July 28th, 2014
posted by [syndicated profile] alisanne_feed at 03:18am on 2014-07-28
Title: Farmers' Market Find
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairings/threesome: Severus Snape/Harry Potter.
Rating: PG
Word count: 400
Challenge: Written for the Snarry Summer Fest at [community profile] snape_potter. Theme chosen: My Own.
Warning(s): None
Summary: Severus discovers a love of fresh herbs.
A/N: Thanks to [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn. :)
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.


Farmers’ Market Find


“Are you ready?”

Severus looked up from his book. “For?”

“Our trip to the farmers’ market.” Harry grinned. “You said you’d go with me.”

Severus set aside his book with obvious reluctance.

“I’ll make it worth your while,” coaxed Harry. “I’ll cook tonight.”

Severus sighed. “Summers used to be for relaxing,” he grumbled.

Harry hummed. “This will be relaxing, too, I promise. Come on.”

“This is ridiculous,” said Severus as they landed at the entrance to the farmers’ market. Brightly coloured banners advertised everything from baked goods to produce to herbs to even meat and cheese. Severus didn’t seem impressed, however. “The produce at our Muggle supermarket is perfectly adequate. Farmers’ markets are set up to dupe the gullible, making them pay more for so called organic food.”

“According to my research, food obtained from markets are healthier,” said Harry. “And the money goes directly to the farmers, cutting out the middle man.”

Severus snorted. “I agreed to come with you, but I retain the right to say no to any ridiculous purchases.”

“Absolutely,” said Harry, tone mild. “Let’s get started.”

They wandered, looking through the stalls, Harry smiling to himself as Severus got into in-depth discussions with the various proprietors. And when, three hours later, they left, Severus’ arms were laden down with purchases. “I can tell you hated the farmers’ market,” Harry deadpanned as they unpacked at home.

Severus flushed. “It does make sense to understand from exactly where our food and potion ingredients originate.” He set aside several herbs.

“What are those for?” Harry asked, nodding at the pile.

Severus hummed. “Just a small...experiment.”

As previously agreed, Harry made dinner while Severus was in his lab, and while Severus didn’t comment directly about the food, he did take seconds, and he cleared his plate.

Later, as they got ready for bed, Severus placed a small phial of clear fluid on the bedside table.

“What’s that?” asked Harry, sliding into his side of the bed.

“The results of my experiment.” Waving the lights off with his wand, Severus rolled towards him. “New lubricant. Shall I demonstrate its uses?”

“I believe I’m familiar,” Harry chuckled.

Severus hummed. “Ah, but this is special.”

When, several hours later, they’d both recovered from their multiple orgasms, Harry curled close to Severus and whispered, “I assume this means we’re going back to the farmers’ market next week?”

Severus sighed. “So it seems.”


Posted by karoli

Word Salad On Demand -- Sarah Palin To Launch Online Channel

Yes, my friends. For the low, low price of $99.95 per year you can get the Sarah Palin Word Salad Hour on demand! If you're really lucky, maybe she'll invite her friends to the party and entertain us all.

And no, this is not satire, unless Variety has abandoned their mission. From their report:

The Sarah Palin Channel, which costs $9.95 per month or $99.95 for a one-year subscription, will feature her commentary on “important issues facing the nation,” as well as behind-the-scenes looks into her personal life as “mother, grandmother, wife and neighbor.” Palin serves as executive editor, overseeing all content posted to the channel.

“I want to talk directly to you on our channel, on my terms — and no need to please the powers that be,” Palin, who is also a Fox News contributor, said in a video announcing the channel. “Together, we’ll go beyond the sound bites and cut through the media’s politically correct filter.”

There may also be drinking. Who knows?

More on the upcoming launch. Aren't you excited?

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Posted by driftglass

Open Thread - If The Gipper Can Do It....

Having watched yet another Sunday Morning filled with "What about 2016" handicapping when the midterms are less than fourteen weeks away, I've decided we can't beat them so we'll join them. And since the Republicans run the proxy corpse of Ronald Reagan every four years, I might as well get my jollies drafting the one woman who would welcome the scorn of Wall Street, show off her experience at the UN, and display a proven commitment to human rights around the world. Also, I would like one Republican to say "legitimate rape" to her face.

Open thread below...

rosefox: A clock with pills instead of numbers. (drugs)
Zoloft taper time! The plan:

Day 0 (today): 12.5 mg/day (the dosage I've been on for the last 18 months)
Days 1-14: 6.25 mg/day
Days 15-28: alternate 6.25 mg/day and 0 mg/day
Day 29: fully discontinue

The last time I went off Zoloft I dropped it cold turkey because I was at much too high a dose for me and it was making me suicidal, manic, and possibly psychotic. (As indicated above, my therapeutic dose is below most people's starting dose, and my psychiatrist at the time had no idea how to dose someone like me.) I don't recall experiencing any adverse effects from the abrupt stop, but I wasn't really paying much attention at the time, and I'm not sure I would have noticed anything unless it was worse than the effects of the Zoloft itself. That said, I don't expect to have any problems, especially since I'm tapering this gradually.

I wasn't expecting to be able to cut my half-pills in half again, but J keeps our kitchen knives nice and sharp, so that makes life easier. I could possibly cut them even smaller but I think that's probably unnecessary.

I cannot wait to be off this stuff. Cannot. Wait.

Usual rules for comments about medical stuff: no advice unless I specifically ask (which I'm not) or you think I'm about to inadvertently harm myself.
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Molly Ball at The Atlantic writes The One Number That Will Decide This Year's Election:

What will be the deciding factor in this year's elections? Will it be Obamacare? The chaos erupting across the globe? The president's approval rating? Will it besingle women voters, Hispanics, young people?

Mike Podhorzer crunched the numbers and found there's one factor that, with eerie consistency, explains the way elections have swung for the past decade. Podhorzer, the political director of the AFL-CIO, is one of the top electoral strategists on the left. The crucial factor, he found, is Democrats' vote share among voters making less than $50,000.

Republicans consistently win voters making $50,000 or more, approximately the U.S. median income. The margin doesn't vary too much: In 2012, Mitt Romney got 53 percent of this group's vote; in 2010, Republican House candidates got 55 percent. And Democrats consistently win voters making less than the median—but the margin varies widely. In fact, whether Democrats win these voters by a 10-point or a 20-point margin tells you who won every national election for the past decade.

Molly Ball
In 2004, Democrats won the working-class vote by 11 points; George W. Bush was reelected. In 2006, Democrats won the working-class vote by 22 points and took the House and Senate. In 2008, Democrats won by 22 points again, and President Obama was elected. In 2010, the margin narrowed to 11 points, and Republicans took the House back. In 2012, Obama was reelected—on the strength of another 22-point margin among voters making under $50,000.

"It doesn't often get reported, but the key indicator that has been decisive for the last several elections is how people making below the median income vote," Podhorzer said this week. Black or white, Asian or Hispanic, male or female, young or old, it's that simple. To reach these voters, Podhorzer believes, candidates need to focus on the economic issues of the working class. "Economic populism decides who wins elections in America," he said. [...]

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2005Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday:


Wow. Now that it's safe to follow the herd, Chris Matthews goes out on a limb ...

"If the war in Iraq was going better, we wouldn't still be asking how we got into it. But it isn't, so we are. For some, the deciding argument for going to war with Iraq was self-defense...it was nuclear. If Saddam Hussein had the bomb or was about to [get it], we had to stop him.  

