Fuck past me, honestly

Apr. 20th, 2019 02:02 pm
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My wife said, "You can come to ours and we can do it for you,"

and I said, "We can make food,"

but then MIL said, "I have food too...",

and on autopilot, like an idiot, I said, "Or we can eat at yours and do it on your computer," completely forgetting she lives in the boonies & wants us to take an hour long bus trip home.

Then it turns out she doesn't have food and wants to spend an hour in the supermarket first.

One of us needs to learn some assertiveness. Or I could think before I speak...
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* "‘I felt like a slave:’ Inside China’s complex system of incarceration and control of minorities:" https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-i-felt-like-a-slave-inside-chinas-complex-system-of-incarceration/

* "In South Sudan, midwives bring down deaths despite the odds:" https://www.apnews.com/cc857dc393a042d9b713a221558873aa

* Despite all the evidence. Sigh. "Kremlin claims there's no proof in Mueller’s report of Russian meddling:" https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/19/kremlin-mueller-report-russian-meddling-1282654

* "Nadler subpoenas DOJ for full version of the Mueller report:" https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/19/nadler-subpoena-full-mueller-report-1282969

* "House Dems in talks with DOJ for Mueller testimony:" https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/19/robert-mueller-testimony-house-judiciary-committee-1283213

* "More Than 750,000 Could Lose Food Stamps Under Trump Administration Proposal:" https://www.npr.org/2019/04/01/707681965/more-than-750-000-could-lose-food-stamps-under-trump-administration-proposal

* "How the 1 Percent Is Tearing America Apart:" https://www.citylab.com/equity/2019/04/economic-inequality-geographic-divide-map-census-income-data/586222/

* "Companies warn Trump: Census citizenship question could be costly:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-census-business-insight/companies-warn-trump-census-citizenship-question-could-be-costly-idUSKCN1RT17M

* "How to Resist Validating President Trump’s View of Sanctuary Cities:" https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/how-to-resist-validating-president-trumps-view-of-sanctuary-cities

* "The NYPD Union’s War Against Parole Reform:" https://www.thenation.com/article/nypd-parole-lynch-herman-bell/

* "Labor Law Doesn’t Apply If You’re in Prison:" http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21810/labor_law_prison_unicor_court_bivens_labor_law_discrimination_retaliation

* "Boston's METCO Program Is Fading Away:" https://www.citylab.com/equity/2019/04/the-utter-inadequacy-of-americas-efforts-to-desegregate-schools/586981/

* "America doesn’t just have a gender pay gap. It has a gender wealth gap.:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/04/02/america-doesnt-just-have-gender-pay-gap-it-has-gender-wealth-gap/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.e9952aa57de5

* "Loos, Lewdness, and Literature: Tales from the Boghouse:" https://publicdomainreview.org/2019/04/17/tales-from-the-boghouse/

* "The Sly Modernity of Édouard Laboulaye’s Fairy Tales:" https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/04/06/the-sly-modernity-of-edouard-laboulayes-fairy-tales/

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Daily Happiness

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:09 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. Had a really good night's sleep last night for what felt like the first time in a while. I didn't sleep well the night before so I was extra tired and that helped. Hopefully I'll sleep well again tonight.

2. I did a lot of reading and playing Yoshi's Crafted World today, and just generally had a relaxing day off for the most part.

3. I also had a suuuuuper sweet cuddly Jasper. He was so happy to have both me and Carla home today that he was just extra cuddly all around.

4. Carla made Trader Joe's meyer lemon cake and we had that with strawberries. That cake is so good! Glad they brought it back again this year.

5. The face of a sweet cuddle bun.

Weekly Reading

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:33 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
Currently Reading
I'm Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves
This guy has a show on Netflix now that sounds interesting (about a gay disabled man, based on and played by himself) but I haven't watched it yet, but when I was reading an article about the show it mentioned his memoir as well, so I picked that up. Only read the intro so far.

Inner City Blues
No progress.

Triple Threat
About halfway through and enjoying it. I'm sad that this series ended after only three books.

Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood
Got to the start of the 1930s. So far it's been really interesting, though I've been going at a slow pace as I've been focusing more on other books (thankfully was able to renew it as it's due back at the library in a couple days and I'm nowhere near done).

Recently Finished
The Frangipani Tree Mystery
This was so good! Definitely going to read more books in the series.

