January 23rd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] siderea at 11:48pm on 2017-01-23 under
Annnnnnnd I just discovered that my LJ robots.txt was not actually keeping Google out; when I looked at it, it said:
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and sure enough the ticky box in My Account Settings - Privacy for "Minimize my journal's inclusion in search engine results" had been unticked.

Which, no, I didn't change it. I haven't even visited the privacy tab in ages.

Don't know if this was incompetence or policy.

If you had that privacy setting on over on LJ, you might want to check that it's still on.

Considering what Google now has cached of my LJ, maybe this happened about two weeks ago? All Google got was my 13 days of posts (Jan 11 to Jan 23, inclusive).

If you're still following me on LJ... don't. Come find me on Dreamwidth. Update your rss reader to point to https://siderea.dreamwidth.org/data/rss .

I may abruptly stop crossposting.
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00pm on 2017-01-23

Posted by Monica Roberts

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I'm now back in the Houston area after spending a few days at this year's edition of the Task Force's Creating Change Conference in Philadelphia.  It was a 29th annual Creating Change that up until about two weeks before it happened, I was seriously thinking about after attending the last three consecutive Creating Change events in Houston, Denver and Chicago and being part of the Host Committee for #CC14 not coming to Philadelphia for #CC17.

Philadelphia also happens to be a city that is near and dear to my heart, because I received my 2006 IFGE Trinity Award  here and I've been since 2013 in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection for two LGBTMedia events (2013,2015) and two Philly Trans Health Conferences in 2012 and 2016.

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The drama filled experience in Chicago along with the jacked up protest of the NBJC Black Institute I called out later (and I'm still pissed about) was part of the reason I was reluctant to come this year.

Because of the Trans United Fund event, the TUF leadership meeting scheduled during #CC17 and being asked by NBJC's Isaiah Wilson to participate in this year's The Black Institute, that finally pushed me into the 'I'm attending it 'ranks along with TUF Board Chair Hayden Mora telling me my voice, thoughts and attendance were needed and necessary.

Image may contain: 13 people, people smiling, people standing and indoorAnd I'm glad I did.  I also got to destroy a few Slurpees in the process since there was a 7 Eleven right across the street from the convention hotel.

On my ATL-PHL flight I ran into Dee Dee Chamblee, who was seated ten rows from me.  I stepped off the Delta plane after our 5:35 PM arrival but lost track of her.  After collecting my checked bag I ran into a group of students from Portland who were eagerly here for CC17 at the Terminal D SEPTA train platform.

After getting off the train, I immediately headed to the hotel room that Angelica Ross and my Houston homegirl Nikki Loyd were sharing to drop off my bags before heading to the TUF meeting we were having at the host hotel to finalize some last minute planning or the fundraising event at Philadelphia City Hall.

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When I walked into that Marriott Downtown meeting room with Angelica and Nikki and saw my trans siblings from around the country and as I found out the world in Mat and Tiana from Zimbabwe, it was a reminder why I come to conferences and events:. I go to see old friends like Danielle King and meet new ones like Daye Pope.

Image may contain: 6 people, people smiling, closeup and indoorWith me now going into my 19th year of award winning advocacy for trans people in addition to being the founding editor of a now 11 year old award winning blog, the days of me walking around any convention space for longer than ten minutes incognito are long gone.

I ran into Sunnivie Brydum and a friend of hers moments after taking that post meeting photo with the TUF peeps, and while trying to get to the DoubleTree to get my bags so I could go check into the Hilton Gardens where I was staying, immediately ran into Cecilia Chung.

After running into her, tried to tip past the bar area where folks were congregated and ran into many friends there like my fellow Texans Omar Narvaez, Ashton Woods and the lovely Geneva Musgrave, and ran into Isaiah at the exit door.  I also ran into several students who recognized me from different speeches or who were fans of TransGriot that night and over the next several days.  

While I was waiting to sort out a problem with my Hilton Gardens reservation, Louis Mitchell spotted me while walking past the hotel from a late night food run and kept me company until it was resolved.

The love I got enveloped in while walking the CC17 host hotel over those next several days didn't hurt either, especially in light of the fact that we were literally in the last two days of the Obama presidency and about to see the dawning of a Trump presidency hostile to us.

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The Thursday Trans United Fund event at the Philadelphia City Hall on Thursday evening was chock full of symbolism.

I thought about the fact that we were owning our political power as trans people in the city in which the Declaration of Independence was crafted and signed at Independence Hall several blocks away from where our event was taking place with a trans pride flag on the flagpole outside the building.

We were comprised of amazing trailblazing leaders in their own rights like Melissa Sklarz, Sharron Cooks, Danni Askini, Andrea Jenkins, Bamby Salcedo, and Mama Bear DeShanna Neal with her lovely trans feminine daughter Trinity. Some of the brothers were also there in support like Sean Coleman and Rev. Yunus Coldman

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It was also great seeing Philadelphia's LGBT Liaison Nellie Fitzpatrick, Cathy Renna and getting to have all those conversations with the attendees during that fundraising event.   It was also wonderful to finally meet and get to talk to Danni Askini in the flesh after years of doing so on FB.

TUF was also holding this event on the last night of the Obama Administration, who will go down in American and TBLGQ history as the best president ever on trans issues.

Image may contain: 6 people, people smiling, people standing and indoorSince my job during CC14 in Houston was to be co chair of the committee helping put together the People of Color Hospitality suit, I'm always interested in seeing how other Creating Change host cities accomplished the task of setting up their hospitality suites in preparation for the next time Houston gets to host Creating Change.

Once I was done with my portion of the NBJC Black Institute morning programming, I headed to the POC, Bi-Panfluid, Transgender and Elder suites that were located on the sixth floor of the hotel.  

In the Bi suite I ran into Stacey Langley, new Bi-Net president Lynette McFadzen (who I met and roomed with during CC15), and other amazing folks in those Thursday and Friday excursions up to the suites.  

We aren't always talking politics in those hospitality suites.  The conversations can also be about pop culture discussions to blood family acceptance or lack thereof.   Some CC17 attendees are playing cards or board games as they wait for breakfast, lunch or dinner to be delivered to the suites.  

And yes, for you CC vets, they are still vegan.

Speaking of dishes, nice segue into moi dishing out in the Transgender Hospitality Suite a trash talking filled dominoes butt kicking to a New Jersey based activist who has promised me he'll be ready for me when #CC18 roll around.

Good luck with that Kwame.   Love ya and enjoyed our conversation, but Mama Moni still has dominoes skills that will be sharpened over the next 11 months.

You've been warned BTAC and every other conference I get to attend in 2017.  Be afraid.

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The Elders suite had a TBLGQ Philadelphia history display set up.  I ran into during my visit to check it out Barbara, one of the trans elders I met during my LGBTMedia13 visit to Philly at the John C Anderson LGBT apartment building for low income LGBT seniors.

