Vanity Fair thinks Trump's already weaseling out of the job.
The internal invasion.
Views of the inauguration. And a review of the pitiful excuse for a concert supposedly celebrating American music with not one person of color in it.
Counting the crowd -- or the lack of it.
Mark Zuckerberg doesn't want Hawaiians on his part of Hawaii.
Roe v. Wade's heroine tells her story.
Stephen King's rules for writers.
How the Women's March could resurrect the Democratic Party.
How not to be afraid.
Without a path from marching to power, the March movement could end up like Occupy, symbolic with no lasting effect. What are you going to do on all the days after? Five ways to fight for social justice.
Want to be more civilly active? Start with yourself.
How to meditate. Trust me, you will need some way to deal with and distance yourself from all the hurtful things. This helps.
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.
I will have a very long post later, but that's all on the other computer. Turn your tvs to a non-news channel and leave them on today (muted, if you wish) to show that there are other things happening in the world to which you pay attention, aside from a short-term temp job employee starting his work downtown in the City of Limestone and Marble.
Figured I'd make one blog post about it, to edit/add to when I remember more through the brainfog, rather than a zillion FB posts.
Current theory: bad digestion -> borked immune system -> EBV flare -> bad digestion -> borked immune system -> EBV flare -> etc. Feedback loop of epic fail.
( Five years of suck )
For right now the plan is more tummy treatments and vitamins to strengthen my immune system, some new and some increased doses based on what I could find on the internet, while I wait for my new GP to find me a specialist. I was already planning to do a diet cleanup in February, so that was convenient, tho now I'm considering full Paleo again. Or mostly full, I need chocolate. Also, if stress is a trigger, its about f'ing time I started meditating regularly.
"Think Happy Thoughts Dammit" has been explained to me as a treatment by a fellow EBV-spoonie, but Happiness can be expensive in NYC. So... more Netflix? Even when I'm too tired to watch a new movie or tv episode (yes, that's a thing). I'm already seeing my psych next week, so I'll see what he thinks. I'm already trying a smidge of Wellbutrin for a 'lift' in addition to Strattera (my psych's had good patient experience w this), but while I'm not feeling negative side effects I'm also not feeling benefits.
I guess there's a chance that EBV could shut itself off as randomly as it turned itself on, maybe with permanent lifestyle changes, but I dunno. When I thought it was hypothyroid, I figured I'd just have to add an extra body-chemical and things would get better. Now there's an evil virus chilling in most of my cells, which can wake up whenever it wants, and leave me borked for weeks even if it goes back to sleep.
Two ways of looking at today's center-of-attention:
"Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such," -- Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism [via Goodreads]
"Remember, [...] we are not crowning a king, or bowing down to a dictator. Tomorrow our new employee starts his temp job. We're the boss." -- Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc), 2016-01-19
if it weren't from Washingtonian, the establishment monthly, I'd think it was a joke. Well, it still is.
And Vogon Poetry. My day is complete.
Ain't gonna play Trump City.
Robert Reich: 12 ways to resist trump that take up to an hour a day.
Rolling Stone: Meet the leaders of the Trump resistance.
10 more detainees are transferred out of Guantanamo.
Tricycle: Why Martin Luther King's vision and beliefs are so congruent with Buddhist teaching.
"Cynical thought: Democrats and Republicans both want what's best for people. The problem isn't that they don't agree on what's best. It's that they don't agree on who counts as people." -- Rob Wynne, 2017-01-13
"Perhaps rephrased as "Republicans include fewer people in the set of 'people.'"" -- Blind Lemming Chiffon, comment
8 positive ways to protest against Trump.
The Women's March policy platform.
Protesters, you are not alone: there are protests in all 50 states and 32 countries.
A great interview with VP Joe Biden.
Some of you may remember John Dean, who was one of Nixon's lawyers and who testified before the Watergate committee. He is wary as hell of Trump: "He is going to test our democracy as it has never been tested."
The Type Snob -- and how to turn into one.
There are parts of the US where citizens whose ancestors have been here for centuries still have a British accent.
We used to have six more letters in our alphabet.
So on my way to work yesterday, I came up the escalator at the Metro station to find that a train was just pulling in. The guy ahead of me was going slow and blocking my way, so as soon as I got off the escalator, I ran around him and headed for the second car, which drops me off right at the bottom of the stairs at Union Station (where I get off).
As I bounded along, I felt something catch and then pop free at the bottom of my pelvis, where my butt joins my leg. Man, it hurt!
And still hurts, although it's a little better this morning, after some Alleve overnight. From info I found online, it looks like I may have slightly torn the tendon(s) at the top of the various hamstring muscles, which attach at that point.