Gaikotsu Shoten-in Honda-san vol. 4
I enjoyed the first three well enough but there was really not enough material for a fourth volume and it's super padded out with random stuff.
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I wrote a little 700 word ficlet last night:

all I need to know
PG-rated, established relationship, no particular spoilers; also for [personal profile] kiezh's prompt: Shen Wei. "No. I won't."
Summary: Three months of mutually investigating each other, occasionally crossing over into actual B&E and/or stalking, and Shen Wei decides to enforce his boundaries now, when they’re finally together?

And just now I finished and posted the Cave fic I've been working on most of the week:

Once Upon a Time in Dixing
~5,900 words, G-rated, Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan, caper fic/identity porn, canon divergence AU set during episode 6. (Spoilers to ep 40.) No warnings apply. Also for [personal profile] solo's prompt: Shen Wei. "There's an app for that." (I cheated slightly.) With much thanks to [personal profile] trobadora for beta. <3
Summary: “Chief Zhao.” Shen Wei turns to the man who was and will one day be again his indomitable brother in arms, his lover and his friend. “I need you to stage a jailbreak.”

I had SO MUCH FUN writing that last one. The silver lining of being on steroids is that my brain gets super cracky! :-D

*twirls and twirls and goes to do the dishes*

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:40 am
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc is coming to Yen Press!" This is a set of three new Fruits Basket chapters that Takaya-sensei's doing about the Mabudachi Trio. ^_^ "This story takes place around the same time as the last chapter of Fruits Basket, so for those who haven’t read all of the manga, please proceed with caution!"

Via [personal profile] goodbyebird, "2019 PSO Atlantic Pole bronze medalist, Deadpool". [YouTube ~ 4.5 minutes]

"Tour of Duty: Journey back through each Marvel film that defined Captain America: EW visited the set of every movie as Chris Evans brought Steve Rogers to life. With Avengers: Endgame approaching, it's time to look back".

"Marvel's Kevin Feige Promises 'Major Storylines' for Disney+ Shows".

"Avatar: The Last Airbender's Writer Says a Possible Season 4 Was Sidelined for Shyamalan's Film". [io9]

"CinemaCon 2019: Turns Out The Cats In Tom Hooper’s CATS Are The Size Of Actual Cats".

"Manga Answerman - What Are The Best Digital Manga Services?"


"Farewell From The Establishment!"

"Sleepovers reduce stress in shelter dogs: ASU study shows short-term fostering temporarily reduces cortisol levels and increases rest in shelter dogs".

"Bok Choy Isn’t ‘Exotic’: A young generation of Asian-American farmers is reclaiming Asian vegetables — and in the process, their own culinary heritage".

Via [personal profile] fred_mouse, "GenX Tribe: Breaking Bones and Other Stories of Walking it Off". [CW: All kinds of medical stuff, focusing on things going un- or poorly-treated.]

"The pink lakes of Australia – in pictures".

"Peepshi: The Next Generation". "Spring is officially here, which means the birds are a-singin', the bees are a-buzzin', and everywhere you look, there are signs of new life. What better time to buy a crap-ton of delicious, squishy Peeps and murder them one by one?"

"‘Angels in America’ Audiobook Will Be Narrated by Full Cast of Broadway Revival".

"We Can’t Get Over This Amazing High School Production of Alien". [The Mary Sue]

A post? A post.

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:30 am
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Right, posting is a thing.

--Until about a week ago, my phone (which will be...three years old this summer?) lived in a case with a cover that flipped shut. It now has a just-covers-the-back-and-edges case. There are benefits to this, like remembering that notification lights are a thing and I can tell if I have email without actually turning the screen on! How clever! But so far my literal grip on the thing still feels tenuous, and my slightly-germophobic brain has yet to come to a decision about whether I should lay the phone face-up or face-down by my bedside (or on other surfaces), because the cats walk over the surfaces that the phone face is touching when face-down, but the cats could also at any moment walk on the screen if it's face-up, and I know where those paws have been, friends. *wry*

--Crocuses are starting to just poke up in the front yard, so I guess soon we'll find out whether the manymany bulbs we planted out back a year and a half ago mostly failed to produce flowers last year because it takes two years or because something went wrong. Here's hoping it's the former.