Barbara was one of the local volunteers staffing it, and it was wonderful reconnecting with her again..

But the best part of any Creating Change event is being able to not only talk to the elders that preceded me in paving the way for my generation of TBLGQ activists, but the young people for who this is their first Creating Change, who see you as their elder, and get the intergenerational conversations going that we need to have happen.

I had an interesting discussion on Friday with one CC17 attendee who let me know she'd been reading TransGriot since she was 12 years old.   I had more than a few people stop me in the halls during my time there who recognized me either from the blog, previous events, conferences or panels and tell me how much they loved TransGriot, dropping some knowledge in a panel, or appreciated me doing the necessary work to advance our shared human rights struggle.
 
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Friday morning Rebecca Kling, Brynn Tannehill and I  talked to two of Bear Bergman's students about the trans rights movement and our parts in it.  Bear later sent me a message about how excited they were to meet us and went on about it for hours.

I was supposed to leave Saturday, but the fog at PHL airport that hugs the Delaware River killed that and forced me to stay an extra day at Creating Change, something I wasn't disappointed about.  But because of my travel back and forth from the host hotel to the airport, I missed the local Women's March that some of the CC17 attendees participated in and Sharron spoke at.

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I also got to spend some more quality time with my Birmingham based sister Daroneshia Duncan, who graciously let me crash in her hotel room since I'd checked out of mine at the Hilton Gardens earlier that day..

After dinner at Chili's, swinging by the Boomers Dance with Daroneshia and sitting in the bar area chatting with various people until nearly 2 AM, I reluctantly left the Marriott Downtown host hotel for the last time to get a little sleep for my rebooked 7:35 AM departure back to Houston via the ATL

That meant no Sunday closing plenary or brunch for me this time.

Thanks Philadephia Host Committee for putting together a wonderful event.   I'm glad I came.  Coming to #CC17 helped me realize once again all the positive reasons why I have loved this conference ever since my first one in Oakland back in 1999.

I'm eagerly anticipating being at the 2018 edition of it in Washington DC. Hopefully by that time CC18 happens I'll be able to go to the African American History Museum in addition to seeing all of you peeps there again at our TBLGQ family reunion
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posted by [personal profile] sorcyress at 09:33pm on 2017-01-23
Here are the things I have done today that are good for me:

Big stuff
*I took the first steps towards setting up an appointment for brainfixing. Whether that winds up being better/different ADHD treatment or treatment for something else remains to be seen, but I'm gonna call tomorrow and set up a real appointment and take my next steps.

*I now know the admission dates for two grad programs (both in the past, but good incentive for the future) and have a tab open with GRE dates

*I am trying to reach out to people and trying to actively be better about...I'm trying to be better.

Medium stuff

*I bought my bus ticket home from Albany (I am going on a business trip! This is ridiculous and cool)

*I unpacked all my bags from Arisia

Small stuff (still important!)

*I made more pasta, so I will have food the next few days.

*I came back to Habitica


*************

Looking forward:

*I want to obtain a planner. I think it has to be physical, given my relationship with physical media. It also has to be stupid over-thorough. Possibly it's going to be a bunch of comprehensive schedule grids printed out from the internet. Certainly the first few weeks are going to be.

*Put away all the clothes that are currently on my bed.

*Change sheets (closer to when Sparr is visiting, because cat)

*Take a practice GRE test

*Dance stuff

~Sor
MOOP!
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posted by [personal profile] sorcyress at 09:24pm on 2017-01-23
Um

Hi.




I'm bursting into tears writing even that much (and even knowing that every time I start crying again it makes the stabbing pains in my head flare up --I just took an ibuprofen, I should be fine soon, but oh god, I have cried too much today and my head is pounding.)

Um.

Anyways.





On June 15th, 2009, I sent an email that quite literally changed my life. It was to Magus. It ended with the line "[I] kinda understand completely if you don't want to date the stupid crazy chick".

It started with the line "For more or less the entirety of our relationship, Ksatyr raped me".

It was the hardest, and scariest, email I have ever sent to anyone, ever. It was the first time I ever explicitly told another person I had been raped. It was easily one of the first times I was able to say the phrase "kSatyr raped me". I wrote a few paragraphs of it in the early evening, and then I went off and did errands and distracted myself before coming back and writing the rest. And hitting send.

If you had asked me a month ago, what if felt like to send that email, I wouldn't have been able to give you a particularly good answer. Time fades memory, and time dulls pain. "Definitely scary? Kinda shameful? Worried I was messing everything up? Self-loathing that I wasn't good enough, that I was somehow ruined?"

Today I have a different answer: This. It feels like this.

Because I am sitting in a different bedroom, with a different laptop, and I am shaking uncontrollably. This time it wasn't an email, it was a phone call. It wasn't calculated, it was impulsive. And it wasn't to say I had been raped.

It was to say I might have Depression. To a health care professional --the evening staffer at my medical practice. I asked to be called tomorrow, to see about scheduling an appointment, to try and do a screening and maybe start therapy, or medication, or behavioral modification or...

to maybe stop being broken.

Because I know it wasn't the proper hours to make an appointment, but if I tried to wait until then, I wasn't going to call. Not ever.

And maybe I don't actually have depression, but there is something that is not right with me. I don't know if I need to change my medication, or engage in behavioral psych, or what, but I can't get things done and that's not normal. I can't get _anything_ done. I go to work and I do what they need me to do, but then I go home and just...

I'm not even entirely sure where the time goes, some days.

I've been trying to apply to grad schools for something like three years now, and there's something blocking my brain, making it impossible for me to do it, and I don't know what or why or how to fix it.

And maybe the doctors can.




...

I just had a half-hour conversation with the on-call evening shift nurse/medic/???. Her name is Stephanie. She is calm and collected and honest and compassionate.

I missed the Fall 2017 deadline for Tufts. For BU too, but they say theirs is a soft deadline --not to say that I'm thrilling enough to get in after it passed, but now at least I know.

And I can start moving forward anyways. Maybe if I apply now, they'll keep me on file for 2018. That can work too. And maybe if I am managing to apply to grad schools, I will find the same space in me to apply to jobs. And manage the Highland Ball, and Pinewoods. To get things done.





I am so scared. I have so much to do and it's so hard and scary, and I'm not good at it.

I can't do this alone.

You must understand how much it chokes me to write those words. I crave freedom like I crave air, and I've never understood a meaning of the word where I rely on other people.

But I've done more for my future in a half-hour phone call with a stranger than I've managed in three years alone. [[deep breath kiddo, close the eyes, make the fingers say words that feel like traitors to your fucked up broken brain]] I can't do this alone. I need help to get my brain on track, to get my world on track. Absolutely I should be able to do things functionally by myself, but there's no shame in having my friends, my family, give me reminders.