How many times were we told the smoking gun would be a mushroom cloud?  How many times did the vice president tell us that Iraq had a nuclear program?  Who can forget that the President himself used his State of the Union to warn of Saddam cutting a deal down in Africa?  It was a smart, shrewd strategy...talking about mushroom clouds.  It got people off the fence.  It carried the undecideds.  It shut down the opposition.  It got us into Iraq.  But it was based on faulty, bogus evidence.  

Two years ago, with our forces fully engaged in Iraq, the nuclear threat was long seen as inoperative.  Now a former Ambassador [Joseph Wilson], who had been sent to Africa before the war looking for evidence of an Iraqi uranium deal, said he came back empty.  But he wasn't the first to try and knock down the nuclear argument.  Intelligence agencies had been doing that for months, just as unsuccessfully.

The larger scandal in this White House/CIA leak story is not just who leaked the name of an undercover agent, but whether we were given a case for war—the deciding factor for many of us—knowing that it didn't hold water.  As we work to find our way out of Iraq, we should focus a bit...on how we got in."

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Every Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio."

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posted by [personal profile] kayre at 10:51pm on 2014-07-27
So, last Wednesday we got an offer on the house, but it was terrible-- we would almost have lost money. We sent back a rather high counter offer, and really expected to hear no more. Much to our surprise, last night we got another counter offer, somewhat better.

My husband ran up a spreadsheet, and we actually sent back two different offers. They came out almost exactly the same on our end, but required different amounts of cash up front from the buyers. And we shocked our realtor by telling her to add a personal note-- that we would leave them our riding lawn mower.

This morning she phoned us again, utterly shocked. They took one of the offers... "the lawnmower did it!" Which makes the second time that riding mower has closed the deal. Seven years ago, when faced with a counter offer that was just a bit more than we wanted to spend, we jokingly asked if the sellers would throw in the lawn mower, since otherwise we'd have to buy one right away. Our realtor shared that, and they agreed, and that's how we ended up here!
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Why is that always the way? I'm fine, but a little bruised.

The nieces intended to make whipped cream with dessert, ended up with butter. I got more cream, they tried with the whisk instead of the mixer, still ended up with butter. WTF?


ISIS militants wreak havoc on Iraq's cultural treasures

Big Dairy Is Putting Microscopic Pieces of Metal in Your Food

Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.

2,500 Ground Zero workers have cancer

“When does your decency kick in?” Police overreach and the Eric Garner difference

Nigerian Boko Haram militants kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister and killed at least three people on Sunday in a cross-border attack involving more than 200 assailants in the northern town of Kolofata, Cameroon officials

An American doctor and another U.S. aid worker helping to combat an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa are now infected with disease.

Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone escaped patient dies

Here Are 5 Infuriating Examples of Facts Making People Dumber

One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Ramadan in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Gaza fighting continues as both sides reject others' ceasefire announcements

Beneath the conflict in Gaza lies the death of the two-state solution

'Please stop!', Pope Francis makes plea for peace

Pope Francis renews attack on mafia in region scarred by toxic waste

Among the many illegal migrants who die crossing the southern US border, hundreds are never identified, buried without ceremony, casket, or name. Connecting the dead with those who mourn them is the mission of a cadre of college students, who aren’t about politics but about dignity — for people like Santos Interiano, who crossed into Texas a year ago and simply vanished.

Study: More Than Half Of The People Executed In The United States Have A Severe Mental Illness

A 3D Printed Suit Of Armor To Make Barbie Ready For Battle

Newly-found gut virus 'abundant in humans'

Pushing locals aside, Russians take top rebel posts in east Ukraine
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Title: It's the Stars that Lie, 2/11
Author: Seperis
Series: The Final Age of Man, Book 2
Codes: Dean/Castiel
Rating: R
Summary: We fight, we lose, everyone dies anyway, I know. However, I don’t see why, if we're going to fight anyway, we shouldn't believe we're going to win.
Author Notes: Thanks to nrrrdygrrrl and obscureraison for beta services, with advice from lillian13, scynneh, and norabombay. The series name will be changed, literally, the moment I think of something I like. Untitled bothered me even more.
Spoilers: Seasons 5, 6, and 7

Series Links:
AO3 - The Final Age of Man
Book 1: Map of the World

Story Links:
AO3 - All, Chapter 1, Chapter 2
DW - Chapter 1

it's the stars that lie, 2/11 )
Music:: on and on - stereoside
Mood:: 'awake' awake

Posted by Laurie

Laurie says:

I’m delighted to have four of my portraits at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.  I’ll be there for the artist’s walk-through at the opening with other artists and the curator Pam Penniston to talk about them.

The exhibition is at the gallery of the Commonwealth Club in downtown San Francisco. The Commonwealth Club and its Arts Member-Led Forum hosts many notable artists in the gallery of its headquarters in downtown San Francisco.




Photos include this photo of writer and father of marvelous twins Marlo Gayle from Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes. He wrote a superb essay on masculinity for the book and has published a number of erotica stories.

The Queer Cultural Center looks at the art that comes from LGBT artists as a foundation on which to build our community – our common wealth and direction. It is often ahead of the political or social movements in sensing what things are significant – and sometimes it’s just fun. This exhibit looks at diversity in our queer community, from the artists themselves to their chosen disciplines; we are showcasing woven and embroidered fabric, photography, painting, drawing and even a small installation.


Hagiwara Hiroko

This photo is of Hiroko Hagiwara, a dean and professor at Osaka Prefecture University. She is a feminist scholar and activist who was one of my primary collaborators on my Women of Japan project.

The other two photographs are of Samuel R Delany and Tee Corinne.

The photograph of my friend Tee was taken shortly before her death in 2006. Tee was a groundbreaking Lesbian erotic artist whose works included The Cunt Coloring Book, her solarized erotic photographs of lesbians, and her remarkable final project Scars, Stoma, Ostomy Bag, Portacath: Picturing Cancer In Our Lives.

Samuel R Delany’s photograph is from Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes. From his earliest books as a science fiction writer, his work included issues of sexuality, ethnicity, race and gender, including polyamorous love. He brought queerness into the future.


Tickets (click here) are free.  (I’d told that even if just the waiting list is left you should be able to register there and be able to come to the event without problem.).

I was in the The National Queer Arts Festival exhibition in May at the SomARTS gallery, which was also curated by the Queer Cultural Center. It was was thoughtful and exciting work and the curatorial walk-through was great.  I’m anticipating that it will be equally fine for this exhibit.

Artists include Rudy Lemcke, Lenore Chinn, Bren Ahearn, Indira Allegra, Preston Gannaway, and curator Pamela Peniston in an examination of their work and a discussion of LBGT art.

The opening is Tuesday, July 29th at the Commonwealth Club Gallery (595 Market Street San Francisco).  The reception is from 5 to 6PM and the walk-through starts about 6PM.

I’m excited about being there.

Rally with Detroit residents, Netroots, and other organizations in protest of water shutoffs and draconian behavior of Detroit and Michigan officials.
I got to the hotel just before four o’clock. The excitement that is felt just before registration was palpable. I was ready. I am in Detroit. Flying over Detroit looked like any other city. I was hoping to fly over some of the blight that the traditional media made synonymous with Detroit. It felt like the flight ensured no one saw it. Was that by design?