--Sea is moving away disconcertingly soon. It feels like she just got here! (And she did, really. But the Nova Scotia job market lived down to its reputation. >.<) It's weird and sad to think of her being gone, even though it's not as if we'll never see her again. And in the meantime, efforts are ongoing to make sure she gets to eat ALL THE SEAFOOD, 'cause there's no ocean where she's going. :/

--The entire weather forecast is made of rain or showers. This would be less aggravating if rain hadn't resulted in scheduled work not being done on our townhouse this past Monday. (Non-urgent, but we're looking forward to having it done.) It's been rescheduled for this Tuesday, and so far the forecast only says "showers", so here's hoping things can proceed.

--[personal profile] scruloose and I need to start making solid plans for being in Toronto this year, and awkwardly, the trend of my "I really want to go and will enjoy being there, but holy crap, does the planning exhaust me" feeling getting more intense is continuing. Also, 2019 is likely to be a bit expensive in general, so I want to at least look into cashing in some of our heap of Aeroplan Miles to get to Toronto this time around, but the fact that it's one province too far away to count as a short-haul flight is just irritating. The thought of spending 25,000 miles to get to Toronto (the number needed to get anywhere outside "short-haul" range in continental North America) when 75,000 is enough to get to China or Japan is harsh.

--Speaking of money, we have an appointment with our accountant next week--when the company called to see if we were going to be coming in, he literally had one spot left this month. Oops. So this weekend has to include tallying all of my freelance income and deductions to hand off to him. I am very fond of roads and schools and all such things, so I'm philosophically on board with paying my taxes! But oh, the actual paying of them (and paying for his services, but we've plainly established that [personal profile] scruloose and I should not be left to our own devices on this front) is gonna sting.

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Apr. 19th, 2019 08:43 pm
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Writing is still going very slowly. I'm still having days when I write nothing at all. Given two assignments with due dates looming, it's a little worrying. I've passed minimum word count on one of those two, at least, but it still doesn't fulfill the conditions of the exchange. The other story has been sitting, untouched, for a while because it's not ready for writing yet. The due dates are a day apart, so I figure I'm good as long as I'm making progress on one or the other.

Cordelia didn't have school today because of Good Friday. She's very confused about that but happy to have a day off. The local schools do spring break in March without connecting it to Easter. I'm pretty sure that, when I was a kid, it usually floated to follow Easter.

I got a load of laundry done today and cooked some fish. I also put together my pillboxes for the next week. I have seven that are meant to be a week of storage and use one for each day so that I can open the bottles once a week instead of every day. I'd have liked to do dishes, but I couldn't manage that on top of the rest. The pills were hardest. Those run into both the osteoarthritis and the tremor, so I keep missing the compartments. I try to do the boxes when Scott and Cordelia aren't watching. I'm not sure why given that they know I have those issues.

The pillboxes are very helpful, though, because I can look at them and know whether or not I've taken today's dose of whatever goes in that compartment. There are things I really don't want to miss taking or double up on. Now I just need a way to track the take as needed stuff.

2/19/2019 Mitchell Canyon State Park

Apr. 19th, 2019 02:57 pm
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This has been one of those days when the only response is to either stop birding alone altogether, or go out alone tomorrow, the next day, and every day after that until I'm better at it.:( I'm not going to do either one, so mostly I'll just be deeply frustrated. What I have to try not to do is read other people's birding reports or talk to anyone on the trail, ever. ANYway.

When I got to Mitchell Canyon about 7:45 the gate was already open (official time is 8 am which is far too fucking late in summer, but there does not seem to be anywhere to park outside in order to walk in earlier). I walked up Red Road and took the north spur to the top of a rise from which I could see the fence at the Park boundary, then up to the crest, where the Park boundary is .8, .7, and .3 mi away to the north, south, and east. Maybe next time I'll take the trail east a bit. This time I turned back as usual, by which time it was pretty damned quiet. I had a bad warbler day, hearing many and getting bins on nothing (one orange-crown does NOT count). Bird of the day was an almost certain western tanager. It was bright yellow, sharing a tall, bare tree across the canyon with an ash-throated flycatcher so I had a size comparison. Only Wilson's warblers are that yellow, and they are tiny and very active. Still, it was a looong ways away. Fifty species or so: )

Saw western tiger swallowtail and California sister butterflies, as well as painted ladies on every piece of scat.:) They love shit. No ebird today, a combination of feeling overwhelmed and embarrassed./0\

Friday Fandom Thoughts

Apr. 19th, 2019 05:25 pm
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I'm gonna have a mini fandom rant here because it seems like all of my fandoms are ripping out my soul at the moment.