So here I am, literally butt hurt. Ow.
Gotta remember that I'm too old (or at least, not in good enough shape) to be running for trains. :-(
Commutation is not a pardon; it is an acknowledgement of time served for a crime. It doesn't give Chelsea back an honorable discharge, but it says she has had enough prison time and can go on with her life now -- now being May 17.
It will be good to get her out of an all-male prison.
-- a vid with various of the Avengers in it, to Fortunate Son
-- the even more out there fantasy of (somehow) John Fogarty and band showing up at the inaugural and singing it and vanishing, possibly by magic.
YouTube -- official music vid.
Lyrics, in case you have never heard this brilliant piece of anger and Americana:
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"[...] I think all the heretics I have known have been virtuous men. They have the virtue of fortitude or they would not venture to own their heresy; and they cannot afford to be deficient in any of the other virtues, as that would give advantage to their many enemies; and they have not like orthodox sinners, such a number of friends to excuse or justify them. Do not, however mistake me. It is not to my good friend's heresy that I impute his honesty. On the contrary, 'tis his honesty that has brought upon him the character of heretic." -- Benjamin Franklin (b. 1706-01-17[*], d. 1790-04-17), letter to Benjamin Voughan[**], 1788-10-24
[*] Recorded as 6 January 1705 in the Julian calendar, which England and her colonies used at that time; retconned to the equivalent Gregorian date, 17 January 1706, when the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752. See a calendar for September 1752 for the changeover (on a Unix/Linux computer, type "cal 9 1752"). Note that different countries adopted the Gregorian calendar in different years.
[**] The Presidentship he mentions having served in at the start of the letter refers to the President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, the office Franklin held from 1785 to 1788. After 1790 that office was done away with and Pennsylvania started having a Governor instead.
[When I went looking for a Franklin quotation to use today, I found there are a metric %$^#ton of misattributed, faked, and even anachonistic quotes incorrectly bearing his name. That happens with most of the Founding Fathers, as well as Mark Twain, and Abraham Lincoln (who famously said, "The problem with Internet quotes is that you can't always depend on their accuracy" -- or so Google tells me) ... but I think Franklin's large actual output of aphorisms and epigrams makes his an especially tempting name to attach to any unsourced, obscure, or just-made-up proverb that sounds kind of like his style.]
The King we need -- MLK, moral philosopher.
With all due disrespect -- Trump's not worthy to touch John Lewis's shadow. And John's Gospel of Trump's illegitimacy.
Putin has moved military to the borders of Estonia, NATO is responding with troops, including some Americans -- and Trump is mouthing off about how we don't need NATO. Is it just me or does this look like a payback for getting the big chair in the Oval Office? And Obama has sent 3000 troops into Poland to keep an eye on the neighborhood. But the British PM has said Britain will provide support if Estonia or its neighbors are invaded.
Politico: Trump is reinvigorating journalism by removing the easy inside stories; now it is journalism in a war zone, and we should see better work.
Buzzfeed is working at mapping Trumpworld -- who's connected to whom and how.
Experts on authoritarianism advise you to keep a list of things subtly changing around you -- so you can see what's happening.
The biggest changes the ACA made, and which may disappear.
the ordenry way of finding ansers is for one funkshon to aks another thus:
FOTHERINGTON-TOMAS: Hello clouds hello sky, hello peason. who is the strongest boy in all st. custards?
PEASON: er, i dunno. molesworth, who is the tuoghest in st. custards?
MOLESWORTH (chest swelling with manly pride): it is i (gramer)
PEASON: it is molesworth. (he burst out laffing)
FOTHERINGTON-TOMAS: Hurrah, i hav my answer. (he skip merily away.)
but a rekursiv funkshon can aks itself for an anser.
FOTHERINGTON-TOMAS: Hello clouds hello sky, hello molesworth. who is the strongest boy in all st. custards?
MOLESWORTH: i shal aks myself. molesworth, who is the tuoghest in st. custards?
(i turn around. i am looking into the eyes of a handsom stranger.
could it be MYSELF?)
MOLESWORTH: dere me, who is the tuoghest in st. custards?
MOLESWORTH-PRIME: it is me.
(but as i turn to tell fotherington-tomas, we hear the footstepps of the glamorus under-matron PRUDENCE ENTWISTLE)
MOLESWORTH-PRIME: wait! i must veriffy the result. prudence, who is the tuoghest in the skool?
PRUDENCE: you, my sweet.