Please, if you think of it, give me reminders. Please ask me to do some of the work I need to do. Please check in with how I'm doing, especially at times when I can do it (IM is tops for this).

***

On June 15th, 2009, I took a deep breath and hit send on an email that boiled down to "please help me be better". Today is January 23rd, 2017. I am going to hit post, and ask all of you the same thing.

I can do this. I can ask for help when I need it. I can fix my brain, and I can have support while it happens.

((Words make truth.))

~R.
MOOP!

((PostScript: As always, I am not and do not experience suicidal ideation. Thank you for caring about me.))
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posted by [personal profile] jducoeur at 08:46pm on 2017-01-23
On the flip side, there's the show I *wasn't* expecting to love: The Good Place.

It starts off looking like they've set up basically a weird sitcom.  Our protagonist, Eleanor (Kristin Bell), wakes up one morning to find that she is dead, and is now in The Good Place.  Only the very best people (chosen by a terribly scientific algorithm) get into The Good Place; everybody else goes to The Bad Place, which you wouldn't want.  And The Good Place is so terribly *nice*.  They serve all your favorite flavors of frozen yogurt.  Everybody is there with their assigned (and perfectly selected) soulmate.  It isn't heaven per se, but it's lovely.

There's only one problem: Eleanor doesn't belong here.  She was really a fairly mediocre person in life: not evil per se, but utterly self-absorbed for nearly her entire life.  She's a fish out of water, and things are going wrong as a result.

Like I said, an obvious sitcom, right?

Except that it isn't.  Quite unexpectedly, The Good Place is *also* structured as a novel, and they make no bones about it.  Each episode is numbered, not named, and they follow hard upon one another, often starting seconds after the previous.  To my considerable surprise, it's structured as tightly as any thriller.

Mind, it's *not* a thriller -- it's a comedy, and an unusually funny one for modern network TV.  Bell turns out to have better comic timing than I would have given her credit for, and the cast play off against each other brilliantly.  There isn't a lot of depth here -- the show is painting in broad strokes -- but episode by episode you start to really like all of our characters.

Mostly, though, this is a ride through the unexpected.  It is *so* rare for me to watch a show any more and constantly be going, "I have no forking idea where this is going next", but that's the case throughout the first season.  Every episode is full of jaw-dropping WTFery, while still kind of making sense within the scenario's demented logic.

I won't say that it's at the same level of once-in-a-decade brilliance as Westworld.  But it doesn't cost an HBO subscription, and it is a *heck* of a lot more fun.  Check it out...
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posted by [personal profile] jducoeur at 08:26pm on 2017-01-23 under
While I think of it, a couple of reviews.  The most recent television season included two new genre (more or less) TV shows that were both brilliant and yet *wildly* different from each other.  In the modern TV environment, only a fraction of my friends have seen each, so it's worth talking them up.

Let's start with the obvious one: Westworld.  I'm not going to mince words here: it's the best new science fiction in ages -- best in the past decade that I can remember.  We'll see whether it lives up to the comparison, but the last time I was this jazzed about a series was Babylon 5.  And that's not an idle comparison: I've heard that this is going to be a five-year novel in the same way, and the pacing supports that.

In case anyone hasn't heard the premise: Westworld is vaguely a remake (but mostly just inspired by) an old SF movie about a theme park with robots run amok.  And that's kind of what's going on here, but it is *so* much more -- not least, in that the Hosts (the robots) might yet turn out to be the good guys.  At least, by comparison.

Mind, this story isn't light and fun.  One of the execs is Jonathan Nolan, who was behind Person of Interest (which I would previously have dubbed the best show of recent years), and he's exploring somewhat similar themes, but with HBO's budget and standards.  So whereas PoI got a bit grim sometimes, this one gets downright DarkityDarkDark.

The thing is, though, it doesn't just get dark the way you expect.  Yes, there's a good deal of violence and a modicum of sex.  But there isn't nearly as much sex as nudity, and the nudity gets downright disturbing -- it's used as a narrative tool, to show the way that the humans think of the hosts as *things*, not as people.  And even that only begins to set the stage for where the story winds up going, exploring concepts of sentience and free will very deeply, very honestly, and bone-chillingly.  This may be the first TV show since The Twilight Zone that manages to be fundamentally creepy through its exploration of existential questions.

Pretty much everything hangs together here.  The writing is tight (although I will warn that you need to be prepared for quite a bit of, "not all is as it seems"), the direction is solid, the effects are fabulous, and the acting ranges from solidly good to marvelous.  (I am a confirmed member of Team Maeve by now.)

Most importantly, the *structure* is delicious.  This feels like a novel, not a serial: deep, incredibly intricate, and finely woven together.  I'm fairly sure that Season 1 is just giving us the surface of the story -- there are ample indications that there is far more to this world, and I would bet we're going to see a lot more of it as the epic progresses.

We'll see if they can continue as well as they've started; I'm praying we don't get another Galactica at the end.  But this was the best first season I've seen of anything, period, and Nolan has demonstrated that he can finish strong.  This may turn out to be one of the all-time greats, and it is well worth seeking out.

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Oh, don't mind me, Donald, I'll be along eventually...
I'm starting to see people in liberal progressive world wanting to give Melania a pass for being married to and repeatedly dissed by Twitler.

But just like her reprehensible hubby, Melania's not getting any love from me, especially after TransGriot reader Vanity Wilde pointed me to this April 20, 2011 interview on the Joy Behar Show in which Melania went all in like her hubby on the birther attacks on President Obama starting about the 1:52 mark of this interview..



Kinda ironic that the same POTUS she attacked back in 2011 was the one classily rescuing her from that real time embarrassing situation broadcast around the country and the world when her deplorable hubby dissed her on Inauguration Day.

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So naw Melania, you're NOT my FLOTUS either  You gets no love from moe or my people for attacking the legitimacy of the twice duly elected President Obama.

You wish you could be a FLOTUS who could walk in Michelle's double Ivy League degreed pumps.

So for the next four years, you don't get any love from me either.
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On The Propriety Of Punching Nazis, An FAQ
But isn’t this sinking to their level?

That depends. After you punch the Nazi, do you espouse the tenets of National Socialism?

No.

Then you’re better than a Nazi.

But doesn’t this just give the other side ammunition?

The other side in this argument are lying fucks who can twist any piece of information into a swastika-shaped balloon animal if you engage them in good faith; lacking a piece of information, they’ll just make shit up. Might as well punch a Nazi.

What about peace, love, and understanding?

Great goals, and once we get rid of the Nazis we can get to work on them. All three are completely impossible when Nazis are about.


