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([personal profile] gwydion Sep. 23rd, 2017 06:15 am)
* "Trump versus North Korea:"

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* "DHS begins notifying states about 2016 Russian hack attempts:"

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* "Manafort role in 2006 attack on US Marines in Ukraine examined:"

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* "Trump campaign manager has history of working against US abroad:"

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* How opposed to the 1st Amendment is Trump? Glad you asked. "Trump to Turkish President: ‘It’s a great...:"

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* "Tom Price under investigation for charter jet scandal:"

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* "Could Father Mychal Judge Be the First Gay Saint?:" https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2017/09/father-mychal-judge-was-a-9-11-hero-could-he-also-become-the-first-gay-saint.html

* "How Narcissists Get Away With It:" https://pairedlife.com/etiquette/A-Narcissist-is-Capable-of-Great-Destruction

* "The Maya: History, Culture & Religion:" https://www.livescience.com/41781-the-maya.html

* "Peru: Chinese skeletons found in Lima archaeological site:" http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-chinese-skeletons-found-in-lima-archaeological-site-679681.aspx

* "Canoe Washed Ashore by Hurricane Irma Could Be Hundreds of Years Old:" http://mymodernmet.com/dugout-canoe-hurricane-irma/

* "Hill 70: Canada's forgotten WW1 victory:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41004040

* "The Corner of Lovecraft and Ballard:" https://placesjournal.org/article/the-corner-of-lovecraft-and-ballard/

* Want to donate to my property taxes to protect my housing another six months? (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.: https://www.ebay.com/sch/lethran/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

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* Next Friday, 5pm
Next Sunday, 8:30pm
September 26 2017, 12pm
October 1 2017, 12pm
October 9 2017, 10am
October 16, 2017, 5pm
October 19 2017, 10am
October 31 2017, 10am

Next Monday, 2:30pm

*****
* 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
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([personal profile] gwydion Sep. 22nd, 2017 08:45 pm)
* "Duterte threatens to have son killed:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41352749

* "'A rogue' and a 'dotard': Kim Jong-un's statement on Trump in full:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/22/a-rogue-and-a-gangster-kim-jong-uns-statement-on-trump-in-full

* "Defying Trump, Iran says will boost missile capabilities:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-military-usa/defying-trump-iran-says-will-boost-missile-capabilities-idUSKCN1BX0J7

* "Trump mulls new order to replace travel ban, no decision yet:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-trump/trump-readies-new-order-to-replace-travel-ban-reports-idUSKCN1BX1VU

* "Facebook says it will hand Russian ads over to Congress:" http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/21/media/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-russian-ads/index.html

* "U.S. Monitored Manafort After He Left Trump Campaign:" https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-monitored-manafort-after-he-left-trump-campaign-1506034258

* "Price traveled by private plane at least 24 times:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/21/tom-price-private-charter-plane-flights-242989

* But the Donors support the destruction of medicaid and that's all Republicans care about. "Poll: only 24% of Americans approve of Graham-Cassidy:" https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/22/16349470/polling-graham-cassidy-not-good

* McCain has declared a no for the Graham-Cassidy Bill designed to destroy Medicaid, joining Rand Paul. Susan Collins is leaning no and Murkowski is undecided. If you have Collins or Murkowski for a Senator, please call, fax, or protest, to encourage a no. We are sooo close to defeating this thing. Please don't let us lose most of Medicaid in the next half decade for lack of trying.

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

* This is a little old, but good and relevant. "Richard Spencer Was My High-School Classmate:" https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/06/his-kampf/524505/

* "Puerto Rico dam: Evacuations begin along river:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/22/us/puerto-rico-guajataca-river-dam-evacuations/index.html

* "For Crop Harvests, Every Degree of Warming Counts:" https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/for-crop-harvests-every-degree-of-warming-counts/

* "Ghost Farming:" https://runesoup.com/2017/08/ghost-farming/

* "Debate Trolling and Predatory Delay:" https://medium.com/@AlexSteffen/debate-trolling-and-predatory-delay-47881ea6c6b7

* "Rama and the Ramayana: Crash Course World Mythology #27:"

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* On invisible disabilities in History: http://qqueenofhades.tumblr.com/post/165632245279/i-just-read-your-post-about-historical-ableism

* "The Time Abe Lincoln and a Rival Almost Dueled:" http://mentalfloss.com/article/12382/time-abraham-lincoln-and-political-rival-almost-dueled-island

* I lost nearly all my sleep for the day because an cancellation email got eaten by the sender's phone, so I'm apt to be out of it.

