The Wizard War in Comics

Feb. 25th, 2017 01:10 am
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I was amused by this article about a wizard war between two guys who make comics.  This explains so much of the mayhem in the multiverse.  ;) 

Spell Against Drumpf

Feb. 24th, 2017 11:24 pm
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For those of you wishing that #45 would go away ...

"Anyone do magic out there? I guess there's a spell being cast to bind Trump worldwide at midnight (EST) tonight. So if you have an orange candle, a tarot deck, and an "unflattering photo of Trump (small)" you can join in. :-D There are instructions in this news article as well as unflattering photo of Trump (small)."

Friday Yardening

Feb. 24th, 2017 11:11 pm
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Today I refilled the birdfeeders. Then I mulched around the contorta willow and started putting mulch around the big maple near the house.

I have miniature Dutch iris blooming now, along with snowdrops and a few more forsythia blossoms. :D

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Poem: "Black Mollies"

Feb. 24th, 2017 02:03 pm
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This poem is spillover from the December 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alatefeline. It also fills the "Black Mollies" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Shuffle Music Fest Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains intense material that some readers may find unsettling. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Shiv gets saddled with babysitting a toddler, which he is not prepared for and finds triggering. He actually can function while flashbacking, but it is not fun. The poem includes unwilling childcare duty, painfully inept attempts at babysitting, poor self-image, extreme anxiety causing significant physical symptoms, panic attacks, difficulty thinking, general freaking out, desperate begging for help from Dr. G, a lot of foul language only some of which is self-censored partway through, Shiv has no idea how to take care of a toddler, but he gets most of it surprisingly okay and there is no permanent damage, Shiv has utterly no grasp of how real sharing is supposed to work, boundary issues so many boundary issues, also some safety issues, lots of hints about Shiv's utterly horrible past, resistance to talking about anything remotely connected with sex, Shiv is terrified that he'll wind up abusing kids if he is around any, anxiety over making mistakes, abandonment issues, extreme potty panic due to Shiv's past sexual and other abuse, self-bullying, jealousy, age-switching, craft challenges, my supervillain has a pretty princess bathroom, half-sane half-scrambled gender issues, reference to outside teasing, inability to sit still, running on the stairs, Shiv's taste in cartoons is not entirely child-safe, children's songs are incredibly violent if you really listen to the lyrics, Buttons isn't sure whether to be grateful for the babysitting or pissed at Shiv's methods so she does both, which drives Shiv up a wall, clinginess, avoidance, clueless Shiv is clueless, aftermath anxiety, and other stress. This poem is likely to be uncomfortable for abuse survivors and possibly also parents. There is actually a lot of fluff, though, and aside from being a completely nerve-wracking experience for Shiv, it goes well enough that Jaxon likes him. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read. It's a point in Shiv's process of coping with his abusive past, so it's plot-relevant, but shouldn't leave an unavoidably huge hole in the main storyline if you skip it.

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Feb. 24th, 2017 08:21 pm
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No posts the past few days because my laptop's hard drive is now a paperweight. New HD came today, and tomorrow morning I'll go over to the mothership (aka my parents' house) to put it in and see if anything is salvageable from the old one. My most recent backup is a few months old, so it would be nice... but I'm not holding out much hope for it.


Feb. 24th, 2017 08:50 pm
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Change your passwords, folks.

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MARKED - 4.3

Nilien bit her lip. She looked down at Ember, who turned to look at her. “A tracking mark? So whoever put it on me, no matter where I am, they can find me?”

“That’s the idea. Sometimes students do things like that as a prank, dear. It’s probably nothing to worry about.”

“Nothing,” Nilien repeated numbly.

You do not think it is nothing, do you? Ember’s ears raked back.

“No, I —” she turned to look at Professor Vaudelle. “Could it be, I mean, might it have been done by the assassin, professor?”

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The advancing attack on democracy

Feb. 24th, 2017 03:29 pm
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From Daily Kos. H/t John Davis.

Bannon Admits Trump's Cabinet Nominees Were Selected To Destroy Their Agencies.
Feb 23, 2017 4:27pm EST

At CPAC today Stephen Bannon, the Chief Advisor and intellectual heft behind the Twittering infant that sits in the Oval Office, provided a little glimpse of the future he has planned for all of us.