Also, this Twitter thread from Hal Duncan: Tolerance is a state of affect, not a moral edict. The moral edict is to defy corrupt moral systems. Defiance may involve fists. To set tolerance as moral edict condemning defiance of corrupt morals is to set your bourgeois propriety in service of fascism's core tenet. It is an easy trap to fall into, to be clear. Bourgeois propriety is seductive w/ its reward of feeling virtuous, respectful, *caring* even. Make no mistake though: if you let it veto, on principle, the practical ethical imperative to punch a Nazi, you are an *enemy* of tolerance.


And this one by puckett101 There was a good chunk of my life when I think everyone I knew had put hands on a Nazi. And here's why - it was never "just one" Nazi skin. One became six became 20. The only reaction that prevented Nazis from becoming a problem was not letting them in. AT ALL. EVER.
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posted by [personal profile] liv at 08:50pm on 2017-01-23 under
Soon after I came to Stoke, there was a boy of 8 or 9 who got really really enthusiastic about Judaism. He dragged his not terribly religious father to shul regularly, and wanted to join his friend, two years older, for Hebrew lessons. So I taught the two of them together, and the older of the two celebrated his bar mitzvah in due course. They've always had a really great friendship and partnership, in spite of what might have been an awkward age gap, and I was really pleased that the bar mitzvah boy was entirely keen to carry on with Hebrew lessons once he'd finished the bar mitzvah.

Younger lad wanted to have a bar mitzvah in his turn. And there were lots of reasons why this might not have worked out but he was so keen, and had really obviously thought through all the ramifications, so we agreed that we should start preparing a Torah portion. So for about a year we've being alternating one-on-one bar mitzvah tuition with joint lessons for the two lads, focusing more on general language skills.

contains religion and tangential mentions of the Holocaust )
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What did the Women's Marches for America last Saturday accomplish? This turns out to be an interesting question. I think there are four things they accomplished, only one of which I anticipated.

The obvious benefit was for the marchers and their political sympathizers, a population that has been shell-shocked and feeling like aliens in their own country (and out of it). It was, I think, a powerful emotional shot in the arm against despair, to see the vast numbers of people who feel likewise.

Less obvious – and, indeed, mostly remarked upon by critics on the outside [TW: anti-feminist concern troll] – the Women's Movement just had an internal revolution.

All y'all, there is such a thing as a mainstream in feminism and it just went seriously intersectionalist. [1,930 Words] )

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posted by [personal profile] jducoeur at 02:48pm on 2017-01-23 under
My lady asked me to track down some feeds she'd been reading on LJ.  I found some and wound up creating a few of them, and suspect that other friends might be interested, particularly in:

The East Kingdom Gazette

XKCD

What If?

Popehat

Note that not all of these have populated yet...
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posted by [personal profile] siderea at 02:45pm on 2017-01-23 under , ,
Over the last week or so, I've been getting an abrupt up-tick of spam comments over on LJ. That in and of itself isn't surprising, as my posts about LJ moving the servers to Russia went viral, and I generally get more spam when that happens.

But all the new spam is on one particular post. The one from 2007 about distributing LJ.

Did that just go viral?

Cause my thinking on that has evolved a lot, and I have some architectural and implementary suggestions. (#0: Don't fork LJ/DW, fork WP.)
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posted by [personal profile] gale_storm at 05:20pm on 2017-01-23 under
And now -- fingerprint theft? Holy shit, this world sucks!

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posted by [personal profile] filkerdave at 09:47am on 2017-01-23 under , ,

I still need to write about GAFilk and Arisia and Saturday's adventures in radio and at the company party, but for now, I want to go in another direction. I've been waiting eagerly for the next book in Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series, which has been delayed multiple times here and is finally scheduled for US release on 31 January. In prep, I've been reading the previous books in the series. They're fairly light reading, so they go quickly, and they're also a nice way to revisit a lot of the areas I spent time in when I was living in London.

The second book in the series, Moon over Soho, has a lot of mentions of jazz as well (the viewpoint character, Peter Grant, is the son of a jazz musician and that plays into the book, as well). I haven't listened to a lot of jazz in my life. There's been some, of course, but I'm much more into rock, indie, and electronica. Something in the book made me want to change that, though, so for the past several days I've been using my Spotify Premium account to rectify that. There's been a lot of Thelonius Monk and Charlie Parker, and today I'm going through Dizzy Gillespie.

Good stuff. I can't believe I haven't really listened to it before!
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posted by [personal profile] madfilkentist at 01:12pm on 2017-01-23 under
On Saturday, I went to the January MASSFILC meeting at Keshlam's house. It was a small turnout but a good filksing. Ben was sick and couldn't make it.

I stayed over to shorten the drive the the housefilk hosted by [personal profile] mneme and [personal profile] drcpunk the next day. I took the ticket for parking overnight on the street (oops), and drove down in very light Sunday morning traffic. It was great to see so many people I hadn't seen in a long time. The turnout was about 25, which really packed the place.

Both filks had lots of good songs and lots of the kind of conversations that can lead anywhere. I sang "Die Puppen" in English at both filksings; that song really should get a Pegasus! It's been nominated plenty of times but hasn't won yet. Maybe it's because most people haven't heard it; it took me some serious effort to learn to perform it half-decently.

Virginia fed the cats while I was away, but Carl denies it. He was so desperately hungry he'd been rummaging through the recycling basket for cans.
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00pm on 2017-01-22

Posted by Monica Roberts

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Our approach to freedom need not be identical but it must be intersectional and inclusive
-Janet Mack, January 21, 2017

While I wasn't there at the DC Women's March and was 139 miles up I-95 away from it in Philadelphia, we did have some trans participation there at it.  

I know Nikki Araguz Loyd attended it along with 500,000 other peeps, and the reports are still coming in from people there and around the country in Trans World who were in attendance or participating in their local events.

Here;s the video and the text of Janet's speech.


