Preet Bharara, the crusading US attorney who was investigating Trump's NY connections until he and the other US attorneys were fired, has a new job in media, where he plans to continue to explore justice and fairness issues and provide in-depth analysis of legal cases.The 50 most powerful women in NYC.The Supreme Court is taking a case on whether the federal govt. can track cell phones without a warrant; a privacy issue.What's at stake for McConnell (he wins even if he loses), Conservatives and the GOP (the backlash to the Trumpcare Senate bill that hurts their base could throw them all out of office.)
But no matter, McConnell wins even if the bill doesn't pass. The only way he loses is if it doesn't come to a vote.Meanwhile, the House GOP is dillydallying over the budget.
Oh, really? Now that the transcript of the Comey tapes has emerged, Trump is saying he doesn't know if they exist.
PANTS ON FIRE!!! And from the NYTimes, Trump's Lies. (currently updated edition.)Younger Republicans are more pro-immigration and same-sex marriage.Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz has resigned.
Scientists are considering a tsunami warning system for the Great Lakes -- because they do have a type of unpredictable wave that has killed people.
College students want to talk about sex and consent, but don't know how. There are some good ideas in this article that I wish I'd had when I was in college.
Well, here we go, a topic where I don't have a whole playlist to throw around, and if I did, I wouldn't want to. I don't have a lot of people I want to forget in my life; the people I've known who were entirely negative, I want to remember whatever made me despise them so I can avoid it in the future.
So I'm stuck trying to figure out... are there songs I associate with the racist sexist step-uncle in Arkansas? With the kids who harassed me for being terrible at sports? With the teacher who gave me detention for reading in class? (I wasn't reading what everyone else was, because I'd finished it.) With the evil ex?
Wait, yes! There's a song that I like very much, that is so tangled with the evil ex (it was on one of his mix tapes) that I can't listen to it without unpleasant memories. :( Which is as close as I get to "a song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget," I think.( This song is far too mellow for the associations I have with it. )Meme list
While I loved the series Sense8
as a whole, I think I preferred Season 1 to Season 2, it was better structured and the season finale was less busy and less rushed. I felt the first season to be tighter than the second, and that it wandered less. The stories seemed to interconnect more, and by the end of it, each character's arc was completed with a sort of open feeling of more to come. But it could have ended there, without feeling too jarring.
Season2....oh dear. It has moments of brilliance, but it is a bit of jangled mess at the end. I agree a great deal with the AV Club review of the finale episode, found HERE
. The final two episodes felt more like a mid-season episodes than a season finale, and left the audience with more questions than answers, and sense of being left with a major cliff-hanger. I almost wish I'd stopped with S1, although there are bits in S2 that I'm rather glad I saw, and at least four of the eight characters story-arcs are to some degree completed. ( Spoilers for Sense8 )
Ifixit.com, the free repair manual.The world's first waterpark for people with disabilies.Facebook now provides resources for journalists' safety.Trump has shut off the televised feed -- and all cameras present -- at press conferences (thus ensuring the only video record of what was said is in his hands), and journalists condemn this -- but they're not boycotting the conferences.The Washington Post is using an AI to moderate comments to the paper.
Johnny Depp opened his mouth at the Glastonbury Festival and dropped a big one: When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?
As if that weren't enough to catch the morning edition, his financial woes -- what is this, spending $2 million a month? -- may sink the Pirates franchise.
I look at his spending habits and all I can think is, this is a guy who was a kid who was really poor at some point, and it has never left him.Famous women have been denying the mores of fashion (and conservatives) and wearing menswear for years. Here are some photos.Trump is being sued for intentionally destroying presidential records.
And also, he's played upon the grief of people whose family members were killed by undocumented immigrants (whether in a car accident or otherwise) to get their support.
Canada is tired of dealing with Trump, so now it's doing business with individual states and cities.
Trump also has dropped a grant for a nonprofit that helps people leave violent right-wing groups.
It's like he and his crew want us to be harassed by neoNazis, isn't it?Sen. Warren blasts the blood-money cuts in the Republican anti-health bill.
Unfortunately for us all, the Senate can't slow the progress of the GOP bill once it's written, so they're doing all they can now.
And here's the Economic Policy Institute on what we have to lose.
And five Republicans refuse to support the bill -- one because it's too harsh, four because it's too liberal.
I have some concerns about the mental health of those four. And McConnell may think he will win by losing if it goes down at a vote.
