. If the WIPP project follows up on the experts' suggestions, elements of those proposal should be showing up in pop culture for millennia.

The WIPP-fic tag: http://archiveofourown.org/tags/Expert%20Judgment%20on%20Markers%20to%20Deter%20Inadvertent%20Human%20Intrusion*d*dd%20-%20Sandia%20Labs/works WIPP Discussions on Metafilter: )

Roy

Sep. 24th, 2017 01:27 pm
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Roy

The problem with the "plan" I have on weekends to do most of my chores and projects on Saturdays and finish things up on Sundays is that I reallllllly cannot find motivation to do anything on Sundays. Whoops.

Blooms Gone By

Sep. 24th, 2017 12:55 pm
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1) So as I mentioned in an earlier post, I re-read my dissertation. By coincidence it was almost exactly 8 years since I'd last looked at it. Although I'd been advised to publish it, I couldn't face the process after its already long journey. It would have meant going through further drastic revisions given that books on internet culture were gaining interest and it would have to be redone for a popular audience. Read more... )

2) This Stephen Colbert tweet and particularly the discussion following it was plenty funny. But it made me think about an issue I hadn't considered before. Do movies made elsewhere ever try to make up countries in North America? Read more... )

3) Boy does the Internet look weird when you're used to browsing without scripts and suddenly ADS! Clashing backgrounds! Video inserts! It's like being deaf and suddenly being blasted with sound. Yuck. (Makes me glad I rarely have the speakers on too...)

4) If only we had more of this kind of guy, who spends his time investigating corporate wrongdoing. "I can’t believe a year and a half after the financial crisis, no one is doing this stuff. I’m not talking about writing these massive, 10,000-word thumbsuckers about some crappy company that did something to a politically vulnerable population. I’m talking about companies that wake up every day and, using the imprimatur of the law, do things that are unconscionable and appalling."

5) Because of a cold snap at the start of September we brought in our hibiscus from the balcony -- the earliest we've had to do so.

Read more... )

I've also got some photos up at common_nature about hummingbirds.

Daily Happiness

Sep. 24th, 2017 12:55 am
torachan: arale from dr slump with a huge grin on her face (arale)
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1. Welp, I ended up having to go in at 8:30 this morning, and I had to be there at night, too, because our weekend closing stocker is on vacation, and it was super busy, but thankfully I was able to come home for a couple hours mid-afternoon and have lunch and rest for a bit. I'm always glad to live so close to work, but at times like this, especially so.

2. Look at this sweetie baby!

Prompts from [community profile] thefridayfive

Sep. 23rd, 2017 11:04 pm
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1. What's the happiest thing to ever happen to you?
Getting a horse for Christmas when I was 11. Penny and I were soul-friends and I had so many good times with her. Here is a photo of us the next summer: https://flic.kr/p/63nL6f

2. What's the saddest thing to ever happen to you?
Maybe when my 2 best friends broke up with me when we were 11-ish (6th grade). In therapy, I determined this to be a watershed event for learning to shut down my emotions; and also the ringleader probably sensed something gay about me, and that is why she decided to stop talking to me. Also, the way they did it! They just stopped talking to me one day. I was bewildered more than anything.

3. What's the thing that got you the most angry in your life?
Probably at a therapist. I was about a day or two into a hypo-manic episode (?) after coming out and I thought she could help me. She didn't. I did write about it at the time http://sasha-feather.dreamwidth.org/375687.html (post was filtered but it's so long ago I will unfilter it, temporarily. Many of my older posts are locked down to private).
I got so angry about the Vivid Con ableism stuff in 2010 that I made myself ill. But, that anger has faded. I don't really feel it anymore.
I didn't get angry a lot before I came out; and then I was angry *all the time*; it seems better now a few years on.

4. What's the most frightening thing to ever happen to you?
Scary situations don't really "happen to me" so much as arise from my anxiety. I have gotten super anxious in totally mundane situations. It seemed like the only way out of the problem was to speak, and I was so anxious I could not speak, so I was stuck and frozen. Also, I didn't know why this was happening. Everyone else seemed to have no problem in these ordinary situations, like speaking to a teacher or knocking on a door. Then having random panic attacks sent me to therapy.
In a more traditional sense of frightening-- there was some scary-to-outsiders stuff with the horses, like getting bucked off. But it never seemed scary to me. Animals are easier than people, and that basic fear is easier to deal with than anxiety.

5. What's the most unbelievable thing to happen to you in your life?
a. Getting scholarships that paid for my college education
b. Getting a horse for Christmas!!!11!1!!!
c. Not realizing I was queer until age mumblety
d. getting facial pain that has no real diagnosis
e. Being on the State Champion poutlry quiz bowl team!

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