2017 Reading [37-85]

Jul. 28th, 2017 01:03 am
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Reread
Room - Emma Donaghue
Raising Steam - Terry Pratchett
Snuff - Terry Pratchett
Martian - Andy Weir x2
Scott Lynch - Gentleman Bastards series (3)
Robin LaFevers - Grave Mercy
Deborah Harkness - All Souls series (3)
Jean Auel - Earth's Children series (5)
Daniel O'Malley - Rook, Stiletto x2
Lemony Snickett - ASOUE #1, #2

New )

Pod Save America

Jul. 27th, 2017 09:21 pm
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Three former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor — started a media empire they named "Crooked Media," a hat-tip to Donald Trump. Their flagship podcast is Pod Save America, a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press, and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.

Hang out at [community profile] podsaveamerica to discuss this podcasts and others by Crooked Media - Pod Save the People, Pod Save the World, Lovett or Leave It, and With Friends Like These.

In this community, we'll have discussion posts about each podcast. Talk about the guests, the conversations, whatever grievances were aired during the ads (lol). We'll also have posts about targeted activism. For example, during Resistance Recesses, you can discuss in the comments if/what you did. (The podcasts themselves frequently suggest specific action items for listeners.)


Listen to all of the podcasts, or just 1 or 2. No pressure.

Important reading

Jul. 27th, 2017 04:44 pm
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Kameron Hurley wrote a piece about the very real anger and fear she feels about the current Republican effort to destroy the ACA.

It's called A Open Letter to All My Bullshit Relatives Cheering on My Impending Death.

I highly recommend that you read it, especially if you're a GOP or Trump voter.
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“What’s the best way to get people reading comics? Hook ‘em young. And comics for early readers are booming — even big publishers like DC, famed for grim and gritty, are getting in on the action.”
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She got no standing ovation.  She got no mainstream media lauds for her heroism.  She got no kudos for leaving home, a much longer journey than that other senator, the one from Arizona, to get to DC, and there are no mainstream media stories on it that I can find… I only found out from a friend who spotted it on Twitter.
 

She didn’t do it for publicity.
 

Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii was just doing her job as a good politician, voting not to repeal the ACA so as to protect her constituents.  She has Stage Four kidney cancer — that means scarce chances of survival — is recovering from a second surgery to remove part of a rib, and made sure she got to her seat in the Senate Chamber to vote “no” to whatever Republican wealth-care crap was thrown at her.
 

But you’ll only find out about it on social media.  Because she’s not a pale male, maybe?


- The heroic Senator with severe cancer who interrupted treatment to vote… NO
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You know what I didn't mention?

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:12 am
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On Friday, July 14th, the girlfriend and I went over to the Animal Adoption Center here in Jackson. Someone came home with us. We still don't have a name for her (I've suggested Purrito, but that's been vetoed. Given the date she came home, maybe I should push for Marianne).

Birthday greetings and felicitations

Jul. 26th, 2017 08:47 am
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 to [personal profile] el_staplador !  A day of beauty and joy!
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humansofnewyork:

“My mother had always been functional as long as she took her medicine. But a couple years ago I began to notice a change. When we spoke on the phone, she’d laugh at the smallest things. Everything was a joke to her. But then she could also get very angry. She became convinced that people were plotting against her. She kicked all my siblings out of the house. When I went home to California, I discovered that she had drawn lines and circles inside all of her books. She seemed fixated on certain times and dates. Everything bothered her. She started calling me ‘faggot’ and things like that. It’s been a tough two years. She’s gotten worse and worse. I’ve flown back to California four times, but we barely speak when I’m home. It’s like she’s not even there. Meanwhile I’ve stopped investing in my friendships. I’ve had to drop out of my dance company. I’ve been getting depressed. Even when I’m not with her, I’m worrying about her. It’s getting to the point where I have to choose not to care about this. I have to think of her as gone. I didn’t create this. I created my life. And I don’t think I can take care of us both.”

