Sunday Fic Recs

19 Feb 2017 11:40 am
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Will/Hannibal (Hannibal)
Shark Tank by xzombiekittenx
Will and Hannibal meet in prison. Hannibal is still the Ripper, Will is still a profiler who had encephalitis. Only now they're cell mates
It’s occurred to me that I haven’t really read any fics in this fandom and since I’ve run of of things in my other fandoms I decided to dive in. A bit weird starting with an AU but it has the most kudos on AO3 and I did enjoy it once I got used to the different setting :D
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!
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That e’en after dinner (sure Arabella shows exceedingly) we have a little dancing, with Miss MIllick playing the piano for us, 'tis extreme agreeable and I see quite delights Hester to watch us about it.

When 'tis done, Sandy and I are besought to undertake a little reading for the company. I have been about the library to find some plays that are not Shakspeare, to supply a little variety, and give 'em Mrs Malaprop, that is lik’d exceedingly. There is a proposal that mayhap on the morrow, we might read some play, or part of one, together? 'Tis a pleasing thought.

'Tis also desir’d that Lord O- tells us more of his adventures, that mightily impress the company. (Sure the morrow I must convoke with him about this matter of writing 'em down.)

I sleep most exceeding peacefull and wake only when Sophy comes bring my chocolate.

I ask her how she does in the household, and she says, o, Your Ladyship, most excellent well, Lorimer and Brownlee show exceeding hospitable and they sit together about their sewing and talk of their profession. And there is no saucyness from the menservants.

I am pleas’d to hear it, says I. And as 'tis still quite early of the morn, I will go take a little ride afore breakfast.

'Tis most exceeding pleasant, and I return with a fine appetite.

Sebastian K- is also at table. He says, sure 'tis shocking ton to raise such a matter during this very agreeable house-party, but he apprehends that I go visit my lead-mine, and indeed, they, that is, he and his father, would be most interest’d in establishing a business connexion in the matter, so would desire to be beforehand.

Why, says I, those matters are in the hands of the manager, an excellent fellow, one Mr M-, but do you say a little more to me concerning the business, I will open it to him during my visit there. Do you wait but a little while while I go change, and get my little memorandum book, and we may discourse a little on the matter.

So we do so, walking up and down and around the rose-garden, and proceed from a discussion of that very usefull mineral lead to how matters go with the polish factory, and about Euphemia and Seraphine’s preserves and pickles, and how exceeding prepossessing Herr P- comes on in the matter of business in Germany. 'Tis gratifying.

He then says, sure he would greatly enjoy further converse, but has been promis’d a lesson in archery that he should not wish to miss. Seems quite the crack at present.

Indeed, says I, was very popular at the Q- house-party, and Lady Emily is quite entire Maid Marian.

He goes off to where the butt has been set up.

I see that Hester has been wheel’d out in her chair to sit beside the fountain – 'tis clear she relishes this most extreme, and would sit out in the sunlight all day.

I walk over to her. She looks at my pretty muslin and sighs a little and says, you are always so well-dresst, dear C-, but sure must be exceeding dull for Brownlee to have to deal with my dull wardrobe.

Why, my dear Hester, there is no need at all for your wardrobe to be dull, just because you do not go about in Society. Sure does it not greatly elevate the spirits to be pleasingly dresst?

O, she cries, clasping her hands, do you think I might? Is’t possible?

I consider over this for a little. I daresay that one might contrive – a fine dressmaker might I confide come visit rather than you go to her – you are able stand a little, are you not? – she nods – so you might be measur’d and fitt’d at your convenience. Indeed I cannot see why should not answer. I will go about to desire Docket to advance your interest with Mamzelle Bridgette.

I perch upon the rim of the fountain and look at her. One may still see that at one time she must have been exceeding handsome. Sure, says I, perchance you might also have your hair dresst differently? And while I daresay you should not wish to paint, there are very fine washes and lotions for the complexion.

She sighs and says, for so many years has been her only aspiration to be clean and tidy, sure she never thought to primp. But, she says with determination, so be 'tis not vanity, she will be about it.

But, she goes on, now I am quite embarkt upon a course of self-indulgence, I will open to you another matter.

Why, says I, say on.

'Tis Milly, she says – Miss Millick, that has been governess here these many years, but that will be out of that place once Lou leaves the schoolroom. And 'tis not as tho’ we yet have a new generation ready to take up the horn-book &C. And, she continues a little sadly, I am like to suppose that Tony and Nan might desire a somewhat younger person that has more understanding of the modern ways. Now, my dear C-, I was in some notion to ask you was there any in your circles that might require a governess, but indeed, poor Milly’s age is against her and these days it seems more is expect’d. And indeed one hears that the lot of a governess may be very harsh -

Indeed, 'tis so, says I, thinking of that horrid D- family in which Ellie N- was employ’d.

- and already since Nan and Em have gone into Society, she has been acting somewhat as a companion to me, to fetch and carry, read to me am I too tir’d to read to myself, play a little musick, and such. Would it be exceeding selfish in me to desire her to remain in that capacity?

La, says I, did you desire a companion I am sure Lord U- would consider it entire proper, but might suppose you would desire some younger brisker woman –

O, she cries, I am us’d to Milly, and sure I should be distresst to cast her upon the world.

Why, says I, seems entire answerable.

Comes Arabella across the lawn with a tray, and Selina at her heels, saying she doubts not that Lady N- would like a little sustenance at about this time.

Oh, she says, that is so kind. And I hope that naughty puss has not been troubling you.

Indeed not, says Arabella, bending down to strike Selina’s head. What a fine cat she is to be sure. She and Lady N- smile at one another. She then turns to me and says, there is a collation laid in the drawing-room does Lady B- wish to partake.