So we are here. We are here not merely to gather but to move, right? And our movements, our movements require us to do more than just show up and say the right words. It requires us to break out of our comfort zones and be confrontational. It requires us to defend one another when it is difficult and dangerous. It requires us to truly see ourselves and one another.
 I stand here today as the daughter of a native Hawaiian woman and a black veteran from Texas. I stand here as the first person in my family to go to college. I stand here as someone who has written herself onto this stage to unapologetically proclaim that I am a trans woman-writer-activist-revolutionary of color. And I stand here today because of the work of my forebears, from Sojourner to Sylvia, from Ella to Audre, from Harriet to Marsha.
I stand here today most of all because I am my sister’s keeper. My sisters and siblings are being beaten and brutalized, neglected and invisibilizied, extinguished and exiled. My sisters and siblings have been pushed out of hostel homes and intolerant schools. My sisters and siblings have been forced into detention facilities and prisons and deeper into poverty. And I hold these harsh truths close. They enrage me and fuel me. But I cannot survive on righteous anger alone. Today, by being here, it is my commitment to getting us free that keeps me marching.
Our approach to freedom need not be identical but it must be intersectional and inclusive. It must extend beyond ourselves. I know with surpassing certainty that my liberation is directly linked to the liberation of the undocumented trans Latina yearning for refuge. The disabled student seeking unequivocal access. The sex worker fighting to make her living safely.
Collective liberation and solidarity is difficult work, it is work that will find us struggling together and struggling with one another. Just because we are oppressed does not mean that we do not ourselves fall victim to enacting the same unconscious policing, shaming, and erasing. We must return to one another with greater accountability and commitment to the work today.
By being here you are making a commitment to this work. Together we are creating a resounding statement, a statement that stakes a claim on our lives and our loves, our bodies and our babies, our identities and our ideals. But a movement – a movement is so much more than a march. A movement is that difficult space between our reality and our vision. Our liberation depends on all of us, all of us returning to our homes and using this experience and all the experiences that have shaped us to act, to organize, to resist. Thank you.

***

Thank you Janet for the speech and repping us well (as usual) from the speaker's podium of this historic event.

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I was a little busy handling some movement business over the last few days in Philly, so I haven't had the chance to sit down and watch much of the Australian Open's first week

The seeds are falling, including the world number one ranked and number one seed Angelique Kerber, who was beaten by Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets.

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But I am happy to hear that my fave tennis playing siblings are still kicking butt and taking names on their Melbourne business trip.

When I last checked in number 13 seeded Venus and number 2 seeded Serena had just advanced to Australian Open second round singles matches against Stefanie Vogele and Lucie Safarova, and were waiting to play their first Aussie Open doubles match versus Timea Babos and Anastasia Pavlyuchenko    They withdrew from the doubles to focus on the singles tournament which so far looks like it was a wise decision.

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Big Sis sent Vogele packing in straight sets 6-3, 6-2  to set up her third round match versus China's Duan Yingying.   That was also another straight set 6-1, 6-0 victory to propel her into the fourth round against German qualifier Mona Barthel, who knocked off Rio Olympic singles champion and 29th seeded Monica Puig.  

Venus prevailed 6-3, 7-5  to punch her ticket to the quarterfinals against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova  for a spot in the semis against the Muguruza-Vandeweghe winner

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Little Sis was also holding it down on her side of the Australian Open bracket.   After sending Safarova to the sidelines with a straight set 6-3, 6-4  victory, she beat fellow American Nicole Gibbs 6-1, 6-3 to advance to a fourth round match against 16th seed Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic.

Serena dispatched Strycova 7-5, 6-4 after a tough match to set up her quarterfinal match with Great Britain's Johanna Konta.

Image result for Venus and Serena 2003 Australian open finalIf the Williams Sisters win their next two matches, they will face each other in the Australian Open finals for the first time since 2003.  Serena also has an opportunity because of the Kerber loss to regain the world number one ranking if she wins the tournament.

Oh yeah, it would also be her 23rd Grand Slam singles title and seventh Australian Open after losing to Kerber last year.

And who won that 2003 Australian Open finals clash?   Serena did 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-4 over her big sister.   That was also the only time Venus has reached the Australian Open final.

They still have some work to do Down Under to make that all Williams final happen.    

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posted by [personal profile] mrs_sweetpeach at 11:02pm on 2017-01-22 under ,
Today's episode is about Sandra, who once owned an enormous and beautiful mansion in North Carolina that she lost to foreclosure. Matt Paxton is the clean-up specialist on this episode and came up with some lines that made me laugh:

"Sandra is a politician. She wants to make you believe that her way is the way to do it. But then when you push her on 'Well give me the details of your plan," it's empty. There are no details.

She's basically like a Trump hoarder -- there's no substance, it's all talk."
location: Home and on my corner of the couch
Music:: Hoarders on A&E
January 22nd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] siderea at 06:58pm on 2017-01-22 under ,
I made the march! Which was really more of a series of stands: standing on the train platform while full trains went by; then standing on a train for a long while, while it, in turn, stood at platforms where there were lots of people standing who wanted on the train but the train was full. Then I stood for an hour and a half or so at the rally, or maybe two. And then we marched. And then I sat down on a bench on the train platform and decidedly didn't care that several trains filled up with departing people and departed. And then I got a seat on a train! And went home.

And now my left knee is very badly fucked up and I'm not really so much with the walking.

The protest was heartening and I was glad to make it. I don't regret it, even if my knee has yet to forgive me.

Cool signs I saw:

• "My pussy & my rights: neither is up for grabs"

• Two different middle-aged men both sporting the venerable, "Don't blame me. I'm from Massachusetts."

• "No, this is not normal... But normal wasn't fucking okay, either. #BLM"

• "Super callous fascist racist extra braggadocious" This, it turns out, is a meme with which I hadn't previously been acquainted. Original may have been "Super callous fragile racist extra braggadocious".

• A Princess Leia with blaster image with the overlay "A woman's place is in the Resistance". Someone else with a sign "Rebellions are built on hope."

• Lots of "We Shall Overcomb" signs. Many "Black Lives Matter" signs, all carried by white people. Several of "I'm With Her" surrounded by arrows in all directions. Several of the venerable "Respect my existence or expect my resistance".

• "So much wrong and so little space on this sign"

• "I was too busy earning my 87.5 cents to the dollar to make a nicer sign."

• "This is a bad sign."

• Lots I am now forgetting.

• ETA: Oh right: two "Free Melania" signs.

• ETA2: "My arms are tired from holding up this sign since 1968"

Observed:

• Maura Healey, MA AG, addressed the crowd, reminding us all of Massachusetts' role in the universe: We Sue The Federal Government, q.v. Massachusetts v. EPA (2006) re failure to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, Massachusetts v. United States Department of Health and Human Services (2009) re DOMA and marriage equality. Healy made it clear she was ready to come out swinging against this administration on behalf of the Commonwealth, roaring to the president, "I'LL SEE YOU IN COURT!"

• In a vast sea of allusions to, graphical representations of, and vulgar words for women's genitalia, a little boy to seemed to be about 4 years old or so, who was practicing his reading skills on protester signs, said, "Daddy, what does 'freedom of speech' mean?" Daddy clearly was unprepared for this. Parents! Talk your your children about constitutional liberties before somebody else does!

• A protester in a pink hijab with two pink construction-paper ears pinned to it.

• Some of the sanitation truck guys blew their horn and waved in support and the crowd cheered back. Yay, Labor!

• Never quite expected to be marching the streets chanting "HEY HO LET'S GO SCIENCE!" Not, mind you that I disapprove, and, yes, this is Boston. I just, you know, grew up thinking this wasn't all that controversial. But, here we are.