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annaknitsspock:

saratsuzuki:

batboyblog:

There is a 1970s horror movie that is about giant bunny rabbits

now it was 1972 so they didn’t have green screen or anything like that so they just had build Rabbit sized models for them to mess up to seem giant. If you’ve ever seen Rabbits you know that while they’re pretty destructive little guys it’s rarely very showy so there’s a lot of moments where they’re meant to be destroying things and it’s just a bunch of rabbits half-heartedly standing around and giving a little hop.

Oh did I mention that one of the film’s stars is DeForest Kelley? 

That’s right Doctor Bones McCoy was once in a movie about giant bunnies 

so that’s Night of the Lepus

WHAT

EXCUSE ME ??????

AND IT IS AWESOME BAD STUFF.  Go watch it.
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markruffalo:

#nationalselfieday. Science Bros Style.

“It’s important to have friends, Chris.”

“So you’ve often told me.”

“Really…really weird friends.”

“Friends who will pose for strange promo-selfies with you?”

“Exactly.”

[RDJ Advises Chris Evans on his Life Choices]

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Greet your midgardian friends properly

I amuse myself by thinking about Thor lifting his friends for fun.
Art blog: questionartbox

“How many Avengers can you fit inside a phone booth?”

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Powerful New Video Tackles Racial Bias To Remind Kids Their ‘Black Is Beautiful’

A new video released Monday titled “The Talk” compellingly tackles the impact of racial bias through the lens of black parents in America.

This video accurately displays what it is like to be black in America. It shows the conversations all black parents have with their kids to keep them safe and to encourage them to fight the racist society. And it’s heartbreaking that parents need to remind their kids that their “Black is beautiful”.Society needs to change and time has come to talk about this.

Source

damn, this hit hard

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refinery29:

Texas State Legislature is considering passing a law that would mandate teachers to out young gay kids to their parents

At first glance, this new bill proposed by Texas Sen. Konni Burton seems harmless. Do a little digging, however, and its intention is crystal clear: The bill would require teachers to out LGBTQ students to their parents. The public knows this because Burton said as much herself.

this is so vile

God this is disgusting

NO

WHATEVER YALL FUCKING DO DONT LET THIS BILL PASS

As a closeted queer kids, the only irl place I can be myself is at school. The people there know. I’m not quiet about it. And they’re okay with it. And that takes some of the pain of being closeted from my family okay because hey I have a community that accepts me.

I wouldn’t be affected by this bill but for all the kids that are like me, that consider school a save haven, this could fuck some major shit up.

Don’t let this bill pass. Please.

Texas what the fUCK… Please don’t let this be real

DON’T LET THIS PASS!!!

Okay, this post is for everyone who is on the fence about this stupid post or needs to face the reality of it, okay? Lets get real. Story time.

So when I was freshman in high school, I knew this sweet girl. We’ll call her Hailey. She was a high b-average student, and she wanted to be a veterinarian. She had a rough life but was like a younger sister to her friends, and got along well with about everyone because of her bubbly nature. And as you probably suspect, she was gay. She found herself around sixth grade, so she established to her friends. But her friends only.

But during her freshman year, something horrible happened. One of her friend’s parents told her parents she was gay. Now what you need to know about this woman is that she didn’t do this out of any sense of cruelty. Her own son was gay, and she’d really struggled with that for awhile before accepting him and openly supporting him. And their relationship was great now.

So she wanted to tell Hailey’s parents, as a conservative parent as a gay child herself, because she felt like her reaction had been extreme, and she’d acted cruely and had wronged her child. She wanted to be there for them if they had negative reactions, and talk them through her experience.

Now Hailey, she had begged this woman not to. She had even cried over it, because she knew her parents, but this woman really thought she knew what was best and everything would be better once she no longer had to hide. And went off and told them behind Hailey’s back, without listening to her or giving her *any warning.*

And this woman said Hailey’s parents were quiet when she gave them the news. They listened to her entire story and experiences. They even asked a question or two, and said they’d talk about this with Hailey. And the woman left feeling like she’d done the right thing.

But she the furthest thing from the right thing that you can imagine. Hailey’s parents didn’t pick her up at the bus stop, so she walked home all by herself. She didn’t know she’d been outed, or anything was off. She thought her parents might just be working late.