Indeed, says I, this very fine air gives one a great appetite, so may I leave you to Selina’s company, my dear?

Hester smiles and says, she doubts not that Selina makes up to her for titbits and not for the pleasure of her company, the naughty creature, but indeed, do you, Lady B-, go partake.

I walk back towards the house with Arabella, that desires me to advance to Lord O- the desirability of certain improvements in the kitchens at D- Chase, for they are by no means as up to the mark as the ones at O- House.

Indeed I shall, says I, and upon going into the house make a little note in my memorandum book.

I find Lord O- in the drawing-room, that says, the archers have carry’d away a pique-nique to sit about and imitate the Merry Men in Sherwood Forest, but he is come to such an age and has spent so much time of necessity eating in such circumstance, that he prefers to sit in a chair, at a table.

I open to him Arabella’s thoughts upon kitchens - tho’ says I, I confide one might not be about improvements while you have company in the house.

Also, seeing that we are alone, I mention the Earl of I-, that was formerly Lord J-, and enquire whether he had any acquaintance with him. He shakes his head, but says he dares says there are some dubious dealings behind and there are fellows he might go sound out to discover more.

After a pause, he says, are you at leisure, Lady B-, perchance we might convoke over this matter of my writings?

Indeed, says I, 'tis an excellent time to do so.

So we go to the very agreeable room in the turret that he has set aside and furnisht as a study, that I exclaim upon considerable – has fine views and one may indeed see the archers. He hands me over some several pages and says, he can see himself that 'tis sad dry stuff, lacks that vigour that he has enjoy’d in the works of a certain Incognita Lady –

O, poo, says I, does one deal of curses and hauntings and horrid experiments the reader will read on very absorb’d.

But I con over his pages and indeed they lack that spark that animates the account when he tells it. I frown a little over the matter and sure I see points where I might present the thing more telling, just as I may when I scrutinize Josiah’s speeches for Parliament.

I then go ponder a little and say, sure I might come about to work this up, but I wonder, has he thought about who he goes address the narrative to? Did he perchance have some general reader in mind, and sit down to write as if conveying the matter in a letter, rather than as a scientifick report, just as when he tells his tales to the company he shapes 'em to their apprehension, might well answer.

Why, he says, indeed I think you hit it off, Lady B-. Sure there are already letters I writ to my poor brother, for altho’ was such a sickly fellow, greatly relisht the tales of my adventures. I had not thought of that, but indeed, do I go look 'em over – for he preserv’d 'em very carefull, the dear fellow. He sighs somewhat.

He then says, sure that is an excellent fine thought, and goes on, but indeed, should still be very gratefull might you look over my manuscript once 'tis more advanc’d, to see whether I have got the knack of the matter.

Gladly, says I.

He then makes a very generous offer of a donation to one or other of my good causes, that I am very pleas’d to accept.

Dear Smut Swapper

19 Feb 2017 11:33 am
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My letter will appear here soonish.
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The neofascists of 8chan loved the Trump speech, generally rating it as his second best, some his third. (4chan doesn't seem to have paid much attention and doesn't seem to care.) Fundamentally, it resonated well with his somewhat-dispirited white supremacist/authoritarian base.

Highlights for them included:
  • attacks on the press (they themselves dragged out "lugenpresse" - the Nazi-era term meaning "lying press" - again; Examples: "Pretty smart of Trump to bring out those quotes from old American Presidents about the Lügenpresse," "Is fake news the new luggenpresse?" others)
     
  • calls to restrict immigration (which they specifically interpret approvingly as ethnically based)
     
  • the Sweden reference (they consider Sweden the most "cucked" of European nations, but other than that, I don't know what this is about)
     
  • the "Syrian safe zone" reference (which in their lexicon means "White America" somehow? Something else to figure out)
     
A number have decided that when Trump says "drain the swamp" he's referring to "the International Jew," and that - as with them - "Global Elite" also means "International Jew." A few are showing relative restraint, such as this guy (yes, this is what passes for restraint):

I don't think it's a dogwhistle, but if he's educated on the terms; he may just end up being the saviour of the white race.

They're making a lot of comparisons to Trump and Hitler, but mean it as a good thing - while at the same time laughing at the press for making the same comparison. You're also seeing a bit of commentary akin to David Duke's line that comparing Trump to Hitler makes people more receptive to neofascism and neo-Nazi action.

Despite that, they don't see this as a Nuremburg Rally moment yet - just a promising lead-in - to wit, these examples:

get ready, he hasn't even come close to delivering his Nuremberg just yet. When he does, it will be glorious and we will witness it.

God damn, I don't think I could handle a real Trump Nuremburg rally. This was just Florida and I'm already preheating my oven.

tfw these rallies will get more and more authoritharian and will go full nuremberg once he declares martial law.

21st Century Nuremberg rallies? As if that were a bad thing…

Fundamentally, Mr. Trump has re-energised his neo-Nazi/anti-semetic/authoritarian base with this speech. I can't know whether that was his intent, but it was definitely the effect.

Sunday 19/02/2017

19 Feb 2017 09:45 am
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1) I love my morning coffee.

2) Recorded another episode of The little Paris kitchen: cooking with Rachel Khoo. I look forward to watching it this evening.

3) Little chickadees/tits never fail to make me smile ^___^ 

Daily Happiness

18 Feb 2017 11:52 pm
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1. We started watching this new show called Powerless and it's so good! It's set in the DC universe but it's about regular people, in particular, the regular people working at a company that makes products for people to use in case of supervillain/superhero incidents (like an umbrella to keep rubble from falling on you). I'm surprised I hadn't seen anyone talking about it, since superhero shows are very popular, and it has some fandom favorites (Alan Tudyk and Dany Pudi), but I might have just skimmed over it because I'm not that into superhero stuff myself. But it's a sitcom, not a drama, so it turns out it's actually right up my alley.