The week before, from my keyboard in Kingwood I got into an electronic altercation with a Detroit reporter. While watching MSNBC, Detroit reporter Hank Winchester and Detroit activist Maureen Taylor were being interviewed. It turns out the Detroit water department began shutting off the water of all those who are $150 behind on their water bill. They were shutting off the water of the poor, the unemployed, the disabled, and everyone in between at the rate of 3,000 per month. Of course, corporations owing thousands were left alone.

The reporter went on MSNBC with a huge dog whistle. While he stated that some people really needed help, he felt it necessary to commit journalistic heresy: He showed his own prejudice. “Some of these people have a desperate need,” reporter Hank Winchester said. “They need help from state agencies …. But there are other people and this is where it gets controversial who simply don’t want to pay the water bill, who’d rather spend money on cable.

When I heard that I immediately stopped writing my current blog, captured the interview, shortened it, and blogged it. Suffice it to say, the blog went viral. Many bloggers in Detroit and elsewhere had a field day with the reporter. He contacted me and accused me of editing the video though I left the context perfectly reflective of what he said.

As I walked from the hotel in Detroit to register, I wondered if this reporter who had no problems getting on MSNBC, would spend the time to cover the large protest that Netroots Nation would participate in with the citizens of Detroit.

After registering I walked back to the Detroit Riverfront. Coincidentally there was a Detroit activist, Michael Doc Holbrook on his bike. I asked him for a video interview and he obliged. “This is the only city in America,” Michael Doc Holbrook said, “[where] poor people ever had property on the riverfront. And they are taking that away now.” He said Detroit’s real problem is the lack of leadership. Detroit is currently run by an omnipotent emergency manager appointed by the governor. Mr. Holbrook said that Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, the governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, and the mayor of Detroit, Mike Duggan went to law school together. “You figure it out,” Holbrook said. “How this came to be.”

Friday was fast approaching. I made sure I had all my cameras ready. We hoped the rally would be as big as Detroiters told us it would be. They did not disappoint and Netroots Nation did not disappoint. There were clearly over 1,000 protestors, in fact given the 3,000 Netroots attendees and the hundreds from the city proper, the march seemed closer to 2,000 people. Of course the traditional media claimed 300 people in one report. I have hundreds of pictures to prove otherwise

It was great seeing Reverend Pinkney from Benton Harbor Michigan, whose city is being virtually stolen from within by another emergency manager. It was great listening to labor unions, nurses associations, environmental groups and every other organization coming to support Detroit, a city whose human capital was pilfered. And now the plutocracy wants it all. It was great talking to a young woman activist, Atpeace Makita, who gave a passionate interview of what needs to be done in Detroit.

The night before Reverend William Barber electrified Netroots with his morality-based fusion 3rd reconstruction policy message. It became the calling of the convention. It was the calling of the rally and protest. He said:

“It is extreme and immoral to suppress the right to vote. It is extreme and immoral to deny Medicaid for millions of poor people especially people who have been elected to office and then insurance simply because they’ve been elected. It is extreme and immoral to raise taxes on the working poor and cutting earned income taxes, and to raise taxes on the poor and the middle class in order to cut taxes for the wealthy. It is extreme and immoral to use power to cut off people’s water in Detroit.  … It is extreme and immoral to end unemployment for those who have lost jobs for no fault of their own. It is extreme and immoral to re-segregate our schools and underfund our public schools. It is extreme and immoral for people who came from immigrants to now to have a mean amnesia and cry out against immigrants and the rights of children. It is mean it is immoral it is extreme to kick hard working people when they are down. That’s not just bad policy. It’s against the common good and a disregard for human rights. … In fact, this kind of philosophy rooted in the policies of immoral deconstruction, if you look at them carefully, they are historically inaccurate, they are constitutionally inconsistent, they are morally indefensible, and they are economically insane.”

What I learned in Detroit was simple. It reconfirmed that our economic system has no heart. Sadly our government that should ensure that a heartless system does not harm is itself controlled by the heartless. The lack of morality is ever present in the way we treat our poor, our needy, and our citizens. It is time that we force our government, we the people, to return to moral policies.

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Agents Koenig introduce a new character to appear in the Marvel/ABC show.

[ edited by Tausif on 2014-07-28 02:44 ]

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posted by [personal profile] lovelyangel at 07:27pm on 2014-07-27 under , ,
OSU Women’s Volleyball Team
OSU Women’s Volleyball Team
Corvallis, Oregon • September 30, 2012

It seems certain that since Haikyū!! has me fired up that I will need to attend at least one volleyball game at my alma mater this fall. I love going to games anyway; I just have to make the time, somehow. The Schedule Has Been Announced, so I should be able to make plans well in advance.
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Title: It's the Stars that Lie, 1/11
Author: Seperis
Series: The Final Age of Man, Book 2
Codes: Dean/Castiel
Rating: R
Summary: We fight, we lose, everyone dies anyway, I know. However, I don’t see why, if we're going to fight anyway, we shouldn't believe we're going to win.
Author Notes: Thanks to nrrrdygrrrl and obscureraison for beta services, with advice from lillian13, scynneh, and norabombay. The series name will be changed, literally, the moment I think of something I like. Untitled bothered me even more.
Spoilers: Seasons 5, 6, and 7

Series Links:
AO3 - The Final Age of Man
Book 1: Map of the World

Story Links:
AO3 - All, Chapter 1

it's the stars that lie, 1/11 )
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Mood:: 'awake' awake
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posted by [personal profile] melannen at 09:09pm on 2014-07-27
I have my scanner out tonight.

I have also put all of the sheet music I own* into a spreadsheet, so here is your limited-time offer: until I go to sleep tonight, anybody who wants can request one song off that list and I will scan it for them. Enjoy!

Sheet Music Index

I suggest using full-text search if you want to find a certain song, there's almost 4000 entries in the list. It's heavily skewed toward old standards/broadway and pop/folk music from 1979 and before, because that's what you get when you shop at yard sales for it. Highlights include: a bunch of "buy war bonds!" sheet music from the early '40s, the complete Tom Lehrer collection, Donald Swann's settings of the songs of Tolkien.

...no I am not good enough to play most of this. I am a ridiculous person.

* that's not actually all of it, I haven't put in some of the fake books or the any of the hymnal collection yet. or any of the stuff printed off the internet. or most of the stuff in the lesson books, or most of the clarinet/sax/flute/organ music. but it's most of it.
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Helping persons with autism spectrum disorder lead happy, productive and independent lives.
According to the NIH, 1 in 88 children in the United States is now diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

One of these persons is the son of my brother and sister-in-law. My nephew, Nicolas Llorens, is now 22 years old. Throughout his life, his parents, both medical doctors, have invested time, money and love treating his condition.

But after basically exhausting the education system alternatives, his mother, Rebecca, traveled to many locales to study programs whose objective is to transition persons suffering from ASD to living a productive adult life. Quite frankly, she found that existing post secondary education options simply were not equipped or designed to address the needs of persons suffering from autism spectrum disorder and failed to either tap into skills that are sometimes prevalent in ASD persons.