• At the end of march, I saw a cop, who was a woman, ask a protester who was carrying one of the lovely new Fairey protest posters (the portrait of the black woman) about it, and they had a nice chat about it. This seemed representative.

Missed:

• I straggled in in the midst of Senator Warren's remarks, and didn't figure out how to get to a location in the projection cone of the PA until after she finished speaking, so had no idea of what she said. I did see some of her talk online after.

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Is there a video somewhere?

• Several speakers were very bad at microphone. Am thinking of offering free lessons to MA progressives who might find themselves addressing 10E5+ scale crowds. Props to Warren, Healey, and the labor organizer whose name and affiliation I missed (SEIU?), who clearly knew what they were doing with electric amplification.
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posted by [personal profile] sabotabby at 03:11pm on 2017-01-22 under ,
>made it to the Women's March for about 45 minutes yesterday. Turns out I wasn't needed because there was such a phenomenally huge crowd—60,000, by best estimates, which is far more than the lawn and surrounding roads outside of Queen's Park could hold. I tried to take photos, but there were so many people that this was practically impossible.


here are my attempts )

I was pretty glad I got to go and be a part of this moment in history, even if it was just for a few minutes. I've been essentially away all weekend, but I've been passively enjoying looking at everyone's pictures, from all over the world, suggesting a nascent movement to resist misogyny, racism, and fascism.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 11:16am on 2017-01-22
I am skimming congress.gov (formerly thomas.loc.gov; it has been updated, apparently) to look at newly introduced bills -- those that arrived since Jan. 1. Here are some that you may wish to read and write to your Congresspeople about. I'm providing the bill number -- HR (House Resolution) or S (Senate) or HJR or SJR (joint resolutions introduced in the House or Senate), plus the number indicating the order in which it was introduced; the sponsor; the summary or short text; and the current status. It can take some days for the full text of bills or summaries to appear, particularly when there are hundreds of them in the pipe. These are only a sampling of what is there -- feel free to go there and look for yourself, it's public information.

Bills are introduced, read twice and sent to committee; they must pass review in committee and sometimes in subcommittee as well before coming back to the floor for a vote by the House or Senate. Please bear in mind: thousands of bills are introduced that are sent to committee and die in committee at the end of the legislative session -- bills are not carried over from one session to another. Some are introduced as a threat, so that one group can say to another, "if you don't back me on this, I'll push through something you can't stand." Consider that at times the behavior of our elected officials closely resembles that of a kindergarten playground -- though at other times it is far, far better.

I am doing this so that you can contact your Congresspeople and Senator with *concrete* matters to support or oppose. Call or write, give the number of the bill, tell them that you support or oppose it and why. Calling works better; they keep a tally of calls from constituents, with what is supported or opposed.

Behind cut, for length. )
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posted by [personal profile] gale_storm at 02:17pm on 2017-01-22 under
Is there a limit to things one can fuck up?

Oddly or not, I'm referring to myself, not the chimp in charge, who doesn't even rank capital letters in my telling.

Anyhow, regarding limits ... 

How much more can I possibly fuck up? 

Pleh.

No comments necessary here.

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posted by [personal profile] malada at 07:39am on 2017-01-22
To all the LiveJournal refugees who remembered me and friended me again here, thank you.

To all the Dreamwidth people who remembered me when I first came here and friended me, thank you.

To all the new folks who are haven't known me at all and are just picking me up, thank you.

I call you all - affectionately - the Zoo Crew. Just because it rhymes. And in this Zoo, there are no cages.

-m
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posted by [personal profile] marnanel at 10:08am on 2017-01-22 under

alan turing invented the COLOSSOS, machine for understanding ger., lat., fr., ect which won the war for BRITTAN cheers cheers cheers. even tho he was a grate pionear of computer sience, the goverment did not respekt him, becos he did not hav a beard.

all mr turing’s discovereys are v popular at st. custards, eg the HALTING PROBLEM, which shos that you canot tell whether or not hedmaster’s pi-jaw will go on for ever.

mr turing also invented the turing test. this demonstrates that a computer is intelegent if a human canot tell whether it is another human. hence super wizard wheez to see whether sigismund the mad maths master wil notice if i send the MOLESWORTH-O-TRON 9000 to maths klass while i stay in bed.

SIGISMUND: molesworth, why hav you not done your prep
MOLESWORTH-O-TRON: is it becos I hav not done my prep that you speke to me
SIGISMUND: what is the square on the hipotnus?
MOLESWORTH-O_TRON: some of the squares on the other sides
SIGISMUND: corekt
PEASON: sir sir i have a question sir
SIGISMUND: what is it peason
PEASON: ; drop table mathematiks; –
(with a grate CRASH the molesworth-o-tron fall to the floor)
SIGISMUND: well i never, molesworth is a computer

thus we see, my deres, that i, nigel molesworth, hav absolutely 0 brane at all.
January 21st, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] bcholmes at 10:51pm on 2017-01-21

Mirrored from Under the Beret.

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WPost: A sea of pink-hatted protesters.

CNN: Global protests.

More pictures from around the world.

NYTimes: We're here and we're not going away.

Daily Kos: All the marches were bigger than expected.

A huge crowd, but the march stil happened.

But not everyone made it. Canadians planing to go were turned back at the border, after being photographed and fingerprinted.

The Women's March was peaceful; no arrests. That can't be said of every protest this weekend, everywhere.

Photos from yesterday and today.

***

This is what has happened while the marches took place, and just before them:

Trump issued an executive order scaling back portions of the Affordable Care Act. He also put a freeze on new regulations. And he removed the fee cut for mortgages that Obama put in place, so it now costs more to buy a house.

This is an explanation of what the ACA changes mean.

Snopes explains, at least in part, the changes to the White House website that removed LGBT and climate change information from immediate access.

Media Matters provides a thorough discussion of how Trump is violating the Constitution by ignoring the emoluments clause. This is an impeachable offense. But that will take bipartisan support in the House, which is notable for not understanding how to do that.

Last, week, under the cover of a media bliss-out except among Koch funded right-wing channels, the House of Representatives passed a bill which would effectively repeal future standard setting under every important environmental, public health, consumer protection, labor standards, occupational safety and civil rights law on the books. The bill, called the REINS Act, requires that any future major regulation adopted by an Executive Agency—say a new toxic chemical standard required by the recently enacted Chemical Safety Act, or a new consumer protection rule about some innovative but untested kind of food additive—must be approved by a specific resolution in each House of Congress within 70 days to take effect.

Oh, by the way, at CIA HQ, Trump suggested loosening restrictions on torture, and declared war on ISIL.


***

In the era of Trump, learning how to be an active bystander to protect victims of harassment.

And in Virginia, a *Republican-led* majority killed a proposed anti-trans 'bathroom bill'.