And as she’s told me of the account afterwards: “I was happy. I’d passed that math test and I was going to ask my Dad if he might help me practice driving when I get home because I was thinking about taking Driver’s Ed. I thought it weird they weren’t returning my texts to tell me they were going to be late because we don’t live in the safest neighborhood, and they don’t like me walking alone, but I wasn’t worried. And then I got home… And then I got home and my parents were waiting for me, and I just. Knew. I just KNEW. Something about their expressions and way they stood up gave it away.”

And what happened next I was forced to believe. She told me, she just ran to the front door, but her Dad grabbed her and held her down. And as he held her down, her Mom proceeded to beat the living shit out of her.

And I’m not talking a slap across the face, or being struck with a belt. It was so bad that her screams - she was lucky enough to have run and got to the front door to be heard by a passing neighbor walking his kids home - who called the police.

But until they arrived, for minutes on minutes she was beaten by Dad and Mom. When she came back to school, she had bruises on her wrists from where she’d thrashed trying to get away from her Dad’s iron grip, and a fractured wrist. She had an ugly bruised and STITCHED forehead from where her mom’s wedding ring had gotten her, and black and bruised skin across her stomach from where she’d been repeatedly stomped on.

And you must be thinking, oh my God what horrible parents. They must have been punished harshly.

No. They spent just a single night in jail, and I still don’t know if they were later charged. Hailey was forced to leave her home. She told me no one would take her in, and never told me where she ended up having to stay.

And did I mention she was made to come to school the next day? Because she did. She tried to hide the injuries, but you really can’t hide those. Especially when you aren’t even wearing your own clothes because you weren’t allowed to go home and get them.

And I could tell you more. I could tell you how her parents wouldn’t let her back in her house to get ANY of her things. I could tell you how aunts and uncles turned her away like she was ridden with an STD.

I could tell you about how she dropped out of high school, or apparently the girl who wanted to be a veterinarian one day because she wanted to take care of sick animals and make them better tried to take her own life months later.

I could tell you that after that day, I didn’t see her again until I ran into her a YEAR later by chance. This girl VANISHED for a year. Her friends clammed up about her, like they were afraid and determined to not tell anyone where she was at any time. Ever.

So the next time you say OUTING someone couldn’t be that bad, or that making it law for a child’s safe place to out them is right or doesn’t concern you - remember Hailey. Remember the little sister-like girl who wanted to be a vet and once only seriously worried about math tests and learning to drive.

And you what? Hailey told me she still sees herself as someone lucky. Because she lives with her Grandpa now who flew down from Florida to take care of her. And she feels lucky because she still has someone, and because she’s still ALIVE.

So you remember that when they try to pass this law. You remember Hailey, and all those like her who were treated worse and aren’t here anymore. You probably know of someone. Remember people like Hailey, and protect them. Because when they say it IT ISN’T SAFE FOR THEM TO BE OUTED, believe them!!!

Because all it took was ONE person feeling obligated to out her, who didn’t believe Hailey, and before she was ready to leave home safely to cause all this.

I have stories of family members being thrown out on Easter Sunday.  Who, literally with nowhere else to go (they’re thousands of miles away from ME, who can’t get there in time), they are predated on by pedophiles, grifters, worse -

No, it’s not safe to be gay.  My mother?  It was never about being gay - it was what the world would do to me if the world found out.  Period.

BTW, you now know of a licensed foster parent who will not out you.  You need me, you come find me.  Swear on my Starbucks card, I will find a way to get you safe.

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adrianricker:

I love drawing cute scenes.

I know I don’t usually reblog things here but please more people look at this amazing thing.

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Trumpcare: The Great American Iceberg

Jul. 25th, 2017 02:09 pm
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The United States citizenry is in steerage in the Titanic. The Affordable Care Act “replacement” bill (insert name and link here) is an iceberg, and the only people getting a lifeboat from it are the .001%.  The crew is actively blocking attempts to turn the ship away from the... https://www.amnottheonlyone.com/trumpcare-great-american-iceberg/

Movie Houses

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:34 pm
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Overall box-office revenues and the amount of theaters both continue to rise, even as the frequency of movie-going continues to fall in almost every demographic.