Why? Then it's over for this year and they can go on to amending the tax code to reward the wealthy and steal from the rest of us. What a thoroughgoing scoundrel!
I don't want to say this, but there are strong rumors that Supreme Court Justice Kennedy may want to retire at the end of this term.
That means either we go back to an 8-person court or we get another retroRepublian, for the next 30 years. But, in the meantime, the Court has agreed to hear a bill on gerrymandering that will affect Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Maryland (and probably others as well.)
Bill Cosby, who will face another trial in the aftermath of his mistrial, plans to give speeches on how not to be arrested for sexual assault.
No printable comment on this is possible.
More on Yellowstone grizzlies losing endangered-species listing.
Thing is, they don't always stay in Yellowstone, and they can be hunted if they stray outside.
Here is a graphic from NARAL that you are free to share where you will.
1) I took these a while ago and kept forgetting to post them. Just some more photos of birds on our balcony, including a new set we hadn't seen before. ( Read more... )
2) We watched Moana this week. I think it may be my favorite Disney "princess" movie so far. ( Read more... )
3) We finished S1 of Travellers and I was glad to hear it's been renewed for S2. It's a lot harder these days to keep up on whether a show has been cancelled or renewed, and if it's returning, when. ( Read more... )
4) Another study on how people get news
has some interesting results when it comes to young readers in different countries. Also an interesting surprise is that the increase in use of ad blockers has rolled back. (Although perhaps the bigger news is that only 24% of desktop users and 7% of smartphone users use it at all) ( Read more... )
5) When Petzi posted this article on heat wave impact
, my first thought was that the lack of climate change planning also involves a lack of migration planning. Because surely over the next 50 years there's going to be a substantial move by people (or a lack of moving) from one part of the U.S. to another. ( Read more... )
I went to bed last night around 1 am but couldn't sleep so I ended up getting up and writing about 2000 words of a sequel to Just a Little Bit of History Repeating
. I am sure it's not the epic sequel some of the commenters asked me for, but it's the emotional conversations I am interested in. It's also multiple POV, which I generally don't like to do, but in order to capture everybody's !!!! responses, it seems like the way to go. I haven't reread what I wrote yet, though, so hopefully it makes sense. *snerk*
I finally took a benadryl at around 3 am and slept until 8:45 so I guess I'll call it a win. Then I stayed in bed and finally read 84, Charing Cross Road
, which innie_darling
lent me the other night as it doesn't come in an ebook yet. What a darling little book! I highly recommend it.
And I just finished watching this week's Orphan Black
: Beneath Her Heart. Alison once again proves she's the stealth MVP of clone club, and also who knew it would ever be possible to love Donnie so much? What a great episode! ( spoilers )
Now I am getting ready to meet L. for boozy brunch so I hope you all have a lovely Sunday.
So, been binge-watching S2 of Sense8, almost done. Two episodes left, dang it.
Painful this has been cancelled over far more violent and far less deserving fare. But I also, once again, came late to the party. I did the same thing with Farscape.
This is what it is about in the words of one of its' creators, the same guy who created and wrote Babylon5.
"We started out at one point talking about how evolution involves creating ever greater circles of empathy: You belong to your family, then you belong to your tribe, then two tribes link up and now you have empathy for your people on this side of the river, and you're against the people on the other side of the river... on and on through villages, cities, states and nations... So what if a more literal form of empathy could be triggered in eight individuals around the planet... who suddenly became mentally aware of each other, able to communicate as directly as if they were in the same room. How would they react? What would they do? ... What does it mean? And what would the world think about people with this ability? Would they embrace it, or hunt them down...? It would give us a perfect platform to do a show that was loaded with action, big ideas, some amazing stunts that no one's done before, and play to a planetary audience."
This is the best show I've watched this year. I'm half tempted to buy the DVD and rewatch. But I can always just re-stream at some point.
Anyone know of any Sense8 fanfic? I think I may need to find some Sense8 fanfic after tomorrow...
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It's been a day and it hasn't stopped.
There are two farmers markets locally that we go to; the SU goes to the one by the railroad tracks with the good meats, and I sometimes go to the one downtown (locally, not DC), which has good veggies and fruit. I got ready to go to that one today. I got less than a mile away when my stomach said, loudly, "I don't feel well. I may give you back what you've eaten if you keep going."
What could I do? I took the next cross-street, which is a fairly direct route home, and came home and took something to settle the stomach, which continued to grumble.