Something you can say to people who demand that you accept Trump's presidency now.
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posted by [personal profile] malada at 06:02pm on 2017-01-21 under
-streaming movies-

Even though I followed the instructions multiple times, I could not get my Amazon account to log into my Xbox.

Read the instructions, followed the instructions, blah blah, rented a movie on the website, still would not log me in.

The error? A problem logging in! We'll send you an email with a code.

Did that. Still can't log on.

So watched 'Tank Girl' on my PC. It was worse than I expected. How the frell wrote that mess?

I finally chatted with a tech at Amazon who had me clear, redownload, turn the xbox off and on, log back in - fail - and finally try one more time entering in the secret code they email me.

I'm not sure what the clog in the system was but it seems to be working now. Or they did some magic in the back ground.

Iron Man marathon postponed for now... but still on the calendar.

Oh, and apparently you can't order from the XBox... you have to order on the website then go watch it. Bad back end design if they wanted to make this the Media Box for the home.

-m
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Some of you who moved here from LJ may recall that I used to have a community there, The Free Speech Zone, where people could post news that wasn't hitting the major media. As of today, the FSZ is closed at LJ -- [personal profile] zenlizard kept it going there until now, but has bowed to the inevitability of LJ going down the drain and closed both it and his LJ account.

Here's my question: is there a need for a Free Speech Zone community on Dreamwidth? Would it be helpful for organization or publicity or news or anything? Most of the posts would have to come from community members -- I don't have the energy to add that on as a daily or weekly job -- but I could moderate, or [personal profile] zenlizard could.

I don't know enough about other venues -- tumblr, instagram -- to know if it would fit in there or be useful.

What do you all think? Yes? No? Thanks, but its time is over?
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posted by [personal profile] zenlizard at 03:27pm on 2017-01-21 under ,
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I am not calling this new group taking over the executive function of government an administration. I am calling it an occupation, by people unwanted by the majority of us, and obtained through illegal and unethical means. It is a coup, obtained through the assistance of an unfriendly foreign state -- and as such deserved and requires resistance.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 01:40pm on 2017-01-21
The Russian long game -- what the Kremlin wants, and how we can fight it.

The leaders in the Kremlin don’t care about any individual American winning or losing. They care about America as a nation losing....Perhaps the hardest thing for all of us to wrap our heads around: No matter what is true or not, and no matter what information may eventually be confirmed or completely discredited, the Kremlin has successfully created the perception that it has direct influence on the president-elect of the United States, and that he is making decisions in Russia’s best interest. This is an impression that will be enormously hard for Trump to free himself from, absent a coherent policy that is clear on the Russian threat to our country.

Please read the whole thing. It is thoughtful and complex and factual -- and essential.
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Occupation, day 2

DC law groups offer free aid to marchers arrested this weekend.

Obama had bigger crowds. The only inaugural I can think of where this was bigger was GHW Bush, which I attended -- it was well below freezing, with a sharp wind off the Tidal Basin. I stood behind the nearest possible reflecting pool, close enough I could see his hand on the Bible -- and behind me was nobody. A few people to the side, no more. Empty space from me to the Washington Monument and beyond to the Lincoln. I don't know the official number count.

Yes Magazine: Protests are fine -- but here's a to-do list for lasting change.

***

Calling up our Boddhisattva citizen -- why wisdom, compassion and commitment matter. And not just for Buddhists.

Five yoga practices for surviving this weekend.

On not knowing what's next.

***

Speechmaking -- an ignored (not lost, but ignored) art yesterday:

George Will (yes, I cannot remember linking to him before, either): A most dreadful inaugural address.

Vanity Fair: Fact-checking Trump's speech.

An inaugural for Red America alone. And no, not Native tribes.

"America First" -- a phrase with ugly Nazi echoes in history.
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posted by [personal profile] malada at 12:36pm on 2017-01-21
I'm not really that good at prediction, but I'm going to give it a shot.

It'll go down in this order:

China flexes it's muscles in the South China Sea

Trump sends in the fleet to confront them.

If someone gets trigger happy the Chinese fleet will not do well against the American fleet. I'm not going down that fork... it's too messy to guess at. North Korea might lob some missiles but they'll probably end up shooting themselves in the foot.

If not, tensions will still be high. The Chinese government shuts down trade with the USA.

The US consumer electronics market crashes. Worse, the US IT market crashes. Most computer/networking/Internet components are Chinese in origin.

Walmart and similar stores crash. The US economy crashes.

While Trump points the finger at China for causing problems and attempts the rally the country behind him, Russia attacks the Ukraine.

(( The Russian tank corps will roll in about 150 miles before they break down. ))

Naturally, because Trump loves Putin, he stalls. NATO either becomes paralyzed or the Europeans say, "F*ck it", and unite long enough to take the war to Putin.

So we have the possibility of Polish and German troops marching side by side, entering the Ukraine and being hailed... as liberators.

Pity about the millions who will get killed, displaced and injured.

-m
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posted by [personal profile] madfilkentist at 11:17am on 2017-01-21 under ,
The first news I got this morning was that Larry Smith had died. It's a huge loss to the filk community. He was the driving force behind the "Pegasus Winners" songbook (which I produced) and album (which Spencer Love produced) in 1995. I'm not sure, but I think he bankrolled it himself. He was always at conventions, behind tables full of books.
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We've now reached Championship Sunday, and the last four teams standing with a chance to get to Houston to play in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium will be colliding.

I've gone 7-1 in these playoffs picking games with my only wrong one being the Pittsburgh-Kansas City one that was decided by a holding call and failed two point conversion.

Two teams will move on to play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy while the other two will see their season come to a bitter end,

So let's get to it.

NFC Championship

#4 Green Bay Packers (11-7)  vs  #2 Atlanta Falcons  (12-5)  at 2:05 PM CST on FOX

This is a rematch of a Week 8 October 30 class at the Georgia Dome in which the Falcons scored late  on a Matt Ryan to Mohammed Sanu TD pass to edge the Packers 33-32.

The Falcons are coming off their 36-20 playoff demolition of the Seattle Seahawks in which their number one ranked offense shredded the vaunted ;Legion of Boom; while the Packers after building an 18 point lead, needed a clutch throw from Aaron Rodgers and a 51 yard Mason Crosby field goal with 3 seconds left in the game to escape with a 34-31 win over the Cowboys.

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The Falcons defense has stepped it up another level, while the Green Bay defense has lost some key players to injury.. This is the last NFL game in the Georgia Dome, and it should be a fun one to watch with two of the best quarterbacks in the conference in Rodgers and Ryan slinging balls all over the field.

But as the saying goes, it's defense that wins championships, and Atlanta's is slightly better than the Packers right now.  Been a wonderful ride for the Pack, but the Falcons are going to close out the Georgia Dome in style.