Avengers will tear out my heart and stomp that sucker into the curb later this month. There's no way that it can't. And I know that Steve/Bucky won't be endgame. That's fine, too. Nobody but me is ready for Gay Avengers. Still, though, if there's not some sort of resolution, my heart is gonna break.

And they're probably going to kill off Cap, because Chris Evans is so over playing him, so...yeah.

Shadowhunters has been cancelled due to rising costs. As much as I hate Cassie Claire and the drama she caused when she was a fanfic writer in LOTR and Harry Potter, I do enjoy the TV show based on the characters she created. I'll miss it when it's gone.

And then there's The Magicians. I'm so effing furious with the season finale that I could kill someone. What the entire fandom thought was going to be a wonderful new pairing ended up being nothing short of queerbaiting, and I'm so fucking over that. Supernatural has done that for years, and it's part of the reason I stopped watching it, but I thought the Magicians was better than that. Quentin and Eliot deserved more. I'm done.

Decluttering Drawers: Bedroom

Apr. 19th, 2019 03:11 pm
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
Learning how to fold things so they are in horizontal rows rather than vertical stacks is definitely the point where this tipped over into "hobby." However, it does make stuff WAY easier to find.

These are before-and-after aerial shots of my T-shirt drawer:

things and stuff

Apr. 19th, 2019 05:09 pm
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[personal profile] edenfalling
Things I have done so far today:

1. Taken far too many people on apartment showings. (Due to a handful of early move-outs, we now have four sample apartments we can show people with no prior notice. In theory this is a good thing. In practice, it means I have been doing significantly more walking-and-talking than I consider ideal. *wry*)

2. Addressed, wrote, and mailed a batch of thank-you notes for my church stewardship committee.

3. Rented two parking spaces.

4. Stayed on top of office paperwork and now finally have some time to get non-paperwork tasks done, like updating apartment photos on our website and refreshing our ads on rental listing sites. \o/

So I'm going to get on that photo stuff.
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[personal profile] musesfool
Only a year and two months after I moved in, my mirrors are finally hung! Pics! I'm so pleased with how they look and the guy was so fast! He was done with both in less than an hour! Next weekend, the bench is assembled and that'll go under the mirror in the bedroom - between the windows but away from the radiator - and everything will be complete!!!

The exterminator came also, which is good because last night was like a nightmare in the kitchen. Things had been mostly quiet on the bug front lately, and I guess I got complacent because I was not prepared at all for last night. But I watched him spray the baseboards and put some gel on the lip of the backsplash above the sink where I can't reach, and hopefully that will take care of the problem. There's no food out and the sink is dry after 8 pm, and I wish they would just go away. It's so upsetting.

I also got the laundry done, and I'll fold it tonight while watching the Mets. Yesterday, I caught up on Brooklyn Nine Nine, which was a good choice, because it made me laugh a lot, and then last night's episode made me laugh even more. Everything with Holt was COMEDY GOLD. And Mark Evan Jackson looks amazingly attractive with that beard.

In other news, did you know that jelly shoes are in fashion again? I would like a pair of gold sparkly ones, but I doubt at this point I could wear them comfortably. I lived in them in the early 80s though. And those awful Dr. Scholl's sandals - you know the ones! - before graduating to Candie's.

Anyway, here is today's poem:

All Objects Reveal Something About the Body
by Catie Rosemurgy

Crisp is to the apple what
flexed is to the body.

Poor apple.

Being bitten is to the crisp apple
what walking is to the ripe body, but it's more complicated than that:

the apple of the face has been given
to the running juice of the body

and the body, which is often gracious,
makes it shine.

Lucky apple.

Having a core is to the apple
what having a core is to the body, city, method, circumstance, endeavor.

Having a core is flower-shaped and hurts
in the way that having a shape hurts, which is to say

it hurts ironically, because to have limits
is not just to make a declaration upon a mountainside,

it is also to be the mountainside. Having a flowering core
also hurts in the way that being flower-like always hurts,

which is to say sexually, as if the whole self
has exceeded the skin, which it hasn't, which means

we always seem to be opening but never ever do.
Both these types of suffering color the air

when we pause to have them. The affected atoms
are hard to see amongst the billions

of sofa atoms, newsprint atoms
but, like the illnesses in the crystalline sea, they are there.

Red apple sliced, quartered, salted. Green apple,

alone in the basket.
Anything left on the shelf becomes weak,

suggestible, vulnerable to other shapes, hungry to be refilled
by something other than itself,

a poison apple.
The joining we do with others needs containing.