* Halloweentown by day.: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165632798502/halloweentown-by-day

* It is heartbreaking to see how much Mary Tyler Moore suffered from Imposter syndrome judging from her Cavett interview. She was so inspirational to so many women and still suffered from the bullshit society foists on women constantly. It was also encouraging to hear her talk about therapy and trying to get help for it.

* Varys vs. Littlefinger: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/165511664812/do-you-agree-with-the-notion-that-varys

* John Snow vs. Young Griff: http://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/post/165594687513/hey-pq-so-ive-been-thinking-jon-definitely-has

* 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.: https://www.ebay.com/sch/lethran/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

Details cut for your pleasure: )

* Next Friday, 5pm
Next Sunday, 1am
September 26 2017, 12pm

October 1 2017, 12pm
October 9 2017, 10am
October 16, 2017, 5pm
October 19 2017, 10am
October 31 2017, 10am

Next Monday, 2:30pm

*****
* 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
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([personal profile] camwyn Sep. 22nd, 2017 08:24 am)
Sentences I honestly had not expected to see at any point during my day when I got up this morning:

"In more than 30 years of cymbal cleaning I have used everything from ketchup to gasoline."

(I was trying to find out whether Noxon, a metal cleaner I remember using as early as Montessori preschool, would remove green discoloration from Artistic Wire, which is copper with a colored or clear coating. Turns out the process of cutting the wire into little bits and bending/looping/etc. the bits to make figure-of-eight chain exposes a lot of copper to the air and provides the opportunity for verdigris to form.)
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([personal profile] gwydion Sep. 22nd, 2017 03:38 am)
* "Spain's civil CRISIS: Police boats BLOCKED by Catalan ports as unrest continues to grow:" http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/857208/Catalan-independence-crisis-military-police-boats-blocked

* "Nicaragua Joins Paris Accord, Leaving Trump Alone With Syria:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-20/as-nicaragua-joins-paris-accord-trump-left-alone-with-syria

* "Trump Boosts North Korea Sanctions, Adding Economic Pressure:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-21/trump-is-said-to-announce-north-korea-sanctions-at-meeting-today

* "Trump leaning toward decertifying Iran nuclear deal, sources say:" https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/trump-leaning-toward-decertifying-iran-nuclear-deal-say-sources-n803121

* "Trump finds others to pay family legal bills:"

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* "Manafort used Trump campaign account to email Ukrainian operative:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/20/paul-manafort-trump-campaign-email-ukrainian-operative-242949

* "Trump hires campaign workers instead of farm experts at USDA:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/21/trump-agriculture-department-usda-campaign-workers-242951

* "Chris Murphy: The GOP is buying votes:"

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* Spoiler: Yes, of course he will. "Will you vote to hurt your state, congressman?:"

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* "A gay Swedish antifascist spent a year undercover with white supremacists. Here’s what he found.:" https://thinkprogress.org/a-gay-sweedish-antifascist-spent-a-year-undercover-with-white-supremacists-heres-what-he-found-92d070611ed9/

* "My Houston Statue Replacement Suggestions:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/09/my-houston-statue-replacement.html

* "Teaching Sept. 11 To Students Who Were Born After The Attacks:" http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/09/11/549532978/teaching-sept-11-to-students-who-were-born-after-the-attacks-happened

* "BILL GATES - IMPROVING GLOBAL HEALTH WITH THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION - EXTENDED INTERVIEW:"

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* "Archaeology: Ancient seeds, pollen show Ohio’s ‘lost crops’:" http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170820/archaeology-ancient-seeds-pollen-show-ohios-lost-crops

* "Confederate submarine crew killed by their own weapon:" https://phys.org/news/2017-08-confederate-submarine-crew-weapon.html

* "Hurricane Mueller Storms the Trump Administration:"

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* Two days of proper sleep are helping, though I am still sporadically feverish and my lungs are still heavy. When I get the second half of the pneumococcal, I intend to plan for two weeks of ick. To reiterate? Still beyond worth it to avoid a likely 10+ cases of pneumonia.