In the clearest explanation for why nearly all of Trump’s cabinet choices are known mostly for despising and attacking the very Federal agencies they’ve been designated to lead, Bannon explained—in very clear language--that they weren't appointed to lead these agencies, but to destroy them:

Atop Trump’s agenda, Bannon said, was the “deconstruction of the administrative state” — meaning a system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president and his advisers believe stymie economic growth and infringe upon one’s sovereignty.

“If you look at these Cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction,” Bannon said. He posited that Trump’s announcement withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership was “one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history.”

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(Edited 2017.02.24, 17:00 EST = UTC-T, to link CPAC, add new tag and change title.
And again at 18:11. This is not the destruction of democracy if we defend it!)

Friday Links (pervert men edition)

Feb. 24th, 2017 12:07 pm
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It's Friday! Yay! And it's been a weird week in the news.

Anyway, here are the links I found interesting this week, sorted into categories.

Links of the Week

When A Woman Deletes A Man’s Comment Online. "To be able to take issues fundamental to the health and safety of millions of people and turn them into sport where winners and losers are decided by talking points requires some level of insulation from the negative impacts of the outcome in order to enjoy participating."

Library Hand, the Fastidiously Neat Penmanship Style Made for Card Catalogs.

A Million People Live in These Underground Nuclear Bunkers.

Two Milo Reax Reax—One Long, One Short. "So look, straight people, if you don't want gay teenagers above the age of consent entering into sexual relationships with older gay men—if you don't want your gay sons pursuing older gay men and vice-versa—do what you can to make it safe for your gay teenagers to come out and date each other. Be just as supportive, proud, affirming and meddlesome when your gay teen starts to date as you are when your straight teens start to date."

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Black Man Whose Lawyer Called Racist “Expert” to the Stand.

Donald Trump And Trans Student Bathroom Laws: How Tech Is Responding To Admin's Latest Order.

This week in the war on trans people

What Trump's Controversial Transgender Decision Really Means, Legally.

Trump’s Rollback On Transgender Rights Is A Threat To All Right.

I'm 16 and Trans, and I'm Not Fake News.

Happy News!

St. Louis police get lesson on helping LGBT crime victims.

This week in Comments, Trolls, and Wankers

Another Word: Peacetalk, Hate Speech.

This Week in Difficult to Classify

We're Not Doing the Garter Thing.

Rounding Up Monsters, Ignoring Victims.

This week in stupid

A Male Chiropractor Wants Women To Use Controversial Methods To Contain Menstrual Flow. Idiot thinks women can glue their vaginas shut to hold menstrual blood back until they pee... which proves he doesn't know how vaginas work. I'm a gay man, and I appear to be more familiar with this anatomy than this quack!

This week in awful news

Indigenous women of Standing Rock issue heartbreaking plea for help ahead of evacuation.

Orlando Sentinel: GOP Responds To Pulse Massacre With Two Dozen NRA Bills Allowing Guns Almost Everywhere.

This week in awful people who only have themselves to blame

An actual conservative details how the member-of-minority-says-minority-is-real-oppressor scam works, why it works, and what it buys the Republicans.

Milo Yiannopoulos: Girls Are In Danger When Adult Trans Women Use Public Toilets But 13-Year-Old Boys Can Benefit From Giving Head To Adult Males.

Milo Yiannopoulos resurrected a dangerous old myth about gay men and pedophilia.

Roxane Gay — All I really need to say about Milo.

Milo Yiannopoulos Disinvited From CPAC, Simon & Schuster Cancels Book Publication.

The Sad Truth About Milo Yiannopoulos.

Bill Maher Shows Us Why You Can't Platform Fascists. Maher is trying to take credit for bringing Milo down, despite the fact the Maher didn't just treat Milo with kid gloves (as some have described it), he actually agreed with Milo's transphobic comments. Further Maher not only didn't expose Milo's weird hebephilia (it's not pedophilia when the victim is post-pubescent, but I'm being pedantic, I know) comments, in fact, Maher has made some of those in the past himself...

Playing the Pawn in PewDiePie’s Blame Game.

News for queers and our allies:

Finnish Parliament votes down bid to repeal same-sex marriage.

Fewer Teens Die By Suicide When Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal.