Apple pie.
Imagine the mess. Imagine a finger touching the sack of the heart.

Imagine being stopped, controlled that powerfully.
Imagine nothing like that being possible. Nothing ever stopping you

at the root of the breath. Huge apple.
The world in reference to you. How you move. Time a backdrop.

Or close the other eye: you in reference to the world.
How it varies and happens simultaneously.

Good morning.
Little apple.

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In the comments to Midweek Cafe and Lounge, Vol. 112 at Booman Tribune, I'm celebrating National Amaretto Day, so all of the drinks I will serve while that diary is on the rec list will contain amaretto. I begin with How to make the Amaretto Sunrise - Tipsy Bartender.

Your girl will love this drink...THE AMARETTO SUNRISE! This is one of the prettiest drinks we've made--it truly looks just like a magical sunset in a glass, with the hue changing from a yellow to orange to red in subtle layers. Plus, it tastes incredible! Amaretto, orange juice, and grenadine give it a nice fruity almond type of flavor that is sweet and smooth. This is one recipe to hang onto--with just three ingredients, it's super easy to make, and yet beautiful and tasty!
Today's recipe video is How to make Homemade Amaretto - Tipsy Bartender.

Try out this awesome recipe for...HOMEMADE AMARETTO! Amaretto is such a great liquor and so versatile. You can recreate the same exquisite almond taste as Disaronno with this recipe. This homemade amaretto is sweet and flavorful, and making it yourself is super fun and handy. It's easy and the results are delicious, so whip up a batch and serve it to your partygoers, or just impress your girl or guy with a custom bottle of amaretto!
I have another recipe video picked out for tomorrow, although my readers may have to wait until May Day to see it here.
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A delightful middle-grade novel about a girl who acquires a flock of chickens with superpowers.

I feel like that’s really all that needs to be said. Either this is something you immediately want to read, or not. But a few more things I liked about it…

- It’s epistolatory, told completely in the form of letters, chicken quizzes and pamphlets, to-do lists, etc.

- There are a lot of completely accurate chicken facts.

- The superpowers are used the way that actual chickens would use superpowers if they had them. They’re not superintelligent chickens, just regular chickens with unusual abilities.

- The heroine, Sophie, is biracial (white father, Mexican-American mother) and while this is relevant to the story, it’s not what the story is about. Are you or do you know a Latina girl who wants a book where someone like them is the heroine and it’s not about Issues? Do they like chickens and/or The X-Men? Then they are the perfect reader for this book.

- Honestly though anyone is the perfect reader for this book. I guess unless they hate and fear chickens.

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Hooray for needles?

Apr. 19th, 2019 08:36 am
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I heard back from my doctor's office and they don't have a Measles Mumps Rubella shot listed on my immunization record, so I checked and a shot is fully covered by my insurance, without me having to first get a blood test to check the antibody titer. So I plan to go and get stuck with a needle at lunch, rather than go through all the business of getting a blood test and waiting for results. ETA: Done!

I had mumps when I was, I think, seven years old (I suspect, but do not know, that the vaccine either wasn't required or widely available when I was getting childhood vaccinations), and childhood measles vaccine, and I think the booster I had back in the 1980s was a full modern MMR. But I have no records of any of that, and apparently, immunity can be imperfect, especially for measles, depending on several factors. Also, there have been cases of mumps at the university where I work and nearby, and measles keeps popping up all over due mostly to self-centered idiots who don't vaccinate their children. I don't mind getting a shot to increase herd immunity.

My gym schedule this week was off due to me being sleep-deprived on Wednesday. Last night, I did my half-hour jog and some leg/core exercises. The first fifteen minutes or so of the jog was rough, but I kept going, and it got easier so long as I didn't try to go too fast. I managed to speed up a little for a minute or two here and there. My new Superfit Hero leggings had arrived, so I wore those, and they worked out very well. The brand has pockets now (which I don't actually need, but pockets!, and the fabric feels a little thinner and smoother than my Kickstarter pair.