“I looked at the community college and university programs and options for persons with autism spectrum disorder and they just did not seem to fit what I thought could be achieved for my son and other persons suffering from ASD in order to help them become productive adults,” said Rebecca. “I wanted to find something that I felt really appreciated the talents and skills my son and other persons with autism spectrum disorder could develop and use to help them live happy, independent and productive lives.” Rebecca discussed these issues with her friend Teri Walden, also the mother of a son with autistic spectrum disorder. the two resolved to explore alternatives.

Rebecca traveled to California to consider a program called ExceptionalMind Studios. Rebecca said “ExceptionalMinds is a great program. It helps persons suffering from autism spectrum disorder to use their talents in such creative fields as animation. But I thought the focus was too narrow for what we were looking for. We wanted something a little broader.” So Rebecca and Teri kept searching. Teri traveled to Texas and visited with the good people at Nonpareil. But she also found that while the program was great, it also seemed too narrow for their goals. “Nonpareil focused on gaming and testing. It is a great program but it also was too narrow for what we're looking for,” said Rebecca.

Please read more on this story below the fold.

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posted by [personal profile] kate_nepveu at 08:50pm on 2014-07-27 under
No, not Readercon; my ancient extremely-dumb phone (picture).

I'd been doing pay-as-you for voice and texts, since most of my life is in spaces with WiFi and I didn't feel the need for a monthly payment. But then I refilled my account and realized that I was spending about $20/month as our text messaging use increased, so it would only be another $25/month for Verizon's no-contract plan with a hundred-buck phone. And the prospect of never having to do a text message by cycling through all the button presses, let alone the security of Internet access more places, well.

So: the low-end 3G Moto G, because it's for backup stuff, checking email in emergencies and getting directions, and not streaming media. It fits nicely in my hand [*], though the grippy sides of this cheap case plus belt holster are welcome, and it runs stock Android and basically does what I need it to without fuss.

Here are some apps I've found useful specifically for the phone:

Widgetsoid (with donate add-on). This does two things: (1) it lets me toggle certain things directly from the lock screen (I use it for WiFi, mobile data, Bluetooth, and ringer status) and (2) on a home screen, it lets me fit more stuff in the same space—I have seven app shortcuts or toggles in a 4x1 widget on my main screen, for instance. (The donate version lets you save widgets to edit them, among other things.)

DashClock with DashClock Gmail+ Extension and DashClock SMS viewer [**]. This lets me see multiple things on the same lock screen: the number of new GMail messages (plus the subject and sender name if there's only one new message—it's supposed to show sender names for multiple messages, but it's not for me); new text messages with their text; plus time, weather, and my next calender appointment within a certain time. There are default lock screen widgets for GMail and messaging, but they're on separate screens, and if I'm stopped at a red light, it's nice to get everything in one place.

(There are a million extensions for DashClock, but skip the toggle ones: all of them require unlocking the phone, not just the app-launch ones like in Widgetsoid.)

Moon Reader. Syncs reading position across devices with Dropbox, very customizable. The Pro version has more fonts and things, and I bought it to support the developer, but I don't actually depend on any of the pro features, I think.

[*] But though I loathe the idea, I can definitely see that when my Nexus 7 dies, I'm probably replacing it and this phone with a bigger-screened phone. I like the size of this, being able to fit it into pockets and hold it very comfortably, but the convenience of a single device is hard to beat. I already gave away my beloved Sony eInk reader, because I was hardly using it with the tablet always to hand, and I can definitely see the same fate coming for the phone+tablet combo.

[**] Before you download it, you'll probably need to go into Settings/Security and check "Unknown sources."

What about you? What handy little apps or tricks have you found for your Android smartphone?

Edit: I forgot, Verizon gave me a free Bluetooth car speakerphone, which works fine, though I don't use my phone in the car enough to bother with buying one for myself.
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(From the cover of Mad #16 [October 1954], art H. Kurtzman)

True, the spoof newspaper headline above refers to certain comics becoming "underground" as in "illegal" (this being when Dr. Wertham and friends were trying to accomplish precisely that), as opposed to "countercultural." Even so, actual underground comix creators such as R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman have credited Mad, in its original comic-book format (1952-1954), as a major influence on their work. As Spiegelman put it in his Breakdowns anthology, "Mad warped a generation. In the bland American 1950s [...] [i]t was saying: 'The media--the whole damn adult world--is lying to you...and we here at Mad are part of the media!'"

Dig, dig, dig! )
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posted by [personal profile] staranise at 04:51pm on 2014-07-27
On a different blog I write I talked about how my family never ever likes to talk about anything unpleasant and how we can’t do conflict worth a damn.

And now my uncle has asked my father to ask me to tone it down a notch.

"You can totally ignore me," Dad said. "I'm just letting you know."

(I plan to ignore him but none of the posts I have waiting in the wings are about my family, and I'm not about to come up with some just to be rebellious.)

IN OTHER NEWS, my mom just adopted a little orange kitten named Gallagher. I have received NO photos or videos of this kitten. NONE. I am CRUELLY MISTREATED BY MY FAMILY, y'all.
July 27th, 2014
Bruce Braley at podium
The U.S. Senate race featuring Democrat Bruce Braley is just one reason Iowa is a must-watch state.

As it became time to prepare the third go-round of our state power rankings, a problem immediately materialized. Under the criteria in place up to this point, there were simply too few changes. The dog days of summer typically don't see a ton of movement in our race ratings, as prudence often dictates to wait until it can be better assessed who is prepared for the long haul into November.

Since the bulk of the state power rankings were based on race ratings, however, that meant a stagnant top ten. So, an additional metric was added to the rubric. In addition to the race ratings (and how they accumulate points can be seen at the end of the piece), it was decided that a point would be added for every individual general election poll in the prior month per individual contest. After all, if the state power rankings were meant to give readers an idea of what states will be the most pivotal in November, it makes sense to add a gauge for what races are getting the attention of pollsters, even at this comparably early point. Only general election polls were included, to avoid a "primary effect." To wit: Mississippi would've been on the doorstep of the list had primary polls been included. Unless Chris McDaniel carries his hissy fit protest of the runoff results into the fall, and his entreaties actually find purchase in the soil of the Mississippi electorate, there will be pretty much no reason to care about the Magnolia State come November.

So, with this new metric added to the mix, there was some legitimate movement, and a new and deserving occupant in the top spot. Follow me past the jump for the new edition of the state-by-state power rankings.

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In The Independent, Adam Sherwin wrote that yet another work of Twilight-based fan fiction [is] promised the same literary success as 50 Shades of Grey. This one is called A Pound of Flesh, by Lancashire schoolteacher Sophie Jackson.

For NBC News’s website, Keith Wagstaff wrote that Thanks to 3-D printing technology, custom toys could become the new fan fiction, a way for obsessives young and old to connect with the TV shows, movies and video games that they love.

In a piece for The Wire about the New York Times’s decision to endorse marijuana legalization, Adam Chandler shared that This latest Times crusade is already inspiring some fan fiction in which all of the paper's editorial voices are stoned.

Reporting on Comic-Con 2014 forThe Guardian, Emma-Lee Moss wrote that she found the authors she spoke with warm and approachable. After all, a lot of them started out as fans, flexing their literary muscles on fan-fiction forums before attempting to break into publishing.

Julia Lllewellyn Smith wrote a vaguely accurate - though quote-filled! - fanfic 101 piece for The Telegraph.

Knotting, tattoos (and Gene Kelly), Anna Todd, Angela Carter, Game of Thrones )

Jacob Demmitt wrote about a small fanfic con for Roanoke Times.