Gay national champion college football player came out during ‘Never have I ever’.


Collective narcissism predicts hypersensitivity to insult, study finds.

Science: CEOs Are Such Bullshit.

Ancient microbes survive inside massive cave crystals for 50,000 years.

See drone video of SpaceX landing a Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral.

NASA Scientists Have a Plan to Make Pluto a Planet Again.

Lumpy, hairy, toe-like fossil could reveal the evolution of molluscs.

Scientists just found a 500-million-year-old worm with legs.

Grace Hopper's compiler: Computing's hidden hero.

The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class.

OCD-like behavior linked to genetic mutation, study finds.

Planet 9 Can't Run Forever. Two Asteroids Give Up Some Clues.

VIDEO: Unbelievable video shows dolphins getting HIGH off underwater 'drug'.

Research shows secondary seed dispersal by predator animals is important for recolonization of plants.

Solid foam’s clever shape makes it really strong.

LIGO's detection of gravitational waves was an achievement comparable to Galileo’s telescope. Meet the man whose team built the detector.

Why T. Rex Had Such Puny Arms.

Unlocking the healing secrets of Komodo dragon blood.

What is the crater-dome illusion?

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Some Thoughts on the 2016 Nebula Nominees, the Shadow Clarke Award and some other awards.

Thoughts on the Nebula Nominees.

Camestros Felapton: SFWA announces the Nebulas.

A Voyage Around the Puppy Seas to See How the Milomeltdown goes.

John Scalzi: On the Matter of Empathy For Horrible People.

The 2016 Nebula Award Nominees Show Us Diverse New Worlds.

2017 Hugo Nomination Recommendations.

Possible New Details About the CW's Newest DC TV Show Black Lightning.


'Hellboy III' Officially Scrapped, Guillermo del Toro Says.

2016 Aurealis Awards shortlist announcement.

My grandfather helped create Captain America for times like these.

This week in Writing

Finding The Plot: A Crash Course in Narrative.

Scrivener Binder Icons ~ What the Tiny Variations Mean.

This Week in Covering the News

Om Malik: How is The New York Times Really Doing?

This Week in Inclusion

Number of female protagonists hits record high in 2016, still half that of men.

New Children’s Book ‘Promised Land’ Is a Gay Fairytale.

Aromantic Headcanons and Making Room for Friend-shipping.

Culture war news:

Andrew Sullivan extols a pre-Trump past that bears little resemblance to the grotesque reality of American society..

When Transphobia Trumps Statistics.

How the last man to see Sylvia Plath alive was punished for his quiet homosexuality.

George Saunders on the incredible shrinking empathy of the Trump era.

Hate group wants to boycott Taco Bell for dumbest reason imaginable.

When Did Christians Become Comfortable with the Loss of Truth?

Despite Having All the Power, Conservative Christians Are Still Pretending To Be Persecuted.

Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Local Law Protecting LGBT Community.

This week in the deplorables

Pastor walks out on Trump’s ‘demonic’ Florida rally: ‘My 11-year-old daughter was sobbing in fear’.

CNN host nails CPAC chairman for double standard: ‘You are okay with all the misogynistic things’. “Your line is pedophilia. Why aren’t some college campuses allowed to say their line is misogyny?”

This Week in the Resistance:

The Resistance Is the Majority of Americans — Not a New Tea Party.

Thousands of Miles and Nine Time Zones Away... There's No Escaping the News from Home.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Chuck Todd Enters Twitter War With Donald Trump During Insane Press Conference.

Shaun King: Donald Trump remains silent as white men continue to terrorize America.

Trump’s invention of a Swedish terrorist attack was funny. But it likely comes from a dark place.

Trump Can’t Build a Border Wall Without the Real Estate.

A Holocaust Historian Explains Why People Believe Trump's Lies: Insights about the science—and power—of denial.

Despite double-digit win in South Carolina, poll shows Donald Trump's approval rating isn't higher here than anywhere else.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Children of Japanese Americans Who Defied Internment Ask Court to Reject Trump's Travel Ban.

McMaster May Reorganize Trump’s Foreign Policy Team Once Again. Now saying they removed Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from National Security Council BY ACCIDENT!

Border Patrol Agents Stop Domestic Travelers at New York Airport.