* First stage Gothmas decorations. I may be covered in fever sweat but I have pretty lights.: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/165598649826/first-stage-gothmas-decorations-i-may-be-covered

* How many years/decades will it be before they make a lego movie with a female lead?

* Jamie Lannister and Aerys Targaryen: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/165507146137/was-jaime-justified-in-killing-aerys-he-had

* 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

Details cut for your pleasure: )

*****
* 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
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([personal profile] rachelmanija Sep. 21st, 2017 12:32 pm)
Absolutely fantastic. Do not click on cut unless you've already seen it. The whole series is streaming on nbc.com.

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([personal profile] gwydion Sep. 21st, 2017 05:30 am)
* "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

Details cut for your pleasure: )

*****
* 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
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([personal profile] callibr8 Sep. 21st, 2017 01:31 am)
Having spent half of the days this month, hundreds of miles south of where I've lived for the past decade, I am celebrating the fact that tomorrow's perambulations will be taking place only in the 980xx group of zip codes.

Simple pleasures, for the win!

And now, part 2 of my review of Write!, the text editor. In part 1, I talked about my initial impressions of its pricing and subscription model, its treatment of saving to a cloud vs. saving locally, and functionality I was able to learn about on the first couple of menus.

In this post, I’ll talk about the functionality on the Edit and Format menus, as well as the overall look of the thing and the experience of writing in it.

Yep, that sure is an Edit menu

I see pretty standard functionality available on the Edit menu: Undo, Redo, Cut, Copy, Copy As (with a few different options as to how you can copy into the window you’re working on), and Find.

(Additionally, since I’m looking at the Mac build, there are also the Start Dictation and Emoji & Symbols options that I see at the bottom of Edit menus on other programs on my Mac. But as those as not specific to this program, I won’t talk about them here.)

The Format menu

Show Context Menu

This brings up a bunch of things that I’d expect to find on toolbars in other programs, and is essentially a glorified toolbar here, even if it’s in multi-tabbed menu format.

I’d be a little annoyed by this, as having to go to the menu seems like a redundant way to get at this functionality, except that I also just discovered I can get to the same stuff by right-clicking anywhere within my edit window. In which case I kinda wonder why there’s a whole menu command to get to this, which, again, feels redundant. But I guess not so much if you’re not used to right-clicking to get to stuff.

Bold, Light, Italic, Underline, Strikethrough, Upper Case, Lower Case

All of these menu options do what I’d expect them to, though I’m a little surprised by “Light”, as this is an option I haven’t seen in word processors or text editors before. It basically appears to be functioning as an opposite of Bold. Except that if you want to un-bold text you can toggle it in every single program I’ve ever dealt with, so I’m not exactly sure why a separate format needed to be here. If I try to bold an entire phrase and then choose “Light” on a word within that phrase, it does the exact same thing as just de-bolding that word.

I do like being able to automatically upper-case or lower-case text, though.

I’m not entirely pleased with all these formatting options being their very own menu items, though, particularly given that they’re all duplicated on the aforementioned Context menu. So there’s another layer of redundancy here, all of which I think would have been entirely fine to eliminate completely with a simple toolbar.

On the other hand, if you have the formatting options on the menu, you can also show the keyboard shortcuts, which is useful, so there’s that. Things like command-B and command-I might be second nature to me (or any other writer who’s been working for a while on a Mac), but I’m not everybody, and it’s important for me to keep that in mind.

Though okay, I just figured out why this menu/context bar bugs me. I’d like to be able to have that context menu floating over on the side so I wouldn’t have to keep bringing it up and dismissing it if I want to reformat text. Or, I’d like these options on a toolbar. This editor is billing itself as a “distraction-free” text editor, but it’s distracting to me to have to keep bringing the context menu up and dismissing it again. I’d be bugged by this less if it were on a mobile device where screen real estate is more important, but I’m on my laptop screen and not lacking for visual space.

Headers and Paragraphs

This is another formatting option that is duplicated on the context menu, and basically covers a small assortment of styles you can apply to text: headings, code, quote, etc. Not too huge a style set, but on the other hand, this is calling itself a text editor, not a word processor. I wouldn’t expect a text editor to get nearly as complicated with its styles as an outright word processor would, so that’s fine.

Alignment

Left, Right, Center, Justify, and Reset, some basic alignment options for whatever paragraph you’re currently in/selected, and it does appear to work on a paragraph basis. Which is about what I’d expect.