In a TIME article on “The Rise of Fangirls at Comic-Con,” Eliana Dockterman wrote a plethora of cool female characters in [Sci-fi and fantasy] — from Deanerys in Game of Thrones to Mystique in X-Men — have connected with fans and inspired them to create their own badass ladies in fan fiction or even within the industry.

For Forbes’s Quora, teacher Peter Kruger wrote I’ve had students create fan-fic blogs for book projects in the past, write and direct webisodes for scenes from plays or important book moments, or make their own classroom wikis about novels.

Finally, Erin Anderssen discussed the impact of online activities, including fanfic writing, on women’s public lives in a piece for The Globe and Mail.

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FYI, I've posted me reading a subset of last week's roundup to Youtube: http://youtu.be/klpb-sUaD3k
posted by [syndicated profile] crooks_and_liars_feed at 10:30pm on 2014-07-27

Posted by Heather

From the DoD:

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

They died July 24, in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. These soldiers were assigned 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Neb.; and

Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, Calif.

And as ABC reported:

Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton died in San Antonio, Texas after becoming ill in Afghanistan.

We honor their service to our country.

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posted by [personal profile] kaberett at 11:30pm on 2014-07-27 under , , , ,
On Friday evening we sat on a fifth-floor balcony under darkening skies with cheese and bread and fig jam and alcohol. I dangled my legs through the railings and admired the railings across the way. We talked and talked and talked some more. I gave him the selected works of Neruda I'd picked up in the branch of Foyles at St Pancras on my way over; I note with sadness that it shuts at the end of the month. (Still in England, barely outside London, the train passed a field of red double-decker buses that had been put out to pasture.)

On Saturday we ate at an intriguing vegetarian restaurant recommended by a friend (welcome to identify yourself in comments, just wasn't sure whether you'd be okay w/ naming <3) who was very kind about texting back & forth enthusiastically over the course of the morning. The afternoon we spent at the Louvre, where I was very fond of dragons and the cuticles/lines on a Nisus&Euryalis; and there was a tiny gallery of watches about which I was very excited because there was actually a set-up I'd never seen before -- watches with inbuilt sundials + compasses, presumably so that when they wound down/went too badly out you could establish the time in order to correct them! (Really, really excited - I've visited enough horology galleries to be genuinely surprised to come across styles of timepiece I haven't met before.) Said gallery also featured a very nice implementation of the hourglasses-displaying-subdivisions thing -- instead of a rack of 3-4 hourglasses to be turned simultaneously, it was a column of glass blobs that (one infers) emptied sequentially on the quarter hour. AND there was a gallery of scientific instruments and tiny portable armillary spheres, which always make me happy.

In addition there's currently a formal-gardens competition going on -- Notre Dame and a few other associated places seem to have decided on a theme of "The Illusion", by which they mean they've dumped a bunch of 5' tall mirrors in flowerbeds, which is fascinating if slightly creepy.

AND in the EVENING, after a route home via the confusingly-named Luxembourg park that to its credit contained an excellent brass band, we had EIERSCHWAMMERL. I was staggeringly excited to find them at the shop round the corner from P's, because they are very difficult to get hold of in any appropriate form at any appropriate price in the UK, but I got to do all the appropriate things with respect to frying them in butter with garlic and then drowning them in parsley, and lo it was good :-) (At same said stall I was delighted to find that at least in some parts of France the thing I would call Zwetschke is a questche! Not sure which way the etymology goes but will have a go at hunting it down.)

And then TODAY I slept a lot and then feasted well for breakfast (both mornings P popped to the bakery around the corner and returned with a bag of fresh croissant & pain au chocolat while I murbled around still being asleep in bed; it was great) and eventually we left the house; we walked past bookshops & coffee shops & through parks & the Musee d'Armee (nice dome!) & paused to eat fresh bread & fig jam & Selles-sur-Cher, which is my favourite goat cheese and much more readily available in France than in the UK; and ended up at the Musee d'Orsay, where I fell in love with the giant clock faces as architectural features on the top floor and also suddenly got the point of art galleries in front of le jardin de Monet, les iris -- or at least, I suddenly understood why someone might want to just sit and stare at a painting for hours. Additionally: lots of very nice stuff in the Art Nouveau exhibits, and once we got chucked out we hung around on the bank of the Seine to see the Tour de France go past -- P sort of felt he ought to, and so did I, as I'd ignored it in both Cambridge and London and it was right there and due to go by pretty much as the museum was closing...

... and that, having skipped over a fair amount of the intervening raspberry-and-pistachio-ice-cream, was that; I waved at the Centre Pompidou, managed through cunning overscheduling to fail to make it to Etat Libre d'Orange's flagship shop, for which my wallet no doubt thanks me, exclaimed with delight over a very great deal of architecture and a large number of flowerbeds, was delighted to come face-to-face with ponies, swore a lot about how much I hate people, was very glad I'd taken the wheelchair with me, and ate cherries. I continue impressed by how thoroughly pleasant it is to travel by Eurostar with chair - flat rate gets you business lounge & business premier & actually genuinely tasty food on board, so! I was happy and will do the thing again in the future.

Yes. Good weekend. No work, lots of reading of books, good company. Good.
The National Education Association's Lily Eskelsen Garcia
Both major teachers unions, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, have been moving toward a more confrontational response to the push, from Democrats as well as Republicans, for public education to be more and more dominated by standardized testing. That testing is taking over the time students spend in the classroom, as well as being used as a weapon against their teachers—and it's all a distraction from real problem of inequality, in the schools and in the American economy more generally. "Reform" has come to mean attacking teachers and enriching testing companies, not seeking structural change; it means narrowing what children learn to what's on math and reading tests, not developing a broader vision for education. In this context, I interviewed Lily Eskelsen Garcia, the president-elect of the NEA, while at Netroots Nation.

Eskelsen Garcia, a former cafeteria worker, kindergarten aide, and then elementary school teacher, is upbeat and intense and outspoken against testing—but, as you'll see late in her comments, is carefully politic when it comes to figures like Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who her union's representative assembly called on to resign, and who she characterizes as "a good person" but one who's "just dead wrong on this obsession with test scores."

On testing and where she wants to take the NEA:

It is to me the epitome of wrongheaded corporate solutions to things like boys and girls and it is a factory model of quality control that is all wrapped around hitting a cut score on a commercial standardized test and what's being lost is the whole happy child. [...]

I got involved in my union because I had 39 kids in my classroom in Utah, where we stack 'em deep and teach 'em cheap. ... I said I want somebody who's going to fight for what I need to do my job as a good, creative, caring, competent teacher, and I got more and more involved as I saw the forces from outside education coming in and telling us that teaching and learning was reduced to multiple choice tests, because that what not what made me the teacher of the year ...

As much as I want to move a very positive agenda, if we can't move this incredible boulder out of the road and that boulder is you hit your cut score or you fail, we're never going to be able to move toward whole child reform. Whole child means the arts. It means kids who don't speak English or special ed kids or gifted and talented or gifted and talented special ed kids who don't speak English, you know, in all of their wonderful variety. I never met a kid that came in a standardized box. Not one! So what we want to do is to say how do you open that public school to all of the opportunities that that kid should have, and while we obsess over hitting a cut score on a standardized test, that's never going to happen.