This Week in People Who Usually Oppose Us

Earlier in the week I linked to a story about the notorious Harlem Hate Church's latest church sign, which used the nickname Tribulation Trump for Donald, and I didn't want to watch Manning's sermon video to find out why. So I tried to find it elsewhere. Turns about there are more evangelicals/fundamentalists who dislike Donald:

Here's a DoNotLink to: Donald Trump is the Antichrist.


Here's a DoNotLink to: 13 Ways President-Elect Trump is Apocalyptic.

Here's a DoNotLink to: Extreme joy from Witnesses regarding President "Tribulation" Trump!!

This week in Politics:

Cops: It’s True, These Republican Congressmen Are GIANT PUSSIES.

Dems to David Brock: Stop Helping, You Are Killing Us.

Editorial: Congress shouldn't duck the public.

The Folly of Abolishing the N.E.A.

With billions at stake, a federal judge just nullified the GOP's most cynical attack on Obamacare.

John Boehner: Obamacare repeal and replace “not going to happen”.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

FBI Arrests Man Who Allegedly Planned Dylann Roof-Style Attack.

Hunters charged in Texas shooting had blamed immigrants.

It’s Not Just Milo: Five Of The Wildest CPAC Speakers.

White Nationalist Richard Spencer Kicked Out Of CPAC.

This Week in Hate Crimes

Jewish Community Center was twice evacuated in recent week.

Speak Their Names.

Another Wave Of Bomb Threats Targets Jewish Community Centers.

More than 150 headstones damaged at Jewish cemetery in University City; authorities investigating.

Anti-Semitic Crime in America: Latest on the hate crimes targeting Jews across the country.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 2/18/2017: Abusive men in the news edition.

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, walks like a duck….

Devils in very poor disguises.

The Secrets of the Universe.

“The human race might have one more chance…” – more of why I love sf/f.


Depeche Mode - Where's the Revolution:

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Seth Meyers: Hey! Transgender Kids:

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Jamiroquai - Cloud 9:

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The Harp Twins are crowdfunding new harps. (Remember, they need two of everything. Yikes.) At the concert we saw, they had acoustic pedal harps, and electic lever harps. Now they're saving for electroacoustic pedal harps, which will have special effects pedals along with the usual ones for changing the pitch. Pay close attention to the status: $13,615 of $6,000 goal.  $6000 was the amount they were short of the downpayment for having the harps made, after saving money on their own.  The overage all goes toward the monthly payments, which are also large.  So the more, the merrier.  If you've got a few bucks to spare, chip in and let there be more harping!

I have to say, my farmemory makes this all the more squeeworthy.  Concert harps were exciting enough -- the classic harps could only be repitched with a tuning key.  Special effects pedals?  My historic and futuristic aspects are both geeking out at the same time, and that almost never happens.  :D

The Funeral - a beginning of a tale

Feb. 24th, 2017 01:48 pm
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This started out as something else, but it appears like in addition, it wants to be a murder mystery. Fae apoc, pre-apoc era, possibly 2010.

Senga didn’t believe it until she saw the body. Ellehemaei did not die very often, and they almost never died of natural causes; until she did a very quiet Working on the body itself, she was still working under the assumption that this was some trick of her Great-Aunt Mirabella’s.

The confirmation that it was real took her breath away. She walked past the body again, looking at what her diagnosis told her more than the corpse. Natural causes? Well, hawthorn was natural, she supposed, and her aunt was chock full of it.

“Miss Attenoin? Do please come to my office at noon. There’s the will reading.” The suited man stank of lawyer, and his suit stank of money. No surprise, considering her great-aunt. But...

“The will?” Senga frowned. “Great-Aunt Mirabella and I weren’t all that close…”
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(Guess what, it's all more complicated.)

I was at a meeting at former workplace this pm because just because I am no longer professionally associated with [particular archive], I am still widely considered A Nexpert in the matter.

So anyway, I was at this meeting, and something set me thinking about the Broad Street Pump.

And how this gets boiled down into a metaphor about removing the handle of the pump as being the dramatic and appropriate action to stop [Bad Thing].

Incidentally we note from that account that John Snow did not himself go and dramatically wrench the handle off the pump but pursued proper channels, take that, mavericks!