I am, however, a bit surprised that these options are not duplicated on the context menu. This is a bit of inconsistency of behavior, which I almost find a bit more irritating than the aforementioned redundancy.

Lists

Bullet, Numeric, and Alphabetic lists styles, including a “Switch” option that apparently just cycles through the three. Not something I feel I’d particularly need when using a text editor for writing.

But, if you’re using this thing as a client to write a post for Medium or some other blogging platform, basic lists could be useful. I use lists in my posts all the time.

Highlight

Behaves mostly like I’d expect, highlighting a word if I’ve already selected it, or turning on highlighting for whatever I’m about to type next if something isn’t already selected.

However, highlighting apparently does not toggle like Bold or Italic. If I have a word highlighted, and then select the Highlight command off the menu again, or use the keyboard shortcut, it doesn’t remove that highlight.

If I want to remove the highlight, I actually have to go onto the context menu and get at the “Clear Formatting” command on the first tab, or the “Clear Highlight” command on the Highlight tab. Easy enough to find but slightly irritating that I had to go looking for it.

Edit Hyperlink

Okay, I get the intention here: add a hyperlink to text. However, I take issue with the implementation, on the following grounds:

One, “Edit Hyperlink” implies there’s already a hyperlink there to edit, which is not the case if what you want to do is actually add a new one.

Two, if you select some text and then select “Edit Hyperlink”, what actually happens is that the context menu pops up, and the “Hyperlink” command on it is replaced by a text box where you’re supposed to enter the hyperlink you want.

And I’m sorry, but the entire notion of splicing a text entry box into a context menu just makes me go NO. Even if it does appear to work and (presumably) saves the effort of coding a separate dialog box to keep track of that setting. I don’t care. It’s still annoying.

So if editing and formatting annoy me, is it at least nice to write in?

Here’s something good I can say about this program: with sidebars and things turned off, whittling it down to just the basic program window itself, I do actually like the aesthetic look of it. It’s clean. It’s simple. It certainly is nicer to look at than TextEdit.

I am not really a fan of its default sans serif font, and there appears to be no way to change it. Nowhere in the program do I see any sign of ability to change what fonts it uses.

But at least visually, that’s the only nitpick I’ve got with it.

Typing-wise, I’m finding it distracting that it doesn’t auto-indent paragraphs for me like Scrivener does. But I can’t hold that against it, because again, text editor, not word processor. TextEdit doesn’t auto-indent so I wouldn’t expect Write! to do so either.

And here’s a thing I do kind of like. Here’s a screenshot of what the window looks like to me:

The Write! Window

The Write! Window

That little gray square over on the right is a navigation bar, which you can use to get a thumbnail view of where you are in the document, and do a fast scroll up and down. I can confirm, now that I’ve typed enough into the test window to get enough text to scroll, that that does work. I also note that if you don’t happen to like that feature, you can turn it off. (More on this in the next post.)

And OH HEY SURPRISE: down in the left bottom corner, that “1 174” down there? Turns out that’s a word count feature that has no access on the menu whatsoever, so I stumbled across that entirely by accident. More on this in another post, too; I like some of what I see there, but some of it seems buggy as well. The lack of an obvious word count was one of the things I was going to say I didn’t like about the program, but since there is in fact word count functionality here, that’s a distinct advantage over, say, TextEdit.

For now, though, that’s enough for this post. More to come in part 3!

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

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([personal profile] filkerdave Sep. 20th, 2017 02:55 pm)

Tonight at sundown marks the start of the Rosh Hashanah and the year 5778. May all of you reading this be inscribed in the Book of Life for a happy, healthy, and prosperous year ahead.

לשנה טובה
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([personal profile] camwyn Sep. 20th, 2017 08:42 am)
Confession time: I had been kind of almost sorta hoping Jose would be a little stronger this morning so I could work from home. I am aware, yes, that even if the storm had been stronger, my area would not have born the brunt of it and other people whose livelihoods and homes depend on the ocean's weather not killing them would have been badly hurt. I am also aware that I used to work for the Red Cross and would feel obligated to join one of the local chapters in any relief efforts to this area should such a storm strike occur even though I haven't been a member in years.