2. Look at this silly Jasper.

Crowdfunding Creative Jam

19 Feb 2017 01:38 am
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The February Creative Jam is open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal. This month's theme is "Love."


From My Prompts



What I Have Written

Your second prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Bicycle Built for Three." Cassandra gets a lesson in communication from her friends who have a Triplet bicycle.
109 lines, Buy It Now = $55

This inspired the free-verse poem "So Glad That You're Here." Turq and some kids enjoy a playground. So. Much. Fluff! 60 lines, Buy It Now = $20

February Magpie Monday Results

18 Feb 2017 11:25 pm
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Magpie Monday results for February

This month's Magpie had one large donation, for which I am exceptionally grateful. The story sponsored is first on the list, and begins posting today (Saturday, 18 Feb) as well. Please enjoy! If a reader wishes to sponsor something, PM me with which story you'd like to see posted. There's a paypal link on my Profile page and on the Magpie prompts page
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I seem to have spent this one in lots of very taxing conversations, one way or another.  Too many people I love are going through awful things.  And I want to be present, and to help, and to listen, especially when it's the first time someone has started talking to me about something which is important and difficult for them.  It's just a bit tricky when one gets a bunch of these in a row right after wasting a lot of intellectual and emotional energy on an argument that I should have recognised earlier would go nowhere.  Though that would have meant going into it with – as it transpires – as poor an opinion of the person I was arguing with as he evidently had of me.

Anyway, I'm quite tired now, and headachey, and a little depressed.  And I still need to sort out lunches for the week.  And dinner, though this is looking increasingly like fish and chips.

Also, today's sermon was amusingly on-point for me (alas!).  The minister was talking about Jesus's instruction to turn the other cheek, and particularly framing it as being about stepping back from an argument, rather than letting it devolve into a tit-for-tat situation that has no end.  Um, yes, letting go of arguments is not my best skill.

Though I did like the bit where he was introducing the theme to the children, by getting one of the little girls to slap his hand, and then he slapped her hand back, very gently, so she slapped his again, and they continued like this for a few rounds, and he said 'what do you think would happen if you didn't slap me this time?' and held out his hand, and a little boy immediately ran up and slapped it!  I don't think this was quite the lesson he was trying to illustrate...

A random thing

18 Feb 2017 09:24 pm
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A nifty Flickr group: Fractals
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Had fun cosplaying this smol nerd tantou tonight~ #katsucon #cosplay #toukenranbu

sketch of the day

18 Feb 2017 11:54 pm
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Blue ink: Robert Oster School Blue
Pen: Aurora Optima blue chrome.

Red ink: Robert Oster Astorquiza Rot.
Pen: Aurora Optima 75th Anniversary.

Because Blacklist doesn't just jump the shark, it has FLYING SHARKS.

Uh, excuse my sad excuses for chess pieces. I didn't think to reference a chess set and I don't remember what the pieces look like except that knights are horses and rooks are castles. I should have done a rook instead of the bishop-thing.

FFXII, revisited.

18 Feb 2017 09:27 pm
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If I decided to revive any of my prior FFXII fanfic WIPs, drafts, or concepts from past is there anything that anyone still here would want me put at the front of my writing -> editing -> posting queue?

FFXII meta counts too.

Actually, this also includes just asking me to repost or turn read permissions back on for stories that have been packed away for the past 6 years. Re-editing/revising old finished stuff that is unavailable technically counts as writing.

weird cookies

18 Feb 2017 09:17 pm
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Do you like weird cookies?

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introducing cleocatra

18 Feb 2017 09:00 pm
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we had great confusion here last night because paul thought isis had gotten out and was sitting on the front porch. he scooped her up, she snuggled and purred, he went in -- and saw isis was on the couch. so was binx.

andyet he was holding a very petite black girl cat, super loving and purry, velvety short hair but with a plumey tail...

she's not skinny, not scared of people, but does have fleas, a lot of dry skin, a tender spot near her hind end, and swollen conjunctivas. she's also a little extra warm, so i gave her some food with lysine and turmeric mixed in -- which she nearly inhaled.

i'm trying to have her in the house when dragon (who still needs to be neutered) is outside and have her out when he's in, just in case she's not spayed.

i have no clue of her age, although her toe beans are tough enough that i think she's past adolescence.

here she is,and isn't seh lovely? paul's christened her cleocatra

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Harp Twins

18 Feb 2017 10:55 pm
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Yesterday we went to see the Harp Twins perform in St. Louis.  They play rock music on acoustic concert harps and smaller electric harps.  They are exiting in person!  Among my favorites: "Stairway to Heaven," "Carry On, My Wayward Son," "One," and "The Imperial March."  (I imagine Darth Vader is spinning in his grave over having his scary music played by hot chicks on electric harps.)

We have the first two albums, and bought the second two, plus a couple of t-shirts.  Their stuff is available online too.  We also found out that they've been crowdfunding the purchase of new instruments, so this counts toward us supporting crowdfunded projects.  \o/  We actually got in line before the concert, but they had to close the line to start the concert.  I suggested giving out numbers to those of us who hadn't gotten through -- we'd been standing there for 20 minutes -- which the staff did.  If this happens to you occasionally, you can write numbers on scratch paper.  More than occasionally, just buy a strip of tickets you can tear off and hand to people, it's faster.  So we were able to get our swag quickly after the show.  :D

I suggest booking these talented ladies at Worldcon some time.  They have played other conventions, they already know a bunch of fan-relevant material, and there is nothing else like them.

signal boosting

18 Feb 2017 08:53 pm
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https://www.youcaring.com/cas-760132

this is one of my friends. i vouch for them. they are *awesome*

they have lost almost everything they own.

please help if you can and boost the signal.
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This afternoon my knee was in good enough shape that I actually got out of the house and walked up to the library and back, taking the cane for the ice and general late-winter street sludge. As of tonight, I am not using the cane around the house, which the cats seem to feel is an improvement on the past four days of weird noises and tail endangerment. My father talked to me about Mary Seacole and I have decided that this tweet may be our generation's "I am a lighthouse; your call." I ate some coconut-milk ice cream. Otherwise, today has been terrible. Tomorrow, being full of science fiction film, had better be more fun.