We've got to approach it on two fronts. First of all, legislatively, we have to change No Child Left Untested, we've got to stop racing to chasing our tails around a cut score on a test. We have to get rid of those policies, change them dramatically, but I am not one who would tell my teachers "and we can't do anything until that happens." I have no faith in Congress all of a sudden getting smart, all of a sudden learning to look at the evidence and go "oh, this is actually hurting kids." So you have to proceed until apprehended. You have to say there's a whole lot of things you, your building principal, your school board, your superintendent—we're all sick of it. We're not always on the same side of issues, a union and the administration, but we're on the same side of this. What we have to do is to say there is no federal law that says we have to obsess over this test score. You give it as little credence as possible, you stop worrying about the punishments that come with that, you let the chips fall where they may, and you let nothing get in the way of giving these kids everything they need to make their lives what they want them to be.

There's more below the fold.

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posted by [personal profile] boosette at 04:58pm on 2014-07-27 under
Inspired by I had half a package of frozen spinach and half a package of sweet italian sausage tortellini languishing in the fridge after Thursday's mediocre frittata and Friday's IDGAF pasta with olive oil & oh-shit-I-am-ignoring-the blue-bits-on-my-parmesan.

This is so simple it's really more of a method than a recipe. I doubled what I actually did and came out with 2 servings of ~15 tortellini each.


Serves 3-4.

1 lb chopped frozen spinach, fully thawed and squeezed mostly dry
1 lb frozen peas
1 tbsp (~3 cloves) minced garlic
1/4-1/2 c olive oil, divided
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 "family size" package of fresh/refrigerated filled pasta or gnocchi
Salt & pepper to taste
Optional - 2 Tbsp parmesan or crushed/ground nuts/breadcrumbs for sprinkling on top. (a chiffonade of sweet basil would not go amiss here, either).

1. Cook the spinach and garlic in a couple of tablespoons of oil until they begin to brown. Remove from heat.

2. Mix the peas into spinach. Add enough oil to moisten & the vinegar.

3. Cook the pasta through. Toss to coat with the "sauce", or serve over rice/polenta with a side of protein.

Dietary notes:

As written, vegan/vegetarian-friendliness depends entirely on the pasta filling and topping you choose.

As written, not gluten free. Sub GF pasta or rice/polenta.
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posted by [personal profile] lovelyangel at 02:57pm on 2014-07-27 under
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Claire Rouge
Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance, Episode 2

Here are my quick takes on the episodes I watched this week...

Ellis Fahrengart
Ellis Fahrengart
Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance, Episode 2

Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance (Bladedance of Elementalers): Episode 2
If you’re going to have a harem, make sure the girls are all cute, tsundere – and combat specialists. The second episode spun up the action, and it was all fun to watch.

Re: Hamatora: Episode 3
This season does seem quite a bit better than the first season. The writing is tighter, and the drama is more focused. No bad episodes yet.

HaNaYaMaTa: Episode 3
It seems we’ve been introduced to all the main characters, now. I still have no great love for the series... so something had better happen soon.

Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride): Episode 3
Standard shoujo stuff... done fairly well... a few good moments... mostly setup, though. I keep waiting for bad stuff to happen, so I’m relieved when we make it safely through another episode. Good stuff makes me smile; bad stuff hurts. So far, it’s been all good.

M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane (M3: That Dark Metal): Episode 14
A better episode than most – except that Natsuiri is still an insane S.O.B. But I did like the change in Maamu and the second pairing for Emiru. Plus: New OP song by Maaya Sakamoto, who I like a lot.

Free! Eternal Summer: Episode 4
I keep trying to drop this series from my list... but each episode manages to be juuuuuust good enough to keep me from pulling the plug. This episode was dull in parts, but there were a few good moments. The show lives for another viewing.

Love Stage!!: Episode 3
It looks like things aren’t going to be deeply serious in this series, and both main characters have lots of room to grow. I kinda like how things are progressing at the moment. Plus Shougo’s “Izumi sense” is amusing. I love a good romance, regardless of genders.

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!: Episode 3
I dislike misunderstandings and mistaken identities, so most of this episode was painful. Let’s hope all that is out of the system now and that the story gets better.

Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen (Silver Will Argevollen): Episode 4
Even though nothing really happened, I thought this episode was pretty good. We needed to see the serious side of the characters. And, as usual, Samonji was sooo kakkoii!

Rokujyoma no Shinryakusha!? (Invaders of the Rokujyoma!?): Episode 3
Stupid silly... but it’s the only show in the Friday time slot... so the show gets to stick around solely on that basis. This episode had good parts and bad parts, but it was watchable, occasionally humorous.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal: Episode 3
On the twice-a-month schedule, Sailor Moon is off this week.

Sword Art Online II: Episode 4
Things finally started to move this week with the first episode actually in GGO. There are a few dumb things that happened, just to be annoying, I think. But overall the episode was an OK introduction.

Aldnoah.Zero: Episode 4
It’s rare to have a young male protagonist that is so easy to respect and root for. Inaho fills the bill. Other young male protagonists look pretty stupid and immature in comparison. I like Inaho a lot. (But Batman is my kind of hero, and Batman-like characters are an easy draw for me.) A few humorous portions also (especially the banter between Magbaredge and Mizusaki)!

Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei (The Irregular at Magic High School): Episode 17
It’s good to know that the Batman doesn’t have to be the hero to resolve every problem. Haruka Ono’s Public Safety Investigator peers are pretty capable – and good with the banter. (^_^) Not a strong episode, but as always it’s fun to see First High clobber the opposition. Mirage Bat isn’t as interesting as the other competitions, though.

Haikyū!! Episode 17
Awesome! Intense! One entire episode dedicated to just 2/3 of a game! I loved the team holding back and then revealing their freak quick! And I was waiting, waiting... then so happy when the team cleared the way for Asahi! All the detail throughout the episode was completely mesmerizing, and this show is so well directed that the 20 minutes blew by without me knowing it. I watched the episode twice. Oh, I want to see Dateko taken down so badly!

Sabagebu! (Survival Game Club!): Episodes 3 & 4
Simulcast got moved to Sunday mornings, so there were two episodes for me this week. Each episode was totally, stupidly cheap and silly – and I smiled the whole time. Guilty pleasure, indeed!

Akame ga Kill!: Episode 4
Another strong episode. We were fed information about Imperial Arms – and which ones are in possession of Night Raid... and then we were treated to some sharp fighting sequences.

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun: Episode 4
Nearly as funny as previous episodes, there were plenty of good lines. Kashima, even with the least screen time, was the best. No great faces from Sakura this week, unfortunately.

Shōyō Hinata
Karasuno Tobe!
Shōyō Hinata • Haikyū!! Episode 17


Joss couldn't appear in person at Nerd HQ today so he video chatted instead. Check out the mystery panel guests as well.

Joss appears around the 31:00 mark.


The new monthly will introduce the characters from the show into the regular 616 Marvel universe alongside Coulson.

posted by [personal profile] chaosphaere at 02:48pm on 2014-07-27 under
This is an absolutely gorgeous and well made film but it doesn’t work for my neurology.

The film is too eyegrabby for me to watch sober (because being medicated is the only condition under which I can ever just sit and watch something for two hours). I almost never watch films that require too much fixed attention unless it’s in a theater. I would have loved this in a movie theater but I’m too distracted at home to follow it. I can’t just sit and watch a film and do nothing.