Every so often there are areas in which I cannot help but consider myself a little bit of a terrible human being, and rooting for extreme weather even though I know I am not the one who is going to pay the consequences is one of those areas, and I am very sorry.
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([personal profile] gwydion Sep. 20th, 2017 03:48 am)
* This is a different earthquake. It is horrifying. "Central Mexico earthquake kills scores, topples buildings:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/19/americas/mexico-earthquake/index.html

* "Evacuate or die, Puerto Rico officials warn as Hurricane Maria bears down:" https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/catastrophic-category-5-maria-takes-aim-puerto-rico-virgin-islands-n802671

* "Hurricane Maria Does ‘Mind-Boggling’ Damage to Dominica, Leader Says:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/world/americas/hurricane-maria-caribbean.html?mcubz=3

* Hurricane Maria live blog. Please stay safe, folks. "Hurricane Maria: category 5 storm lashes Virgin Islands:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2017/sep/19/hurricane-maria-category-5-caribbean-live-updates

* "If threatened, U.S. will 'totally destroy' North Korea, Trump vows:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-un-assembly-trump/if-threatened-u-s-will-totally-destroy-north-korea-trump-vows-idUSKCN1BU0B3

* Remember that when 45 accuses or attacks people for something it means that he's really talking about himself. "Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself." Well, we finally know what his political agenda is and his plan for the country. *shudder*

* "Trump joins history's list of unhinged speakers at UN:"

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* "Trump says U.S. prepared to take further action in Venezuela:" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/18/trump-venezuela-latin-america-242867

* 45 is funding his legal defense out of Republican Party funds and his campaign funds for 2020, which he has already been raising.

* "US government wiretapped Trump campaign chair:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/politics/paul-manafort-government-wiretapped-fisa-russians/index.html

* "Trump lawyer violates deal with Senate Intelligence Committee:"

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* "The last stand for Obamacare - and what Dems can do about it:"

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* "Congressman arrested at Trump Tower DACA protest:"

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* "Jim's U.K. Police Ride-Along:"

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* "Donald Trump Jr. Heads Out on His Own:"

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* "A Trumpian Debut at the United Nations:"

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* "No Regrets: How a Trump Supporter May Have Voted to Destroy His Own Career:"

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* "Professor Tom Smith's Application to the Evil League of Evil:"

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* My lungs turned nasty some time after midnight and i have been feverish all day. They called me in the morning to tell me they don't make those valves anymore. Short of paying for custom machining (Might as well wish for another car), best to just drive it gently and hope. (I was given a number to call about used, but the man said it was a terrible idea to install a used one so they don't sell them. The result was I got to dream of fevers instead of dragging myself out to Honest Mechanic.

I got my first polling for the election this November, pretty clearly an attempt by the challenger to test out arguments against a City Councillor I rather like (strong environment and strong prison reform. IE: Mental health and drug diversion). I'll be fascinated to see what the focus grouped adds look like. Her arguments were pretty cleverly coded for our particular voting district. I enjoy dissecting these things.

Remember folks, please vote every legal chance you have. Vote in primaries. Vote in off year elections. Vote in every race, no matter how small and local. Unless you've got a special election, odds are where you live, the only things on your ballot this November will be small local races and ballot initiatives. Google is your friend. You may not know that candidate for treasurer or sheriff or school board, but you can generally find published opinions and which groups are endorsing them. Local election have a huge effect on your quality of life. Is the water safe to drink? How aggressive are the police? What sort of zoning regulations are there and are they building dangerous chemical plants next to elementary schools? Local elections can have a huge effect on how safe you are. If you vote every time you have a chance, you'll also have more warning when the Republicans try to take away your right to vote and more time to appeal and get your registration reinstated.

Register now, if you aren't registered already. Vote in November, even though voting for sheriff isn't as exciting as voting for president. Resist.

* "Will Has a Women Problem:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/wills-women-problem/

* Accurate and hilarious. "Mansfield Park:" http://the-toast.net/2015/05/06/mansfield-park/

* 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
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([personal profile] callibr8 Sep. 19th, 2017 12:34 pm)
Got in late last night (4am) from spending the weekend in southern Oregon, rehearsing with my new duo partner and coming up with a set list for our first concert, which we're aiming to have in mid-November. Anybody out there know of free or inexpensive small venues in the Portland area which might be receptive to hosting a live music concert on the evening of Thursday, Nov 16th Sunday, November 19th? A library meeting room, school cafeteria, church fellowship hall, or such would be about the right size for the small audience I envision.

ETA: changed target date from Thurs to Sun.
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