(she kisses him and they depart arm in arm without me chiz chiz chiz)
rekurshon was invented by som monks in hanoi. they had three huge needels and a hundred disks. they spent hundreds of yeres moving them about it was worse than detenshun. they shud hav just spun them around like radio LUXEMBURG hem hem. anyway one day the americans invaded.
tho to be fair it is probbly less rude in vietnamese.
AMERICANS: wot are you doing
BROTHER MOLESWORTH: moving disks around
BROTHER MOLESWORTH: no time to talk, got to move this disk around
AMERICANS: dont drop it on your…
BROTHER MOLESWORTH: oh S— B— D—
ABBOT: report to the scriptorium to have thy mouth woshed out with soap
Peter and Mickey spend the hour with journalist and media scholar Brian Covert, discussing the too-close relationship between the CIA and U.S. media, as well as other issues, including the Obama Administration “pivot” toward Asia. Brian Covert is an independent journalist, and a lecturer at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. His chapter on the CIA […]
Who's paying for the Inaugural events? Nobody really knows. Trump didn't say. Pretty sure it's not him.
NYTimes editorial: The assault on health and safety begins.
Exxon Mobil is ordered by a Massachusetts Superior Court to hand over its 40 years of climate-change research.
Congressman Ted Lieu read the reports, believes the Russians hacked the election, and this is his official statement that Trump is misleading everyone. He doesn't go so far as to say that Trump is illegally taking office, but it's close.
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A list of anti-inaugural protests to go to. And the Un-Naugural Concert has sold out.
10 investigative reporting news outlets you can rely on.
The ancient toy that can improve health care where there is not enough electricity.
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Copied from Facebook:
Five Republican senators have broken away from GOP to demand a slow down of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Call and tell them how much you appreciate their efforts to stop the train wreck and share your story! IMPORTANT: Please copy and paste. Please DO NOT just share.
Senator Bob Corker - (202) 224-3344
Senator Lisa Murkowski - (202) 224-6665
Senator Rob Portman - (202) 224-3353
Senator Susan Collins - (202) 224-2523
Senator Bill Cassidy - (202) 224-5824
We invited all our local friends, and hopped on board MoveOn's January 15th community meeting planning in order to recruit more.
About 50 people RSVP'd. We expected about 20 people would show up. We got 92. It was standing room only. People were flowing out the door, listening outside at the window even. People in my community are MAD, and they want to do something. Word from MoveOn is that all 500 events around the country were at or beyond capacity, with tens of thousands of people showing up to put their anger into action.
This is really hard. It's a lot of work and we are pretty overwhelmed. P. was wondering what on earth he'd gotten himself into. I was trying to channel Leslie Knope and let people have the floor while simultaneously trying to keep us on time and on our agenda. We are now trying to coordinate all the people who volunteered (so many people volunteered!) to help with coordinating, media monitoring, tech setup, etc. My plan is to offload as much work -- and power -- onto other people as possible.
Tuesday, P. is leading our first action, a visit to Senator Kamala Harris' office to introduce our group, thank her for pledging to vote against Jeff Sessions, and ask her to stand strong against Trump's other nominees.
I am a little stressed out, but I'm kinda proud of us.
It felt appropriate to wake up this morning to discover that Lin-Manuel Miranda and I share the same birthday. We get the job done.
ETA: Added a new tag, "virtue-signaling". Heh.
Three quotations from Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (b. 1929-01-15, d. 1968-04-04) that speak to me especially loudly today:
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable ... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
( cut for various thoughts )
It has just looked *so weird* to me, a back-of-my-head weirdness based, I think, on my near-daily practice of photographing whatever attracts my attention.
Is Mark Zuckerberg going to destroy the net?
This is a woman of courage.
"I wore men's clothes for a month and it changed my life."
Greg Palast reiterating exactly how the election was stolen. Read this.
The fact that Trump cannot get any first-rate musicians from any of America's many musical traditions to perform at his inaugural - other than military bands already under orders to provide music wherever they are sent -- is a huge indictment of his character and his election. The man has no music in him.
American Friends Service Committee (Quakers): Do's and don'ts for bystander intervention in hate and bigotry incidents.
I'd like to see that as an acknowledgment of my excellence, anyway.
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2017-01-12:
"Our party was founded on the abolition of slavery, it has fought for civil rights, it helped create the National Parks system under Teddy Roosevelt, we created NASA under Eisenhower, and under Nixon we created the EPA. Donald Trump won on banning and registering Muslims, racist statements about Mexicans, expanding the role of government, denying climate change, ignoring the First amendment, and destroying the civil rights for countless millions. How can we as a party, as Americans, simply say nothing?" -- Larry West, Republican Committee Person, 22nd Ward, Philadelphia, PA.
(submitted to the mailing list by Bob Bruhin)