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Aug. 20th, 2017 10:07 am
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[personal profile] hhimring
Not sure whether anyone wanted or needed more exile prompts, as Dawn had already provided a good selection, but I added to the list yesterday (in comments on the  DW and LJ posts).
Linda has also added a good one (on LJ).

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When I was a kid

Aug. 20th, 2017 12:45 am
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Wise produced a variety of chips called Crazy Calypso. And they were delish. And then they went off the market :(

But! Later Wise produced an extremely similar flavor called Mambo Mania. These were also delish, and may have actually just been the first chips with a new name. Those too, alas, went off the market.

Since then, I've spent a ridiculous amount of energy trying to find a chip with a similar flavor profile, to no avail. But if anybody ever produces one, I'm going to stock up.

Nomnomnom.

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Tribes hope for renewal in solar eclipse; not all will watch

How To Buy A Goat When You're Really Poor? Join A 'Merry-Go-Round'

How My Instagram Hacker Changed My Life

The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes

How one town learned to live with venomous rattlesnakes

The unlikely story of the undocumented attorneys fighting for the lives of their undocumented clients

Transgender Pakistanis Win Legal Victories, but Violence Goes On

Scorching heat, rolling blackouts: The West is changing how it does summer

Hospitals in Trump Country Suffer as Muslim Doctors Denied Visas to U.S.

What General Pershing Was Really Doing in the Philippines

The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills

Taking aim at China, India tightens power grid, telecoms rules

ISIS And The Middle East’s Vanishing Religious Minorities

How Syria continued to gas its people as the world looked on

Fentanyl linked to thousands of urban overdose deaths

Uganda struggles to cope as 1 million South Sudanese refugees pour in

In call to cancel debt, Cambodia asks: When war is over, who cleans up the mess?

Tracing The Dark Origins Of Charlottesville's KKK

Massive counterprotest upstages Boston "free speech rally"

Trump attacks Boston counter-protesters as 'anti-police agitators'

Trump's Racism Crisis Deepens Over His Barcelona Comments
(And I swear, the next person to talk at me about "erasing history" is gonna sorely regret it.)

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What Kind of Monuments Does President Trump Value?

Where Statues Go to Retire

The Pernicious Myth of the ‘Loyal Slave’ Lives on in Confederate Memorials

Free Speech or Hate Speech? Civil Liberties Body ACLU Will No Longer Defend Gun-Carrying Protest Groups

Robert E. Lee's Direct Descendant Denounces Charlottesville White Nationalists: 'There's No Place For That Hate' (In this, he follows in his ancestor's footsteps. Lee himself made it clear he wanted no statues. They were put up after he wasn't around to protest anymore.)

The men in charge of all the branches of the US military have denounced racism and broken with President Trump's encouragement of racists.

The Charlottesville furor is the latest example of the chaos that can result from Trump’s temper and refusal to back down.

Charlottesville Police Refused to Protect Synagogue From Nazis, so Jewish Community Hired Armed Security for First Time

In Charlottesville aftermath, Europe sees widening divide with US

The Trickle-Up Theory Of White Nationalist Thought

What if Western media covered Charlottesville the same way it covers other nations

White Supremacist Who Boasted About Being 'Ready for Violence' Cries Over Possible Charlottesville Arrest Warrant (Boo-hoo-hoo.)

Weeping Nazi started off as a “men’s rights activist,” which is no huge surprise

As he coddles neo-Nazis, Trump’s political isolation increases

Fellow Republicans assail Trump after he defends Confederate monuments

He ‘Went Rogue’: President Trump’s Staff Stunned After Latest Charlottesville Remarks
(This always happens.)

I'll work my way up to it. I just get antsy thinking people will sneer.

(And now I'm thinking people will sneer because I didn't reciprocate. I can't win.)

On the plus side, my TBR list is full for at least a month. So thanks :)

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Why It’s Better to Carry Weight on Your Head

The Newlyweds and their Baby Were America’s First Comic Book Family (1907) (These punchlines could come at the end of any modern hand-wringing about helicopter parents.)

Bacteria stab amoebae with micro-daggers

Britain's female wrestlers grapple with acceptance

When Astronomers Chased a Total Eclipse in a Concorde (I'm realizing now that I should've saved up these eclipse stories and then posted them all at once. Darn.)

Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell

Finding Somaliland's ancient cave art is hard. Protecting it could be harder.