But what it's actually about is:

a) meticulous gathering and mapping of data to identify the problem.

b) beyond the emergency intervention: how about we do something to prevent cholera getting into the water-supply, huh?

But people do love the dramatic iconic story. And while I doubt John Snow is exactly a household name, we do note that he gets a pub named after him, as well as there being memorials to the pump itself. Whereas Sir Joseph Bazalgette, who did a whole lot more to provide sanitation for London, doesn't, though he does have a memorial on the Victoria Embankment.

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Connecting Favors
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 4 of 4, (complete)
word count (story only): 1212

:: This story takes place at the beginning of events in “Connecting Family,” from the viewpoint of the person Elisabeth Finn called for help. ::

back to part three
to the index
:: Thanks for reading! ::

“Am I the easy target?” Drew whispered raggedly, changing the subject with the grace of a falling axe. Hurt and bewilderment darkened his eyes. One hand scrubbed through his auburn hair, leaving it sticking up in a dozen directions. “Mister Cort asked me to accept the favor, not Molly or Heron, and I don't understand why.”

“It's not weakness,” Liborio insisted, pulling the teen into a one-armed hug. “You are literally the closest person to Aida, so he's probably just trying to make sure you're smooth with it because it lets you stick around longer than if you don't have those resources.”

He paused, frowning at the overhead light for a moment, then shook his head. “What did he mean by 'saved his sons' lives'? Can you say?”
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Book Talk: Viral Airwaves

Feb. 24th, 2017 04:00 pm
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What to say about Viral Airwaves by Claudie Arseneault? Well, for starters, that I had a blast with it and that I know the author from Twitter and will do my best to catch my own bias and point it out to you.

But let’s talk Viral Airwaves. It’s what’s called a solarpunk adventure. As I said on Twitter a while back, if you have a literary punch-a-nazi itch at any point: Viral Airwaves will scratch it very nicely. It’s a story that’s all about hope and positivity, so it was a perfect read for the world’s events in January and I recommend checking it out solely for the “ordinary people can do heroic things and have an impact” theme it carries. It’s gorgeous.

It also, I should note, comes with trigger warnings for explicit torture, witnessed suicide and mass murders through engineered pandemics.

And now! The obligatory cut! It’s been a while since I read it, so my memory of details is sadly a little hazy, but hopefully I can still convince you this is awesome. XD

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Mirrored from Little Lion Lynnet's.

That was not the night I anticipated

Feb. 24th, 2017 10:30 am
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 Let me begin by saying that I'm scraped up, bruised and battered but nothing serious happened.The worst that happened was a sprain. I am resting today per doctor's orders.

I had a good pain day yesterday. I had my Enterprise computing and my Linux class and expected to enjoy the unusually mild temperatures on the ride home. After the class, I took my moped on the road behind the school as far as I could before having to turn onto a US highway for a short segment of the journey. I do not normally take this route, but there is road construction on the roads I normally use. (It is not illegal to take mopeds on US highways. It's just dangerous. I don't like doing it.)  I get to a red light at a convenience store and stop to wait for the light to change. I pull out, and in the middle of the road, I skid on a piece of a car's floor board.

The moped wipes out and I am thrown to the ground. I landed face down on my stomach. My glasses fall off to the side, and the moped is on top of my left leg. I lie on the floor dazed for a few seconds while motorist come rushing towards me. I hear someone say she's dialing 911. I keep getting asked if  I could move or get up.  As I am trying to move my leg out from underneath the vehicle, a task which proved simple, I'm trying to figure out if I can do this or not. Eventually a woman claiming to be an EMT rushes out of her car along with several others. I am helped up, and eventually correct the woman who keeps calling me 'he.'Priorities there.

Eventually the police and an ambulance show up.  My attempts to get hold of Cathy fail because she is also getting out of classes and refuses to carry a cell phone. I am encouraged to go to the hospital to get checked out, even though everyone present is sure it's just  road rash.  I get directed into an ambulance and then spend time riding to an ER of a local hospital,  After being poked, prodded and scanned, I am informed that nothing is broken, I have no serious injuries, given a splint for my right wrist, treated for minor wounds, and released.  The moped was taking to a local fire department and I have to pick it up in the immediate future.

So, take out the entire night portion and I had a pretty good day yesterday.

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