Poem: "A Wizard's Fingerprints"

18 Feb 2017 09:43 pm
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This is spillover from the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "Friends in Low Places" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Music Shuffle Fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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I spent pretty much all day working on my project proposal revision, which is due tomorrow night. I am anticipating working on it all day tomorrow too. One good thing is I found some new literature that fills a big hole I was having trouble with. Interestingly, one of the studies, very similar to mine, took place right here in Sacramento, and involved the Hmong community. I cried tears of joy when I found it, because it showed me that it could be done.

I knocked off for a while this evening and made some two-bone pork chops that I had cut off a roast and froze, and some artichokes that I steamed in my instant pot. They were delicious. I like taking time off to cook when I am intensely studying. Cooking has always been a relaxing and satisfying exercise for me.

I had music on for most of the day in the background. I played an album called Wyatt at the Coyote Palace by Kristin Hersh a couple of times through, and am not listening to it once again, intently. It's my new favorite album.

prevention or delay

Sunday Secrets

18 Feb 2017 10:59 pm
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Posted by Frank

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2-girltruth front back 5-swatch 6-blad 7-doc 9-onback-shesnicethough 10-whiskerlicking 11-onback-gohomeandleaveme 12-anonymouskiss

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PostSecret Live!
Eastern Washington University
Showalter Rotunda Auditorium
February 21  (7:00 PM)

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PostSecret Live!
Purdue University
Loeb Playhouse
March 1  (6:30 PM)

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More Information on PostSecret Live!

Hasan Khalid of The Daily Illini. Frank Warren, author of the New York Times' best seller, "PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God", presented a multimedia presentation at the Foellinger Auditorium on Nov. 5.

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I have one of my secrets in every PostSecret book and on rare occasions – like this week – one of the postcards here is mine.

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Classic Secrets

18 Feb 2017 10:05 pm
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Posted by Frank

heroinsavedmylife temple drunk1numberschangedtoprotecttheromatic drunk2fucking falloutboydeath firsttime  touchgreenbag hand1                italianfood  nudist    cousinonback-hesaiditonce   smile1 smile2 streetjock  relax

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Thanks Morgan for solving these two secrets. I’ll mail your personized PostSecret book soon. To see both translations visit PostSecret on facebook.

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The Courage to Fly
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 3
word count (story only): 1018



:: This story takes place on Saturday, the day after Aida's dive accident, around mid-morning. This story is sponsored, for which I am eternally grateful.::

:: Pay Special Attention: a small group of strangers, along with two secondary characters, are in danger, but there are no deaths or permanent injuries. ::




Halley sat on the bench near the swing set, fussing with the knot in the purple and black sarong tied around thon's narrow hips, even as bare toes wriggled until both feet were covered in the fine white sand that covered the playground. The child's polo shirt was a pale lilac color, but with buttonholes on the left. The handful of people around didn't seem to notice, and no one had wondered whether thon was a boy or a girl yet, at least in English.

Bethan sat two benches over, a paperback book resting on her ample bosom and a radio offering a low hum of voices. It helped, to have family nearby, but Halley's thoughts were as strange as today's clothing. The side gate opened, admitting a stair step run of teenagers all the way to a child Halley's own height, but of unknown age. All their clothing clearly marked their gender, with the teen girls wearing hijab and the boys either bare-headed or wearing a white khufi. Last of all, an elderly man with snowy beard to match his khufi pulled the gate closed, then whispered instructions in Divehi.
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(Quote arises from a conversation about Steven Knight's approach to subtext, but it is, I feel, pretty broadly applicable to my approach to fandom.)

links

19 Feb 2017 11:51 am
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Pixar offers free online lessons in storytelling via Khan Academy

How to cut through when talking to anti-vaxxers and anti-fluoriders

Added, 14:16:

First openly gay AFL player couple: "We're proud, and proud of each other"

For the Australian SF readers who might be interested in nominating anything for the Ditmar* awards, the 2017 eligible works list. See also the nomination form. Postal nominations close 17 March, electronic ones on 19th March. 

*National Spec Fic awards, fan nominated and voted -- you need to be recognisable as a person in fandom, or vouched for. If I know you as an Australian fan I'm happy to vouch for you as being a real human. After all, on the internet, no-one knows you are a cat. 
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Earlier this week, djw at Lawyers, Guns and Money wrote a blog post criticizing how inhabitants of Mercer Island, a very well-off lake island in the east of the Seattle metropolitan area, have been trying to stall or avert altogether light rail access to their island that might diminish their privileged position re: roads running across this island.

For those unfamiliar with the topography of the Puget Sound region: Seattle is a long, thin city; around 20 miles from its northern to southern border but about 3-6 miles East to West, bounded by water on either side: Puget Sound to the West, and Lake Washington (which extends slightly beyond Seattle both North and South) to the East. This lake sharply separates Seattle from its Eastern suburbs, which have for some time been the location of many (but not all) of the wealthier sections of the region, with the middle class and historically more downscale suburbs generally located to the North and South of the city. Lake Washington has but one island: Mercer. At approximately 13 square miles and a population of around 25,000, Mercer Island is the most populous island on a lake in the United States. Culturally and economically, Mercer Island belongs squarely on the Eastside, as it has become one of the wealthier towns of its size in the country, with an average household income well north of 130,000 and an average home value of 1.4 million. It enjoys excellent schools and parks, and is made up almost entirely of low-density single family homes.