Trump Administration Reverses Bottled Water Ban In National Parks

"What's 'smog' in Kazakh?" China language mix snags environment inspectors

The Surprisingly Important Role China Played in WWI

The real revolution in NKorea is rise of consumer culture

After brinkmanship, a diplomatic opening with North Korea

NASA's ambitious plan to save Earth from a supervolcano

Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem

What Mormon Family Trees Tell Us About Cancer

As Confederate statues fall in U.S., Russians are erecting statues for dictator Stalin

Birds cut down by kite flying on Indian Independence Day

Britain 'confident' of new phase in Brexit talks by October

In Six Years the Number of Homeless Children in New York City Public Schools Jumped Nearly 50 Percent

Florida prisons — all of them — on lockdown

Sex Workers In Alaska Say Cops Are Abusing Their Power To Solicit Sex Acts

Think it’s hard for the white working class in rural America? Try being a person of color.

Despite Escaping To The U.S., These Brothers Are Still Terrorized By The MS-13 Gang

Bangladesh ramps up border patrols to deter fresh Rohingya inflow

Meet July, the Hottest Month Yet (In NYC it was actually cool and mild... which is exactly what was predicted would happen as the ice caps melt into the gulf stream, so you can't even enjoy it.)

The New Normal of U.S. Politics

U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades, say militia allies

Sessions makes sweeping attack on Chicago’s sanctuary city policy

Trump Is Just Six Senate Votes Away From Impeachment

Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon fired

Bannon, basically: Trump’s campaign was a fraud

Silm ficlet

Aug. 19th, 2017 08:07 pm
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[personal profile] hhimring
Now cross-posted to AO3, see below

Far From The World We Know (170 words) by Himring
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien, TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works & Related Fandoms
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eärendil/Elwing (Tolkien)
Characters: Elwing (Tolkien), Eärendil (Tolkien)
Additional Tags: Valinor, song prompt
Summary: At the top of Elwing's white tower. Earendil has landed, back from traversing the pathless sky, and Elwing has flown to meet him.
As she un-birds, he un-stars.
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I saw this today and it made me laugh (and cry, frankly, for the state of the country), so I thought others might be interested:

Robin Whetstone: A Bad Week to Be a Parent
Title: After The Rain
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 238
Rating: G

Read more... )
ACLU Petition: Stop Trump from pardoning Joe Arpaio

Points out that a pardon would represent an official endorsement and back-pat for systematic violations of the rights of people of colour.
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Meme Time

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:01 pm
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[personal profile] la_samtyr
Finally decided to join in:

Kissed any one of your Livejournal friends? No
Been arrested? No
Kissed someone you didn't like? Yes
Slept in until 5 PM? No
Read more... )
Title: Inside
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 158
Rating: G

Read more... )

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Aug. 18th, 2017 12:58 pm
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[personal profile] baranduin
Happy Froday!

Lordy this has been a long week at work. Not bad per se, just super busy and crazy. Some random stuff:
  1. Driving to work (south to Tacoma, heading in the direction of Oregon) this week, the past couple of days the overhead signs on the freeway are saying, "SOLAR ECLIPSE 8/21/2017 -- EXPECT DELAYS TO OREGON". I mean, how fun is that? Never happened in my lifetime and I'm as old as dirt!
  2. Been passing around the eclipse sunglasses I purchased (and verified that they were on the "safe" list).
  3. And now I understand why they're warning about driving. Coz a bunch of fools are going to be on the road and looking at the damn thing while it's happening, perhaps stopping. And possibly putting on the sunglasses while driving which means they won't see a damn thing coz those lenses are super dark! I dunno, I just know I've leaving early for work Monday.
  4. And I better make sure I fill up with gas today! Word is gas stations are running dry in eastern Washington and also parts of Oregon.
  5. New massage therapist this weekend at a new place. Alison, my beloved therapist, is not returning to where I used to go. Oh well. I've even swallowed my inhibitions and am going to let a man do the work. His name is Saul and he's from Africa. That's a very good Jewish name if you ask me.
  6. Which is good because I am going to see about getting a small Star of David tattoo this weekend. Gotta make sure the Nazis can find me.
  7. New Project Runway last night! There are these twins on there who are already driving everyone bugnuts. Am thinking they were theater kids, they've got that phony baloney enunciation thing going on.

Any good plans this weekend? I think it's rest and relaxation for moi. Think I'll see if I can get further down the road with Ramayan -- I think I'm on episode 22 or 23 now.
(X-posted from my journal. Thanks to [personal profile] executrix and [personal profile] wendelah1 for pointing me towards some of these.)