Indicators are less encouraging, however, for smaller independent theaters with four screens or less. And, as ever, it’s a tough time for cinema purists and art-house aficionados, both in the East Bay and beyond.

[...]

And even David Lynch recently declared that “feature films are in trouble and the art houses are dead.”
Not exactly, but this is a long article on what theaters are doing to attract audiences and what the problems are.  Daniel Barnes, East Bay Express.

Drivin'

Jul. 24th, 2017 02:41 pm
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 This morning's ghastly realization:  I am old enough to sort of remember pre-Interstate car travel.  (I bored an Irish-Canadian of approximately my own age talking about the journey between Buffalo and Niagara Falls [he escaped just before I started explaining about the ancient off-ramp just off the bridge to Grand Island northbound, which used to describe a tight circle, which was still visible though overgrown thirty years ago.  Having checked Apple Maps, there seem to be extra roads there now.  Ah, well.  The Thruway was built/extended in the late '50s.  Wow.].  It was a tedious trip.)

I get to chuckle at the irony that during rush hours, the highway is slower than city streets with the lights.  (Yes, destruction of neighborhoods, Robert Moses, Justin Herman, but divided highways were not really intended to be in cities; they were intended to bypass cities.)

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:02 am
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 to [personal profile] beckyzoole !  May today be as un-Mondayish as possible!
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Outstanding Disney/Marvel Mashup Fan Art:

copperbadge:

drgaellon:

@copperbadge

I love mashups, but I’m not gonna lie, these in particular are awesomely unnerving. :D 

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:D :D

Jul. 23rd, 2017 02:03 pm
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People in the past who used hot water bottles or bedwarmers or such things?

Are clearly people who did not let their cats sleep in the bed with them.

Two furry bodies smooshed up against my ribs and another one down by my feet? TOASTY WARM MUSYC. XD

(And Musyc-snoring, Sam-snoring, and Gidget-snoring all at once? I bet that was a heck of a symphony.)

In Memoriam

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:04 pm

They flutter by

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:42 pm
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Some recent daytime photographs of local specimens.



I'm told it's a Red Spotted Purple, and Google seems to agree.

Two more back here. )

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Jul. 21st, 2017 03:09 pm
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 to [personal profile] gerisullivan !  Magnificent day to you!

For your viewing pleasure

Jul. 21st, 2017 12:15 am
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I see it's been three weeks since I posted anything here. July has been a slow month for astronomy, due to persistent clouds over the Canary Islands and Chile, but I do have a few gems to share with y'all.

Behind the velvet curtain... )

In Memoriam

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:42 am
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 Jordin Kare.  [personal profile] calimac  posted a wonderful remembrance.  I only met him a few times.  My heart goes out to Mary Kay.  ETA:  [personal profile] wild_irises remembers his smile.

Good Story. Dodge the Extras

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:27 am
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 Jolene Nicole Jones.  WARNING:  DO NOT CLICK FOR THE "INCREDIBLE BODY TRANSFORMATIONS" which are weight-loss pictures, and HALT THE VIDEO halfway down the page.  (Or visit her Facebook site.  I don't do Facebook.)
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arwcnevenstar:

Lake dress or picnic dress?

Also you should totally follow my Instagram for more cosplay stuff 😉

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Nourish home on a rainy evening
Возвращаемся домой в дождливый вечер

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A Beautiful British Shorthair Tuxedo Cat Who Wears a Furry Heart on the Outside of Her Chest

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Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:38 pm
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 to [personal profile] kinetikatrue !  May you have had a really nifty day!

A Hugo recommendation for next year

Jul. 18th, 2017 05:29 pm
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The truly wonderful What Football Will be Like in 17776 has finished so now's a great time to sit down and read it.

It's a lovely little SF piece. Be warned that you'll need to watch videos and animations as well as reading text. It's worth it, though.
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reblog for noises

“I wonder how this baby sounds”

“Ah. Like a mix between an electronic device on the fritz and what I imagine a baby raptor sounds like. Got it!”

I see, so it speaks fluent power drill.

The alarm seems to be going on your small furry device.

even after reading the comments I was not prepared

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