Long ago, Mercer Island was primarily rural. One of the first major projects was a Gilded Age opulent resort, the Caulkins Hotel, for Seattle’s elite. In 1908, a “Japanese houseboy” (sic) in the employ of the Caulkins took offense at some unspecified act of verbal abuse from hotel management, and in retaliation stuffed a large number of oily rags in a chimney, causing the hotel to burn down. Left behind, however, was an extensive dock that spurred some development in the island’s Northwest corner, which eventually incorporated as “East Seattle.” The island remained accessible by private boat and by steamboats such as the Atlanta, which connected Mercer Island to Seattle well into the 1930’s. A bridge to Bellevue on the Eastside was completed in 1928, and, following pressure from prominent islanders, the construction of the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial bridge, named for WSDOT’s second director and journalist Edward Murrow’s older brother, in 1940, then the largest floating bridge in the world. (Today, it is second only to the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, a second Lake Washington crossing that doesn’t connect to Mercer Island, just a few miles to the North.) In 1976, the bridge became part of I-90. A much wider second bridge was added in 1989, dramatically increasing capacity. This was Followed almost immediately by the sinking of the original Murrow bridge in a storm over Thanksgiving weekend–a dramatic event I recall watching live on television as a teenager. The Murrow bridge was repaired/replaced, at great public expense, by 1993, giving I-90 its current capacity. The 1940 bridge was largely paid for by a bond paid off by tolls, which ended after about 10 years. The new bridges were not.

Presently, these bridges and the freeway segment they form give Mercer Island residents, on average, the shortest commute times of any city in the region, a particularly remarkable statistic for an island connected to the mainland via a high-traffic bridge, with virtually no residents who work on the island itself. How do they pull off this remarkable feat? Location is part of it; the island is very close to downtown Seattle to the West and Bellevue, the largest city and second-largest job center on the Eastside, to the East. While traffic on the bridge can be quite brutal during rush hour, Mercer Island residents have a unique arrangement that allows them to access the HOV lands Westbound to Seattle as SOVs. This arrangement, codified via a memorandum of understand during negotiations over the construction and future plans for I-90 in 1976, was always meant to be temporary: the center lanes of the new bridge, reversible for increasing peak direction capacity, were designed explicitly with eventual light rail in mind. (The temporary nature of the arrangement was, in particular, highlighted by the Federal Highway Administration, whose regulations don’t generally allow for this kind of arrangement). Several decades later, the time has come: construction is scheduled to begin on Eastlink, which will take these center lanes for rail from downtown Seattle various Eastside locations, with a stop on Mercer Island.

Construction of Eastlink necessitates taking the center lanes currently used for HOV, and last month WSDOT told the city formally that their SOV freeloading days are over: they will no longer have uniquely privileged access to HOV lanes, and will be forced to access the city the way the rest of plebes do: in normal, high volume SOV lanes. (Or by bus, but who are we kidding?)


Seattleites?

Stray observation.

18 Feb 2017 10:10 pm
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The Tesla showroom in Manhattan offers free Keurig cups to visitors. It's the most apt thing I could ever have hoped to see, because they both strike me as things that are simultaneously very much in keeping with the future we're creating and very wrong about how we're going about it.

Electric cars aren't a new thing; the technology predates gasoline-fueled engines by a few years. Instant coffee and powdered drinks are well established. It's the precise application of these creations in these particular fashions. Keurig cups are inefficient and unsustainable and frankly make a poor cup of coffee, and Tesla cars' design and form seem less emphasized towards practicality and widespread applicability and more on unreachable luxury. It didn't feel like the future as it should be, either from fantastic leaps or organic development. It felt like what the past thought the future was going to be like.

Quickly, from IKEA

18 Feb 2017 07:08 pm
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Today has been a bit of a shit show all around. Roo woke me up nearly an hour and a half before my alarm was set to go off, mainly by nibbling on my fingers. I swear: he used to do that when he was a kitten, but then he quit for years... and now he's doing it again. I'm not sure what to make of that. After a version of snacking that passed as breakfast, we went to the emissions place to have Shinigami retested. He failed. The guy at the emissions place said to drive it about 25 more miles, half city and half highway (but no over 60 mph if possible and no cruise control), and then come back and test it again. So, even though the empty tank light was on, I did that, brought it back, and it passed. Apparently, the engine had to reach a certain temperature or something?

To any effect, that left no time for doing anything like lunch, not with having to fill the tank too, so while [personal profile] katsuko was gassing up the car, I ran inside the convenience store and bought whatever looked like it might be filling-ish for a sort of lunch. So [personal profile] katsuko and I have yet to have real food today. Unless crisps and candies count... which I don't think they do.

We have been talking about -- and trying to talk ourselves out of -- a crossover that amounts to "the damn Robicheaux boys meet the damn Winchester boys". In other words, we're talking ourselves out of a Mag7/SPN crossover, using the boys as brothers trope we're so fond of. Because we've already sounded out an entire scene of Goody upbraiding the Winchesters for kicking off an apocalypse. With Joshua more or less live messaging the entire thing to Vasquez. The mental images are hilarious.

Of course there is the not inconsiderable fact that [personal profile] katsuko I quit watching Supernatural after Season Five. Because it still seems stupid to me for the show to go on after the apocalypse has ended.

Plus, they killed off Gabriel. I still haven't really forgiven them for that.

So, anyway, no real food yet today. When [personal profile] katsuko gets off at 7:30, I think we're going to try that, along with grabbing some jeans at Old Navy, since she only has one pair left that (a) are intact and (b) fit her properly.