Thanks to folks at [community profile] thisfinecrew for links, and links that led to other links among the following:

Solidarity Cville: Donate -- suggestions and links for local groups to support

Indivisble: Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville - Find an Event

The Nation: Here’s What You Can Do After Charlottesville

Indivisible: Are Your Members of Congress Doing Enough to Respond to the Charlottesville Terrorist Attack? -- though this is several days old and therefore lacks a script for HOLY FUCK THE PRESIDENT IS DEFENDING NEO-NAZIS (EVEN MORE) WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

SPLC releases new edition of Ten Ways to Fight Hate guide after Charlottesville attack

Politico: GOP chairmen resist hearings on white supremacy

They don't want it. Demand it.

[tumblr.com profile] plaidadder: Three Democratic members of the House have introduced a censure resolution.

You can read the text here.

Censure is a formal reprimand. It is not legally binding, but it is rare, and Sends a Message. MoveOn.org originally organized around a campaign to get Congress to censure Clinton instead of impeaching him.

This may be an attempt to accomplish something less difficult than impeachment; or it may be a trial run to see how many Republicans are ready to jump from the Trump Train.


ETA: Politico: Pelosi endorses censure of Trump over Charlottesville response -- apparently at least 79 Democrats have signed.

Not directly Charlottesville-related, but interesting and could be worth asking your reps to support:

H.R.1987 - Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity Act

To steal Wikipedia's explanation: "This bill would replace the Cabinet as the body that, together with the Vice President, determines whether Section 4 should be invoked. Under the bill, an eleven-member commission would conduct an examination of the President when directed to do so by a concurrent resolution of the Congress."

(Which, basically, shifts the power to forcibly 25th-Amendment the President back towards Congress to a greater degree, as opposed to depending entirely on the Cabinet which that President apppointed.)

Mezuzot!

Aug. 18th, 2017 10:50 am
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In an attempt to be positive (because I've felt on the verge of a panic attack all week), here's my mezuzot. I put them up yesterday. The silver mezuzah is outside on the front doorpost. It blends in fairly well. The blue one is outside my bedroom.

Front door mezuzah Bedroom mezuzah

I'm also trying to think of more positive things like the High Holy Day choir, but the binder is thick and I'm honestly not sure I'll manage to learn all the music in the next six weeks.

(I also want a Judaism icon. Anyone know where I can find one?)
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Aug. 17th, 2017 03:52 pm
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Hey, Project Runway peeps! Season 16 premieres tonight!

National Black Cat Day

Aug. 17th, 2017 02:48 pm
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august 17th national black cat day
This is factually untrue - I just finished a new book yesterday - but it does feel that way.

Recommend something to me! Especially nonfiction - I really don't read much of that, so I can promise that I'll never have read whatever you recommend! (Whereas if you recommend anything kidlit or YA there's better than even odds that I've read it.)

Later I'll post up my own list of random recommendations for everybody, but right now I really must dash.

In other news,

Aug. 17th, 2017 08:23 pm
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when designing dragons, there's a fine fine line between "terrifying" and "ridiculous".

[from the diary of Melkor, 223 F.A.]

This and That

Aug. 17th, 2017 10:18 am
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It has been a very low energy week. I'm on "jury duty" which means I have to call in at 4:30 every day to see if I need to report the next day.  I can't work (no way to -get- a one day job with no notice), so have been taking it easy.
Tazlina's paw is healing and she is beginning to actually walk on it a bit.  I've gone through two rolls of vet-wrap trying to keep a bandage on it.  The paw is currently encased in vetwrap and athletic tape. 
My hip is still comprehensively bruised and sore.  Everything else is healing well.

Got a new extension ladder yesterday so I can finish power washing the shed.  The old one was about 4 feet too short.  Saturday should be wash day.  Need to find some plastic sheeting so I can wash the back steps and not splash the neighbours freshly painted house.

Cooked up some Dragon Tongue beans, oh, my are they tasty!

Ate the first apple from the tree here in SF.  Yum.  We are also getting ripe raspberries.  The blueberries are done producing for this year, but the bushes are very happy.

Vacuumed out the car yesterday and checked all the fluids. 

Looked at plans for making "bee houses".  Some of our 1,600 kinds of bees in California like to nest in the right size hole.  Drilling holes in a chunk of scrap lumber forms a nice home.  I think I'll make a couple.

Ok, time to go pick up the house, it's a mess.

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