Falcons to win the George Halas Trophy when this game concludes.  

AFC Championship 

#3 Pittsburgh Steelers (13-5) vs  #1 New England Patriots (15-2) at 5:40 PM CST on CBS

The Steelers didn't score an offense touchdown in their playoff game against the Chiefs, but still won 18-16 thanks to an NFL playoff record six field goals by Chris Boswell.  The Steelers became the first NFL team since the 2006 Super Bowl XLI champion Indianapolis Colts to win a playoff game without scoring a touchdown.

The Patriots got an unexpected challenge from the Houston Texans, whose number one ranked defense hit Brady early and often and only trailed by 8 points going into the fourth quarter until Brock Osweiler became Bad Brock and started throwing interceptions to the Patriots and threw away their chance at a huge upset as the Patriots rolled to a 34-16 Divisional Round victory. .

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This AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium is also a rematch of a Week 7 game in which the Patriots marched into Heinz Field and marched out with a 27-16 win.

The Steelers committed ten penalties in that October 23 game, and one of them wiped out a second quarter TD pass from Landry Jones to Darius Heyward-Bey .They were also missing Ben Roethlisberger in that one to a knee injury as well

He's back for this one , but it probably won't make a difference, especially if the Steeler offense doesn't find the end zone early and often this week.  

Patriots to win this game and the Lamar Hunt Trophy.

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Shout, shout, up with your song!
Cry with the wind, for the dawn is breaking;
March, march, swing you along,
Wide blows our banner, and hope is waking.
Song with its story, dreams with their glory
Lo! they call, and glad is their word!
Loud and louder it swells,
Thunder of freedom, the voice of the Lord!

Long, long—we in the past
Cowered in dread from the light of heaven,
Strong, strong—stand we at last,
Fearless in faith and with sight new given.
Strength with its beauty, Life with its duty,
(Hear the voice, oh hear and obey!)
These, these—beckon us on!
Open your eyes to the blaze of day.

Comrades—ye who have dared
First in the battle to strive and sorrow!
Scorned, spurned—nought have ye cared,
Raising your eyes to a wider morrow,
Ways that are weary, days that are dreary,
Toil and pain by faith ye have borne;
Hail, hail—victors ye stand,
Wearing the wreath that the brave have worn!

Life, strife—those two are one,
Naught can ye win but by faith and daring.
On, on—that ye have done
But for the work of today preparing.
Firm in reliance, laugh a defiance,
(Laugh in hope, for sure is the end)
March, march—many as one,
Shoulder to shoulder and friend to friend.
Righto. It's 12:13am, I am in my PJs, my cup of chamomile tea is brewing, both my legs are in working order, I short-slept myself by 4 hours last night, and I have my alarms set for 9am. It looks like all systems are go and I'm actually going to be able to make the march tomorrow, here in Boston. Fingers crossed.

I know a bunch of you are going, perhaps I'll run into you there. I'm making no commitments to connect with anyone; expect me when you see me.
January 20th, 2017
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 The only thing worse than fascism is amateur fascism. Sloppy fascism. This isn't Leni Riefenstahl, neoclassical architecture—let alone Futurism—or Hugo Boss*. This is fumbling, belching, red-cheeked and unshaven, unsophisticated fascism. This isn't even skinheads with swastika tattoos; at least they have an aesthetic, good taste in boots. This should be repulsive to anyone with sense. I don't get it. Why does your nation aspire to this? What makes it appealing?

I have a certain affection for the noblesse oblige brand of conservatism, old money and all that. It may be hideous but it gilds opera seats and knows how to spot a well-fitted suit. Of course, they're all secretly pigfuckers, but they do it behind closed doors. Before these next four years are up, I promise you that you will see Trump's cock hanging out in all its glory, or lack thereof. 

This isn't even urban versus rural—the tangerine Nazi rapeclown** is as New York as it gets, and there's something a little dignified in broken-down trailers and opioid overdoses. This is tacky. Your fascism is tacky. It makes me want to puke.

There's my political analysis. Vomit. We need to bring back the concept of shame and squick to politics, and yesterday isn't soon enough.

* Yes, I know, I know. Not all Nazi uniforms.
** Thanks 5ever to Hal Duncan for this
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posted by [personal profile] gorgeousgary at 08:02pm on 2017-01-20 under ,
An already sad day has gotten sadder...Larry Smith, seller of books to large portions of the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast, passed away this morning. From what I've seen posted, apparently he suffered an aortic aneurysm and collapsed at home. He was being wheeled into surgery when he left us.

I have suffered many, many cashectomies at Larry's hands over the years; most of the SF and fantasy novels on my shelves were bought from him and Sally. It got to the point where I felt embarrassed whenever I only wrote a him two-figure check. Once, on spotting me adding a copy of Adventures from the Technology Underground to my stack, he even said "I had you in mind when I picked up that one."

I believe Larry was also one of the founders of OVFF and has been running its dealer's room for many years.

I can imagine Larry sitting behind a dealer's table at HeavenCon happily selling books to all of his best customers who preceded him beyond the Rim.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 08:05pm on 2017-01-20
It's just as well that I wasn't planning to go to the March. I've come down with some sort of virus, "not very interesting" according to my doctor, because no fever, no vomiting, none of the really obnoxious stuff -- though being unsteady on my feet, having body aches and a headache that wanders around my brain should be enough.

I will hold all of those who go in the Light all day tomorrow, whatever Light I have.

ETA: Although I spent much of the day at the clinic, for More Joy Day I am reading aloud (not at the clinic) Copperbadge's excellent Foodie series of Avengers AU stories -- and re-joining the Sierra Club. (Subscription lapsed last year when I was ill.)

I am grateful for all of you. Keep the light shining, however you can. And, to quote from the movie I watched today that kept me sane, 'Galaxy Quest': Never give up. Never surrender.
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posted by [personal profile] selki at 04:20pm on 2017-01-20
I stumbled across another piece of under-told British history that would make another fine historical novel/movie, though this one has more of a horror aspect. 

The Thomas Overbury affair was the greatest scandal of seventeenth century England featuring a heady mix of adultery, murder and necromancy, and has been described as "one of the most sensational crimes in English history".

As riveting as this read was, it seems to skim over a crucial aspect of the story: The woman behaving badly in it is only thirteen when she is betrothed, and sixteen when she is supposed to take up married life.  Her youthful marriage was not atypical for the times, but I'm thinking of the raging teenage hormones that drove a lot of the her actions (no excuse, just upping the drama in a way).  The corrupt power-maneuverings of others at court (including royal participation / looking the other way) could add some gloomy texture and modern relevance.  It could sweep the Oscars!


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Goodbye Mr. President and Madame First Lady

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