I tend to prefer stuff that is actually less visual *because* I can draw, check my email, etc while I watch it.

The speech here is too dense, too. It’s a constant wall of words. It’s very talky. I don’t like talky stuff unless the talk is paced and there’s adequate silence between speech acts. It’s like a constant wall of words in which people are constantly speaking.

It’s actually kind of nauseating… like low level sensory overload.

The speech patterns in this film are almost migraine-inducing to me. I’m able to hear the rhythm of the speech - it’s a distracting, CONSTANT patter - with a few exceptions, someone is CONSTANTLY talking to someone else - but I cannot actually parse any of the things being said. And the speech is too rapid for me to follow the closed captioning.

The speech is not naturalistic speech.
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posted by [personal profile] julesjones at 10:43pm on 2014-07-27 under
And because I have spent the last week wrestling with laptops old and new, I failed to point out that the Book View Cafe summer sale is on until the end of 28/7/14. Half price on one hundred books, many of which I can personally recommend, or intend to buy now based on reading other books by those authors. I had meant to itemise these, but it will have to wait until tomorrow. :-(

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posted by [personal profile] andrewducker at 10:43pm on 2014-07-27
Playing with Gulp.js, which is a node-based build system.

This is my build file so far.

And it basically monitors the file list (which is all of my js files), and whenever any of them changes it combines them into one master file, adding the Angular annotations as it goes.

So if you look at the source for the controllers here you'll see that they don't have the annotations that you need if you're going to minify things.

But if you look in the version that's produced (and is then referenced in the HTML) here it's got the annotations in it.

And it's easier for me to find the code I want to change because it's in multiple files - but the final version can be one, combined, minified version, so it's faster to download.

I don't have it minifying yet. That's for sometime later in the week :-> (and uglify looks like it does the job).

I think I'm going to find this _really_ useful.
Attorneys general races, 2014
A map of this year's attorneys general races
State attorneys general elections are almost always overshadowed by gubernatorial, Senate, and House races, but they are incredibly important. State attorneys general's powers vary from state to state, but they often have a good deal of influence over major policy issues. Attorneys general are often sought out as candidates for higher office, with many current governors and senators previously serving as their state's top lawyer. This year well-funded groups, especially Republican-aligned ones, are spending big in these races to ensure that they can take these important offices.  

What follows is a guide to 2014's elections for attorney general. In April we did another rundown of these races, and since then much has changed or better come into focus. The above map by Stephen Wolf provides an overview of this year's races. The map and the following analysis do not include states where the attorney general is not elected by voters, or where the election will be held in a different year. Republicans had a great year in 2010, flipping five of these offices at the polls. Democrats are hoping to return the favor this time around.

To start out, here is a table with all 50 state attorneys general, with notes about how they are selected and whether they are running this year.

Head below for a state-by-state look at each of 2014's attorney general races.  
[12:51] <Momijizukamori> meanwhile I'm trying to get a test entry for this that actually works because wow I had some enthusiastic spambots
[12:51] <Afuna> :x
[12:52] <exor674> ;_;
[12:52] <Momijizukamori> I was like 'I don't remember making the comment script post five thousand comments'
[12:52] <Momijizukamori> and the answer is I didn't
[12:52] <Momijizukamori> I had it post 200. The other 4,800 are spam

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posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at 03:56pm on 2014-07-27 under , , ,
An Indian university has bred seedless mangoes.  Science is SO AWESOME.
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posted by [personal profile] is_the_motion at 09:29pm on 2014-07-27 under
There is a very loud crash as Bonnie is pushed hard backwards through the door. She's currently wearing her biker vest, and an expression of fury.

"HELL NO!" she yells at the person on the other side of the door. Realising that she's got a moment of stopped time, she scrambles backwards and grabs a chair, which she lifts over her head and charges back through the door with an angry yell.

"Get the hell off of my property you..." there is a loud crash and a torrent of foul language from both Bonnie and some loud angry men on the other side of the door.

A few minutes later she reappears in the doorway, a little bit out of breath, and carrying in the remains of the chair, which she deposits next to the bar.

"Screwdriver, drink, please." she says, wiping a graze on her hand on a handkerchief. Bar provides one, which she downs in one go.

"Thank you. Screwdriver, tool, please."

With that she crouches and starts fixing the chair. Maybe her hands are a little more shaken than the look on her face. At least fixing the chair will give her some time to think.

Posted by Vegasjessie

Obstructionists Ryan, Cruz Blame The Senate For All Our Problems

Funny thing happened back in 2008: the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. President George W. Bush signed the law after it received bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate, as a measure to combat human trafficking worldwide. The law lays out one procedure for child immigrants from contiguous countries, like Mexico and Canada. These children are processed for immediate return to their home country. In all other cases, the children are placed under the responsibility of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. These children are placed with family or in other residences while they await their immigration court date. Long story short, they get to stay in the United States. Yet the 2012 losing vice presidential candidate said we need to change that law and send those kids back faster than you can say policy wonk.

Hi! I'm Paul Ryan, and I'm here to remind you that you're poor and it's your fault that your lazy ass made you that way. [/image]

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UN Official Calls Out David Gregory For Using Unconfirmed Israeli Propaganda Video

NBC host David Gregory was forced to issue a correction at the end of his weekly Meet the Press program on Sunday after a United Nations official confronted him for using a unconfirmed Israeli video that allegedly showed Hamas shooting rockets from a UN school.

Following an interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, Gregory brought on UN Relief & Works Agency spokesperson Chris Gunness.

"The Israeli government has released videotape within the past hour, it was posted on YouTube, NBC News hasn't independently verified," Gregory explained to Gunness. "The Israelis say -- and I realize that you cannot see this video, our audience can, and I'm going to describe it to you -- that purports to show rockets being fired from a UN school."

As the host spoke, NBC played fuzzy black and white video of rockets being fired from buildings at an unknown location.

"Is this accurate?" Gregory asked. "Could this be happening without the UN's knowledge, that would only bolster the prime minister's point that, in fact, Hamas is using civilians, using the United Nations even in a kind of propaganda war."

Gunness found the notion that he was being made to respond to a unconfirmed video that he couldn't even see so ridiculous that he could barely contain laughter.

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posted by [personal profile] lovelyangel at 01:43pm on 2014-07-27 under
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Samurai Bride, Episode 12 (Series Finale)

I’ve been pretty busy, first with OCF, then with catching up with the backlog of anime from the current season. I had to get past that before returning to the video player in the bedroom. So it’s taken a month for me to finish this 12-episode series.

Samurai Bride is definitely weaker than its predecessor, Samurai Girls – which explains why video sales in Japan were roughly 1/3 of the original series. The first half of Samurai Bride – the maid cafe, the contest, and Sasuke the monkey – is particularly poor. After wasting five episodes, the show starts to get into the real plot at episode 6. Plus Keiji Maeda is one of the best characters in the series. From episode 6 on the series is uneven but generally entertaining and interesting. As with Samurai Girls I ignore the blatant fanservice while enjoying the art style. The series does look great in Blu-ray and is worth having in the library.

Sentai Filmworks did a little better than their worst efforts and provided Japanese trailers and promo videos – plus the video shorts that accompanied the Japanese Blu-ray releases. The video shorts were just an excuse to be more bawdy, and they don’t add anything to the story, but they provide completeness to the set. The whole package is fine.