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Apr. 19th, 2019 05:16 am
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* "Algeria: The army, the people, and the three Bs:" https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/algeria-army-people-bs-190416162721661.html

* "This is why Venezuela’s Maduro is still in power:" https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/d3n8ym/this-is-why-venezuelas-maduro-is-still-in-power

* "North Korea Tests New Weapon:" https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/17/world/asia/north-korea-missile-weapons-test.html

* "North Korea demands removal of Pompeo:" https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47971164

* "In major shift, Trump to allow lawsuits against foreign firms in Cuba:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cuba/in-major-shift-trump-to-allow-lawsuits-against-foreign-firms-in-cuba-idUSKCN1RS1VY

* "It’s Been Over 300 Days Since a Pentagon Press Briefing. That Should Concern Everyone:" http://time.com/5571643/pentagon-press-briefings/

* "Democrats Subpoena Nine Banks in Probe of Trump Finances:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-18/democrats-said-to-subpoena-nine-banks-in-probe-of-trump-finances

* "Team Trump: The Mueller Report Is Vindication—and Riddled With ‘Lies’:" https://www.thedailybeast.com/team-trump-the-mueller-report-is-vindicationand-riddled-with-lies?ref=scroll

* "Read the full, redacted Mueller report:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/politics/read-the-mueller-report/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7385b5201b24

* "Mueller report lays out obstruction evidence against the president:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/attorney-general-to-provide-overview-of-mueller-report-at-news-conference-before-its-release/2019/04/17/8dcc9440-54b9-11e9-814f-e2f46684196e_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.e62ed696e1a4

* "Mueller whacks Trump with evidence of obstruction:" https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/18/redacted-mueller-report-released-1280960

* "White House and Justice Dept. Officials Discussed Mueller Report Before Release:" https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/17/us/politics/trump-mueller-report.html

* "‘Keep your mouth shut’: Dems erupt over Barr’s Mueller report rollout:" https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/17/william-barr-mueller-report-1280585

* "Trump campaign attempted to obtain Hillary Clinton’s private emails:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-campaign-attempted-to-obtain-hillary-clintons-private-emails/2019/04/18/73a70466-61f1-11e9-bfad-36a7eb36cb60_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a3df530fba9e

* "Mueller report a road map for charging Trump with obstruction:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/mueller-report-a-road-map-for-charging-trump-with-obstruction-1499328579685

* "Congress picks up Trump money trail Mueller didn't run down:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/congress-picks-up-trump-money-trail-mueller-didn-t-run-down-1499326531965

* "McCabe: Mueller report validates opening of Trump-Russia probe:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/mccabe-mueller-report-validates-opening-of-trump-russia-probe-1499327555979

* "McCabe: Mueller reports 'avalanche of facts' on Trump obstruction:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/mccabe-mueller-reports-avalanche-of-facts-on-trump-obstruction-1499329603706

* "Sen. Harris: Mueller should testify before Congress:" http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/sen-harris-mueller-should-testify-before-congress-1499277891630

* "Mueller report reveals a mob-like presidency:" http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/mueller-report-reveals-a-mob-like-presidency-1499279427897

* "Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants to hear from Mueller directly:" http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/sen-amy-klobuchar-wants-to-hear-from-mueller-directly-1499283523543

* "Ivanka Trump says she passed on World Bank job:" https://apnews.com/f2e7202bec644e80a634c0e8d047c7a4

* "Monica Crowley, a Fox News Fixture, Is Said to Get a Top Treasury Job:" https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/17/business/economy/monica-crowley-treasury-mnuchin.html

* "Republicans boldly explore new frontiers of voter suppression:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/04/17/republicans-boldly-explore-new-frontiers-voter-suppression/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.fe12ba474a37

* "Kentucky Republican backtracks after AOC says she's 'happy' to talk Green New Deal with coal miners:" https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/4/17/1851001/-Kentucky-Republican-backtracks-after-AOC-says-she-s-happy-to-talk-Green-New-Deal-with-coal-miners

* "Uninvited: GOP Rep. flip-flips on Ocasio-Cortez:" https://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/uninvited-gop-rep-flip-flips-on-ocasio-cortez-1498271811782

* "Residents an Afterthought in Public Housing Privatization Coverage:" https://fair.org/home/residents-an-afterthought-in-public-housing-privatization-coverage/

* "US aid cuts will spur Central America migration, experts say:" https://www.apnews.com/0d61a99f032c49f89828c6c140ad2ab3

* "Justice Dept. denies bond for tens of thousands of asylum seekers:" https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/16/doj-bonds-asylum-seekers-1362789

* "The Truth About Dentistry:" https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/05/the-trouble-with-dentistry/586039/

* "The Mueller Report Audiobook:"