Other than that, I'm trying to get my words for the day. I only managed 462 yesterday, which was pretty bad but still better than [personal profile] katsuko's 3, so there is that. It's Day 49 of the year and I'm currently at 56,603, so I'm running about 7 days ahead of the minimum of where I need to be.

I have no idea when this post is going to go up. It might have to be when I get home tonight. IKEA's wifi has gotten pretty damn horrible. In fact, it's gotten horrible enough that I'm considering getting a mobile hotspot just for while I'm here. It only connects one time out of twenty-five attempts, and if it does connect, it only stays up for a few moments at the time.

And yeah, that's about it. I've got parts of Monstrous: After Midnight and Wicked Ones I'm working on, so I'm going to do that until [personal profile] katsuko gets off work. Today's chapter of Monstrous: After Midnight will go up when I have wifi that says connected for more than two minutes at a time.

And that's it. Later, all.

Three things I'm reading

18 Feb 2017 09:35 pm
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Chapter 3 of Winter Prompts by tainry in Project Resetverse is up!Jazz requires cuddles! Barricade requires cuddles! Prowl requires cuddles! And gets them! Prowl/TC! *bounces around* <3333333333333333333333 :D

fanfiction.net Voltron fic - MisalignedShiro's arm malfunctions and Pidge fixes it - exactly the Voltron fic I wanted ^_^

Ao3 - The Martian Blue HorizonA total soap opera, as the author says, lol, and I'm enjoying it very much - a one night stand before Mark Watney leaves for Mars has predictable results. Not complete, but updates regularly.

Dictionaries Are Hot Again.

19 Feb 2017 01:47 am
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Katherine Rosman has a piece for the New York Times on the current popularity of dictionaries:

At a time when many are questioning the definition of common words they thought they understood, after years of the English language being degraded by text messages and hashtags, dictionaries have made a surprising comeback in the United States.

On dictionary apps and websites, “lookups” (which, according to Merriam-Webster, is one word) of words or phrases related to news events have precipitously increased. Bibliophiles are becoming social media stars. Sales of print dictionaries remain brisk and are a profit center for some publishers.

“Dictionaries are not regarded as sexy or interesting, but what dictionaries are known for is telling the truth,” said Jesse Sheidlower, a lexicographer and past president of the American Dialect Society. “Right now there are a lot of questions about what is true. We want clear statements about what things are, and dictionaries provide that.”

The most commonly used dictionaries, whether in print or digital, reflect what is known as “descriptive lexicography,” meaning that editors study the way people use words and determine their meaning based on that evidence.

Social media has been revolutionary in changing the access lexicographers have to the evolution of how words are used. Yet the process of evaluating evidence and writing definitions in a clear and unbiased manner remains the objective, said Katherine Connor Martin, head of American dictionaries at Oxford University Press.

And there’s a great quote from Sheidlower at the end: “In times of stress, people will go to things that will provide answers. The Bible, the dictionary or alcohol.”

Thinking about my weight

19 Feb 2017 10:26 am
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This post specifically discusses my weight, in the context of possible weight loss. It does not comment on other people's weight, nor is it intended to make commentary on such. 

In the last six months or so, work related stress eating has seen my weight go over 70kg. I know for some people, that amount (keep in mind I'm 156cm tall) doesn't sound heavy, but the 'healthy BMI' weight range for me is 45 to 61 kg. While I respect that there are issues with using BMI as a measure at the personal rather than the population level, there are also some possible payoffs for me losing a bit of weight, and that at least gives me a target to aim for. 

The main concern I have is that my right hip is starting to give more trouble, and the issues I've been having with my feet appear to be worsening. I have hopes that losing 5kg would be enough to improve these, if not cause them to go away completely*. Particularly because I'm getting pain in summer, which suggests that I'm going to struggle with significant pain in winter (as I did through parts of last winter, where my ability to go up stairs came and went). 

And what I've seen in the last two weeks of not going in to work (except the odd occasion) is that my cravings for comfort food have gone down, and there appears to be a downward trend in weight, although slight enough at this point that I'm only hopeful that I won't have to do much in the way of actively modifying my eating. I'm hoping that this will continue, and that by the end of the year I'll have made it in to the top end of the above mentioned 'healthy' BMI range. I don't expect to make it particularly low--I carry a reasonable bit of muscle--but I won't be at all surprised if I plateau at 55-57kg, as I spent many years at that weight regardless of what I was/n't eating at the time**. 

* I don't actually think that they will go away completely. The hip problems date back to my early teens, and while I don't have any idea what my weight was then, I don't think I was particularly heavy. The foot problems though have have been worsening in the last year, so they may well be something I can hope will improve. 
** Up until the pregnancy immediately preceding conception of youngest--having two first trimesters back to back might have been causative, but I ended up with a new 'set point' following their birth. So, equally, plateauing at ~61 kg might be expected. 
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Mimnermos: The Brainsex Paintings (4198 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kairos (O'Keefe) Series - Madeleine L'Engle
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alex Murry/Kate Murry, Meg Murry/Calvin O'Keefe
Characters: Kate Murry, Alex Murry, Sandy Murry, Meg Murry | Meg O'Keefe, Calvin O'Keefe, Charles Wallace Murry
Additional Tags: post-A Wrinkle in Time, Reunion Sex, Married Couple, Feminist Themes, Loneliness, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD
Summary:

It had given her such a turn, the night before, when Charles Wallace's unusual guest had talked of the tesseract. Would all the wonders of the universe turn out to be horrors? Nevertheless, she turned from her abandoned hopeless writing back to the electron microscope, deliberately shaking off her brooding reverie to watch the unfolding patterns of the little lives of the sub-microscopic world a while longer.

18 Feb 2017 08:30 pm
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Introduction

This is the third chunk of data and analysis from the 2016 Novelist Income Survey.