I had put down my glasses for some reason; when I picked them up, one side piece fell off, behind the hinge. We went to Kaiser; no, they couldn't fix it, but they recommended a shop some distance away that was going to close in about 90 minutes. It took half an hour to get there, but we did. The cost isn't bad -- $65 is a lot better than ordering new glasses and going without for two weeks because the old ones hurt to wear -- and I can pick them up Monday.
The guy who does the repair also does lenses, replacement and new prescriptions, and I may take my very old Bausch & Lomb sunglasses there to get polarized lenses for them, or maybe even the distance half of my prescription so I can use them in situations where I'm at an angle to the sun that puts light on the *back* of the glass (which means I see the glass surface or dust or smears and not through the glass).
So, I can't drive till Monday after we pick the repaired glasses up, since I need them to drive (legally). I was going to get tickets for a local play - I know one of the actors - but the computer glitched on me and blew the sale, and I'm too frustrated, so it will be next weekend.
(I am very glad that I did not agree to be in the Second Life fundraising event today -- which took place about the same time we were driving along the six-lane looking for the address for the glasses repair place.)
(Oh, yeah, I got locked out of my credit union account on Thursday -- their new 'security system' sent my passcode slower than their time limit for entering the passcode, so I had to repeat the process, and then it said that was the wrong passcode... I got in this morning, no problem.)
And I discovered one of the two soprano coyotes -- it's the collie that belongs to what must be new people in the house behind us (none of the people look familiar and the others had a beagle.) It was listening for the *real* coyote in the park and singing replies. The baritone coyote is still out there being a coyote somewhere, I suspect.
But the contractor who bid on the masonry work we need looks very good and we said yes. And the garlic and onions I planted seem to be doing fairly well; I need to trim back lemon balm from shading the garlic, but that's all.
So the world is slightly fuzzy around the edges, but it's not that bad.
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- Something Unexpected Chapter 6 (Angel/Buffy, PG-13) by SecondFromTheRight
- You Are A Great Deal of Trouble, Miss Lehane Chapter 4 (Cordelia/Faith, xover with The Wind and the Lion, PG-13) by steeleye
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falling down in anime all the time? Also I am SICK of the dead woman love interest trope in all of media. I would honestly like to ban that shit for the next 540 years.
Also, was trying to watch Star Trek Beyond and why is Kirk so fucking TERRIBLE at negotiation? Is he or is he not supposed to have been tops in all his subjects? So why was he so sarcastic and impatient and lacking in empathy? Why was the entire negotiation scene played for jokes? Star Trek is SUPPOSED to be about diplomacy as well as fighting, these motherfuckers can only focus on action? Frankly I wouldn't want to live anywhere near the Federation, they are clearly the same shitheads that militaries today are. Which was not quite the intention of the original. This medicore ass, fratboy ass white imperialistic ass fuckwittery tho. Its so frustrating when the fanfic IS SO MUCH BETTER than the shit these so called professionals GET PAID FOR.
Finally watching Cowboy Bebop. SO GOOD. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the architecture of the world, the gates are BADASS and the diversity of the characters?! There are darskinned folk up in there! And I love the fact that they are having adventures but it aint about war. I am so SICK of war. I feel like describing war as action adventure is erasure. War isn't adventure. Not by a long shot.
One thing about it that I didnt like was the story line about terrorist environmentalists. Made me annoyed because I feel like I keep seeing movies in which environmentalists are set up as cuckoo terrorists who go too far. Considering teh fact that coporations and their captive govts are responsible for the current destruction of the planet for human habitation ... says a lot about the ideologies of the ruling class. More environmentalists as heroes I say. And more corporations as the destructive moneygrubbing villians that they are. Speaking of, I need several articles that look into the specifics of corporate welfare. The drumbeat of lazy mooching poor continues unabated while corporations make billions more than in tax dollars the poor ever manage to but have their misdeeds cozily hidden by our fourth estate. Then again corporations own the fourth estate. Apparently folk are going to have to learn up close and personal AGAIN that monopolies are bad for us. Hoo-fucking-ray.
I would like to seee a movie in which a James Bond type or platoon of them come in to fuck up a government in a POC majority country and the heroes are the security forces of said countries who repel the invaders and embarass the shit out of the colonizing country. Actually I would like to see several movies about this.
I need to write more. I am brimming with ideas but the resilency to sit down and write is lacking. Because I keep getting hung up on the fact that what sounds great in my head doesnt come out as such on paper. *sigh*