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* "Julian Assange Is Not A Good Roommate:"

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* "Stephen Miller's Even More Extreme Immigration Ideas:"

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* "Proven Guilty Makes Molly Matter:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/proven-guilty-makes-molly-matter/

* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* "Books for low-income kids who don't have enough books Needed:" https://delight.dreamwidth.org/156856.html

* Want to help LGBTQIA+ folk escapr repressive regimes? https://www.rainbowrailroad.com/donate

* Donate to HIAS to help refugees: https://act.hias.org/page/6048/donate/1

* Want to contribute directly to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services fund? "Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services:" https://www.raicestexas.org/

* Support Kids at the Border: http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/175022384240/support-the-kids-at-the-border

* The Rainbow Road and other ways to help Gay Refugees: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160470723507/the-rainbow-railroad-is-helping-gay-men-escape

* Upset about the abuse of big cats by people who shouldn't be allowed to keep them? Big cat rescue is trying to change laws to protect wild animals. "Cat Laws:" https://bigcatrescue.org/cat-laws/

* A list of organizations to help you run for office: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/167330144634/psst-hey

* Have something you want to tell your Congress Critters? If you can not protest in person, here are some other options:
Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to the representative of your choice.

* 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 cool person and the swimsuits are being made from an ethical source. LGBTQIA+ swimsuits: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NerdyKeppie?ref=l2-shopheader-name§ion_id=24021616

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com or paypal.me/Gwydion

* Birthday/Solstice master list: https://gwydion.dreamwidth.org/1925021.html

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Apr. 19th, 2019 11:20 am
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Anybody who noted the mildew-smelling rug issue may be amused to know that in [half] accordance with [personal profile] harpers_child's suggestion here I spritzed the rug, although after a day drying on the balcony it seemed to be mostly fine, with a fine mist of vodka...

...but as noted in the thread I only had Absolut, so. Yeah, that's the most action that bottle of Absolut has seen in years.

Daily Happiness

Apr. 18th, 2019 11:03 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
1. Day off tomorrow! I'm really worn out, so I'm looking forward to it even more than usual.

2. I've been keeping up with my daily pushups and I can now do sixty in a row without stopping. I'm definitely feeling a difference in my stomach, chest, and arm muscles.

3. We had pizza for dinner tonight. I haven't had pizza at all while Carla's been gone because I don't like pizza very much when it's not freshly made, so usually I just eat it the first night and leave the leftovers for her, so there's no point getting it when it's just me.

4. Cutie desk Molly!

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Apr. 18th, 2019 10:34 pm
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We had a pretty good game session last night. It took us a while to figure out where we'd left off because it had been so long since we last met. Scott kicked off a major plot for us. Well, maybe 'kicked off' is the wrong phrase. He dropped different bits of it on different characters so that we had to put the pieces together.

We discussed character advancement. The other players seemed to have ideas. I just have this blobby sense that the things my character ought to be good at don't fit the available options unless I twist the names of the skills beyond recognition. Part of that is that I built her backstory to explain her being good at the sort of inference about worldbuilding/plot that I do automatically when I'm role playing or reading or what-have-you. I thought I might as well lean into it since it's not a thing I can manage not to. I can play as if my character doesn't know a plot thread is there, but it's less fun.

I think part of my problem is that, as defined by the rules, there are three skills that my character should be really good at. I want her to be good enough at them to have multiple specializations without necessarily being that good at the other specializations. Scott and I kind of work around this because he knows what I think she can do and agrees that my ideas of what she can and can't do make sense. She has a high sneak skill, but she would actually be terrible at, say, ghosting through the streets or walking silently in the woods. She's good at knowing where the holes are in surveillance systems, and she's good at acting like she belongs wherever she is.

We're still trying to get Scott's sister to tell us what she'd like us to bring to the Easter dinner. Even a general food category would be helpful. She's told us what other people are bringing but not what she'll be making.

Scott bought some new trousers online. One pair fit comfortably, but the other two are going back. I wanted to wash the keepers today, but my hands weren't up to it.

My hands gave up on working properly before Cordelia got home from school. I think a lot of that was me trying to disassemble things that needed to go into the dishwasher. The cold brew coffee making thing wouldn't come apart. I tried several times, with breaks, before just dumping it into the dishwasher still assembled. It kind of got clean, much moreso than I expected, but coffee grounds tend to get wedged in seams and corners when I wash it that way.


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