Next up: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S, Part I
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posted by [personal profile] oursin at 09:31pm on 2014-07-27 under ,

No Saturday rolls as I was working.

Today's lunch: seabass fillets marinated in whisky, maple syrup and avocado oil and smoked over bourbon-soaked oak chips, served with baby new potatoes roasted in goose-fat and okra and romano peppers roasted in pumpkin seed oil and splashed with pomegranate molasses.

This week's bread: I have a somewhat annoying book of bread recipes - it's all wholemeal all the time, and far too much yeast in every recipe (possibly to counteract the inevitable heaviness) but some of the ideas are not at all bad with some adaptation, and I made the Pumpkin Seed and Sultana Loaf, half and half strong white and wholemeal flours. Nice.

posted by [syndicated profile] thebloggess_feed at 08:00pm on 2014-07-27

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At least once a day Victor and I have a disagreement about something ridiculous and I always wish that I had all of the internet in the car with us to tell Victor that he’s insane, or to tell me that my hair looks nice.  I’ve decided to start sharing these disagreements here in the form of polls because I think it was Gandhi who said “The secret to a happy marriage is to drag in lots of strangers to join in your bloody conflicts.”

This week’s big disagreement was about the fact that he likes powdered donuts and I hate them.  I explained that powdered sugar makes my mouth unnaturally cold and was probably made by evil wizards.  He argued that powdered sugar did no such thing to him and that I was insane.  I argued that powdered sugar makes everyone’s mouth cold and that if I ever decided to run a marathon I’d carry a bunch of powdered sugar to sprinkle on my body whenever I got overheated.  He argued that I would never run a marathon.  He won that particular argument.

But the powdered sugar question still stands, so please be honest:

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Added educational bonus:  If you’re one of the people afflicted with “my-mouth-thinks-powdered-sugar-tastes-like-refrigerated-poison”, here is the best explanation I found on reddit: powderedsugar


And now, time for the weekly wrap-up: Graphic by Round Table Companies Shit I made in my shop (Named “EIGHT POUNDS OF UNCUT COCAINE” so that your credit card bill will be more interesting.):


Shit you should buy or steal because it’s awesome:

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We've talked a lot about CIVIL WAR and the JMS Spider-Man run elsewhere on this board, so I thought I would post a few pages about the big unmasking.

My name is Peter Parker )
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"My strategy was to backtrack her design into a character. Work from the outside in, as it were. It was pretty clear she had a very important, formal position. But, because I don't like any of my character's lives to be easy, I thought it would be more interesting to make that a major contrast in her. So Windblade became a very hopeful, youthful character trying to fill a role that's a little too big for her. Everything else built from there," she explained.


"I, personally, am working toward the future, and the future I want to see is one where more little kids, and grown men, and teenage girls—where more people like Transformers and get joy from it," Scott said. "It's not the grandest dream, but it's mine."

--Mairghread Scott

I guess Metroplex is a little big for her )

Writer: Mairghread Scott
Artist: Sarah Stone

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Was That Robert Reich's Evil Twin Skippy On This Week?

When did Robert Reich's evil twin sneak onto the Sunday shows and start spewing nonsense like this? With regard to Paul Ryan's plan to shift funding for anti-poverty programs from the federal government to the states, Reich validated the entire proposal with one paragraph:

REICH: I think it's a serious one. In fact, I was frankly very impressed. Paul Ryan, who has been cutting programs for the poor left and right, or at least trying to do that for several years now, awarding tax breaks to the rich. Suddenly, he's had a conversion of some sort. And he is now coming out with a plan that is actually a very interesting plan. Not only does it expand the earned income tax credit, which is the most important anti-poverty policy we have now in the federal government, he extends it, he expands it. He provides some guidance to the states in terms of actually helping people go forward.

It is not exactly a block grant. There are no cuts to poverty programs. This is something that is very new and different from the Republican Party. And I think it deserves a careful look by Democrats.

So wait. We're supposed to be applauding Ryan because he isn't cutting programs that are already too stretched and expect states to simply accept his "guidance?" Because he proposes an expansion to the EITC that many people don't even know to file for? Many poor folks who don't earn anything simply don't file tax returns. They're not required to, so they don't. When did we shift the goalposts to applauding a proposal that doesn't cut anti-poverty programs?

If you want a picture of how Paul Ryan's plan would work to alleviate poverty, take a look at Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, by state and compare it to poverty rates in those same states. There's a correlation there, just like the correlation that exists between states that have raised the minimum wage for workers and states that have not.

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posted by [syndicated profile] alisanne_feed at 07:26pm on 2014-07-27
Title: Back
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Word count: 100
Characters/pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy
Challenge: Written for [community profile] dracoharry100/[livejournal.com profile] dracoharry100's prompt #355: Back.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.
Betas: [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn
Authors Notes: The next part of my Pub Night series. The other parts are: The Perfect Place (LJ/IJ/DW), A New Adventure (LJ/IJ/DW), Resisting Temptation (LJ/IJ/DW), Special Night (LJ/IJ/DW), Civil Conversation (LJ/IJ/DW), Something Deeper (LJ/IJ/DW), Unspeakably Embarrassing (LJ/IJ/DW), Step by Step (LJ/IJ/DW), Rumour Has It (LJ/IJ/DW), Sooner or Later (LJ/IJ/DW), Gathering Information (LJ/IJ/DW), Making Their Escape (LJ/IJ/DW), Out and About (LJ/IJ/DW), Upping the Game (LJ/IJ/DW), A Wise Move (LJ/IJ/DW), High Hopes (LJ/IJ/DW), Upside Down (LJ/IJ/DW), Hopeful Confidence (LJ/IJ/DW), Taking the Lead (LJ/IJ/DW), Anything Goes (LJ/IJ/DW), Being Sure (LJ/IJ/DW), In Trouble (LJ/IJ/DW), Taking Time (LJ/IJ/DW), Rise and Shine (LJ/IJ/DW), Fair's Fair (LJ/IJ/DW), Around and Around (LJ/IJ/DW), Give (LJ/IJ/DW), ...and Take (LJ/IJ/DW), Possession (LJ/IJ/DW), Going Down (LJ/IJ/DW), In Deep (LJ/IJ/DW), Morning Plans (LJ/IJ/DW), Weighing the Options (LJ/IJ/DW), Providing a Distraction (LJ/IJ/DW), Humble Abode (LJ/IJ/DW), and The Full Tour (LJ/IJ/DW).

DracoHarry100 #355: Back




Pushing open the doors to his walk-in closet, Draco surveyed the options. Behind him Harry said, “Merlin! Your closet’s huge.”

Draco smirked. “I’ll be a minute.”

“Any longer and I’m coming in,” called Harry just as the doors closed.

Draco smiled. Having such an eager lover was heady. Dressing quickly, he emerged, finding Harry gazing out the window. “Nice view,” he said, turning. He looked Draco over. “Very nice.”

“Food,” Draco reminded him. “Let’s go.”

Just then, the Floo activated. “Shit,” muttered Draco.

“What?” asked Harry.

“Draco? Are you back yet?” came a voice.

“Pansy,” Draco groaned. “Salazar help us.”

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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Rosemary focaccia for @farmandfable Cookbook Club. L-R: tries 1, 2, 3.



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