A number of people have asked how the number of books published in 2016 correlates with income, particularly with indie writers. We saw in part two that authors who primarily self-publish can do quite well. Is volume one of the secrets to success, and is it a greater factor for indie writers than traditionally the published?

Overview

I used the same method as before for separating out authors who were primarily indie, primarily large press, and primarily small press.

Three survey questions asked how many books respondents had published in 2016 through a large press, a small press, and through self-publishing. This brings me to my first data quandary. When I’m looking at the indie authors, do I count just the number of books they self-published, or the total number of books? Because a lot of our authors are hybrid, those numbers won’t be the same. So I graphed the data both ways, and found that the results — particularly the trend line — looked pretty much identical.

Indie Author Total Books Published Indie Author Self-Pub Totals

I decided to go with the total number of books published in any category, and to see how that number affected income for authors who were primarily indie, small press, or large press.

I removed the highest outlier from each graph below, both because it appeared to be disproportionately influencing the results, and because it threw off the scale and made it harder to see the rest of the data points. Because this was using net income, I also removed the handful of authors who didn’t report any expenses, since I had no way of calculating those net incomes.

The Charts

Indie Authors:

Indie Authors Income - Outlier Removed

Small Press Authors:

Small Press Authors Income - Outlier Removed

Large Press Authors:

Large Press Authors Income - Outlier Removed

Everyone’s clear on the correlation =/= causation thing by now, right? That said, the trend lines on the three graphs are pretty striking. For authors who are primarily indie, the graph suggests a correlation between number of books published and overall income. The correlation for small press is significantly smaller.

But most fascinating to me is that for large press authors, the line is essentially flat. The authors with 8 or 10 large press novels in 2016 made roughly the same as the average author with 1 or 2 large press books. Excellent news for the one book/year folks with big publishers.

Median and Average Books/Year

As I was wrapping up, it occurred to me that I should compare how prolific the different types of author were. This turned out to be interesting as well, though not too surprising.

Books Published in 2016: Median (Average)

  • Large Press 1 (1.2)
  • Small Press 1 (1.3)
  • Indie Press 2 (3.1)

While the median large and small press author published one book last year, the median indie published two. The difference in the average numbers is even stronger.

There are exceptions to everything, of course. I know some ridiculously prolific and successful big-press authors. But overall, I think this supports to the idea that success in self-publishing depends more strongly on how many books you can put out. It also shows that indie authors are following that approach and getting more books out there.

Net Losses

One last note. (Or maybe just one last excuse to post a pie chart.) 63 authors reported a net loss in 2016. 36 of those were indie authors. 19 were small press. 8 were large press.

Authors Reporting Net Losses

Intuitively, this makes a kind of sense. Self-publishing requires the author to invest in the up-front production costs, as well as marketing. But I’d want to collect a lot more data than I have before coming to any firm conclusions.

In Our Next Episode

I’m very curious to look at the hours/week spent on promotion and marketing, and to see how much that correlates with income. In other words, does all that work we do trying to get our names out there really have an impact? (I’m guessing the answer may be very different depending on whether or not you’re large press, small press, or indie.)

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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I know, we’re all sick of Trump and news about Trump. So let’s take a breather. Here’s a collection of news chum that shows some other interesting ways that the times are a changin’:

  • Social Media Addiction. The New York Times is reporting that Generation X is more addicted to social media than Millenials. Again, read that headline: the younger kids (Millenials) are LESS addicated than the generation before them (GEN X, Adults 39-49). That, perhaps, explains the greying of Facebook. A Neilsen study found that adults 35 to 49 spend an average of 6 hours 58 minutes a week on social media networks, compared with 6 hours 19 minutes for the younger group. More predictably, adults 50 and over spent significantly less time on the networks: an average of 4 hours 9 minutes a week (and I’m part of this latter group). The report is based on smartphone and tablet use, and it found that in the United States, 97 percent of people 18 to 34, and 94 percent of people 35 to 49, had access to smartphones. Seventy-seven percent of those 50 and older used smartphones, the report found. The 29-page report was based on data from 9,000 smartphone users and 1,300 tablet users across the country from July through September. It also found that Facebook still dominated on mobile, with about 178.2 million unique users in September. It was followed by Instagram, with 91.5 million unique users; Twitter, with 82.2 million unique users; and Pinterest, with 69.6 million users.Snapchat, a favorite of younger users, was sixth on the list, behind the professional networking site LinkedIn.  This raises the next question: if Millenials are using their smartphones so much, and they aren’t on social media, what precisely are they doing? They aren’t making phone calls.
  • Screens on Airplanes. Another New York Times article has an interesting finding regarding screens: we are using our personal screens so much that airlines are phasing out seat-back screens (which saves them a hella-lot of money). With built-in screens, airliners provide passengers with a set menu of content through boxes that power the in-flight entertainment system. The screens appeared in their most primitive form in the late 1980s with a few movies played on a loop. By the early 2000s, they had advanced to allow passengers to make choices on demand. By streaming content over wireless systems, passengers will have a wider array of content and the carriers will not have to maintain screens because passengers will bring their own portable devices on board. For carriers that discontinue the screens, the savings can be significant. By one estimate, in-flight entertainment systems are the biggest expense in outfitting a new plane and can make up 10 percent of the entire cost of an aircraft. The screens and their wiring add weight to the plane, and when fuel prices are high, every pound makes a difference. Another financial incentive: Without the screens, carriers can install slimmer seats, which means they can accommodate more passengers and earn more money. The article makes one other very important comment regarding personal screens: Experts said that if airliners are going to rely on consumer electronics for in-flight entertainment, the carriers should be prepared to offer another amenity: outlets for passengers to charge their devices. Mr. Hoppe said it was “imperative” to have them available in all rows and seats, and “essential” to ensure that each one works.
  • Fashion Rules for Plus Size. Let’s break up the New York Times articles with a change of fashion. A bunch of editors at Buzzfeed decided to break the “fashion rules” for Plus Size women. You know what? They looked great.  This goes to show yet another change that is happening in society: people deciding not to follow arbitrary rules from someone else, and wearing and being what is right for them. More power to them!
  • Intel Dropping Out of Science Fairs. One last New York Times article: it appears that Intel is dropping its sponsorship of Science Fairs. As someone who judges at the California State Science Fair, this is bad news. I see the remarkable things kids do, and it restores my faith in our youth. I originally thought the reason might have to do with Trump — after all, Intel had been meeting with Trump and Trump hates science.  But the reason is due to a more fundamental change: [The traditional science fair’s] regimented routines can seem stodgy at a time when young people are flocking to more freewheeling forums for scientific creativity, like software hackathons and hardware engineering Maker Faires. That is apparently the thinking at Intel, the giant computer chip maker, which is retreating from its longtime sponsorship of science fairs for high school students. It has dropped its support of the National Science Talent Search, and is dropping support of the International Science and Engineering Fair. The article noted that this leads to broader questions about how a top technology company should handle the corporate sponsorship of science, and what is the best way to promote the education of the tech work force of the future. Intel’s move also raises the issue of the role of science fairs in education in the so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. All I know, as a judge, is that these fairs have encouraged some remarkable research by Middle and High School Students.
  • The Cost of Solar. As we keep debating the real costs of hydro-carbon based power, the costs of solar on an industrial scale continue to drop. Eventually, it may be that clean power is so much cheaper that we’ll be able to reserve hydro-carbons for the real thing we need them for: plastics. [And, believe me: if you think about a society without gas for your car is bad, just imagine a world with no plastics — not only no plastic bags and storage containers, but circuit boards, enclosures, insulation for wires, sterile medical devices — we need to save our oil for plastic]. Quoting from the article: Solar has seen remarkable cost declines and is competing in more circumstances with every passing year. But it is not the world’s cheapest source of electricity. Yhe main reason is that there is, at least currently, no such thing as “the world’s cheapest source of electricity,” if that’s taken to mean cheapest, all costs considered, in all places, at all times. No such fairy dust exists; different sources perform differently in different economies and different electricity systems. What can be said about solar is that it is rapidly increasing the range of circumstances under which it can compete on costs, without subsidies. This is a good thing. Together, wind and utility-scale solar are now the cheapest available energy sources in the places that are building the most of them. Utility-scale solar now has a lower total cost of power than natural gas.

 

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18 Feb 2017 09:10 pm
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So many good things lately. Best was a kayak paddle in a swamp near Charleston--a perfect bright clear day, no bugs, no leaves, just dark water and silver trees that rose high and slender but spread at the bottoms, like a whole ballroom full of elegant ladies in trumpet skirts. And my friend's son, a naturalist/historian, knew so many fascinating things about the inland rice culture that had been there, hundreds of years ago, the enslaved people who dug the mud and harvested the rice, the rich Yankees who came down to shoot the birds, the way the  different trees, cypress and tupelo, maple and gum, adapt to rising and falling water.

A walk on the beach next morning with my friends, a huge wide beach full of dogs! They can be off-lead before ten, so everyone takes them then. Now dogs know joy, when they're free to tun on a beach with other dogs! I'd love to have just a minute of that ecstasy.

A demonstration against he-who-must-not-be-named. We were relegated to a Free Speech Zone, a mile and a half away from where he actually got off the plane (this is what democracy looks like!), but we got to shake our signs at him as he flew over, and that was very gratifying, even if he didn't bother to look out the window of his plane.

A good writing session, giving me a little hope that this book could yet gel into something resembling a book. Anyway, a good time digging deeper into characters I'd let get by too easily. 

And now, a new episode of This Is Us.  And then I'm very happy to be able to turn to the last of The Invisible Library, by Genevieve Cogman, which I suspect some of you would like--the first of a series (yay) about a Library that collects books from all dimensions, and the very astute and brave young Librarian who tracks them down, with the assistance of very interesting men, women, and other...beings.

All good.

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Mastering Linux Shell Scripting ($17.19 Kindle), by Andrew Mallett, is free tonight, direct from Packt Publishing.

Book Description
Shell scripting is a quick method to prototype a complex application or a problem by automating tasks when working on Linux-based systems. Using both simple one-line commands and command sequences complex problems can be solved with ease, from text processing to backing up sysadmin tools.

In this book, you’ll discover everything you need to know to master shell scripting and make informed choices about the elements you employ. Get to grips with the fundamentals of creating and running a script in normal mode, and in debug mode. Learn about various conditional statements’ code snippets, and realize the power of repetition and loops in your shell script. Implement functions and edit files using the Stream Editor, script in Perl, program in Python – as well as complete coverage of other scripting languages to ensure you can choose the best tool for your project.

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The MP3 download of Back In (Butchy Fuego Remix) ($0.99 Amazon) from Woom’s Muu’s Way Remixed album, is free from eMusic today. (No account required)

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18 Feb 2017 09:09 pm
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Yes, voter identification laws suppress voting.

A Texas PBS station censored a commentary criticizing Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas. And this blew up, all the way to PBS national.

Photos from inside detention centers. The truth is not pretty.

Local police say they did not shut down a Town Hall meeting or tell Congressman McClintock to leaven no matter what he says.

3 ways Scott Pruitt could shut down the EPA. As someone with asthma, I want my air clean. I remember when it wasn't. I remember when the sky over industrial areas was gray, or pink, or the Kodachrome sunsets from the chemicals leaching into the environment from Eastman Kodak.

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